The Wrap-Up: This Week in Music + 12 Cuts
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 singles, a tour announcement, and a bonus for Spotify Premium subscribers!
Outside Lands lineup released
This week, California music festival Outside Lands announced its lineup! The festival will feature heavy hitters The Who, Lorde, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, and Gorillaz. Outside Lands will take place from August 11-13 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. This will be the 10th anniversary of the concert festival, which draws around 200,000 attendees each year. Other acts include Empire of the Sun, A Tribe Called Quest, ALT-J, Schoolboy Q, Young the Giant, Vance Joy, and Bleachers.
Gorillaz release single feat. Pusha T and Mavis Staples
On April 6th, Gorillaz released yet another single from their upcoming album Humanz. The song, “Let Me Out,” marks the band’s 5th album track to be released, with less than a month until the full LP drops on April 28th. In addition, the features by Pusha T and Mavis Staples only add to a guest list that has so far included D.R.A.M., Vince Staples, Popcaan, and Jehnny Beth, and will eventually include De La Soul, Danny Brown, Kelela, Jamie Principle, and others.
Counting Crows announce tour with Matchbox Twenty
Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty have announced their “A Brief History of Everything Tour,” which will hit many North American destinations this summer. This will be the 2nd time the bands have hit the road together. The artists seemed to have enjoyed their first joint tour, with Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas calling CC head Adam Duritz a “beautiful bastard” and that “nothing feels like home as much as playing these songs with these guys.” Duritz also commented on the tour, saying that “we took a vote after last year and decided to spend every summer with Rob [Thomas] from now on… Can. Not. Wait.” The tour begins July 12th in Spokane, WA and has dates in Hartford, CT on September 9th and Boston, MA on September 8th.
Spotify closes deal to offer exclusive albums for paying customers
Universal Music Group and Spotify have just closed a deal that gives UMG the opportunity to release their albums on Spotify Premium for up to two weeks before releasing to other sites or to the general public. This marks a shift in what had been Spotify’s policy the past 8 years of offering all their music to all levels of membership, free or paid. This often puts Spotify in an awkward position compared with solely paid subscription services, like Apple Music or Tidal, since Spotify must handle revenue from both ads and subscribers.
According to both UMG and Spotify, this deal is due to the sharp uptick and influence streaming has had on the music industry in the recent past. According to UMG chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge, “Working hand in hand with these digital services brought us the industry’s first real growth in nearly two decades…Our challenge is transforming that upturn into sustainable growth.” It is unclear at this time whether Spotify has similar agreements planned with other labels. The UMG arrangement could mark a shift toward a more private Spotify, or it could just be a one-off deal to diversify Spotify’s revenue.
Halsey releases new track, “Now or Never”
Halsey has just released the first track off of her next album, a song entitled “Now or Never” with a dystopian music video. Halsey – real name Ashley Frangipane – came onto the music scene in 2015 with her EP Room 93, and later that year, her full album Badlands went platinum with hits such as “New Americana” and “Colors.” Since then, she has performed at many music festivals and played her first world tour with 85 shows in total. Halsey also featured on the Chainsmokers’ summer anthem “Closer,” which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the longest-running number-one single of 2016. Her next album, titled hopeless fountain kingdom, drops June 2nd. Check out “Now or Never” above!