Quick Hits: Justin Bieber & Taylor Swift, Jay-Z / Kanye West / Beyonce, Butch Vig / Dave Grohl / Krist Novoselic, Lil Wayne, Lostprophets, Rock Allegiance, 2Pac & Nate Dogg, Matt Skiba & The Sekrets
April 13, 2012


Justin Bieber
Taylor Swift has collaborated with Justin Bieber on his upcoming album Believe. In an interview with Capital FM Radio in the UK, Bieber confirmed Swift is the latest star confirmed for his new record, due out some time this summer. He added that their collaboration with have a Country feel to it, adding that Believe "doesn't stay in a box,. Everything is so different and that's why I'm so happy with this album." Bieber didn't specifically say Swift sings on the track, saying that "I mean I even wrote a song with Taylor Swift, so the whole album ranges differently." Kanye West, Usher and Drake are among the other acts who have reportedly contributed to Believe as well.

In a new interview with The Atlantic, President Barack Obama is asked who he is a bigger fan of - Jay-Z or Kanye West. Obama chooses Jay, but adds, "Although I like Kanye. He's a Chicago guy. Smart. He's very talented." Writer David Samuels responded, "Even though you called him a jackass?," referring to comments following West's behavior at the 2009 MTV VMAs. Obama replied, "He is a jackass. But he's talented." Meanwhile, Jay-Z's wife Beyonce has posted a handwritten letter to First Lady Michelle Obama online, praising her as "the ULTIMATE example of a truly strong African American woman." B's letter on Beyonce.com can be read here.

Producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig has revealed he was in the studio recording with his old Nevermind friends Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. The former Nirvana bandmates and Vig were recording with a "special guest" this week according to a tweet from Vig yesterday. He wrote, "The last 24 hours have been surreal! Had a great gig at the El Rey last night, and spent today recording with Dave, Krist and special guest!" It is possible that the recording session is connected to Grohl's upcoming documentary Sound City, on the legendary L.A. recording studio where Nevermind was made.

Lil Wayne tells MTV that he has inked a new, four-album contract with Cash Money Records. Weezy has been signed to the label since he was just 11 years old. In the same interview, Wayne announced he is working on a new album called Devol. He is expected to release I Am Not A Human Being II at some point in 2012 as well.

Welsh rockers Lostprophets have signed to Fearless Records. The band's fifth album Weapons is due out June 19 and it was produced by Ken Andrews (Failure, A Perfect Circle). "With the business being as it is, and America being such a huge market to be absent from, we couldn't be more flattered and excited that Fearless are giving us another crack at it - Another shot, if you will. Warped Tour will remind everyone - old fans and new - how good it is having Lostprophets on these shores. It's been a long time since a UK rock band has made a real impact in America and we're ready to carry that torch," says singer Ian Watkins.

The Rock Allegiance festival has been announced for Hershey, PA at Hershey Park Stadium on September 1. The complete lineup for the event will be announced on Monday, April 16. Visit rockallegiance.com for more information.

According to multiple reports, holograms of the late Tupac Shakur and Nate Dogg will "perform" at Coachella this weekend. KROQ/Los Angeles and TMZ have reported the two deceased rappers will appear alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. There have been rumors all week about the Dre & Snoop performance, including the possibility that they will be joined onstage by Eminem, Warren G and Wiz Khalifa, among others.

Alkaline Trio singer Matt Skiba's new solo project Matt Skiba and The Sekrets will release Babylon on Superball Music on May 8. The band has announced a North American tour for next month as well, kicking off on Skiba's home turf of Chicago on May 7. The trek winds up in Pomona, CA on June 24.




 
Music News
Drake's Views Spends a Fourth Week at #1
Quick Hits: Major Lazer, Prophets of Rage, James Blake, Louder Than Life festival, Surfer Blood
FMQB Retro-Active: Ken Sharp Enthuses On The Who's Still-Thriving Music Career, As Well As Their Charitable Efforts
The Weeknd Tops Billboard Music Award Winners
Quick Hits: Leona Lewis, The Strokes, Cold War Kids
Quick Hits: Teen Choice Awards, Bon Jovi, The Killers
Quick Hits: Eminem, Mariah Carey, Red Nose Day TV Special, My Morning Jacket, The Tragically Hip
Drake Stays at #1, Meghan Trainor Debuts at #3 on Billboard 200
Quick Hits: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth, Ramones
Drake Leads Nominees For 2016 BET Awards
Quick Hits: Adele, Fifth Harmony, Life is Beautiful festival, Beastie Boys
Quick Hits: Chevelle, Rage Against The Machine / Prophets of Rage, 3 Doors Down, Make America Rock Again tour
Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris & More Headlining Billboard Hot 100 Festival
Quick Hits: MuchMusic Awards, Guns N' Roses / Lenny Kravitz / Alice in Chains, Rage Against The Machine, Riot Fest
Puff Daddy Takes Bad Boy Reunion on the Road
Breaking News
Hubbard Radio Seattle Names Dave Numme As PD for KVRQ
Alpha Media Names Bill Gentry As Louisville SVP/Market Manager
AGM Aquires Coast FM In San Luis Obispo
BE-AT.TV & Music Choice Partner To Carry Streams From The World’s Top DJs & Festivals
In Brief - May 31, 2016
May 27, 2016
KSSX/San Diego Flips to Rhythmic CHR as JAM’N 95.7
On-Air Moves at Entercom-San Francisco
Universal Music Group Acquires Digital Agency Fame House
Cherrytree Records Partners With ADA
In Brief - May 27, 2016
May 26, 2016
Cumulus Media Appoints John Dimick as VP/Programming Operations
Universal Music Group Appoints Gautam Srivastava to EVP, Human Resources
Intergr8 Research: Which Hits Shazam Can Help You Spot Early
Beasley Broadcast Group Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend
In Brief - May 26, 2016
May 25, 2016
Nielsen Insights: Their Generation
NAB Statement on Court Ruling on Media Ownership Rules
Republic Records Celebrate DNCE Going Double Platinum
May 24, 2016
iHeartMedia Wins Legal Battle
Spotify's Losses Increase As Revenues Grow Faster
Pierre Bouvard: The TV Upfront: History, 2016 issues, and What It Means For Radio
United Stations Adds Sammy Hagar's Radio Show
May 23, 2016
Columbia Records Announces Jennifer Frommer As Head of Its Creative Agency
iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party Heats Up Miami
National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Nominees
FMQB NOW

John Mayer
PD, WFLZ/Tampa

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!