Quick Hits: The Lumineers, One Direction, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo, Icona Pop, AFI, Neko Case, Freddie Mercury biopic, The Naked & Famous
July 23, 2013

The Lumineers will release a Deluxe Edition of their self-titled debut album on August 20 via Dualtone Records. The deluxe edition will feature five bonus tracks, including studio recordings of songs that the band plays live but hadn't yet recorded at the time of their release. Also included in the package is a DVD containing performances, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews chronicling the band's life on the road and rise to fame over the past year.

VEVO announces that One Direction’s new video "Best Song Ever" received 10.9 million views across the online video platform in the first 24 hours following its premiere. This beats out the previous record holder, Miley Cyrus with "We Can’t Stop," which hit 10.7 million views. 
One Direction premiered the video for their new single "Best Song Ever" across VEVO yesterday.

Lady Gaga earned an estimated $80 million in the past year, landing her at the top of Forbes' list of the highest earning celebrities under 30-years-old. Forbes noted that Gaga would have earned even more had she not had to cancel some 20 U.S. shows for hip surgery. Justin Bieber came in second with an estimated $58 million, followed by Taylor Swift with $55 million. Songwriter and producer Calvin Harris earned $46 million for the #4 spot on the list, and Rihanna rounded out the top five with earnings of $43 million.


Maroon 5

Maroon 5 has tied the record for the most #1 songs in the 17-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Pop Songs chart, as "Love Somebody" rises to the top. The song is the group's eighth leader on the list, which ties the output of P!nk, according to Billboard.com. Maroon 5 also ties P!nk's mark for the most consecutive Adult Pop Songs #1s, with each act now riding an active streak of five leaders.

Jason Derulo revealed that the title of his new album will be Tattoos. "3rd album title is TATTOOS out in sept! Get ready," he wrote on Twitter. Lead single "The Other Side" is currently a Top 5 smash hit at radio.

This Is… Icona Pop, the debut album from the Swedish Pop duo, is set for release on September 24 via Record Company Ten/Big Beat Records. The album features the hit single "I Love It," as well as the latest single, "All Night," which is available for purchase and streaming now.

AFI will offer its ninth studio album, Burials, on October 22. It will be a left turn away from the stripped-down simplicity of 2009's Crash Love, with the new music being more layered and epic. "This album is very layered and very rich and far, far less straightforward than what we did on the last record, which – much like every record we create – was the result of a natural growth, a natural indication of where we are as songwriters now," frontman Davey Havok told Rolling Stone. "This record has no chance of being anything else other than what it came to be. It was inside us in a way. I know that sounds a bit dramatic. But it's true: When [guitarist] Jade [Puget] and I began writing, we were immediately quite prolific. The songs just came out, and they came out in relatively similar forms to the songs that people will hear on the record." AFI worked with veteran producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters) and recorded the final product at Hollywood's legendary Eastwest Studios.

The new album from Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, is due on September 3, and the singer/songwriter says the record is both cathartic and confessional. In the past few years, Case said she felt a "numbness" while experiencing the loss of multiple family members and friends, and went through a period of having "absolutely no self-confidence" while touring. "I was really depressed and in mourning... and I'd never slowed down to just feel it," she told Billboard.com, noting that the creation of the new album became her time to "feel it." It also became a time to record with some of her friends, as the LP boasts collaborations with M. Ward, Jim James, Mudhoney's Steve Turner and bassist Tom V. Ray.

According to a report from Deadline Hollywood, Sascha Baron Cohen has dropped out as the star of the Freddie Mercury biopic due to creative differences with Queen. Reportedly, the members of Queen have the power of final script and director's approval, and their vision was not in line with Cohen's. Deadline says the band was aiming for a PG version of reality, while Cohen was hoping for "a gritty R-rated tell-all" about Mercury's life.

New Zealand quintet The Naked and Famous announce their sophomore album, In Rolling Waves, will be released via Republic Records on September 17. Lead single "Hearts Like Ours" debuted on BBC Radio 1 today. The band kick off a North American fall tour in San Diego on September 25.




 
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