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Stevie Wonder On Drake's Upcoming Album
Drake revealed that Stevie Wonder will be on his upcoming fall release, "Take Care," scheduled for October 24. "Stevie Wonder is a very close friend of mine. I'm honored to call him a friend, someone who embraced me very early in this music business," Drake said after performing at the October's Very Own Festival, where he and wonder performed together. The rapper continued, "He helped me out with a lot of the music, just came and sat with me, listened to my music, told me where I could add a couple things to make it more sonically appealing, and not only that but we actually are writing together, which is an incredible experience." Yesterday (July 31), Drake released "Headlines," the first single off "Take Care," on the second day of the OVO Festival. (MuchMusic)
Video: Stevie Wonder and Drake perform at the OVO Festival, July 31
The Clash's 'London Calling' Appearing in Olympics Ads
According to the BBC, The Clash's seminal punk anthem "London Calling" is being used in commercials counting down the the 2012 Summer Olympics, which are being held in London. The song's apocalyptic lyrics seem to be an ill-fit for the Olympics, but at least it has "London" in the title. (BBC)
Will.i.am To Play U.S. State Dept 100,000 Strong Beijing Concert
The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am is heading back to China in support of the Obama Administration's 100,000 Strong initiative, designed to boost the number of American students studying in the Asian country, for a concert announced for later this year. The U.S. State Dept. said that following a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will.i.am agreed to perform at and help promote the show, for which no date has yet been given. Read the full story at Billboard.biz.
Mark Ronson Enlists Pharrell For Upcoming Single
Super producers Mark Ronson and Pharrell have joined forces for Ronson's upcoming single, "Record Collection 2012." The track -- which also features MNDR, Wiley and Wretch 32 -- will be an updated version of Ronson's song "Record Collection," off his 2010 album of the same name. The single, along with various remixes, will be released together on September 5. (NME)
Bon Iver On MTV's 30th Birthday: I Could Easily Just Say 'Fuck MTV'
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon wrote a post titled, "MTV Turns 30 Today. Here's What I Think" on his blog today, referencing singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco's "To The Teeth." The post continued, "I could easily just say 'fuck MTV' and give sound reasoning... But fuck it, what Ani DiFranco sang is what I think: open fire on Hollywood open fire on MTV open fire on NBC and CBS and ABC open fire on the NRA and all the lies they told us along the way open fire on each weapons manufacturer while he's giving head to some Republician senator." (BonIver.org)
Sean Kingston To Discuss Jet Ski Accident During MTV Special
Tomorrow night (Aug. 2), Sean Kingston will open up about the Miami jet ski accident and his plans for getting back to the studio. Kingston was released from the hospital in late-June after suffering from a fractured wrist, broken jaw and water in his lungs. The half-hour special will air on Tuesday at 7:57 p.m. on MTV. (MTV)
(Reporting by Sarah Maloy, Alec Bojalad and Carly Wolkoff)