Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quick News

In an interview with The Breakfast Club, Kanye West declared that his latest album is 80% done and will be a surprise release.

Raekwon will finally release his long-awaited new album, F.I.L.A. in April.

Dave Grohl's documentary series, Sonic Highways, which chronicled the making of Foo Fighters latest album of the same name will get a DVD / Blu-Ray release in April. The release will feature extended interviews, bonus material, and never-before-scene clips.

Taking to social media, Run the Jewels confirmed they are in the studio working with Massive Attack. No word as to what will come of the sessions, but El-P tweeted: "in the studio with massive attack right now. so... no big deal or anything. not bragging a lot. just talking here."

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson has been diagnosed with tongue cancer. The singer of the iconic British metal band is expected to make a full recovery after being told the news around the holidays, while news of his illness has just surfaced. We wish him all the best and for a speedy recovery.

Talib Kweli has announced he will release two albums this year. One of the records, Radio Silence, will be a solo project, while the other B.A.D. (Build And Destroy) will be a collaboration with 9th Wonder. No word on the releases on each.

In an interview with Vulture, Noel Gallagher said he would reform Oasis for "half a billion," saying, "If somebody puts that on the table, I'll pack my bags in the morning and say, "How many gigs do you want?"He then continued, "The thing that slightly annoys me is — and I know I'm the only one doing interviews — people assume it's up to me. Let's say I get up tomorrow morning, have a stretch, and say to my wife, "How about this Oasis thing?" It's not up to me. Who knows if Liam wants to do it? He probably does, but I don't know. It's not on my radar at all. I'm very happy with what I'm doing."

It is official! For the first time in 20 years, the newly reformed British shoegazers Ride returned to the stage and played their first gig since the mid-90's at London's 100 Club for a War Child benefit show.

While Blur surprised the music world this week with the announcement of their first album in 12 years, The Magic Whip, which is due out in April, frontman Damon Albarn spoke to BBC 6 to reveal how it all came together. He said, "We finished mixing last Friday and we literally mastered it yesterday [February 18]. The reason that we've kept it secret is because we didn't have a record until yesterday [February 18]!"

 Scarlett Johansson is starting a girl group called The Singles. The actress and singer recruited Este Haim of HAIM, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris, and Julia Haltigan. The band has recorded a song called "Candy," which was produced by TV on the Radio's David Sitek.