Quick Hits: Rihanna, P!nk, Garbage, Metric, The Joy Formidable, KISS, The Flaming Lips, Tone-Loc, Meital Dohan
October 4, 2011

Rihanna announced on Facebook today that her new album will be titled Talk That Talk and it is due in stores on November 21, the Monday before Thanksgiving. In other Rihanna news, she appears on the cover of the new British Vogue, sporting a blonde wig and looking like Marilyn Monroe. In the interview, the singer notes that much of her sexiness and vamping is just part of her act. "That's not me. That's a part I play. You know, like it's a piece of art, with all these toys and textures to play with," she told the magazine. "See, people... they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead. The things I say in my songs, they expect it of me, and [being a role model] became more of my job than I wanted it to be. I just want to make music. That's it."

P!nk has joined the cast of the 2012 dramedy Thanks For Sharing, directed by the writer of The Kids Are All Right. According to Vulture, P!nk will play a "free spirit who bonds with a sex addict" played by The Book of Mormon co-star Josh Gad. The cast also includes Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo.

Garbage plan to release their fifth studio album, and their first since 2005, in the Spring. The band has been working on the self-produced record in Los Angeles and posted a brief snippet on new music on their official Facebook page. "Years' worth of pent-up music came out in some bizarre ways -- bleary cell phone memos became real songs, conversations turned into lyrics, and new computer gizmos inspired wicked tangents," the group said in an announcement. "Ghosts came in, had their say. Everyone brought ideas, and everyone fought their corner. At the end of the day it all gets shoved through the four-way brain filter that is Garbage and it ends up sounding like nobody else. Red feathers and black tar."

Metric frontwoman Emily Haines spoke to Spin about the band's next album, the follow-up to their breakthrough Fantasies. Haines says the group is currently in the mixing process and is hoping for a release in the Spring of 2012. We went into this album with the attitude that we should do what we feel like doing, as we've always done," she says. "You know, go toward what scares you, and then keep going."

Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable will play CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman on Thursday, October 6. The band will then hit the road for a U.K. tour that begins October 13 in Birmingham, and ends at the Cardiff SWN Festival on October 21. Come November, The Joy Formidable will return to the U.S. to open a string of dates for the Foo Fighters. Meanwhile, the band also recorded a new song called "Endtapes," which will appear as the opening track on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack, available in stores on November 8.

KISS is currently putting the finishing touches to their next album, Monster, which is due for release early next year, and Paul Stanley told LA Weekly that fans can expect a tour in support of the record. "We ultimately have always seen ourselves as a live band that prides itself not only in playing music but in entertaining. And I say 'entertainment' in capital letters with lights flashing around it," Stanley said. "We're proud of that. There's nothing worse than going to a concert and paying for a high-priced ticket and seeing somebody stroll out onto stage and sit on a stool. You kind of wonder where your money went." When asked if there is any chance of a KISS/Lady Gaga collaboration, Stanley replied, "Anything's possible. She's terrific, and it's not improbable."

The Flaming Lips have recorded an epic, six-hour song with the goal to raise funds for The Central Oklahoma Humane Society and The Academy of Contemporary Music at The University of Central Oklahoma. The song, called "Found A Star On The Ground," will be contained within a newly-developed toy called The Strobo Trip. This unique devise has been called "A Light and Audio Phase Illusions Toy" to use in conjunction with "Found A Star On The Ground." In addition to the six-hour song, The Strobo Trip will also contain two more brand new songs, and proceeds will benefit the two aforementioned charities. It will be available shortly.

After being arrested in June on weapons and domestic violence charges, "Wild Thing" rapper Tone-Loc pleaded no contest to one count of possession of an assault weapon and one count of corporal injury to his child's mother. According to a release from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Loc was sentenced to one day in county jail, three years of formal probation, 30 days of community service and 52 weeks of anger-management counseling. The D.A.'s office specified that the firearm was not used in the domestic assault, however, their investigation found the rapper in possession of an unregistered assault weapon.

Weeds actress Meital Dohan has released her new Pop single, "Yummy Boyz," and will be performing the song for the very first time at a party for dating website Grindr on October 21 at Club Eleven in West Hollywood. "I'm really excited about this opportunity to team up with Grindr because they are a forward-thinking company and I believe in fierce equality for people of all sexual orientations. I'm pro-human and I think that's where equality really begins and ends," Dohan said. Currently, she is completing her debut album, Iím In Hate With Love, slated for release next year.

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