Quick Hits: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, R. Kelly, UR1 Music Festival, Bruce Springsteen
October 17, 2012
Rihanna will appear on the cover of the November issue of Vogue magazine, posing in a wheat field for famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. In the interview, the singer opens up about her reconciliation with ex-boyfriend ChrisBrown, saying that others can't see what she sees "unless they're sitting in my point of view." She also admits that she's hasn't been on a "real" date in years. "I have not been on a date in forever. Like two years. Haven't gone to the movies, to dinner. Zero," Rihanna says, according to Billboard.com. Her issue of Vogue hits newsstands at the end of October, a few weeks before the singer's new album, Unapologetic, drops on November 19.
The tracklist has been revealed for Kelly Clarkson's Greatest Hits - Chapter 1, which is due on November 19. In addition to the brand-new single "Catch My Breath," Spin.com reports that the album will include 17 songs such as "Since U Been Gone," "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," "My Life Would Suck Without You" and "A Moment Like This." You'll also find her her duets with Vince Gill on "Don't Rush" and Jason Aldean on "Don't You Wanna Stay."
Justin Bieber has teamed up with Adidas as a spokesperson for the company's NEO label. As part of the partnership, Bieber has been wearing gold Adidas on his Believe tour, and he wants fans to partake in an online scavenger hunt to find them. The virtual hunt starts at the NEO label Facebook page, where fans will find a clue to finding the shoes. If successful, they can enter a special code for the chance to be one of two fans who get to meet Bieber in Miami.
Jay-Z is auctioning off 10 NBA jerseys sporting the name and number "Carter 4" to benefit the Shawn Carter Foundation, which aids students facing economic hardships. The limited edition jerseys are on the block now at Auctions.NBA.com, with the sale ending October 31.
R. Kelly will return with the latest installment of his Trapped in the Closet saga on Friday, November 23. The new musical chapters will air on IFC. "They'll be coming out the day after Thanksgiving," Kelly told TIME. "We just shot 20 chapters. Trapped in the Closet is forever. I've got like a hundred chapters to come." The upcoming chapters will pick up where the series left off in 2007 with the spread of a mysterious "package." Watch Kelly's new trailer below:
Miami's UR1 Music Festival has added a number of artists to the lineup, including Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Jane’s Addiction, Slash, Dead Can Dance, Zola Jesus, Tanlines and Peter Murphy. They join previously announced headliners Kanye West and Lou Reed. The event will take over Miami’s Bayfront Park from December 8-9 amidst the Art Basel Miami Beach art show.
Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom last night to pay tribute to his E Street bandmate Steven Van Zandt, who was receiving the "Big Man of the Year" award from Little Kids Rock. "There's been no better bandmate or wingman or friend to me than Steve Van Zandt," Springsteen said onstage, according to Rolling Stone. "One of the greatest rock & roll friendships: still with Steve, I laugh the loudest and the longest." Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit foundation that provides free musical instruments and instruction to public school children. Upon receiving their award, Van Zandt stated: "You watch these kids' eyes light up when you hand them a guitar. We haven't left much for the next generation. We have left our progeny no practical means by which to make a living in music. We find ourselves with no government support, no infrastructure left in the private sector, and no standards of quality in sight. Instead of whining about it, we're gonna do something about it. Because, I don't know about you, but I'm not gonna live in a world without great rock & roll."