New Sixpence None the Richer Album to Release This Summer

After a quiet spell and record label difficulties, Sixpence None the Richer plan to return with a new full LP titled Lost in Transition, slated for a late-July/early-August release.

The album will be the band's first new studio project since 2008 and will be distributed exclusively by The Orchard, according to an announcement on the distribution company's website Monday afternoon.

Sixpence is comprised of vocalist Leigh Nash and multi-instrumentalist Matt Slocum.

Album cover seen below:


Gotye Not a Fan of 'Glee' Cover of His Song

Fox's Glee covered Gotye's hit single "Somebody That I Used to Know" on a recent episode, but there's one person who isn't a fan of how they did it: the singer himself.

The 31-year-old Australian artist, whose real name is Wally de Backer, explained why he wasn't 100 percent behind the Glee performance backstage at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre this past weekend.

"They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals but the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra-dry, sounded pretty tuned and the rock has no real sense," he told the Sunday Mail, "like it's playing to you from a cardboard box."

The singer also said, as the Sunday Herald Sun reports, "It made it sound dinky and wrong."

Dr. Dre Wants Hologram Versions of Marvin Gaye, Others

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will beam up the Tupac hologram again for the upcoming second weekend of Coachella, but the producer and now-occasional rapper has his sight set on a couple of other big names: Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye.

TMZ caught up with the good doctor outside of a restaurant in Los Angeles and asked him how he felt about the "Tupac" performance. He said he was thrilled with the reception to the digital rebirth of the rap legend and confirmed rumors that he was mulling taking "Tupac" on tour.

But that's not all he said: Dre said he would be interested in bringing Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye back to the stage. The news comes during a week in which countless news outlets have posted lists of who they'd like to see hologram-ed next, so it's interesting to see Dre play into the media hype surrounding his new pet project.

Just yesterday, Michael Jackson's brothers said they would be eager to bring a projected version of the King of Pop on tour with them. (Of course.)

Is this exciting news or is this just getting weird?

New 'Arrested Development' Episodes to Debut Simultaneously

According to The Los Angeles Times, fans of Arrested Development have something to look forward to. The hit show's long-awaited fourth season will appear on Netflix early next year, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos told reporters at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday. But it won't unfold on a weekly basis like a regular TV series; instead, Netflix will make all 10 new episodes of the cult favorite available simultaneously, as people have come to expect when they stream a TV series on Netflix.

Series creator Mitch Hurwitz was also on hand to describe a bit of what fans will see in the new episodes. As reported by Vulture, Hurwitz said that though his initial conception of the fourth season was to do it as an anthology, with each character getting his or her own episode, the current incarnation is closer to the style of the first three seasons.

The new episodes are set to start production this summer with an early 2013 debut date that hasn't been set yet.

Read the full story from the LA Times.

Charts: Gotye and Kimbra Claim No. 1 Spot with 'Somebody'

It's official: Belgian-Australian Gotye and New Zealander Kimbra have the No. 1 song in America!

Fueled by a Glee remake and his appearance on Saturday Night Live, Gotye scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his first entry on the songs chart, as "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, lifts 2-1.

The track sold 542,000 downloads in the April 9-15 tracking period, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sum is the fourth-best since SoundScan began tracking digital sales in 2003.

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In addition to its chart-topping rank on the Hot 100 (with the chart's top Digital Gainer award) and Digital Songs, "Somebody" leaps 12-8 on Radio Songs with 72 million all-format audience impressions (up 19%), according to Nielsen BDS.

Having been born in Belgium, Gotye (nee Wouter "Wally" De Backer) is the first native of the country to top the Hot 100 since 1963. Having moved to Australia at age 2, Gotye is the first Australian-raised act to reign since Savage Garden led for four weeks in 2000 with "I Knew I Loved You." Kimbra is also the first artist from New Zealand to sit in the top spot.

As "Somebody" and fun.'s "We Are Young" feat. Janelle Monae have both topped the Alternative Songs chart, two Alternative Songs leaders have crowned the Hot 100 consecutively for the first time dating to the former list's Sept. 10, 1988, launch.

With the advance of "Somebody," "Young" falls 1-2 on the Hot 100, although it continues its record-setting sales streak. With 333,000 downloads sold (down 15%), "Young" links an unprecedented seventh straight week of 300,000 or more in digital sales. No song previously registered more than five weeks (consecutive or not) of such stratospheric download totals.

Iron & Wine Added to Johnny Cash Tribute

LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2012) – Singer-songwriter Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) has been added to the stellar lineup for the “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” concert on April 20 in Austin, TX. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan (of Train), Ronnie Dunn, Lucinda Williams, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Shelby Lynne, Amy Lee, Rhett Miller, Brandi Carlisle, Andy Grammer and Carolina Chocolate Drops join host Matthew McConaughey to celebrate the life and legacy of Johnny Cash. In the year that would mark his 80th birthday, the concert, which will take place at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre, will not only pay tribute to Cash and his music, but also to his roots and his heritage.

An all-star band led by GRAMMY Award-winning Don Was – which includes Buddy Miller, Kenny Aronoff, Ian McLagen, and Greg Leisz– will back these once-in-a-lifetime performances. The concert event will be produced by Keith Wortman. Was, who worked with Cash on an album for The Highwaymen, will serve as musical director. Tisha Fein and Chantel Sausedo will be the talent producers. A percentage of the net proceeds will be donated to Charley’s Fund, to help in the fight to find a cure for the fatal children’s disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The news also follows a recent announcement of tour dates added for Iron & Wine.

For more information about “We Walk The Line," visit www.johnnycash80.com.

Childish Gambino Releasing Mixtape 'Extremely Soon'

Ahead of this past weekend's Coachella festival (Round 1), Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, revisited the debate with his team about when to put out his new mixtape. "We were discussing on the bus whether or not to release it in a couple of hours," the 28-year-old actor-rapper, told Rolling Stone shortly before his performance. Glover opted against releasing the tape during the fest – and at press time, it has yet to hit the Web – but he says it's only a matter of time before he drops his new material. "It will be coming out extremely soon," Glover says. "Like, extremely soon."

Glover is best known for his role as Troy Barnes on NBC's Community, but he's also developed a legion of new-school hip-hop fans thanks to his debut album, Camp, released last year through the indie label Glassnote. According to Glover, the new mixtape will further expand his musical horizons. "Mixtapes are experiments," says Glover, who recorded 25 tracks for the project. "Music is like weightlifting. I really want to get good and better at it, so I'm taking this as a dance with the audience."

Read the full story from Rolling Stone.

Donald Glover to Appear in '30 Rock' Live Episode

Community star, rapper and Internet sensation Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) will guest-star on the upcoming live episode of NBC's 30 Rock, TVLine reports. But Glover isn't just playing anyone. He's playing a younger version of TGS star Tracy Jordan (played by Tracy Morgan) on the April 26 episode, executive producer Robert Carlock tells the site. "Donald does an excellent Tracy Morgan-slash-Jordan impression."

Glover's gig marks a homecoming for the comedian, who wrote for 30 Rock for three years and appeared in several blink-and-you-missed-it cameos before he moved onto acting — and Community — in 2009.

The news also comes on the heels of Tina Fey's acknowledgement of 30 Rock's imminent conclusion. Fey was asked on Thursday's episode of The View about a series of tweets from co-star Alec Baldwin that said he is "leaving NBC just in time." (Baldwin was complaining about a camera crew from Today that was purportedly outside of his apartment.) Fey said Baldwin's tweets were simply referring to the looming end of the veteran NBC comedy.

"As far as I know, he's not leaving the show. We're all in this together 'til the end," she said. "I think that he just maybe means that the end of the show ... is visible on the horizon."

Both Fey and Baldwin have committed to return next season (possibly the show's last), should NBC choose to renew.

Danger Mouse Talks Electric Guest

Electric Guest continues to grab attention within the music industry, and with good reason. With a unique sound and the backing of songwriter-producer Danger Mouse, it's no wonder the duo is resonating with audiences everywhere.

Read about Electric Guest in the Variance FutureSounds.

Danger Mouse himself recently penned a very heartfelt, emotional letter discussing the band and his involvement.

Read the full, unedited letter below:

Back in 2004 in LA a friend of mine asked if I'd give him my honest opinion of the music his little brother in Berkley, CA was making. He played me some instrumental tracks from a cd and I liked some of what I heard. I told him I thought it was good and that his brother should keep on working at it, there was something worth putting some work into and that he would surely get better. Eventually he asked me to talk to him on the phone and maybe give him some pointers or something. I did so and told him I'd listen to any new stuff he did. I guess there wasn't much else I could really do. I was on an indie label myself and even though I'd just done the Grey album, that didn't exactly pay me anything.

He sent me a few more CDs filled with instrumental tracks over the next year and they were getting better and better. I would send him a note or talk to him briefly about the music on the CDs that I liked. Eventually a year or so later, I was moving out of the house I shared with another musician and my friend's brother was looking to move to LA. Since me and my roommate had built a little home studio in the house, I figured my room would be perfect for my friend's brother, whom I still hadn't actually met yet. I offered him my little bedroom because it was the cheapest room in the house and when he decided to take it. After moving all of my stuff out I eventually met my friend's brother Asa.

I didn't really get to hang out with Asa very much or anything at first, but we would still run into each other from time to time and he would always have some new music he was making that he was excited about. And each time he played me stuff, I'd start to really think more and more that not only was he doing better and more interesting music than he probably even knew himself, but that I was being influenced by what he was playing me too. The thing is that he seemed to really love popular music, but somehow in his attempt to make his own music, some very odd and beautiful things were happening.

I never really asked him what his aspirations were, instead we just played each other music we were both working on and hoped the other would react excitedly when one of us played something special. I remember one time we were sitting in a car and playing music back and forth when he played a bunch of new instrumentals that were all over the place and knowing that he thought it was perfectly normal music. It wasn't. I decided not to even play the stuff I was working on for him because I myself hadn't really pushed hard enough in some of the stuff I was doing. The next time I saw him I was hoping to one up him and I played him some of what I thought was my more adventurous stuff that would eventually be on the first Gnarls Barkley album. He was one of the few people I thought would really get it and sure enough he did.

Around that time, Asa told me he had another new roommate, someone called Cornbread, who had moved into the house with him and some of the other musicians already living there. He said he was a great drummer and instrumentalist and that he'd been getting him to play on some of his demos. I hadn't really heard anything new from Asa in a while so I'd been pushing him to hear more stuff. He told me he wasn't really comfortable playing me what he'd been doing yet because he wasn't really sure about it. Eventually he said that he'd written a couple of songs that he thought maybe a girl could sing, so I sat down to listen. I heard the sound of a twinkling piano intro and then a huge drum roll and then the demo of "This Head I Hold" began. In came the vocals and I immediately asked him who the singer was. He said it was him, he'd never really recorded himself singing, but gave it a try. The demo was him singing scratch vocals into a dictaphone and it sounded amazing. He was very shy about it and was very surprised that I liked it so much. I was really blown away and was adamant that he'd better not give the songs away to someone else. He had to sing himself. So he did, and all of his demo recordings after that point had vocals on them. When he played me the demo of the song American Daydream he did with Cornbread (sounding pretty much as it sounds now) I was completely hooked, it was just so damn effortless. I played the demos over and over for more than a year and pushed him to do his own album.

Over the years I've listened to albums by the Shins, Sparklehorse, Cee-lo, the Black Keys and many others and jumped at the chances I had to work with and learn from them when I could. So after years of listening to and being influenced by what Asa was doing, I jumped at the chance to work with him when he decided to put an album together. He'd recorded lots of music himself, much of it with Cornbread helping out with some of the instrumentation and I thought I could maybe help out some way. It was not an easy album to make however. Asa seemed to be struggling with his transition to LA from the Bay Area. He was almost broke and we knew the album we were making wouldn't really fit into what was popular or indie or whatever. I played early demos for all the labels I'd been working with and none of them wanted to sign it, so we didn't really know what was going to happen if and when the album was finished. But we went ahead and recorded in my small studio, a converted lawyers office with a bunch of keyboards and a small mixing desk. So from around 2009-2011 Asa would come in with song ideas, many times with instrumentation he'd already started on in his bedroom, and then Cornbread would come join in the studio to help flesh things out. They worked really well together and the album sound started to really take shape.

After the album was done, I got a phone call from Asa. He was panicking and he told me that he couldn't do the whole thing. Singing was one thing, but he didn't think he could really perform. I could relate, I loved making music, but never wanted to be a performer either. After talking him off the ledge he put together a great live band with Cornbread and two brothers named Todd and Tory. He was looking for a band name and told me a story about an old new age woman he met at a donut shop while in high school. He said she told him that he was an electric guest from another planet or something like that. So he had his band name there, Electric Guest. Now the real work starts...

- Danger Mouse

fun. Makes History in Sixth Week at No. 1

fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, leads the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a sixth week. In doing so, it becomes the first song ever to log six weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales. ("Young" also passes 3 million in digital sales to date, becoming the only song to the milestone this year.)

With 390,000 downloads sold in the April 2-8 tracking period, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Young" is the first song ever to reach such a total in each of six weeks--consecutive or not. It passes the only other title to rack five weeks of sales of 300,000-plus: Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna broke the barrier for five weeks non-consecutively in July/August 2010.

Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, rises to No. 2, fueled by a 28% lift in downloads sold (to 311,000), which results in an identical 3-2 push on Digital Songs. On Radio Songs, the song climbs 16-12 (61 million, up 15%).

It's a milestone week for alternative music on the Hot 100. With "Young" and "Somebody" ranking at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, two Alternative Songs rank in the Hot 100's top two spots concurrently for the first time since the Alternative Songs chart launched the week of Sept. 10, 1988.

Justin's Bieber's "Boyfriend," meanwhile, falls 2-5 on the Hot 100 after its impressive debut. The song declines by 43% in digital sales to 295,000. At No. 3 on the Hot 100, The Wanted rises from No. 4 with "Glad You Came." With back-to-back U.K. male vocal groups in the Hot 100's top five, One Direction zooms 9-4 with "What Makes You Beautiful." (The group's performance on NBC's Saturday Night Live last week likely didn't hurt.)

Gotye's "Somebody" was covered by Fox's Glee on Tuesday. The song has since crowned the iTunes Top Songs, followed by fun.'s "Young." Gotye will himself perform on SNL this Saturday, and if One Direction's fortune last week (jumping 9-4) is any indicator, the bout for No. 1 may be one to watch on next week's charts.

CHARTS: Minaj on Top; fun. and Gotye Hold Bieber

Nicki Minaj scores her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded debuts atop the list with 253,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly better-than-expected sales figure, as industry sources had suggested last week that the album was on course for a launch somewhere in the 215,000 to 235,000 range.

Rascal Flatts' Changed starts in the No. 3 slot, giving the country group its eighth top 10 on the Billboard 200 and seventh No. 1 on the Country Albums chart. Sandwiched between Minaj and Rascal Flatts is Adele's 21 album.

At No. 6, rock band Of Monsters and Men's debut album My Head Is An Animal starts with 55,000. The set's single "Little Talks" rises 11-6 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart this week. (Read Variance's review of the album in the April issue.)

Over on the Digital Songs chart, fun.'s "We Are Young" (feat. Janelle Monae) regains the No. 1 slot (up one) with 390,000 (up 7%) while last week's leader, Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," falls to No. 3. Meanwhile, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (feat. Kimbra) climbs 3-2 (311,000; up 28%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 8) totaled 6.40 million units, up 4% compared to the sum last week (6.16 million) and up 9% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.87 million). Year to date album sales stand at 84.23 million, up 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (83.69 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 29.12 million downloads, up 9% compared to last week (26.68 million) and up 26% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (23.17 million). Year to date track sales are at 390.44 million, up 8% compared to the same total at this point last year (362.28 million).

Read the April cover story on Gotye.

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