Quick Hits: Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Dave Grohl's Sound City Players, David Bowie, Outkast, Device, HardDrive Live Tour, Cold War Kids
January 15, 2013

Justin Timberlake's comeback single "Suit & Tie" is flying up the airplay and sales charts, after its debut Monday morning. Billboard reports the track was already in the top five on its Pop Songs building airplay chart. "Suit & Tie" is also projected to sell approximately 400,000 digital singles in its first week of availability, not only giving JT his best digital sales week ever, but it would be the largest debut for a digital single since Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" in October.

One Direction

One Direction will start filming their 3-D film in Tokyo this month. Director Morgan Spurlock confirmed the news at the CES in Las Vegas, reports Billboard. The British boy band plays two shows in Tokyo this Friday and Saturday. The movie is slated for an August 30 release and will mix concert footage with behind-the-scenes clips.

Dave Grohl's Sound City Players have announced a second gig, at the Hollywood Paladium on January 31. Rolling Stone reports that Grohl will be joined on-stage by Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty at the show, as well as Krist Novoselic, the rest of the Foo Fighters, Rick Springfield, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, members of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine and more. As reported yesterday, Grohl's Sound City documentary will screen in theaters around the country on January 31 as well, with selected screenings in February as well.

In an extensive new interview with Rolling Stone, producer Tony Visconti discusses David Bowie's new album The Next Day, as well as the Thin White Duke's lack of promotional plans. Thus far, Visconti has served as the mouthpiece for the album, as Bowie apparently has no desire for any touring or interviews. However, Visconti notes it is possible Bowie could play a one-off concert at some point. He told Rolling Stone, "[Bowie] says that he will only play if he feels like it, but no tour. Like, if wanted to do the odd show in New York or, I don't know, London, he would if he felt like it. And he made that very clear to the label that he wasn't going to tour or do any kind of ridiculously long album promotion. ... I spoke to him two days ago and he said, 'I'm really adamant I'm not gonna do a tour.' And he said, 'If I might, I might do one show.' But who knows when." The full interview can be read here.

Andre 3000 wants to clarify that just because he and Big Boi appear on the same remix of Frank Ocean's "Pink Matter," the track shouldn't be considered an Outkast "reunion." Big Boi also tweeted earlier this month that he would appear on a remix of T.I.'s "Sorry," another song that Andre already has a guest appearance on.
     In a statement to Spin, Andre said, "It's important for me to be clear about the origins of my contributions to 'Pink Matter' and 'Sorry.'
I was approached as a solo artist by both Frank Ocean & Tip. I discussed musical direction with each artist and completed my verses. It was after that when Big Boi's name came up. I never want to mislead our audience - I worried that some would think these were Outkast collaborations. These songs are not Outkast collaborations. I discussed this rationale with Big, Frank and T.I. and everyone agreed. That is why I was surprised to read about these remixes. I understand that anyone can put out an unofficial remix to any song but I have an obligation to be honest with fans about what this is … and what it isn't."

Disturbed frontman David Draiman has revealed details of his upcoming side project, Device. The self-titled record will be out via Warner Bros. Records on April 9. In an announcement, Draiman says the album is "not metal," but "influenced by early Industrial rock and has a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic, and intensely melodic songs. It’s futuristic rock." Device also will feature contributions from Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Deep Purple vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows, Serj Tankian of System Of A Down, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale.

Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm and Young Guns will hit the road together for the fifth annual HardDrive Live tour. The full tour dates for the trek, sponsored by the popular syndicated Hard Rock radio show, will be announced next week.

Indie rockers Cold War Kids have announced their fourth studio album, Dear Miss Lonely Hearts, will be out April 1 on Downtown Records. In a press release, singer Nathan Willett says, "We were shaken up, ready to let certain songs go further than before by trying new styles and arrangements, while keeping others sparse and caring more about the finished product and less about how we got there." The band will play a handful of dates throughout their home state of California in February, then kick off a tour on March 8 in Phoenix, with shows announced up to May 25 in Solana Beach, CA.

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