Adele hasn’t made an official announcement, but multiple sources—including the New York Times—are reporting that her next album will likely be released on Nov. 20 or thereabouts. Other details are still under wraps, but fans are reasonably speculating that the album’s title will be 25.
Morrissey‘s debut novel List of the Lost is out today in the U.K., and the reviews are…not great. The Guardian calls it “an unpolished turd of a book, the stale excrement of Morrissey’s imagination.” (Pitchfork) Here’s the plot, as described by the author:
It is about a sports relay team in 1970s America who accidentally kill a wretch who, in esoteric language, might be known as a Fetch … a discarnate entity in physical form. He appears, though, as an omen of the immediate deaths of each member of the relay team. He is a life force of a devil incarnate, yet in his astral shell he is one phase removed from life. The wretch begins a banishing ritual of the four main characters, and therefore his own death at the beginning of the book is illusory.
Martin Shkreli has agreed to back down on his drug company’s plan to hike the price of an AIDS-fighting drug from $13.50 to $750.00 a tablet. That decision had sparked widespread outrage, which was further stoked in the music world when it was revealed that Shkreli is the financial backer of the punk label Collect Records. The label’s founder, Geoff Rickly (of the bands No Devotion, United Nations, and formerly Thursday), said Shkreli’s plans to raise the drug price were “completely heartbreaking.” (Billboard)
In a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge video, CHVRCHES cover Justin Bieber‘s song “What Do You Mean?” Bieber’s song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this month, becoming the Canadian singer’s first-ever number one single. (Billboard)
Ryan Adams will be Trevor Noah‘s first musical guest on The Daily Show. Noah’s first episode airs on Sept. 28, and on Oct. 1, Adams will appear on the show to perform a song from his Taylor Swift cover album. (Rolling Stone)
Disclosure have shared their new single “Magnets,” which features Lorde. Hear the single from Disclosure’s new album Caracal—which comes out on Friday—at Pitchfork.
Trumpeter Ben Cauley has died at age 67. Cauley, who was a member of the Bar-Kays, was the only survivor of the 1967 plane crash that killed Otis Redding. (Billboard)
Pharell Williams has confirmed that there will be another N.E.R.D. album, though he hasn’t shared any further details. N.E.R.D.—a collaboration among Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley—haven’t released an album since 2010’s Nothing. (NME)
A case involving a fatal 2011 stage collapse is now being heard by the Indiana Supreme Court. During a performance by Sugarland, high winds caused stage rigging to fall; seven fans were killed in the accident. Now at issue is whether Mid-America Sound Corp. (which supplied the rigging) is entirely responsible for financial damages in the wake of the accident, or whether the State of Indiana should bear some of the damages because the incident took place at the Indiana State Fair. (Billboard)
Chicago Cubs coach Joe Maddon is peeved at AC/DC, which he accuses of “totally messing up” the infield at Wrigley Field during their Sept. 21 show. “I don’t know if they were out there taking ground balls before the game,” said Maddon, “or if they had nine-inch heels or spikes.” (NME)
Gurf Morlix—a veteran Texas musician who’s played with the likes of Lucinda Williams and Ian McLagen—was invited by American Idol to a VIP audition for the upcoming season. There’s just one problem: the upper age limit for American Idol is 28, and Morlix is 64. (Billboard)
Indiana police are on the lookout for a pair of armed robbers who held up at least one bank this weekend while dressed as Rick James and a character from the movie Super Fly. (NME)
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