Singer’s third solo album will arrive next week
Zayn Malik conjures crushing-out anticipation and tension between lovers in his new song “Vibez.” The single is slated to appear on the singer’s upcoming third studio album, Nobody Is Listening, which will arrive on January 15th via RCA Records.
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Track will appear on musician’s upcoming third solo LP, Little Oblivions
Julien Baker performed the lead single from her new album, “Faith Healer,” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Thursday, January 7th.
Filmed at the Nashville venue Exit/In, Baker and her backing band moved through the expansive track and built steadily toward its final booming chorus. “Oh, faith healer, come put your hands all over me,” Baker sings, pushing her voice to its stunning upper limits, “A snake oil dealer/I’ll believe you if you make me feel something.”
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Reunited Robinson brothers will reissue their band’s 1990 debut album with unreleased tracks, covers, and an Atlanta concert recording
The Black Crowes will mark the 30th anniversary of their 1990 debut album Shake Your Money Maker with a deluxe reissue. Set for a February 26th release, the package arrives in multiple formats, including a “super deluxe” edition with unreleased songs, demos, and a raucous concert recording from the band’s early days that finds singer Chris Robinson breaking up a crowd fight mid-song.
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Track marks first in a new series of Hybrid Theory remakes
100 Gecs have dropped a wild reimagining of Linkin Park’s classic, “One Step Closer,” marking the first in a series of remakes to further celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory.
The track starts off pretty faithful to the original, with 100 Gecs recasting the intro with a bit more EDM wobble. But by the first chorus, the song explodes into a surreal yet cohesive collage of genres — one that, of course, would make Linkin Park proud — with both Laura Les and Dylan Brady adding their vocals to the song.
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Filmmaker/electronic music composer shares final single from upcoming Lost Themes III
John Carpenter has shared the video for his new song “Alive After Death,” the title track and final single from the filmmaker/electronic music composer’s upcoming LP Lost Themes III: Alive After Death.
Keeping with the theme of the title, the video — created by the illustrator Boneface — reimagines Dante’s Inferno as a subway ride across the river Styx, with one rider confronted by Death itself in the form of a conductor. In the end, a heartbeat appears on an EKG screen and it’s revealed the subway rider is actually in a hospital room. However, Death has followed them back to reality.
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The Fall – Live at St. Helens Technical College, ’81 is out February 19th
Mark E. Smith wasn’t singing about Washington, D.C. when he bleated “Leave the Capitol! Leave this Roman shell!”, but the song — titled “Leave the Capitol” — is an apt rallying cry for the week the U.S. has had.
A live recording of that track, off of the acerbic British band’s 1981 Slates EP, drops Friday — along with news of a live album, The Fall – Live at St. Helens Technical College, ’81, out February 19th.
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Band’s eighth studio album Open Door Policy arrives next month
The Hold Steady have revealed “Heavy Covenant,” the latest single from their upcoming album Open Door Policy.
“I know the perfect place to go/Slide your little phone into the airplane mode,” Craig Finn sings over a buzzing guitar riff. “Motel Mariposa/A little south of downtown on the frontage road.”
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Filmed live onstage in 2016, livestreams will run from January 8th, 2021 (Bowie’s 74th birthday) to January 10th (the fifth anniversary of his death)
The London production of David Bowie’s musical Lazarus will be livestreamed for the first time next month to mark both the late Bowie’s 74th birthday as well as the fifth anniversary of his death.
Recorded live on the King’s Cross Theatre stage in late 2016, the production starred actor Michael C. Hall as Thomas Newton, the same role Bowie played in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth, which in turn inspired the Lazarus musical. Sophia Anne Caruso from the musical Beetlejuice and actress Amy Lennox also starred in the sold-out London production, which ran from November 2016 to January 2017.
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Rapper agrees to pay $450,000 to singer to avoid copyright infringement trial
Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman have reached a settlement to avoid trial in the copyright infringement lawsuit over the rapper’s leaked track “Sorry,” which interpolated Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You” without permission.
According to court documents obtained by Rolling Stone, Minaj agreed to pay Chapman $450,000, “inclusive of all costs and attorney fees incurred to date,” stemming from the October 2018 lawsuit. Reps for Minaj and Chapman did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone’s request for comment, but Chapman said in a statement to the New York Times, “As a songwriter and an independent publisher I have been known to be protective of my work. I have never authorized the use of my songs for samples or requested a sample. This lawsuit was a last resort.” A lawyer for Minaj also told the New York Times, “We settled for one reason only. It would have cost us more to go to trial.” The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
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Record “looks at climate change from the planet’s point of view,” says New Wave legend
New Wave great Gary Numan will release his 18th studio album, Intruder, May 21st.
The record will be a companion piece to Numan’s 2017’s album Savage: Songs From a Broken World. That LP was a concept record set in a post-apocalyptic world that’s been transformed into a desert by global warming.
Read more “Gary Numan Details New Album ‘Intruder’”