Backbeats: Garbage's Shirley Manson Stops By Billboard With New Music; Gloria Estefan Winds Down Post-Howard Stern Interview; Blue October Rock NYC
Backbeats: Garbage's Shirley Manson Stops By Billboard With New Music; Gloria Estefan Winds Down Post-Howard Stern Interview; Blue October Rock NYC

Beautiful Garbage: Billboard Magazine editor Danyel Smith, Garbage's Shirley Manson, editor Tye Comer.

As the '90s revivalism train rolls onward, the next big stop could come this spring with the return of electro-rockers Garbage, following a six-year hiatus. Frontwoman Shirley Manson stopped by Billboard's New York offices on Friday (Oct. 21) alongside Garbage publicist Brian Bumbery (of BB Gun Press) to play near-finished tracks from the record, currently being mixed and slated for release this spring. Manson, in town from L.A., made the rounds late last week, popping in to preview Garbage's fifth record at other publications including Rolling Stone and Vogue.

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The Scottish singer humbly discussed the band's plan to self-release and market the album - their first endeavor of the kind, inspired by a souring of past label relationships. Also in discussion: Facebook and Twitter, which Garbage has used to "rally the troops" with candid studio updates and remix track streams since their return.

Garbage is repped by Brian Bumbery, formerly of Warner Bros. Records and as of earlier this year, manning his own boutique publicity firm, BB Gun Press, where many of his clients followed him. Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Green Day and Q Prime are among Bumbery's clients.

Post-Howard Stern Glow: Gloria Estefan (left) and Billboard's Gordon Murray at the NYC midtown London Hotel where they discussed her recent No. 1 dance club song and her and her husband's "colorful" Howard Stern interview.

Yesterday we spent time with Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Frank Amadeo (President of Estefan Enterprises, Inc.) and several others in the Estefans' hotel suite at the London Hotel in midtown. Gloria was in town to promote her new album "Miss Little Havana," released this past Tuesday and available exclusively at Target and on iTunes. They laughed about how their long interview with Howard Stern was (predictably) particularly colorful, in which Gloria bragged about Emilio's penis and Emilio said he would sleep with Castro if he could kill him after.

Our chat, thankfully, was more muisc oriented as Gloria explained ahow she introduced producer Pharrell to using live instrumentation on her album, replacing electronic horns with live horns on several tracks. She hedged on the possibility of a tour, although she's absolutely coming back simply because of the love of making music. They're promoting it on their own and loving every moment of connecting with fans. First single "Wepa" hit No. 1 on our Dance Club Songs -- Gloria's first No. 1 since "Oye" was on top in September of 1998. Gloria thanked Billboard Reporting DJs by sending out personally autographed photos to supporters and they both emphasized that they are deeply thankful to and appreciative of our DJs.

Blue October
Snapped minutes before show time backstage at Webster Hall, in the back row (from left), are Blue October guitarist Julian Mandrake, drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld, bassist Matt Noveskey, singer/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Delahoussaye. In the front (from left) are Bowery Presents talent buyer Anthony Makes, Blue October manager Paul Nugent of Rainmaker Artists, MRI Associated Labels VP Missi Callazzo and Red Radio senior VP Danny Buch. (Photo: Christa Titus)

Blue October fans turned out en masse to catch the band on Oct. 15 at New York's Webster Hall. The crowd's dedication -- it sang every word to faves like "Say It" and "Jump Rope" -- underscored the success of the group's first independently released album, "Any Man in America." Released on the band's own Up Down Records in August after a successful stint with Universal Motown, "Any Man in America" debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. Blue October is now contemplating the next single to follow up lead track "The Chills," and will kick off a month-long European tour on Nov. 3.