Quick Hits: Lady Gaga & Christina Aguilera, Foster The People, Silversun Pickups, Eve, Brian May, Allman Brothers Band
January 2, 2014
After dueting on "Do What U Want" on the season finale of The Voice, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera have released a studio version of the track. Gaga's album version of the song features R. Kelly, but the remix trades Kelly's vocals for a female-empowerment twist on the single. Gaga and Aguilera both tweeted links to the new song, with Aguilera writing: "Happy New Year! Loved performing #DWUW with @LadyGaga so we made a special version just in time for NYE!" Meanwhile, fans are still awaiting the video for the R. Kelly version of the track, which has yet to receive a release date.
Foster the People has shared a 45-second teaser video for the long-awaited follow-up to their 2011 debut, Torches. A new album is due sometime this year, but in the meantime, check out a snippet of music below:
On February 25, Silversun Pickups will offer The Singles Collection, an 11-song set that will include cuts from their albums and EPs as well as one new song called "Cannibal." However, it's not clear when the band will head into the studio for a follow-up to 2012's Neck of the Woods. "Plans come and go," singer Brian Aubert told Rolling Stone. "We don't like to think about laying down rules and lists. It's best for us to lay low and eventually build momentum organically. We'll start working on the next album when we all come to the conclusion that it's time. We never know when that'll be, but personally, I hope it's sooner than later. I have a lot of weird ideas that need to come out."
Rapper/actress Eve is ready to walk down the aisle. She announced via Twitter that she got engaged to British fashion designer, Maximillion Cooper. On New Year's Eve, the rapper tweeted: "Thanku 2 everybody 4 your congratulations on our engagement! We wanted to celebrate with our family and friends 1st b4 announcing."
Queen guitarist Brian May has been undergoing a series of tests to determine whether he has cancer. In a lengthy blog post dated December 28, May explained that after suffering from severe back pain, "I've been having a succession of blood tests, ultrasounds, and various kinds of scans, to see if they could rule out various kinds of cancer." He explained that doctors "hadn't found any evidence of cancers in the tests so far," but at the time, he had one more test to undergo. "I guess I'm still in the 'scare' scenario, but with good hopes," May continued. "My specialist guys have also been really positive, reassuring me that if they did find anything in the 'C' word category, it was almost certainly treatable with success."
The Allman Brothers Band has scheduled another residency at New Yorkís Beacon Theatre, beginning March 7. The 10-show run will celebrate their 45 years as a band, and tickets go on sale January 10. In other news, a Gregg Allman biopic will begin shooting this month, and the group plans to release two live albums and a DVD in 2014.