Katy Perry, Paul McCartney in News Notes

Katy Perry announced Monday (July 27) that her fifth album, Smile, will be delayed until August 28 due to production delays. The album was expected to be released August 14… 

Paul McCartneyOutkastArcade Fire, and Chance The Rapper are among the artists whose past Lollapalooza headlining sets will be streamed from July 30 to August 2. Also streamed will be sets from LCD SoundsystemMetallicaJane’s AddictionRun the JewelsYeah Yeah Yeahs, LordeHindsTyler the CreatorAlabama ShakesEllie GouldingTove Lo, H.E.R.Kali UchisTank and the BangasKaskade, Pink Swet$, YungbludAlison Wonderland, and others… 

DaBaby spends seventh week at No. 1

DaBaby‘s “Rockstar” (featuring Roddy Ricch) spends its seventh nonconsecutive week at No. 1 in a week that saw some changes in the top 10. 

DJ Khaled‘s “Popstar” and “Greece” (both featuring Drake), entered the chart at No. 3 and No. 8 respectively, marking Drake’s 39th and 40th top 10 singles, passing Madonna (38) for the most in the history of the Top 100 chart. 

Chris Brown and Young Thug‘s “Go Crazy” jumps from No. 29 to No. 10 after the release of the track’s official video. 

Juice WRLD spend second week at No. 1

Juice WRLD‘s posthumous album, Legends Never Die, holds the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, despite seeing album equivalent units falling by 67%. 

The Chicks first album in 14 years, Gaslighter, entered the chart at No. 3 and Jhené Aiko’s Chilombo jumped from No. 43 to No. 6. The latter benefited from a deluxe reissue July 17 which added nine tracks. 

Pearl Jam announces rescheduled 2021 European tour dates

Pearl Jam has rescheduled its previously-postponed 2020 European tour dates and has even added two shows to the itinerary. The band will spend June and July in Europe, kicking off the tour with a pair of shows in Amsterdam, Holland, June 16, 2021 and wrapping July 25 with a performance in the Czech Republic, at Prague’s O2 Arena. 

“We look forward to returning to Europe, pending these events can safely take place in Summer 2021,” the band said in a statement. “The safety and well-being of the band’s fans, crew and event staff continue to be a 

Peter Green, Elvis Costello in News Notes

Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green, regarded by many as one of the best blues guitarists of the 1960s, died peacefully in his sleep. He was 73…

Far Out magazine revisits the time in 1977 that Elvis Costello was banned from NBC’s Saturday Night Live after his act of rock and roll rebellion…

J. Cole releases two songs from forthcoming album

J. Cole has released two new songs — “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice” — from his forthcoming album, The Fall Off. The release of the singles follow last month’s release of “Snow on Tha Bluff.” The disc is a follow-up to his 2018 album, KOD. No release date has been announced for his new album, which the rapper is still finishing. 

Taylor Swift drops new “surprise” album

Taylor Swift released a surprise  new album, Folklore, at midnight Friday (July 24), the singer’s eighth album. She announced the release Thursday (July 23) on her Twitter feed and the standard edition of the album, which she “poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into” will contain 16 tracks. Swift noted that since this is her eighth studio album, she will release eight deluxe CDs and eight deluxe vinyls for one week, each containing unique covers and photos. 

Burger Records shuts down


Earlier this week, Burger Records promised to make “major changes” after accusations of sexual misconduct against several artists and employees at the label, co-founder/president Lee Rickard stepped down and co-founder Sean Bohman moved “into a traditional roll,” the new interim president Jessa Zapor-Gray announced in a statement that “Upon further review, I have informed Burger Records that I no longer believe I will be able to achieve my intended goals in assuming the leadership role at Burger in the current climate. Therefore, I have decided to step away from the label entirely to focus on my other projects.”

When faced with Zapor-Gray’s decision, Bohrman decided to fold the label.The label’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts have all been disabled and several of the label’s artists have already been removed from streaming services.