GRAMMY Insider: Arcade Fire, Drake, Eminem, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Randy Travis
(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including information about new album releases, tour updates, notable media appearances, interviews, and more.)
The first-ever YouTube Music Awards is set to take place Nov. 3 in New York and the music video site is rolling out the red carpet for a cadre of GRAMMY winners to perform, including Arcade Fire, Eminem and Lady Gaga. Directed by GRAMMY winner Spike Jonze, the 90-minute show will be streamed live on YouTube and will present awards in seven categories. Nominees will be chosen by viewer's votes and announced on Oct. 17.
A five-month trial surrounding the death of Michael Jackson concluded on Oct. 2 when a Los Angeles jury unanimously decided that concert promoter AEG Live was not liable for Jackson's death in June 2009. The jury concluded that Dr. Conrad Murray, who was hired by the company to care for Jackson, was competent and accepted AEG's arguments that the company was not negligent.
Taking a page out of the Jay-Z playbook, Drake has signed on with his hometown team, the Toronto Raptors, to help with a variety of initiatives, including a makeover of the team's image for the 2014–2015 season, according to a report. In addition, Drake is expected to launch a clothing line in conjunction with the team.
Over the hills and far away … there's a home for sale that was once owned by former Led Zeppelin keyboardist John Paul Jones. The Warren House in Crowborough, East Sussex, England, on the market for nearly $5 million, is a six-bedroom mansion on 11.6 acres of land outfitted for a rock and roll king, with a whole lotta amenities such as a tennis court, swimming pool and stunning views of the countryside.
Want to quit your job? Let Marina Shifrin and Kanye West show you how. The 25-year-old former employee of the Taiwan-based video production company Next Media Animation, where she sacrificed her "relationships, time and energy" for a boss who "only cares about quantity and how many views each video gets," quit her job via YouTube with a video titled "An Interpretative Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West's 'Gone.'" At press time, the video has garnered more than 11 million views. How's that for quantity?
What's sexier than a Las Vegas residency? Britney Spears' new video for her latest single "Work B****." The video, which features scantily clad women and suggestive dancing, could have been sexier, according to Spears. "I cut out half the video because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it's just hard to play sexy mom while you're being a pop star as well," she said in an interview with 103.3-FM's "The TJ Show." … On Oct. 1 Randy Travis, who earlier this year suffered a stroke and heart failure, released Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, a covers album featuring songs from his musical heroes such as Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard and the late George Jones. "When I think of my musical heroes of yesteryear or the younger stars of this year, I am reminded that it is true we learn from the ones ahead of us and teach the ones that follow," Travis said in a statement. "They are the reason I chose to make this album."
After Miley Cyrus credited inspiration for her recent "Wrecking Ball," video to Sinéad O'Conor's "Nothing Compares 2 U," O'Connor was compelled to write an open letter to Cyrus "in the spirit of motherliness," in which she urged the younger artist to be wary of exploitation and not let the music industry "make a prostitute of you."