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Deep Purple co-founder Jon Lord dies

Jon Lord, the keyboardist and co-founder of Deep Purple, has died. He was 71 years old, and according to reports had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since last year.

As a member of Deep Purple, Lord played on all the band’s definitive hits, including their breakout cover of Billy Joe Royal’s “Hush” (Lord’s vibey organ playing gave the song its haunting psychedelic quality) and on the iconic smash “Smoke on the Water,” which he also co-wrote.

All told, Deep Purple sold over 100 million albums worldwide, and the bulk of that business was done during Lord’s first tenure with the band, which lasted from the group’s inception in 1968 until the band collectively went on hiatus in 1976. He rejoined when the group reconstituted in 1984 and retired from the group for good in 2002.

In addition to his work with Deep Purple, Lord also worked with Whitesnake and found considerable success as a classical composer, penning a handful of well-received concertos mostly during the Deep Purple hiatus in the late ’70s.

Through his keyboard work in Deep Purple, Lord is often credited as the artist who made it reasonable for hard rock bands to incorporate strings, horns, and keys into their sounds, leading to the multiplatinum hybrid sounds of bands like Def Leppard and Bon Jovi.

In honor of Lord, check out this clip of him and the rest of Deep Purple playing “Hush” on a 1968 episode of Playboy After Dark: READ FULL STORY

Watch Madonna 'Turn Up The Radio' -- VIDEO

Madonna’s MDNA may have a track called Girl Gone Wild,” but the video for her third single, “Turn Up The Radio,” is downright mild. It features Madonna doing what Madonna does best — namely, flirting with guys half her age — but nothing scandalous happens.

The entirety of the video is Madonna riding around in a car with a few young guys attempting to turn up the music and get the party started. But a full dance party never breaks out.

Instead, we’re mostly treated to Madonna moving back and forth in the backseat in some sort of leotard/bustier/black top contraption. I’d love to talk about something — anything — else, but one really can’t ignore the serious cleavage happening throughout her jaunt around the city. In other Madonna chest news, she flashed her breast at a concert again over the weekend. Ho hum.

Check out Madge’s latest below: READ FULL STORY

Mumford & Sons announce new album, 'Babel'


It’s been three years since British crooners Mumford & Sons brought banjo back with their sleeper hit Sigh No More, which slowly but steadily sold over 2.2 million copies in the U.S.

When the “Little Lion” men‘s just-announced sophomore album Babel hits stores on September 24, it will likely arrive with a much more immediate bang.

On their official website, Mumford revealed the track listing for their new set, and if titles like “Broken Crown” and “Ghosts that We Knew” are any indication, the introspective lads are still struggling to grow up and clarify what they believe about life, love, and death.

The title track also carries an allusion to the Hebrew Bible; “Babel” was the name used for the City of Babylon, and the word also relates to the Tower of Babel, which the book of Genesis describes an enormous structure built in hopes of reaching the heavens  (that is, until God confounded the peoples’ languages and scattered them throughout the Earth).

Marcus Mumford, whose parents are leaders of the Vineyard Church in the UK and Ireland, appears to be serving up another set of brogue-infused Sunday-school angst. And perhaps some wedded bliss as well — we’re guessing “Lover’s Eyes” is about new bride Carey Mulligan.

Nine of Babel‘s twelve tracks have already found their way to the web, mostly in the form of live performances. Check out the full track listing below, along with a few embedded clips. (For a handy YouTube compilation of all the tracks currently floating through the web, click here.) READ FULL STORY

Paloma Faith brings 'Just Be' to the U.S.: Watch here -- EXCLUSIVE


London chanteuse Paloma Faith has two albums out in her native U.K. (where she’s already a star), but the 26-year-old is setting her sights on America this fall. Good call — British singers with powerful ballads about love and heartbreak tend to do not too shabby in these parts lately.

Faith first charmed us all the way back in 2009, though, so we’re excited to premiere an exclusive performance video of “Just Be,” filmed live in New York for an Absolut-sponsored Encore! Session.

Fall to Grace, her second album — it will be the first to be released in the U.S. — entered the U.K. albums chart at No. 2, and arrives Stateside in November. Watch the clip here:


Blur unveil two new songs 'Under the Westway' and 'The Puritan': Hear them here!

How English do you feel right now? Even if you’re scarfing down bangers and mash while sucking down a pint of cask ale and watching cricket, you could probably use just a dash more Britishness in your day.

Luckily, Damon Albarn is happy to oblige. After years of not being together, months of speculation, a handful of actual reunion dates, and at least one vow to bury the band forever, Albarn and his Blur cohorts have released a pair of new songs put together in honor of the 2012 London Olympics. Unlike the near-disaster that is that official Muse tune, Blur’s tracks are far less bombastic (though it’s hard to imagine using them as a soundtrack to a steeplechase).

For those of you who miss the reflective side of Blur, there’s “Under the Westway” (a song that has been knocked around live for a while). Feeling slightly bouncier and in a synth frame of mind? Try “The Puritan” on for size. They’re both available in all their lyric video glory below.


Karen Elson covers Fleetwood Mac's 'Gold Dust Woman' -- EXCLUSIVE

As the Aug. 14 release date for the Fleetwood Mac tribute album Just Tell Me That You Want Me gets nearer, we get treated to more and more gems from the Starbucks-masterminded compilation. A few weeks ago, we heard the New Pornographers offer their version of “Think About Me,” and, more recently, our ears met Best Coast’s cover of “Rhiannon.”

Now we have British model and musician Karen Elson giving her take on the Rumours closer, “Gold Dust Woman,” which you can listen to exclusively here.

Give the track a spin below, and head to the comments to let us know how you think Elson did:

What songs should we expect from post-pregnancy Adele? Music Mix reports!

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care mandate Adele is pregnant.

And the Music Mix would like to send her and her boyfriend Simon Konecki our sincere congratulations! We’re pretty sure that you crazy kids will be great parents.

Another thing we’re sure of is that Adele’s also a great songstress — after all, people are still purchasing that album she released way back in 2011 B.C. (Before Carly).

Yet thanks to that album’s continued success and her vocal surgery, it’s been too long since we’ve been treated to new material from the chart queen, and her just-announced oven-bun only means that we’ll just have to wait even longer.

Since we’re jonesing Adele addicts, that simply will not do. So, as an appetite-whetting exercise, we peered into our crystal ball to find out what songs she’ll be delivering from the studio once she’s done delivering from the maternity ward. Here are our ten best guesses:


Muse's 'Survival' will be the official song of the London Olympics

What do Muse and Gloria Estefan have in common? They’ve both provided official songs for the Summer Olympics.

The British rock band’s song “Survival” has been chosen as the offical song of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the band announced on its website today. (Estefan’s “Reach,” by the way, soundtracked the 1996 Games in Atlanta.)

According to the band’s site, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy “wrote the song with the Olympics in mind. It’s about total conviction and pure determination to win.”

“The song will be played throughout the Games,” the statement continued, “including when athletes enter the stadium, in the lead-up to the medal ceremony. and also as the theme for all international TV coverage.”

Added the band, “We are honoured that the Olympics have chosen our song to officially represent the London 2012 Olympic Games across the globe.”


The Spice Girls appear all in one place for the first time in four years

There was a time when the Spice Girls were inseparable. When they were busy spicing up our lives and encouraging everybody to zig-a-zig-ah, they always rolled as a unit. Then the individual members started breaking off to focus on solo careers and marrying soccer players, and eventually seeing the Spice Girls all together in one place became rarer and rarer.

Like Haley’s Comet, they’re back, though not under the oft-rumored context of another proper reunion. Rather, the five members of the group—Melanie Brown (Scary), Emma Bunton (Baby), Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger)—got together to celebrate Viva Forever, a musical based around the Girls’ music that opens on December 11 in London. They were last seen together taking a final bow on stage at the conclusion of their 2008 reunion tour, and there was a great deal of doubt that the entire team would be present for the opening of the show. But Beckham relented, and the Spice Girls all posed for photos.


Radiohead postpone tour dates in wake of Toronto stage collapse

Radiohead have been laying pretty low since last weekend’s stage collapse in Toronto that killed drum tech Scott Johnson and injured three others. But the band released a statement earlier today announcing that they would be postponing a handful of upcoming tour dates, though the reason has less to do with the ongoing investigation regarding the accident and more to do with the fact that their light show has been compromised.

“As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members,” the band wrote in a statement. “The collapse also destroyed the light show — this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace. Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with.”

The band postponed a total of seven shows in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. The band hopes to have new dates and information regarding those shows by June 27. Read the entirety of the statement below. READ FULL STORY

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