Little Barrie have some big news for ya.
The U.K. band, fronted by Primal Scream member Barrie Cadogan, will be releasing their fourth effort Shadow this May, and you can hear the album’s first single “Sworn In” exclusively here:
If you see the One Direction boys dancing all night to the best song ever tonight, be sure to raise a pint: The British boy band has landed Midnight Memories atop this week’s album charts and made history along the way, Billboard reports.
The quintet’s latest sold 546,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, making them the first group to see all of their first three albums bow at No. 1. Notably, the numbers have grown with each effort: Up All Night and sophomore effort Take Me Home, both of which saw stateside release just last year, sold 176,000 and 540,000 respectively.
Hold onto your knickers and industrial sculpting paste — One Direction is coming to North America.
Well technically, they’re already here. The British boy band appeared on Good Morning America to announce their North American tour in a dusky Central Park. The air was thick with what looked to be simulated fog… or the collective vaporized breath of a thousand screaming teenage girls.
“This is how you roll,” said anchor Robin Roberts. “We usually don’t roll this early,” replied Harry Styles.
Their “special announcement” was that they’re bringing their “Where We Are” tour to North America. Tickets go on sale in December, with the first stop in Toronto on Aug. 1. Roberts also asked the question that was undoubtedly pulsating throughout the wall of girlish shrieks, “Who’s still on the market?”
Harry Styles raised his hand and that other bloke that isn’t Harry Styles (Niall Horan) did too. They also performed “Best Song Ever,” “Story of My Life,” and “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Watch 1D and Robin Roberts chat here: READ FULL STORY
Lily Allen, where have you been?
Now she’s fully back with a new single, “Hard Out Here,” and a video that pokes at both Hype Williams-era rap videos and right-now product placements plus … other kinds of placements. (Paging Mr. Thicke!)
It’s all a little bit NSFW, but keep your 18-and-over eye on the Mylar balloons that come in around 3:08: READ FULL STORY
It’s been 17 years since Melanie Brown (aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice) first declared that all she really wanted to do was “zigazig-ha.”
Though she had one of the better Spice Girls solo projects in 2000’s Hot, she hasn’t done solo work since 2005’s L.A. State of Mind, instead choosing to focus on being a judge on reality competition shows, taking her top off for breast cancer awareness, and participating in the Spice Girls reunion.
But she’s back with a new single called “For Once In My Life,” and while the track itself is reasonable enough blast of synth-ravaged dance pop, the video is a pretty impressive little piece of business. It finds Mel B transitioning from what is apparently a bland suburban existence into a more chaotic, party filled life that finds her constantly taking her clothes off and shifting hair styles. At the climax, she makes out with what is apparently a clone of herself (or a version of herself from eight hours ago who just emerged from the machine).
Anyway, crank it up and have a little fun with the artist formerly known as Scary. READ FULL STORY
You may not know the name Greg Holden (unless you live in the Netherlands; he hit number two on the charts there).
But odds are good that you already know the British-born Lone Bellow tourmate’s songs — like the massive hit he co-penned for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, and had several memorable TV placements in his own name, including this Target ad and his song “The Lost Boy,” which underscored a key sequence during the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy.
For the millions who watch that show, “The Lost Boy” is a eulogy for a fallen character, but the song was actually inspired by Dave Eggers’ novel What Is The What, about a group of Sudanese refugees. “If you listen to the lyrics, it’s not like you’d know that it was about a Sudanese refugee,” he tells EW. “I know what it’s about, but I’m really glad people are able to take their own meanings from it. I like it when songs have more meanings than just the one that was intended, so I’m glad that people were able to relate to it through Sons of Anarchy.” READ FULL STORY
Paul McCartney helped construct the greatest album of all time, among other minor accomplishments, so it’s not like the guy has anything left to prove at this point.
And yet at 71 years old, he’s still going hard. Last year, he released a new solo album called Kisses on the Bottom, which was made up mostly of traditional pop covers and re-worked jazz tunes. Now he’s got a batch of freshly-written original material, and he’s ready to unleash it.
According to a press release sent out late last night, McCartney’s new album New will be arriving in stores on October 15. It features 12 new songs and a heaping helping of fresh collaborators, including Mark Ronson, who worked on the title track that also dropped last night.
The album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, and the single is for sale. Give “New” a listen below.
“The Stars Are Out Tonight,” an early video of the The Next Day cycle, was a cool concept piece featuring no less than the Oscar-winning Tilda Swinton, while the NSFW one for “The Next Day” included not only Gary Oldman and (yep, Oscar-winning) Marion Cotillard but also some compellingly wacky Christian imagery. Bowie’s latest, however, is much simpler, featuring little more than the singer, his guitar, and those famously mismatched eyes peering into your soul.
But perhaps the stripped-down approach is for the best, considering that the lovely “Valentine’s Day” is one of the stronger cuts off the album anyway. Besides, Bowie alone is more than enough to make us happy! Take a look at the new video below and let us know if you agree:
Another day, another English musician getting upset over his compensation from a streaming service.
Following in the footsteps of the gentlemen from Pink Floyd, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke took umbrage with the amount of money paid to artists who allow their music on Spotify. “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid,” Yorke tweeted. “Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.”
Yorke engaged in a Twitter exchange with his longtime producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich, who tweeted, “We’re off of Spotify. Can’t do that no more man. Small meaningless rebellion.”
That means that Spotify customers can no longer stream Yorke’s 2006 solo album The Eraser, the first album from Godrich’s Ultraista project, or the Atoms For Peace album Amok. “The reason is that new artists get paid f— all with this model. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work,” Godrich wrote on Twitter. “Meanwhile small labels and new artists can’t even keep their lights on. It’s just not right.”
More and more musicians have been speaking up about streaming services, who continually swear that their compensation packages are fair. In the eyes of Yorke and Godrich, services like Spotify (or Pandora, another frequent adversary of musicians) devalue the product created by artists.
Yorke drove that point home in his most recent tweet: “For me In Rainbows was a statement of trust. People still value new music,” he wrote, referencing the album his band released as a pay-what-you-want download back in 2007. “That’s all we’d like from Spotify. Don’t make us the target.”
UPDATE: Spotify released a statement in response to Yorke and Godrich’s tweets:
“Spotify’s goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music,” a company spokesperson said today.
“We want to help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base and make a living from the music we all love.
“Right now we’re still in the early stages of a long-term project that’s already having a hugely positive effect on artists and new music. We’ve already paid US$500M to rightsholders so far and by the end of 2013 this number will reach US$1bn. Much of this money is being invested in nurturing new talent and producing great new music.
“We’re 100% committed to making Spotify the most artist-friendly music service possible, and are constantly talking to artists and managers about how Spotify can help build their careers.”
What do you think? What will the tipping point be for Spotify and other streaming services? Do you believe there is a way for everybody to be fairly compensated while still delivering the same service?
Read More on EW.com:
Pink Floyd writes an open letter on streaming services titled ‘Pandora’s Internet radio royalty ripoff’
Daft Punk breaks Spotify record, beat previous Mumford record
What the heck is going on in Northampton, England?
Some heavy stuff, apparently: the new video from that town’s Mercury Prize-nominated electronic artist Maps is rife with dark, beguiling imagery. The clip — accompanied by the song “A.M.A.,” the first single of the brand-new album Vicissitude — from seemingly unconscious people at a creek to a seemingly unconscious man with Joker facepaint at the wheel of a vintage Volvo. In other words, lots of unconscious people.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel! Without giving away too much, let’s just say the clip gets pretty lively towards the end. Take a look below: READ FULL STORY