Music News: Kelis Moves On From Jive, Plus Adam Levine, Alanis Morissette, Róisín Murphy, Simian Mobile Disco

GuestbloggerPlease welcome Robbie Daw, who will be penning occasional music posts for us here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own pop music site called Chart Rigger.

Kelis has been dropped from her contract with Jive Records, and is working on an album of dance tunes with Cee-Lo Green, current singer of Gnarls Barkley. The two have apparently already finished a pop album with British writer/producer Guy Chambers, who wrote many of Robbie Williams’ original hits (“Angels,” “Rock DJ,” “Feel”). Williams himself is currently making a new album with Chambers after the two parted ways five years ago over creative differences following the singer’s Escapology record.

If you haven’t heard Kelis’ 2006 album Kelis Was Here (and many likely haven’t, as Billboard notes it’s only sold 157,000 copies to date), you probably missed “Lil Star,” her soulful, retro-sounding duet with Cee-Lo, which peaked at #3 earlier this year on the official U.K. singles chart.

Given the wide array of musical styles and producers used on Kelis Was Here and in her other work, she might have appeared to be a hard act to market for Jive. Last year’s Top 20 single “Bossy” was the only song remotely close to her breakthrough hit “Milkshake.”

Currently, Kelis, who is the wife of rapper Nas, can be heard on the Annie Lennox album Songs Of Mass Destruction, on the track “Sing” (although, good luck trying to pick her out, as she’s one of 22 other female vocalists featured).


road.jpg Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine (pictured left) goes the shirtless route in the band’s video for “Wake Up Call.” Perhaps it’s an attempt to jump start the single — currently at #19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 after 11 weeks on the chart — which is having a slower go than “Makes Me Wonder,” which hit #1 in the spring.

road.jpg Following her stint as a lesbian, Alanis Morissette is now taking a job as a secretary.

road.jpg Singer Róisín Murphy returns home after damaging her eye socket on stage in Moscow with a chair on Saturday: “Despite serious concussion and losing a lot of blood, her vision is unimpaired.”

road.jpg Simian Mobile Disco’s video for their dance track “Hustler” offers an interesting take on beauty and gluttony. Definitely don’t miss the last minute of the clip.

road.jpg Kurt Cobain loses his standing as top earning dead celebrity.

road.jpg Despite having “nothing left to write about,” Oasis trudge on making their seventh album.

road.jpg Author Lucy O’Brien’s book Madonna: Like An Icon makes some interesting claims. Meanwhile, Kanye West is taking his own stab at literature.



Party like it’s 1999! Bumped up two weeks from its original release date, Britney Spears’ fifth studio album (and her first in four years) Blackout arrives. Also out is Unbreakable, by Britney’s Jive labelmates, Backstreet Boys.

If you’d rather party like it’s 1989, pick up head-bangers Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled new set.

Atlanta hip hop group Arrested Development return with Since The Last Time.

Long Road Out Of Eden, the new studio album from The Eagles, will only be available for purchase through Wal-Mart stores.

The soundtrack to Joy Division biopic Control contains tracks by New Order, David Bowie, Roxy Music, The Killers, Kraftwerk, Iggy Pop and Joy Division themselves.


  1. peterparker says

    britney spears is to music what boone’s farm fuzzy navel is to wine. it’s trash. is there really any reason to report on it? there is certainly no reason to listen to it.

    now…for good music, check out ‘the crane wife’ by the decemberists, a lush, melodic, melodrama with a decidedly queer aesthetic…a place to bury strangers have a self-titled album that sounds like bauhaus and new order have re-risen from the dead to create a dark bit of angst…lcd soundsystem’s march 2007 album ‘sound of silver’ has some great party music and one seriously sardonic song that slams the guiliani/bloomberg new york city with lyrics like ‘new york you’re perfect, oh please don’t change a thing…your mild billionaire mayor’s now convinced he’s a king…so the boring collect…i mean all disrespect’…!!! released an album earlier this year called ‘myth takes’ that is filled with fun, upbeat party music….menomena (a band composed of three super cute guys who play great experimental music) put out an interesting album called ‘friend and foe’ in january of ’07…and if you simply *must* listen to the sort of music you might find selling, oh, iPod Nanos, then pick up ‘the reminder’ from feist (who has also occasionally fronted broken social scene)…for a bit of alternative electronica, prefuse 73 just released ‘preparations & interregnums’ on 10.15.07.

    have fun out there kids, but whatever you do, don’t listen to bad music…it’ll turn you into a republican. swear to god.

  2. RP says

    Doesn’t the Moron 5 douche take his shirt off in every video?!

    And hopefully Kelis can find a label that can properly promote her.

    Cee-lo always works with super talented artist that (often and unfortunately) get little respect. If you like his/kelis’s stuff, you should check out Esthero’s last album Wikked Lil’ Grrrls (Pink “borrows” heavily from this album’s themes and sounds).

  3. stephen says

    Wash your mouth out PeterParker!

    Britney is F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S

    I for one will be getting the album just as i have been dirty dancing in the clubs to her music. Gimme Gimme, Gimme!

  4. says

    Regardless of how good or bad her new album is… any success it or her career has will only serve as positive reinforcement for her reckless behavior. A career-ending flop or a boycott by her adoring fans is her only hope…

  5. Davey says

    Welcome back Rob! mmmm Adam Levin is beyond hot and his sexy voice just sweetens the deal. Britney’s album is HOT, it starts just where In the Zone left off, very nice.

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