Entries tagged with: Florence Welch
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this week, Rihanna tweeted that she was listening to her much-delayed new album ANTI, implying its release was imminent. Billboard then said it'd be out this week, and earlier tonight a TIDAL user noticed that it was (probably accidentally) uploaded to the streaming service. It was quickly taken down, but not before TIDAL users were able to leak it.
The leak reveals a few interesting things about this record. It doesn't feature any of last year's singles, including the great "Bitch Better Have My Money" (or "FourFiveSeconds" or "American Oxygen"). It does include the Drake collaboration "Work" that came out today (not her first Drake collab, of course) and that explains why she called it ANTI's lead single earlier. Also,
unless a really good Rihanna impostor threw this in the leak, it includes a cover of Tame Impala's "New Person, Same Old Mistakes" (retitled "Same Ol' Mistakes"), the last track on last year's Currents. This means RiRi turned down a Grimes song but would've happily taken a Tame Impala song.
The only credited guest aside from Drake is SZA on opening track "Consideration," though The Weeknd, The-Dream and Travi$ Scott all worked on "Woo." Producers include DJ Mustard ("Needed Me"), Timbaland ("Yeah, I Said It"), No I.D. ("Higher"), Boi-1da ("Work"), and more. As reported last year, the album was executive produced by Kanye West (whose own new album has quite the saga surrounding it this week as well). Listen to rips of "Work" and the Tame Impala cover, with the tracklist, below.
UPDATE: Now that it leaked, the album is officially out. You can listen here if you have TIDAL (and otherwise you can hear samples). And that Tame Impala cover is in fact real.
UPDATE 2: It's now a free download for a limited time only, using the code ANTI.
UPDATE 3 (1/28): The deluxe edition is out now with three bonus tracks: "Goodnight Gotham," "Pose," and "Sex With Me." "Goodnight Gotham" is a remix of Florence + the Machine's song "Only If For A Night."
This probably won't be a surprise, but early listens reveal that much of it is in the vein of atmospheric R&B that's dominated both pop and indie for a few years now. And more so than her other recent releases, it feels built to be an "album album," as superstar albums in the post-Yeezus/The 20/20 Experience/BEYONCÉ world often are. (Her last, 2012's Unapologetic, came out before those three did.) It's pretty good stuff to these ears. What do you think?
Florence and the Machine at Deluna Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distrotion] Yavin)
Florence Welch, who joined the Rolling Stones at their recent London show and just received two Grammy nominations, stopped singing to break up a fight at one of her own shows the other night at AECC in Scotland. You can watch the whole thing go down, beginning at the 1:20 mark in the video below...
Mick Jagger w/ Mary J. Blige in London last month
When The Rolling Stones played their two London shows in November, they were joined by a number of guests including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Florence Welch, and Mary J. Blige. And now they've revealed that Blige will also join them at their Brooklyn show at Barclays Center this Saturday (12/8), along with upcoming blues riffer Gary Clark Jr., who takes after a similar lineage (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, etc) as the Stones and probably owes a bit of his sound to them as well. Tickets for that show are still available.
The Stones also play two nights at The Prudential Center (12/13 and 12/15), the latter of which will stream live. Tickets for both of those shows are still available too.
A video of Mary J Blige doing "Gimme Shelter" with the Stones in London is HERE and more videos and the setlists from those shows are below.
"Because English singer-songwriter Dido, who is nominated with Rollo Armstrong and A.R. Rahman for "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, was not available for tonight's show, the producers have recruited Florence Welch from Florence + the Machine to appear with Rahman. Welch is coming off a standout performance in the opening number of the Grammys.Trent Reznor is nominated for Best Score.
Along with the best original song nominees, tonight's show also will feature the P.S. 22 Chorus, an elementary school chorus from Staten Island, N.Y., who will make a joyous musical appearance singing "Over the Rainbow," according to The Hollywood Reporter." [BAM's Blog]
P.S. 22 recently posted a newer cover of Ariel Pink's "Round And Round" (newer than the one they posted in January). Check that out, and a Katy Perry cover they did at an Oscar press conference (they're going to sing with Katy Perry on Oprah on Monday), below...