Today’s breaking news – Monday 5th March 2012

Unreleased Michael Jackson tunes stolen by hackers, Tyler's $8,000 repair bill, Jonny Greenwood's album stream – and great news for the underground press.


Words by: Charlie Jones

NPR is streaming Jonny Greenwood and Krzystof Penderecki’s album
Not exactly easy listening, but essential nonetheless is NPR’s stream of Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and Polish composer Krzystof Penderecki album collaborative album. It’s a series of responses to Penderecki’s most famous works, including 1960’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and 1961’s Polymorphia For 48 Strings, Greenwood is himself a fairly accomplished composer, most famously writing the scores for Norwegian Wood and There Will be Blood.

New DIY music network Ad Hoc reaches funding target
Ad Hoc, the DIY music website set up by the people behind the wonderful blog collective Altered Zones, has reached its funding target of $33,000 on Kickstarter. Brooklyn-based editors Emilie Friedlander and Ric Leichtung will be leading a team of bloggers, writers and artists [full disclosure – including some of Dummy’s staff] to provide a great website about new grass-roots music called Ad Hoc. We eagerly await the next stage.

Tyler pays $8,000 to say sorry for breaking a nightclub
Tyler, The Creator, rap brat and Odd Future linchpin, trashed a club he played at last year. Because he’s naughty, he “destroyed an electric soundboard belonging to the venue”, footage of which is below. Fans had a “miniriot” when he was escorted out by police, as you can see here. Now, the XL-signed rapper has agreed to cough up $8,000 to avoid a custodial sentence.

Entire Michael Jackson back catalogue raided by hackers
Every song the King Of Pop ever made have apparently been taken by hackers, including unreleased collaborations with and Freddie Mercury. The catalogue was bought by Sony, who released some of the material on a posthumous compilation ‘Michael’, but hckers jumped in to nick the rest. A source told the Sunday Times: “Everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised. It caused them to check their systems and they found the breach. There was a degree of sophistication. Sony identified the weakness and plugged the gap.”

Kanye West and Jay Z announce 5-day residency at the O2 Arena
As previously reported, Kanye West and Jay Z are finally bringing their super-sized collaboration to Europe. The British dates have since been extended, including a mammoth 5-day run at the O2 Arena in London.
London O2 Arena (May 18, 19, 20, 21, 22)
Manchester Evening News Arena (June 11, 12)
Birmingham’s LG Arena (13, 22)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (21)

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