Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, Brandy, Stand Up To Cancer telethon, Kings Of Leon
August 24, 2012
Lady Gaga already has told us that her new album will be called ARTPOP, and now the rumors are swirling about who is collaborating with Mother Monster on the new opus. MTV News reports that she was joined by producer DJ White Shadow while on tour in Latvia, and rapper Azealia Banks also tweeted about meeting up with Gaga. She's also reportedly been working with EDM star Zedd and even Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich for the album. Gaga recently teased fans with a new song when she blasted it out of her car while in New York City, and she even said that the dance track would be the first single from the new album. In other Gaga news, Forbes has ranked her as the most powerful woman in music. In the magazine's new list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Lady Gaga was ranked #14. The next highest-ranked musician is Beyonce at #32, followed by Jennifer Lopez at #38.
Singer Brandy has just released her second single, "Wildest Dreams," from the upcoming album Two Eleven, which is due on October 16 via RCA Records. The singer told Billboard.com that the song is "about love. It's about falling in love with someone and it's almost like it's too good to be true. It's a mid-tempo. Sean Garrett did that one as well. I'm excited about that because it's like a '90s 2012 record." Aside from Garrett, Two Eleven is set to feature a duet with Frank Ocean, production by Bangladesh, Jim Jonsin and Timbaland, and songwriting by Rico Love and possibly Drake. "Drake did write a song, i haven't recorded it yet. But he did write I song that I absolutely love. We'll see if that happens," Brandy added.
Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Coldplay and Tim McGraw are set to perform at the third annual Stand Up To Cancer telethon, a star-studded TV special meant to raise awareness and money for cancer research. The Stand Up To Cancer telethon will be simulcast on Friday, September 7 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Kings Of Leon bassist Jared Followill says the band is close to starting work on the follow-up to their 2010 album, Come Around Sundown. "We've been meeting with producers every day so we're starting to get the ball rolling on album six," he told BBC Radio 1. "I don't know what I can say, but we're definitely planning on starting the record some point in the near future." Jared added that frontman Caleb Followill "has been writing a lot, and I think it's going to go really well."