Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Music News & Notes

Beastie Boys Album Set For Reissue

The Beastie Boys latest album to be reissued has been announced.

The band are set to reissue III Communication later this month.

The multi-format reissue will hit store shelves on July 14 via Capital Records with pre-orders now available on

The reissue will include b-sides and rarities with the ultra-deluxe 3 LP vinyl version to include a hardcover coffee table book case and will be limited to 1500 copies.


Carrie Underwood to Release a New Album in November

Carrie Underwood has announced she’ll be releasing a new album on November 3.

The American Idol winner hasn’t had a new album out since 2007’s Carnival Ride, and though her third and upcoming album doesn’t have a name yet, she’s currently working on it and plans for the first single to be hitting the airwaves late this summer.

Carrie’s first two albums, Some Hearts and Carnival Ride, have sold over 10 million units and netted her the distinction of being the first country artist hit to 10 #1 hits off her first two albums.


Soundgarden Box Set Release?

Soungarden have been talking, however not about touring or recording, but about the band’s legacy.

“The only thing that we have talked about is trying to put together an album of B sides and maybe a box set with some unreleased tracks we have,” Cornell releated to Rolling Stone. “This is something we first talked about 10 years ago. We all feel it’s time to do that, and we have a lot of fans out there, and we have a lot of new fans discovering our music, and I think the catalog and the legacy of the band has been ignored by the record label and previous management, so we decided to get together, and start working towards putting something like that out.”

Cornell was steadfast in his denial that a tour would be happening this time next year, adding that such talk has been nonexistent. His main Soundgarden-related focus? Getting those B sides out.

“We did so many B sides, and we were always miffed by the concept that the largest part of our audience was in the U.S., and yet, we were always churning out B sides for other territories, so they would buy the local release instead of the import. That’s what I am the most excited about, to get that collection out so every one knows its there and has access to it. I think a box set would be good, too.”


New Lennon Song?

It's rumored that there may be a third new Beatles track about to be released. "Now and Then" was recorded by John Lennon in 1978 and there have been rumors that of its existence since the Anthology recording sessions in 1995. A source has told that Paul McCartney has done some embellishments over the last couple of years to prepare the cut for release.

The source said, "There is no doubt the song is finished, none, or that the finishing touches were done over the last couple years. There is no doubt that all four Beatles are on the track. I heard that George Harrison sings back up as well as playing at least one guitar. It is thought McCartney sings at least some back up, if not more and plays several instruments. It is also possible he wrote additional sections to the song. Why it is not out, I dont know. My sources cannot be revealed but they are very reliable."


Sir Paul & Beatles Catalog

There have been reports about the Beatles' publishing rights and where they are with releation to the death of Michael Jackson. Some have said that Jackson had promised Paul McCartney that the rights would pass back to him upon his death. When no mention was made of it in his will, it supposedly left McCartney devastated.

McCartney has released a statement addressing the rumors, basically calling them all hogwash:

For the Record - Message From Paul

Some time ago, the media came up with the idea that Michael Jackson was going to leave his share in the Beatles songs to me in his will which was completely made up and something I didn’t believe for a second.

Now the report is that I am devastated to find that he didn’t leave the songs to me. This is completely untrue. I had not thought for one minute that the original report was true and therefore, the report that I’m devastated is also totally false, so don’t believe everything you read folks!

In fact, though Michael and I drifted apart over the years, we never really fell out, and I have fond memories of our time together.

At times like this, the press do tend to make things up, so occasionally, I feel the need to put the record straight.


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