Quick Hits: Buckcherry, Papa Roach, R.E.M. & Tupac, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Interpol, My Morning Jacket, Weird Al Yankovic, Beach Boys
June 23, 2010


Buckcherry has released a new version of the track "Our World" from the forthcoming album, All Night Long, as an iTunes exclusive single that will benefit charities devoted to helping victims of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. "Our World" was originally written as a cry out to help right the social, environmental and economic wrongs of the world, but the band reworked the lyrics to relate directly to the BP disaster and its victims. Buckcherry's new album, All Night Long, is set for an August 3 release via Eleven Seven Music.

Papa Roach has included a special hidden track on their new album, Time for Annihilation...On The Record and On The Road, due out August 31. The track is a message recorded by frontman Jacoby Shaddix, encouraging fans to do their part to fight hunger and homelessness. On the track, Shaddix asks fans to take out their phones and text a number for WhyHunger in order to donate $5 to the organization. "It's really important to us to continue our partnership with WhyHunger and offer support in any way we can," Shaddix explained. "It's all about finding new ways to spread the word and raise awareness and this is the first time we've ever done something like this on an album. If one person listens to it and does something to help, we've done our job." Papa Roach's new album will consist of a mix of new songs and live cuts.

Songs from R.E.M., Tupac Shakur, Patti Smith and Willie Nelson are among the recordings being added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. R.E.M.'s debut single, "Radio Free Europe," will be added to the registry, while Tupac's hit "Dear Mama" becomes the third Hip-Hop release to be added in. Smith's classic album Horses and Nelson's 1975 album Red Headed Stranger also make the cut, as well as The Band's 1969 self-titled record and Little Richard's classic "Tutti Frutti."

Katy Perry injured her leg when she went out dancing after her performance at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto over the weekend. Perry confirmed on Twitter that she received 17 stitches in her leg and later joked that she should get a "candy cane walker" to use on stage.

Maroon 5 have released their new single, "Misery," via iTunes, in advance of their new studio album, Hands All Over. The record, produced by "Mutt" Lange, is due out September 21. Maroon 5 will begin a summer tour in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 30.

Interpol kicked off their 2010 tour last night and also announced a slew of new tour dates for later this summer. The new round of touring begins July 23 in Northampton, MA and winds up in Miami Beach on August 21. Interpol will then tour overseas throughout the fall, including some dates opening for U2. Interpol has also premiered a video for their new song "Lights" at interpolnyc.com.

My Morning Jacket has joined the lineup for the 2010 Voodoo Experience festival in New Orleans, set for October 29-31. Among the other headliners for the annual festival are Ozzy Osbourne, Weezer, Muse and many more.

"Weird Al" Yankovic is working towards his next studio album, and tells Billboard that the rise of the Internet has made him work harder at his craft. "I will never again be the only or the first person to parody any given pop song," he says. "By the time I'm in the studio recording my parody, 10,000 parodies of that song are on YouTube. It makes it harder to be fresh and unique. It's frustrating, but it does help me step up my game. If I can't be the first and only, I can be the best." Yankovic is three songs away from finishing a new record, and will also release a children's book, When I Grow Up, in March of 2011. He is currently on an extensive summer tour that runs into early September.

After Beach Boy Mike Love told the Las Vegas Sun that Brian Wilson would rejoin the band to mark their 50th anniversary, he is now backing off of those statements. A statement made by Love on the Beach Boys official website reads, "The Beach Boys continue to tour approximately 150 shows a year in multiple countries. At this time there are no plans for my cousin Brian to rejoin the tour. He has new solo projects on the horizon and I wish him love and success. We have had some discussions of writing and possibly recording together, but nothing has been planned. I, as I'm sure he is, am proud and honored that the Beach Boys music has endured these 50 years, but felt the need to clarify that there are no current 'reunion' tour plans."

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