Quick Hits: Wiz Khalifa, Katy Perry, The Voice, Lady Gaga, MTV EMAs, Whitney Houston, Tegan and Sara, Levon Helm Tribute
September 26, 2012
Wiz Khalifa has officially announced that his sophomore album, O.N.I.F.C., will be released everywhere on December 4. To celebrate the release, Wiz has released the album's next single, "Remember You (feat. The Weeknd)." Wiz and the Taylor Gang also have added new dates to the upcoming 2050 Tour. The trek kicks off at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on October 12 and continues through December 6 in Fairfax, VA.
Katy Perry will be honored with the Woman of the Year Award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event on Friday, November 30, in New York City. Perry has been on a roll for the past two years with her record-breaking album Teenage Dream, her 3D concert movie, and her California Dreams tour, which sold out 124 arenas while helping fund charity efforts for the Children's Health Fund, Generosity Water, the Humane Society and the Red Cross. The annual Women in Music Event, now in its seventh year, celebrates the most powerful and talented women in the music business.
NBC has ordered two more seasons of The Voice, according to Entertainment Weekly. While a fourth cycle was already a given since the network recently signed new judges Usher and Shakira for the spring season, this announcement confirms the musical competition series will be back next fall as well. Judges Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are both taking a break for the spring season in order to focus on their music careers, but both singers have said they'll return to the show in the future.
Lady Gaga has launched a new project online called A Body Revolution, dealing specifically with body acceptance. On her social networking site, www.LittleMonsters.com, she posted a few photos of herself in just a bra and underwear with the captions "bulimia and anorexia since I was 15," "but today I join the body revolution" "to inspire bravery." She encouraged fans to "Be brave and celebrate with us your perceived flaws," and since her photos were posted this morning, people have posted hundreds of comments and pictures sharing their own struggles with body acceptance. "My mother and I created the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION for one reason: to inspire bravery," Gaga wrote on the site. "This profile is an extension of that dream. Be brave and celebrate with us your perceived flaws, as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous."
MTV has announced that supermodel Heidi Klum will host the 2012 MTV EMA. The 19th annual awards show is being held in Frankfurt, Germany and will broadcast live on Sunday, November 11 on MTV channels around the world. Rihanna and Taylor Swift top the list of the 2012 MTV EMA nominees with six and five nods, respectively, with JustinBieber and Katy Perry following closely behind with four nominations each.
I Will Always Love You – The Best of Whitney Houston is due on November 13 via RCA. Leading the way is the CliveDavis-produced track "I Look To You," a brand new duet version featuring previously unreleased vocals by Houston and newly recorded vocals by R. Kelly. The single is currently posted on www.WhitneyHouston.com and available for purchase at all digital service providers. The album will also include "Never Give Up," another never before released song by Houston, as well as hits like "I Will Always Love You," "Saving All My Love For You," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and more.
Tegan and Sara have dubbed their new album Heartthrob, and it's set for a January 2013 release. The first single, "Closer," is out now. The duo will hit the road with The Black Keys in October as well as opening shows for The Killers in the U.S. and the U.K. later in the year.
Garth Hudson of The Band, country/folk singer John Prine, Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and singer/songwriter David Bromberg have been added to the lineup for Love for Levon, a tribute concert for Levon Helm that will be held October 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ. They join previously announced musicians including Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, Marc Cohn, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, Ray LaMontagne, The Levon Helm Band, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh and Lucinda Williams. All net proceeds from the benefit concert will help support the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions.