R.E.M. reveal new album name. Best-selling rock band R.E.M. have revealed that the title of their 15th studio album will be Collapse Into Now. The album will be released in Spring 2011 by Warner Bros. Records. BBC Radio 6 broke the news on its Twitter feed after R.E.M.’s manager Bertis Downs revealed the title at the In the City conference. R.E.M., which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills, re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced the band’s acclaimed previous album Accelerate, to make Collapse Into Now. Lee is also noted for his work on albums by U2, Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, Editors, Aqualung, and Bloc Party. R.E.M. and Lee recorded the album in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie’s Heroes, U2′s Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing were done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville. Collapse Into Now is the follow-up to 2008′s hard-charging Accelerate, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, topped the Alternative, Rock, Digital, and Internet (physical goods) charts in the U.S., and debuted at No. 1 in Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. It spawned three hit singles ‘Supernatural Superserious,’ ‘Hollow Man,’ and ‘Man-Sized Wreath.’ The band also released a two-CD live set, entitled R.E.M. Live At The Olympia, last October. On October 26th, 2010, New West Records will release R.E.M. Live From Austin, TX – a DVD that contains the full live performance of the band’s concert for PBS’ Austin City Limits television series, plus three songs that didn’t air on the original broadcast. The 17 songs, including several from Accelerate and such classic hits as ‘Losing My Religion’ and ‘Man On The Moon,’ have been re-mixed and re-mastered in LPCM stereo and DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Sound.
Ready To Start, the second single from Arcade Fire’s latest album The Suburbs, will be released digitally on 11th October 2010 via Sonovox. From Arcade Fire’s third studio album, the track was described by the NME as having the “urgent fractious energy of ‘Tunnels’… stately, melancholic but resolute, with an urgent rhythm and riff.” Ready to Start is a follow up to Arcade Fire’s first single We Used To Wait. The music video for which, The Wilderness Downtown, has already received over 25 million views worldwide. An interactive online only video, The Wilderness Downtown filled social networking sites twitter and facebook, again causing Arcade Fire to top Hype Machine. Billboard found Chris Milk’s interactive video, ‘an eye-popping interactive film/experience. further pushing the boundaries of the music video concept” while the Guardian called it ‘an extremely impressive use of technology’. The Suburbs went to Number 1 in the UK and the US, Canada, Portugal, Norway, Ireland and Belgium on release in August and the top 5 in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The band will return to the UK in December for two shows in London followed by dates in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow. The Arcade Fire are Win Butler, RÃ©gine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara. ‘Arcade Fire knew they were ready to start a third album when they sat down and jammed an urgent indie-rock thumper appropriately titled Ready To Start.’ Q – October 2010
Filipino Family Wins Montreal Court Case Over Son’s Use Of Utensils. A Filipino migrant family in Canada won a Montreal court case over the son’s use of utensils. Luc Gagadoc, who is a student of the Margeurite Bourgeoys School Board in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, was reprimanded by the lunch hall monitor in 2006 for eating his lunch using a spoon and fork. The monitor described the way Gagadoc used his utensils – which is the traditional way Filipinos eat – as “eating like a pig.” The school principal advised Gagadoc’s mother, Maria Theresa Gallardo, to teach him how to eat like a Canadian, by using a fork and knife instead. The incident led Gallardo to file a complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission for racial and ethnic discrimination. Aside from the reprimand, Gagadoc – who was seven years old then – was made to eat alone. Gallardo lost the case in October 2008, but she elevated it to the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal in March 2009. The tribunal ruled in Gallardo’s favor and awarded her $17,000 in damage. Gallardo expressed satisfaction with the decision, although the award is less than the $24,000 damage she asked the tribunal. The incident reached the Philippines and as a result led to a protest rally in front of the Canadian embassy in Manila. This is the second time the school was rapped for human rights violation. About 10 years ago, the school banned a Sikh student from wearing a ceremonial dagger to school. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the Sikh student.
Many Canadians Not In Favor Of Change In National Anthem. Many Canadians are not in favor of proposed changes in the country’s national anthem. Ottawa wants to become politically correct by adapting gender-neutral words.
The proposal was mentioned by Canadian Governor Michaelle Jean in her March 3 Speech from the Throne. The phrase that Ottawa proposed to amend in the national anthem, “O Canada,” was “in all thy sons command,” which would be altered to “Thou dost in us command.” The proposed change was the wording of the original 1908 version. Since most Canadians are used to the current version, the proposed change led many residents to write to Prime Minister Gordon Brown to oppose the revision. The opinions ranged from asking the federal government to focus on economic issues and not on trivial matters, to pointing out the proposal runs counter to the sense of national pride reawakened by Canada’s good performance at the recent Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Among the groups blamed by the letter writers were feminists and immigrants. The national anthem phrase change was actually just a minor point in the Speech from the Throne Jean made. The stronger message of Jean’s speech was completing Canada’s economic recovery, returning to fiscal balance and the creation of more jobs.
CN Tower Owner Rejects $78 Million To Rename The Canadian Landmark. Canada Lands Company Vice President of Public and Government Affairs Gordon McIvor called an offer to rename a Canadian landmark a publicity stunt by an online used car firm that just launched its Website. Vehicle Gateway Corporation said on its portal on Tuesday that it will submit a $78 million bid to rename CN Tower and light it up using the car firm’s corporate color of green. Vehicle Gateway wanted to change the tower’s name to VG Tower. McIvor clarified that the 1,815-feet (553.3 meters) CN Tower, owned by CLC, is not for sale. However, Vehicle Gateway spokesman Peter Davies said their offer is a legitimate bid and is not to gain media mileage. CN Tower was the tallest free-standing structure on land until September 2007, when the title was taken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. However, the CN Tower is still the tallest tower in the west. More than two million tourists visit every year the tower, located in Toronto.
NBC Enjoys Strong Ratings For Olympic Opener; Average 32.6 Million Tuned In. The NBC television network reaped the benefit of a Winter Olympics being held just north of its border, drawing an average of 32.6 million viewers to opening night festivities Friday. The ratings for the Vancouver Games opener are the second highest since an average 45.6 million tuned in for the 1994 Salt Lake Games. Unlike years when the Olympics have been held outside the states, most U.S. viewers can watch the events live to preserve their excitement. Only the Pacific and Mountain time zones are receiving delayed broadcasts so that events can be seen during prime time, yielding higher ad rates. NBC needs to maximize those figures, as GE estimates the costly rights fees for the Vancouver Games could cost the network about $250 million. Over 10 million fewer viewers tuned in (22.2) for the opening ceremony when the event was held in Turin, Italy. In Canada, meanwhile, a group of broadcasters reported that more than two-thirds of Canadians (13.3 million) watched some portion of the opening ceremonies, making it the most viewed event in Canada’s history
Iglu & Hartly UK tour dates. The band will play 24 dates across the UK in support of the Dedication EP, to be released end of January, which includes new songs and a documentary. The ‘All Pent Up’ tour will feature the band playing current material, as well as debuting a string of brand new songs for their UK fans. Last year the band embarked on a full assault of the UK, with 2 sold out tours (which Continue reading →
15 Year Old Justin Bieber is about to take the world by storm. Born in Ontario, Canada this multi talented pop/soul singer is already making huge waves in the US and is revving up for the release of his debut album ‘My World’ out January 18th 2010 on Mercury Records. With his poptastic blend of urban pop, Justin Bieber has emerged as a global new Continue reading →
Slayer have had to bring their Canadian tour to a sudden halt because bass play Tom Araya has to undergo immediate surgery. Slayer had just returned to North America after a sold out tour of Australia with Megadeth. ‘What is foremost in our minds right now is that Tom do whatever he needs to to get this taken care of,’ Slayer guitarist Kerry King said in a statement. Dates in Canada and the United Continue reading →
International pop superstar Lady Gaga today announced plans for her next North American tour, entitled “The Monster Ball.” The tour will begin on November 27 in Montreal, and will wind up on January 21, 2010 in Gaga’s hometown, New York City. Kid Cudi will be the supporting act for the entire tour. Says Lady Gaga, “The Haus of Gaga had been designing ‘The Monster Ball’ for premiere in 2010 at the O2 Arena in London, but due to diligent work and preparation, ‘The Monster Ball’ will begin on November 27 in Montreal. ‘The Monster Ball’ is a multimedia artistic experience in the style of the first-ever ‘pop electro opera.’” Lady Gaga will release a re-package of her breakthrough album, The Fame, called The Fame Monster, earlier that week, on November 23. The re-package will include eight brand new songs, including the club-banging first single “Bad Romance.” Continues Lady Gaga, “A message to all my little monsters: The Fame Monster will come out four days before the first live show. You have exactly 96 hours to learn all of the lyrics so you can sing along. Dress accordingly.”
The dates for “The Monster Ball” are:
November 27 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – The Bell Center
November 28 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Air Canada Center
November 29 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Scotiabank Place
December 1 & 2 – Boston, MA – Wang Center
December 3 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna
December 9 & 10 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
December 13 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic
December 18 – Las Vegas, NV – TBD
December 19 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Sports Arena
December 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre
December 29 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
December 31 – Miami, FL – Knight Center
January 3 – Orlando, FL – The Hard Rock
January 7 – St. Louis, MO – The Fox
January 8 & 9 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
January 12 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater
January 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata
January 20 & 21 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall