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: new music from an old favorite, a documentary about a late legend, and more!
The Smiths set to release first new music in decades
The British band is releasing a seven-inch single featuring two unheard tracks! The new vinyl will be released by record label Warner, and includes a demo mix version of "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side" as the A-side, and an alternate version of "Rubber Ring" as the B-side. Its cover, designed by vocalist Morrissey, has also been revealed, and features a picture of Oscar-nominated actor Albert Finney. The single's release date has yet to be announced.
The xx share music video for "On Hold"
The video, directed by renowned British photographer Alasdair McLellan, depicts high school life in Marfa, Texas, where The xx recorded some of their upcoming third album, I See You. The xx recently debuted "On Hold" along with "I Dare You" from the album on Saturday Night Live, and just kicked off their European tour in Zagreb, Croatia, performing four songs from the new album. The full album will be released January 13th.
Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock designs shoe
Former Beastie Boy Ad-Rock designed a shoe in collaboration with Los Angeles vegan footwear company Keep, and the net proceeds will be donated to the U.S. non-profit, Planned Parenthood, which provides reproductive health services. Ad-Rock is one of many artists who have shown support or donated to Planned Parenthood following the election of Donald Trump, who has previously promised to defund the non-profit during his campaign. Ad-Rock stated, “I support a woman’s right to choose and feel that women should not be punished for making decisions about their own lives and bodies. If you have similar beliefs, you might wanna grab a pair.”
Prince documentary set for 2017
The new documentary Prince: R U Listening?, directed by producer Michael Kirk, is set to be released next year. The film's focus will be on Prince's early years and rise to fame, with commentary from musicians who played with him - including Bono, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, and Lenny Kravitz - as well as family and friends.