Bjork on Being Bjork, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Björk's new album, Vulnicura, was released this week--earlier than anticipated--after the album leaked online last week.

Björk has expressed in recent interviews that Vulnicura is her most personal record to date. The album contains subject material that stirs strong emotions and may require some tears and emotional outbursts on stage, Björk' told Pitchfork.

Vulnicura features Venezuelan producer Arca, aka Alejandro Ghersi, who produced six of the songs and co-wrote two songs on the album with Björk.

"I'm sort of doing my own thing," Björk told Spinner in 2007. "I've been quite lucky and I'm not trying to please anyone, and yet people are still interested in me." The same sentiment rings true now.

The Icelandic songstress is slated to perform a series of shows at Carnegie Hall in March and April, before playing Governer's Ball festival in New York in June. Something else to look forward to: the possibility of new SNL impersonations of Björk. We can't forget this gem from Wionna Rider.

Here are Björk's thoughts on being an unconventional woman in the music industry. Quotation above via

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Chester Bennington Talks About STP and the Sad State of Rock

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Jena Ardell
Whether you're a fan of Linkin Park or not, you have to admit Chester Bennington is doing an excellent job as Stone Temple Pilot's new frontman.

Bennington appeared on STP's "High Rise" EP in 2013, following the departure of frontman Scott Weiland, and it appears he's sticking around to work on new music with the band.

According to STP bassist Robert DeLeo, the band is currently in the studio with Bennington. DeLeo broke the news on twitter earlier this week when he posted a photo with his band mates. STP also announced its first live show of 2015: a stint at Arizona Bike Week in Scottsdale on March 28. (Tickets are only $28!)

Meanwhile, Weiland is creating his own buzz: he just launched a PledgeMusic campaign for pre-orders of his upcoming album (to be released March 31) with his band The Wildabouts. You can hear "White Lightning", a new track via SoundCloud, and for a pledge of $1,750, you can even go paintballing with Weiland.

Here's what Bennington has to say about STP and his beef with today's Rock. Quotation above via

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Carrie Brownstein Talks About Her First Love: Music

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Jena Ardell
Millennials might not realize that Carrie Brownstein is more than just half of the Portlandia empire, she's the guitar goddess of one of the most-acclaimed bands of the '90s (Sleater-Kinney) and the only woman who appeared on Rolling Stone's 25 Most Underrated Guitarists in Rock history list, on which she was ranked #12.

After a 10-year hiatus, the riot grrrl trio of Corin Tucker (vocals/guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar/vocals) and Janet Weiss (drums) is back: older, wiser and just as badass. Their new album, No Cities To Love, (available January 19), was just awarded a 9/10 by NME.

Here's what Brownstein has said about her first love--music. (It's no secret her second love is Fred Armisen). Quotation above via

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L7 Is Back, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
After 14 years, the princesses of grunge are reuniting--but there's one caveat--they need your support (and email address) in order to embark on their reunion tour! The band recently posted this proposal on their website:

Many of you have asked when we might return for a reunion. Well, it's been 14 years since our last show, longer if you consider our original line up. But we (Donita, Suzi, Jennifer, and Dee), are hearing you, we are talking and we kinda agree! Why the hell not?

Here's the situation..

They say to raise a child it takes a village, well to get interest from promoters for L7 to do reunion shows it's going to take an ARMY. An army of you all. No joke.

Here's what we need..

We need your continued enthusiasm, your spreading the word by "Sharing" our posts, and getting your friends and enemies to "Like" our Facebook page.

First and foremost WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES above.

We need to reach you all directly. No spam, no problem.

Let's show 'em all! Your love and support will make this happen!

For those about to rock, WE SALUTE YOU!

Love, L7 xo

Here's what L7's Donita Sparks and Jennifer Finch have said about the music industry and their complaints about being in an all-girl rock band. Quotation above via

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New Year's Resolutions From Famous Musicians

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Jena Ardell

Another year is coming to an end, which signals the age-old tradition of creating a list of self-improvement and travel aspirations to abandon within a week or so into the new year. On the bright side--if you're pretty enough--you may gain a few extra Instagram followers if you attach said list to a selfie, and then everyone wins.

Here are a few New Year's resolutions famous musicians have made to inspire your own resolution list. Quotation above via

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Connecting With Joan Jett, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Congratulations to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts who are among the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees! Other musicians and bands to be honored include Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and The "5" Royales.

"Playing 'I Love Rock and Roll' would be a lot of fun," Jett told Rolling Stone. "It would speak to what a lot of us have dedicated our lives to, this music called rock & roll. I think it would be appropriate. I've always sort of kept that song away, but I think in this instance it would be a perfect..."

The Who just announced Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be the opening act for the North American tour dates during their Who Hits 50! Tour.

Here's how Jett has been connecting with fans throughout her career. Quotation above via

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Here's What Charli XCX Thinks Is Sexy

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Jena Ardell

Charlotte Aitchinson, better known as Charli XCX, has become the alt culture's pop princess by marching to the the beat of her own electric drum machine. Her unruly mane and bedroom eyes mirror her 'I don't give a fuck' image, as she embraces every curse word possible during interviews.

"There's only a few more years left of the whole plastic, overproduced, bad-lyric throwaway pop," XCX assured "It's dying out because audiences are clever. Artists are running their own careers now, and that means it has to come from them. It has to come from their brain."

XCX is climbing to the top of the heap of pop-hit-writers-turned-pop-stars with each collaboration she spearheads. (To Americans who don't follow pop music, XCX gets overshadowed as "the other voice'" in Iggy Azalea's hit 'Fancy', a song which XCX co-wrote).

"I hate the idea of people thinking that I'm just a little girl who goes into studios with pop producers," XCX told Pitchfork. "I executive-produced this record myself and I put those people in a room together because I thought it would be right."

Here's what XCX finds sexy, glamorous and fucking annoying. Quotation above via

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Lenny Kravitz Wants Peace, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

You know winter is officially upon us when Photoshopped images of Lenny Kravitz wearing a giant scarf begin to recirculate the internet.

Earlier this month, Kravitz was named a knight in the French l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand presented the prestigious French cultural award in Paris. That's cool and all, but we're still bummed Kravtiz's character Cinna was killed off in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and we're hoping Kravitz finds time for more acting roles.

"With acting, it's just not about me," Kravitz told Interview Magazine. "I love being in that position, because with the music, it's always about me."

Here's what the peaceful crooner has said about his life philosophies. Quotation above via

(And if you ever wanted to see a photo of Jennifer Lawrence pretending to pick Kravitz's nose, here's the link. You're welcome).

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Pharrell Shows His Humility, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

We've never heard anyone speak unkindly about Pharrell Williams--and why should they? The ever-dapper creative genius has been the force behind some of the biggest pop songs and most successful collaborations to date.

Pharrell received accolades this week after he changed the closing lyrics to Armstrong's "It's a Wonderful World" during a team performance on NBC's The Voice. Pharrell's lyrical edit mentioned needing "justice to unfurl," a nod to his feelings toward the controversial Ferguson verdict.

We were tickled when we discovered Pharrell's inspiration behind naming his son 'Rocket.' He explained to Oprah: "[My wife Helen Lasichanh and I] named him after a man-made machine that was meant to go up--meant to ascend". Stevie Wonder's "Rocket Love", Elton John's "Rocket Man", and Herbie Hancock's "Rocket" also played a factor, since those artists are his favorite musicians.

You can watch Pharrell and supermodel Cara Delevingne star and share a duet in Chanel's 'Reincarnation', a new short film directed by the label's creative director Karl Lagerfeld. Here's what the hit-maker has said that demonstrates his humility. Quotation above via

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Sia Explains Her Aversion to Fame, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Sia Furler, a songwriting savant whose writing credits include mega hits like Rihanna's "Diamonds" and Flo Rida's "Wild One", has been making an even bigger splash as a solo act with her own hit single, "Chandelier," but there's one thing she doesn't want to achieve: celebrity.

The songstress openly shares her struggles with depression, anxiety and past addictions during interviews and on social media, but rarely performs and now avoids being photographed. Sia went so far as writing an Anti-Fame Manifesto and has been coined the "the Socially Phobic Pop Star" by The New York Times. Earlier this year, she insisted on being filmed with her back toward the camera during interviews on Nightline and Chelsea Lately. Most viewers wondered if her anti-social antics and blonde bob wig were part of a publicity ploy.

"I don't want to be famous, or recognizable," Sia told ABC News. "I don't want to be critiqued about the way that I look on the Internet."

Here are more reasons why Sia avoids the limelight. Quotation above via

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