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Today’s Music News: Gorillaz announce new album plans

via Jamie Hewlett on Instagram

Damon Albarn has made it official: he’s heading into the studio in September to begin work on a new Gorillaz album to be released next year. Earlier this year, artist Jamie Hewlett shared some new illustrations that gave fans the idea a fifth Gorillaz album might be in the works. (Billboard)

Rosanne Cash will be among four new inductees to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. At an Oct. 11 ceremony, Cash will be welcomed to the Hall along with Mark James (“Always On My Mind”), Craig Wiseman (“Live Like You Were Dying”), and Even Stevens (“Crazy in Love,” the Conway Twitty song). (Rolling Stone)

The 2015 Polaris Prize for best Canadian album has been reduced to a short list of eight albums:
• If You’re Reading This It’s Too LateDrake
• Goon, Tobias Jesso Jr.
• Brill Bruisers, The New Pornographers
• Our Love, Caribou
Alvvays, Alvvays
• Sour Soul, BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah
• Deep in the Iris, Braids
• Pink City, Jennifer Castle
• Power in the Blood, Buffy Sainte-Marie
• Viet Cong, Viet Cong
The winner will be announced on Sept. 21. (Pitchfork)

CHVRCHES have announced that their next album, Every Open Eye, will be released on Sept. 25. The first single is called “Leave a Trace.” (Billboard)

Neil Young got a bill for $10,000 from the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan. At Young’s concert there on Tuesday night, he played ten minutes past the 11:00 p.m. curfew, incurring a mandatory fine of $1,000 per minute. (Billboard)

Katy Perry has been nominated for an Emmy Award for her Super Bowl halftime show. If she wins, that will give her an Emmy before she gets a Grammy—despite the fact that she’s been nominated for Grammys 13 times. (Billboard)

Marshall is one of the most recognizable brands in music, thanks to their popular and prominent amplifiers. Now, they’ve announced a special Android phone for music lovers. The phone will have two headphone jacks, front-facing speakers, and a faux-leather finish. (Billboard)

Insane Clown Posse emcee Shaggy 2 Dope is under investigation by the IRS, which says he failed to appear for two scheduled meetings regarding his income in 2011 and 2012. (Billboard)