Quick Hits: Paramore, Beyoncé, Paul McCartney, The Lumineers, Plain White T's, Emeli Sandé, Psy, Vampire Weekend, Mötley Crüe
April 2, 2013


Paramore

Paramore has begun premiering their new, self-titled album on www.paramore.net over the course of four nights. The first installment came on Monday night, when the group debuted the first four tracks of Paramore in a video on its website. The remaining three-quarters of the album are set for unveiling on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Monday's songs included "Fast in My Car," "Now," "Grow Up" and "Daydreaming." The album is due on April 9.

Beyoncé is reportedly doing a cover of Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" for the soundtrack to the upcoming remake of The Great Gatsby. E! News reports that Bey has teamed up with rapper Andre 3000 for a duet on the song. Jay-Z is producing the soundtrack, which will be released by Interscope Records, and the movie is coming out in May.

Paul McCartney has already announced that he's planning to release a new album and launch a world tour called Out There!, and now he has scheduled a new U.S. date: July 9 at Boston's Fenway Park. Tickets will go on sale April 5 at 10 a.m. EST. McCartney also has three shows on May 4, 6 and 9 in Brazil, and will play this year's Bonnaroo festival, which takes place June 13-16 in Tennessee. He also has some European dates booked for June. McCartney has been working with producer Mark Ronson on new music.

The Lumineers have announced a new run of spring tour dates, kicking off with their appearance at the Coachella festival on April 14. The Folk-Rock trio will play a number of headlining dates in the U.S. and Canada in April, May and June, along with festival performances at Sasquatch, Mountain Jam, Governor's Ball, Bonnaroo and others. 

Plain White T's singer Tim Lopez is one of the contestants on the new NBC reality dating show Ready For Love. The show debuts next Tuesday, April 9, after The Voice. Meanwhile, Plain White T's will release a new single, "Should Have Gone To Bed," which is landing at radio this week.

Emeli Sandé is set to release her first-ever iTunes Session on April 23. She recorded the eight-song collection at the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA. Sandé's summer headline tour will launch on July 2 at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL, and she has also been confirmed for Lollapalooza on August 2. Sandé even has a new song called "Here It Comes" on the soundtrack for the film Trance, which opens this Friday, April 5. The song is available exclusively on the soundtrack, which is out now.

South Korean rapper PSY plans to follow up "Gangnam Style" with a new single called "Gentleman." The song will be available for Korean fans on April 12, and PSY will perform it in public for the first time at an April 13 concert, along with a new signature dance. "The new song is extremely fun and... what I can tell you is the song title is 'Gentleman'," PSY said in a television interview, according to Reuters. "I can't tell you about the dance but all Koreans know this dance - but (those in) other countries haven't seen it."

Vampire Weekend will take the stage at New York's Roseland Ballroom for a special homecoming gig and livestream directed by actor Steve Buscemi. The show kicks off the fourth year of the American Express Unstaged series and is set for April 28, just a few weeks prior to the May 14 release of the band's new album, Modern Vampires of the City. "Playing a hometown show is a really intense and great experience," bassist Chris Baio told Rolling Stone. "We haven't played a full New York show in two-and-a-half years, so we're gonna be really well-rehearsed." He adds that the Roseland gig will feature about half of the tracks from the new LP and that they are still working on tweaking them into a viable live format. "There's some new pitch-shifting stuff on 'Ya Hey.' My background vocals are an octave above what I'm singing so it sounds all shit-monkey, which is funny to hear back," he said. "We have this thing that f**ks with [frontman] Ezra [Koenig's] voice in real-time, like on 'Diane Young' on the first chorus. It sounds really great and crazy live." The Roseland show will be streamed live on YouTube, Vevo and the American Express Unstaged website.

Mötley Crüe will do another residency at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from September 18 through October 6. Tickets for the 12-show engagement go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. The fall shows will be an all-new production for the band. "We are proud to have pioneered the Las Vegas rock residency last year and can't wait to come back this year to take it over the top with a brand new show that will be unlike anything you've ever seen Mötley Crüe do before," said Nikki Sixx.




 
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