Quick Hits: John Legend, Black Keys, Justin Bieber / Rihanna / Bruno Mars, Smashing Pumpkins, Ben Harper, Phillip Phillips
October 3, 2012
John Legend has decided to delay the release of his new album, Love in the Future. Legend explained in an e-mail to fans that he was going to release the album this fall and support it with a tour, but "we announced the dates before we'd finished the album because we were sure we'd finish the album in time." However, that didn't go as planned. "Unfortunately, while the creative process has been exciting and I'm pretty certain we're going to deliver the best album of my career so far, the timing hasn't adhered to the schedule I originally envisioned," he wrote. "In other words, we're not done with the album. And my team and I have made the agonizing decision to put off the tour until 2013 when we know we will have the new music done and will be ready to fully unveil the creative vision through the album and the live experience." Legend apologized to fans and added, "Thanks for your patience. I sincerely apologize if I've let any of you down. I'm going to get back to work and make sure we make this album the best you've ever had."
The Black Keys have said in several interviews lately that they're itching to make a new album, and now drummer Patrick Carney has given CBS Local an idea of their timeline. "We're going to start making a new album in January and we're going to tour a little more in the spring," Carney said. "Our plan is the have the new album done by the end of spring or earlier, then hopefully take a few months off to do normal things like go to bed early and wake up early, walk the dog, that kind of stuff. Then we'll probably be back on the road starting next fall." He also said the duo may work with producer Danger Mouse again, if his busy schedule permits. "If we ever work with a producer, it's always going to be him," Carney added. "We've been working with him since 2007, since Attack & Release, and we're all really good friends. But he's also really busy, producing so many records lately, so hopefully he has time. He's producing U2's record – that takes priority over us!"
Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Bruno Mars have all been enlisted to perform at the Victoria's Secret fashion show in New York this December. Victoria's Secret announced the trio of performers via their Facebook page on Tuesday (10/2). The show is scheduled to air on Tuesday, December 4 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
The Smashing Pumpkins reissue campaign continues with the 1995 album Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, which is getting a deluxe release on December 3. The remastered album is being released in multiple physical and digital configurations, including an expanded five CD+DVD Deluxe Box Set, four LP Vinyl, double CD, and digital formats. The Deluxe Box Set's five CDs include 64 bonus tracks of previously unreleased material or alternate versions of Mellon Collie era songs, and its DVD features a live show filmed at the Brixton Academy, London in 1996 and bonus performances from the German music television show Rockpalast. It all comes housed in a 12 x 12 lift-top box with magnetic closure, reimagined cover art and velvet-lined disc holder. The package also includes two books containing personal notes, lyrics, new collage artwork and more.
Ben Harper has teamed with renowned harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite to create Get Up!, a 10-track album mixing blues, gospel, roots and R&B. It will be released by Stax Records/Concord Music Group on January 29, 2013. "Charlie and I have been looking to make this record for over ten years and now that we've gotten to it," stated Harper. "I can't wait to play it live."
The RIAA has awarded American Idol winner Phillip Phillips with a Gold & Platinum plaque in honor of his debut song, "Home," selling more than one million digital downloads in the United States.
Photo (L to R): Cara Duckworth Weiblinger, VP, Communications, RIAA; Phillip Phillips; Liz Kennedy, Director, Communications and Gold & Platinum Program, RIAA; Jonathan Lamy, EVP, Communications, RIAA. Photo Credit: William B. Plowman/Invision for Hard Rock/AP Images