Music News: Beats releases special Third Man headphones


Margo Price models Beats by Dre Third Man Records headphones.
Margo Price models the Beats by Dre Solo3 Wireless Third Man Records Limited Edition headphones. (Third Man Records)

Beats by Dre is teaming up with Jack White’s Third Man Records for a special limited-edition pair of headphones to be released on Record Store Day Black Friday, Nov. 24. "We tried to refrain from just throwing the logo on something," says label co-founder Ben Blackwell, explaining that "the headphones sound f---ing great. You probably [can't] print 'f---ing,' but the proof's in the pudding." (Billboard)

Remembering Lil Peep

Rapper Lil Peep has died, apparently of a Xanax overdose, at age 21. The New York Times called the star one of "pop music's brightest and most promising young talents, blending the urgency and dexterity of contemporary hip-hop with the raw, serrated sentimentality of emo." He was seen as one of the leading lights of the "SoundCloud generation" of hip-hop musicians.

New Bowie documentary coming in January

A new David Bowie documentary will debut on HBO in January. David Bowie: The Last Five Years is directed by Francis Whately, who also made a 2013 documentary focusing on Bowie's '70s era. Since Bowie gave no interviews or public performances in his final years of life, Whately relied heavily on the memories of Bowie's producer Tony Visconti and the musicians who played on Bowie's final album Blackstar. Rolling Stone calls the result "revelatory."

Neil Young Archives to launch Dec. 1

On Dec. 1, Neil Young will both release his new album The Visitor and launch the Neil Young Archives: a high-quality streaming library of his entire catalog. Initially, the archive will be free. "Info cards with album contents, art and credits will be available," notes Billboard, "as well as a filing cabinet to present all of Young's songs chronologically, with their corresponding media, memorabilia, press clips and more."

Xx selling a very special holiday sweater

If you missed out on Neil Diamond’s holiday sweaters last year, how about this little item for the music fan on your list? The xx are selling knitted sweaters — or, as they put it, "cosy jumpers" — designed by Romy Madley Croft’s aunt Cheryl Madley. (Pitchfork)

Was Trent Reznor in Curb Your Enthusiasm?

Today's conspiracy theory: fans on Reddit have become convinced that Trent Reznor made a secret cameo in a recent episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm — as a silver-painted living statue. Where did they get that idea? Well, the living statue kind of looks like the Nine Inch Nails frontman, and Reznor wore a pair of shutter shades just like the ones worn by the living statue on the cover of a fake Nine Inch Nails album he teased as an April Fool's joke in 2009. Trent, is that you? (Billboard)

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