It’s Friday, but we didn’t need to tell you that. You already knew how to count the days of the week thanks to Rebecca Black’s surprise hit in 2011. Now the singer-songwriter is back with a single called “The Great Divide.” Before debating its greatness, stick around to hear about a new James and the Giant Peach film, info on how to tour Prince’s estate, details about a Symphonic Suite Akira reissue on vinyl, LCD Soundsystem’s upcoming full-length LP, and Joy Division-themed Christmas cards you may actually want to buy early.
The turn of this decade saw YouTube stars going from comedy to real-life musicians. Case and point: Carley Rae Jepsen. Some, however, didn’t fare well after their hit, like Rebecca Black. In 2011, she released the infamous “Friday” hit, reminding us what days of the week came and in what order. Now, the 19-year-old is gearing up to show she’s got more melodies in her. Wave hello to “The Great Divide,” her new single, above. “‘Friday’ was a part of my life, but I don’t know if I would say it’s a part of me as an artist,” Black told Entertainment Weekly. “So many people know me just by that song, but I’m much more than that.” Decide for yourself if she’s the next hit-maker of this decade. At the very least, she’s having fun, and that’s really what matters. [Entertainment Weekly]
It’s still hard to think of Prince and not frown. After the iconic musician passed away, legal battles went down over what would happen to Paisley Park, his property in Chanhassen, MN. It’s officially decided that it will be turned into a museum and open for public tours starting this fall. “Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on,” Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson said in a statement issued by the current estate managers. “Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime… Now fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince’s world for the first time as we open the doors to this incredible place.” [Rolling Stone]
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Milan Records is known for releasing vinyl editions of beloved Hollywood films, often ones that are hard, if not impossible, to get. The Los Angeles-based record label took to Twitter the other day to tease the release of a soundtrack we can’t sit still about: the Symphonic Suite Akira soundtrack. It was originally released in 1988 and copies sold for three-digit prices. The reason? It mixes dialogue from the film with key excerpts of the score. Talk about a perfect combo. [Crunchyroll]
LCD Soundsystem are busy playing pretty much every festival ever this summer. Now, it seems they need a break from the live stage for the studio. The band reportedly cancelled a tour of Asia and Australia to work on their new album. The tour kickoff was scheduled to begin in Hong Kong’s Clockenflap Festival in November. A statement on the festival’s Facebook, however, indicates the band cancelled due to “studio scheduling conflicts related to their new album.” Grab all your friends. Soon it will be time to dance again. [FACT Magazine]
It’s hard to imagine summer ending, let alone the start of fall. But Christmas? Seems far away, but if you count, it’s only four months. Anxious gift shoppers probably could have told you that. If you’re one of them, you may be in luck finding that hard to get gift for your music-obsessed friend. Peter Saville, the artist behind the iconic cover of Joy Division‘s Unknown Pleasures LP, is working on Christmas cards. Like the one above, they will take a spin on the original album art. Oxfam’s online shop will begin selling them on October 17. Saville’s designs will be joined by others from Grayson Perry, Raqib Shaw, Michael Craig-Martin, Adam Dant, and Bob and Roberta Smith, too. Happy holidays! [Pitchfork]
That’s it for today. Enjoy the weekend! We’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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