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Now Hear This: Sam Smith’s Bond Song, Concert Problems in Houston And More!

It’s been rumored for a while, but Sam Smith, the gay hitmaker has finally announced that he is indeed doing the theme for the new James Bond film. Smith said he wrote “Writing’s On The Wall” in 20 minutes after reading the script. Despite the rumors flying around, he’d been denying his involvement even as late as last week. But, on Tuesday, he announced the rumors were true. The song hasn’t leaked yet, but there are a number of fakes on YouTube, mostly with the audio from “Stay With Me”.

Felix Da Housecat has just released a new video — a collaboration with singer, DJ and filmmaker Romina Cohn. Cohn’s popular in her home town of Buenos Aires, but hasn’t broke stateside yet. Cohn also directed the video, about an unhinged neighbor. About the song, Felix says:

 “‘Queer’ is not about being straight or gay. It’s about an obsessed neighbor who loves you and hates you at same time, doesn’t know what they want or why they have these feelings, but the feelings are mutual.”

The song is from Felix’s new album Narrative of the Blast Illusion, available now.

At his Houston show this Sunday, Travis Scott referred to the crowd with some homophobic slurs. This Monday, though, in a series of tweets he apologized:


Houston’s apparently got some bad concert juju this week. During Taylor Swift’s show this Wednesday, at least 10 cars were broken into in a convenience store parking lot a few blocks away from Minute Maid Park, the venue where Taylor was performing. There were also several break-ins in the at other lots around the venue, where patrons paid as much as $80 for a space.

New Music This Week: Zack Condon’s band Beirut is releasing No No No, their first album since 2011’s The Rip Tide.

Ben Folds has a new collaboration with yMusic and the Nashville Symphony, So There, a collection of “chamber rock” songs and a piano concerto. It might sound weird, but if anyone can pull it off, Folds can.

Country singer Brett Eldredge releases his sophomore record, Illinois. (No relation to the Sufjan Stevens album of the same name.)

British metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon is putting out their fifth LP, That’s The Spirit.

Jewel’s new album Picking Up The Pieces drops today.

Long running indie-pop act Low is releasing their newest for Sub Pop, Ones and Sixes.

The new Duran Duran, Paper Gods, is finally out, featuring collaborations with Mr. Hudson, Kiesza, Jonas Bjerre, Nile Rodgers and Janelle Monáe.

Motown is putting out a Marvin Gaye box set, Volume One: 1961-1965 of the seven albums he released in that time span.

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