If the future is 3D, Paul McCartney is there already. He recently released 3D footage of a live performance of “Live and Let Die” via a special app, and now he’s debuted a new video for his song “Hope for the Future” in which the former Beatle appears as a hologram singing his way through a futuristic landscape from the video game Destiny. McCartney wrote the song exclusively for the game, recording with an orchestra conducted by George Martin‘s son Giles Martin. (Rolling Stone)
Today, U2 are releasing a Beyoncé-style “visual album” for Songs of Innocence. They’ve previewed the collection by releasing videos for songs “Sleep Like a Baby Tonight” and “Every Breaking Wave.”
Can you smell the cheese curds frying? Carrie Underwood is the first scheduled performer to be announced for the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. Tickets go on sale Saturday. (Star Tribune)
There isn’t much hope that we’ll ever see the Smiths perform live again, but many were hoping to at least see the band’s members Morrissey and Johnny Marr perform solo shows this year. In an odd synchrony, both men canceled upcoming runs of shows—Morrissey citing “logistical problems” and Marr saying there’s a serious illness in his family.
Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, and Lady Gaga were among the performers who paid tribute to this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees—including Al Green and Sting—at a Sunday night gala hosted by Stephen Colbert and attended by the Obamas. The event will be televised in a two-hour CBS special on Dec. 30. (Billboard)
Almost 20 years ago, John Fogerty sued his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates for performing as “Creedence Clearwater Revisited.” That suit was settled, with the band receiving permission to continue using the name as long as they pay Fogerty for the privilege. Now, the band are turning around and suing Fogerty, who’s been saying that his solo shows will feature “the albums of Creedence Clearwater Revival.” That’s too confusing, the rest of CCR says. (Billboard)
Speaking of messy litigation, the legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke is about as messy as it gets. First Kesha sued her former producer, saying that he sexually assaulted her. Then Dr. Luke countersued, calling the allegations an “outrageous fiction” and saying Kesha’s lawsuit is an attempt at extortion. Then Kesha’s mother sued Dr. Luke for mental torment stemming from his alleged mistreatment of her daughter. Now, Dr. Luke is suing Kesha’s lawyer for tweets suggesting that Dr. Luke had been the producer who raped Lady Gaga in an incident Gaga recently described. Though Lady Gaga declines to state the identity of the producer she says assaulted her when she was just a teenager, she vehemently denies that her assailant was Dr. Luke. (Billboard)