Quick Hits: Interscope Records, One Direction, Mumford & Sons, Christina Perri, The Rolling Stones, 50 Cent, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Atlas Genius, Sevendust
November 28, 2012


Phillip Phillips
Interscope Records is dominating the top of the iTunes singles chart again! 50 Cent's "My Life" featuring Eminem & Adam Levine is #1, hot off a live performance on The Voice on NBC this past Monday night. #2 is will.i.am & Britney Spears with "Scream & Shout," the video for which will debut on Fox's X-Factor this week and #3 is American Idol champ Phillip Phillips with "Home." Phillips has been an amazing success story, winning the 11th season of Idol this past May. Since then, his first single "Home" launched to #1 on the iTunes pop charts and stayed in the Top 5 for eight weeks, eventually going double platinum. This week his new album, The World From The Side of The Moon, debuted in the Top 5! Not a bad year for the Leesburg, GA-bred songwriter and not a bad year for Jimmy Iovine, Brenda Romano, Chris Lopes and the entire Interscope team who keep delivering hit after hit while developing the stars of tomorrow.

Prepare to have One Direction coming at you from ALL directions; they're getting super-sized in their 3D documentary due for release on August 30, 2013. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and produced by Simon Cowell and their close friend Ben Winston, fans will be able to see what it's like for One Direction to prepare for big concert tours, both on-stage and off. 1D member Liam Payne joked to MTV News about having Spurlock direct, saying, "That's going to be part of the film. Eating McDonald's onstage for 30 days." "Morgan works well because like you said, he did a lot of documentary movies," Niall Horan added. "That's more so what we want our movie to be. It's going to be a concert movie, but with a documentary side than concert side so we wanted to give it like get our personalities across because the fans know us, but we want them to know us deeper."

On the road, Mumford and Sons have begun to write songs for their next release to follow after their latest, highly successful album, Babel. In an interview with MTV News, Winston Marshall said their rehearsals are the most productive for creating new music. "We got a couple of tunes out of it," Marshall said, "they need work, but, it's quite a difficult thing when you start touring; you play a lot less music than when you're in your bedroom alone." But fans shouldn't start holding their breath, Babel took two years to create and the band doesn't plan on changing their formula for creation.

Christina Perri is also on the same creative path for her own new album with Atlantic Records. After her track "Twilight" entered Billboard's Hot 100 and top digital charts, she told Billboard she has "25 ideas songs ready to demo and I will get that down to 15. I'll be picking those in January. Now is the most fun and creative part of the whole experience."

The Rolling Stones have announced that Eric Clapton and Florence + The Machine's Florence Welch will join the band onstage at tomorrow night's London concert. The show is the second Stones gig at London's O2 arena this week. At Sunday's concert, the Stones reunited with ex-members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, while Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck appeared as well.

50 Cent's debut LP, Get Rich or Die Tryin', will hit its tenth birthday on February 6, 2013, and the rapper will celebrate by releasing his fifth solo album, Street King Immortal, shortly thereafter. 50 tweeted that the new record will finally be out on Febraury 26. Speaking to MTV News about both albums, the rapper stated: "Hold me to the greater quality. Don't hold me to the exact content, don't hold me to the production, don't play both albums next to each other and say, 'Which track do I like better?'" He went on to point out how much he's grown in the years since he started releasing major-label LPs. "Just listen to the actual project itself and you'll see the growth and how I'm seasoned," 50 said. "I'm 10 years in now. I'm not under any circumstances in a position that I'm not comfortable or able to function in any area of entertainment at this point."

Paul McCartney will make his fourth appearance as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live on December 15. Sir Paul will join host Martin Short on the episode. McCartney's SNL date will also come on the heels of his appearance at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, where he will perform with Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, The Who, Roger Waters and Billy Joel.

Taylor Swift will guest host the syndicated American Top 40 this weekend, airing December 1 and 2 around the country. In addition to counting down the Top 40 songs, Swift will discuss her new album, Red, and upcoming 2013 Red tour.

The debut album from Atlas Genius, When It Was Now, will be released on February 19, 2013 via Warner Bros. Records. The Australian band has been touring the U.S. non-stop for the past four months with groups like Silversun Pickups, Wolf Gang and Animal Kingdom and will wrap up their 2012 run with a headlining show in Los Angeles on December 11. While in L.A., the band will perform on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic on December 10, and they'll make their U.S. television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live on December 12.

Sevendust will be releasing their ninth album, Black Out The Sun, on March 26, 2013 via their 7Bros. Records label (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). The album's single, "Decay" will be on the air and available for download at online retail outlets on January 22, 2013.  Sevendust will venture out on a headlining tour with Lacuna Coil starting February 2 in Winston-Salem, NC and running through Febraury 23 in Cedar Rapids, IA.




 
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