Quick Hits: Pearl Jam, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, American Idol, Seether, Cee Lo Green, Celine Dion, Sleigh Bells, The Who
September 3, 2013
Pearl Jam has tweeted the full, 12-song tracklist for its upcoming album, Lightning Bolt. The new album, which is due on October 15, will include the already released single "Mind Your Manners," as well as two tunes the group played live at Chicago's Wrigley Field last month: the rocking title track, and a ballad called "Future Days." The album also contains a version of "Sleeping By Myself," a song which first appeared on Eddie Vedder's 2011 solo album, Ukulele Songs.
Lady Gaga debuted a number of new songs during her show at London's Roundhouse on Sunday night, playing eight cuts off her upcoming album, ARTPOP, which is due November 11. Guest rappers Too Short and Twista showed up to deliver verses on a new song called "Jewels & Drugs," and Gaga later played another new tune called "Swine," which opened with quiet, reflective notes before bursting into a wailing rock ballad and then a pumping club banger, reports Rolling Stone. Gaga ended her show with a performance of "Applause," the lead single from ARTPOP.
After so much hype and controversy was created by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's sexually charged performance at the MTV VMAs, Miley has finally commented on the issue via an exclusive clip provided to MTV News. "What's amazing is I think now, we're three days later and people are still talking about it. They're over thinking it," the singer said in the clip. "You're thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it." Cyrus added that she's not focusing on the detractors. "I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times... How many times have we seen this play out in pop music?" she said. "Madonna's done it. Britney's done it. Every VMA performance, that's what you're looking for; you're wanting to make history."
The American Idol judges table is now full, as Jennifer Lopez has officially agreed to return to the show, and Harry Connick Jr. has signed on as another judge. They join the returning Keith Urban. While Randy Jackson is leaving the judges' table, he is taking on the role of mentor, replacing Jimmy Iovine. Season 13 of Idol is set to start airing in January.
Wind-up Records will release the career retrospective Seether 2002-2013 on October 29. The two-disc, 27-song collection includes Seether's 11 #1 singles, their greatest songs, three new tracks and rare b-sides. The first single, "Seether," is due at radio September 10 and it's a cover of Veruca Salt's 1994 hit song from which the band got its name. This is the first time Seether has covered and recorded the song.
Cee Lo Green
On October 29, Cee Lo Green will release a DVD chronicling his glitzy, glamorous Las Vegas residency. Cee Lo Green Is Loberace – Live In Vegas features many of his hit tracks plus classic covers of music that has inspired him over his career. The DVD also includes an interview with Cee Lo.
Celine Dion will return with Loved Me Back To Life, her first English-language album in six years, on November 5 via Columbia Records. The album's title track is also the first single, and it is available digitally starting today. Dion will perform "Loved Me Back To Life" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Friday, September 6, and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show next Wednesday, September 11.
Sleigh Bells has released "Bitter Rivals," the lead single and title track from their upcoming third album, which is due on October 8. The new 10-track set was produced by guitarist Derek Miller. Sleigh Bells is set to hit the road from October 4 in Pittsburgh, PA to November 22 in New York.
The Who will offer Deluxe and limited edition Super Deluxe editions of Tommy on November 12. These new versions of the album come with a wealth of previously unheard material in the form of 20 demos from Pete Townshend’s archive and also a full, live performance of Tommy from 1969. The limited edition Super Deluxe box also features a 5.1 mix featuring the complete album remixed in surround sound on new Hi-Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format. The box set also comes with a hardback 80-page full-color book featuring rare period photos, memorabilia, a 20,000-word essay by legendary Who aficionado Richard Barnes and a rare facsimile Tommy poster.