You know you’ve made it when you get cartoon-ified on Bob’s Burgers. The National and Lapsley stop by the TV show to sing and chat quickly. If you’re up for more music after that, stick around to hear Katy Perry’s new Olympics anthem, updates about Bonnaroo’s ticket sales, Britney Spears’ slinky return, M.I.A.’s big bangin’ beat, and Parquet Courts’ crazy live TV performance.
In the last four years, The National have appeared on Bob’s Burgers their fair share of times. It looks like 2016 is no exception, though their most recent appearance on the show changed things up a bit. Watch in the clip above as they sing a potty-themed tune alongside Lapsley. It’s cheeky, funny, and oh so goofy. [Consequence of Sound]
Katy Perry is back, and she’s got pop producer extraordinaire Max Martin on her side yet again. Say hello to “Rise.” We’ve got a good feeling you’ll be hearing this one a lot this summer. Her single is the theme for NBC’s broadcast of the Olympics this summer. As such, it’s empowering, moving, and full of great strength, exactly as it should be given it’s been three years since we last heard new music from the pop star. Check it out above and prepare yourself to hear this nonstop the next few months. [Rolling Stone]
It looks like one of the most popular music festivals in the US is in trouble. According to The Tennessean, Bonnaroo 2016 was the least attended edition of the festival in its 15-year history. Only 45,527 tickets were sold. It sounds like a big number, but that’s 28,000 fewer tickets than last year, signifying a 45% drop from its peak in 2011. That adds up to $9.07 million less than last year alone. Either this means they need to diversify their booking, lower ticket prices, or pause for a year. Let’s hope it’s the first two. [Consequence of Sound]
The circus life finally calmed down. Britney Spears makes her return to the scene this week with “Make Me”, a song as sassy as the title suggests. G-Eazy guest stars, offering up a quick rap verse on the ballad, shifting the tone slightly to keep it from staying pure pop. If you’re itching for more, you’re in luck. Spears will release her ninth LP later this year. [Rolling Stone]
At long last, M.I.A. is back. The modern day queen of rap returns on September 9 with AIM, her next album. In an interview on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, she said this will be her “cleanest” album and more notably happy than the last one. “There’s another side to me completely,” she said. “I don’t know if people know that.” If they didn’t, they sure will now with “Go Off”, her newest single that sees Skrillex and Blaqstarr handing some of the club production tones. It’s immediately infectious, lending a natural assumption that the rest of the album will be too. [Rolling Stone]
Parquet Courts rarely play live on TV as part of their attempt to avoid indulging in the press world. When they took to Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, they decided to change things up… drastically. During their performance of “Captive of the Sun” off this year’s phenomenal Human Performance, they had none other than Bun B of UGK come out do rap a surprise verse. We’re not kidding. Watch footage above and let your mind explode at the fact that, yes, this really did happen. [SPIN]
Have a great weekend! We’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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