GRAMMY Insider: Arcade Fire, Cher, Kurt Cobain, Elton John, Kings Of Leon, Justin Timberlake
(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including new album releases, tour updates, notable media appearances, interviews, and more.)
Even though summer is winding down, fall is gearing up to be a hot season for new music. Billboard has offered their Fall Album Preview 2013, a collection of 52 new releases to look out for. Among them are upcoming albums from GRAMMY winners Arcade Fire, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Drake, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Kings Of Leon, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, TLC, Donna Summer, and Keith Urban. … At 82, GRAMMY-nominated "Star Trek" star William Shatner is still beaming with ideas. His latest endeavor? Ponder The Mystery, a progressive rock album set for release on Oct. 8 featuring guest appearances from GRAMMY winners Steve Vai and Vince Gill and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Robby Krieger of the Doors, among others.
Production for season 13 of "American Idol" kicked off Sept. 3 in Boston and the reality singing competition series welcomed a new face to the judges' chair: Harry Connick Jr. "I have always been a huge fan of 'American Idol' and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show," said Connick. The pop crooner joins currently standing judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.
A somewhat gloomy poll conducted by Vanity Fair and "60 Minutes" has revealed the top celebrities Americans would like to bring back from the dead. While the late Princess Diana reigned supreme, also making the list were Apple co-founder and Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Steve Jobs, and GRAMMY winners Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
There's been one glaring omission from Fleetwood Mac's current international tour: keyboardist Christine McVie. Though McVie went her own way from the band in 1998, a recent report has hinted at a possible reunion. According to BBC Radio 2 host Johnnie Walker, McVie revealed in an interview, "If they ask me, I'd play." Somewhere Fleetwood Mac fans are singing "Say You Will."
Elton John was feeling the love on Sept. 2 as he received the first-ever Brits Icon Award, an honor bestowed by British music industry trade organization BPI to dedicated artists who have made a "lasting impact" on UK culture. Presenting the trophy to the five-time GRAMMY winner was Rod Stewart, who joked that John was the "second-best rock singer ever."
Neil Young had to recently ask himself, "Who's gonna drive you home tonight?" According to a report, South Lake Tahoe Police Watch discovered Young stranded on Interstate 80 with his broken-down 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible. The vehicle features a hybrid engine that runs on electricity and biomass fuel and has been a showpiece of an ongoing nationwide tour to promote clean and sustainable energy. Patrol officers were able to help Young off the road, where he then posed for photos, signed autographs and had the car repaired.