Published Jun 25, 2011While it may not feel that way in many parts of Canada, summer has arrived. And while much of the music world turns its attention to the festival circuit, there has still been piles of newsworthy events filling our webpages. And here are only a few of them.
First off, it was a week of extremes for songwriting legend Glen Campbell. On the plus side, he finally announced his farewell album, which will feature contributions from the likes of Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard, the Replacements' Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan, Chris Isaak and Billy Corgan. But on the down side, Campbell also revealed that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
It was also a tough week for Toronto record buyers, who learned that not only is the city's iconic Sonic Boom record store being forced to relocate but Criminal Records is closing its doors as well.
In more national Canadian news, Voivod let us in on their new studio album, Drake discussed Take Care and its Weeknd contributions, and Ohbijou announced their next long-player. Also, East Coast music hero Joel Plaskett gave us the scoop on his next studio effort, which he has begun to map out.
On the international front, Fat Mike cleared up some misunderstandings about that infamous SXSW performance, Royce Da 5'9" shed some more light on his Bad Meets Evil project with Eminem and Missy Elliott was diagnosed with Graves' disease.
And last but not least, it seems Prince has no plan to give up his battle against the internet. In fact, the Purple One has vowed to cease recording until the online piracy is curbed.