Quick Hits: Katy Perry, Eminem, P!nk, Mariah Carey, Jonas Brothers, Record Store Day, Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones
October 23, 2013
Katy Perry's iHeartRadio Album Release Party to celebrate her new album, Prism. (Photo: Chris Polk/Getty for iHeartRadio)
Katy Perry celebrated the release of her new album Prism yesterday with a performance and Q&A at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. The singer shared stories, songs and insights during the hour-long event, which streamed on Yahoo!, was broadcast on Clear Channel radio stations and was filmed for broadcast on the CW Network on Friday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET. Perry performed stripped-down versions of a number of new songs, including "Roar," "Dark Horse," "Unconditionally" and "By the Grace of God." "My head was in a dark place," she said after performing "Roar." "I thought I was gonna make an acoustic record with depressive shades." Although things changed, she said, when "All the light hit me and influenced shades, I feel very prismatic." Perry also said she's planning a tour for next year, and the stage will have a different look and feel this time around. "It's three years down the road," she explained. "It's time for new visuals, a new era."
Eminem's triumphant return with The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is due out November 5, and the final mixes still aren't quite done. "Right now, I'm probably working harder than I've ever worked in my life," the rapper told Rolling Stone. "Aside from around the time of The Eminem Show, when I was also doing the 8 Mile movie and soundtrack and score and shit like that. This is probably the equivalent of that, but all focused on the record." He acknowledged that naming the album MMLP2 brings some added pressure, because many fans consider the first one to be his best work. "Calling it The Marshall Mathers LP 2, obviously I knew that there might be certain expectations," he says. "I wouldn't want to call it that just for the sake of calling it that. I had to make sure that I had the right songs – and just when you think you got it, you listen and you're like, 'F**k, man! I feel like it needs this or that,' to paint the whole picture."
Doctors have told P!nk to postpone three more gigs on her Canadian tour so she can rest her vocal cords through the end of the month. The singer has postponed dates in Edmonton (10/23), Saskatoon (10/24) and Winnipeg (10/26), but they already are rescheduled for January. "It became clear after further consultation with her doctors today that more rest is required for her to fully recover from inflamed vocal cords and laryngitis," Live Nation said in a statement on Tuesday. P!nk had already postponed shows in Salt Lake City on October 17 and Denver on October 18 to rest her pipes.
Mariah Carey has crafted the new song "The Art of Letting Go," which she will release on November 11 on Facebook. The singer says the idea to release the song via social media was Jermaine Dupri's, and she also set up plans to host a Q&A with her fans on Facebook in conjunction with the release. "The way I interact with my fans, it's a different thing than most people," Carey told MTV News. "I've [had] this type of relationship with my fans since I first knew I had fans, which was not till my third album. It [sounds] crazy but it's actually true. I never felt like 'oh I'm famous.'... All of a sudden, fame takes over, [but] you have to stay grounded and my fans have kept me grounded. So for me, Jermaine's concept was great because it was was something different than I'd done previously, and we needed to reach all of my fans." Earlier this year the singer announced a July release date for her new album, also titled The Art of Letting Go, but the project has been temporarily delayed. However, photos have surfaced online of Mariah in the studio with Nas and producers such as Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy and Boi1da.
Nick and Joe Jonas have offered fans a few words on Twitter after canceling their entire fall tour due to a "deep rift" regarding the direction of their music. The Jonas Brothers were brief in their statements, but both seemed to imply that the group is working things out. "Bear with us," Nick tweeted on Tuesday, while Joe wrote: "Please hold while we get our s**t together."
Record Store Day's annual "Back to Black Friday" event is coming up on November 29, bringing with it a slew of exclusive and limited edition releases. Some of those include the 2013 mix of Nirvana's In Utero reissue on vinyl; a vinyl edition of Queens of the Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork album; a 7-inch edition of Fall Out Boy's recent Pax Am Days EP; a Dave Matthews Band vinyl box set; a Lady Gaga picture disc; and Silversun Pickups'Let it Decay 10" vinyl.
In what seems like an unlikely pairing, Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones have teamed up to record a new rendition of the Everly Brothers' 1958 album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, which they have named Foreverly. In an interview with Stereogum, Armstrong explained: "I got into the Everly Brothers' record a couple years ago and I thought it was just beautiful. I was listening to it every morning for a while off and on. I thought it would be cool to remake the record because I thought it was sort of an obscure thing and more people should know about it, but I really wanted to do it with a woman singing because I thought it would take on a different meaning — maybe broaden the meaning a little bit — as compared to hearing the songs being sung by the two brothers. And so my wife said, 'Why don't you get Norah Jones to do it?' and I was like, 'Well, I kinda know her,"... so I called her and she said yes." The album was recorded in nine days with a hired drummer and bassist, and it will be released on November 25.