Jay-Z has announced his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. The "Run This Town" rapper will release his twelfth studio album worldwide on July 4 in a unique new deal with mobile phone company Samsung.
Jay announced the new record in a three-minute commercial for Samsung, which aired on TV last night during the NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. In the clip, the rapper is seen recording new music in the studio with a slew of top collaborators including Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Swizz Beats and Rick Rubin. "The idea is to really finish the album and drop it. Giving it to the world at one time and letting them share it, and it goes out," he said.
The album will first be made available for free to one million lucky fans who own the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 or Galaxy Note II. The phone users will be able to download the record at 12.01am on July 4 through a special app on their mobile phones, while the album's general release will follow 72 hours later.
Kanye West has cast Scott Disick as the lead in his latest music video.
The rapper is keeping business in the family by asking Scott, who is in a relationship with Kourtney Kardashian, the sister of Kanye's pregnant girlfriend Kim Kardashian, to be in the promo. The promotional video will be inspired by the film American Psycho - about Manhattan businessman Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, who is also a delusional serial killer. According to the New York Post newspaper, the video will be shot in Brooklyn and will re-create Bale's lines about Huey Lewis and the News - which he utters to Jared Leto's character Paul Allen - but with references to Kanye and his forthcoming album Yeezus substituted for "The Power of Love" hitmakers. Leto's part in the video is going to be recreated by Kim's close friend Jonathan Cheban.
Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane has undergone emergency brain surgery.
According to a statement released on the band's official website, the English rocker had a blood cot in his head:
"Ted has been feeling unwell for a few days, and yesterday he was taken to a hospital to receive emergency treatment... The scans revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain that requires an operation. Ted is receiving excellent care and we are being assured that he will recover quickly from surgery."
The band was forced to postpone three shows - two in Texas and one in New Orleans - but has stated that they do not intend to postpone any others: "We have no plans to cancel or postpone any other appearances along this current tour."
The other members ended the statement on a touching note: "We're all wishing Ted a speedy recovery. Much love, Mumford & Sons."
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Placebo is back with a new album, and they're not being quiet about it.
The alternative rockers released a teaser for the title track of their upcoming seventh studio album, Loud Like Love. Though the video appears to be a little more normal than the band's usual aesthetic, the music itself sounds like they're departing from their sixth album Battle for the Sun - thankfully - and returning to the style fans recall from Meds (2006) and Sleeping with Ghosts (2003).
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Adrian Belew has quit Nine Inch Nails.
The 63-year-old guitarist has parted ways with the band after a discussion with frontman Trent Reznor - who was inspired by Adrian to reform the group - in which the pair concluded his involvement was "not working" and he has apologized to fans for letting them down.
Adrian - who previously fronted band King Crimson and has worked with the likes of Frank Zappa, Talking Heads and David Bowie - wrote on his official Facebook page, "hey folks, before this goes too far let me say this: I greatly respect trent and the music he makes. no one is at fault. we both agreed it just was not working. I'm sorry to disappoint anyone. that really hurts. but NIN will do an amazing show and I am back where I belong: creating FLUX. (sic)"
His departure comes just a month after bassist Eric Avery quit, admitting he was "overwhelmed" at the thought of a long tour and instead wants to remain in Los Angeles to focus on his solo career.
Could there be an Adam Levine and Katy Perry duet in the making?
Judging by some paparazzi photos, The Voice judge was seen exiting a recording studio soon after the "Part of Me" singer had entered the same building. Pop star Sia and producer Diplo were also spotted during Perry's recoding session, appearing in a photo she posted on Instagram where the pair playfully try to hide the "California Gurls" singer from photographers with umbrellas (seen after the jump).
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Beck is planning to release two new albums this year.
The "Devil's Haircut" musician is working on a follow up to 2008's Modern Guilt as well as an acoustic album, according to Rolling Stone magazine. One completely new track, "Defriended" has already appeared on the internet, but it is unknown if it will appear on either album.
Beck said last year he had gone back to working on some ideas he had started in 2008: "There is music and its coming. I have this one record I started in 2008, it got put aside for a long time, but recently I've been mixing some of the songs. I'm not sure if they'll be singles, EPs or an album, but it will come out in some way and it sounds sonically adventurous."
Beck's last musical project was Song Reader which was a collection of sheet music. Fans from around the world were then encouraged to share their own interpretations and versions of the tracks.
Selena Gomez will quit singing to focus on acting.
The 20-year-old singer plans to take an extended break from music after her Stars Dance world tour this summer in order to concentrate on her film career, which took off last year thanks to her role in Spring Breakers. Asked whether she had plans to stop singing, she said, "Yeah, probably for a while, I wanna get more into film. I'm open to trying new things. I just did an action movie and a dark comedy and then a drama so I've been able to do really fun projects that are different."
The brunette star also teased some details of her super secretive tour, revealing her biggest priority is to get into shape in order to keep up with the energetic dance routines she has planned. "This is my first world tour so I definitely need to get in shape, that's the first thing I need to do. But it's always been my dream to tour the world and actually give myself to my fans the show they deserve. There's no planned [guests] right now. Just for this tour overall I'm doing a lot more dancing which I didn't really do on my last tour, the costumes are going to be a lot more detailed. Basically I'm going to be performing the whole new record," she explained.
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has announced that the band has finished their latest album and that it will be released through Columbia later this year.
While Reznor stated at the end of last year that new material was in the works and had released scheduled tour dates, the band never divulged just when that album would arrive (their last album, The Slip, was released in 2008). Reznor opened up about the fact that he kept the news underwraps from fans:
"I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately. For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly f--king great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, How to Destroy Angels and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!"
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Paris Hilton has signed to Cash Money record label.
The 32-year-old heiress - who released her debut album Paris in 2006 - will release a house music album later this year and has already recorded a single with Lil Wayne.
"Welcome@ParisHilton to tha Family. RichgangRichgirl. YMCMB (sic)," Cash Money's Birdman tweeted.
Paris replied, "@BIRDMAN5STAR Thanks BO$$! Happy to be a part of the family. (sic)." She also posted a link to a YouTube video, writing, "Love this song I recorded with @LilTunechi. Love Lil Wayne, he is so amazing! Can't wait for our new song! (sic)."
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