The music news you need to know from the week of Jan. 19.
Start Chasing Waterfalls: It’s been more than two decades since your favorite 90s R&B trio dropped Crazy Sexy Cool. And after the beloved Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes passed away in 2002 that seemed to be it for the group. But now, T-boz and Chilli are ready to create their fifth and final album, by way of crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Katy Perry’s already thrown in 5K. Free from label restraints, a fan-funded album will allow the now duo to “have complete creative control, ” Chilli told Billboard. And now you know you want to listen to “No Scrubs.” Don’t even try and deny it.
Bjork Is Still Bizarre: Last week Bjork announced that she’d release her first album in four years come March, nine-track Vulnicura. Instead, she dropped the experimental LP filled with vocal layering, classical flourishes, and romantic strings on Tuesday (possibly due to a leak). Sleater-Kinney and Belle & Sebastian also released some stellar albums on the same date.
An Unlikely Duo: Al Gore and Pharrell Williams are joining forces to put on “Live Earth” concerts in Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Sydney, and Cape Town to raise awareness about climate change.
It Really Is All About That Bass: Meghan Trainor isn’t a one-hit-wonder. Her debut album Title hit number one Billboard, finally taking Taylor Swift’s 1989 down a notch.
Apparently Jack White Likes Baseball: Or at least he’s getting his own Detroit Tiger’s card. And he’s smiling on it.
Song of the Week: The Sonics, “Bad Betty”
They haven’t dropped an album since 1967, but the rock group is set to drop an LP in March. Their first tune, “Bad Betty, ” is proof these gents can still create a raucous smash.
Video of the Week: Interpol, “Everything Is Wrong”
Singer Paul Banks portrays himself as a total asshole in this clip he directed while his band mates play upstanding citizens who help little old ladies cross the street.