Music News: Public Enemy release surprise album


Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy perform at SXSW in 2016.
Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy perform at SXSW in 2016. (Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung)

Surprise! Public Enemy have released a new album. The free release, shared to celebrate the group's 30th anniversary, is titled Nothing Is Quick In The Desert. "WE thank you & THIS is on US," tweeted Chuck D, sharing the music on Thursday. "The record's final track," notes NME, "pays homage to a number of deceased hip-hop and R&B artists, including Notorious B.I.G., Heavy D, Eazy-E, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and many more."

Cobain art to go on display

Two never-before-shown paintings by Kurt Cobain will be displayed this August at the Seattle Art Fair. They'll be at a booth run by United Talent Agency Fine Arts, which is organizing something much larger for the future: "a touring exhibition that really tells the story of who Kurt was through artworks, personal artifacts and memorabilia, sort of like what the Rolling Stones did in London."

One of the two paintings to be displayed has been widely seen, though not in its original form: it was the cover of Nirvana’s 1992 B-side collection Incesticide. (New York Times)

Loretta Lynn recovering from stroke

Loretta Lynn’s brother Herman Webb says the country legend, 85, is recovering well from a stroke she suffered in May. "She can talk, and Loretta told me that she thought she's going to be OK," says Webb. "Her left side was kind of paralyzed, but [she can get around by] herself now, she just has to use a walker... She's doing really good — that's the main thing." (Rolling Stone)

DAMN! That's a deep title

Kendrick Lamar says that DAMN. wasn't the first title considered for his latest album. He originally considered calling the record What Happens On Earth Stays On Earth, a refrain heard in two songs on the album. (Pitchfork)

One Direction joins elite ranks

With Liam Payne reaching the Top 40, One Direction joins the elite ranks of groups with at least four members hitting the Hot 100 as solo artists. That includes the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, U2 (who make it in on a technicality, as all four members were individually credited for the Mission: Impossible theme), and the Eagles.

The group with most members hitting the Hot 100 as solo artists? The Wu-Tang Clan. Fully eight members of that sprawling hip-hop collective have hit the Hot 100 with solo songs. (Billboard)

Brie Larson joins Haim (sort of)

In a new video for Funny or Die, Oscar-winner Brie Larson plays "Frime Haim," the fictional fourth Haim sister who's ready to join the band. (Pitchfork)

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