1. Lollapalooza: The father of festivals kicked off its latest edition Aug. 3 with a veritable color wheel of acts ranging from Black Sabbath to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Jack White.
2. Bruce Springsteen: The Boss and the E Street Band play a 4:06 hour show in Helsinski. It’s the longest recorded show in his 40-year career. And no one thought to pull the plug. Take that London. And, by the way, Springsteen’s 62.
3. Drake and Rihanna: The two land the most nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards. Should we all start the betting now on whether Drake and Chris Brown get into a brawl on the show or at an after party?
4. Carly Rae Jepsen: This summer’s It Girl spends another week at No. 1 atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “Call Me Maybe” ties with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” for the most weeks at No. 1 this year.
5. Phillip Phillips: The 2012 “American Idol” winner Philip Phillips sees sales of his first single, “Home,” surge after it was adopted by NBC as the theme for the women’s gymnastics team. And he didn’t even have to hop on a balance beam.
6. Mariah Carey: Mimi is back in a big way. After announcing her role as a judge on “American Idol” next season last week, she releases her first single in a a more than two years, the hopefully prophetically named “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill.
7. John Legend: His production company signs a deal with Universal Cable Production to develop TV series. Get Lifted indeed.
8. The Rolling Stones: They’ll gather moss at HBO when a documentary commemorating their 50th anniversary airs.
9. Bob Dylan: Rock’s equivalent of the Bard announces his new studio album, appropriately enough, titled “Tempest.”
10. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood: The two buddies sign up to host the CMA Awards together for the fifth time. Same time, next year.
Rick Ross’s “God Forgives, I Don’t” will have a heavenly opening week as the rapper’s album is set to sell up to 220,000 copies its first week. That will handily land the title at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as it sells five times as many copies as Zac Brown Band’s “Uncaged,” which will drop from No. 1 to No. 2.
Justin Bieber’s “Believe” will likely be No. 3. With two days left before the chart closes, Nas’s “Life is Good,” One Direction’s “Up All Night” and Kidz Bop Kids’ “Kidz Bop 22” are all vying for the No. 4 spot, with each selling between 30,000-35,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double.
Adele’s “21” will sell around 27,000 copies for No. 7. Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” and Joss Stone’s “The Soul Sessions Vol 2,” the only other new title on the chart besides Ross, are tied for No. 8. Coming in at No. 10 will likely be Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange,” although Gloriana’s “A Thousand Miles Left Behind” may bow at No. 10 and push Ocean to No. 11.
She’s only 30 and yet her life is already ripe for a film about... her life. Yes, we’re talking about Beyonce.
The music icon/actress/wife/mom has been shopping around a film about herself to Hollywood studios, according to the Los Angeles Times. Beyonce stars in the documentary and is the director.
The film combines concert footage and interviews. As the LA Times notes, we’ve already gotten a taste of what a non-fiction film about her life would look like via “Beyonce: Year of 4,” a short film about the making of her album “4” and the year off preceding it, which aired on MTV last year.
Should Beyonce’s documentary come to the big screen, she is following in the recent footsteps of fellow pop stars, Katy Perry (whose “Part of Me” is in theaters now), Justin Bieber, the Jonas Bros. and Miley Cyrus, all of whom have brought their lives in concert to theaters within the last few years.
Representatives from Beyonce’s agency, ICM, did not respond a request for comment from the Times.
Set your clocks: The full version of Mariah Carey’s new single, “Triumphant (“Get ‘Em),” will arrive, trumpets blaring, no doubt, at 3:45 EDT on her website, www.mariahcarey.com. In the meantime, hear a snippet below.
Her first single in two years, features Rick Ross and Meek Mill, and will be the first release from her 14th studio album, which will come out...well, the label doesn’t really know. According to a press release, more news about the album “will be announced in the months ahead.”
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Carey wrote “Triumphant,” “when I was going through a difficult time and it helped me get through it,” she tweeted, asking that her fans pay special attention “2 the lyrics #win.” Other writers on the song include Jermaine Dupri, Brian Michael Cox, William Roberts, and Robert Williams, according to showbiz411. From the snippet below, all we know is it talks about going to the mountaintop.
A number of dance remixes are forthcoming.
The news of the new single comes a week after “the earth-shaking announcement,” (yes, her label actually describes it as such) that that Grammy winner is joining “American Idol” as a judge for the 2013 season.
The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Gregg Allman and The Lumineers are among the artists who will join Zac Brown Band for ZBB’s two Southern Ground Music & Food Festivals this fall.
After bowing last year in Charleston, the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival will expand to Nashville this year. ZBB headlines each night at the events.
The line-up for the Sept. 21-22 Nashville fest, which will be held at Riverfront Park, is Amos Lee, David Gray, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Lumineers and Los Lonely Boys, among others.
Top names for the Charleston fest, which will be held Oct. 20-21 at Blackbaud Stadium, include The Avett Bros., Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Charlie Daniels Band and The Wailers.
In addition to ZBB, both festivals will feature Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jerry Douglas, and Southern Ground artists Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan and Blackberry Smoke. Southern Ground is ZBB’s label.
As the name connotes, the emphasis is also on the food, with chefs from around the globe working with Southern Ground executive chef Rusty Hamlin. Among the ticketing options are Front Porch Stage Boxes, which allows patrons to sit on stage, enjoying a four-course gourmet meal, just feet away from the performers. Prices start at $325/seat.
Non-VIP tickets are priced for as little as $89 for a two-day early bird ticket. For more information, go to www.southerngroundfestival.com
In an interview I did earlier with Brown for the Los Angeles Times, he told me the guiding principal behind planning the line-up and festivities: “What would I want to have if I was at a festival?’,” Brown said. “I’d want to have amazing food and drink and see an eclectic group of artists play. Too much of any one kind of music for six hours in a row is going to wear people out.” Brown added that ultimately, he'd like to expand the festivals to 10 cities.
Carly Rae Jepsen performs at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.
Credit: John Shearer/Invision/AP
It’s an 8th week at the summit for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” as the song ties Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this year.
We’ll see next week if she can break the tie and hit nine weeks or if Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” which rises 3-2 this week, will surge ahead to No. 1. Billboard notes that every time a Perry song has reached No. 2 before, it has gone on to hit No. 1. “Wide Awake” switches places with Maroon 5’s “Payphone, which drops to No. 3.
Flo Rida’s “Whistle” blows its way from No. 6 to No. 4, pushing Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” down one spot to No. 5.
Once again, there are no new entries in the Top 10: Gotye’s “Somebody” falls from No. 5-6, while the rest of the chart looks the same as it did last week: Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” is No. 7, David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia is No. 8, Usher’s “Scream” is No. 9 and Pink’s "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” holds at No. 10.
Jepsen’s duet with Owl City, “Good Time,” will likely jump into the Top 10 next week: this week is powers its way from No. 23 to No. 13.
As fans of Norah Jones’ “Little Broken Hearts” album already know, the song “Miriam,” is the most chilling she has ever recorded. The sweet melody and seemingly benign, casual delivery belie the lyrics about a murder.
The crime of passion, by a jealous lover, is deliberately laid out, though we never know for sure the method. However, the video solves that mystery. In a clip that is as simple and plain and spine-tingling as the song, the camera focuses on Jones, calm and dressed pretty as can be, sitting in a row boat singing the song. She’s left the evidence where it won’t be found for a long time. We'll embed when we can, but for now, you can watch the Spin exclusive here.
The Phil Andelman-directed clip is the perfect visual marriage to the song. The camera moves slowly and snake-like, producing a video that provides the same cold-blooded, dead-eyed feel that song produces. There have been some other great rowboat murders, the one in the brilliant "A Place In the Sun" comes to mind, but none executed with such sang-froid.
As we previously wrote, "Little Broken Hearts" is on our short list for potential Grammy contenders for album of the year.
So three new albums from Green Day aren’t quite enough for you? Before the staggered releases of “Uno,” “Dos,” and “Tre” start Sept. 25, Green Day will re-release its entire studio catalog with “The Studio Albums 1990-2009,” a box set available exclusively through Best Buy on Sept. 4.
The collection is housed in a clamshell box with each album in an individual paper sleeve with the original artwork. The set does not include any previously unreleased material. The price was not released.
Covering the group’s indie beginning on Lookout! through their most recent studio album on Reprise/Warner Bros., the set includes “1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours” (1990), “Kerplunk” (1992), “Dookie” (1994), “Insomniac” (1995), “Nimrod” (1997), “Warning” (2000), “American Idiot” (2004) and “21st Century Breakdown” (2009).
There’s a storm brewing and it’s making a bee-line right for Carrie Underwood’s house in the video for “Blown Away,” the dramatic title cut from her current album.
In the atmospheric clip, the pressure between Underwood and her alcoholic daddy builds as the barometric pressure outside drops. There’s a twister coming and pops is too snockered to get himself down into the storm cellar, where there’s a nice mattress and Underwood is just fine until it all blows over. Also, note that her hair blows beautifully in the wind, never obscuring her beauty or getting caught on her lip gloss, like what happens to mere mortals.
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This is one hangover that her father won’t be able to sleep off as the storm blows away all the of the bad memories and past that have seeped into those Oklahoma walls.
When Underwood emerges, she’s greeted by nothing less than a rainbow and a yellow brick road as she, hopefully, goes on to find her pot of gold....and if not that, her Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow.
Perry Farrell is nothing if not ambitious. The Jane’s Addiction frontman’s mission for Lollapalooza, which he co-created in 1991, is nothing less than “trying to get the greatest musicians on the earth into Chicago” for the three-day music festival, which kicks off this Friday, Aug. 3 at Grant Park.
This year’s lineup is certainly a colorful attempt at that feat with headliners including Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White.
They are joined by nearly 130 other acts who span the musical spectrum. Farrell started the event as a traveling festival 21 years ago. After two brief hiatuses, it returned as a stationary festival in Chicago in 2005 and has grown into one of the premier summer music events. Over the years, as the headliners have fallen into place, he says, “my ambition is a little different these days...What I’m trying to do is break the greatest young artists in the world. I cast that net pretty far out there.”
As Lollapalooza has expanded to after-parties throughout Chicago, that has given Farrell greater leeway “to let people in who may have promise that aren’t great [yet] to people who have really developed their craft.”
He and his partners, booking agency William Morris Endeavor and concert presenter C3, have weekly conference calls to discuss potential performers. “I get to open up [WME’s] portfolio and look them over, but we are absolutely not limited to them,” Farrell says, adding that the debates over whom to book for Lollapalooza “can get very heated at times and it can really spin your brain.”
As a musician, the rise in the number of multi-act festivals has been great for artists who can “can get paid good money to get in front of a good audience 10-20 times bigger than you’d normally play to,” Farrell says, but when he puts on his festival organizer hat, it’s a different story. “The other festivals are looking to outbid you, so it drives up the cost of the artist, so you have to be really careful because now you’re talking about a dozen or more groups that are operating on inflated fees,” he says. “It’s becoming a lot like pro sports.”
Finding the right talent is just one part of the equation to pulling off a successful event. Farrell worries as much about what happens off stage as on: “You want to make the accommodations for the patrons great and have their experience be great,” he says. In fact, he sees attending a festival las a vital part of growing up for kids now, a rite of passage just like getting their driver’s license. And he wants Lollapalooza to be the festival that every kid remembers as his or her first.