The Wrap-Up brings you the 5 largest music news stories of the week as well as information about new album and music video releases. This week: a super-belated album drop, a car crash, “Heathens” drama, and more!
Frank Ocean to release long-awaited sophomore album
After Frank Ocean released his acclaimed debut album Channel Orange in 2012, he essentially dropped from the map. Fans craving new music have endured multiple missed deadlines from the reclusive artist, whose hints in previous years that his sophomore album would come out sometime in summer left many frustrated. Now, however, it seems that Ocean is finally ready to deliver: he announced this week that his second album, Boys Don’t Cry, would drop Friday on Apple Music. Unfortunately, at the time of posting, there’s no sign of the album (a reality that we probably should’ve expected). The wait continues.
Atlantic Records goes after perpetrators of twenty one pilots leak
Twenty one pilots’ latest single, “Heathens,” was slated for release on June 24th as the first single from the soundtrack of the Warner Brothers blockbuster Suicide Squad. Instead, however, it was leaked nine days early on Reddit. Now, the label overseeing the soundtrack, Atlantic Records, is out for blood. In a complaint filed to the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the label explains that the leak undercut the “carefully-planned marketing strategy” set in place for the single, causing sales of the track to fall short of Atlantic’s projections. To catch the bootlegger to blame, the label has subpoenaed Reddit; it remains to be seen whether Reddit will comply. In the meantime, check out "Heathens" below on our 12 Cuts playlist!
Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse involved in car accident
On Wednesday, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock caused a minor car accident when he fell asleep at the wheel in Portland, Oregon and crashed into stopped traffic. According to a release from Portland police, the singer “hit the rear of a City of Portland Parks pick-up-truck, which hit a Subaru, which hit another Subaru, which likely hit a 5th car that left the scene.” Luckily, no one was seriously injured; after Brock was tested for intoxication and found clean, he was cited for careless driving.
Lauryn Hill announces tour
Love Lauryn Hill? You’re in luck; this week, she released the dates for her upcoming tour, “The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!” Drawing upon the theme of Brooklyn’s Diaspora Calling! music festival, which Hill launched this April, the concerts will feature guest performances from artists from the African diaspora. In a statement, Hill described her vision for the tour: “The MLH Caravan allows me to continue the theme of unity and celebration of the many facets of cultural and artistic beauty throughout the African diaspora…in these days of tension, tumult and transition, an exchange of this kind can yield direction, expression, understanding and empowerment.” Catch Lauryn Hill and the Caravan in Boston; tickets are available here!
The Strokes' Nick Valensi starts new band
Nick Valensi, guitarist for The Strokes, announced a new project this week: a band called CRX. While the group hasn’t released any music yet, they’ve launched a website and even scheduled tour dates, both for headlining shows and opening gigs for Beck. Sounds like there are good things to come!