UK singer/songwriter James Blake's 2013 album Overgrown was one of the year's most well-reviewed releases, with songs like "Life Round Here" and "Retrograde" showcasing his production and singing skills. He recently received one of the highest honors in the British music scene, by taking home the 2013 Mercury Prize award for his stunning album.
Back when Robin Thicke's smash single "Blurred Lines" began to gain popularity, the family of the late Marvin Gaye went vocal about how the song's music was very similar to Gaye's "Got To Give It Up". They went forward with a lawsuit, and as it progressed, the claim was dismissed. However, new claims are coming forward from the family, stating that Thicke also copied a copyright infringement with his song "Love After War", based off of Gaye's "After The Dance".
Avril Lavigne's fifth studio album, simply titled Avril Lavigne, is set for release this upcoming Tuesday, November 5th. She's already released the infectious single "Here's To Never Growing Up", the heavy-hitting "Rock N Roll", and the pulsing ballad "Let Me Go", but now fans can hear the album in its entirety by streaming it off iTunes a week before its release.
Lou Reed, one of rock's most prolific figures, has passed away at the age of 71. In spring of this year, the former Velvet Underground member went through a liver transplant and was in good health, but unfortunately passed of liver disease on Sunday, October 27th. The music world is coming together to mourn the loss of the legend, from the likes of David Bowie to fellow VU member John Cale expressing their grief.
Britney Spears is set to release her eighth studio album on December 3rd, and ever since she announced the title of the record, simply Britney Jean, fans have been dying for a glimpse of the album artwork. The pop superstar revealed the cover via Twitter, calling the record her "most personal album ever", and the shot features Britney in black & white with the title in neon lettering.
Canadian alternative rock band Arcade Fire made headlines today by allowing their upcoming fourth album Reflektor to be streamed via YouTube. The album stream is essentially one giant lyric video, which is a unique concept, and has fans not only listening to their new music, but also memorizing the words.
On Sunday, November 10th, the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards will be taking place at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome, and some of today's biggest names in music are slotted to attend and perform. The biggest news at the awards show, which hasn't been held in the Netherlands since 1997, is Katy Perry debuting her single "Unconditionally" live, from her latest album Prism. Of course, everybody is talking about Miley Cyrus' slotted performance too, ever since her MTV Video Music Awards performance earlier this year shook up some controversy.
Kanye West made headlines for his beau Kim Kardashian's 33rd birthday by proposing to the reality TV star in a unique way on October 21st. The rapper first made headlines when he suddenly postponed his Vancouver, Canada concert date on October 20th to make a beeline to San Francisco. The mystery behind Kanye's disappearance seemed to be revealed when he rented out AT&T Park to put on an extravagant show for his girlfriend's big day.
Taylor Swift has recorded a new song for the British Film One Chance, and it was officially released on iTunes today. The song isn't considered material for her follow-up to Red, but at least Swift fans have some fresh material for the country-pop crossover star. Entitled "Sweeter Than Fiction", the upbeat tune was co-written by fun.'s Jack Antonoff, who is becoming a prolific songwriter in the pop world: he's also helped write songs like "How Come You Don't Want Me" by Tegan and Sara and "Brave" by Sara Bareilles.
Katy Perry's highly-anticipated third studio album Prism is out worldwide on October 22nd, but a few days before it officially drops, it's available to stream off the pop star's website. With the hot single "Roar" burning up the charts, and the second confirmed single "Unconditionally" sure to follow suit, Prism is gearing up to be one of 2013's biggest pop records.