Prince is revolutionizing music even from the grave. The iconic musician score topped the charts this week in less than 12 hours, an unbelievable feat. While the scores were being calculated, Beyonce released a surprise album, Florence and the Machine shared a beautiful 47-minute-long video, Tegan and Sara announced a huge tour, Band of Horses dropped their first new a song in four years, Kraftwerk plotted a few more US shows, and Matt and Kim handed over a surprise EP as well.
It’s natural when a music legend passes away for record sales to increase. What isn’t universal is the speed at which sales pop. Prince‘s unexpected death on Thursday was a blow to music-lovers worldwide, so much so that they flooded to the checkout lane with surprising speed. Billboard charts are calculated each week ending on a Thursday. In the less-than-12-hours after news of Prince’s passing broke on Thursday afternoon, enough people bought his records for The Very Best of Prince to hit #1 and Purple Rain to hit #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Since his music is unavailable to stream, people actually bought physical copies, too. If you read our Music Editor Matt Grosinger’s piece on Prince, David Bowie, and their status as heroes, you will understand why. [MTV]
Grab a pitcher of juice because you’re in for a long ride. Beyoncé surprise released a brand new album called Lemonade along with a music video for every single track. The HBO special Lemonade and the full-length album of the same name can be purchased for a total of $17.99 on iTunes or the whole thing can be streamed on Tidal. It includes guest appearances from Jack White, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, and the Weeknd. She samples Animal Collective, Led Zeppelin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more. It’s a lot to process, but every moment is worth digesting ASAP. Bey is queen for a reason. [Pitchfork]
Florence and the Machine is still caught up in a whirlwind of moods and music. The singer-songwriter just shared a beautiful video that reminds us why we’re thankful that’s the case. Directed by Vincent Haycock, The Odyssey is a 47-minute art film that combines clips from singles off last year’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful while including the final chapter of the installment set to “Third Eye.” The film is inspired by a “car crash of a relationship breakup” Florence Welch was going through. As such, it mirrors the central themes of the album as well as the contrasts of love. If she was trying to purge herself of hurt, it seems this film was the best way to do so. Watch it in full at her website. [Rolling Stone]
Tegan and Sara have a big record on the way called Love You to Death. Now they have something even bigger to offer: a 40-date North American tour. The pop duo hit the road on September 9th and keep on truckin’ all the way through mid-November. Shortly after, they will head to other international locations like England and Australia. Tickets go on sale on April 29th, though, so you have time to figure out which show is worth saving up for. Good luck! [Rolling Stone]
It’s been four years without new music from Band of Horses, but alas, the band is finally back with a new album titled Why Are You OK. Of course, with news of a new album comes a single: “Casual Party.” This lead single deals with the awful conversation you run into at a casual party and how it never seems to end. The band’s frontman says most of the record was written at home surrounded by his family and he struggled to translate it into recordings, but an unexpected phone call locked the work into place. Mysterious, sure, but as the single indicates, it worked out for the better. Give it a listen above. [Consequence of Sound]
Not all giants are gone. Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk recently toured America to perform their epic 3D concerts. Now the German giants will play a few more shows in the States. This September, they will play in nine different cities, including New Orleans, Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, and more. If you want more electronica than that, grab a ticket to Movement Detroit Electronic Music Festival where they will be performing on May 28th. [Consequence of Sound]
Surprise! Matt and Kim release an EP out of nowhere and you can listen to it right now. WE WERE THE WEIRDOS sees the duo chugging through some anthemic, poppy numbers as usual. It follows their fifth studio album, New Glow, with four brand new tracks. Inspired by driving after the first time in a while, they recorded the whole thing in between Coachella weekends. Talk about a speedy EP. [Consequence of Sound]
That’s it for today, but we’ll see you back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!
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