Quick Hits: Drake, Pearl Jam, Panic! At The Disco, Arcade Fire, Life Is Beautiful Festival, Nile Rodgers
July 31, 2013


Drake (Photo: Jim Rinaldi)
Drake has been added to the lineup for the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the two-day event hosted by Ryan Seacrest in Las Vegas on September 20 and 21. Drake joins a star-packed lineup including Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, J. Cole, Elton John, Muse, Tiësto, Chris Brown, Keith Urban, fun., Miguel, Bruno Mars, Phoenix, Zedd, Maroon 5, Ke$ha, Thirty Seconds to Mars and more. Drake's next album, Nothing Was The Same, will be out on September 17.

Long-time Pearl Jam producer Brendan O'Brien recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the band's new album, Lightning Bolt, due on October 14. O'Brien said that the "seeds of this album actually started when we were doing the last record, Backspacer," but the band then took a break from writing and did not reconvene in the studio until 18 months later. As for what the new record sounds like, the producer said "there are a few longer, more devoted songs. On Backspacer I really love that all the songs were fairly short. They were all 'get in, get out fast.' This record has a few songs that have a bit more... They're longer. [Laughs] I don't know if the word 'depth' is right, but some of the songs kind of take you down a road for a while." He added that, "There's a song called 'Siren' that I think is one of the best songs on the record."

Panic! at the Disco drummer and founding member Spencer Smith has posted a lengthy letter on the band's website regarding his four-and-a-half year battle with addiction. Smith says he was drinking heavily as well as taking "a dangerous amount of" prescription pills, which he was using to "numb anxiety and depression." Smith entered treatment and is now recovering, and he writes that "I can honestly say that without the love and support of those closest to me, I wouldn't be here, sober, and able to write this today." The drummer urges others who are suffering to get help, and he concludes by telling fans, "Looking forward to seeing all of you on tour." The band's new album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, is due on October 8.

Arcade Fire have announced their first live dates for 2014. The band, who are preparing to release their fourth album on October 29, will perform at the Big Day Out festival in Australia and New Zealand in January. As of yet there are no further shows announced. The band has been very tight-lipped about their new opus, but producer James Murphy has raved about it to the press. Murphy told NME that the record is "really f**king epic. Seriously. I mean, I feel at this point like I'm too close to it to really talk it up and do it justice."

The Life is Beautiful festival has officially announced the addition of 14 acts to the lineup for the inaugural event, taking place October 26 and 27 in Las Vegas. These acts include Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes, Janelle Monae, Cults, Joey Bada$$, Smith Westerns, Nico Vega, The Dig and Dreamers. In addition, L.I.B. and Red Bull Sound Select collaborated to curate a group of emerging artists on the Sound Select platform, including Wildcat! Wildcat!, Chancellor Warhol, The Kingston Springs, Children of the Night and Tink.

Legendary Funk guitarist and Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers says he was given the all-clear in his fight against prostate cancer. He wrote on Twitter: "Instead of showing gross internal video I'll show my doctor's fly examination room. I'M ALL CLEAR AGAIN!" He added, "I never celebrate much when I get an all-clear because in six months I'll go through the same drama. [But] All-clear is a lot better than the cancer has returned and it's spread."




 
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