GRAMMY Insider: Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Lars Ulrich, Bruce Springsteen, Britney Spears, Herb Alpert
(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including new album releases, tour updates, notable TV appearances, interviews, and more.)
The second annual Global Citizen Festival will take place Sept. 28 in Central Park and feature GRAMMY-winning headliners Alicia Keys, Kings Of Leon, John Mayer, and Stevie Wonder. The festival's mission is to continue building a movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. "We want to encourage people who got involved last year to continue to take their involvement to a whole new level," said Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Poverty Project, the nonprofit that organizes the festival. "Our principle objective is to enable people to take action." … Jon Bon Jovi returned to his hometown of Sayreville, N.J., to donate $1 million to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. "My being here is not political, it's emotional," Bon Jovi said before the check presentation. "I grew up here. I went to school here. I met my wife here."
Jay-Z's highly anticipated new album Magna Carta Holy Grail was released July 9 and, according to a Billboard.biz report, the set could sell upward of 500,000 copies in its first week. … To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their No. 1 album In Utero, Nirvana are releasing a deluxe reissue of the album in September. The band has dipped into their vaults to promote the release with a rarely seen 1993 promotional TV teaser that features Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, the late Kurt Cobain, and … poultry. … Britney Spears is back (b****) and is expected to release her eighth studio album later this year featuring "songs to die for," according to co-producer William Orbit. Spears revealed on Twitter that the set will be her "most personal album ever." … Is there new music coming from André 3000? The rapper was recently caught on video in the studio with producer Mike Will Made It. … Mumford & Sons have released a new video for the title track from their GRAMMY-winning album Babel. Viewers prone to sea sickness should take caution.
It's summer and things seem to be heating back up for John Mayer and Katy Perry. The-on again, off-again couple appear to be back on after Mayer dedicated a new song, "A Face To Call Home," to Perry during the first stop of his Born and Raised tour on July 6 in Milwaukee. Mayer described her as "more incredible than I ever thought," before dedicating the song to "Katy, who is my face to call home." … Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and fiancé Jessica Miller celebrated their engagement with a party in Las Vegas on July 8. No word yet on when the couple intends to tie the knot, but they'll need to make room for some events on Metallica's calendar, including the band's first film, Metallica: Through The Never, which is due this fall.
Music And Film
A new documentary focusing on the early life of Doors frontman Jim Morrison is in the planning stages. Before The End: Jim Morrison Comes Of Age will feature remembrances by Morrison's brother Andy Morrison, his childhood friend Jeff Morehouse, and several of Morrison's professors from Florida State University and UCLA. Filmmakers Jeff Finn and Jess Finn are seeking $50,000 in funding via a Kickstarter campaign. … Springsteen & I, a documentary created by loyal fans of Bruce Springsteen, will be simulcast to cinemas worldwide on July 22. RollingStone.com will host a live question-and-answer session with director Baillie Walsh on July 11 at 10 p.m. ET.
President Barack Obama bestowed the 2012 National Medals of Arts and Humanities to 24 honorees during a White House ceremony on July 10. Among the recipients were seven-time GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Herb Alpert and four-time GRAMMY winner Renée Fleming. Other honorees included Trustees Award recipient Allen Toussaint, author Ernest Gaines and GRAMMY-nominated filmmaker George Lucas.