Duran Duran has recorded 15 songs for its reunion album, which will feature the band going back to its modern rock-meets-dance music roots, Billboard.com has learned. Speaking from a London studio where the band is recording the still-untitled set, producer/Chic founder Nile Rodgers says the song "Taste of Summer" appears to be a frontrunner for the first single.
Atria Books has plans to publish two books by country singer Tim McGraw. Due in November, the first is an illustrated behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the road. Its publication will coincide with the release of McGraw's forthcoming Curb studio album.
"A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Vs. JXL, the remix of Presley's 1968 track by Dutch DJ Tom Holkenberg, secured a second week at No. 1 in the U.K. yesterday (June 23). The achievement comes in the week of the 45th anniversary of the King's first British chart-topper, "All Shook Up," which hit No. 1 on the survey dated June 28, 1957.
Performance art troupe Blue Man Group is plunging headfirst into the rock world for its upcoming stint on the Area2 tour, scaling back its theatrics and putting more emphasis on the musical aspect of its show.
Guitar wiz Frisell, joined by Danny Barnes (banjo, guitar) and Keith Lowe (bass), has tracked eight original songs and seven traditional tunes here, bending a few genres to suit his typically visionary purpose in the process.
Augustus Pablo (born Horace Swaby) passed away in May 1999, leaving behind one of the most formidable and influential bodies of work in the history of reggae; yet, he never achieved the international status of artists like Bob Marley or Peter Tosh.
Perhaps best known as the man who "rocks the most," according to Beck in the single "Where It's At," the eccentric and enigmatic Gary Wilson—author of curious song titles like "6.4=Make Out" and "Groovy Girls Make Love at the Beach"—has long been a cult favorite among fans of avant rock.