Arch MUSIC NEWS for 8/3/12
Katherine Jackson has been reinstated as permanent guardian for Michael Jackson‘s three children. A judge returned the status to the 82-year-old Jackson matriarch on Thursday but said her 34-year-old grandson, TJ Jackson, would remain in his role as temporary guardian, pending an August 22nd hearing. That’s when the judge will rule on whether TJ’s guardian status should also be made permanent. TJ was granted the temporary status last week after Katherine’s extended absence from Michael’s kids caused concern among family members. Katherine was at a spa in Tucson, Arizona for several days. She said she went there to rest on doctor’s orders but her absence sparked a feud that included several angry Twitter messages by Michael’s 14-year-old daughter Paris who suggested she was being barred from speaking with her grandmother.
Beyoncé is turning words into action for World Humanitarian Day. She’s teaming up with the United Nations on August 19th to help launch a global initiative encouraging good deeds. In doing so, she’ll also donate a video for her song “I Was Here” to the cause. Beyoncé is set to film the video in the United General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. The clip will premiere on World Humanitarian Day on August 19th. Diane Warren, who wrote “I Was Here,” is also donating to the campaign.
A newly divorced Katy Perry is doing little to dispel rumors about a possible romantic spark between her and singer-songwriter John Mayer. Perry, whose divorce from British comedian Russell Brand was finalized last month, was spotted leaving the historic Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood with Mayer Wednesday night. Rumors about a possible romantic link between the two first surfaced last month with a number of public sightings. Perry and Mayer were first spotted together stepping out for a slice of pizza then “holding hands and cuddling” at Soho House in West Hollywood. Mayer was previously paired with actress Jennifer Aniston and singer Jessica Simpson. He recently called out country-pop star Taylor Swift for her song “Dear John,” which is widely rumored to be about him. Mayer told “Rolling Stone” he was “humiliated” by the song’s lyrics, which refer to an older guy “messing with” a young girl, calling it “cheap songwriting.”
Bret Michaels just might make another run on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” He says it’s possible the singer will compete on the show again, but nothing has been confirmed as yet. Michaels says Donald Trump has asked him to take part in an all-star edition of the reality show. He was the winner in the third installment of the series that aired in 2010, and raised money for the American Diabetes Association.
Muse have delayed the release of their new album The 2nd Law to October 2 (and October 1 in the UK), as well as announcing that “Madness” will be the lead single from the record. The song will be released worldwide on Monday, August 20.
HBO will air a new documentary about The Rolling Stones this fall to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told journalists on Wednesday that the documentary, which has no title yet, was being directed by Brett Morgan. “This is all done as part of the band’s 50th anniversary. This documentary has the full involvement of the four current band members, Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ron, as well as the former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor,” Lombardo said, according to Reuters. “We’ll follow the band from their early club days through their arrival as the greatest band in the world.”
Green Day will release a box set compiling all their studio albums. Simply called The Studio Albums 1990-2009, it will be a Best Buy exclusive and released on September 4 in advance of the trio’s new album, ¡Uno!, which is due out September 25.
Dave Matthews Band is inviting fans to take part in the creation of a video for its latest single, “Mercy,” by contributing photos or video via http://mercy.davematthewsband.com. Individuals who complete one (or more) easy-to-follow photo and/or video tasks may find their images featured within the video. One lucky fan who enters will win a trip to the final show of Dave Matthews Band’s summer tour, which will take place at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on September 9. “Mercy” is the first single from the band’s forthcoming album, Away From The World, which is due in stores on September 11.