Quick Hits: Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, The Beatles
August 28, 2013

Katy Perry
Last year, Katy Perry told L'Uomo Vogue that her next album, the forthcoming Prism, would be "much darker." But now that more time has gone by, it seems that Perry has had a change of heart. She recently told MTV News that "there's not really any darkness" on her upcoming third effort. "There's definitely some textures and colors but I think I was saying that when I saw going through a different phase, but I really let that light in," Perry explained. That is the reason why she decided to title the album Prism. "The reason why I called this record Prism is because I actually finally let the light in and then I was able to create all these songs that were inspired by letting the light in and doing some self-reflection and just kind of working on myself," Perry added. "I felt very prismatic because of that I feel like now I get to show these songs off and share these songs with the listeners and it's almost like I get to beam the colors that I've experienced out from me."

Kings Of Leon are feeling re-energized with their new album, Mechanical Bull, after sorely needing a break from the road. The band took a hiatus following an onstage meltdown in Dallas in 2011, when frontman Caleb Followill abruptly left the stage after 40 minutes. "We were exhausted," Caleb told Rolling Stone. "It was a good time for me to reflect." The singer used his downtime to write new songs for the band's sixth album, Mechanical Bull, due September 24. Then the band convened in their new studio, a former Nashville paint factory, with longtime producer Angelo Petraglia. "It was how we sounded when we started playing as a band, excited to plug in," added drummer Nathan Followill. One of the new tracks, "Family Tree," has Caleb chanting over a funky bass groove that recalls the Kings' first few LPs, notes Rolling Stone. "When people hear it," Caleb said, "they'll think, 'The family band is back again.'"

With the new album from Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks, coming on September 3, the band has revealed that it will be offered in two different mixes. A note posted on the group's website explains that "Hesitation Marks was mastered in two different ways - the standard, 'loud' mastering (which is what you’ll find on the CD, on iTunes, and everywhere else), and also an alternate 'audiophile' mastering, which we're offering as a free download option for anyone who purchases the album through nin.com. For the majority of people, the standard version will be preferable and differences will be difficult to detect. Audiophiles with high-end equipment and an understanding of the mastering process might prefer the alternate version." As previously reported, Hesitation Marks also will be sold in a standard and deluxe edition, with the deluxe offering three bonus tracks.

Online Beatles fans have discovered that MCA Music in the Philippines (which is part of Universal Music) is planning to release a new Beatles anthology collecting previously unreleased recordings from their mid-1960s appearances on BBC radio. The Beatles fan-site WogBlog apparently got the info from the Facebook page of MCA Music in the Philippines, although the Beatles website has not officially confirmed the release. On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 is reportedly due in November, and it would be a continuation of Volume 1, which was released in 1994 and featured 56 songs and 13 dialog tracks from Beatles' appearances on the BBC.

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