The Purple One will always be full of magic. Prince has two new LPs on the way, and the posthumous releases promise unreleased material. If you want something you can listen to now, stick around. Trent Reznor said he’s working on Nine Inch Nails music, Cher did a duet with James Corden, Red Bull Music Academy has a new video game series with musicians, and Kim Gordon returns with Body/Head for a new live album.
The first posthumous release by Prince is on the way, and according to Prince’s estate, it includes never before heard music. Two albums are on their way, and both have new songs. The first is a 40-song greatest hits compilation called Prince 4Ever. The LP comes out on November 22. Lesser-known favorites like “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad” will be next to official releases of “Moonbeam Levels” and other songs that never got an official release. The second, a deluxe reissue of Purple Rain, comes out in early 2017. The plans for this one were approved by Prince before he passed away, including a second album of previously unreleased material. What that is has yet to be disclosed. Stay tuned here though for more information regarding The Purple One. [Rolling Stone]
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross just finished a score for Leonardo DiCaprio‘s climate change documentary, Before the Flood. Turns out that wasn’t the only thing they were working on. The musicians went on Zane Lowe Beats 1 radio for an interview and, when there, revealed they’ve been working on Nine Inch Nails material, too. “Things are going good and when we have something that we think is excellent, we will unleash it on the world,” said Reznor. To that, we say it’s worth the wait. [Rolling Stone]
James Corden‘s TV show gets celebrities to indulge in fun activities, and it makes you wish you were friends with them in the process. His newest episode didn’t let up on that. Corden spent his October 20 show singing a duet with the one and only Cher. The song? A spin on her classic 1965 hit “I Got You Babe” (remembered fondly in Groundhog’s Day), only now reworked to be “I Got You Bae.” It’s goofy, touching on everything from Netflix and chill to Facebook-official relationships. If you need a laugh, this video is for you. [Rolling Stone]
Red Bull Music Academy has a new series called Diggin’ In the Carts. The show explores video game music past and present with host Nick Dwyer, a writer and co-director of the Red Bull Music Academy documentary video series. The first season zones in on Japanese video game music to be exact. Expect 8-bit goodness, 16-bit revolutions, and arcade songs, all of which include a rich history about tones, melodies, and forms of appreciation. To expand on that, modern musicians like Thundercat come by to talk about what these soundtracks mean to them. It’s a big series that we’re already heart-eyed over. Episodes air every Thursday at 7pm EST. Head here to learn more. [Red Bull Music Academy]
Sonic Youth may be dead, but that band’s spirit lives on through Kim Gordon. She and Bill Nace create music together under the moniker Body/Head. They announced a new live album is on the way, and the record, called No Waves, sounds like the gut-busting rock we want to keep living in now that Sonic Youth is no more. They recorded it at Big Ears Festival in 2014. Surprisingly, the LP only has three tracks, but it clocks in around 40 minutes, drawing on experimental improvisation and drone-like work to offer fans a taste of their live shows. The whole thing comes out November 11 via Matador. Check out the album art above. [Consequence of Sound]
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