Quick Hits: Mariah Carey, Backstreet Boys, Guns N' Roses, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson 5, Anvil, Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace
October 6, 2009
Mariah Carey will make history on October 10 when her performance, Mariah Carey Live In Las Vegas, becomes the first concert to be simulcast to Internet-enabled phones and other digital devices worldwide. The digital broadcast will be delivered through Iviago's virtual global stage, accessible in over 200 countries via more than 235 mobile and digital partners including iClips and iTunes. Virtual concert tickets will cost $9.99 and they are available by texting Mariah to 313131, through Mariah Carey's official website (MariahCarey.com) and her Facebook and MySpace pages by clicking on the Mariah Carey Live In Las Vegas link, or by going directly to iviago.com. The concert stream will be sent on the day of the event to anyone who purchases a ticket, and can be viewed right away or saved for future one-time viewing. The one-hour show will feature her biggest hits, as well as songs from her new CD, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel.
Backstreet Boy Brian Litrell has been diagnosed with the Swine Flu. Luckily, the other three members, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean, have seen a doctor and are not showing any symptoms, but the group had to cancel their performance on CBS' Early Show today. "We were really looking forward to spending time with our closest fans and friends in NYC and taking part in 'Pinktober,' an unbelievable and important program," Litrell says. "I hope we can come back soon and do everything we can to help." The Backstreet Boys new album, This Is Us, comes out today.
Two independent record labels are suing Guns N' Roses, claiming the group used portions of two songs by a German musician on their last album, Chinese Democracy. The suit was filed by British label Independiente and the U.S. arm of Domino Recording Company, who own the licensing rights to songs by German electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss. They claims that Guns N' Roses copied portions of two of Schnauss' songs -- "Wherever You Are" and "A Strangely Isolated Place" -- for the song "Riad N' the Bedouins," according to Reuters. The lawsuit seeks $1 million in damages.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are continuing their recent trend of playing full albums in their entirety for their four-show run at Philadelphia's Spectrum venue, which is due for demolition soon. Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform Born to Run on Tuesday, October 13, Darkness on the Edge of Town on Wednesday, October 14, Born to Run on Monday, October 19, and Born in the USA on Tuesday, October 20.
Motown/UMe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jackson 5's first single by releasing I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters, a new collection of vault recordings, on November 10. A single, "That's How Love Is," is being released today via iTunes and is also streaming at jackson5.com. The set also features a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Buttercup," a medley of "I Want You Back"/"ABC"/"The Love You Save," alternate versions of "Never Can Say Goodbye," "ABC" and "Dancing Machine," another unreleased track called "Love Comes In Different Flavors" and more.
Canadian metal veterans Anvil, who have experienced somewhat of a comeback since a documentary about the band was released, will launch their first major tour in more than a decade - The Anvil Experience - on January 7 in Cleveland. It will culminate with a show in Vancouver on February 13. Audience members will be treated to a screening of Anvil! The Story of Anvil before the group takes the stage for a set of Anvil classics. The movie comes out on DVD this week.
Canadian musicians Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, lead singer of Our Lady Peace, will be the recipients of the 2009 Tiffany Mark Award to be presented in Toronto on October 7. The Tiffany Mark Award honors Canadian men and women who are making their "mark" both professionally and in their community through tireless efforts on behalf of charities. Chantal and Raine, who are husband and wife, are avid supporters of War Child Canada, donating their time and talents to the organization through fundraising performances and participating in documentary film projects to build awareness of the plight of children in war-torn countries. Chantal also is a spokesperson for the Canadian Mental Health Association, and she has been a spokesperson for Polar Bears International and is committed to the University of Winnipeg's Opportunity Fund, which provides tuition assistance to inner city youth. Raine is also an active supporter of Apathy is Boring, an organization that encourages Canadian youth to become engaged in the political process.