Quick Hits: Arcade Fire, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Jodeci & Timbaland, Ke$ha, Sasquatch! Music Festival
February 4, 2014


Arcade Fire
Montreal's Arcade Fire has earned a leading six Juno award nominations, which are Canada's equivalent to the Grammy Awards. Michael Buble and Serena Ryder follow with five nods each, while Tegan and Sara, Drake, Celine Dion and Hedley landed four each. The nominations were announced this morning for the March 30 awards show, which will be held in Winnipeg, according to the Canadian Press. Arcade Fire's nominations include Album of the Year, Group of the Year and Fan Choice Award. Drake is also up for Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. In other news, Arcade Fire will play on February 21 as part of Haiti's Carnival celebrations in the coastal town of Jacmel. The band's latest album, Reflektor, was influenced by Haitian musical culture.

Bruno Mars has reportedly made history with the most watched Super Bowl Halftime show in history, drawing in a record breaking 115.3 million viewers. That figure surpasses the 110.8 million delivered by Beyoncé last year and the prior record of 114 million set by Madonna two years ago. Mars also was the youngest artist ever to serve as the sole NFL Super Bowl Halftime headliner. His performance drew the highest ratings of the game's telecast. As reported yesterday, Mars did a medley of songs such as "Locked Out of Heaven," "Treasure" and "Runaway Baby" and closed his set with "Just the Way You Are."

After his success at the Grammy Awards last month, Pharrell Williams now will perform at the Academy Awards on March 2, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The singer/songwriter/producer will play the song "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, which is nominated for Best Original Song. Williams is going up against U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, "Let It Go" from Frozen, and "The Moon Song" from Her, by Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O.

Producer Timbaland is working with R&B quartet Jodeci on their first album in nearly 20 years. "People who follow Timbaland from day one, I met with [Jodeci member] DeVante [Swing] and I'mma help work on the new Jodeci album, just for y'all," Tim told fans during a "Hang With" video chat from his tour bus. Tim also produced the group's last album, The Show, The After-Party, The Hotel, in 1995.

Ke$ha has announced that she will postpone her upcoming March and April tour dates to continue her time in rehab for an eating disorder. "I was so looking forward to performing at these dates but I need to follow my Doctor's advice and get my health back on track," Ke$ha said in a statement. "All of your support during this time has been so amazing. I couldn't have done this without you all. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever on the next tour." The singer has been in a Chicago-area rehab since January 3.

This year's Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, WA will expand to a two-weekend format, taking place over Memorial Day weekend (May 23 – 25) and Fourth of July weekend (July 4 – 6). Each holiday event will feature an entirely different lineup, starting with OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Foster the People, HAIM, Neko Case, Tyler the Creator, Cage the Elephant, The Naked and Famous, The Dodos, Cold War Kids, Violent Femmes, and many more on Memorial Day Weekend. The Fourth of July weekend lineup features Kraftwerk, Frank Ocean, Neutral Milk Hotel, Soundgarden, New Order, Spoon, Local Natives, Broken Bells, Tegan and Sara, Kurt Vile, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen and dozens more. Festival passes go on sale this Saturday, February 8.




 
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Brian Mack, PD
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