Quick Hits: Nicki Minaj, Death Cab For Cutie, Metro Station, Celine Dion, She & Him, Karen O
August 13, 2014

Nicki Minaj has joined the lineup of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, performing her new single "Anaconda" live. The VMAs take place on Sunday, August 24. "Anaconda" appears on her upcoming album The Pink Print, which is expect out in late 2014.

Veteran indie rockers Death Cab For Cutie announced today that the band is parting ways with longtime multi-instrumentalist/producer Chris Walla. The other members of the band said in a statement, "We’ve had an incredible 17 years of making music with Chris. We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished together, including our 8th studio album which we have just put the finishing touches on. We will miss Chris and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career. We are excited about sharing new music, and seeing all of you very soon." Walla added, "I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here. I am profoundly grateful to Ben, Nick, and Jason, for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you. I am also grateful to, and deeply humbled by, all of our fans. Without you, music would be mere ‘content’ and nothing could possibly be sadder than that. Thank you all, so dearly." Walla will tour with Death Cab for the rest of this summer. Their new album is due out early next year.

Pop duo Metro Station, who scored a top ten hit in 2008 with "Shake It" and broke up in 2010, announced they are reuniting with a new EP and a 2014 tour. The band is made up of Miley Cyrus' brother Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso. Cyrus told Billboard, "After over four years of being apart, fans -- and even myself -- thought this would never happen. I’m extremely excited to be making amazing music with Mason as Metro Station again. We started this band together and it only feels right we finish what we started." The tour begins October 21 in Salt Lake City and runs up to November 22 in San Diego.

Celine Dion has released a statement, saying she is putting her career on hold to care for her ailing husband. The singer has canceled her upcoming tour of Asia, as well as her Las Vegas residency. Dion's husband and manager Rene Angelil had a cancerous tumor removed in December of last year. The release from Dion's camp says, "Celine Dion has decided to postpone all of her show business activities indefinitely, in order to focus 100 percent of her attention on her husband Rene, their family, and associated health issues."

She & Him
She & Him (aka actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and musician M. Ward) will release a covers album, titled Classics, via their new label home of Columbia Records in the fall. “We are incredibly excited to release a record of our favorite songs,” Deschanel said in a statement. “It was a dream of ours to record these songs in a way that highlighted the brilliance of the songwriting and the beauty of their melodies. We had a wonderful time making the record and we hope people have a wonderful time listening to it.”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has announced a pair of residencies in New York City and Los Angeles to promote her upcoming solo record Crush Songs. She will play NYC from September 9-12 and L.A. from September 17-19. She will also play two dates in London and one in Berlin in early October. Crush Songs is due out September 9.

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