Morning Music Notes – Coachella Will Not Be Relocating to Rich’s Backyard
Coachella Ain’t Going Anywhere
Remember that Coachella scare about them moving locations and shutting down in 2014? It isn’t happeneing – Indio city councilman Sam Torres took Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett’s threat seriously and took back his proposal (via Consequence of Sound).
Torres had proposed a 5-10% tax on live events with more than 2,500 people (read: Coachella), and Tollett said they would take 2014 off and move in 2015. Pretty sure Indio needs Coachella more than Coachella needs Indio – hello tourist dollars (I know I hit up the restaurants and grocery stores when there). A press statement yesterday from Torres said: “I cannot in good conscience allow this to happen no matter how dire the city’s circumstance. My sincere hope is that we can now move past this episode and I personally look forward to working to enhance relationships.”
New Kanye West Album To Be Released Shortly After G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer?
Nothing like having someone else spoil your upcoming album release news, by having them talk about it first. It’s like when someone tells you they are getting married, and you post it on their Facebook page for all to see, before they have told anyone about it. No I.D. (Def Jam VP and producer) has spoken up about Kanye West, and has said to MTV that “I’m not working on that [Cruel Summer] album, I’m working on his album,” while adding “He’s coming right after that.” Okay, so it was all kind of vague, but anything new from Kanye is pretty much good news in this camp.
Metallica’s James Hetfield to Have A Line of Sunglasses
If there’s one thing that helps hide a hangover, it’s sunglasses. A man who knows a thing or 2 about hangovers – Mr. James Hetfield of Metallica. Yes, an alcohol joke is a cruel thing to do to a guy inflicted with alcoholism. But this all leads me to a free promotion to help make up for it – James Hetfield is teaming with Sutro Eyewear for his line of limited edition shades, the Hetfield (via Hollywood Reporter). Yup, pretty damn creative name.
Apparently, Hetfield describes them as “built to look faster than a speeding riff and to handle the life of a road dog like me.” That’s what I am positive I’ll say when I see them – “Hey, those shades look cool, and totally faster than a speeding riff!”
More Amy Winehouse Albums Are Coming
Amy Winehouse passed away last July, and dad Mitch has been assuming the role of the Amy Winehouse brand, setting up a charity in her name. Recently, he released a book about her called “Amy, My Daughter” (okay – maybe that’s slightly trying to cash in on her success). Amy Winehouse released Lioness: Hidden Treasures last winter, her first posthumous album. Mitch has revealed that more albums will be on their way, too (via Hollywood Reporter).
Mitch tells BBC 6 Music “I’m not sure that there is much more but I’m sure that we will get at least one other album out, if not two. There are loads of covers, loads of them, but the problem is we don’t want to rip anybody off. When her fans are so precious to us we don’t want to put out dross.”
Amy Winehouse collaborated with Nas on Cherry Wine, which is coming out on Nas’ new album in a couple of weeks. You can hear a radio rip below.
Nas (featuring Amy Winehouse) – Cherry Wine