Quick Hits: Pearl Jam, T.I., Justin Bieber, Hollywood Undead, Sting, Lady Gaga, Good Charlotte, Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins, Morrissey, Pepper, Lil Twist
September 1, 2011


Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam's Pearl Jam Twenty documentary will air on PBS this fall as part of the "American Masters" series. The film will premiere on Friday, October 21 at 9 p.m. The band has also kicked off their 20 Days of Pearl Jam Countdown online, with a new, exclusive piece of content at PearlJam.com every day. For day one, a live version of "Better Man" from Madison Square Garden is streaming on VEVO.com.

No sooner was T.I. released from prison yesterday than VH1 announced a reality show with the Rapper. The 10-episode series will follow his readjustment to outside life and the making of a new album. It will premiere on December 5. "Can the 'King of the South' stay on the straight and narrow while juggling the chaos of his kingdom?" VH1 said in a statement. Original programing chief Jeff Olde added, "Viewers have always connected with T.I. and we are definitely thrilled to show the next chapter of this incredible artist's riveting life."

Justin Bieber and his manager, Scooter Braun, had a conversation on Twitter that revealed more about Bieber's upcoming Christmas album. It looks like the album will contain original music and not the usual holiday standards. "This Christmas album is amazing. Might be the best album yet," Braun tweeted. "All originals... soon 2 b classics. every1 I play it 4 is blown away. #excited." The 17-year-old singer then shared, "@scooterbraun yeah we are going hard for Christmas!! #mistletoe." He later revealed that he had been recording tracks with some of his pals. "Had a great studio session with my big bro @seankingston and the talented @jonathanrotem #GOODMUSIC." In a separate tweet, Braun called the matertial "original xmas tunes that r legit hit records."

Hollywood Undead has unveiled the lineup for the World War III tour. Kicking off in Mesa, AZ on November 1, the trek will feature Asking Alexandria as co-headliners, along with special guests Borgore, We Came As Romans and D.R.U.G.S. Each date on the tour will be opened by a local unsigned band who wins a competition presented by Whooznxt.com and Headbang For The Highway. The tour is set to wrap on November 19 in Tampa.

To commemorate his solo career thus far, Sting will release a compilation called Sting: 25 Years on September 27. Additionally, the singer will mark his 60th birthday this October with a special charity all-star concert featuring the likes of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Will.i.am, Rufus Wainwright, Stevie Wonder and more. The show will take place on October 1 at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, and all proceeds will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, a charity that helps fight poverty in the Big Apple. Tickets for the private event will not go on sale to the general public, though a small number of tickets have been reserved for members of Sting's fan club.

Vanity Fair has unveiled its annual New Establishment list, which "identifies the Top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs." The magazine lists Lady Gaga as the highest-ranked woman on the list at #9. The rest of the Top 10 is heavily represented by people in the tech space, but other entertainers on the list include Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, J.K. Rowling, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Pop-rockers Good Charlotte have announced the band is going on a hiatus, as Benji Madden tells Rolling Stone, "We're stepping away from the grind of making records and touring for a minute, just to have fun and be creative like we were when we were 15." Benji and his twin brother Joel will release a mixtape, Before The Fame: The Madden Brothers, on October 1.

Shia LaBeouf has directed a new Marilyn Manson video for the song "Born Villain." To celebrate the clip, which is billed more as a short film, LaBeouf and Manson will be appearing together at a one-time-only book signing and screening Thursday night at Hennessey + Ingalls bookstore in Los Angeles from 8 to 10 p.m. The event is private and limited to 150 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to receive tickets, fans must purchase the limited-edition "Born Villain" photo book at the Hennessey + Ingalls website, which also comes with a copy of the short film. LaBeouf, who describes the video as a macabre version of Shakespeare's Macbeth, told MTV: "This, for me, this is a really cool diversion for me when I'm not making a movie. It gives me an opportunity to work with musicians I admire who I would otherwise never get to work with in any other capacity. I really have a fun time doing it. It allows me to be creative in another art form and work with heroes."

Billy Corgan has kicked off his new Smashing Pumpkins Record Club, offering early demos and alternate takes of Pumpkins songs. So far, Corgan has released an early take on "Drown" and a demo of "Geek U.S.A." He made the announcement in a seven-minute YouTube video, in which he said the new Pumpkins album Oceania will likely be released in November.

Morrissey has announced his first North American tour in two years. The trek begins in Chicago on November 10 and winds up with a two-night stand in Guatalajara, Mexico on December 12 and 13. Moz will play six dates in Mexico in early December as part of the tour.

Punk/Reggae band Pepper is fresh off of this summer's Vans Warped Tour, and the band is excited to get back on the road with a string of headline dates. Kicking off in Long Beach, CA this weekend headlining the Shoreline Jam, they'll be circling across the U.S. until October. The tour, coming in support of the 2010 EP Stitches, starts on Saturday in Long Beach, CA and wraps on October 8 in Oakland.

Young Money rapper Lil Twist says his debut album will be released before the year is out. "Don't Get It Twisted is definitely coming before the year is over," the 18-year-old Rapper told MTV on the 2011 VMA black carpet. "I'm getting ready to put out my next record, which features Justin [Bieber], the one that everybody's been waitin' on. 'Wherever You Are' featuring Justin Bieber coming soon." Speaking more about the single with Beiber, Twist added: "It's gonna be great. It's a cool summer record. It's a party song. Straight for the sun. It's a Miami record."




 
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