Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Arctic Monkeys, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Lollapalooza
November 5, 2013
Lady Gaga has split with her longtime manager, Troy Carter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Carter was initially recruited in 2007 to represent Gaga, and Showbiz411 cited "creative differences" as the reason for them ending their business relationship. Meanwhile, Gaga is just about to unleash her new album, ARTPOP, on November 11, and the whole thing is streaming now on iTunes Radio. The singer also will be pulling double duty as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 16.
Katy Perry has surpassed Justin Bieber as the most popular person on Twitter. Perry reportedly had 46,529,319 Twitter followers as of Monday, slipping past Bieber's total of 46,507,829. Meanwhile, her new album, Prism, is a hit in Australia, but authorities down under have taken issue with her album packaging that includes a packet of seeds. Although her label has claimed that the seeds for that edition were sourced locally in Western Australia, the country's Department of Agriculture is looking into international versions of the album that consumers could buy as imports. "Seeds or plant material of international origin may be a weed not present in Australia or the host of a plant pathogen of biosecurity concern," a department spokesperson said, according to news.com.au. "The Australian Government has a strong system in place to detect and respond to material of biosecurity concern. This includes the inspection of mail, cargo and baggage." The Department plans on inspecting import versions of Prism to assess any possible risk.
Arctic Monkeys have announced a number of U.S. tour dates for the new year. The brief trek kicks off January 30 in Miami and runs through February 14 in Minneapolis. Arctic Monkeys will be joined by Deerhunter at the Boston and New York shows, though there's no information about supporting acts for the rest of the tour.
The musical entertainment for this year's annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will boast some big names. Those artists who will be spending Thanksgiving morning in the Big Apple include Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, Gavin DeGraw, Cher Lloyd, Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood, and Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez will spend November 28 in her home state of Texas, where she will perform during the halftime show of the Dallas Cowboys game. "I'm kicking off @SalvationArmyUS 's 123rd #RedKettleCampaign this Thanksgiving w/a halftime performance during the @DallasCowboys game!" Gomez tweeted.
The 2014 lineup for Lollapalooza Chile has been unveiled. It features Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Soundgarden as headliners, along with Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Pixies, New Order, Lorde, Kid Cudi, Johnny Marr, Cage the Elephant, Ellie Goulding, Baauer, AFI and dozens more. The event takes place in Santiago on March 29 – 30. The lineup for Lollapalooza Argentina will feature most of the same acts, and that event follows on April 1 – 2 in San Isidro.