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Sting to Release First New Material in a Decade

StingSting is set to release his first new material in a decade later this year.

The "Fields of Gold" singer has recorded his first full-length album, The Last Ship, since his 2003 record Sacred Love after taking inspiration from songs he had penned for the same-titled Broadway musical, scheduled to open next year. The play is set in the 1980s in Wallsend, North East England, near where Sting - real name Gordon Sumner - grew up and the 61-year-old musician will use several songs from the show along with tracks he wrote which weren't included in the final line up.

Sting - who is currently touring North America with his Back to Bass tour - has been working hard on the LP for three years and has called upon the help of several collaborators, including James Bond writer John Logan and Brian Yorkey. The record, which will be his 11th studio album, will be released by a grouping of labels Cherrytree, Interscope and A & M Records.

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Mix Tape: Beyonce Kind of Flashes Her Fans, Bob Dylan to Tour This Summer

Beyonce- Although online music service Spotify won't divulge approximate numbers, the company claims that Daft Punk has set the new record with their song "Get Lucky" for the biggest streaming day for a single track - a title previously held by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop."

- Perhaps weirdly influenced by her new role as a mother, Beyonce shocked Serbian concert-goers by somewhat-flashing them with a glittery leotard complete with bare faux-boobs.

- Those attending the Americanarama Festival of Music ought to be extra-ecstatic for the concert this summer, as Bob Dylan just signed on to perform on the tour alongside My Morning Jacket and Wilco.

- Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has spoken out about Beyonce's initially unauthorized cover of "Back to Black," which is featured in the upcoming film The Great Gatsby.

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Mumford and Sons Unveil Their New Track

Mumford and Sons

Mumford and Sons have unveiled a new track, "Learn Me Right." The folk-rock group collaborated with vocalist Birdy - who sings lead on the song - which is included on the soundtrack to new animated film Brave.

"It's quite fun doing a song for a movie rather than for an album. We liked the idea of having an orchestra in the background and having a girl like Birdy sing - it's been quite liberating," frontman Marcus Mumford said.

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Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails Challenge

Trent ReznorTrent Reznor is excited about the challenge of writing Nine Inch Nails music again. The musician retired the band from live performance in 2009 so he could concentrate on other projects but is resurrecting it this year and looks forward to shaping it towards who he is as a person right now.

"I'm going to be writing for Nine Inch Nails this year. I don't have any particular goal in mind other than... My voice as a songwriter feels like it needs to speak up or at least work out a little bit to not atrophy. I think I have something to say that feels unique to who I am right now, and that's when it tells me it's time to do something. At the moment it's going to live in the Nine Inch Nails column, for a few reasons. I enjoy the challenge of moving that kind of brand forward, that identity, shaping it to who I am now instead of who I was a few years ago when I last left off. But it's all kind of hypothetical right now. When I sit down with a notebook and a little mini-recorder is when my bluff will be called, and then it might not happen at all."

Trent won a Golden Globe for the soundtrack to The Social Network last year and although he didn't win this year for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo he says it was wonderful to be "noticed" by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

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Trent Reznor Has Lost His Grammys

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Awards, Rock, Soundtracks,

Trent ReznorTrent Reznor has lost his Grammy awards, but doesn't care. The Nine Inch Nails musician has been handed two trophies by the US National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, but isn't sure where he placed them since moving house, and he is in no rush to find them as he thinks the ceremony is "rigged and cheap."

"Why don't the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap - like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided," Trent said.

Last year, Trent composed the score for drama movie The Social Network with Atticus Ross, which saw the pair win a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Original Score - and the 46-year-old musician said he values those awards as it was a different type of "challenge" to create music for film: "The movie side is interesting, challenging, different and rewarding in way that I hadn't experienced through my music career."

Atticus counts one of Trent's piano lines in the score, which he'd thought up "almost as an afterthought," as a big part of the success in the David Fincher-directed movie. "Trent said, 'I've got an idea for this piano line; let me just try this.' And he puts down that line and plays what I think is one of the greatest cinematic pieces of last year. Fincher really zeroed in on it, and it was that piece that changed the whole landscape of that film," Ross said.

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Amy Winehouse Didn’t Like Bond Track

Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse didn't like the James Bond theme she was set to record.

The singer - who was found dead at home in London in July - worked with Mark Ronson on a song which was set to be recorded for the last film in the British spy franchise Quantum of Solace, but the sessions were abandoned after they reportedly fell out. At the time, it was claimed Amy - who had a history of substance abuse problems - was unfit to record the track but her long time collaborator Salaam Remi claims the situation was different when she called him to visit her in a London studio.

"'It's this James Bond theme. I don't like the track. They've given me these chords to write to, but that's not how we work,'" he said she told him.

Instead, the Back to Black hitmaker started on another song with Salaam, which became "Between the Cheats," one of the songs included on her posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures. "She showed me the chords and I said, 'What do you want it to sound like?' She said 'Doo-wop. I said, 'give me 20 minutes,' so she went off somewhere, I sat down with her engineer, played bass, drums, guitar, piano, real quick. 'Is that what you want it to sound like?' she said, 'that'll work' and she went into the vocal booth and sang it," Salaam said.

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Bruno Mars Happy To Be On Twilight Soundtrack

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Pop, R&B / Soul, Soundtracks,

Bruno MarsBruno Mars feels his new song "Let It Rain" fits in with the new Twilight Saga movie perfectly.

The singer recorded the track for the penultimate installment of the vampire movie, Breaking Dawn: Part 1, and says the song pays tribute to the romance between lead characters Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.

"When I saw the scenes I was already working on a dark love song. In every relationship you don't want to lose your friend. That's the hardest part. I didn't want to write it like 'I'm gonna sink my teeth into you.' It was just honest, pure emotion."

As well as being pleased with the song, Bruno was also impressed with the movie as he experienced a variety of emotions: "I watched some parts that made me laugh. I watched some parts that made me bawl into tears and just cry and cry. I thought it was shot beautifully. They did some really cool stuff. The cinematography was great. And the storyline."

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Paramore is Back With a New Single

The new Paramore

Paramore relased their first new single since the departure of two band members on June 3 on YouTube. The song, "Monster", will appear on the soundtrack of Transformers: Dark of the Moon and is fronted by lead singer, Hayley  Williams. The single is expected to be available digitally on June 7th and the soundtrack will be out June 14th.

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Video: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi at the Oscars

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Awards, Performances, Soundtracks,

The 83rd Academy Awards was peppered with montages, witty jokes from the evening's hosts and presenters and more than one great musical performance. As a tribute to the five orignal songs nominated for this year's awards, each one was performed live on the huge Oscar stage.

Tangled's “I See the Light” was beautifully crooned by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. Moore wore a dark blue, feathery ball gown for the number, and still managed to sound even more beautiful than she looked. Their sensational performance, viewable in the video above, was one of the Oscar highlights for the broadcast.

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Original Glee Songs Will Be in a Future Episode

Glee: The Music, Vol. 5

Sony has confirmed the plot we almost didn’t dare believe: Glee will give us some original songs. Two new numbers (hopefully better than Rachel’s recent headband anthem) will be released on March 8. The songs will be included on the upcoming Glee: The Music, Volume 5 album, and we’ve got the song list. Follow the jump, and you’ll have it too. . .

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