Prince speaks onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles
*The Brits have been through this before.
In 2011, Prince was rumored to headline the UK’s biggest music event, the Glastonbury Festival. But it was Beyonce who ultimately took the main stage.
Now the Daily Star claims seven-time Grammy winner Prince will grace the concert’s Pyramid stage.
The paper reports he’s booked three gigs at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July after Glastonbury at the end of June.
Prince isn’t the only legendary act in the Glastonbury rumor mill. The Sunday Mirror previously reported that The Rolling Stones would headline, marking their 50th anniversary with a grand last hurrah. But both the band and Glastonbury’s press office denied that they were in talks.
Other acts linked to the huge festival – which returns to Worthy Farm on the weekend June 28-30 after a year’s hiatus – are Rihanna and the Arctic Monkeys.
This year’s Glastonbury is to be live streamed by the BBC for the first time with viewers able to watch different stages as they happen.
*Before he’s ready to move onto the next life fad, Frank Ocean is still making music and plans to hit hard with a follow up to “Channel Orange.”
The singer told BBC Radio 1 host, Zane Lowe that he’s nearly finished with the new project.
“It’s another cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record again,” he said. “At the end of Channel Orange, there’s ‘Golden Girl,’ and it’s this beach scene. And I kind of want it to extend that feel into the next record all together, kind of make it that theme.”
To get a little inspiration along with a beautiful view, he plans to escape to Bora Bora (or some place like it) to finish up.
“I put a studio in my house but it’s all in road cases,” said Ocean. “I’m going to take it all to the beach . . . and work for a few weeks.”
Since there’s more to the project, there’s still room for some great collaborations, including some work with Pharrell and Danger Mouse (behind the scenes).
*Yes, we all know that Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones front man, was singing about a sista in his 1971 hit “Brown Sugar.”
Specifically he was telling the tale of his affection for Marsha Hunt. In fact, Jagger’s handwritten letters to his former lover Marsha Hunt will be auctioned in London next month.
Hunt is an American-born singer who was not only the inspiration for the Stones’ 1971 hit “Brown Sugar,” she also bore Jagger’s first child.
Sotheby’s said Saturday that Hunt has tasked the auction house with selling 10 letters written from the set of Jagger’s film “Ned Kelly,” which was shooting in Australia.
Hunt said the letters chronicling their “delicate love affair” and secret history touch on subjects such as the first moon landing and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
“When a serious historian finally examines how and why Britain’s boy bands affected international culture and politics, this well-preserved collection of Mick Jagger’s hand written letters will be a revelation,” she said in a statement distributed by the auction house.
Sotheby’s books specialist Gabriel Heaton said the letters sent in the summer of 1969 show a “poetic and self-aware” 25-year-old Jagger.
“They provide a rare glimpse of Jagger that is very different from his public persona: passionate but self-contained, lyrical but with a strong sense of irony,” Heaton said.
Sotheby’s said the collection, which includes song lyrics and a Rolling Stones playlist, is expected to fetch between 70,000 and 100,000 pounds ($111,300 and $159,000) and will go under the hammer on December 12.
The overweight rapper who has a particular admiration of himself covers the latest issue of “Rolling Stone” (in what looks like an unaltered photo).
As the feature cover topic, he talks about his past as a corrections officer.
Inspired by the love he had for a friend, Ross took on the job after his good friend was sentenced to 10 years for drug trafficking.
“This was my best friend, who I ate peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches with, and pork and beans with, my buddy, my partner, my number-one dude,” Ross told Rolling Stone. “Suddenly I’m talking to him over federal phone calls. Hearing the way it was building, I knew I couldn’t take nothing for granted.”
He further explained his new career was a way of washing his own hands clean from his ugly past.
Also in the revealing interview, the rapper admits he’s a big weed head, calling it “green caviar.”
*Rolling Stone has decided to pay a little tribute to mainstream Hip Hop by blessing the cover of the magazine with Wiz Khalifa.
The young, 23-year-old from Pittsburgh is walking with giants, so to speak, as he is featured among 40 artists to watch dating back to 2007. He is the rookie of the year.
His success started in late 2010 when he came out with fan favorite, “Black and Yellow” and now he’s blowing up on the cover of one of the most read pop magazines in the States.
What’s most notable about the artists isn’t his music, but it’s his hustle. His release “Kush & O.J.” (a mixtape) set him on fire after using social networking to promote his work. He told reporters that he’s a hustler and has been pushing his mixtapes for a long time.
His first album with Warner Brothers, however, was never released due to “creative differences.” He then signed with Atlantic Records and now his hard work is paying off.
“Rolling Papers” his debut album with a major record company releases March 29.