Quick Hits: Lady Gaga & Cher, Jay-Z, Selena Gomez, Black Eyed Peas, Lou Reed & Metallica, Willow Smith, Chevelle, Ryan Adams, Bridge School Benefit, Elton John, INXS
September 26, 2011
The Lady Gaga and Cher duet "The Greatest Thing" is supposedly coming soon, though a release date still has not been confirmed. However, producer RedOne spoke to MTV News about how the pairing came together, after he and Gaga originally recorded the song several years ago. "[Gaga and I] recorded the song a few years ago, and we were always in the studio enjoying that song. It's weird we never did anything with it," he explained. "My management and Cher's management were trying to get us together... so I met her, I played her some songs, and I played her 'The Greatest Thing,' and she loved it. She said, 'This is my song.'" RedOne continued, "I cut the vocals with Cher first, and I got a text from Gaga saying, 'I'm thinking about jumping on the song in the remix.' I was like, 'No, you should jump on the original! Make it a duet.' She said, 'Yes, OK, absolutely,' and then I spoke to Cher, and it became a party." In other news, Gaga will debut a new short film during a fashion show for the Mugler Women's Wear Collection in Paris next week. The film was directed by "Yoü and I" directors and photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin under the creative direction of Nicola Formichetti, Mugler's creative director and Gaga's stylist. The film will feature a previously-unreleased remix of one of Gaga's songs.
Jay-Z is reportedly planning a series of concerts in New York City next year, once the NBA's New Jersey Nets move into their new arena in Brooklyn in the fall of 2012. According to the New York Daily News, the J-Hova will play eight shows in the new building next year. In an interview with New York's Fox 5, Jay-Z said, "I'm going to open the building with a concert — or a couple of concerts, actually. It's going to be more than about basketball; it's an entertainment arena." Jay is also a part-owner of the Nets, who will officially change their name to the Brooklyn Nets next year as well.
Selena Gomez has been tapped to host the 2011 MTV European Music Awards, which will broadcast live on Sunday, November 6 from Belfast’s Odyssey Arena. MTV will have its host fully integrated into the show across multiple screens, as Gomez will be the lynchpin across all platforms for MTV’s global celebration. As host of the main show, she’ll be overseeing all the onstage antics, performances and winners. On the digital front, Gomez will be interacting with fans via Twitter and offering her unique commentary on mtvema.com. "I'm so excited to be the host of the '2011 MTV EMA' – it's a dream come true!" said Gomez. "This is such a huge event that always recognizes the biggest stars in music from across the globe, so it's a real honor to be MC at this year's show."
Black Eyed Peas have been added to the Michael Jackson tribute concert that is scheduled for October 8 in Cardiff, Wales. They join a lineup that already includes Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson and Cee Lo Green, as well as show host Jamie Foxx.
Lou Reed & Metallica
"The View," the first official track from Lou Reed & Metallica' Lulu album has debuted online, and will be available from digital retailers starting tomorrow (9/27). Reed and James Hetfield share vocal duties on the cut, which is streaming via their official website here. Lulu is due out November 1.
After releasing the hit single "Whip My Hair," Willow Smith is now finishing up her debut album. According to producer Ronald "Jukebox" Jackson, the album will contain a blend of different sounds. "I did like eight, nine songs on Willow, so right now, we're in the process of just trying to close out the album," he told MTV News. "Willow is kind of a combination of what 'Whip My Hair' was. Willow just isn't a pop star, she isn't just an urban artist; she's very international. A lot of her music has a very big influence of everything from Rock to Pop to Hip-Hop."
Chicago rockers Chevelle announced on their Facebook page that their as-yet-untitled new album is due out December 6. The first single, "Face To The Floor," will land at radio on October 10.
Ryan Adams has confirmed another leg of North American dates, following his tour's kick off on October 11 in San Diego. The new dates run from December 2 in Philadelphia through December 13 in Minneapolis. His new album, Ashes & Fire, will be out on October 11.
On October 24, Reprise Records will release a three-DVD set and a two-CD collection of unique live performances from many artists who've played at Neil Young's Annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts over the past 25 years. Some of the biggest names in music are included on The Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition, performing rare, acoustic versions of songs to benefit The Bridge School, an organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments. Artists featured on the live set include Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel and many more. The DVD also includes The Bridge School Story, which gives a special look inside the school, and another documentary called Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert.
An Elton John biopic entitled Rocketman is in the works. Sources say the film will be produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw as well as John's partner, David Furnish, according to a Reuters report. John will executive produce the film himself while playwright Lee Hall will draft the script. Rocketman also promises to be an unconventional biopic, which Shaw describes as "non-linear" and "hyper visual."
INXS has a handful of international tour dates booked this winter, and those concerts will mark the debut of new singer Ciaran Gribbin. A member of the group Leya and a solo artist under the moniker Joe Echo, Gribbin was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010 for co-writing Madonna's "Celebration," which appeared on her compilation album of the same name. He also sang backing vocals on Snow Patrol's Eyes Open album and performed on the soundtracks for Heartless and Wild Target. But after meeting INXS' Andrew Farriss two years ago at a mutual friend's party, he became the band's new frontman. "I've been very fortunate," Gribbin told Billboard.com. "I've worked hard and... grown in confidence, grown in ability. The last four years have been an amazing journey for me. But without a doubt, hand on heart, the most amazing part of my musical journey is about to begin (with INXS). I know that as a fact. I feel in some way like I've really arrived now." INXS has been writing new material, and they will hit the road on November 3 for six shows in South America, Europe and Australia. They hope to be in the studio shortly after that to record a new album.