D.C. rapper Wale will release his new album, The Gifted on June 25.
After a series of health setbacks this winter on his failed U.S. tour, Morrissey has been "cautioned" by doctors to stop touring. Speaking to Mexican radio station, Reactor 105.7, Moz said, "I had a very bad time. I had internal bleeding and I was rushed into hospital and I had lost a lot of blood. They tried to patch me together over the following five weeks but it didn't work… I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks, and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health I would decline... I had lost so much blood I had become anaemic, but I'm still receiving ongoing treatment and I am very optimistic now. It almost became absurd the number of things that happened to me, but everything just attacked me at once. The double pneumonia - everything was really a result of the fact I had lost so much blood, so the immune defenses were very, very low and couldn't cope with anything, so therefore the slightest gust of wind and I would have a terrible cold."
New Jersey emo-punks, My Chemical Romance are throwing in the towel. On Friday night, the band released a statement saying, "Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure."
After releasing the awesome, R.A.P. Music last year, Killer Mike has confirmed that he is currently working with El-P again for the sequel to the album, R.A.P. Music II. He also has confirmed that Harry Fraud will help out with production for another record, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind IV. The rapper says both albums will be out next year.
Echo & the Bunnymen have confirmed that they will record their new studio album this summer and hope to have it out before the end of the year. Singer Ian McCulloch confirmed to The Quietus that the record will be called, In The Garden of Meedin'.
Queens of the Stone Age have confirmed that their new album will be called Like Clockwork and will be out in June via Matador Records.