Music News: Jeff Goldblum to release jazz album


Jeff Goldblum, jazz artist, with piano.
Jeff Goldblum, jazz artist. (Decca)

It's not quite Childish Gambino hitting number one the week Solo: A Star Wars Story is released, but just as Jeff Goldblum prepares to return to Jurassic Park in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22), he's announced his debut album. The genre? Jazz piano.

"As far as I can tell, everyone loves Jeff Goldblum. It's like a universal truth," said Tom Lewis of Decca Records. "His love of jazz is infectious and whenever he plays he makes you feel very happy. If we can take Jeff's music into people's homes then we will be helping, in our own small way, to make the world a happier place."

Details on a title and release date have yet to be revealed. (Pitchfork)

Kendrick Lamar picks up Pulitzer

At a Columbia University ceremony on Wednesday, Kendrick Lamar accepted this year's Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album DAMN., marking the first time the prize went to a composition that was neither classical nor jazz music. There was no acceptance speech, but in a live video posted by the prizes, he said, "It's an honor...I've been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition — it's beautiful." (Rolling Stone)

Belle and Sebastian lift anchor

This past winter, Belle and Sebastian polled their fans regarding whether they'd be interested in jumping on a cruise ship with the Scottish indie band. The answer must have been yes, because Belle and Sebastian have now announced a seaborne music festival with a very Belle and Sebastian name: the Boaty Weekender.

"We have got our hands on quite a large boat, and we're loading it up with some ace groups for a four-day sail round The Med," the band said in a statement. The four-day Mediterranean cruise, set for Aug. 8-12, 2019, will also feature "yoga, cocktails, club nights, quizzes, and Scrabble tournaments," reports NME.

The Boss helps Broadway set a record

Broadway has just set a revenue record, making $1.7 billion over the season that just concluded. One of the big draws? Bruce Springsteen, whose very sold-out solo shows played to small audiences...but audiences paying an average of $503. The other huge hits included Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, with ticket prices soaring due to dynamic pricing that drops costs for low-demand shows while hiking it up for the best seats on weekends. (New York Times)

Apple gets into publishing

Apple Music has reportedly launched a music publishing division — a move that looks to tighten the relationship between artists and streaming platforms as the latter become increasingly central to music discovery and industry revenue. The company's worldwide head, Oliver Schusser, "wants to underline the importance of publishing and songwriters to Apple," a source tells Music Business Worldwide.

FJM drops new vid

Rock the Garden headliner Father John Misty has released a new video for his song "Please Don't Die." Created by the stop-motion artist behind Radiohead’s "Burn the Witch" video, the "animated visual follows FJM into the underworld to literally confront death," describes Pitchfork. The song appears on God's Favorite Customer, the artist's new album arriving Friday.

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