Morning Music Notes – A Return to Mediocrity

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Hopefully you didn’t notice a massive increase in the quality of writing and articles the past few weeks – I was on vacation, and Rich and Millar were covering for me (thanks to blackmail – I TOLD Rich not to spread rumours about Drake and Chris Brown when we saw them in the club last month). But now we can resume our amazing music news stories, and articles about beer and gummi bears (or both, if we’re lucky).

The Stone Roses Should Crack the UK Top 10

Besides death, reforming a band is a good way to get old albums to re-chart. The Stone Roses are about to experience the latter (and the former, if they take the wrong drugs) – their compilation The Very Best of The Stone Roses is anticipated to reach Number 8 in the UK charts (via NME). Their self-titled debut album is also set to land at number 32. All of this comes after their recent UK gigs. PeteHatesMusic will see them headline the Friday night slot at Optimus Alive in Portugal on July 13, with a full review to follow (depending on our alcohol consumption at that stage of the day).

And Speaking of Album Sales….

We’re halfway through 2012 – assuming you use the ever-so-popular January through December calendar. In the US, the top selling album is….not much of a surprise, given its undying appeal – Adele’s 21 (via Hollywood Reporter). Sadly, the highest selling rock album to date is only the 11th highest ranking album in album sales, and it’s Gotye’s Making Mirrors. Gotye has sold 538,000 albums in the first 6 months of 2012. To compare, Adele’s 21 has sold 3.69 million. Gotye has the top selling track thus far, with the uber-popular Somebody That I Used to Know, selling 5.50 million tracks. Don’t worry, I’m sure some American Idol or X Factor crap artist will write an album that catches fire and finally knocks Adele off her perch. Be careful when shoving her from her perch though, as she’s pregnant.

This Should’ve Been the Lead Story: Big Boi is Releasing His Own Line of Socks

As the music industry changes (thanks, piracy!), artists are constantly looking for other ways to make money. Be it endorsements, licensing songs, or doing other music related products (see: Beats by Dre), there are other options out there. One that is apparently untapped until now – the lucrative sock market. Outkast’s Big Boi plans to gobble it up for himself and is releasing his own line of socks in conjunction with the Crooks & Castles label (via NME).

The self-proclaimed “Sock King” (not sure if that’s one to brag about), recently said “I’m the sock king! They’ve got a cape on the back – that’s how I flew here. I got my own socks line coming out with Crooks & Castles. Head over to 677 Antone Street, Atlanta, Georgia, 30318 and get some!”

Big Boi’s new album, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, is out on November 13. Pretty sure there should be a sock puppet video, amiright?

Download Childish Gambino’s Latest Mix Tape

There was an outside chance this would happen: Childish Gambino has roped in Tina Fey for a collaboration on his latest mixtape, Royalty (via Chart Attack). Childish Gambino can’t have an article written without mentioning that he is Donald Glover, of Community and 30 Rock fame, hence his connection to Tina Fey (who is perhaps a closet rapper, too). Yesterday, Childish (can I call him that?) released his mixtape, and you can download it by clicking right here (not here).

There are 18 tracks, and guest stars such as Beck (on Silk Pillow), Ghostface Killah, and Danny Brown, amongst others. Street Cred! I should’ve written that after the Tina Fey sentence. In case you don’t know his stuff, check out Heartbeat from a few months ago.

Childish Gambino – Heartbeat

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