Quick Hits: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Linkin Park, Kanye West, Janelle MonŠe, Kings of Leon, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Freddie Mercury, Inside Llewyn Davis benefit concert
August 20, 2013
Britney Spears has launched a countdown clock on her official website, which appears to be counting the days until September 17. The site says simply "All Eyes On Me," giving no indication as to what exactly will happen when the clock reaches its end. However, fans naturally are thinking that new music is on the horizon, since it's no secret that Spears has been working on the follow-up to 2011's Femme Fatale. On August 14, the singer tweeted, "Patient kiddies! It's coming MUCH sooner than you think ;)" and then one day later she added, "Spending some Q T in rehearsals today. 8 count after 8 count... #FeelingIt."
As Justin Timberlake fans already know, the singer is set to perform at this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards and receive the MichaelJackson Video Vanguard Award. However, fans may be in for even more of a treat as the New York Post is reporting that an N*SYNC reunion is also in store. The newspaper says that former bandmates J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick are scheduled to join Timberlake onstage for a special performance. The MTV VMAs will air live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center this Sunday, August 25.
Linkin Park's free Facebook game LP Recharge will be released September 12. Through the game, players will be able to unlock a new track, "A Light That Never Comes," which is a collaboration between Linkin Park and Steve Aoki. Fans who registered early to play LP Recharge were sent a download of a snippet of "A Light That Never Comes" today.
Kanye West has taped a television interview with his daughter's grandmother, Kris Jenner, for her syndicated talk show, Kris. According to US magazine, the show will air on Friday, August 23 and will feature West discussing two-month-old daughter North and his relationship with Kim Kardashian. West reportedly taped his special interview with Jenner in Culver City, CA on Monday, August 19. US says that the rapper is "really bringing it" for the interview and he opens up about the baby, his relationship with the press and his love for Kardashian.
Janelle MonŠe has announced plans for her upcoming North American headline tour. The dates Ė which celebrate the release of the new album The Electric Lady Ė get underway October 13 in Philadelphia and continue through late November. Additional dates extending into 2014 will be announced soon. The Electric Lady is set to arrive on September 10, and MonŠe has just revealed her new single, "Primetime (Feat. Miguel)," via www.jmonae.com.
Kings of Leon are showing off the restaurant culture of Nashville by producing the Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival on September 21 and 22. The food tasting will happen during the day, but there will be music on the night of the 21st with "Petty Fest," featuring Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Norah Jones, the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Jakob Dylan and more covering Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tunes. "I don't think people want to hear us up there screaming and sweating [during the day] while they're trying to eat a lamb shank," KoL singer CalebFollowill told Rolling Stone. "But we might do a couple tunes at Petty Fest."
Neil Young & Crazy Horse regretfully announce that in addition to canceling the remaining dates on their European tour, they must also cancel four North American tour dates scheduled from August 31 to September 7 due to a hand injury sustained by guitarist Poncho Sampredo. "We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to our fans or the Festivals where we were scheduled to appear," the band has said in a statement. "As you must be, we too are disappointed at this unfortunate turn of events."
On September 3, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release DVD and Blu-Ray editions of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition. This historic tribute concert took place on April 20, 1992, when singers such as EltonJohn, Robert Plant, Axl Rose and James Hetfield sang with the surviving members of Queen for a concert promoting AIDS awareness. All proceeds from the DVD/Blu-ray will benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which supports AIDS charities all over the world.
Jack White, Marcus Mumford and the Avett Brothers are among the performers who will take part in a benefit concert at New York's Town Hall on September 29 to celebrate the folk music of the 1960s and promote the soundtrack for the movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Part of the proceeds will go to support the National Recording Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit created by Congress to underwrite efforts to safeguard music and radio archives. The concert was put together by famed producer T Bone Burnett, who told the New York Times that the show will feature live performances of the music from Inside Llewyn Davis, as well as songs from the early 1960s that inspired the film, which is based loosely on the life of singer/songwriter Dave Van Ronk, who died in 2002.