Quick Hits: Jennifer Lopez, Linkin Park, Justin Bieber, AWOLNATION, Rob Zombie, Taylor Swift, Taproot, Converse, ZZ Top, Flaming Lips, Lindsey Buckingham
March 28, 2012


Jennifer Lopez
After collaborating for the song "On The Floor," Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and producer RedOne have teamed up once again for a new single called "Dance Again." Lopez's "Dance Again" will world premiere on March 30 during On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, and the song will be available on iTunes on April 2. A video for the track also will debut on American Idol on April 5.

Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda tweeted today that a new single from the band, called "Burn It Down," is coming on April 16. In a recent interview with Kerrang!, singer Chester Bennington said that the band will release a new album this summer and it will have a more guitar-based sound than 2010's experimental A Thousand Suns. "With this album, we've incorporated a lot of guitar work with big choruses and the heavier electronic stuff to give it that really big wall of sound feeling without getting too metal," Bennington explained. "This will be more familiar to people than A Thousand Suns was, where we were like, 'F**k it, we're just going to go bonkers.'"

Now that Justin Bieber has dropped his new single, "Boyfriend," co-producer Mike Posner says the song is just a taste of how far Bieber has come since his early My World days. "I think our goal was to make something that me and my friends could listen to in the car," Posner told MTV News of Bieber's new album, Believe. "I think we've all known Justin since he was 13, and that's not the kid I was in the studio with anymore. He's an 18-year-old. He skateboards with Lil Wayne and hangs out with Lil Twist. Those are his homies. And he listens to hip-hop and he's a really cool kid. So I wanted to make something that reflected who he is now and who he is going to continue to be." Believe will drop later this year, but no set date has been announced.

To celebrate their hit single "Sail" going Platinum in the U.S. (and Double Platinum in Canada), AWOLNATION is offering the track as a free download. For a limited time, the band and Red Bull Records are offering "Sail" as a free download and hosting a contest to win one of 10 official platinum plaques, individually personalized with each winnerís name.  To download the track and enter to win, visit Facebook here http://on.fb.me/DLsail or www.RedBullRecords.com. AWOLNATION kick off a new leg of touring this Sunday, April 1 in Winnipeg, Manatoba.

Rob Zombie says that he and his bandmates will enter the studio on June 1 to begin recording a new album, set for a late 2012 release. "It has been way, and I mean way too long without any new music. I am dying to get back to it," said Zombie. "I have not felt this much excitement within the band since recording the first Hellbilly Deluxe record almost 15 years ago. We have been working on tons of songs for quite some time and I can safely say this will definitely be our best record yet." Before they begin recording, they will hit the highway on a co-headline tour with Megadeth that begins on May 11 in Holmdel, NJ. Two new dates have been added to the trek on May 13 in Columbia, MD, and May 19 in St. Louis, MO.

Michelle Obama will present Taylor Swift with The Big Help Award during Nickelodeon's 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles. The award recognizes those whose charitable efforts have made an impact on society and inspired children to do the same. Swift has been active with organizations such as The Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity.

Taproot has released a teaser for their new music video, "No Surrender." The full video will debut on VEVO on Wednesday, April 4, but you can check out the teaser below:




After the success of the Gorillaz, James Murphy and Andre 3000 collaboration "DoYaThing" for Converse, the sneaker company has announced the next group of artists who will participate in their "Three Artists. One Song" series. The next single, called "Warrior," will come from Mark Foster of Foster The People, New Zealand songstress Kimbra, and Canadian DJ A-Trak. The music video and song will be made available as a free download on Thursday, April 5.

ZZ Top is whittling down which new songs will be on their long-awaited new album, which they have recorded with producer Rick Rubin. "It's down to seeds and stems, just picking through the good stuff," frontman Billy Gibbons told Billboard.com. "As a couple of friends of ours said, 'You really don't have to get that much better; your big job is really holding it down and not making too many drastic changes,' which I kinda like." Gibbons couldn't predict if the album will be finished by the time ZZ Top begins the Gang of Outlaws tour on May 25 with 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson, but fans are likely to hear one new song at the concerts called "25 Lighters," which also will be in a commercial for Jeremiah Weed whiskey.

The Flaming Lips are never a band to shy away from doing something bizarre and different, including using their collaborators' blood in the packaging for a new release. When the group releases The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends as a limited-edition two-LP set for Record Store Day this year, singer Wayne Coyne is hoping to incorporate the actual blood of the album's guest stars, including Ke$ha, Neon Indian and Prefuse 73. "I don't have everybody's blood just yet, but I collected quite a few vials of blood and it's actually sitting in my refrigerator as we speak," Coyne told NME about the project. "I'm going to try to take that same concept and put little bits of everybody's blood in the middle of this record. Like a glass specimen thing." However, only "five or six" of these extra-special records will be produced, making them highly collectible.

Lindsey Buckingham has set a new round of solo tour dates beginning May 3 in Solana Beach, CA and concluding Monday, May 21 in Spokane, WA. More shows throughout the U.S. will be announced in the coming weeks. Buckingham will perform songs from his most recent album, Seeds We Sow, as well as favorites from his previous solo albums and Fleetwood Mac classics.




 
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