Today’s list kicks off with the return of rockers Kings of Leon, as well as Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, as well as the latest from One Direction and Panic! at The Disco. And don’t forget to check out Monday’s fall preview , featuring Ariana Grande, Avicii and 2 Chainz; Tuesday’s edition , with all the news on Beyonce, Britney, Chris Brown, Drake and Eminem; and Wednesday ‘s rundown of albums from Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Icona Pop. Kings Of Leon : Mechanical Bull Release date: September 24 The word: “I think a lot of people were expecting a minivan record, you know, our wives are all soccer moms, and we’re just out with the kids,” KOL drummer Nathan Followill told MTV News . “But that’s the great thing about people’s opinions and imaginations: Half of them are going to expect it’ll one way, and the other half are going to think something else. And that’s when it really does feel good, when you go to bed at night knowing you made the record you wanted to make, and people love it.” Hear this: “Supersoaker” speeds along on the strutting guitars and bashing drums that used to be the Kings calling card, yet contains the same big-hearted sentiments (and soaring choruses) that turned them into arena-rock icons. As far as comeback singles go, you can’t do much better than this one. Key players: From the sound of things, all four Followills, which is a marked departure from the conflict-heavy Come Around Sundown era. As Nathan explained to MTV News: “We all started having fun again … [we] got back in there and everybody had a creative say-so, and just started from scratch.” Facts: Mechanical Bull was recorded in the Kings’ brand-new studio, which used to be an old paint factory. Oh, and the album apparently takes its name from the 1980 John Travolta flick “Urban Cowboy,” which featured this memorable scene .
MTV’s Miley Cyrus mess, Donald Trump and the law, and who benefits from federal fines
Beyond Redstone, high on my list of people who should be questioned even chased down, Mike Wallace style, if necessary would be MTV president Stephen Friedman. His bio on the MTV website says he launched mtvUs Sudan Campaign to fight genocide in Darfur and that before joining MTV he served as a Director for the PEN American Center (the international human rights organization). Seems like a sensitive soul whose thoughts on his programming decision ought to be interesting. 2. Tallying a scorecard on the Donald and the law: On August 27th, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued Donald Trump for $40 million, alleging that a school for aspiring real estate moguls that Trump launched to characteristic fanfare in 2005 engaged in persistent fraud, illegal and deceptive conduct. According to the Attorney General, Trumps unlicensed school promised to teach Donald Trumps real estate investing techniques to consumers nationwide but instead misled consumers into paying for a series of expensive courses that did not deliver on their promises. More than 5,000 people across the country who paid Donald Trump $40 million to teach them his hard sell tactics got a hard lesson in bait-and-switch. Trump has denied the charges and promises to fight them. That last sentence, it seems, could be written about dozens of civil suits over the years that have charged Trump with all varieties of misconduct and misrepresentation in running his far-flung businesses. Indeed, search Donald Trump lawsuits and you get 394,000 Google results. Of course, many of the Donalds legal battles produce hundreds or even thousands of these search hits because they are so widely publicized. Besides, Trump seems to sue as much as he gets sued, regardless of how serious his grievance. For example, he sued HBOs Bill Maher for welching on an offer Maher made during a comedy riff to donate $5 million to charity if Trump, a relentless Obama birther, would produce his own birth certificate. (Trump soon dropped the case.) Trump has also successfully defended many claims against him, such as the verdict he won in May after being sued for not paying cash incentives that he promised investors in a Chicago condominium. The jury found that a clause in the contract gave him the right to withdraw the incentive. With all of these ups and downs, it would be great for a reporter to dig up the court records behind those web search results and give us a Trump scorecard.