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Today’s Music News: Missy Elliott preps new album, and more

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In what could become the most anticipated comeback album since Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, Missy Elliott has “the hollow-tip bullet in the gun” to release a new album, says her longtime producer Timbaland—who also worked with Timberlake, for those who are following along at home. It’s been almost ten years since Elliott’s last release, 2005’s The Cookbook. Meanwhile, Timbaland is working on a solo record he describes as his Purple Rain. (Rolling Stone)

At last night’s Detroit Tigers game, the theme was Christmas in July, and Jack White threw the game’s opening pitch—to Santa. (Detroit Tigers on Instagram)

On October 28, Led Zeppelin will release deluxe, remastered versions of their albums Led Zeppelin IV (1971) and Houses of the Holy (1973). Each will include a disc of bonus tracks, with the Led Zeppelin IV extras including “the fabled, alternate ‘Stairway to Heaven.'” (Pitchfork)

Our listeners have been enjoying the new Damon Albarn album—which is a good thing, since Albarn says the new album by his band Blur “may just be one of those records that never comes out.” Why? “There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. I think that’s why we didn’t get it finished.” (NME)

On October 21, Primus will release the first album since 1995 to feature their original lineup—and it’s a tribute to the 1971 film adaptation of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The album, Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, sounds “like one of the early Peter Gabriel records meets Dark Side of the Moon meets the Residents,” says frontman Les Claypool. The band—including drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander, still recovering from a recent heart attack—plans to tour behind the record, and Claypool says there may be matinee performances for kids. (Rolling Stone)

Pop legend Darlene Love, 76, is preparing a new album to be produced by the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt. “Little Steven,” who’s been trying to make this record happen since the 80s, says that he and Elvis Costello are both writing songs for the album—and that he’s reached out to songwriters including Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Mike Stoller, Carole King, and Bruce Springsteen. Love is best-known for contributing vocals to Phil Spector classics like “He’s a Rebel” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” (Rolling Stone)

It’s just going to get harder and harder not to think about Tony Bennett sketching Lady Gaga nude: the two are preparing to release an album of duets on jazz standards. (Rolling Stone)

Edging past Taylor Swift by just a million-dollar hair, Toby Keith is America’s top-paid country music star, pulling down $65 million last year. (Forbes)

Protest punk band Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government, alleging torture and other violations of their human rights. (Pitchfork)