Quick Hits: The Everly Brothers, Rihanna & Shakira, Ke$ha, Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White
January 6, 2014

The Everly Brothers, circa 1995
(Photo by: Jim Rinaldi)
Phil Everly, who made up one-half of iconic duo The Everly Brothers, died on Friday at age 74. Everly's wife Patti told the Los Angeles Times that the singer passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which he contracted through a lifetime of smoking. The Everlys first found success with their self-titled debut album in 1958, and racked up an impressive 31 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including 12 top 10 hits such as "Cathy's Clown," "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," and "All I Have To Do Is Dream." Don Everly released a statement on the passing of his brother, saying: "I loved my brother very much. I always thought I'd be the one to go first. I was listening to one of my favorite songs that Phil wrote and had an extreme emotional moment just before I got the news of his passing. I took that as a special spiritual message from Phil saying good-bye. Our love was and will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had. The world might be mourning an Everly Brother, but I'm mourning my brother Phil Everly."

Rihanna and Shakira have both confirmed via Twitter that their new duet, "Can't Remember To Forget," will hit the streets on January 13. The track is likely the first official single off Shakira's forthcoming new album. In related news, Shakira will be back on The Voice as a coach when the show returns for its sixth season on February 24, and Rihanna has reportedly started work on her next album, the follow-up to 2012's Unapologetic.

Ke$ha has entered a Chicago-area rehab facility to seek treatment for an eating disorder. The singer told MTV News in a statement: "I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I've found it hard to practice. I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder... to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am." Her trip to rehab comes just one month before she is scheduled to perform in Dubai as part of her Warrior tour. In March and April, the singer has a pair of North American shows booked in Hammond, IN, and Green Bay, WI.

Queens of the Stone Age is still touring and riding high on the success of ...Like Clockwork, but frontman Josh Homme says they are already thinking about their next effort. When asked by Rolling Stone if the band is ready to make another album soon, Homme replied: "Absolutely. We have more than enough songs. We're booked til September, but after that we plan to jump in the studio and get going." Meanwhile, the ...Like Clockwork tour resumes on January 30 in Raleigh, NC.

Jack White is currently working on two albums, one of which is his own solo work. "I'm producing two albums this month, and finishing them," he wrote in an online chat with fans. "One of them is mine." The always-prolific musician is also working with The Dead Weather, releasing a series of singles leading up to a new album in 2015. White has even been back in the studio with his other band, The Raconteurs, since February of last year, though no official release has been confirmed.

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