Quick Hits: Juno Awards, Pharrell Williams, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mayhem Festival, The Cure
March 31, 2014


Tegan and Sara
Canada's 43rd annual Juno Awards were handed out in Winnipeg on Sunday night, and Tegan and Sara won three trophies while Arcade Fire and Serena Ryder each won two. Tegan and Sara were winners in the categories of Group of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Single of the Year for "Closer." Arcade Fire earned Album of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year for Reflektor, while Ryder won prizes for Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Justin Bieber took home the Juno Fan Choice Award, and Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox was named International Album of the Year.

Pharrell Williams has officially been tapped as a coach for The Voice's 7th season. He will replace Cee Lo Green, who announced his departure in February. Pharrell took to Twitter to confirm the casting news after the show posted a tweet that he would join the show. Pharrell wrote, "This is going to be so fun!" The full coach lineup for season 7 will be announced at a later date.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are tentatively set to release their new, 11-track album, Hypnotic Eye, this summer on Reprise Records. Petty told Rolling Stone of the new material: "I knew I wanted to do a Rock & Roll record. We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time." Petty also is prepping a two-disc reissue of his 1994 solo album, Wildflowers, that will include 10 previously unreleased songs.

This year's seventh annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will be headlined by Avenged Sevenfold and Korn, with Asking Alexandria and Trivium joining them on the main stage. The trek, which will run from July 5 in San Bernadino, CA until August 10 in Woodlands, TX, also will feature Cannibal Corpse, Miss May I, Body Count, Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead, Emmure and others playing on four stages.

Back on February 3, FMQB reported that The Cure was due to release their 14th studio album sometime this year. Titled 4:14 Scream, the album was recorded at the same time as 2008's 4:13 Dream. However, Robert Smith said in a new interview that he is now having reservations about the project. "I've finished singing and mixing an album that was made by a band that no longer exists," Smith told XFM, stating that work on a separate record with the band's current lineup is taking priority. "This band is trying to make an album with this lineup, and it's an album that I'm tempted to make, that's really different to anything else we've done. So trying to be convinced that I should release what is the second half of an album that effectively came out in 2008, it's a bit of a sore point, to be honest, amongst this current lineup." If The Cure decides to release it, Smith said it will "probably come out in that summer 'dead air' period for albums."




 
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