Lady GaGa has said that she hopes that the end of her life comes while she is playing a gig. “I would rather not die on vacation,” she mused. “I’d rather die onstage with all my fans” (Various).
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Metronomy and Tinariwen have been added to the line-up of this year’s Big Chill festival. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Natty and Bristol HiFi have also been added to the bill for the event, which takes place in Herefordshire on August 5-8.
The Courteeners, Crystal Castles, Everything Everything and Darwin Deez have been added to the line-up for the Underage Festival in London this year. Chiddy Bang, Erik Hassle, Freelance Whales, Tinashe, Scorcher and Taylay have also been added to the bill.
Muse, Vampire Weekend, The Dead Weather and Florence And The Machine have been confirmed to feature on the soundtrack album for the forthcoming film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Muse have contributed a new song ‘Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)’, which will be the lead single from the album.
Katy Perry’s new album ‘Teenage Dream’ will be released this August. The singer releases her new single ‘California Gurls’ ahead of the album, on 20 June, with the album following on August 30. The single features Snoop Dogg, and Perry said it is a response to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State Of Mind’
The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has said that his autobiography will be released in October. The guitarist revealed the planned month of release for the book, which he announced he was writing in 2007, to the Independent. “I’m waiting for some proofs to come back,” he explained. “It’s kind of weird writing about your own life. Who’d be interested in that?”
Kelis has revealed that she almost quit music to become a chef, after struggling to complete her last album. The singer, who will release her new album, ‘Flesh Tone’ on May 17, went to culinary school to train as a cordon-bleu chef.
Jay-Z has announced details of an upcoming ‘best of’ album. ‘The Hits Collection Vol.1’ will be released on June 29. While a tracklisting for the compilation hasn’t been specified, the audio player on the album’s website, JayZHitsCollection.com, features the songs ‘Public Service Announcement’, ‘D.O.A.’, ‘Run This Town’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’ and ‘Where I’m From’.
Bob Dylan is set to sell an assortment of signed art prints across the UK. The collection of prints are taken from the singer-songwriter’s The Drawn Blank Series, created between 1989 and 1992 whilst Dylan was on the road.
Dizzee Rascal is to join the judging panel for the NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry competition, which gives one unsigned band the chance to play this year’s Lovebox festival. The rapper will be scouring NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry – the new music community for emerge bands and fans – to look for the best band or artist.
Foals, The National and Keane all look set to bag high UK Album Chart entries on Sunday (May 16) according to today’s (12) official midweek chart update. Keane’s new effort ‘Night Train’ is in the provisional Number One slot, while The National’s ‘High Violet’ is the midweek Number Three. Foals’ second album ‘Total Life Forever’ is at Four.
Au Revoir Simone have announced details of a remix album to be released this July. ‘Night Light’ is set to be released on July 5, and features remixes from the likes of Neon Indian and Jens Lekman.
Jarvis Cocker has released an album made up of recordings of sounds such as birdsong and footsteps for the National Trust. The record is entitled ‘National Trust: The Album’ and is available as a free download from Nationaltrust.org.uk now. The album features tranquil sounds recorded at various locations run by the Trust.
Mos Def and Lenny Kravitz are among the acts who will take part in a benefit gig to support those affected by the recent oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico. Taking place at the Mardi Gras World River City in New Orleans on Sunday (May 16), the event will also feature Ani DiFranco, Zachary Richard and Allen Toussaint.
MIA has eschewed traditional lettering by naming her forthcoming third album ‘/\/\/\Y/\’ – which apparently spells out Mya in code. The announcement was made on the blog section on the website of her record label, Neet Recordings, Neetrecordings.com/blog.
Mark Ronson has released the first music from his forthcoming new album ‘Record Collection’ online via a new video. The video for the song, ‘Circuit Breaker’ is based on the Legend Of Zelda. computer games, featuring a DJ battle between characters and guitar-toting skeleton sprites. It was directed by filmmakers Jordan Galland and Gary Breslin and was premiered on Stereogum.com.