Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus, Austin Mahone, Muse, Kelly Clarkson, The Strokes
October 18, 2013
Miley Cyrus'Bangerz album earned the year's largest sales week for a solo woman when it opened at #1 this week by selling 270,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Before that, the largest sales week for a woman this year had been the bow of Ariana Grande's Yours Truly, which sold 138,000. Billboard also notes that since 2010, only 12 albums by solo female artists have debuted with larger sales weeks than Bangerz.
After being stricken with a 103-degree fever, Austin Mahone has been forced to postpone his MTV Artist to Watch Tour until 2014. The singer's mother, Michele, made the announcement via his Twitter account Thursday night (October 17). "Austin is very ill. Unfortunately we are going to have to postpone the entire MTV Artist to Watch Tour," she wrote. "Austin is very upset about this & we want to say we are sorry to all the Mahomies & their parents who have made arrangements to come out. We feel very bad but we have no choice but to postpone the tour for now." The 10-city trek was originally slated to start Thursday in Miami. MTV noted that ticket holders will be notified of the new 2014 dates and all details as soon as possible.
A trailer has surfaced online for Muse's upcoming concert film, Live at Rome Olympic Stadium. It is the first ever concert film to be shot in 4K Ultra HD, which has a much better resolution than regular HD. Fans will get a first look at the Muse film on November 5 when it debuts in 20 cities around the globe, before expanding to 700 theaters worldwide the next day in both 2K and 4K formats. Check out the trailer below:
Kelly Clarkson's upcoming holiday album, Wrapped in Red, comes out on October 29, and the singer sees it as a chance to finally break free of genre pigeon-holes. "I've been dying to make a Christmas album," she told Billboard. "I always get asked what genre I'm in: 'Is this country or pop or rock? What are you?' And what's cool about making the Christmas album was, 'Oh, there are no limitations! We can do whatever we want!'" The album will be "all over the map," Clarkson adds, from the retro-sounding "Underneath the Tree" to the a cappella version of "Silent Night," as well as the kitschy "Four Carats," an original she calls a cross between Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" and Madonna's "Material Girl." There's also a love song, "Winter Dreams," which features a 50-piece orchestra.
Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just released a solo EP, AHJ, and he starts a three-week tour to support the EP on November 3 in Washington, D.C. But while The Strokes are always an ongoing entity, the guitarist also warns fans not to expect a new album anytime soon. "We don't know anything yet," Hammond told Billboard.com. "There's no news or information. We're not writing or doing anything -- maybe individually we are, but it's not like we're in the studio or anything."