Quick Hits: Drake, Metallica, Jay Z & Timbaland, M.I.A., Tupac Shakur, Carole King
September 20, 2013
Drake has rescheduled some of the dates on his fall "Would You Like A Tour?" trek through North America. Citing "an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements that will be part of the show," the tour now begins in Pittsburgh on October 18. Refunds are available for three canceled shows in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Cleveland. Drake's new album Nothing Was The Same will be out this Tuesday, September 24.
Metallica will be appearing on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report on Tuesday, September 24. The band is busy promoting their new 3D movie, Through the Never, which hits IMAX on September 27 and will expand into more theaters on October 4. Meanwhile, Metallica will play a concert for the first time at New York's famed Apollo Theater on Saturday night, September 21. The whole show will air live at 8:30 p.m. EST exclusively on SiriusXM's Mandatory Metallica channel.
Producer Timbaland will accompany Jay Z for his live show when the Magna Carter World Tour hits the U.K. next month. Timbaland produced several tracks on Magna Carta Holy Grail, as well as many other records from throughout Jay Z's career. The U.S. leg of the Magna Carter World Tour starts on November 30 in St. Paul, MN.
M.I.A. is apparently still embroiled in a legal battle with the NFL over last year's Super Bowl performance, in which she gave the middle finger and mouthed "I don't give a s**t" during her performance with Madonna. The NFL claims in legal documents that M.I.A.'s "offensive gesture" was in breach of her contract and "in flagrant disregard for the values that form the cornerstone of the NFL brand and the Super Bowl." NFL lawyers are pushing for a judge to rule her liable for her actions on summary judgment before continuing to a trial for damages, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Now, M.I.A. is ready to go public about the legal battle since they were not able to settle the case privately. Her lawyer, Howard King, told THR that: "She is going to go public with an explanation of how ridiculous it was for the NFL and its fans to devote such furor to this incident, while ignoring the genocide occurring in her home country [Sri Lanka] and several other countries, topics she frequently speaks to."
A biopic on late rapper Tupac Shakur will finally begin filming in 2014. The star for the movie has not been announced, but Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla Films announced in a press release they are in final negotiations to partner on the production of Tupac, and it will begin filming next year in Atlanta. The movie will be executive produced by the rapper's mother, Afeni Shakur.
Carole King will be honored as the MusiCares person of the year during the 2014 Grammy Awards week. She will be saluted by performers including Lady Gaga, The Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and more. The MusiCares event will be held on January 24 in Los Angeles, two nights before the Grammy Awards.