Lady Gaga has been inescapable as of late: She recently became the first artist to perform at the Grammys, the Super Bowl and the Oscars in the same year, and now, she’s set to fortify her acting career with a return to American Horror Story. In case you’ve forgotten, she had a memorable role in the show’s fifth season and FX is likely thrilled to have her back.
Meanwhile, the Foo Fighters are definitely not breaking up, Kendrick Lamar released a new album to the surprise of everybody, Tyler, The Creator turned in an excitable Kanye West cover, Nina Simone’s estate does not like the new biopic about her, Parquet Courts played a new song on Conan, and Yeasayer shared a dope new track and tour dates.
Yes, Gaga is returning to American Horror Story, although it’s not clear how or when. She played The Countess is the show’s fifth season, a role for which she won a Golden Globe, but she might not return to the character, and she might not even come back during the show’s sixth season. As she said herself, “I can’t promise you how, or when, or anything like that.” This all went down during a Z100 radio show, and the relevant segment of programming is available to listen to here. [Fuse]
There was a sad, sad rumor going around recently that Foo Fighters were on the verge of breaking up, but those grumblings were put to rest by a video the band shared. In it, Dave Grohl decides to go solo and make some super lame hip-hop, while the rest of the band considers replacement frontmen and end up giving Nick Lachey a try. When neither venture works out, and at the end of the hilarious clip, the band writes, “FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME, WE’RE NOT BREAKING UP. AND NOBODY’S GOING FUCKING SOLO!”
That up there is a new album from Kendrick Lamar, which was completely not on anybody’s radar before yesterday. The album was announced last night, and just like that, here it is. The strange part is that we might have NBA superstar LeBron James to thank for this: He recently tweeted at the CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar’s record label, “you have to release those untitled tracks asap!!!,” and the response was, “Give me a few days 2 think.” A few days later, here we are. Thanks, LeBron. [Nerdist]
Over the course of February, Tyler, The Creator let it be known that he had fallen head-over-heels in love with Kanye West’s “Freestyle 4,” from his album The Life of Pablo. A cover was only a matter of time, and now, Tyler has shared a video of him—as well as A$AP Rocky and Odd Future’s Domo Genesis, Jasper, and Taco—in the studio rapping. If you’re the kind that likes watching Tyler have fun, then this is some fun fun. [Pitchfork]
As we previously wrote, Nina, the upcoming biopic about Nina Simone, has been embroiled in controversy pretty much since its inception, mainly regarding the casting choice of Zoe Saldana. It was already known that Simone’s daughter Simone Kelly does not approve of the film, but now Simone’s estate has added their voice to the conversation: Saldana recently tweeted a quote from Simone, and the official Twitter account of Simone’s estate fired back, “Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.” It’s unfortunate to see Saldana receive hate for trying to pay tribute to a musical legend with her performance, but we hope the two parties can eventually reach an understanding. [Consequence of Sound]
New York alternative garage rockers Parquet Courts have a new record, Human Performance, coming out on April 8, and they recently stopped in to play a new track from the album, titled “Berlin Got Blurry.” The tune is a relatively straightforward rock track that fans of the band are accustomed to, which is a welcomed relief following the band’s experimental, unfocused and rambling EP from late 2015, Monastic Living. [Consequence of Sound]
It’s been too long since Yeasayer’s excellent 2012 LP Fragrant World, and now the band is set to return with their fourth studio album, Amen & Goodbye, on April 1. Ahead of that, the band has shared a poppy, psychedelic and upbeat new single called “Silly Me.” The band also announced North American and European tour dates in March, May and June, all of which can be found at the band’s website.
And that’s what happened in the music world over the past couple days. We love for you being here, and we’ll love you even more if you check back in with us on Monday for the next installment of Music Dispatch!