Quick Hits: MuchMusic Video Awards, Selena Gomez, AC/DC & Metallica, Coldplay, Cake, Amy Winehouse, Against Me!, Carnival Of Madness tour, Red Bull Riot Fest, POPPED! Festival, Young The Giant, Mr. Big, Jimi Hendrix
June 20, 2011

Lady Gaga
Canada's 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards were held in Toronto on Sunday night, where Lady Gaga won International Video of the Year for "Judas" and UR Fave International Video for "Born This Way." Canadian star Justin Bieber also went home with two awards, for International Video Of The Year By A Canadian for "Somebody To Love" featuring Usher (which was a tie with Drake for his video "Find Your Love") and another fan-choice award, UR FAVE New Artist, for the remix version of "Somebody To Love." Los Angeles group Far East Movement won the trophy for International Video Of The Year (Group) for "Like a G6" featuring The Cataracs & Dev, and the group also performed with both Dev and Snoop Dogg on a medley of "Like a G6/Bass Down Low/If I Was You (OMG)." Fefe Dobson earned the award for UR Fave Video for "Stuttering," as she also rocked the stage with Canadian group Simple Plan on the song "Jet Lag."

The new album from Selena Gomez, When The Sun Goes Down, is set to be released on June 28, and it will feature the new song "Whiplash" that was co-written by Britney Spears. Gomez, who is a die-hard Britney fan, said she was excited to have the opportunity to sing the upbeat dance track, which reportedly failed to make the cut for Spears' Circus album. "It's awesome. It was an honor and I'm completely stoked," Gomez told MTV News of recording a Spears track. "I just heard the song; I fell in love with it. They gave it to me, the producers who worked on it, and I came and sang and saw that she had co-written it, so I was very excited."

The makers of Monopoly are upping their Rock & Roll cred with two new editions of the game featuring AC/DC and Metallica. The AC/DC Collectorís Edition Monopoly board game is tentatively due in August, and players will buy, sell and trade AC/DC albums and international locations. The tokens will include a cannon ("For Those About To Rock"), a bundle of dynamite ("T.N.T.") and Angus Youngís school boy hat. Meanwhile, the Metallica Collector's Edition will allow players to "Pass Go" through historic Metallica events and locations around the board such as club shows, festivals, studios, childhood homes and other metal landmarks. Game pieces include the Kill 'Em All hammer, ...And Justice For All scales, St. Anger fist and the "Black Album" snake.

WRXP (Rock 101.9 RXP)/New York announces the "RXP T‚keliberty Festival," headlined by Coldplay. Slated for Sunday, September 18 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, the lineup also includes Richard Ashcroft, Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Graffiti 6 and more acts to be announced. "We wanted our first big festival to honor our listeners and offer the Tri-State a music festival that featured one of the biggest bands on the planet as well as the best of the new and local acts," said RXP PD/midday host Leslie Fram. "We are truly honored to have Coldplay headline the RXP T‚keliberty Festival and kick off what will hopefully turn into a yearly event!"

Cake will perform as part of CBS' ongoing Live On Letterman webcast series next Tuesday, June 28, after playing live on the Last Show with David Letterman. The webcast will air at 9 p.m. ET online and also as a stream and be available on demand via CBS Radio websites, VEVO and other online portals.

Amy Winehouse has cancelled a pair of European tour dates, following an on-stage meltdown in Serbia over the weekend. According to reports, Winehouse showed up onstage an hour late, appearing unable to sing her own lyrics, dropping her microphone and vanishing from the stage mid-song. Winehouse had been slated to play a dozen shows throughout Europe in the coming weeks.

Against Me! will re-release their fifth full-length album, White Crosses, on July 26. Originally released by Sire Records on June 7, 2010 and presented now in two parts, White Crosses and Black Crosses, the reissue will be the first release on the band's newly launched record label, Total Treble Music. The reissue is a 28-track collection that includes the original 10-song album with four bonus tracks, all produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder. The second half, Black Crosses, is a collection of alternate versions, acoustic tracks and unreleased songs. White Crosses and Black Crosses will be released in two-CD and three-disc vinyl versions with a 32-page lyric and art booklet.

More dates have been added to the 2011 Carnival Of Madness tour, featuring Theory Of A Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic. Eleven new shows have been added to the summer trek, which kicks off August 13 in Twin Lakes, WI and runs up to September 18 in Dayton.

The Red Bull Riot Fest has announced shows in Philadelphia and Chicago for this fall. Red Bull Riot Fest East will hit Philly on September 24 and old school Hard Core and Punk fans will get to see The Descendents, Dead Milkmen, X (playing the entire Los Angeles album), a reunion from local punks Plow United, Hot Water Music, Naked Raygun, Suicide Machines, Samiam, Weston, The Menzingers, Shot Baker, Larry and His Flask, The Holy Mess and many more to be announced. Then, Red Bull Riot Fest will hit Chicago from October 5-9, featuring Weezer, Social Distortion, The Descendents, X, Youth of Today, Suicide Machines, ALL, Helmet, D Generation, Down By Law and many more.

Also in Philadelphia, the POPPED! Music Festival is re-launched as a massive, two-day event on September 23 and 24. Headliners include The Shins, Cage The Elephant, The Hold Steady, Elbow, Girl Talk, Panda Bear, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Foster The People, Cults, Rakim and many more.

Young The Giant will debut the video for their second single, "Cough Syrup," on MTV on Tuesday, June 21 at 6 a.m. The clip will play at the top of every music hour. "Cough Syrup" is the second single from Young The Giantís self-titled debut album, following "My Body."

All four original members of Mr. Big will be hitting the road in the United States this summer in support of the band's new album, WHAT IF... The tour opens in San Diego on June 30 and marks the first time in 13 years the original lineup has toured North America. Produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden), WHAT IF... is now available as a special edition CD/DVD digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia. The DVD includes videos of "Undertow" and "All the Way Up" plus a documentary "making of" the album, including interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the four band members. 

Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings will offer four new titles representing the fourth wave of releases in the Jimi Hendrix catalog project. This new round of titles, due on September 13, includes Winterland (a four-disc deluxe box set), Hendrix In The West (out of print in the U.S. since 1974), Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight on DVD, and Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show (every Hendrix appearance on the celebrated talk show on DVD).

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