Quick Hits: Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Death Cab For Cutie, Icona Pop, Stone Temple Pilots, Timbaland / Michael Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, The Dead Weather
Yesterday, Justin Timberlake announced a last-minute surprise appearance at the recently-closed Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. JT tweeted that the first 150 people would get in to the gig, which was actually a commercial shoot for Target and his upcoming album. The 20/20 Experience Part 2. Timberlake's appearance consisted of a few performances of his new single, "Take Back The Night," according to reports.
Lady Gaga has released a one-minute video clip, teasing another new song from ARTPOP likely titled "Swine." The rehearsal footage is for her headlining gig on Monday, kicking off London's iTunes Festival. The clip can be seen below, with Gaga singing from behind a keyboard, and later bashing away at a small drum kit, while wearing a black wig.
Death Cab For Cutie will release a 10th anniversary edition of Transatlanticism this fall. The band's breakthrough record will be available on vinyl, after being out of print for years, along with a deluxe digital version. Barsuk Records will release both versions on October 29. The deluxe edition will include previously-unreleased demos for all 11 songs on Transatlanticism. Death Cab will also play the album in its entirety this Sunday at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle.
Aino Jawo of Icona Pop has succumb to sickness, forcing the duo to postpone upcoming performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and their appearance at the Bumbershoot music festival in Seattle. The singer is under "strict orders from her doctor to rest in order to complete the last leg of their 'Iconic Tour' tour next month" according to a release. Ticket holders for the postponed shows should hold on to their tickets as rescheduled dates will soon be announced. Tour dates are scheduled to resume September 4 in Portland, OR.
In the wake of splitting with ex-frontman Scott Weiland, the rest of Stone Temple Pilots decided to pick up Linkin Park's Chester Bennington to record in the studio. Their new, five-track EP, entitled High Rise, is due out October 8. The legal issues between STP and Weiland still continue though, Blabbermouth reported bassist Robert DeLeo recently said in a radio interview, "It was a quality-of-life decision and that really what it's about. That's where we wanted to be. Chester is a person that's really surrounded by good fortune and that's something you want to be around." Regardless of the litigation, the remainders of STP will hit the road with Bennington beginning September 4 in Bethlehem, PA. Tour dates are available on their website.
Timbaland plans to thrill the world with the King of Pop. The highly influential producer who's made beats for Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, and Robin Thicke is about to start a project using the vocals of Michael Jackson. The project, which Timbaland called "two kings working together," was announced was during a video interview with Revolt TV, along with his hint about the first taste being a track called "Chicago." The project was initiated by Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid. Check out the interview below. Today would have been Jackson's 55th birthday.
RCA Records announced the details for Winnie Mandela - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, set for release on September 3. The soundtrack and film feature the song "Bleed for Love" performed by Jennifer Hudson (who stars in the film) and the Soweto Gospel Choir and written by Diane Warren. "'Bleed for Love' has such an incredible and meaningful message about the power of love and the extension of the human heart," commented Hudson. "Diane wrote a beautiful song and it was an honor to work with her and the rest of the team to create this powerful piece of music."
It looks like Jack White's next musical project could be a return to The Dead Weather, his band fronted by Alison Mosshart of The Killers. Third Man Records tweeted a picture of the band hanging out together, adding that they were "working on new songs in the studio yesterday."