Quick Hits: Arcade Fire, Beck, Jonas Brothers, MTV EMAs, AWOLNATION, Drake, Pharrell Williams
October 29, 2013
The Arcade Fire has booked more shows under their not-so-secret moniker, "The Reflektors." The band will play outside the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles today, according to Arcade Fire Tube, and they're also playing at L.A.'s Palladium on Halloween. This will be followed by November shows in London, Glasgow, Paris, and Blackpool, England. Arcade Fire's new album, Reflektor, hit stores today.
Beck has inked a deal with Capitol Records, and he will release a new album in February. The album, titled Morning Phase, is billed as a spiritual successor to 2002's Sea Change, even including many of the musicians who played on that album. Beck hasn't released a new full length studio effort since 2008's Modern Guilt.
After canceling their most recent tour, it looks like the Jonas Brothers have decided they should be a band no more. The brothers reportedly told People magazine that the breakup was unanimous and came after Nick Jonas told his brothers that he felt "trapped." No other details were available at press time.
Kings of Leon and Icona Pop have been added to the list of performers for the MTV EMAs, which will be held in Amsterdam on November 10. Icona Pop and Kings of Leon join previously announced performers Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg, Afrojack, Imagine Dragons, The Killers and Katy Perry. In terms of the awards, Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the field of nominees with five nods each, followed by Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Cyrus and Thicke with four apiece.
AWOLNATION will offer a two-CD Deluxe Edition of Megalithic Symphony on November 19. The album will have 32 tracks, including remixes and new songs like "THISKIDSNOTALRIGHT," "Some Kind of Joke" and "Everybody's Got A Secret," along with songs previously only available as bonus-tracks like "MF" and "Swinging from the Castles."
Drake has expanded his Would You Like A Tour? with a leg of U.K. dates featuring The Weeknd as the supporting act. The tour goes across the pond in March 2014, after wrapping the North American leg on December 16 in Detroit.
Pharrell Williams and noted movie composer Hans Zimmer have teamed up to score the forthcoming film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In a recent Billboard interview, Williams was asked what projects he's been working on, to which he responded, "Ed Sheeran. Usher. I'm going back in with T.I. Beyonce. Jennifer Hudson... Hans Zimmer and I are scoring The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Later, Williams wrote on Facebook: "Hans Zimmer is like the king of all kings. I carry his books, sharpen his pencils, get his coffee, and I listen to every punctuation that comes out of his mouth. He is a genius." The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due in theaters in May.