Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Hit-Boy, The Killers, The Flaming Lips, Bob Welch / Fleetwood Mac, The Grammys, Electric Burma concert
June 8, 2012
Lady Gaga is almost ready to tell fans the title of her next album. Early on Friday morning she tweeted, "Exciting news little monsters! I've played my new record for my label and will be announcing my new Album Title in September!" It's unclear how far along she is in the recording process, but her co-manager, Vincent Herbert, recently told MTV News that the new album is an "insane, great record. She's on tour right now, but it's just going to be a great record. Look out for the unexpected when it comes to her. We're doing it on the road right now, so it's a little hard, but it's going to be great."
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the second-longest concert of their career on Thursday in Milan. The show ran 3 hours and 40 minutes long, playing 33 songs. The Boss' longest concert ever was on New Year's Eve 1980 in Uniondale, NY.
Hit-Boy, the producer behind Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ni**as in Paris," has now dropped his first solo track. The song is called "Jay-Z Interview" and the video hit the web on Thursday. Hit-Boy is signed to Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music label, but it's unclear when his full length debut album will come out. However, Hit-Boy will likely have a hand in the G.O.O.D. Music ensemble album Cruel Summer, which is expected later this year.
The Killers have released a trailer for their first album in four years, Battleborn, which is due in the fall. Songs on the new release will include "Heart Of A Girl," "Flesh And Bone," "Carry Me Home" and "Runaways," with production work by Steve Lillywhite, Brendan O’Brien and Stuart Price, who produced the group's previous album, 2008's Day & Age. Check out the trailer for Battleborn below:
The Flaming Lips will embark on a quest to break the Guinness World Records title for the Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours in multiple cities during the digitally-driven O Music Awards. Beginning June 27, the O Music Awards will play out in the form of a 24-hour award show live stream via a bus ride through the Mississippi Delta, in which The Lips will board a vintage tour bus named "Endeavor" and zigzag across the region. The band will play a series of eight concerts, each in a different city, and at each stop, an eclectic mix of artists including Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Gary Clark Jr., Hunter Hayes, GIVERS, Neon Indian, Grimes, New Fumes and others to be announced will play a full set before The Flaming Lips arrive on the bus to take the stage. The whole thing can be seen at www.omusicawards.com.
Bob Welch, an early member of Fleetwood Mac who went on to a successful solo career, died on Thursday of an apparent suicide. He was 66. Police said Welch's body was found by his wife Wendy with a single gunshot wound to the chest, and he had left a suicide note. Welch's former bandmate Mick Fleetwood told Reuters that the suicide was "incredibly out of character." "He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking," Fleetwood said. "He was a huge part of our history which sometimes gets forgotten ... mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us." Welch played guitar and was a vocalist with the band from 1971 to 1974, working on five of their early albums. Stevie Nicks also released a statement saying, "He was an amazing guitar player - he was funny, sweet - and he was smart. I'm so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac."
A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, the Recording Academy now has added three awards back into the mix, including the reinstatement of the Best Latin Jazz Album category. The other new entries for next year are Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Classical Compendium. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on February 10, 2013, and a total of 81 categories will be recognized.
Bob Geldof, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Lupe Fiasco and more will perform at Electric Burma: A Concert for Aung San Suu Kyi, slated for Monday, June 18 in Dublin. The event is a celebration of the Nobel Peace Prize recipient and leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma. Bono also will present Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International's prestigious Ambassador of Conscience Award, which is given to individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the fight to protect human rights.