Quick Hits: Ke$ha, Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, Pharrell / Jay-Z / Frank Ocean, MTV EMAs, Flyleaf, Trey Songz
October 9, 2012
Ke$ha announced on Monday that she will release an illustrated memoir entitled My Crazy Beautiful Life on November 20. The book will give Ke$ha fans insight into the 25-year-old's thoughts and reflections on her fast rise to fame. "In less than three years I've gone from being the worst waitress in L.A. to living out my childhood dreams of singing my songs to people all over the world," the singer said in a statement. "Sometimes, it feels as if the last few years have encompassed a few decades. You might have heard my voice on the radio, seen me onstage and on the red carpet, or in a music video, but that's only a part of the story. In these pages, I'm revealing a more complete picture of what my life is really like. It's not all glamorous and it's not all pretty, but it's all real." Meanwhile, Ke$ha's second full-length album, Warrior, is slated for release on December 4.
Starting today, The Black Keys are offering a six-song EP of music they recorded live in the studio in December 2011, as they prepared to spend much of 2012 on the road. The Tour Rehearsal Tapes EP features four songs from El Camino and two songs from the 2010 album Brothers. The EP is available exclusively on iTunes for the first two weeks. Meanwhile, the Keys are set to start recording a new album in January.
With the Led Zeppelin movie Celebration Day coming on November 19, of course people are wondering if there will be more reunion shows from the band. The movie captures Zeppelin's entire two-hour performance on December 10, 2007, at London's O2 Arena as part of a tribute concert to late Atlantic Records chief Ahmet Ertegun. It was the first full Zeppelin show by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, with Bonham's son Jason filling in on drums. However, Page says fans should not hold their breath for more. "I think if there had been any more concerts to be done, we'd already be talking about them. So I don't see it," the guitarist told Rolling Stone. Celebration Day, he added, "is a testament to what we did in 2007. There it is."
Pharrell Williams tweeted a photo on Monday that showed himself, Jay-Z and singer Frank Ocean sitting in a studio together. Pharrell wrote: "Can't wait for y'all to hear what I'm working on with big bro @S_C_ and lil bro @frank_ocean." There is no word on what the project is, but the three men have worked together before. Ocean contributed vocals to Jay-Z's Watch the Throne track "No Church in the Wild," and Pharrell produced Ocean's Channel Orange track "Sweet Life." In other Jay-Z news, his Live In Brooklyn digital EP was expected to appear on iTunes today, but will be released on Thursday (10/11) instead.
Carly Rae Jepsen, fun. and Rita Ora have been added to the lineup for the 2012 MTV EMA, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany on November 11. They join previously announced performers Taylor Swift, Muse and No Doubt. The 19th annual awards show, hosted by Heidi Klum, will broadcast live from Frankfurt’s historic Festhalle on MTV channels around the world.
Rockers Flyleaf will release their third album, New Horizons, on October 30. The band also released the second single from the record, "Call You Out," as the follow-up to the title track.
Trey Songz will hit the road on the "Chapter V World Tour," in support of his latest album, Chapter V. The North American dates for the trek begin in Atlanta on November 17 and wrap up in Houston on December 31. Songz will then head overseas to Europe and the UK in January and February.