Quick Hits: M.I.A./Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Adam Levine, Van Halen, 50 Cent, Paul McCartney, World Party
February 10, 2012

A spokesperson for the NFL has confirmed reports that Super Bowl halftime performers have specific language in their contracts involving fines for any indecent behavior. Greg Aiello, a spokesperson for the league, told Yahoo! Sports that “We do have [safeguards regarding artist conduct] written into their contracts,” but refused to say if M.I.A. is facing a potential fine after flipping the middle finger during her appearance this past Sunday. Additionally, Madonna has spoken out about M.I.A.'s action. She called in to On Air With Ryan Seacrest this morning, saying, "I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager…irrelevant thing to do…there was such a feeling of love and unity there what was the point? It was just out of place." You can hear Seacrest's entire interview with Madonna here.

Bruce Springsteen's new video for "We Take Care Of Our Own" premiered on VEVO today. You can watch it here. The single is from The Boss' new album, Wrecking Ball, due on March 6 via Columbia Records. Springsteen and the E Street Band also will perform this Sunday, February 12, at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine is launching his own label called 222 Records, and the first artist signed to the label is Matthew Morrison, best known as the character Will Schuester from Glee. Morrison's new album will be released in the spring. "Starting my own label has been a longtime goal of mine and I am thrilled to be at the point in my career where it is finally happening," Levine said in a statement. "I am excited for everyone to hear Matthew's forthcoming album. Great things are in store for him with this release." Morrison added, "Adam and I share the same vision as we begin working on my record together."

Van Halen just released a video clip of David Lee Roth interviewing the Van Halen brothers, Eddie and Alex, about the stories behind their musical upbringing in Holland and their journey to Southern California. You can watch the interview below. Meanwhile, the band's long-awaited new album, A Different Kind of Truth, finally arrived in stores this week, and their tour kicks off on February 18.

50 Cent has partnered with the World Food Program (WFP) to aid people in hunger in Somalia and Kenya. WFP said the rapper has committed to provide 1 billion meals for the hungry, and is donating 10 cents from every sale of a new energy drink called Street King that he is promoting. "I'm in Somalia this week to show the world the devastation that is taking place," 50 shared via Street King's Facebook page. "Children going hungry everyday, even dying everyday from hunger. I am going to keep sending thru images from out here. I need you to take these photos and re-post to your friends. The world needs to see what is going on."

Paul McCartney will turn 70 in June, but so far he is showing no signs of slowing down his career. His new solo album, Kisses On The Bottom, came out this week, and yesterday he finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, making him the last Beatle to receive the honor. Today McCartney will receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award before performing at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. And furthermore, there is a Macca tribute album in the works. Among the artists slated to appear are Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, Jeff Lynne, Heart, Wanda Jackson, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Ronnie Spector, The Cure and Corinne Bailey Rae, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The collection, which does not yet have a label or release date, is being curated by longtime producer and music supervisor Ralph Sall (Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

World Party will release a five CD set of previously unreleased tracks, Arkeology, on April 10. The massive collection spans the group's 25 year history and compiles rarities, rare studio gems, live sessions, concert recordings, radio interviews, covers, demos, B-sides and 70 never-before-heard tracks, including songs finished as recently as 2011. New songs include “Waiting Such a Long Time,” “Everybody’s Falling in Love,” and “Photograph” -- billed as "a sprawling piano anthem recorded over a period of seventeen years (1994 to 2011). World Party memorabilia from Karl Wallinger’s personal archives is included in the packaging, as well as his notes and commentary about various shows and recordings. Wallinger chose to release Arkeology in an Any Year format “because I just got so sick of the CD packaging. I’m glad the whole CD format is dying, but I really didn’t want to put something out that was only digital.”

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Republic Records

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