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Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Jeff Goldblum to release debut jazz album. Jeff Goldblum is set to record his first jazz album after having signed up with Decca Records Label Group, Decca announced Wednesday. The actor's jazz piano skills caught the attention of Decca executives after he accompanied soul-jazz singer Gregory Porter on a rendition of Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa" on BBC talk show "The Graham Norton Show" last October while promoting "Thor: Ragnarok." "I'm so happy to be in cahoots with the wonderful people at Decca, one of the coolest and most prestigious labels of all time," Goldblum said. The actor, known around the world for his iconic roles in films including "The Fly," "Jurassic Park" and "Independence Day," has played piano since childhood. He regularly plays with his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, around LA and at the Cafe Carlyle in New York. Goldblum also hosts a weekly jazz variety show at LA's Rockwell Table and Stage when not away on location. Tom Lewis, director of A&R for Decca, said he believed bringing Goldblum's music to a wider audience would "be helping, in our own small way, to make the world a happier place." "We are delighted to welcome him to Decca," Lewis said. "He's a fantastic jazz pianist, a great band leader and just about the loveliest man in the world. His love of jazz is infectious and whenever he plays he makes you feel very happy." Further details on the debut album are yet to be announced. Goldblum is currently promoting the upcoming "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" around the world ahead of its international launch next week, including another appearance on "The Graham Norton Show" in Britain last Friday. Goldblum reprises his fan-favorite character Ian Malcolm in the blockbuster franchise, which he last played in 1997's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." Goldblum recently voiced the character of Duke in regular collaborator Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation "Isle of Dogs," which is continuing its global rollout. Other upcoming films include Drew Pearce's "Hotel Artemis," which opens in the US on June 8, and Rick Alverson's "The Mountain," which is currently in post-production. (PageSix)

U2 Unplug for Intimate Session at Jack White's Third Man Records. Stopping by Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday (May 27), U2 recorded a moving acoustic version of their latest single "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way." The full session, composed mostly of tracks from their 2017 album Songs of Experience, was live streamed on Facebook, with the whole performance set for a limited vinyl release later this year. The set shows Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. in a tight room surrounded by various vinyl's and a retro jukebox. The vinyl release of the performance will follow the bands recently reissued editions of All That You Can't Leave Behind, Pop and Wide Awake In America. (Billboard)

SZA Says Her Voice is 'Permanently Injured' After Swollen Vocal Cord Diagnosis. Although SZA recently took a leave of absence from the TDE Championship Tour to prevent permanent damage to her swollen vocal cords, she fears the worst may have already taken place. The singer shared a series of tweets Tuesday (May 29) claiming her voice had already taken a blunder, saying it was "permanently injured." "Tonight was the test," read one of the since-deleted tweets, archived by Vulture. "That settles that." The "Love Galore" singer continued: "I jus wanna be left alone my priorities are fucked up. They been fucked up. I need space goodbye." The tweets followed SZA's performance at the TDE Championship Tour date at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday night (May 29), marking her return since the absence. Last week, SZA detailed her vocal issues on Instagram, saying that if she didn't take a break now, she'd "be forced to pause permanently." "I've been touring for 11 months," SZA explained in the caption. "This didn't happen overnight. I've been troubleshooting for a while now and Usually steroids and pushing through help. They don't this time. I'm not sick my voice just won't fu**ing work." (Billboard)

Snow Patrol's 'Wildness' on Target For U.K. Albums Chart Summit, 'Shawn Mendes' Poised For Top 3 Debut. Snow Patrol is marching to the U.K. albums chart summit with Wildness(Polydor), the Northern Irish alternative rock outfit's seventh album. Wildness snatches top spot on the Official Albums Chart Update, ahead of The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) and Shawn Mendes' self-titled third album (via EMI). If Wildness hangs on when the weekly chart is published late Friday, it'll mark Snow Patrol's first No. 1 in 12 years. The Gary Lightbody-led outfit has five Top 5 albums, including Eyes Open, which hit No. 1 in 2006 and is their biggest-seller to-date. Eyes Open shifted 2.4 million copies in the U.K., where it's certified eight-times platinum, according to the Official Charts Company. Meanwhile, U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky is chasing a third U.K .Top 10 with his new album Testing (ASAP Worldwide/Polo/RCA) at No. 11 on the midweek chart, and hip-hop veteran Pusha T could crack the Top 40 for the first time with Daytona(Def Jam), new at No. 13. And there might be a special birthday present for Australian pop legend Kylie Minogue, whose 2000 set Light Years (Parlophone) could return to the Top 40. Light Years, which features the hits "Spinning Around," "On a Night Like This" and "Kids" (with Robbie Williams), reenters at No. 19 thanks to an exclusive vinyl release to celebrate her 50th birthday. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa's summery dance tune "One Kiss" (Columbia/Warner Bros) leads the Official Singles Chart Update, ahead of Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left To Cry" (Republic) and Anne-Marie's "2002" (EastWest). (Billboard)

Pusha T went straight for Drake's jugular in a newly released diss track ... taking shots at Drizzy's childhood, alleging he's got a secret son and releasing a photo of a young Drake with blackface. In the track, titled, "The Story of Adidon" -- mixed over the beat for Jay-Z's "The Story of O.J." -- Push raps, "You are hiding a child, let that boy come home, deadbeat motherf*****." Pusha T drops Drake's alleged kid's name, saying, "Adonis is your son and he deserves more than an Adidas press run" and targets the baby mama, who he calls "Sophie" ... "Love that baby, respect that girl. Forget she's a porn star, let her be your world." The new track is a response to Drake's "Duppy Freestyle" released earlier this week targeting Pusha T and Kanye. Push touches on Drake's race too, saying, "Confused always felt you weren't black enough, afraid to grow it because your fro wasn't nap enough." "The Story of Adidon" was dropped with artwork of a younger Drake with his face painted black ... a photo which we're told was untouched. (TMZ)

Kesha's Request to Get Out of Dr. Luke Deal Rejected by Appeals Court. Kesha has faced a legal setback in her ongoing battle with Dr. Luke. E! News can confirm the appeals court rejected the "TiK ToK" singer's counterclaims. As a result, the jury won't be deciding whether the pop star can extradite herself from contracts with the music producer. "Kesha's proposed amendments are palpably insufficient and devoid of merit," states a decision. "Her counterclaim seeking declaratory relief terminating the agreements on the ground of impossibility and impracticability of performance was speculative, contradicted by her own allegations that she had continued performing under the agreements and, as to at least one of the agreements, the impossibility was not produced by an unanticipated event that could not have been foreseen or guarded against." Kesha had previously sued Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) in 2014 claiming sexual assault and battery. She also seeked to invalidate her recording contracts with him. He later filed a countersuit, accusing her of defamation. In 2016, she dropped her sexual abuse claims, while his defamation suit against Kesha continued. The pop star, however, has attempted through various ways to have her agreements with the producer terminated. As the legal battle continues, Kesha has been able to continue her music career through various ways. In addition to performing at the 2018 Grammys and 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Kesha was able to release her third studio album titled Rainbow. And yes, it debuted at the No. 1 spot on the charts. She also is hitting the road this summer as part of The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore tour. "Just get ready for our tour, animals," Kesha shared on Instagram earlier this month. The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news. (Eonline)

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