GRAMMY Insider: Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, And Jack White
(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 Future Of Music
Rolling Stone has assembled a list of 14 potential future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and they are almost all GRAMMY winners, including Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Jack White, and Wilco. Only three artists on the list haven't won a GRAMMY: LCD Soundsystem, the Strokes and Phish. Of those, only the Strokes have never had a nomination. To quote an early Strokes song, for some, their GRAMMY absence may be hard to explain.
Kanye West is opting for ambiguity judging by a vague tweet the rapper sent May 2, which simply stated, "June Eighteen." We can't confirm this is when West plans to release his sixth solo album, but news in late April revealed the rapper has finished recording a reportedly "dark, but really good" album. … Following their Top 5 hit "Scream & Shout," will.i.am and Britney Spears are teaming again, with the former set to produce Spears' forthcoming new album. … Fans of the Civil Wars may be surprised to hear that the duo, who announced their indefinite hiatus in late 2012, will release a new self-titled album this summer. Details on whether a tour will follow weren't revealed, but we can rest assured the album was made with "a lot of soul, sweat and tears." … Fleetwood Mac are celebrating their current tour with the release of their first new music in 10 years. The four-track EP Extended Play was released via iTunes on April 30.
Charts And Awards
Pink passed Maroon 5 and Katy Perry for the most No. 1s in the 17-year history of Billboard's Adult Top 40 radio airplay chart as "Just Give Me A Reason" featuring Fun.'s Nate Ruess became her eighth chart-topper. … Nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced with Cyndi Lauper in the lead with 13 nods for her musical "Kinky Boots," including Best Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre. … Frank Ocean and Lady Gaga have been announced as winners of the 17th Annual Webby Awards, which honors excellence on the Internet. Ocean was named Webby Person of the Year and Gaga was recognized for having the best celebrity-fan social presence.
On The Road
The Black Keys are set to headline the annual KROQ Weenie Roast, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, in Irvine, Calif., on May 18. … TLC's Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas will perform at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Penn., from July 26–27, marking their first concert in four years. While former member Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes, who died in a car crash in 2002, will be missed, she could be represented in the form of a hologram. "The hologram is something we talked about and thought about years ago, obviously timing is everything but we're definitely talking about it," Thomas told Metro. … GRAMMY winners Aerosmith, Carole King and James Taylor are among the artists joining forces to benefit victims of the recent Boston bombings for Boston Strong: An Evening Of Support And Celebration on May 30 in Boston.
Music And Film
Justin Timberlake is set to portray legendary '70s music executive Neil Bogart in Spinning Gold. Foresight Unlimited has signed on to produce and finance the film. The late Bogart co-founded Casablanca Records in 1973, home to Kiss, Parliament and Donna Summer, among other acts. … J.J. Abrams, who recently signed on to direct the next installment of the Stars Wars franchise, is confident venerable composer John Williams will return to score the film. "I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film because he was there long before I was," said Abrams.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated their fifth anniversary in true fairytale fashion on April 30 and renewed their vows at Disneyland while also celebrating their twins' second birthday. "On our way to renew our vows," Carey tweeted beforehand. "I love you @Nick Cannon."
June Glamour cover girl Pink has revealed why sex is a recurring theme on her 2012 GRAMMY-nominated album The Truth About Love. "I'm a reformed slut," she said. "It's my very unsophisticated way of taking the power back." … The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards may rock, but he doesn't roll … with the iPod. "I don't have an iPod. ... I still use CDs or records," said Richards.