Quick Hits: P!nk, Jordin Sparks, Beck, The Beach Boys, Adam "MCA" Yauch
August 9, 2012
P!nk will perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6. The Pop star will debut a song from her upcoming record The Truth About Love. "Being a part of the VMAs for me is extra special because my mom never let me used to watch MTV as a little girl," Pink told MTV News. "I would watch it anyway but she would also try and ground me but then I would just sneak out my window and go to someone's house that had MTV so to be on MTV is quite ironic." Additionally, comedian Kevin Hart has been announced as the host of the annual awards show.
Jordin Sparks stars in the remake of Sparkle, due out in theaters August 17, and is also working towards her third album. Sparks tells Billboard she currently has "about seven songs that I feel very strongly about." Sparks says her new material is "going to be different from what my fans have heard before. With [2009's] Battlefield it was pop/rock and a little bit of pop/R&B, but I'm going for more of the R&B side now, so it's like R&B/pop instead of pop/R&B." Sparks also sings on the soundtrack to Sparkle, which co-stars the late Whitney Houston as her character's mother.
Beck's next album will apparently be released in surprising form: sheet music. Beck Hansen's Song Reader will be a book of sheet music and lyrics, published by McSweeney's in December, for 20 new songs written by Beck. Fans are encouraged to record their own versions of the new tunes, though it is unknown if Beck himself has recorded these songs yet or even if he will.
The Beach Boys will release two new greatest hits collections this fall via Capitol/EMI, as well as remastered versions of 12 of their albums. The new 50th anniversary Greatest Hits collection includes 20 songs, while a deluxe 50-song 2-CD set titled Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones. Both will be out on October 9 in North America. The 12 digitally remastered Beach Boys albums will be in stores September 25, with most reissues including both a stereo and a mono mix of each record.
According to DNA Info, Adam "MCA" Yauch's will stipulates that his music and image cannot be used in any advertising following his death earlier this year. The late Beastie Boy rapped in multiple songs about how he was against using the group's music in commercials. Yauch's widow Dechen has the right to sell and manage his artistic property. The will also leaves a $6.4 million trust to Dechen and their daughter Losel.