Saturday, January 23, 2010

Music News & Notes

Norah Jones Talks ‘The Fall’ And Performs Songs The Album

Norah Jones has kicked off 2010 with a series of TV, radio and online performances in support of her critically-acclaimed new album The Fall. Jones, whose career sales have just surpassed 40 million worldwide! The multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer’s performance and interview on KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic aired January 6. Her interview and performance for Yahoo Maximum Performance is also currently live!

On January 12, Blue Note Records will release the Chasing Pirates Remix EP digitally and as 12” vinyl. The remixes—which were premiered online last month on RCRD LBL, Stereogum, and Artist Direct—include “That’s What I Said (The NYC Remix by Adrock and Mike D),” “Chasing Pirates (Santigold and Snotty Remix),” and “Chasing Pirates (Droogs Remix),” which was created by a remix collective that included Beck.

Upcoming Jones will also be taping performances for Clear Channel Radio Stripped and PBS Soundstage, as well as taking part in the GRAMMY 2010 MusiCares Person Of The Year tribute to Neil Young on January 29 in Los Angeles. Jones is nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for her duet with Willie Nelson on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from his album American Classic. She will be launching a 36-city U.S. tour in support of The Fall on March 5 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.



Rammstein are to release new single 'Ich Tu Dir Weh' on February 8. It will be available on four separate formats: CD, etched/coloured vinyl seven inch, coloured vinyl 12 and download. There will be a special iTunes version, containing an extra track and booklet, whilst the CD and vinyl versions will feature a selection of remixes, all of them exclusive. The single will not be available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where it's the subject of government bans.



Peter Frampton release an autobiographical album at the end of April. It's titled 'Thank You Mr. Churchill', and was recorded at his home studio in Cincinnati, with co-producer Chris Kimsey. Guesting on the record is Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron.


The White Stripes to release their first official live album Duo

The White Stripes are set to release their first ever official live album. The band will release the 16-song record on CD and vinyl on March 15 to accompany the regular DVD release of Canadian tour documentary Under Great White Northern Lights.

Following its deluxe release last year, the Emmett Malloy-directed film will be released on DVD on the same day.

The duo's first live album draws on recordings taken from the same 2007 tour as the documentary, which say Jack and Meg White play across Canada.

The album's tracklisting is as follows:

'Let's Shake Hands'
'Black Math'
'Little Ghost'
'Blue Orchid'
'The Union Forever'
'Ball And Biscuit'
'Icky Thump'
'I’m Slowly Turning Into You'
'300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues'
'We Are Going to Be Friends'
'I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself'
'Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn'
'Fell In Love With A Girl'
'When I Hear My Name'
'Seven Nation Army'


Aerosmith to audition singers to replace Steven Tyler

Aerosmith have revealed that they are set to hold auditions next month for a replacement for singer Steven Tyler. Tyler recently checked into rehab to get treatment for painkiller addiction. He insisted he still planned to work with the band, but now guitarist Joe Perry has said that another frontman will be sought soon.

Perry told news agency QMI that they were going to "start having some auditions, making some phone calls. Hopefully, we'll have found a new singer by the summer, and Aerosmith will be able to go back out on the road".

Perry said that the move wouldn't necessarily mean that Tyler would not return to the band.

"He [Tyler] has to have leg surgery and foot surgery and it's basically going to take him out of the picture for about a year, year and a half," he explained. "So, in the meantime, the rest of the band wants to play. And I want to play with the other guys in Aerosmith. So the four of us are just making our plans. We're gonna find somebody to get in there and fill that spot."


REM's 'Everybody Hurts' chosen by Simon Cowell for Haiti charity single

REM's 1993 single "Everybody Hurts" has been chosen by Simon Cowell as his charity single to raise money for the Haiti earthquake appeal. Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Take That and Robbie Williams are rumoured to feature on the single, which has received the backing of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who has said that VAT on the record will be waived to maximise revenues.

REM's manager Bertis Downs told The Sun that the band are waiving all royalties for the song, which is raising money for the Helping Haiti fund and the Disasters Emergency Committee.

"We are deeply touched the song has been chosen for this Haiti campaign," Downs said. "It means a lot that the song the guys wrote all those years ago will be used for such an important appeal."

Other acts expected to appear on the single, which being organised jointly by Cowell and The Sun, include N-Dubz, Leona Lewis, Will Young and Rod Stewart. The single will be released later this month, though no date has been confirmed yet.

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