Quick Hits: Grammy Nominations Concert Live, The Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney, Eminem, Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson, NIN & QOTSA, The Pogues
October 9, 2013
Drake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and Keith Urban are the first performers announced for this year's Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!, the television special that will air on CBS on Friday, December 6. Along with performances, the event will reveal nominees in several key categories for the Grammy Awards. LL Cool J will return as the host, and details regarding more performers will be announced soon. The Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26.
The Jonas Brothers have canceled their upcoming tour, just days before it was slated to kick off. A spokesperson for the band tells People "There is a deep rift within the band. There was a big a disagreement over their music direction." The tour was scheduled to begin this Friday in Philadelphia and ticket holders will be refunded.
Paul McCartney onstage at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (photo: MJ Kim/MPL Communications)
Sir Paul McCartney played a surprise performance for over 400 high school students in New York City today, as part of an iHeartRadio Q&A event. The surprise event was hosted by WAXQ's Jim Kerr at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a New York City public arts high school in Astoria, Queens. Attending the event was Tony Bennett, who founded Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in 2001 in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. The iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Paul McCartney: A Q&A and Performance which celebrates the release of his new album New will on CCM+E Classic Rock, Classic Hits, Oldies and AC stations across the country and on iHeartRadio.com/pm and will stream on Yahoo! Monday October 14, at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
Following up the new single, "Berzerk," Eminem has now unleashed a video for the song "Survival," another track from The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Em's eighth studio album is due on November 5, and features production from Rick Rubin, DJ Khalil, Dr. Dre and more. Check out the new video below:
After Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel engaged in a public Twitter feud, the rapper is now scheduled to sit down with Kimmel on his talk show tonight. West used Twitter to criticize Kimmel for a sketch on his show that spoofed West's interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe. While some have speculated that the feud was staged for publicity, Kimmel posted on Twitter Tuesday: "TOMORROW NIGHT, MY GUEST WILL BE @kanyewest (for real, yes and was it all a setup, no)."
Jennifer Hudson has a new album on the way in 2014, and this time around, the singer says she will take much more control over the writing process. "I want to Jennifer-ize this album, meaning I want you to get a sense of who I am as a person, not just as a celebrity, or a brand, or a public figure. That's what I want this music to reflect," the singer told Rolling Stone. J. Hud revealed that she's been working with Pharrell and Timbaland on new tracks, but she added: "I don't want anyone writing for me, unless they've gotten a chance to know me, and a sense of who I am as a person. And that's why I've written I don't know how many of the tracks on this album. Where as before it I only wrote maybe one song. I've been directing my own vocals, and having my voice from my own perspective."
Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age will join forces for a double headlining tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014. The first band on stage will be decided each night by the toss of a coin. The eight-date run is set to begin in Sydney on March 6 and continue through Newcastle, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Christchurch.
Phil Chevron, guitarist and songwriter for Celtic punk band The Pogues, died Tuesday (October 8) in Dublin following a long battle with cancer. He was 56. Back in May, the band revealed that Chevron had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The Pogues wrote on their website: "After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning. We all send our sincere condolences to his family."