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Metallica to Team Up With Rick Rubin Again On Next Album
According to Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, producer Rick Rubin is set to work with the band on its next album. Rubin previously worked with Metallica on its most recent album, 2008’s “Death Magnetic.” ” “Rick, to me, he’s sort of a Zen guru spirit that Metallica needs right now,” Trujillo told 93.7 KCLB Rocks! Radio. Prior to recording the album, the band will be touring worldwide alongside other members of the Big Four (Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth). ( Spinner)
Serena Williams Hits the Studio With DJ Clue
Recent photos and reports suggest that tennis superstar Serena Williams is now testing out the music scene. Last week, Williams dropped in at Minnesota Vikings player Bryant McKinnie’s studio, where she worked with hip-hop producer DJ Clue. Despite this, the tennis star will soon be training to get back on the courts after recovering from a recent surgery. (TMZ via Popeater)
Lil Wayne Filming ‘I Am Music’ Tour Documentary
Lil Wayne has revealed plans to release t a documentary following his current “I Am Music” Tour. Cameras have been set up to film performances and backstage footage on select dates along Weezy’s tour across the United States. “At that time when they put those movies out, we as the fans were interested in what they were doing on the road,” the rapper said during a recent interview. “I think it’s going to be real big.” ( Rap Radar)
The Strokes Head Back Into The Studio
When The Strokes were making the rounds promoting their recently released album, “Angles,” members of the band suggested that they would enter the studio ASAP to start on new material. According to bassist Nikolai Fraiture, the garage rockers have made good on their plans. He Tweeted yesterday: “Super excited to go in to the studio today and work on some new ideas! I’ll keep you posted.” (@N_Fraiture via NME)
Kylie Minogue Releases Charity Song For Japan
Despite not being included on the “Songs For Japan” compilation, Kylie Minogue recently teamed up with Japanese rapper VERBAL to create her own single to aid relief efforts in Japan. The song, titled “We Are One,” was “especially written deep from our hearts thinking about everyone in the Tohoku regions,” Minogue said. ( idolator)
Netflix: A Subscription Model the Music Business Should Aspire To
If the record industry wants music subscription services to become mainstream products, it should pay close attention to the factors behind growth at Netflix. In the first quarter of 2011, the online video rental service added 3.6 million subscribers, to finish with 23.6 million. To put it another way, the company’s subscriber numbers increased 69% in a single year. With Netflix, consumers have proven they will rent content — even re-run content — and stream it from the cloud. Read the full story at Billboard.biz.