Quick Hits: Rihanna, Kings of Leon, Grammy Nominations Concert Live, Paramore, Jay Z, Elton John, Buckcherry
September 18, 2013


Rihanna
Budweiser is debuting a short documentary film called Half Of Me, which chronicles Rihanna and several of her superfans in the U.K. and the U.S. The film is part of Budweiser's "Made For Music" initiative and it is streaming at www.BudweiserMusic.com. The film shows live performance footage from Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour, as well as fans talking about their admiration for the singer and vice versa. Rihanna premiered Half Of Me on Sunday night at a private event in Hong Kong, where she was joined by 200 fans and presented with a jar full of messages collected via social media by the president of her China fan club. "The Budweiser Half of Me documentary is a true picture of behind the scenes of my Diamonds World Tour. It not only tells the story from my eyes but also in the eyes of my fans," says Rihanna. "One of my favorite parts of traveling is being able to communicate with my amazing fans directly. I am totally connected with my navy; it doesn't matter where in the world they are."

Kings of Leon fans should head to iTunes now to stream KoL's new album, Mechanical Bull, in its entirety for a limited time before the album release on September 24. Additionally, the band will be performing a Live on Letterman webcast concert on Thursday, September 26 at 9 p.m. EST. The entire performance will be broadcast live online via CBS.com

The Recording Academy is bringing the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! back to Los Angeles this year. The hour-long CBS special will take place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 6 at 10 p.m. Along with live performances, the annual event reveals nominees in some of the biggest categories for the Grammy Awards, which will be held on January 26, 2014. Details about the presenters and performers for Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! will be announced later.

Paramore answered fan questions in a special Twitter session hosted by MTV, VH1 and CMT @ArtistDot on Tuesday. The band used the occasion to announce that they will be giving away free tickets and access to a special meet-and-greet at select dates on their North American tour, which kicks off next month. For more information on how to win, fans should check out VH1's Tuner blog. In other news, frontwoman Hayley Williams also spoke to MTV News about "Stay the Night," her new collaboration with EDM producer Zedd. "In Paramore, we write a lot of different styles of songs... we're all trying to bust out of being comfortable. At this point in our lives, we're really interested in growing outside of our comfort zones, all the time, trying new things," she told MTV News. "So 'Stay the Night' really fit into this part of my life very easily, because it is very different, and it was very much outside of my comfort zone when I first sang it. But, like a lot of things, you try something and you actually realize it's not all that difficult or that different from who you might be."

Due to his foray into the world of sports management, Jay Z already sold his minority stake of the Brooklyn Nets to the team's coach, Jason Kidd, for $500,000. Now he also must unload his estimated $1.5 million piece of the Barclays Center - the building in which the Nets play - according to Forbes.com. Back in April it was announced that Jay created Roc Nation Sports, his new agency which now represents athletes such as New York Yankees all-star Robinson Cano, NFL Super Bowl champion Victor Cruz, NBA star Kevin Durant and WNBA rookie Skylar Diggins.

Artists including Miguel, Hunter Hayes and John Grant have recorded tracks for a Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tribute album that is expected to be released next year, marking the 40th anniversary of the Elton John classic. During a performance-and-interview event at USC on Monday night, Sir Elton told the crowd that: "Hunter Hayes has done 'Yellow Brick Road,' played all the instruments and he blew my mind." According to a Billboard.com recap, youth and aging were recurring subjects during John's interview with the Grammy Foundation's Scott Goldman. "The energy of youth is a wonderful thing to observe. I have great faith in the young," said John. "If you are 66 and want to make a difference I have to push barriers. I'm not coasting; coasting is dangerous." His new album, The Diving Board, comes out on September 24.

Buckcherry is set to release their very first Best Of album on October 29 via Eleven Seven Music. It will include hits such as "Lit Up," "Sorry," "Next 2 You" and "Crazy Bitch."




 
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