Quick Hits: John Mayer, Yahoo! On The Road fest, Jay-Z, Ultra Music Festival
March 15, 2013
On March 21 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, John Mayer will host a live, online "Google+ Hangout," broadcast from his Los Angeles studio, where he will make a special tour announcement, answer fan questions and give one of his first live performances in more than two years. Hosted by famed producer Don Was, who worked with Mayer on 2012's Born and Raised, the Google+ Hangout will also be streamed at www.youtube.com/mayermusic.
Internet giant Yahoo made a big announcement at the SXSW Interactivein Austin, TX this week. They've decided to launch their own brand of a massive international music festival. The event will be called "Yahoo! on the Road," and will have featured artists like Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, MacklemoreandRyan Lewis, and special guests Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Trey Songz. There will be a total of 21 dates on the tour, with 14 of them being in the USA. There are seven dates in Europe from Berlin to London. Yahoo said the event will be "a daily mobile entertainment and innovation festival this spring/summer featuring the world's hottest bands, comedians, and surprise guests."
Jay-Z has joined forces with Australian director Baz Luhrmann to produce the soundtrack for the modern film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The film will open at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 10. Jay-Z said he implemented a modern "jazz age" energy to the new film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel. Jay-Z met Luhrmann through Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the lead role of Jay Gatsby in the film. Jay-Z said in a statement, "As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project." He added, "The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one's introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It's ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist." Jay-Z took the role as the executive producer of the soundtrack, and contributed a few newly written songs to composer Craig Armstrong's score. The film's soundtrack will be released by Interscope Records.
Two workers were critically injured while hoisting up a large LED screen for the EDM gathering Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The Miami Herald reported that rescue officials said two workers suffered life-threatening injuries after having been trapped under the equipment. One of the men, who is now in stable condition at a local hospital, may have sustained broken legs. The other man was treated on the scene. Two other men were also injured by other falling equipment during the incident. A publicist for the event said, "Today (Thursday, March 14) as preparations were being made for this weekend's Ultra Music Festival, a section of an LED screen fell and injured two workers. Fire Rescue was on site so there was a rapid response. Festival organizers are working with, and supporting, authorities as they investigate the details behind the accident." The event is still scheduled to occur.