Quick Hits: Coldplay, La Roux, St. Louis' LouFest, Kelly Rowland, Rock Against Trafficking
May 13, 2014

Coldplay is giving fans a taste of their new album, Ghost Stories, by making it available to stream for free on iTunes. Fans who head to iTunes.com/Coldplay or iTunesRadio.com/Coldplay may now listen to the album in full, a week before its release on May 19. The album stream is accompanied by a full-length animation of Mila Fürstová's Ghost Stories artwork. Next week, the release of the album will be heralded by a primetime television special, Coldplay: Ghost Stories, which will air on NBC on May 18.

La Roux has finally unveiled some details about their second studio album. The synth/pop duo posted the cover art on Twitter for their sophomore LP, Trouble in Paradise, along with its July 7 release date. La Roux also premiered their new single, the slow and simmering "Let Me Down Gently," on BBC Radio 1. The group will be touring North America starting in June.

St. Louis' annual LouFest will bring 40 bands including Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Grouplove, Matt & Kim, Portugal. The Man, Future Islands, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Kelis to the city's Forest Park on September 6 and 7. Other acts set for the festival include The 1975, Washed Out, Cherub, Vintage Trouble, Delta Spirit and many more.

Kelly Rowland tied the knot with her manager and boyfriend Tim Witherspoon over the weekend, sources confirmed to Billboard. They got married on May 9 in Costa Rica, with Beyoncé and her sister Solange among the guests. Meanwhile, Rowland has also been in the studio working on a new album. Pharrell Williams is among the collaborators for what will be her fifth LP.

A number of rockers have agreed to contribute to a new album to help combat the crisis of global child slavery. The album, dubbed Set Them Free, will feature songs by the Police and Sting covered by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Slash, Journey's Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda, Heart, Julian Lennon, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), EnVogue and more to raise funds for Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.), a new nonprofit group dedicated to fighting for an end to child slavery worldwide. A release date, full track listing and other details will be announced shortly.

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