Quick Hits: Kanye West, Beyonce, Pitbull, Deftones, P.O.D., Mary J. Blige, Jim Marshall
April 5, 2012
Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music will release a new song tomorrow (Good Friday), which is expected to be the first taste of the label's long-awaited group album. The track, "Mercy," features Kanye along with Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, according to Billboard. Another new track from West debuted last night on Funkmaster Flex's radio show on Hot 97. "Theraflu" is a collaboration between West and DJ Khaled but it is unknown where or when it will see an official release.
Beyonce has launched a new website, and tweeted for the first time, opening up part of her highly-guarded personal life to her fans. She tweeted, "Hey World, it's B! I'm so excited to invite you to my new beyonce.com -- we've been working hard, and it's finally ready for you XO." The new site is powered by Tumblr and features a number of pictures of the Pop star with her sister Solange, her husband Jay-Z and a video of a pregnant Beyonce walking past a blue ivy tree that may have inspired the name of her baby daughter.
Tracks from Pitbull's early years on TVT Records will be collected on Original Hits, an 18-song retrospective set to be released by The Orchard on May 8. "I wouldn't be where I am today without these songs. Each one represents a step on my journey from Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide," Pitbull says. "This album is a good introduction for newer fans and a reminder to longtime fans of how far we've come together."
Deftones singer Chino Moreno told an Argentinian radio station that the band has finished pre-production on its seventh album and will enter the studio soon to begin recording. Moreno said he expects the album to be out in "early fall...October. Maybe September."
P.O.D. has completed their upcoming album Murdered Love, the band's first release in four years. The record is due out this summer and fans can now hear "Eyez," a new preview track featuring guest vocals from Jamey Jasta, online at payableondeath.com. P.O.D. will play Australia and New Zealand this month, before kicking off a North American tour on April 28 in Tampa at the WXTB 98Rockfest.
Mary J. Blige released a statement to TMZ, saying that a leaked Burger King ad this week was not the finished product. "I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence," Blige said. "Unfortunately, that's not what was happening in that clip. I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if youíre a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out." The fast food chain also released an apology to the R&B star and her fans.
Jim Marshall, creator of the famous Marshall amplifier, has passed away at the age of 88. Marshall began his music career as a drummer but founded Marshall Amplification in 1962. Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton were among the early users of Marshall's amps and the "Marshall stack" became an iconic choice of onstage gear for rockers. Slash tweeted this morning, "The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on FOREVER! \,,/."