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.
Jason Ringenberg has hung in like a rusty fishhook for more than 20 years, mostly because he's got serious game, blending country stylings with aggressive rock both as a solo artist and frontman for cowpunk pioneers Jason & the Scorchers.
The inventive French sextet Les Yeux Noirs has developed a sizable following in Europe for its conflation of Eastern European Gypsy and klezmer traditions, with a hint of French-Gypsy jazz à la Django Reinhardt.
Rather than part of the incipient 20th century's "new music," Gurrelieder was the young Arnold Schoenberg's grandest of goodbyes to the late Romantic age—a massive two-hour symphonic/ vocal poem scored for the largest orchestra ever assembled, along with full chorus, four solo singers, and a speaker.