Summer may be winding down, but when it comes to entertainment, the year has just begun. Much like the film business, the music industry releases its big guns in the second half of the year, with some of the most anticipated albums of the year slated to be dropped in the fall. The influx of new indie and DIY artists has kept the music scene interesting, but for all you old schoolers yearning for some new music from familiar names, fall will definitely be your season.
Wu-Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow (TBA)Although there’s no official release date as of yet, Wu-Tang Clan’s sixth studio album, A Better Tomorrow, is tentatively scheduled to be released in November. The album is a milestone, marking the group’s 20th anniversary, and will feature the late, great ODB’s vocals on a few tracks.
The Roots & Elvis Costello: Wise Up Ghost (September 17)What do you get when you put one of the greatest hip hop acts with one of the greatest rockers? Pure awesomeness, of course. The Roots’ ?uestlove first hinted to a collaborative album in January in an interview with Billboard magazine, and a release date followed soon after. As if Roots + Costello wasn’t enough, the record will also feature a guest appearance from La Marisoul, lead singer of La Santa Cecilla.
Elton John: Diving Board (September 13)In between performing at Caesar’s in Vegas, having kids, and hanging with Lady Gaga, Elton John managed to squeak out new music that will make up his 30th solo album, NBD. The album is John’s second studio album without his band members since 1979’s Victim Of Love and will feature twelve new songs and three piano interludes.
Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (November 5)Eminem’s new album is the definition of “anticipated,” since the first single (the Beastie Boys-inspired “Berserk”) has already been crowned one of the hottest singles of the year and the album is a sequel to 2000’s brilliant Marshall Mathers LP. The album is produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and is expected to debut sky-high on the charts.
Mariah Carey: The Art Of Letting Go (TBA)Speaking of Eminem, Mariah Carey’s got a new record set to drop sometime this year, as well. The album’s release has had more dates than most people have in a week, but what’s (semi)certain is that Carey’s fourteenth studio album will be released in the next few months. The last release date was July 2013, which Carey pushed back because she didn’t want to “exclude meaningful songs.” All this waiting is making for some serious expectations.
Drake: Nothing Was The Same (September 24)Drake’s third album has everyone holding onto their hats, thanks to the star-studded line-up he’s already confirmed will be making an appearance on his album. The Canadian rapper will be joined by Jay Z, Future, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, TLC, Justin Timberlake, Aiko, Big Sean, and more.
Arctic Monkeys: AM (September 10)British rockers Arctic Monkeys have made a solid career for themselves, going from the English equivalent of a bunch of frat boys to a respectable band made up of 4 talented musicians. Their fifth studio album, AM, finds the band getting some hip hop inspiration and also features an appearance from Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.
Kings of Leon: Mechanical Bull (September 24)Mechanical Bull has Kings of Leon taking on a bunch of new directions at once, with lead singer Caleb Followill telling Rolling Stone that the album is influenced by everyone from Queens of the Stone Age to Sly and the Family Stone. It'll definitely be interesting to see how the new tunes from the Nashville rockers turn out.
Arcade Fire: Reflektor (October 29)After their wildly successful 2011 album, The Suburbs, Arcade Fire are finally back with their fourth studio album. The album has been getting hyped since The Suburbs was still going strong, since everyone wanted to see what the band had up their sleeve next. Arcade Fire released some teasers for the record, including a 40-second video montage of the band in the studio that dropped on September 9.
M.I.A.: Matangi (November 5)By now, just about everyone in the world knows not to mess around with M.I.A. The outspoken artist has never been one to shy away controversy, and the situation surrounding the release of her new album has been no different. After a number of delays of release dates courtesy of Interscope Records, M.I.A. threatened to leak the album herself if the label didn’t commit to a date. Interscope finally bowed down and M.I.A.’s fourth studio album will be making its way into headlines everywhere come early November.
Lady Gaga: ARTPOP (November 11)Lady Gaga’s third album is already drumming up a lot of hype, thanks to the early release of the first single of the album, “Applause,” which was mysteriously leaked immediately after Katy Perry’s new single was mysteriously leaked. Gaga’s new album is anticipated strictly for the “What the hell will she do next?” factor, not to mention that it will be interesting to see how she fares against her fellow other pop tarts.
Miley Cyrus: Bangerz (October 4)Oh, Miley. What’s not to anticipate here? From her brand new image as a twerking ambassador to her Miami Vice-inspired album cover, everything about Cyrus’ new album screams “Look at me!”, and, judging by how long it took for her VMAs performance to die down, look at her we shall. Bangerz will make or break Miley’s venture into her new image, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out.
Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 (September 27)Because 1 record isn’t enough for a grandiose comeback, Justin Timberlake will be releasing the second half of The 20/20 Experience at the end of September. Timberlake is at his best when he’s making music, and The 20/20 Experience provided a bevy of hits - hopefully the sequel will do the same.
Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt (October 14)After 2009’s Backspacer, Pearl Jam fans are anxious to hear what the legendary band has to offer next. Produced by longtime Pearl Jam ally Brendan O’Brien, Lightning Bolt will be the band’s 10th record and will draw on everything from punk rock to Pink Floyd influences.
Sting: The Last Ship (September 24)Already a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Sting is looking to add playwright to his resume, what with his working on a musical set to debut on Broadway sometime in 2014. The Last Ship is Sting’s eleventh studio album and is inspired from his play, which looks at the 1980s decline of the shipbuilding industry in Newcastle, England. His first album since 2003’s Sacred Love, the record will feature appearances from Brian Johnson of AC/DC, Kathryn Tickell, The Unthanks, and more.
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Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill injured himself during a recent party after jumping off a boat and landing on his butt. The Sex on Fire hitmakers were enjoying a wild toga party during a stay in Greece when Followill decided to leap off the boat - only to land on hard ground.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I can hardly sit down. I jumped off the top of a boat at 2am in the pitch black and landed right on my a**. It was a 30-foot (nine-metre) drop."
Food-loving rocker Caleb Followill has shared with fans his recipe for the perfect steak. The Kings of Leon frontman is a big fan of cooking and often rustles up his favourite dishes for his bandmates and their road crew while on tour.
Now he has detailed his method of making strip steak with 'Neon Leon' sauce and given his fans tips on how to make the meal perfect.
He recommends drizzling olive oil and lemon juice on the meat before adding his specially-made sauce, telling Q magazine, "My buddy gave me the recipe for salsa verde, which has anchovy in it. And when my wife was pregnant she wanted to stay away from anchovy. So I added sherry vinegar. Normally, once you add that it becomes a vinaigrette. But for some reason when this comes out it's really thick."
Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill has sparked rumours he has steroid injections to boost his voice. The rocker insists life on the road with the Sex on Fire hitmakers is starting to take its toll after they resumed touring in May (13), and he has now detailed the steps he takes to ensure the show must go on.
Followill admits he regularly boozes before hitting the stage to give his performance an edge, and has even hinted he receives regular muscle-boosting steroid shots to strengthen his vocal cords.
He tells Q magazine, "When you're going as fast as we were going, or working as hard as we were, you get into a rhythm. Then it becomes a case of, well, if I'm gonna go out there and kick a** tonight then I need to grab a couple of drinks first. And I'm going to need a steroid shot just to sing. After a while, that gets on top of you."
Rockers Kings Of Leon are set to indulge their love of a good meal by hosting a food festival in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee next month (Sep13). Bandmembers Caleb and Nathan Followill have teamed up with chef Jonathan Waxman to co-host the Music City Eats festival, which will showcase some of the city's top chefs while bands perform live music.
The weekend event will also feature the Petty Fest Nashville, an all-star celebration of the music of Tom Petty, hosted by Kings Of Leon at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. They will perform alongside Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones.
Waxman says, "A few years ago, Caleb Followill quietly slipped into my restaurant Barbuto in New York, and we bonded over food and music, and throughout our many conversations, he kept asking why there wasn't a food and wine festival in his hometown of Nashville. We are inviting some truly amazing chefs from around the country, and most importantly, the best chefs and restaurants in Nashville. I am extremely excited by our shindig, and the Kings and I can't wait until September rolls around."
Music City Eats will take place from 21 to 22 September.
"My husband's going on tour for the summer, so that's where I'll be! It's a family affair. We'll stay in one place (together) and he'll go and play and tour and then come back every night. It's going to be great. We're excited to take Dixie to the London Bridge and on little tours." Caleb Followill's wife Lily Aldridge and his baby daughter Dixie will be heading to the U.K. on his band Kings Of Leon's upcoming tour.
British pop star Harry Styles appears to have moved on following his split from singer Taylor Swift by reportedly embarking on a new relationship with Rod Stewart's daughter. The 19-year-old One Direction heartthrob, who reportedly separated from Swift in January (13), is now believed to be dating Kimberly Stewart, who is 14 years his senior at 33.
"(They are) very happy," a source tells EOnline.com. "They were introduced by a mutual friend who set them up, Kim is very strong willed, she goes for what she wants and Harry appreciates that. It is a very new thing and we'll see where it goes. She is exactly his type." The blonde socialite has already introduced her latest beau to her family - the rumoured couple was photographed dining at Dan Tana's restaurant in LA on Thursday (25Apr13) with singer Rod and his wife Penny Lancaster, as well as Kimberly's brother Sean.
An onlooker says, "Kim and Harry sat next to one another. (He was) very cuddly with her... He had his arm around her." It is not Kimberly's first romance with an A-lister - she has a daughter, Delilah, with actor Benicio del Toro and is also said to have dated stars including Rhys Ifans, Jude Law, Tommy Lee, Caleb Followill, Scott Caan and Jack Osbourne.
Former supermodel Kristen Mcmenamy is divorcing photographer Miles Aldridge after 17 years of marriage. The American catwalk star, 46, was granted a decree nisi, the first legal step towards dissolving the union, at London's High Court earlier this month (Apr13) on the grounds of adultery on Aldridge's part, according to Britain's Daily Mail.
The divorce will be finalised later this year (13).
McMenamy tells the publication, "Obviously it's a relief to get the nisi but it won't be over properly until the summer. We have as good a relationship as you can expect after everything that's happened."
The pair wed in 1997 in a glamorous London ceremony, with Chanel boss Karl Lagerfeld walking McMenamy down the aisle and Naomi Campbell acting as a bridesmaid. They have two children together, while McMenamy has another daughter from a previous relationship and Aldridge has a son with another mother.
Aldridge's half-sister, Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge, is married to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill.
Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and singer-songwriter wife Jessie Baylin, 28, welcomed their first child, a healthy baby girl on December 26.
The 33-year-old new dad tweeted about their happy arrival, on the 27th: "I can proudly announce the birth of my sweet angel Violet Marlowe Followill. My heart has been stolen and it feels so good."
The baby was born in Nashville at 4:01 pm, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces, says a rep for the Grammy-winning "Sex Is on Fire" band.
Violet is the latest addition to the band's Followill family, with singer Caleb Followill welcoming daughter Dixie Pearl in June with his model wife Lily Aldridge and guitarist Matthew Followill welcoming son, Knox Cameron, last May.
The band canceled their U.S. tour due to exhaustion last year. With so many babies and a new album expected next year, try and get some sleep, guys.
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