Quick Hits: Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj, Muse, TV On the Radio, Hozier, Primus, Led Zeppelin
July 29, 2014

After announcing earlier this month that they were recording a song together, Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj have finally released the anthem "Bang Bang." The single immediately debuted at #1 on the iTunes overall and Pop charts, after it also premiered on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show this morning (7/29). The song will serve as the first single from Jessie J's forthcoming album, due out this fall. It will also be included on the deluxe edition of Grande's sophomore album, My Everything, available August 25.


Muse frontman Matt Bellamy did an impromptu Q&A on Twitter in which he told fans that the writing and recording process for the new Muse album is "going well," and "We hope to have it ready for next summer." Bellamy also said of the new material: "It's gonna get heavy." Muse began working on the follow up to 2012's The 2nd Law just after their headlining appearance at this year's Coachella festival.

TV On the Radio announce that their new album, Seeds, will be out this fall on Harvest Records. Seeds was recorded at Federal Prism in Los Angeles and produced by guitarist David Andrew Sitek. Vocalist Tunde Adebimpe says: "We've been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold, but I'm glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each other because the record is, 1000 percent, without a doubt, the best thing we've ever done."

Irish musician Hozier has set October 7 as the release date for his self-titled debut album on Columbia Records. He co-produced the new album with Ron Kirwan (PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode). Meanwhile, Hozier will return stateside when he launches his first national headline tour on September 29 in Nashville. The tour will wrap up with two sold-out shows in New York City on November 5 and 6.

Primus has reimagined the music from the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and crafted it into a new album, Primus & the Chocolate Factory, due out October 21. "The recording is about my early perception of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film," says frontman Les Claypool. "The notion wasn't so much to go in and redo the soundtrack note for note as much as it was to utilize the classic elements of the music yet try to reflect some of the darker undertones of the Roald Dahl books, because when you read those books, there is an eerie and somewhat menacing aspect implied." With the album drop scheduled for October 21, Primus will begin touring the very next day with what Claypool calls a "pretty abstract stage production."

After offering deluxe reissues of their first three albums in June, Led Zeppelin is giving similar treatment to Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy on October 28. Both albums have been remastered by Jimmy Page and will come with a second disc of unreleased music. According to a press release, "the Led Zeppelin IV deluxe edition includes unreleased versions of every song appearing on the original album, including alternate mixes of 'Misty Mountain Hop' and 'Four Sticks,' mixes of 'The Battle Of Evermore' and 'Going To California' heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version of 'Stairway To Heaven,' mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles, which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before."

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