Monday Music News Nov11

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THE KILLERS drop their new best-of compilation album this week, a set that they’ve simply called Direct Hits (due out November 11.) Bringing together 15 hit Killers songs from “Mr. Brightside” to “All These Things That I’ve Done,” “Human” to “Runaways,” the album also includes two new songs, “Just Another Girl” and “Shot at the Night,” the latter of which is the set’s first single and has already been released to media outlets complete with an accompanying music video. Killers singer Brandon Flowers says that the set is a “significant milestone” for the band, but by no means does it mean they’re over – instead, he indicated that the best-of is a great way to tidy up and move on to their next musical project.

ADELE has been reportedly asked to play ’60s singer Dusty Springfield in an upcoming film about the life of the late singer, as penned by Boardwalk Empire scribe David Stenn. The as-yet-untitled film, which is in the early stages of development, will be set in the late ’60s, and will cover Springfield’s travels from her homeland of England to the U.S. to record her classic Dusty in Memphis album. Adele doesn’t have much film experience yet (unless you count her standout musical contribution to the James Bond film Skyfall), but it looks like she’ll be making her way to the big screen soon.

JOHN LENNON is the musical subject of a new interactive iTunes app called John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes, available now in the iTunes App Store. Directed by Michael Epstein, whose previous work includes the Lennon documentary LENNONYC, the app is based on the Beatle’s 1980 visit to Bermuda, which helped inspire his Double Fantasy album with  Yoko Ono. In the app, users will reportedly be able to virtually navigate the seas to Bermuda, visit a disco on the island, and listen to Lennon’s early demos of tracks like “Starting Over” and “Nobody Told Me.” The app is approved by Ono herself.

PYXIS POINTS | Bruno Mars will serve as grand opening entertainment for the new Las Vegas concert venue The Chelsea this New Year’s Eve | Albert Hammond Jr. is back with “Rude Customer,” the first single from his brand new solo EP, AHJ | Fashion Model Kate Moss has become the latest celeb to cross over into music, but she’s not actually attempting to sing – instead, she’s doing spoken word about (what else?) modeling and fashion over beats composed by Canadian DJ Brendan F. |  And the Counterpoint Music and Arts Festival of Atlanta, Georgia, which skipped 2013 entirely, is now set to return in 2014 with a new venue (Kingston Downs) new dates (April 25-27), and, of course, a plethora of buzzy rock acts. – Kristi Kates