Monday, May 10, 2010

Music News & Notes

Official Cover Art of 'Eclipse' Soundtrack by Muse

An official artwork featuring an eclipse has been unveiled as the cover art of Muse's upcoming single "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)". The song is recorded for movie "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse" and will make its debut on May 17.

Muse previously contributed to soundtrack compilation of the first installment of "Twilight" movie series, having their song "Supermassive Black Hole" listed on the album. Also, they landed their track "I Belong To You (New Moon Remix)" in the theme song compilation of "The Twilight Saga's New Moon".

This year, soundtrack album of "Eclipse" will be released across the United States on June 8 and has been made available for pre-order on Amazon. A very short preview of the forthcoming lead single performed by the British band has hit the web for a teaser.


Bret Michaels Will Perform With Poison Next Year, Releasing New Solo Song

It's being reported that Bret Michaels intends to overcome his recent health scare to perform a set of Poison 25th anniversary concerts next year, according to the band's drummer Rikki Rockett. The singer checked out of hospital in Arizona earlier this week to recover from surgery at home, following a near-fatal brain haemorrhage.

Michaels is now starting to overcome the scare - and he's working towards making a full recovery in time for the band's 25th year in 2011 so he can perform onstage with his bandmates. Rockett tells U.S. talk show host Larry King, "We have every intention of doing it. Bret and I, as a matter of fact, talked about it this morning when we were on the phone. And we have every intention of doing a 25th anniversary next summer and - you know, I really strongly believe he's going to make it, and that's what we're going to be doing next year. We're going to keep on working."

Miley's Cover Art Unleashed

The official cover art of Miley Cyrus’ new album ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ has just been released. The cover art shows the 17-year-old pop icon in an unbuttoned black leather jacket, with her toned abs exposed, and matching black tight pants.

The album is set to be officially released in the United States on June 22 with the title single already released. Prior to the release, She is set to perform live at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on June 18 for “Good Morning America” summer concert series.


Katy Perry’s Latest Single ‘California Gurls’ Comes Out

Katy Perry’s brand new single called “California Gurls” has been released.  The new song features up-beat tempo which urges music fans to go dancing on the floor.

The cover art has also been launched as well. Katy was wearing a blue-wig while she sits under an umbrella in a beach.

It was agreed that the track will be included in Katy’s upcoming third studio album which is still waiting to be titled. Snoop Dogg will be featured. It was recorded as an answer to Jay-Z’s New York anthem “Empire State of Mind” which features Alicia Keys.

“It’s so great that ‘Empire State of Mind’ is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but what the f**k? What about LA? What about California?” she told Rolling Stone. “It’s been a minute since we had a California song and especially from a girl’s perspective. We took the references of Prince, which is always a great reference, and some of the ’90s, almost house music references.”

The song, which can be seen and heard on Katy Perry’s official site, will be performed at the MuchMusic Video Awards which will also guest Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. The album is expected to be released later this year.


Keith Richards Hints At Special Rolling Stones Gigs...Guitarist talks about their live plans...

Keith Richards has hinted that the Rolling Stones may stage a series of one-off gigs which see them play some of their most famous albums in full.  The guitarist told XFM that the idea had been suggested within the group, but that any plans had yet to be finalised.

“I have heard a rumour being passed around, but it's in the rumour area," Richards said.

“I have heard the idea being mentioned in passing. Where there's smoke, there's fire, you know?

He added: “That idea has occurred a few years back, where tonight you do 'Let It Bleed'… it’s an idea that’s been around, but we haven't taken it by the horns yet.”

The Rolling Stones last tour, A Bigger Bang, ended in 2007.

Richards’ comments coincide with the re-release of the band’s 1972 album 'Exile On Main Street'


R.I.P. Frank Frazetta

Pioneering fantasy artist Frank Frazetta died Monday in a Fort Myers, Fla., hospital, a manager said. He was 82.

"He's going to be remembered as the most renowned fantasy illustrator of the 20th Century," said his manager Rob Pistella.

Frazetta created covers and illustrations for more than 150 books and comic books, along with album covers, movie posters and original paintings. His illustrations of Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, Vampirella and other characters influenced many later artists.

Frazetta rose to fame after a series of acclaimed comic book covers for Buck Rogers in the 1950s. From there he turned down a recruitment offer from the New York Giants to continue his highly profitable line of work drawing movie posters, starting with What's New, Pussycat?. Eventually he moved on to the adventure-novel covers for which he is most famous, including the Conan series begun by Texan Robert E. Howard.

​But Frazetta also left a mark on the world of music, and musicians have sought out his paintings since the 70s for use as album covers. The most famout of these was Molly Hatchet, who used three covers and made Frazetta's "Death Dealer" the most famous fantasy painting of all time when it graced their 1978 self-titled album. The 1970s also saw Frazetta's work grace albums by Nazareth and Dust.  His innovational artwork will be missed by all.

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