Weezer fronter Rivers Cuomo says that he was inspired to write the band's ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright In the End, during the band's Weezer Cruise in February. Speaking with Q magazine, Cuomo said he was touched by the enthusiasm of his fans: "One of the most inspiring moments for this record was when we did the Weezer Cruises and we were locked up."
Volbeat has teamed up with Five Finger Death Punch for a North American tour, which kicks off September 16 in Salt Lake City. According to Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen, this tour is something the bands have been discussing for some time. "We started to get to know Five Finger Death Punch while playing some of the same festivals in America and Europe . . ."
Jennifer Hudson and Common are featured on "Remission," the remix of Lupe Fiasco's "Mission," a track created to "empower those facing cancer, celebrate survivors, and remember those lost to cancer-related illnesses."
Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit are the headliners of A Night For Scotland, a show supporting Scottish independence taking place on September 14. The event, held at Edinburgh's Usher Hall, will encourage Scots to vote "yes" on the upcoming independence referendum. The referendum takes place on September 18.
Billy Idol will release a new studio album, Kings & Queens Of the Underground, his first since 2005's Devil's Playground, on October 21. While ex-Buggles/Yes singer Trevor Horn produced most of the album, Greg Kurstin produced two songs, including the lead single "Can't Break Me Down," which is available for streaming on Idol's official website.
Lee Ann Womack will be featured on an upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads - the musical performance program that sees artists from separate genres tackle one another's songs. Womack hooked up with R&B star John Legend for the show's 51st episode. "CMT asked me do Crossroads with John Legend . . . a singer's singer, a man who blurs boundaries," Lee Ann said.
LMFAO's Redfoo was injured in an Australian bar after being hit in the face with a glass bottle. The incident occurred at the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay in Sydney, Australia. "It was a crazy occurrence," Redfoo told Sydney's Daily Telegraph. "All of a sudden out of nowhere a glass hits me in the head and I look over to see who might have thrown it . . ."
Things weren't always so easy for Aerosmith, according to guitarist Joe Perry, who says that it has been difficult to keep the band together over the years. "There are families out there who don't talk to each other for 10 years," Perry told Vanyaland.
Radiohead's Thom Yorke surprised club goers in Los Angeles this past week when he performed a DJ set. Yorke showed up unannounced behind the turntables at the Roosevelt Hotel in L.A. during its weekly Nightswim party. Excited and surprised onlookers filmed parts of his set.
T.I. has released a new remix for Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em." The song is set to appear on DJ MLK's new mixtape Goodnight Don't Exist in ATL: Clubs - Studios - Airports. The new mix is produced by DJ Mustard and is a placeholder for T.I. fans waiting for his forthcoming new studio album Paperwork: The Motion Picture, which will see a release in October.
Neil Young is reportedly working with an orchestra for his new album, Storytone, which is due out November 4. The title and release date comes from German composer Chris Walden, who noted on his website that he had written arrangements for Young. In addition, music contractor Gina Zimmitti has posted some pictures this month to her professional Facebook page.
Jake Owen and daughter Pearl went on a daddy-daughter fishing trip recently, and the country superstar couldn't pass up the opportunity to share it with the world. Owen posted a cute video to Instagram of his conversation with Pearl, who was dressed in a purple romper and beach hat. The little girl is clearly excited for the trip as she clings to a baggie of Goldfish crackers.
John Legend will be featured on an upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads - the musical performance program that sees artists from separate genres tackle one another's songs. Legend hooked up with country star Lee Ann Womack for the show's 51st episode. "Having John and Lee Ann join us on CMT Crossroads is going to be an incredible pairing," says John Hamlin.
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona has unveiled exhibits honoring Johnny Cash and the Carter Family. The new exhibit features items on loan from John Carter Cash, son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, and Dale Jett, grandson of A.P. Carter. They include several items that have never been available for public viewing before.
Ariana Grande performed a number of songs off of her new album My Everything as part of NBC's Today Summer Concert Series. Grande capped off a week of promotion for the record by taking to the stage in New York's Rockefeller Plaza to play the singles "Problem" and "Break Free," as well as "Bang Bang," and "Break Your Heart Right Back."