After Van Halen postponed the final three months of their tour last week without explanation, David Lee Roth has now posted a video on www.vhnd.com in which he explains that the tour is derailed due to exhaustion. “The band is getting along famously, better than we have in quite some time,” Roth says in the video. “As usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling. The band is winning, but our schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness. We’re gonna take a break and we’re gonna come all the way back around, because this tour is gonna take about two years.”
Jay-Z has officially announced the first lineup of artists who will perform at the Budweiser Made in America festival on September 1 and 2 in Philadelphia. Jay is curating and headlining the roster that also includes Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Miike Snow, Afrojack, Maybach Music (featuring Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill), Odd Future, Calvin Harris, D’Angelo, Passion Pit, Santigold, Dirty Projectors, X, Janelle Monae, Prince Royce, Rita Ora and The Knocks. Additional artists will be announced at a later date, and various early bird ticket packages go on sale May 23. Details are available at www.madeinamericafest.com
Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn will be on hand to introduce their new video for “Burn It Down” at its premiere on MTV Thursday, May 24, as part of MTV First: Linkin Park. After the global premiere of the video at 5:53 p.m. ET, the band will stick around for a 30-minute interview with MTV News’ James Montgomery on MTV.com. The band also will answer fan’s questions, which can be submitted via Twitter using @MTVNews, hashtag #MTVFirst.
Now that Justin Bieber has revealed the tracklist for his forthcoming album, Believe, the tour dates are not far behind. “I think we’re releasing the tour dates in like a week, so look out for that,” Bieber told MTV News of his Believe trek. “There’s a lot of fun stuff. I’ve been really hard at work in the studio, in the dance studio, just kind of figuring out what I want to do as far as choreography and whatnot. I think the tour’s going to be really special. We got a lot of surprises.” The album is due out on June 19.
Mumford & Sons have written a new song called “Learn Me Right” for Pixar’s upcoming film, Brave. Mumford & Sons wrote, arranged and produced the track, which features U.K. singer Birdy on vocals. Brave is set for release on June 22 while the soundtrack will be available on June 19.
New Gold & Platinum
The RIAA has handed out its Gold and Platinum certifications for April, and One Direction’s Up All Night, Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee and the soundtrack to The Hunger Games each sold more than 500,000 copies to earn Gold awards. One Direction also received their first Platinum download certification for “What Makes You Beautiful” by surpassing one million downloads in the United States. Meanwhile, Brothers by The Black Keys secured April’s highest album award with a Platinum plaque, while their newest album, El Camino, is currently certified Gold. LMFAO received the month’s highest digital song award: a 6x multi-Platinum plaque for “Party Rock Anthem.” Also earning high download ranks were Rihanna, who received a 4x multi-Platinum award for “We Found Love,” Fun. for certifying “We Are Young” 3x multi-Platinum, plus Selena Gomez & The Scene, Bruno Mars and Carrie Underwood who each earned 2x multi-Platinum certifications for their respective singles “Love You Like A Love Song,” “It Will Rain” and “Jesus Take The Wheel.”
When Katy Perry’s 3-D concert movie, Part of Me, comes out on July 5, it will give fans a look at Perry on tour, and also a peek at the ups and downs of her personal life. Most notably, the movie was filming as her marriage to Russell Brand fell apart. “I thought it was important for me to show everything in between,” she said about including both the good and the bad when she sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show on Tuesday (May 22). “Sometimes, people think that we’re perfect, and we know we’re not perfect at all,” Perry explained. “I think it’s important to start breaking down the idea that to achieve your dream, you have to always be perfect or flawless or live in a fantasy world. So that’s why I decided to put everything into the film, in the most tasteful way. But mostly, it’s about how I got there and the ride along the way, which can be bumpy, but mostly it was extremely fun.”
The Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against and Hot Water Music will tour North America together this fall. The newly announced dates run from September 11 in Quebec City to October 7 in Edmonton.
Peter Gabriel will embark on a 13-city North American tour in September to mark the 25th anniversary of his seminal album, So. Gabriel and members of the original So touring band will be performing the album in full, starting on September 16 in Quebec City and running through October 9 in Santa Barbara, CA. So also will be reissued on September 18 in a special edition three-CD set and as a Super Deluxe Box Set.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong performed at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding on Saturday, according to People. The ceremony was an intimate backyard affair, but Armstrong was there for the party. “They’ve been friends for some time,” a source close to the artist told People of Zuckerberg and Armstrong. “He wasn’t paid. It was a total impromptu wedding present for a friend.”
Rapper Kreayshawn’s long delayed debut album, Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay, finally will hit stores on August 14 through Columbia Records. On Monday (May 21), Kreayshawn issued the video for “Breakfast,” the new single featuring 2 Chainz. The song hit digital retailers today.
Australia-based indie band Atlas Genius has signed with Warner Bros. Records and the label will release its debut EP, Through The Glass, on June 12. The three-song collection will include Atlas Genius’ breakout hit, “Trojans,” which sold more than 45,000 downloads in the U.S. before the band was even signed. The band members are currently at work in their home studio on their full-length debut, which is due out this fall. U.S. tour dates will be announced soon.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum reportedly has found a home in midtown Manhattan. The Wall Street Journal says the plans for the museum also include a restaurant, arcade, concert lounge, television studios, community and corporate rooms. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards show was broadcast by BET in the 1990s, but the Hall has not inducted honorees since 1997. However, the awards show will return to television this November.
Michael Jackson’s Bad album will be reissued as a deluxe edition on September 18 in honor of the record’s 25th anniversary. The set, titled Bad 25, will feature three CDs, a DVD and two booklets. The DVD will include Jackson’s personal video recording of his performance at Wembley Stadium in London on July 16, 1988, and a CD of audio from the Wembley concert will also be included, as will a remastered version of the original Bad album. A third CD will feature previously unreleased demos of songs that did not make it to the album, along with new remixes of material from Bad.
Lady Gaga’s own social networking site, Little Monsters, is now in beta testing mode. According to Mashable, the invite-only site shows some similarity to the Pinterest mobile app that allows users to drop pins on locations and things that they enjoy. It also uses elements of the Reddit site by allowing fans to rate cool content. The Little Monsters site will focus on fans sharing and creating photos and videos and allowing users to promote content that they like. However, it is undetermined when Little Monsters will launch out of beta mode. In other news, Sunday’s season finale of The Simpsons also focused on Gaga. The episode featured the singer trying to cheer up the young Lisa Simpson after she won an award as the least popular kid at school. Once Gaga was able to lift Lisa’s spirits, the two engaged in a musical number together.
Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose will produce a new EP from the band Candlelight Red. The recording sessions will soon commence at Arkitekt Studios in Butler, NJ. “While having Candlelight Red on tour with Sevendust, I was able to get familiar with their music and build a friendship with some of the band members,” explains Rose. “So when they approached me with a desire for me to produce them, I jumped at the opportunity. After talking about what our goals were for the recording, we were happy to realize our goals were one and the same. To capture the band’s live sound is the objective, and it’s gonna happen. I’m beyond excited to get these songs finished and out to their fans!”
Former Crowded House drummer Peter Jones has died from brain cancer at the age of 45. Jones joined the band in 1994 after founding drummer Paul Hester quit the group. He stayed on until 1996 when the band broke up, but did not return a decade later for their reunion. “We remember him as a warm-hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House,” the band said in a statement. “He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send our love and best thoughts to his family and friends.”