Duran Duran have returned to the studio with producers Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers to begin work on a new album. The Chic star co-produced the band's 1986 album Notorious, 2004's Astronaut, and Duran Duran's The Wild Boys hit, while Ronson co-produced their 13th studio release, 2010's All You Need Is Now. Duran Duran will also be working with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante on the new album.
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is working with British band Duran Duran on their 14th album. He has been working remotely from his home in California, adding his guitar work on their tracks via the Internet.
Rocker John Frusciante has launched his new solo album in style - by blasting it into space on a satellite. The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist had Enclosure loaded onto the Sat-JF14, which was then sent into space aboard the Interorbital Systems' Neptune Modular Rocket from a remote desert in California on Saturday (29Mar14).
The special launch allows fans to stream the tracks directly from the satellite by downloading a free mobile application, which will track the location of the aircraft in real time. When the Sat-JF14 hovers over the users' geographic region, the tracks will be unlocked for listening.
The stream will be available until 7 April (14), when the satellite will cease transmission on the eve of the album's release.
Randa Milliron, Interorbital Systems co-founder and CEO, says, "This partnership... represents a new chapter in our quest to further explore the cosmic relationship between science and art.
"Enclosure is a musical masterpiece and we're thrilled to be able to utilize our proprietary space technology to facilitate this unprecedented form of space-enhanced distribution."
Was it a lighthearted spectacle or an award show? Thursday's inaugural My VH1 Music Awards was a little of both.
It really didn't matter, to some, who actually won as much as the hijinks that took place on stage at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, walked onto the stage on his hands donning a punker T-shirt and later spit into the camera, Reuters reports.
Then Latin pop star Ricky Martin wasn't available to accept an award, an actor with a huge pink foam buttocks over his head accepted it for him. And check out some of the categories: Booty Shake (Ricky Martin won, who else?), Most Entertaining Public Feud (Eminem won for his fallouts with his wife and mom), Your Song Kicked Ass But Played Too Damn Much (Santana for "Smooth"), Legend in Action (Sting) and Sexxxiest Video (Faith Hill for "Breathe").
The event was highlighted with performances by Christina Aguilera, U2, Bon Jovi (who won for Video of the Year for "It's My Life"), No Doubt and Creed, who took home the most prizes including Song of the Year (''Higher''), Welcome to the Big Time, Group of the Year and 2 for 2, the last category reflecting the success of the group's second album, ``Human Clay.'' Even rockers Metallica got into the spectacle by performing outside the venue for fans who couldn't get inside and also picking up awards for Best Stage Spectacle and Gods of Thunder.
Red Hot Chili Peppers also were big winners, taking home prize in the Pushing the Envelope and Must-Have Album categories for ''Californication''. The categories and winners were decided by nearly 5 million online voters. The show was the first of its kind in which the outcome was decided upon viewers on the Internet.
In other Red Hot Chili Peppers news, Flea told Reuters backstage at the My VH1 Awards that the band is scheduled to go back into the studio in February to start work on a follow-up album to "Californication." Although they have not officially decided on who will produce, Flea said he could not imagine working without Rick Rubin, the producer who worked on the Chili Peppers' last three albums. No word yet by the band as to what the new album will be called or what it'll sound like.
"We always go on different projects that we do with no plan or anything like that ... We feel like if we try to plan on something that it can never be as great as the spontaneity that happens, because that's really where the magic of music is at," Flea says.
Meanwhile, Chili Peppers guitarist, John Frusciante, will release his third solo record, "To Record Only Water For 10 Days," in January. The album is truly a solo project, with Frusciante playing the guitar, synthesizers and programming the drums himself.
ALL THEY WANTED WAS THEIR EXTRA TIME AND THEIR... ATTENTION:. That's exactly what a poster of a naked Prince did at Las Vegas' McCarran Airport, the Associated Press reports. The promotional poster, featuring the singer clad only in his guitar, is meant to plug the artist's upcoming show at the Aladdin's Theatre for the Performing Arts. But the poster was deemed inappropriate by FFE Display Services -- which manages McCarran's indoor advertising -- and was yanked from the walls.