Insider Tips: Jonas Bros. Are Back, Bieber Camp Goes K-Pop, 'Glee' Music
The hot days of midsummer are here, but don't let that keep you from fresh insider music information. For the rest of beach season, Billboard.com is bringing you a weekly heads-up of music-related suggestions, tips, and key recommendations -- all designed to keep you in the know.
| Jonas Brothers Reunion Is Here |
It's been three years since the Jonas Brothers released an album, but the boys are finally back in the studio, recording the follow-up to 2009's "Lines, Vines and Trying Times." But luckily, we don't have to wait for its release to hear a few tunes from the trio -- samples of new songs can be heard on the new Kevin and Danielle Jonas-focused E! reality show, "Married to Jonas," which debuts on Sunday (Aug. 19). The first episode, already available for download on iTunes, is 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes Jonas drama, showing a few sides of the brothers that few have seen before. . . Kevin making sex jokes, Nick and Kevin butting heads in the studio, and Mama Jonas schooling Danielle (Kevin's wife) in the kitchen. In the studio, Joe, Nick and Kevin are working on a song called "Meet You in Paris," and lyrics are briefly visible on a computer song. "This is a very important album for us -- we're no longer like those teenage Jonas Brothers," says Kevin. Not only have they reunited to record and to film the show, but the JoBros have also announced that they'll be getting together for a one-off show Oct. 11 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. For now, it's just the one date, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for more.
| "Glee" Songs Revealed (Spoilers) |
The season four premiere of "Glee" is still a month away, but we already know three songs that will be featured in the first few episodes! The first group number, show creator Ryan Murphy wrote on Twitter, will be Adele's "Chasing Pavements." Later on, the New Directions will be covering the song of the summer -- Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Sounds like it could be right up Sugar's alley! This last one is a major spoiler, so avert your eyes now… Judging by leaked footage from a filming in NYC's Central Park, Kurt and Blaine will be singing No Doubt's "Don't Speak." That, combined with the fact that Ryan Murphy tweeted about an episode called "The Break-Up," means that Klaine fans should definitely be worried.
| Bieber & Manager Eye K-Pop |
After seeing what he did for Carly Rae Jepsen's career, it's worth giving a second glance to any performer that Justin Bieber -- or his manager Scooter Braun -- decides to shout out on Twitter. The latest singers that Bieber and Braun have been promoting? K-pop sensation Psy, of the 30-million (and counting) YouTube hit "Gangnam Style," and 13-year-old Madison Beer, who wrote songs with Jepsen last month and has recently been in the studio with Braun, recording a demo. We expect to hear a lot more from Beer in the coming weeks, and Korean media is reporting that Psy will soon be in the U.S. to meet with Braun, who tweeted last month, "HOW DID I NOT SIGN THIS GUY!?!??!" with a link to Psy's video.
| Alanis's Mom-Friendly Touring Tips |
Ready for new music from Alanis Morissette, who gave birth to her first son, Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway, in 2010, is about to launch her first extensive tour of North America since becoming a new mom. So how will the alt-rock veteran support her new album, "Havoc and Bright Lights," while still getting to see her son and husband? "I have about 11 minutes to myself every day. So, you know, instead of shopping for four and a half hours, I shop for four and a half minutes," she says with a laugh. "Basically, I just drink coffee. I didn't drink coffee for the longest time because I'd have anxiety attacks, and now coffee is my best friend. And bringing my son with me everywhere - we have the noise-cancelling headphones for him at all the shows!" That way, little Ever can watch alongside all of the other Alanis fans -- and avoid hearing the eyebrow-raising lyrics of "You Oughta Know."
By Sarah Maloy, Jason Lipshutz, and Jessica Letkemann.