GRAMMY Insider: John Lennon, Bob Newhart, Pink, And Britney Spears
(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.)
Britney Spears is coming to Las Vegas, b****. The pop songstress has announced a two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino that will begin Dec. 27 and include 50 shows per year. "I love it here," said Spears on "Good Morning America." "The energy here is really, really good." … Blues artist Keb' Mo' will join the Playing For Change band and the Doors' drummer John Densmore, among others, to perform a benefit concert on Sept. 21 in honor of Playing For Change Day at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, Calif. … Warren Haynes and Skrillex will participate in a keynote case study that will examine the lasting impact of the Grateful Dead on touring at the 10th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, taking place Nov. 13–14 in New York.
Pink is still f***in' perfect. In honor of her overall success in the music business and her leadership in embracing a changing industry, Pink will be honored as Billboard's Woman of the Year at the magazine's 2013 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 10 in New York. … Producer T Bone Burnett will be honored for his contributions to film and television music with the Maestro Award at the 2013 Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Oct. 30 in Hollywood, Calif. … Tip your hat to 84-year-old Bob Newhart. The GRAMMY-winning comedian picked up his first Emmy Award for guesting on "The Big Bang Theory" at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 15. Newhart's first Emmy nomination came in 1962.
Official GRAMMY portrait photographer Danny Clinch recently lent his creative eye to direct the music video for Pearl Jam's "Sirens," the second single from their forthcoming album Lightning Bolt, due Oct. 15. The Seattle rockers' first video from the album, "Mind Your Manners," was also directed by Clinch.
Keith Urban has lit a fuse on the Billboard charts. The country singer debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Fuse, marking his second album to top the chart following 2009's GRAMMY-nominated Defying Gravity.
Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24, respectively. Aside from interviews with Kimmel, both will perform free outdoor concerts for expected record-breaking crowds on Hollywood Boulevard.
In a recently unearthed interview with The Village Voice's Howard Smith, John Lennon admits recording the Beatles' Let It Be album was "hell." "It's torture every time we produce anything," Lennon said. "The Beatles haven't got any magic you haven't got." We have a feeling many Beatles fans would beg to differ.