Quick Hits: Britney Spears, Arcade Fire, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, David Bowie
September 30, 2013
Britney Spears took to Twitter to reveal that the music video for her new single, "Work Bitch," will debut on the CW television network. "Go call the guvunah people! We have a premiere date for my #WORKBxxCH video…" Spears tweeted yesterday, adding "Clear the way on TUESDAY, OCT 1ST for the world premiere of the #WORKBxxCH video on the @CW_network!" Meanwhile, Spears' eighth studio album is due on December 3, weeks before she begins her Piece of Me residency at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Arcade Fire took over NBC on Saturday night as the band performed two songs on Saturday Night Live, which was followed by a 30-minute Arcade Fire TV special. On SNL, the band offered its newest single, "Reflektor," as well as "Afterlife" -- both songs from their upcoming fourth album. As for their own half-hour special, it showed the band performing live at the Salsatheque in their home town of Montreal, where they unleashed even more new songs: "Here Comes the Night Time," "We Exist" and "Normal Person." But the show also boasted a slew of celeb cameos, such as Michael Cera playing the bartender at Salsatheque, Bill Hader and Zach Galifianakis playing astronauts listening to the concert from space, and Ben Stiller and Bono getting kicked off the stage before the performance. Reflektor will be in stores on October 29.
Demi Lovato announced in a Facebook Q&A that she is launching The Neon Lights Tour on February 9, 2014, in Vancouver, Canada. The North American tour will support her latest album, Demi, and it will visit 27 cities across the U.S. and Canada. "Neon Lights" is the forthcoming single from Demi and it will impact radio in early November. The trek also will feature special guests Little Mix and Fifth Harmony.
Taylor Swift has joined the cast of The Giver, a movie based on the young adult novel by Lois Lowry. The singer/songwriter is the latest to join the cast that already includes Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Katie Holmes. It's not clear exactly which role will be played by Swift, but the movie is set to start filming on October 7 in Cape Town, South Africa, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
David Bowie's The Next Day will be reissued on November 4 as a three-disc collector's edition with a handful of previously-unreleased tracks. The set, called The Next Day Extra, includes the original 14-track CD, a 10-track CD of bonus songs and a DVD of the four promotional films already released for the album: "Where Are We Now?," "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," "The Next Day" and "Valentine's Day."