Arch MUSIC NEWS for 10/2/12
Arch MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
Bruno Mars is back with his first single in over a year. The Grammy award-winning singer debuted his latest “Locked Out Of Heaven” during a live chat on Monday. Mars also announced that his upcoming sophomore album will be titled “Unorthodox Jukebox” and will be released on December 11th on Atlantic Records. NBC also announced on Monday that Mars will be serving as both host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” on October 20th. Mars has appeared on the show once before in 2010, but this is his first time on as a host.
Not long after Adele finally started speaking up about lending her pipes to the latest James Bond theme song, a preview of the track was leaked online. Though the news was confirmed in mid-September after weeks of speculation, Adele is just now commenting on her role for the first time. The singer tweeted a photo on Monday morning holding the “Skyfall” theme music in her hands. A statement was released shortly after, saying that the full song is set to premiere on Friday, October 5th at 0:07 — double-oh-seven — London time. For fans in the U.S. that’s this Thursday at 7:07 pm Eastern time. The song will make its official debut on Adele’s website that day. Fans can pre-order the track on iTunes in the week leading up to the premiere. The “Skyfall” movie, starring Daniel Craig, arrives in U.S. theaters on November 9th.
ABBA‘s greatest hits collection “Gold” has arrived at a new milestone. According to the British Phonographic Industry, the album has been named the best-selling album, in CD format, of all time in the U.K. Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the invention of the compact disc. “Gold” has sold four million copies in the U.K. The new numbers place the album ahead of Adele’s “21″ by half a million copies, which takes second place.
“Gangnam Style” has gone “Klingon Style.” A “Star Trek”-style parody of the hit viral video has been translated into the fictional “Klingon” language. Created by the comedy team “Comediva,” “Klingon Style” has had almost two-million views on YouTube since it was posted on September 27th. The video features various costumed “Star Trek” warriors doing a version of the “dress classy, dance cheesy” signature dance made famous by Korean rapper Psy. His “Gangnam Style” has hit number one on the U.K. charts and is sitting at number two in the U.S.
Katy Perry won’t be eating ice cream in her pajamas when her would-be second anniversary with ex-husband Russell Brand rolls around on October 23rd. “The Sun” is reporting that Perry is in the midst of planning a party for herself instead. The pop star’s 28th birthday is just two days after the anniversary date, and a source tells the magazine that she has decided on celebrating with friends at her home. In a recent interview with Australia’s “60 Minutes,” Brand said that it was the couple’s “incompatibility” that led to their divorce in December 2011 after 14 months of marriage. The newly-minted “Billboard” Woman of the Year has plenty to keep her busy this month. The singer will be headlining President Obama’s “30 Days to Victory” fundraising concert on October 7th, followed by the star-studded amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles on October 11th.
Axl Rose is set to make a rare TV appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Guns N’ Roses’ official website announced Monday that the notoriously reclusive rocker would drop in on Kimmel’s set on October 24th. It will mark Axl’s first live TV broadcast interview in more than 20 years. Rose and the current incarnation of Guns N’ Roses will begin a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, beginning October 31st and running through November 24th.
KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are expected to be in Las Vegas this week for the Global Gaming Expo. The “Las Vegas Review Journal” says the rockers are slated to be on hand for the unveiling of the band’s signature slot machine. KISS teamed up with WMS Gaming on the project. Simmons and Stanley are scheduled to be at the company’s booth this morning to help promote the game. Following that, Paul Stanley will journey home to mourn the loss of his mother, Eva Eisen. He has posted on the Kiss website that his mom “found so much pleasure and fulfillment in all the various types of music that she so loved,” and through her he “found that same passion” for music. Stanley adds that she was not only a loving mother, but grandmother and great grandmother, and she also “found numerous ways to contribute to her community.” He says his mom was “appreciated and loved by those who knew her,” and “words cannot express” the loss. Bandmates Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer add that Eva supported the band from the beginning, and they’re extending their “deepest sympathies to Paul and his family.” Eva passed away on Saturday at the age of 88.
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