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Music News: Matt Lauer Interviews Kylie Minogue, Plus Jesse McCartney, Fall Out Boy, George Michael


GuestbloggerRobbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Between R.E.M., George Michael and Kylie Minogue, it's a gay ol' week as far as new music releases. Kylie's X finally officially drops in the U.S. today, after making a brief three-week appearance on iTunes back in February.

Australia's "singing budgie" is doing stateside promotion all week for X -- including performances of new single "All I See" tonight on Dancing With The Stars, tomorrow on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and then Thursday on Ellen -- and yesterday she sat down for an interview with the Today Show's Matt Lauer.

During their chat, Kylie responded to rumors that she'll soon marry French actor Olivier Martinez, tried to explain her elusive chart success in America and instructed Lauer on how he'll have to greet her once she's awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) this summer by the Queen of England.

The U.S. version of X contains an extra mix of "All I See," featuring rapper Mims.

road.jpg SEEING DOUBLE: The pixelated cover of Jesse McCartney's new album Departure, due out May 20, might evoke some "rude" thoughts from Robbie Williams.


Amydrwhoroad.jpg Amy Winehouse to appear alongside David Tennant on Dr. Who? April Fool's!

road.jpg Following suit with Madonna, U2 have signed a 12-year deal with concert promoting firm Live Nation, though Universal will continue to distribute the Irish band's actual music. Says Bono of Live Nation, who has managed U2's tours for three decades: "We've been dating for over 20 years now. It's about time we tied the knot."

road.jpg U.K. gossip site Digital Spy finds Beyoncé, Limp Bizkit, Sugababes, Steps, Fiona Apple, Blink 182 and Michael Jackson all have one thing in common: they've got the worst album titles of our times.

road.jpg Think you've got what it takes to remix Radiohead? Five separate tracks from their new single "Nude" are up for purchase on iTunes, and buyers are encouraged to create and upload their own GarageBand creation to Net surfers have to May 1 to vote for their favorite mix on the site.

road.jpg Fall Out Boy's plan to gig on every continent within two weeks falls apart. FOB frontman Pete Wentz: “It’s an utter disappointment… I read [on the MTV Newsroom blog] someone compared it to Geraldo opening Capone's vault, but it's worse than that, because, like, Capone's stuff is in there, you just can't get the light on. There's no spin for it; we got two hours away from Antarctica and we can't go.”

road.jpg POP BLOG WATCH: Miss feeling like a clove-smoking, coffee-drinking teenage girl running rampant in the record store? Hit up Eurovision- and Swede-obsessed Poster Girl.

Accelerateroad.jpg TODAY'S NEW RELEASES:

George Michael's Twenty Five, a two-disc collection of various hits -- including four from Wham! -- and six songs previously unreleased in the U.S. The deluxe edition contains Michael's music videos.

R.E.M.'s 14th album Accelerate, produced by Jacknife Lee.

Moby's Last Night, which finds him returning to his dance roots.

A Town And Two Cities, the debut from British alt rockers Your Vegas. They also have a line of fashion accessories coming to U.S. Bloomingdale's.

Van Morrison's Keep It Simple, his 33rd studio album, and first since 1999.

Attack & Release, from Akron, Ohio blues-rock duo The Black Keys.

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  1. I'm gonna break out my Day-Glo shorts w/tank top, hit the tea room and get my Georgie on!

    Posted by: banjiboi | Apr 1, 2008 4:44:20 PM

  2. What they really need to do is remaster the Wham! albums.

    Club Tropicana drinks are freeeee...

    Posted by: Wes | Apr 1, 2008 4:57:54 PM

  3. What the hell is Pete Wentz talking about? Does he even know what happened when Geraldo opened up Capone's tomb?


    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 1, 2008 4:58:34 PM

  4. Oh, and I'm slightly surprised that Ferras' album, Aliens & Rainbows, was not mentioned. I learned about the guy from this website so I figured he might be mentioned in this week's releases. His album is actually decent, btw.

    Also, didn't Gnarls Barkley come out with a new album today?

    Posted by: Wes | Apr 1, 2008 4:59:51 PM

  5. The new Gnarls Barkley album sucks balls... maybe that's why it didn't get mentioned.

    I said it in the Michael Stipe post, and I'll say it again here... that new R.E.M. album is very good. And I'm someone who gave up on them after being burned by their last 3 albums. Accelerate is way up-tempo and features some of their most political songs. There's a track called "Mr. Richards" that's about the corrupt, inept cronies of the Bush administration (i.e. all the Richard Cheneys in Washington).

    Posted by: crispy | Apr 1, 2008 5:16:22 PM

  6. Quick note: mentioned the Gnarls and Ferras albums a few weeks back when they were offered up digitally ahead of their physical releases. But you're totally right -- CDs out today!

    Posted by: RD | Apr 1, 2008 5:53:44 PM

  7. Um, Why are neglecting to mention that the B-52's, groundbreakers from waaaay back, released an amazing new album last week???!!! Oh, and by the way, 3 of the 4 main members of the band are gay...

    Posted by: kbat | Apr 1, 2008 7:19:38 PM

  8. B-52's new album mention last week on Towleroad, when "Funplex" was released:

    Posted by: Kate Pierson's Wig | Apr 1, 2008 7:49:41 PM

  9. Amazing...I seemed to see she had a personal account on the millionaire&celebs dating site M E E T R I C H. C O M with
    profile and blog when looking for dates and fun with hot guys there recently.

    Posted by: joopear | Apr 1, 2008 11:05:46 PM

  10. Kylie..oh dear of course she is not marrying Martinez He moved on ages ago even if he retains a casual acquaintance with her.He has been and still is with Goya Toledo since Feb 2007. Was photographed last night with her in LA not with Kylie. Kylie needs to get a grip and stop rabbiting about him or getting her people to imply rubbish to sell tickets.

    Posted by: Mathew | Apr 2, 2008 6:14:08 AM

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