Quick Hits: Drake, Blink-182, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale, Gerard Way, Cold War Kids, Alex & Sierra, Polaris Music Prize
July 15, 2014

Drake has confirmed that his upcoming fourth album will be titled Views From the 6, though he won't begin work on it until after he returns from his co-headlining tour with Lil Wayne, which starts on August 8. On Wednesday (July 16) Drake will host ESPN's ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, and the ceremony will be televised at 9 p.m. EST on the sports channel. He also is prepping for his fifth annual OVO Fest in Toronto, which returns to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on August 3 and 4 with headlining sets from Outkast and Drake himself.

Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge confirmed via an Instagram post that the trio is working on new music. He posted a photo of the three band members as teens, each sporting horribly outdated hairstyles, along with a caption that reads: "Rehearsals start today… And yes there will be a new album #SorryForTheWait #Blink."

Pharrell Williams has been tapped to curate the soundtrack for NBA 2K15, the upcoming installment of the basketball video game series, set for an October 7 release. Although the track list won't be confirmed until later this summer, Williams revealed at a press conference that songs from System of a Down and Strafe would be included. The singer/producer also said that he was "honored" to take over the NBA 2K soundtrack selection process from Jay Z and LeBron James, who curated the previous two installments. "I couldn't believe my name got tossed in the hat," Williams said.

Now that Gwen Stefani is taking over as a coach on The Voice, she's also bringing her husband into the mix. Gavin Rossdale will serve as adviser for Team Gwen in the upcoming season, according to Access Hollywood. "He is super articulate and he has a really good opinion and he is smart and he's been doing a really good job," Stefani said about Rossdale's work on the show so far. "We both have a lot of experience in the sense that when you look back at all the shows and all the things we've done – and I mean, we met like touring together and doing hundreds of shows – and it's so fun to be in the position to meet [all of the contestants]." The Voice Season 7 kicks off on September 22 on NBC.

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has revealed that the title of his upcoming solo album will be Hesitant Alien. The album is due sometime in the fall, and it finds Way handling vocals, guitar and keyboard.

Cold War Kids will release their fifth studio album in October through Downtown Records. The album's lead single, "All This Could Be Yours," premiered on KCRW/Los Angeles and is now available for streaming and digital purchase.  

The X Factor U.S.A. winners, Alex & Sierra, will release their debut album, It's About Us, on October 7. The album is available for pre-order at iTunes, and all those who pre-order will receive the track “Little Do you Know." Other selected songs from the album will be downloadable to pre-ordering fans on a bi-weekly basis leading up to the October 7 release date.

The organizers of Canada's Polaris Music Prize announced the 10-album short list for the best Canadian album of the year, and the list includes Arcade Fire's Reflektor and Drake's Nothing Was The Same. The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, and the runner's up from the Short List each receive $2,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.

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