Kirk Hammett’s signed guitar from Metallica’s ‘One’ video sells for £82,000 at auction

An official description reads: “Very clean and all-original ESP Strat-style guitar. Has a 1 & 11/16th width nut on a rosewood slab neck. Signed on the body in silver ink by Kirk Hammett and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, also signed by Kirk Hammett. 7.90 lbs. Original hard case included. Condition: Excellent.”

Anyone wishing to purchase the guitar from its new owner have the option to make an offer on the Heritage Auctions listing. The owner’s willingness to entertain and respond to offers has not yet been verified, however an offer price of $168,750 (£123,000) is currently being displayed.

Metallica’s video for ‘One’ came out back in 1989, and was the first official video the band ever made. The single features on the group’s fourth studio album ‘…And Justice for All’, released in 1988.

“Shot in black and white and splicing footage and audio from the 1971 film Johnny Got His Gun, the ‘One’ video was a staple on MTV,” Heritage’s listing continues. “But it wasn’t just a Headbanger’s Ball staple – it was on MTV during the daytime in between videos from U2, Debbie Gibson, and Bon Jovi.

“It was an intense proclamation that showed Metallica was going to be a band to reckon with in the mainstream in the years to come.”


Meanwhile, a collaboration between Metallica and Elton John appears to be on the horizon. John revealed last month that he’s “done something” with the band, although further details on the project are not yet known.



Trampolene announce details of third album ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’

Speaking of the new album, Trampolene frontman Jack Jones, who also serves as the touring poet for The Libertines said: “The album was a way of me summing up my life so far. It made me search into myself and understand that life really is a gift after all and that being at peace isn’t wrong or something you don’t deserve and it actually makes things better that way.”

Of new single ‘Gotta Do More Gotta Be More’, Jones added: “We’re all told we can be better, we can do more. It’s not always true. Repeat it so often it becomes hypnotic and surreal and loses any sense or meaning. Then you’re free to relax and be yourself.”

Watch the new track’s video below:

Trampolene’s new album is set to be showcased at three UK tour dates in August. See details of the shows below.

Wednesday 18 – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Thursday 19 – Cardiff, The Globe
Friday 20 – London, Moth Club

Check out the artwork and tracklist for ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ below.


1. ‘Gotta Do More Gotta Be More’
2. ‘Oh Lover’
3. ‘The Misadventures Of Lord Billy Bilo’
4. ‘No Love No Kisses’
5. ‘Remember’
6. ‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir’
7. ‘Shoot The Lights’
8. ‘Lighter Than Paper’
9. ‘Perfect View’
10. ‘Born Again’
11. ‘Milan’
12. ‘Come Join Me In Life’

Last year, Trampolene frontman Jones teamed up with Pete Doherty once again on new spoken word track ‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir’, which also appears on the forthcoming album.

It comes after Jones and Doherty teamed up last year to release the self titled album by Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres.



Moby discusses Natalie Portman dating controversy, says it became hard to ignore

After days of criticism and reflection, Moby apologised “to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in Then It Fell Apart without telling them beforehand”.

Asked about the scandal in a new interview with The Guardian, Moby said: “You know, you’re asking me to open up such a can of worms… There’s no good way to answer: one option is terrible, the other is really terrible.”

He added: “So if we were playing chess right now, this is the part where I’d pick up my phone and pretend I’ve got an emergency call.”

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Going on to discuss the negative press he received at the time, he said: “If you talk to my managers or people I work with, I only have one iron-clad rule, which is: don’t send me press links or reviews because I don’t read any of it.

“When the lunacy was happening a couple of years ago, I took refuge in my ignorance. Obviously it became hard to ignore, especially when I had the tabloids camped outside my door. But I guess I realised that if everyone in the world hates me I can still wake up in my same comfortable bed every morning and go hiking.”


He was also asked whether he regretted his behaviour around Portman. “A part of me wishes I could spend the next two hours deconstructing the whole thing,” he said, “but there’s levels of complexity and nuance that I really can’t go into.”

He concluded: “There is a part of me in hindsight that wishes I hadn’t written the book. But then, sales figures indicate that not that many people actually read it.”

Moby will release his new album ‘Reprise’, a new orchestral reimagining of some of his past hits, on May 28. It will be accompanied by a documentary entitled Moby Doc, which will take a close look at his struggles with addiction and depression; he hopes it will help counter any “misrepresentation” of who he really is.



Olly Alexander sees double in Years & Years’ new ‘Starstruck’ video

“Like most of us I’ve spent the past year at home, and I wanted to create something super positive and fun for people (and myself) to bop along too. Whatever we’re doing or wherever we are in life, I think we all deserve three minutes of interstellar ecstasy.”

Watch the new video, which sees Alexander run riot in a deserted mansion and chase an alternate version of himself around, below:

Following the release of the new song, Alexander spoke of the reasons for Years & Years becoming his solo project moving forwards.

“We’ve been in this band for a decade, and in that time, we’ve just kind of grown apart musically, right,” he said. We kind of stopped making music together, and when we announced that I was going to be Olly Years & Years, it had kind of been a long time coming if that makes sense.

“We all got into a new way of living our lives and working together quite separately, and then after the pandemic, I feel like we had all this time to really reflect on what was going on and it made sense that we kind of went our separate ways.”


Alexander recently revealed to NME that he scrapped an entire album’s worth of songs for the band when the coronavirus pandemic hit last spring.

Speaking to NME about his starring role in Russell T Davies’ new show It’s A Sin, Alexander said that appearing on the show made him reassess the music he was working on, and “wanted to make a lot of upbeat, euphoric dance tunes.”



Judas Priest’s Rob Halford urges heavy metal fans to get coronavirus vaccine

“One thing we’re proud about in metal is that we not only stand together united for our music but also for each other.”

He continued: “You know, common sense states that by having the jab, we’re opening up one of the most important areas that we have so desperately missed, which is being side by side, horns way up at clubs, theatres, arenas and festivals where who we are and what we live for is tangible and real with the bands we love. So let’s get those amazing vibes and feelings back faster.

“I urge those of us who have not yet been vaccinated to please step up. Judas Priest and all bands everywhere are made complete by playing live for our fans.”

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Halford ended his message by sharing the address of for grassroots charity Made To Save, who work to ensure communities hardest hit by the pandemic have access to vaccines. You can find out more here.

Earlier this year, Halford revealed how much he related to the scenes depicted in classic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.


The Judas Priest frontman recalled seeing the 1984 film with his bandmate Glenn Tipton, which both musicians remarked was a mirror image of their classic rock star antics.

Meanwhile, King Crimson founder Robert Fripp and his wife, singer Toyah Willcox, have shared a cover of Judas Priest‘s ‘Breaking The Law’ – watch it here.



Busta Rhymes announces special 25th anniversary version of ‘The Coming’

Among the highlights there are eight bonus versions of the classic hip-hop anthem ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check’, including a ‘World Wide’ remix that features a verse from late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and a ‘Jay-Dee Bounce Remix’ produced by the legendary J Dilla. You can listen to the latter below.

‘The Coming (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)’ tracklist:

01. ‘The Coming’
02. ‘Do My Thing’
03. ‘Everything Remains Raw’
04. ‘Abandon Ship’ (Featuring Rampage The Last Boy Scout)
05. ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check’
06. ‘It’s A Party’ (Featuring Zhane)
07. ‘Hot Fudge’
08. ‘Ill Vibe’ (Featuring Q-Tip)
09. ‘Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad’ (Featuring Jamal, Redman, Keith Murray, Rampage The Last Boy Scout, Lord Have Mercy)
10. ‘Still Shining’
11. ‘Keep It Movin’’ (Featuring Rampage The Last Boy Scout, Dinco, Milo And Charlie Brown)
12. ‘The Finish Line’
13. ‘End Of The World (Outro)’
14. ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check (The World Wide Remix)’ (Featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard)
15. ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check (The Jay-Dee Bounce Remix)’
16. ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check (The Jay-Dee Other Shit Remix)’
17. ‘It’s A Party (Allstar Remix)’ (Featuring SWV)
18. ‘It’s A Party (The Ummah Remix)’ (Featuring SWV)
19. ‘The Coming (Instrumental)’
20. ‘Do My Thing (Instrumental)’
21. ‘Abandon Ship (Instrumental)’
22. ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check (Instrumental)’
23. ‘It’s A Party (Instrumental)’
24. ‘Hot Fudge (Instrumental)’
25. ‘Ill Vibe (Instrumental)’
26. ‘Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad (Instrumental)’
27. ‘Still Shining (Instrumental)’
28. ‘Keep It Movin’ (Instrumental)’
29. ‘The Finish Line (Instrumental)’
30. ‘Do My Thing (DJ Scratch Remix)’
31. ‘Abandon Ship (DJ Scratch Remix)’
32. ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check (DJ Scratch Albany Projects Remix)’
33. ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check (Fila Mix 4)’
34. ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check (Fila Mix 3)’
35. ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check (Acapella)’
36. ‘It’s A Party (Acapella)’ (Featuring SWV)

Last year, Busta Rhymes released his 10th studio album, ‘Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God’. In a four-star review, NME‘s Will Lavin called it “arguably one of the best produced hip-hop albums of the last five years”.


Meanwhile, a new song from A Tribe Called Quest‘s Phife Dawg has been released posthumously, titled ‘Nutshell Pt.2’ featuring verses from Busta Rhymes and Redman.



Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox share cover of Judas Priest’s ‘Breaking The Law’

This week’s kitchen cover sees the couple take on Judas Priest’s ‘Breaking The Law’, with Willcox dressed in a police officer’s uniform complete with badge, cuffs and truncheon. The pair are once again joined by their mysterious second guitarist, who is seen wearing a black and white striped sweatshirt and the same gold mask as last week.

“The Kitchen trio are ‘Breaking The Law’ this weekend – with a rare singing part from Robert Fripp – and the mysterious @sidneyjake is back!” Willcox captioned the new video.

You can watch their latest cover below:

Earlier this year, Fripp and Willcox covered Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic ‘Black Dog’. They also shared a New Year’s message with their viewers in a separate video.

“For my 2021, I wish for an inclusive, equitable and compassionate society,” Fripp said in that clip. “And how I’m gonna get my wishes [is] by strapping on my guitar and rocking out like an uncontrollable fireball of rock fury.”


Willcox revealed in February that her Sunday Lockdown Lunch video series started because her husband, King Crimson‘s Robert Fripp, was having withdrawals from performing.

Last October, former King Crimson singer and bassist Gordon Haskell died aged 74. The late musician was asked by Fripp to join the band in 1970 following the departure of Greg Lake, their original vocalist.

Bill Rieflin, the former drummer of King Crimson, also passed away last year. He was 59 years old.



Little Simz teases new video shot in the National History Museum

The video is likely to be for a song from Simz’s 2020 EP ‘Drop 6’, which was recorded in COVID-19 quarantine.

Announcing the new record Simz shared a lengthy statement on the process of making it, and of her experiences in quarantine, saying: “I don’t mind being alone. I quite enjoy my own company actually. However choosing to be alone is different from being forced to be alone and that’s where the difficulty comes in.

“You’re stuck with yourself, 24 hours of the day, 7 days of the week. There are only so many naps I can take in a day. So this is what happens when the world stops.”

NME named ‘Drop 6’ as one of the best lockdown albums released so far during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the release “summed up those early days of lockdown when we all felt emptier than our calendars.”


It added: “Simz sets out ‘Drop 6”s time-capsule MO on opening track ‘might bang, might not’ when she announces ‘This is for the now’, and it boasts a freewheeling, rough’n’ready experimental energy that comes from this all-bets-are-off-period. “Crabs in a barrel – we’re all in this,” she spits on the raw-as-a-bruise ‘you should call mum’, as she talks poignantly of sleepless nights and nap-filled days.”



New Alan Vega single ‘Filthy’ shared from Suicide singer’s long-lost solo album

Vega’s widow Liz Lamere, who also mixed and produced the album, said: “‘Filthy”s anthemic zombie atmosphere challenges the listener to find the underlying message of hope that is always within Vega’s words and sound.”

Jared Artaud, a close friend of Vega’s who also helped mix and produce ‘Mutator’, added: “‘Filthy’ was the first song Liz and I started to mix on Mutator. It set into motion how to work on and produce the rest of the album. Sonically speaking, Alan never lost his edge with age. He kept his intensity and incessant drive for endless experimentation.

“Alan’s process was more like a visual artist working in sound rather than a traditional musician going into the studio to make records. At the heart of it all, Alan was a poet. His lyrics always hit hard and he was always pushing forward, trailblazing onto the next idea of his vision.”

Alan Vega died at the age of 78 in 2016, and left behind a strong legacy as an influential artist. The likes of Jesus And Mary Chain, Bruce SpringsteenThurston MooreNick CaveNew Order, Steve Albini, SavagesKlaxonsLCD SoundsystemMIA and more have all cited Suicide and Vega as an influence on their own music.



Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl announces summer reopening with 14-week concert series

The venue added: “As we prepare to reopen, the health of all is our top priority. We are working closely with our partners at LA County on a safety plan, & we look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks!”

As we prepare to reopen, the health of all is our top priority. We are working closely with our partners at LA County on a safety plan, & we look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks! Learn more at #HollywoodBowl

— Hollywood Bowl (@HollywoodBowl) April 9, 2021

Last week, plans were put in place for limited capacity indoor concerts to return to California later this month. From April 15, the state will allow indoor concerts, sporting events, conferences and theatre performances to be held again in eligible areas.

As of the start of April, 18 million people have been vaccinated in the state of California, with only 2,414 cases recorded on April 2.

Elsewhere, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of a new digital vaccine passport in a bid to restart live events safely in the US state.


In the UK meanwhile, news of the government’s proposed roadmap out of lockdown, which plans to allow large-scale events with no social distancing in the UK from June 21, a number of festivals have vowed to go ahead this year.

Reading & Leeds shared their plan to hold their pair of festivals as planned in August, quickly selling out in the process, while Live Nation sold over 170,000 festival tickets in the three days following the announcement of the roadmap.

Last month, R&L said they believe that attendees will “almost certainly” require a COVID vaccine passport in order to attend the festivals.



WizKid shares video for new Tems collaboration ‘Essence’

Watch the new ‘Essence’ video below.

WizKid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ came out last October. In a three-star review of the record, NME wrote: “The production on the album is mainly centred around Yoruba, Afro-Latin and Afrobeats percussion, which creates a sense of homecoming. Yet this latest project meanders for a few tracks too many; ‘Mighty Wine’ and ‘Essence’, for example, are expendable.

“While each of WizKid’s previous projects excited and shook listeners with energy, ‘Made In Lagos’ sadly lacks a certain panache, despite its author’s vitality.”

Earlier this year, WizKid joined other Nigerian stars including Burna Boy in condemning police brutality in Nigeria, perpetrated by the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).


Last October, WizKid was seen leading protests against SARS in London. The SARS unit has become notorious in Nigeria, and have carried out stop and search missions, being accused of police brutality in the process as well as extortion. The #ENDSARS hashtag began trending on Twitter last year, with calls from Nigerians for the unit to be disbanded intensifying.

“For Nigerians youths, don’t let anyone tell you you don’t have a voice,” WizKid told the crowd at the protest, speaking after the country’s Inspector General of Police announced that SARS would be dissolved.



Dave surprises fans with new tracks ‘Titanium’ and ‘Mercury’

‘Mercury’, the second of the new standalone tracks, features vocals from emerging singer-songwriter Kamal. Over the delicate opening piano chords, he sings: “I’ll feel you breaking under my skin/ I’ll be your vacant lover,” before a bed of drums kicks in and Dave starts rapping.

Listen to both tracks below:

There’s been no word on a follow-up to ‘Psychodrama’ except for Dave promising fans earlier this month that he would begin working on one after his holiday with Fredo.

“After this imma my second album I promise,” Dave captioned a series of sunny snaps from his vacation, which included some on a boat with his ‘Money Talks’ collaborator.

Dave hasn’t released a solo track since 2019’s ‘Paper Cuts’, however, he’s worked with Fraser T Smith, Giggs, Fredo and Ghetts in the past year.


Last September Chunkz and Yung Filly revealed in a YouTube video that Dave had played them some of his new album at 2020’s Soccer Aid football match.

In other news, Dave will play a headline festival exclusive at Parklife festival in September.

He joins Megan Thee StallionDisclosure DaBabyBurna Boy, SkeptaJamie xxAJ TraceyFour Tet, Young Thug, Little SimzCeleste and Pa Salieu and many more at the Heaton Park event between September 11 and 12.

The Manchester festival will return after coronavirus forced the event’s 2020 cancellation.



Watch Demi Lovato perform new single ‘Dancing With The Devil’ on ‘Fallon’

She added: “It’s been really cathartic, really really therapeutic, and I’m just hoping that a lot of people can learn from what I went through and also create conversation around those topics.”

In a four-star review of ‘Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over’, NME‘s Nick Levine called it “powerful, purposeful and uncompromising,” adding that it’s her “definitive artistic statement to date”.

Last month, Lovato came out as pansexual and opened up on how her religious upbringing saw her repress her sexuality when he was growing up.

The singer previously revealed she was queer in her Dancing With The Devil documentary and revealed more about her sexuality in a new interview. The singer spoke about how her religious upbringing saw her repress her sexuality when she was younger.


Meanwhile, Lovato revealed that she sometimes suffers from survivors guilt after surviving a heroin and fentanyl overdose back in 2018.



Brian May reveals that Queen have been working on new music

Asked about the possibility of a new Queen record, he told this month’s Guitar Player magazine (via Contact Music): “I always say, ‘I don’t know.’ It would have to be a very spontaneous moment.”

He continued: “Actually, Adam, Roger and myself have been in the studio trying things out, just because things came up. But up to this point we haven’t felt that anything we’ve done has hit the button in the right way.

“So it’s not like we’re closed to the idea, it’s just that it hasn’t happened yet.”

May admitted that the coronavirus pandemic has made it a lot harder to think about making a record.

“And to be honest, life has now taken a turn in which it’s very difficult to explore an avenue like that,” he said. “Things may change, but I don’t think they’re going to change very fast.”


Last month, May teamed up with his regular collaborator Kerry Ellis for a new track, ‘Panic Attack 2021 (It’s Gonna Be All Right)’.

May and Ellis have worked together on music on a number of occasions over the years, such as their April 2017 joint album ‘Golden Days’.

Meanwhile, May has revealed that late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury once made a cassette of all the band’s guitar solos.



The Wallflowers announce first album in almost a decade

“The Wallflowers is much of my life’s work,” Dylan said in a statement, explaining that he always intended to make a return.

Speaking about ‘Exit Wounds’, he said: “I think everybody — no matter what side of the aisle you’re on — wherever we’re going to next, we’re all taking a lot of exit wounds with us. Nobody is the same as they were four years ago. That, to me, is what ‘Exit Wounds’ signifies.

“And it’s not meant to be negative at all. It just means that wherever you’re headed, even if it’s to a better place, you leave people and things behind, and you think about those people and those things and you carry them with you. Those are your exit wounds. And right now, we’re swimming in them.”

He continued: “I’m the same writer I’ve always been — I was just also writing during a time when the world felt like it was falling apart. That changes the way you address even the simplest things, because you have panic in your mind all the time. You have anxiety. And you also have hope. And it’s all in there.”

Announcing their return with a special live performance of the album’s first single, ‘Roots And Wings’, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you can watch it below.


‘Exit Wounds’ tracklist:

1. ‘Maybe Your Heart’s Not In It No More’
2. ‘Roots And Wings’
3. ‘I Hear The Ocean (When I Wanna Hear Trains)’
4. ‘The Dive Bar In My Heart’
5. ‘Darlin’ Hold On’
6. ‘Move The River’
7. ‘I’ll Let You Down (But Will Not Give You Up)’
8. ‘Wrong End Of The Spear’
9. ‘Who’s That Man Walking ‘Round My Garden’
10. ‘The Daylight Between Us’

Meanwhile, Patti Smith is set to celebrate Bob Dylan‘s 80th birthday with a special outdoor performance this spring.

According to Rolling Stone, Smith will take to the stage at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park’s outdoor Spring Festival which will be held at a 153-acre campus in Tivoli, New York across the last two weekends in May (20-23 and 27-30).



Watch Kali Uchis bring new single ‘Telepatía’ to ‘Fallon’

Reviewing ‘Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞’ upon its release last year, NME wrote: “Whether you’ve spent the last few months being pestered by a cartoon owl to keep up with memorising basic Spanish or you’re fully fluent, Uchis’ second album – and her first full Spanish release – is more proof, if you needed it, that language barriers don’t need to restrict our enjoyment of music.

“Speaking about the record last year, Uchis told People CHICA that she was “really going back to my roots, experimenting more with my music, not thinking so hard and not trying so hard”. On ‘Sin Miedo…’, she oozes effortless confidence as she follows her songs down an eclectic map of trails. Language barrier or not, it’s a divine second album.”

This year, Kali Uchis won her first Grammy award, picking up Best Dance Recording for ‘10%’, her collaborative track with producer KAYTRANADA.

Her new video for ‘Telepatía’, shot in her hometown of Pereira, Colombia, came out last month. The self-directed video sees Uchis connecting with her Colombian roots and travelling around her hometown by bicycle.



Sparks reveal that they’re working on new music in the studio

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Speaking to NME last year about their last album, ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’, Russell said: “The only battle plan was to try to do something that would sounds as compelling and urgent and provocative as anything we’ve ever done, even to someone who had never heard Sparks before.

“We don’t want people saying, ‘Oh you should have heard the band during this period in the past’. We don’t want to sound like a band that has 24 albums – what we’re doing doesn’t sound like it’s a band that has that long a history. That it stands on its own today is the most important thing.”

Russell also opened up about Edgar Wright’s documentary new about the pair, saying: “That’s been fantastic for us. Edgar has a lot of musician, actor and writer friends that have happily come to bat and speak about their liking for Sparks. We’re keeping them secret, but I’ll throw out one name there that was unexpected to us – actor Michael Myers [aka Austin Powers]. To have him being a Sparks fan was really cool.”


Wright’s documentary about the iconic duo will be released in UK cinemas on July 30. The documentary was given a four-star review by NME, which praised its “loving dissection” of the Mael brothers’ extensive history.

“At 140 minutes, and with a cast-list of more than 80, you could almost argue that The Sparks Brothers is too exhaustive – but for a band whose fans are as committed as Sparks’, there’s unlikely to be too many complaints. Still, less is often more when it comes to moviemaking,” the review read.



AFI share two new songs, including one co-written by Billy Corgan

Singer Davey Havok added: “‘Dulcería’ suggests, if you spend too much time in the candy store you may end up stuck to the floor.”

Watch the video for ‘Dulcería’ and listen to the other new song, ‘Far Too Near’, below.

AFI have been sharing two new songs at a time at regular intervals in the run-up to the new album’s release.

Back in January, the band shared ‘Escape From Los Angeles’ and ‘Twisted Tongues’ as the first previews of the record, before ‘Looking Tragic’ and ‘Begging For Trouble’ followed the following month.


Of the new album, bassist Hunter Burgan said: “Every album is an opportunity to show people a snapshot of our evolution. And with this band, it’s always something fresh.

“We’ve been playing together for so long that I have a deep understanding of each of my bandmates‘ musical styles, and yet I am still pleasantly surprised by the new things they bring to each record.”

The new album marks the Californian rocker’s first new music since the release of their five-track EP ‘The Missing Man’ in 2018. The EP was the follow-up to 2017’s ‘AFI (The Blood Album)’, AFI’s last full-length release.



Listen to Jon Hopkins frosty cover Roger and Brian Eno’s ‘Wintergreen’

Hopkins’ version of ‘Wintergreen’ sees him spinning a frostier version of Roger and Brian Eno’s 2020 track, which originally appeared on their album ‘Mixing Colours’. Listen to it below now.

In a press release, Hopkins said of the EP: “‘Piano Versions’ is four minimal, ambient piano covers of songs I have loved for a long time but that come from very different places. It seems to me that melody is universal and the ones that I really connect to shine out irrespective of genre or context, whether from techno, folk or whatever.

“I loved the simplicity of having my old upright piano be the centre of a whole record for the first time. But the importance of letting the outside world into the recordings is as present for me as ever, so there are layers of incidental noise, bird song, the sound of someone washing up in the studio kitchen – whatever was going on outside my room is included and even accentuated.”

He added: “I want people to hear not just the recordings but to feel how it felt to be there and make them. It was a deep experience.”


Last year, the musician launched a new series called ‘Meditations’, kicking it off with a track called ‘Singing Bowl (Ascension)’. The song was created using vibrations from a 100-year-old singing bowl that Hopkins found in an antique shop in Delhi.



Cardi B shares intimate story of recording ‘Um Yea’ with Offset

In a Twitter voice post earlier this week (April 5), Cardi shared the story of what went down in the studio while she and Offset were working on that song. “I don’t want to give you this weird, fake ass romantic, awkward story, but, um, I remember this one time when I was in the studio with Offset and he was doing ‘Um Yea,’ the song that me and him have together,” she started.

Ummm yea

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) April 5, 2021

“He was just spitting it out of nowhere and while he was doing the song and everything, he kept looking at me and smiling and shit while he was making the song. And then I told him, ‘I wanna get on the song’, so I just started writing my verse and everything and he was looking at me like, ‘Oh shit girl’.”

Cardi concluded her story bluntly, saying: “And then we fucked. We fucked right after. So yeah… ‘Um Yea’.”

Meanwhile, the star has said she is planning to “go away for a very long time” so she can finish her second album.


The rapper released her debut album ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ in 2018 and has shared a handful of singles since then. Now, she has revealed that she originally intended to have released the follow-up by now, but that her plans had been affected by the coronavirus pandemic on several occasions.



Watch CupcakKe get her own back in new ‘Mickey’ video

Watch the video for ‘Mickey’ below.

In June last year, CupcakKe donated half the proceeds from ‘Lemon Pepper’ to the Minnesota Bail Fund following the death of George Floyd. She was among a host of musicians and celebrities to support a new fund to assist protesters who took to the streets.

The rapper had previously announced in September 2019 that she intended to quit music, explaining she felt like she was “corrupting the youth”.

“I have people of all ages – 10, 11 years old – coming to my shows and I feel as though I’m corrupting them with my songs,” the rapper said. “And I don’t wanna do it no more.”

She added: “When I made those songs I was 16, 17 and I couldn’t really give two shits, you know? But I saw a video and it was of a 13-year-old dancing to the music and I just decided that that’s it.”


CupcakKe’s latest studio album, ‘Eden’, arrived back in November 2018.



Watch Cher rescue “world’s loneliest elephant” in new documentary trailer

Animal welfare organisation Four Paws provided the medical treatment needed prior to travelling from Pakistan. Spokesman Martin Bauer said: “Thanks to Cher, but also local Pakistani activists, Kaavan’s fate made headlines around the world, and this contributed to the facilitation of his transfer.”

“Elephants are just like we are,” Cher says in the voiceover for the new clip. “They’re so family-oriented and emotional.”

Cher & The Loneliest Elephant premieres April 22 on Paramount+ as a special Earth Day presentation – watch the trailer below, set to Cher’s ‘Sirens’.

Last week (April 2) Cher apologised for a tweet she made about George Floyd, in which she suggested she could have prevented his death.

Derek Chauvin, the former officer accused of killing Floyd, is currently on trial for murder. As the trial continued, Cher posted a tweet about a conversation she’d had with her mother regarding the legal proceedings.


“Was talking with Mom & She Said ‘I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd, & Cried,” she wrote in the since-deleted tweet. “I Said ‘Mom, I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, But.. I Kept Thinking …..Maybe If I’d Been There,…I Could’ve Helped.”

After some social media users accused her of displaying a “white saviour complex,” the singer later tweeted: “I know Ppl Apologize When They’re In a Jam,BUT TO GOD,IM TRULY SORRY If I Upset AnyOne In Blk Community.I Know My [heart].”



Ray BLK calls out “racist, homophobic” music industry

Set to release her debut album via Island Records this summer, Ekwere also spoke about the need to celebrate Black success stories, as well as drawing attention to “the whole George Floyd conversation” and media attacks on Megan Markle.

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“We keep having to go through these draining conversations again, and I’m tired,” Ekwere continued. “Can we have some celebration of Blackness and not every day talking about our lows?

“Let’s talk about the fact that we’re kings and queens. Let’s talk about the fact that we have all the natural resources. Let’s talk about the fact that the weaves that we’re wearing now, we’ve been wearing since the Egyptian days. Let’s not just talk about slavery, and hatred, and the people who are dragging us down.”

Last month (March 7) Ray BLK released a new track called ‘Games’ featuring Giggs and produced by Nana Rogues, following October’s ‘Lovesick’.


Speaking about the ‘Games’ video, Ekwere said: “Nathan and I wanted to highlight that as we transcend through time, the essence of relationships still stay the same, whilst also creating a nostalgic and stylistic music video.”



Watch Poppy perform unreleased track ‘Say Cheese’ at WWE’s NXT Takeover

“Everything’s going perfectly so say cheese,” she sang in the new song, before erupting into screaming. Watch footage of the performance below now.

“.@poppy is @WWENXT!!!” WWE exec and wrestler Triple H tweeted after the event. “Thank you for lending your voice, your edge, your SOUND to #NXTTakeOver Night Two!!!”

.@poppy is @WWENXT!!! Thank you for lending your voice, your edge, your SOUND to #NXTTakeOver Night Two!!! #WereJustGettingStarted #WeAreNXT

— Triple H (@TripleH) April 9, 2021


‘Say Cheese’ follows Poppy debuting a new song called ‘EAT’ at this year’s Grammy Awards. Taking to the stage during the pre-telecast ceremony, the musician premiered the track alongside her backing band.


Meanwhile, fans will be able to see a fuller performance from Poppy later this month when she holds her own livestream concert. The Last Disagreement virtual show will bring her ‘I Disagree’ era to an end and will take place on April 24.

In December, the star revealed that she had almost finished her next album, saying it has a “completely different sonic vibe” to her 2020 release ‘I Disagree’.

She also shared that the record had been produced by an unnamed collaborator who she called “someone I really respect and have wanted to work with for a number of years”.



The Snuts score UK Number One album after close battle with Demi Lovato

Reacting to the news in an official statement, The Snuts – whose success had been backed by Lewis Capaldi earlier in the week – dedicated the news to “all the fans who have proved that it’s possible to get a band like us to Number One,” adding: “Every copy you bought of this record goes a long way. It’s old school and it’s beautiful. Thanks very much – we love you.”

Watch a clip of the band celebrating their Number One album below.

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) called it “an incredible achievement” in “a time of significant challenges industry wide.”

They continued: “Their success follows on from Mogwai claiming the Number One spot just a few weeks back with ‘As The Love Continues’, highlighting the strength, passion and determination from Scotland’s artists and music industry, and signifying an exciting and impactful period of engagement and connection with Scottish music.”


Lovato’s Number Two album still saw the artist claim her highest-charting record in the UK to date, surpassing the Number Five chart result of 2017’s ‘Tell Me You Love Me’.