Monday, December 5, 2011

NEW IN MUSIC: Grammy nods and Occupy Wall Street album

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Headlines

Grammy Highlights: Kanye West got seven nods but none of them is Album of the Year. Those contenders are Adele's 21, Foo Fighters' Wasting Light, Lady Gaga's Born This Way, Bruno Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and Rihanna's Loud. Amy Winehouse received a posthumous nod for her Tony Bennett duet “Body and Soul” and Betty White is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album. (SPIN)

It’s the Grammys vs. whiskey? Bon Iver and The Avalanches went at each other on Twitter this morning sparked by Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon's comment in the New York Times that Grammy Awards are meaningless. On a related note, Bon Iver was just nominated for four Grammys. (Stereogum)

Adele's 21 has overtaken Amy Winehouse's Back To Black as the UK's biggest-selling album of the 21st century, with 3.4 million in sales. It has spent 45 weeks in the U.K. top 10, including 18 at No. 1. (Billboard)

Napster officially folded last week and is now a part of Rhapsody. (CNN)

Madonna has officially been named as the performer at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show on Feb. 5, 2012. It will be the first time the 53-year-old superstar will take the Super Bowl stage. (Billboard)

Debuts

The Killers present you with “The Cowboy's Christmas Ball” set in the Wild West:

Bon Iver has issued a digital re-release of their self-titled second album with short film accompiament for each of the 10 tracks. Bon Iver was first released six months ago. All 10 videos have also been uploaded to YouTube. (Pretty Much Amazing)

Keep an ear out for...

Occupy Wall Street is getting its own anthems. A bunch of musicians including David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jackson Brown, Devo, Ladytron, Lucinda Williams, Yo La Tengo, Lloyd Cole and Third Eye Blind have signed on to create Occupy This Album. Half of the album’s profits will go to the Occupy Wall Street General Fund and the other half being distributed evenly among the various movements across the country. (Obscure Sound)

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