Placebo has announced their seventh album, Loud Like Love. The British alternative band - Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Forrest - have also confirmed a European tour later his year to promote the record.
The album is the band's first in four years, following 2009's Battle For The Sun. It features ten new tracks recorded in London over the last year and will be to be available in five different formats, including 3D Lenticular Super Deluxe Box Set and a colored vinyl edition. Fans can pre-order the album from May 31 in time for the official release date of September 16.
The rock trio will kick off their tour in Warsaw, Poland, on November 12. Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday, and the band are expected to follow their European dates with shows in the US, Latin America, Australia, Asia and other more soon.
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Daft Punk is planning a second album with Nile Rodgers. The French duo - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter - teamed up with the disco legend for three songs on their new album, Random Access Memories, and he is keen for them to collaborate again on his hoard of unreleased material.
"I recently found a treasure trove of old stuff I wrote years ago that's been hidden in a studio vault. It's unreleased material from the late 70s and early 80s, and it has to see the light of day - especially now I've met producers that I trust like Daft Punk. I already know they'd love to work on some of this music. There's some solo stuff, tracks by Johnny Mathis and Fonzi Thornton, the soundtrack to a film called Alphabet City and Chic recording in Stockholm," Nile said.
Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber are recording new music together. The "Can't Be Tamed" singer was spotted leaving a Hollywood recording studio within minutes of Justin, 19, on Thursday and they are believed to be working on a collaboration.
"There aren't that many recording booths at this studio, they must be doing something together. Justin and Miley left within minutes of each other - it's too coincidental. There's gotta be a collaboration in the works," a photographer from X17online.com said.
Miley recently worked with gangster-rapper-turned-reggae artist Snoop Lion on the song "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks." He said, "Miley Cyrus was always a great singer to me and I knew she was a fan so it was great for us to collaborate. It's what she's going through and what I'm going through, she makes great music."
Lily Allen has joked her new album will be about "nappies."
The "Fear" hitmaker has been on hiatus from the pop world since 2009 but recently returned to the recording studio and claims her lyrics draw on her new life as a wife to Sam Cooper and mother to daughters Ethel, 18 months, and Marnie, four months.
"I wouldn't say it has been easy [writing songs again] but it hasn't been hard. It has just been different because my pool of inspiration is just so different to what it was eight, nine, 10 years ago... It's all about nappies, you're going to love it."
Lily hopes fans will enjoy her new material, which she says is very "catchy." When asked what fans can expect by British station Absolute Radio at the Ivor Novello awards in London on Wednesday, she said, "Just some good songs with catchy choruses and key changes here and there."
Chris Brown has announced his new single will feature never-before-heard vocals from Aaliyah. The 24-year-old rapper is set to release his track "They Don't Know" - taken from his upcoming album X - and has promised fans a "special" treat by including the late R&B star's voice, which will be heard for the first time since her death in 2001.
Speaking at the BET Awards 2013 press conference on Tuesday, where he was nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Chris said, "I got something special for my fans. It's called 'They Don't Know.' This song features Aaliyah. And never-before-heard vocals. All new stuff that's never been heard before."
The "Forever" hitmaker shot the video for the song in the Los Angeles "hood" last weekend and hopes his chosen location will unite people from various backgrounds. "I shot it in the 'hood. I went to 60th Street and Cedar Block. [I'm] bringing both worlds together and trying to uplift the poverty side of the community and show them where I'm from. I'm from Virginia, but everybody comes from a broken home or being broke - I remember when I was," he added.
Kanye West's new album is from "the year 3000."
The "Stronger" hitmaker has been working on his sixth solo LP and his friend and G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Travi$ Scott, who has heard some of the tracks, thinks fans may not be ready for the futuristic sound of the record: "That s**t is like some next-level 3000. We're already in the year 3000 f***ing with that s**t and that's why I love hanging out with those guys over there. You get caught on to that new s**t extra fast."
Though Travi$ refused to say much about the album, he admitted he loves being part of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music colllective because he has learned a lot - and gets treated to "information" before anyone else. "You know how he feels about his s**t. What I can say is, it's cool as f**l, you just learn a lot, you see a lot, you hear a lot and you just get the information super-early. That's what influences me to work 13 times as hard," he added in an interview with MTV.
Mariah Carey feels there is a "lot of pressure" on her new album. The diva released comeback track "#Beautiful," featuring Miguel, on Monday and is racing to complete her eleventh studio album in time for summer.
Taking about a release date, she told radio host Ryan Seacrest, "Probably we're talking about earlier than mid-summer, which is a lot of pressure on me because I want these last few records to be just as good as the first records I started."
Mariah wrote "#Beautiful" with Miguel and was impressed with how in tune with each other they both were in the studio. "We got together, he had starting writing this song with just the guitar riff. And I have to say this about him as a collaborator, sometimes when you haven't worked with somebody you don't know really what they do in the studio... And if they have the same kind of love for music that I have... And he's the truth. We just wanted to do something different that has a texture that feels fresh," she explained.
Blur are starting work on a new album.
The "Parklife" band will work on their first record since 2003's Think Tank - which didn't include guitarist Graham Coxon - after having to pull out of some dates in their current tour.
Speaking during a concert at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld-Expo on Sunday singer Damon Albarn said, "We were supposed to play in Taiwan and Japan next week, but due to unforeseen circumstances we weren't able to go there. So we have a week in Hong Kong, so we thought it would be a good time to try and record another record."
After touring Think Tank, Blur - which also includes bass player Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree - went on hiatus so its members could pursue other projects. They reunited in 2008 and started playing live in 2009. The band then released two tracks, "The Puritan" and "Under the Westway," last year.
Kanye West has reportedly collaborated with Skrillex and Odd Future on his new album. The rapper boasts the dubstep producer and members of the rap collective among a huge roll call of guest stars on his sixth studio album, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Kanye reportedly worked on the record in secret, recording in Paris' Le Meurice hotel, and is believed to be ready to release it next month after he tweeted "June Eighteen" last week.
One Direction have started working on a new album..
The "Little Things" pop stars are hoping to release the follow-up to 2012's "Take Me Home" by the end of the year, but Louis Tomlinson has insisted the band won't be hurrying themselves. "We've already started recording the new album, we started about a month ago. We've been writing and recording it while on tour. We are really happy with it. We don't want to rush it, but it will be out for Christmas," he said.
The group - whose line-up is completed by Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan - were rumored to be wanting to take several months off to work on the record, but it is said the quintet remain "career minded."
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