Quick Hits: Rihanna, Uproar Festival, Robert Plant, will.i.am, Wiz Khalifa, Sublime With Rome, 3 Doors Down, Bob Dylan, The Divinyls / Chrissy Amphlett
April 22, 2013


Rihanna has become the first artist in the 20-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart to tally 10 #1 songs, as her latest, "Stay" featuring Mikky Ekko, rises to the top of the chart. With this tenth #1 track, Rihanna breaks a tie with Katy Perry, who has notched nine #1s. Also impressively, Rihanna has rung up her #1 sum since just 2006, when "SOS" first reached the summit. Her other #1 hits include "Take a Bow," "Disturbia," "Live Your Life" (T.I. feat. Rihanna), "Rude Boy," "Love the Way You Lie" (Eminem feat. Rihanna), "Only Girl (In the World)," "S&M" and "We Found Love."

The bands for the fourth annual Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival have been revealed, and the tour will feature Alice In Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and a local Battle Of The Bands winner in each market. The music and lifestyle festival will travel across North America from August 9 through September 15.

Robert Plant is taking his Sensational Space Shifters on tour this summer, with a new round of dates set for June and July. The Led Zeppelin frontman will play a number of festivals throughout the tour as well, which starts in Dallas on June 20 and runs up to July 27 in Brooklyn.

will.i.am will accept a CLIO Honorary Award on May 15 at New York City's Museum of Natural History. The Honorary Award celebrates "the work and talent of those who push the boundaries of creativity in advertising and beyond." In a statement, CLIO Awards executive director Nicole Purcell said: "will.i.am has not only mastered music but has transcended his art form, extending his boundless creativity into areas like politics, technology and philanthropy. He embodies all of the values the CLIOs represent by inspiring change and encouraging us to think differently." The rapper's new solo album, #willpower, is due on April 23.

Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky will co-headline the Under the Influence of Music tour this summer. The roster also includes B.o.B, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. The trek will run from July 17 in San Francisco to August 11 in Cincinnati.

Sublime with Rome have unveiled details for their summer tour. The headlining run kicks off July 7 in Toronto, ON and continues until August 11 in Denver, with support on most shows from punk rock veterans Pennywise. Select dates also will feature support from Descendents and Iration, with a trio of tour stops also coinciding with 311's annual Unity Tour.

3 Doors Down bassist Robert Todd Harrell was charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal crash in Nashville on Friday night. Harrell was driving his Cadillac CTS at a high rate of speed on the interstate when he clipped the bumper of a pickup truck, sending it swerving out of control and down an embankment, where the driver, Paul Howard Shoulders Jr., was ejected and killed, according to a Reuters report. Police said Harrell showed signs of impairment at the scene and he admitted to drinking and taking prescription drugs. At press time, Harrell was being held at a Nashville jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. 3 Doors Down posted a message on their website that reads: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time."

Bob Dylan will be touring with My Morning Jacket and Wilco this summer as the Americanarama Festival of Music. Additional artists including the Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Ryan Bingham will be joining the tour on select dates. Dylan's website lists 26 shows for the fest, beginning on June 26 in West Palm Beach, FL and wrapping up on August 4 in Mountain View, CA.

Singer Chrissy Amphlett, who fronted the Australian group The Divinyls best known for the hit "I Touch Myself," has died in New York at the age of 53 after battling breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Her husband and former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton said Amphlett died in her sleep, surrounded by close friends and family. "Chrissy's light burns so very brightly," he said in a statement posted on the Australian Recording Industry Association's (ARIA) website. "Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women." Amphlett founded the Divinyls in 1980 in Sydney, and they recorded five studio albums before breaking up in 1996.

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