Garbage launches own label for new set

Garbage launches own label for new set

First album in seven years due this spring

Garbage has launched its own label, Stunvolume, to put out its first new album in seven years.

The still-untitled set will come out this Spring via separate licensing deals worldwide including via Universal Music Group-owned Fontana in the U.S. The group had previously recorded for Interscope Records.

The band, which includes Shirley Manson,  Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker, is recording the set in Los Angeles, marking the first time the group has not recorded in Madison, Wis., where the foursome formed 16 years ago. In an interview in the December issue of British music magazine Mojo, Manson says the new album includes such title as “Automatic Systematic,” “Habit, “Blood Poppies,” and “I Hate Love.” Manson partially blamed the long hiatus on  Interscope’s reaction to  2005''s "Bleed Like Me,” which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, but didn’t sell as well as its predecessors. She and Vig saw each other at a friend’s memorial service in 2010 and that got the reunion discussion rolling.

On its Facebook page, the group included a cryptic message about the album:

Our intention is to make a great record that we have written, recorded and produced as a band.
We intend to tell the truth.
We are one.
Even though it's hard.

The album will be accompanied by a previously-announced tour, which kicks off May 11 in St. Petersburg, Russia.


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<p>Tim McGraw wants to get you all emotional.</p>

Tim McGraw wants to get you all emotional.

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Album Review: Does Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic' get in gear?

Will he knock Adele out of the top spot?

In recent interviews, Tim McGraw has repeatedly said that he feels like he’s achieved only about 30% of his potential in his music career.

With Jan. 24's  “Emotional Traffic,” his last studio album for Curb, he moves that needle slightly forward. Though he doesn’t achieve any major breakthroughs, he hits most of the musical and lyrical notes that have helped make him a country superstar for nearly two decades.

On album opener, the midtempo “Halo,” McGraw is weathering, none to well, the fall out of an ended love affair, as he sings, with barely concealed contempt: “I’ll crawl out of my cradle, down into my black hole and you just lay low under your halo.”

It's a great opening shot  that shows off McGraw’s voice, which has always been full of rough edges and nuance, despite its limited range. Somewhere around  2001’s “Set This Circus Down,” he harnessed its strength and power and figured out what songs work best for it, not only musically, but thematically.

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Eddie Vedder hits the road on solo tour before Pearl Jam heads to Europe

Eddie Vedder hits the road on solo tour before Pearl Jam heads to Europe

Florence + the Machine also set Spring outing

Eddie Vedder will hit the road this Spring for a 13-date solo tour to support his Grammy-nominated “Ukulele Songs.”  Primarily a  theater outing, the tour includes a May 3 stop at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The dates precede Pearl Jam’s European tour, which starts Jane 20 in Manchester, England. Opening the solo outing, which starts April 11,  will be Swell Season’s Glen Hansard, who appears on “Ukulele Songs.”  Tickets go on sale Feb. 3.

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<p>Pulp's Jarvis Cocker</p>

Pulp's Jarvis Cocker

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Pulp adds more dates to U.S. jaunt in April

Where else is the reunited British band playing besides Coachella?

In addition to its previously announced show at Coachella, Pulp will play two other date while in the U.S. for the Indio, Calif. festival.

The Jarvis Cocker-led British outfit will also appear at  New York’s Radio City Music Hall on April 11 and San Francisco’s  The Warfield on April 17. Its Coachella appears are April 13 and April 20.Similarly, Radiohead recently announced additional dates around its Coachella set.

In addition to Cocker, the band includes all the original members, including drummer Nick Banks, keyboardist Candida Doyle, bassist Steve Mackey, violinist/guitarist Russell Senior and guitarist Mark Webber.

So do you think the inevitable full-on U.S. tour and album will follow? Pulp came off a nine-year hiatus to play festivals in Europe and Australia last summer, but these U.S. dates mark the first time the group has performed in the U.S. since June 1998 in support of their “This Is Hardcore” album.

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<p>Nicki Minaj</p>

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj pushes back 'Roman Reloaded' to when?

Plus, watch new video 'Stupid Hoe'

“Roman Reloaded,” Nicki Minaj’s follow-up to “Pink Friday” will have to wait just a little to unload: the album has been pushed back from Feb. 14 to April 3.

Minaj tweeted the news herself. She gave no reason for the delay, but added “But have no fear. Tons of surprises before then.” She later added “The initials for a song ur gna love on the album: COAC” and then “And the new one I’m wrkng on rt now.”  So maybe she’s just adding more ammo.

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Adele will top the Billboard 200 once again in otherwise dismal week
Credit: Columbia Records

Adele will top the Billboard 200 once again in otherwise dismal week

How low can you go and still be in the top 10? Very

The good news is Adele’s “21” will likely surpass the 100,000 weekly tally once more  on the Billboard 200 next week. The bad news is the staggering low amount it takes for a title to land in the top 10.

While the top 4 titles will sell above 20,000, Hits Daily Double is projecting that positions 5-10 sell as low as between  17,000-19,000 each. It’s enough to make a grown man cry. This week marked the first time that a title selling 20,000 or less breached the top 10 as three titles met the low-water mark. One week later, as many as six could.

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<p>Alright, alright, alright: &nbsp;Matthew McCounaghey as Wooderson in 'Dazed and Confused'</p>

Alright, alright, alright:  Matthew McCounaghey as Wooderson in 'Dazed and Confused'

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Watch: Matthew McConaughey gets dazed and confused in Butch Walker's 'Synthesizers'

Actor reprises classic Wooderson character

Fans of “Dazed & Confused”  are about to get as close as they can to a sequel to the iconic 1993 movie.

In the fun new video for “Synthesizers” by Butch Walker and the Black Widows, Walker mega-fan Matthew McConaughey reprises infamous stoner Wooderson.

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Mac Miller
Mac Miller

Watch: Cobra Starship and Mac Miller raise their 'Middle Finger' in new video

Tune from 'Night Shades' gets official release

Two weeks ago, we posted about Cobra Starship/Mac Miller’s “Middle Finger” getting an official release.

The song, which appears on Cobra Starship’s “Night Shades” album, had taken on a little life of its own. Now, we have the official video.

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<p>Spice Girls in 2008</p>

Spice Girls in 2008

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Are the Spice Girls reuniting for the London Olympics?

What's the latest on their new musical?

The London Olympics will not get a Pink Floyd reunion, but could they get The Spice Girls if it’s what they want, really, really want?

The fivesome are rumored to be weighing a reunion for this summer’s Olympics, according to RadarOnline. The hold out  is Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham, who has a new baby and is loving life in Los Angeles with hubby David Beckham, who just signed a new two-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team.  They last toured four years ago.

Radar also reports that the group is moving ahead with its musical, Viva Forever, written by “Ab Fab’s” Jennifer Saunders.

Though there was also a rampant speculation that Pink Floyd would perform at the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games, David Gilmour has denied the story.

The 2012 summer Olympics run July 27-Aug. 12.

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<p>Carrie Underwood at the 2012 CMAs.</p>

Carrie Underwood at the 2012 CMAs.

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'American Idols' Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler come together for 'Crossroads'

A special edition airs the night before the Super Bowl

American Idol” comes to the Super Bowl this year as Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood and current judge Steven Tyler will team for a special Super Bowl edition of CMT’s “Crossroads.”

The concert will be part of the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam that takes place  on Feb. 4, the eve of the big game,  in Indianapolis.

While we can’t quite see Tyler singing “Jesus Take the Wheel,” the twosome will trade stories and songs in the performance, which will premiere at 11 p.m. Feb. 4 on CMT.  The show will be taped live earlier that day.

Underwood and Tyler performed together at last year’s Academy of Country Music Awards on a mash-up of “Undo It” and “Walk This Way.” Aerosmith also has a history with the Super Bowl, having played the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXV.

Past  “Crossroads” pairings include Taylor Swift and Def Leppard, John Mayer and Keith Urban, and Sting and Vince Gill.


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