Quick Hits: Fall Out Boy, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Avril Lavigne, Mark Ronson & Paul McCartney, Record Store Day
March 22, 2013
Fall Out Boy
With Fall Out Boy's fifth album, Save Rock & Roll, coming on April 16, the band has revealed some of the guests who rocked out with them on the new songs. Courtney Love is one of them, as the band Tweeted a message that read: "It's Courtney bitch" along with a six-second Youtube clip showing rapid-fire pictures of the Hole frontwoman. Pete Wentz also tweeted that Elton John will be on the album, and he posted another message that reads: "Just watched a cut of a new video of our -- pretty insane. Can't wait to put it out." However, it's unknown what song the video is for.
In a video that was posted on TMZ.com Friday morning, Lil Wayne assured his fans that he is feeling just fine after being hospitalized for a seizure last week. Weezy is now prepping for Tuesday's release of his I Am Not A Human Being II album, and he's also eyeing a summer tour. "I just want to say thank you to all ya'll for ya'll prayers and your concerns and all that," stated Wayne. "I swear to God I felt that love when I was laid up in that mother----in' hospital bed. I want all ya'll to know that I'm good... more than good. Also I'm still going on tour, America's Most Wanted. Some of my closest friends in the game [will be joining me]." T.I. then joined Weezy in the video and said the tour will be launching on July 5.
Lady Gaga has been a bit quiet lately and she recovers from hip surgery, but in the meantime, singer Tony Bennett says he "can't wait" to record his next album with her. The classic crooner said in an interview on Thursday that he and the Pop star will record "a big swing album" and that "we have it all worked out already on paper," according to Billboard.com. Bennett and Gaga previously collaborated on the standard "The Lady Is a Tramp" for Bennett's platinum-selling 2011 Duets II album.
Avril Lavigne has released a 13-second teaser of her new single, "Here's To Never Growing Up," due out April 9. Fans can check out the clip on YouTube, and the song will be the first release from her upcoming album. There is no set release date for the full CD, but it will be the first new music from Lavigne since 2011's Goodbye Lullaby, as well as her first release working with her fiancé, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.
Mark Ronson has produced three new songs for Paul McCartney, as Sir Paul has been working on a new album and prepping for a 2013 world tour. "He understands that you're so nervous to be working with Paul McCartney, because everyone is," Ronson said in an interview, according to Billboard.com. "He gives you a lot of leeway, but then at the end of the day you need to deliver the goods." Ronson added that, "I don't know if (our stuff) is revolutionary, but they're brilliant songs. I just tried to give him a sound he was looking for." McCartney announced on his website this week that he's planning to release a new album and that that he'll launch his Out There! world tour June 22 in Warsaw, Poland.
As Record Store Day approaches on April 20, the initiative to draw shoppers into indie record stores has announced its full slate of special releases. The full list can be seen at www.recordstoreday.com, and it includes exclusive vinyl releases from artists such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Cake, David Bowie, Linkin Park, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, the Rolling Stones and dozens more.