“I am trying something new, don’t know how it will go,” Thom Yorke said today (September 26) on Twitter.
That “something” was a new album. With that announcement, the Radiohead frontman and Atoms for Peace founder released Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes via torrent service BitTorrent. One song, “Brain In a Bottle,” is available for free, while the album can be purchased for $6 – making for what BitTorrent calls “the first paygated torrent in history.” Artists like Madonna have used torrents to distribute content to fans before, but only for free, as The Verge points out.
A memo co-signed by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich explains why Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is out on BitTorrent. “If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work,” it reads. “Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.” More »
The Jessie J renaissance continues, as her single “Bang Bang” — already a smash in America, and just released this week overseas — is on track to top the UK chart. Great timing, then, for the singer to hit up one of our favorite British talk shows, Alan Car: Chatty Man. And what did the big-voiced songbird get up to talking about with Mr. Carr? The recent nude celebrity photo hack scandal, of course. That’s not to say naked pics of Jessie herself are doing the rounds — it was just one of the topics she ended up discussing with chatty man Carr on the episode that airs this evening, according to MTV UK.
Jessie said, “You know what’s funny, I got asked my opinion — I didn’t even want to talk about this, but hey — someone was like, ‘What do you think about it?’ and I was like, ‘Well…I’ve been in a lot of long-distance relationships, and as a woman, you need to throw down some stuff to make sure you hold down your man, right?’” More »
Influential rock band The Who has released its first new song in eight years, “Be Lucky.” There, it name-checks AC/DC and Daft Punk – two groups that have little in common, other than how they were once rumored to be retired.
“You want to climb without a safety line / AC/DC’s gonna be fine,” lead singer Roger Daltrey growls, before he assures that “Daft Punk’s gonna be fine.” The title of the Who song also references Daft Punk’s comeback hit, 2013′s “Get Lucky.”
Earlier this year AC/DC completed its first album since 2008, but to news that founding member Malcolm Young was hospitalized. (Billboard now reports that Young may be suffering from dementia.) Meanwhile, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was the French electro duo’s first album in eight years, aside from 2010′s Tron: Legacy soundtrack. That (brief) time away from the spotlight resulted in rumors of retirement.
The Who’s “Be Lucky” will appear in the group’s forthcoming two-disc hits collection,Who Hits 50!, out October 27. Hear the new song below. More »
After making a major announcement about her upcoming single “Something In The Water,” Carrie Underwood is now treating fans to a music teaser! The singer posted the video on her official Youtube page, where she is at a photo shoot for her new album – Greatest Hits: Decade #1.
She seems to be taking the water theme quite literally, as her hair is completely soaked for the photo shoot. As for the actual song (which sounds like a mid-tempo ballad), it seems promising! The teaser jumps straight into the song’s chorus, with Underwood’s powerful vocals soaring over a booming, drum-heavy production. More »
Andre 3000 covers the latest issue of Billboard and talks of how he returned to the spotlight for the first time in seven years, with OutKast‘s high-profile reunion tour. Also discussed: his starring role as Jimi Hendrix in biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. The story finds him in limbo: On one hand, he continues to lay down sought-after guest verses, worth at least $100,000 each. On the flip side, he doesn’t feel that he can top the music he created starting 20 years ago and up until OutKast’s last album, 2007′s Idlewild.
“My opposition is time, age,” Andre says to Billboard. “You can make music forever, but I think there’s a magic window. I think you can go beyond your magic window and still be the greatest instrumentalist and greatest artist, but anything outside that magic window is just not resonating the same.” More »
Ariana Grande shows off her comedic chops in the new promo clip for Saturday Night Live. The singer will be performing on the show’s 40th season premiere on September 27, hosted by actor Chris Pratt. Donning her famous black cat ears, the mini pop diva exchanges some funny banter with the host. In the first clip, Grande jokes she falls asleep to Pratt’s movies. The second clip finds Pratt confusing the singer with being Spanish, not Italian.
The two songs that Grande will perform from her latest album My Everything has not yet been announced, but we’re hoping it’s between a fun-filled performance with “Break Free” and a soothing ballad like “Love Me Harder.” Who knows, maybe she’ll bring out her rumored boyfriend Big Sean as a special guest! More »
After two years since her last album release with Blown Away, Carrie Underwood has announced a musical comeback! The country star took to social media to tell her fans about her upcoming single. Titled “Something In The Water,” the new track will be released on Monday, September 29.
“Something In The Water” will be the first single from Underwood’s first-ever compilation album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which is set for a December 9 release – just in time for the holiday season! More »
Earlier this month, everyone with an iTunes account was gifted with U2‘s brand new album, Songs Of Innocence, for free — a move that, quite frankly, pissed off a sizable chunk of the globe. (“Apple’s devious U2 album giveaway is even worse than spam,” cried Wired — just one of many angry sentiments posted online regarding the release.)
But despite the tornado of ire over the giveaway by the Irish rockers, there actually is a physical CD version of Songs Of Innocence on the way (it’s out October 13), and it’s one you’ll have to do the old-fashioned thing with, i.e. pay for. Above is the cover art for said release, which features U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and his son Aaron Elvis Mullen. More »
Did you hear?
:: We have been lied to people! After releasing the pop magic that was Kelis‘ 2003 single “Milkshake,” the singer reveals that she doesn’t even like the tasty dairy treat! She told this to a reporter after a recent performance in Berlin. It’s incredibly mind-blowing. [Digital Spy]
:: In weirder news, Drake added some new tattoos to his growing collection: the number 6 in honor of Toronto, a sweet quote…and a praying hand emoji? Don’t worry, we’re still confused too. [Vulture]
:: Lorde posted an adorable video on her Twitter page, showing a 12-year-old gifted with tickets to her concert. The tearful reaction is the cutest thing! [Twitter]
:: Urban Outfitters now holds the crown for being the biggest seller of vinyl records in the world. The popular clothing retailer has had many controversial moments, and this news will surely anger many local vinyl shop supports. [Stereogum]
:: Sting and Alicia Keys have been added to the star-studded Global Citizen Festival lineup, an annual charity event that will take place this Saturday (September 27) in NYC’s Central Park. Other artists set to perform include Jay Z, No Doubt, The Roots, and Carrie Underwood. [Rolling Stone]
:: In a new interview with our friends at VIBE, 50 Cent reveals how he dealt with the recent passing of his grandmother, his new SunDance TV show Dream School and denying rumors that he and Ciara are back together. [VIBE]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Beyonce changed the music business forever on December 13, 2013 when she dropped her self-titled fifth studio album at midnight with no prior warning. The surprise release turned out to be a stroke of marketing genius — helping the LP sell 600,000+ copies in its first three days of release. It not only cemented her status as a commercial and creative force but left the rest of the game scrambling. Was this the way forward or an unrepeatable stunt?
Harvard Business School of all places has taken it upon itself to answer that question (among others) in a new case study. The most interesting piece of academia to be published probably ever investigates: “what it took to pull off the ambitious and costly campaign, the prevailing market conditions, the structural and technical obstacles, as well as the many difficult decisions Beyonce and her management team confronted along the way.” More »