Quick Hits: Justin Bieber, Muse, Fleetwood Mac, Eminem, Young The Giant, Ke$ha, Ciara & Future, Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson, Karmin
October 28, 2013
Justin Bieber continues his Music Mondays series with his newest R&B tune, "Recovery." Shortly after Bieber shared the song with his fans, he explained the significance of the track on Twitter. "It's here. One of the most important songs to me I've ever written #Recovery," he tweeted. "Hope it helps you!" This is the fourth song that Bieber has released during his Music Mondays series, which will continue until the release of his upcoming documentary/concert flick, Believe, comes out on Christmas day.
Muse will release Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, a CD/DVD and Blu-ray package, on December 2. The trio played a 20-song concert for an audience of more than 60,000 Roman fans in July, and it was captured in ultra-high definition for these releases. The film edition of the concert will get theatrical screenings in 20 cities on November 5, and the following day, the movie will be screened in 40 other territories for one night only. As for the band's future plans, frontman MattBellamy told Rolling Stone that Muse is planning on 2014 being a relatively quiet year for them. "Next year, we may do one festival or two," he said, "but weíre probably going to concentrate on getting into a new album."
Fleetwood Mac has canceled their upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand in light of the news that bassist John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer. McVie is now scheduled to be in treatment during the time that the band would have been Down Under. "We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best," reads a post on the band's Facebook page.
Sirius XM Radio has announced that Eminem will sit down for a rare Q&A session with a select group of listeners for the SiriusXM Town Hall series on Monday, November 4, the day before his new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is released. Moderated by Shade 45ís Sway in the Morning host Sway Calloway, "SiriusXMís Town Hall with Eminem" will include the iconic rapper answering a variety of questions from fans about his entire career. "Eminemís influence in rap and hip hop, and music in general, canít be underestimated. His journey as an artist, which he shows unflinchingly to his fans, is inspiring. Our ĎTown Hall,í as he releases The Marshall Mathers LP 2, will be equally candid, real, and utterly fascinating for the lucky fans and subscribers who get to share the room with him," said Scott Greenstein, President/Chief Content Officer for SiriusXM. "SiriusXMís Town Hall with Eminem" will air on Tuesday, November 5 at 12:00 pm ET.
Young The Giant will release their sophomore album, Mind Over Matter, on January 21. The first single, "It's About Time," is available today at all digital retailers. Young The Giant will celebrate the new effort with appearances at a number of upcoming radio concerts, including WBRU/Providence's Birthday Bash on November 13; Denver's 93.3 Not So Silent Night on December 1; and KNRK/Portland's December To Remember on December 6. Details for a November tour, as well as additional dates, will be announced soon.
A Ke$ha concert in Kuala Lumpur was canceled by the government after authorities in Malaysia determined that it would "hurt cultural and religious sensitivities." Concert organizer Livescape said in a statement that Ke$ha had agreed to make changes in the concert to comply with the government's guidelines, but it appears that was not enough to appease lawmakers. "Livescape would like to go on record to applaud and thank Ke$ha and her team for working closely with us and having agreed to modify the show to suit the Malaysian culture and sensitivities," the statement said, "including having made adjustments to her song lyrics, wardrobe changes, and a set list that was modified to specifically adhere to the guidelines set forth by the authorities." The singer voiced her frustration on Twitter by writing: "To be clear. I did NOT cancel. I was not allowed to play. and then I was going to play anyways and was threatened with imprisonment."
Singer Ciara and Rapper Future are ready to tie the knot. They got engaged over the weekend while Ciara was in New York City celebrating her 28th birthday, according to MTV News. The couple has been dating for about a year, and they appeared together in Ciara's video for "Body Party." After he popped the question, she wrote on Twitter: "Today Has 2 Be Like One Of The Sweetest Days Of My Life!"
Quincy Jones has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment and MJJ Productions, a song company controlled by Michael Jackson's estate, in connection with projects released after the singer's death. In a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Jones alleges that master recordings he produced for Jackson were wrongfully edited and remixed so as to deprive him of royalties. At issue are the This Is It film and soundtrack, the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil productions, and the 25th anniversary edition of the Bad album, all of which contain songs that Jones originally produced. Jones says a deal he signed with Jackson was breached when MJJ allowed third parties to exploit his songs "without first providing a reasonable opportunity to Jones to perform such remixes and/or re-edits." He also claims other wrongdoings. In a statement to THR, Jackson Estate attorney Howard Weitzman says that his party "was saddened to learn that Quincy Jones has filed a lawsuit seeking money from Michael's estate. To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael."
Karmin will kick off 2014 with their Pulses headline tour, starting January 29 in Baltimore, MD. The trek sees the duo of Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann hitting major markets across North America through February 22 in San Diego, with Bryce Vine opening. The duo is set to release their full length debut album sometime next year.