Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus, Shinedown, Volbeat, Lance Bass, Kelly Clarkson, Manchester Orchestra
January 21, 2014


Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is getting ready to strip down her music and go acoustic for MTV on January 29 at 9 p.m. EST. Miley's episode of MTV Unplugged will feature "surprise guests," according to MTV News, as well as "intimate reinventions of her Bangerz tracks, like 'We Can't Stop' and 'Wrecking Ball.'" Meanwhile, Cyrus is slated to kick off her Bangerz tour on February 14 in Vancouver, BC, and it will visit 38 cities throughout the United States and Canada before wrapping on April 24 in Uniondale, NY.

While Shinedown begins to focus its fifth album, frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers are giving fans an acoustic treat to tide them over. The duo, under the moniker Smith & Myers, will release "Acoustic Sessions) digitally on January 28, featuring covers of songs by The Clash ("London Calling"), Otis Redding ("Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"), Metallica ("Nothing Else Matters"), the Black Crowes ("She Talks to Angels"), Soul Asylum ("Runaway Train") and more. Meanwhile, Smith told Billboard that the band's new album will be more stripped down as well. "I think we really focused a lot on the last couple of records on a ton of production -- like a 31-piece orchestra or a 10-piece horn section or 40 guitars and 50 layers of vocals, 'cause we love doing that stuff," he said. "But this time I think we're going to look at specifically the idea of drums, bass and guitar and being very specific about the vocal performance and really kind of focus on the song and how we want the sound to evolve. Now, a year from now I may tell you that, 'we went in there and threw everything at it but the kitchen sink,' but that's the beauty of music; there's no rules to it, and I think at the end of the day the only think we keep in mind is they have to be great songs."

Volbeat returns to North America in April for a tour of the U.S. that brings the Danish quartet coast-to-coast. The run begins in Denver on April 3 and will wrap on May 9 in Hampton Beach, NH. Trivium and Digital Summer will serve as the supporting acts. Volbeat will arrive on North American shores on the heels of their first Grammy Nomination in the Best Metal Performance category for the song "Room 24."

Former *NYSNC member Lance Bass has released a new single called "Walking On Air," and it features a verse from Snoop Dogg. The song marks Bass' first track since *NSYNC disbanded, and it hit iTunes today (1/21). It also features appearances from Anise K and Bella Blue. "These days, songs have to be played in clubs and this is one of those songs that you'll definitely hear in the club. I'm sure it will be remixed so many different times," Bass told E! News. He also wrote on Instagram: "It's finally out!!!!! #walkingonair - I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it! Video will premiere Friday w @ryanseacrest."

Kelly Clarkson has shared with the world that her baby will be a girl. "We just found out we're having a girl officially! I knew it! Only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting ha," she quipped on Twitter. This will be Clarkson's first child, joining her husband's two children from a previous relationship.

Manchester Orchestra will release a new album, titled Cope, on April 1 via their recent partnership with Loma Vista Recordings and their own Favorite Gentlemen Recordings. The new full-length album from the Atlanta-based band was self-produced alongside their long-time collaborating partner, Dan Hannon. Manchester Orchestra will hit the road this spring for a two-month headlining tour of North America from April 17 in Tampa until May 31 in Nashville.




 
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