GRAMMY Insider: Kanye West, Black Sabbath, Jay-Z, Buddy Guy, And Joni Mitchell
(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.)
Kanye West became a father just in time for Father's Day. The rapper and Kim Kardashian welcomed their first child — a daughter — on June 15, according to People. Despite a hectic travel schedule and a new album due June 18, West was reportedly by Kardashian's side for the delivery. "We're happy, everybody's good and she's beautiful," said Kris Jenner, Kardashian's mother.
Jay-Z will release his new studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, on July 4. Hova made the announcement via a Samsung commercial that played during game five of the NBA Finals on June 16. In the commercial, Jay-Z is seen with producer Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, and Swizz Beatz. "The album is about, like this duality of how do you navigate your way through this whole thing, through success, through failures, through all this and remain yourself," Jay-Z tells Rubin in the commercial. … Look, on the artwork for the new Justin Timberlake single "Tunnel Vision." It's Justin Timberlake. No, it's a naked woman. No, it's both! Actually, it's JT's face as seen through the silhouette of a presumably unclad female. "Tunnel Vision" is the tenth track from JT's The 20/20 Experience to hit a Billboard music chart. … Buddy Guy will release a new double album, Rhythm & Blues, on July 29 with a little help from his friends, including Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart and, Kid Rock, and Keith Urban.
The Huffington Post has created a timeline of important LGBT pop culture moments for LGBT Pride Month. Among them, Elton John's duet with supposed homophobe Eminem on the 43rd GRAMMY Awards. Other notable music moments: Judas Priest's Rob Halford becomes the first metal musician to come out in 1998, hip-hop embraces Frank Ocean when he announced his love for another man in July 2012, and Madonna's call for a gay-rights revolution at the GLADD Awards in March. … Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has finalized a deal with Fleetwood Mac that will involve paying performance royalties to the band for songs featured on their Extended Play EP that are broadcast on its 850 terrestrial radio stations. … Residente (René Pérez Joglar) of Latin GRAMMY-winning duo Calle 13 has announced he'll be writing songs with controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The goal of the songwriting sessions is to write material in support of free speech and against "disinformation and media manipulation," according to Residente's Twitter feed. Fans can follow the pair's progress online.
The 44th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards and Dinner took place June 13 in New York and honored GRAMMY winners Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, along with GRAMMY nominees J.D. Souther, and Lou Gramm and Mick Jones for their contributions to Foreigner; and Tony Hatch and Holly Knight. Berry Gordy was presented with the Pioneer Award and Elton John and Bernie Taupin were the recipients of the Johnny Mercer Award.
Metal kings Black Sabbath are set to secure their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, according to a Billboard report. First-week sales of the group's new album, 13, are predicted to total more than 120,000 copies. Black Sabbath's best-charting album to date is 1971's Master Of Reality, which reached No. 8.
Cher will perform on the season finale of "The Voice" on June 18. The GRAMMY winner will perform "Woman's World," the first single off her upcoming album of the same name.
While previewing his forthcoming new album, Yeezus, in New York on June 10, Kanye West revealed his beef with YouTube's functionality. "You know how you be on YouTube and it's a bunch of related videos on the side that don't got nothing to do with your s***?" he asked the audience. "I ain't want none of that. I don't want YouTube giving nobody else related suggestions off my s***." … Kings Of Leon have credited the inspiration behind the sound on their forthcoming release, Mechanical Bull, to John Travolta. "I know we watched a lot of Urban Cowboy during the making of this record, so that definitely probably had something to do with it," said drummer Nathan Followill. We'd be interested to see what comes out of a KOL screening of Grease. … Joni Mitchell participated in a rare interview regarding her career during the Luminato Festival's TimesTalks in Toronto on June 16. "My songs don't adhere to one emotion," said Mitchell. "They're more like 'Fiddler On The Roof.'"