Quick Hits: Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Ke$ha, Nine Inch Nails, Rockstar Mayhem Festival
March 19, 2013
After Roots drummer ?uestlove spilled the beans that Justin Timberlake's album, The 20/20 Experience, will come in two parts, JT confirmed at his album release party on Monday night that the news is true. "Let me clear a rumor up," Timberlake told host Ryan Seacrest at the Los Angeles event. "The news that this is only the first half of the album, that's true. That's all I'm gonna say!" In between performing new songs for the crowd, Timberlake did a Q&A with Seacrest in which he also said that the spacey track "Blue Ocean Floor" was inspired while listening to Radiohead, and that the "Latin flair" of "Let the Groove Get In" sounded to him as if "the Jackson 5 went to Brazil." The album release party will air as a TV special tonight at 8 p.m. EST on the CW network.
One Direction has revealed that the title of their 3D movie will be This Is Us. Part documentary and part concert film, This Is Us will take fans inside the world of 1D, and it hits theaters on August 30. The movie was directed by MorganSpurlock, and singer Niall Horan told MTV News: "Morgan works well because he did a lot of documentary movies. That's more so what we want our movie to be. It's going to be a concert movie, but with a documentary side than concert side so we wanted to give it like get our personalities across because the fans know us, but we want them to know us deeper."
A one-hour television special called Rihanna 777 will air on Fox on May 6. The program chronicles Rihanna's late 2012 promotional tour for Unapologetic, which made seven stops around the world in seven days. It includes footage shot on a 777 jet used to transport the singer, her entourage and more than 250 journalists and fans. Fox said in a statement that the TV special "provides an inside look at the singer's ambitious and often turbulent tour, from the sound of popping champagne corks on the plane to the backstage chaos to the singer's special worldwide appearances."
Lil Wayne was released from the hospital on Monday after a six-day visit. The Young Money rapper was admitted into Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles after he suffered a seizure last week, and YM President Mack Maine broke the news on Twitter that Weezy was cleared to go home. "Thanks to Cedar Sinai for everything!!! @LilTunechi has been officially been released and is headed home....God is great," he wrote.
Ke$ha's passion for helping animals prompted the Humane Society International to name her its first global ambassador in 2011, and now, to honor her ongoing work with animal welfare, Ke$ha will receive the Wyler Award at a Humane Society benefit on March 23 in Los Angeles. Funds from the evening will benefit the Humane Society. "If you follow my music, you know I'm a bit of a jackass," the singer joked. "But this is one part of my life I take really seriously. Helping animals has always been my goal." Meanwhile, Ke$ha is planning a tour in support of her 2012 album, Warrior, as well as an upcoming MTV show that documents her personal life and the making of Warrior.
Nine Inch Nails has posted on Vimeo a full-length version of a documentary about their Self Destruct tour. The 75-minute film chronicles the band's tour from 1994 to 1996 and features appearances from David Bowie and MarilynManson. The footage was originally only available on 1997's Closure video. NIN recently announced that they'll be touring again this year, and Trent Reznor told NME that he has worked on "a couple of tracks" with King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew that are intended for NIN's greatest hits album. However, he added that there's no new NIN album planned for the time being.
The lineup has been unveiled for this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which runs from June 29 in San Bernadino, CA to August 4 in Dallas. The main stage will boast Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Amon Amarth, while the side stages will feature Machinehead, Children Of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy, Behemoth, Emmure and more.