- No Doubt are hard at work on their first album since 2001’s Rock Steady and Gwen Stefani and Co. have roped in some surprising collaborators for the record. The band announced via Twitter that Major Lazer (Diplo and Switch‘s electro-dance act) for a track titled “Push and Shove.” No Doubt have previously revealed they’re working withproducer Mark “Spike” Stent (who’s worked with Madonna and Depeche Mode) for the set, which they’re slated to finish recording in two months.
- With his opera in the bag, Damon Albarn has his next project in his sights: the Gorillaz mastermind is heading to the Congo to record an album in one week, according to XL label head Richard Russell. Albarn will team up with local musicians in Kinshasa as well as producers like Dan the Automator, who Tweeted a photo of his flight to Africa.
- R. Kelly is on an indefinite hiatus from recording and performing after he underwent emergency surgery for his tonsils. The R&B singer complained of throat pain and was taken to a Chicago hospital, where doctors drained an abscess on one of his tonsils. Kelly’s rep says “it is not known” when he will get back to work. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Pusha T and Tyler, the Creator have dropped a video for their collaborative track “Trouble on My Mind.” Check it out below. The song will be featured on the Clipse rapper’s solo EP Fear of God Part 2: Let Us Pray, due out August 23.
- After taking on Vampire Weekend‘s “Mansard Roof,” Ryan Adams has posted another video of him tackling the indie rockers’ music. The latest is a stripped-back, acoustic cover of “Oxford Comma.” Watch below.
At a fashion show performance in Moscow, Beth Ditto delivered an eye-popping cover of Madonna‘s “Vogue.” Watch the Gossip frontwoman tackle the tune wearing nothing more than a bra and underwear. [Papelpop]
Radiohead‘s previously taped From the Basement appearance, which features the art-rockers performing King of Limbs in full, will premiere on cable channel Palladia on July 23 at 9 P.M. EST. The band’s remix series of songs from that album, which they’ll roll out online over the summer, will also get a full-album release this full, according to a press release.