Quick Hits: Britney Spears, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Ariana Grande, P!nk, John Legend, Rush
September 16, 2013
Britney Spears debuted her new single, "Work Bitch," on Sunday afternoon, after a leak forced her to premiere the track a day early. It was originally due on Monday night, but Spears tweeted on Sunday: "Woke up today and saw that a low quality version of 'Work Bitch' had leaked." In response to the leak, Spears moved up the radio and iTunes debut of the official version of the dance-heavy tune. The song was written by will.i.am and Swedish DJ Otto Jettman. Spears also recently shared on Twitter that she spent "3 days shooting #WorkBitch [video] in the desert with Ben Mor. Thanks for braving the heat with me." The singer is set to appear on Good Morning America on September 17.
The Killers will release a new best-of set, Direct Hits, on November 11 via Island Records. The collection features two new tunes, including the single "Shot At The Night," which arrived at radio and iTunes today. A deluxe edition includes three bonus tracks, with a documentary DVD.
Arcade Fire will not only serve as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live on September 28, but immediately following the episode, NBC will air a 30-minute Arcade Fire concert special to celebrate the band's new album, Reflektor. NBC reportedly confirmed the news to Consequence of Sound, but did not provide any additional details about the special. Reflektor is due in stores on October 29.
Last week, after nabbing the #1 album in the country with Yours Truly, singer/actress Ariana Grande was ordered by doctors to go on vocal rest after suffering from a hemorrhaged vocal cord. Now, the 20-year-old says that things are looking up. "Everybody on Instagram telling me to feel better, I thank you so much for the well wishes, but I'm actually completely fine. My voice is healthy. I'm talking right now," Grande said in a short video message posted on her Instagram. "I just lost my voice at my party for my album, but I'm completely fine now. Thank you!"
P!nk will be honored with the Woman of the Year Award at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event on December 10 in New York City. "I was absolutely shocked and surprised to hear that Billboard named me Woman of the Year," P!nk said of the honor. "It's been an incredible year and I feel so grateful to radio for sticking by me, and to the fans and friends and all of the incredible talent that I was fortunate enough to work with for this album [The Truth About Love]." The annual Women in Music event is designed to celebrate the most powerful and talented women in the music business.
John Legend married model Chrissy Teigen on Saturday in an intimate ceremony at Italy's Lake Como, according to Us Weekly. Biz Markie reportedly served as the deejay at the nuptials. The couple has been dating since 2007, and Legend recently told Us Weekly that most of his latest album, Love in the Future, was written about Teigen.
Rush will release a live CD and DVD titled Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour on November 19. The live show was was filmed and recorded last November at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas. The three-hour set pairs Rush classics with newly reworked arrangements specifically for the tour featuring the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble, as well as three separate drum solos by Neil Peart. The DVD version boasts a 25-minute tour documentary featuring interviews with all three band members; behind the scenes footage; a rare soundcheck performance of "Limelight" and more.