Music agenda: New albums from Noel Gallagher, Coldplay, and Tom Waits

Noel Gallagher is to release his first new studio material since he left Oasis in 2009. — AFP pic Noel Gallagher is to release his first new studio material since he left Oasis in 2009. — AFP pic LONDON, Oct 17 — This month sees a slew of new album releases, including CDs by Noel Gallagher, Coldplay, Tom Waits, and Florence and the Machine.

Big Day Out 2012 tickets go on sale

Tickets for Australia and New Zealand's 20th anniversary Big Day Out music festival will go on sale on October 14, with prices ranging from A$160 (RM516) to A$165. Kanye West and Soundgarden will headline the event, joined by Kasabian, Foster the People and My Chemical Romance, plus Norwegian dance act Röyksopp and rap crew Odd Future. Skateboard pro Tony Hawk will be performing at the Melbourne event. Founded in Sydney, the six-city event features seven or eight stages (depending on the venue) with rock, electronic, international, and local acts performing. This year the event expects to draw more than 250,000 people throughout the run.

Noel Gallagher: ‘Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds’

Beady Eye frontman Noel Gallagher’s upcoming solo LP, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (also known as High Flying Birds), is his first new studio material since he left Oasis in 2009. Produced by Gallagher's own label, the new LP was recorded in London and Los Angeles with producer Dave Sardy. He is also planning a UK tour after the album's release.

Coldplay: ‘Mylo Xyloto’

English band Coldplay is releasing its 14-track fifth album, Mylo Xyloto, on October 24/25 in the UK/North America. The album will include the single “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” as well as a collaboration with Rihanna. The seven-time Grammy winners have sold over 50 million records worldwide. Also coming up, Coldplay will livestream a concert in Madrid on October 26 via the band's YouTube page. Watch a video promo for the livestream here.

Tom Waits: ‘Bad As Me'

American singer, songwriter, composer and actor Tom Waits is launching his 31st album — a 13-track album titled Bad As Me. The album, slated for an October 24/25 release, is also being packaged as a deluxe edition that includes three additional songs. This will be Waits's first album since Glitter and Doom Live, released in 2009. Waits was inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations.

WOMEX (World Music Expo) (Copenhagen, Denmark)

The world's largest trade fair dedicated to world music, WOMEX will host its annual exposition in Copenhagen for the third consecutive year. The event, based in Berlin, offers musicians from all over the globe a chance to rub elbows with industry professionals and make connections for touring and album distribution. The event also includes conferences, networking sessions, and an awards ceremony.

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris (Paris)

Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, a leading annual event for indie music lovers, is expanding internationally for the first time with a sold-out Paris festival, which will feature some 20 bands and DJs and expects to draw some 10,000 indie music fans. American indie act Bon Iver will headline the event, with other acts including Lykke Li, Fucked Up, Real Estate, Washed Out, Aphex Twin, Jens Lekman, Wild Beasts, Cut Copy, Kathleen Edwards, and Pantha du Prince. Other international festivals catering to indie-lovers and eschewing corporate sponsorship include Barcelona's Primavera Sound and UK's All Tomorrow's Parties.

Florence and the Machine: ‘Ceremonials’

English band Florence and the Machine, fronted by musician Florence Welch, will release its 12-track sophomore album, Ceremonials, on October 31 in the UK/November 1 in the US. The new album is the follow-up to the band's chart-topping 2009 debut Lungs, which scored the band a Brit Award. A deluxe edition will feature additional tracks as well as demos and acoustic versions of select tracks on the new album.

U2: ‘Achtung Baby' 20th anniversary reissue

Irish rockers U2 are set to release the 20th anniversary reissue of their album Achtung Baby in five different versions, including an Uber Deluxe Edition that comprises six CDs including the original Achtung Baby, Zooropa, B-sides, unreleased recordings, and a pair of frontman Bono's signature sunglasses. Also included in the set are DVDs featuring the U2 documentary From the Sky Down, directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim. At US$630 (RM1,967), you'll also get five clear 7" vinyl singles in their original sleeves, 16 art prints taken from the original album sleeve, and an 84-page hardback book. A Super Deluxe Edition, priced at US$170, comes with six CDs, four DVDs, plus a 92-page hardback book, and 16 art prints.

To preorder, visit the band's website.

Justin Bieber: ‘Under the Mistletoe'

Pop idol Justin Bieber is releasing a 15-track holiday album featuring Usher and Mariah Carey and produced by Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell. Under The Mistletoe includes a duet with Carey on an updated version of her hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You," a new song called "Fa La La" with Boyz II Men that will appear in both standard and a cappella versions, a collaboration with country act Band Perry, and a Busta Rhymes collaboration on "Drummer Boy".

MTV European Music Awards

Lady Gaga leads the MTV European Music Awards, airing November 6 from Belfast, with nominations in six categories, closely followed by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Adele, who is the top-selling artist of the year. Voting is open for viewers to select their favorite choices in several categories.

12th Latin Grammy Awards

The 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on November 10. The event celebrates the diversity of Latin musical styles, from Brazilian rock to tango, and nearly 13 millions viewers tune in every year to watch televised broadcasts. This year, Calle 13 tops the nominations with ten nods, followed by Rafa Arcaute bringing in six. Shakira will be honoured as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year in a ceremony on November 9.

R.E.M.: 'Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011'

American alternative rock band R.E.M. is releasing a 40-track career-spanning greatest hits collection on November 15 via Warner Bros. Records. The set will feature three new songs the band recorded in Athens, Georgia, following the release of their last album, Collapse Into Now. That album, released in March 2011, reached the top ten in album charts in 14 countries. —


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