For The Record – August 11

• Avril Lavigne has just revealed the cover art of her new self-titled album, which is due in September and includes singles Here’s to Never Growing Up and Rock N Roll, written by husband Chad Kroeger.

• Also due this September is new album Sammy Hagar & Friends which will feature performances by Hagar’s bandmates from Van Halen and Montrose as well as appearances by Heart’s Nancy Wilson and RHCP’s Chad Smith. First single Knockdown Dragout was released this week and features Joe Satriani and Kid Rock.

• Ke$ha has her own jewelry line so now you can adorn your ears and neckline with teeth and penises. Check out her collection here.

• If mysteries are your thing, check out Placebo’s new video for Too Many Friends which takes you through visual clues leading up to a murder, all narrated by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis:

• And here’s the surprisingly hilarious video for new Mumford & Sons single Hopeless Wanderer, featuring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte and Ed Helms:

• The National are working on a Grateful Dead tribute album, along with musicians from Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver and Kurt Vile & the Violators. Proceeds from the album will go to AIDS awareness organization Red Hot.

• Arcade Fire are set to release their new album this October, and rumor has it the album may be titled Reflektor after graffiti bearing the word in a circular logo has appeared in several cities worldwide. An Instagram account of the same name displays photos of the logo collected by fans.

• PJ Harvey has released a protest song titled Shaker Aamer for the British Guantanamo detainee who has been on lockdown for 11 years despite release clearances by former president Bush in 2007 and current president Obama in 2009. Aamer has been on hunger strike for four months.

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