New Music Mix: Madonna Album Artwork, A Miike Snow Sampler, Orchestral Kylie and More!

Welcome back New Music Mix readers! The year 2012 is already a month in and boy do we have some big previews and news about highly anticipated projects due out this year. Madonna is making a splash: from her recent W.E. promotional push to her highly anticipated performance at this year’s Super Bowl. And it sounds like her forthcoming M.D.N.A. might be the comeback album we’ve all been waiting for.

More on Madonna in a sec, but first, Miike Snow’s upcoming album Happy To You is set to be released on March 27th, and the Swedish boys behind Britney Spears‘ megahit “Toxic” are already pouring out the singles from their sophomore release with the tracks “Black Tin Box” (featuring Lykke Li), “Paddling Out” and “Devil’s Work” all up on the band’s soundcloud. Take a listen to “Paddling Out” to get a taste:

The band will be hitting the road in support of the album and the tour kicks off at SXSW in March.


03-13 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-23 Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival
04-10 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre *
04-11 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater *
04-12 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater *
04-14 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-21 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-24 New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
04-27 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory *
04-29 Boston, MA – House Of Blues *
05-01 Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy *
05-02 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis Theatre *
* with Penguin Prison

Another artist with a March 2012 album in the works is New Zealand singer/songwriter Ladyhawke. “Black, White & Blue” is the first single off the artist’s forthcoming sophomore album Anxiety.

The artist mentioned that her sound would be very different from her self-titled 2008 debut, but from what we can tell so far it’s still equal in quality and distinctiveness. Take a listen:

Florence & the Machine released the video for the latest single off her album CeremonialsLover to Lover.”

Be sure to catch her on 2012 Tour:

01/24 – Sao Paolo, BR @ Summer Soul Festival
01/25 – Rio de Janiero, BR @ Summer Soul Festival
01/28 – Florianópolis, BR @ Summer Soul Festival
02/01 – Tokyo, JP @ Butz
03/02 – Dublin, IE @ The O2
03/04 – Bournemouth, UK @ BIC
03/05 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
03/06 – Nottingham, UK @ Capital FM Arena
03/08 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
03/09 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
03/10 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
03/12 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC
03/13 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
03/15 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arnea
03/16 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
03/23 – Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
03/24 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
03/25 – Hamburg, DE @ Grosse Freiheit

Later tour dates here…

Florence recently sat down with Lykke Li at Austin City Limits to record the following episodes which aired on PBS over the weekend.

Check them out:

Amidst rumors of a performance with Madonna at this weekend’s Super Bowl, M.I.A. has released a new track “Bad Girls” off her forthcoming album due this summer.

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