In anticipation of the forthcoming 39th season of “Saturday Night Live,” NBC released the names of hosts and musical guests confirmed for the first three episodes of the year. With a slew of popular artists dropping new albums this fall, the show will likely have plenty to choose from all season long, and up first: Arcade Fire, Miley Cyrus, and Katy Perry.
The season premiere is set for Sept. 28 with SNL alumna Tina Fey reporting for hosting duties with musical guest Arcade Fire. The Montreal-based band rose to distinction after its independent debut album, “Funeral,” dropped in 2004. After years of popularity outside the mainstream music formats, the band won its first and only GRAMMY in 2011 for Album of the Year Award for “The Suburbs.” Arcade Fire remains the only band in history to win its first GRAMMY for Album of the Year.
On Oct. 29, Arcade Fire will release its first album in three years, “Reflektor,” and ahead of the date, the band released the first single of the same name along with a unique video that brings fan interaction to a new level. Check out the “visual experience” at justareflektor.com.
For SNL’s second episode on Oct. 5, much-discussed pop star Miley Cyrus will become the latest musician to serve as both host and musical guest. Last season featured Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Justin Bieber all showing off their talents in both roles at various episodes throughout the year.
Cyrus will be appearing in support of her fourth studio album, “Bangerz,” which has a release date of Oct. 4. The record’s lead single, “We Can’t Stop,” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and her second single, “Wrecking Ball” is moving its way up the chart—currently at No. 14.
Rounding out the initial slate of confirmed guests is host Bruce Willis and musical guest Katy Perry set for Oct. 12. Perry’s new album, “Prism,” is expected on shelves on Oct. 21, while on Sept. 5, her lead single, “Roar,” displaced Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” as the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 ending Thicke’s lengthy 12-week run.
Prior to their SNL appearances, you can catch Cyrus and Perry at the upcoming 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival alongside fellow stars like Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Drake. The two-day festival is scheduled for Sept. 20-21 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.