Quick Hits: Destiny's Child, Presidential Inauguration Performers, Bruno Mars, SXSW, Bob Seger, BRIT Awards
January 11, 2013
Destiny's Child circa 2005
After it was announced yesterday that Destiny's Child will release one new song on a compilation album, it has now been revealed that the girls will also reunite with Beyoncé when she headlines the Super Bowl halftime show on February 3. According to a report from Us Magazine, Beyoncé will be joined onstage by DC mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for a medley of the group's hits that will culminate with "Nuclear," the new track that was produced by Pharrell Williams. The Destiny's Child compilation, Love Songs, is due on January 29, and a new Beyoncé solo album is coming this spring.
More artists have been added to the inaugural festivities for President Barack Obama, including Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys, Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and the cast of Glee. The artists are set to perform at Obama's inaugural events at the Washington Convention Center over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend when the President begins his second term. The performers join top talent already announced for Obama's signing ceremony on January 21 on the West Front of the Capitol, including Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor.
BrunoMars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" has set a Spotify record as the first track to be streamed more than one million times in a one-week period in the U.S. on the popular digital music service. In the week beginning December 16, 2012, "Locked Out Of Heaven" became the most-streamed song in a single week in Spotify’s history. That same week, “Locked Out Of Heaven” was also the most downloaded song in the U.S., with sales of 226,000 digital downloads. "Locked Out Of Heaven" is also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the fifth straight week. Mars will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight as part of a two-night stand on the ABC late night talk show.
SXSW has announced more artists who will be gracing the annual Austin festival in March. The latest list includes Tegan & Sara, Vampire Weekend, The Specials, Kris Allen, A Fine Frenzy and Clutch. The festival's website notes that, "With well over 1,000 names now announced, the festival is proud of the diverse range of hugely talented acts represented. However, this still isn't everyone. More and more additions will continue to be added as we get closer to March."
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will hit the road this spring for the first leg of their Rock & Roll Never Forgets tour. The trek starts in Toledo, OH, on February 27 and so far dates are booked through April 2 in Denver, though more will be announced soon. Seger has been slowly cooking up a new album, though it's unclear when that will come out.
Mumford & Sons, Emeli Sandé and Alt-J lead the nominations for the 2013 BRIT Awards, which will be handed out on February 20 at London's O2 Arena. Mumford & Sons are nominated for Best British Group, British Live Act and British Album of the Year for Babel. Sandé is also up for British Album for Our Version of Events, as well as British Female Solo Artist and British Single for "Next to Me." Alt-J are nominated for British Album, British Group and British Breakthrough Act. Muse, Coldplay, Rita Ora and Olly Murs each earned two nods. As for the international categories, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, Cat Power and Alicia Keys will face off for International Female Solo Artist. Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Fun., The Killers and The Script were recognized for Best International Group, and Bruce Springsteen, Frank Ocean, Gotye, Jack White and Michael Bublé were nominated for International Male Solo Artist.