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Adele says fans may have to wait a while for her next record

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When Entertainment Weekly visited with Adele last spring, the singer said that she couldn’t wait to get back into the studio and record the follow-up to her hugely successful 21.

“I need to write my record,” explained the British chanteuse. “[My heart] is already broke. That’s why I need to write the record.” But Adele seems to have changed her tune about recording new tunes.

In a new email interview with Billboard, the 23 year old, who is currently recovering from throat surgery, makes clear that she is now in no hurry to return to the studio: “I imagine I’ll be 25 or 26 by the time my next record comes out, as I haven’t even thought about my third record yet. I’m just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just ‘be’ for a bit. I’ll disappear and come back with a record when it’s good enough. There will be no new music until it’s good enough and until I’m ready.” READ FULL STORY

The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Deserving music legends or just a bunch of old white dudes?

The Music Mix’s dream that Axl Rose’s cornrows be permanently retired to a museum in Cleveland came one step closer to realization today with the news that Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next April.

The band’s fellow Hall of Fame newbies are the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Small Faces/The Faces, the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, and hippie troubadour Donovan. The list of nominees who didn’t get the electoral nod this year is made up of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, the Cure, Heart, Eric B. and Rakim, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, War, Freddie King, and the Spinners, at least some of whom may now be available for birthdays and bar mitzvahs on April 14.

Taken on a case-by-case basis, it’s difficult to argue with many of the choices. Guns N’ Roses, the Beasties, and the Chili Peppers are all hugely popular and have enjoyed many-chaptered careers, even if the most recent parts of the Roses’ tale have resembled chapters in a book about horrific car accidents.

And Nyro and Donovan certainly added their own hues to rock’s rich tapestry, although I know my colleague Rob Brunner would have preferred the Cure or Erik B. and Rakim get inducted over the latter. You could reasonably argue that Faces members — and previous Hall of Fame inductees — Ron Wood and Rod Stewart don’t really need another gong on their mantelpiece. But had the pair only ever recorded “Stay With Me,” they would have gotten my vote (if I had one): READ FULL STORY

French actress Julie Delpy to direct a biopic on the life of the Clash's Joe Strummer

Actress Julie Delpy is set to direct a Joe Strummer biopic, according to Variety. The film is called The Right Profile and will focus on the Clash singer’s disappearance from the public spotlight in 1982.

While the French star of films like Before Sunrise and Broken Flowers might seem like an odd choice to helm a movie about Strummer, the actress has directed several films over the past few years, including 2009’s The Countess. Moreover, Strummer actually relocated to France while laying low in ’82, where he participated in the Paris marathon, among other things. Rather more tenuously, both Delpy and Strummer worked with director Jim Jarmusch, albeit on different projects.

Strummer, who died in 2002, was previously the subject of director Julien Temple’s 2007 documentary The Future Is Unwritten. The Right Profile is named after a track on the Clash’s classic London Calling album which itself concerned the actor Montgomery Clift. You can check out the song below: READ FULL STORY

Garbage return with first new recording in six years -- a cover of U2's 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses': Hear it here!

For fans of Garbage, when it rains it pours. (And we already know the rain triggers extreme jubilation.)

The band recently announced their reformation and the in-process-ness of their first new album since 2005’s Bleed Like Me, and now they have a freshly-recorded song just to let everybody know that they haven’t forgotten how to play their instruments in a studio.

The track is a cover of U2’s 1991 song “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses,” one of the most beloved tracks from their landmark album Achtung Baby. It’s part of an Achtung tribute album put together by U.K. magazine Q that also includes contributions from Jack White (“Love Is Blindness”), Nine Inch Nails (“Zoo Station”), the Killers (“Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”), Depeche Mode (“So Cruel), Patti Smith (“Until the End of the World”), and the Fray (“Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World”), among others.

Q is calling the tribute AHK-toong BAY-bi, and it’ll be floating around next week as a bonus on their new U2-themed issue. For now, spin Garbage’s “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” below. Doesn’t it feel good to hear Shirley Manson singing again? READ FULL STORY

Coldplay pay tribute to R.E.M. with cover of 'Everybody Hurts': Watch it here

With their deft ability to keep one foot in the underground and the other riding the mainstream wave, R.E.M. have served as a source of inspiration for hundreds of bands who believed they could start out small and gradually become stadium-fillers.

Though they’ve done it in a conflated period of time, Coldplay certainly followed that script, and R.E.M.’s breakup has clearly had a serious impact on frontman Chris Martin. During a concert on Saturday in Atlanta, only about 70 miles west of R.E.M’s hometown of Athens, Martin tipped his hat to his heroes with a cover of “Everybody Hurts.”

“One of our favorite bands of all time, for some crazy reason, have finished,” Martin announced from the stage, introducing his cover. “And it’s sad. Please don’t judge this cover version on its musical merits. See it for the gesture rather than its actual sound. This is just to show how much they meant to us.”

Check out his acoustic run through “Everybody Hurts” — which inspired quite the singalong in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park — after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Jack White, Depeche Mode, Patti Smith to cover U2's 'Achtung Baby'

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Et tu, Achtung?

These days, you can’t throw a John Fluevog boot without hitting a ’90s tribute album.

Spin recently got indie-rockers including Surfer Blood and Jeff the Brotherhood to make a pretty good one with Newermind, a Nirvana tribute released on the 20th anniversary of Nevermind. Stereogum.com has done the same for Radiohead’s OK Computer, Bjork’s Post, and R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People.

And today, Bono confirmed that Jack White, Patti Smith, Depeche Mode, Damien Rice and others will cover songs from U2’s Achtung Baby for an album commissioned by the U.K. rock magazine Q.

White, who played with U2’s the Edge in the documentary It Might Get Loud, has chosen “Love Is Blindness.” Smith’s claiming “Until the End of the World.” Depeche Mode will cover “So Cruel.” And Rice will play “One,” a song he once performed in a busking duet with Bono.

The rest of the lineup hasn’t been announced, nor has the release date. But maybe U2 should add Coldplay to that list? We all know how much Bono loves Chris Martin.

Read more at EW.com:
Bono rushed to the hospital for heart trouble?

U2 break Rolling Stones’ record for highest-grossing tour of all time

U2, Justin Bieber donate songs to Japan relief CD

Bono’s back injury on tour

Michael Jackson tribute tour to be launched by David Gest, Tito Jackson, and more

David Gest—a concert promoter and longtime Jackson family friend perhaps best known as the short-term spouse of Liza Minnelli—is spearheading a tribute to the late King of Pop entitled “A Jackson Named Michael: Remembering a Legend.”

Reuters reports that Gest has recruited Michael’s brother Tito and sister Rebbie, singer Deneice Williams, and others to sing songs and tell stories from the late icon’s life, and participate in a question-and-answer session with audience members at a series of dates throughout Europe and the U.K.

“The majority of the show will be reminiscences and stories about Michael that the public has never heard,” he said in a statement.

The tour is scheduled to kick off  in the U.K. in March of 2012; a controversial one-night tribute to Michael is still scheduled for this Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales.

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David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, last of the Missippi Delta bluesmen, dies at 96

Yesterday, the world lost one of the last remaining links to the original Mississippi Delta blues.

David “Honeyboy” Edwards, who played alongside Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters, died of congestive heart failure at home in Chicago on August 29; he was 96 years old.

Edwards was born in Shaw, Mississippi, in 1915, the son of a sharecropper and the grandson of a slave; by 14, he had strapped his Sears Roebuck guitar to his back and turned to the road, hitchhiking and rail-riding his way across the South under the tutelage of bluesman Big Joe Williams.

He would remain on the road for much of the next eight decades. Famously, he was one of the last to see his friend and frequent collaborator Robert Johnson alive, but Johnson was hardly the only great Edwards came to be associated with as one of the premier practitioners of itinerant Delta blues. Early on, he fell in with the likes of Williamson and Waters, and the classic songs “Long Tall Woman Blues” and “Just Like Jesse James” are generally attributed to him.

“Honeyboy was one of the very last links to the real world of the Delta blues, a crucial world in the development of American popular music. He was a truth teller,” Bruce Iglauer, president of Chicago blues label Alligator Records, told the LA Times. “He understood that this music can’t be separated from the culture in which he was born and grew up. It can’t be separated from the reality of the racial situation in the South at that time, and what black people were and weren’t allowed to do.”

Last year, Edwards was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and also won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2007 for his Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas.

Watch him below, still fiery and finger-picking at nearly 90: READ FULL STORY

MTV 2011 VMAs: Russell Brand, Tony Bennett, Bruno Mars pay loving, clear-eyed tribute to Amy Winehouse -- VIDEO

Amid an often bizarre, occasionally boring MTV Video Music Awards, the show paused to pay tribute to late songstress Amy Winehouse. But unlike many tributes of years past, the remembrance was tinged with an honest accounting for Winehouse’s infamous battle with drugs and alcohol. “She was kind of like a daft, dopey person… with a peculiar, unknowable talent,” said comedian Russell Brand, who memorably penned a similarly frank tribute right after Winehouse died last month. “She just seemed like an ordinary girl with extraordinary hair,” Brand continued rather breathlessly, before recalling the first time he heard her sing: “That incredible, extraordinary voice coming from that crazy person, a person I knew would wander stinking of the booze, a loopy, loose-cannon person — I thought, ‘How can that be coming out of her?’ After that I gave her a lot more attention, because it became evident upon hearing that divine voice that she was a genius.”

After Brand pointedly noted “there is a solution” to the addictions from which Winehouse suffered, he noted all of the current artists who have been influenced by her, like Adele, Lady Gaga, and his own wife Katy Perry. Then he welcomed jazz legend Tony Bennett to the stage, who put Winehouse’s place in the pantheon of female vocalists like this: READ FULL STORY

Bob Dylan, Jack White, Norah Jones recording lost Hank Williams songs

You can’t stop Bob Dylan. The seemingly indestructible 70-year-old force still puts out albums (his last was 2009’s Together Through Life) and still tours constantly, despite the fact that he turned 70 this year.

For his next trick, Dylan is partnering with the Country Music Hall of Fame to release The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams on his own Egyptian Records.

The album will feature never-recorded lyrics written by country legend Williams set to new music care of the likes of Jack White, Norah Jones, Alan Jackson, Jakob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, and Dylan himself.

The album, which coincides with the closing of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s exhibit on the Williams family’s impact (it shuts down at the end of the year), will be available on October 4. READ FULL STORY

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