This Week in Music

By Lori Alamia,
Mumford and Sons are #1, new music from Muse, and more

Mumford and Sons’ new album, Babel is No. 1 this week in the US and the UK.

Despite recent rumors, Foo Fighter fans have no reason to fret. They are only taking a break from performing, not breaking up.

After the huge success of last album, El Camino, The Black Keys are working on a new album for 2013.

It looks like we will be getting a little summer love this winter. Olivia Newton- John and John Travolta reunited 35 years after the film Grease to record a Christmas album together.

New releases:

Blake Shelton also created a Christmas album this year, titled Cheers it’s Christmas.

Jazz singer Diana Krall released Glad Rag Doll. It is a diversion from her previous work, stepping a little further back in time to songs from the 20’s. The style change has received mixed reviews, however her voice is still as rich and distinct as ever.

Here is the lyric video for her version of “Wide River to Cross”:

Rock legend Van Morrison released Born to Sing: No Plan B, showing his continued dedication to his work as an artist.

Rock band Muse released The 2nd Law. The second law they are referring to is of thermodynamics about wasting energy in a contained space. The theme compliments their electronic sound.

Here is the video for song “Madness”:

YouTube sensation The Piano Guys released their self-titled album.

Here is the video from their unique interpretation of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” involving five guys and one piano:

The young and extremely talented Jackie Evancho released Songs of the Silver Screen. It includes songs like "Music of the Night" and "My Heart Will Go On."

In other news:

Though we may have to wait a while for a new album by Adele, at least we have a new single in the upcoming James Bond song. Her single, "Skyfall" leaked earlier this week and will be released officially on Friday.

Darius Rucker will be inducted into the grand Ole Opry on October 16th. Singer Brad Paisley invited Rucker to join much to his excitement.

Bruno Mars will be hosting and performing on Saturday Night Live on October 20. This will include his first live performance of new single “Locked Out Of Heaven.”

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is officially open. Jay Z’s sold out performance kicked off the new arena for the Nets. There also other exciting performances like Barbara Streisand and Bob Dylan coming up this fall.

While the Barclays Center is just beginning, Garth Brooks is ending his show at the Wynn in Las Vegas. He is taking a break from full-time music until his daughter beings college.

And finally, a prank regarding Boston’s Horace Man School for the Deaf has a happy twist. In a contest to win tickets to see Taylor Swift, some folks online thought it would be funny to submit many entries for this school and have them win. However instead of taking this as a joke, Swift responded by donating tickets for the entire school as well as $10,000. Congrats to the school.



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