Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Music Notes: Jay-Z nixes auto-tune, preps deal with Sony

- Don't expect to hear auto-tune on Jay-Z's next album Blueprint 3. Even though Kanye West (who went a little auto-tune crazy on his last album) is the producer, all auto-tune has been dropped from the album. Sweet. [Rolling Stone]

- In related news, Billboard reports that Jay-Z is now very close to signing a deal with Sony's Epic Records, which would allow his albums to get distributed by the label. This is all following last week's announcement that the artist had parted ways with Def Jam. [Billboard]

- Now time for another Jay. Jay Reatard's next album, Watch Me Fall, will come out August 18. The first track, "It Ain't Gonna Save Me," is available online. The album will be the follow-up to 2006's Blood Visions. [Matador Records]

- Morrissey has canceled yet another show due to illness. Heaven knows we're miserable now. [NME]

- Los Campesinos! are on the verge of finishing their third album. A fun interview accompanies this news over at Pitchfork. [Pitchfork]

- Weezer are releasing their own "Snuggie" blanket, to be known as a "Wuggie." Yeah, I don't know. [Yahoo! Music]

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