Sex Pistols are “probably gone for good” amid legal dispute over Danny Boyle series

While giving evidence at the High Court in London today (July 20), Cook was reportedly asked by Lydon’s representative whether Sex Pistols were “gone for good”. He replied: “Probably” (via Metro).

It is claimed by Cook and Jones that the band had a “majority rules agreement” in place over the rights to the Pistols’ material.

“I thought that our relationship with John would get worse when we used it,” Cook said in his witness statement. “Maybe Steve [Jones] and I have been too nice to John over the years in trying to maintain good relations and that we should have been tougher.”

He added: “I am unhappy that he would behave like this over an important personal project for Steve, particularly as we have always backed his personal projects.”

Mark Cunningham QC, who is representing Lydon, told Cook: “You don’t much care how John cares about the Pistol project.”


He replied: “No, you’re wrong.”

Boyle’s six-part series is based on Steve Jones’ 2016 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol, which Lydon claimed via his lawyer “depicts him in a hostile and unflattering light”.  He referred to a passage in the book that describes him as an “annoying little brat with the great bone structure who’s always asking for more”.

Lydon first hit out at the project in April, calling it the “most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure”. He told The Sunday Times that neither his participation nor consent was requested.

“Speaking in court, however, Cook denied “concealing” the TV project from Lydon. “He had plenty of time to get on board,” he claimed.”

Directed by Boyle (Slumdog Millionnaire, Trainspotting), Pistol stars Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams as Jordan Mooney (aka Pamela Rooke) and Babyteeth‘s Toby Wallace as Jones. Anson Boon will play Lydon, while Louis Partridge depicts the late Vicious.

It is expected to be broadcast on Disney-owned channel FX next year.



Low share gorgeous new single ‘Disappearing’

“I borrowed a friend’s empty guest room and twice a week I would set up my laptop and lights and pose for three hours at a time,” they said. “During these long stretches of time, I’d lose myself in thought while delivering poses that best showcased all this fat brown beauty.

“In my mind, I traveled to places and memories, and in the case of “Disappearing”, I not only visited the ocean in my mind, I became it.”

“Even at its most empowering and meditative, a modeling session was often a reminder of how lonely one can feel when the other humans in the room immediately vanish once the laptop shuts down. And still, a semblance of hope always lingered,” they added.

“There’s a lot of ‘coming home’ love in this video. I’m honoured to be able to share this love.”

The Minnesota band have also announced details of a world tour in support of ‘Hey What’, including a number of UK and Ireland shows which are as follows:


Monday 25 – Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
Tuesday 26 – Dublin, Vicar Street
Wednesday 27 – Manchester, Manchester Cathedral
Thursday 28 – Brighton, St. George’s Church
Friday 29 – London, St. John at Hackney Church
Saturday 30 – Bristol, Trinity

‘Disappearing’ is the second taste of ‘Hey What’, and follows lead single ‘Days Like These’ which appeared last month. The album will be released via Sub Pop on September 10.
In April, meanwhile, Low shared their take on Bob Dylan‘s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’, recorded to mark Dylan’s 80th birthday.



Shame announce US tour and ‘Born In Luton Remixes’ EP

Taking place throughout February and March 2022, the tour includes performances in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta and Nashville.

You can see the full schedule below.

We’re also unleashing some hot remixes of Born of Luton, first of which by Maximum Security NYC (Austin from Parquet Courts). Available on all streaming sites now.

BiL Remix EP drops this Friday 23rd July, includes work from:
-DJ Dairy (Black Midi)

— shame (@shamebanduk) July 20, 2021

Shame have also announced that they’re “unleashing some hot remixes” of their ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ track ‘Born In Luton’ in the form of an EP, ‘Born In Luton Remixes’. The five-track collection arrives on Friday (July 23).

The first rework was released today courtesy of Maximum Security (aka Austin Brown of Parquet Courts) – listen below.

“They’re gonna have to reopen the Hacienda for this one,” said Brown. “Inspired by Ron Hardy’s Chicago Music Box and Belgian New Beat, this is one for the promo bin to all your fav DJs for their online radio streams and 2am playlist slots on CDJs worldwide for covid-free club summer.”


Shame, meanwhile, are due to embark on a UK headline tour this November. They’ll also perform at next month’s Green Man Festival, which announced last week that it would be going ahead as planned.

In a five-star review of ‘Drunk Tank Pink’, NME wrote: “This is massive leap on from ‘Songs Of Praise’ – ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ is more ambitious and more accomplished than its predecessor, showcasing a band brimming both with ideas and the confidence to pull them off.”



Listen to Connie Constance’s upbeat new single ‘Prim & Propa’

“It’s about looking at that big white house and the perfect grass and saying ‘Yeah, nah, not for me, mate – not without my people enjoying it with me’.

“It’s an anthem for everyone that feels betrayed and let down by this country,” she continued. “It’s for the single parents, the people that work their arses off every single day and can barely get their head above water.

“It’s a reminder that we’ve got what’s important right here with us: ‘When you want more then look around, if you’ve got love you know you’re good / Cause when the grass is greener, the people are meaner.”

Constance will embark on a UK and Ireland headline tour this September in support of her ‘Prim & Propa’ EP – see the full schedule below.

23 – The Louisiana, Bristol
24 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
28 – Oslo, London
29 – YES, Manchester
30 – Workmens Club, Dublin


Back in March, Connie Constance performed as part of the virtual SXSW 2021. Reviewing her set, NME wrote: “[Her] eclectic, conversational pop can switch between the quivering, quiet power of ‘WOAH’ and the swaggering disco-punk belter of ‘Monty Python’ with ease.

“Constance’s set is a frustratingly brief display of her energetic, personality-driven tunes – but she does a fine job of making the format work for her.”



Jane’s Addiction are the most underrated band ever, says frontman Perry Farrell

He continued: “It was an amazing project, and maybe it wouldn’t have been any better. But now I looked around and think: ‘Damn, I should have been more productive in that area’.”

Farrell also declared Jane’s Addiction’s third album ‘Ritual do lo Habitual’ as the best he ever made, and elsewhere named his post-Jane’s Addiction band Porno For Pyros as also being underrated.

Farrell recently released a 68-track boxset compiling his work outside of Jane’s Addiction, ‘The Glitz; The Glamour’, and in May shared a new song with his Kind Heaven Orchestra project.

The single ‘MEND’ was co-written by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who plays on the track alongside The Cars‘ Elliot Easton and David Bryan of Bon Jovi.

Last year, meanwhile Farrell indicated that Jane’s Addiction may well release new material in 2021. Firm release plans are yet to materialise, however. It would be their first new material in a decade.



IDLES and Slowthai team up for intense new version of ‘Model Village’

Balley TV was launched by Talbot in June 2020 and named after his label Balley Records. Guests have included Sharon Van Etten, Kae Tempest, The Streets‘ Mike Skinner, Savages vocalist Jehnny Beth and many more.

The new special also features interviews and special performances with the likes of Deep Tan, Nuha Ruby Ra and Katy J Pearson.

The band’s Slowthai collaboration has also been recorded as a studio version. You can hear that below, and pre-order an exclusive 7″ vinyl of the track here.

IDLES and Slowthai have been friends since the summer of 2019. In September that year, Talbot hailed Slowthai as “a vibrant and important voice in the world and obviously Britain. I respect him and I love him as a person.”


Slowthai returned the favour, saying: “We just see eye-to-eye and we just don’t care. You connect with some people, you don’t connect with others. I feel like it’s a brotherhood, they’re my brothers in arms forever.”

Last month, meanwhile, IDLES shared a brand new song called ‘Sodium’, part of the soundtrack for DC‘s Dark Nights: Death Metal, released by DC Comics as a tie in for the comic book series of the same name.



Clairo announces “no bullshit” US tour with Arlo Parks

“Every show will have a person/resource to go to if there’s harassment in the crowd,” she wrote, adding that a “no bullshit” policy would be in place. Further details are expected closer to the tour.

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Meanwhile, Parks said she was “so excited” to head out on the road with Cottrill. “Her work fills my belly with butterflies – kindness and sensitivity weaves through her work like a golden thread – thank you for allowing me to share this stage with you,” she said.

It comes after Clairo recently told NME that she wouldn’t tour unless protocols were in place to protect her fans. “If I can’t provide this [security] on tour, then I won’t tour – that’s my mentality at the moment,” she said.

“I really do feel in my heart of hearts that there’s going to be a wave of tours that are really stamped as the ‘safe tour’ and provide all this. Touring is one of the only things that hasn’t changed much. Granted, a lot of things need to change in the industry, but this is definitely one of them.”


Cottrill explained that there would “most definitely” be someone who isn’t affiliated with any of the venues she plays on future tours to serve as a “point of contact for any misconduct that goes on within the crowd”.

Arlo Parks, who will join Clairo at the US dates alongside Widowspeak, performed a cover of Cottrill’s single ‘Bags’ back in January. She previously recorded a version of the song on YouTube while isolating at her home last year.



RAYE and Polydor “part ways” after she claimed label wouldn’t release her debut album

“I want to say a big genuine thank you to the Polydor team, and all the individuals who have fought for me, believed in me and worked so hard for me across the years.

“Polydor are an incredible infrastructure power house team, unfortunately we have had different goals artistically and I am very grateful to them for giving me a graceful smooth exit to start my next chapter as an artist.”

Just a little Croydon girl with a dream 😭😭😭

— RAYE (@raye) July 19, 2021

In a statement given to NME last month a Polydor spokesperson said that the label was “saddened” to hear about RAYE’s concerns. The spokesperson added that the label had “reached out to her management team to discuss and offer our full support”.

Earlier this month RAYE said she was taking a break from social media in the wake of the controversy. “I am supposed to be in ‘Call On Me’ promo mode but I just don’t have the strength to promote this record right now,” she wrote, referring to her latest single.

When she initially made the claims on June 29, she said she had been told she would only be allowed to make her first album if ‘Call On Me’ did well. “Imagine the PRESSURE of me waking up every day frantically looking at numbers and stats hoping that I can just make MY BLOODY FIRST ALBUM,” RAYE wrote.


The artist released her first singles under Polydor in 2016 with ‘Distraction’, the Stormzy-featuring ‘Ambition’ and ‘I, U, Us’. She has also released four EPs under the deal as well as last November’s mini-album ‘Euphoric (Sad Songs)’.

Speaking to NME on the 2021 BRIT Awards red carpet, the singer said she hopes to “mix genres” on her debut album. “I’ve been signed for a very, very long time – since I was 17. I’m 23 now, so it’s been six years,” she added. “I’m ready to just drop [an album].”



Marina says she caught COVID-19 last week, warns fans to “be careful”

“However, it doesn’t make the ‘mild’ version of Covid any less unpleasant. It sucks! I definitely had a false sense of security indoors and so wanted to give you all a heads up.”

Marina added: “PS get vaxxed as soon as you’re offered it. I would not want to go through an even worse version of the last week!”

Update- Marina got COVID despite being vaccinated. She got through it pretty quickly and she's fine, but the vaccine does not make you infallible, be safe out there!

— marinausa (@marinausamerica) July 19, 2021

Earlier today (July 19), meanwhile, it was confirmed that two COVID-19 vaccine doses will be required by those wishing to enter nightclubs and “large crowded settings” in England from September.

Proof of a negative coronavirus test will not be accepted alone as a condition of entry, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed on “freedom day” today, which was reiterated during a remote press conference held by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


Johnson noted in the briefing that 35 per cent of 18-30 year olds are still “completely unvaccinated”. Pending the success of the vaccination rollout in England, all those aged 18 and over will have been offered both jabs by September.



New Kanye West ‘Donda’ album listening party announced by Pusha T

See the full information via Pusha’s Instagram post from today (July 19) below.

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There’s yet to be an official announcement about West’s new album which, per the above, appears to be titled ‘Donda’. The name has been bandied about for years – see NME‘s rumour timeline about the album here.

Previous claims of West’s new album being close to release first came from internet personality Justin Laboy, who yesterday (July 18) said that the rapper played the album for both him and professional basketball player Kevin Durant over the weekend. “Kanye played his new album for me & @KDTrey5 last night in Vegas,” he wrote.

Laboy added in his tweets: “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”.


In two further individual tweets, Laboy claimed that West’s new album will be arriving at some point this week.

“Kanye West album is really done,” he wrote, “When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while..”



New documentary on George Martin’s legendary Montserrat studio on the way

Under The Volcano features interviews with The Police, Mark Knopfler, Nick Rhodes, Midge Ure and more, and will be released via digital, DVD and Blu-ray on July 26. Watch the trailer below.

Built in the shadow of an active volcano, the studio was also the birthplace of huge hits such as ‘Money For Nothing’ and ‘Every Breath You Take’.

After a decade of hits, and at the peak of its popularity, the studio was destroyed when the island was hit by a series of devastating natural disasters.

In other news, last week (July 12) Peter Jackson explained why Beatles fans are likely to be surprised by his new docuseries Get Back.


Discussing the format of the new project, which focuses more on conversations than music, Jackson said the series will be very “intimate”.



Halsey announces “euphoric” birth of first child

Fans and fellow musicians commented on the news. Justin Timberlake wrote: “Beautiful! ❤️ congrats !!” while Olivia Rodrigo said: “the most beautiful family! congratulations❤️❤️❤️❤️”

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Katy Perry added: “the blessing ♥️”, while Camilla Cabello wrote: “Congratulations ❤️❤️❤️🥺”

In February Halsey opened up about her pregnancy, which she’d announced the previous month, explaining how she feels “it has levelled [their] perception of gender entirely”.

“I’ve been thinking lots about my body. it’s strange to watch yourself change so quickly. I thought pregnancy would give me very strong, binary feelings about ‘womanhood’ but truly it has levelled my perception of gender entirely.

“My sensitivity to my body has made me hyper aware of my humanness and that’s all. Doing a remarkable thing. And it’s grand. I hope the feeling lasts,” she wrote.


In other news, the singer recently announced a new film titled If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, which is a companion piece to her upcoming album of the same name.

The pop star’s fourth studio effort was produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails alongside Atticus Ross. It is said to be the singer’s “punk rock” record, and lands on August 27.



Lil Nas X teases Kanye West-produced single ‘Industry Baby’ with Nike court trial skit

Today (July 19), Lil Nas X shared a skit satirising the controversy via in which the singer and rapper plays a variety of different roles including a judge, lawyers for both the defendant and accused, and a member of the jury. The song is called ‘Industry Baby’.

In the video one of the recalled Nike shoes is passed around by the jury before the judge sentences Nas to “five years in Montero State Prison”.

‘Industry Baby’ is billed as “coming July 23”. Watch the clip and hear the first taste of the new single below.

The shoes in question were originally endorsed by the rapper as a tie-in with his track, ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’, which was accompanied by a music video showing him sliding into hell via a pole and giving Satan a lap dance.

In April, Nike announced that there would be a recall of the shoe: “MSCHF has agreed to initiate a voluntary recall to buy back any Satan Shoes and Jesus Shoes for their original retail prices, to remove them from circulation.”


Lil Nas X was not previously named as a defendant in the case. As HITC points out, details about why Nike is appearing to sue the rapper are unclear because the company reached a settlement with MSCHF in April.

NME has reached out to Nas X’s representatives for comment.

Meanwhile, speculation is building that Kanye will drop a new album in the near future, following rumours of an exclusive listening event for the record being held in Las Vegas.



Def Jam appears to confirm rumours of new Kanye West album after Las Vegas listening event

“Kanye played his new album for me & @KDTrey5 last night in Vegas,” Laboy wrote.

Today (July 19) a Twitter post by West’s label Def Jam read: “YZY SZN”. The “YZY” part presumably refers to one of West’s nicknames, Yeezy.


— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) July 19, 2021

There has been no official confirmation, however, nor any details of a release date.

Laboy added in his tweets yesterday (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”

He also shared a photo of what is allegedly West playing music for him and Durant.


— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 19, 2021


In two further individual tweets, Laboy claimed that West’s new album will be arriving at some point this week.

“Kanye West album is really done,” he wrote, “When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while..”

Kanye West album is really done. When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while.. Let me go enjoy all the current artist I’m listening to until then. God bless✌🏾 #Respectfully

— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 18, 2021

LETS ARGUE 🗣🗣🗣 His name is @kanyewest & this new album he’s dropping this week is a classic.. DONT @ ME #Respectfully

— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 19, 2021

As Laboy’s tweets began to circulate, rumours of an exclusive album listening event in Las Vegas began to appear online.

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Pictures have been shared online of people allegedly queuing outside the venue where the supposed listening event took place on Sunday evening.

Doors are almost open for @KanyeWest’s album listening party in Vegas tonight!

(📸: @_ovoeric & @dondasplace)

— Photos Of Kanye West (@PhotosOfKanye) July 19, 2021

Listening Party 🕊

— The Yeezy Zone (@TheYzyZone) July 19, 2021

Producer Teddy Walton – who has worked with Travis Scott and Bryson Tiller, as well as Kendrick Lamar‘s Grammy-nominated song ‘LOVE.’ – has also tweeted about a new Kanye West album, which he appears to have contributed to.

“Honestly can’t wait till [Kanye West] drop,” he wrote. “& I’m glad to be apart [sic] of history… See y’all soon.”

Honestly can’t wait till @kanyewest drop. & im glad to be apart of history 💿🐻💿🐻 see y’all soon.

— TEDDY WALTON (@teddywalton) July 19, 2021

Some artists have responded to the rumours, with Chicago rapper Lil Durk saying he “missed the jet” to appear on the album.

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Brockhampton‘s Kevin Abstract shared his excitement at the prospect of new music from West, tweeting, “kanye please give us the album”.

kanye please give us the album

— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) July 19, 2021

The hip-hop music festival Rolling Loud also responded to the speculation by flat-out asking West if he could confirm news of the album – and by inviting him to launch the record at its Miami event next weekend.

You busy next weekend? @kanyewest

— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 19, 2021

you miss 100% of the shots you don't take SO WHAT'S GOOD @KANYEWEST, ARE YOU DROPPING AN ALBUM OR NA

— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 19, 2021

We know the perfect place for you to come promote your next album @kanyewest

— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 19, 2021

Whatever time (before midnight) he wants, if he hits us back

— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 19, 2021

While no collaborators on West’s new album have been confirmed just yet, footage emerged over the weekend of Tyler, The Creator in the studio with West.

The footage sees both Tyler and Kanye in the studio in front of a whiteboard with what appears to be a tracklist written on it.

Kanye & Tyler In The Studio👀 #KanyeWest #TylerTheCreator

— HiddenPosters® (@hiddenposters) July 17, 2021

The Kanye album ‘Donda’, the follow up to 2019’s ‘Jesus Is King’, was initially set for release last year but never materialised. He had previously shared the album’s artwork, as well as a collaboration with Travis Scott‘Wash Us In the Blood’.

In March, CyHi The Prynce, West’s collaborator, revealed that West had resumed work on ‘Donda’ “late last year”.

West recently lent his vocals to ‘Faith’, the second posthumous album by late Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, alongside Pusha T on the track ‘Tell Me The Vision’.



Bree Runway shares clip of new music: “Made this today and I’m sooo obsessed”

“Made this today and I’m sooo obsessed,” she captioned her tweet earlier today (July 18), which featured a video of her driving through LA with a snippet of the new song playing in the background. “I don’t know how to solve it, solve it,” she can be heard singing over glittering synths and big bass. Hear the clip below now.

made this today and I’m sooo obsessed

— ・゚Bree Runway ☆ (@breerunway) July 17, 2021

In May, Runway confirmed during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show that she will feature on the upcoming remix album of Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’. “yup yup it’s breeee runway on lady Gaga’s chromatica remix album PUTRRRRRRRRRR DNJDJDJDDJ,” she tweeted later.

A release date for the remix album, which is being masterminded by producer BloodPop, has yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, in January, Runway shared a new video for her Missy Elliott collaboration, ‘ATM’. The visuals were described in a press release as “a celebration of women, black beauty and luxury living, [with] the final frame a homage to the iconic Grace Jones”.


‘ATM’ featured on ‘2000and4Eva’, which NME described in a four-star review as “a menacing and carefree offering — one in which Bree Runway manages to be bold, belligerent yet vulnerable throughout — from a different and altogether exciting new pop star”.



Watch Billie Eilish and Finneas give beautiful performance of ‘Your Power’

Watch the video below now.

When ‘Your Power’ was released in April, NME said in a four-star review: “[It] might be simple but it’s yet another example of Eilish’s remarkable talents. In keeping things stripped back the song draws you into an intimate space, as its creator confronts you with her haunting voice and uncomfortable tales.

“Its minimal form leaves the space to make you think, its message lingering long after its time’s up – and it’s one we should all ponder very closely.”

Meanwhile, in a new interview, Eilish has spoken out about her decision to dress in baggy outfits. The star has previously said she made the choice to prevent people from having an opinion on her body, but has now conceded that it “didn’t really work”.

“It’s really hard to control the narrative in a position like mine, right?” she said. “You can’t really control it that much, but you can try.


It followed the musician discussing the reaction to her British Vogue cover earlier this year, in which she ditched the oversized clothes to pose in a range of lingerie. “I saw a picture of me on the cover of Vogue [from] a couple of years ago with big, huge oversize clothes [next to the new Vogue cover]. Then the caption was like, ‘That’s called growth’,” she said.

“I understand where they’re coming from, but at the same time, I’m like, ‘No, that’s not OK. I’m not this now, and I didn’t need to grow from that’.”



The War On Drugs share gentle teaser for new song

Watch it below now.

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Earlier this month, the band reportedly filmed a new music video in a barn, somewhere in the US. “Fun film shoot in our barn today for an upcoming album release by Adam Granduciel, and his band, The War On Drugs,” the barn owner wrote in a Facebook post that was subsequently shared on Reddit.

Last November, Granduciel shared an update on the band’s next record. “In March I would’ve told you it was 80 per cent done, and now looking back it was actually 40 per cent done,” he said. “Some songs have been reimagined since, which has been a blessing. Some songs have had just one more layer of mud removed from them.”


It’s currently unclear whether ‘Ocean Of Darkness’, which was premiered by the band during a remote appearance on The Tonight Show, will feature on a new record. Granduciel has also shared previews of three songs on an Instagram Live stream in March 2020. The tracks were titled ‘Victim’, ‘I Don’t Wanna Wait’, and ‘Harmonious Dream’.



KSI made £7million cryptocurrency – and then “lost it all”

“I made £7m and now I’ve lost it all. It’s mental. It’s been a full journey, but I had to experience it. I fully understand it now. I put money in things where I essentially leveraged myself and I kinda over-leveraged myself to a point where I lost money because of it.”

CREDIT: Zoobs Ansari

He explained that the big loss came because of “the Bitcoin crash”, adding: “There’s no point crying over spilt milk”.

Despite the reverse in his cryptocurrency fortunes, the star said he was “still fully crypto” and called Bitcoin “the future”.

Meanwhile, KSI released his new album ‘All Over The Place’ on Friday (July 16). The record features cameos from a range of stars, including Future and 21 Savage on ‘Number 2’, as well as the likes of Yungblud, Bugzy Malone and Lil Durk.


Speaking about the album before its release, KSI said: “I’m super excited for the people to hear this album. I’ve improved on everything I did with [2020’s] ‘Dissimulation’.

“The singing has improved. The writing has improved. The beats have more layers to it, I’m a lot more experimental, I’m way more comfortable on the mic etc. This album is a reflection of a lot of hard work and passion combined and I’m really proud to be releasing it.”



Pop Smoke’s mother says it’s “easier” to listen to late rapper’s second posthumous album ‘Faith’

In an interview with Power 105.1’s Angie Martinez, the rapper’s mum Audrey Jackson said it was “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 said.

Jackson added that she was “grateful” that those suspected of being responsible for his death have been arrested. “They’re off the streets, they’ve been caught,” she said. “They need to serve some time. Throwing them under the jail isn’t going to bring him back, taking their lives isn’t going to bring him back but as long as there’s a real consequence.”

The rapper’s brother Obasi was also present during the interview and said he felt that his brother’s killers “didn’t have to do what they did”. “Now you deserve the ultimate penalty,” he added.

Meanwhile, Migos’ Quavos recently told NME he plans to finish the collaborations he was working on with Pop Smoke before the rapper’s death. “He was a very quick learner who always wanted to learn and soak it up,” he said. “We developed a good bond. We were meant to do an album together called ‘Huncho and The Woo’.


“We’re still going to use [those songs] and drop them,” he explained. “We had started working on it in London with DJ Mustard.”



Tomorrow X Together announce new repackage album ‘The Chaos Chapter: Fight Or Escape’

In an announcement on Weverse earlier today (July 18), the group’s label Big Hit Music confirmed ‘The Chaos Chapter: Fight Or Escape’ will be released on August 17. Pre-orders for the album will open at 11am KST (3am BST) on July 19.

Last week, reports began to appear in Korean media claiming that TXT would make a comeback in August with a new track. In response, Big Hit said that “nothing has been decided yet” and an official press release would be sent out “once the comeback is confirmed”.

In a five-star review of ‘The Chaos Chapter: Freeze’, NME called the album the group’s best release to date”, as well as a record that “represents huge growth”.

“No wonder they’ve been crowned both the leaders and ‘it boys’ of K-pop’s fourth generation, two titles they’ve more than earned with their commitment to candid storytelling and forward-thinking originality,” the review continued. “Life might be bleak at the moment, but at least we have TXT to turn our many lemons into a wealth of lemonade.”


Meanwhile, TXT made their first appearance on the Billboard Pop Airplay chart earlier this month with their first English-language track ‘Magic’. They are one of only five K-pop groups to appear on the chart, following BTS, BLACKPINK, LOONA and MONSTA X.



Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Thunder Road’ lyrics to be edited after 46 years

Over the last few weeks though, a debate has begun to rage online from those who believe that Mary’s dress in fact “sways” rather than “waves”.

As part of the investigation, The New Yorker reached out to Springsteen’s longtime manager and ‘Born To Run’ co-producer Jon Landau to settle the matter.

“The word is ‘sways’” Landau said, adding that “any typos in official Bruce material will be corrected.” As Variety point out, the official ‘Thunder Road’ lyrics on Springsteen’s website have since been changed from “waves” to “sways”.

Discussing the matter further, Landau said: “That’s the way he wrote it in his original notebooks, that’s the way he sang it on ‘Born to Run’, in 1975, that’s the way he has always sung it at thousands of shows, and that’s the way he sings it right now on Broadway.”

Elsewhere, Springsteen revealed recently that he hopes to resume touring next year. While the much-loved musician is currently continuing with his solo Broadway residency at the St. James Theatre in New York, he previously confirmed that he won’t be touring in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Speaking to BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball this week (July 14), Springsteen said that he is now hoping to restart touring in 2022.

“We’ll be touring next year if everything goes well,” he told Ball. “The E Street Band will be back on the road – you know, depending, of course, on the virus and what’s opening up.”



Nils Frahm announces new collaborative album with F.S. Blumm

Frahm added: “We kept on making new songs out of these sessions and starting over and over again. It was a process that was time consuming but really fun.”

“I love ending up somewhere where I’m surprised by myself or the machine or the person with whom I’m making music,” Blumm added, with Frahm confirming: “None of this is too serious. The record is only as much of a dub record as the ones before are jazz records…”

Watch the pair’s video for ‘Desert Mule’ below. ‘2X1=4’ is released on September 3 via LEITER and can be pre-ordered here.

Frahm’s most recent album came in the form of ‘Graz’, a surprise record that arrived at the end of March to mark Frahm’s creation, Piano Day.

The record follows on from his live album and concert film, Tripping With Nils Frahm, which was released last December.


Elsewhere, Frahm condemned NFTs as “the most disgusting thing on the planet” in a recent interview.

“Even some of my heroes like Aphex Twin are selling, sorry, crap for 130,000 bucks,” he said, adding that he believes it is “unforgivable to participate in something which is so bleak and wrong”.



Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale becomes Gibson’s first female Brand Ambassador

“I am beyond honoured to be named a Gibson ambassador,” Hale said in a statement. “Ever since I was 16 years old, it was my dream to someday be a part of the Gibson circle. It’s an incredible feeling to know that this dream has become a reality.”

She added: “Something magical ignites within me when I hold a Gibson guitar in my hands, the same guitars that my forefathers and foremothers of rock slung over their shoulders. With Gibson, I am the rockstar I’m meant to be.

“It is a privilege to represent my genre, my gender, and the incredible power of music that unites us all, with my beautiful Gibson Family.”

We are proud to officially announce that Lzzy Hale, frontwoman of the GRAMMY® Award-winning band Halestorm, has joined Gibson as the first female Brand Ambassador!#gibson @LZZYHALE

— Gibson (@gibsonguitar) July 16, 2021

“It’s an honour to welcome Lzzy Hale as our newest Gibson Ambassador,” Gibson brand president Cesar Geuikian added in a statement. “Lzzy is an ambassador of music, not just Gibson. A powerhouse singer, badass guitarist, and an influential force in music, Lzzy is a trailblazer in every sense of the word.

“From early on in her career, Lzzy had a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve and put in the hard work to get there, without compromising. She has and continues to pave the way for other artists leading by example, breaking down barriers, and elevating Halestorm into a Grammy award-winning band with a faithful fanbase worldwide.”


Earlier this year, Hale teamed up with Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian and Slayer‘s Dave Lombardo on a new song called ‘Thunder Force’, taken from the soundtrack of the Netflix film of the same name, which was released back in April.



Elvis Costello announces Spanish reimagining of 1978 album ‘This Year’s Model’

“Part of the fun of this project is its unexpected nature,” Costello said of the new album in a statement. “Although, I think people in my audience that have been paying attention are pretty much used to surprises by now.”

Krys added: “When Elvis told me the idea, it took me about 15 seconds to answer. I have been in so many situations where I was trying to turn Latin artists onto Elvis Costello’s music. The feedback I heard most often was ‘I love it. I wish I knew what he was saying.’

“Spanish Model is an opportunity to turn an entire side of the world onto this great record and through these voices, get these ideas out. Lyrically, This Year’s Model is still relevant today, what the songs have to say and how they say it.”

Listen to the first taster of the album – Juanes singing ‘Pump It Up’ – below.

See the tracklist for ‘Spanish Model’ below.


1. Nina Diaz – ‘No Action’
2. Raquel Sofía y Fuego – ‘(Yo No Quiero Ir A) Chelsea ((I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea)’
3. Draco Rosa – ‘Yo Te Vi (The Beat)’
4. Juanes – ‘Pump It Up’
5. La Marisoul – ‘Detonantes (Little Triggers)’
6. Luis Fonsi – ‘Tu Eres Para Mi (You Belong To Me)’
7. Francisca Valenzuela y Luis Humberto Navejas – ‘Hand In Hand’
8. Cami – ‘La Chica de Hoy (This Year’s Girl)’
9. Pablo López – ‘Mentira (Lip Service)’
10. Jesse & Joy – ‘Viviendo en el Paraiso (Living In Paradise)’
11. Morat – ‘Lipstick Vogue’
12. Jorge Drexler – ‘La Turba (Night Rally)’
13. Sebastián Yatra – ‘Llorar (Big Tears)’
14. Fito Páez – ‘Radio Radio’
15. Gian Marco y Nicole Zignago – ‘Crawling To The U.S.A.’
16. Vega – ‘Se Esta Perdiendo La Inocencia (Running Out Of Angels)’

Elsewhere, Costello recently defended Olivia Rodrigo against a claim she has plagiarised the rock musician’s work. In response to a Twitter user claiming Rodrigo’s song ‘Brutal’ is “pretty much a direct lift from Elvis Costello,” the artist said “this is fine by me”.

“It’s how rock and roll works,” he added. “You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy. That’s what I did.”



Billie Eilish says wearing baggy clothes to control narrative around her “didn’t really work”

She added: “Of course, it didn’t really work. It’s really hard to control the narrative in a position like mine, right? You can’t really control it that much, but you can try.”

Billie Eilish. Credit: Kelia Anne MacCluskey

The star recently spoke out about the reaction to her British Vogue cover, in which she ditched the oversized clothes to pose in a range of lingerie. “I saw a picture of me on the cover of Vogue [from] a couple of years ago with big, huge oversize clothes [next to the new Vogue cover]. Then the caption was like, ‘That’s called growth’,” she said.

“I understand where they’re coming from, but at the same time, I’m like, ‘No, that’s not OK. I’m not this now, and I didn’t need to grow from that’.”

Eilish will release her second album ‘Happier Than Ever’ on July 30 and released the latest track from it in the form of ‘NDA’ earlier this month (July 9). The singer shared a live version of the track yesterday (July 16).


Speaking about ‘Happier Than Ever’ in a recent interview, the star said it is “much better” than her debut ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’,



Freddie Mercury wrote Elvis Presley tribute in the bath in 10 minutes

Talking about trying to change tact with their recording process seven albums in, May said Queen “got into this rather indulgent way of just bowling into the studio with no ideas, or very few ideas, and just doing it from scratch”.

Taylor added: “The first thing we did was ‘Crazy Little Thing…’, and Fred did write the song in the bath in about 10 minutes.”

Speaking about Mercury’s love of Presley, May said: “He was very fond of Elvis, and of Cliff, I have to say. Yeah, Freddie wrote it very quickly and rushed in and put it down with the boys. By the time I got there, it was almost done.

“And I think the sounds that [sound engineer Reinhold] Mack managed to get, these very elemental, very real sounds, ambient sounds in the studio had a big contribution to make. It does sound very authentic, everything about it is sort of like original rock and roll sounding.”


‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ went onto be Queen’s first Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached Number Two on the Official UK Singles Chart.

Earlier this month, May said he thought Mercury would still be playing with Queen if he was alive. The band’s frontman died in 1991 from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS. “The funny thing is I feel more and more that he is kind of with us in a way, maybe I’m getting to be an old romantic, but Freddie is in my day every day,” he added.



Watch Lucy Dacus perform Tiny Desk (Home) Concert from her old high school

The setlist included ‘Brando’, ‘VBS’, ‘Going Going Gone’ and ‘Thumbs’. The latter performance was the first time Dacus has performed the song on camera. “It might be tough to hear – that’s just a warning,” she told viewers beforehand. “If you don’t want to listen to it, just turn this video off!”

Watch the musician’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert above now.

In a four-star review of Dacus’ third album, NME said: “‘Home Video’ is full of the Matador artist’s typical subtle humour and gorgeously evocative poetry […] Dacus proves that looking back at your past might make you cringe, but there is beauty and value in those faltering, gawky days.”

The star will bring the record to the stages of the UK and Ireland next year. The tour will begin at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club on March 18, and continue on to stops in Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester and Bristol. It will conclude with a gig at London’s Kentish Town Forum on March 25.


Meanwhile, Dacus shared a cover of Snow Patrol’s 2006 single ‘Chasing Cars’ last month, reimagining the track with spectral synths and atmospherics.



Steel Panther announce departure of bassist Lexxi Foxx: “The end of an era”

“For some though, it has opened doors of opportunity and been a catalyst to seek out one’s true calling in life. This is Lexxi’s story. He started his side business, ‘Sexy Lexxi’s Prettiest Pets’, to bring in money for Botox during the lockdown. But something miraculous happened. He realised that his love for making pets pretty was greater than his love for being pretty himself. Lexxi discovered a greater love. Possibly, the greatest love of all.”

The band went on to say it was “with heavy hearts – but great heavy metal memories – that we bid Lexxi Foxx farewell”. “We love you and we wish you a wonderful future putting eyeliner on chihuahuas,” they added.

“Steel Panther will continue to rock the world. And though we may not ever find a bassist quite as beautiful as Lexxi, it shouldn’t be hard to find one to match his towering intellect.”

The band also shared a compilation video of footage of Foxx, titled “The End Of An Era – Thank You, Lexxi Foxx!” Watch it above now. “For all the laughs. For all the metal. thank you,” the screen reads at one point.


Last year, the band played three gigs in Florida to packed crowds with no social distancing in place. Despite COVID-19 case numbers in the US at the time, crowds at the shows were seen in footage without face masks and standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the venues.



Sparks say their longevity is down to their “shared vision” that pop can “still be done in a fresh way”

Ron continued to add that they shared a “hostility towards a boring approach to something sacred like pop music”. “It’s motivating to be hostile to the status quo,” he said, relating their approach to athletes seeking out rivals to beat. “There’s that motivation of us versus them, even if you don’t know who ‘them’ is.

Sparks CREDIT: Lester Cohen/Getty Images

“That’s important because it means you’re always trying to throw something in people’s faces. You’re going to hear this, whether you’re interested or not.”

The band are the subject of an upcoming documentary by Edgar Wright and have also worked on the Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard-starring film Annette, which opened this year’s Cannes film festival. For the latter, they wrote the script and the music.

An accompanying album for Annette was released earlier this month, which included the track ‘So May We Start’. The song features vocals from Cotillard, Driver and Simon Helberg.


The Mael brothers will embark on a North American tour next year, kicking off at LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in February 2022, before moving on to performances across the US and Canada, before concluding in Toronto in April.

Following the North American tour, Sparks will arrive in the UK and Ireland for more dates, beginning in Dublin on April 10. For tickets and more details, visit Sparks’ website.