Quick Hits: U2, No Doubt, Kanye West / G.O.O.D. Music, Frank Ocean, Sean Paul, Guns N' Roses
August 13, 2012
U2 plans to unleash a double-disc live album culled from the 360 tour. The new release is being offered to fans that sign up for the group's online fan club at www.U2.com (which costs $50). U22 features 22 songs and buyers will get to download 12 tracks immediately. The set is presented in a deluxe book of live photos complete with liner notes from Adam Clayton.
No Doubt has posted on their website the full tracklist for their new album, Push And Shove. The album will offer 11 songs, opening with the single "Settle Down." The title track features guests Busy Signal and Major Lazer. Push and Shove is set to drop on September 25.
The debut album from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music crew, Cruel Summer, has been pushed back by a few weeks to accommodate some new features. The disc, originally due in early August and then pushed to September 4, is now reportedly slated to drop on September 18. G.O.O.D. Music associate Malik Yusef tweeted the news when he wrote: "it looks like a push back on #cruelsummer but our wish has 4 additional features has MOSt DEFinitely been granted."
Frank Ocean has canceled his appearances at a number of European festivals, and the singer also pulled out of a stadium tour with Coldplay that was due to begin on August 28. No real explanation has been given for his change in plans, except for a vague statement that reads: "Let me start by saying I feel like an asshole right now, but a tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next months." Ocean has been seeing massive success lately with his debut solo album, Channel Orange.
Sean Paul's fifth studio album, Tomahawk Technique, is finally hitting U.S. stores on September 18 after being available for months overseas. "It's been coming out in different territories at different times, the reason being that it just reacted in different places," Paul told Billboard.com. He will head to the U.S. for a headlining tour in the fall. Thus far, two Las Vegas dates have been announced for September 15 and 16, with more to follow.
Guns N' Roses is set to play a limited Las Vegas residency this fall. The 12 shows will take place at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, running from October 31 to November 24. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 17.