Rock and Alternative
Tame Impala’s album, Lonerism was named number one in NME’s Album of the Year list. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker mentioned that he had spent many months assembling the album in many places around the world, yet he finds it difficult to be happy with his own work. Parker also believes that the album is his best work. To check out NME’s 50 Best Albums of 2012, be sure to check out: http://www.nme.com/blog/index.php?blog=147&p=13018&title=50_best_albums_of_2012&more=1&c=1.
The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas has announced that the first signing to his new label, Cult Records will be the New York Band, The Virgins. The Virgins’ new album Strike Gently will be following to their self-titled debut. The new album was recorded in New York City at the East Village Recording Center and produced by Johnny T. Yerington. The Strokes have announced that they are working on the follow up to their latest release, Angles. Julian Casablancas mentioned that he does not think the band will go in an entirely different direction with their music, but that the songs will be different.
Electronic and Dance
Deadmau5 played a secret gig in London recently and it was said that he lit up the street with his audio and visual performance. Deadmau5 also played an audio and visual show in Southwark’s Flat Iron Square. The performance was organized by moblie Phone giant Nokia, in promotion for their new Lumina phone. To listen to the EMD producer’s music, check out his latest album release Album Title Goes Here which was released in September 2012.
Pop and R&B
Lady Gaga has announced that she has written 50 songs for her upcoming fourth studio album, ARTPOP. Gaga has also mentioned in a tweet that she is not actually sure which songs will make the cut for the new album, yet that she used the same process with her old releases The Fame and The Fame Monster. She still has yet to reveal more details on the upcoming album.
Carrie Underwood will take on the challenge of playing the iconic role of Maria Von Trapp in NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music. The broadcast is based on the original Broadway musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. While a date for the three-hour event has not yet been announced, the broadcast is expected to air during the 2013 holiday season.