Quick Hits: Grammys, album sales, Three Days Grace, Beyonce / Kelly Clarkson / James Taylor, David Bowie
January 9, 2013

Current Grammy nominees the Black Keys, fun., Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and Taylor Swift are the first performers announced for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards telecast. The Black Keys and fun. will perform on the telecast for the first time, while Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and Swift are returning to the Grammy stage. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. The show will take place live on Sunday, February 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at Grammy.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube.

The Les Miserables soundtrack jumps to #1 on the album sales chart this week with 92,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Mumford & Sons' Babel moved up to #2 with 91,000, and Taylor Swift's Red is in the #3 slot with 69,000 sold. Phillip Phillips' The World From the Side of the Moon is up to #4 this week with 63,000, and One Direction fills out the Top 5 with Take Me Home, shifting 61,000 units.

Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier has left the band, according to an announcement on the Rockers' website, due to a health issue. Matt Walst, singer for My Darkest Days, will take over as singer for Three Days Grace's upcoming co-headlining tour with Shinedown, which kicks off February 1. 3DG bassist Brad Walst said in a statement, "We were surprised and distressed by Adam's sudden departure. We are however very excited for this upcoming tour, and to have my brother Matt stepping in as lead singer." The band has also posted audio of Matt Walst rehearsing three songs with 3DG.

Beyoncé has been tapped to perform at President Obama's second inauguration on January 21, where she will sing the national anthem. USA Today reports that Beyoncé will be joined by Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor during the event, as Clarkson will sing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" and Taylor will do "America the Beautiful." More announcements about the entertainment for the inauguration will be coming shortly.

Yesterday, David Bowie announced he will release his first album in a decade, titled The Next Day. Producer Tony Visconti spoke to the BBC about the record, saying he was surprised by yesterday's debut of the slower single "Where Are We Now?" Visconti said, "It’s the only track on the album that goes this much inward for him. It’s quite a rock album, the rest of the songs, so I thought to myself why is David coming out with this very slow, albeit beautiful, ballad why is he doing this? He should come out with a bang. But he is a master of his own life. I think this was a very smart move, linking the past with the future, and I think the next thing you hear from him is going to be quite different." It had been widely speculated that Bowie had been out of the spotlight due to his health, but Visconti said, "David is extremely healthy, he’s rosy-cheeked, he smiles a lot. During the recording he was smiling, he was so happy to be back in the studio. ... We all know he had a health scare in 2003, 2004, but he’s a very healthy man I can assure you, I’ve been saying this for the past few years. I couldn’t explain why I know that, but I worked with a very healthy and happy David Bowie in the studio."

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Manny Simon
VP/Adult Formats,
Republic Records

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