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It’s hard to believe it was three years ago that sister act Haim released their debut album Days Are Gone. The group has stated that the new album will strip away some of the bells and whistles that were a part of their debut album, and go back to a more organic, live-band feel that was at the heart
of their original sound before they made it big. They also decided to keep the album as close to home as possible, only collaborating with two outsiders: producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who worked with them on their debut album, and Rostam Batmanglij, who was once part of Vampire Weekend. Two of the songs on the album will be the already released “Nothing’s Wrong” and “Give Me Just A Little Of Your Love.”
niAll HorAn
It’s never surprising when a member of a big band decides to release a solo album, and
now One Direction member Niall Horan is following suit. The Irish- born singer-songwriter has stated that his writing for the album is inspired by Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He calls it a mash-up of folk with
a pop feel to it. His  rst single “The Town” was released last year, and reached the Top 20 on the U.S. Billboard Charts.
KAtY perrY
All eyes are on Katy Perry as
the pop sensation is expected
to release her fourth album this summer. While the  rst track off the album “Chained To The Rhythm” didn’t exactly smash records and only peaked at number 4 on the Hot 100, expectations remain
high that the album will be a chart topper.
i’m dying up here
Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo plays a comedy club owner in the 1970s during what is considered to be one of the hot- test and most infamous periods
of stand-up comedy. The series focuses on the rise of comedians during that time, and shares a behind the scenes look at their tortured souls. While Jim Carrey may not have been part of that scene in the ’70s, he does know a thing or two about stand-up com- edy, and is the executive producer on the show. The series is based on the 2010 non- ction book of the same name by William Knoe- delseder. Showtime
snl weekend updates
Thanks to Donald Trump, Sat- urday Night Live has had a bit
of a resurrection this past year, and NBC is fully prepared to take advantage of it. One of the show’s most popular sketches, not to mention longest running, is the weekly Weekend Update that was  rst seen in the premiere of the series in 1975. This will mark the fourth time the sketch has been given a prime time slot, and the  rst since 2012. Current Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will star in the four-week run. NBC
the gong show
You might think you’ve gone back to the past when you hear that The Gong Show is about to be on the air once again. The series has had three different incarnations over the years, with the last taking place in 2008.
For this one, Will Arnett is the executive producer, and ABC is claiming that nothing is off the table as they search for the most “unpredictable, strange, weird, one-of-a-kind and original acts.” To make things even odder, the series is hosted by Mike Myers. The Canadian funnyman has cre- ated a new character for the gig: that of 72-year-old veteran British television host Tommy Maitland. Word is Myers will stay in char- acter throughout, and not even have a credit on the show. ABC
midnight, texas
Fans of True Blood are in for a treat, as the creator and author
of the series, Charlaine Harris, is back on TV with an adaptation of her Midnight, Texas trilogy. The series is a supernatural thriller about a town that sits on the edge of the land of the living and hell. The town is a safe haven for the strange and different, including a psychic, a vampire and an angel, and together they must  ght off the outsiders who don’t under- stand and are afraid of those on the inside. NBC
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