Lots of news about new music today: Lorde posted a photo of a candle she lit in a recording studio…which means Lorde is spending time in a recording studio. Also, Neil Young is reportedly in the studio recording an album with orchestral accompaniment (via Billboard), and Faith No More announced plans to release the first single from a new album that will be their first in 18 years. The band are planning to follow the release with a tour. “Hopefully it doesn’t sound like a bunch of 50-year-old men, which we are,” Faith No More bassist Bill Gould told Rolling Stone. Last but not least, Radiohead have also confirmed that they’re working on new material (via Consequence of Sound).
In reissue news, Sleater-Kinney will release a Start Together box set featuring remastered editions of the band’s seven albums on colored vinyl; the set will be released on Oct. 21 along with individually-sold copies of the albums on CD and black vinyl, and you can already hear the remastered albums on streaming services including Spotify and Rdio. (Billboard) George Harrison‘s first six solo albums will also be reissued on Sept. 23 in a box set called The Apple Years 1968-75, a complement to his 2004 release The Dark Horse Years 1976-92. (Rolling Stone) Finally, Wilco announced that they’ll celebrate their 20th anniversary with a tour and with two box sets: one a best-of, one featuring rarities.
The FBI has joined the hunt for a hacker who apparently broke into Apple’s iCloud storage to steal and disseminate revealing photos of celebrities allegedly including singers Ariana Grande (who has denied that the leaked images depict her) and Selena Gomez. (The Independent) In unrelated news, “Married To My Hack” sounds like a creepy song about those photos, but it’s actually a new song from the all-star Lost on the River album featuring Bob Dylan lyrics set to new music. (Billboard)
CeeLo Green temporarily took his entire Twitter account down yesterday in the wake of an Internet firestorm over comments he made about rape. The comments were made on Monday after Green pleaded no contest to a charge of providing a woman with the drug ecstasy in 2012; she alleged that he “slipped” the drug to her without her knowledge, which Green denies. The two went on to have sex that night, and Green says it was consensual. In a tweet that remains deleted (though his account is once again active), Green wrote, “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” (NME) CeeLo has since apologized for the deleted tweets, but in the meantime, TBS has pulled the plug on his series The Good Life.
In other legal wrangles, last Friday Justin Bieber crashed an ATV into a van driven by paparazzi in Perth County, Ontario; an altercation in the van has now triggered charges of dangerous driving and assault. (TMZ) Also, Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assault after punching a man who asked for a photo with the singer last fall. (Rolling Stone)
There will be six new Led Zeppelin releases on Oct. 23: not music, but scarves inspired by the band’s album covers. (The Independent)