GRAMMY Insider: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Madonna, Drake, Jack White, Luis Enrique, And TLC
Rolling Stone has published 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now, a list of the top 50 artists giving fans bang for the buck on the road, according to a panel of writers, industry professionals and artists. Known for his impromptu set lists and energetic performances, 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen claimed the top spot. GRAMMY winners dominated the remainder of the top 10, with Rage Against The Machine, Jack White, Radiohead, Jay-Z, Neil Young, Arcade Fire, the Rolling Stones, and Prince placing at spots 9–2, respectively. Other notables include Paul McCartney (No. 15), Metallica (No. 18), Kanye West (No. 20), Madonna (No. 30), Skrillex (No. 42), and Taylor Swift (No. 49).
Frank Ocean fans won't be tuning into his GRAMMY-winning Channel Orange any time soon. On July 25 Ocean was diagnosed with a vocal cord injury, forcing him to cancel an Australian tour and a headlining performance at the OVO Fest on Aug. 4 in Toronto. … Drake may have started from the bottom, but now he's been added to the bill for the iHeartRadio Festival, scheduled to kick off on Sept. 21 in Las Vegas. … The Eagles are setting up shop in California again. The six-time GRAMMY-winning collective will reopen the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Jan. 15, 2014, following the historic venue's $100 million renovation.
Scrubs are going crazy for the upcoming TLC biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. Along with a trailer, members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas announced plans to release a TLC greatest hits album, which will also feature new songs written by Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo, on Oct. 15. … Luis Enrique is doing the tango all the way to Broadway. Enrique will make his Broadway debut on July 30, joining the cast of "Forever Tango" for a limited engagement.
Three royal duets recorded 30 years ago by the King of Pop Michael Jackson and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury are scheduled to finally see an official release later this year. According to The Times, the demos were recorded in 1983 at Jackson's home studio, but a larger collaboration never materialized due to conflicting schedules. … Still on hiatus from Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora has resurfaced with a new single, "Come Back As Me." The guitar-based track features some pointed lyrics: "What do you want me to say/I gave you everything I could give/But everything just wasn't enough, so I just let live and live." Could Sambora be sending a message to someone in particular? … Yoko Ono Plastic Band will be taking fans to the land of hell one week at a time. Tracks from the upcoming album, Take Me To The Land Of Hell, will debut on the band's website each week until the album is released on Sept. 15. … Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972–1988, a 34-CD box set featuring music from jazz icon Herbie Hancock, will hit shelves on Nov. 12.
Jack White isn't just a consoler of the lonely. The nine-time GRAMMY winner recently gave a boost to the National Recording Preservation Foundation in the form of a $200,000 donation to the organization, which safeguards the nation's recorded sound history. … Yeezus, aka Kanye West, and "Jesus Walks" co-writer Rhymefest are attempting to save Chicago youth. Donda's House, a charity co-founded by the Chi-Town rappers, will team with a local church to host "Got Bars?" — a free music training program that will teach students to write and record music.