Logic lends his ear to those in need on new track ‘Call Me’

On ‘Call Me’, Logic lends his ear to those in need – a theme similar to that of his 2017 hit single ‘1-800-273-8255’, on which he, Alessia Cara and Khalid discuss suicide prevention with the aim of inspiring people to reach out for help.

“You know you can call me/ When nobody picking up/ When it feel like don’t nobody in the world give a fuck/ Call me/ I’ll be there to pick you up/ 56442, hit me up,” Logic raps on the song’s chorus.

You can listen to ‘Call Me’ below:

Logic recently teased a third volume of his ‘Bobby Tarantino’ mixtape series, tweeting that fans can expect “Fun Tracks and Real Raps” from the third tape in the series. The first ‘Bobby Tarantino’ tape came out in 2016 while the second arrived in 2018, debuting at Number One on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Despite announcing his retirement in July of last year, Logic has continued to share a steady string of releases. He shared a beat tape in September of last year and teamed up with Madlib to form a new duo MadGic, releasing new tracks ‘Mars Only Pt. 3’ and ‘Raddest Dad’ in April and May of this year respectively.

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Last month, Logic released a new compilation album called ‘The YS Collection’, which compiles songs from across his ‘Young Sinatra’ series.

The series consists of the mixtapes ‘Young Sinatra’ (2011), ‘Young Sinatra: Undeniable’ (2012), ‘Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever’ (2013), and the studio album ‘YSIV’ (2018).

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Listen to Bullet For My Valentine’s furious new single, ‘Parasite’

Lead guitarist Michael ​”Padge” Paget added: “I think it’s the most ferocious side of Bullet For My Valentine that I’ve ever known. It’s time for us to put out a really angry, heavy, aggressive record. I just can’t wait to grimace on stage!”

Listen to the new single here:

Speaking about the concept for the song’s video, director Fiona Garden said: “For ‘Parasite’ we just wanted to let the song rip.

“The intensity and fury of the track tears along, pure performance and vitality. Along the way, in a world defined by blinding light and the phenomenal graphic work of artist Carl Addy, we see this new infinite incarnation of the avatar aM cuts being ritualistically infected and drawn further into limitless oblivion. No locusts were harmed in the making of this video.”

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The Welsh band’s new album, which vocalist Matt Tuck previously teased as “brutal, heavy, and technical,” will come out on October 22 via Spinefarm/Search & Destroy.

“This is the beginning of Bullet 2.0,” Tuck said in a statement. “It signifies where we are right now. The music is fresh, it’s aggressive, it’s more visceral and passionate than it’s ever been.”

He continued: “I wanted to come out guns blazing, fucking middle fingers flying, and just go for the throat.”

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Lindsey Buckingham shares Fleetwood Mac-inspired new song ‘On The Wrong Side’

In a statement, Buckingham said that his new track is “not a happy song, subject-matter wise, but it was an ebullient song musically. This was sort of the same idea.”

You can listen to ‘On The Wrong Side’ below:

It’s not the first time that Buckingham has released a track called ‘On The Wrong Side’. In 1994, he recorded a track with the same title which featured on the soundtrack for the 1994 film With Honors.

Tweeting about his forthcoming seventh solo album, which is his first since leaving Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham said last month: “My new self-titled album is one I’ve been intending to get out for a couple of years now, but on more than one occasion, unforeseen circumstances necessitated a postponement of plans.

“Now that we’re back in gear, I’m thrilled to finally be sharing new music with my listeners!” The album is due to arrive on September 17.

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Buckingham is also gearing up to head out on a series of 2021 US tour dates, starting in Milwaukee, WI, on September 1 and ending on December 20 in Boulder, CO. The tour will stop off in New York, Atlanta, Los Angels, Austin, Dallas and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

Buckingham was fired by Fleetwood Mac in 2018. The band continued to tour without the guitarist, replacing him on the road with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn.

In March, it was revealed that Mick Fleetwood had reconciled with Buckingham – and he said he would like to think a reunion could happen.

Previously, Fleetwood had been adamant that his former bandmate would never be allowed to rejoin the band.

Asked in an interview whether or not he could see a scenario in which the band would play with Buckingham again, Fleetwood said: “No. Fleetwood Mac is a strange creature. We’re very, very committed to Neil and Mike, and that passed away a time ago, when Lindsey left. And it’s not a point of conversation, so I have to say no.”

But now, it appears Fleetwood has had a change of heart about Buckingham. The pair are apparently on good terms after they started talking following the death of Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Buckingham has said he never got “closure” with former Fleetwood Mac bandmate and ex-parter Stevie Nicks following their much-publicised breakup.

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Polo G and Gunna team up with NBA player Kawhi Leonard for new track ‘Waves’

“Jumped off the porch, plush, two-door Porsche/ Got vibes in New York, got stars in the Royce/ My style is Dior, got wild freaky hoes/ Keep codeine and pour, the wave with no shore,” Gunna raps on the chorus of ‘Waves’.

You can listen to the new track below:

Leonard, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, has put together ‘Culture Jam’ with Eesean Bolden, the senior vice president of A&R at Warner Records.

A portion of the proceeds from ‘Culture Jam’ will go to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to creating a positive impact for underserved athletes and young women in sports. The organisation was founded through the vision and loving memory of Kobe and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant.

“‘Culture Jam’ is about celebrating the union of hip-hop, sports, and community,” Bolden said in a statement.

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Earlier this year, Gunna and Young Thug posted bail for 30 low-level inmates who were unable to afford the costs themselves.

The people were freed from Fulton County Jail in the two artist’s native Atlanta, Georgia on April 25, where they were imprisoned while awaiting trial.

“This is where we are from,” Young Thug said in an interview with WSB-TV2. “We just woke up and went to the jail with the lawyer and, you know, DA’s and the prosecutors […] the bonding companies and just got as many people as we can out.”

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Bruce Dickinson reveals he recorded new Iron Maiden album on crutches

“I did the last couple of tracks of recording on crutches, in a boot – one of those big boots you have to wear to immobilise your leg,” he told the publication.

“So, I bust it at the end of April. Thirty-six hours later I was on the slab having it stitched back together. And then hours after the operation, I was in the studio, singing, with my leg the size of a fucking balloon.”

Bruce Dickinson (Picture: Press)

He continued: “It was a month in a boot. It took it off and then I had another two weeks of rehab. Then I had four months to try to learn to walk again before the tour.

“That tour of America and South America, all those big shows, I couldn’t walk properly, so I just faked it. Nobody figured it out. I was running around, but I was running around differently.

“I learned to move without using my calf muscles, which is difficult, but I couldn’t do it anything conventional. So I couldn’t jump, and I couldn’t run, and walking quickly was an issue. But if you walked like a crab, it was alright!”

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‘Senjutsu’ will come out on September 3, and was recorded at Paris’ Guillaume Tell Studio with Iron Maiden’s longtime producer Kevin Shirley alongside Steve Harris.

Dickinson said that the band were “all really excited” about the record, adding that it was recorded in 2019 when the group were on a break from their Legacy tour.

“The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long,” he explained. “There’s also one or two songs which sound pretty different to our usual style, and I think Maiden fans will be surprised – in a good way, I hope!”

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Jake Shears wants to make another Scissor Sisters record

He continued: “[In a way], I feel like I’m making the music [now] that I would be making if Scissor Sisters were still together.”

Shears added that in order for a reunion to happen, everyone – including former bandmates Babydaddy, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis and Randy Real – needs to be in the same place in terms of schedule and motivation, and he wouldn’t want to force anyone into it.

“I think so. I think everybody would need to want to do it,” he said during his ‘In Conversation’ chat with NME. “I don’t wanna twist anybody’s arm – that would be no fun.”

Next year, Scissor Sisters’ ‘Magic Hour’ will celebrate its 10th anniversary. However, Shears isn’t keen on the idea of getting the group back together to mark the occasion.

“I don’t think I would be into that. I would want to make new music,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Jake Shears has released a dazzling new disco banger called ‘Do The Television’.

The track is his first new music of 2021 and follows last year’s ‘Meltdown’, a “heavy homage and deep tribute to the fabulous [70s and 80s disco icon] Sylvester”, whose vocal stylings have always been “a huge inspiration to” Shears.

The idea for ‘Do The Television’ first emerged when Shears was writing Scissor Sisters’ third album, ‘Night Work’, which turned 10 last year. The album’s anniversary inspired him to reflect, rewrite and start the single from scratch.

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Yoko Ono reacts to ‘Imagine’ being used in Olympics opening ceremony

“Yes, it is very different from what all of us had imagined,” he said during the ceremony. “But let us cherish this moment because finally we are all here together.”

After the athlete parade, a number of drones formed a globe above the stadium, after which John Legend and Keith Urban joined Spanish performer Alejandro Sanz, Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo and the Suginami Children’s Choir for a moving virtual rendition of Lennon and Ono’s ‘Imagine’. You can see a snippet below.

John Lennon thought Imagine was going to be remembered for 10 years because it was "just a song" but here we are today and it's much more than that. Today, perhaps more than ever, John is not alone, we all dream the same dream#IMAGINE50 ☁️#Olympics pic.twitter.com/QMwjxfS6Pd

— Mariana #IMAGINE50 ☁️ ((°⍸°))🍏 (@marianabrickman) July 23, 2021

An array of singers, including John Legend and Keith Urban, have performed “Imagine” at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. #TeamAustralia pic.twitter.com/EtyjtykUEK

— JOE 🇦🇺 (@Joeontheloose) July 23, 2021

Following the performance, Ono took to Twitter to react and share her thoughts on what ‘Imagine’ embodied to her and Lennon.

“IMAGINE. John and I were both artists and we were living together, so we inspired each other,” she wrote. “The song ‘Imagine’ embodied what we believed together at the time. John and I met – he comes from the West and I come from the East – and still we are together.”

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Take a look at Ono’s tweet below:

IMAGINE.
John and I were both artists and we were living together, so we inspired each other. The song ‘Imagine’ embodied what we believed together at the time. John and I met – he comes from the West and I come from the East – and still we are together.#IMAGINE50 #Olympics pic.twitter.com/mj2wJEUIiV

— Yoko Ono ☁️ (@yokoono) July 23, 2021

Last month, War Child UK released ‘Dear John’, a tribute album marking John Lennon‘s 80th birthday which features new interpretations of the late artist’s classic tracks.

The record is a live recording of last year’s virtual charity concert which was organised by Blurred Vision vocalist Sepp Osley.

Meanwhile, the mini-documentary about John Lennon and Yoko Ono, titled 24 Hours: The World Of John And Yoko, is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video US.

The 30-minute film is available to watch in full for the first time since its initial release on the BBC back in 1969 through the Coda Collection on Amazon.

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Lil Nas X pens letter to his younger self ahead of new single ‘Industry Baby’

“i wrote a song for us,” he began the note. “i know sometimes you feel like it’s all downhill from here. i know your sexuality has made you feel like an outcast amongst your peers. i know going from having the biggest song in the world to being trapped in your apartment is weighing heavy on you. And i know if you hear the phrase ‘one hit wonder’ one more time, you might combust.”

“INDUSTRY BABY” 🏆
TOMORROW NIGHT! pic.twitter.com/WhGh3Sk72C

— nope 👶🏾 (@LilNasX) July 22, 2021

Nas X went on to urge his younger self to “keep going” and “stop feeling sorry” for himself. “But i need you to keep going,” he wrote. “i need you to realise that you have the opportunity to be the person that you needed growing up. i need you to stop feeling sorry for yourself. And i need you to remember that the only person who has to believe in YOU is YOU.”

‘Industry Baby’, which besides West is also produced by and features Jack Harlow, is set to drop on the same day as West’s new album, ‘Donda’.

Meanwhile, Lil Nas X has defended Madonna after the singer faced criticism for comparing the rapper’s kiss with a backing dancer to her kiss with Britney Spears in 2003.

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Dizzee Rascal thinks Glastonbury was “scared” to make him headliner

“I was one from the headline, and then someone dropped out, so they should have moved me up, but then they put on Gorillaz or someone,” he said, referring to the 2010 edition of the festival, where he was on the bill after the likes of Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson and Vampire Weekend, and was one spot below headliners U2.

The Irish rock giants were forced to pull out of the festival that year when frontman Bono suffered a back injury, and Dizzee felt like he should have been given the spot instead of the festival bringing in Gorillaz.

Asked why he thought they opted to go with the Damon Albarn-led outfit instead of him, Dizzee answered: “It’s the confidence, they didn’t have the confidence.

“Even though they’d seen me smashing the shut out of it, they were just scared. And then Gorillaz came on, and no offence to them, but you’re not getting the same thing.”
He added: “You can’t put them on after me – are you alright?”

Back in 2019, after Stormzy’s genre-defining headlining performance at Glastonbury, Wiley, who has been embroiled in a personal feud with Dizzee for years, told NME that even he felt Dizzee had done enough to headline Glastonbury.

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“He’s done the most out of any black boy I’ve ever known in England,” the grime godfather said. “I’ve never seen anyone do more than what he’s done. For me, Dizzee is the greatest person I’ve ever known.

He continued: “I know that he hasn’t headlined Glastonbury but if someone asked me who it is I’ve personally witnessed doing the most, it would be Dizzee.”

Meanwhile, Dizzee Rascal received a mention in a recent government-commissioned report which controversially found that the UK “no longer” had a system that is rigged against ethnic minorities.

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50 Cent hints that ‘Power Book IV: Force’ is on its way

50 Cent performs live in 2019. CREDIT: Dave Simpson/WireImage

Elsewhere in the interview, 50 went on to say how his own upbringing in Southside Jamaica, New York, influenced Kanan Stark’s backstory in Power Book III: Raising Kanan

“Well, just the environment the neighbourhood was, was a lot harder back then in the ’90s,” he said.

“You look at the beautiful buildings in New York City, they just didn’t have windows. There just was abandoned buildings at that part. It was like a lot more, see no evil, hear no evil. Then you scarper when the police come, and like ‘I don’t know what happened’.

“And if you watch like First 48 now you’ll see how fast they tell. They’re all just telling on everybody. Detective, all you had to do is just come in with a badge.”

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In other news, 50 recently said he’s no longer interested in appearing as part of Timbaland and Swizz Beatzonline battle rap series Verzuz.

50 was asked by an interviewer at the premiere of his new show – Power Book III: Raising Kanan – if he had plans to ever participate in the series, which originated during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic last year on Instagram Live.

“A Verzuz battle? Probably not,” 50 replies. “We back outside. That was something that happened during the pandemic when we was stuck in the house. Now that we back outside, there’s other things to do. We supposed to be creating new history, not being back there.”

Earlier this month, 50 confirmed new music is on the way, with the rapper signalling a September arrival date.

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James Blake announces new album and shares lead single ‘Say What You Will’

Previewing the album with new single ‘Say What You Will’, Blake puts on social blinkers as he sets out to find peace in his own success.

“I can find my way with no superpowers/ I can take my place without becoming sour/ I might not make those psychopaths proud/ At least I can see the faces of the smaller crowds,” he sings over the moody, crawling soundscape.

“The song is about finding peace with who you are and where you’re at regardless of how well other people seem to be doing. Comparison really is the thief of joy,” Blake said in a press release.

You can watch the ‘Say What You Will’ video, starring Finneas, below:

‘Friends That Break Your Heart’ is released on September 10 via Republic Records. You can see the tracklisting below and pre-order it here.

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1. ‘Famous Last Words’
2. ‘Life Is Not The Same’
3. ‘Coming Back’ (feat. SZA)
4. ‘Funeral’
5. ‘Frozen’ (feat. JID & SwaVay)
6. ‘I’m So Blessed You’re Mine’
7. ‘Foot Forward’
8. ‘Show Me’ (feat. Monica Martin)
9. ‘Say What You Will’
10. ‘Lost Angel Nights’
11. ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’
12. ‘If I’m Insecure’

Blake has also announced a 2021 North American tour to support the upcoming new album. The 15 city tour will kick off in San Diego on September 16, making stops in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, before wrapping up in Atlanta on October 15. See a full list of dates below.

Fans can sign up for early access to tickets here, with presale beginning on July 26 at 10am local time and ending on July 29 at 10pm local time. Tickets go on general sale on July 30 at 10am local time here.

SEPTEMBER 2021

16 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
19 – San Francisco, CA – Greek Theatre
21 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
22 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
28 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore
30 – Minneapolis, MN – The State Theatre

OCTOBER 2021

2 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Auditorium
3 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
6 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
8 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
9 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
12 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
13 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
15 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

In a four-star review of last year’s ‘Before’ EP, NME‘s Will Richards said that Blake “takes this newfound freedom, albatross firmly removed from around his neck, and dives back into his love for club culture, bringing with him everything he’s learned along the way.”

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Sleaford Mods step in to replace Fontaines D.C. at Latitude Festival

Sleaford Mods will now be replacing the band in the Saturday night slot. Sharing the news on Twitter, they wrote: “Mad announcement. We’re headlining the BBC Sounds stage at @LatitudeFest this Saturday night.

“You need to come witness the male models as we step out for the first time in 18 months. Fuckin yeeeesssss.”

Mad announcement. We’re headlining the BBC Sounds stage at @LatitudeFest this Saturday night. You need to come witness the male models as we step out for the first time in 18 months. Fuckin yeeeesssss. pic.twitter.com/rUz2UWp905

— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) July 22, 2021

The 35,000-capacity event, set to be headlined by BastilleBombay Bicycle ClubWolf Alice and The Chemical Brothers, is the UK’s first major festival to be held following ‘freedom day’.

Taking place from today (July 22) until until Sunday (July 25), the festival had already been given the green light before the lifting of COVID restrictions as festival organiser Melvin Benn announced in June it was part of the government’s Event Research Programme (ERP).

In order to gain entry to the festival, which runs until Sunday (July 25), ticketholders will be asked for proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of arrival at the festival, or proof of full vaccination with the second dose having been received at least 14 days prior to the first day of attending the festival. As a test event, it can go ahead with no social distancing requirements.

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News of Fontaines D.C.’s positive COVID test comes after Alfie Templeman also cancelled his performances at this weekend’s Latitude and Tramlines festivals after he also contracted the virus.

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Listen to Big Red Machine’s new single ‘Phoenix’ featuring Fleet Foxes

“It was a high, high honour to work on this song, and beyond that it was a really interesting creative challenge,” added Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold.

“Justin’s vocals and the beautiful chorus were already in place before I got my hands on it, so I felt my job melodically and lyrically was to set his entrance up in the best possible way.  I felt like a pilgrim putting questions to an elusive sage, not needing clear answers, but happy for the chance to ask.”

‘How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?’ was recorded at Dessner’s Long Pond studio in upstate New York and will feature 15 songs.

Other collaborators due to appear on the album as either guest vocalists or writing collaborators include Taylor Swift, Ben Howard, This Is The Kit, Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, Isley, La Force and Naeem. My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova will also appear on the track ‘Hutch’, which was inspired by the late Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, a close friend of Dessner’s.

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It is due out on August 27, via the band’s own label 37d03d.

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Celeste confirms she’s already writing her second album and talks Mercury Prize nod

“My rule with this second album which I’ve just started writing in the last week, actually, is just to make sure that I hear my own voice within it and make sure it’s what’s out there for people to hear in its entirety,” she told NME at the Mercury Prize nominations this morning (July 22).

“Any time it crosses my mind that this is challenging my integrity or my belief of who I think I am, I know not to do that,” she added.

“Sometimes I did that on this [debut] album and it paid off in other ways, but sometimes those are the things I don’t feel good about.

She added: “I wanna make sure I don’t do that this time and I think the first album has given people the chance to trust me and deliver that.”

But if Celeste does emerge triumphant at September’s Mercury Prize ceremony, it’s fair to say that certain family members will have double reason to celebrate.

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Asked how she intends to spend the £25,000 prize if she wins, Celeste replied: “I’m gonna have to give it to my mum!”

You heard it here first.

Other acts nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize include Laura Mvula, Arlo Parks and Wolf Alice. Check back at NME.com soon for more of our interviews with this year’s nominees.

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Paul McCartney shares trippy new video for ‘Find My Way’ featuring Beck

“The technology to de-age talent and have them perform in creative environments like this is now fully-realised, even with one of the most recognised faces in the world,” Hyperreal’s CEO Remington Scott said of the technology used in the video.

Watch the video for ‘Find My Way’ below:

The digital version of ‘McCartney III: Imagined’ was released back in April. It will be available on vinyl, CD and cassette from tomorrow (July 23) – you can pre-order here.

In a four-star review of the LP, NME’s Thomas Smith said: “‘McCartney III: Imagined’ is another fine entry into the self-titled collection. The sheer star-power and respect from contemporaries and newbies is another flex that proves the endeavour, which started over 51 years ago, was a worthy one.”

Earlier this month, Disney+ confirmed that Paul McCartney‘s forthcoming docu-series McCartney 3,2,1 will air in the UK on the streaming service next month.

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The upcoming six-episode documentary series already premiered in the US on Hulu last week but it has now been confirmed that viewers in the UK will get to see the first episode on August 25.

Meanwhile, Beck has rescheduled his forthcoming UK tour to 2022 and has added several new dates.

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Arlo Parks on securing her first ever Mercury Prize nod and plans for second album

“It’s something I would watch when I was a kid. I’d be on the internet at 2 in the morning, checking who was shortlisted and now I’m here. It feels really wonderful.”

Asked why listeners had connected with the record, Parks said it contained a “sense of honesty and humanity” that fans could relate to.

“I’m just talking about being a human being. Growing up and falling out of love, falling in love, going to those dark places,” she said.

“But it’s all real, and I hope people can connect with the three dimensional side of it.”

Describing the moment she learnt of the nomination, Parks added: “I was in my flat and my manager called and said ‘You’re gonna want to be sitting down for this’. It was early in the morning and I was quite grumpy as I hadn’t had my coffee.

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“He said ‘You’re shortlisted for the Mercury!’ and I did just like fall back down to the ground. It was great.”

So when can we expect more new music from Arlo Parks?

“I’m doing a lot of sessions and I’m writing a lot,” she said. “The format that the songs are going to come out in is nebulous, there are no concrete plans but I’m definitely working on stuff.

Other acts nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize include Celeste, Laura Mvula and Wolf Alice. Check back at NME.com soon for more of our interviews with this year’s nominees.

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Khalid announces third album ‘Everything Is Changing’ and shares new video

“As we all come out of quarantine and venture more into the world and try to reconnect with people we haven’t seen in over a year, I hope the messages explored within the album open up conversations and allow people to access their feelings in a new way,” he said in a statement.

In addition to announcing the album, Khalid also shared a futuristic video for his latest single, ‘New Normal’, which he first premiered during a live performance at Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 Spaceflight launch last week.

In the Andy Hines-directed video, Khalid, sporting blue and purple dyed hair, steps out from a space-age-looking vehicle and enters his apartment building. As he walks up to his apartment, he passes delivery drones and a number of huge indoor plants. The rest of the video sees Khalid singing and dancing in his apartment as he waters his plants.

You can watch the video for ‘New Normal’ below:

Khalid is among the acts set to perform as part of Australian music festival Splendour In The Grass‘ virtual offshoot, Splendour XR, this coming weekend.

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Splendour XR is set to take place over two full days on Saturday (July 24) and Sunday (25), with “punters” able to stream the multi-stage event using a mobile, tablet, browser or desktop, or using a VR headset.

Meanwhile, Khalid, Benny Blanco, Halsey and Ed Sheeran, as well as their respective labels, are being sued for copyright infringement over Blanco’s debut single ‘Eastside’.

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Watch Ariana Grande and The Weeknd’s new performance of ‘Off The Table’

The visuals begin with the singer walking across a lawn as a blue light flickers to the beat overhead. Her band, meanwhile, performs at the edge of the stage among a bed of flowers.

Later, Grande turns away to walk into the distance as The Weeknd enters the frame. Donning a long black coat and shades, Tesfaye then sings beside the pop star as the camera pans in and out.

Grande has also recently shared live performances of  ’34+35′, ‘My Hair’ and ‘POV’ and ‘Safety Net’ (featuring Ty Dolla $ign) as part of the Vevo series – you can check out the videos here.

Reviewing ‘Positions’ upon its release, NME wrote: “As an introduction to the next era of Grande’s career, it’s solid, but you can’t help but feel it’s missing some of her trademark sparkle.”

Last month, Grande announced that she would be giving away $1million (£723k) worth of therapy to her fans.

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She wrote: “While acknowledging that therapy should not be for a privileged few but something everyone has access to, and acknowledging that this doesn’t fix that issue in the long run, i really wanted to do this anyway in hopes of inspiring you to dip a toe in, to feel okay asking for help, and to hopefully rid your minds of any sort of self judgement in doing so!”

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Joy Orbison announces release of debut mixtape ‘Still Slipping Vol.1’

“I’ve been working on the idea of mixtape for a while now,” Orbison said of ‘Still Slipping Vol.1’. “I’d never really wanted to make an album, but the way I’ve been making and listening to music has changed a lot over the last few years and it doesn’t always make sense on a single or EP.

“I also had this realisation that I wish my records were better suited to soundtracking people’s bus journeys but so far I’ve only really given them enough music to get halfway up Walworth Road.”

He added: “There’s a load of voice notes from family members in there too, pretty much my only contact with them over lockdown.”

“In my head, this is a soul record but I’m not sure that’s how people will hear it. the cover star is my wonderful cousin Leighann who introduced me to jungle, d’n’b & UK garage at a young age – without her, I wouldn’t be doing what I do today.

“I’ve made a point of making this record feel really human, light hearted and humorous in places too so that the weirder bits of the record don’t seem too wanky or self-indulgent.”

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You can see the mixtape’s artwork above and tracklisting below:

01 w/ Dad & Frankie
02 ‘Sparko’ (w/ Herron)
03 ‘Swag’ w/ Kav (w/ James Messiah & Bathe)
04 ‘Better’ (w/ Léa Sen)
05 ‘Bernard?’
06 ‘Runnersz’
07 ‘Rraine’ (w/ Edna)
08 ‘Glorious Amateurs’
09 ‘S Gets Jaded’
10 ‘Froth Sipping’
11 ‘Layer 6’
12 ‘In Drink’
13 ‘Playground’ (w/ Goya Gumbani)
14 ‘Born Slipping’ (w/ Tyson)

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Listen to IDER’s atmospheric new single ‘Obsessed’

The single, co-written and co-produced by Kiran Kai (Rejjie Snow, Jordan Rakei, Connie Constance), arrives with a red-filtered and distorted official video.

You can watch the video below:

‘Obsessed’ follows the previous songs ‘Bored’ and ‘Cross Yourself’, both of which arrived this year. As per a press release, ‘Shame’ features tracks that were largely written in Berlin over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We got there, and we got COVID four weeks later. We had three weeks of heaven where we wrote so much new music and it was everything we dreamed of, living that chaotic, no-routine lifestyle,” IDER explained in a statement.

“We Thelma and Louised it back, because the messaging at the time was, ‘If you don’t come back to London now, you never will’.”

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You can pre-order/pre-save the album here.

Meanwhile, IDER are set to perform an intimate sold-out show at Map Studio Cafe in Kentish Town, London on August 17. “This is so exciting we’re not ok,” they said. “A live, naked (as in stripped back) v intimate performance of the new album ‘shame’.”

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Demi Lovato celebrates “little wins” after filming first-ever sex scene

Lovato continued: “I rarely ever showed my arms before.. now I’m in this!! (Granted, it barely shows anything BUT STILL) I don’t always feel good in my skin, so when I do, AND I feel sexy enough to post – I do just that! It’s important to celebrate the little wins. Yay for this random burst of body confidence and yay for awkward hilarious sex.”

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While it’s not clear what project Lovato was filming for, they are gearing up to star in and executive produce an upcoming NBC comedy series about eating disorders titled Hungry.

The ‘Dancing With The Devil’ singer is also set to host their own talk show, The Demi Lovato Show, on the Roku Channel later this month on July 30. They also landed a UFO investigation limited series titled Unidentified With Demi Lovato.

Last week, Lovato opened up about being misgendered, saying that it’s “okay” if people misgender them because the change in pronouns “can be confusing”.

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In a post made on Instagram aligning with Non-Binary Awareness Week, Lovato said that misgendering them is OK but it’s important to them that people try and get their pronouns right.

Meanwhile, Lovato, Lorde, Billie Eilish and The Weeknd are among the star-studded array of artists who are set to perform as part of Global Citizen Live in September.

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Iron Maiden on how Rammstein inspired ‘The Writing On The Wall’ video

“I said to Rod [Smallwood, Iron Maiden’s manager],​ ‘Have you seen the video for ‘Deutschland’ by Rammstein?’” he recalled to the outlet. “That, to me, is a groundbreaking video. That’s astonishing.”

He continued: “Now, I’m not suggesting we do that, because we’re not Rammstein. But think of what we could do that would have the equivalent impact for us.

“So, I wrote storyboard for the vid, tweaked it a little bit, and gave it a happy ending. Well, kind of a happy ending – Adam and Eve start again, but with Eddie going, ​‘I’ll still get you in the end’.” You can watch both videos above.

The accompanying “mini-film” to ‘The Writing On The Wall’ was created by a collaborative team that included former Pixar executives Mark Andrews and Andrew Gordon (The IncrediblesMonsters Inc.Finding Nemo).

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“I’m very proud of the way the video turned out, it’s more like a mini-film really,” Dickinson explained upon its release. “I knew it was going to work out as soon as Mark brought my treatment to life with his incredible storyboards – I thought we could make something very special together.

“I think we did and hope our fans will agree. In fact it’s pretty much created by Maiden fans!!”

‘Senjutsu’ will come out on September 3, and was recorded at Paris’ Guillaume Tell Studio with Iron Maiden’s longtime producer Kevin Shirley alongside Steve Harris.

Dickinson said that the band were “all really excited” about the record, adding that it was recorded in 2019 when the group were on a break from their Legacy tour.

“The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long,” he explained. “There’s also one or two songs which sound pretty different to our usual style, and I think Maiden fans will be surprised – in a good way, I hope!”

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Kanye West to release new Abstract Mindstate album via his YZY SND imprint

The relationship between West and Abstract Mindstate (comprising E.P Da Hellcat and Olskool Ice-Gre) goes back to the early 2000s, when the ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper/producer began making beats for them on their 2001 album ‘We Paid Let Us In!’.

‘Dreams Still Inspire’ will mark the first album West has fully produced that was not his own since Common’s ‘Be’ in 2005 (if you don’t include Nas‘ 2018 EP/album ‘Nasir’).

In addition to handling the production, West also appears on ‘The Brenda Song’. Other contributors on the album include Tony Williams, Luka Sabbat, Deon Cole, and Jonquia Rose.

You can listen to the album’s first track, ‘A Wise Tale’, below:

The premiere of West’s ‘Donda’, also known as ‘Donda: With Child’, will take place at a listening event at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday (July 22), which will then be live-streamed via Apple Music.

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The event was confirmed by Pusha T in an Instagram post. PageSix reported that 5,000 tickets to the event have been donated by Kanye to historically black colleges in the city.

Speculation that the release of ‘Donda’ was imminent swirled following reports of West playing the album at a closed-door listening event in Las Vegas on Sunday. Internet personality Justin Laboy had also tweeted that Kanye played the album for him and professional basketball player Kevin Durant over the weekend in Vegas.

Laboy added in his tweets on Sunday (July 18): “The production is light years ahead of it’s [sic] time, and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again. Any artist who plan on dropping soon should just push it back”.

While an official tracklist has yet to be revealed, previous clips shared online that feature Tyler, The Creator in the studio with Kanye hint at the ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’ rapper getting involved in the album.

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Listen to four new Pop Smoke songs, released to mark his 22nd birthday

“Midnight we going up for you we turning the pain into champagne everyday,” a post from Steven Victor, the CEO of Victor Victor Worldwide.

“This is for our day ones we’ve decided to drop off 4 tonight that are cleared and going to turn up the rest on 7/30 thx everyone involved to help us get this out.”

The four new tracks are titled ‘Questions’ (aka ‘Letter 2 Chinx’), ‘Run Down’ (featuring G Herbo and OnPointLikeOP), ‘Money Man’ (featuring Killa) and ‘Defiant’ (featuring Dread Woo and TRAVI). You can listen to the songs above.

Reviewing the standard edition of ‘Faith’, which arrived last Friday (July 16), NME wrote: “The 15-track record is oversaturated with unnecessary features, hindering the raw talent still left in these small leftover snippets from the Canarsie star.”

The review added: “Weighed down by star power, which eclipses Pop Smoke, ‘Faith’ feels more disingenuous than its predecessor [‘Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon’].”

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Meanwhile, the late rapper’s mother recently said she found it “easier” to listen to ‘Faith’ and that she hadn’t been able to listen to ‘Shoot For The Stars…’ yet. “He does sound different on this, his sound, his style – it’s different,” she explained.

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Metallica share three new versions of ‘Wherever I May Roam’

Balvin and Pardi are the latest acts of the 53 assembled for ‘The Metallica Blacklist’ to share their renditions. They follow recent covers from the likes of St. Vincent, Sam Fender, Biffy Clyro, Diet Cig, and Miley Cyrus.

You can listen to all three new versions of ‘Wherever I May Roam’ below:

The special 30th anniversary edition of ‘The Black Album’, which includes ‘The Metallica Blacklist’, is set for release on September 10. Pre-order is available now.

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Remastered for ultimate sound quality, ‘The Black Album’ remaster will be available in multiple configurations including 180-gram double vinyl LP, standard CD and 3CD expanded edition, digital, and limited-edition deluxe boxset.

The boxset will contain the album remastered on 180-gram 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), six DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card.

Earlier this month, Metallica were announced among the many acts that will take part in Global Citizen Live.

Global Citizen say their “once-in-a-generation” 24-hour global broadcast, which will take place on September 25, will aim to “unite the world to defend the planet and defeat poverty”.

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Check out Sam Fender’s rescheduled tour dates for 2021

“So happy to finally be able to reannounce these shows!!” Fender wrote. “We’ll be playing some new album tunes alongside some old favourites. I think I might internally combust the first time we walk on stage 😆 so excited, it’s gonna go off.”

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The upcoming tour will see Fender perform some of his biggest shows to date, including two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace and a homecoming show at Newcastle Arena.

Sam Fender is set to release his second studio LP ‘Seventeen Going Under’ on October 8, and has so far previewed the project with its title track.

Speaking to NME this month for a Big Read cover interview, the North Sheilds artist said that the record is “leagues ahead” of his 2019 debut, ‘Hypersonic Missiles’. “I’m more proud of this than anything I’ve ever done,” he explained. “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done in my life.”

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He continued: “I just hope people love it as much as I do. With the first album, a lot of those songs were written when I was 19, so I was over half of it [by the time it was released]. Whereas this one is where I’m at now.”

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Glastonbury’s September Worthy Farm gig will no longer be going ahead

Now, however, Eavis has confirmed that those plans have been scrapped in order to focus on the site’s ‘Worthy Pastures’ camping site.

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“We’ve decided not to go ahead with the September gig idea for a number of reasons, so we’re putting all of our energy into the campsite for now!” She said. “See you in a few days…”

While the Worthy Farm festival’s usual five-day event was cancelled for the second year running back in January due to coronavirus concerns, Glastonbury’s organisers subsequently submitted a successful application for a premises licence to Mendip District Council to host two days of live shows in 2021.

Worthy Pastures was announced in April, with the farm being opened purely as a public camping site for the summer.

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A statement said: “with no Festival taking place on Worthy Farm for a second consecutive year in 2021, Michael and Emily Eavis are pleased to invite campers, for one year only, to experience the farm in a way you’ve never been able to before.”

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Mr Jukes and Barney Artist share uplifting new single ‘Gratitude’

“Barney was looking for the right words and I suggested he take a walk around the churchyard. He came back with the whole second verse.”

The pair’s collaborative album ‘The Locket’ will be released on August 6, a delay from the initial release date of July 2.

They shared their first collaborative single ‘Blowin Steam (Open Up Your Mind)’ in April, followed by May’s album announcement and second track ‘Vibrate’.

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Barney said of that track: “’Vibrate’ was the very last song we made for the album. It really summarises mine and Jack’s relationship which is great vibes with a meaningful message.”

This weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club are set to headline Latitude Festival. They’ll precede it with two intimate shows at Northampton Roadmender on July 23 and Bristol SWX on July 24.

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