GRAMMY Insider: U2, Danger Mouse, Kelly Clarkson, Daft Punk, Rihanna, And Taylor Swift
According to a Rolling Stone report, U2 were spotted last week at Electric Lady Studios in New York where they are wrapping the mixing of their forthcoming new studio album with producer/engineer Danger Mouse. Due in the fall, the album will be the first U2 studio set since 2009's GRAMMY-nominated No Line On The Horizon. As for what the album sounds like? "It sounded amazing," said past U2 producer Daniel Lanois in a recent interview. "Very, very big and powerful-sounding. Some of it was adventurous. There were shades of [1991's] Achtung Baby." … Nine Inch Nails, who will reunite with a select number of tour dates this summer, have signed with Columbia Records to release their new studio album set to drop later this year. … On Sept. 17 Elvis Costello and the Roots will release Wise Up Ghost, a collaboration that Questlove has labeled "brilliant." … Kelly Clarkson attacks a black-and-white world in her recently released music video for her new single "People Like Us." … Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed they will begin work on a new album in September. Last week, frontman Anthony Kiedis attended the ninth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert where he presented skateboarder Tony Alva with the MusiCares From the Heart Award. … Kanye West has revealed the album art for his forthcoming release, Yeezus, and it's a bit … minimalistic.
Daft Punk's Random Access Memories claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 in its debut week with sales of 339,000 units, marking the second-biggest sales week of the year for an album behind Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience. … Rihanna's Unapologetic has sold more than 1 million units, marking the singer's sixth million-selling album in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released in November 2012, the album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Top 20 singles "Stay" and "Pour It Up."
On The Road
During his first-ever trip to Graceland, Paul McCartney left behind a special gift for Elvis Presley in the form of a personal guitar pick, which he dropped on the King of Rock and Roll's grave so that he "can play in heaven." … Justin Timberlake will headline the iTunes festival in London in September. Others set to appear at the festival's sixth installment include Jessie J, Jack Johnson and Thirty Seconds To Mars. … Fans will have the opportunity to say yes to Yes as the rock pioneers are set to headline the first-ever Yestival Aug. 3 in Camden, N.J. … According to a tweet by the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift will join the legendary band onstage at their June 3 concert in Chicago.
Adam Levine caused a stir on "The Voice" when he was dissatisfied with viewers' choice to eliminate Team Levine favorite Judith Hill, saying, "I hate this country." Levine later tweeted that his remark was a joke. … After undergoing a life-saving liver transplant in May, Lou Reed says he is "feeling better and stronger than ever," describing himself as a "triumph of modern medicine."
Johnny Cash fans can now send snail mail adorned by the Man in Black with the U.S. Postal Service's new Forever postage stamp honoring the late GRAMMY winner. … In conjunction with the opening of the Ringo: Peace & Love exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum on June 12, Ringo Starr will release Photograph, an e-book featuring previously unseen photos from the drummer's life, including rare images from his childhood and candid Beatles shots.