Quick Hits: Madonna, MTV EMAs, Soul Train Awards, Justin Timberlake & Paul McCartney, Blink-182, MGMT, A Perfect Circle
September 17, 2013
Madonna did an AMA on Reddit on Monday where she hinted that "there might be" a follow-up to 2012's MDNA coming next year, and added that her "creative juices are flowing." When asked if she would consider a collaboration with Daft Punk, Madonna wrote, "I would love to work with Daft Punk," and then quipped, "Just waiting for them to return my call." In related news, Madonna's secretprojectrevolution, the 17-minute film she co-directed with Steven Klein, will be unveiled on September 24. The film launches Art For Freedom, an online global initiative designed to further freedom of expression. "My goal is to show by the example of secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression," the singer said. "I hope my film and other submissions to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency." The film, plus bonus content, will be available to the public for free download beginning September 24 at 2 p.m. EST at bundles.bittorrent.com/madonnarevolution.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations for the 2013 MTV European Music Awards with five nods each. Timberlake is nominated in the categories of Best Male Artist, Best Live, Best Look, Best U.S. Act and Best Video, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are up for Best New Artist, Best Hip Hop, Best Song, Best U.S. Act and Best World Stage. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke are all up for four awards. The 2013 MTV EMAs will be held at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome on November 10.
Kendrick Lamar leads the nominations for the 2013 Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six trophies, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown and Tamar Braxton. Comedian Anthony Anderson will host the event at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on November 8. The Soul Train Awards will later air on Centric and BET on December 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Next week, Jimmy Kimmel Live will kick off the broadcast season by taking over Hollywood Boulevard for two consecutive nights. On Monday, September 23, Paul McCartney will make his first appearance on the show, for an interview and a live performance outside on Hollywood Boulevard. The next night, Tuesday, September 24, JKL and Justin Timberlake will shut down the street for a performance as well, along with an interview.
Blink-182 is currently mapping out the next phase of their career, with plans to record new music in early 2014. MarkHoppus told MTV News that the tentative plan is "demoing late this year, being in the studio early next year," and most likely finding a new record label with which to partner. Tom DeLonge explained that after self-releasing their Dogs Eating Dogs EP, "We know we need a group [working with us], to have some accountability, because God knows we're not very good at managing large projects. But when it comes down to writing a kick-ass song and acting like we're 14, we can do that really well. So I think our options are wide open; being on a label may be the best thing for us."
MGMT will hit the road for a North American headlining tour that will kick off November 10 with a special appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. The tour will conclude on December 13 with the band playing a special hometown show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
A Perfect Circle will release the greatest hits set THREE SIXTY on November 19. The release also includes A Perfect Circle's first new, original, studio recording in a decade with the inclusion of "By And Down," a song written after the band returned from a hiatus for a series of live performances throughout 2010 and 2011. A Perfect Circle also recently announced the release of a limited edition box set titled A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone And Echo, due on November 26.