Even with the Fourth of July putting everyone in hotdog-filled good spirits, this week started on a sad note as beloved actor Andy Griffith died from a heart attack at 86. Kanye West also snagged headlines everywhere when he premiered “New God Glow” at the B.E.T. awards, a song off his upcoming album.
Indie music lovers were also plagued with a few unfortunate lineup changes as Girls lost frontman Christopher Owens, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s bassist and guitarist announced their last show.
Amy Winehouse’s estate (by way of her father) revealed that there’s still enough material for one more—if not two more—posthumous albums to be released, and fans got a glimpse of what may be laying in the vault when Nas released a new song featuring the late singer. “Cherry Wine” was one of two that the rapper revealed this week, also putting out “”Loco-Motive. Both are off his forthcoming album, Life Is Good.
Fans were able to snag Childish Gambino’s Royalty Mixtape as a free download, which featured everyone from RZA to Ghostface Killah to Tina Fey. The Roots and the Strokes both announced that they’re currently working on new albums, and Arctic Monkeys hinted at what their next one will sound like. Four Tet also has a new LP coming out, which will be released digitally on Aug. 20. And musicians seemed to be having an especially design-creative week as Big Boi announced his own line of socks and M83 came out with a pair of limited edition Converse All Stars.
True Blood, The Newsroom and Eastbound & Down were all picked up for another season by HBO – which is funny, because we were pretty sure we watched the Eastbound & Down series finale a few months ago. True Blood also added a star-studded collab to its soundtrack, as Best Coast’s Bethany Costentino and Iggy Pop came together to record a track called “”Let’s Boot and Rally for the July 9 episode.
In book news, Joy Division’s Peter Hook announced his memoir about his time with the iconic band, and the cover art for J.K. Rowling’s next release was revealed, looking absolutely nothing like anything she’s published before. Chuck Palahniuk’s Snuff also is the latest of his novels to be picked up as a film project.
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