Quick Hits: Beyoncé / Destiny's Child, Britney Spears & Hit-Boy, The Strokes, New Kids On The Block, Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow, Ultra Music Festival
January 25, 2013


News has emerged about what Beyoncé has in store for her Super Bowl halftime performance, with Us Weekly reporting that the singer will open with "Crazy in Love" before Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland join her for a Destiny's Child reunion. The three will perform a medley of hits, including "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Survivor," before ending with "Nuclear," a new track appearing on their Love Songs compilation. Williams told MTV News that recording the new track "was just picking up right where we left off. The harmonies and just us stacking [vocals]... Beyoncé laid hers first, then I'd go and lay another note to the bottom, and I'm like, 'Wow, this is dope.' I literally got goose bumps." When asked if fans can expect more music from DC anytime soon, Williams said: "We're not promising anything, but we just wanted to say, 'Hey, we still got it,' and we just wanted to give fans something just to say thank you and that we really love you. Because without you, we wouldn't be what we are. We wouldn't be able to do it without the fans."

After confirming news that she will not return as a judge on The X Factor, Britney Spears has been focusing on her new album, working with producers such as will.i.am, Ester Dean and Hit-Boy. In fact, Hit-Boy told MTV News that he is bringing his hip-hop swagger to her album. "I'm bringing my world to her world, so I'm infusing what I do in hip-hop and bringing pop elements to it. So it's just going to be a global sound," the producer said while on the set of the "Scream & Shout" remix clip. "We've just been throwing ideas back and forth so far. So I can't really put a number on it or anything but it's coming together." Hit-Boy added: "I wanted to show people that I'm not just a hip-hop producer, that I'm not just an urban world, that I'm a music maker in general. And I can make quality stuff no matter what it is, and when she reached out, it's so perfect... So we went in the studio and we started making some ideas already. It's coming out nice, so I'm excited about that."

The Strokes have released a free download of a brand new song titled "One Way Trigger" on their website, thestrokes.com. The rockers are expected to release their fifth studio album later this year. RCA Records will send the official single from the still-untitled new record out to radio on February 13.

On Thursday night, New Kids On The Block took to Ryan Seacrest's website to debut their new track, "Remix (I Like The)." The song is the lead single off 10, a new album coming out on April 2. After that, NKOTB will hit the road with fellow boy bands Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees for a tour running from May 31 in Uncasville, CT to July 13 in Minneapolis.

Katy Perry has revealed that her new, signature brand of Popchips will be called Katy's Kettle Corn. The new snack will be available at Target, Safeway, Walgreens and other select stores as well as the Popchips website in mid-February. "Popchips had never ventured into sweet territory before, but I wanted to add my personal touch when creating a flavor," Perry said in a press release. "After a series of intensive taste tests, I'm proud to introduce the best of both worlds, and my dream snack realized - Katy's Kettle Corn!"

Sheryl Crow debuted her new song, "Easy," last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The rootsy track is the first single from an upcoming album that Crow is calling her Country music debut. "I'm excited that my Country debut album will be released on Warner Bros. Records," said Crow in a statement. "I believe a lot of my songs would probably be played on Country radio today if they were just being released. The Country music community has been incredibly welcoming and I'm excited to work with John Esposito and his team at Warner Music Nashville."

Miami's Ultra Music Festival has unveiled more of its lineup, announcing that Skrillex (via his side project Dog Blood), Martin Solveig, Azelia Banks, Snoop Dogg, Sleigh Bells, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Paul Van Dyk, The Weeknd and Pretty Lights will all join the festival, which takes place over the weekends of March 15-17 and March 22-24. They join previously announced acts including deadmau5, Tiësto, David Guetta, Avicii, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, Crystal Castles, Hot Chip, Matt & Kim and Yeasayer.

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