The Strokes’ bassist Nikolai Fraiture says another album will be released ‘as soon as possible’.
There was a gaping chasm between 2006′s First Impressions Of Earth and this year’s Angles, both in time and quality.
Thankfully, The Strokes are already back in the studio writing, seemingly in the hopes of erasing the bad vibes surrounding the recording and release of Angles.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, bassist Nickolai Fraiture seemed much happier, saying ‘it’s feeling really good’, a change from the grumbling between singer Julian Casablancas and the rest of the band over the stilted sessions for Angles.
That said, Fraiture confirmed, ‘We’re kind of doing the same thing as the last record ‘ we’re bringing in parts and ideas and kind of just working on those and trying to make sense of them, coming from five different people.”
Fraiture seems excited about getting new sounds out to the public very soon, “If we could do it tomorrow, that’d be great. But yeah, as soon as possible I think.”
Perhaps necessarily, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr chastened Fraiture saying, ‘Let’s get songs first and then think about recording.”
Britney Spears kicked off her latest tour at Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion to thousands of her biggest fans. According to the reviews, the “Femme Fatale,” well, killed.
Lady Gaga Was 2010′s Magazine Cover Bestseller. Lady Gaga was the past year’s safest bet for magazine editors. The Grammy Award-winning hitmaker sold the most issues of magazines in 2010, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The numbers, obtained by our source, did not cover the whole year, but just until November for Conde Nast magazines and October for Hearst titles. But through the end of September, it was clearly Gaga’s year on print as she sold the most issues for magazines she graced the cover on. She was Rolling Stone’s top-selling issue when she appeared on its July 8 cover in a thong with two automatic weapons. It sold 245,000 copies, nearly three times better than its 2010 average. She was also Cosmopolitan’s top seller, selling 1.7 million copies during its April issue.”The Fame” hitmaker’s September cover was the second bestseller of Vanity Fair, behind only Angelina Jolie, selling 450,000 copies, which is more than 80,000 better than its average. Elle magazine also scored its third bestseller of the year through October when they featured the singer on their January cover. Our source also reports that Rihanna was a newsstand hit. Her GQ magazine January cover became the second bestseller of the year through November, while her August Seventeen cover was the top seller through the end of October. However, the “Only Girl (In the World)” singer underperformed when her July Elle cover sold just 285,000 copies, a little below average for the magazine. Meanwhile, it was an unfortunate issue for the magazines who chose Taylor Swift to grace their cover. The country pop sweetheart gave Elle magazine its worst selling issue of the year when she appeared on its April cover. Her Glamour cover for November didn’t also work. It was the magazine’s second worst seller, while her July Marie Claire cover was the third worst for the magazine.
Katy Perry continues her record-breaking streak. Global pop superstar Katy Perry continues her record-breaking streak by becoming the first female artist in 11 years to score three No. 1 singles from the same album on Billboard’s Hot 100. ‘Firework,’ the third single from her Grammy-nominated No. 1 album Teenage Dream, claims the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Digital Songs chart this week, following on the heels of Katy’s two previous No. 1 singles ‘California Gurls’ and ‘Teenage Dream.’ Katy also hit No. 1 with ‘ Kissed A Girl,’ which held the top spot for seven weeks in the summer of 2008. On December 2nd, it was announced that Katy had been nominated for four 2011 Grammy Awards: ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ for Teenage Dream, ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ for the single ‘Teenage Dream,’ and ‘Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals’ for ‘California Gurls.’ She was nominated in 2009 for ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ for ‘ Kissed A Girl’ and in 2010 for ‘Hot N Cold’ from her 2008 debut album One of the Boys. Katy has won a BRIT Award, two MTV Europe Music Awards, an NRJ Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, and two Teen Choice Awards, among other international honors. Katy recently performed during ABC’s telecast of The American Music Awards (she was nominated for three, including ‘Artist of the Year’) and CBS’sThe Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She will also perform on the CBS special A Home For The Holidays, which airs at 10 PM, ET/PT on December 22nd. Over the past year, Katy has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Seventeen, and Lucky. She appeared on the November cover of Harper’s Bazaar and will be on Maxim’s January cover, which hits stands on December14th. Katy’s California Dreams 2011 World Tour kicks off in Europe in February before hitting Australia and Japan in May, followed by North America in the summer. The tour has also been extended for 12 arena dates in the UK/Ireland in October/November.
Katy Perry Spends Third Week Atop Billboard Hot 100 With “California Gurls”. The entire country is crazy for “California Gurls,” as the new Katy Perry single spends its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “California Gurls,” which features rapper Snoop Dogg, sells another 337,000 digital singles this week to remain at #1.
Usher is at #2 for another week with “OMG,” featuring will.i.am. B.o.B. and Hayley Williams continue at #3 with “Airplanes” this week, which crosses over the 2 million mark this week in digital sales for the single. Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars stay put at #4 this week with “Billionaire,” which crosses the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. At #5 is Drake, who currently has the #1 album in the country with “Thank Me Later,” who moves up from #10 last week. At #6 is Ke$ha with her latest hit, “Your Love Is My Drug.” Dropping down to #7 is Lady Gaga with “Alejandro,” which hit a peak of #5 last week. Moving into the top 10 this week is newcomer Mike Posner, who climbs up from #14 last week to #8 with his debut single “Cooler Than Me.” Down a spot to #9 this week is Eminem with his latest “Not Afraid,” from his new album “Recovery,” which is expected to top the albums chart next week.Closing out the top 10 is Taio Cruz and Ludacris, who finally drops near the end of the top 10 after hitting #1 in March, with “Break Your Heart” at #10. Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending July 3rd, 2010:
1. “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
2. “OMG,” Usher feat. will.i.am
3. “Airplanes,” B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams
4. “Billionaire,” Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars
5. “Find Your Love,” Drake
6. “Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
7. “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
8. “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner feat. Big Sean
9. “Not Afraid,” Eminem
10. “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
Sarah Blasko is announced as the Special Guest on her fellow countrymen’s 14 date UK tour in April and May. Having won the ARIA Award and Rolling Stone Award for Best Female and the coveted J Award for Album Of The Year with her 2009 release ‘As Day Follows Night’ in Australia, Sarah is relocating to Europe for much of 2010. ‘As Day Follows Night’, which was produced by Björn Yttling (from Peter, Bjorn and John) and recorded in Sweden, is Sarah’s third album but the first to be released in Europe. Drawing comparisons with Fiona Apple and Lisa Loeb in a recent review in Uncut magazine, ‘As Day Follows Night’ is an elegant, intelligent collection that is her most lyrically direct, musically simple and emotionally affecting album to date. Rolling Stone wrote ‘as warm as Blasko has ever sounded – immaculate, organic and airy’ whilst long-time fan and Go-Between Robert Forster described the album as ‘A triumph. Blasko has written a wonderfully diverse and melodic collection,.a remarkable set of songs,a wonderful record. A classic, in fact.’
Having played in Britain a handful of times in the past (supporting Tom McRae in 2005 and a couple of headline shows in London) Sarah will be joining The Temper Trap on tour following a run of dates on the continent with Les Femme S’en Mêlent Festival.
27 April – O2 Academy Bournemouth
28 April – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London- SOLD OUT
29 April – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London – SOLD OUT
30 April – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London – SOLD OUT
1 May – University, Cardiff
3 May – Rock City, Nottingham
4 May – Birmingham O2 Academy
5 May – UEA, Norwich
9 May – The Academy, Manchester – SOLD OUT
10 May – Newcastle O2 Academy
11 May – Leeds O2 Academy
13 May – Glasgow O2 Academy
14 May – The HMV Picture House, Edinburgh
16 May – Liverpool O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
The release of the album on April 5th will be preceded by her debut UK single ‘We Won’t Run’ on March 22nd on Dramatico Entertainment.
Sony Music this week release ‘ELVIS 75’ the ultimate career-spanning collection that celebrates the 75th birthday of Elvis Presley and the life and music of the world’s first rock and roll star. The three CD, 75 song collection will be released on Monday 4 January 2010, four days before what would have been The King’s 75th Birthday.
This is the first major Elvis Presley retrospective to cover the artist’s biggest hits in the UK. Covering the full spectrum of his world-changing career, ‘ELVIS 75’ demonstrates Presley at his best. The three CD collection runs from ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ – the classic that first made Elvis’ name in the UK back in 1956, to the hugely popular ‘A Little Less Conversation’ – the #1 JXL remix that was released in 2002 and reaffirmed the British adoration for the hip-swivelling King of rock’n’roll.
Offering fans an unprecedented range of essential material, ‘ELVIS 75’ provides a generous selection of the biggest UK smash hits, encompassing many genres and amazingly all 75 of these songs were Top 20 hits!
Released simultaneously will be ‘ELVIS 75 – Good Rockin’ Tonight’. A four disc set featuring 100 songs of Elvis Presley’s top international hits. This lavish box set includes an 80-page booklet featuring many rare photographers and a new essay by musical and cultural critic Billy Altman (Rolling Stone, The New Yorker).
After warning the audience that it was “about to get rough,” American Idol winner Adam Lambert closed the show at last night’s American Music Awards by kissing his male keyboardist, grinding a dancer’s head against his pelvis to simulate oral sex, grabbing the crotch of a second dancer, and giving Continue reading →
What’s better than seeing Zac Efron’s face every day of every month for a year??? Ladies and gents, the Zac Efron 2010 calendar images have just hit the web and good god does he look hot! We do have one complaint though…he’s wearing a tad too much shirt. More skin the next time around would be greatly appreciated. Zac Efron is hot property. Fresh from the success of ‘High School Musical’, ‘Hairspray’ & ’17 again’, he has garnered a legion of fans; So to avoid disappointment buy this calendar now before all those other ladies get him all to themselves. The calendar will £4.39 & eligible for Free UK delivery and will Continue reading →
The Jonas Brothers are men now. That’s why they’re posing like a late-’90s boy band on Rolling Stone—that’s just what men do. • E!’s own Kendra Wilkinson offered some insight into her “sexy bachelorette/bridal shower” fun on her blog. Wish we were there. • This OP ad with Sophia Bush and AnnaLynne McCord also appears to have surfaced from the same time period. Are we time traveling? Is this real life? • Everyone’s still trying to beat Emma Watson to her college announcement. Right now, the Internet’s money is on Columbia. • Kodakis working on reuniting Megan Fox with the Rose Boy so they can have an awkward, feel-good moment that will inspire us all to buy more Kodak. • Breckin Meyer makes fun of the Perez Hilton postpunch webcam crying video and then Zac Efron pops up in this Funny or Die vid.
In the Studio as Phish
Capture Their Live Vibe
Inside the band’s sessions for “Joy.”
Def Leppard, Cheap Trick,
Poison Launch Triple Bill
Photos from their riff-heavy debut.
Proves “Galactically Stupid”
Peter Travers deems it “beyond bad.”
Ray Davies: Kinks Film a Go,
But Reunion Seems Unlikely
“I gotta tell you – I miss the Kinks.”
Blink-182, Weezer Headline
Virgin’s First Free Festival
Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy also on bill.
Jimmy Page, Jack White,
The Edge Unite for New Doc
Film captures guitar hero summit.
LOS ANGELES – “American Idiot is a rock opera. But I was very self-conscious about it,” Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone’s David Fricke. “I didn’t want it to come across as pretentious. Someone said, ‘What is the influence?’ I said, ‘This record has more in common with Rocky Horror than Leonard Cohen.’ ” Armstrong might have been skittish about American Idiot’s theatrical leanings five years ago, but with the album a Grammy-winning, blockbuster-selling success and a second punk opera under the band’s belt — this year’s 21st Century Breakdown — he’s a little more comfortable with the idea. In fact, with the American Idiot musical underway, he’s letting his appreciation for Broadway hang out a bit more. “After we did the first concert version of the libretto — with these 12 actors and singers, performing the whole thing for the band — we all went out afterwards for dinner,” the show’s director, Spring Awakening’s Michael Mayer said. “I don’t know why, but as a certain point, Billie and I were sitting across from each other, singing a song together from Gypsy. It was hilarious.” Mayer reveals some details about the musical, which premieres September 4th at the Berkeley Repertory Theater — including how the album’s songs will mingle with B sides and Breakdown tracks.
In response to fans’ overwhelming demand, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and The Meadowlands have announced fourth and fifth shows for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Giants Stadium. These shows will take place Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9. The latter date will be the final concert at Giants Stadium. The concerts on September 30, October 2, and October 3 sold out briskly. In a cover story on stands now, Q Magazine called a Springsteen concert “the greatest show on earth.” Tickets for these dates go on sale Monday, June 8 at noon Eastern via Ticketmaster. (The fourth and fifth shows will be posted on Ticketmaster.com at 1 PM Eastern today.) ‘Working on a Dream’ (Columbia Records) debuted at #1 in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and New Zealand and received exemplary reviews in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, People, and elsewhere.