Princess of Pop Working On ‘Personal,’ ‘Unexpected’ New Album

Scream and Shout BritneyBritney Spears‘ recording schedule has always been a bit erratic. She churned out an album for each of the first three years of her career, taking a breather after Britney (2001) and then In The Zone (2003) to get married, have kids, shave the old noggin’ and keep a watchful eye on Fanta and beef jerky sales at the gas station.

She returned for Blackout (2007, infamous “Gimme More” dance at the VMAs) and Circus (2008), then took a nearly three-year break before releasing Femme Fatale.

A Q&A with fans on Twitter indicates that a whole new CD full of Britney’s breathy “oohs” will actually come out sometime this year! Continue reading “Princess of Pop Working On ‘Personal,’ ‘Unexpected’ New Album”

Emily Haines Reveals New Metric Album Details

Emily Haines of the massive indie/rock band Metric revealed to Spin Magazine’s Peter Gaston that they already have 13 songs ready to mix for their upcoming fifth CD, a follow-up to their massive 2009 hit Fantasies, which had them playing arena shows and rolling in the success of songs like “Help I’m Alive” and “Gold Guns Girls.”

The enormity of their fifth effort earned them an offer to pen a track for the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack with Howard Shore – a very brave and questionable career move. The type that might cause skeptical fans to throw “sell out” digs their way…

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Florence + The Machine Sophomore Album Details

The highly anticipated second album from Florence Welch and her machine, Ceremonials, is due out on October 31 (Halloween!) in the UK.

From the song titles, stuff like “All This And Heaven Too,” the name of the LP seems to really fit. It seems very spiritual, but not preachy, I’d assume. The red-headed Bohemian fairy would never do that to me…

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Dear Britney: Remix Albums Are Useless

Britney Spears‘ second remix album is due for release on October 11, 2011. It features remixes from Femme Fatale, Circus and Blackout. (All the albums since she went crazy)

She announced the remix effort titled B In The Mix: The Remixes Vol. 2 on her Twitter page yesterday

Let me just remind you that remix albums never sell well and remixes in general feel like an admittance of previous wrongdoing.

ALSO the “Till The World Ends” remix featuring Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha is missing? Shame. That one was actually genius.

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U2’s ‘Achtung Baby’ Covers Album

This November 19th will mark the date of the the 20th anniversary of U2‘s seventh album, Achtung Baby, originally released in 1991.

A lavish 6 CD box set including a documentary by Davis Guggenheim, unreleased songs such as b-sides and remixes and even some cover songs, will likely release on October 31, 2011.

Four versions of the set will launch – the Uber Deluxe Edition, Super Deluxe Edition, Vinyl Box Set, and regular Deluxe Edition.

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Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter IV Album Review

Lil’ Wayne‘s been at it since the late 90’s when he was 15 and in the rap group The Hot Boys. He a classic example of a musical workaholic, he needs the spotlight like Lindsay needs a fifth. It comes as no surprise that his latest Tha Carter IV was announced for release out of nowhere, when fans had not been expecting it for months.

The album was meant to come out at midnight, tonight after the MTV Video Music Awards, but was leaked onto various torrent websites a few days ago. Fortunately (or unfortunately) Weezy is no stranger to leaks, he’s been a favorite target for internet pirates since Tha Carter III, and everything in between…

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Garbage Album Done Recording In Three Weeks?

August 14, 2011 11:50 am Garbage posted a cryptic message on their Facebook page (above) a picture of Shirley Manson recording vocals, and the simple words,

“Three more weeks to go…”

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The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Album Review

Brand new onto the indie rock scene, The Vaccines, a four-piece hailing from London, debuted their very first album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? on March 14th. A 33 minute long musical tapestry sure to land them on many prestigious top band lists of 2011. The Vaccines might be this year’s Phoenix, but they possess a less tightly wound style and it’s not hard to tell that their CD was recorded in only two weeks.

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Has a rough-around-the-edges punk quality, as if there was a large hole in the recording studio wall and a small fraction of the music drifted outside. Of course you can be sure this is not the case, sounds like this are largely intentional and wonderful.

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tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l Album Review

Merrill Garbus, Connecticut-native and creator of tUnE-yArDs, has spawned one of the top five indie albums of the year. She is in a distinct league, as 2011 has been a good year for emerging bands of this nature, spawning Foster The People, The Vaccines, YUCK and a new album from Smith Westerns, Garbus contends on this level. Her latest and second album under the tUnE-yArDs moniker, w h o k i l l, is more linear than her lo-fi freshman effort, Bird-Brains, though I hate to use a word that refers to straight lines when describing the tUnE-yArDs sound.

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