Brandy says that her next studio album "is in the works." She said that the wheels are in motion in the wake of the release of "Beggin & Pleadin," the first song off Brandy's next album, due out sometime this year.
Some protesters have announced their plan to stand up against Beyoncé with a demonstration at NFL headquarters. The pop megastar has drawn criticism from some football fans who felt that her Super Bowl halftime performance was an homage to the Black Panther party.
Bruce Springsteen has taken a $10 million advance from Simon & Schuster for a memoir, an insider tells Page Six. The book, according to Rolling Stone, will be called Born to Run, and be released on September 27. "Writing about yourself is a funny business," the singer writes in a snippet of the book. "But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise."
Blur's Damon Albarn teamed up with students at the University of Gloucestershire recently to help make some music and give advice to those interested in a career in the biz. The kids brought their own compositions which Albarn and his engineer Steve Sedgwick helped shape; after, he spoke in with students in a Q&A.
Miranda Lambert's MuttNation Foundation has donated $175,000 to animal shelters through its Mutts Across America fundraising initiative. The foundation donated an average of $3,000 to shelters in all 50 states. "When an animal finds a forever home, it's not just life-changing for the animal, but for the family that gets to receive the unconditional love that animals give," Lambert says.
Gwen Stefani has released "Make Me Like You," the first single from her upcoming new solo album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like, which is expected to be released later this year. "Make Me Like You" is the second single off of Stefani's new solo venture, following "Used To Love You," which was written and recorded following Stefani's split from husband Gavin Rossdale.
Katy Perry has recently opened up on the progress of her upcoming album, and says she's taking a little time before diving in head first. Speaking with the New York Times, Perry dished on her artistic process. "I'm in the research and development phase," she began. "I've been going at it for eight or nine years in the spotlight . . ."
Coldplay's latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, has reached number one on the official U.K. chart, marking the seventh time the band has reached the milestone in its career. The news came just one week after the band played with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl halftime show. According to The Official U.K. Charts Company, the album's sales spiked by 8,000.
AC/DC have released a new alcoholic mixed and canned drink called AC/DC Bourbon & Cola. The package riffs on the artwork from the band's latest album Rock or Bust, and a portion of proceeds from the sales of the drink will go to the band's Let There Be Rock Fund. As the band releases new batches of the product throughout 2016, the cans will feature different AC/DC album covers.
Metallica have offered a preview of Back to the Front, a visual history of their classic album Master of Puppets. The book, announced in 2014, features fan-submitted pics and stories from the band's early days. "The book is chock full of exclusive intensive interviews with all of us as we spent countless hours with [co-author] Matt [Taylor] digging deep . . ."
Barry Manilow has been hospitalized following complications stemming from oral surgery. After the surgery, Manilow performed in Memphis, Tennessee, but had to be rushed back to the hospital. "Following a triumphant sold out concert in Memphis, Barry Manilow was rushed back to Los Angeles due to complications from emergency oral surgery that Manilow had on Monday," Manilow's team wrote.
Many fans have voiced their concerns for the health of Sam Smith after he posted a drastically slimmed down photo of himself to Instagram. "California Daze," reads the caption of the pic. Some commenters responded with worry, noting that he looked "too skinny," while others cheered him on, "You look great. Don't listen to anyone who says you need to be thicker or thinner."
David Bowie's son Duncan Jones has revealed that he is going to be a father, breaking the news in a tweet which paid tribute to his late father. Jones told Bowie that he was going to be a grandparent in December with a card that included a moving drawing referencing the circle of life. Jones shared a picture of the card on Twitter, where he said his baby is due in June.
Erykah Badu and Bon Iver are among the artists to be added to the Eaux Claires Music Festival set to take place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on August 12 and 13.
The fest also features performances from James Blake, Beach House, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, the Melvins, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Phosphorescent and Shabazz Palaces.
Paul McCartney has written and recorded new music for a series of "audio emojis" on Skype to celebrate Valentine's Day. The new compositions, which are coupled with moving emoji designs, last just five seconds and can be sent to friends over the messaging platform for free.