Jack White‘s Third Man Records has announced that it will open a vinyl pressing plant in Detroit. The new plant will be part of Third Man’s return to Detroit, the city where it was founded (and White’s home town). Third Man’s new Detroit location will open on Record Store Black Friday — Nov. 27 — but the specific date of the vinyl pressing plant opening has yet to be announced. The new plant will be the first new record plant to open in Detroit since 1965. (Pitchfork)
Well, that didn’t take long: in just three days, Adele‘s 25 has sold 2.3 million copies, making it all but certain to obliterate *NSYNC‘s record for first-week record sales, set in 2000 with 2.4 million copies of No Strings Attached. (Consequence of Sound) On Monday night, Adele appeared on The Tonight Show to talk about how producer Rick Rubin helped bring her new album together after initial recording sessions were scrapped, and to perform “Water Under the Bridge.” (NME)
Here’s another record to fall — this one jointly held by the Beatles and Drake. The record for most simultaneous tracks on Billboard’s Hot 100 is now held by Justin Bieber, who currently has 17 (!) songs on the chart at once. The previous record was 14. An important asterisk: the inclusion of streaming services on the Hot 100 tally makes it much easier for artists to chart with multiple album tracks simultaneously. (Billboard)
Don’t expect any “King Kunta” soundalikes on David Bowie‘s forthcoming album ★, but his producer Tony Visconti says that he and Bowie listened to a lot of Kendrick Lamar while making the album. “We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn’t do a straight-up hip-hop record,” Visconti told Rolling Stone. He also revealed that James Murphy plays percussion on two of the album’s tracks. The album comes out on Jan. 8, Bowie’s 69th birthday.
U2 have rescheduled their postponed Paris performances, one of which will be filmed for an HBO special. The shows, which were originally scheduled to happen shortly after the Paris attacks, will now take place on Dec. 6 and 7. “The killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind — but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city,” said Bono in a statement. (Billboard)
Just when you thought the list of guest on the new Coldplay album — a list that includes Blue Ivy Carter and Gwyneth Paltrow — couldn’t get any more unusual, here comes Barack Obama. A portion of the President’s performance of “Amazing Grace,” from the funeral of Charleston shooting victim Clementa C. Pickney, will appear on the title track of A Head Full of Dreams —reportedly with Obama’s permission. (Billboard)
Sufjan Stevens has announced a tenth-anniversary reissue of his album Illinois (2005), on blue and white vinyl with new cover art featuring superhero the Blue Marvel. It will come out just a little late, in early 2016. (Pitchfork)
The Avett Brothers have announced the release of a fourth volume in their live-album series. Live, Vol. 4 documents the band’s New Year’s 2014 concert, with accompanying DVD and featuring two new songs. (Rolling Stone)
Who better to review the new Rocky movie Creed, theorized the folks at Funny or Die, than former Creed frontman Scott Stapp? Watch the video at Rolling Stone.