Rob Stringer, head of Columbia Records, says that Beyonce will "obviously" put out a new album in 2014. Speaking with Hits Daily Double, Stringer dished on the diskery's plans for the new year: "At the beginning of next year we've got Broken Bells and Bruce Springsteen. Then we've got Lea Michele from Glee coming," he began.
Alicia Keys and John Legend, currently touring together on the former's "Set the World on Fire" trek, recently teamed up for a rendition of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" in honor of Nelson Mandela. The duet came during a stop in Australia's Yarra Valley: "We wanted to do something special for you in honor of the great Nelson Mandela," said Alicia.
Joan Jett is featured on the latest edition of Guitar Center Sessions, a DirecTV series that hosts concerts in addition to live interviews. In the episode, Jett sat down with host Nick Harcourt to discuss her sound and how her songwriting has evolved over the years.
An upcoming documentary on the late Lou Reed, airing on BBC 4, will feature appearances from Reed's former Velvet Underground bandmates, including Mo Tucker and Doug Yule. Lou Reed Remembered airs at 9 PM on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Miley Cyrus has revealed a new bob hair cut, which made its first appearance at the recent Almost Acoustic Christmas on Saturday in Los Angeles. The blonde look comes down just around her ears and was complemented by a black leather jacket, black sweater and red lipstick. Miley later showed off the new cut in an Instagram photo in which she appears having a drink with a friend.
Metallica have released the full slate of their 2014 "Metallica By Request" trek. The run allows fans who purchase tickets to cast votes for songs they wish to hear performed. Each performance will feature the top 17 vote getters, plus one new song chosen by the band.
Damon Albarn, Brian Eno and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released their collab with a group of Malian musicians called Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes. The digital version of the LP is available at the Transgressive label's site, while the physical version is due in 2014.
Kendrick Lamar has previewed a new cut in a Beats by Dr. Dre headphones spot. The commersh sees K-dot hitting the studio early in the morning for an unsuccessful recording session. He and Dre agree that the session has stunk, and both go their separate ways, while listening to the tune on the Beats Pill XL speaker.
T-Pain has released the music video for "Work," which features the R&B stud running a factory filled with topless women as employees. The vid is NSFW. In April, the Nappy Boy dished to SOHH on his upcoming fifth studio album, Stoicville: The Phoenix: "The name of my album is Stoicville: The Phoenix, to me, a Phoenix represents new beginnings. A new era . . ."
Tracy Lawrence is giving a special gift to his fans this holiday season in the form of free music downloads. The package, called the "Tracy Lawrence Holiday Music Giveaway," will include two full albums encompassing twenty tracks of Lawrence's work. The package includes his All Wrapped Up in Christmas set, as well his spiritual collection The Rock.
T.I., Tameka "Tiny" Harris and their six kids will lend their voices to the upcoming hour-long animated special, T.I. and Tiny: Holiday Hustle Special. The plot centers on Tip and crew who get word that Santa has disappeared. They head north where Tiny takes charge of the toy-making operations, while T.I. looks for the big man.
Leann Rimes shot the music video for "Gasoline and Matches" entirely on iPhone. The vid, featuring a guest vocal by Rob Thomas and guitar work from Jeff Beck, was directed by Ian Padgham and features stop motion animation. Rimes and Thomas are featured in the visuals, which, however, focus mostly on the animation of toys, matchbooks, and a mini gasoline tank.
During his recent show in Moscow, Elton John didn't hold back from criticizing the country's laws against so-called homosexual propaganda. The Rocket Man stopped his concert to speak out against the legislation, which was signed by Vladimir Putin last June.
Neal Schon has confirmed that he has a special guest planned for his upcoming pay-per-view wedding to girlfriend Michaela Salahi. The pair are set to wed in San Francisco on December 15, and viewers can tune in to watch the event for $14.95. Speaking with TMZ, he declined to reveal the mystery guests identity . . .
Dolly Parton has added a new string of dates to her ongoing "Blue Smoke" tour. The run - which is mostly taking place in Europe, Australia and New Zealand - now includes four West Coast shows in the U.S. Dolly broke news of the US tour dates in an official statement: "It's always great to perform at home in the good ol' USA . . ."