Bruce Springsteen to Release New Studio Album ‘High Hopes’
#TaniaOnTheScene - The new album has been set for January 14 release on Columbia Records. ‘High Hopes’ finds Springsteen in a number of different musical settings, and includes the members of the E Street Band as well as guitarist Tom Morello and many additional players. The album was recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City and marks Springsteen’s 18th studio album.
Here’s a link to the song and video for “High Hopes.” The video, directed by Thom Zimny, is a collage featuring photos from Danny Clinch, Australian tour footage shot by Chris Hilson and featuring Tom Morello, vintage documentary footage, text and graphics: http://brucespringsteen.net/
The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 Is Stellar in Its Own Right
#TaniaOnTheScene - Justin Timberlake had already cemented a killer comeback to the pop stratosphere with part 1 of The 20/20 Experience, which, since being released in March, has become the bestselling album of 2013.
So he didn’t need to do anything else but take his show on the road this year (his solo tour starts Oct. 31). But this sequel – recorded during the same sessions as the first installment, with the same producers (Timbaland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon) – isn’t just the collection of leftovers that it could have been.
It stands as a stellar set in its own right. Although it can’t top its more challenging, cohesive predecessor – a few songs run too long, and a couple maybe could have been dropped – this more singles-driven disc actually has more to satisfy fans of Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds.
Lady Gaga: Top Earning Celebrity Under 30
#TaniaOnTheScene - The singer made an estimated $80 million in the last 12 months, despite cancelling part of her tour to have hip surgery.
Last year she was ranked at number four, while Taylor Swift, who topped the poll in 2012, has dropped to third place with $55m.
Justin Bieber is in second place again this year with $58m.
The Forbes website claims that Lady Gaga would have earned even more had she not had to cancel part of her world tour in February.
She recently announced her next album, Artpop, would be released in November with a single due out on 19 August.
‘Holler If Ya Hear Me”, A Musical Inspired by Tupac
#TaniaOnTheScene - Broadway could be getting less Gershwin and more gangsta.
“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” an in-the-works rap musical inspired by the raw and in-your-face songs of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, hopes to be heard on the Great White Way.
The show, currently underway in a New York workshop production, features Shakur’s music and a book by Todd Kreidler, an associate director on the revival of “Fences.”
‘Man of Steel’ paints Superman in a dark light
#TaniaOnTheScene - A review of “Man of Steel,” this summer’s big blockbuster, which offers plenty of action and impressive mayhem but not a lot of fun.
Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” the latest reboot of the Superman franchise, is thoughtfully crafted and occasionally breathtaking; what it isn’t, unfortunately, is much fun. You can sense the hand of Christopher Nolan here (he’s a producer of the film, and also has a story credit): This is no zippy superhero adventure, complete with zows and pows and quips, but a dark meditation on good and evil, shot in shades of gray as clouds loom and brows furrow, and beginning with the painful birth of the infant Kal-El. (Delivering the Baby of Steel was, apparently, no picnic.) But while Nolan’s “Dark Knight” movies, particularly the first two, clicked because of perfect casting and sly character work, “Man of Steel” feels a little leaden: The cast can’t find its way out from under the weight of the material.
Miguel’s Daring Jump at the Billboard Awards
#TaniaOnTheScene - Miguel was ORDERED not to attempt a dangerous jump over the crowd during his performance at the Billboard Music Awards because producers believed it was too dangerous … but the singer ignored them … sources connected to the production tell TMZ.
We’re told … Miguel approached producers before rehearsals and asked if he could try to jump over the crowd during his performance … but producers shot down the idea, telling Miguel it was just too dangerous.
But when showtime came around, Miguel blew off the order … and producers’ fears were realized when he botched the jump and leg dropped a female fan … slamming her head against the stage.
Now, the victim’s lawyer says she may have suffered a brain injury as a result … and a lawsuit could be on the way.
After 53 Years of Journalism, She Will Announce Her Retirement Later Today
#TaniaOnTheScene - Longtime ABC News personality Barbara Walters will retire from TV journalism in 2014, ABC reported late Sunday, closing a chapter on one of the most storied careers in broadcast journalism history.
She is expected to make the announcement tody on “The View,” a daytime talker she created in 1997.
Walters, 83, will remain executive producer of that show.
"I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News," she said.
"I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it."
Rumors of Walters’ retirement surfaced in March. But she soon squashed them, saying on “The View” that “if and when I might have an announcement to make, I will do it on this program.”