January 2013

January 2013 News

Justin Timberlake’s Grammy Return

On Sunday, February 10, Justin Timberlake will make his return to the Grammy stage after four years.

The weekend before, Timberlake will perform during Super Bowl weekend at a charity event.Timberlake’s first studio album in seven years, The 20/20 Experiment, will be available on March 19.

The Grammys air at 8 PM on CBS.


Coachella Sells Out Both Weekends

Coachella has once again sold out. The first weekend of shows, April 12-14, sold out in under fifteen minutes. The website crashed temporarily when weekend tickets went on sale.

Tickets for the following weekend are also sold out, save for the Lake ElDorado and Festival passes.


Johnny Cash Honored By US Postal Service

The late Johnny Cash will be honored by the US Postal Service when he graces a postage stamp. He will appear as part of the “Music Icon” series.

“We get about 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas each year but only about 20 topics make the cut,” USPS representative Mark Saunders told Today.com. “These suggestions are reviewed by the Postmaster General’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory whose role is to narrow down that 40,000 to roughly 20 and then provide their recommendations to the Postmaster General for final approval.”

For more on the stamp, go here

Coachella Lineup Revealed

The rumor surrounding Coachella was a headlining set by The Rolling Stones and it proved to be false. Instead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur and Phoenix are headlining the April music festival. They will be joined by the Stone Roses, Wu Tang Clan, the xx, and the Yeah, Yeahs, Yeahs among others.

Coachella will take place April 12-14 and April 19-21.

For more on the festival, go here.


The Lumineers Among New Grammy Performers

The Lumineers, along with Jack White and Carrie Underwood have been announced as Grammy performers.

Also joining them will be a pair of duets. Elton John will be teaming up with Ed Sheeran while Dierks Bentley has chosen touring partner Miranda Lambert to duet with him.

The Grammys air Sunday, February 10 on CBS.

Click here for more on other performers and nominees.


Justin Timberlake’s New Album Gets Release Date

In a lyric video for his new song “Suit & Tie”, Justin Timberlake reveals his album release date. Around the 5:20 mark, March 19, 2013 briefly flashes on the screen under The 20/20 Experience.

It’s his first album since 2006’s FutureSex/LoveShow”. Timberlake will also be performing at a charity concert in New Orleans during Super Bowl weekend. 

Napster Doc to Premiere at SXSW

VH1’s Rock Doc about Napster will premiere at SXSW. On Sunday, March 10, “Downloaded” will be shown at Paramount Theater.

According to the press release, “ Downloaded” focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended the music industry. Audiences will hear insight from well known music artists and figures within the music industry including: The Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Noel Gallagher, Henry Rollins, former Sony Music Chairman, Don Ienner, former record producer and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America.”

Two panels will also be held during the conference.Both panels will include the documentary’s director, Alex Winter. The first will be on Tuesday, March 12. “Download: The Digital Revolution” will feature Napster creators Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. “Downloaded: The Music Industry in the Digital Age” will focus on the business side of the digital revoultion. This panel will take place Thursday, March 15.

For more, click here.


Sound City Players Coming to LA

Dave Grohl’s super band line up is playing a show in Los Angeles. The group was supposed to play only once in Park City, Utah to coincide with the Sound City documentary’s premire at Sundance.

Since the show sold out, a Los Angeles show was added. It will take place at the Hollywood Palladium on January 31st. The lineup differs slightly from the Utah show.

For more on the lineup and tickets, go here.


Sandy Hook Choir, Ingrid Michaelson Song for Benefit

The Sandy Hook Elementary School choir and singer Ingrid Michaelson have recorded a song for benefit. Proceeds of their version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” will go to the Newtown Youth Academy along with the United Way of Western Connecticut.

Watch the recording of the song and the performance on Good Morning America.


Timberlake Unleashes “Suit and Tie”

Six and a half years after last releasing new material, Justin Timberlake is back with a brand new single. “Suit and Tie” features Jay-Z and was produced by Timbaland.

In an open letter, Timberlake announces the new album’s title (The 20/20 Experience) and that the album will be due out this year. He also explains why decided to do this record.


Grohl’s Sound City Hits Theaters One Night Only

Just says before Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City debuts at Sundance, comes the announcement that it will be coming to select theaters possibly near you. Most showings of the film will be on January 31. However, there are a few showings sprinkled throughout February.

Here is a list of participating theaters.


Black Sabbath & Ozzy Reunite on Album

Black Sabbath are releasing their first album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years. The Rick Rubin produced 13 will be available in June. Never Say Die! was the last studio album that Osbourne appeared on back in 1978.

Before the album comes out, the band will hit the road for a few dates.

For tour dates and more on the album, go here.

SXSW Reveals Vampire Weekend Among Performers

SXSW has revealed the third round of artists scheduled to perform at the festival. Vampire Weekend, Tegan and Sara, and the Black Lips are among the names announced.

The event runs from March 12th through the 17th.

Go here for a complete list of all performers.


Destiny’s Child Reunion at Super Bowl

R&B group Destiny’s Child will reunite during the Super Bowl halftime show on February 3rd. The trio will perform their new single “Nuclear”.

Their new album, Love Songs, drops on January 29.


Trent Reznor’s Online Streaming Service Available in 2013

Trent Reznor’s new online streaming service, Daisy, will be available later this year. The service will be provided through Beats Electronics. Jimmy Iovine, who is the company’s co-founder, says Daisy focuses on the “connection between the artist and the consumer.”

For more on the service and Reznor’s role, click here.

Beyonce Announces New Destiny’s Child Album

Beyonce has announced that Destiny’s Child will be releasing a new album. The trio’s first CD in eight years features a love theme. All of the songs, sans one new track, were recorded between 1997 and 2004. The new single is called “Nuclear”.

Love Songs” will be available on January 29, just days before Beyonce performs during the Superbowl Halftime show.

Go here for a complete track listing.



Justin Timberlake Teases New Album

Musician/actor Justin Timberlake is teasing a new album in a video that he narrates. In this video, Timberlake explains why it has taken him so long to put out new music. He ends with two simple words, “I’m ready”. A countdown clock suggests that an announcement will come in just over three days.


Grohl Invites Nicks and Fogerty to Perform at Sundance

Dave Grohl is debuting his documentary, Sound City, at Sundance on January 18. He will also be performing a concert. Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty have been announced as performers, along with Foo Fighters members.

To learn about other performers at this gig, go here.