Kenny Chesney has announced that he is currently working on new music. "In studio working on new album. Can't wait for everyone to hear the new music," Chesney posted on Twitter. He accompanied that with a picture of him sitting in a studio. Chesney should be able to log plenty of studio time this year after announcing that he will not tour in 2014.
AC/DC rocker Brian Johnson has shut down rumors that the band is considering hanging up their guitars due to aging and failing health. He spoke on the issue during a recent interview with the Telegraph, saying that they are not only staying together but planning to start writing some new songs soon.
Sources say that Gwen Stefani may replace Christina Aguilera as a coach on The Voice. According to Us Weekly, Stefani is set to join the cast on the upcoming eighth season, which begins airing in June. TMZ reported last week that producers had begun searching for a new mentor after X-Tina announced her pregnancy in February.
Miley Cyrus has postponed the remaining U.S. dates of her Bangerz tour due to an allergic reaction to antibiotics. She fell ill on April 15, canceling a run of mid-west dates for a severe sinus infection. "Miley was suffering from a sinus infection during her tour," her reps announced late last week.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea is teaming up with former members of The Mars Volta on a new project called Antemasque. The band will release their self-titled debut on July 15, and the band has already released a new single, "4AM." The band has said that they plan on forgoing major label support and will instead release their music independently.
Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne and Miley Cyrus have completed work on a pair of Beatles covers. Coyne posted a video clip of a computer screen with a wave file showing and the sound of Cyrus crooning part of the Beatles tune "A Day in the Life" on his Instagram page. The caption read: "Woke up ..fell out of bed.. dragged a comb across my head.. Yep!!!!"
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and former president Bill Clinton are traveling to Haiti to support the Sustainable Recycling Solutions program. The two are shown visiting the location of Sustainable Recycling Solutions, a project supported by the Clinton Foundation and co-founded by Shinoda, in a new video posted on Linkin Park's official YouTube page.
Work on Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic, has resumed following the death of crew member Sarah Jones, who was killed in a train collision during the filming of the movie. Now, a Facebook page called "I Refuse to Work on Midnight Rider" has been started by surviving crew members. "Morally how can he continue, knowing that his decision cost Sarah Jones her life?"
Beyoncé and Jay Z are reportedly set to hit the road this summer for a new stadium tour. According to the Los Angeles Times, the tour will be titled The Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour and will launch June 13 in Atlanta and wrap August 6 in San Francisco, with a show scheduled for L.A.'s Rose Bowl on August 3.
Ashanti took the stage on Good Morning America late last week to promote her recent release Braveheart. The soul songstress played a medley of hits on the program that included "Foolish," "Always on Time," "What's Luv?" and "Happy." She also played "Runaway" and "Scars" from the new album, which was the top selling independent LP of the week.
New details have emerged regarding Rihanna's role in the new Dreamworks animated movie Almost Home. Rihanna will provide the voice of the film's leading character, Tip. Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin will also star in the new project, based on Adam Rex's children's book The True Meaning of Smekday.
Drake is the star of his hometown NBA team's new commercial for their #WeTheNorth series. "In many ways we are in a league of our own," Drake narrates in the new one-minute Toronto Raptors clip. "We are the North side. A territory all our own. If that makes us outsiders, we're in." The new clip also shows images of Toronto's skyline.
Neil Young's Kickstarter for his PonoMusic Player has ended after raising over $6 million, eight times its original goal of $800,000. The campaign closed on April 15th with full backing on several pledges tied to rewards, including signature series Ponos with pre-loaded music and autographs from Metallica, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam and Young himself.
Eric Church has offered up his cover of the Allman Brothers Band tune "Ain't Wastin' Time." The cut comes following the All My Friends tribute to ABB in January that also saw Trace Adkins and Martina McBride covering classic tunes. Video of Church's performance is now available on the web.
Pete Townshend has revealed that he's hoping to release some new material to celebrate the Who's 50th anniversary. He broke the news during a recent interview with Billboard, saying that he plans to dig through their archive to find anything that they may have missed in the past.