The White Stripes Call It Quits

Four years without releasing an album can signify several things: A much-needed break from the spotlight, troubling label issues, or maybe just a sign that you’re over it. Today, indie rock duo the White Stripes have confirmed the latter, officially calling it quits as a band.

Once married couple and former band mates Jack White and Meg White issued a statement announcing the end of their 15-year run. For the past few years, Jack White has been openly occupied with his other bands, the Dead Weather and the Raconteurs, in addition to producing Wanda Jackson’s recent album and keeping up with his record label, Third Man. According to the statement posted on their website, the breakup does not stem from “artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues.” It’s simply time to throw in the towel.

But fear not, fans. As with most disbanded (or deceased) artists, Jack White’s Third Man Records will continue to roll out live and studio recordings from the group’s vault. They also want to leave you with this inspirational message at such a difficult time:

“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.” The group’s last studio album was 2007’s Icky Thump.

Post-Solange: Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, & Other Unlikely Covers

Yesterday, we knew nothing about Beyogaga and it was “Sol-Angel this!” and “Hadley St. Dreams that!” Then heads exploded as Solange gave The Dirty Projectors a slick makeover. In a vain bid to extend Solange’s mission of fipster goodwill into a wave of good news for the superlative popstrel that’ll still be relevant by the time next week rolls around, here’s an obligatory trend piece! No, not one about rock-and-roll types legitimizing pop songs/”Single Ladies”, rather the exact opposite. Because irony for irony’s sake is so passé. With pop stars, it’s about self-awareness as a device in furthering careers. It’s about bringing music to the masses. It’s about saving lives. Too far? Fine, fine. In any case, a round-up of some recent exemplary rock covers that pop stars have performed for some reason or another.

In true fashion, Leona Lewis reduces Snow Patrol’s “Run” to a bland ballad that sits pretty next to “Bleeding Love” and “Happy.”

Girls Aloud has incorporated their version of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” into their live tours.

Meanwhile Kelly Clarkson performs White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” In addition to that, she also serves up a Alanis Morrissette/Kings of Leon combo and her spin on this Black Keys tune.

In a previous life, the Sugababes covered the Arctic Monkeys’ “I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor” for the NME set. And last week, they gave Florence & the Machine’s “Rabbit Heart” a whirl.

And of course, Lady Gaga performs Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”