Quick Hits: Britney Spears, Metallica, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters
October 25, 2013
Britney Spears revealed the cover art to her upcoming album Britney Jean, along with a hand-written letter to her fans, via her website today. In her letter, Spears writes, "I poured my heart and soul into this album and it's been an incredible journey. I've learned a lot about myself, and as I am finishing, I am reminded of the incredible foundation that has supported me for the last 15 years." She adds, "I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears. I am a performer. I am a Mom. I am funny. I am your friend! I am Britney Jean." The new album is due out December 3.
Earlier this week it was reported that Metallica would be playing a special concert in Antarctica later this year. Now the show has been confirmed, as fans in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico can enter a contest sending them on a 10-day cruise to Antarctica on December 3. The band will perform near the heliport of Carlini Argentine Base on December 8. Surprisingly, the show will only be heard by the audience through headphones, with no amps. The promotion is sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero and the concert will stream online as well.
Arcade Fire's much-anticipated new album Reflektor is now streaming online, as the band posted the entire record as one long YouTube stream late Thursday. The album is synced up with footage of the 1959 film Black Orpheus, which frontman Win Butler has said was an inspiration for Reflektor. You can hear the entire album, due out next Tuesday on Merge Records, below:
SiriusXM Radio will launch The David Bowie Channel, a commercialĖfree music channel featuring the complete works of the music legend. The David Bowie Channel will launch on Wednesday, October 30 at 12:00 pm ET and will run through Tuesday, November 12, via satellite on channel 111. The David Bowie Channel will be available as a 24/7 channel online and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and mobile devices beginning Wednesday, October 30 for an extended period. "'Icon' gets thrown around a lot, but for David Bowie, one of pop and rock musicís greatest, most unconventional artists, itís textbook accurate. We canít wait to bring to our listeners a full-time channel that offers an expertly curated deep dive into his artistic genius. From Major Tom to Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke through his latest work, The Next Day, the channel will bring together every phase of his pioneering music, and all will hear this enduring body of work, which is as relevant today as it was at each and every phase of Davidís storied career," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM President/Chief Content Officer.
Lady Gaga continues to give fans glimpses into her upcoming album ARTPOP. MTV Newsreports that Gaga gathered selected fans in Berlin on Thursday, playing an acoustic version of her new song "Gypsy" and answering questions (while wearing a fake mustache and speaking in a pseudo-German accent). The Q&A was streamed online as well. This morning, Gaga posted a 40 second clip of the new track "Venus," as well as different versions of the single's cover art.
Foo Fighters have been teasing their first-ever shows in Mexico, launching a foofightersmexico.com website that promises dates in "Diciembre 2013." Dave Grohl tweeted a brief video today as well, asking Mexican fans if they are ready for the arrival of the Foos.