For the Record: Pope Francis to Release Pop-Rock Album Wake Up!



  • It turns out Pope Francis rocks in more ways than one. On his first trip to the US, he has made headlines for holding mass at Madison Square Garden, turning down meals with politicians to dine with the homeless, and now, promoting his first ever album Wake Up! The album will include progressive rock tunes, Gregorian chants, and the Pope’s spoken messages in English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, and it will be released on November 27th. Here’s first single “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!”:




  • The reviews are in for Sam Smith‘s James Bond theme “Writing’s on the Wall”, and they are not good. Fans and critics alike are disappointed with the sleepy track, especially compared to the past few winners, the latest being Adele’s “Skyfall”, which won multiple awards. And it’s a pining love song, which seems very unlike Bond anyway. He does avoid mentioning the name of the film in the lyrics, which is fortunate, since Spectre stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion and not even he can pull that off in song.



  • Sia has just released her new song “Alive”, the first from her upcoming album This Is Acting, so named because it consists of songs that she wrote for other artists and from their perspectives. This one was originally written for (and co-written by) Adele, so at least we can pick up some clues about her life from it:




  • The Daft Punk documentary has already aired in France earlier this year, but the worldwide release is just around the corner. The film deals with the duo’s career and most striking performances, and includes appearances from collaborators including Kanye West, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers. Here is the trailer for Daft Punk Unchained:



  • Ed Sheeran and Rudimental have teamed up once more, this time on the latter’s “Lay It All On Me”, a song about “sticking together, about brotherhood” according to Rudimental’s Amir Amor:




  • And Rob Zombie is teaming up with Mila Kunis to produce a horror-comedy television show titled Trapped. The show takes place over a single night and is about a wealthy family that gets attacked by a cult in their home… and we can’t wait to watch it.


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