BIG Music News: U2, George Michael

U2:  New album on the way later this year

U2 have confirmed that the new album, Songs of Experience, will be released on December 1st -- World AIDS Day.

Bono tells the New York Times, they let the "wickedness in the world...perforate the album," but adds that it "still had to be a very personal album, not a polemic. The elections were a shock to the system personally and a shock to the system politically, not just in America but in Europe. This is my lyrical response to both of those shocks. I leaned more on the personal than the political, but the political is there to put the personal songs in the context of time, of history.”

And The Edge adds, "We still really believe that we can make a great record, which is a very different motivation to go in to make an album than thinking, ‘Well, we’ve got to whip one out for the fans.’”

Bono says there's an important but subtle difference between this album and its predecessor, 2014's Songs of Innocence. "The core of Innocence to me is a lyric from our second album, which says, ‘I can’t change the world, but I can change the world in me.’ The core of Experience is -- and this is cheeky! -- ‘I can change the world, but I can’t change the world in me.’ And so you realize that the biggest obstacle in the way is yourself.”

GEORGE MICHAEL:  Single being released today

A posthumous George Michael single debuts on British radio today.

The still-secret track was heard on the Chris Evans morning show at 9:00 a.m. London time (that's 3:00 a.m. in Texas) on BBC Radio Two.

Producer Naughty Boy discussed working with George on a BBC broadcast back in January, saying, "The song is amazing but it’s just a bit bittersweet." (NME)

MICHAEL JACKSON:  Dance album coming in three weeks

A Michael Jackson album of previously released dance material comes out on September 29th.

Confirming the rumors that sprang up Monday, the title will be Scream -- but now we have details from the Jackson estate and Sony.

Apparently geared to Halloween happenings, Scream will be a 13-track collection that features the title track, "Thriller," "Ghosts," "Torture" and "Dirty Diana." 

There is also a newly created bonus track, "Blood on the Dance Floor X Dangerous," a high-energy five-song mashup from the acclaimed remixer The White Panda. It draws together clips from "Blood on the Dance Floor," "Dangerous," "This Place Hotel," "Leave Me Alone," and "Is It Scary."

Official Michael Jackson Scream Album Celebrations will be held in six cities this fall: Paris, London, Sydney, Berlin, Los Angeles and Tokyo. The events will include screenings of Michael's videos from the Scream album, including the full-length 40-minute Michael Jackson's Ghosts, rarely seen following its initial screening at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Details on those events will be announced soon.

MORE BIG MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES:  September 7th

Jimmy Buffett will play a New Year’s Eve show in Nashville with Huey Lewis and the Newsopening.

There’s now a release date for the first solo album by Cindy Wilson of The B-52’s. Change will be out November 17th. The song “No One Can Tell You” is already on YouTube.

Documentarian Murray Lerner, who made films of the mid-’60s Newport Folk Festivals and the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, died Saturday in New York at age 90. He also directed 2007’s Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who.

Bob Dylan has announced the first two dates of his fall tour -- October 13th at Harrah’s Events Center in Valley Center, California and the 14th at the Chelsea Theater in Las Vegas. 

Steve Van Zandt tweets, “Obama and Trump will have one thing in common. North Korea will be the most badly handled international crisis in American history.”

Drumming brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice will play three shows in support of their album Sinister, which will be out on October 27th. The shows are September 22nd at the Cutting Room in New York City; September 23rd at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire; and September 29th at Vampd in Las Vegas.

Rick Stevens, who sang lead of Tower of Power's "You’re Still a Young Man," died Tuesday of cancer. He was 77. Stevens’ career ended with his conviction on murder charges from a 1976 drug deal gone wrong.

The Michael Jackson estate expects another trial in its royalties battle with Quincy Jones. The estate is currently appealing the $9.4 million award to the producer of his three top-selling albums.

The 5 Freeway between Routes 170 and 118 in Southern California has been renamed the Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway.

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