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'Pretty Little Liars' star Lucy Hale busy recording country album

It’s not uncommon for stars of the small screen to dip their toes into the music industry: Miley Cyrus started on Disney’s Hannah Montana before she become a full-fledged recording artist; Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester dropped a handful of singles back in 2009 and 2010; and Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum just released her second album. Now you can add Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale to the mix, as the actress has been in Nashville for the past few weeks recording a country album while on hiatus before shooting her ABC Family show’s fourth season. (Season 3 is currently airing, and season 4 will launch in June.)

How does Hale describe the album? “It’s country,” she explains plainly, of what she’s recording. “We definitely have more mainstream songs, but then we have songs that are straight-up country.”

Hale is hoping that she surprises people with what she puts out. “I think it’s gonna shock a lot of people actually, so it’s really exciting.” READ FULL STORY

Deftones: Frontman Chino Moreno on silly song titles and the recovery of bassist Chi Cheng

Nearly four years ago, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was in a car accident that put him in a coma and left him with severe brain trauma.

With one of their founding members fighting for his life, the Deftones were thrown into turmoil. They elected to soldier on — scrapping their in-progress album Eros, hiring bass player Sergio Vega (formerly of Quicksand), and putting out their fullest, most accomplished, and highest-charting album yet in 2010′s Diamond Eyes.

With Cheng’s health slowly improving, the band rang in 2012 by hitting the studio and working steadily for six months. Their seventh album is nearly finished, and according to frontman Chino Moreno, will be an ideal distillation of the band’s strengths.

“Obviously we’re an aggressive band — not the heaviest, but there’s a lot of attack,” Moreno told EW. “But there’s also this lush beauty that flows within everything that we do, and that’s my favorite part of the band. To me, it’s the epitome of what the Deftones do.”

The band has finished writing and recording and plans on spending the next week or two mixing. That should keep them on track for their planned October 9 release date. But first, Moreno has to give everything a name: READ FULL STORY

Eminem says he's working on a new solo album

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While we won’t get the chance to see Marshall Mathers play the pugilist underdog in a boxing movie, there will apparently be a reasonable consolation prize for anybody who doesn’t have quite enough Slim Shady in their lives.

Eminem called into Hip-Hop Squares host Peter Rosenberg’s show on New York City radio station Hot 97 this morning primarily to announce that Slaughterhouse, his label’s crown jewel, will be playing the annual Summer Jam festival in New Jersey.

But he had another tidbit of information for Rosenberg. Once the Slaughterhouse album is complete, Em plans on committing himself to a new solo album. “There’s a couple of things I’ve been working on,” he told Rosenberg. “I’m starting to toy.”

We last heard from Eminem in the summer of 2011 when he dropped Hell: The Sequel, a collaboration with fellow Detroit rapper Royce 5’9″ under the moniker Bad Meets Evil. The last time he dropped a solo album was in 2010, when the massively successful Recovery hit store shelves and produced a pair of chart-topping hits in “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie.” It was a fruitful time creatively for Shady; Recovery came only a year after Relapse, his first album in half a decade and a return to the darker side of his musical persona.

Slaughterhouse—consisting of Royce, Joe Budden, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz—will drop their second album Welcome To Our House next month. That gives Em the rest of the summer to work on his solo album, which means that it’s entirely possible it could see the light of day before 2012 is out (though you should probably bet on 2013).

Are you excited about the prospect of new Eminem music? What producers and guest artists should Slim Shady work with? Spit some game in the comments.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce both reportedly working on new music

Though they skipped the Grammys for date-night pizza in Brooklyn, Beyoncé and Jay-Z haven’t completely become those friends of yours who have a kid and fall off the planet. In fact, according to various sources, there will be more music from both Carters in the near future.

Songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder says Beyoncé is at work on a pair of projects: “The conversations about her next album literally just started and there [are] two projects happening,” he told AOL’s The Boom Box. “All I can say is you kind of feed her the best that you have and she’s this phenomenal filter and she takes it all in … She’s not interested in 2012, [she's interested in] what’s [going to sound good for] 2013,” he gushes. “Without question she steers the ship. [With] Beyonce, you just let her go — she’s ridiculous, she’s the best.”

Meanwhile, Jay-Z is hard at work on “something crazy,” says Pharrell Williams. Previously, Jigga had noted that 2012 had the potential not only to bring another solo album but also a sequel to 2011′s Watch the Throne, his album-length tag-team with Kanye West. Williams didn’t offer any more details about his work.

What would you like to hear from them in the coming months? And with some time as a buffer, how are Watch the Throne and 4 holding up for you?

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Karmin get ready for 'SNL,' preview their new album

Less than a year ago, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan posted a video of the two of them performing Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now.”

That video set the Internet ablaze — the “Look At Me” has racked up over 56 million views — and the cult of Karmin began to build. The rest of the narrative goes like this: More videos (both covers and original tunes), a handful of high-profile performances (including an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show), a record contract, and a booking on this weekend’s edition of Saturday Night Live. For many, this will be the first time they’ll hear the group’s original songs.

“We’ve been working with some of the top producers of the world,” Heidemann told EW, of their upcoming debut Hello, due April. “We recorded close to 50 songs, so we’re trying to get that list down to album size.”

One of those songs, the second single “Brokenhearted,” was co-written by Claude Kelly, the hitmaker who has contributed to such tunes as Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Jessie J’s “Price Tag,” and Adam Lambert’s “Better Than I Know Myself.” READ FULL STORY

Kris Allen talks to EW about working on his second album: What does he need to prove this time around?

EW caught up with American Idol season 8 winner Kris Allen on the Trevor Live red carpet this weekend, and the singer told us that he is hard at work on his second album, a follow-up to his 2009 self-titled release.

“We’ve moved past the writing process mostly and have moved onto the recording portion,” Allen says. “I’ve been working a lot with Tim Pagnotta, who produced and wrote some of the last Neon Trees album.”

The singer says that he’s particularly excited about a new track called “Out Alive,” which he believes “has possible single potential,” though it’s too soon to tell.

Allen has a quite a bit to prove with his sophomore post-Idol record. The charming but decidedly low-key songster’s debut sold about 329,000 copies (less than half of season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment), and it only spawned one real hit: the Script cover “Live Like We’re Dying.” (Although, if you ask me, his reggae-tinged Idol coronation song could have been pretty popular if they’d actually released it as a single.)

Other Idol winners who have earned lackluster sales — like Lee DeWyze, Ruben Studdard, and Taylor Hicks — have been unceremoniously dropped from their labels, but RCA/Jive must see something in Allen to give him this second chance. Recording a full album is not a cheap affair, but I do have to wonder whether Allen’s sales will justify the financial commitment.

What do you think? Has the buzz around Kris Allen worn off, or are you still excited about the onetime champ? What do you want to hear on his new album? And will he ever be able to achieve sales on the level of say, fellow Idol Scotty McCreery?

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Garbage announce new album for 2012: Welcome back, old envelope-pushing friends

Now that Butch Vig has gotten all the stories from the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind out of his system, it’s apparently time to get back to work as a member of one of the greatest bands of the ’90s. Garbage, the quartet consisting of Vig, fellow producers Steve Marker and Duke Erikson as well as Scottish über-vixen Shirley Manson, announced that they will have a new album coming in 2012.

“Years-worth of pent-up music came out in some bizarre ways. Bleary cell phone memos became real songs, conversations turned into lyrics, and new computer gizmos inspired wicked tangents,” the band said in a cryptic press release announcing their return. “Ghosts came in, had their say. Everyone brought ideas, and everyone fought their corner.  At the end of the day it all gets shoved through the four-way brain filter that is Garbage and it ends up sounding like nobody else. Red feathers and black tar.”

Garbage first appeared on the rock scene in 1995 with their self-titled debut, which scored a handful of big hits including the Clash loop-borrowing “Stupid Girl” and the anthemic “Only Happy When It Rains.” They returned in 1998 with Version 2.0, perhaps the most successful marriage of electronic music and traditional rock during the ill-fated electronica boom of the late ’90s. READ FULL STORY

No Doubt says first album in 10 years will now be their first album in 11 years

Earlier this summer, the members of No Doubt met up with Entertainment Weekly and pushed play on a handful of songs the group was working on for its first album in a decade. They said the still-untitled collection would be out before the end of the year.

Unfortunately, fans may have to wait a little longer still. In a statement on their website, they told the world that work on the new songs has been more involved than once predicted.

“Ideally our new record would be coming out this year but it’s just not ready yet,” the statement said. “We don’t want to rush this album just to get it out.  This collection of songs means everything to us and our only priority right now is to make sure that it’s the best album we can possibly make.  There is still more work for us to do.”

They assured fans that they would be kept abreast of the progress, and also noted that despite rumors about collaborations and producers dropping in, none of those should be trusted. “Please don’t believe anything you hear unless it comes from us,” the statement concluded.

Based on the tracks EW heard a few months ago, it sounds like the vibe lends itself more to a warm-weather release anyway, so why not wait to perfect the mix and hold out for a spring release? That would time everything out perfectly for a summer tour, which means that 2012 will be the year of No Doubt. Be prepared!

Read more on EW.com:
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Rihanna tweets about new album, promises fall release, closes up shop on 'Loud'

Do you realize that Rihanna is only 23 years old, and has been teasing that her sixth album is going to hit store shelves before the calendar flips to 2012?

To bring up a totally reasonable analogue, John Lennon had only released his first album at 23. At this rate, she’s just about due for a Britney Spears-esque career retrospective at next year’s VMAs and will be passing Neil Young’s album output before a reasonable mid-life crisis can even set in.

In any event, RiRi has been letting her over seven million followers on Twitter that she has been in the studio working on the follow-up to 2010′s Loud, a fact originally reported on in Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Music Preview.

She promises that the new tracks, which fill her with excitement, will be out this fall, which essentially puts Loud to bed and will create a seamless transition from that album’s most recent single (the just-released “Cheers (Drink to That)”) and whatever new jam she’ll be dropping from the new one.

With that in mind, let’s unpack Loud, an album that left the post-Chris Brown survivalist instincts of Rated R in the dust in favor of a more traditional pop collection. There were seven official singles from Loud, which is pretty jaw-dropping considering there are only 11 total tracks on the whole thing. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber to celebrate Christmas in song with Taylor Swift, new original holiday tunes

What does Justin Bieber want for Christmas? Perhaps a new paint job for his Ferrari.

In any event, we know exactly what he is getting us this holiday season. The 17-year-old singer will be dropping a Christmas album this year, and not only will he be bringing you tidings of musical yuletide cheer, but he’s also going to do it with a crop of entirely original tunes.

“This Christmas album is amazing. Might be the best album yet,” Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun wrote on Twitter in a conversation with his client. “All originals … soon 2 b classics. every1 i play it 4 is blown away. #excited.”

According to other Bieber tweets (Bweets?), he has recently been in the studio with Sean Kingston (who previously worked with Bieber on “Eenie Meenie”), producer J.R. Rotem (knob twiddler on Jason DeRülo’s “In My Head”), producer Kuk Harrell (the man behind Bieber’s “Never Say Never” single), and Taylor Swift.

It’s unclear which collaborations are going on the Christmas album, though the idea of Bieber doing a Christmas duet with Swift (who, we’ll remind you, grew up on a Christmas tree farm) is the sort of thing that would excite record executives the same way cheese made Monterey Jack go cuckoo-bananas.

Anyway, Bieber’s Christmas album is one of a handful of high-profile holiday delights hitting store shelves this season. READ FULL STORY

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