Arch MUSIC NEWS for 10/22/12
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Adele and her boyfriend Simon Konecki welcomed a son this past Friday. The growing family has yet to release an official statement, but a source close them says they’re “all over the moon.” Adele first revealed that she and Konecki were expecting back in June with a post on her Adele.tv website. The new mom recently managed to find time to release the new James Bond theme song, “Skyfall,” but now she reportedly plans to spend her time “laying low and nesting” for a while before starting work on the follow-up to her massively successful “21″ album.
Taylor Swift altered her record-making process for her new CD, “Red.” She explains that for her latest studio project she sought out the input of others.
While Taylor still wrote the majority of the songs herself on “Red,” the disc features a number of collaborations. She wrote three tracks with pop songwriter-producers Max Martin and Shellback — including her hits “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Taylor also penned tunes with Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. They’re also featured on the songs they wrote with her. Swift’s highly-anticipated fourth studio album “Red” hits stores today.
Prince wants his money back. He’s filed a lawsuit against Capital Asset Protection, claiming the collections agency wrongfully seized assets he didn’t owe. Prince alleges that CAP took more than 116-thousand dollars in two withdrawals from his bank accounts back in June. The withdrawals were supposedly to pay off a music production contract Prince was thought to have defaulted on. But Prince says in his suit that the judgement stating he owed the money was tossed out in October of last year, which wiped his debt off the books. So now Prince is suing for the money to be returned along with interest.
Chuck Berry is the subject of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s American Music Masters series, which begins Monday. The week-long event will explore the life, work, and lasting influence of the pioneering rocker through panel discussions, interviews, films, and educational programs. The week of activities will come to a close with a Chuck Berry tribute concert. The lineup features Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, the Isley Brothers’ Ernie Isley, Joe Bonamassa, Rick Derringer, David Johansen, and others, while Berry himself might also perform. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland will host the American Music Masters series showcase, which will continue through Saturday. Details on the week’s activities are available at RockHall.com.
Now that his role as R.E.M. frontman is behind him, Michael Stipe has apparently turned to the world of GIFs. The singer recently announced on the REMhq.com website that he’ll be judging the animated images at the upcoming GIF festival Moving the Still. Curated by Paddle8 and hosted by Tumblr, the festival is said to be “the first large-scale, open call event of its kind.” Submissions will be accepted through November 7th and displayed at a live exhibition during this year’s Miami Art Week from December 4th through the 9th. Stipe has even made his own contributions, which can bee seen along with other information about the festival at MovingTheStill.paddle8.com.
Bob Seger showed his appreciation for a country music superstar by taking part in Garth Brooks’ Country Music Hall of Fame induction. Reflecting on the honor, Seger believes the milestone could prompt Brooks back into the recording studio. As he entered the ceremony he recalled his own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, calling it “a career spike” that left him feeling that he had to return to the studio to “make a great album.” Bob added that he thinks “that might happen with Garth.” However, Brooks said he didn’t “feel any different,” and that the honor simply has him wanting to keep trying to make the country music community proud.
The Beatles first single is once again in stores. The commemorative 50th anniversary single of “Love Me Do” backed with “P.S. I Love You” is getting its release a few weeks later than intended. Plans were to offer the seven-inch disc earlier this month, in conjunction with the October 5th anniversary of the song’s original arrival. But EMI recalled the single after discovering that the album cut featuring drummer Alan White had been pressed — not the original single version with Ringo Starr. But now the mistake has been corrected, and the limited edition 50th anniversary single “Love Me Do” featuring Ringo on drums will be available today.
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