Arcade Fire rolled out a selection of the band's favorite cover tunes during a recent performance at Minneapolis' Target Center. During the show, the Montreal rockers offered up their take on tracks by Lady Gaga, Guns N' Roses and hometown hero Prince. Tipping their hat to the Purple One, Win Butler and company covered the 1981 hit "Controversy."
Kendrick Lamar makes a special guest appearance on the remix edition of Tame Impala's recent track "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." The remix, dubbed simply "Backwards," appeared earlier this week on the official BeatsMusic Soundcloud page and the song is currently streaming via Pitchfork.
Madonna has confirmed her plans for a new collaboration with electronic artist Avicii. She broke news of the collab via Instagram over the weekend, sharing a photo in which she is seen cleaning her bathroom in a pair of fishnet stockings. The news comes shortly after Madge confirmed that she is, in fact, working on a new album.
Queens of the Stone Age rocker Dave Fertita says that working with Dave Grohl and Elton John may have been the saving grace for their most recent release Like Clockwork. Speaking with The Vine, Fertita says that bringing some new blood into the mix helped everything move along smoothly.
Timbaland has released a previously unheard collaboration with Michael Jackson as part of his "Timbaland Thursday" series. The MC's beats are featured prominently on the track, titled "Slave to the Rhythm," which also features never before heard vocals from MJ. The news comes at a busy time for Tim, who last fall said that his next studio album will be titled Textbook Timbo.
Lady Gaga has been confirmed to give the keynote address at the ongoing South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. The Monster mother will hit the stage at the city's legendary Stubb's BBQ venue and will give her speech at 11 a.m. Friday in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Austin-Downtown.
Bruce Springsteen recently offered up his rendition of Lorde's breakout smash single "Royals" and the Kiwi teen says it was an emotional moment. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Lorde says that she first became aware of the cover via Twitter. "My Twitter went mental. Everyone in New Zealand was like 'You can't believe what just happened!'," the 17-year-old singer told News.com.au.
The members of Foreigner and Styx as well as Eagles rocker Don Felder have opened up about their forthcoming summer tour. Speaking with Ultimate Classic Rock, all three say they're thrilled for the Soundtrack of the Summer tour. "I think it makes sense for the three bands that have this many hits that really were the soundtrack of a lot of people's summers."
Martina McBride, Lorrie Morgan, and Darryl Worley have confirmed that they will be performing on the 2015 Country Music Cruise. They are joining a lineup that includes already-announced guests Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Asleep at the Wheel, and Restless Heart.
Deana Carter has released her latest album, Southern Way of Life, via her own label, Little Nugget Records. Speaking with Billboard, Deana says that much of the album was inspired by the passing of her father and some health problems of her own: "I lost my dad, and also went through some major surgeries on my spine and on my knee," she began.
Heart singer Ann Wilson has opened about the band's long, successful career and about their recent live shows. Those shows have come in support of their latest album Red Velvet Car, which Ann says inspired them to keep touring. "We never stopped writing. We just were diligent; we just kept it up and kept it up and just kept piling them up," Ann tells Ultimate Classic Rock.
Florida Georgia Line have released the video for their track "This Is How We Roll." The clip features band members Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley with guest Luke Bryan partying in the trailer of an 18-wheel truck.
U2 have opened up about their plans for the immediate future and say there will be no new album or tour until at least 2015. The group have been at work on a new album on and off for over a year, but now Billboard reports that they have replaced producer Danger Mouse. A source close to the band says they've brought in Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth.
Marsha Ambrosius is treating her fans to the free EP Fvck & Love. The EP dropped via Audiosmack on Sunday and is available for streaming or download. It features six tracks (including "So Good," "Take It," and "Friends and Lovers") with production from Da Internz, Eric Hudson, and Oak, among others.
Frank Ocean is being sued by Chipotle over an ad campaign disagreement.
Ocean was commissioned to record a track for the restaurant chain's "Scarecrow" marketing campaign (which promotes local and sustainably-sourced food), and was paid the first of two $212,500 installments, with the second installment to be paid on delivery of the track.