Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Metallica, Billboard Touring Awards
October 22, 2013
Lady Gaga has released a snippet of the title track to her new album, ARTPOP. Gaga plans to release two more preview songs on October 27 and November 4 before the album hits retailers on November 11. In addition to the teaser tracks, Gaga will formally release her next single, "Venus," on October 25. Check out the snippet of the mid-tempo, synth-heavy track below:
NPR Music will present a "First Listen Live" performance from Arcade Fire on Monday, October 28, at 10 p.m. (ET)/ 7 p.m. (PT). A day before the release of its highly-anticipated new album, Reflektor, the band will play songs from the album during an exclusive broadcasts available at www.NPR.org/music and on public radio stations nationwide. A version of the concert also will be archived for later listening at the NPR Music site.
It looks like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are finally going to tie the knot after having a baby together on June 15. E! reported that the engagement occurred at San Francisco's AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, where Kardashian was expecting a "surprise" party to mark her 33rd birthday. Instead, the stadium's center field scoreboard displayed the proposal: "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!" and a 50-piece orchestra were said to have played Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" and Keri Hilson's "Knock You Down." This will be West's first marriage and Kardashian's third, though it is unclear when the couple will wed.
According to the Colombian website of the drink Coca-Cola Zero, Metallica is set to play a very special concert in Antarctica. The Coca-Cola-sponsored event will take place between December 2 and December 15 and will see the group performing on Earth's southernmost continent. It's not clear exactly how this will go down, and at press time the Metallica website did not list any details. However, it would be only the second concert ever held in Antarctica. The first took place on July 7, 2007 at British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Research Station where the science team's house band, Nunatak, performed a set in front of 17 people that was broadcast all over the world.
The top achievers in the touring world will be honored at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards on November 14 in New York. Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Luke Bryan, P!nk, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, and the Rolling Stones are among the finalists for the awards, which are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from October 2012 through September 2013. The finalists for Top Tour, based on Boxscore gross, are Bon Jovi's Because We Can Tour, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's Wrecking Ball Tour, and Michael Jackson Immortal, while the finalists for Top Draw, based on Boxscore attendance, are P!nk's The Truth About Love Tour and once again Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi.