Fresh off his recent visit to the U.S., Pope Francis has announced that he’ll release a rock album. Wake Up!, which will be released on Nov. 27, “features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant,” explains Rolling Stone. As Billboard notes, Pope Francis isn’t the first Pontiff to release a music album: Pope John Paul II dropped Abba Pater in 1999.
Frances Bean Cobain (reportedly) just got married in an “intimate” ceremony, and her mom Courtney Love isn’t pleased that she (reportedly) wasn’t invited to the wedding. Via Instagram, Love posted a photo of herself with model/actor James Norley, with the caption, “If you think I’m sorry for being a no-show at any important events this week, think again.” (Billboard)
Meanwhile, details regarding the new Montage of Heck soundtrack have been revealed: a collection of 31 home recordings by Kurt Cobain will be released on CD, cassette, and digital formats on Nov. 13, as the documentary hits Blu-ray and DVD. A vinyl edition of the soundtrack will be released on Dec. 4, along with a two-sided 7″ featuring Cobain’s version of the Beatles‘ “And I Love Her.” (Pitchfork)
Hozier, Florence Welch, Noel Gallagher, Vance Joy, Elle King, Graham Nash, and the Grateful Dead have contributed vocals to a new charity single to fight breast cancer. The song’s lyrics were written by an eight-year-old whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer; its title is “Boob Spelled Backwards is Boob.” (NME)
Vinyl is often referred to as a niche market for music recordings, but while that’s true purely in terms of numbers, the high price tag on new records can translate into substantial income for artists. New research reveals that in the first half of 2015, vinyl sales in total put more money in artists’ hands than unpaid (ad-supported) streams on YouTube, Spotify, and Vevo combined. (The Drum)
Fiona Apple, Beck, Cat Power, Jakob Dylan, and Regina Spektor are among the artists contributing to a new tribute to 1960s California rock: an album called Echo in the Canyon that will be released next spring. As Rolling Stone notes, the album includes songs originally recorded by artists like “the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, the Mamas and the Papas, the Association and Love.” In the meantime, the album’s contributors will stage a special concert to perform the material on Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
Kendrick Lamar has announced a one-time-only performance with the National Symphony Orchestra. On Oct. 20 at Kennedy Center, Lamar and the orchestra will perform selections from the hip-hop pathbreaker’s album To Pimp a Butterfly. (Billboard)
U2 will make their video game debut in the next edition of Rock Band, which will include play-along versions of “I Will Follow” and “Cedarwood Road.” (Billboard)
In a sketch for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Dan Auerbach posed as fictional bluesman “Blind Freddy Blindman.” He also performed “Outta My Mind” with his band the Arcs. (Billboard)
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) September 27, 2015
On Sunday, Brian Eno delivered the annual John Peel Lecture at the BBC. You can hear the whole lecture (and read the text) here; Eno talked about the growing importance of open-source technology and spoke about collaboration and creativity in his own musical history.
After Kanye West complimented Ben Carson and complained about not being able to get the Republican Presidential candidate on the phone, Carson gave West a call. “I was extremely impressed with his business acumen,” said Carson. “He knows a lot about business. I talked to him about the possibility of maybe himself and some of the other people in pop culture doing some music that might be uplifting that might give young women a sense of their value and young men a sense of responsibility.” (Rolling Stone) Despite the mutual admiration, though, it sounds like Carson can’t be too sure of getting West’s vote: the hip-hop star will be performing at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Oct. 10. (Billboard)
If you haven’t seen Patti LaBelle‘s new cooking special, you’re missing out. Watch some highlights at Gawker.