GRAMMY Insider: Fun., Maroon 5, Pink, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, And More
(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.)
A trio of GRAMMY winners, Fun., Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift, lead the Billboard Music Awards field with 11 nominations each. Swift and Maroon 5 will square off for the Top Artist prize. Other GRAMMY winners garnering nods include Adele, David Guetta, Rihanna and Skrillex. … GRAMMY winner will.i.am will receive the CLIO Honorary Award on May 15 in New York in celebration of his efforts to "push the boundaries of creativity in advertising and beyond." … GRAMMY winners Leonard Cohen and Mumford & Sons were among the winners at the 2013 Juno Awards on April 21. Cohen, who is a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, picked up Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year honors. Mumford & Sons won International Album of the Year for their GRAMMY-winning Babel. Four-time GRAMMY winner k.d. lang was honored with an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Pink earned her fourth career No. 1 hit with "Just Give Me A Reason," a track featuring Fun.'s Nate Ruess. Pink's first No. 1 hit came in 2001 for "Lady Marmalade" with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Mya. The song also garnered Pink her first career GRAMMY for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. Rihanna has become the first artist in Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart to score 10 No. 1 hits, with "Stay" featuring Mikky Ekko topping the chart. Lady Antebellum's "Downtown" topped Billboard's Country Airplay chart. The track is featured on Lady A's forthcoming album, Golden, due May 7.
Music discovery site Noisey ranked the names of this year's Coachella performers from best to worst. Near the top of the list were GRAMMY winners such as Latin act Café Tacuba and reggae artist Lee "Scratch" Perry, while Red Hot Chili Peppers were deemed to have the second worst name at the festival. The site also ranked acts that simply use their given names, such as GRAMMY winners Janelle Monáe and Lou Reed, who fell in the middle of the pack. For the record, the best name went to Australian DJ Tommy Trash and the worst to rock act Stars. The site provided no apparent criteria on which it based the ranking, and commenter Rory Biller may have summed up the exercise, posting "this is inane."
On The Road
On June 1 the Americana Music Association will host the inaugural Cross County Lines Music Festival in Franklin, Tenn. Headlined by Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas, the concert will serve as a fundraiser for the association, which is dedicated to advocating for the authentic voice of American roots music worldwide. … The venerable Bob Dylan will headline the Americanarama Festival of Music, a bill that will also include GRAMMY winners Wilco and Ryan Bingham, with the latter appearing on select dates. The tour is scheduled to kick off June 26 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and continue through early August. … Mumford & Sons will headline their biggest concert to date at London's Olympic Park on July 6. How long will their set be? Mumford & Sons may have to observe a 10:30 p.m. curfew, according to a Belfast Telegraph report. … Steely Dan have announced the Mood Swings: 8 Miles To Pancake Day tour, a jaunt that will kick off July 19 in Atlantic City and run through September.
On the heels of the just-completed celebration of Record Store Day comes another sign of the dichotomy happening in the independent music world. Just days before the culture of independent music retailers was enjoying its biggest day of the year, the famed New York record outpost Bleecker Bob's closed its doors forever. The shop's history says much about what music retail used to mean: Bleecker Bob's was where, according to The New York Times, GRAMMY winners such as Jimmy Page and Frank Zappa would occasionally tend the register.
Coldplay have digitally released the first three issues of their Mylo Xyloto comic book series. Based on the GRAMMY-winning album of the same name and penned by filmmaker Mark Osborne with input from the band, the six-part saga depicts an "Orwellian society ruled by a supremacist government that controls the population via fear tactics and overstimulation through media and propaganda."
What is the going rate for the opportunity to lock lips with the legendary GRAMMY winner Betty White? At the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards, a kiss with White netted $8,000 during the awards' auction, with the winning bid coming courtesy of actress Cloris Leachman. Apparently, actor Alex Pettyfer didn't get the memo since he stole a kiss from White onstage for free.