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Susan Boyle Proves That Frumpy Only Gets You So Far

By Felicia & Dustin Rowles | Music | June 1, 2009 |

By Felicia & Dustin Rowles | Music | June 1, 2009 |

Depeche Mode’s Sounds of the Universe tour is on hold until June 8th. Dave Gahan is resting after having a low-grade malignant tumor removed from his bladder. Gahan originally went into the hospital for gastroenteritis but further tests revealed the tumor. Missed shows are either being cancelled or rescheduled, but things look optimistic for the kick off of their North American tour in July.

Sigur Rós is almost finished with their new album. The band says that the album will have a slower and more ambient sound than their last album, Með Suð I Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust, which was also in my top five favorite albums of 2008. The album will be released sometime in 2010. Lead singer Jónsi Birgisson is also working on an acoustic solo album with the help of composer Nico Muhly. No release date is set for that album yet.

Stone Temple Pilots are currently playing sets of live shows in Canada and the U.S. through July, and they are also working on a new album. They are collaborating with producer Don Was, who has also worked with Iggy Pop, Willie Nelson and Poison.

De la Soul is also working on a new album titled You’re Welcome. They are currently in collaboration with Nike, who is using their music in commercials. They also released a single track 44-minute recording with Nike in April called Are You In, which is available on iTunes. In addition to the new album and Nike, they also contributed to Gorillaz’s new album called Plastic Beach. — Felicia

Our boy, TylerDFC (an eloquent around here) also runs his own site, RUFKM, which we have plugged from time to time. But today, he’s got a doozy. TylerDFC has in interview with Al Jourgensen of Ministry. Go check it out.

It’s been a decade since Dr. Dre released his last album, 2001 (released in 1999) and he’s finally due to release his follow-up, Detox, which was supposed to be released five years ago. The album is supposed to finally be released this year. For the few Dre fans out in Pajiba-land, you can hear a muddle snipped from the album in a new commercial Dre has out for Dr. Pepper, because apparently — during that 10-year lay-off, Dre — like Ice Cube — forgot that he was once in motherfucking N.W.A. Sell. Out.

In chart news, the Top 5 Albums for this week are:
1. Eminem’s Relapse
2. Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown
3. Kenny Chesney’s Greatest Hits II
4. Dane Cook’s ISolated INcident
5. Busta Rhymes Back to My B.S.

Tori Amos’ new album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin also debuted at number nine; Lionel Ritchie’s latest debuted at number 24; and in “American Idol” chart news no one could possibly care about, Adam Lambert’s Season 8 Favorite Performances debuted at number 33, ahead of “AI’s winner, Kris Allen, whose Season 8 Favorite Performances debuted at number 50. Ruben Studdard also had a new album debut at number 36, well ahead of Kellie Pickler’s latest debut, at number 91.

My God: The Billboard 100 is littered with “American Idol” contestants.

And for the interested, two of my favorite artists release albums tomorrow: The Dave Matthews Band unleashes Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King and Elvis Costello releases the T. Bone Burnett produced, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane.

Oh, and hey! Susan Boyle lost. I have no idea why I take some joy in this. But I do. The poor woman (who was admitted to the hospital for exhaustion after the performance) didn’t need any more attention. You can see her final performance here.

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