The hot, slow days of midsummer are here, but don't let that keep you from fresh insider music information. For the rest of beach season, Billboard.com has this week's heads-up of music-related suggestions, tips, and key recommendations -- all designed to keep you in the know.
| A$AP Mob Posse Videos Coming
With his A$AP Mob posse album set for release later this month and his proper RCA/Polo Grounds debut, "LongLiveA$AP," coming in September, Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky will have little time to kick back this summer. Mob member A$AP Ferg tells Billboard that the hip-hop troupe has "a bunch of videos we're going to be dropping" as the weather stays warm, and will be on tour -- which included a recent stop at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago -- for the next two months. "We got the A$AP Mob project that we're going to be dropping," says Ferg, "and we got a lot of work to do with the A$AP Rocky project."
| Ed Sheeran's Next Album Afoot
Brit singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran just saw his smash U.K. album "+" hit big in America last month, with a No. 5 start on the Billboard 200, but he wants to let fans in on the fact that he's basically got a whole new album written. "I did the second album on tour with Snow Patrol," Sheeran tells Billboard.com. "I found myself with a lot of free time, so I wrote a lot of songs and it's pretty much structurally there." Fans may have to wait a bit to hear it, however. Sheeran adds that his massive "+" world tour is scheduled to run until March 2013.
| Death Cab Approved: Les Jupes
Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla has worked with unique artists from an array of genres, both in his own band and as a producer at his Seattle studio. One performer he suggests watching out for is Michael Falk, the frontman of Canadian alt-rock band Les Jupes, who Walla met in Austin during SXSW 2012. "His thing is really interesting," said Walla. "He's got a really thick, heavy baritone and his voice is really arresting -- it took a second for me to set my compass on it. It didn't take long to really, really get into it. That was exciting." They have been trading emails and talking about making a record "or something," Walla teased.
| Billy Corgan Readies Memoir, More Smashing Pumpkins Music
This August, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will resume writing new songs following the June release of the band's "Oceania," as well as polish reissues of past albums like 1998's "Adore" and 2000's "Machina/The Machines of God." But Corgan will also be pre-occupied with non-music endeavors: "I'm supposed to pick up writing my memoir, which is three-quarters done," he says. "Busiest time of my life, and I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I think it's good busy."
Text by Jessica Letkemann, Jason Lipshutz, and Sarah Maloy.