Quick Hits: Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons, Pearl Jam, Nikki Sixx & Paul McCartney, Lauryn Hill, Pixies
October 7, 2013
Justin Bieber kicked off his "Music Mondays" series today by offering the new R&B single, "Heartbreaker." Bieber has referred to the series of new songs as his "journals" in Twitter posts, and as for "Heartbreaker," Biebs explained: "It's a song for people going through a heartbreak – like I was when I wrote it. It means so much to me to be able to share what I was, and still am going through, with my fans. I'm very proud of this song and I hope it gives my fans some insight into my heart." "Music Mondays" will run for 10 weeks until December, according to Billboard.
Lady Gaga and Clear Channel Outdoor have teamed up to reveal the cover artwork for Gaga's new album, ARTPOP, in a piece by piece unveiling on Clear Channel Outdoor digital billboards in major cities across the globe. The unveiling happened today, with a new portion revealed every few minutes until the artwork is fully displayed. Artist Jeff Koons designed the cover. "Having Jeff create something for ARTPOP was a dream come true, and a very emotional experience. He has given me the greatest gift and we are excited to be sharing it with you," said Lady Gaga. Gaga tweeted the ARTPOP cover, which is a sculpture of the singer by Koons, shortly after 1 p.m. today. The album drops on November 11.
Imagine Dragons will kick off their Into The Night tour on February 8 in Boise, ID. The trek will take the band to over 20 cities across North America, and it will be their last round of U.S. and Canadian shows supporting the Night Visions album before a string of international dates and festivals in the spring of 2014. The Naked And Famous will join the tour as special guests. "It's been just over a year since we released our debut album Night Visions, and the show of support for the music on and off the road has been unbelievable and humbling," says lead singer Dan Reynolds. "This is our last North American tour before returning to the studio, so we plan to make it a very special experience for those who come out to share it with us."
A special edition of the syndicated Triple A radio show World Cafe will air tomorrow and Wednesday (10/8-9) featuring filmmaker Judd Apatow interviewing Pearl Jam about their new album, Lightning Bolt. It is the first time that World Cafe has featured a celebrity guest interviewer in the show's history. The rockers will also open a "pop-up store" in New York City next Tuesday, to celebrate the release of Lightning Bolt, at 446 Broadway. In addition to the new record, special Pearl Jam merch will be sold at the store, while Lightning Bolt cover artist Don Pendleton will be painting live. Lightning Bolt is also now streaming via iTunes.
Starting tonight on Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, the national radio host and rocker will debut a six-part interview with Sir Paul McCartney entitled Sixx Days with Sir Paul McCartney. The former Beatle will discuss the making of his forthcoming 24th solo album, New, including the songs "Early Days," "Queenie Eye" and "Save Us;" why he loves and is terrified to be in the studio; and much more. To hear Sixx Days with Sir Paul McCartney, tune in to Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx all this week, October 7 - 11, at 7 p.m. local time. In addition, highlights from the interview will air on Monday, October 14, at 11 p.m. local time.
Lauryn Hill has been released from federal prison after serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion. Hill reported for her sentence on July 8 after failing to pay taxes on approximately $1.5 million earned between 2005 and 2007 and served her time in a minimum security prison in Danbury, CT. Now that Hill has been released, she will be under parole supervision for a year and will spend the next three months under home confinement, according to the HollywoodReporter.
The Pixies have rolled out plans for a 33-city North American tour that will kick off on January 15 in Toronto and wrap on March 1 in Austin. The band is on the road in support of the band's first collection of new music in more than 20 years that began with the surprise release of the single "Bagboy" on June 28. That was followed by the four-track EP-1 that came out on September 3. "Andro Queen," the surrealistic sci-fi ballad that opens EP-1, is the project's new music video, which is now available at www.pixiesmusic.com.