Quick Hits: American Idol / Candice Glover, Madonna, Emeli Sandé, PSY, Cody Simpson, Nine Inch Nails, Summerfest, The Pogues
May 17, 2013

South Carolina native Candice Glover was crowned the season 12 winner of American Idol on Thursday night. In fact, her post-show album, Music Speaks, is already available for pre-order on iTunes and is expected to arrive on July 16. Naturally, Glover will be a part of the American Idol Live! tour that kicks off in St. Louis at the end of June. As for what the fans can expect from her, she told MTV News: "Definitely some different things than what I've been doing on the show and some stuff that will get my fanbase to know the type of singer I'm actually going to be."

Madonna (photo: Jim Rinaldi)

Premium network EPIX will premiere Madonna's MDNA tour on June 22 at 8 p.m. ET. Madonna: the MDNA Tour was filmed primarily in Miami as well as other locations. The MDNA tour was the most successful and highest grossing tour of 2012 and was seen by over 2.2 million fans during the course of 88 shows around the globe. The concert includes performances of hits such as "Vogue," "Like A Prayer," "Hung Up" and "Give Me All Your Luvin'."

Emeli Sandé was a major winner Thursday at the 58th Ivor Novello Awards, held in central London. Sandé’s "Next to Me" was the only multiple winner on the day, collecting honors for best song musically and lyrically, and the PRS for Music award for most performed work. Rising deejay and producer Calvin Harris earned the trophy for songwriter of the year, while other winners included The Maccabees for best contemporary song for "Pelican" and Alt-J's An Awesome Wave for best album.

South Korean phenom PSY will be co-hosting Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards on June 16. PSY will be making his Canadian television performance and hosting debut on the show. "I'm looking forward to co-hosting and performing at the MuchMusic Video Awards," he said in a statement. "And I'm looking forward to seeing all my fans in Canada!" Demi Lovato also has been announced a performer. The 2013 MMVAS will air June 16 at 9 p.m. on Fuse in the U.S. and, of course, on MuchMusic in Canada.

Pop singer Cody Simpson will release his second album, Surfers Paradise, on July 16. The Australian singer says, "Surfers Paradise is basically the most famous area on the Gold Coast of Australia, where I am from. I think this album really represents that piece of me, my lifestyle, and where I come from. When making my first album Paradise it was sort of a journey to find myself as a young adult & artist. With Surfers Paradise the entire process felt more natural and comfortable, like being back home. I wanted to share that feeling with my fans."

Yesterday it was reported that bassist Eric Avery had left the new-look Nine Inch Nails lineup, and now it appears that Robin Finck is back in. Trent Reznor tweeted a picture of himself and Finck in the studio together with the caption: "It just didn't feel like @NineInchNails without Robin Finck. Now it does." Finck is seen holding a guitar in the photo, so it's unclear whether he will be replacing Avery on bass or simply joining the lineup as another guitar player.

Milwaukee's Summerfest has added more artists to its lineup, including Meat Puppets, Cracker, A-Trak, Umphrey's McGee, Omarion and more. They join previously announced headliners The Eagles, John Mayer, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Tom Petty, Jason Aldean, Rush, fun., The Avett Brothers, Violent Femmes, Pitbull, NKOTB and Boys II Men. The festival is being held over 11 days (June 26-30, July 2-7) on 11 stages at Henry Maier Festival Park.

The Pogues shared the sad news with their fans this week that guitarist Philip Chevron has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. In a post on the Pogues' website, the group wrote: "The cancer is, in short, inoperable and will prove fatal in time, though it is at present impossible to measure life expectancy." In light of this diagnosis, the band says they're on "a prolonged time out, emerging only in support of matters relating to their 30th anniversary this year." The statement concludes: "Philip thanks his friends, colleagues, family and management team for their enduring support and hopes to make some notable musical contributions before, as he puts it, the cancer becomes 'lethal.'"

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Republic Records

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