Quick Hits: Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, deadmau5, The Game, Scott Stapp
October 14, 2013
Justin Bieber continues his Music Mondays series today by releasing the new track "All That Matters." The Diplo-produced song opens up with an acoustic guitar before a mid-tempo R&B beat comes in alongside Bieber's vocals. The singer will continue to unveil a new song every Monday until the release of his concert film/documentary, Believe. The film, helmed by Never Say Never director Jon M. Chu, is slated to hit theaters around Christmas time.
Lady Gaga did an impromptu Q&A on Twitter on Sunday night. Asked about the inspiration for her new album, ARTPOP, Gaga wrote: "I delved deep into my heart and mind and truly made a record that I wanted to listen to." She also revealed that some of her favorite tracks on the album include "Dope," "Sexxx Dreams," "G.U.Y." and next single, "Venus." One fan asked if "Venus" is the "Telephone" continuation, and Gaga replied: "no maam, it's the beginning of ARTPOP TRILOGY ENDINGS TO COME!"
Katy Perry returned to Saturday Night Live over the weekend to promote her upcoming album, Prism. For her first performance of the night, a rendition of the single "Roar," Perry took on a jungle theme by wearing a leopard print dress while her band wore animal costumes and played on a stage covered with tropical foliage. For her second song, Perry offered the new single "Walking on Air" on a sleek, white stage with backup dancers and elaborate lighting. Prism will hit stores on October 22.
Astralwerks will now be the U.S. home of EDM star deadmau5 and his mau5trap recordings. Kicking off the relationship, Astralwerks will release the brand new mau5trap compilation album We Are Friends Vol. 2 on November 12. Astralwerks will be the U.S. home to future deadmau5 releases as well as the exclusive distributor and label partner for his mau5trap recordings imprint.
Rapper The Game has signed with the YMCMB family, joining Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj. Young Money/Cash Money boss Birdman tweeted about the signing on Sunday and said the label has also signed some "great New York rappers."
Creed frontman Scott Stapp will release a new solo album, Proof Of Life, on November 5, and he plans to launch a full-scale world tour in mid-March. Stapp told Billboard.com that most of the album was inspired by the personal turmoil in his life over the past decade. "I think it's about finding a purpose within the madness, finding a message within the mess," Stapp said. "I think encapsulating, reaching, balance, clarity, contentment, peace and love -- I think that kind of summarizes Proof of Life. I really feel like (the album) proves that the last 10 years mattered and that all of the struggle mattered and I didn't waste all that time. It's a story and a journey and an education and proof that there was life in that period and that is also going to effect he rest of my life in such a profound way as to never allow me to go back to that place in which these revelations were born. That's dynamic change and, for me, unprecedented growth."