The return of Jamie Woon! Frequenters of this site will know that we’re strong supporters of Woon, his debut album was ahead of the curve in many ways (cast your mind back pre-2011, which major label artist was releasing anything resembling “alt-R&B”?) but since it’s release he’s been ghost. Now though as Disclosure announce the final details of their impending chart-dominating debut album Settle - it seems like he’ll be rejoining the land of the living. Along with the likes of Jessie Ware, London Grammar, Eliza Doolittle, AlunaGeorge & others – Jamie Woon will also be featured on a new album track titled ‘January’. Fellow label mate and PMR’s first lady Jessie Ware will feature on a song called ‘Confess To Me’ and upcoming group London Grammar will appear on a track titled ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’. 

Get ready for one of this years biggest albums. June 3rd. 

Following a string of massive singles over the past couple years, including their #2 chart hit ‘White Noise’ and having already successfully toured the world over, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence together known as Disclosure have finally announced the title and release date of their debut album Settle. Due out on PMR Records on June 3rd, the album will also feature the duo’s upcoming new single ‘You & Me’ (feat. Eliza Doolittle) which will premiere via Annie Mac on April 29th. They also revealed their very befitting album artwork (up top).

All roads look set to lead to LoveBox this year as organisations have just announced the first round of artists/DJ’s confirmed on the bill. Among some of them are SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Azealia Banks, Jurassic 5 (!), Julio Bashmore, Purity Ring, Gold Panda, AlunaGeorge and the man-God himself D’Angelo! Aside from Mark Ronson and Goldfrapp a full list of headliners has yet to be announced but something tells me there’ll be some pretty legendary names thrown in the mix – watch this space.

Lovebox takes place in London on July 19th-21st, for more line-up and ticket information head over to their official website.

It’s been obvious for a months now that Prince has been busy working on some type of a new release. His website 3rdeyegirl.com has been steadily releasing new music & videos for the past few weeks and he’s reportedly set to debut new music on his West Coast Tour which kicks off next week. Now a new video has surfaced on vimeo featuring Prince jamming with his all new, all-girl band (3rdeyegirl) with the words Plectrum Electrum hinting at a possible album title.

… Plectrum Electrum. 

Ask and you shall receive. Having endured her absence for far too long, Janelle Monae finally announces the follow up to her 2010 debut The ArchAndroid. Titled The Electric Lady Monae fell short of declaring a release date but did reveal specific information of the albums first single. Scheduled to be released on April 22nd at precisely 7:54pm EST a new single featuring Erykah Badu aptly titled ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ will be released to the world… After which the universe will probably implode.

Let that sink in.

Frank Ocean will hit London this July for a one-night performance at Brixton Academy. The Grammy winning singer will perform tracks from his critically acclaimed #1 selling album channel ORANGE but may also (or rather hopefully) begin performing new songs from his forthcoming sopohmore set too which he’s reported to have said is almost complete. Tickest go on sale Thursday 4th via Live Nation.

Justin Timberlake has scored his third UK #1 album with The 20/20 Experience after selling over 109,000 copies in it’s first week – a feat that subsequently knocked pop icon David Bowie off the top spot. The singers third album, his first in over 6 years, had already spawned a number 1 selling single in the UK with ‘Mirrors’ and looks set to sell even more copies on these shores in the coming weeks.

Furthermore JT is set to debut with massive first week numbers in America too. While initial reports suggested the album could sell between 500-700,000 copies, reports today suggest they could exceed those and possibly sell between 900-950,000, maybe even a million. This would easily make The 20/20 Experience one of this years biggest releases and one of the fastest selling of the decade. It’ll also mark Justin’s biggest first week solo sales to date.

… And lets not forget the biggest first week sales of all time came from Timberlake’s former band who sold over 2 million copies of their No Strings Attached album in it’s debut week.

A couple nights back we tweeted a link to Okayplayer’s forum or rather specifically to a post published by Questlove which suggested that Justin Timberlake would release part 2 of his new album The 20/20 Experience sometime in November. Despite The Roots’ drummer being slightly disgruntled by his ‘news’ being picked up across near-enough every platform in blogland – it was up until last night an unconfirmed story. However according to various sources (including this guy) JT confirmed the release of part 2 during a gig in Los Angeles.

According to Questlove’s original post the second part of The 20/20 Experience will feature “throwback Timb” productions, saying the songs he had been played by Timbaland “were straight up Missy/Magoo Timb and [that] Justin said he wanted Timbaland to “get back in his real zone” even if it meant alienating the tweens born after ’86 who never ever heard of Sly Slick and Wicked”. 

We’d had our suspicious that there could be another 10 tracks on the horizon given the album title (“20/20 Experience”) so this all makes perfect and wonderful sense. JT’s album is officially released worldwide this week, it will no doubt (and hopefully) shift a shit load of copies – and deservedly so. Despite a shocking amount of relatively confused reviews the LP stands alone as yet another great Timberlake record. It’s not an easy pop record to get to grips with that much is true – but how can you miss the beauty in that? A pop record that isn’t easy to digest? All a part of that Timberlake/Timbaland genius.

Abel Tesfaye, commonly known as The Weeknd took to his twitter this evening to reveal Kiss Land as the title for his upcoming debut album, he also attached what appears to be the album artwork. No release date has been announced yet but having achieved genuine success offline last year with the re-release of his mixtape trilogy, some could say he has quite a bit to prove this time round. Will R&B’s newest son be able to deliver an engaging body of original work without rehashing what he’s already done, but still appease his post-nineties audience? Time will tell.

The 15th annual Red Bull Music Academy, which this year heads to New York, will take place between April 28th-May 15th and will involve a plethora of influential and respected names in music. The academy will feature 236 artists across 34 nights which will include academy lectures, special one-off concerts, A/V installations and film screenings among other things.

The first round of names taking part this year have been announced and as expected – the list (already) includes some of the most pioneering names in contemporary music. Among the first to be revealed include Four Tet, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Brien Eno, James Murphy, Skream & Questlove. Head over to redbullmusicacademy.com for the full lowdown and ticket information. Expect further (rather epic) announcements in the coming days.

So… New York in April? #yesplease.

Sidenote: They’ve also just launched a new (highly distracting!) Red Bull Midi Academy site featuring “cutting-edge [midi] renditions of all your favourites like Flying Lotus, TNGHT, Mount Kimbie and more…”. The site goes in-hand with the H∆SHTAG$ series they’re currently airing on internet music culture – peep the first three episodes (featuring How To Dress Well, Zodiac, Main Attrakionz, Flatbush Zombies, Mount Kimbie and many others) here.

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