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Alaska Station Has Played Album Nonstop Since June

Bill Withers' 1971 album 'Just As I Am' has been looped 24/7

(Newser) - When Anchorage-based FM radio station KONR was born in 2012, those who tuned in were treated to forest sounds while programming got sorted out. And now, with money dry and volunteers short, the station has run out of programming and resorted to playing the 1971 Bill Withers album Just As ... More »

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 »

Kanye Caves, Puts Pablo Track on Apple, Spotify

He swore last month he'd 'never never never' do that

(Newser) - Whether Kanye West has actually finished The Life of Pablo is unclear. But as of Tuesday, one song from the so-called "anti-album" is finally up on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play, Esquire reports. The song is "Famous," featuring Rihanna and the "I made that bitch... More »

Did Kanye West Just Kill the Album?

Slate critic Jack Hamilton sees a 'full-scale attack'

(Newser) - The Life of Pablo may be something new: the anti-album. Kanye West's unorthodox rollout—renaming it from So Help Me God to Swish to Waves to The Life of Pablo, continuously changing the track list and cover art, still working on the song "Wolves"—suggests something is... More »

Streisand's Latest No. 1 Makes History

She has topped charts in every decade since '60s

(Newser) - The last time there was a decade without a Barbra Streisand No. 1 album in it, Dwight Eisenhower was president and stereo sound was still a novelty. The singer's new album Partners debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making the 72-year-old the first artist to have a... 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 »

Charles Manson Recordings on New Album

LA shop owner releases music the killer made in 1980s

(Newser) - The owner of a Los Angeles shop has put out an album of music made by Charles Manson—with the killer's blessing, reports the Los Angeles Times . Manuel Vasquez, 26, says he has sold about 200 copies of the album, which features six "low-fi, mono" songs Manson wrote... More »

One of Louis Armstrong's Final Concerts Made Public

He performed for National Press Club in 1971

(Newser) - One of the final live performances by Louis Armstrong will be released to the public for the first time. The recording is of a concert on January 28, 1971, at the National Press Club in Washington. The legendary trumpeter was a featured act at the concert, held less than six... More »

Madonna Gets Personal on MDNA

Reviews of new album surprised by candor about Guy Ritchie divorce

(Newser) - Madonna is back. Her latest album MDNA, is at once a confessional look at her divorce from Guy Ritchie and a bouncy dance album. Critical reaction is divided pretty starkly as well. Here's some of what people are saying:
  • "It’s a bipolar collection that pumps out effervescent
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Whitney Album Price Nearly Doubles on iTunes

Sony blamed for UK price hike, now reversed

(Newser) - On Saturday, a Whitney Houston greatest-hits album cost about $8 in the UK iTunes store; but shortly after the singer was found dead, it had jumped to a little more than $12.50. The changed sparked a customer uproar. "It is just a case of iTunes cashing in on... More »

Elvis Costello: Don't Buy My New Boxed Set

Inflated price 'appears to be either a misprint or a satire,' he quips

(Newser) - Elvis Costello's new Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook boxed set is pretty good—but no way is it worth the current price Elvis Costello says. The special-edition set, which includes a CD and DVD of a concert from earlier this year, plus a coffee-table book, is selling for... More »

Occupy Movement Plans Benefit Album

Jackson Brown, Crosby & Nash to appear on Occupy This Album

(Newser) - Big names including Jackson Browne, Third Eye Blind, Crosby & Nash, Devo, and Lucinda Williams will appear on an album being released to benefit the Occupy Wall Street movement, The musician organizing the benefit album—to be called Occupy This Album—says the movement aims to raise at least $1... More »

Winehouse Wrote Entire Third Album

But only 2 songs were recorded, producer says

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse had written an entire album of songs before her death but sadly for the late singer's fans, most of it exists only on paper. The album would have been her third, but she was in no rush to release new material, says music producer Salaam Remi, who... More »

Hermain Cain, Gospel Singer

Yes, he actually has an album from 15 years ago

(Newser) - Just when you thought the Republican presidential contest couldn’t get any stranger, we have breaking news: Herman Cain has a gospel album. That’s right, the Daily Caller today discovered an album online bearing the GOP hopeful's distinctive baritone. Cain's camp hasn’t commented, but Dave Weigel... More »

Jethro Tull Frontman: Aqualung Flawed

Band takes classic album on 40th anniversary 15-city tour

(Newser) - Jethro Tull’s 1971 album Aqualung may be a certified classic, but the band’s frontman calls it flawed. “It wasn’t a great sounding album,” Ian Anderson tells Bloomberg . The church-turned-studio where it was recorded was “big, echoey, daunting and rather dark,” he notes. “... More »

Rolling Stone's 30 Best Albums of 2010: Kanye's on Top

Eminem enjoys a comeback, too

(Newser) - Kanye West's comeback must be complete: Rolling Stone awarded him the top slot in its list of 2010's 30 best albums. The top 10:
  1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: "Music as sprawlingly messy as his life," these songs are "hip-hop epics ... full of the kind
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Conan O'Brien to Release 2 Albums

One will be rockabilly, the other, Frankenstein-themed, naturally

(Newser) - Little known fact: Conan O'Brien is in a rockabilly band. Yes, that's right. And, as Entertainment Weekly reports, the multi-talented talk show host/comedian/musician plans to showcase his multi-talents on not one, but two new records released through Jack White's Third Man Records—on vinyl, no less. Conan O'Brien Live at ... More »

The Year's Best Albums

U2's 'No Line on the Horizon' tops the list

(Newser) - Who says the album's dead? This year saw some fine ones, with veterans like U2 and Bruce Springsteen setting the bar. Rolling Stone rates the cream of the crop:
  1. U2, No Line on the Horizon: Bono & Co. explored “dark places” and came away “with a sense of
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Greatest Albums of the Decade

From Radiohead to Bon Iver, Paste hits the highlights

(Newser) - Paste takes a look back at the past decade—and its own 10-year history—with its list of the 50 best albums of the ‘00s:
  • No. 1. Sufjan Stevens, Illinoise: “His music pushed boundaries between pop and classical.”
  • No. 4. Radiohead, Kid A: Marked “the
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Public Enemy Hooks Up With 'Crowdfunding' Site

Hip-hop innovators will raise $250K through Dutch site Sellaband

(Newser) - Hip-hoppers Public Enemy, one of the first groups to release on mp3, is entering the brave new world of crowdfunding. The group has partnered with Dutch site SellABand to raise the $250,000 necessary to record a new album entirely through $25 donations from fans. The payout? Donors—or “... More »

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