Quick Hits: Jesse J / Ariana Grande / Nicki Minaj, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
August 1, 2014

Earlier this week, Jesse J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj released their anticipated single "Bang Bang." Today the three Pop stars revealed they were filming the music video for the track, by posting a selfie of the three of them to Instagram. You can see the photo of the trio below:

More details have been revealed about the Foo Fighters' upcoming HBO project. The series, Sonic Highways, will debut Friday, October 17 at 11 p.m., with every episode debuting on Friday nights at 11. The first song from their upcoming album will debut during the Sonic Highways premiere as well, according to Consequence Of Sound. Earlier this week, producer Butch Vig tweeted that the new Foos record was completed and fully mixed.

Katy Perry performed at the White House on Thursday night to perform for the Obamas at a special event celebrating the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics. MTV News reports that President Obama told the audience, "We have just one of my favorite people performing tonight — Katy Perry. I love Katy Perry. We are so grateful to her." Yesterday, Perry also released her new video for "This Is How We Do." She is also on the cover of the newest issue of Rolling Stone.

Michael Jackson's famous Neverland Ranch is reportedly going up for sale in the near future. According to Forbes, the California ranch is being sold off by real estate investment firm Colonial Capital. A spokesperson for Jackson's estate told Forbes, "We are frustrated, bitterly disappointed and saddened that it has come to this. Sadly, Michael lost control of Neverland during his life as a result of advice from a former manager."

In other Jackson family news, is Janet Jackson working on a new album? The singer hasn't released a new record in six years but in a new interview with Barefoot Sound, producer/engineer Ian Cross says Miss Jackson has been in the studio. Cross revealed that he has been recording overseas with Jackson in studios in Qatar, Paris and the Middle East. Cross also said, "The new album is going to be great. It’s a process. There’s a lot in store, yet to come."

A documentary on the David Bowie Is art exhibit will screen in theaters this fall. Rolling Stone reports the film will show in over 100 movie theaters on September 23. The same day, the exhibition will open up at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, where it will remain until January 4, 2015.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will play three nights at three different Hollywood venues in September to celebrate the release of the new album World On Fire, out September 16. Slash and his friends will play The Troubadour on September 23, The Roxy on September 25 and The Whisky A Go Go on September 26. Guitar Center will also present Live From The Roxy, a concert special filmed at the September 25 gig, on DIRECTV's Audience Network on November 9.

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