Each Monday, our new weekly music news bulletin brings you the major developments in the music world from the past seven days, and looks ahead to the coming week's key new albums.
This week's new releases
Each album listed below will be available beginning Tuesday, July 26, unless otherwise indicated. Click on any LISTEN link to listen to a free, streaming version of the entire album (typically, available only during the week of release); streaming links go to AOL music unless otherwise indicated.
- Atari Teenage Riot, Is This Hyperreal?
- The BoDeans, Indigo Dreams LISTEN
- Vanessa Carlton, Rabbits on the Run LISTEN
- Eric Church, Chief
- Falling in Reverse, The Drug in Me Is You LISTEN
- Heartsounds, Drifter
- Jasta, Jasta
- Kindred The Family Soul, Love Has No Recession LISTEN
- Little Dragon, Ritual Union LISTEN - The Swedish electro-pop group and occasional Gorillaz collaborators build on their accessible 2009 sophomore set Machine Dreams with their highly anticipated third album. Early reviews are strong, with critics especially fond of frontwoman Yukimi Nagano's voice.
- Paul McCartney, The Family Way [Original soundtrack remastered]
- Ronnie Milsap, Country Again LISTEN
- Release the Sunbird, Come Back to Us LISTEN - Side project for Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue
- Jay Rock, Follow Me Home
- Kelly Rowland, Here I Am
- Roxette, Greatest Hits LISTEN
- Joss Stone, LP1
- Jimmie Vaughan, Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites - Covers
More albums streaming this week
- NPR has an early preview of Richard Buckner's August 2nd album Our Blood.
- It's not streaming, but Spin has a free Nirvana tribute album available as a free download today on its Facebook page and beginning Tuesday at Spin.com. The artists on Newermind include the Meat Puppets, Vaselines, Surfer Blood, and EMA.
- It's not an album, but The Needle Drop has a pair of new tracks by Flying Lotus.
- And One Thirty BPM is streaming "Sail Away" by The Rapture, which will appear on their upcoming September release In The Grace Of Your Love.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Big Talk (Kimmel), Ray Davies (Fallon), Gomez (Leno), Tim Robbins & the Rogues Gallery Band (Letterman), K.T. Tunstall (Conan)
- Tuesday: Ray Davies (Regis & Kelly), Eels (Letterman), The Features (Kimmel), Matt & Kim (Fallon), Tim Robbins & the Rogues Gallery Band (The View), Shaggy (Lopez Tonight), Train (Leno)
- Wednesday: Anna Calvi (Letterman), Vanessa Carlton (Leno), Funeral Party (Conan), OneRepublic (Regis & Kelly), They Might Be Giants (Fallon), Chris Young (Kimmel)
- Thursday: 3 Doors Down (Regis & Kelly), Fountains of Wayne (Letterman), Ben E. King (Fallon), Lady Gaga (Kimmel), Stevie Nicks (Leno)
- Friday: Big Sean (Fallon), Kelly Rowland (Leno)
- Sunday: Enrique Iglesias (VH1's Behind the Music)
Recent artist and industry news
- Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday; the cause of death is not yet known, and while early reports suggested a drug overdose, police yesterday indicated that no drugs were found in the singer's home. Winehouse was best known for her 2007 album Back to Black, but her career since then had been marred by erratic behavior and stints in rehab. You can find one of many obituaries in The Guardian, while critic Jon Pareles offers an appraisal of her career in The New York Times. And M.I.A. has already recorded a tribute to the late singer; you can listen to "27" on Soundcloud.
- MTV's 2011 Video Music Award nominations were announced last week. Leading the pack was Katy Perry with nine nominations, while Adele and Kanye West each collected seven. The VMA ceremony will air live on MTV on August 28 at 9:00p ET.
- The shortlist for the 2011 Mercury Prize (Britain's most prestigious music award) was announced last week. Making the cut were Adele (21), Elbow (Build a Rocket Boys), James Blake (James Blake), and PJ Harvey (Let England Shake). The Guardian has the full list of 12 nominees.
- That long-in-the-works Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration Watch the Throne finally has an official release date, or, rather, two release dates: a digital release August 8, and a CD release on August 12 (each one week later than originally announced last week). Idolator has a track-by-track breakdown. The duo will release the album under the name The Throne, and they will also be touring together beginning in September. Assuming it hasn't been taken down yet, you can listen to the newly leaked track "Otis."
- Bjork has released another track from her upcoming album/multimedia project Biophilia (out September 27). Listen to "Cosmogony" at All Neon Like, or buy it at iTunes. Or read about the entire project in Billboard's cover story this week. Tuesday, expect to see the Michel Gondry-directed video for first single "Crystalline."
- The first track from the Red Hot Chili Peppers August 30 album I'm With You has leaked. You can hear the cowbell-laced "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" here, or read an analysis at EW.
- St. Vincent has released the first track from her upcoming Strange Mercy (due September 13). You can listen to—or download—"Surgeon" at her website.
- The hugely popular SoundHound app has added streaming lyrics that display in time with any song being played. Details at Pop & Hiss.
- Already serving time on a weapons charge, rapper Ja Rule was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison for income tax evasion. - New York Times
- Singer R. Kelly underwent emergency throat surgery on Tuesday, forcing him to put live performances on hold indefinitely. - Billboard
- Hip hop producer Pharrell Williams is launching Qream, a new liqueur for
the ladies"contemporary women," available in peach and strawberry. Now you know. - AllHipHop
The latest music videos
Beastie Boys, "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" (directed by Spike Jonze):
Little Dragon, "When I Go Out":
Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, "History of Rap, Part 2"
from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:
Pusha T feat. Tyler, The Creator, "Trouble On My Mind":
The Flaming Lips with Lightning Bolt, "I Wanna Get High But I Don't Want Brain Damage":
In the studio / coming soon
- No Doubt have returned to the studio with producers Diplo and Switch (aka Major Lazer) to continue recording their follow-up to 2001's Rock Steady. The recording process for the new album began in January, and there's still no official release date. - Billboard
- Feist has set a release date for her next album: Metals will arrive October 4 on Interscope. You can view a few previews at Pitchfork, while Spin describes the album's best tracks.
- The Los Angeles Times reports that Beck has been recording tracks with an unlikely collaborator: Dwight Yoakam. The latter also has a new album due out early next year.
- Damon Albarn's next project is an album to be recorded in the Congo in the span of one week. He'll collaborate with local musicians as well as producer Dan the Automator. You can follow his progress here.
- The ubiquitous Cee-Lo Green has tweeted that he has been recording a new album with his one-time group Goodie Mob for the first time since 1999. We Sell Drugs Too could get a release as soon as this fall. - One Thirty BPM
- M83 have put the finishing touches on their 2-disc, 22-track album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, which will arrive October 18 on Mute. There's a free download of the first track "Midnight City" at the band's website.
- Neon Indian will release Era Extraña on September 13 on its own Static Tongues label. Details at Stereogum.
- Rolling Stone checks in with Mastodon in the studio as the put the finishing touches on their upcoming album (due late this year) with producer Mike Elizondo.
- Rolling Stone also visits Drake in his Toronto studio to preview his upcoming October release Take Care. Rick Ross and Lil Wayne are set to guest on the album, and The Weeknd, Jamie xx, and Florence (sans Machine) may contribute as well.
- Grammy winning country trio Lady Antebellum return with third album Own the Night on September 13. HitFix has more details.
- Jens Lekman has a five-song EP, An Argument With Myself, due September 20 on Secretly Canadian; the label's website has the details.
- Remember Death in Vegas? They're back with Trans Love Energies, their first album in seven years, on September 12. Grab a free download of the first single "Enforced Peace" from the band's official site. Stereogum has details about the album.
- Stereogum checks in with Cymbals Eat Guitars as they record their sophomore set, Lenses Alien.
- Justin Bieber has been in the studio with Chris Brown to work on new material, reports Billboard.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- YouTube has announced that it will stream the Lollapalooza (August 5-7) and Austin City Limits (September 16-18) music festivals live in their entirety. - AP
- tUnE-yArDs will be touring North America throughout the fall after a quick trip to Europe in September. Pitchfork has the dates.
- Aphex Twin has been added to the lineup of the inaugural Parisian version of the Pitchfork Music Festival, which runs October 28-29 in France.
- Planning to be in Europe next month instead? Prince will be hosting his own music festival (the NPG Music and Art Festival) in Copenhagen on August 6-7.
- Also getting into the music festival game are our friends at the A.V. Club, who are hosting their inaugural A.V. Fest in Chicago on September 10 and 11. The lineup so far includes Tokyo Police Club and The Thermals, with more bands to be announced soon.
- Sweden's Jens Lekman has a short U.S. tour (and a new EP) in the works; dates at Pitchfork.
- Junior Boys will be playing at a city near you this fall, if you live in Europe or North America. Dates at their official site.
- The Psychedelic Furs are hitting the road with Tom Tom Club in September and October; Pollstar has some of their newly announced dates.
- The previously mentioned Neon Indian will also be hitting the road this fall to support their new album. Dates at Pitchfork.
- Tori Amos has added U.S. dates at the end of the year as she tours in support of her upcoming album Night of Hunters. Get the dates at her official site.
- Ra Ra Riot will be headlining its own North American tour this fall. Dates at Pollstar.