Michael Jackson’s estate has made a mockery of his catalogue in the years following his death. It’s difficult to fathom how an estate with access to MJ’s entire back catalogue and vaults can make such tragic mistakes; So even this news that Timbaland recently announced of his involvement in new King of Pop music is met with some hesitation (from me at least). According to the super-producer he’s currently working to have a single called ‘Chicago’ released as the projects first single because it sounds like “today” – whatever that means – and in his words brings “two Kings” together. Watch the Revolt interview up top and prepare yourself something great or something diabolical.

… Can someone please just let Pharrell Williams and/or Kanye West produce (not remix) a new Michael Jackson project?!

 

Yesterday, Drake announced that the release date for Nothing Was The Same had been pushed back a week, to September 24th. Late last night, he decided to console upset fans by releasing the official artwork for the project.

Via Twitter, Drizzy revealed the album’s official artwork, along with a second cover (after the jump), which is thought to be for the deluxe edition. The work is by Kadir Nelson, an award-winning American artist, who also supplied the artwork for Michael Jackson’s first posthumous album, MichaelWith features from Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Hudson Mohawke, and more, the release of NWTS is eagerly awaited. His new single, ‘Hold On We’re Going Home‘, is continuing to do well.

… As for this artwork, we’ll let you decide.

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As if [my personal] excitement for Drake’s new album wasn’t hype enough, now comes the news that everyones favourite game-changing Scotsman will be contributing to Nothing Was the Same. Gah. Having successfully transitioned from underground God to mainstream super producer, Hudmo’s alignment with Drizzy following his work on Kanye’s Yeezus makes complete sense. Unlike most in hip hop Drake openly embraces the evolution of his sound and already has a proven track record of working with innovative (… and British) producers. The new LP will also feature appearances from Lil’ Wayne (standard) & Jay ZNothing Was the Same is out September 17th.

The Weeknd is on the verge of releasing his major label debut, Kiss Land, on September 10th. The follow up to his trio of mix-tapes re-bundled as Trilogy will feature ten tracks. Only hours ago, the Canadian crooner unveiled the Drake-assisted ‘Live For‘, and also recently dropped the video for his single ‘Belong to the World‘, the follow up to title-track ‘Kiss Land‘. And now he’s released the album art (above) and the full tracklisting which you can check after the jump.

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Justin Timberlake took to Instagram tonight to reveal the tracklist to the sequel of his The 20/20 Experience LP. Having already broke records this year with the release of his third solo album, his first in since 2006′s FutureSex/LoveSounds, he’s hoping to strike it right again with the LP’s second half. Rather interestingly the album will feature 11 songs, as apposed to the 10 which would have made up the “20/20″ experience. In any case according to some early (and trustworthy) reviewers the The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2 will see a sonic return to Timberlake’s early work with Timbaland. The albums first single ‘Take Back the Night’ was a kind-of throwback to Justified, although without the Neptunes on deck it didn’t really tick all the right boxes. Peep the tracklist after the jump, expect the album September 30th…

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 Janelle Monae Reveals The Electric Lady Artwork And Track Listing

Whilst the buzz continues for Janelle Monae’s forthcoming album The Electric Lady, the eccentric songstress has today, unveiled the artwork (which you can peep above) as well as the track-listing for the project. Continuing the futuristic aesthetic we saw on the visual for ‘Dance Apocalyptic‘, Monae is seen gazing into nothingness, looking pretty fabulous. The tracklisting is as equally as intriguing, with features from the likes of Prince (alas,we were correct, even if it did cause a bit of a stir), Solange, Miguel, Esperenza Spalding and, as we already know, Erykah Badu. View the full tracklisting over the jump and be sure to catch The Electric Lady on September 10th!

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MTV has announced that Kanye West will return to the VMA stage for the seventh time to perform ‘Black Skinhead’ from his most recent album Yeezus. Kanye first appeared on the VMA stage back in ’04 with a performance of ‘Jesus Walks’, ‘All Falls Down’ and ‘Through the Wire’ and after this performanc Yeezus will tie Madonna for the most VMA performances by a single artist to date. He will join Lady Gaga who will perform her new single from her upcoming album ARTPOP, while additional performers are still TBA. #dosomethingcrazyYe #immaletyoufinish

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards air on Sunday, August 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, from the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, NY.

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We’ve waited, waited and waited and now, we need to wait just a little more! Because those three Haim sisters have finally announced the release of their highly anticipated forthcoming debut album. The 11-track album, titled Days Are Gone will drop September 30th and will feature the recently released single ‘The Wire’ as well as 2012’s smash hits ‘Don’t Save Me’ and ‘Forever’. Peep the glorious artwork above and the full track list after the jump.

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According to BET’s President of Programming and Specials Stephen Hill, André 3000 will release a solo album early next year. Hill spoke with André about his upcoming new film in which he stars as Jimi Hendrix in the biopic All Is By My Side after which he tweeted: “Me: hey what’s up? You got the movie coming, right? Andre 3000: yeah…and I got a solo album coming top of the year. Me:*droptofloor*”These rumours have been floating around for years but this one seems pretty close to the source. 

Fan hope was quashed last year when 3 Stacks spoke to Billboard and said “some days I feel like I’ll do [a solo album], some days I don’t. Some days I feel like I don’t need to, some days I feel like I want to do it before I die. So, I don’t know where to fall. I am just hoping one day I get that inspiration”.

But even since that interview taking place we’ve already seen him appear on the The Great Gatsby soundtrack alongside Beyonce, he’s been seen in the studio with Mike Will Make It and when speaking to GQ earlier this year he said “there’s a lot of music on the horizon. I’ve been living off the excitement of new artists. I’ve been privileged to have these new artists kind of reach out and grab back and say, “Hey, Andre, we want you on this song.” So I’ve been taking those calls and for the last two years, I’ve been doing collaborations. So these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive. I’ve just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I’m planning to do a solo project. I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year”.

Time will tell. All sounds very exciting though.

Earlier this week Solange announced that she’s had to cancel all of her European summer festival dates in order to focus on making her third solo album. She explained that along with personal commitments of being mother, she needs the time to concentrate on the new record.

Having released her True EP last year, Knowles has now confirmed to Billboard that her next long player will be released in 2014 and that she is working closely with Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth and Patrick Wimberly of Charlift fame. She also mentioned working with SBTRKT and Drake collaborator Sampha on the new project too. The yet-titled album will be released through Solange’s own label imprint Saint, but will be distributed worldwide through Sony.

“I’m actually trying to give myself a deadline this time around. One of the pros of being independent is having that space and that time… But it’s also a major con when you don’t set aside a deadline and keep going and keep going. When you have a goal in mind you definitely stay motivated. I’m trying to stay motivated because I know it took four years before my last record came out. That is not happening – it’s gonna come out next year”. On speaking of the musical direction of the upcoming record, Solange said “…I think in terms of this record, the sonic is gonna be established this year and the rest of the summer. And recording [in New Orleans] I’m sure will seep into the record in some kind of way. But I’m gonna be back and forth between here [New York] and New Orleans, and there’s obviously so much great music happening here as well”

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