Joel Plaskett's Album and Tour Plans, Jack White's Tom Jones Collaboration, and the Weeknd's Open Auditions in This Week's News Roundup

Joel Plaskett's Album and Tour Plans, Jack White's Tom Jones Collaboration, and the Weeknd's Open Auditions in This Week's News Roundup
Clearly, plenty of folks in the music world made it their new year's resolution to kick off 2012 with a bang. We skipped last week's news roundup when the industry slowed down for the holidays, but we're back with our usual breakdown of what made headlines here at Exclaim! News over the past week.

Plenty of 2011's biggest stars got their year off to an awesome start, including Jack White; he announced a collaboration with Tom Jones, unearthed some more White Stripes rarities and unveiled plans to appear on the antiquing show American Picker. And then there was Kanye West, who hinted at a slew of projects in an extended Twitter rant.

Fittingly enough, the year also kicked off with some announcements about releases that will be coming our way in the next few months. The reunited Van Halen announced an album and a tour, as did Canadian hero Joel Plaskett (who will be releasing a song a week for ten weeks). Ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante continued to work on his latest solo effort, much like Vancouver up-and-comers the Zolas, and Makeout Videotape's Mac DeMarco went solo for a new Captured Tracks EP. And is Paul McCartney seriously giving his album the exceedingly, uh, cheeky title of Kisses on the Bottom?

Some of our countrymen (and women) made big leaps forward in their careers, as Grimes got signed to 4AD, and the Weeknd put out a call for Toronto-area musicians, presumably so that he can tour.

It wasn't all good news, however, as Studio announced their breakup.

Lastly, look ahead on the year that will be with Exclaim!'s 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2012.