Quick Hits: Lil Wayne, Whitney Houston, Black Sababth, Foo Fighters / CBGB movie, Paul McCartney, Joss Stone
June 5, 2012
Lil Wayne's tireless work ethic will be the subject of a new wesbite launched by his friend and videographer, DJ Scoob Doo, called www.BreadOverBed.com. The video site will feature exclusive footage of the Young Money boss in his working environment. "There's no quit, there's no stopping, there's no such thing as a break, and the best part about it is there's no reason why ó the reason is you," Weezy told MTV News in an exclusive clip announcing his involvement with the site. "The reason why I don't stop is because of me, the reason why I don't sleep is because of me, the reason why I don't take breaks is because of me. I don't have to. It's natural." The site also will house video content from other artists, athletes and notable folks who devote their lives to their work.
Whitney Houston's life will be detailed in a book written by her mother, Cissy Houston. HarperCollins will publish the memoir, which it says will reveal the "unabridged and unbelievable story" of the late singer. It is scheduled to come out in February. "When I lost my daughter Nippy (Whitney Houston's nickname), the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman," Cissy Houston said in a statement released by HarperCollins. "In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney. We are still receiving thousands of letters each day from her fans, and I hope reading this book will provide a deeper understanding into my daughter's true story."
Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed that Black Sabbath has written 15 new songs for their first album with him since 1978. "We've written about 15 songs together so far," Ozzy revealed in an interview with NME. "Whether they'll get on an album [I don't know]Ö You just keep on writing. I was trying to [work out], 'Where would we be now musically if we'd have stayed together?'" Osbourne also dropped a hint on a possible title, saying, "Next year, 2013, is a good clue of what we'll call the album." Guitarist Tony Iommi also discussed his battle with cancer and how playing with the band at their comeback show in Birmingham on May 19 made him feel better. "It was great. Going through what I've gone through over the past year has been like living in a different world," he told NME. "Being onstage and to get that [reaction from the fans] is just fantastic, it really boosts you up."
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will portray Iggy Pop in the upcoming movie about New York club CBGB. Also joining the cast are The Big Bang Theory'sJohnny Galecki as music manager Terry Ork and The Borgias actress Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The story centers on club owner Hilly Kristal (to be played by Alan Rickman) and his efforts to turn the tiny club into a groundbreaking rock & roll venue where the New York Punk scene thrived. Production is slated to begin on June 25 in Savannah, GA, before moving to New York.
Paul McCartney will be rocking the Olympic Games in London this summer. Speaking to BBC 5 Live on Monday, June 4, McCartney confirmed that "I've been booked" to play the opening ceremony, and he explained that he would be "closing the opening" of the Olympics. The opening ceremony will take place on July 27. McCartney also closed the Queen's Jubilee Concert in London on Monday with a five-song set played in front of Buckingham Palace. After kicking off with "Magical Mystery Tour," McCartney went on to play "All My Loving," "Let It Be," "Live And Let Die" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da."
Joss Stone's Stone'd Records label has joined forces with the label that first signed her, S-Curve Records, for the follow up to Stone's huge-selling 2003 debut, The Soul Sessions. Now, The Soul Sessions Volume 2 will be released on July 31 as a joint release between Stone'd Records and S-Curve. The 11 covers on The Soul Sessions Volume 2 will include deep cuts such as "(For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People" (originally recorded by the Chi-Lites), "The Love We Had" (by The Dells), "Pillow Talk" (by Sylvia), and the first single, "The High Road," originally done by Broken Bells.