Quick Hits: Katy Perry, Made In America festival, Mumford & Sons, Linkin Park, The Killers, Lady Gaga, Coheed & Cambria, Primus
July 31, 2012
Katy Perry nabs her ninth #1 single with "Wide Awake," which reaches #1 on the Billboard/Nieslen BDS MainstreamTop 40 chart this week. Perry ties Rihanna's record for the most #1 singles in the almost 20-year history of the chart. "Wide Awake" appears on the deluxe Complete Confection edition of Perry's sophomore album Teenage Dream and also gives the Pop star her tenth straight #1 single on the Dance/Club chart.
Jay-Z's Made In America festival in Philadelphia has gotten even bigger, as a number of acts have been added to the Labor Day event. Drake, Chris Cornell, the surviving members of Run DMC, The Hives and Philly's own Jill Scott are among the artists who will now perform at the festival, set for September 1 and 2. Cornell will perform on September 2, the night his old friends Pearl Jam will headline, immediately prompting rumors of a Temple Of A Dog reunion. Single day tickets for Made In America will go on sale this Friday as well.
Mumford & Sons
Speaking to Spin about their upcoming album Babel, Mumford & Sons multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett says that "Touring so much and playing so many different kinds of places, especially big ones, affected how we hear ourselves as a band. The dynamics of the new album are totally influenced by understanding what works live and what doesn't. The trick is to make the intimate moments more intimate and the big moments bigger. That wasn't something we understood when we made [2009's debut full-length] Sigh No More." Lovett added, "Another big step up for us with this one is that it was much more collaborative. It wasn't me or one of the other guys coming in with a whole song finished and saying 'Here it is.' It was more a case of someone coming in with an idea for a song and saying to the other guys, 'Can you help me with it?' That happened because we've gotten so comfortable playing together as a unit." Babel is due out September 25.
SiriusXM Radio announces that Linkin Park will sit down for a Q&A session with an audience of SiriusXM listeners in Los Angeles next week. "SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Linkin Park," scheduled to take place on Monday, August 6, will air on Octane, channel 37, on Tuesday, August 14 at 9:00 pm ET and will be rebroadcast throughout the week. The special will be hosted by SiriusXM host Jose Mangin. The Town Hall special will include the band answering a variety of questions from the studio audience about their career, their latest album, Living Things, and their upcoming world tour. In addition to the Q&A session, the “Town Hall” will also feature a special, intimate concert performance by the band.
Killers singer Brandon Flowers says his days of making outlandish statements to the press about his band are over. Talking to MTV News, Flowers said, "It's easier on the band, [and] it's so much nicer to put positive things out there, positive vibrations I just found myself regretting it ... I still carry it with me; I'll be brushing my teeth and I'll think 'God, I wish I wouldn't have said that about whoever I said anything about.' And then I'm trying to get my manager to get their phone numbers and sh--, so I can tell them I'm sorry. So I learned a big lesson, and now, I do kind of the opposite. If I hear something I like, I try to get in touch with these people and tell them I like it. It's a lot more rewarding." The Killers' new album Battle Born is due out September 18.
Lady Gaga says to expect her next album before spring of 2013. On her LittleMonsters.com social networking site, Gaga simply wrote it will be out "before spring," but last month she tweeted that the album's title will be revealed in September.
Rockers Coheed & Cambria have announced their sixth studio release will be a double-album titled The Afterman. Split into two parts, The Afterman: Ascension will be released October 9, with The Afterman: Descension due out in February 2013. Coheed is currently touring as an opener for Iron Maiden, with a number of headlining dates slated for this fall.
Primus has set a 3-D enhanced fall tour, where 3-D glasses will be handed out to fans to enhance the stage backdrop, according to Billboard. The tour begins in Poughkeepsie, NY on October 12 and wraps up in Miami on November 10.