Quick Hits: Jay-Z, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack, Muse, P!nk, Taylor Swift, Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa, Blur
October 5, 2012
Jay-Z will be live streaming the final show of his eight-night stand at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday night. The show will stream on Jay's "Life and Times" YouTube channel at 9:30 p.m. EST. Check out a teaser video below:
The tracklist for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack has been revealed, and it will offer tunes like Green Day's "The Forgotten," Passion Pit's "Where I Come From," Ellie Goulding's "Bittersweet," Feist's "Fire in the Water" and more. The soundtrack comes out on November 13 and the movie opens on November 16. Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt spoke to Yahoo! Movies about his band's involvement with the soundtrack, saying: "When we were asked to be part of the Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack, we readily agreed because the films are an insane cultural phenomenon, and we have always been impressed with the way the Twilight soundtracks are so carefully curated."
Muse has announced a handful of 2013 North American tour dates, in support of their new album The 2nd Law. The Brit rockers have revealed three Canadian dates in early February, a Detroit show on March 2 and more dates in Canada and the New York area in April, including a Madison Square Garden show on April 15.
RCA Records and P!nk celebrated the success of her Greatest Hits…So Far album, with a plaque commemorating 3 million albums sold worldwide backstage at her performance on The Today Show in New York on September 18 for the launch of her new album The Truth About Love.
Left to Right: John Fleckenstein (EVP – International, Sony Music U.S.), Tom Corson (President/COO, RCA Records), Joe Riccitelli (EVP – Promotion, RCA Records), P!nk, Roger Davies (manager) and Peter Edge (CEO, RCA Records) (Photographer: Andrew Marks)
SiriusXM announces that Taylor Swift will sit down for a live Q&A session with an audience of SiriusXM listeners at the satcaster's studios in New York City, as part of its "Town Hall" series. "SiriusXM's Town Hall with Taylor Swift" will air live on The Highway, channel 59, on Monday, October 22 at 2:00 pm ET, the day Swift’s new album, Red, is scheduled to be released. Hosted by SiriusXM host Al Skop, the "SiriusXM Town Hall with Taylor Swift" will include the country and pop superstar answering questions from the SiriusXM listeners in attendance. The “Town Hall” special will also feature songs from Swift’s new album Red.
Coldplay, Beyoncé, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons, Plan B, Bruno Mars, REM, Fleet Foxes and more are lined up for Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa, the latest album from Artists Project Earth (APE) that features high profile western and African musicians collaborating on exclusive African mixes of contemporary hits. The album is due on November 20 via The End Records, and it will help raise money for APE's climate change and disaster relief projects.
Despite uncertainty about the reunited Blur's future following their Olympics-closing performance, it appears the Brit-Pop band will play again in 2013. According to their official Facebook page, Blur will headline the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium in July of 2013. The note adds "We’re excited.. hope to travel in 2013 to play to more of our lovely fans who we haven’t seen for a while. Don’t know where yet, we’ll tell as soon as we do.. Stand by."