Producer Benjamin Bronfman has released an early demo of the Kanye West track "New Slaves." The cut, originally titled "Cruel Cold Winter," was sent to West in 2012. "Just make it hot, make it really dope," Bronfman says that Ye told him. "He didn't really get into specifics," Bronfman added, "which is funny - he's the type of person who will get really specific in person."
Former R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe has published a blog on the 20th anniversary of making his sexual orientation public. "These 20 years of publicly speaking my truth have made me a better and easier person to be around," he writes on The Guardian.
Ariana Grande has released a behind-the-scenes peek into the making of her latest video "Love Me Harder." The vid sees Ariana on an L.A. soundstage getting direction from Hannah Lux Davis, and dance tips from choreographer Casper Smart. "I'm laying down in every music video ever," Grande jokes in the vid, which sees her rolling in a sandbox and floating in a pool of water.
Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka have joined the cast of FX's "American Horror Story: Freak Show." Harris, reports TV Line, will play a "chameleon salesman" in the series' final two episodes. Meanwhile, Burtka appears in the show's finale for a "sexy storyline" with Jessica Lange's Elsa.
In a weekend that has the potential to be the slowest of 2014, Jake Gyllenhaal-starring action-thriller "Nightcrawler" stands a good chance to top "John Wick" and end up as the number one draw, though it's also not poised for too big of an opening as it takes aim at 2,766 theaters.
Two of the biggest names in country music are joining forces, as Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean have announced that their respective "Burn It Down" and "Big Revival" tours will join together for 10 stadium shows next summer. "We've played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock," Chesney says in a press release.
Brian Johnson has teamed up with the Sporting Memories Network, a U.K. charity that raises funds and awareness for dementia, after his AC/DC bandmate, Malcolm Young, was diagnosed with the disease. "It's an absolutely amazing boost for a charity run," Tony Jameson-Allen, the Sporting Memories Network's director, told the Northern Echo.
David Gilmour says that he's in the midst of recording a new album. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the Pink Floyd guitarist noted that he is making good progress on the LP. "It's coming along very well," he began. "There are some sketches that aren't finished, and some of them will be started again. There's a few months' work in it yet . . ."
Michael Bay is in talks to direct "13 Hours," a film adaptation of the Mitchell Zuckoff book about the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead. "Bay read a first draft of the script and liked it," one source told Deadline. Paramount acquired the rights to Zuckoff's book, "Thirteen Hours."
An unauthorized biography of pop star Beyoncé is slated for release in the fall of 2015. The book will be penned by J. Randy Taraborrelli (who has previously written biographies for Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe) for Grand Central Books.
Fergie is among the performers to have been added to the lineup of the 2014 American Music Awards. She'll make her worldwide television debut performing her latest single "L.A. LOVE (La La)." Other top contenders include John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, who each earned five nominations apiece.
A confidential memo reported to have been issued by Roc Nation has it that Rihanna was planning to leak a secret album in November. A photo of the memo was leaked online, and VIBE notes that if it is "the 'real deal' like we're expecting it to be, Lost Files (or R8?) is set to release in mid-November." The memo features a 14 song track list, boasting collabs with Nicki Minaj.
Lorde is among the performers to have been added to the lineup of the 2014 American Music Awards. The pop star is also up for four nominations at the event, while Iggy Azalea leads the pack with six noms. Other top contenders include John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, who each earned five nominations apiece.
A new Genesis documentary, Sum Of the Parts, will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 13. Eagle Rock, who is releasing the DVD, says that Sums Of The Parts will feature "contributions from key members past and present" as well as "previously unseen archive material and rare performance footage from across their entire career."
Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus is set to produce Christmas With Nashville, a new Christmas-themed album from the cast of ABC's hit show Nashville. "I was blown away by the consistent talent level of each actor as they came into the studio," DeMarcus tells Rolling Stone Country.