John Mayer has run into some health problems, according to a blog post the singer published today. With a new album set to be released on May 22nd, a gig at next week’s SXSW festival and an upcoming tour, this isn’t exactly great news for the Mayer-stro. Indeed, it should be John Mayer’s year, with his first release and tour schedule since his controversial Rolling Stone interview in which he called Jessica Simpson “Sexual Napalm”, so the bad news is not particularly well timed for the performer.
In the blog post announcing the news, Mayer writes, “During rehearsal on Tuesday, it came to mind that I should see my throat doctor because something didn’t feel/sound right. I went in for a visit on Wednesday and a scope of my vocal cords revealed that the granuloma has grown back where it had mostly healed. This is bad news. Because of this, I have no choice but to take an indefinite break from live performing. Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down.”
He goes on to explain granuloma, before laying out his plans for the new album and his recovery; “Okay, so here’s the plan… Born and Raised will be released as scheduled, but because I don’t make a very good anything-other-than-a-musician, I’m going to begin writing the next album very soon. I feel really vibrant as a writer at the moment and there’s no reason not to begin the next album project in the time I would have been touring. Somewhere in all of this is another surgery and a very long chemically-imposed period of silence, so I hope you’ll understand that I have to really pick that date carefully.” Seemingly distraught, apologetic and sincere in his post, we’re wishing John Mayer a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back on stage for 2013!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, they have it on good authority that Britney Spears is deep in negotiations (via her fiance Jason Trawick) to become a judge on The X Factor. Since the show axed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, there’s been speculation that Simon Cowell will be looking to replace them with some mighty super star strength — and Britney, love her or hate her, is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and influential women in pop. As Britney is signed to Sony Music’s RCA Records, which retains exclusive rights to X Factor artists, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine Britney on the show. While there’s no comment yet from Britney’s camp, Cowell coyly states, “There’s going to be a lot of twists and turns over the next few weeks and a lot of things we’re going to announce.”
The Hollywood Reporter opines on the matter; “As one of Sony’s Music’s marquee acts (33 million albums sold in the U.S. and counting), Spears brings legitimacy as a successful recording artist, something critics of X Factor say was missing in last year’s competition, as well as a level of unpredictability and drama that also was largely absent from the Fox show when Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were judges.” But what to you think? Would Britney be the perfect judge, given her long, iconic career in the pop spotlight? Or has Britney’s star dwindled with the rise of other popettes, throwing her credibility as a top-tier performer into question? Or do you not care, and think that regardless of her credentials, Brits will bring high drama to the show? Let us know in the poll below!
If it’s grand romance you want, then here it is, courtesy of The Lumineers. Surrounded by flashing fairy lights and bursting in and out of shadow, The Lumineers give what can only be described as a completely joy filled performance in their new video for “Ho Hey.” Bringing life to a dank setting in what appears to be a run down, abandoned house, flowers bloom against the stodgy background, and magically a crowd forms to join the band in chorus. Stomping, strumming, dancing and chanting, The Lumineers, with their supporters in tow, create an explosive moment where amidst the flashing lights, confetti begins to rain down on the celebration. The proclamation of love in the song isn’t melancholy at all, and it’s given the romantic inside us a cause to toe tap and stare whimsically out the window as we’re buoyed by the jubilance of The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey.”
Waka Flocka Flame Plays “Round Of Applause” At Kanye West’s Fashion Week After Party Kanye West is injecting fashion with music, and it looks like Waka Flocka Flame‘s performance of “Round Of Applause” went off at Kanye’s Paris Fashion Week after party. [Prefix]
LCD Soundsystem Release Another Sneak Peek At Their Documentary LCD Soundsystem have released another short trailer for their forthcoming documentary Shut Up And Play The Hits. The clip features the band playing “North American Scum” and James Murphy talking candidly about his age and how it influenced his decision to end the band. [Beats Per Minute]
It turns out Lady Gaga isn’t quite the exhibitionist you think she is. Sure, she’ll expose herself in the name of her art, but it so happens that the avant-pop star is a little more reserved when it comes to her private life. Life & Style has reported that Mother Monster is livid about plans to turn her life into a movie, and according to an “insider,” “She’s furious… She’s cringing at the thought of her life being exposed on television.” The “insider” says that Gaga is angry about the proposed biopic because she “It will portray her as insecure and needy… [Lady Gaga] wants to be seen as powerful and strong.” Apparently the movie is called Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story and according to the “insider,” “They want a total unknown” to play the role of Gaga. Liftime bought the rights to the movie, but apparently they’re currently being shopped elsewhere — although we can’t really see the point in a revealing movie about Gaga’s life that’s not endorsed by Gaga herself. For starters, such a production is likely to be more fiction than fact without Lady Gaga’s actual experience driving the narrative and relying on what we assume would be second hand information for the story.
In Behind The Music, Pitbull talks candidly to us about his phenomenal rise to fame, and in this little sneak peek you can find out how he was first discovered by Lil Jon. Speaking about the first time he heard Pitbull on the radio, Lil Jon says, “I was like, that is crazy, because I hadn’t really heard any Spanglish records like that.” Listening to the two guys speaking exclusively on the meeting that followed is a funny montage — juxtaposing Lil Jon’s beeped out swears with Pitbull’s boyish confusion and excitement makes for a giggle-inducing moment that sort of makes you feel like you could be friends with either of these guys. Pitbull describes Lil Jon approaching him with a twinkle in his eye and a giant smile across his face, “[Lil Jon said] “I don’t know what you’re saying, but you’re snapping shorty”… And in my head I’m like I dunno what he saying, what is he saying?” The two then go on to talk about laying down Pitbull’s first verse in the studio, which was adopted on Lil Jon’s album, and the giddiness as Pitbull recalls the experience is downright infectious.
Tune in to VH1 for the premiere of Pitbull’s Behind The Music on March 15th at 9/8c.
ABC has a new talent show in the works, and Kelly Clarkson has signed on to the new project. The TV show, Duets, will be a talent quest in the same vein as American Idol, but will be based on competitors performing duets with all ready famous super stars — enter Kelly Clarkson. The basic premise is that pop stars will trawl the country for the perfect duet partner, with ABC stating that the celebrities “Will individually set out on a journey across America looking for undiscovered talent worthy to be their protégés.” Joining Kelly in the quest will be Robin Thicke, Lionel Richie, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.
The show will work as most reality talent shows do, with eight separate pairings and a weekly singing battle to the death. Well, not the death, it’s not the Hunger Games, but you know what we mean — contestants will be eliminated (in the most friendly, still living way possible) until there’s a winner. The prize is a contract with Disney-owned Hollywood Records, and depending on the success of the show, probably a charting single with the dueting pop star. Duets is set to debut this summer, so if you still haven’t got your fill of talent quests, then you’re in luck, because this one promises to be pretty fun with the stars getting hands on. We wonder if there will be any uber-fan experiences with contestants?
In a performance that could melt the heart of even the biggest talent show skeptic, Jessica Sanchez bought America to it’s knees last night with her rendition of Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You” on Idol. Jessica’s version of the song was a seamless tribute to the original, and she hit every note with such grace and ease it was hard not to get a little misty eyed as she memorialized the late, great legend with one of the most moving covers we’ve ever heard. And we weren’t the only ones — all three judges were completely ecstatic, and both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler seemed to have shed a tear or two during the stirring performance. Randy Jackson proclaimed, “Give it all to her! Jessica Sanchez is legit… This is one of the best talents in the whole country!” Jenny was equally gushing, but it was Steven who said what we were all thinking, “Jessica, you may be The One. You just made 40 million people cry.”
You know how you always dreamed of Metallica making a film in 3D? Well, it’s now officially a reality, with the band announcing that they’ll begin shooting this summer for a 3D film due for release in 2013. Metallica will be working with Hungarian director Nimrod Antal, and Lars Ulrich had this to say about the project: “I’ve been a fan of Nimrod’s since his first Hungarian film, Kontroll, showed up at Cannes in 2004 and blew everybody away… I’ve watched with excitement his career in Hollywood blossom over the last few years. Within five minutes of meeting him I was addicted to his enthusiasm, his take on the creative process and his ‘thinking outside of the box’ personality. Let’s get on with it!” And while it’s unclear what form the film will take (i.e. will it be a behind the scenes documentary? A concert film?), we’re willing to bet good money that it will be a grand spectacle fueled by the band’s high energy performance style and loud metal noise.