Quick Hits: Justin Timberlake, Weezer, Frank Ocean, Van Halen, Rockapalooza, Reading & Leeds, Jambase Live, Journey, Yes / Peter Banks
March 12, 2013

Justin Timberlake's new album, The 20/20 Experience, is now streaming in its entirety on iTunes. The stream will remain available until release day on Tuesday, March 19. Industry sources are predicting that Timberlake's album could sell at least 500,000 copies in its opening week, easily securing him a #1 debut, according to Billboard.com. As reported yesterday, Timberlake joined the "Five Timers Club" on Saturday Night Live over the weekend when he hosted the program, and delivered the show its best ratings in over a year. He also served as the musical guest. JT is also appearing all week on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Weezer will headline another Weezer Cruise in February 2014 on a Carnival cruise ship. The new voyage will kick off February 13, 2014 on the Carnival Fascination sailing out of Jacksonville, FL. The Bahamas voyage will include stops in Freeport and Nassau. The event will feature three performances by Weezer, including a beach concert on a private island, as well as sets by other bands to be announced.

Frank Ocean is being sued for copyright infringement and other charges by producer Micah Otano, who claims he did not receive credit for his work on Ocean's song "Lost." Otano is also suing Ocean's co-writer and producer Malay, accusing him of stealing the work and passing it off as his own. In a Los Angeles District court filing obtained by E!, Otano claims he co-created the song "Daylight," which provided the basis for "Lost." Otano alleges that he and Malay made an agreement to ensure co-producer credits when shopping the song around the music industry, but Malay did not stay true to that agreement. Otana is now suing for breach of contract, fraud, rescission and restitution, copyright infringement and declaratory relief.

David Lee Roth says Van Halen will do some heavy touring in the U.K. and Europe at the end of 2013. Speaking on Opie and Anthony, Roth revealed that his band will play "probably 50, 60 shows" on the European leg. "Van Halen is very pure and uncut kind of music. It's lead, bass, drums and howling at the moon. It's a little like getting drunk on shots of really good Kentucky bourbon," he said. "You'll have a great night, but you probably won't want to see us again for three years."

The 6th Annual Monster Energy Drink Rockapalooza Festival will take place from June 21-23 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Jackson, MI. The lineup includes Candlebox, Saliva, Hurt, Taproot, Smile Empty Soul, Hed PE and many more.

The U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals have revealed their preliminary lineup for 2013. The two events take place simultaneously on the same weekend (August 23-25), with acts alternating between the venues in Reading and Leeds. This year, fans will get to see a power-packed lineup including Eminem, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Biffy Clyro, The Lumineers, System of a Down, Deftones, Alt-J, Johnny Marr, ASAP Rocky, Azealia Banks, Imagine Dragons and many more.

Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters will headline the first JamBase Live festival, set for July 5 and 6 at the Gorge Ampitheatre in Gorge, WA. Also on the bill are Rodrigo y Gabriela, Slightly Stoopid, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Robert Randolph, G. Love and many more.

Journey is planning to honor its 40th anniversary this year, possibly with a special show in its home town of San Francisco, most likely at AT&T Park. "I can't really say much right now, but if we can get that to happen, that would be" the anniversary celebration, the band's Jonathan Cain told Billboard.com. Asked if the special show could involve former members of the band, he said "that could be." Journey will begin a tour of Europe with Whitesnake on March 16, and then they plan to do some "hit and run, under the radar sort of stuff" in North America, according to Cain. However, he's not so sure if they will make another album. "We're not convinced the market will bear another CD from us, and it's so much work to make one," he said. "We have a great catalog right now to play. We have a lot of songs we're not even playing, so what's the point of making a new CD right now?"

Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks has passed away at the age of 65. "It's with great sadness to have to report the death of Peter Banks," a post on his official site stated. "He died in his London home on March 8, 2013. Thanks for all the music Peter! R.I.P." Former Yes member Billy Sherwood wrote on Facebook: "Rest In Peace... Peter Banks. Peter very recently played on the new 'prog collective 2' project I'm writing/producing, as well as the 'days between stations' record I worked on. As a Yes fan, this is sad news indeed. It was an honor to work with Peter on many productions. He will be missed!" Banks was one of the founding members of Yes in 1968, but left the group after playing on their self-titled debut and 1970's Time and a Word. He continued to release music with other bands and as a solo artist.

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