GRAMMY Insider: Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Metallica, Taylor Swift, 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.)
Kelly Clarkson not only has her wedding dress picked out, she has landed one of country music's finest to oversee her nuptials to artist manager Brandon Blackstock. The GRAMMY winner has picked "Reverend" Blake Shelton, who is one of Blackstock's clients, to officiate her upcoming wedding. "He's not only singing, he's marrying us," Clarkson said recently. A wedding date has yet to be announced. … Metallica will triple the fun with the release of their own pinball game. There will be three models — pro, premium and limited-edition — and they will each play 12 classic Metallica songs, including "Master Of Puppets," "One" and "Enter Sandman." … Looking to live like a rock star? Jon Bon Jovi's New York apartment is on the market for a cool $42 million. The listing describes the penthouse as "massive" with "panoramic views" overlooking "Soho and beyond."
GRAMMY winner Steve Earle and his Dukes are set to release The Low Highway on April 16. The album was inspired by the poverty Earle witnessed while touring the U.S. by bus. "This job is to travel around a lot, and you've got to sing about what you see," Earle told The Examiner. … Black Sabbath will release the digital single "God Is Dead?" on April 19. The track is featured on 13, the legendary metal band's upcoming studio album due June 11. … For music lovers, Christmas in April returns with Record Store Day which is set for Saturday, April 20. GRAMMY winners with Record Store Day retail exclusives include David Bowie, Deftones, Ani DiFranco, David Guetta, Ben Harper, Linkin Park, and Mumford & Sons, among others.
On The Road
The lineup for Jay-Z's second annual Made in America music festival has been revealed with an eclectic mix of artists set to take the stage in Philadelphia on Aug. 31–Sept. 1, including Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Nine Inch Nails, and Phoenix. … Nine Inch Nails and Pearl Jam are among the artists set to perform at the 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Nov. 1–3 at New Orleans City Park. You can keep track with the busy 2013 festival schedule with GRAMMY.com's festival roadmap.
Buddy Guy will be the musical guest on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on April 18. Cee Lo Green will guest on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on April 17. Phoenix will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on April 18. Steve Earle will appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" on April 22.
Is he bigger than the King? Bruno Mars landed his fifth No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with "When I Was Your Man." Mars is the fastest male artist to chart his first five No. 1 singles since Elvis Presley. Justin Timberlake logged his third consecutive week at the top of the Billboard 200. Can Timberlake make it four weeks? New albums by Brad Paisley and Paramore will be contenders on this week's chart.
Jay-Z has laid down a few bars in response to several Florida Republicans' concern over his recent trip to Cuba with wife Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy Carter to celebrate his and Bey's five-year anniversary. Titled "Open Letter," the track opens with a screaming "God damn it" before threatening, "They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a real crime," and then calling his fellow New Yorkers "dweebs." … Taylor Swift is convinced she'll never find love. "Relationships are like traffic lights," Swift said in a recent interview with Wonderland magazine. "And I just have this theory that I can only exist in a relationship if it's a green light."