Kanye West, Jay-Z, Britney Spears will be dropping heavily anticipated new music next Tuesday. After an unofficial demo leaked this week, Spears will unveil the finished version of “Hold It Against Me,” produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke. “If you think that’s good, wait til you hear the real one Tuesday,” she posted on her Facebook. Meanwhile, West and Jay-Z will drop the first track from their collaborative album Watch the Throne. West Tweeted the artwork for the single “H.A.M.” yesterday.
After reports surfaced that Aretha Franklin was battling cancer, the soul legend has announced she’s feeling fine. “I know my fans are concerned,” she said after undergoing surgery for an undisclosed illness. “Let them know I am feeling great and coming along.” However, Franklin refused to address reports that she was suffering from pancreatic cancer: “I am not going to even deal with that. I don’t have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors.” [JET Magazine]
Check out “Jesus Fever,” the first track from indie guitar hero Kurt Vile‘s forthcoming album Smoke for My Halo, at Gorilla vs. Bear.
- Watch a trailer for a documentary on Sufjan Stevens, which follow the singer-songwriter as he goes to visit his estranged father in Michigan. Pitchfork reports there is no release date or distribution currently for the film.
Okkervil River will debut two songs from their upcoming sixth album on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday. The Texas folk-rock crew will be joined by the New Pornographer‘s A.C. Newman and ?uestlove and Damon of the Roots. [Okkervil River’s Twitter]