Quick Hits: Kanye West, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Drake, Arcade Fire, Colbie Caillat, Brandon Boyd, Bastille, Against Me!
December 4, 2013
Kanye West's next album will be produced by Q-Tip and Rick Rubin, according to a new interview with Q-Tip for Jay Z's Life And Times site. West has said he hopes to have a new record out by the summer of 2014. In other 'Ye news, he has officially inked his partnership with Adidas. The company released a statement saying, "For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West. Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow." Last but not least, Kanye has been named one of Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People of 2013. Walters will interview West for the annual ABC special, airing December 18. Miley Cyrus also made Walters' list.
Lorde will perform at the The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! special on Friday in Los Angeles. The show will reveal a number of major nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards, and will also feature performances from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and pre-taped performances by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
Ed Sheeran tells MTV News to expect new music from him following the 2014 awards season, when Sheeran hopes that his song "I See Fire," which was written for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, will earn a Best Original Song nomination at this year's Golden Globes and/or Oscars. "I'm basically going to be promoting this song up until awards season, and then as soon as awards season is done, the next album begins," Sheeran told MTV. He also revealed that Taylor Swift has been a good sounding board for his "energetic" recording process. "Whenever I finished a song, I'd send it to her to get her opinion," he said. "She's heard all the songs and she's a good judge of what's good or not good."
The Rolling Stones have announced a run of 2014 tour dates in Abu Dhabi, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The "14 On Fire" tour begins in Abu Dhabi on February 21, and the shows run up to April 5 in Auckland, NZ.
During Drake's concert in Portland, OR on Tuesday night, (also the city where the Nike headquarters are located), the rapper/singer announced his new deal with Nike's Jordan brand. "Today also happens to be one of the best days of my life. Growing up, I'm sure we all idolized this guy, he goes by the name of Michael Jordan," Drake said onstage. "So today, I came to Portland and officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family." Drake also took to Instagram soon thereafter to share photos of two offerings from his show collection: Air Jordan 10's and OVO Stingray 12's.
Arcade Fire has added a handful of new dates to their 2014 tour: a third date in Brooklyn on August 24, a second night in Toronto on August 29 and a new show in Bangor, ME on August 20, as well as a London concert on June 6.
Colbie Caillat has been writing new songs with Babyface and Ryan Tedder for her forthcoming new solo album, which she plans to release early next year. Caillat told Rolling Stone that the new music is "louder" and "more up-beat" than some other folksy stuff she wrote over the summer, and she is excited about the track "Blaze," a radio-ready party song she hopes will be the album's next single. Other standout tracks include a pair she wrote with Babyface: the somber "Just Like That" and the ballad "Try." "I had kind of pigeonholed [Babyface] into one specific genre, which is very stupid," she told Rolling Stone. "And then when I wrote with him I realized, 'Wow, he can do anything!'"
Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd will go on the road with his side project, Sons of the Sea. Backed by a full band, Boyd will perform songs from Sons of the Sea's self-titled debut album. The confirmed dates so far run from January 27 in Washington, DC to February 15 in San Francisco.
U.K. band Bastille will follow its trio of January 2014 North American shows with a more extensive run, which will kick off on March 31 in Chicago and run through April 29 in Atlanta. Meanwhile, on January 14, Virgin Records will release All This Bad Blood, a multi-part deluxe album that includes Bastille's 2013 debut album, Bad Blood, as well as additional content divided into two parts. The first part, All This Bad Blood, contains tracks old and new that the band recorded over the past few years. The second, Other People's Heartache, presents choice selects from Bastille's two mix tapes - Other People's Heartache Parts 1 and 2 - plus two new tracks.
Against Me! have announced their winter headlining tour, coming in advance of the release of their sixth full-length album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The 22-date tour begins on December 31 in Pittsburgh, PA and will culminate in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on January 26. Support on the entire run will be provided by The Sidekicks and The Shondes.