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Coldplay may have gone on a touring hiatus, but that didn't mean that the band stopped making music.
R&B and pop songstress Beyonce used Facebook to announce that she joined forces with fellow Destiny's Child members Kelly Knowles and Michelle Williams for a new single to be released on the group's greatest hits album called "Love Songs."
The new track is titled "Nuclear" and was produced by Grammy winner Pharrell. The career-spanning CD, which will be released on Jan. 29, will also include hits like "Say My Name" (watch below) and "Cater 2 U."
Mrs. Jay-Z has a lot on her plate this year. She recently celebrated her daughter's first birthday, she's performing during the halftime show at this year's Super Bowl, and she even found time to shoot a racy cover spread for GQ that's garnering lots of attention. The publication crowned her the sexiest woman of the 21st century in its February issue and fans can get a glimpse of her sultry side in the pics.
Do you agree? Check out the photos and let us know in the comments.
Still cranking up the amps as the band approaches 50 years old, The Rolling Stones aired their new single "Doom and Gloom" on BBC Radio 2 this morning.
The tune opens with a trademark, crunchy Stones guitar riff followed by a churning beat courtesy of Charlie Watts, before Mick Jagger begins squawking about plane crashes, zombies, and economic disparity. It captures the first time Jagger, Watts, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood have collaborated in the studio in seven years.
"Doom and Gloom" gives fans their first peek at the (somewhat unfortunately titled) forthcoming record, "GRRR! Greatest Hits." The new, multi-disc set will be released on Nov. 13 in honor of the band's 50th anniversary and will feature another new song, "One More Shot," to accompany familiar hits like "Gimme Shelter," "Beast of Burden," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." While the band postponed a 50th anniversary tour to 2013, the album is part of several releases this year, including the documentary "Crossfire Hurricane" (which is not currently scheduled to play Stateside) and a book of photos and memories, "The Rolling Stones: 50."
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Following her infectious pop tune of the summer, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift has released the brand new promotional single from her upcoming album, "Red." The track titled "Begin Again" undeniably has a more mellow feel to the prior, with prominent country strings and an (as usual) revealing opening line: "Took a deep breath in the mirror. He didn't like it when I wore high heels, but I do." The pop-country crooner debuted the song on "Good Morning America" earlier this week, with the plan to debut a new track from her upcoming album each week on the early morning talk show until its official release. Swift's "Red" drops on Oct. 22.
Check out the song below and let us know what you think.
Boston-based Passion Pit released the video for their new song "Take A Walk" from their album "Gossamer," which will be in stores on Tuesday.
"Gossamer" has been one of this year's most anticipated albums, and this music video was shot in Boston.
What are your thoughts on this hit song's music video? Is it what you expected? What are your hopes for the band's new album? Leave your thoughts here.
Dave Matthews Band is back with new music, unveiling "Mercy," the lead single from the crew's upcoming album, "Away From the World," which is slated for a Sept. 11 release. For the album, the band teamed up with producer Steve Lillywhite, who produced the first three Dave Matthews Band records.FULL ENTRY
It's been four years since Green Day's last studio effort, "21 Century Breakdown," but judging by the volume of their upcoming creative output, they've been keeping busy.
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According to Billboard magazine, the pop-punk pioneers are releasing two documentaries to accompany the three albums slated to hit shelves within the next few months.
One doc will chronicle the creation of the band's upcoming albums, "¡Uno!," "¡Dos!" and "¡Tre!" The other film will feature footage from the band's days as an indie outfit before the hit 1994 album "Dookie."
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong explained the style of the film to Billboard.
"It's not going to be the sitting down, head shot of me going, 'We started out blah blah blah'," Armstrong says. "We wanted to get into lifestyles of rock 'n' roll and playing rock n roll and letting the story kind of tell itself rather than create revisionist (history)."
The wait is almost over for fans eager to hear the long-awaited collaborative album from the roster of Kanye West's label, G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music. Contributor Pusha T told Hot 97 radio station in a July 20 interview that the artists will release the album “Cruel Summer” on Aug. 7, according to Rolling Stone.
If the album's title sounds familiar, it's the same as a short film that West premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month. Ahead of the G.O.O.D. music family's first performance together, scheduled for July 1 at the BET Awards, take a look at the album's lead single “Mercy,” featuring G.O.O.D. recording artists Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and, of course, Kanye himself.
No Doubt is back!
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The pop-ska quartet has announced on their website that they will drop their new album, "Push and Shove," on September 25 after an 11-year hiatus. The band also revealed that the lead single will be "Settle Down," which is slated to be released on July 16.
The chart-topping crew is teaming up with director Sophie Muller, who has directed No Doubt videos such as "Simple Kind of Life" and "Underneath It All," for their latest visual.
Watch the video for the band's 1997 smash "Don't Speak," and tell us if you plan to check out "Push and Shove" in the fall.
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"I Feel Love," one of the disco-era hits of the late Boston-bred diva Donna Summer, is one of 25 sounds saved by the Library of Congress. "Purple Rain" by Prince, "Green Onions" by Booker T and the M.G.'s, " and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio are also among the 2011 National Recording Registry inductees.FULL ENTRY
As if losing the third member of their crew wasn't enough, the Beastie Boys have been slapped with a lawsuit.
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(Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe)We've seen Ed Helms show off his banjo chops as Andy Bernard on "The Office," including in this backstage clip. Now the man who was once the boss at Dunder Mifflin is planning the debut album of his bluegrass group The Lonesome Trio, which features two of his former classmates from Oberlin College. Of course, Helms isn't the only fast-picking funnyman. Steve Martin has won two Grammy Awards for his banjo recordings. Martin will join Helms on Saturday, May 5, at a festival Helms organizes, The L.A. Bluegrass Situation.
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George Lewis Jr., who dispenses lo-fi pop goodness as Twin Shadow, has announced he will release his second album, "Confess," which will be released by indie label 4ad in the states on July 10. The album will drop in the United Kingdom on July 9.FULL ENTRY
Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp (yes, the actor Johnny Depp), teamed up to cover Carly Simon's 1972 smash "You're So Vain" (yes, this really happened).FULL ENTRY
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Attention lambs: Mariah Carey is logging some serious studio time, and through the magic of social media, we're getting a glimpse of who has stopped by to collaborate with the diva on her latest effort.FULL ENTRY
Hey, Passion Pit fans, there's a new single up on the band's MySpace page. "The Reeling" is more downtempo than the group's other songs, and not as immediately catchy, but I have high hopes for the album. The Boston electro-pop quintet is releasing its debut full-length, "Manners," on May 26, and one imagines there will be more tunes appearing online.
Passion Pit plays the Paradise June 18. Tickets go on sale March 30 -- get them quick!
Hey Lily Allen lovers, you can listen to the cheeky British pop star's new album, "It's Not Me, It's You," out next Tuesday, on her MySpace page. I'm listening to it right now, and while so far it seems less lively than her first release, I'm just happy to be back in Lily's orbit. Check for a review of the album in Monday's paper.
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In an extraordinary egotistical, self-important turn, I've decided that I'm going to use the next few lines to tell you about 5 things that I'm really enjoying right now. And then I'm going to tell you about one thing that I'm not really enjoying right now.
This is the sort of thing that would be cool if the comments in this blog were turned on: you guys could spend hours telling me how extraordinarily egotistical and self-important I am. And I would be able to relate. Anyway, if you have a serious gripe, please drop a line to email@example.com, and I'll make an informal comments section in a subsequent post. Keep it clean.
Listening constantly to: "Trompe-l'oeil," the great full-length debut from French-Canadian rock quartet Malajube. If you can stomach music in a foreign language (cough, cough), "Trompe" is a tour de force mash-up of sunny pop, grinding punk-tinged anthems, and hook-laden... well, OK. You get the point. Hoping these guys'll make it to Boston soon. There weren't many albums released this year as smart as "Trompe-l'oeil".
Conspiracy theory that I recently pulled out of thin air: Chan Marshall (above) was denied a Grammy nomination 'cause she's a little crazy. Maybe not so conspiratorial: apparently, the same thing has been happening to Robert Downey Jr. and the Oscars for years. Blogs are great for unsubstantiated rumors!
The new Shins album is really good. Get excited.
Also listening constantly to: the "Stranger Than Fiction" soundtrack. Britt Daniel (above), from Spoon, orchestrated the whole thing; if you close your eyes really hard, you can pretend it's the follow-up to "Gimme Fiction".
Watching over and over again: The new Bob Dylan video, which was first aired on Slate.
I don't think that the Annuals -- the new internet buzz-band of, like, the minute -- are any good. Oh man! Oh yeah! I went there.
An interesting music post from Joshua Glenn, by way of the Brainiac blog:
Way back in 2002, shortly after the Ideas section was launched, I interviewed Brookline native Jody Rosen -- now firmly entrenched in Brooklyn, he's a music critic for The Nation and for Slate -- about his then-new book, White Christmas, a fascinating account of how a Jewish songwriter composed what quickly became America's most popular Christmas song. And last year, in another Ideas item, I quoted Rosen's blistering response to an offhand remark that NYT columnist David Brooks made about French rap. I also followed his blog, The Anachronist, which was dedicated to early-early pop music, until he stopped updating it.
Now Rosen is back on my radar with the release of Jewface, a compilation of vaudeville-era Jewish novelty songs (songs largely written by Jewish composers, including Irving Berlin, published by Jewish-owned Tin Pan Alley music firms, and performed by Jewish vaudevillians before cheering Jewish audiences) -- from 1905-1922 that he has collected over the years on wax cylinders and 78s. (The label is Reboot Stereophonic.) This is minstrelsy, Jewish-style: or "coarse ethnic lampoon as ethnic in-group entertainment," as Rosen has put it.
In the preceding paragraph, I purposely left out the adjective between "a" and "compilation" because any adjective used here would have to be a thoroughly dialectical one. Like "Borat," this collection is creepy-yet-hilarious, fascinating-yet-depressing, great-yet-terrible. "Perhaps the Most Offensive Album Ever Made," trumpets the CD cover -- and a couple of the song titles alone -- "When Mose With His Nose Leads The Band," "Cohen Owes Me 97 Dollars" -- make one tend to agree. But like many cultural phenomena that attract and repel simultaneously, I find "Jewface" enchanting; I'm obsessed with it.
Decide for yourself: Take a listen to Ada Jones's 1908 tune "Under the Matzos Tree," here.
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