It’s time again for Music News Week in Review—that part of the MIMO news blog where we highlight some of the music news headlines you might have missed during the week (or perhaps were trying to avoid). If the former is true—you’re welcome. If the latter is true—sorry about that.
Anyway, here goes…
ROLLING STONES PLANNING FAREWELL CONCERT IN 2013…OH, WAIT…NEVER MIND…
Apparently, rumors that the Stones were going to stop—er—rolling—have been greatly exaggerated. Earlier in the week, UK tabloid The Mirror reported that an unnamed source had revealed that the Rolling Stones had decided to stage a swan-song concert at next year’s Glastonbury Music Festival.
The Stones camp was quick to apply a healthy amount of egg to the proverbial face of the tabloid, stating emphatically that not only were the retirement rumors unfounded, but that the band has no plans to play Glastonbury at all! The Stones are, in fact, planning their 50th Anniversary tour for next year, with no immediate plans to let up.
KATY PERRY PLANS TO LAUNCH NEW RECORD LABEL
Falling squarely into the category of recording-artists-who-don’t-realize-they-already-have-too-much-to-do, Katy Perry told Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview that she is planning to launch her own record label for the purpose of helping new artists. Citing her own negative experiences in the days before her astronomical success, she told the Reporter, “I’m going to try and avoid the things that take away any fighting chance for an artist to have financial success.” Meanwhile, Perry’s bio-documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me is slated for a June 5 release.
JUSTIN BIEBER’S “BELIEVE” ON TRACK FOR LARGEST DEBUT OF THE YEAR
The news continues to be good overall for teen popstar Justin Bieber. Billboard predicts that his new album Believe, released this week, will easily top the Billboard 200, knocking his mentor Usher out of that slot. Sales for Believe are on track to be up to 410,000 units for the first week, making it the largest debut so far for 2012. This, despite the fact that Bieber’s two-night primetime special Justin Bieber: All Around the World tanked in the ratings this week. Oh, well, I guess you can’t be good at everything…
RADIOHEAD RESCHEDULING SHOWS FOLLOWING STAGE COLLAPSE
On the heels of last weekend’s tragic stage collapse prior to a Radiohead concert in Toronto—which killed drum tech Scott Johnson and injured several more—the band has announced that it will be rescheduling its next seven shows (all in Europe) to allow time to rebuild their unique light show, which was also destroyed in the accident. The band’s itinerary is scheduled to resume July 10 in France. Meanwhile, the Canadian government is now investigating four different companies in connection with the accident, including one owned by the band mates themselves.
That concludes this week’s edition. Enjoy your weekend!