Queens Of the Stone Age and Outkast have been announced for this years' Pukkelpop festival. They join fellow recently announced acts Editors, The National, Portishead, Disclosure, Brody Dale, Anna Calvi, Jake Bugg, Janelle Monae, Frank Turner, Neneh Cherry, Kelis, Kelela and MØ.
After frontman Iggy Pop ceased all Stooges activities for 2014, the band now faces an uncertain future. The Stooges have not performed live since last September at San Jose's C2SV Music + Technology Festival. Guitarist James Williamson is using the downtime to record Raw Power-era rarities with guest singers, including Jello Biafra and Mark Lanegan.
Tank has offered up a preview of his newest track "You're My Star." The tune will appear on Tank's forthcoming sixth studio release Stronger and finds the crooner spilling his love for the lady in his life over a sample of the Jackson 5 track "This Place Hotel." "I get chills every time I think about your smile / My heart skips a beat," croons Tank.
Neil Young will reportedly debut his Pono digital music service and portable music player at SXSW in Austin, Texas later this week. Young is reportedly set to give a keynote speech where he is expected to confirm a $399 price for the player as well as the fact that it will be available to fans via Kickstarter.
Beyoncé has lent her voice to the new "Ban Bossy" campaign, which encourages teen girls to stop using the word "bossy" in the spirit of female empowerment. The campaign was launched as a joint venture between Lifetime Networks and the Girls Scouts of America to encourage girls to pursue leadership roles in their communities. The Lady Bey is one of several female celebs in the campaign.
David Bowie has announced that he will release two limited edition picture discs for next month's Record Store Day, one specifically for UK fans and one for US fans. The Guardian reports that the two limited edition releases will be a 7" picture disc of "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" in the UK, while North American fans will be able to purchase the single "1984" on 7" picture disc.
Common has offered up his newest single "The Ladder" which appeared on his new mixtape Catch the Throne, released by HBO as an addition to their series Game of Thrones. The release features a host of top MC's singing Game of Thrones inspired tracks and includes work by Wale, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi, Magazeen and Snow tha Product.
Cartoon Network has confirmed plans to reboot the classic animated series "Tom and Jerry," "Scooby-Doo" and "Bugs Bunny." Each of the shows will come back in a different guise with "The Tom and Jerry Show" coming back as a series updated in HD. "Scooby" will return to the small screen as 22-minute comedy special called "Be Cool, Scooby Doo."
Ed Helms has reportedly signed on to appear in the new comedy "Epic Fail." The film centers on a dysfunctional and heavily armed secret wing of the Special Forces that go on a do-or-die mission to save America. Helms is developing the project alongside producer Nicky Weinstock and the project will feature a script by Mike Arnold and Chris Poole. Helms will star in the role of the Walrus.
Paul McCartney has confirmed that he has plans to compose the music for a new animated feature. He revealed the news during an interview with a California public radio station but did not reveal the title of the film or the timeline.
Jennifer Lopez has hit the cover of the current edition of InStyle Magazine. The 44-year-old pop icon appears in a long multi-colored tank top on the mag, which they dubbed their "Color Issue." The cover comes at a busy time for J.Lo, who also recently released her new single "I Luh Ya Papi," featuring French Montana.
"Gilmore Girls" star Lauren Graham made a special guest appearance on the Celeb Week edition of "Sesame Street." Her segment, called "Author," was taped last summer but was posted to YouTube earlier this week. In the clip Graham helps teach kids about writing, which is a fitting lesson as her first novel "Someday, Someday Maybe" was a best seller last year.
Andi Dorfman has reportedly signed on to appear as the new "Bachelorette." She appeared on the most recent season of "The Bachelor" and made a dramatic exit after a rocky suite date with Juan Pablo Galavis. Dorfman is an Atlanta based assistant District Attorney but says she's looking for more in her life than just a career: "I'm looking to find that great love. I have a great life."
Following up a slow box office run, the Coen Brothers' latest acclaimed drama "Inside Llewyn Davis" looks to find a wider audience as it heads to the home market amid an eclectic week for new releases. Also hitting stores this week will be the Christian Bale-starring thriller "Out of the Furnace," period piece "The Book Thief" and Jason Statham's action film "Homefront."
Taylor Swift is splitting from Paula Erickson, her publicist of seven years, according to Billboard. Erickson's Nashville-based Erickson Public Relations has handled Swift's career since the latter's self-titled debut album in 2006. Erickson reportedly informed the singer's management team that she is resigning this month.