4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of January 1st

  • Congratulations are in order for Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz: He and his family are ringing in the new year with news that he’s expecting his third child! Wentz shared a heart-melting image on Instagram, saying they’ll be “kicking the year off with news of the best gift yet”. Not to mention, 2018 is going to be an exciting year on the FOB camp, too. The band’s new album, M A  N   I    A, is due out January 19.

  • Guest-starring on The Simpsons is a rite of passage for many musicians at the peak of their career – everyone from Smashing Pumpkins to Sonic Youth have paid visits to Springfield. Now, over six months after his animated cameo was first announced, we now have our first glimpse of everyone’s favorite Galway Guy Ed Sheeran’s appearance on the show. Sheeran will appear in the season 29 premiere of the show, airing on January 7. The episode is a La La Land parody called “Haw-Haw Land,”

  • Alice Glass has fired back against former Crystal Castles bandmate Ethan Kath, filing legal documents indicating she’s prepared to testify that Kath raped and abused her during her years in the band, TMZ reports. The filings come in response to a defamation suit by Kath (real name Claudio Palmieri), who has called Glass’s accusations “pure fiction.” Glass was served a court summons in the defamation case last month. A week ago, the Daily Beast reported that Toronto police are investigating Kath for alleged sex crimes, and spoke with a second, anonymous woman who accused Kath of initiating a sexual relationship when she was 16 years old. It’s not clear whether the Toronto investigation is the same one spurred by Glass and the additional accusers.

  • Just days after New Zealand pop star Lorde announced the cancelation of her Tel Aviv concert, the Ambassador of Israel to New Zealand has requested a meeting with the “Green Light” singer. Lorde canceled her upcoming tour date in response to an open letter from a group of fans on The Spinoff who suggested she not perform in Tel Aviv as apart of her Melodrama world tour. Gerberg hopes to meet with the pop star to “to discuss Israel, its achievements and its role as the only democracy in the Middle East.”

  • Thom Yorke has notoriously called Spotify “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse,” but that hasn’t stopped him from releasing music on the platform. Earlier this week, the Radiohead frontman cosigned a tweet from Portishead producer Geoff Barrow speaking out about Spotify’s notoriously low paychecks for artists.]While rumors of an initial public offering still surrounding the platform, Spotify announced a $43.4 million settlement with publishers and songwriters earlier this year for copyright infringement, with plans to “enable them to get paid accurately moving forward.” The company also recently acquired Swedish cloud-based recording software Soundtrap for a reported $30 million.