Rock and Alternative
Bob Dylan has just released a limited-edition box set in order to prevent some of his rare, early recordings from falling out of copyright. This “50th Anniversary Collection” includes 86 rarities that Dylan had recorded in 1962. Bob Dylan’s debut album has fallen out of copyright in Europe. To prevent the same thing from happening to his 86 recordings, Sony Music had distributed around 100 copies of The 50th Anniversary Collection to some stores in France, Germany, Sweden, and the UK.
Arctic Monkeys have been confirmed to headline this year’s Benicàssim festival. Arctic Monkeys will be joining The Killers and Queens of the Stone Age on the line-up. Other acts that were confirmed to perform at the festival on July 18th-21st include Jake Bugg, Palma Violets, Azealia Banks, Echo Lake, Splashh and Swim Deep. To check for any available tickets and the latest listings, visit: NME.com/tickets.
Fun. have released a new track titled “Sight of the Sun”. This new song is going to be featured on the upcoming soundtrack for HBO’s original series Girls, which was due out January 8th. To listen to the new track, be sure to check out: http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/fun._release_new_song_sight_of_the_sun.
David Bowie has just announced his first new album in 10 years. The album is titled, The Next Day and it is to be released on March 11th in the UK and most countries, March 8th in Australia, and March 12th in the USA. The standard edition of the album includes 14 songs and the “Deluxe Version” has another three songs, both of which are available to pre-order on iTunes now. Bowie has already released the first single off of the album called “What Are We Now?”, which is available on iTunes. To watch the video of the song, visit: http://www.nme.com/news/david-bowie/68051. The complete track listing for The Next Day can also be seen there.
Morrissey had played an unreleased song on the US television program Late Show with David Letterman this week. To watch this performance, be sure to check out: http://www.nme.com/news/morrissey/68099#9. The unreleased track is titled “Action is My Middle Name”. This track is one of three solo tracks that were released on BBC Radio in 2011. The two other songs are titled “The Kid’s a Looker” and “People are the Same Everywhere”. He had also performed a song called “Scandanavia” in his live sets. Morrissey has already confirmed that he has new material ready for an upcoming album.
Jake Bugg, Frank Turner, and Vampire Weekend are some of the many artists that are to be announced to perform at this year’s South by Southwest music festival. This event will take place in Austin, Texas. The music arm of South by Southwest will take place from March 12th-17th and will also see announced sets from Black Lips, Jesca Hoop, Toy, and more. To see a list of all of the performers at this year’s South by Southwest, be sure to visit: sxsw.com/music.
Electronic and Dance
The Knife had just announced their first tour dates since 2006. It was said that these dates will take place in Copenhagen in May. On The Knife’s official website, a message mentions that they will be playing two shows at Copenhagen’s Vega in May 12th and 13th. These are the first tour dates to be announced for their upcoming ‘Shaking the Habitual’ tour, which will have more European dates announced soon. The Knife also announced that they will release their new album on April 8th, titled Shaking the Habitual.
Pop and R&B
Justin Timberlake has confirmed that he will return to the music industry. Timberlake had last released an album in 2006 and he has spent the last few years focusing on his acting career. Timberlake had confirmed that he is ready to release new material. It has been rumored that he might release new music with Jay-Z. There are also other rumors that state that Beyonce will be featured on his new songs. On his return to the music industry, Timberlake had released a video to state that he is “ready”. To view the video, be sure to visit: http://www.nme.com/news/justin-timberlake/68097.
Beyonce is set to perform at United States President, Barack Obama’s inauguration. The event will be on January 21st outside of the Capitol building in Washington, DC and Beyonce will sing the National Anthem of the United States. Barack Obama had spoken at a fundraiser hosted by Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z, for his re-election campaign that was in New York. This fundraiser had raised about $4 million.
Jerrod Niemann had taken the idea of getting in touch with the fans to a whole new level. Back in September, Niemann had launched a sweepstakes called “Rock Your Room” which was set to give one lucky winner a bundle of Sony Electronics and an exclusive live performance from him in their residence. The lucky winner was chosen to be Catherine, a student at Arizona State University. Niemann has gone to Arizona to treat Catherine and her friends to a private concert at her house on December 10th. With the private concert, Catherine received new electronics from Sony, including a PlayStation Vita. Jerrod Niemann’s “Jägermeister Presents” tour will be ending on January 11th, with only a few tour dates left.