The Living End have discussed their 7th album on two episodes of Distortion podcast.
Noisey has posted a new letter for Mandatory Happiness, an advice column which is run by Against Me! member Laura Jane Grace.
Prince is now being hit with accusations of copyright infringement after sending out an e-mail to fans this week encouraging them to download the new album from Judith Hill. Sony Records and producer Jolene Cherry are now saying that Hill is under exclusive contract with them and that Prince did not have permission to release the record. They are now seeking punitive damages. Prince himself has long battled against the unauthorized distribution of music.
Jeremy Enigk of Sunny Day Real Estate has started a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the recording of his new album.
Trade Wind (made up of members from Stick To Your Guns and Stray From The Path) have released a music video for “Dead Leaves” which you can watch below, via Alternative Press.
Sacha Baron Cohen will be writing, directing, and starring in a Freddie Mercury biopic. He will be playing Mercury.
Mae have added new tour dates to The Everglow anniversary tour. They will be bringing out All Get Out and Mike Mains & The Branches for support. You can see the new dates below as well as download a free sampler at Noisetrade.
May 15 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
May 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
May 17 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
May 19 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
May 20 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
May 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
May 22 – Dallas, TX – Trees
May 23 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
May 26 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile
May 27 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic
May 28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
May 29 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
May 30 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
May 31 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
June 2 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
June 4 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
June 5 – Salt Lake City, UT – Area 51
June 6 – Salt Lake City, UT – Area 51
June 8 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
June 10 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater
June 11 – St Louis, MO – Firebird
June 12 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
June 13 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
June 16 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Has Madonna’s latest record Rebel Heart flopped? The singer’s thirteenth album only sold 116,000 copies in its first week of release. Her 2012 record MDNA sold 359,000 copies in its first week. This week, Rebel Heart only sold 22,800 copies, which is a sales drop of 80%. With the album now sitting at 21 on the charts, its poor sales are being blamed on the album being leaked early, forcing Madonna to push up the records release by several months.
Zayn Malik has done his first interview with The Sun in the UK after leaving One Direction earlier this week. While he wants to relax for a bit, he has also made it clear that he plans to embark on a solo career and that he has been working on new songs for some time. While the print version of the interview is behind a pay wall, you can hear audio from some of the interview below.
State Champs have tweeted that they have finished their new album.
Willie Nelson is planning to start opening marijuana dispensaries in US states where marijuana is legalized in 2016. The product called Willie’s Reserve could be sold in stores, and it is not just a hobby for the legendary musician. According to Michael Bowman, Willie’s Reserve spokesperson, Nelson really wants the company to share what his morals and convictions are, as well as being reflective of Willie’s life. You can read more at Consequence of Sound.