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What We Missed: Al Jarreau Hospitalized, New Taylor Swift, R.I.P. Andy Hummel

-Al Jarreau has been hospitalized in France due to breathing difficulties, but a message on the singer's website says he still plans to perform next week in Nuremberg, Germany.

-A tough year for Big Star fans got a little tougher this week. Andy Hummel passed away at home in Forth Worth, Tex., just four months after the death of lead singer Alex Chilton. Hummel, the band's original bassist, was 59 years old.

-Taylor Swift announced via endearingly awkward video chat on Tuesday that she'll have a new album, Speak Now, out on October 25.

-YouTube, American Express and Vevo announced a series of live streaming concerts, including the Arcade Fire's sold out date at Madison Square Garden and future concerts by the Roots and John Legend.

-Pop Off contributor Maura Johnston takes a look at whether a low-price compilation of cover versions of popular songs ($15.99 for 40 songs!) is actually a bargain.

-Fluxblog's Matthew Perpetua wins the award for the largest amount of useful information contained in a single blog post by collecting sales figures for some of the year's notable albums, through July 18. Sting's Symphonicities checks in at 35,000 after one week of sales; High Violet, by the National, has sold 128,000 in nine weeks; Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid, which came out one week later, has moved 66,673 units, but 133,346 feet. (That's a joke about dancing, making reference to Monae's ability to make people want to move their feet, of which most people have two. Has it been a long week or is it just me?)