Digest: Björk Is Halfway Through Recording New Album; Boy George Returns Religious Icon

Also: The Mountain Goats and Chris Cornell announce new tours

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Björk performs at the Alexander McQueen Memorial Service at St Pauls Cathedral on September 20, 2010 in London, England.
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Björk Halfway Through New Record
Björk
has told the Icelandic newspaper Fréttabladid that she is halfway through recording her seventh full-length album — but she's keeping mum on the details for fear of spoiling the project for herself. As she explained to the paper, "I go into the studio with a plan to go do what I have in mind, and then the idea is half-dead." No release date has been scheduled, but the album is expected to come out sometime this year. [Spinner]

Boy George Returns Icon of Christ to Church of Cyprus
Boy George has returned an icon of Jesus Christ to the Church of Cyprus after discovering that the piece was stolen during the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974. The singer acquired the icon from a London art dealer in 1985. [BBC News]

The Mountain Goats Announce New Album
The Mountain Goats will be promoting their 17th full-length album All Eternals Deck with a tour of the East Coast in March and April. The tour kicks off in Richmond, Virginia on March 24th and the group will celebrate the record's release day with a two-night stand at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan. [Press Release]

Chris Cornell Plans Solo Tour
Not long after reuniting with Soundgarden, Chris Cornell is striking out on his own again with a solo acoustic tour beginning in April. The singer promises to perform songs from throughout his career, including music by Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and his solo albums. [The Audio Perv]

The Feelies Return With New Album
Hoboken, New Jersey indie rockers the Feelies will return with their first album in 20 years on March 29th. Here Before, the group's fifth album, was produced by band members Glenn Mercer and Bill Million. The band reunited in 2008 after breaking up in the early Nineties. [Pitchfork]

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