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After returning from a hiatus with a handful of concerts in recent years, System Of A Down is gearing up for more activity this summer. The rockers will play a short tour this August, primarily on the East Coast, alongside the Deftones.
However, frontman Serj Tankian says the band has no plans just yet to get back into the studio. Speaking to Billboard, Tankian said, “When people are asking, ‘When can we get new music from you,’ I think it’s the biggest compliment in the world. We have not made a plan to do it as of yet. I think it’s something that we’ll get together at the right time when we all have that head space and do it. But, you know, it hasn’t been that time yet, so I think everyone will know when it is. It’s as simple as that.”
System Of A Down
System Of A Down’s last album was 2005’s Hypnotize, but Tankian has kept busy with solo records and other projects. His next album, Harakiri, is due out July 10. He told Billboard he is also working on a classical symphony, an electronic project called Fuktronic with Mindless Self Indulgence frontman Jimmy Urine, a Jazz record and a video project as well.
Flo Rida has set a July 3 release date for his fourth album. Billboard reports that Wild Ones will be out via IMG/Poe Boy/Atlantic and the pop-rapper says, “With this album, there’s gonna be a lot of No. 1s, so that’s why I came up with the title Wild Ones. I made it my business to be inspired by just traveling around the world, and just coming up with some music that the world can enjoy — to take this from local to national to international.” The record will include recent singles “Good Feeling,” “Wild Ones” and the brand new track “Whistle.”
AddictedToRadio.com’s Remix Star is heating up with over 100 submissions in its first week. Cash prize and a record release is slated for the monthly winners. For more details click here.
According to The New York Times, AMC and the producers of Mad Men paid a quarter of a million dollars to use The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” at the end of Sunday’s episode of the critically acclaimed series. While Beatles covers are commonplace on TV and in films, the cost of licensing the original recordings is quite expensive, and the Beatles’ camp has been known to be very choosy when it comes to licensing opportunities. “It was always my feeling that the show lacked a certain authenticity because we never could have an actual master recording of the Beatles performing,” Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner told the Times. “Not just someone singing their song or a version of their song, but them, doing a song in the show. It always felt to me like a flaw. Because they are the band, probably, of the 20th century.”
Yesterday, No Doubt announced their long-awaited comeback album would be released on September 25. Now the band has released the first in a new, ongoing series of webisodes filmed during the making of the new album. You can hear a bit of the song “Push & Shove” in the first webisode which you can find below.
The Wallflowers will release a new album this fall on Columbia Records, their first since 2005. The band is currently wrapping up the new record in Nashville and have a handful of concert dates this summer, with more to be announced.
DJ International TV
A new network is about to debut. DJ International TV will focus on the music, the videos of the EDM and DJ Culture as well as the culture of DnB, Trance, House and other forms of Electronic Dance Music. Created by the legendary record label DJ International in Chicago, the show is already seen on TV in Chicago and Tampa with more market announcements coming in the next few weeks.
Andre’ 3000/Jimi Hendrix movie is back on
The long-in-the-works Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3000 is reportedly on again, as pre-production has begun in Ireland. Filming is slated to take place in Ireland in May and June.
The New York Post reports Shakira and Live Nation are close to a multi-million dollar deal with Sony to release her next three albums. Shakira originally signed a “360 deal” with Live Nation a few years ago, but the concert giant has “never developed the ability to record and distribute albums” so it will team up with Sony for the Pop star’s next releases.
Kylie Minogue will release a new greatest hits set, The Best Of Kylie Minogue, on June 19. The 21-song set celebrates the dance-pop diva’s 25 years in music, check out I Should Be So Lucky from waaaaay back in the 80’s below!