Monday News Fix

  • While those of us in the indie world rejoice at the victory of Merge recording artists The Arcade Fire, others in the music biz aren’t so hot on the Grammys. Yesterday, record executive Steve Stoute, who has managed Nas over the years, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times‘ Style Section, calling out NARAS and the Grammy Awards for losing touch with contemporary popular culture and neglecting young artists, specifically those performing rap and pop, while at the same time exploiting them to perform for show ratings. Read all about it here and here.

photo by Laura Musselman

  • If this kid can’t sing, then there’s no truth to genetics: Rufus Wainwright just announced that he and his fiancĂ©, Jorn Weisbrodt, have a new baby, thanks to surrogate Lorca Cohen, daughter of the Leonard Cohen. The bouncing baby girl, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, should be a Canadian superstar right out of the crib! Story here.

  • Kanye West has just released a new video for “All Of The Lights” featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi:

  • If you haven’t been reading the news lately, Adele is blowing up! According to Billboard, she has become the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two titles simultaneously in the top five of both the U.K. singles and album charts. After her performance at the BRIT Awards (England’s version of The Grammys), her single “Someone Like You” shot up from #47 to #1!
  • If you can’t make it all the way to Somerset, England, for December’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival curated by Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum, you still have a few chances left on this side of the pond. The notoriously reclusive songwriter announced recently a handful of North American tour dates for this fall, and as you would imagine, the ones already on sale have sold out. Tickets for two Toronto shows go on sale this Friday. Get those refresh fingers warmed up!
  • And while you’re at it, you might want to plan your next trip around Arcade Fire‘s newly announced Spring tour schedule. The Grammy winners have booked a solid world tour, though dates in the U.S. are relatively scarce (i.e. no Seattle date!). But they will be at Coachella, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and Bonnaroo.
  • The partner of former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol consumption. Rachel Jones hopes to warn others of the danger of drinking “spirits,” which led to Cable’s untimely death after a three-day drinking binge to celebrate his 40th birthday. Read more here.
  • Seattle electronic pop duo Beat Connection have a new video for “Silver Screen.” Check it out here:

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