Each Monday, our 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 title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, November 15, 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. The week's most noteworthy releases are starred.
- Andrea Bocelli, Concerto, One Night in Central Park - Feat. Celine Dion and Tony Bennett
- Paul Anka, Songs of December - Christmas music
- Blackout Beach, Fuck Death
- Cabaret Voltaire, Johnny YesNo Redux [2CD + 2DVD] - Includes Peter Care's original 1979 short film, a brand new remake of the film (also by Care), and an extra 140 minutes of footage on 2 DVDs, as well as Cabaret Voltaire's original 1982 soundtrack album and new remixes and tracks by Richard H. Kirk on 2 CDs
- Can, Tago Mago 40th Anniversary Edition [2xCD] - Remastered version of classic 1971 album includes bonus CD with 50 minutes of previously unreleased live material
- Caveman, Coco Beware
- Ray Charles, Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles [Box set]
- Childish Gambino, Camp LISTEN (NPR; today only)
Childish Gambino is the hip-hop alias of actor/comedian Donald Glover, best known for playing Troy on NBC's Community. But don't dismiss Camp, his first commercially released LP, as a mere vanity project; Glover has serious skills behind the mic, and his refreshingly unique style, a barrage of pop culture references, and the diverse array of sounds provide plenty of reasons to give the album multiple spins.
- Crystal Stilts, Radiant Door
- Drake, Take Care
The second LP from Canadian actor-turned-Cash Money recording artist Drake has been building buzz for months, becoming one of fall's most-anticipated albums. And the early reviews suggest that it was worth the wait, as Take Care is shaping up to be an even stronger release than Drake's 2010 debut Thank Me Later. The impressive guest roster here includes Rihanna, Andre 3000, The Weeknd, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne.
- Greg Edmonson, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception OST
- Future of the Left, Polymers Are Forever EP LISTEN (Spin)
- Glee Cast, Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2 LISTEN
- Gym Class Heroes, The Papercut Chronicles II
- Tim Heidecker, Cainthology: Songs in the Key of Cain EP - Digital-only release with 9 songs about Herman Cain; on sale now
- Howie D, Back to Me LISTEN
- Waylon Jennings, Live At The US Festival, 1983 [DVD]
- Kings of Leon, Talihina Sky:The Story of Kings of Leon [Blu-ray]
- Korallreven, An Album by Korallreven LISTEN
- Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness
- Michael McCann, Deus Ex: Human Revolution OST
- Yael Meyer, Everything Will Be Alright
- David Nail, The Sound Of A Million Dreams
- Willie Nelson, Live At The US Festival, 1983 [DVD]
- Odonis Odonis, Hollandaze
- The Olivia Tremor Control, Black Foliage: Animation Music, Vol. 1 [2xCD] - Remastered version of 1999 album includes bonus disc with B-sides and previously unreleased tracks
- Ozzy Osbourne, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne [DVD/Blu-ray]
- Pink Martini, A Retrospective - Greatest hits and previously unreleased tracks
- Pterodactyl, Spills Out
- R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 [2xCD]
R.E.M.'s final release is a 40-song, 2-disc, career-spanning retrospective that includes their greatest hits from their I.R.S. days in addition to their more recent Warner Bros. albums. The set also includes three new tracks, leftovers from the recording sessions for their final studio album, Collapse Into Now.
- Bill Ryder-Jones, If... - Solo debut from former member of The Coral LISTEN (Guardian)
- Sigur Rós, Inni [2CD + DVD or Blu-ray]
Fans of the atmospheric Icelandic band Sigur Rós haven't had a new studio album from the band in three years. While that won't change until 2012, Inni might help to tide things over. This new set includes a 2-CD live album with songs drawn from throughout the band's history, coupled with a 75-minute, black-and-white concert film (on your choice of DVD or Blu-ray) shot during the same 2008 tour by director Vincent Morisset, who has also worked with Arcade Fire. The heavily stylized movie, which also incorporates archival footage dating back to the 1990s, captures Sigur Rós as a stripped-down four-piece, working with some of the darker songs in the band's catalogue; as a result, Inni is, in almost every way, the opposite of the group's previous concert film, Heima.
- Slash, Made in Stoke 24/7/11 [2CD + DVD] LISTEN
- Tegan & Sara, Get Along [CD + DVD] - Live album, live film, plus two short docs LISTEN (RS)
- Thee Oh Sees, Carrion Crawler/The Dream LISTEN (3voor12)
- Twilight Singers, Live in New York - Live album; digital release only
- Tycho, Dive LISTEN (Spin)
- Various, The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute, Live from the Beacon Theatre LISTEN
- The Who, Quadrophenia-The Director's Cut [Box set] - Reissue with extra tracks, available as a 6-disc super deluxe edition or 2-disc deluxe edition
- Wim, Wim
- Betty Wright & The Roots, Betty Wright: The Movie LISTEN
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Listen to next week's new Kate Bush album 50 Words for Snow all this week at NPR.
- Listen to four tracks from Chris Cornell's Songbook live album at Billboard.
- Stream the A-side to Girls' upcoming single "Lawrence" at Soundcloud.
- "Run Right Back" is the B-side to the upcoming Black Keys single "Lonely Boy," and you can stream it now at Listen Before You Buy.
- Listen to the unreleased Kid Cudi cut "To Da Top" at Prefix.
- Stream or download a lively new Barry Adamson track, "Destination," taken from his upcoming album due in early 2012, at his official site.
- "In Love Divine" is a new bonus track by The Rapture; stream it at Soundcloud.
- Want to hear The Antlers cover The xx's "VCR"? Grab the MP3—of their new studio version of the song, not the previously leaked live version—at Stereogum.
- Stream "Oh Yoko," performed by Patti Smith and Tony Shanahan during a John Lennon tribute concert (that will be released this week on CD), at Rolling Stone.
- Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto have another collaborative album (flumina) due December 6; download the LP track "0318" at Pitchfork.
- "Distorted Cymbals" is a new single by Mount Eerie, and while it doesn't hit stores until February, you can stream it now at the K Records site.
- Grab a free MP3 of "Studio Backpack Rap," a brand-new track by Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle taken from her upcoming sophomore LP Freedom of Speech, at Soundcloud. (The video of the track is also streaming below in our videos section.)
- New Warp Records signee Kwes (an in-demand, London-based producer) has a new MP3, "Get Up," available at the Warp site.
- Download the new Imperial Teen track "Runaway," taken from their January Merge release Feel the Sound, at Stereogum.
- Stereogum also has a new single by The Twilight Sad called "Sick."
- New Build is yet another spinoff from Hot Chip; listen to the new group's new track "Misery Loves Company" at Pitchfork.
- Listen to Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller take on David Bowie's "Queen Bitch" at Rolling Stone.
- Stream Alabama rap duo G-Side's new album Island in its entirety at Stereogum.
- Betty Wright's new album finds her backed by The Roots; stream the album track "Grapes On A Vine" at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: The Belle Brigade (Kimmel), Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (Fallon), The Kooks (Letterman), Miranda Lambert (Leno), LL Cool J (Conan)
- Tuesday: Tony Bennett (Fallon), Childish Gambino (Conan), Drake (Letterman), Chris Isaak (Tavis Smiley), Mastodon (Carson Daly)
- Wednesday: Vince Gill (Leno), Miranda Lambert (Kimmel), Lykke Li (Letterman), Michael Stipe (Fallon), Trentemoller (Carson Daly)
- Thursday: Dierks Bentley (Fallon), Mary J. Blige (American Express Unstaged live performance at 11p ET / 8p PT on VEVO), Jimmy Cliff (Tavis Smiley), John Fogerty (Letterman), Vince Gill (Kimmel), Gym Class Heroes (Leno), We Were Promised Jetpacks (Carson Daly)
- Friday: Animal [from The Muppets] (Fallon), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Carson Daly), Grouplove (Letterman) Tom Morello with Ben Harper (Leno)
- Saturday: Florence + The Machine (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Rapper and actor Heavy D died Tuesday at the age of 44 after collapsing outside his Beverly Hills home. The recording artist was best known for late-1980s hits with Heavy D & the Boyz like "Somebody For Me" and "We Got Our Own Thang." -AP
- Winners of the 45th annual Country Music Association Awards were announced last week. Taylor Swift was named entertainer of the year, while Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party was selected as album of the year. More winners at the official CMA site.
- The Latin Grammy Awards were also given out last week, and Puerto Rico's Calle 13 emerged the evening's biggest winner, collecting nine trophies. - Pop & Hiss
- Looking for a morbid but one-of-a-kind Christmas gift? All of the belongings—including, literally, his death bed—in the final Los Angeles home occupied by Michael Jackson will be auctioned off next month. - E!
- Much to the delight of music bloggers everywhere, R. Kelly has titled his upcoming memoir Soula Coaster: The Diary of Me. Expect it in the spring.
- The winner in the ongoing auction for EMI's recorded music division is Vivendi; that company's Universal Music Group will purchase the label (home to Coldplay and Katy Perry) for a reported $1.9 billion. EMI's music publishing business was sold separately to Sony for $2.2 billion. - Reuters
The latest music videos
Tom Waits, "Satisfied":
The Roots, "Tip the Scale":
Secret Music, "T.O.Y.S." [directed by TV Carnage]:
Los Campesinos!, "Hello Sadness":
Duran Duran, "Girl Panic!":
Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Monarchy of Roses":
Factory Floor, "Two Different Ways":
Cee Lo Green, "Anyway":
T.I. feat. Big K.R.I.T, "I'm Flexin":
Brian Eno, Michael Stipe, and Stephen Colbert, "Lean on Me" [from The Colbert Report]:
Speech Debelle, "Studio Backpack Rap":
Die Antwoord, "Fok Julle Naaiers":
Bruno Mars, "It Will Rain":
CSS, "City Grrrl":
Girl in a Coma, "Smart":
Young Dreams, "Young Dreams":
Sondre Lerche, "Domino":
In the studio / coming soon
- The original lineup of Black Sabbath has reunited and the group will record a new album with producer Rick Rubin for a release next fall. The lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward will also tour next year in support of the album, which will be their first in over 30 years. - Rolling Stone
- The Wall Street Journal, of all sources, broke the news that Sigur Rós (whose live album/DVD Inni is out this week) are planning to release a new studio album in the spring. WSJ writer Jim Fusilli got an early listen at the new music and deemed it "exceptional" and "thrilling."
- Sharon Van Etten will release her next album, Tramp, February 7 on Jagjaguwar. Members of The National, Beirut, the Walkmen, and Wye Oak contribute to the album; Pitchfork has the details.
- Purple Naked Ladies, the debut album for Odd Future spinoff The Internet, is now confirmed for a digital-only release on December 20, with an expanded CD release to follow on January 17.
- Radiohead's recent UK television performance is being released on DVD and Blu-ray with one additional track ("Supercollider") and a 32-page book as a bonus. Radiohead: The King Of Limbs, Live From The Basement can be ordered now from the band's official site, or can be purchased digitally from iTunes beginning December 19.
- Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo has a new solo album, Between The Times & The Tides, due for a release on March 20; find out more at label Matador's official site.
- Imperial Teen has a new album, Feel the Sound, arriving January 31 on Merge.
- Wiz Khalifa will follow Rolling Papers with a second LP called O.N.I.F.C., presumably arriving next year. - HipHop DX
- T.I. is hoping for a February release for his next album, which is still untitled. - Prefix ... In the meantime, you can catch his new VH1 reality show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, beginning December 5. - The Futon Critic
- Expect a March release for The Stoned Immaculate, the next LP by Curren$y. - Prefix
- February 14 will bring the release of the next Tennis album, titled Young and Old. The the Black Keys' Patrick Carney produces. - Pitchfork
- School of Seven Bells member Benjamin Curtis talks to Stereogum about his band's next album, Ghostory, due in the spring.
- Format is the title given to the Pet Shop Boys' second B-sides compilation, which will include post-1995 tracks. Expect it in February. - The Quietus
- On February 7, A Place To Bury Strangers will release a 5-song EP called Onwards To The Wall on their new label Dead Oceans. One Thirty BPM has the tracklist and is streaming one of the tracks.
- New Sugar Hill Records signees moe. will release What Happened to the La Las, their tenth studio album, on January 24. - JamBase
- One Thirty BPM also has details about Alone III: The Pinkerton Years, an upcoming release by Weezer's Rivers Cuomo that includes a CD of outtakes and demos and a companion book.
- Norway's Lindstrøm is set to release a new album, Six Cups of Rebel, on February 6. Pitchfork has more details and an MP3 of one of the LP's tracks.
- Shearwater's next album will be called Animal Joy, and it arrives on Sub Pop on February 14.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- The Stone Roses have yet to plan a full worldwide tour, but the reunited group has announced a handful of new festival dates outside of their native Manchester, in Scotland, Spain, and Japan. Pitchfork has the details.
- Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum has lined up a series of solo dates for the first three months of 2012; get the info at Pitchfork.
- Wild Flag will continue touring in the new year, including more performances in the U.S. after a brief international trip. Check One Thirty BPM for their newly added 2012 dates.
- Pitchfork also has February and March dates for Sharon Van Etten, who will headline a tour with the War on Drugs and Shearwater to support her new album.
- moe. has scheduled some mo' dates for early 2012, that will have the band on the road through March. Details at Pollstar.
- Rise Against will begin a U.S. tour in January; get the dates at Pollstar.
- Nada Surf have added a bunch of dates to their winter North American tour; find them at Pollstar.
- Creed has lined up a few April dates to perform some of their late-1990s albums in their entirety; Pollstar has the details.
- Get dates for a December tour by Tennis at Pitchfork.
- Kelly Clarkson is hitting the road in support of Stronger; MTV has the details.
- Britain's Band of Skulls has a North American tour planned for March and April. - Prefix
- The lineup for the Jeff Mangum-curated next installment of All Tomorrow's Parties in England, now scheduled for March 9-11, 2012, has been set, and Mangum, Joanna Newsom, and The Magnetic Fields will headline. Details at the ATP site.
- Speaking of ATP, their other UK festival, I'll Be Your Mirror, will take place in London from May 25-27. Guided By Voices, Mogwai, and Slayer (performing Reign in Blood in its entirety) are the headliners, and the weekend also includes performances by Mudhoney, Melvins, and a newly reunited Codeine (who will also tour the U.S. in 2012). Details at the ATP site.
- The preliminary lineup for Barcelona's 2012 Primavera Sound festival has been announced; Jeff Mangum and the reunited Codeine will be playing there as well, joined by Bjork, Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, and more. - One Thirty BPM
- Metallica will headline next summer's Download Festival in England, where they will perform 1991's Black Album in its entirety. (What, you wanted Lulu?) - The Guardian