The 5 Things You Need To Know

Another weekend of either mad debauchery/contained moderation comes and goes too quickly. No time to dwell on the past though, let’s press on with some crucial music news from the past 7 days.
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1) My Chemical Romance split up
“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go to places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends.”

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2) Daft Punk did another reveal
Their new album will be called ‘Random Access Memories’ and you can hear a part of another new song on their website – simply click on the link above.

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3) Kanye West is allegedly calling his new album ‘I Am God’
Which is .. fine?
(via BBC News)
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4) Herbie Hancock is working with Thundercat and Flying Lotus
Which is obviously incredibly exciting, check out the Vine video above to have a look into the shenanigans.

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5) After his recent spell of ill health Morrissey has been told to retire music
As he revealed to Mexican radio station – Reactor 105.7

(via FACT)

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The Five Things You Need To Know Today

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1) The London Wireless Festival line-up has been announced and it is BIG

FRIDAY 12 JULY
Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend, Miguel, Ke$ha, Wretch 32, Conor Maynard, special guest Frank Ocean, Iggy Azalea, Bingo Players.
 
SATURDAY 13 JULY
JAY Z, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, DJ Fresh/Live, Calvin Harris, Flux Pavilion, Zedd.

SUNDAY 14 JULY
Justin Timberlake and JAY Z LEGENDS OF THE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR, A Tribe Called Quest, NAS, A$AP Rocky and Rizzle Kicks

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2) Empire Of The Sun release a teaser for their new album ‘Dune of Ice’

In a sort of ‘Fifth Element’ style which I personally find completely captivating. Check it out immediately.

(image: VJ MORPH)

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3) After having a somewhat nightmarish week in the UK, Justin Bieber has lashed out at the media for how they received him

I suppose there has to be someone to blame. We feel pretty sorry for the guy and hope he gets back onto his feet soon. At least Liam Gallagher likes him.

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4) Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future Wolf Gang fame has released a video for his first single ‘WHOA’

Have a look – it’s weird, it’s obnoxious, it’s self-assured. It’s pretty good.

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Photo: Maxime Quoilin
5) Baauer (of Harlem Shake fame) could lose royalties over uncleared samples. Yowch.

Not the happiest of endings to a fairytale youtube romance – still I doubt he’ll be lacking for work.

Five Things You Need To Know Today

1) Laura Marling is scheduled to release a new album in May

2) South By South West began in Austin, Texas this week

Check out their Twitter feed above for regular updates and we’ll be bringing you highlights on the blog later next week

3) Justin Bieber has had a significantly bad week in London

Yowzers. Bad birthday, bad timing, bad fall.

But don’t worry, he’s fine now.

4) Phoenix dropped a new video for the first song they have released for their upcoming album

5) The Knife dropped a new video for their second song from their new album ‘Shaking The Habitual’

The 5 Things You Need To Know Today

Another weekend comes, flirts with us for a few days and then leaves us exposed and raw to another 5 days of toil and tribulations. What a cruel and unfair world we live in. Moving on, let’s get a round-up of the music news from the past 3 days or so.

You know the drill, click on the link to get more information.

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1) Daft Punk streamed 15 seconds of (presumably) their new material on television over the weekend

Despite the fact that the internet is practically ABLAZE with this information if you haven’t already heard the clip then you definitely should check it out – it certainly sounds as though Nile Rodgers was involved in some way with the production and frankly the whole thing makes me extremely excited (so sue me).

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2) It was Justin Bieber’s 19th birthday and he decided to go out and get a kebab without his shirt on

Which is totally fine in most circles. The Daily Mail covered the story the only way they could (with a lot of pictures).

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3) MIA has released some new, unheard material on a mixtape for KENZO

It’s unconfirmed as to whether the tracks are from the artist’s upcoming album ‘Matangi’ or not but it’s all sounding very new and fresh. Her album was originally going to be released in April but was delayed for being ‘too positive’ – which is actually great news because everyone needs a +++ – triple positive – soundtrack to usher in the Spring time.

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4) Kanye West has had another rant – this time in Amsterdam.

Kanye West is seemingly campaigning his anti-corporate sentiments world wide with yet another rant flaring up in Amsterdam declaring the creative mind to be above all things and the desire for brands to be a meaningless pursuit. Yeezus Christ is beginning to become his new monicker (unofficially) as these motivational talks become more commonplace in his live shows. (via Noisey)

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5) Method Man has announced there will be a new Wu-Tang Clan album this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ’36 Chambers’

And this is a very, very good thing.