Music News: LCD Soundsystem preview new album as ice-cream-truck jingles

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An ice cream truck previewing LCD Soundsystem's new album
An ice cream truck previewing LCD Soundsystem's album 'American Dream' (LCD Ice Cream Truck on Twitter)

This weekend at Lollapalooza, LCD Soundsystem previewed songs from their forthcoming album American Dream (Sept. 1). They didn't leak the studio versions, though: instead, the songs were heard in the form of jingles played by an "LCD Ice Cream Truck." Of course, it was sometimes hard to hear the jingles — since the truck was also handing out free ice cream. (Billboard)

Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen plot archival releases

Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen have both announced plans to release coveted archival recordings.

Young is plotting a Neil Young Archives site that will include "every single, recorded track or album I have produced." That will include not only his existing releases, but unreleased recordings that will likely include a 1976 acoustic LP called Hitchhiker. The archive will be driven by Xstream Music, a technology he's developing that aims to stream audio at the maximum possible quality depending on the user's bandwidth.

The Archives site doesn't yet have a release date, but it's "coming soon," says the Canadian music legend. Hitchhiker will be released as a standalone album on Sept. 8, and the title track is out now. (Rolling Stone)

Springsteen has been releasing new and classic live recordings as direct downloads via his website for some time, and the archive is about to grow by 25 shows — including a composite of two shows that will be the first official releases from Springsteen's 1977 tour; the coveted soundboard recordings haven't even been heard in bootleg form. (Billboard)

Taylor Swift likely to testify in groping trial

Taylor Swift is expected to provide testimony in her legal battle Colorado radio host David Mueller, who Swift says grabbed her buttocks during a backstage visit in 2013. Mueller lost his job at country station KYGO after Swift's team told his boss about the incident, and the DJ then sued Swift for $3 million in damages. Swift responded with a countersuit, and a jury trial is set to begin on Monday. (Billboard)

New YouTube champ

Well, that didn't last long: just two weeks after wresting the title of most-viewed YouTube music video from longtime champ Psy, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth have been unseated by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

"Despacito" — a remix version of which, featuring Justin Bieber that's turned out to be the smash single of the summer and the biggest Spanish-language pop hit since "Macarena" — has now garnered over three billion views, making it the all-time music video champ. The most-viewed video, though, doesn't feature Biebs: it's the original version. The remix, which doesn't have its own video, has a mere half-billion plays on YouTube. (Pitchfork)

Cornell/Bennington memorial updates

Citing a policy against users who "attempt to profit from tragedy," eBay has pulled listings for items distributed at the private memorial service of Chester Bennington. Bids for one bundle, including "a program, a pin, a wristband, and a memorial card designed to look like a backstage pass," reportedly topped $50,000 before the listing was pulled, notes Billboard)

Meanwhile, Toni Cornell — the 12-year-old daughter of Chris Cornell — sang Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" on Good Morning America in honor of her father and of Bennington, who performed the song at Cornell's funeral. Bennington was also Toni Cornell's godfather. (Billboard)


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