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Radiohead Vanishes Online, Leaves a Few Breadcrumbs

Band sends cryptic postcards to fans, wipes its website and Facebook, Twitter pages

(Newser) - Radiohead has announced a new world tour that kicks off May 20 . A ninth album is said to be forthcoming. On Saturday, some fans received cryptic postcards with only the words: "Sing the song of sixpence that goes / Burn the witch / We know where you live,"... More »

Albums to Stop Coming Out on Tuesdays

In a change after decades, worldwide release day will be Friday

(Newser) - Ever since the 1980s, new albums have hit stores in the US on Tuesdays—but that's about to change. Soon, the US and the rest of the world will unite in releasing albums on Fridays, Mashable reports. Frances Moore, head of record-label group the International Federation of the Phonographic... More »

U2 Gives Away Surprise New Album

'Songs of Innocence' available for download on iTunes

(Newser) - Bigger iPhones and a high-tech watch were ostensibly the stars of yesterday's much-hyped Apple event, but a few other luminaries showed up to grace the stage in Cupertino, Calif. U2 made a surprise appearance and unexpectedly announced that a) it has a new album out, and b) all 500... More »

Taylor Swift: Songs Are Like 'Messages in a Bottle'

'Maybe the person ... will hear about it'

(Newser) - With songs like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift's new album expresses her "girl-power angst" and proves "she's ready to grow up," writes Ramin Setoodeh at the Daily Beast . An unabashed fan of the record—called Red—he talked to... More »

Frances Bean Cobain Makes 'Eccentric' Singing Debut

Teen lends her voice to 'power ballad' with other 'random' singers

(Newser) - Frances Bean Cobain made her musical debut yesterday—albeit in cameo form—with the release of Evelyn Evelyn. “She’s got a great voice,” says Amanda Palmer, who put together the concept album with Jason Webley. The 17-year-old is featured on the track “My Space” along with... More »

Ayla Brown's Music Video Debuts, 'Cloying Vanilla Pop'

The video for 'Pick It Up' features, mostly, a distraught-looking Brown

(Newser) - Not surprisingly, Ayla Brown’s EP was released Tuesday, a mere week after dad Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat—and months ahead of its original April release. The songs emulate “that cloying strand of '90s soft-pop that emulated '80s soft-pop,” writes Chris Richards for the... More »

Heidi Montag's Album Is Just Plain Gross

'Come eat my panties off of me' is one of the amazing lyrics

(Newser) - The wait is over: Heidi Montag’s debut album finally dropped yesterday, and it’s just as horrible as you’d expect. Case in point: Superficial track “I’ll Do It” includes the lyrics, “Come eat my panties off of me / Do whatever you feel comes naturally.... More »

2010's Most Anticipated Albums

Amy Winehouse and Blink-182 are back, plus more hot releases

(Newser) - Forget Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift: This year promises to be a great one for music, with comebacks by big names and exciting follow-ups from breakthrough artists. MTV takes a look at the most anticipated albums of 2010:
  • Amy Winehouse : The troubled singer will, supposedly, finally complete the sequel to
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Chris Brown Rants at Stores 'Blackballing' CD

Singer makes trip to Wal-Mart, can't find Graffiti on shelves

(Newser) - Chris Brown has a message for the music industry: It “can kiss my ass,” he tweeted Friday. Brown, attempting a comeback after assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna, was upset after discovering some stores—including a New England Walmart he visited himself—weren’t stocking Graffiti, Popeater reports. “Im tired... More »

50 Cent Fails With Self Destruct

Rapper can't quite nail a return to his glory days on new album

(Newser) - 50 Cent, once at the forefront of rap music, returns with Before I Self Destruct—but his fourth solo effort isn’t impressing the critics. “Though packed with tough beats, dense production and 50's most ferocious delivery in years, the gloats about shootings, drugs and bloody 'hoods feel about... More »

Inside Gaga's 'Delicious' Tour

Lady Gaga talks new album The Fame Monster and The Monster Ball concerts

(Newser) - Lady Gaga's upcoming tour is more than just a series of concerts—it's a pop-electro opera, "a truly artistic experience that is going to take the form of the greatest post-apocalyptic house party that you've ever been to," she tells Rolling Stone. The Monster Ball launches Nov. 27,... More »

Boyle Breaks Pre-Order Record

Debut album for Britain's Got Talent star is selling fast

(Newser) - Susan Boyle's popularity shows no signs of dying down: The Britain's Got Talent runner-up is releasing her first album Nov. 23, and it has already broken Amazon's record for most pre-orders, the New York Daily News reports. "Although it's normal to see early enthusiasm for artists who have come... More »

Flaming Lips Back to Bizarre With Embryonic

'Sprawling' double album should please longtime fans

(Newser) - The Flaming Lips are no stranger to reinvention, having transformed “from garage-punk misfits into a splendorous, kaleidoscopic rock outfit,” then later “into a sophisticated, sincere symphonic-pop troupe bestowed with increasing commercial acclaim.” The release of Embryonic marks another sea change—and it’s the band's boldest... More »

Paramore's Latest One of Year's Best

Group is a welcome 'throwback' and—thanks to Hayley Williams—soars

(Newser) - Paramore’s third album will likely enter the charts at No. 1—and it deserves to. Not only is it “the group’s best record yet,” Brand New Eyes is “one of 2009’s most exhilarating releases,” writes Jonah Weiner for Slate. “That sense of... More »

New Jackson 5 Tracks Drop in Nov.

New single 'That's How Love Is' available online now

(Newser) - The Jackson 5 may well be back on the charts this November with the release of I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters, a collection of never-before-heard material and alternate versions of beloved tunes. One of the new songs, “That’s How Love Is,” can be heard on the... More »

Built to Spill Back in Top Form

Formerly great indie rockers make a triumphant comeback in There Is No Enemy

(Newser) - Built to Spill went from producing “some of the most ambitious and resonant indie rock ever made” in the 1990s to “merely existing” in the 2000s. With its "unexpectedly terrific” new release There Is No Enemy, the band offers “an improbable late-career reawakening and heartening evidence... More »

Girls' Debut 'Dizzily Powerful'

Up-and-coming band 'getting a ton of blog love' for 'heartbreaking' debut

(Newser) - The frontman of the pop duo Girls has a backstory that’s “epically sad and squalid and ultimately triumphant,” but you don’t need to know his history to recognize Girls' debut, Album, as “a dizzily powerful piece of work,” writes Tom Breihan for Pitchfork. Christopher... More »

Pearl Jam's Backspacer More of Same

Despite controversy over Target release, album is praiseworthy—not groundbreaking

(Newser) - Pearl Jam “plays it tight, short and fast on its ninth studio album, Backspacer (Monkeywrench), out Tuesday,” writes Greg Kot for the Chicago Tribune. In its first self-released album, the band steamrolls through 11 songs in just 37 minutes—but it’s 37 minutes of “step-on-it-and-go attack.... More »

Kid Cudi's Debut 'Ridiculously Intriguing'

Rap's up-and-coming name follows in the footsteps of Kanye West, Andre 3000

(Newser) - The premise of Kanye West protégé Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of the Day is that he’s “not on the same planet as other rappers. The truth is that he’s not in the same genre,” writes Julian Benbow for the Boston ... More »

Beatles Remasters Pack a Wallop

CDs showcase Fab Four as they were meant to be heard

(Newser) - The Beatles just got better: every one of their original albums and a batch of collected singles has been remastered, boosting the quality to the level “the Beatles themselves would have heard and intended,” writes Matt Hurwitz in the Washington Post. The stereo CDs remind us that the... More »

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