February 2013 News
Prince Coming to Late Night
This Friday night, Prince will perform on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. The Purple One is scheduled to perform two songs, though it is unclear if it will be new music.
Prince’s current single is “Screwdriver” and the video can be purchased on his website (http://3rdeyegirl.com/) for $.88.
SXSW To Get Green (Day)
Green Day will make their first appearance at SXSW next month. Two films about the band, Broadway Idiot and ¡Cuatro!, will be screened on March 15.
The band will then perform at ACL Live later that night.
¡Cuatro! debuted at the X Games in January and it follows the band over the recording of the trilogy of ¡Uno!, Dos! and ¡Tré! In Broadway Idiot, the film covers Billie Joe Armstrong’s journey of their album, American Idiot, becoming a Broadway play.
Lineup for Second Annual Orion Music + More Festival Revealed
Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival is returning this summer. The festival will take place over two days in Detroit.
Co-headlining this year’s event is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Joining them are Rise Against, DropKick Murphys, Japandroids, and Silversun Pickups among others.
The festival takes place June 8 and 9 with tickets going on sale this Friday, March 1.
For more, visit the official website.
Jay-Z and JT Are “Legends of Summer”
According to their stadium tour name, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are the Legends of Summer.
Beginning July 17, the duo will kick off a 12 city tour.
Below are the tour stops:
July 17: Toronto, ON (Rogers Centre)
July 19: New York, NY (Yankee Stadium)
July 22: Chicago, IL (Soldier Field)
July 26: San Francisco, CA (Candlestick Park)
July 28: Los Angeles, CA (Rose Bowl)
July 31: Vancouver, BC (BC Place Stadium)
August 4: Hershey, PA (Hershey Stadium)
August 6: Detroit, MI (Ford Field)
August 8: Baltimore, MD (M&T Bank Stadium)
August 10: Boston, MA (Fenway Park)
August 13: Philadelphia, PA (Citizens Bank Park)
August 16: Miami, FL (Sun Life Stadium)
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry Elected to Songwriters Hall of Fame
2/5 of Aerosmith have been chosen to go into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The songwriting duo of the band, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be inducted on June 13 in New York.
Also joining them will be Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, Tony Hatch, Holly Knight and JD Souther.
For more on the ceremony, read this.
Bonnaroo Lineup Announced
A portion of Bonnaroo’s lineup was announced by Weird Al via LiveStream. Paul McCartney, Wilco, and Japandroids were just some of the names revealed.
Kendrick Lamar, the xx, A$AP Rocky, David Byrne and St. Vincent were also unveiled as performers.
On February 23, tickets go on sale at 12 PM ET. Bonaroo 2013 will be held in Manchester, TN on June 13-16.
Here’s a list of artists so far.
Clive Davis Reveals Bi-Sexuality
Clive Davis, music industry pioneer, has revealed to Katie Couric that he is bisexual.
In an interview that aired today (2/19), the father of four says that after his divorce in the 80s, he began exploring relationships with both sexes. The 80 year old Davis states that he is in a monogamous relationship.
His book, The Soundtrack of My Life, is being released today as well.
A snippet of the interview can be viewed here.
How Johnny Cash Was Chosen to Be Memorialized on a Stamp
Country music icon Johnny Cash has been selected to appear on a stamp as part of the Music Icon series.
An interview with MTV Hive states that “every year, the Postmaster General’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee receives about 40,000 suggestions for what should grace a stamp. Then 30 subjects are chosen. This year, Cash made the cut, which made sense to the postal committee: Cash is not only a country artist but someone whose “influence is felt just about everywhere, from folk to blues and gospel.”
After months of research, art director Greg Breeding chose the picture of Cash that will appear on the stamp. It took six months from being commissioned to final product.
The stamp will be available for purchase this summer.
To read more about Breeding’s choice, go here.
Adele In Early Stages of New Album
Adele has said that while she’s been in LA since the Golden Globes, she has had many meetings. Those discussions are for her next album. Though it’s unclear if she’s been writing new material, she does plan to meet with Paul Epworth. He produced and co-wrote several songs on her last album, 21.
For more, click here.
Justin & Jay-Z Joint Tour?
Rumor has it that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are planning a joint stadium tour. The tour would likely last 11 to 13 dates.
On the red carpet during the Grammys, Timberlake confirmed he was definitely going on tour, but quickly added he didn’t know “how much I should say.”
Check out this article for more.
For $1.77, Get Screwd(river) By Prince
By shelling out $1.77, you can download the entire eight minute file for Prince’s new song, “Screwdriver”.
According to SPIN, this is what less than two bucks gets you. “When the grainy eight-minute clip picks up, we meet a guitar-wielding girl with a Skrillex ‘do and a rockin’ lady band. They show up for a sketchy audition but while the plot, production and performance all scream “porno flick,” a tiny form soon emerges from a fog-spewing door and beckons the girls into a dark warehouse. We soon discover that Prince has called the women forth so that they can back him as he plays “Screwdriver” to a ’90s-attired audience who dip, bop and twist in (almost) synchronization.”
Elton John Guests on New Queens of the Stone Age Album
Elton John revealed on Chelsea Lately that he appears on the new Queens of the Stone Age album. QOSA member Dave Grohl was filling in as host for Chelsea Handler.
John joins Scissor Sisters Jake Shears, original QOSA bassist Nick Oliveri, and Trent Reznor as guests on the upcoming record.
Watch Grohl interview John.
The 20/20 Experiment Track Listing, Album Cover Unveiled
By now you know that Justin Timberlake is releasing his new album on March 19. You also are aware that it’s called The 20/20 Experiment, “Suit and Tie” is the lead single, and it’s his first album since 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds.
Add to your knowledge that the new record is comprised of ten songs and that the cover features Timberlake looking through an optometrist’s machine.
To view the cover and read the track list, go here.
The Wanted Get Reality Show Treatment
E! already has a show about the all girl group, The Saturdays. To even out the sexes, the channel has announced that all male group, The Wanted, will have their own show.
For the show, the band moved to Los Angeles and had their everyday lives filmed for your viewing pleasure. The Ryan Seacrest produced show, The Wanted Life, will begin airing in June.
Click the link for more.
Performances You May Have Missed
Super Bowl weekend had a lot going on in New Orleans and not just with the San Francisco 49ers and eventual victors, the Baltimore Ravens.
Perhaps the most awaited performance was not what would take place during halftime. It was the return of Justin Timberlake to a stage. He made his return on Saturday night at DirecTV’s DTV SuperFan stadium. Timberlake performed for two hours, mixing old and new songs.
Here’s JT doing his thing with Jay-Z during current single “Suit and Tie”.
For more on the night, including video of two new songs, go here.
Of course, Beyonce’s halftime performance was much talked about. Rumors had been swirling for weeks that she would be joined at some point by Destiny’s Child.
Mrs. Carter did not disappoint. She performed songs that were chosen by the fans before being reunited with her former group members, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
The original video has been pulled down by the NFL, but various versions are up on YouTube.
Here’s one that is still up as of now.
The NFL has also removed videos of other Super Bowl performances.
Jennifer Hudson joined the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir in an inspiring rendition of ““America, The Beautiful”.
Alicia Keys sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the longest time in Super Bowl history. There has been some controversy saying Keys sang the song too slow and that the ending was her showing off instead of honoring the country.
Jennifer Hudson, Sandy Hook Choir To Perform at Super Bowl
Jennifer Hudson will team up with the Sandy Hook Elementary choir for a special performance. Before the Super Bowl, they will sing “America The Beautiful”.
The Super Bowl airs on CBS this Sunday, February 3.
Whitney Houston Special To Air Grammy Weekend
During Grammy weekend last year, Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub.
On February 9th, CBS will air “The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family”. The hour long special will include interviews with Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, LL Cool J and Bruce Springsteen.
The Grammys air the following night at 8 PM.
Two Green Day Films at SXSW
At this year’s SXSW, there will be two documentaries about Green Day.
“Broadway Idiot” is making its world premier at the festival and is a behind the scenes look with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as “American Idiot” is turned into a Broadway play.
The second film,” ¡Cuatro!”, tells how the band create the trilogy“¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!” and “¡Tré!”
Other films at SXSW include Snoop Dogg and 30 Seconds to Mars. For more, click here.