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”

Continuing a string of relatively cringe-worthy interviews for Revolt, producer Timbaland has spoken (again) on the potential release of a new posthumous Aaliyah record. Having already aired his opinions on the matter, Timbo rather unsurprisingly reiterates that new music without him at the helm “will never work”, saying “Chris Brown got a record [with Aaliyah sampled], it won’t work. Drake can go and do a record with Aaliyah, it ain’t gonna work. Aaliyah music only work with the soulmate, which is me”.

There are undoubtedly millions that will agree with Timbaland’s sentiments here, but it might be worth remembering that Aaliyah consciously worked with new producers throughout her career and specifically on her self-titled third and final album. Perhaps Aaliyah wasn’t as defining or as iconic as One In a Million, but it is an album that for many stands as her best body of work.

Still, regardless of personal opinion on how Aaliyah compares to the singers former work, the decision to step away from Timbaland and Missy Elliott at that stage in her career is something that is usually (and perhaps naively) overlooked entirely. In retrospect it appears that Aaliyah got a genuine buzz from working with new producers (a fact she reiterates in many interviews during that period) and lets not forget Tim and Missy were virtual unknowns at the time they recorded One In a Million.

With that in mind it’s difficult to completely agree with Mosley’s sentiments that new music without him would “never work” because the fact is an album without him (for the most part at least) already did work. Timbaland was credited on 3 of 15 songs on the Aaliyah album (‘We Need a Resolution’, ‘More Than a Woman’, ‘I Care 4 U’) and at the time of its release Aaliyah received widespread critical acclaim – although admittedly it did sell significantly less than it’s predecessor at first.

If a new Aaliyah record was to ever see the light of day (and at this stage it seems unlikely it ever will, which is probably for the best) it would be wholly appropriate to have Timbaland & Missy involved, however given their recent outputs (or lack thereof) and current position in music I’m still not apposed to having a new (carefully selected and relevant) producer at the reins. You probably know where my vote goes.

The Revolt interview also reveals a new track produced by Timbaland for Nas featuring Jay Z & Justin Timberlake called ‘Sinatra In the Sand’. Tim excitedly compares Timberlake’s performance to that of Frank Sinatra – take that as you will.

As festival season in London reaches fever pitch, this weekend will see some of the biggest names in music descend on Victoria Park for 3 days of LoveBox. This years event will host performances from bonafide icons D’Angelo and Lil’ Kim, alongside an impressive line up of cutting edge acts like Azealia Banks, AlunaGeorgeRainy Milo, Purity Ring, Kelis, Lianna La Havas, Mykki Blanco, Zebra Katz and… So Solid!

This year PinBoard has teamed up with LoveBox to offer you the chance to get in on the weekend action. To win a pair of Saturday & Sunday tickets all you need to do is:

– LIKE our Facebook page
– LIKE our LoveBox compeition post
– SHARE our LoveBox competition post on your wall using the hashtag #PBLoveBox

Only those who have done all three things will be eligible to win. This is a one day competition which closes at 5pm today. So get cracking and good luck!

UPDATE: This competition has now closed and winners have been notified.

Justin Timberlake seems to have officially kicked off promo for the second installment of The 20/20 Experience with a teaser featuring a snippet of a new song titled ‘Take Back the Night’. In the video, JT is shown holding up placards which point out the various release dates of his recent releases (‘Suit & Tie’, ‘Mirrors’ etc); The penultimate card reads ‘Take Back the Night’ and is followed by a blurred-out sign presumably hiding the songs release date. The camera then follows him into a club where a snippet of the new (MJ-esque) track can be heard playing. Take a look/listen…

Timberlake’s second installment will be released September 30th. He’ll be taking to the stage this weekend in London for Wireless where he’ll headline on Friday and then again on Sunday with Jay-Z. Get ready.

via Pitchfork

As possessor of one of the most unique and raw voices on the planet, 18 year old Archie Marshall known commonly by his stage moniker King Krule, has over the past couple years captured the attention of critics and admirers the world over. It’s with great excitement then that he has announced his debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon which will be released on August 24th via XL Recordings (Adele, The xx, Jai Paul etc). The album will feature 14 new songs including ‘Easy Easy’ produced by Krule and Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Savages) a track which showcases Marshall’s youthful post-punk disposition together with his deeply introspective and brutally vivid approach to lyricism. Everything this young man does is utterly compelling ‘Easy Easy’ is no exception.

6 Feet Beneath the Moon is available to pre-order on iTunes now. Tracklist after the jump.

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Hurray! After collaborating with the likes of STBTRK, Jessie Ware and most recently Drake over the past few years, Sampha has finally announced the release of his solo EP Dual. Scheduled for release at the end of July via Young Turks the project will feature six brand new songs (including a new version of ‘Indecision’) all written and produced by Sampha himself. The world needs this…

In the meantime, lets reload this one more time…

“We don’t have any rules, everyone is trying to figure it out. That’s why the internet is like the wild west”.

Last night Jay-Z has announced the release of his twelfth studio album titled Magna Carta Holy Grail which will be released on July 4th; The first million copies will be given away for free through a specifically designed Samsung Galaxy smartphone, after which it’ll become available to everyone worldwide. A trailer for the album was aired in the States last night and featured appearances from LP collaborators Timbaland, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell Williams. This appears to be a shrewd business deal on all sides and is probably just the beginning of what’s to come. And although this isn’t necessarily the first time a music superstar has teamed up with a technology company, this is Jay-Z and that means something significant. Take a look up top and get ready for July 4th.

On September 3rd Björk will perform in London for the first time in over five years when she brings her world touring Biophilia show to Alexandra Palace. The critically acclaimed concert has already taken up residency in Manchester, New York, Beunos Aires, Paris, San Francisco and is currently in production in Los Angeles. It will travel to Tokyo and across the summer festival circuit before reaching London in September. Always the innovator the show will also mark the first time an artist has performed in the round at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace.

Tickets are available to purchase now. This is not to be missed. 

Earlier this week we were invited to join Janelle Monae for an exclusive playback of her new album The Electric Lady. Held on a gorgeous rooftop bar in Central London, the event quickly turned into an impromptu concert starring Monae and her Wonderland Arts Society.

During the playback we were played six new songs including ‘Q.U.E.E.N’, the albums monumental title track and her duet with R&B singer Miguel called ‘Primetime’. She also teased about a third album collaborator that she was excited about but was “unable” to announce; We instantly presumed it was Prince… And we were right. In a new cover story interview with Billboard The Archandroid singer confirms her Purple collaboration saying “I had a chance to produce an icon… It’s not every day that [Prince] collaborates. I’m honoured and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it”. 

Epic collaborations aside the most notable revelation during the playback was Janelle’s new found openness to discuss (and sing) about her personal life and her experiences with love and relationships; Themes we are not necessarily accustomed to her being so directly forthright about. The new songs on The Electric Lady are still charged with the same kinetic energy as her previous works, only this time everything sounds suitably more… Accessible. Something particularly discernible on the Miguel collaboration.

The Archandroid was an irrefutable triumph which on release received universal acclaim – it didn’t however earn the mainstream attention many felt it deserved (a tragic truth traceable to some of the best albums in history). And although a single listen of any track is never enough to decisively conclude anything, what is certain is that The Electric Lady is going to surprise a lot people when it’s released in September.

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