Quick Hits: U2 & Karen O, Austin Mahone, Tupac biopic, Lil Kim, The Jacksons
February 13, 2014

U2 and Karen O have been added to the Academy Award ceremony, where they will perform their Oscar-nominated tunes for Best Original Song. U2 will play "Ordinary Love," their song from the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, while Karen O will offer "The Moon Song" from the movie Her. As previously announced, Pharrell Williams also will perform at the Academy Awards, singing "Happy" from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, and Idina Menzel will sing "Let It Go" from the animated feature Frozen.

Austin Mahone

This Friday, February 14, Austin Mahone is going "Live From MTV" for a 30-minute live stream on MTV.com at 4 p.m. EST, where he will take questions from a live audience and discuss his new single, "MMM Yeah." Mahone is currently gearing up for his MTV Artist to Watch tour, which kicks off February 24 in Miami, and he also is putting the finishing touches on his debut album, which is due later this year. "The album, I'm still working on. I worked with so many amazing people and I have so many incredible songs, I want to choose them wisely," he told MTV News a few weeks ago. "I don't want to put the album out and be like 'Man, I should have done this so much differently.' I just want to make sure it's perfect when I put it out."

Director John Singleton has signed on to rewrite, direct and produce the biopic about late rapper Tupac Shakur, according to Variety. Singleton directed Shakur in 1993's Poetic Justice. "Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with," the director commented. "His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation." It is still unclear who will portray Tupac, but production on the movie is expected to start in June.

Lil Kim revealed a baby bump on Wednesday night at New York's Fashion Week, where she wore a curve-hugging dress and confirmed that she's a few months pregnant with her first child. According to US Weekly, at some point in the night Kim hit the stage to perform her single "Lighters," and told the crowd, "I'm a mom, but I can turn it up a little!" "I'm still going to work," she added. "I'm still going to be hardcore. The baby has made me even more of a beast!"

Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Jackie Jackson are about half way through recording a new album. "It sounds like Jacksons music, with today's sounds," Jackie told Billboard.com. "People still want to hear that Jackson 5 harmony; we can't get away from where we came from. That's what they want to hear. But there's a lot of new flavors we can combine that with." The Jacksons are working with a number of contemporary artists and producers on the new music, although they are being tight-lipped about specific names. The album will be the first new Jacksons release in 25 years, since 1989's 2300 Jackson Street.

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