Billboard reports that the release of Adele‘s long-anticipated new album is being planned for November. The album, Adele’s first since the smash hit 21 (2011), is being made under tight secrecy. Collaborators known to be associated with the album include producer Danger Mouse; golden-eared hitmaker Max Martin; OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote a song on 21; and singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr., who has reportedly written a song for the album. As of yet, there have been no reports that Minnesota musician Dan Wilson, who co-wrote three songs on 21, is participating in Adele’s next album.
After recovering from a recent bout of exhaustion, Aretha Franklin says she’s “feeling much better” and is talking about a new project: a potential Broadway musical based on her life story. “I would like to see it be a dramatic musical,” says Franklin, who’s discussing potential collaborators and producers for the project. “Gloria Estefan has come to Broadway now,” says Franklin, referring to a forthcoming musical based on the life of the Cuban-American pop icon, “and why not Aretha?” (Billboard)
The UK Home Office has confirmed Tyler, the Creator‘s statement that he has been banned from entering the UK for three to five years, and has issued a statement elaborating on the decision to deny a visa to the controversial Odd Future rapper. “Coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values,” says the Home Office, which says that some of the rapper’s lyrics encourage violence and homophobia. (Pitchfork)
Friday will see the release of a five-disc Faces box set with expanded editions of four of the group’s studio albums. Group members say that more rarities and unreleased tracks could be on the way, and on September 5, Rod Stewart will perform publicly with the group for the first time in over 40 years. Hear the previously unreleased Faces song “Whole Lotta Woman” at Billboard.
Van Morrison is preparing to release remastered and expanded editions of two of his most acclaimed albums. Astral Weeks (1968) and His Band and the Street Choir (1970) will both be reissued on October 30, each with previously unreleased alternate versions. (Rolling Stone)
Chris Walla has announced his first solo album since 2008. The former member of Death Cab for Cutie will release Tape Loops on October 16. The album will be entirely instrumental, built largely around the manipulation of tape loops. (Pitchfork)
Chris Cornell says that work is underway on a new Soundgarden album—the band’s second since reuniting in 2010 after a 13-year hiatus. (Billboard)
St. Vincent has designed a signature guitar for Ernie Ball Music Man. The axe will come in two colors: black and “Vincent Blue,” a color custom-created by the designer. The guitars will start shipping early next year. (Pitchfork)
A Craigslist seller offered a pair of tickets to Beach House‘s extremely sold-out Thursday night performance at a 280-capacity New York venue—not necessarily to the highest bidder, but to the most deserving fan. The Twitter account @beachhousenyc collected responses, ranging from “Beach House is my girlfriend’s favorite band and she’s having a bad day” to “I’ve listened to them during yoga” to “Victoria [Legrand] once gave me a hug.” (Billboard)
— beach house nyc (@beachhousenyc) August 27, 2015
Taylor Swift‘s strange parade of onstage celebrity guests continued at her final L.A. show on this tour, which featured guest turns from Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez, and Lisa Kudrow—who appeared as her Friends character Phoebe, to sing “Smelly Cat.” (Rolling Stone)