The Prince Estate announces Originals, an album of 15 tracks originally written for other artists, out on the Purple One’s birthday

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Incoming transmission from the music biz’s upper echelon of money-making illuminati: in association with Warner Bros. and TIDAL, Prince’s estate (a.k.a. The Prince Estate) will put out a 15-track album titled Originals, bringing to light never-before-released demos of tracks His Royal Badness originally penned for his close protégés and, I don’t know, Kenny Rogers.

Scheduled for an exclusive TIDAL premiere on the artist’s birthday, June 7 (and everywhere else come June 21), the collection will feature Prince’s recordings of such hit bangers as as Sheila E’s “The Glamorous Life” and The Bangles’ “Manic Monday,” the classic Minneapolis funk of The Time’s “Jungle Love” and Mazarati’s “100 Mph,” and of course, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

We’ve included the full tracklisting at the bottom of this post; but suffice it to say, the record will do a good job of reminding you and me that “for all the time he spent in the spotlight over his four-decade-long career, Prince also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to nurture talent and pen songs for the rising artists he respected.” Amen.

Pre-orders of the 180 gram 2LP and Deluxe (whatever that entitles) CD + 2LP editions are available now. Below, listen to “Baby, You’re a Trip,” recorded in 1987 by Prince’s regular backing singer and on-and-off romantic partner Jill Jones:

Originals tracklisting:

01. Sex Shooter (first recorded by Apollonia 6 in 1984)
02. Jungle Love (The Time, 1984)
03. Manic Monday (The Bangles, 1985)
04. Noon Rendezvous (Sheila E., 1984)
05. Make-Up (Vanity 6, 1982)
06. 100 MPH (Mazarati, 1986)
07. You’re My Love (Kenny Rogers, 1986)
08. Holly Rock (Sheila E., 1985)
09. Baby, You’re a Trip (Jill Jones, 1987)
10. The Glamorous Life (Sheila E., 1984)
11. Gigolos Get Lonely Too (The Time, 1982)
12. Love… Thy Will Be Done (Martika, 1991)
13. Dear Michaelangelo (Sheila E., 1985)
14. Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me? (Taja Sevelle, 1987)
15. Nothing Compares 2 U (The Family, 1985)

There’s a Diplo sighting in the new ‘Detective Pikachu’ trailer [Watch]

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There’s a Diplo sighting in the new ‘Detective Pikachu’ trailer [Watch]Diplo Pokemon

Diplo and Ryan Reynolds are rendezvousing in the filmic arena once more, a new trailer for POKÉMON Detective Pikachu confirms.

Due in the US this May, the Warner Bros. live-action mystery, based on the 2016 Nintendo game, orbits Detective Pikachu (voice by Reynolds) in his hunt for the whereabouts of his missing father, with the help of some choice allies, most notably former Pokémon trainer, Tim Goodman (portrayed by Justice Smith).

In addition to a flash of Diplo assuming his most innate position (locked in behind the decks), the trailer hosts sightings of some seriously nostalgia-inducing personalities: Charizard, Squirtle, Jigglypuff, and Bulbasaur, just to name a few. Diplo and Reynolds recently crossed paths in regards to the Deadpool 2 musical score, for which Diplo produced “Welcome To The Party,” the track behind the film’s climactic, over-the-top fight scene.

The Flaming Lips have a new album, and it’s narrated by Mick Jones from The Clash?

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The Flaming Lips have a new album. It’s called King’s Mouth, and it will be out in April 2019 on Record Store Day. Staying true to their ethos of being on the cutting edge of edges we didn’t even know existed though: this isn’t any ordinary album.

Well, I mean of course it isn’t…but in particular, King’s Mouth will feature narration from Mick Jones! You may remember him from such albums as Sandinista? I Hardly Know Her! and London Calling II: Look Who’s Calling Now!

To quote Wayne Coyne’s post from his Instagram announcing the album, “Man!!! Sooooo cool heart emoji, four santa emojis, seven heart emojis, five santa emojis, two praying hand emojis, five heart emojis.”

I can’t say for sure one way or the other that, as a nation, we are necessarily clamoring for an album that features a narrator but…we’re gettin’ one! Wonder if this will make the album easier, or even more difficult to follow…

There’s not much else detail at the moment; and as of writing, Coyne has yet to follow through on his promise of posting a video clip so we can hear what Jones sounds like as a narrator. But, the post does @ Nile Rodgers, Dan Deacon, Miley Cyrus, and Post Malone (among others), so let’s just grossly speculate that all of these people will be involved in the album in some way. Coyne also includes the hashtag #spongebobbroadway, maybe King’s Mouth will be a tie-in to that musical — which The Flaming Lips contributed music to — as well…

All will be revealed I suppose when King’s Mouth, the new album from The Flaming Lips that features Mick Jones as a narrator, comes out in April 2019 on Record Store Day? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

“Big” Mac Miller announces new album, Swimming, shares new video

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“Mac” is just one of those names. It seems to carry mischief with it. Some examples? You’ve got Mac DeMarco, playing those crunchy little detuned CCR jams about cigarettes, pledging affection for Jar Jar Binks. You’ve got, uh, the Big Mac — a burger with a third piece of bread in the middle and a sauce you’re supposed to take at face value and not ask to many questions about. And then, you’ve got Mac Miller, who, in the course of this decade, has carved himself out a career as…uh, basically “the thinking person’s frat rapper,” I guess? He’s actually a pretty enigmatic figure, if you think about it long enough (but not too long).

Anyhow, Mac’s got a new album coming out via Warner Bros on August 3. It’s called Swimming, and it’s the follow-up to 2016’s The Divine Feminine.

Swimming includes the previously released track “Small Worlds” and a new single, “Self Care,” which comes with a Christian Weber-directed music video you can watch below. Doggy-paddle your browser over here to pre-order the album now.

Swimming Track List:

01. Come Back To Earth
02. Hurt Feelings
03. What’s The Use?
04. Perfecto
05. Self Care
06. Wings
07. Ladders
08. Small Worlds
09. Conversation Pt. 1
10. Dunno
11. Jet Fuel
12. 2009
13. So It Goes

Gorillaz continue album rollout with ‘Fire Flies’

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The Damon Albarn-led Gorillaz continue rollout for The Now Now with the release of their fourth new single, “Fire Flies.”

The mellow slow-burn follows already shared tracks “Sorcererz,” Humility,” and “Lake Zurich.” Severely less danceable than any of the singles shared thus far, “Fire Flies” sees Albarn leaning into his introspective side. It’s the most intimate look at the record yet, a prolonged psychedelic interlude that feels like a funk-infused culmination of the band’s earliest material.

The Now Now is out June 29 via Warner Bros.

Gorillaz share studio version of sleek, new danceable track ‘Sorcererz’

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Just recently, Gorillaz debuted four new tracks at their first live performance since announcing their forthcoming LP, The Now Now. Now, they’ve shared the studio version of “Sorcererz,” an extremely danceable tune which was premiered at Germany’s Rock im Park.

“Sorcererz” is a warm new take from the group, which seems to rely heavily on the groove that “Humility,” “Lake Zurich,” and alot of their older material rides out. Perhaps, it’s even fair to say this ’80s-inspired take is what could have potentially happened had Albarn, who reportedly turned down the chance to work with Prince, accepted he couldn’t smoke in the studio.

The Now Now is out June 29 on Warner Bros.

Gorillaz pound their hairy pixelated chestz and announce new album The Now Now

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After teasing their follow-up to last year’s Humanz on a “mysterious” website called, Gorillaz confirmed that their new album (calledThe Now Now, duh) will be out on June 29 (as opposed to NOW-now, I guess).

Then, after the TOTAL SHOCK of that piece of news wore off on everyone, they hastened to confirm that the album was coming out on Warner Bros, that it was produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, and that — unlike the insanely over-the-top guest-heavy Humanz — it would will only be featuring the most critical and bare-essential of guest artists, such as this man:

THEN , after the world forgot about those things, they put up a single from the album, called “Humility” (feat. George Benson):

I honestly don’t really know what kind’za kooky promotional goodies are gonna come next!

Oh wait. Yeah, I do. All the usual stuff that goes at the bottom of these sorts of news posts (say, let Damon Albarn and co. know how long this shit holds your attention, okay? I got some other shit to go do):

The Now Now tracklisting:

01. Humility (feat. George Benson)
02. Tranz
03. Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle)
04. Kansas
05. Sorcererz
06. Idaho
07. Lake Zurich
08. Magic City
09. Fire Flies
10. One Percent
11. Souk Eye

Charli XCX celebrates her own greatness by re-releasing Number One Angel and Pop 2 mixtapes on double-vinyl and double-cassette (f.k.a. two cassettes)

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As any competent and responsible modern citizen of the world knows, XCX is obviously Roman Numeral talk for “ten fewer than 100, plus ten.”

…Which also seems to be juuuuuuuust about exactly how many 2XLP, red+clear vinyl versions of last year’s Number 1 Angel and Pop 2 mixtapes that the AD WIZARDS over at Warner/Atlantic decided to press…because it looks like it’s already sold-out.

BUT! Seeing as how no mention has been made of this being a “limited edition” thing, it’s probably safe to assume that there’ll be more of those bad-boys available for our mindless, earth-defiling consumption soon enough; so I’d keep checking if I were you.

AND! For all you plastic+magnetic tape fans out there, there’s also a double-cassette version that’s still available AF.

Finally, in case you need any additional motivation to CONSUME-CONSUME-CONSUME these records that you might well already own copies of, check out Charli’s snazzy recent Tweet on the subject. It pretty much tells you everything I just did — only in a much more efficient, convenient, user-friendly, and direct-to-fans manner…(cough)…

Well, bye!

Prince’s original 1984 recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U” released by The Prince Estate

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JUST THIS WEEK, for no reason in particular, I was listening to YouTube covers of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” a song written by Prince and reimagined most famously in 1990 by Sinéad O’Connor. And now, today, as if my thoughts and emotions have been tied so intimately with press releases over the years that they now foreshadow PR campaigns in a prophetic and annunciatory way, the Prince Estate has released the original 1984 recording of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

This is a big deal for Prince fans. But don’t take it from me! Take it from Michael Howe, Prince “expert” and the Prince Estate’s official Vault Archivist:

I spotted the 2” multitrack reel in the Vault some weeks back while doing a 1984-era inventory. After retrieving my jaw from the floor, we took the reel upstairs, analyzed it, put it up on the Studer 24 track machine, and digitized it to 24/192. Even our ‘faders up’ rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed.

No Prince-penned song performed by another artist has enjoyed more chart success (#1 in 20+ countries) and overall cultural impact than Sinead O’Connor’s 1990 recording, so hearing the song in its original context performed in its entirety by the author makes it particularly noteworthy.

Listen to the “particularly noteworthy” and “very special indeed” recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U” via YouTube, which includes rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984.

RIP Prince.