Watch Eminem join Pete Davidson for final ‘SNL’ sketch

Davidson’s farewell reflected on his first-ever appearance on the show in a segment alongside Colin Jost on the ‘Weekend Update’ desk. He then thanked SNL “for always having my back, for allowing me to work on myself and grow” and “for never giving up on me or judging me even when everyone else was”.

The ‘Weekend Update’ wasn’t the only sendoff for Davidson: in a Cut for Time sketch, the comedian delivered a third and final Eminem parody dedicated to his mentor and SNL creator Lorne Michaels, much to the irritation of the Detroit rapper himself.

Flipping Dr. Dre and Eminem’s 2000 hit ‘Forgot About Dre’ into ‘Forgot About Lorne’, Davidson – using deepfake technology – paid tribute to Michaels’ legacy while namechecking a number of past cast members that went to become household names because of Michaels.

However, Davidson’s tribute gets cut short when Eminem stops by the studio and shuts the production down, lambasting the comedian for his Slim Shady-themed parodies over his SNL tenure. “Please, stop. It’s really bad,” Em tells Davidson.

Davidson responds by telling the rapper: “Honestly, we just do these because we love you so much, Marshall. They’re like a tribute, ya know?” You can check out the sketch above.

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The other two times that Davidson spoofed Eminem on SNL included him recreating the rapper’s infamous ‘Stan’ video, and before that he donned a Batman & Robin-style costume for a parody of ‘Without Me’, which also acted as somewhat of an explainer for the recent NFTs trend.

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Professor Green “lost more than £600,000” following doorstep attack

Speaking in a new interview, the rapper opened up about the incident after being asked when it was in his career that he became financially stable.

“I was about to walk into a really financially comfortable period when my then-wife and I were attacked on our doorstep and I ended up getting arrested,” he told The Telegraph. “I lost more than £600,000 immediately in endorsements.”

Professor Green. CREDIT: Press

Green was asked to confirm if he meant the money literally “vanished overnight”, to which he replied: “Yes. The money was going to pay for the renovation of my house.”

He added: “But I’ve got it now and it’s renovated and it’s gone up a tonne, so I’ve managed to finally get myself into a better financial position.”

The incident took place at around 2.40am on Sunday, November 3, when the rapper was still married to Made In Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh, with whom he shared his South-East London home.

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Upon arriving at Green’s home, police found the rapper’s car had been crashed into a van. According to MailOnline, Green said he had crashed his car after trying to find Mackintosh, who had fled the scene after his watch was snatched.

Green was banned from driving for one year and fined £525 after pleading guilty to drink driving.

Earlier this year, Professor Green took aim at Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his new single ‘Dance Like A Tory’.

He released the satirical song in response to the recent parties scandal that’s engulfed Downing Street and led to calls for Johnson to resign.

‘Dance Like A Tory’ is described as “a playful prod at the privileged politicians who believed that they’re too important to follow the very rules that they made”. It came alongside a tongue-in-cheek video in which Pro Green takes on the role of Johnson at a coronavirus press conference.

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Evanescence parts company with guitarist Jen Majura

A replacement for Majura has not yet been announced but the band assured fans that they “are hard at work rehearsing for our upcoming tour and will have some exciting news about the new lineup coming in the next few days, so stay tuned.”

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Following the band’s announcement, Majura took to social media to respond to her exit, stating “that none of this was my decision”.

“I feel the need to address that none of this was my decision!” she wrote on Twitter. “I have no hard feelings against anybody and I wish Evanescence all the best. I am allowed to carry beautiful memories of these past years, I am grateful.”

I feel the need to address that none of this was my decision! I have no hard feelings against anybody and I wish Evanescence all the best. I am allowed to carry beautiful memories of these past years, I am grateful.

— Jen Majura (@JenMajura) May 22, 2022

Majura joined Evanescence in 2015, taking over for former Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo, who himself had joined the band after they parted ways with original guitarist Ben Moody.

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Evanescence and Within Temptation were recently forced to reschedule their upcoming UK and European tour once again.

The two bands had initially been due to head out on the ‘Worlds Collide’ tour back in 2020, but the tour has been postponed a number of times since due to the coronaviruspandemic.

The long-awaited gigs were then set to finally kick off in March, but Evanescence and Within Temptation announced in February that the shows will now take place in November and December.

All existing tickets and VIP packages will remain valid for the rescheduled dates and all venues remain the same – you can find out more information about the tour here.

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Watch Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover Radiohead’s ‘Creep’

For their reworking of ‘Creep’, taken from Radiohead’s 1993 debut album ‘Pablo Honey’, the pair take up residence in their kitchen once more, with a backdrop which features a banner that reads: “Fripp’s A Creep’.

Willcox, who sometimes performs on top of the couple’s kitchen table, stands alongside Fripp at the front of the screen this week, donning a halter top made from clingfilm featuring what appear to be two tiny photographs of Fripp.

“Toyah & Robert are just like angels and weirdos this Sunday. This week’s lunch is so very special and might just not belong here,” Willcox captioned the new video. You can watch their latest cover below.

In August, Willcox released her 16th studio album ‘Posh Pop’, which she previewed with the single ‘Levitate’ featuring Simon Darlow and Bobby Willcox.

Discussing the album in an interview with NME, Willcox explained how it came about. “When COVID stopped everything last year, it allowed me to concentrate on writing and recording the next album,” she said. “We recorded in Simon’s outdoor studio with just him, my husband and I.

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“‘Posh Pop’ was a magical experience created out of the need and ability to make contact with our fans in a heartfelt way. Also the terrifying distance between those who run the world and those on the ground inspired my writing.

She added: “Working with Fripp in the studio, we just handed him the chord charts the day before and said: ‘We want you to come in and improvise and that’s what we’ll use’. It was spontaneous.”

King Crimson co-founder Ian McDonald, the multi-instrumentalist who also co-founded hard rock titans Foreigner, died in February at the age of 75.

According to a representative, McDonald “passed away peacefully on February 9, 2022 in his home in New York City, surrounded by his family”. No cause of death has yet been officially revealed.

McDonald’s passing follows the recent deaths of fellow King Crimson members Gordon Haskell and Bill Rieflin.

Meanwhile, Radiohead‘s Ed O’Brien has reflected on 25 years of the band’s iconic 1997 album ‘OK Computer’, which celebrated its birthday yesterday (May 21).

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Mick Jagger on comparisons to Harry Styles: “He doesn’t have a voice like mine”

“I mean, I used to wear a lot more eye make-up than him. Come on, I was much more androgynous. And he doesn’t have a voice like mine or move on stage like me; he just has a superficial resemblance to my younger self, which is fine — he can’t help that.”

Harry Styles performs ‘Harry’s House’ at UBS Arena at Belmont Park CREDIT: Apple Music

Elsewhere in the interview, Jagger opened up about losing Charlie Watts.

The longtime Rolling Stones drummer died at the age of 80 last August prompting a huge outpouring of tributes from the music world and beyond.

agger said: “I don’t really expect him to be there any more if I turn round during a show. But I do think about him. Not only during rehearsals or on stage, but in other ways too.

“I would have phoned him up and talked about last night’s Arsenal game because he supported Tottenham and I’m Arsenal. I miss him as a player and as a friend.

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“In the show, when we come to the front and bow at the end, there’s no Charlie. He’d always be the last one down. I’d go: ‘Come on, what have you got to do?’ He’d be fiddling with his sticks because he always had to have them in a row before he’d get off the seat.”

Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones are about to embark on a UK and European tour.

You can find any remaining tickets for The Rolling Stones’ UK and European tour here, and see their upcoming live dates below.

June
1 – Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain
5 – Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany
9 – Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
13 – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
17 – Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland
21 – San Siro Stadium, Mulan, Italy
25 – American Express Presents BST Hyde Park, London

July
3 – American Express Presents BST Hyde Park, London
11 – King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
15 – Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria
19 – Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France
23 – Hippodrome Parislongchamp, Paris, France
27 – Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
31 – Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden

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Watch Doechii make TV debut, playing ‘Persuasive’ and ‘Crazy’ on ‘Fallon’

In a new NME interview, Doechii spoke about signing to TDE, explaining: “I had just dropped ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ and I was just pushing it by myself, and it got the attention of [the person who would become] my manager – me and her decided to move to New York and follow our dreams, y’know, shit like that. I was sleeping on my dad’s sofa, and got this random call. My manager was like, ‘Bitch: TDE wants to fly us out.’ I went out there [to California], and I told myself, ‘I’m not going home without being signed.’”

She added: “I always thought I would be independent my entire life, but if I was ever gonna sign to a label, it needed to be TDE. That’s what happened. I spent the first night with TDE making ‘Crazy’. It was that type of energy, I was hungry, and I still am.

“I did end up leaving because they signed me within the week. I’d never even yelled on a track before I did ‘Crazy’, so when I recorded that, it’s a reflection of pure fearlessness. I was like, ‘Fuck that shit, I’m gonna go stupid.’ Now I’ve shown myself I can make a song called ‘Crazy’, I can do anything.”

Read the full NME Radar interview with Doechii here.

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Hayley Kiyoko announces second album ‘Panorama’ with single ‘For The Girls’

She added: “I wanted the music video to give representation to all of us searching for love while not taking ourselves too seriously. Being surrounded by queer people of many different gender identities and making art that feels relevant to us was the greatest gift. It was a reminder of how resilient this community is and how strong and confident we feel being our authentic selves together. No matter how you identify or who you love, I hope this summer bop makes you feel sexy and empowered.”

Watch the official video for ‘For The Girls’ below.

Kiyoko will play a London show next month (June 4) as part of the Proud and Loud celebrations, celebrating 50 years of the Pride movement.

She will then tour the United States in support of Lauv from mid-August.

Back in 2019, Kiyoko told NME of progress on new music, saying: However what the next project will be is still to be confirmed: “I’m working on a project of music, I’m not sure how long or how many songs it’s going to be, but definitely a project.

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“I mean it sounds awesome and you’ll love it. I’m really excited about it, and I try to only put out music I’m pumped on. Sometimes it gets hard cause you’re like “will this be successful or will people like this”, and I’ve just gone back to the basics of just like if I like it hopefully people will like it too.”

Watch the full video interview above.

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Lupe Fiasco to teach rap at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In a since-deleted tweet to a fan (via Complex), Fiasco outlined his initial ideas for the syllabus, writing: “Syllabus isn’t built yet but I’m thinking its fruit to be had in looking at neuromorphic computation through the lens of Rap as a lossless data compression model with a dash of energy efficiency via refining Landauer’s principle applied to cytoarchitectonics. And some rapping…”

The rapper has previously worked at MIT, running the programming competition Code Cypher.

Alongside the news of the teaching placement, he has also announced a new album called ‘DRILL MUSIC IN ZION’, set for release on June 24.

Listen to the album’s first single ‘Autoboto’, featuring Nayirah, below.

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Earlier this year, Fiasco finally released his heavily bootlegged track ‘Hustlaz’ on streaming services just as the rapper prepares to launch his own range of NFT releases.

The track originally appearing on 2006’s ‘Lupe The Jedi’ mixtape as ‘Hustlaz Due’, and was originally due to appear on his album ‘Food & Liquor’ before a leak of the album saw it disappear off the version that was eventually released.

Back in 2020, he hit the headlines when he claimed that he’s a better lyricist than Kendrick Lamar in a series of tweets.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon join Måneskin for performance of ‘Supermodel’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

“This is true, it happened this morning at like 11 o’clock,” he continued. “I’m like, ‘How do you play it? What is it? I don’t know.’ They showed it to me and I got it. [Plays bass chords] So I have that. I said, ‘I can do this. I can rock that and I can go loud. Let’s go for it! I’m gonna do this for Vic; I’m gonna do this for rock and roll.”

You can watch Måneskin and Fallon perform ‘Supermodel’ below:

After the performance, Måneskin posted several photos of themselves with Fallon as well as a cardboard cutout of De Angelis, writing: “The rumours say we gave Vic away in exchange for a life-size cardboard version of her.

“Bless you @jimmyfallon for simply being a natural and authentic stuntman 🌟SUPERMODEL wouldn’t be the same without your bass expertise (aaand the original Vic is recovering.”

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Måneskin returned to the Eurovision Song Contest last week to give new single ‘Supermodel’ its live debut.

The Italian band, who won the 2021 contest with their song ‘Zitti E Buoni’, have had a massive year since their Eurovision triumph, playing across the globe and announcing a massive arena tour.

Last week, the band returned with new single ‘Supermodel’, their first new music of 2022, and the track was given its live debut during the half-time break at this year’s Eurovision in Turin.

Meanwhile, Måneskin are set to embark on a European tour in 2023 including a date in London. You can see those tour dates below and find any remaining UK tickets here.

FEBRUARY 2023
23 – Vitifrigo Arena, Pesaro, Italy
25 – Palalpitour, Torino, Italy
27 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands

MARCH 2023
2 – Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
3 – Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
6 – Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany
10 – Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany
13 – Accor Arena, Paris, France
16 – Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy
17 – Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy
20 – Nelson Mandela Forum, Firenze, Italy
21 – Nelson Mandela Forum, Firenze, Italy
24 – Palazzo dello Sport, Roma, Italy
25 – Palazzo dello Sport, Roma, Italy
28 – Palapartenope, Napoli, Italy
29 – Palapartenope, Napoli, Italy
31 – Palaflorio, Bari, Italy

APRIL 2023
3 – Mediolanum, Forum, Milan, Italy
4 – Mediolanum, Forum, Milan, Italy
6 – Mediolanum, Forum, Milan, Italy
11 – Palau Saint Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
26 – Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
28 – Wiener Statdhalle, Wien, Austria
30 – Rockhal, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

MAY 2023
2 – The Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark
5 – Mediolanum, Forum, Milan, Italy
8 – The O2, London
12 – Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland
14 – O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
16 – Budapest Arena, Budapest, Hungary
18 – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia
19 – Saku Suurhall, Tallin, Estonia

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Ozzy Osbourne says he’s awaiting neck surgery: “I can’t walk properly these days”

Asked if he often thinks about mortality, Ozzy said: “At fucking 73, I’ve done pretty well. I don’t plan on going anywhere, but my time’s going to come.”

Last month, Ozzy’s wife Sharon shared that she’d be flying from the UK to the US after discovering that the singer had tested positive for coronavirus.

“I am very worried about Ozzy right now,” Sharon said in an emotional interview with Talk TV. “We’ve gone two years without him catching COVID, and it’s just Ozzy’s luck he would get it now.”

She continued: “It’ll take me a week to get my old man back on his feet again, and I will be back [on The Talk] in a week… We’re gonna get him a negative test by next week.”

Ozzy Osbourne. CREDIT: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Ozzy’s son Jack later updated fans on his father’s condition, revealing that “he’s doing well”.

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“I spoke to him shortly before coming in,” Jack said on Tom Newton Dunn’s The News Desk.  “He just says hello. I’ll save the colorful language, but he says it sucks.”

Back in 2020, as cases were rising, the Black Sabbath frontman said that catching the coronavirus would be risky for him due to his weak respiratory health. He told GQ at the time: “I’ve got emphysema, so if I get this virus, I’m fucked.”

In February 2021, the icon shared that he’d received his COVID vaccine. Describing his experience getting the jab, Ozzy joked: “It was like being stabbed. No, my arm was a bit sore yesterday but I’m glad I got it, you know.”

Osbourne has recovered from accidents and several bouts of illness over the past few years and in January of 2020, he confirmed a “challenging” diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease.

Elsewhere in his interview with Classic Rock, Ozzy said one of his goals for his seventies is to earn himself a Number One solo album.

He also revealed that he’s moving back to England this year. “I’ve had enough of living out here [America] now,” he explained. “My intention was never to stay out here.”

Meanwhile, Ozzy’s daughter Aimée Osbourne escaped a deadly fire on Thursday (May 19) that claimed one life at a Hollywood recording studio complex.

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Portugal. The Man share piano cover of Sublime’s ‘Santeria’

He continued: “We jumped at the opportunity, and got to let Zoe shine on lead vocals during a five-song Portugal The Woman set, and shared one of the most inspiring moments any of us have ever had on a stage. This track hopes to capture that spirit of hope and warmth.”

Listen to Portugal. The Man’s take on ‘Santeria’ below:

Earlier this year, Portugal. The Man dropped new song ‘What, Me Worry?’ as the lead single from their upcoming ninth studio album.

It followed ‘Who’s Gonna Stop Me’, the band’s 2020 collaboration with “Weird Al” Yankovic, which was released in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day.

An accompanying music video was also released alongside the track, directed by Aaron Brown and Josué Rivas and produced by W+K Studios. It stars Indigenous artists and leaders from across the United States, including world champion juggler Acosia Red Elk of the Umatilla people of Oregon.

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Meanwhile, the first trailer for WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story starring Daniel Radcliffe was recently released.

The forthcoming film, in which Radcliffe will play the beloved comedian and musician, started production earlier this year.

WEIRD: The Weird Al Yankovic Story promises to follow Yankovic’s life “from his rise to fame in the music industry to his celebrity love affairs”, according to a synopsis.

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Blu DeTiger teams up with Chromeo on new songs ‘Blutooth’ & ‘enough 4 u’

The band’s P-Thugg added: “Bass is the backbone of funk music. We grew up idolising everyone from Larry Graham to Meshell Ndegeocello. That’s what we see in Blu and that’s what we wanted to bring out of her.”

“I’ve been a fan of Chromeo for as long as I could remember,” Blu added. “Growing up I would go to every Chromeo show in New York. I have always admired their musicianship and taste, both musically and aesthetically. They’re the experts of cool (I call them the “cool police”). It’s all vibes. Constantly. They’re so detailed and they listen so deeply. It really is a dream collaboration of mine.

“Once we got into the studio we just had so much fun together. I felt really respected and heard, and we just get along so well that it was hard for us not to make something that we loved,” she added.

“For all the bass heads out there, I played a vintage stingray bass with a vintage Mu-Tron III pedal on ‘enough 4 u’. It’s the only way to really get THAT sound. That was pretty dope.”

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Reviewing Blu DeTiger’s ‘How Did We Get Here?’ EP last year, NME wrote: “‘How Did We Get Here?’ feels so endlessly endearing. By unloading a bruising passion for the bass into every hook, DeTiger has crafted a current, cool and vibrant project that is sure to accelerate her dizzying rise to fame.”

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Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden shares new KH song ‘Looking At Your Pager’

“Since then I think more people have asked me about this track than for anything else I’ve ever made and I’ve had amazing times playing it to the best crowds you could ask for. It took quite a while to get approval for the vocal sample but it finally happened recently and now the music is out in the world for everyone.”

Listen to ‘Looking At Your Pager’ below.

Last summer, Four Tet announced he was claiming damages against his former label Domino for a historic royalty rate applied to downloads and streaming revenue of his music first released in the ’00s. In legal documents seen by Music Week Hebden and his lawyers argued that “a reasonable royalty rate…has at all material times been at least 50 per cent”.

In November, Hebden then revealed that Domino had removed three of his albums on the label (‘Pause’, ‘Rounds’ and ‘Everything Ecstatic’) in a bid to stop the legal case.

Domino has argued that, because digital downloads (including streams) were considered a new technology format in the early ’00s, Hebden is only entitled to 75 per cent of 18 per cent of the dealer price (i.e. a 13.5 per cent royalty rate), although it had raised it to 18 per cent on a discretionary basis.

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‘Pause’, ‘Rounds’ and ‘Everything Ecstatic’ and other music was then returned to streaming services after a judge ruled that Hebden’s legal team should be allowed to pursue a case for breach of contract over the removal of albums from DSPs.

Hebden’s lawyers argued at a hearing last December that removing his albums from streaming services was a breach of contract and that copyright to the masters should revert back to him. Those recording rights are currently with Domino for the life of copyright period of 70 years.

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Liam Gallagher plays unreleased track ‘World’s In Need’ on ‘Later… With Jools Holland’

For the performance, Gallagher played ‘World’s In Need’, an unreleased song that he debuted during an intimate 17-song gig in Blackburn last month.

The track is set to feature on Gallagher’s upcoming third studio album, ‘C’mon You Know’, due for release next week.

Watch the Later performance below ahead of the full episode airing tonight.

In 2020, Later… With Jools Holland returned to screens with Christine & The QueensLaura Marling and more appearing from their respective homes during the COVID lockdown.

Last year’s series of Later… then featured guests performing from venues and recording studios, with appearances from Kylie MinogueEd SheeranStingSam FenderDamon Albarn and more.

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Gallagher, meanwhile, will release ‘C’mon You Know’ next week (May 27), and the following weekend June 3-4) will perform at Knebworth to celebrate the new album and the 25th anniversary of Oasis’ landmark outdoor shows at the venue in August 1996.

He’s already previewed the record with the singles ‘Everything’s Electric’‘Better Days’ and the album’s title track.

KasabianMichael KiwanukaFat White Family and Goat Girl will all provide support on the day. You can find the full schedule and buy any remaining tickets here.

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Watch Sharon Van Etten’s thunderous performance of ‘Mistakes’ on ‘Colbert’

Watch the performance below.

.@SharonVanEtten joins us to perform #MISTAKES from her new album, “We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong.” Stream the album now and catch Sharon on tour in Europe and the U.S. this summer! #LSSC https://t.co/1gFgT4s541 pic.twitter.com/Uy5at4lkd3

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) May 21, 2022

Reviewing ‘We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong’, NME said that ‘Mistakes’ is “Van Etten at her best, its thumping chorus ideal for banishing lockdown-induced rumination on your regrets: “Every time I make a mistake / Turns out it’s great”. Around a quarter of the album reaches these heights – see the swirling coda of ‘Home To Me’, on which she tackles the conflict between creativity and parenthood. Although it lacks the immediacy of 2018’s hookier ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, this unyielding record is, at times, a powerful reckoning with the age of uncertainty.”

Last month, Van Etten appeared on the cover of NME and discussed her experience filming The OA, saying she felt like an “imposter” on set.

The singer-songwriter played Rachel DeGrasso in the Netflix series created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij. While there were plans for a five-season story, the show was cancelled after two seasons in 2019.

Speaking to NME about her time in the series, Van Etten had some reservations about her performance. “It was a challenge to take on a role like that, and I feel very lucky to have worked with Brit and Zal – they’re very adventurous in the kind of work they produce.

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“I was constantly insecure, and I knew I was the imposter. So as lucky as I felt that the show wanted me to be part of it, I was also quietly relieved I didn’t have to do it anymore. I’m sorry to the fans but I just felt like I was going to be found out… I didn’t know what I was doing!”

Van Etten is set to tour North America alongside Angel Olsen and Julien Baker this summer on ‘The Wild Hearts Tour’.

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Bobby Shmurda pleas for New York’s Rap On Trial bill to be adopted across United States

Shmurda was jailed for seven years in 2014 after being indicted and pleading guilty to weapons and murder conspiracy charges. The initial indictment in his case included references to his lyrics.

“I’m grateful for it,” he told TMZ of the new bill. “I feel like it needs to happen all over the country, especially with what’s going on in Atlanta right now.”

Lyrics are making up a large proportion of evidence in the current case against Gunna and Young Thug in Georgia. Credit: Getty Images.

In Atlanta, YSL (Young Slime Life) rappers Young Thug and Gunna have been charged in Georgia, with a large amount of prosecutors’ case against them being taken from their song lyrics.

Both rappers were named in a 28-person grand jury indictment and charged with conspiracy to violate the state of Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

The indictment centres around the YSL record label and collective, allegedly formed by Thug – real name Jeffery Lamar Williams – in 2012, which authorities claim is a “criminal street gang”. Part of the indictment is based around Williams, Sergio Kitchens (aka Gunna) and other YSL associates’ lyrics and social media posts allegedly being “acts in furtherance of the conspiracy”.

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Among those lyrics are a line from Williams and Kitchens’ collaboration ‘Slatty’, in which the latter raps: “I killed his man in front of his momma / Like fuck lil bruh, sister and his cousin.”

Gunna’s legal team have since responded, describing the RICO indictment as “intensely problematic”.

Led by Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Jamaal Bailey (D-The Bronx), the new bill – called ‘Rap Music On Trial’ and dubbed Senate Bill S7527 – has received support since the idea was raised from Jay-ZRun The JewelsKiller MikeMeek Mill and more.

The bill will now aim to pass through the New York State Assembly in order to become a law.

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Ed O’Brien reflects on 25 years of Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’: “It was a magical time”

OK a few thoughts in no particular order..” he went on. “Wow… feels like an age away.. 1997 belonged to a different era .. we were just kids.. with unswerving focus and drive .. no partying just the desire to make better and better work.. it was fucking exciting .. people seemed to get what we were doing and the gigs were getting more powerful .. we were absorbing so much more music outside of our alternative guitar thing.. bitches brew.. what’s going on.. in a silent way.. pet sounds .. Scott Walker… Underworld .. Massive Attack… Portishead …it was pretty DIY ..

“We built our own mobile studio and co produced the album with Nigel Godrich .. he did a beautiful job .. think it was his first production work .. we knew he was the one….. we sought inspiring places to record rather than conventional recording studios.. one space was nicknamed canned applause… it was literally inside a vast metal box for storing apples .. one was the magical St Catherine’s Court owned by Jane Seymour .. and it was a magical time.”

O’Brien then discussed how the band met late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins in 1996, when they opened for Alanis Morissette on tour, who Hawkins was drumming for at the time.

“Thank you Alanis for choosing us to open for her, that allowed us to play all these songs that would become OKC..” he wrote. “That’s where we first met the light that was Taylor Hawkins.. although we knew we were on to something we had no idea what it would become .. how could you? ..even now listening today to some of the talk on the radio, I’m truly overwhelmed and still surprised.. we were on one side of it and couldn’t really comprehend the public side of it .. then there was Glastonbury … dreams coming true .. darkness also.. you think these things will fix you .. they don’t .. that work comes later .. everything put on hold to get these songs out…

O’Brien concluded: “So grateful, thankful for the people we had around us at the time .. management, crew, our Parlophone and Capitol labels.. we were a family .. no cliché.. we were and we all busted a gut and put our heart and soul into it … still do..”

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In a second post, O’Brien added: “Thank you to each and every one of you who has joined us on that journey .. we are ALL a part of it.. and thank you as always to my Brothers, Philip, Colin, Jonny and Thom .. All love.”

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Radiohead’s last studio album came in 2016 with ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, while 2021 saw the band release ‘KID A MNESIA’, a triple album celebrating their ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ records, along with a third disc of rarities and B-sides called ‘Kid Amnesiae’.

The band’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood – alongside Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – have also formed a new band called The Smile, who released their debut album, ‘A Light For Attracting Attention’ last week and began their debut European tour on Monday (May 16), debuting a new song called ‘Friend Of A Friend’.

After making their live debut at Glastonbury’s Live At Worthy Farm livestream last summer, The Smile played their first proper live shows with a three-gig run within 12 hours at London’s Magazine venue last month.

Reviewing The Smile’s ‘A Light For Attracting Attention’, NME wrote: “While there’s not a sound or direction on the record that would shock any longtime followers of Yorke or Radiohead, it was clearly made with a free spirit and energy that the pressure of the infamously tortured and laborious task of creating another monolith from The Radiohead Machine might not allow them.

“In cutting some new shapes, this supergroup have been set loose to make some of the most arresting and satisfying music of their careers. Christ, it sounds like they’re having fun – or, at least, as much fun as can be had in trading in this kind of jazzed-up misery.”

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Doja Cat cancels 2022 festival shows and The Weeknd support tour for tonsil surgery

“Hi guys, I wanted you to hear it from me first,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories. “Unfortunately I have to have surgery on my tonsils ASAP. The surgery is routine but the recovery is going to take awhile due to swelling.

“That means I have to cancel my festival run this summer as well as The Weeknd tour. I feel horrible about this but can’t wait for this to heal and get back to making music and create an experience for y’all.”

In a recent tweet, Doja shared additional details on how she ended up having to have tonsil surgery. “Nah so my tonsils got infected before BBMAs and I was taking fuckin antibiotics but forgot that I was taking them and then I drank wine and was vaping all day long and then I started getting a nasty ass growth on my tonsil, so they had to do surgery today,” she wrote.

“I’m quitting the vape for a while and hopefully I don’t crave it anymore after that,” she said before adding that the idea of throwing away her vape “just instils panic”.

“I was literally staring at my vape today that normally I’d hit a thousand times a day and hit it two times instead,” Doja added. “I’ma try to go cold turkey for now but hopefully my brain doesn’t need it at all by then.”

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Last month, Doja told her fans that she would be stepping away from music in a series of tweets she posted following a cancelled festival appearance. “I fuckin quit [and] I can’t wait to fucking disappear,” she wrote.

She later apologised and dialled back on the claim, but has since doubled down on her initial vow to retire, saying that she would be quitting “right after” the tour with The Weeknd.

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Watch The Weeknd’s full Coachella 2022 headline set

The Weeknd’s Coachella 2022 weekend two set:

‘Sacrifice’
‘How Do I Make You Love Me?’
‘Can’t Feel My Face’
‘Blinding Lights’
‘Hurricane’ (Kanye West cover)
‘The Hills’
‘Party Monster’
‘Heartless’
‘Low Life'(Future cover)
‘Or Nah'(Ty Dolla $ign cover)
‘Often’
‘Crew Love’ (Drake cover)
‘Starboy’
‘Out of Time’
‘I Feel It Coming’
‘Save Your Tears’
‘Blinding Lights’
‘Moth to a Flame’ (cover with Swedish House Mafia)

Last month, The Weeknd shared a remix of his ‘Dawn FM’ song ‘Out Of Time’ by fellow Canadian artist Kaytranada. Kaytra’s version retains the glistening electronics of the original along with Tesfaye’s distinctive croon, though it trades the groove-heavy bass guitar for a deep sub-synth and more active percussion.

It arrived as part of an EP that also includes a much shorter radio edit of the remix along with the original and an instrumental version of the studio recording.

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In a four-star review of his latest album, NME said, “If ‘Dawn FM’ hints at great personal change, musically it doesn’t shake things up quite as much. This isn’t a bad thing – the album is a coherent, cool cruise through dark synth-pop, pulling its references from the ‘80s (Giorgio MoroderMichael JacksonDepeche ModeR.E.M.Talking Heads). Tesfaye has said he wants the album to provide a fantasy of escape and its sonics help bolster that feeling that you’ve been whisked off into a different world.

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Pusha T on Kanye West: “Ye and I are very different people”

“He’s very emotional and I am way more calculated than him,” he continued. “So, music is never the debate; it’s the strategy that is the debate with us all day long. His superpower is his instinct, so when that’s your superpower, the shit works the majority of the time.”

Pusha added: “My superpower is my calculated, methodical fucking way of going about things, being able to sit back and withstand whatever before I strike.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Pusha discussed working with West on his seminal album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’. Famously, during those sessions, Kanye forced every one of his collaborators to create multiple versions of their contributions. Pusha says, he was asked to rewrite his verse on ‘Runaway’ several times, placing him in uncharted territory.

“I’m somebody who’s married to what I do,” he said. “I had never been into that type of process until I got with Ye. I saw that sometimes greater things come out of it and once you get that vein, you’ve replaced that initial line with something that’s even better and then you begin to outdo what you already thought was great.”

Pusha added: “The only problem with that is sometimes you get in your way and you fuck up your own timelines, but it’s a good process.”

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Earlier this month, the rap legend commented on a supposed beef between himself and Eminem, explaining it is a “misinterpretation”.

“I saw just recently on Twitter people saying myself and Eminem,” he said. “I’m like, bro! It was a misinterpretation of something I don’t even remember. Something I said or whatever. But you know, people decode, and they have their own thing.”

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Easy Life tease brand new Kevin Abstract collaboration

The teaser comes alongside a brief video clip that sees the band and Abstract depicted in plasticine form. You can check it out below.

DEAR MISS HOLLOWAY FT. KEVIN ABSTRACT out 25th May
pre-save link in bio pic.twitter.com/HhcycA0DPe

— easy life (@easylife) May 20, 2022

In a four-star review of Easy Life’s ‘Life’s A Beach’, NME‘s Thomas Smith said the Leicester band “ruminate on modern living and mental health with sincerity and breezy wit”.

Meanwhile, Kevin Abstract and his Brockhampton bandmates played their final show as a group before their “indefinite hiatus” last month at Coachella 2022.

Back in January, the Texas boyband confirmed they would be disbanding after two shows at London’s Brixton Academy and their performances at Coachella.

“Following these four performances, we will be taking an indefinite hiatus as a group,” the group wrote in a statement.

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“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being on this journey with us. We would not be here without our fans. We hope we’ve been able to inspire you as much as you have us these past eight years.” Brockhampton signed off the post: “We are bonded and grateful to you for life.”

It’s not all bad news for Brockhampton though. During their performance at weekend one of Coachella, they confirmed a final album would be released later this year.

The group then released a short trailer for their currently-untitled new record. Brockhampton released their previous album, ‘Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine’ in 2021.

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Check out Placebo’s setlist from My Chemical Romance’s Milton Keynes show

Watch footage from the band’s Milton Keynes set below:

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You can see Placebo’s Milton Keynes setlist below:

‘Forever Chemicals’
‘Kitty Litter’ (first performance since 2012)
‘Beautiful James’
‘Bionic’ (first performance since 2014)
‘Hugz’
‘One Of A Kind’ (first performance since 2015)
‘Surrounded By Spies’
‘Try Better Next Time’
‘For What It’s Worth’
‘Slave To The Wage’
‘Special K’
‘The Bitter End’
‘Infra-red’

Placebo’s remaining dates with MCR will be tomorrow (May 21) and Sunday (22) at MK Dons Stadium, Milton Keynes.

My Chemical Romance kicked off their hugely anticipated UK and Ireland comeback tour on Monday night (May 16) at the Eden Project in Cornwall, marking their first UK show in 11 years.

In a five-star review of the show, NME‘s Ali Shutler said: “They’re now safely one of the biggest rock groups to emerge in the last 20 years but if the band are worried about their new found status, they don’t show it.

“Tonight’s show is fearless, loose and raw. It genuinely feels like anything could happen, as My Chemical Romance channel punk rebellion and playful ambition. ‘This has been special and amazing,’ says Way, taking the words right out of our mouths.”

Following the UK dates, My Chemical Romance will move onto Europe, before visiting New Zealand and Australia in 2023.

You can check out the remaining UK dates and who will be supporting below:

MAY 2022

21 – MK Dons Stadium, Milton Keynes (w/ Placebo, Barns Courtney, Cassyette)
22 – MK Dons Stadium, Milton Keynes (w/ Placebo, Starcrawler, Charlotte Sands)
27 – Victoria Park, Warrington (w/ Frank Turner, Starcrawler, Crawlers)
28 – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (w/ Starcrawler, Lost Alone and more to be announced)
30 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow (w/Starcrawler)

Meanwhile, Gerard Way paid tribute to My Chemical Romance fans who have passed away over the last two years at their Milton Keynes show last night (May 19).

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Doja Cat’s “whole throat is fucked” after tonsil surgery

She then added additional details on how she ended up having to have tonsil surgery. “Nah so my tonsils got infected before BBMAs and I was taking fuckin antibiotics but forgot that I was taking them and then I drank wine and was vaping all day long and then I started getting a nasty ass growth on my tonsil, so they had to do surgery today.”

nah so my tonsils got infected before bbmas and i was taking fuckin antibiotics but forgot that i was taking them and then i drank wine and was vaping all day long and then i started getting a nasty ass growth on my tonsil so they had to do surgery on it today.

— throatussy era (@DojaCat) May 19, 2022

“I’m quitting the vape for a while and hopefully I don’t crave it anymore after that,” she said before adding that the idea of throwing away her vape “just instils panic”.

“I was literally staring at my vape today that normally I’d hit a thousand times a day and hit it two times instead,” Doja added. “I’ma try to go cold turkey for now but hopefully my brain doesn’t need it at all by then.”

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Earlier this month, Doja Cat released a new single titled ‘Vegas’, lifted from the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming Elvis biopic.

The track takes the well-known song ‘Hound Dog’ – originally sung by blues artist Big Mama Thornton in 1952, and famously covered by Elvis Presley four years later – and makes it her own. The rapper weaves samples of Thornton’s vocals into her rendition, adding her own fiery bars and a cutting trap beat.

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Florence + The Machine score fourth UK Number One album with ‘Dance Fever’

Despite not claiming the top spot Lamar’s new LP was the most-streamed album of the week, in the absence of a physical release, according to the Official Charts Company.

Meanwhile, The Black Keys ended up at Number Five with their new LP ‘Dropout Boogie.

Sam Ryder CREDIT: Getty

Elsewhere, in the UK singles chart, Sam Ryder‘s ‘Space Man’ was pipped to Number One by Harry Styles‘As It Was’, despite his success in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Ryder’s song is also the highest Eurovision chart entry since Gina G’s Number One hit ‘Ooh Ahh…Just A Little Bit’ in 1996.

‘Space Man’ was the UK’s most-downloaded song of the week, landing at Number One on the official download chart.

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Despite his defeat, Ryder hailed Styles who has remained top of the charts for seven consecutive weeks.

“I feel like what Harry stands for, as a fan of his and listening to his music, he stands for the same things that Eurovision celebrates; a freedom of expression, of inclusivity. A celebration of music, joy and togetherness,” he said.

Reviewing last weekend’s Eurovision night, NME wrote: “Eurovision 2022 was all about looking forward: Sam Ryder reminding us that the UK can actually win this thing, and Ukraine showing the world just how much agency it has. Yes, the contest can be silly – hello, ‘Give That Wolf A Banana’ – but it’s also strangely and fundamentally profound.”

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IDLES, Holly Humberstone, Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler join Connect Festival 2022

Massive Attack were set to headline the fest, but IDLES will replace them, now that the band is no longer able to perform their shows this summer according to a statement from the festival.

Unfortunately Massive Attack are no longer able to perform their shows this Summer. We are pleased to welcome @idlesband who will play in their place this August. We will be announcing the second wave of artists to the line-up next week.

Tickets – https://t.co/uBbCadoLU5 pic.twitter.com/9vzFSgHg0Q

— Connect (@ConnectFestSCO) May 12, 2022

“We are delighted to be announcing our line-up for Connect today,” said DF Concerts & Events CEO, Geoff Ellis. “For some time now we have been working tirelessly and carefully to curate a captivating line-up for the first edition of our new iteration of Connect and we have been really excited to share it.

“While Connect is a brand new festival proposition, it will still retain many qualities from – and the ethos of – its namesake from 2007 and 2008, especially regarding the music, entertainment, food and drink programmes.

Meanwhile, IDLES have announced a special Glastonbury warm-up show, which will also be their only UK headline gig of 2022. The five-piece will be among the major acts who will grace the Worthy Farm festival’s main stages from June 22-26. The gig is set to take place at Coventry’s HMV Empire on June 23.

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The Bristol band recently performed at a charity benefit show in their hometown which raised money for War Child’s Ukraine appeal. IDLES also recently guested on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where they performed their song ‘Crawl!’ from their fourth studio album, ‘CRAWLER’.

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Watch Paris Jackson pay homage to Nirvana with new single ‘Lighthouse’

In ‘Lighthouse’, Jackson sings “I can feel the lights go low, but I don’t wanna let go now, maybe if I turn around you’ll see me, and what you used to be,” over powerful distorted guitar riffs.

‘Lighthouse’ follows Jackson’s EP, ‘The Lost’ which was released in February. The three-track project included a collaboration with Caamp called ‘Lost’, as well as solo offerings ‘Breathe Again’ and ‘Never Going Back Again.’ Last year, she released collaborations with Manchester Orchestra as well as a song called, ‘Low Key In Love’ with The Struts.

Back in January, Jackson said she would be open to collaborating with her aunt Janet Jackson. “We haven’t talked about it, but I’m not opposed to it,” she said . “I love collaborating with all kinds of artists. The genre doesn’t really turn me off, doesn’t matter what genre it is. I can’t say that I see myself doing trap music anytime in the near future, but I’m open to everything.”

In 2020, she released her debut solo album ‘Wilted’, which NME called “a collection of 11 intimate songs that’ll fit like your favourite sweater.”

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Santigold explores “the future sound of punk rock” on ‘High Priestess’

“I had started working on this beat and I didn’t have anything in mind for a topic, I just knew I wanted to do a sort of rap punk song (as dangerous as that sounds),” Santigold said in a statement. “My buddy Ray Brady and I started working on something, trying to add in all the elements that made sense, kicks, subs, new wave synths. Boys Noize ended up bringing something super cool that really built the song and made me get even more excited about it.

“It was coming along quickly, until it wasn’t. The punk rock energy, the angst, that I wanted to come across wasn’t quite there. I tried adding guitar and a live drum kit, and that was a big red buzzer ‘X.’ I ended up tagging in Psymun (Simon Christensen) who brought in Ryan Olson, and they brought the final missing element. The energy I was looking for couldn’t be the old version of punk rock, it had to be the future sound of punk rock. They brought the angst, the push and pull that was missing, but it was very fresh sounding and totally unexpected. It all came together in a way I could never have imagined when we started, but it was exactly what I set out to make.”

She added: “I want to make music that sounds like the past and the future all in one; music that makes you feel safe enough to jump in, but then takes us on a journey to where we needed to go but have never even heard of. I want my music to be the bridge.”

 

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Santigold also explained that working on the track after being in “Mom mode for months” was like “finding gold”. “It literally saved my spirit,” she said. “And that brings us to the name of the song. I called this song ‘High Priestess’ because this song was about my greatness.

“I needed to be a witness to myself at that point, calling out my own power, my own fortitude, my own wisdom, because I felt like I had become disconnected from it, having been stripped out of the rhythm of life that I had cultivated for myself, and thrust into this smaller, one-dimensional version of myself, grounded and isolated for too long. The lyrics are fun though, rap lyrics in general, boastful, cocky, but that’s what I was talking about underneath it all.”

The official video for the track, which you can watch above, only features one-minute-and-17-seconds of the song. You can also listen to the full track in the official audio video above.

Last year, the artist featured on a posthumous album from late dancehall and reggae icon U-Roy. She appeared on the track ‘Man Next Door’, while others that contributed to the record included The Clash’s Mick Jones, Shaggy, Ziggy Marley and more.

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