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| Firefly Festival to return in 2013
The dust hasn’t completely settled on the Woodlands of the Dover International Speedway in Delaware, where Jack White, The Killers, The Black Keys and 45 others bands helped kick off the inaugural Firefly Festival last weekend. Yet, organizers Red Frog Events have already announced plans to return to the First State in 2013. The second Firefly Festival is set to light up Dover once again on June 21-23 2013. No artists have been announced, but 3-day passes for the event are already on sale at Fireflyfestival.com.
| Flying Lotus Readies Thundercat Album
Boundary-pushing beatmaker Flying Lotus is readying his latest solo release, “Until The Quiet Comes,” for an Oct. 2 release, but he’ll be spending part of the summer working on a new album from one of his Brainfeeder label mates. Lotus (real name: Steve Ellison) says that electro-soul Thundercat, whose 2011 album “The Golden Age of Apocalypse” earned rave reviews, is “65 percent done” his next full-length, and has once again tapped FlyLo as a producer. “I think there’s going to be more bangers on this album — I think it’s going to get played out in the clubs and stuff,” Flying Lotus tells Billboard. “It’s really fun and refreshing to kind of switch to Thundercat mode for a little while.”
| ‘Glee’ Season 4 Spoiler Alert!
With “Glee” back in production and the fourth season just around the corner — on Sept. 13, to be exact — spoilers and details have been surfacing all over the ‘net. The show recently added two new actors to the cast ( details on our Tumblr) and Lea Michele told the Hollywood Reporter that one of those men would have a very active role in Rachel Berry’s life — as a new love, perhaps? “He’s definitely interested in her but I think that she is very hesitant because she doesn’t really know where things stand with Finn,” Michele said. Rachel will also find herself with a very err… promiscuous roommate next season, as she adjusts to live in the Big Apple. Chord Overstreet (Sam) found himself bumped to series regular, and both he and Amber Riley (Mercedes) have hopes for a “Samcedes” reunion in the Fox show’s upcoming season. But fans should be pretty worried for another of the show’s couples… both Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Darren Criss (Blaine) have been hinting — and hoping — that there’s trouble ahead for the “Klaine” relationship! They’ve been a little too stable the last two seasons, and with Blaine in Ohio and Kurt trying to make it to New York, there’s a lot of pressure ready to break them up. It also looks like “Glee’s” next season will see a lot more of Vanessa Lengies’ character, Sugar Motta, so get ready for a lot more sass at McKinley High!
| Pusha T Album Will Get Personal
Pusha T, the Clipse rapper who has become an integral part of Kanye West’s GOOD Music brand, is readying his official solo debut for a fall release, right after the GOOD “Cruel Summer” compilation comes out on Sept. 4. The MC tells Billboard that the still-untitled project will touch on many personal issues — including his relationship with his brother, Clipse’s Malice (now No-Malice). “I tap on everything in this album,” says Pusha. “I feel like I tap on personal things within family. I tap on personal views with my brother. I tap on my own shortcomings and selfishness and my own ignorance and admission but not apologizing at all for it. I tap on women and the whole mentality of a woman involved with the likes of people like myself and guys I know.” He also says that some of his views might not be too PC: “I just feel like my reality is a bit different so things that are going on in the world, [and] I show the mentality of a person who deals with shortcomings a lot. So your world tragedies and your losses aren’t something that I necessarily subscribe to, and I may touch a nerve on some of the lines I say because it may seem like a lack of compassion. But it’s just true.”
Text by M. Tye Comer, Jason Lipshutz, and Sarah Maloy.