Rihanna canceled a second straight show in Sweden this week while the Pop star recovers from flu-like symptoms. According to reports, Rihanna still felt ill before her concert slated for Wednesday in Stockholm, and after seeing a doctor, canceled the show roughly an hour before it was scheduled to start.
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons have been working on a new album since early 2011 and they road-tested some new material during a recent summer tour. Last weekend, they revealed yet another new song on WRFF (Radio 104.5)/Philadelphia in a live studio session. The track is called either "Ghosts That We Knew" or, simply, "Ghosts." "We're not very good at deciding song names," frontman Marcus Mumford laughed. "We'll hash it out, we'll have a physical fight later." There's still no official release date for the follow-up to Sigh No More, but the band told MD Wendy Rollins, "Next year the plan is to eventually get this album out and then play some more gigs, and that's pretty much it."
Michael Stipe and Mike Mills appeared on the BBC's Newsnight program yesterday and reiterated that R.E.M. are completely finished and will not reunite. Much of the segment focused on politics, but Stipe said that the band is "over. It's done." Mills added, "It was an opportunity for us to walk away on our own terms ... There are no external forces making us do this. We have no problems. We can walk away as friends and feel like we've accomplished everything we wanted to accomplish." The interview can be seen here.
After four years behind the kit, drummer Chris Pennie has left Coheed And Cambria. Pennie posted a statement online that reads, "I am very thankful for the years that I shared the stage with the guys and want to thank the amazing, supportive fans that I’ve met while on tour, but there are a lot of exciting projects on the horizon, in addition to Return To Earth and Fight Mannequins, that I feel require my absolute 100 percent commitment and attention. I feel that this is the right time to make that happen." The band also posted a message that reads, "Tough decisions were made today that will help shape this band for the coming years. We extend our deepest appreciation to Chris Pennie for an incredible journey." Coheed And Cambria is now without a rhythm section, after they parted ways with bassist MichaelTodd earlier this year.
Following his Welcome 2 America shows earlier this year, Prince will close out 2011 with a trip through Canada. The 11-show trek, dubbed Welcome 2 Canada, kicks off in Toronto on November 25 and ends in Victoria, BC on December 17.
Billboard announces the nominees for its 2011 Touring Awards, with Bon Jovi, U2 and reunited British boy band Take That up for multiple awards. All three acts are nominated as Top Tour and Top Draw. The awards will be handed out next week in a ceremony hosted by Matt Pinfield as part of the Billboard Touring Conference.
Manager John Baxter has filed a lawsuit against Rob Halford and other members of Judas Priest and its management team, alleging fraud, breach of contract and intentional interference with contractual relations. Baxter is seeking around $50 million in damages. He had been Halford's personal manager since 1982 until he was fired in August, and he claims that Halford owes him millions of dollars for contract breaches and failure to pay commissions, salary and expenses dating back to 1992. Baxter's attorney, Barry K. Rothman, told Rolling Stone that the termination was unjust. "It was wrongful termination because there's no basis to have terminated. They have their own agenda," said Rothman. "Baxter has been managing [Halford] for decades. Judas Priest was coming to an end and the Judas Priest people wanted to engage Halford in his solo endeavor and to continue to have a relationship with him, which was not possible with Baxter in the middle." However, Jayne Andrews, a member of Priest's management team, rejects the allegations. "We are aware of the false claims he is trying to make – this has been ongoing for a while now," she said. "Rob Halford validly terminated his contracts with John Baxter and there's nothing in John Baxter's various claims, all of which will be vigorously resisted."
After a foray into Country music, Michelle Branch will return to Pop music again with a new album in 2012. The new record is called West Coast Time, and Branch told Rolling Stone that "In a strange way, it's my most youthful sounding album. I was so adamant about proving myself for so long and I've gotten to the point where I don't have to do that as much. Ten years into it, I can finally go, 'Oh, I just want to make a record that's fun to make and I don't have to prove that I deserve to be here.'" When asked to be more specific about the album's sound, Branch explained, "This sounds cheesy, but it sounds like Michelle Branch grown up, The Spirit Room ten years later. I feel like it has a modern edge to it."
Concert promoter Goldenvoice is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a three-day festival in Santa Monica, CA next month. The GV 30 festival features Social Distortion and X headlining night one (12/16), with Bad Religion among the bands on night two (12/17) and the Descendents headlining night three (12/18).
In an interview with the NME, Damon Albarn says the reunited Blur is considering playing live again in 2012, possibly with shows outside the UK. Albarn also revealed the group has been meeting up regularly to record new material.
A new Talking Heads DVD, Chronology, is due out November 21. The career-spanning DVD looks at the influential band's career, with classic performances and interviews, as well as a 1979 British documentary on the band. A deluxe edition includes a 48-page hardcover book.