Spotify founder Daniel Ek says his bid for Arsenal has been rejected

This evening (May 15), Ek released a statement on Twitter to deny “inaccurate reports” that he hadn’t make an offer for the club.

“This week an offer was made to both Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at board and a golden share for the supporters,” he wrote.

“They replied that they don’t need the money. I respect their decision but remain interested and available should that situation ever change.”

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— Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) May 15, 2021

Ek, who founded Spotify in 2006 is estimated to be worth £3.4billion, reportedly recruited Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera and Dennis Bergkamp in a bid to buy the club from beleaguered owner Stan Kroenke.

According to Sky Sports, Ek is open to the idea of having fan representation on the Arsenal board, including the concept of giving supporters a “golden share”, which would provide influence in key decisions.

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Ek’s takeover plans were also met with hostility from musicians such as Tim Burgess, who suggested that Ek fixed Spotify’s oft-criticised model of paying artists before he ventures into sports ownership.

Meanwhile, over 180 musicians have signed an open letter taking a stand against Spotify’s speech monitoring patent.

The streaming company had a patent approved earlier this year for a piece of technology that can monitor and record both users’ speech and background noise to help curate music for Spotify users.

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Björk’s viking film ‘The Northman’ gets 2022 release date

Due to premiere on April 8, 2022, The Northman will be released by Universal in the UK and Focus Features in the US.

Earlier this year, Björk shared a new playlist for her Sonos Radio Hour mix, featuring 21 years’ worth of songs from her personal collection in one stream.

The singer is one in a long line of guest curators for the online station with D’Angelo’s Feverish Fantazmagoria programme – dubbed as “a collection of musical expressions” – and has previously featured Thom Yorke and more recently FKA Twigs.

Bjork’s mix, officially titled 21 Years Worth Of Wave Files Liquidated Into A Stream, features tracks by Alim qasimov, Jeremiah, Oui, LFO, Aby Ngana Diop, ML Buch, and more.

Meanwhile, the cryptocurrency sold with copies of Björk‘s 2017 album ‘Utopia’ is now just worth 4p.

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Purchases of the album came with 100 ‘Audio Coins’ reported by The Next Web to be worth around $0.20 (15p) at the time of the album’s release.

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Watch Tim Minchin’s theatrical cover of Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’

You can watch Minchin’s cover of ‘Bad Guy’ below:

The Requestival event returned this week after its first run in 2020, giving listeners the chance to program the station’s entire slate of broadcasted music.

As is custom for triple J’s Like A Version segment, Minchin also performed one of his own quirky piano-pop numbers, opting for recent single ‘Airport Piano’.

Twenty years after launching his career with an idiosyncratic, performance-focused blend of stand-up comedy and musical theatre, Minchin released his debut album, ‘Apart Together’, last August.

Speaking to NME, he said: “This album is about creating songs that belong on an album, as opposed to songs that belong live. And with all the punchline stuff – fuck putting that on a studio album. That’s not for an album, that’s for live. And the cutoff is – how can I make this sonically interesting so that if you’re sitting in your living room listening you’re like, ‘This is great’?”

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Minchin is due to perform at the 2021 Art Of Music event on Saturday July 17, appearing alongside Ngaiire, Kate Ceberano and The Teskey Brothers at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Meanwhile, Billie Eilish has taken to the desert to give her first television performance of ‘Your Power’, aired during The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Matching the colour scheme from the song’s music video, Eilish performed the song acoustically while sitting on a stage in the middle of a desert, with her brother Finneas sitting beside her playing an acoustic guitar.

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Mental health charity Mind launch free resources for music industry workers

On the project, Mind’s Head of Workplace Wellbeing Emma Mamo said: “We know that working in the music industry can be very rewarding and offers many opportunities. However, it comes with a unique set of challenges, including irregular hours, financial insecurity and high pressure – all of which may have an effect on people’s mental health and wellbeing.

“Coronavirus restrictions, Brexit, and fluctuating income have only made existing problems in the industry worse, so it’s important that people across the industry can access vital support if and when needed.”

“For too long mental health problems and other related issues like alcohol and substance use within the music industry have been neglected and even normalised.”

The statement added: “Mind’s new resource has been created with contributors from every corner of the music business to make sure the information is as useful and relevant as possible to anyone working within the industry, including artists, DJs, organisers, promoters, creative freelancers and other employees.

“We’re grateful for their support and dedication in helping to make sure no one across the industry faces a mental health problem alone.”

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To mark one year of lockdown in the UK, mental health charities, musicians and more told NME their tips on looking after their mental health. Read that feature here, and see a range of advice lines below.

FOR HELP AND ADVICE ON MENTAL HEALTH:

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Watch Glass Animals’ surreal new ‘Space Ghost Coast To Coast’ video

“The lyrics of the track are just wondering what makes someone change so much from being an innocent kid to someone who can even consider doing what he did. It talks about how in the 2000s, violent video games and lyrics were blamed by the media for that type of misbehaviour in teenagers…but really I think there were much bigger societal problems at play.

Discussing the video, Bayley added: The video is a twist on those video games. Every video we have made in the last year has been made in peak lockdown…we had to get creative. In this case, Max came up with the idea that he could film me dancing in the park while sitting in his apartment. He was giving me direction the whole time via phone in my earbuds. It starts there and gets more and more surreal.”

The band recently announced North American stops for their ‘Dreamland’ tour – and confirmed rescheduled EU dates for 2022, along with new UK dates for later this year.

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Watch Ashnikko and Princess Nokia’s hyper-modern video for ‘Slumber Party’

Watch the new video below.

Ashnikko is set to take her ‘Demidevil’ mixtape out on tour across the UK and Ireland at the end of this year.

The announcement of the tour, which features a London date at the Kentish Town Forum, comes days after her live-streamed show in LA, which NME hailed for delivering “empowerment anthems performed inside pop’s brightest imagination”.

Reviewing ‘Demidevil’ upon its release at the start of the year, NME wrote: “A debut album proper in all but name, in fact, ‘Demidevil’ shows that Ashnikko’s far more than a two-trend wonder – with a tank full of intriguing bangers that evade living under Daisy’s formidable shadow.”

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Princess Nokia, meanwhile, recently shared new single ‘It’s Not My Fault’, and appeared on the cover of NME around its release.

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St. Vincent shares new enhanced version of ‘Daddy’s Home’ and newspaper

The enhanced version of the album, meanwhile, follows the recent release of a ‘Daddy’s Home’-inspired playlist from the singer, which featured Madonna’s ‘Papa Don’t Preach’, The Notorious B.I.G’s ‘Big Poppa’, Beyoncé’s ‘Daddy Lessons’ and more.

Included on the extended version are stories from the creation of the album and more. Listen to that below.

Reviewing ‘Daddy’s Home’, which came out yesterday (May 14), NME wrote: “‘Daddy’s Home’ is Clark’s most welcoming record yet, defined by an arch humour which also brings its listeners closer than ever, and filled with compassion for the characters who dwell within it.”

In a recent Big Read cover story with NME, Clark opened up about the inspiration of her father’s imprisonment and release on her upcoming new album ‘Daddy’s Home’. Her father was jailed in 2010 for his role in a $43million ‘pump-and-dump’ stock manipulation scheme, and was then freed in 2019.

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Speaking about how it shaped some of the themes of the record, she said: “I wanted to tell stories of flawed people doing their best to survive, and write about the human condition with humour, compassion, and a lack of judgement. Nobody’s perfect and people make mistakes and people can transform and people can change. If we don’t think that’s possible, then I don’t know what we’re doing.”

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Listen to a teaser of a new Green Day song from the studio

After the song stops playing, Armstrong turns the camera on himself and manically nods his approval at the new track.

Watch the video below.

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The new track would follow ‘Here Comes The Shock’, a new single that arrived in February of this year and marked the band’s first new material since 2020’s ‘Father Of All Motherfuckers’ album and Armstrong’s recent solo covers record ‘No Fun Mondays’.

That track arrived just weeks after Green Day played their first live show in nearly a year, bringing a career-spanning three-song set to the annual NFL Honors show. The band were also set to head out on the Hella Mega Tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer this summer, but the UK/European leg has now been postponed to next year.

In other Green Day news, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong recently revealed that he’s been writing a lot of new music in recent months.

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Speaking to NME, he said: “I’ve been writing a lot. I’m always putting something together, whether it’s a full demo in my small studio or just some voice notes on my phone.

“Whether we do a full-length album or an EP or just a song, we have a lot of different options. It’s a matter of whenever the right moment happens. That’s the beauty of the way you can put music out these days. You don’t have to wait for any gatekeeper to tell you that the timing is right.”

Armstrong added: “With the new stuff that I’m writing, I don’t know – a lot of it is kind of more self-deprecating and funny [than the last album]. Not that I’m doing a comedy record or anything. On one hand it feels autobiographical and funny, but on the other when you look at it you can put a social commentary twist to it.”

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Sigrid teases new music by sending fans on a treasure hunt

“I’ve hidden some surprises around the world to unlock on your walk too. let me know what you find,” she added, directing fans to the ‘Walk With Sigrid’ website.

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The website shows the clues to be spread across the UK, Europe, United States, Mexico and Canada. On her Instagram Stories, Sigrid has shared fans who have successfully found clues, including what appear to be lyrics from a new song: “I felt anonymous and you were someone who reminded me of who I used to be.”

Visit the Walk With Sigrid website here. UK locations include London’s Victoria Park, Hyde Park and more.

The new website follows news at the start of 2020 that Sigrid said she planned to be “in the studio for the next few months” making new music.

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The new music will follow the singer’s 2019 debut album ‘Sucker Punch’. In a four-star review of the album, NME said: “‘Sucker Punch’ doesn’t feel like a meticulously choreographed and cunning plot to make Sigrid a International Pop Superstar. These songs may well do that all on its own, and its certainly a marvellous cap on a two-year campaign that did just about everything right – but it’s also more than that.

“‘Sucker Punch’ is the story of a young adult whose tales of friendship, love and more aren’t just relatable because they’re supposed to be – they simply are.”

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Shannon and the Clams announce new album ‘Year Of The Spider’

Discussing the new single in a statement, guitarist/vocalist Cody Blanchard said: “When I wrote this song, I was thinking of friends I’ve had that have died from drug addiction and that feeling of desperation that drives you to seek shelter from reality in drugs.

“I’ve watched so many artists and outsiders around me struggle and flounder in this way. They die when they can’t find community or peace. It’s heartbreaking.”

Speaking of the album’s inspiration, Shannon Shaw added: “I am terrified of spiders, but my mom always told me that they are drawn to me. The symbolism of the spider made a full turn in an interesting way. I was getting protection from the thing I feared the most.”

See the tracklist for ‘Year Of The Spider’ below.

01. Do I Wanna Stay
02. All of My Cryin’
03. Midnight Wine
04. I Need You Bad
05. Year Of The Spider
06. In the Hills, in the Pines
07. Godstone
08. Snakes Crawl
09. Mary, Don’t Go
10. Leaves Fall Again
11. Flowers Will Return
12. Crawl
13. Vanishing

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The Black Keys, meanwhile, released new album ‘Delta Kream’ today (May 14). The album sees the Ohio duo, singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, pay homage to the Mississippi hill country blues acts that inspired them, including John Lee Hooker, R. L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Ranie Burnette and Big Joe Williams.

Reviewing the album, NME wrote: “While this record is unlikely to bring the band or the cultural touchstones they cover back to the top, it’s a soul-searching move that satisfies their own fandom while showing they’ll never compromise.”

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Erasure announce remix album and share brand new song ‘Secrets’

See the tracklists for ‘The Neon Remixed’ below:

Vinyl Tracklist:

A1. ‘Secrets’
A2. ‘Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)’ (Hifi Sean Remix)
A3. ‘Nerves of Steel’ (Andy Bell & Gareth Jones’ Sapphire and Steel Mix)
B1. ‘Fallen Angel’ (Saint Remix)
B2. ‘No Point in Tripping’ (John “J-C” Carr & Bill Coleman 808 BEACH Extended Remix)
B3. ‘Shot A Satellite’ (GRN Extended Remix)
C1. ‘Tower of Love’ (BSB’s Stella Polaris Remix)
C2. ‘Diamond Lies’ (Armageddon Turk Extended Remix)
C3. ‘New Horizons’ (Matt Pop Extended Remix)
D1. ‘Careful What I Try to Do’ (Brixxtone Extended Remix)
D2. ‘Kid You’re Not Alone’ (Theo Kottis Remix)
D3. ‘Nerves Of Steel’ (Gareth Jones’ ElectroGenetic Terabyte of Love Mix)

CD Tracklist:

CD 1
01. ‘Secrets’
02. ‘Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)’ (Hifi Sean Remix)
03. ‘Nerves of Steel’ (Andy Bell & Gareth Jones’ Sapphire and Steel Mix)
04. ‘Fallen Angel’ (Saint Remix)
05. ‘No Point in Tripping’ (John “J-C” Carr & Bill Coleman 808 BEACH Extended Remix)
06. ‘Shot A Satellite’ (GRN Extended Remix)
07. ‘Tower of Love’ (BSB’s Stella Polaris Remix)
08. ‘Diamond Lies’ (Armageddon Turk Extended Remix)
09. ‘New Horizons’ (Matt Pop Extended Remix)
10. ‘Careful What I Try to Do’ (Brixxtone Extended Remix)
11. ‘Kid You’re Not Alone’ (Theo Kottis Remix)

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CD 2
01. ‘Secrets’ (Kim Ann Foxman’s Heaven Mix)
02. ‘No Point in Tripping’ (Can Love Be Synth Remix)
03. ‘Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)’ (Hifi Sean Dub)
04. ‘Careful What I Try to Do’ (Brixxtone Synthwave Dub)
05. ‘Nerves Of Steel’ (Gareth Jones’ ElectroGenetic Terabyte of Love Mix)
06. ‘Kid You’re Not Alone’ (Paul Humphreys Remix)
07. ‘Secrets’ (Octo Octa’s Psychedelic Visions Disco Dub)

Meanwhile, Erasure will head out on a UK tour in October, starting in Glasgow and ending in Brighton. You can get tickets here.

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Alice Cooper is selling his rare Andy Warhol painting

The painting, which was created as part of Warhol’s ‘Death And Disaster’ series between 1964-65, is named Little Electric Chair, and is based on a 1950s photo of the death chamber at the Sing Sing prison in Ossining, ‎New York.

Explaining how he found his painting, he said: “One day a few years ago, I was talking to Dennis Hopper who said he was selling a couple of his Warhols. I said, ‘Wait a minute I think I have a Warhol somewhere.’

“So I went digging around and found it and it was in perfect condition. I mean it was sort of in a time capsule, which I think Andy would have loved because he loved doing the time capsule as an art piece in and of itself.”

He continued: “So there it was, it had lived by itself for many years. We took it out and had it looked at with the intention of displaying it but then I just decided it was time to move on, time to release it to the world. I figured I’d had it for all this time and had almost forgotten about it — let’s let someone else really enjoy it.”

Meanwhile, Cooper recently spoke about the effects of contracting coronavirus at the end of 2020.

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“All it really did with me was it knocked me out,” Cooper told Good Day Rochester in a new interview. “For three weeks, I felt like I went 12 rounds with [boxing legend] Roberto Duran; I was just beat up.”

A new lullaby album of Alice Cooper songs for infants was also released last month. The album was released in partnership with Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company which creates “beautiful lullaby versions of your favourite artists”, via Roma Music Group.

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Kvelertak share new video game and EP featuring 8-bit versions of songs from ‘Splid’ LP

“Your favourite superheroes are finally back — in a game where you can swing a REAL axe!” the band said in a press release.

Available for Apple and Android users, you can watch the trailer below:

Kvelertak have also shared new EP ‘Splid: Game Of Doom’, which features four 8-bit versions of songs from their most recent album ‘Splid’, which you can hear throughout the game.

See the tracklisting and listen to the project below:

‘Splid: Game Of Doom’

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01 ‘Bråtebrann’ (Game Of Doom Version)
02 ‘Crack of Doom’ (Game Of Doom Version)
03 ‘Discord’ (Game Of Doom Version)
04 ‘Fanden ta dette hull!’ (Game Of Doom Version) 

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My Chemical Romance confirm details of more rescheduled tour dates

After rescheduling shows in Los Angeles, Milton Keynes, New Jersey and more, the band have now shared details of new dates for their shows in Eastern Europe.

The band will play three shows across Russia and Ukraine next June. See the band’s full 2022 touring schedule, with the new dates in bold, below.

MARCH 2022
12 – New Zealand, The Outer Fields at Western Springs

MAY 2022
17 – Cornwall, Eden Project
19 – Milton Keynes, Stadium MK
21 – Milton Keynes, Stadium MK
22 – Milton Keynes, Stadium MK
24 – Dublin, Royal Hospital Kilmainham

JUNE 2022
04 – Bologna, Sonic Park Festival
16 – St Petersburg, Ice Palace
17 – Moscow, Park Live Festival
19 – Kiev, Park Life Festival
21 – Bonn, Kunstrasen Bonn Gronau
22 – Bonn, Kunstrasen Bonn Gronau

Rescheduled dates for St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev are as follows:

16 June 2022 St. Petersburg- Ice Palace
17 June 2022 Moscow – Park Live Festival
19 June 2022 Kiev – U Park Live pic.twitter.com/5sVzftZl8Z

— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) May 14, 2021

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AUGUST 2022
29 – Philadephia, Wells Fargo Center

SEPTEMBER 2022

05 – Toronto, Scotiabank Center
07 – Boston, TD Garden
11 – Brooklyn, Barclays Center
13 – Detroit, Little Caesers Arena
15 – St Paul, Xcel Energy Arena
20 – Newark, Prudential Center
21 – Newark, Prudential Center
24 – Sunrise, BB&T Center
27 – Houston, Toyota Center
28 – Dallas, American Airlines Center
30 – Denver, Ball Arena

OCTOBER 2022

03 – Tacoma, Tacoma Dome
05 – Oakland, Oakland Arena
07 – Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena
11 – Los Angeles, The Forum
12 – Los Angeles, The Forum
14 – Los Angeles, The Forum
15 – Los Angeles, The Forum

The emo icons played their first show in seven years on December 20, 2019 at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles, grossing a record $1.5million – the most in the venue’s history.

Recently, frontman Gerard Way said the reunion show was the “most fun” he’s ever had playing with My Chemical Romance.

“Something that I tried to do, and this was conscious, was relinquish some control,” he said. “I think about control a lot, and in the years since the band broke up I’ve really examined control in all of its forms.”

Elsewhere, guitarist Frank Iero said he “can’t wait” to get back on stage with the band and play live again.

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Government won’t explore festival insurance until lockdown lifts, says culture secretary

During a DCMSC committee meeting yesterday (May 13), Conservative MP Heather Wheeler asked Dowden for an update on whether or not the government would be offering insurance to festivals.

In his response, Dowden said the UK was “well on track” to reach Stage Four of lockdown restrictions lifting on June 21, and that the government would then “look at” if assistance was still needed for music festivals.

“It has to be the case first that we know [if] something can go ahead,” he said, before adding later: “I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect the taxpayer to provide a full indemnity for all those events if it’s not possible for them to happen.”

.@OliverDowden tells @HeatherWheeler that if restrictions on events are lifted on 21 June and then lack of insurance remains last barrier to them going ahead, only then will Govt look at backing insurance as it did for film and TV.

— Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (@CommonsDCMS) May 13, 2021

Wheeler pointed out that it would likely then be too late for organisers due to the months of planning it takes to put a festival on.

“This would have been a very cheap deal to have been done, because the government are confident that 21 June is D-Day… in which case, you didn’t need to spend any money on insurance,” she told Dowden. “But it’s too late for the planning for so many of these summer festivals. It’s just too late.”

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Elsewhere, the Dutch government has vowed to back up their festivals as part of a €300m scheme which was confirmed in February.

While a number of UK live music events, including Reading and Leeds festival in August, announced plans to go ahead shortly after the government revealed its roadmap out of lockdown back in February, 26 per cent of all UK festivals over 5,000 capacity will not go ahead.

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), which provided the research, issued a “red alert” earlier this month after talks with the government about festival insurance hit a “brick wall”.

AIF CEO Paul Reed told NME: “We’re issuing a red alert because many festivals will be reaching the point where they decide whether to go ahead, and we’ve had crisis meetings with many other festivals who have already had to sadly cancel.

“It’s extremely frustrating because it does feel like we’ve hit a bit of a brick wall with this issue. We’ve been providing evidence to government for over six months now on the urgent need for intervention and we’ve provided every shred of evidence and we’ve pointed them towards the various governments across Europe that have intervened in this way.”

According to the AIF’s latest figures, an estimated 131 festivals over 5,000 capacity still scheduled to go ahead at some point in 2021 as things currently stand. Many of those events taking place in July and August will need to commit to substantial, non-refundable costs by the end of May.

Meanwhile, Live Nation sold 170,000 tickets in the three days following the government’s roadmap announcement, with Reading selling out entirely for 2021.

Much anticipation surrounds the return of live music following a year of inaction due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially after this month’s COVID pilot test events for clubbing and a small festival set-up featuring Blossoms, The Lathums and Zuzu.

The Music Venue Trust has found that over 28,500 shows have been booked for grassroots music venues this summer, if allowed to go ahead.

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Kele Okereke shares powerful new solo track ‘From A Place Of Love’

He explained: “The idea for this song came when I was watching the animated remake of She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power with my daughter. There was something about the main villain Catra’s character that was compelling. I understood the idea that she had been hurt and now hurt, or hurting others, was her default setting.

“So I wrote this song for Catra, reimagined as a young woman but still carrying the demons from her past around with her. Ultimately ‘From A Place Of Love’ is a song about watching the people you love deal with things that are bigger than them, knowing that you can’t solve their problems but you can be by their side, even if that’s the only thing that you can do.”

Listen to ‘From A Place Of Love’ below:

‘The Waves Pt. 1’ was written and recorded over the last year as the musician became a stay-at-home dad and saw his other projects be cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.

Kyle said of the album: “In the rare moments of down time I would go up to my music room and play the guitar, looping myself, making this wall of sound. It became a type of therapy for me, something to calm me down as it seemed like the whole world was losing its head.”

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The record follows Kele’s 2019 album ‘2042’. A four-star NME review of that album said: “It’s the social commentary that makes this experimental album feel vital and unifying. Okereke lyrically eviscerates the politicians who’ve caused divisions based on race, wealth, sexuality and gender, but also offers a vision of hope and a desire for England to rebuild.”

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PETA calls out The Offspring for animal cruelty in ‘We Never Have Sex Anymore’ video

“The out-of-touch video for ‘We Never Have Sex Anymore’ risks resurrecting the chimpanzee trade in Hollywood,” the letter reads. “Dressing up chimpanzees, presenting their feargrimaces as ‘smiles’, and placing them side by side with celebrities is a dangerous messaging trifecta, and there isn’t a primate expert alive who doesn’t condemn this kind of old-school exploitation. If you were going for counterculture, you hit it out of the park.”

The animals were reportedly supplied by Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, a notorious training outfit that has been cited numerous times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Two of his chimpanzees “ended up at the atrocious G.W. Zoo, which was featured in Netflix’s Tiger King,” according to PETA.

“There are plenty of things we all miss about the ’90s—but animal exploitation isn’t among them,” PETA’s letter continues. “Every minute your video remains online, it risks legitimising a cruel industry, propping up the exotic ‘pet’ trade, and reversing years of animal advocacy work that has nearly ended the use of chimpanzees in Hollywood.

“These chimpanzees’ tragic story is something that just can’t repeat. We urge you to pull the video immediately.” You can read the letter in full here.

NME has reached out to The Offspring for comment.

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Meanwhile, The Offspring have announced a 2021 UK and Ireland arena tour, with The Hives set to support.

The tour will visit Dublin, Cardiff, Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds in November, with The Hives set to support on all dates.

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Listen to The Go! Team’s hypnotic new single ‘Pow’

“I’ve always been interested in flipping between sections within the same song – a bit like channel hopping,” he said. “Ninja’s old school rapping rubs shoulders with dive bombing guitars – The Go! Team’s always been about the difference between things.”

According to a press release, The Go! Team’s forthcoming new album will contain flutes, glockenspiels, steel drums while also presenting “a badass analogue attitude” across its 10 tracks.

Recalling the challenging experience of recording the LP, Parton revealed that he lost the hearing in his right ear halfway through the process. “I seem to remember listening to music was bordering on unbearable,” he said.

“Over time it settled into just a tiny bit of hi-end being audible on my right side. I thought the hearing loss was from playing music too loud over the years but it turns out I was just unlucky and it was a rare condition called Menieres.”

The Go! Team – ‘Get Up Sequences Part One’ official artwork. CREDIT: Press

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Parton continued: “It was traumatic to keep listening to songs I knew well but which suddenly sounded different and it was an odd juxtaposition to listen to upbeat music when I was on such a downer. The trauma of losing my hearing gave the music a different dimension for me and It transformed the album into more of a life raft.”

Other song titles include ‘Cookie Scene’, ‘A Memo For Maceo’, ‘Freedom Now’ and ‘Tame The Great Plains’. You can pre-order/pre-save the album here and see its full tracklist below.

1. ‘Let The Seasons Work’
2. ‘Cookie Scene’
3. ‘A Memo For Maceo’
4. ‘We Do It But Never Know Why’
5. ‘Freedom Now’
6. ‘Pow’
7. ‘I Loved You Better’
8. ‘A Bee Without Its Sting’
9. ‘Tame The Great Plains’
10. ‘World Remember Me Now’

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The Knife to livestream classic hometown show to mark 20th anniversary

Shifting the focus onto their acclaimed third studio effort ‘Silent Shout’, The Knife will tomorrow (May 14) stream a “special broadcast” of a hometown performance at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2006.

Fans can tune in via the group’s official YouTube channel at 7pm BST – see the premiere video below.

A new coloured vinyl edition of ‘Silent Shout’ is also set to arrive on August 20 via Rabid Records – you can pre-order it here.

The Knife parted ways following 2013’s ‘Shaking The Habitual’, resurfacing to share a photo book and live album based on that record’s world tour. They played their last show at Reykjavík’s Iceland Airwaves in November 2014.

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Reviewing the duo’s final album, NME wrote: “‘Shaking The Habitual’ is a radical gesture from an enigmatic group. As such, it will not be for everyone. Newcomers will likely be baffled. Hardcore Knife fans will hail it a masterpiece, while privately making fairly regular use of the skip button.”

Back in January, the band’s Olof Dreijer released a new remix of Robyn and Röyksopp’s song ‘Monument’.

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Cardi B debuts her new Reebok footwear collection

It comes after the rapper teamed up with Reebok for a new ’90s-inspired clothing line last month.

Dubbed the Summertime Fine Collection, the range included a cropped sweatshirt, high-rise leggings, a two-in-one bodysuit, and along her now launched trainers in monochromatic colours. Visit here for further information and pricing.

Speaking about the venture previously, Cardi explained: “I’m so happy to be releasing my first collection with Reebok. I drew a lot of my inspiration from growing up in New York in the ’90s – I used those moments as inspiration to make beautiful clothes for women today.”

Cardi announced her first range of Reebok sneakers last year to mark her 28th birthday (October 11).

She was recently added as a last-minute collaboration to DJ Khaled‘s new album ‘Khaled Khaled’.

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The record, which came out at the end of last month, also features collaborations with the likes of Jay-Z, Drake, Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, H.E.R. and Lil Baby.

Meanwhile Cardi recently said that she was planning to “go away for a very long time” in order to complete work on her new album, the anticipated follow-up to her 2018 debut ‘Invasion Of Privacy’.

“Last year I was like, ‘I gotta put out my album this year,’” she added. “But, then I just stopped working on my album out of nowhere because I feel like the whole COVID thing discouraged me to put out my album. Because I want to put out an album, and I want to tour.”

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Juice WRLD photographer opens up about the rapper’s final moments

“J did not swallow a bunch of pills because the police were at the airport. We gave no fucks about them being there. He could have flushed them down the toilet if he cared,” he wrote on Twitter.

“J was just hooked bad. The amount he took daily was absurd and he hid how much he really took from mostly everyone. Everyone around him tried really hard to get him to slow down. When he agreed to rehab it was because he wanted to lower his tolerance. He didn’t want to stop.”

J did not swallow a bunch of pills because the police where at the airport. We gave no fucks about them being there. He could have flushed them down the toilet if he cared.

— chrislongfilms (@chrislongfilms) May 11, 2021

J was just hooked bad. The amount he took daily was absurd and he hid how much he really took from mostly everyone. Everyone around him tried really hard to get him to slow down. When he agreed to rehab it was because he wanted to lower his tolerance. He didn’t want to stop.

— chrislongfilms (@chrislongfilms) May 11, 2021

The photographer also backed up previous claims by the rapper’s label boss that WRLD had signed up to rehab just days before his death.

Long wrote: “J was supposed to go to rehab that month. We tried so hard to do positive things everyday like ride dirt bikes or paintball to keep busy and not do pills but every night once he hit the studio that was it. He loved it.”

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The photographer went on to say Juice WRLD’s crew placed a gun in Long’s bag because he had a clean record.

He added: “I had to watch little bro die at my feet. I had to look in his eyes while he was dying and I could [sic] do anything about it. He had nothing to worry about. He knew the cops where there before we landed. We put that strap in my bag it was all good I had a clean record and I’m a register owner. I had no problem taking that charge.”

He had nothing to worry about. He knew the cops where there before we landed. We put that strap in my bag it was all good I had a clean record and I’m a register owner. I had no problem taking that charge.

— chrislongfilms (@chrislongfilms) May 11, 2021

I had to watch little bro die at my feet. I had to look in his eyes while he was dying and I could do anything about it.

— chrislongfilms (@chrislongfilms) May 11, 2021

Long said he still has difficulty dealing with the rapper’s final moments.

He added: “I can’t stop thinking about him over and over again there on the ground and I was just looking in his eyes that’s how I had to say bye to him. It’s just burned into my brain. I want it to stop.”

Meanwhile, Benny Blanco recently spoke to NME about the process of releasing music with Juice WRLD after he passed away.

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Sports Team, The Big Moon and Biig Piig to play Wild Paths 2021

Fans will also be able to enjoy 60 conference speakers, artists, drag-queens, tattooists and DJs at the event, which has been dubbed “a celebration of music, food, art and culture”.

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“Wild Paths is a new breed of festival, presenting the best in live music from indie, hip-hop and neo-soul, to post-punk and new-wave jazz and pairing it with themed after-parties, conferences, supper clubs, art fairs and a whole lot more,” orgainsers explained.

“Founded by a collective of young creatives this pioneering new multi-venue festival – and the team behind it – has quickly gained a reputation for presenting events that harbour a sense of community, innovation and inclusivity.”

Last month, Wild Paths’ Friday night headliners Sports Team released a new single called ‘Happy (God’s Own Country)’. The band released their debut album, ‘Deep Down Happy’, last June.

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Biig Piig, meanwhile, shared her first solo music of the year in April with ‘Lavender’. The track will appear on the Irish artist’s new EP ‘The Sky Is Bleeding’, which arrives next Friday (May 21).

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Katy Perry teases new ‘Pokémon’ song ‘Electric’

The compilation will feature 14 songs by 11 UMG artists, including J Balvin and Post Malone.

The album was confirmed earlier this year with Malone revealing his contribution to the album with a rendition of ‘Only Wanna Be With You’ by Hootie & The Blowfish.

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: @katyperry's #Electric music video with @Pokemon!#Pokemon25https://t.co/nTRTLoJ6MS pic.twitter.com/iEvlLhzd1n

— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 13, 2021

Perry was initially revealed as an ambassador for the year-long ‘P25 Music’ celebrations in January, although it was unclear what her involvement would be.

“It is an honour to be chosen to help celebrate a franchise that has given me so much joy in the last 25 years, and to be able to watch it evolve in the ways it’s provided that kind of electric joy for the kids in my life and around the world,” she said at the time.

Meanwhile, Perry recently confirmed that she will take up a Las Vegas residency this year.

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“It’s a TRIP to finally be able to announce my brand new show #ᑭᒪᗩY a Las Vegas residency,” Perry tweeted to reveal the news, confirming that the residency will open on December 29 this year and will be hosted, as rumoured, at the Resorts World Theatre.

Perry’s most recent album came out last year. Reviewing ‘Smile’ upon its release in August, NME wrote: “While Perry has returned to her tried-and-tested formula of vivid pop, there’s a missing ingredient.

“It’s frustrating, as this is the woman behind some of the most fun – and biggest-selling – songs of all time. But as much as you want ‘Smile’ to be a return to form, her fifth album’s songs fail to grip. All in all, ‘Smile’ lacks the fireworks of Perry’s record-breaking years.”

In the wake of the album, the singer also revealed that she’s planning on releasing an access-all-areas documentary focusing on the “juicy” parts of her life, inspired by her former nemesis Taylor Swift, and her 2019 Netflix documentary Miss Americana.

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Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson to narrate Alan Moore audiobook

Released next Thursday (May 20) to mark to novel’s 25th anniversary, the audio edition’s 12th and final chapter, Phipps’ Fire Escape, will be read by Moore himself. The book is set in the author’s hometown of Northampton.

“Spanning six millennia, each chapter follows a different character that lived in the same region, with stories packed with lust, madness and ecstasy,” an official description for Voice Of The Fire reads.

The full cast of narrators is as follows: Mark Gatiss, Toby Jones, Tom Edward-Kane, Aisling Loftus, Nathaniel Martello-White, Alan Moore, Pamela Nomvete, Maxine Peake, Jonathan Slinger, Jason Williamson.

‘Voice Of The Fire’, Alan Moore – audiobook. CREDIT: Press

Jack McNamara, who directed the forthcoming audiobook, said: “Voice Of The Fire, in my view, is one of the great works of literature this country has produced. Nowhere have I read something that so deeply articulates a sense of place and the characters, real and imagined, that inhabit it.

“It is also a visionary exploration of Northampton, a place close to our heart that is rarely given such a platform. And so we have set about the task of bringing its astonishing words and ideas to life, in an epic experience for the ears, spoken by an amazing cast of actors.”

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He added: “These twelve tales were always written as ‘voices’ and so it is a great thrill to know that, finally, they can be heard.”

Moore is a prolific writer of comic books including Watchmen, V For Vendetta and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and has also worked with DC Comics on major characters such as Batman and Superman.

Meanwhile, Sleaford Mods will perform at both South Facing Festival and End Of The Road Festival later this year, before embarking on a UK and Ireland headline tour in November.

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Here’s your chance to play this year’s Tramlines festival

Those fancying their chances, “no matter the genre or set-up”, can register here until May 27. Entrants are required to provide links to a song, video and their act’s official social media channels (find the full list of terms and conditions at the bottom of the form).

Tramlines is teaming up with a group of tastemakers and musicians to decide who will take the slots. Previous judges include Reverend And The Makers, Sheffield venue The Leadmill and BBC Music Introducing In Sheffield.

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According to a press release, winners will receive a small fee for performing at the festival.

Timm Cleasby, Tramlines Operations Director, said: “My favourite element of Tramlines has always been the discovery of my new favourite band. Our ‘Apply To Play’ scheme gives bands and artists the opportunity to play on a big festival stage, and offers the next generation of talent the experience of playing a bigger stage while showcasing their music to new audiences.

“Since the beginning of the festival, supporting emerging talent has been at the heart of the event and continues to be a big part of it.”

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Speaking upon the Tramlines 2021 line-up being announced last month, Cleasby explained: “The three main headliners have been on my list for a good while now and we’ve got some brilliant returning friends as well.

“All this said, we’re very serious about the public’s safety and take our responsibilities regarding COVID very seriously. We’re keeping a close eye on developments and will act accordingly should things change.”

Tramlines 2021 is now sold out, although you can sign up to a waiting list for returned tickets here.

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A museum dedicated to Bob Dylan to open in Oklahoma next year

The message added: “These include handwritten lyric manuscripts to some of the world’s most treasured songs, previously unreleased recordings, never-before-seen film performances, rare and unseen photographs, visual art and other priceless items spanning Bob Dylan’s unparalleled seven decades as one of the world’s most important cultural figures.”

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A description on their website adds: “The Bob Dylan Center is committed to exploring the myriad forms of creativity that enrich the world around us.

“The center will serve to educate, motivate, and inspire visitors to engage their own capacity as creators. Through exhibits, public programs, performances, lectures, and publications, the center aims to foster a conversation about the role of creativity in our lives.”

Bob Dylan released his most recent album ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’ last summer, which NME labelled “arguably his grandest poetic statement yet” in a five-star review. The record debuted at Number Two in the US album chart, and saw Dylan make history as the only artist to have achieved a Top 40 album in the US in every decade since the 1960s.

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At the end of 2020, Dylan sold the rights to his entire songwriting catalogue to Universal Music Group for $300million (£225million).

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Questlove says Dr. Dre “saved” The Roots after their label “imploded”

“I remember, eight of us got saved: Mary [J Blige], Common. I remember our name being last on that list. So, it was like, ‘Phew’. The way that the email came to us is like that high school musical, you look to see if you made the part.”

Listen to the discussion from the 53:00 minute mark below:

Questlove added: “Because that was a question like, ‘Okay, so where do all the MCA acts go?’ And then around February, we heard a rumour that they’re going to have a meeting to decide the future of who they’re going to save and who they’re not going to save. It was like, ‘Did I make it? Did I make it?’ Yeah, they’ll have an official statement in March.

“And then come March, they said, the following acts will be transferring to Geffen-Interscope. We were last. I was like, ‘Phew!’ And then I asked around. I was like, ‘What happened?’ That’s when I found out that Dre knew and liked us. Wait, Dre insisted that they save The Roots? Wow.”

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Last month, the trailer for Questlove’s new documentary was shared. Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) documents the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969 – otherwise known as “the Black Woodstock” – which took place the same summer as Woodstock.

Footage from the 1969 festival sat in a basement for 50 years, with performances from the likes of Nina SimoneStevie Wonder, B.B. King, Mahalia Jackson and more.

The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where it took home the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. documentary category.

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Snoop Dogg is developing an anthology series about his life and career

“But I think what makes the most sense to me is the ‘Snoop Dogg anthology’, the life story of Snoop Dogg, where it starts with my mother and father meeting each other before I was even born, to me being born, to me growing through the ‘70s and ‘80s and the ‘90s,” he explained.

“Me being the ‘Black Forest Gump’, so to speak, seeing me in all of these highlighted moments in American history.”

Snoop Dogg. CREDIT: Leon Bennett/Getty Images

Snoop went on to confirm that the anthology series is currently being developed. “[We’re] putting it together as we speak, just trying to take my time and put the right information out,” he said.

“I don’t want to rush to it just because [Straight Outta Compton] was successful, just to come behind it. I want to take my time and make sure that I’ve put together the right infrastructure of how I became me – you know, the people that inspire me, my upbringing, my mother, my father, my friends, community influences, inspirations that shaped and molded me.”

The rapper said that the project is unlikely to take the form of a biopic, “because I can’t give all of this great information and entertainment in two hours. But if I give it to you in an anthology, you’re likely to get six or seven seasons of this.”

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Snoop said that the show would begin by detailing his childhood throughout the 1970s before depicting the ’80s “when the cocaine, drugs, violence, my teenage years and all of the things that were brought to our community by the government and the C.I.A”.

“But when we were living in that life, in that era, we didn’t know why we were being given guns and drugs out of nowhere,” he added.

Earlier this year, Snoop Dogg spoke about how he would approach casting someone to play him a future biopic about himself: “It would have to be someone who could win me over.”

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