September 2012 News
CW to Air iHeartRadio Festival Special
The CW will air a two hour telecast highlighting performances from last weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. Performances from Rihanna, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Pitbull, P!nk, and Green Day are some of those included. No word if Billie Joe Armstong’s meltdown will be shown.
The special airs Monday October 1st from 8-10 PM ET.
Television Special Honoring Houston to Air
We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston is being filmed on October 13 at Nokia Theater. Jennifer Hudson, Usher, and Celine Dion are the first artists announced as performers. The special will include interviews with those in the music industry, as well as never-before-seen footage.
The tribute will air November 16 at 10 PM ET on CBS.
Mumford & Sons on Letterman Live
Mumford & Sons performed on Live on Letterman in support of their new album, Babel. The hour long special can be viewed here.
R. Kelly Records Posthumous Duet with Whitney Houston
R. Kelly has recorded “I Look To You” as a duet with the late Whitney Houston. Kelly penned the song for Houston’s 2009 album of the same name.
The song will appear on the upcoming greatest hits collection I Will Always Love You:The Best of Whitney Houston. Another new track, “Never Give Up”, co-produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox will also be included.
For more on the duet and a track listing, go here.
Coldplay Tour Film Coming
Relive (or experience for the first time) Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto tour on DVD/Blu-Ray and CD. Live 2012 documents the band’s tour that began in June 2011 and has been seen by over 3 million people.
The US network, EPIX, will air the concert film on November 17 via television, EPIX apps and online at EPIXHD.com. The film will hit shelves three days later on November 20.
Check out the trailer.
Justin Timberlake Promotes Revamped MySpace
Justin Timerberlake, who is part of owner of MySpace, is promoting the revamped site. A new promo video has been released. The new design is a combination on Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest.
Geared mostly towards musicians at all levels, Timberlake hopes the “new” MySpace helps bridge a gap between fans and artists.
Read more about how Timberlake convinces everyone to use MySpace.
Green Day Frontman To Rehab
Billie Joe Armstrong has checked into rehab for substance abuse following a breakdown over the weekend at the iHeart Radio Music Festival. During Friday’s set, the band was told they had one minute left which prompted Armstrong to launch a profanity filled tirade.
Green Day posted the following message on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GreenDay ): “Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”
The band cancelled an appearance recently because Armstrong was hospitalized for unspecified reasons.
Taylor Swift to Release New Tracks Ahead of Album Release
Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated Red will be available on October 22. In the meantime, Swift will be releasing 30 second clips of new material on Good Morning America. The following day, the song will be available for purchase on iTunes.
Swift says that she isn’t releasing every track and wants to keep some things a surprise until the album drops.
The Killers Perform on Letterman
Watch The Killers perform “Runaways” on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Maroon 5 Performing at Grammy Concert
On December 5, Maroon 5 will perform on The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! This year, the show will take place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show will air live from 10 PM-11 PM on CBS. It will once again be hosted by LL Cool J.
Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.The Grammys are February 10.
iHeart Radio Music Festival to be Broadcast in Multiple Platforms
The 2012 iHeart Radio Music Festival is live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Yahoo! And Xbox will be streaming the concerts on both Friday and Saturday night live. Fans can also listen through iHeart Radio on digital devices or on Clear Channel radio stations. It will begin at 10 PM ET.
Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Jason Aldean, Calvis Harris, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert, Lil Wayne, P!nk, Usher, Brad Paisley, Pitbull, Linkin Park, deadmau5, Enrique Iglesias, No Doubt and Swedish House Mafia are scheduled to perform this weekend.
Pop Music Hall of Fame to Have Inductees First, Building Later
The town of Cannonsburg, PA wants to be the home of the Pop Music Hall of Fame. They’re so hopeful that they’ve nominated 40 artists for the first round of inductions. The inductions would come first and an actual building would come later.
The borough’s government will foot the bill for the eventual building. They plan to use a 3,000 square foot place for a temporary home. The scheduled opening is Fourth of July weekend next year.
For more on the nominees, go here.
Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Gets Married
Black Keys’ Patrick Carney was married over the weekend to Emily Ward. The wedding took place in the couple’s backyard in Nashville. Comedian Will Forte presided over the ceremony.
Celebration of the wedding also led to Olympian Shaun White’s arrest later that evening.
For more on the wedding and arrest, click here.
The Killers Perform Live on YouTube Tonight
The Killers new album Battle Born is out today. To celebrate the release, the band will be performing as part of YouTube’s “Unstaged” series. They will be performing live from Paradise Theater in the Bronx beginning at 7 PM ET.
Director Warner Herzog will shooting the concert. He also directed a mini-documentary of the band which you can watch here.
CBGB Movie Filming Finished
CBGB, the film about the infamous music venue, has wrapped filming. The movie stars Alan Rickman as the venue’s owner, Hilly Kristal.
Though filmed largely in Savannah, GA, the film features many actual pieces from CBGB such as toilets, the bar, and chunks of walls. Scenes from Kristal’s farm in New Jersery along with shots in Manhattan will also be included in the film.
CBGB is scheduled to be released next year.
For more, click here.
Prince Releases New Single
Prince released “RNR Affair” on Monday in Chicago. The Purple One will play a residency at Chicago’s United Center beginning September 24th.
To hear the track, go here.
Soundgarden to Release First Album in 16 Years
King Animal is the new album for Soundgarden. The band’s first album in 16 years is scheduled for a November 13 release.
Watch a trailer here.
My Chemical Romance Releasing New Tracks
My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero announced plans to release new material. Before they recorded their concept album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, they had been recording other tracks.
According to their blog, MCR will release two tracks a month for five months. The Conventional Weapons sessions will start in October. Next week, a schedule along with track listings and pre-order details will be unveiled.
Led Zeppelin’s Mystery Solved
Thursday was the big reveal for Led Zeppelin’s “mystery” that began on Saturday with the word “FIVE” posted on their Facebook page and a tweet from Jimmy Page.
The band’s 2007 reunion concert is coming to a theater near you. Celebration Day will come to 1,500 theaters on October 17th. On November 19, it will be released on “multiple audio and video formats”.
Watch the trailer now.
Frank Ocean Invites John Mayer to “SNL”
Frank Ocean makes his debut on Saturday Night Live this week. He has decided to bring John Mayer to perform with him on the show’s season premiere.
Mayer plays on two tracks on Ocean’s channel Orange. He appears on both “Pyramid” and “White”.
“SNL” airs this Saturday at 11:35 PM on NBC.
Springsteen Sees Sales Surge Post DNC
Bruce Springsteen has seen sales surge after playing at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month. Wrecking Ball sold 3,000 copies, which is a sale increase of 37%.
“We Take Care of Our Own” saw a 409% jump when the song was played at the end of President Obama’s speech. In it’s best week since March, the song was downloaded 2,000 times.
Coachella Potentially Adding More Dates
The company behind Coachella and Stagecoach, Goldenvoice have proposed a five weekend expansion. They have also asked for permission to increase capacity for the events they already have.
Indio’s city council is considering the proposal. If approved, Goldenvoice is requesting five weekends a annually for 18 years. The company is also asking to make more use of the surrounding grounds.
For more, go here.
The Killers Release Final Teaser Trailer
Over the last few weeks, The Killers have been releasing teaser trailers to promote their upcoming album, Battle Born.
The last video “Brandon, The Battle Born” stars lead singer, Brandon Flowers. He is eventually joined by the whole band.
Battle Born is out on September 18, but is streaming this week in its entirety on iTunes.
Company Behind Hologram Tupac is Bankrupt
Digital Domain Media, the company behind Hologram Tupac that appeared at this year’s Coachella, has filed for bankruptcy. The company went public in November. Since it’s peak shares in May, it had fallen off 94% on September 10.
The company also did special effects for movies such as Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (for which they won an Oscar), and Transformers.
If the bankruptcy courts approve the deal, Searchlight Capital Partners will purchase the core production business from Digital Domain Media for $15 million.
To read more, click here.
After Rocking the Vote the night before, the Foo Fighters played at the DNC a few hours before President Obama delivered his speech on Thursday night. The band played acoustic versions of “My Hero” and “Walk”.
Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP to Get Interactive
Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP will not come in traditional physical and digital form, but also as an interactive app.
According to her website, the app will be available via “iPads, iPhones, mobile and computer compatible application (WORLD).”
The app will include videos for each song, games, extra content and interactive chats. She mentions that fans will not only interact with other fans, but Gaga herself.
No record date has been announced, but she does say to ask for iPads for Christmas.
Foo Fighters Rock the Vote in Marathon Set
Last night, the Foo Fighters played Rock the Vote at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC. The sold out show was packed with 1,000 people at the venue.
The Foos played a marathon set lasting 3 hours and 20 minutes. That includes at 15 song encore. The show started with “White Limo” and seemingly ended with “Best of You”. “Aurora” kicked of the encore while “Everlong” finally ended the concert.
For a complete set list and to see another concert video, go here.
MTV Moves Up VMA Start Time Because of Obama Speech
Jan. 17: San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Jan. 23: Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
Feb. 11: Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Feb. 13: Chicago, IL @ United Center
Feb. 22: New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Mar. 6: Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Mar. 10: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Mar. 16: Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
The Black Keys Release New Music Video
The Black Keys have released a video for “Little Black Submarines”. Watch it here.
Jason Aldean Live on Letterman Webcast
Country music superstar Jason Aldean will be performing on the Live On Letterman series on September 5. The show airs at 9 PM ET on www.cbs.com. Aldean will be performing his hits along with new songs from his upcoming album, Night Train. He will also be playing on The Late Show with David Letterman the following night.
Foo Fighters to Rock the Vote
The Foo Fighters are performing at the Rock the Vote fundraiser at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC on September 5. They will be joined by Asher Roth, Jack Johnson, and Motion City Soundtrack. The concert sold out within hours. The fundraiser supports President Barack Obama and takes place amid Democratic National Convention festivities in Charlotte this week.