Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne, One Direction, Grouplove, The Voice, Halestorm, Demi Lovato, Gavin DeGraw, Live in the Vineyard festival
September 10, 2013
Miley Cyrus has tweeted the entire tracklist for her upcoming album, Bangerz. It turns out that Miley's latest work is full of surprise guest stars, including Britney Spears on the song "SMS (BANGERZ)." The song "4X4" has a guest verse from Nelly, and "My Darlin' " features Future. There is also "Love, Money, Party" with Big Sean and "FU" with FrenchMontana. Her new single "Wrecking Ball" is already #1 on iTunes. Bangerz is due in stores on October 4. Additionally, the video for "Wrecking Ball," which hit the Web yesterday, set a new record on VEVO. The clip brought in over 19.3 million views in its first 24 hours online, breaking One Direction's record of 12.3 million views for "Best Song Ever."
Lil Wayne sat down with Katie Couric on Monday to do an interview for her syndicated talk show, Katie. Weezy discussed a number of topics, including why he dropped out of high school, his dangerous addiction to syrup, and why he's thinking about retiring from music. Couric asked about Weezy's children, to which he responded, "My oldest is my beautiful daughter, she's 14, Reginae. She's awesome, she's a firecracker." He called his three sons his "everything" and reiterated that he wants to retire in five years, when he turns 35, so he can spend more time with them and do "whatever they want to do." Wayne explained: "I don't want to have no influence ... 'Hey you must do this, you must do that.' Because I didn't have that and because I didn't have that I grew up to be exactly what I wanted to be and how I wanted to be. I want that for all of my kids ... I know I'll be ready to retire at 35 because I am so ready to retire now!"
This Friday, September 13, Sony is releasing an extended version of the concert film One Direction: This Is Us that features 20 minutes of new footage and four songs not previously seen in the movie. Meanwhile, the British boy band already is prepping for the November 25 release of their new album, Midnight Memories.
Grouplove will headline the 2013 Campus Consciousness Tour. Dates kick off at Kent State University in Kent, OH, on October 24, immediately following the band's Seesaw Tour. Grouplove will be joined on the tour by electronic duo The Knocks and F-Stop/Atlantic labelmates Saints of Valory. It's set to wrap on November 16 at Colby College in Waterville, ME.
Cher, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder and Miguel will all serve as mentors on The Voice this coming season. Cher will serve as an adviser to coach Blake Shelton; Sheeran will work with returning coach Christina Aguilera; Tedder will team up with Adam Levine; and Miguel will work with Cee Lo Green. The new season premieres on September 23.
Halestorm will release ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP on October 15. It follows 2011's ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP, and this time Halestorm puts its own stamp on tracks by Judas Priest, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, Marilyn Manson, and Daft Punk. "Like our first ReAniMate EP, the songs included here are a collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves," said Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale. "We decided to go more bare bones with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances. We recorded this EP the week of the Grammys, so the excitement and debauchery you hear through your speakers is very real. We hope all our fans have as much fun with ReAniMate: 2.0 as we did!"
Demi Lovato has inked a multi-book deal with Feiwel and Friends, the publisher announced on Monday. The first book, called Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, will compile tweets she has written about her life. It's due in November. The second book will be a memoir.
Gavin DeGraw's fourth album, Make A Move, is set for release on October 15 via RCA Records. Recorded mainly in Los Angeles, Make A Move reunites DeGraw with producer Butch Walker (Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, P!nk) and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote Gavin's hit single "Not Over You." Other producers on the album include Busbee (Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, P!nk), Martin Johnson (Avril Lavigne, Jason Derulo, Boys Like Girls), Benny Blanco (Bruno Mars, Keith Urban, Maroon 5) and Kevin Rudolf (Justin Timberlake, Black-EyedPeas, Nelly Furtado). Gavin recently released a video for the album's first single, "Best I Ever Had."
The Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo, Kevin Rudolf and Delta Rae have joined the bill for this November's Live In The Vineyard festival in Napa Valley, CA. Organizers had already announced Five for Fighting, Gavin DeGraw, James Blunt, Lee DeWyze, Atlas Genius, Andrew Ripp and Christina Perri as other artists on the bill for the fest, which takes place from November 1 to 4.