John Mellencamp has announced that his upcoming studio album, Plain Spoken, is due on September 23. The rocker also revealed the 10-song track list featuring all new original material. Mellencamp hooked up with producer T Bone Burnett - the third consecutive collaboration for the two. "I never want to work with anyone else," Mellencamp told Rolling Stone last year.
Mariah Carey has announced the first dates for her The Elusive Chanteuse Show tour. The new tour is her first since 2006's The Adventures of Mimi and will see Mimi performing in Japan, Asia, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines, and her first-ever visit to mainland China. "I want to experience the spontaneity and emotion that I put into this album on stage . . ."
Bob Seger has released a new single, "Detroit Made." While it's unknown if "Detroit Made" is a single off of a future Seger album, the Detroit Free Press quotes members of his team who promise that release information will be made available shortly. Seger admits that he just sort of stumbled across "Detroit Made."
Katy Perry got her nose pierced, posting video of the operation on Instagram for all to see. The pop star screams "Ow" as the needle goes into her nostril. "Last time I did this I was on my own with a safety pin & cube of ice @ 13," she captioned the vid. "This time I thought it was best I left it to the pro's. Sorry mom (again)."
Beyoncé and Jay Z are featured in a trailer for the upcoming HBO On the Run tour special. In the clip, Bey sings the Nancy Sinatra cut "Bang Bang" while Jigga smokes a cigar in a scene ripped from the pair's On the Run mini-movie. The special will be taped on September 12-13 in Paris; it airs September 20 at PM EST on HBO.