GRAMMY Insider: Santana, Nine Inch Nails, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, John Legend, Metallica
(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.)
Carlos Santana has purchased a supernatural crib in Las Vegas for $6 million. The 10-time GRAMMY winner's new home features five bedrooms, six and one-fourth bathrooms and nearly 8,000 square feet in which to roam. It also comes fully automated with the ability to control every single element of the home, including lighting and air-conditioning, via an iPad. "Every single thing in the home is perfect," said listing agent Gavin Ernstone. All we can say is "oye como va!"
Nine Inch Nails has revealed the track listing for their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Hesitation Marks. Set for release on Sept. 3, the 14-track album will include guest spots from Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and the Who's touring bassist Pino Palladino. … Earth, Wind & Fire will release Now, Then & Forever on Sept. 10, marking the group's first studio album in eight years. "It's a great representation of who Earth, Wind & Fire is now, but not departing from the classic sound," said lead vocalist Philip Bailey.
In celebration of their golden anniversary, the Rolling Stones are painting iTunes black and blue with an all-new section of the online music store dedicated exclusively to their music. Fans can now purchase all of the Stones' studio albums, live albums and singles, as well as documentaries, a Rolling Stones app and The Rolling Stones 50 e-book. … With more than 3.79 billion total views, Rihanna has surpassed Justin Bieber as the most-viewed artist on YouTube. The race is a close one though as Bieber was less than 150,000 views behind at last count.
What started as a hit-in-the-making has turned into a bad romance. After recently collaborating with Cher on the duet "The Greatest Thing," Lady Gaga reportedly doesn't want the single to be released. Cher responded to an upset fan via Twitter: "U think You've Waited? It's done & She doesn't like it, or Want it to come out. She's an ARTIST, it's Up to Her. Im Disappointed 2."
The winners of the MTV O Awards, which celebrates music, technology and fans, have been announced with several GRAMMY winners garnering trophies, including David Bowie, Linkin Park, Yoko Ono, and Jack White. Ono and White received the Digital and Analog Genius Awards, respectively.
Showtime is teaming with John Legend to develop a half-hour comedy show about music managers that will be executive produced by Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, along with manager Troy Carter. … A trailer for the upcoming biopic about the life and career of Trustee Award recipient Steve Jobs has been released. Jobs, featuring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple co-founder, is set to hit theaters on August 16.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich claims the heavy metal rockers are busy sifting through 600 song ideas for their next album. Despite a stretch of nearly five years since the release of 2008's GRAMMY-nominated Death Magnetic, Ulrich told Rolling Stone, "I can't stress about it. It's not like, 'F***, hurry up and get this record out.' Hurry up for what? So we can go play gigs? We already play gigs. We'll get there." … Billboard has declined to count the sale of 1 million copies of Jay-Z's forthcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, to Samsung in compiling the Billboard 200 chart, prompting Hova to twist an age-old riddle via Twitter: "If 1 Million records gets SOLD and billboard doesnt report it, did it happen?"