Quick Hits: Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Beady Eye
April 18, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tipped his hat to Jay-Z in TIME magazine's most recent edition of their "100 Most Influential People in the World" issue. "Jay-Z embodies so much of what makes New York New York," Bloomberg said, "When no one would sign him to a record contract, he created his own label and built a music empire — before going on to design clothing lines, open sports bars and, most recently, represent professional athletes." There are seven different printings of the cover of the issue, one of which is of Jay-Z. He was also featured in TIME's "Builders and Titans" in 2005, alongside Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs. Four other musicians were listed in this year's issue, including Jay's wife Beyonce, his pal Justin Timberlake, as well as Frank Ocean and Miguel.

Britney Spears
Britney Spears has recorded a new single, titled "Ooh La La," for the soundtrack to the upcoming Smurfs 2 movie this summer. In a statement, Spears said, "I have always loved the Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest Smurfs fans ever." She isn't the only Pop star involved in the film, as Katy Perry will reprise her role as the voice of Smurfette.

Paul McCartney has recently added three more dates to his upcoming "Out There!" world tour: two shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 9 and 10, along with a show at Miller Park in Milwaukee on July 16. McCartney was also confirmed as one of the headliners for San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival.

The legendary Stevie Wonder will be receiving the 2013 Service to America Leadership Award from the National Association of Broadcasters' Education Foundation (NABEF). He is receiving the award for his work as an activist, Messenger of Peace and his dedication to helping people with disabilities and children and families in need. Wonder will be given the award at NABEF's Celebration of Service to America Gala on June 3. The award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service. NABEF President Marcellus Alexander said, "Stevie Wonder has touched millions of lives worldwide through his musical genius and through his tireless contributions as a humanitarian. It is for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of those in need that we proudly honor him with this prestigious award."

Beady Eye, the post-Oasis band formed by Liam Gallagher, recently released a new single, "Flick Of The Finger" and now the group has announced the details of the band's sophomore album, BE. Due out June 11 through Columbia Records, the album is produced by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio. Its risque album art, showing a nude woman laying on her back, was shot by Harry Peccinotti, who was known for the Pirelli calendars of the late 1960s. Gallagher called the 11 track album "rock ‘n’ roll but it’s fired out into space. If you’re into drugs you’ll like it. It’s pretty druggy.”

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