Monday Music News Feb17

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Monday Music News 2014 2.17

ED SHEERAN is going to be a triple-threat of sorts on his upcoming sophomore album, as he’s already recorded his tracklisting three different times with three different producers (Rick Rubin, Jake Gosling, and Pharrell Williams.) The plan is that recent Grammy nominee Sheeran will then then pick the best songs out of the bunch, mixing up the production throughout for a truly eclectic set that shows off his songwriting and arranging talents. The album is due some time this spring, and will be accompanied by Sheeran’s summer festival dates plus his own headlining tour in the autumn of this year.

THE BEATLES made their first trip to America 50 years ago this year, and Capitol Records is celebrating this landmark musical event with a special box set called The Beatles: The U.S. Albums. The set includes reissues of all 13 of The Beatles’ American albums, which often had different tracklistings and extras than the UK versions. The Beatles were also recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy during a special invitation-only ceremony, with an announcement of the honor made during the recent awards.

MORRISSEY has just dropped a brand new edition of his landmark third solo album, the Mick Ronson-produced Your Arsenal, which was originally released back in 1992. Your Arsenal – The Definitive Master hits stores on February 24 via Parlophone Records, and includes the original tracklisting, plus a previously-unreleased DVD of Morrissey at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. A vinyl version of the set will be available, too, on fancy heavyweight materials in a nifty gatefold album.

PYXIS POINTS | Liverpool, England’s Sound City Festival is confirmed for May 1-3, with sets from Gruff Rhys and Kodaline, among others | The National’s new rockumentary film, Mistaken for Strangers, is on its way to theaters nationwide | This year’s CMJ Music Marathon is confirmed in NYC for October 21-25 | Swedish indie-popsters The Knife are embarking on a mini-tour of the U.S. and Canada this month, with shows in Chicago (4.23), Toronto (4.25), Montreal (4.26), and Boston (4.28.) – Kristi Kates