Shaun's Music Minute 4-13-17

Lorde’s New Record Is A Concept Album              

Lorde opens up about her upcoming album “Melodrama” in a new profile for the “New York Times.”

The singer reveals that the record, due out June 16th, is somewhat of a concept album, and focuses on a single house party. “With a party, there’s that moment where a great song comes on and you’re ecstatic,” she says, “and then there’s that moment later on where you’re alone in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, you don’t think you look good, and you start feeling horrible.”

Lorde also admits that not everyone loved the first single from the album, “Green Light.” She says she played the song for famed songwriter/producer Max Martin, noting, “he had a very specific opinion which had to do with the melodic math—shortening a part.” She says he said the song was an example of “incorrect songwriting,” with Lorde sharing, “This wasn’t an insult just a statement of fact. ... It’s a strange piece of music.”

Ed Sheeran Selects Second Single From “Divide”              

When Ed Sheeran first dropped new music from his album “Divide” back in January he released two songs, “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill,” and now the latter has officially become the second single from the record.

“Castle on the Hill” has just been released to radio, although many stations have been playing it for a while now. The tune actually debuted at number six on the Hot 100 when it was first released, with “Shape of You” debuting at number one.

"'Castle' has been out there and fans love it," Atlantic Records senior vp promotion John McMan tells “Billboard,” who adds that “Perfect” will likely be the third single from the record.

Lineup For Milwaukee’s Summerfest Is Here              

Milwaukee’s annual Summerfest is celebrating its 50th year with a huge star-studded lineup that’s just been revealed. 

The two-week festival, taking place June 28th to July 2nd and July 4th to the 9th, will feature headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band, Pink, The Chainsmokers, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, along with the Outlaw Music Festival tour, featuring Bob Dylan, Jason Isbell and more.

Shows take place at two venues, the American Family Insurance Amphitheater and Henry Maier Festival Park, with tickets the amphitheater different from festival tix. 

Other artists set to perform this year include Future, Sheryl Crow, Flume, Alessia Cara, Steve Miller Band, The Moody Blues, DNCE, Walk the Moon, The Band Perry, Third Eye Blind and more.

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