Quick Hits: Jay-Z & Coldplay, Dave Grohl, The Voice, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Allman Brothers Band, Bobby Womack
January 2, 2013


Jay-Z

Jay-Z is helping to score the film version of The Great Gatsby along with producer The Bullitts. Bullitts broke the news on Twitter, writing: "Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!" Meanwhile, Jay brought in the new year by co-headlining the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Coldplay. The British rockers played first, and then at 11:59 p.m., Jay came on stage to sing "Auld Lang Syne" with Chris Martin, before playing his own 90-minute set. Jay-Z also joined Coldplay on the song "Lost" during their set, and then Martin returned the favor when he sang with Jay during "Heart of The City."

Dave Grohl will perform along with a group of musicians to be announced at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, to promote his new Sound City documentary. Dubbed Dave Grohl's Sound City Players, the band will make their debut on January 18 as part of the film festival in Utah. According to an announcement, the concert will feature "core musicians and special guests" from Sound City onstage together with Grohl.

With The Voice set to return for a new season on March 25, new judges Usher and Shakira spoke at a press conference about their upcoming roles. "Once we are in the process of trying to get a contestant recruited for our team, there's a lot of adrenaline and there's a lot of tension," Shakira said about the show. She also mentioned her tendency to micro-manage her career, and added that: "When I'm giving directions to my contestants, I'm particularly focused on details." Usher joked with his new co-star and described Shakira as a mix of "comic relief, super f**king serious, and gangster... She's so nice now but she really pulls out that switchblade in the battle." Veteran judge Blake Shelton also was on hand at the press conference, where he said the show will be more competitive than ever. "Cee Lo was always so laid back," Shelton stated. "He's kind of been the quiet killer in this thing. We replace Cee Lo with somebody that's just that much more aggressive and now you've got four that are killers up here."

During a concert at Revel Resort in Atlantic City on Sunday night, Kanye West told his audience that his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, is expecting a child. West told concertgoers to congratulate his "baby mom" and that this was the "most amazing thing," and the news immediately went viral online. Kardashian later confirmed the story on her website, where she wrote: "It's true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us. Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family."

Bruce Springsteen will receive quite a tribute when he's honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year on February 8 in Los Angeles. Stars such as Neil Young, Mumford & Sons, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, Jim James, Tom Morello, Alabama Shakes, Patti Smith, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Chesney, Sting, John Legend, and Natalie Maines are all set to perform at the event honoring Springsteen. The 2013 Person of the Year tribute will be broadcast live on CBS.

Eddie Vedder says Pearl Jam is "maybe halfway there" towards completing their next studio album. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, which focuses mainly on Vedder's involvement in the West Memphis Three legal battle, the singer says that the band is taking their time and currently taking a break from recording. Vedder adds, "We really work together as a unit these days. It's really the compilation of all the parts. It's not like one guy trying to tell everybody, 'These are my songs. This is what it should sound like.' We've figured out after all these years that if everybody just puts their stamp on it then it sounds how we want it to. Then it sounds new, cause everyone is growing, you know.  Everyone is growing after all these years."

The Allman Brothers Band has scheduled a March residency at New York's Beacon Theatre. The classic rockers will play a series of back-to-back shows, which are set for March 1 and 2; 5 and 6; 8 and 9, 12 and 13; and 15 and 16.

Soul singer Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer's disease after he had trouble remembering song lyrics and the names of collaborators, he told the BBC. "The doctor said, 'You have signs of Alzheimer's,'" Womack told Giles Peterson on BBC 6 Music. "He said it's not bad yet, but it's going to get worse." Womack is known for playing guitar for Sam Cooke, and then launching a solo career in the late '60s that included hits like "Lookin' for a Love" and "That's the Way I Feel About Cha." Last year he released a new album called The Bravest Man in the Universe that was co-produced by Blur's Damon Albarn. Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.




 
Music News
Justin Bieber Debuts New Single
Rockers Disturbed Earn Fifth #1 Album
Quick Hits: Nicki Minaj, Adele, OMI
Demi Lovato Feeling "Confident" on Fifth LP
Quick Hits: Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Omarion, Soundgarden
Pharrell, Demi Lovato & More Added To MTV VMAs Lineup
Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, HBO, Maroon 5, Nick Jonas
MTV To Honor Kanye West
Quick Hits: One Direction, Missy Elliott / The Voice, Azealia Banks, Meg Myers, Coheed and Cambria, Ben Folds
Dr. Dre Issues Apology To "The Women I've Hurt"
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, album sales, Charli XCX & Bleachers, Chris Brown, Bon Jovi, Voodoo Music + Arts Festival
Quick Hits: JoJo, Kanye West / Frank Ocean, Carrie Underwood, Charlie Puth, The Neighbourhood
The Weeknd Announces The Madness Fall Tour
Quick Hits: Lana Del Ray, Alanis Morrissette, Kelly Clarkson, Silversun Pickups
Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato To Headline MTV Benefit Concert For Lifebeat
Breaking News
iHeartMedia Promotes Hardin, Zellner and Maynard
WZMP (96.5 AMP Radio)/Philly New Line-Up Announced
KLUC/Las Vegas Adds Kayla To Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo
88Nine Radio Milwaukee Promotes Ken Sumka To APD & Justin Barney to MD
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, iHeartRadio joins Chegg for Music101 Series
Mark “Shark” Ediss Named Afternoon Drive Host At Y100/Savannah
August 27, 2015
Cumulus Goes Underground Alternative In New Orleans
August 26, 2015
Subaru Embraces HD Radio Receivers
Cort Johnson Named APD/Morning Co-Host on 101.9 KINK/Portland
Howard Stern Presents "Booey 25" On SiriusXM Channels
August 25, 2015
Sony Music Entertainment Acquires Century Group
UMG Names Jeffrey Remedios President & CEO/Universal Music Canada
Where Hip Hop Lives App Now Available to International Audiences
August 24, 2015
Leslie Scott Named Program Director Of KNDD/Seattle
Rdio Launches “Promoted Music Experiences” With Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos
Report: Radio Has 30 Million Amplifiers Nationwide
In Brief - August 24, 2015
August 21, 2015
eQB NOW
Entercom South Florida Launches New Alternative Rock 104.3 The Shark
In Brief - August 21, 2015
August 20, 2015
Nielsen Study Shows The Power Of Small & Medium Sized Markets
MoBounce Named Afternoon Host For Z100/New York
In Brief - August 20, 2015
August 19, 2015
FMQB NOW

Mike McVay
SVP/Content & Programming
Cumulus Media

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!