Quick Hits: Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Metallica, Grammy Hall of Fame, Prince, Skrillex, Junior Murvin
December 3, 2013
Bruno Mars will continue his Moonshine Jungle Tour in 2014. After 10 dates in Australia and New Zealand in March, Mars will continue on to Asia in April. Additional North American tour dates will be announced next week.
Pharrell Williams has had a huge year, helping to write the massive hits "Get Lucky" with Daft Punk and "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke. Now, Pharrell is working on a new solo effort. "No rapping. It's focused," P told Complex.com of his next opus. "That's the difference between 30 and 40. 'Cause I was 30, now I'm 40 — and I'm not rapping." He continued, "I love rapping, but — something's coming, and I'm not rapping on it." There's no word on when his new solo LP may be released.
Metallica's Orion Music + More festival will go on hiatus in 2014 as the group will spend its late spring and early summer touring Europe. A spokeswoman for C3 Presents, the firm that promotes and produces Orion, confirmed to Billboard.com that the group's overseas run will scratch the third festival. Metallica recently confirmed that they will play a handful in shows in Europe this summer where fans will get to vote on the set list each night. They have also been writing songs for a new album and the band promised to play one new tune at their shows this summer.
The Recording Academy has announced 27 new additions to its Grammy Hall Of Fame, which aims to preserve and celebrate great recordings. The 2014 inductees will include Sugarhill Gang's early rap hit "Rapper's Delight," TheDrifters' "Under The Boardwalk," the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women," and U2's album The Joshua Tree, as well as the original soundtrack from Woodstock and recordings by James Brown, Chicago, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Run-D.M.C., Neil Young and others. "Spanning the 1930s to the 1980s, this year's Grammy Hall Of Fame entries represent a diverse collection of influential and historically significant recordings," stated Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog — knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social and cultural history."
Prince will headline the 20th anniversary of the Essence Festival, which will hit New Orleans over Fourth of July weekend. Additionally, Essence announced that they'll partner with Prince on a community initiative led by the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund, which encourages young people to explore the fields of computer technology and media. The festival will take place July 3-6 at the Superdome in New Orleans, with more artists to be announced shortly. In other Prince news, Bluewater Productions is releasing a new comic book this week focusing on his life and career. Fame Prince will be available in print and digital editions.
Skrillex has announced a series of four "takeovers" for next year, which will take place in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Amsterdam and Barcelona. Each multi-day event will feature different artists playing in different venues in the host city each night. The San Francisco takeover, scheduled from February 3-8, will feature sets from A$AP Rocky, Seven Lions, Jack Beats, Alvin RIsk, and more. The Brooklyn shows, set from February 10-14, include Just Blaze, Lunice, Shift K3Y, AC Slater, Bro Safari, Clockwork and more.
Reggae legend Junior Murvin died Monday morning at his home in Portland Parish, Jamaica. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Smith died peacefully, although he had been struggling with an advanced form of diabetes. Murvin was perhaps best known for his 1976 song "Police and Thieves," recorded by Lee "Scratch" Perry and covered by The Clash on their debut album the following year. Murvin toured and released a number of albums and singles over the years, with his final album being 1998's Wise Man.