Thursday News Roundup

  • Three people are reportedly dead after the collapse of yet another festival music stage, this time at Belgium’s Pukkelpop Festival. Onstage were Smith Westerns, who tweeted “Stage collapsed max almost got crushed by the tress. I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc all our shit is broke.” and then, after realizing the extent of the damage, “Praying no one got hurt. WTF.” The collapse was allegedly caused by a severe storm that blew through the festival. This is following incidents at the Ottawa Bluesfest and the Indiana State Fair, the latter of which left five dead and dozens more hospitalized. Be careful out there, folks.
  • In much less grim news, James Blake has tweeted about an upcoming collaboration entitled “Fall Creek Boys Choir,” with none other than fellow crooner Bon Iver. That’s the only detail anyone has at this point, but Blake also tweeted a date along with the announcement, leading us to presume more information will be revealed the 24th of August. In the meantime, take a gander at Bon Iver’s gorgeous new video for “Holocene,” shot in Iceland:

  • Last week, Sigur Ros posted an enigmatic video that had fans frothing at the mouth and anxiously hoping for a new album. As it turns out, Inni isn’t quite that. Instead, the project has been announced as a combination live film and double live album, set for release in November. The film is directed by Vincent Morisset (the dude behind Arcade Fire‘s Miroir Noir), and includes footage of the band performing their last show (at Alexandra Palace in London) before their indefinite hiatus. Reportedly, Morisset filmed the band, then filmed them again in 16mm, and then again, “sometimes through prisms and other found objects.” Sounds appropriately arty! The live album will be from the same show, minus one song. Check out the teaser video below.

  • Well, um, something: Katy Perry has officially tied Michael Jackson for the most #1 singles off of the same album (five). Perry is the second artist in Billboard’s 53-year history to ever accomplish the feat. The five singles come from Perry’s new album, Teenage Dream: “California Gurls ft. Snoop Dogg,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T. ft. Kanye West,” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” For comparison’s sake, here are the five singles from Michael Jackson, from 1987’s Bad: “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Dirty Diana.” … Huh.
  • Elsewhere, Kanye West and Jay-Z‘s collaborative album Watch the Throne topped the Billboard charts by moving nearly 436,000 copies, falling short of sales only to Lady Gaga‘s 1.1 million unit start for Born This Way. Of course, West and Jay-Z didn’t resort to selling their album for 99 cents to get those figures. As for Throne, 75% of the album’s sales were digital, and the majority of those were through Apple’s iTunes Store, breaking the company’s one-week sales record (previously held by Viva La Vida… by Coldplay). Throne also grants Jay-Z his 12th number one album; only the Beatles have more (nineteen).
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