Quick Hits: Katy Perry, Slipknot, Lenny Kravitz, A Perfect Circle, Demi Lovato, Adam Levine & Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys & Adele, 3 Doors Down
July 8, 2011

Katy Perry
An attack of food poisoning leading to severe dehydration forced Katy Perry to postpone her Thursday night concert in Chicago, as well as this Saturday's show in St. Paul, MN. Promoters have rescheduled the shows for August 21 in Chicago and August 23 in St. Paul, in the same venues. All tickets will be honored at the new dates, or refunds can be processed at the point of purchase. Perry stated on her website: "I apologize to my fans in Chicago and the Twin Cities for not being able to perform this weekend, but I am going to return in a few weeks to give them the very best show ever!"

Slipknot has announced a special real-time Webcast of their set from the U.K.'s Knebworth festival on Sunday. Fans can log on to their website, Slipknot1.com, and watch their headline set at 9 p.m. (GMT) on July 10. The webcast will go out live on Slipknot1.com as well as Sonispherefestivals.com. The show will mark the band's first appearance in the U.K. in over two years and their first British performance without founding member Paul Gray, who passed away last year. The band said of the upcoming performance: "England has always been a special place for this band from the very beginning. We can't think of a better way to culminate our celebration of Paul's life than to share it with the Maggots at Knebworth and the millions more watching around the world. This is not to be missed."

For two days only, Lenny Kravitz is offering a free download of his new song, "Rock Star City Life." Fans can access the track at www.LennyKravitz.com. The song will appear on Kravitz' new album, Black and White America, which will be released on August 30. "Rock Star City Life" was actually the last song to come out of the recording sessions for the album, after nearly two years of working on material. "The process was longer than any other time I've made an album," he told Rolling Stone. "I definitely prolonged it. There were points where I said, 'The album's done.' Then I'd go to Europe and be playing it in the car, and I'm like, 'No, I hear more stuff.' It's the first time that I've gone this far in shaping, reshaping, shaping, reshaping, shaping, reshaping. And the result is that I'm actually 100 percent satisfied with every millisecond of the album."

A Perfect Circle has debuted a brand new song called "By & Down" on its North American summer tour. However, this does not necessarily mean that fans should be looking out for the group's fourth album, according to guitarist and co-founder Billy Howerdel. "Right now the intention is not to put out a (full album) but just to release some songs along the way, and then they might be re-imagined and put together in some collection," Howerdel told Billboard.com. "If you need to have an album then there will be something more like a photo album where you collect these things and you put them in." There are no plans yet to formally release "By & Down," and no other new songs have been prepared for the tour, which kicked off this week in Portland and runs until August 10 in Wallingford, CT. Meanwhile, Howerdel's other band, Ashes Divide, is likely to return in the fall with some new songs and a tour. "I'm definitely writing them as the new Ashes (album), but will be releasing in chunks and then put together later as a record," Howerdel said of the new tunes. "That's the format people seem to be responding to these days."

On Tuesday, Demi Lovato will debut her new single, "Skyscraper," on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. The singer also will call in to chat with Seacrest about the track. It marks Lovato's first big release of any kind since leaving a rehab treatment facility earlier this year. In a Seventeen magazine blog post, she wrote, "My first single is really special to me — to me it symbolizes my journey from the person I was to the happy healthy person I am today, and the fact that people are able to rise above anything, despite the odds."

Adam Levine and fellow Voice coach Christina Aguilera already collaborated on the song "Moves Like Jagger," and now they're getting ready to film the video. "Making a video for 'Moves Like Jagger' with Christina Aguilera tomorrow!" Levine tweeted on Thursday. Meanwhile, sources tell Us Weekly that Mick Jagger himself will have a part in the clip. No other details have been revealed as of yet.

Producer Swizz Beatz seems intent on getting his wife, Alicia Keys, and British pop queen Adele, into a studio together for some kind of collaboration. "We're looking good," he recently told MTV News about the possibility of them working together. "I just know that you know greatness when you see greatness, and teaming two greats up together, it makes history," he explained. "And I don't even have to produce the track; I just want it to happen. She can produce the track, somebody else can produce the track." He added that, "This would be a great moment for both of them, because they have amazing styles and they both respect each other. They're fans of each other. So let's make this good for music."

3 Doors Down has released a new video for their single "Every Time You Go." The clip is a mash up of performances from their recent European tour. The band's new album, Time of My Life, will be released on July 19. You can watch the video here.

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