Quick Hits: Ed Sheeran, Billboard Music Awards, Nirvana / Joan Jett, Drake, NOW music series, The Voice tour, Coachella, Pemberton Music Festival
April 9, 2014

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has revealed the tracklist for his June 23 album, X. Sheeran posted a photo of the song titles on Instagram, and the album appears to have 12 tracks. Naturally it features his just-released single, "Sing." There also will be a deluxe edition of X featuring four bonus tracks.

The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards were announced today with Imagine Dragons and Lorde leading all artists with 12 nominations each. Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also multiple nominees with 11, 10 and eight nods, respectively. The awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

A photo posted online by Foo Fighters is strongly hinting that Joan Jett will perform with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow night, filling the shoes of the late Kurt Cobain. The picture shows Dave Grohl's drum kit, with Krist Novoselic's bass, Pat Smear's guitar and what appears to be Jett's guitar as well. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe will induct the band at the ceremony on Thursday.

Drake has been announced as the host of the 2014 ESPN ESPY Awards, slated for Wednesday, July 16. "This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions—sports and performing," said Drake, in a statement.

The tracklist has been revealed for NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 50, which is due on May 6. The next edition of the popular compilation series will boast hits by Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry w/ Juicy J, Avicii, Lorde, Jason Derulo, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Passenger, and many more.

Dates have been announced for The Voice 2014 tour, which will feature singers from this season of the show along with some past favorites. The tour kicks off June 21 in San Antonio and stops in 30 other cities through August 2 in Redmond, WA. This season's winner, second place and third place finishers are all guaranteed to be along for the ride, as well as a handful of favorites from previous seasons such as Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin and Dia Frampton. Meanwhile, the season six finale of The Voice airs on May 20 on NBC.

The Pixies and Julian Casablancas have both been added to the lineup for this weekend's Coachella festival, with the Strokes frontman playing the Mojave tent at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday and Pixies taking the same stage at 8:50 p.m. that evening. Neither artist appeared on the Coachella bill when it was first released in January, but they surprisingly showed up on the roster when the set times were revealed on Tuesday night. Coachella takes place over consecutive weekends, from April 11-13 and April 18-20. Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire will be headlining both weekends.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Pemberton Music Festival is returning this summer, in Pemberton Valley, British Columbia from July 18-20. Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, Soundgarden, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, deadmau5, Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips are among the headliners.

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Manny Simon
VP/Adult Formats,
Republic Records

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