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Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus, Metallica, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Nine Inch Nails, The Rentals, Maynard James Keenan
December 6, 2013

Miley Cyrus
VEVO has announced that Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" was the most-viewed music video of 2013 across the video platform. To generate the list, VEVO counted up the videos that delivered the most global views across its apps, and syndication web partners (AOL, Yahoo!, YouTube and many more). After becoming the fastest clip to reach CERTIFIED status (100 million views) just 6 days after its September release, "Wrecking Ball" has gone on to rack up over 371 million global views. Cyrus also had the second-biggest video of 2013 with "We Can't Stop." The top five was rounded out by & Britney Spears' "Scream And Shout," "Diamonds" by Rihanna and Katy Perry's "Roar."

Metallica has announced the dates for its 2014 European tour, where the rockers will allow fans to vote on the setlist. The first leg of the tour kicks off in Helsinki, Finland on May 28 and runs up to June 9 in Landgraaf, Netherlands. The second leg begins in Rome on July 1 and runs up to July 11 in Warsaw, Poland.

Kanye West spoke about his next album on Wednesday night at Miami's Art Basel exhibition, saying he hopes to have just eight tracks on the record. "I think my next album is going to be eight songs," West said, according to Spin. "It's just reducing down the amount of information that you need. People say a design is the point where you can't take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here. If I hadn't made Yeezus, I wouldn't be sitting here with this cool font at Basel right here." Earlier this week, it was reported that Q-Tip and Rick Rubin would be working with West on his next album, expected out in 2014.

Rick Ross' next album Mastermind originally was slated for a December 2013 release, but in a new interview on SiriusXM, Ross said he is putting his "finishing touches" on the record. Additionally, in a new remix of his track "No Games," Ross raps "Mastermind on the way/Top of 2014," notes Billboard.

In yesterday's Reddit AMA, Trent Reznor revealed there will be another Nine Inch Nails tour of North America in 2014. Differing from the expanded lineup NIN toured with this fall, Reznor said the band will consist of himself, Ilan Rubin, Alessandro Cortini and Robin Finck.

Power-poppers The Rentals will release their first full album in 15 years next year, via Polyvinyl Records. Originally a side project of former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp, the Rentals have released a handful of EPs and other projects in recent years, but this will be the first full Rentals record since 1999's Seven More Minutes. The Black Keys' Patrick Carney plays drums on the as-yet-untitled new release.

Maynard James Keenan will celebrate his 50th birthday next spring with two nights of music at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. While Tool is not on the bill, his bands A Perfect Circle and Puscifer will perform, along with reunited '90s alt-rockers Failure, on May 10-11.

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