James Blake’s New Album <i>The Colour in Anything</i> Is Out Tonight

James Blake's New Album The Colour in Anything Is Out Tonight

James Blake has announced that his new album The Colour in Anything is out tonight. Yes, when the clock strikes midnight GMT, the follow-up to 2013's Overgrown will be released. Blake revealed the news on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show this afternoon, confirming rumors of the LP title and imminent release following the appearance last week in London and New York of billboards featuring artwork by Roald Dahl illustrator Sir Quentin Blake. 

Last year, Blake said that the album would be called Radio Silence and performed the track "Radio Silence" live. (The title has changed since then.) Blake also debuted the recorded version of "Radio Silence" on Annie Mac's show. He also revealed that he worked with Rick Rubin on the album.

Blake has been steadily releasing new music over the past few months, starting with "Modern Soul" back in February, followed by "RPG" with UK rapper Trim and "Timeless." Last year, Blake also said that Justin Vernon and Kanye West would appear on the album.

Watch James Blake perform at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2014:

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Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek Joins PC Music’s Danny L Harle for New Song «Ashes of Love»: Listen

Chairlift's Caroline Polachek Joins PC Music's Danny L Harle for New Song "Ashes of Love": Listen

PC Music artist Danny L Harle has shared a new song "Ashes of Love." It features Caroline Polachek (of Chairlift), and will be available to buy tomorrow via PC Music and Sony Music. Listen to it and see the artwork below.

"Ashes of Love" follows Harle's 2015 EP Broken Flowers. Chairlift put out their latest LP Moth this past January. Danny L Harle shared a statement about working with Polachek. Read it below:

Caroline has a completely unique melodic style. It sounds like a kind of perfect, organic, distorted symmetry. I was so excited to work with her as I love her music, particularly Chairlift's "I Belong in Your Arms," which I think is one of the best pop tunes I have ever heard in my life. I love how her melodies are so closely related to her singing voice. This is different to me as I see my melodies as an object which I gradually craft in front of me. Caroline's style of writing worked really well with mine as we are both so detail obsessed. I feel that the combination of our styles has produced a track like no other. I am so excited about "Ashes of Love," it has a forward thrust and a sense of hyper-emotion to it that I really love in music. It has a nostalgic and romantic heart but is positioned very much in the present day.

Caroline Polachek also spoke about the collaboration:

Danny got in touch after hearing the Japanese version of "I Belong In Your Arms." After hearing his song "In My Dreams," with all its amazing key shifts, I thought "oh my God, this will be amazing, I have to work with him!". I love the whole crazy puzzle-box of his musical world, and this was one of the most fun collaborations I've ever been part of. We listened to Miami freestyle music while making the song, we wanted that fiery angst. In 2001-2002 I hung out with crew of boys who tuned cars for street racing, and we listened to happy hardcore and trance. I got to sort of relive those memories while writing "Ashes of Love."

Read our interview with Chairlift and check out "PC Music's Twisted Electronic Pop: A User's Manual" on the Pitch.

Watch Chairlift perform "Wrong Opinion" on Pitchfork.tv:

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Listen to Death Grips’ New Song «Eh»

Listen to Death Grips' New Song "Eh"

Death Grips' new album Bottomless Pit is out tomorrow. The band has now shared a new song called "Eh," which you can listen to below. It premiered today on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show. Earlier today, they debuted new song "Trash" via hotline. Previously, they released "Hot Head."

Watch Death Grips play "Blackjack" at Pitchfork's 2012 CMJ show:

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Drake’s <i>VIEWS</i> Streamed Over 250 Million Times, Sells 1.2 Million Copies

Drake's VIEWS Streamed Over 250 Million Times, Sells 1.2 Million Copies

After releasing his new album VIEWS last week, Drake claimed at the record launch party that he'd sold over 600,000 copies of it on the first day alone. His estimate may not have been too far off, according to new numbers released today by Republic Records. The label reports that VIEWS has sold 1.2 million copies (including streaming album equivalents) across the world in less than six days after its release, with over a million of those sales coming from the U.S. In addition, in that same time frame, VIEWS was streamed over 250 million times, with over 200 million of those coming from within the United States.

VIEWS is currently available only on Apple Music and the iTunes Store. Tomorrow, May 6, it will get a physical release and will also be available on all digital download retailers. On May 13, the Apple Music exclusivity expires and the album will expand to all streaming platforms.

Read "Drake's VIEWS: The 5 Most Important Things to Know" on the Pitch, and check out our interview with Stwo, who co-produced the album's "Weston Road Flows."

Watch "Started From the Bottom: A Drake Timeline" below on Pitchfork.tv:

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Juliana Hatfield Pens Sad Essay on Kurt Cobain Letter and Financial Struggles

Juliana Hatfield Pens Sad Essay on Kurt Cobain Letter and Financial Struggles

Juliana Hatfield has written a personal essay for the Talkhouse about a letter Kurt Cobain sent her after a backstage encounter in 1993. In the piece, she talks about her financial struggles and how, after keeping the letter in a shoebox for 23 years, she is considering selling it. "The letter," Hatfield writes, "is a record of a moment in my life and career—and in the life and career of an American rock and roll phenom who didn’t live to play many more shows, or to write many more letters. But, more importantly, it is a record of Kurt Cobain’s thoughtfulness, sensitivity, generosity, humility, and humor, as well as his embarrassment and conflict about his popularity."

She concludes by saying the letter is up-for-grabs for $20,000—"And even then, I still might decide, at the last minute, to keep it." 

Read the full piece here on the Talkhouse.

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The Game Pays Tribute to Tupac’s Mother Afeni Shakur on New Song «Mama»: Listen

The Game Pays Tribute to Tupac's Mother Afeni Shakur on New Song "Mama": Listen

The Game has shared a new song, "Mama," featuring Sonyae. The rapper dedicates the track to his mother, as well as 2Pac's mother Afeni Shakur, who died at age 69 earlier this week. He writes on Instagram that he listened to 2Pac's "Dear Mama" (which "Mama" samples) "after hearing the news about Afeni's passing & reading about her struggles & triumphs on the Internet," and he decided to "be the voice for us all & create [his] own son honoring not only [his] & the late 2pac's mother, but all the mothers across the world." He also wishes all mothers a Happy Mother's Day week. Hear the tribute and read his note below. Also revisit the video for 2Pac's "Dear Mama."

"Mama" is the Game's second recent tribute song. Following Prince's death last month, he released "Rest in Purple" in honor of the late icon.

In the wake of Afeni Shakur's untimely death, I would like to wish her well on her journey to heaven. My condolences are with Sekyiwa Shakur & their immediate family in their time of mourning. You have endured a great loss but her soul can now fly free & she is reunited with her only son in time to hug him for Mother's Day. & while no mother wants to bury her child but Afeni did & showed us how to hold strong & breathe positivity into the legacy of one of the greatest hip hop artists this world will ever know !!! 2Pac loved his mother as we all know... With her flaws & all he told the world about their imperfect relationship, shedding light on the good & bad times on one of the dopest songs ever created for a mother "Dear Mama". Listening to it after hearing the news about Afeni's passing & reading about her struggles & triumphs on the Internet, I decided that I'd hit the studio, be the voice for us all & create my own son honoring not only mines & the late 2pac's mother, but all the mothers across the world... I seen my mother raise 4 children on her own & I can relate to things some of you women with children go through out here to raise them most of the times on your own... Even the women that have help raising their children still have the heavy task of nurturing, loving & caring for their babies until they're able to care for themselves.... I guess what I'm really trying to say is.... YOU ARE ALL APPRECIATED. Happy Mother's Day week & I hope you enjoy my son "MAMA" featuring @SonyaeElise produced by @streetrunnermusic & @realkillat [mixed by: @soundman268] it's FREE on my soundcloud, so check it by CLICKING THE LINK IN MY BIO & get back to me in the comments... THANK YOU, to my fans & all of 2Pac's #CaliforniaLove #RIPDEARMAMA #AfeniShakur #2PacShakur

A photo posted by The Game (@losangelesconfidential) on

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The Hold Steady Announce Franz Nicolay’s Return

The Hold Steady Announce Franz Nicolay's Return

The Hold Steady have announced the return of keyboardist Franz Nicolay, who left the band in 2010. (That's him above, in the middle of the bottom row—note the lack of trademark mustache.) The reunion comes as the band will play a number of shows in the fall to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Boys and Girls in America. The band will announce the details regarding those shows on May 18. Additionally, they'll reissue 2004's Almost Killed Me and 2005's Separation Sunday on vinyl in the fall via Frenchkiss. "Stay Positive!" the band wrote on Facebook. "It’s about to get incredible!"

Read our Hold Steady feature, "Massive Nights: Ten Years of the Hold Steady."

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce New Album <i>The Getaway</i>, Share «Dark Necessities:» Listen

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce New Album The Getaway, Share "Dark Necessities:" Listen

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with a new album, The Getaway. The follow-up to 2011's I'm With You LP arrives June 17 via Warner Bros. The band tapped Danger Mouse to produce the album, which was mixed by longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich. They've also unveiled "Dark Necessities," the album's first single, plus a string of tour dates behind the record. Listen to "Dark Necessities" below, and view The Getaway's artwork and tracklisting. Find the dates here.

The Getaway:

01 The Getaway 
02 Dark Necessities
03 We Turn Red
04 The Longest Wave
05 Goodbye Angels
06 Sick Love
07 Go Robot
08 Feasting on the Flowers
09 Detroit
10 This Ticonderoga
11 Encore
12 The Hunter
13 Dreams of a Samurai

 

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Beyoncé Expands Formation World Tour

Beyoncé Expands Formation World Tour

Beyoncé just embarked on the Formation World Tour, behind the newly released Lemonade. Now, just a few stops in, she's added even more dates. In September, there are new shows in Los Angeles, New Jersey, Houston, New Orleans, Santa Clara, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. She's also rescheduled her Nashville show for October; it was previously planned for today. See her new itinerary below.

DJ Khaled will open for Beyoncé at select dates on the Formation World Tour. Recently, following her show in Raleigh, North Carolina, Beyoncé spoke out against the state's anti-LGBTQ law, House Bill 2. A note on her website read, "it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy."

Read "Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour: The Complete Breakdown of Her First Show" on the Pitch.

Beyoncé:

05-07 Houston, TX - NRG Stadium
05-09 Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium
05-12 San Diego, CA - Qualcomm Stadium
05-14 Los Angeles, CA - Rose Bowl
05-16 Santa Clara, CA - Levi's Stadium
05-18 Seattle, WA - CenturyLink Field
05-20 Edmonton, Alberta - Commonwealth Stadium
05-23 Minneapolis, MN - TCF Bank Stadium
05-25 Toronto, Ontario - Rogers Centre
05-27 Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
05-28 Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
05-31 Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field
06-03 Boston, MA - Gillette Stadium
06-05 Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field
06-07 Queens, NY - Citi Field
06-08 Queens, NY - Citi Field
06-10 Baltimore, MD - M&T Bank Stadium
06-12 Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
06-14 Detroit, MI - Ford Field
06-28 Sunderland, England - Stadium of Light
06-30 Cardiff, Wales - Principality Stadium
07-02 London, England - Wembley Stadium
07-03 London, England - Wembley Stadium
07-05 Manchester, England - Emirates Old Trafford
07-07 Glasgow, Scotland - Hampden Park
07-09 Dublin, Ireland - Croke Park
07-12 Dusseldorf, Germany - Esprit Arena
07-14 Zurich, Switzerland - Letzigrund
07-16 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Arena
07-18 Milan, Italy - Stadio San Siro
07-21 Paris, France - Stade de France
07-24 Copenhagen, Denmark - Parken
07-26 Stockholm, Sweden - Friends Arena
07-29 Frankfurt, Germany - Gommerzbank Arena
07-31 Brussels, Belgium - Roi Boudoin
08-03 Barcelona, Spain - Olympic Stadium
09-07 East Rutherford, NJ - Metlife Stadium
09-14 Los Angeles, CA - Dodger Stadium
09-17 Santa Clara, CA - Levi's Stadium
09-22 Houston, TX - NRG Stadium
09-24 New Orleans, LA - Mercedez Benz Superdome
09-26 Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome
09-29 Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field
10-02 Nashville, TN - Nissan Stadium

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Watch Axl Rose Appear With AC/DC for the First Time

Watch Axl Rose Appear With AC/DC for the First Time

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose was recently announced as the new frontman for AC/DC, after Brian Johnson was forced to exit the band due to health issues. Rose will fill in for Johnson for AC/DC's upcoming tour, which begins this weekend. Today, he appeared with the band for the first time in a brief video teasing Saturday's show in Lisbon, Portugal. Rose doesn't talk much—"We're very excited to be there," he says with a smile—but it confirms that all this is really happening. Watch it below, and find AC/DC's tour dates below. (Rose will also tour with the reunited GNR, making him the busiest classic rock singer in the world.)

AC/DC:

05-07 Lisbon, Portugal - Passeio Marítimo de Algés
05-10 Seville, Spain - Estadio de la Cartuja
05-13 Marseille, France - Stade Velodrome
05-16 Werchter, Belgium - Werchter Site
05-19 Vienna, Austria - Ernst-Happel Stadium
05-22 Prague, Czech Republic - Letnany Airport
05-26 Hamburg, Germany - Volksparkstadion
05-29 Berne, Switzerland - Stade de Suisse
06-01 Leipzig, Germany - Red Bull Arena
06-04 London, England - The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
06-09 Manchester, England - Etihad Stadium
06-12 Aarhus, Denmark - Ceres Park

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