Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett has confirmed that he and Damon Albarn are working on the group's next album, with the release scheduled for 2016. "That's [due]next year," Hewlett told DIY. "I'm working on it at the moment, and it's going very well. "I'm very excited. I don't want to say too much about it, but I'm at that phase of experimentation."
David Bowie is reportedly retired from touring, according to U.K. concert promoter John Giddings. Giddings is quoted as saying that Bowie told him personally he's retired from the road. "David is one of the best artists I've ever worked with," he explained. "But every time I see him now, before I even speak to him, he goes, 'I'm not touring' and I say, 'I'm not asking.'"
Pearl Jam fronter Eddie Vedder, a longtime Chicago Cubs fan, was on hand in Chicago when the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League wild-card game on Wednesday, October 7. Vedder was in the locker room celebrating with champagne and the winning team. The Cubs now face the St. Louis Cardinals and Vedder, in a tweet, said he'd be on hand for the home games.
Kurt Cobain's cover of the Beatles' classic "And I Love Her," unveiled in connection with the upcoming comp Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, has been released to Spotify. "Nobody in Kurt's life — not his management, wife, bandmates — had ever heard his Beatles thing," Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen told Rolling Stone.
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will release an album recorded for the Paul Thomas Anderson documentary Jujun in November. The film debuted at the New York Film Festival on October 8 and copies of the OST were handed out after. Jujun is now streaming freely. Greenwood recorded the LP in India.
The Smiths are among the big names nominated for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Other nominees include Janet Jackson, Cheap Trick, the Cars, Steve Miller, Chicago, Los Lobos, N.W.A., Chaka Khan, the J.B.'s and the Spinners.
Arcade Fire's Will Butler is joined by Emma Stone in a new music video for "Anna," which appears on his latest solo album Policy. Stone dances on a boat in the video by choreographer Ryan Heffington (Sia's "Chandelier"). The new clip was filmed on the Queen Mary and was directed by Brantley Gutierrez.
Billy Corgan has announced that he has quit Twitter and launched a new website showing photos of people and their cars. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman announced news of his new website as he departed Twitter and subsequently deleted his @billy account. His final tweet read, "After mulling this for a while, I'm deleting this account. So many thanks to those that have followed."
Fall Out Boy will team up with Thomas Rhett for a performance at the 49th annual CMA Awards. Rhett and FOB's collab is the second announced, following that of Eric Church and Hank Williams Jr. In the follow up to the event, producers are teasing it with "one-of-a-kind Wednesdays" unveiling unique artist collaborations to be featured during the event.
Jack White attended a party on his own street in Nashville, but was not recognized by his neighbors. Instagram user Jedidiah Jenkins wrote that White attended a neighborhood potluck. "At the bottom of our street, there is a large gated historic home shrouded in trees. We've never really spotted that neighbor."
Florence and the Machine performed a stripped down version of "What Kind of Man" during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, October 6. According to Diffuser.FM, the stripped down setting brought Florence Welch's vocals to the fore. Welch's backing band was comprised of an acoustic guitar, keyboardist and harp.
Metallica have released a live video of "Harvester of Sorrow," taken from a performance at Quebec City's Videotron Centre last month. The band was the first act to perform in the new venue. "We're very grateful to be the first band playing in here, and all the Metallica family is here to celebrate that," James Hetfield said from the stage. "Loud and proud, Quebec City."
Brandon Flowers says that the Killers need to do something different on their next record. The frontman insinuated that some changes may be coming to the band's sound on their next record. "We're in motion, for sure. We're starting to talk and looking at where we are going to rehearse and write . . . the wheels are turning," Flowers told NME.
Cage The Elephant have announced that their fourth studio album will be titled Tell Me I'm Pretty and that it has been produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The band revealed that the new album was recorded at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, Tennessee, near the group's hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The management of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has hinted that they denied the request of Prime Minister David Cameron for free tickets at Marr's recent gig at Manchester's Albert Hall. "Just had a request for Johnny Marr guest list for a HIGH profile person who's working in Manchester this week!!! #declined," Marr's representation wrote on Twitter.