Easy Life bring forward the release of debut album ‘Life’s A Beach’

You can see that post below.

OH SHIT THE ALBUM CAME EARLY. WE’RE BRINGING THE RELEASE FORWARD A WEEK YOU HEARD IT RIGHT 28TH OF MAY GO GET IT

— easy life (@easylife) May 6, 2021

In a follow-up tweet, Easy Life said that free beach balls branded with their logo were now available as part of new album bundles. You can pre-order ‘Life’s A Beach’ in various formats here.

“So on 28th may, what’s everyone saying? Beers?” the band wrote in a later post.

limited number of free easy life beach balls available with new album bundles go get them https://t.co/lSzvEkFiWR pic.twitter.com/llTTGOZfJb

— easy life (@easylife) May 6, 2021

so on 28th may, what’s everyone saying ? beers ?

— easy life (@easylife) May 6, 2021

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‘Life’s A Beach’ was previously described by frontman Murray Matravers as “a record that wishes it was anywhere else but here, yet at the same time fixates on a dreary middle England existence”.

The full tracklist is as follows:

1. ‘A message to myself’
2. ‘have a great day’
3. ‘ocean view’
4. ‘skeletons’
5. ‘daydreams’
6. ‘life’s a beach (interlude)’
7. ‘living strange’
8. ‘compliments’
9. ‘lifeboat’
10. ‘nightmares’
11. ‘homesickness’
12. ‘music to walk home to’

Easy Life are scheduled to take the collection out on the road in November, with shows taking place in Bristol, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and more cities throughout the month.

A second night at London’s Brixton Academy (November 17) was recently added after the first (November 16) sold out.

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New ‘Cinderella’ film starring Camila Cabello set for Amazon Prime Video

Cabello, in a starring role, will be joined by a supporting cast including Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, Nick Galitzine, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan and James Corden, the latter of whom will also produce the film.

The report adds that Cabello had a big say in the music of the film, which will feature both original music of hers alongside contemporary pop songs.

Of the film’s plot, the report adds: “The film is a musically-driven new take on the traditional story. Cinderella is an ambitious young woman whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow. With the help of her Fab G (Billy Porter) she musters the courage to make her dreams come true.”

The film is the second Cinderella-related film to be announced for release this year, with Bridesmaids creators Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo recently announced to create a new film for Disney about Cinderella’s stepsisters.

Elsewhere, Cabello this year launched the Healing Justice Project, a fund to provide mental health support for frontline workers and activists.

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The singer has partnered with the Movement Voter Fund to provide funding to ten organisations for resources to help with their workers’ mental wellbeing. Cabello provided the seed money for the venture, and the first round of ten grants will total nearly $250,000 (£180,000).

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Nirvana fans can now bid on strands of Kurt Cobain’s hair

“This one-of-a-kind artifact is entirely fresh-to-market, and accompanied by an impeccable lineage of provenance including images of Kurt posing with the woman who cut this hair, scissors in hand, and a fantastic shot of the hair actually being cut!” the description reads.

Cobain’s “early confidant” Tessa Osbourne was the one to have given him the trim, before she gifted the “original lock” to Seattle artist Nicole DePolo following the singer’s death in 1994.

Kurt Cobain. CREDIT: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The listing adds: “She provided the original bag with handwritten provenance note, ’29/10/89: Tess cut Kurt’s hair in Birmingham, England, 27 Holy Rd., Handsworth, Birmingham B202BU’ which is retained with the original complete lock.”

The minimum bid for Cobain’s six strands of hair is $2500 (£1800) – find the auction page here. You can browse the full selection of items up for grabs through the ‘Amazing Music Auction’ here.

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Meanwhile, Kurt Cobain’s ‘The Last Session’ photoshoot is being sold as a non-fungible token (NFT) which includes “images, polaroids, and contact sheets”. A portion of all proceeds raised will go to the JED Foundation.

The NFT auction closes tomorrow (May 7) at 11pm BST.

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Nick Cave says “suffering affords us to become better human beings” in new letter

“By acting compassionately we reduce the world’s net suffering, and defiantly rehabilitate the world. It is an alchemical act that transforms pain into beauty. This is good. This is beautiful.”

Nick Cave Credit: Getty

But he also warned against transmitting “pain to others”.

Cave added: “To not transform our suffering and instead transmit our pain to others, in the form of abuse, torture, hatred, misanthropy, cynicism, blaming and victimhood, compounds the world’s suffering. Most sin is simply one person’s suffering passed on to another. This is not good. This is not beautiful.

“The utility of suffering, then, is the opportunity it affords us to become better human beings. It is the engine of our redemption.”

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Cave also recently penned an emotional tribute to his former partner and bandmate in The Bad Seeds and The Birthday Party, Anita Lane, who died at the end of April.

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Sunday Best Recordings announce all-day event to mark 20th anniversary

Kitty Daisy & Lewis, The Cuban Brothers and LA Salami will play live shows throughout the day, with Rob da Bank, Norman Jay MBE, Barry Ashworth of Dub Pistols & Sombrero Sound System spinning tunes on the decks.

The event will run between 2pm and 10pm BST.

“A LOT has happened in 20 years… a lots happened in the last year.. so let’s have a ruddy big party to celebrate not just life but 2 decades of [Sunday Best] .. big up us and come and join us in Oct,” wrote Rob da Bank on Twitter alongside a series of throwback images.

A LOT has happened in 20 years… a lots happened in the last year.. so let’s have a ruddy big party to celebrate not just life but 2 decades of @SundayBestRecs .. big up us and come and join us in Oct 🎉 🎈 pic.twitter.com/NPDlpahtQ6

— Rob da Bank (@RobdaBank) April 30, 2021

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Meanwhile, da Bank’s Camp Bestival is set to return this summer following a coronavirus-enforced cancellation in 2020. Kelis, Fatboy Slim and Groove Armada are among the acts featured on this year’s line-up (find more details here).

“There is literally nothing [my wife] Josie and I like more in life than standing in a field surrounded by family and friends, dressed in daft outfits dancing to amazing bands and DJs and Mr Tumble,” da Bank said in February.

“That’s exactly what we plan to be doing at Camp Bestival.”

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Andrew W.K announces new album ‘God Is Partying’ and shares intense single ‘I’m In Heaven’

“A secret is no longer a secret if it isn’t being kept, and this is how we approached the spirit of meaning as it applies to the non-diegetic sound images in the ‘I’m In Heaven’ video,” Palmer said.

You can view the clip below. It follows W.K.’s recent comeback single ‘Babalon’, which was released earlier this year.

The album is W.K.’s first since his 2018 LP ‘You’re Not Alone’. Reviewing that record, NME awarded it four stars and declared that W.K. was “still partying hard”.

It added: “He might just be the all essential boost of positivity and endurance that we didn’t know we needed. The lure of the party, it seems, is stronger than ever.”

See the artwork and tracklist for ‘God Is Partying’ below:

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Artwork for ‘God Is Partying’ Credit: Press

1 ‘Everyone Sins’
2 ‘Babalon’
3 ‘No One To Know’
4 ‘Stay True To Your Heart’
5 ‘Goddess Partying’
6 ‘I’m In Heaven’
7 ‘Remember Your Oath’
8 ‘My Tower’
9 ‘And Then We Blew Apart’

Back in 2018, W.K. offered to pay for a fan’s speeding ticket after they were stopped by police for driving too fast while apparently listening to one of W.K.’s songs.

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Noel Gallagher shares new video starring Matt Smith for ‘We’re On Our Way Now’

The video also features a brief appearance from Gallagher, who meets Smith’s character in a quiet bar along with two other friends. At the end of the clip, we see Smith and Gordon driving around the streets of London in a classic car.

Explaining the meaning behind ‘We’re On Our Way Now’, Gallagher said: “It’s a song about not getting to say goodbye and the frustration of things left unsaid.”

Smith commented: “Doing a music video with the greatest songwriter me and my mates have ever seen, bar none – it’s a decent day at the office. I thank you NG.”

Dan Cadan, who directed the visuals alongside Jonathan Mowatt, explained that the pair had been inspired by the French crime film A Bout De Souffle (aka Breathless).

“Renowned for rejecting convention and tradition, French New Wave cinema has a timeless aesthetic that boldly favours experimentation and an iconoclastic spirit. NG embodies all of the above, so it’s the perfect fit,” Caden said.

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‘Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021)’ will arrive on June 11 via Sour Mash, with a special edition coming the following day (June 12) as part of Record Store Day 2021‘s first drop.

Noel Gallagher was announced as the official ambassador for this year’s RSD earlier this week. “Record shops were really important when I was growing up. It’s something that’s in my DNA,” he said.

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Ted Nugent claims systemic racism has been “fixed” in the US

“It’s not a threat. White supremacists haven’t burned down Seattle or Portland. They didn’t burn down Kenosha. They didn’t burn down Minneapolis.”

Nugent went on to claim Black Lives Matter, Antifa and Democrat supporters were instead responsible, adding: “Those were so-called Black Lives Matter terrorists and Antifa and Democrat supporters who hate America, hate God, hate family, hate freedom, hate the Constitution, hate the Bill Of Rights, hate hard-working Americans.

“They are the terrorists. Black Lives Matter, Antifa – those are the terrorists. They burn down cities and destroy things. There are no white supremacists doing that. There might be a couple of dirt bag white supremacists out there, but they’re virtually inconsequential. It’s bullshit.”

Nugent also complained about former US president Donald Trump‘s ban being upheld by Facebook yesterday (May 5) and said: “Be careful of the propaganda ministry and the censorship of Big Tech, who literally censors the president of the United States.

“Not this goofball [Joe Biden] in the White House now, but Donald Trump. And they suppress Shemane and I because we stand up for God, family, country, Constitution, Bill Of Rights, the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, the Declaration Of Independence, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and law and order.”

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His comments come just weeks after Nugent responded to previous allegations of racism, denying the claims and calling himself “the anti-racist”.

He has previously attracted severe criticism over his alleged racist views over the years.

In 2014, he called then-president Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel” before apologising for the comment, while in a 1990 interview with the Detroit Free Press, he spoke of apartheid in South Africa, saying: “Apartheid isn’t that cut-and-dry. All men are not created equal.”

Earlier this year, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello faced criticism based upon his friendship with Nugent.

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Nugent tested positive for coronavirus last month one week after performing maskless at an event in Florida.

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Listen to Little Simz’ soulful new single ‘Woman’ featuring Cleo Sol

“I love it when I see women doing their thing and looking flawless; I’m here for that!” she explained. “It’s empowering, it’s inspiring; I wanted to say thank you and I wanted to celebrate them.”

The rapper has also made her directorial debut with the extravagant ‘Woman’ video. Filmed in a lavish country manor, the clip contains cameos from “unapologetically powerful women” such as Jourdan Dunn, Joy Crookes and Denai Moore.

According to a press release, each cast member – including Simz’s cousins Paij and Caroline – has personal significance to the rapper.

Little Simz previously said ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ was written largely in lockdown (in London and later Berlin), and that it explores her difficulty in opening up about her personal life in an industry where everyone is expected to be “an extrovert”. It will be released September 3 via AGE 101.

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She added: “I wanted to just let people know like, yo, I’m actually this way inclined…being this introverted person that has all these crazy thoughts and ideas and theories in my head and not always feeling like I’m able to express it if it’s not through my art.”

You can see the full tracklist below, and pre-order/pre-save the record here.

1. ‘Introvert’
2. ‘Woman’ ft. Cleo Sol
3. ‘Two Worlds Apart’
4. ‘I Love You, I Hate You’
5. ‘Little Q Pt 1 (Interlude)’
6. ‘Little Q Pt 2’
7. ‘Gems (Interlude)’
8. ‘Speed’
9. ‘Standing Ovation’
10. ‘I See You’
11. ‘The Rapper That Came to Tea (Interlude)’
12. ‘Rollin Stone’
13. ‘Protect My Energy’
14. ‘Never Make Promises (Interlude)’
15. ‘Point and Kill’ ft. Obongjayar
16. ‘Fear No Man’
17. ‘The Garden (Interlude)’
18. ‘How Did You Get Here’
19. ‘Miss Understood’

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Tom DeLonge reveals plan to share unreleased Box Car Racer song

“I think whenever the time’s right or it makes sense, we’re gonna release it,” Barker told Uproxx. “I would just love for the fans to hear that song.”

Speaking on the latest edition of the Rock This With Allison Hagendorf podcast (listen below), DeLonge said: “I think Travis already let out of the bag that we do have a Box Car song laying around.

“We have not decided when to release it, but there is one. ​And we did it over the past, like, I think couple of years.”

He continued: “But we just got to figure out, like, when that comes out, and how we do that. But we plan to.”

Back in March, DeLonge said that a single from Angels & Airwaves‘ upcoming new album would sound like a track by Box Car Racer.

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He told the Rock This… podcast that A&A’s next record is “fucking great”, adding: “You know, everyone’s like, ​‘Okay, is it really?’ But with this record, I’m like, ​‘This is like the best shit I’ve ever done in my life’. It really is.”

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Watch Sonic Youth cover The Stooges with J Mascis in unearthed footage from 1987

You can see the footage below:

A few weeks after their performance in Boston, Sonic Youth performed another cover of ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, this time with Stooges frontman Iggy Pop himself at London’s Town And Country – watch it here.

Last year, an unearthed cover of The Stooges‘ track ‘Fun House’ by members of Sonic Youth and Mudhoney was shared online.

Back in 1997, director Todd Haynes put together a supergroup called Wylde Ratttz to soundtrack his glam-rock-inspired film Velvet Goldmine.

The band was comprised of The Stooges’ Ron Asheton, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm, The Stooges and Minutemen’s Mike Watt, Sean Lennon, Don Fleming and Jim Dunbar.

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Over two decades later, Wylde Ratttz’s take on The Stooges’ ‘Fun House’ – originally released in 1970 – has been uploaded to Bandcamp in celebration of the song’s 50th anniversary.

Meanwhile, Thurston Moore released his seventh solo album ‘By The Fire’ in September. In a four-star review, NME‘s Rhys Buchanan wrote: “A smooth gear shift from 2013’s ‘The Best Day’ and 2018’s ‘Rock and Roll Consciousness’, ‘By The Fire’ manages to stand out with ease.

“Here Moore elegantly channels his sense of poise and calm in a word going to shit, easily proving why he remains a hero in the world of alt rock.”

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Here’s Limp Bizkit’s ‘Break Stuff’ reimagined as a Broadway musical

Previous tracks reworked by There, I Ruined It include System Of A Down’s ‘Chop Suey’ reimagined as a bluegrass ditty; Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ reworked into a bossa nova tune; and Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ remixed as a heavy metal track.

Accompanied by a cleverly edited music video, the new version of ‘Break Stuff’ can be heard below.

Earlier this year, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland hit out at Marilyn Manson, branding him a “bad guy” in the wake of recent abuse allegations.

Borland was a member of Manson’s live band for less than a year in 2008, and has now said that he believes the accusations that were recently levelled against the musician by actor Evan Rachel Wood and four other women.

Speaking on the Twitch channel Space Zebra, Borland said: “He’s not a great guy and every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true… They are speaking the truth.”

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He added that Manson is “amazingly talented’ but stressed he was “fucked up and he needs to be put in check and he needs to get sober and he needs to come to terms with his demons.”

Elsewhere, Borland has admitted that the Deftones made the right decision in renouncing nu metal.

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Watch Machine Gun Kelly’s attempt to cover the ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ theme

The nod to the animated Nickelodeon series came after Machine Gun Kelly was pictured donning Spongebob socks – check out the photos in the below tweet.

Spongebob Squarepants theme tune – the @machinegunkelly remix 😌#NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/w6LnGFD10o

— Kate//LOVE RACE ❤️ (@ticketstocolson) May 1, 2021

Machine Gun Kelly with Spongebob socks. That’s it. That’s the tweet. 😌 pic.twitter.com/klAaYhGBf3

— MGK Updates 💘⚡️ (@mgk_usa) April 30, 2021

MGK’s latest studio album, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’, came out in September 2020.

Discussing what’s next, the rapper vowed in March to “keep breaking the mould” with his future material “and piss people off all over again”. He also cited Kanye West and Prince as two of his inspirations, adding that he hopes to leave a similar legacy as the latter.

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Machine Gun Kelly is due to perform at Reading & Leeds festivals this August alongside headliners Liam GallagherStormzyPost MaloneCatfish & The Bottlemen and Queens Of The Stone Age.

An extensive US tour will follow in September and October, as well as a December homecoming gig at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse – the biggest venue in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Klaxons’ James Righton shares Soulwax-assisted new single ‘Release Party’

According to the singer, ‘Release Party’ was “written in my garage during lockdown before, completed at DEEWEE Studio with Dave & Steph [Dewaele] of @soulwax [and 2manydjs] working together remotely.”

He described the throbbing, bass synth-heavy song as being about “tension and release and the dreams and fantasies we make”, adding that said “party” is to be confirmed at a later date.

My new single 'Release Party' is out now: https://t.co/hb5foFAp3b
Written in my garage during lockdown, completed at DEEWEE Studio with Dave & Steph of @soulwax working together remotely. Listen away wherever you get your music. Party tbc x pic.twitter.com/TUWkkvAsjt

— James Righton (@James__Righton) May 5, 2021

 

The song is accompanied by a blue and white official visualiser, which you can watch above.

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DEEWEE’s 27-track ‘Foundations’ collection was first previewed with ‘Bear With Me (And I’ll Stand Bare Before You)’ by Charlotte Adigéry.

The record marks the first compilation from DEEWEE, their 50th release overall. According to a press release, the project boasts “a breadth of imagination, a love of hands-on artistry and the sonic craftsmanship of the Dewaele brothers”.

Last year, Soulwax released a six-song project called ‘EMS Synthi 100 – DEEWEE Sessions Vol.01’.

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London’s Royal Albert Hall to reopen at full-capacity in July

With all social restrictions set to be lifted in England by June 21, organisers have confirmed plans for the venue to reopen at full capacity from Tuesday, July 6 (subject to the government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown going to plan).

The first full house concert will be by James Blunt, whose sixth album ‘Once Upon A Mind’ was released in October 2019.

The Grand Organ at the Royal Albert Hall. CREDIT: Press

“This has been the toughest period in the Hall’s 150-year history – and not how we ever imagined marking this remarkable milestone,” Craig Hassall, Chief Executive of the Royal Albert Hall, explained.

“But we are so excited about getting back to doing what we do best, and can’t wait to welcome audiences to the Hall to help us celebrate this anniversary in style.”

You can find more information on the Royal Albert Hall’s reopening plans and upcoming shows on the venue’s official website.

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It comes after a new survey found that over 17,000 full-capacity shows are booked to take place in England’s grassroots music venues by the end of September, with 2,534 socially distanced events scheduled between May 17 and June 21.

Meanwhile, this weekend Liverpool played host to a government pilot event, which saw Blossoms perform to a crowd of 5000 people – who were not required to socially distance or wear face coverings.

Following the gig, Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn told NME that “it feels like we can be back to normal” in regards to full-capacity shows.

“If we adequately test people before they come into a gig, there’s no reason why the gig can’t happen,” he reasoned. “That’s what this event is about: effectively demonstrating that people can be responsible, they’ve had the test, came to the gig [and will] have a test afterward. And I think it means the festival season can happen.”

Next week’s BRIT Awards 2021 will also serve as a pilot COVID event, allowing 4000 fans to attend the ceremony at London’s O2 Arena.

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Imagine Dragons share video for ‘Cutthroat’ starring Olivia Munn

Watch the ‘Cutthroat’ video below:

The ‘Cutthroat’ video follows the band’s video for ‘Follow You’, which stars It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Rob McElhenny and Kaitlin Olson.

The actors and real-life couple – who play Mac and Dee in the hit sitcom alongside Danny DeVito, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton – appear as themselves in the video.

‘Cutthroat’ and ‘Follow You’ marks the first new materials from Imagine Dragons since their 2018 album ‘Origins’.

Reviewing ‘Origins’ upon its release in 2018, NME‘s Hannah Mylrea wrote: “There are glimmers of vivacity: ‘Natural’ is a rebellious ripper, and will sound right at home in the arenas the band will no doubt sell out on their next tour. But more often than not ‘Origins’ falls flat, with insipid choruses and melodramatic refrains.

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“Big, bold and a little bit naff, this is another bread and butter album from a mindbogglingly huge group.”

Meanwhile, Reynolds recently donated his childhood home in Las Vegas to an LGBT+ organisation.

The gift comes as part of the ‘$8 Million, 8 Houses’ campaign from non-profit organisation Encircle, who are building resource centres for LGBT+ youth across Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

Reynolds’ home, valued at $1million (£718,000), will be the first Encircle home in Las Vegas. The organisation currently has three operational homes in Utah, with a fourth being built.

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Coldplay to premiere ‘Higher Power’ with link-up to International Space Station

Fans in the UK can tune into the outer space spin via Coldplay’s official YouTube channel at 12:01am BST this Friday (May 7). You can watch the new teaser now below.

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Announcing the single, Coldplay wrote: “‘Higher Power’ is a song that arrived on a little keyboard and a bathroom sink at the start of 2020. It was produced by Max Martin who is a true wonder of the universe. It’s out on Friday 7 May. Love c, g, w & j.”

Footage has also emerged of frontman Martin dancing to the track beneath Glastonbury‘s Pyramid Stage, with the group set to play at the festival’s Live At Worthy Farm live-stream on May 22.

It has also been confirmed that Coldplay will open next week’s BRIT Awards, which is serving as a government COVID pilot event. An audience of 4000 will also see performances from Arlo ParksDua Lipa and Headie One and more.

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Coldplay’s latest album, ‘Everyday Life’, was released in 2019 – check out NME‘s four-star review here.

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MF DOOM and Czarface collaboration album coming this week

“When COVID-19 struck and the world stopped, we chose to pull it, focus on family, and fine tune a few elements on it,” the supergroup said on Instagram. “What you’ll be hearing was finalized, mixed & mastered in the summer of 2020, and it’s our honor and privilege to share it with you Friday.”

They continued: “I speak for everyone involved when I say we were incredibly fortunate to have collaborated with DOOM…he was a one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-duplicated emcee, producer, and visionary. We wish peace and healing to his family, friends and everyone touched by the gifts he shared with the planet. MF DOOM FOREVER.”

See the announcement and album artwork below:

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In March, fans of DOOM were left disappointed after the Grammys failed to capitalise the late rapper’s name during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of the ceremony.

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards paid tribute to a number of artists who passed away over the last year including DOOM, Pop SmokeWhodini’s John “Ecstasy” Fletcher, Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals and Chick Corea.

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When it came time to acknowledge DOOM, fans noticed that the rapper and producer’s name wasn’t stylised in all caps – and they weren’t happy about it.

On Madvillian’s (Madlib and MF DOOM) 2004 track ‘All Caps’, DOOM made it clear his preference was that his stage name be written in all capital letters. “It’s ugly, like look at you, it’s a damn shame/ Just remember ALL CAPS when you spell the man name,” he rapped on the track.

Meanwhile, an alternative version of DOOM‘s music video for his 1999 track ‘Dead Bent’ is being released as an NFT.

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Charli XCX, Haim and more star in Rostam’s ‘From The Back Of The Cab’ video

Watch the video for ‘From The Back Of The Cab’ below now.

Rostam announced his second solo album ‘Changephobia’ in March. The record will be released on June 4 and will feature singles including ‘Unfold You’, ‘These Kids We Knew’ and ‘4Runner’.

The record was inspired by changes in the musician’s life “that had altered its course”, which he had opened up about to “a stranger on a park bench”. “He said, ‘Change is good. Go with it.’ I realised that I had never heard that sentiment expressed before,” Rostam said in a press release.

“Transphobia, biphobia, homophobia— these words hold a weight of threat, and it occurred to me that the threats they bare— the fears they describe— are rooted in a fear of change: a fear of the unknown, of a future that is not yet familiar, one in which there is a change of traditions, definitions, and distributions of power.”

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Speaking to NME last year, Rostam revealed he had started working on a song with Georgia. “I feel like, in the span of four minutes, we were able to create something that starts in the disco era, then migrates to the house era, and then finally lands in the EDM era,” he said.

“Maybe in the most tasteful sense of EDM… It’s cool because it just keeps getting bigger. We’re both pretty excited about that song.”

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‘Batman’ composer Danny Elfman “terribly unhappy” with how score turned out

“We recorded [multi-channel recording on] three channels — right, centre, left,  — and basically, they took the centre channel out of the music completely.”

He continued: “It didn’t have any care put into it. I’ve had many scores play in big action scenes that really propelled the scene. And at the end of the [Batman] dub, I realized I could have had the orchestra play anything.

“I could have scored the film with some percussion, a harmonica and a banjo because all you hear are some percussion hits in big moments, but you can’t really hear what the orchestra is doing.”

The composer shared his disappointment with “so-called professionals” who used his score “in a very non-committal way”, in which they “plunk it off to the side and just get the dialogue.”

Meanwhile, Danny Elfman shared his first new solo music in 36 years last October with ‘Happy’. 

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He described it as “an absurd anti-pop song, designed to begin as a very simple pop tune that degrades into something more subversive.”

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Over 180 musicians sign open letter against Spotify speech monitoring patent

The letter, which is addressed to co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek, lists the artists’ and groups’ concerns, including that the patient will be used to monitor users’ emotional states, discriminate against trans and non-binary people, violate privacy, harvest data and “exacerbate inequality in the music industry”.

Spotify’s Daniel Ek. CREDIT: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

“Spotify claims that the technology can detect, among other things, ‘emotional state, gender, age, or accent’ to recommend music,” they wrote. “This recommendation technology is dangerous, a violation of privacy and other human rights, and should not be implemented by Spotify or any other company.

“While we are pleased to hear that Spotify has no current plans to deploy the technology, it begs the question: why are you exploring its use? We call on your company to make a public commitment to never use, license, sell or monetise the recommendation technology.

“Even if Spotify doesn’t use it, your company could profit from the surveillance tool if another entity deploys it. Any use of this technology is unacceptable.”

The signees concluded the letter by requesting a public response from Spotify on the issue by May 18, 2021. You can read the letter in full here. 

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In April, the company’s Head Of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Horacio Guttierez told Access Now: “Spotify has never implemented the technology described in the patent in any of our products and we have no plans to do so. Our research and development teams are constantly envisioning and developing new technologies as part of our ongoing innovation cycle.

“Sometimes those innovations end up being implemented in our products and sometimes they don’t. The decision to patent an invention does not always reflect the company’s intent to implement the invention in a product but is instead influenced by a number of other considerations, including our responsibilities to our users and to society at large.”

Meanwhile, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has secured the funding to buy Arsenal from owner Stan Kroenke, after the London club were involved in the ill-fated plans to launch a European Super League.

The streaming platform boss’ plans were met with hostility from musicians, who suggested he fix Spotify’s much-criticised payment model with his money instead of investing it in a football club.

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HEALTH tease upcoming collaborative single with Nine Inch Nails

“It really gets you out of any pitfalls of repetition of your own work. You have less time to be precious about things because you are working with someone else,” the band’s Jake Duzsik said.

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— HEALTH (@_HEALTH_) May 3, 2021

“And so part of the conversation the whole time is ‘it would be fucking amazing to do one of these with Nine Inch Nails’. Which given the amount of demand for Trent [Reznor] and Atticus’ [Ross] work as composers now – it’s crazy.”

He added that HEALTH first met Nine Inch Nails when they supported them in their early years and expanded on the single’s themes.

“I think at the time it was written — part of the reason we wanted it to come out so quickly, is that being an American in America, we were in the middle of Trumpocolypse and George Floyd and so there is some pretty poignant messaging relating to that specific experience.”

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Last month, meanwhile, Reznor confirmed that Nine Inch Nails will be returning to action imminently, hinting that the band would resume work “as soon as probably tomorrow”.

In February, meanwhile, HEALTH shared a dark, industrial remix of Rise Against’s ‘Broken Dreams Inc.’

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J. Cole announces new album ‘The Off Season’ arriving next week

The rapper began teasing ‘The Off-Season’ in August of that year when the YouTube caption for ‘Album Of The Year (Freestyle)’ read: “The Off Season coming soon… All roads lead to The Fall Off.” In December 2020, he also posted a notebook with plans for “The Fall Off Era”, which laid out a path from ‘The Off-Season’, a project called ‘It’s A Boy’ through to ‘The Fall Off’.

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Now, Cole has confirmed that that record will indeed arrive next, with it scheduled to land next Friday (May 14). The star announced the new album on his social media accounts earlier today, telling fans: “Just know this was years in the making.” He also shared ‘The Off-Season’’s artwork, which you can see above.

No tracklist or details of any features have been confirmed for the new record at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, Noname has spoken about her fallout with J. Cole last year after a fan asked her about it on social media.

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The North Carolina rapper released a track last year called ‘Snow On Tha Bluff’ that was thought to be aimed at Noname after she tweeted about “rappers who profit off blackness while simultaneously being silent when it comes to black death”.

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Haim announce rescheduled 2021 UK tour dates

Addressing the absence of replacements for their cancelled gigs in Leeds and Dublin, Haim added: “(we’re still figuring out Leeds and Dublin but will let you know as soon as we can reschedule!!) can’t wait until we can all dance together again x”

Haim will play:

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Thursday 23 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Friday 24 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 25-Sunday 26 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
Thursday 30 – London, The O2

Support for the rescheduled shows will come from Georgia. Tickets purchased for previous shows will remain valid, with remaining tickets available here.

Haim were initially scheduled to play a huge outdoor show at Leeds’ Millenium Square for the final date of the tour.

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Meanwhile, Haim are among the big-name artists taking part in ‘Live At Worthy Farm’, a livestreamed celebration of the legendary festival later this month.

‘Live At Worthy Farm’ is described as a “five-hour journey through all of those spots that you know from Worthy Farm”, with performances from Coldplay, Damon AlbarnWolf AliceKanoMichael KiwanukaJorja Smith and IDLES.

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Edgar Wright’s ‘The Sparks Brothers’ to open Sundance London

“I was just five years old when I was hypnotized by Ron & Russell Mael (collectively Sparks) staring at me from the telly on a 1979 episode of Top Of The Pops,” Wright said of his film.

“Over the next four decades, their music has been a riddle turned full on obsession. The final destination of my fascination has been to make what I believe is the only thing stopping them from being as big as they deserve to be; a document of their incredible journey in music and everyone they’ve inspired along the way.”

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He added: “It’s very exciting for me to finally bring The Sparks Brothers to Sundance London, as the U.K. were the first country to embrace Sparks’ genius. I look forward to everyone falling in love all over again or being as amazed as I was when I first saw and heard them.”

The Sparks Brothers will screen across the UK on July 29, with Wright taking part in a Q&A at Picturehouse Central which will be broadcast remotely.

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The full programme for this year’s Sundance London festival is set to be announced. The festival will run from July 29 – August 1.

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Academic’s grandaughter sues Nirvana over use of ‘Vestibule’ image

The image in question is a map of the circles of hell as described by 14th century writer Dante Alighieri in the Inferno section of his epic poem The Divine Comedy, which has appeared on Nirvana-branded t-shirts among other merch.

Nirvana’s ‘Vestibule’ T-shirt CREDIT: Amazon

Although Bundy’s suit is officially suing the band for using the image since 1997, her suit says the band have been using the so-called ‘Vestibule’ design as far back as 1989. It is currently listed for sale at Hot Topic, among other mainstream retailers.

In her lawsuit against Nirvana and Live Nation Merchandise, Bundy said that Nirvana have in the past “implied that Kurt Cobain created the Illustration or, in the alternative, that the Illustration is in the public domain in the United States.”

It’s not the first time a Nirvana design has been at the centre of a copyright lawsuit. In 2018, the band sued Marc Jacobs for allegedly stealing their iconic smiley face design.

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Last year, graphic designer Robert Fisher then sued Nirvana, claiming that it was in fact he who had first come up with the smiley face logo while he worked at Geffen Records in 1993.

Last week, meanwhile, it was announced that Kurt Cobain’s ‘The Last Session’ photoshoot is to be sold as a Non Fungible Token. The pictures were taken just a few months before the frontman’s death in 1994.

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Billie Eilish breaks Instagram record for second time with British Vogue cover

Eilish’s Instagram post of the cover has broken the record for being the photo on the platform to reach 1million likes the fastest. She achieved the milestone in under six minutes. It is currently at over 15.5million likes at the time of writing.

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It’s not the first time the teen superstar has broken the record. She previously toppled Selena Gomez’s claim to the title in March, when she shared a photo of her newly blonde hair. That picture reached 1million likes by the six-minute mark. With over 22.8million likes now, it is now the third most-liked photo on the social media site.

However, while the British Vogue cover may be the fastest photo on Instagram to reach 1million likes, another photo from the shoot that Eilish posted has zoom into the Top Five most-liked posts on the platform.

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A photo of the musician in a trench coat and corset is the fourth most-liked post of all time with more than 20.5million likes at the time of writing. Apart from Eilish’s blonde hair reveal, it is only behind XXXTentacion’s final post before his death and a photo of an egg.

Meanwhile, Eilish released the third single from her upcoming new album ‘Happier Than Ever’ last week (April 29), titled ‘Your Power’. The track follows last year’s ‘My Future’ and ‘Therefore I Am’ and provides a haunting and potent response to abuse of power.

Speaking in the British Vogue article, the star discussed the power and influence that comes with being famous, saying: “Nobody should be given the power we’re given.

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The Black Keys share ‘Going Down South’ from new blues covers album ‘Delta Kream’

The track comes with a video directed by Ryan Nadzam, filmed at Jimmy Duck Holmes’ Blue Front Café, which is the oldest active juke joint in America. It also features other notable northern Mississippi blues landmarks including Blues Alley in Holly Springs (hometown of Junior Kimbrough) and shots of Como (home to Mississippi Fred McDowell); the Chulahoma community, The Burnside Palace, and Aikei Pro’s record shop.

Watch the video for ‘Going Down South’ below:

‘Delta Kream’ will see the group pay homage to the Mississippi hill country blues acts that inspired them, including Hooker, R. L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Ranie Burnette and Big Joe Williams.

Auerbach said of the album: “We made this record to honor the Mississippi hill country blues tradition that influenced us starting out. These songs are still as important to us today as they were the first day Pat and I started playing together and picked up our instruments. It was a very inspiring session with Pat and me along with Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton in a circle, playing these songs. It felt so natural.”

Carney added: “The session was planned only days in advance and nothing was rehearsed. We recorded the entire album in about ten hours, over two afternoons, at the end of the ‘Let’s Rock’ tour.”

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You can see the full track-listing for ‘Delta Kream’ below:

1 ‘Crawling Kingsnake’ (John Lee Hooker Cover)
2 ‘Louise’ (Mississippi Fred McDowell Cover)
3 ‘Poor Boy A Long Way From Home’ (R. L. Burnside Cover)
4 ‘Stay All Night’ (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
5 ‘Going Down South’ (R. L. Burnside Cover)
6 ‘Coal Black Mattie’ (Ranie Burnette Cover)
7 ‘Do the Romp’ (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
8 ‘Sad Days, Lonely Nights’ (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
9 ‘Walk with Me’ (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
10 ‘Mellow Peaches’ (Big Joe Williams Cover)
11 ‘Come On And Go With Me’ (Junior Kimbrough Cover)

You can pre-order the new album here.

The Black Keys will will perform ‘Going Down South’ on Later… With Jools Holland on May 14, a performance filmed at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville and featuring musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of blues legends including R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.

The announcement comes after The Black Keys marked the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed sixth album ‘Brothers’ with a special deluxe edition in January. Originally released in 2010, the LP contains the songs ‘Next Girl’, ‘Howlin’ For You’, ‘Everlasting Light’ and ‘Tighten Up’.

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Noname recalls J. Cole fallout, shares her take on the pair’s dispute

Noname then responded to Cole’s tweets with ‘Song 33’, and later apologised, writing that she was “not proud of myself for responding with song 33”. In a deleted tweet, she also told people she was “nobod[y’s] leader”.

On Friday (April 30), Noname shared a number of tweets distancing herself from politics, at which point one follower said that “Dweebs got call you unprincipled”.

Noname replied: “I’m no longer interested in proving myself to an internet that will cannibalize the vulnerability of those who choose to publicly learn. It’s cop shit. I’m interested in what my community calls me. Twitter is not my community.”

i’m no longer interested in proving myself to an internet that will cannibalize the vulnerability of those who choose to publicly learn. it’s cop shit. i’m interested in what my community calls me. twitter is not my community 🤍 https://t.co/oHk1lBOnUf

— 🌱 (@noname) April 30, 2021

Another follower then said: “J Cole literally tried to make that same point to you almost 2 years ago lol”. It’s at this point that she shared her take on what happened between her and Cole.

“No. j cole was upset because i tweeted about rappers who profit off blackness while simultaneously being silent when it comes to black death. he was angered by the ‘tone’ of a tweet that didn’t even specifically name him.”

no. j cole was upset because i tweeted about rappers who profit off blackness while simultaneously being silent when it comes to black death. he was angered by the “tone” of a tweet that didn’t even specifically name him. https://t.co/uws9QNMftd

— 🌱 (@noname) April 30, 2021

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Meanwhile, J. Cole has teased the release of his highly anticipated new project ‘The Off-Season’.

The follow-up to 2018’s ‘KOD’ was expected to arrive last year, with Cole hinting in November that ‘The Fall Off’ would be released in 2020. However, the North Carolina rapper’s sixth studio album was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In December, Cole announced what appeared to be three new projects, seemingly revealing that ‘The Fall Off’ will be preceded by two projects called ‘The Off-Season’ and ‘It’s A Boy’ – the former of which looks like it’s about to be be released.

Taking to his Instagram story on Friday night (April 30), Cole expressed his excitement over the upcoming project. “Just rode through the city to The Off-Season. Dawg…,” he wrote with a facepalm emoji. “Too excited.”

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