Bruce Springsteen released the four song EP American Beauty on Record Store Day on vinyl only. The album is now available for digital download from iTunes and Amazon. Three of the tunes - "American Beauty," "Mary Mary" and "Hey Blue Eyes" - were recorded during the High Hopes sessions, while a fourth track, "Hurry Up Sundown," comes from an unknown session.
Former Smiths fronter and animal rights activist Morrissey has lashed out at Canadian authorities - in particular the Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, whom he accused of complicity in the slaughter of seals. Writing on the Moz zine, True to You, Morrissey said that he blames the regressive policies of the Canadian government.
Laura Prepon ("That 70s Show," "Orange Is the New Black") has denied rumors that she is dating Tom Cruise. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Prepon said that she was flattered but surprised to hear the gossip: "I'm flattered because I think he's hot, so I'm like, 'Oh, that's nice,' and apparently he's very gentlemanly with me. Apparently we get along great . . ."
A demo from the band Molimo, featuring former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, has been found in a collection of old vinyl in a barn in upstate New York. Molimo recorded a demo for RCA in 1971, but had it shelved. Two years later Ace would hook up with KISS. The disc was discovered by record collector Chris Reisman, who had to dig through thousands of LPs.
Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman have welcomed their second daughter Frankie into the world. The pair, who now have two young girls, announced the news in a statement: "Happy to announce that today we are the proud parents of our second daughter, Frankie Barrymore Kopelman." The couple also have a one-year-old daughter, Olive. "Olive has a new little sister."
Damon Albarn has opened up about his comments to Q magazine on his history of heroin use. The Blur singer admitted to using the drug while spending time in Africa and has now clarified the statement to underscore that he does not condone heroin use.
Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") topped the list of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful. The 31-year-old Mexican born Kenyan actress says that she long thought beauty was what she saw on TV: "Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair," she told the mag. Eventually, her mother "always said I was beautiful. And I finally believed her at some point."
Neil Young has quietly released a new covers album A Letter Home exclusively on vinyl. A Letter Home, currently for sale via the Third Man website, features Young performing songs by the likes of Bruce Springsteen ("My Hometown"), Bob Dylan ("Girl From The North Country") and Willie Nelson ("On the Road Again," "Crazy").
Without a major new release on DVD and Blu-ray this week, acclaimed crime-drama "Big Bad Wolves" looks like the most prominent new title hitting the home market, followed by indie "Barefoot" and heralded documentary "The Trials of Muhammad Ali." But even though there aren't many major new releases, there are a couple of older titles getting new Blu-ray editions.
Karrueche Chan, Bow Wow and Tank showed up to a Washington, D.C. court room late last week to show support for Chris Brown, whose trial began late last week. Breezy's mom, Joyce Hawkins, was also in attendance. Judge Patricia Wynn was expected to deliver a verdict on Friday, but delayed the decision until Monday, when the trial begins in earnest.
Wes Scantlin, fronter for Puddle of Mudd, displayed strange behavior while on stage at a Dallas club late last week. According to TMZ, the singer threw his mic into the audience and then began to insult some concert goers. There was also an exchange of beer throwing, although it is unclear who started it.
Foreigner founder Mick Jones says that the material he and co-founder/vocalist Lou Gramm have been working on may be ready for release next year. The pair have been in contact after getting inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year. Jones tells Classic Rock magazine that Gramm uncovered some previously unreleased tracks.
Darius Rucker sat down with Dan Rather to talk on the latter's AXS TV show, The Big Interview. The pair discussed a range of issues including Rucker's transition from a pop to country star and the state of country music today. "It was about the music. I wanted to be country. I wanted to play country music," Rucker told Rather of his decision to begin recording country music.
Coldplay has released a remix of their single "Midnight" by Giorgio Moroder. "Midnight" was the first music to drop from the band's upcoming album, Ghost Stories, and now the remix is streaming freely via Soundcloud. According to Idolator, Moroder adds his own touch to the song: "Moroder lays a hypnotic click-click-click disco beat below . . ."
Jimmy Fallon edited a series of NBC news cast clips featuring Brian Williams to make a surprising cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" for "Late Night." The "Gin and Juice" mash-up isn't the first created by Fallon, as he previously made one of "Rapper's Delight" (Sugarhill Gang), "Regulate" (Warren G) and "Good Vibrations" (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch).