Roundup: Jack White’s New Single, Hagar Rips Van Halen

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In typical fashion, Jack White surprised nearly everyone on Monday in announcing the release date of a forthcoming album, and putting up on his website the first single from said album. “Love Interruption,” backed by the non-album B-side “Machine Gun Silhouette,” will appear on Blunderbuss, due out April 23.

The war of words around Van Halen continues apace. Sammy Hagar, speaking to on VH’s new material: “What I’ve heard so far, I wasn’t impressed with at all, personally. I think in Chickenfoot, we’ve raised the bar a little bit on what a four-piece rock band can do, and I think they chose to take the easy route and take some of their old stuff and and re-record it instead of writing new songs. … I don’t think the fans are going to be happy with it.”

Jesse Jackson has requested a meeting with Grammy Awards brass, and “raised the possibility of protests,” in reaction to the Academy’s decision to eliminate some categories, like Latin jazz and traditional Hawaiian. Some musicians have called the cuts racist.

Garbage is not only releasing a new album this year, they’re doing it on their own just-launched label. See an interview Shirley Manson gave to the L.A. Times here.

Newt Gingrich can’t win on the music front. Just after The Heavy objected to his use of one of their songs, the presidential candidate is now being sued by a co-author of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”

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