Usher has changed the name of his eighth studio album yet again, changing the title from Flawed to Hard II Love. He also announced the album will be released in September. The news comes courtesy of an iTunes pre-order page in New Zealand, which states that the new record is expected to drop September 16.
Attention ladies, Dustin Lynch is single but he isn't looking for anything serious right now. "I am single still, I'm not looking to get tied down at all," he told reporters at South in Nashville. "I can't even record an album right now — I'm so busy — so a relationship is not going to happen." He added that his upcoming new record, the follow-up to 2014's Where It's At.
Britney Spears' story is making its way to the TV screen. A biopic of the "Toxic" and "Oops, I Did It Again" singer has been greenlit by Lifetime. The network and Asylum Entertainment will be producing the TV movie, which is rumored to star Natasha Bassett from Hail, Caesar! as the pop star. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Lifetime's description of film.
Elton John has been announced as a headlining performer at the upcoming Apple Music Festival. The event is scheduled to take place between September 18 and 30 in London's Round House venue and will also feature a host of other top headliners. John also made recent headlines with news that he has decided to donate $10 million dollars to Africa's LGBT population.
Florence And The Machine have debuted their latest track. The new song is titled "Wish That You Were Here," which is a collaboration between songstress Florence Welch and Tim Burton. It will be featured on the soundtrack for Burton's latest film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. A statement from Welch reveals she's a fan of Burton's.
A new Beach Boys compilation featuring some of the earliest recordings has been released as a two-disc set on Omnivore Records. The recordings are pre-Capital Records era sessions. These recordings have come out in fragments over the years. Often they were released without permission and therefore suffered from inferior sound quality.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band gave his hometown fans a bang for their buck at two recent shows. The Boss played his two longest stateside performances on August 23 and 25. The two shows both took place in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the MetLife Stadium. The August 23 show broke his personal record for the longest U.S. show clocking in at three hours and 52 minutes.
R.E.M. have announced plans for a 25th anniversary reissue of Out Of Time, their seventh studio album originally released in 1991. The reissue will be available in three different formats: 2-CD, 3-LP, and a deluxe 4-disc set. It will include a remastered version of the album as well as demos of previously unreleased songs and non-album b-sides.
The Country Music Hall of Fame is honoring country legends, Alabama, with a new exhibit. The exhibit includes artifacts dating back forty years. Some of the artifacts on display include signature guitars used by the band, photos and other mementos. Other personal items from band members Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook are on display.
Aaliyah has been tributed by a slew of hip-hop and R&B's biggest names on the fifteenth anniversary of her death. One such tribute came via Missy Elliott who took to Instagram, saying that she still thinks of Aaliyah on a daily basis. "15 years later to me feels like just yesterday," she wrote. "I can still hear your laughter, I can clearly see us dancing in the studio . . ."
Jason Aldean is combining his annual Concert for the Cure benefit with the eighth annual Opry Goes Pink event. Aldean will help turn the Opry stage pink as he performs alongside other artists to raise money for Women Rock for the Cure and the Nashville chapter of Susan G. Komen. "Finding a cure for breast cancer is something I'll continue to fight for the rest of my life," Aldean says.
Led Zeppelin's supposed lost track "Sunshine Woman," will finally get an official release. The song has previously been available on bootlegs and various music downloading sites, however never on a legitimate Led Zeppelin release. The song is now available for fan consumption on the band's Soundcloud. Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page oversaw the release of the song.
A photo that Lorde posted of herself on vacation led to her getting herself into an argument with fans about her new album. Lorde posted a photo on Instagram of a pic of herself kneeling down and looking at a frog, alongside the words: "On vacation shooting love heart eyes at the locals." One offended user posted, "Do you think we'll ever get another album . . ."
Fans of KISS and Dead Daisies nearly had their concert-going experience cut short recently. A tornado reportedly touched down a short distance away from the Huntington Center arena in Toledo Ohio. Frontman for the Dead Daisies, John Corabi told Ultimate Classic Rock, "About 20 minutes before our set time, the tornado alarms started going off at the arena."
Prince's Paisley Park home in Minnesota will open to the public for tours in October. Tours will take place on the main floor that houses the recording and mixing studios where Prince made most of his biggest hits, along with tours of his video editing suite, rehearsal rooms, private NPG Music Club and personal concert hall, according to a press release.