Quick Hits: Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, The Wanted, Kanye West, Madonna, Cher
September 23, 2013
CBS Radio is teaming with Katy Perry, who will be joined by a number of her favorite artists for a charity concert event at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, October 23. Citi Presents Katy Perry’s We Can Survive also features SaraBareilles, Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara and Kacey Musgraves. Perry announced the event on Carson Daly's morning show today on 97.1 AMP Radio/L.A. Tickets for "We Can Survive" go on sale Friday, September 27 at 10 a.m. PT through Ticketmaster. Citi Thank You cardmembers can purchase tickets beginning on Tuesday, September 24 at 10 a.m. PT, including VIP packages with exclusive access to Katy’s pre-concert soundcheck. Also, CBS Radio stations and popchips will offer listeners the chance to win tickets to the event. A portion of the proceeds from "We Can Survive" will support Young Survival Coalition, the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. "I'm so proud to be playing songs from my new record, PRISM, at the iconic Hollywood Bowl alongside a hand-picked group of my favorite female artists," said Perry. "It will be a night of celebrating fantastic music and life, all for a very important cause!"
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Mumford & Sons keyboardist Ben Lovett revealed the British band is taking a well-deserved break following the end of their tour in support of Babel. "There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following [last] Friday’s show," Lovett told RS earlier last week. He added that the group has no idea how long their break will be. "We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that. It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you’re in high school. The atmosphere on the road is one of ... I think everyone’s excited about being free of schedules."
British boy band The Wanted will release their long-delayed album Word Of Mouth on November 4, and group member Jay McGuiness says it will be a more complex mix of songs than may be expected. Speaking to Billboard at the iHeartRadio Music Festival over the weekend, he said, "I think some of it will be what you'd expect, which are party songs and club mixes. But there will be some that I think are more reflective of two years of some struggle. So you don't want hands in the air for a struggle song. You want an orchestra and want to emote a little and hopefully there's a mix of both." He also confirmed that while The Wanted did record a track with Justin Bieber, but the song "didn't quite sit with the album."
Kanye West has added more tour dates to his Yeezus tour of North America, with shows in Anaheim (11/1) and Columbus, OH (11/8). However, the Anaheim show replaces a now-canceled performance in Salt Lake City for that date. Additionally, Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson, who has worked with Kanye in the past, told MTV News that 'Ye want to produce a new album for him, which he hopes to have completed by the springtime.
Interscope is recalling Madonna's MDNA World Tour Blu-ray release in the U.S., as copies of the disc have an "error in manufacturing" that affects the 5.1 audio mix. The announcement was made by the label following an outcry from Madonna fans unhappy with the quality of the release.
Cher announced her first tour in eight years on NBC's Today show this morning. The 2014 "Dressed To Kill" tour begins in Phoenix on March 22 with dates announced up to July 11 in San Diego.