Quick Hits: Nine Inch Nails, Justin Bieber, Janelle Monáe, Brian Wilson, The B-52's
June 7, 2013

Trent Reznor
Just yesterday, Nine Inch Nails announced that their new record is titled Hesitation Marks and it will be released on September 3 via Columbia Records. The band also unveiled a lengthy list of North American tour dates for the fall. However, now it looks like guitarist Adrian Belew has parted ways with the group. In a post on Facebook that has since been deleted, Belew wrote: "Before this goes too far let me say this: I greatly respect Trent and the music he makes. no one is at fault. we both agreed it just was not working. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone. that really hurts. but NIN will do an amazing show and I am back where I belong: creating FLUX." After deleting that original post, Belew replaced it with a shorter one that reads: "Concerning me being part of the 2013 Nine Inch Nails band: it didn't work."

Justin Bieber is the latest celebrity to purchase a ticket to fly into space with Richard Branson on Virgin Galactic, potentially before the year's end. The Virgin mogul confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: "Great to hear @justinbieber & [his manager] @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!" Bieber then responded: "Let's shoot a music video in SPACE!! #nextLEVEL." Branson's SpaceShipTwo will fly 62 miles above the earth when it eventually launches, and the vessel has already completed a successful test run in California, breaking the speed of sound. Other A-listers who reportedly have paid the $250,000 price of admission include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher and Tom Hanks. In other Bieber news, he has announced a Latin American tour this fall, with 13 shows in October and November.

Janelle Monáe's upcoming sophomore album, The Electric Lady, is due in September, and it will include guest appearances by Prince and Miguel. "We are great friends, and he is a mentor to me," Monáe told Billboard about her relationship with Prince. "It's a beautiful thing to have a friend -- someone who cares about your career, and wants to see you go far and to push boundaries and shake up the world -- give whatever they possibly can to the cause." She would not say much else about the song with Prince, but Miguel guests on the track "Primetime," which is described as a love duet. Meanwhile, fans have already heard the first single, "Q.U.E.E.N.," featuring Erykah Badu.

Brian Wilson has returned to Capitol Music Group and he is currently recording and self-producing his 11th solo album at Hollywood's Ocean Way Studios. Wilson has been joined in the studio by friends that he personally invited to record with him, including guitar icon Jeff Beck, former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks, and esteemed session musicians Don Was and Jim Keltner. "I was really moved by the fans' excitement about The Beach Boys album and tour last year," Wilson said in a statement posted on his website. "It charged me up and my head was full of music - I just couldn't wait to get back into the studio to let it out." Details about the album and its release will be shared soon.

The B-52's have been forced to cancel some gigs this weekend after singer Cindy Wilson fell ill. The band wrote on Facebook: "Cindy's illness is not life threatening but her doctor has ordered her to take immediate bedrest. The shows in Port Chester, New York, and Glenside, Pennsylvania, originally scheduled for June 6 and 7, will be rescheduled. Unfortunately the June 8 festival in Fairfax, Virginia, is date-specific and therefore unable to be rescheduled."

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