July 2013

July 2013 News

Nirvana’s In Utero Turning 20

In September, Nirvana’s final album turns 20. To commemorate In Utero, Universal is releasing a box set. Over 70 tracks will be included in the “Super Deluxe Edition”.

The album will also be available in vinyl, traditional CD, and a four disc version that will include a DVD. From the official statement: “a veritable treasure trove of never-before-heard demos, B-sides, compilation tracks, and live material featuring the final touring lineup of [Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl] and Pat Smear.”

The specially issued album will be out September 24.

For more, go here.


Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury Duets to Be Released

In 1983, the King of Pop and the frontman of Queen came together to record three songs. In 2011, Queen band member Brian May was given permission by the Michael Jackson estate to access the songs.

May, along with bandmate Roger Taylor and producer William Orbit, are working to finish the recordings. A falling out between the singers led to only three duets being recorded.

The songs are scheduled for release sometime this year.

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Jack White Donates to National Recording Preservation Foundation

Jack White’s $200,000 donation to the National Recording Preservation Foundation will ensure that Congress can convert its 8-track collection to digital. In 2000, Congress started  The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan.

The foundation will also give grants to educate others on working with at-risk audio.

More details can be found here.

Lady Gaga Brings ARTPOP to VMAs

Lady Gaga will perform new music from her upcoming album, ARTPOP, at this year’s Video Music Awards according to MTV.

She is only performer announced so far for this year’s ceremony. No song title has been released.

The VMAs will air on August 25. ARTPOP will be released on November 11.


Kings of Leon Directed by Fred Armisen

Former SNL cast member and star of “Portlandia”, Fred Armisen, is set to direct Kings of Leon. He will be directing the band’s “American Express Unstaged” concert.

The concert will be streamed live on VEVO and YouTube on August 9th from the band’s show in London.

Kings of Leon’s new album, Mechanical Bull, is out September 24.

For more, go here.


TLC New Album and Biopic

TLC is prepping their first album in 11 years. The duo reunited with L.A. Reid and signed with Epic Records/LaFace. Since last November, they’ve been working on new material. Ne-Yo penned “Meant to Be”, while “Posh Life” was written by Lady Gaga and Dallas Austin.

Rapper Lil Mama will also collaborate with T-Boz and Chilli. She was cast to portray the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in the upcoming VH1 biopic, “The TLC Story”. Lil Mama will also perform with them on Saturday at the Mixtape Festival. T Boz states that no one will ever be a member in this group. Ever.”

The TLC Story” will air in October.

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Elton John Receiving BRITs Inaugural Icon Award

On September 2, Elton John will be bestowed with the BRIT awards first ever Icon award. Upon receiving the award, John is expected to perform new music from his upcoming “The Diving Board” album.

The BRITs are the UK version of the Grammys. The awards chief executive, Geoff Taylor states that the honor is to “provide the ultimate tribute to these musical superheroes, which not only recognizes their unique achievements but which is also spectacular entertainment.”

The BRITs will air on UK television in September.

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Spinal Tap Reunion Teased

While promoting his new television series, Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) hinted that Spinal Tap could be making a comeback.

In the interview, he says “But what I will say is that we’re in the midst of talking about something for next year…”. The interview ends there.

2014 will mark the 30th anniversary for the fictional band.

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Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix

The first image of Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix has been released.

All Is By My Side” focuses on Hendrix’s life pre-fame and will not feature any of Hendrix’s music due to his estate’s refusal to allow it. 

The film will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival  in September.

Spotify Responds to Business Model Criticism

On Sunday, producer Nigel Godrich took to Twitter to complain about Spotify’s business model. He says artists are not paid fairly and that the model is “bad for new music”. Godrich decided to pull “Amok” by Atoms for Peace, Thom Yorke’s “Eraser” and the self titled “Ultraista” from Spotify. Google Play Music All Access still has “Amok” and “Eraser” available, while Rhapsody also has “Eraser”.

Spotify CEO, Daniel Ek used his own Twitter  to respond to Godrich and defend the company’s practices. Yorke also added his two cents on Twitter arguing that Spotify looks out for their own interests over the artists.

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Universal to Crowd Source Out of Print Records

Is your record collection missing Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York, Def Leppard’s Hysteria, or Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road? If you participate in Universal’s The Vinyl Project, you could own those records along with several others.

The project is similar to Kickstarter in the way it will raise funds to have out of print records funded. Universal calls participants “pioneers” and will have limited edition records, personalized art prints, and digital downloads.

Read more here.


Indie Labels Combined Outselling Majors

According to SoundScan, independent labels have a combined 34.4 percent in music sales over Warner, Sony, and Universal does individually.

 SPIN says those numbers are based on the song holders, not the distribution channels used to get the music out. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Queens of the Stone Age, Mumford & Sons, and The Lumineers are pushing those numbers. 

Lady Gaga Sets ARTPOP Release Date

Lady Gaga has announced that her next album, ARTPOP, comes out on November 11. The first single will be released August 19, though the song hasn’t been named yet.

An app will also be released with the album.

In a statement about ARTPOP, the message stated,musically mirrors Gaga’s creative process as she passes through the medium of each artist she collaborates with, scoring a blueprint on her journey.” The result, we’re told, is “a ‘rage’ of electronic passion and fury defining each artistic process from beginning to end. ARTPOP could mean anything.”

For more, read this.

Dropkick Murphys Donate to Boston Marathon Victims

Boston band, Dropkick Murphys, are donating $300,000 to 60 victims from the Boston Marathon bombing. The band raised funds through a benefit concert, a benefit t-shirt and a charity EP featuring Bruce Springsteen. Band members also met with some of the victims.

The band’s Claddagh Fund is still getting donations from t shirt sales and iTunes purchases of the charity EP. The funds will assist with costs associated with hospital bills, rehabilitation, and other expenses.

Read more here.


Dierks Bentley Hosting Benefit for Arizona Firefighters Families

Country singer and Arizona native, Dierks Bentley is hosting a benefit concert for the families of the fallen Arizona firefighters.

The “Country Cares Concert” takes place in Prescott Valley, AZ on July 22. Bentley has invited others to perform at the benefit. 100% of the proceeds will go to United Firefighters Fund and will go directly to the families. 51 children were left without fathers following the wildfire on June 28.

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Man in Joss Stone Murder Plot Sentenced

The man, Junior Bradshaw, who plotted to kill Joss Stone was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Bradshaw, 32 and Kevin Liverpool, 35 were found with a body bag and multiple weapons that included knives, two hammers, and a Samurai sword. They were arrested on Stone’s property in 2011.

Liverpool was previously sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 10 years and eight months. Bradshaw received a shorter sentence as he was recruited by Liverpool to carry out the plot.

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Little League Team Sponsored by The Black Keys

Rock duo, The Black Keys, are sponsoring the Orioles, a little league team in Ohio’s West Akron Baseball League. Band members Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach both played on in the league as kids.

Sponsorship was $300 and Orioles coach, Steve Milkovich reached out to Carney (his brother is friends with Carney). The jerseys have been in such high demand that the band is considering selling limited edition jerseys with proceeds benefiting the league.

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Jay-Z & Jack White Releasing Playable Letter

Open Letter”, a track not on Jay-Z’s new album, is being released on vinyl. Jack White’s Third Man Records will release the track as a “playable letter”.

According to Hov, “you open the letter, and you can actually play the card.”
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