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 22, except for titles marked with an asterisk, which are out today. 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.
- The Antlers, (together) EP
- Big Time Rush, Elevate * LISTEN
- Mary J. Blige, My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act 1 *
- Kate Bush, 50 Words for Snow * LISTEN
It's only the singer-songwriter's second album of new material in 17 years, but she seems to have used the extra time wisely: 50 Words for Snow is receiving some of the best reviews for any new album released this fall. The ambitious album contains seven lengthy (and, indeed, wintry) songs that blend elements of jazz, electronics, and orchestral arrangements with Bush's truly unique writing style and vocals that showcase her range.
- Calexico, Selections From Road Atlas 1998-2011 - Tracks taken from previous tour-only releases LISTEN (Paste)
- Coalesce, Give Them Rope *
- Chris Cornell, Songbook * - Live album recorded during recent solo acoustic tour
- Daughtry, Break the Spell * LISTEN
- Death Cab for Cutie, Keys and Codes Remix EP *
- James Durbin, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster * LISTEN
- Michael Jackson, Immortal * [2xCD] - Soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil show LISTEN
- Kidz in the Hall, Occasion
- Lady Gaga, Born This Way - The Remix *
- Lady Gaga, The Monster Ball Tour At Madison Square Garden * [DVD]
- Adam Lambert, Beg for Mercy *
- Magazine, No Thyself - First album in 30 years for post-punk legends
- Rhett Miller, The Interpreter Live at Largo LISTEN (RS)
- Mobb Deep, Black Cocaine EP *
- M.O.P., Sparta *
- Neutral Milk Hotel, Box Set - Vinyl only, contains all previously released material plus 15 unreleased tracks; available only at official site; digital versions of new tracks also available individually at Bandcamp
- New York Dolls, Lookin' Fine On Television [DVD] - Footage from 1970s performances
- Nickelback, Here and Now *
- The Residents, Talking Light: Bimbo's [DVD] - Live 2011 performance
- Rihanna, Talk That Talk * LISTEN (3voor12)
The singer's sixth studio album finds Rihanna lightening up a bit lyrically while enlisting a group of collaborators that includes Calvin Harris (on the lead single "We Found Love") and Jay-Z. It might be a bit better than last year's disappointing Loud, but not by much.
- The Rolling Stones, Some Girls Deluxe Edition * [2xCD]
- The Rolling Stones, Some Girls - Live in Texas '78 * [DVD/Blu-ray]
- Rush, Sector 1, Sector 2, and Sector 3 * [Box sets] - Three separate 6-disc box sets, arranged chronologically, that include remastered versions of all 15 of Rush's studio albums for Mercury Records
- Salem, I'm Still in the Night EP
- Bob Seger, Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets * [2xCD]
- Eric Solomon, Time Bomb
- Britney Spears, Britney Spears Live: The Femme Fatale Tour * [DVD/Blu-ray]
- Sunn O))), 00 Void * - U.S. rerelease of long out of print 2000 album
- Taylor Swift, Speak Now World Tour Live * [CD + DVD]
- Talking Heads, Chronology * [DVD] - Live performances from 1975-83
- Trentemoller, Reworked/Remixed [2xCD] - CD release LISTEN (3voor12)
- Various, The Descendants OST *
- Various, Happy Feet Two OST *
- Various, The Muppets OST *
- John Williams, War Horse OST *
- Yelawolf, Radioactive *
- Young Statues, Young Statues *
More streaming and downloadable new music
- NPR is streaming the upcoming Warp compilation RetroActivity by Sweet Exorcist, the influential early-1990s IDM duo of DJ Parrot and Cabaret Voltaire's Richard H. Kirk.
- Spin is streaming Fuck Death, the new third LP by Blackout Beach, a side project for Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes and Swan Lake. You can also download the album track "Beautiful Burning Desire" at the Dead Oceans site.
- January 6 brings a Male Bonding/EMA split single on which each artist covers Nirvana. Stream both tracks at Pitchfork.
- Stream four tracks from the soundtrack to the upcoming Sean Penn-starring drama This Must Be the Place at TwentyFourBit. The tracks include a live David Byrne version of the Talking Heads song that gives the movie its title, as well as three tracks by the fictitious Pieces of Shit, which features Byrne, Will Oldham, and singer Michael Brunnock.
- Listen to Jens Lekman's recent BBC radio session—which includes a brand new song—at Stereogum.
- Download or stream "Dream On," a new track by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, at Stereogum.
- Hear "Nothing Is the News," a new track by Damien Jurado, at Soundcloud.
- Stream the new Escort track "Makeover" at Spin.
- Listen to "She Smells So Nice," a never-before-heard track by The Doors that will be included on the January deluxe reissue of L.A. Woman, at Rolling Stone.
- Stereogum has a pair of new tracks by Ford & Lopatin for your listening enjoyment.
- Stream a new J Mascis B-side, "I've Been Thinking," at Soundcloud.
- Listen to She & Him sing "Christmas Day" at Soundcloud.
- Stream the new Zomby track "Labyrinth" at Stereogum.
- Listen to a new Gonjasufi track, "Nikels & Dimes," at The Quietus.
- James Blake can't seem to go more than a few weeks without releasing new music; his latest track, the instrumental "Curbside," can be heard at One Thirty BPM.
- At NPR, stream the new Jónsi track "Gathering Stories," taken from his upcoming soundtrack album to Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo.
- Did you think those Radiohead King of Limbs remixes were done just because they were compiled onto an album? Think again; a new, eighth batch of remixes are now available to stream (and buy) at Radiohead's site.
- And speaking of Radiohead, a pair of very early demos (from when the band was still called On A Friday and guitarist Jonny Greenwood hadn't joined yet) have surfaced on the web today. Take a listen at NME.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Lady Antebellum (Kimmel), M83 (Fallon), Needtobreathe (Letterman)
- Tuesday: B.O.B. (Fallon), Daughtry (Ellen), Hot Chelle Rae (Leno), Nickelback (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Justin Bieber (Letterman), The Black Eyed Peas (Ellen), Gym Class Heroes (Ellen)
- Thursday: Lady Gaga (A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, ABC, 9:30p)
Recent artist and industry news
- Google launched its new online music store last Wednesday in an attempt to compete with Apple's iTunes Music Store. The store is now available as part of its Google Music cloud service (which is no longer in beta), and will sell full albums and individual tracks, though its 13 million songs available at launch will not include any music by Warner artists. - Wired
- Call it the "Lady Gaga Rule": Billboard announced this week that it will no longer include heavily discounted albums and singles in its weekly charts. As a result, any album that sells for less than $3.49 during the first four weeks of release (or any track that sells for less than $0.39 in its first three months) will be excluded from Billboard charts, a policy that would have impacted Lady Gaga's rankings earlier this year when Amazon was selling her album for just 99 cents. (The new policy, however, will not apply retroactively.)
- Want a pair of Gorillaz-designed Chuck Taylors? Converse will release the shoes early next year, along with a new collaborative track featuring the cartoon band (and yet-to-be-revealed collaborators). Spin has more details and a picture of one of the four sneaker designs.
- At the time of her death this summer at the age of 27, singer Amy Winehouse had completed writing all of the songs for her third album, producer Salaam Remi reported last week while discussing Winehouse's upcoming posthumous release, Lioness (which contains the only two of those new songs she recorded). She was also planning to record a jazz album with a "supergroup" composed of The Roots' ?uestlove, among other musicians. - Pollstar ... However, a dozen of the unreleased Winehouse tracks will apparently never leave the Island Records vault. - NME.
- Noel Gallagher is reportedly in talks to write the theme song to the next James Bond movie, Skyfall. - NME
- Taylor Swift won three awards, including Artist of the Year, when the American Music Awards were handed out on Sunday night. Nicki Minaj and Adele were also big winners. - Billboard
The latest music videos
DJ Shadow feat. Little Dragon, "Scale It Back":
The Muppets, "Forget You":
Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light":
Amy Winehouse, "Our Day Will Come":
Fleet Foxes, "The Shrine / An Argument":
The Raveonettes, "Let Me On Out":
Feist, "How Come You Never Go There":
The Big Pink, "Hit the Ground (Superman)":
The Roots feat. P.O.R.N., "Stomp":
WU LYF, "We Bros":
My Brightest Diamond, "High Low Middle":
Black Lips, "Raw Meat":
The Rapture, "Sail Away" [Short version]:
Salem, "Better Off Alone":
Black Light Dinner Party, "Gold Chain":
Yellow Ostrich, "Mary (Alternate)":
North Highlands, "Benefits":
In the studio / coming soon
- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have a new album planned for 2012, though details are few at the moment. A tour is also in the works for next year. - Spin
- Electronic music duo Mouse on Mars are returning on February 28, 2012 with Parastrophics, their first album in six years. One Thirty BPM has some details.
- Air will release a new LP, Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon), on February 7. The Astralwerks release builds on the band's new score for Georges Méliès classic 1902 silent film that debuted at Cannes last May. Members of Au Revoir Simone and Beach House guest. - Prefix
- Depeche Mode co-founders Vince Clarke and Martin L. Gore have reunited to record a techno album under the name VCMG. The pair last worked together on 1981's Depeche Mode debut Speak & Spell, after which Clarke left the band to form Yaz(oo). Their still untitled new album is expected in the spring. - The Quietus
- Slayer revealed through a tweet last week that the band is currently writing material for a new album. - NME
- February 24 will bring a new album by Cursive; I Am Gemini comes via Saddle Creek. - Prefix
- A new Van Halen record (with David Lee Roth) is looking more and more likely; the band has just signed to Interscope. - Rolling Stone
- Dr. Dog will return with Be The Void on Anti- Records on February 7th. - One Thirty BPM
- The 10th studio album by singer-songwriter Damien Jurado, Maraqopa, is set for release on February 21 on Secretly Canadian. - One Thirty BPM
- Tyler, the Creator tells Spin that his next album will be called Wolf and it will be out in May of next year. The artist has also been working on a new collaboration with Frank Ocean and Toro Y Moi; One Thirty BPM manages to scrape together a few details from a series of tweets.
- Rapper T.I.'s next studio album is called Trouble Man; Billboard gets an early preview of some of the tracks up for consideration.
- Scotland's The Twilight Sad return with No One Can Ever Know on February 7. - Pitchfork
- Lambchop hasn't released an album since 2008, but that will change on February 20 when City Slang releases what could be the band's final album, Mr. M. Head over to Prefix for more details and to hear one of the album's tracks.
- The Ting Tings are finally getting close to completing their much-delayed sophomore album. NME reports that Sounds From Nowheresville should be ready in time for a February release.
- Anyone hoping that Dr. Dre would finally release his long-in-the-works Detox album in the near future will have to remain patient; the artist reported last week that he will be taking a break from music. - Billboard
- Rick Ross has delayed his album God Forgives, I Don't from its original December 13 date to spring 2012, a result of the artist's recent health problems. - Billboard
- David Brewis of Field Music discusses his band's upcoming 2012 release Plumb with Stereogum.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will return to the U.S. in March; get the dates at One Thirty BPM.
- February will find Cursive touring the western U.S.; get the dates at Prefix.
- The Eagles are planning to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a lengthy tour during the second half of 2012, reports Rolling Stone.
- The Hold Steady's Craig Finn will embark on a solo tour in February; One Thirty BPM has the dates.
- Thurston Moore also has a solo tour set for early 2012; get the dates at Prefix.
- Rammstein has a rare North American tour planned for the spring; Pollstar has the dates.
- The Smith Westerns have a handful of dates scheduled for the new year; get them at Prefix.
- Get dates for a three-month 2012 tour by Cloud Nothings at One Thirty BPM.