Kings Of Leon cancel all remaining US tour dates following death of their mother

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from our fans,” the band wrote on Instagram. “If you haven’t heard, our mom Betty Ann passed away peacefully last week.

“We’ve decided to cancel all remaining tour dates through October to be with our families. Thanks for the kind words and all the love you’ve given to the entire Followill family.”

Kings Of Leon perform live. CREDIT: Getty Images

The dates affected include:


1 – White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
3 – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield, WA
7 – Ruoff Music Center, Noblesville, IN
9 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL


Earlier this month, Kings Of Leon announced a run of UK and Ireland arena shows.

Two of the shows, in Leeds and Newcastle, constitute rescheduled gigs that had previously been announced but delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Original tickets for those shows remain valid.

It’s unclear whether or not the shows will feature the band’s Matthew Followill, who announced in July that he will be taking time away from the band following the birth of his and wife Johanna’s new baby.

Followill didn’t appear on the band’s recent leg of US dates, with touring member Timothy Deaux filling his place, and former touring member Chris Coleman returning to cover Deaux’s role.



Louis Theroux’s new documentary to explore US rap and hip-hop

“Many artists become successful through self-promotion online, looking at ways to connect with fans – from feuding online, opening up about their anxieties and fears, and live-streaming their sometimes chaotic lifestyles,” the description adds. “Louis will meet people at different stages of their quest to become successful and followed, from those who have risen fast to those who have fallen hard.”

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The other two films will look at the far-right and the porn industry as it grapples with its own Me Too moment.

“The world has gone through massive changes in the last few years, in particular from the effects of social media,” Theroux said. “This new series looks at the way those changes have affected people in America who are in different ways involved in dangerous, extreme, or morally questionable lifestyles.

“Far-right groups that have found new influence through gaming and streaming services. Porn performers who have seen power shift to them as they’ve embraced creator-controlled apps and called out alleged predators in the industry. And in the rap world young men with big dreams caught up in feuds and high-risk behaviour in the click-driven world of social media.

Louis Theroux – Credit: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty


“These three documentaries were tough to make,” he added. “They required delicate access conversations. They feature scenes and confrontations that are shocking and upsetting. But they are also powerful depictions of a world that has become strange in ways we could never have imagined just 10 years ago.

“They show the dangers of the technotopia we all now inhabit, where extremist content can be piped directly into the phones and laptops of millions of children. But they also illustrate some of the positive opportunities the new world has created by disrupting old hierarchies of power.

“I’m very proud of all three programmes and hope viewers will find them as thought provoking to watch as I did making them.”

Theroux recently aired documentary Shooting Joe Exotic, which looks back on the titular controversial figure in the wake of Netflix’s Tiger King as well as his own interview with Exotic 10 years ago.



Ghost and Volbeat announce joint US tour for 2022

Ghost and Volbeat will play:

25 – Reno, NV, Reno Events Center
27 – Seattle, WA, Climate Pledge Arena
28 – Nampa, ID, Ford Idaho Center Arena
29 – Portland, OR, Veterans Memorial Coliseum
02 – Denver, CO, Ball Arena
04 – Lincoln, NE, Pinncle Bank Arena
07 –  Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
08 – Hershey, PA, Giant Venter
10 – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
11 – Worcester, MA, DCU Center
12 – Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
14 – Pittsburgh, PA, Petersen Events Center
15 – Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
16 – Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
18 – Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
19 – Cincinnati, OH, Heritage Bank Center
20 – Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum
21 – St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
23 – Incependence, MO, Cable Dahmer Arena
25 – Houston, TX, Smart Financial Centre At Sugarland
26 – Dallas, TX, Fair Park Coliseum
28 – El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
1 – Phoenix, AX, Footprint Center
3 – Anaheim, CA, Honda Center

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Ghost had teased the forthcoming announcement of a tour with a video, in which the band’s Papa Emeritus IV takes part in a ‘Doom’ (a parody of Zoom) call with Sister Imperator.

A new album from Ghost is expected in the coming months. Last year frontman Tobias Forge said that they were planning on entering the studio at the beginning of 2021, with the aim of releasing their fifth LP towards the end of the year.


Forge added that the release would coincide with a new tour and that no album would be released until it is safe to resume touring following the coronavirus pandemic.



TikTok passes Youtube for average watch time in UK and US

“YouTube still leads TikTok in overall time spent, including in the UK,” Jamie MacEwan, from Enders Analysis, explained to the BBC. “YouTube’s mass audience means it’s getting more demographics that are comparatively light internet users… it’s just reaching everyone who’s online.”

He added that the most-invested YouTube users probably “match or surpass” the engagement of TikTok users. “TikTok was spending big to attract users, but they were not necessarily hanging around for long compared to other social media,” he said. “Now we know that in the US and UK, TikTok has overhauled YouTube, and is reeling in Facebook… that’s a huge seal of approval.”

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App Annie’s report showed that TikTok – which is also currently ranked the most downloaded app worldwide since 2020 – surpassed YouTube in the UK back in June 2020, and has continued to maintain its dominance since. In the US, the two apps traded places a number of times late last year before TikTok emerged on top in April 2021.

Another metric examined included consumer spending. The report suggests that apps with live-streaming – including TikTok – are helping to fuel a surge in money spent on creators. Apps that have live-streaming as “a prominent feature” accounted for three-quarters of money spent in the top 25 social apps in the first half of 2021, according to the report.

App Annie said: “Live-streaming is driving growth in engagement for social apps, which sets them up for consumer spend.”


App Annie specialises in apps analysis. The “time spent” metric in its report solely accounts for Android phones – and also does not include China, where TikTok – known locally as Douyin – is a major app.

Earlier this summer, TikTok responded to criticism from a comedian which claimed that phrases including ‘Black Lives Matter’ and “Black success” were banned from the platform.

Ziggi Tyler recently called out TikTok in videos showing that the app allowed words including “neo-Nazi”, “pro-white” and “white supremacist” to be included in the bios of content creators on the app’s Creator Marketplace.

The videos went on to show that terms including “pro-Black”, “Black Lives Matter”, “Black success” and “Black people” were flagged as being inappropriate or banned.

In response to the controversy, TikTok shared a statement with Forbes. It read: “Our TikTok Creator Marketplace protections, which flag phrases typically associated with hate speech, were erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order.

“We recognise and apologise for how frustrating this was to experience, and our team has fixed this significant error. To be clear, Black Lives Matter does not violate our policies and currently has over 27 billion views on our platform.”



The Rolling Stones to play US tour as planned despite Charlie Watts’ death

Despite the death, the tour’s promoter Concerts West have revealed that the band will be continuing with the tour, which begins late next month.

“The Rolling Stones’ tour dates are moving ahead as planned,” the statement read.

See The Rolling Stones’ forthcoming ‘No Filter’ tour dates below:

26 – St Louis, The Dome at America’s Center
30 – Charlotte, Bank Of America Stadium

4 – Pittsburgh, Heinz Field
9 – Nashville, Nissan Stadium
13 – New Orleans, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
17 – Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium
24 – Minneapolis, U.S. Bank Stadium
29 – Tampa, Raymond James Stadium

2 – Dallas, Cotton Bowl Stadium
6 – Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium
11 – Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
15 – Detroit, Ford Field
20 – Austin, Circuit Of The Americas


Many drummers have praised Watts in the wake of his passing – among them Pink Floyd‘s Nick MasonRoyal Blood‘s Ben ThatcherRingo StarrQuestlove, Alex Van Halen and The E Street Band’s Max Weinberg.

An NME obituary to Watts said: “He was understated but irreplaceable: there’ll never be another Charlie Watts.”



‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’: Spike Lee’s film is heading to US cinemas

American Utopia is a concert film documenting Byrne’s Broadway show of the same name.

In a five star review of the film, NME said: “It’s hard to pick a highlight but we defy anyone to stay still during a soaring performance of ‘Lazy’ (Byrne’s 2002 collaboration with electro duo X-Press 2). In addition, Janelle Monáe’s 2015 protest song ‘Hell You Talmbout’ gets an urgent workout while images of black lives lost to US police brutality appear on screen.

“It’s a rare concert film that packs in brilliant music, incredible visuals, a vital political message and jokes – but this is one of them. Don’t miss it.”

Meanwhile, Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ stage show has been confirmed for a re-run on Broadway in 2021 after an initial 17-week return schedule was postponed last year due to the coronavirus crisis.


The show, which is based on Byrne’s 2018 album of the same name, will this time see a longer, six-month run in New York City’s theatre district, moving from The Hudson to the larger St. James Theatre on 44th street.

The Talking Heads frontman and solo artist is joined by an 11-piece mobile ensemble playing songs from ‘American Utopia’ as well as other tracks from his solo catalog and Talking Heads material.



Limp Bizkit cancel remainder of US tour over safety concerns

Whilst there were some reports that a member of the group had fallen ill with COVID prior to the group’s concert in Ashbury Park, New Jersey on Friday (August 6), this was later quashed by frontman Fred Durst via an Instagram story.

“1. Wes Boland does not have Covid”, Durst wrote, adding: “2. The system is serious flawed. 3. We don’t care much about the BS.”

Whilst he didn’t elaborate on any further reasons why the tour was cancelled, Durst added: “Times2. we care a lot about you. To the six. ‘They’ can kiss it. Dad vibes coming soon.”

NME has reached out to representatives of Limp Bizkit for comment.

Limp Bizkit backstage at Lollapalooza 2021. CREDIT: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Limp Bizkit saw a huge spike in streams and sales since their much talked about performance at last weekend’s Lollapalooza. The group played at the Grant Park, Chicago event on July 31, sharing a line-up with Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, Trippie Redd, Freddie Gibbs, Angels & Airwaves, Marc Rebillet and more.


After their performance, Limp Bizkit became a trending topic on Twitter for the rest of the weekend which has since led to a rise in the overall consumption of their discography.

Across Sunday and Monday (August 1 and 2), the band recorded a combined 1.9million on-demand streams, according to MRC Data (via Billboard). That was up 27 per cent from the previous Sunday and Monday (July 25 and 26), when the band accounted for a combined 1.5million on-demand streams.

The band’s song sales went up 100 per cent over the same period, although on a much smaller scale – from 500 songs sold to 1,000.

Limp Bizkit concluded their Lollapalooza set by previewing a track from their forthcoming new album.

“This song right here, it’s for you and only you,” Durst told the crowd and those watching the Lollapalooza livestream. “It’s a song off our new album called ‘Dad Vibes’. I want to see everybody out there dancing right now. Let me see how you do it.”



Indie labels respond to vinyl warping issues due to US heatwaves

1. “We can delay your shipment. If you write us and let us know you’d like to have your shipment held until the heat wave definitely passes, just reply to this email. Then, when things are looking a bit cooler in your region, let us know you’re ready to receive and we’ll send your copy out.”

2. “We send our records via media mail, which can take up to two weeks to arrive. We do this since it’s so much less expensive to ship and we don’t have to charge that much back to you. However, we would be happy to upgrade your shipping from standard to priority mail. This would require you to send us a bit extra money to cover to postage increase—it could be up to $8 more depending upon where in the country you live. Let us know and we can tell you the cost.”

A vinyl pressing plant. CREDIT: James MacDonald/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Elsewhere, Sargent House Records is giving customers advance notice that the weather could impact their packages, also noting that the merchant store it works with – Hello Merch – has added a new statement to its terms of service.

“Please be aware we DO NOT issue refunds or replacements for damage due to extreme weather conditions, minor cosmetic damage, such as corner dings, bends, split inserts, and so on.” Hello Merch works with multiple indie labels and artists.

Joyful Noise Records said it’s not received much feedback with regards to warped records, however it’s now adding large labels for vinyl shipments that read: “PACKAGE CONTAINS VINYL RECORDS, DO NOT LEAVE IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT (f*ck climate change).”


Meanwhile, Amazon has launched a new subscription service that focuses on “the golden era of vinyl” from the 1960s and ’70s.

The new ‘Vinyl Of The Month’ club offers music fans “must-haves” delivered to their door for $24.99 (£18.58) per month, handpicked by the Amazon Music team.



Tinashe reveals details of her fifth studio album ‘333’, releases new single

In the same post, Tinashe – full name Tinashe Kachingwe – revealed a single would drop that night. A subsequent Instagram post revealed the track’s title.

Listen to ‘i can see the future’ below:

The new single follows the release of two other album cuts, ‘Bouncin’ and ‘Pasadena’, the latter being Tinashe’s first single of the year and a collaborative effort with rapper Buddy. The pair had previously worked together on his single ‘Glitch’, released September 2020.

As well as Buddy, ‘333’ looks set to feature other collaborations with the likes of Kaytranada, Jeremih, Kaash Paige, Wax Motif, Quiet Child and Kudzai to be featured throughout.

The release of ‘333’ marks the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Songs for You’, which was released via her own label Tinashe Music.


As well as new album details, Tinashe announced a US tour set to begin in September, with South Korean alt-pop musician Rei Ami along in support.

Tinashe’s 2021 US tour dates are:

Thursday 16 – Houston, House of Blues
Saturday 18 – Austin, Emos Austin
Sunday 19 – Dallas, House of Blues
Tuesday 21 – Minneapolis, First Avenue
Wednesday 22 – Milwaukee, The Rave/Eagles Club
Friday 24 – Chicago, House of Blues
Saturday 25 – Chicago, House of Blues
Monday 27 – Royal Oak, Royal Oak Music Theatre
Tuesday 28 – Mckees Rocks, Roxian Theatre
Wednesday 29 – Boston, Big Night Live
Thursday 30 – New York, Terminal 5

Saturday 2 – Brooklyn, Warsaw
Sunday 3 – Washington D.C., 9:30 Club
Wednesday 6 – Atlanta, Buckhead Theatre
Thursday 7 – St. Louis, The Pageant
Saturday 9 – Denver, Summit Music Hall
Sunday 10 – Salt Lake City, The Depot
Tuesday 12 – Sacramento, Ace of Spades
Thursday 14 – Phoenix, The Van Buren
Friday 15 – San Diego, The Observatory North Park
Saturday 16 – Santa Ana, Observatory
Sunday 17 – Los Angeles, The Novo
Tuesday 19 – San Francisco, The Warfield
Thursday 21 – Seattle, The Showbox

Saturday 13 – Las Vegas, Day N Vegas



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.”



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.



John Mayer shares video for new song ‘Shot In The Dark’ and announces US tour dates

Much like the video for his last single, ‘Last Train Home’, Mayer turns up the nostalgia, playfully poking fun at music videos from the ’80s. Sporting the same black leather jacket as in his previous video, the clip sees Mayer perform under moody blue lighting and express melodramatic pouts while posing next to low-rent, stained glass windows.

You can watch the video for ‘Shot In The Dark’ below:

In addition to the new track, Mayer has also announced a North American tour in support of ‘Sob Rock’ which kicks off next year.

Beginning in Albany on February 17 and ending in Chicago on April 28, the tour will include stops at New York City’s Madison Square Garden (February 20), and two nights at the Forum in Inglewood, California (March 13 & March 15), among others. You can see a full list of dates below.

General tickets go on sale starting Friday (July 23) at 11:00am local time and will be available here, while fans can sign up to access pre-sale tickets now via Seated.



17 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
18 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
23 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
25 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
27 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

MARCH 2022
1 – Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
4 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
11 – Las Vegas, NV – Grand Garden Arena
13 – Los Angeles, CA – Forum
15 – Los Angeles, CA – Forum
18 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
22 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
27 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

APRIL 2022
2 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
5 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
8 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
11 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
13 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
20 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
23 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
24 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
28 – Chicago, IL – United Center

Mayer celebrated the release of ‘Sob Rock’ with a virtual performance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where he and his band delivered the acoustic ballad ‘Shouldn’t Matter But It Does’ and ‘Last Train Home’.

You can watch the performances below:

Meanwhile, Mayer has sent Rosé of K-pop girl group BLACKPINK a pink electric guitar as thanks for covering one of his songs.

On July 16, the Korean-Australian singer took to Instagram to share a few images of her brand-new guitar, which was accompanied by a hand-written note from Mayer. “Rosé! I should be thanking YOU! (so thank you.),” wrote Mayer.

The guitar comes after Rosé’s recent cover of Mayer’s 2006 song ‘Slow Dancing In A Burning Room’ on a South Korean variety show. “Life is complete,” captioned the BLACKPINK vocalist, tagging him in the post.

The Grammy award-winning musician had sent Rosé the PRS Silver Sky electric guitar in its newest colour, Roxy Pink. He previously featured the guitar in the music video for ‘Last Train Home’. The Silver Sky model, which was designed in collaboration with Mayer, retails at around $2,000.



Harry Styles announces postponed US tour dates: “I could not be more excited”

“I could not be more excited for these shows,” Styles wrote on Twitter. “As always, the well-being of my fans, band, and crew, is my top priority.”

He continued: “Safety guidelines will be available on the respective venue websites to ensure we can all be together as safely as possible. Please notice that some dates have changed, and new shows have been added.”

Safety guidelines will be available on the respective venue websites to ensure we can all be together as safely as possible. Please notice that some dates have changed, and new shows have been added.

— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) July 14, 2021

Having postponed his UK and European tour dates “indefinitely” back in December, the singer told fans today that he “can’t wait to see you again, but for obvious reasons it is just not possible at this time”.

“I will be sharing more news soon about shows across the globe and new music. I love you all so much. I’m excited and I can’t wait to see you. H,” Styles’ post concluded.

You can see that tweet below:

To everyone in the UK and across the world, I can’t wait to see you again, but for obvious reasons it is just not possible at this time. I will be sharing more news soon about shows across the globe and new music. I love you all so much. I’m excited and I can’t wait to see you. H

— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) July 14, 2021



As announced for the original dates, Jenny Lewis will fulfil her planned special guest appearances at the ‘Love On Tour’ US concerts in September.

Back in May, Harry Styles picked up the Best British Single award for the ‘Fine Line’ single ‘Watermelon Sugar’ at the BRIT Awards 2021. He said during his acceptance speech that “moments like this make me more incredibly grateful to get to do this”.



Kelly Lee Owens announces 2021 US tour

Tickets – which you can get here – go on sale at 1pm EDT on Friday (June 11) the same day Owens releases her new Inner Song Remix Series EP.

The EP features songs from her 2020 album Inner Song reworked by the likes of Breaka, Loraine James, Eikka, Shorter Roza, Yazzus, and Coby Sey. Listen to the Breaka, Joraine James and Elkka remixes below.

Full list of Kelly Lee Owens US tour dates:

8 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
11 – Philadelphia, PA – Making Time
13 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
14 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
16 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
17 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
18 – Seattle, WA – Nuemos
19 – Portland, OR – Holocene
22 – Oakland, CA – Starline
25 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room

22-23 – Miami, FL – III Points Festival


In a five-star review of Owens’ Inner Songs, NME wrote: “By allowing her songs to breathe, leaving space for contemplation, ‘Inner Song’ is a perfectly-arranged album where each track has a part to play: an emotive-yet-euphoric collection that’s made for late-night reflection, Kelly Lee Owens has made one of the most beautiful records of the year.”

Meanwhile, Kelly Lee Owens was among the names who recently announced that SSD Concerts will no longer be promoting upcoming shows for them following allegations of employee mistreatment.



Olivia Rodrigo tops US album chart with 2021’s biggest first-week figures

It is also the first debut album by a female artist to go straight to the top of the charts since Cardi B’s major label debut ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ in 2016.

Olivia Rodrigo attends The BRIT Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on May 11, 2021 in London, England. Credit: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.

Before Rodrigo’s record was released, Taylor Swift held the title for biggest first-week album figures this year with ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’. That album clocked up 291,000 units in April.

The 18-year-old musician’s Billboard 200 success follows her becoming the youngest solo artist ever to land a UK Number One double. ‘Sour’ topped the Official UK Albums Chart, while Rodrigo’s latest single ‘Good 4 U’ also claimed its second week at the peak of the Official UK Singles Chart.

An act hasn’t pulled off the feat with their debut album since 2015, when Sam Smith reached Number One with ‘In The Lonely Hour’ and their single ‘Lay Me Down’.


In a four-star review of ‘Sour’, NME said: “For the most part, Rodrigo has passed the bar she set on [‘Drivers License’], sharing with us an almost-masterpiece that’s equal parts confident, cool and exhilaratingly real. This is no flash-in-the-pan artist, but one we’ll be living with for years to come.”



US promoter is charging unvaccinated fans $1,000 for ticket to upcoming punk show

“We’re just trying to do a show safely,” Williams told WFTS. “And they should go out and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families and their community.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently declared that those living in Florida have the right to get vaccinated or not and “no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision.”

With that said, knowing he couldn’t force anyone who wasn’t vaccinated not to attend the show, Williams came up with the idea for the unique ticket pricing instead.

Speaking to ABC News, he added: “I also wanted it to be a vaccine drive to get the fence-sitters off the fence. I wanted to get the kids that want to go to shows to go out and get their shots.”

So far there has been no takers for the $1,000 tickets, but Williams has said that if anyone does buy one they will “be treated like everyone else”.


While the response to his ticket policy has been “overwhelmingly positive” for the most part, Williams did mention that he’s received a number of spam calls from anti-vaxxers. “To care about people being safe is very bad apparently,” he added.

Ray Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket, one of the bands on the line-up, is on board with the policy, telling WFTS: “We’re all vaccinated. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated so we can see you in the pit.”

Local punk fan Brittney Wigen said: “I understand what they’re doing. I think it’s very nice of them, but it’s just not fair…I think it’s terrible because not everyone can get the vaccine. I can’t because I had COVID too recently.”

You can pick up $18 or $1,000 tickets to the show here.



US branch of Independent Venue Week announces 2021 edition

#IVWTalks incorporates ‘Get Schooled’ on Thursday July 15, a full day dedicated to students interested in a career in live music.

San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, one of the US venues taking part in Independent Venue Week CREDIT: Steve Jennings/Getty Images

The event is officially partnered with the National Independent Venue Association, whose formation was sparked by Independent Week’s early editions.

“Getting ready for this year’s event feels particularly meaningful,” said Cecilie Nielsen, Director of Special Projects at Marauder, the firm that runs US Independent Venue Week.

“For the past 14 months, independent venues and promoters have collectively fought for their very survival and this feels like the turning point that we’ve all been working for. We were happy and proud to grow Independent Venue Week last year—to even have it, under the circumstances. This year, we hope and believe that fans will return with a renewed appreciation for these uniquely important spaces.”


Independent Venue Week began as a UK initiative in 2014, with the inaugural US edition launching in 2018.

The UK’s most recent edition of Independent Venue Week took place online in January, with 110 venues from across the UK taking part. To mark the occasion, ambassadors Arlo Parks, Gruff Rhys, Amy Macdonald and Jordan Adetunji spoke to NME about how their early live shows.



Kevin Morby and Hamilton Leithauser announce joint US tour: “Let’s dance, laugh, cry and sing!”

“This is the first song of Kevin’s I’d ever heard – I originally discovered it because it was produced by our mutual friend the late, great Richard Swift, and I’ve always really liked it, and I wanted to do it proper justice,” Leithauser wrote as a message in his video.

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After fans speculated over what the mutual appreciation of each other’s work could mean, it later transpired that Morby and Leithauser will embark on a US co-headline tour this October/November.

Kicking off at The National in Richmond, Virginia on October 14, the ‘Fall Mixer’ stint will also see the pair make stop-offs in Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and other cities.

You can see the full list of dates below and find ticket details here.

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According to Leithauser, each night of the tour “will be its own party” and serve as “a social occasion as much as a rock n roll show”. The two musicians will share a band at the gigs, where they will perform “new songs, old songs, other people’s songs”.

Kevin Morby recently shared ‘Dumcane’, an outtake from his 2016 album ‘Singing Saw’ to mark its fifth anniversary.



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



The Flaming Lips announce UK and Ireland tour dates for 2022

The dates, which you can see in full below, follow the Oklahoma shows The Flaming Lips performed during the coronavirus pandemic, in which both the band and audience stood in protective bubbles for the concert’s duration.

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Flaming Lips 'American Head American Tour 2021-22'!

Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, May 7th, 10am local time. for ticket links and more info.

— The Flaming Lips (@theflaminglips) May 3, 2021

The band has also announced the first ever vinyl release of ‘The Soft Bulletin Companion’, a promo record of rarities that accompanied their 1999 album ‘The Soft Bulletin’. Pressed onto a silver double-LP, it will be released exclusively on Record Store Day June 12, with a wider release slated for later in the year.

See the band’s full list of tour dates, including those in North America, below:


MAY, 2022


25 – Leeds, Stylus
26 – Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory
30 – Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre

JUNE. 2022

01 – Bexhill, De la Warr Pavilion
02 – London, O2 Forum Kentish Town

JULY 2022

22 – Galway, Galway Int’l Arts Fest

You can purchase tickets for the UK dates here.


AUGUST, 2021

20 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Amphitheatre
21 – Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas


07 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
08 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
09 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage A&E
12 – Syracuse, NY – Crouse Hinds Theater
13 – Albany, NY – Palace Theater
15 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
16 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem
18 – Montreal, Quebec – MTELUS
20 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater

MARCH, 2022

27 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
28 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
29 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore
31 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore

APRIL, 2022

01 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
02 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
04 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
05 – Cincinnati, OH – ICON Music Center
06 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
08 – Saint Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
09 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
25 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
28 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
29 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
30 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

MAY, 2022

02 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
03 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
04 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
06 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
07 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

Tickets for the US dates go on sale on May 7 – get them here.

Meanwhile, Flaming Lips, Courtney Marie Andrews, Low, Weyes Blood and Richard Thompson are among the names to have contributed bespoke covers to a new album celebrating the life and work of Bob Dylan.



Frank Zappa’s final US concert set for live album release


The singer was recently celebrated in Alex Winters’ rock documentary Zappa. In a four-star review, NME wrote: “A complex character, during Zappa’s runtime Frank is conversely called cruel, a workaholic, passionate, talented and solipsistic, but above all it’s his passion for experimentation that stands out.

“Frank had no interest in making something popular, but rather something that would push the boundaries of what modern music was expected to be.”

‘Zappa ’88’ was produced by Ahmet Zappa alongside Joe Travers. Listen to ‘I Ain’t Got No Heart (Live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 3/25/88)’ below.


The record is due for release June 18 via Zappa Records/UMe – fans can pre-order ‘Zappa ’88: The Last U.S. Show’ here.

See the expansive 2CD/digital tracklist below, also set for release on 4LP vinyl.

Disc 1
01. ‘”We Are Doing Voter Registration Here”‘
02. ‘The Black Page (New Age Version)’
03. ‘I Ain’t Got No Heart’
04. ‘Love Of My Life’
05. ‘Inca Roads’
06. ‘Sharleena’
07. ‘Who Needs The Peace Corps?’
08. ‘I Left My Heart In San Francisco’
09. ‘Dickie’s Such An Asshole’
10. ‘When The Lie’s So Big’
11. ‘Jesus Thinks You’re A Jerk’
12. ‘Sofa #1’
13. ‘One Man, One Vote’
14. ‘Happy Birthday, Chad!’
15. ‘Packard Goose Pt. 1’
16. ‘Royal March From “L’Histoire Du Soldat”’
17. ‘Theme From The Bartok Piano Concerto #3’
18. ‘Packard Goose Pt. II’
19. ‘The Torture Never Stops Pt. I’
20. ‘Theme From “Bonanza”’

Disc 2
01. ‘Lonesome Cowboy Burt’
02. ‘The Torture Never Stops Pt. II’
03. ‘City Of Tiny Lites’
04. ‘Pound For A Brown’
05. ‘The Beatles Medley’
06. ‘Peaches En Regalia’
07. ‘Stairway To Heaven’
08. ‘I Am The Walrus’
09. ‘Whipping Post’
10. ‘Bolero’
11. ‘America The Beautiful’



Madonna calls for gun control in the US to be treated like “the new vaccination”


More than 60 US venues to be retrofitted for livestreaming

Consequence Of Sound reports that venues that are part of the early rollout include both The Fillmore in both San Francisco and Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans’ House of Blues, the Bay Area’s Shoreline Amphitheater and Washington’s The Gorge.

The 10-show launch series will see performances by Freddie Gibbs, Young Thug, Young M.A, Breland, JP Saxe, LANY, Waterparks, Lucky Daye, Eyedress, and Chase Atlantic.

Virtual tickets are priced at $15 and are available to buy via The Wiltern’s website.

See the 2021 Wiltern livestreamed gig schedule below:

07 – Breland
14 – JP Saxe
21 – Young Thug
28 – LANY


04 – Waterparks
11 – Lucky Daye
18 – Young M.A.
25 – Eyedress

02 – Freddie Gibbs
09 – Chase Atlantic

Joel Madden said of the partnership with Live Nation: “Amongst artists, it’s often said that the one side of our careers that truly belongs to us is touring. To help an entirely new touring vertical become readily available to artists is such a huge win for our community and we couldn’t be happier. It’s the exact type of thing that shows what our partnership with Live Nation can really mean for artists.

“Now, with the flip of a switch, every artist playing in these venues can make their show a global event. We’ve already seen how livestream shows drive engagement across every other area of an artist’s business and the added ticket revenue will allow them to re-invest in their art and make what they’re offering their fans even better. It’s a real dream come true for us at Veeps and our mission to help empower artists in their careers.”

Read NME‘s deep-dive into the rise of virtual gigs during the coronavirus crisis here.



Joe Biden hopes to make all US adults eligible for vaccine by May 1

The severity of restrictions on live performances is currently detemined by individual state. Texas and Mississippi, for example, caused controversy this month after lifting their mask mandates and increasing the capacity of all buildings to 100 per cent. Nevertheless, Biden’s move will have major impact on gigs across the country.

Tonight, I am announcing that I will direct all states, tribes, and territories to make all adult Americans eligible for the vaccine no later than May 1.

— President Biden (@POTUS) March 12, 2021

His comments follow claims from the CEO of LiveNation last week that large-scale US concerts will resume this summer.

Michael Rapino said that “a clear outline to a 75 per cent to 100 per cent” capacity for outdoor US events in 2021 was looking likely to be green-lit.

In the UK, meanwhile, the government have announced a proposed roadmap out of the current coronavirus lockdown, revealing that gigs and festivals could return without social distancing measures by June 21 at the earliest.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 100 million vaccinations have been administered in the US to date. More than 23 million doses have now been given to people in the UK.



Watch Lady Gaga sing the US national anthem during Joe Biden’s inauguration

Following Gaga’s rendition of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, Jennifer Lopez performed a passionate medley of ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and ‘America The Beautiful’ ahead of Biden being sworn in.

The singer also declared “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” in Spanish during her performance.

You can watch Lopez’s performance blow.

WATCH: Jennifer Lopez performs "This Land is Your Land" and "America the Beautiful," at the inauguration.

— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 20, 2021

Gaga supported the Biden campaign ahead of November’s presidential election, appearing at a special drive-in event for Biden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she gave a speech and performed ‘Shallow’ and ‘Yoü and I’.


In a message which she shared on her social media channels yesterday (January 19), Gaga expressed her desire for today’s inauguration ceremony to mark “a day of peace for all Americans”.

“A day for love, not hatred. A day for acceptance not fear. A day for dreaming of our future joy as a country. A dream that is non-violent, a dream that provides safety for our souls. Love, from the Capitol.”

Later tonight, a TV special, Celebrating America, will air in the US featuring the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters and Demi Lovato.



Dr Anthony Fauci says live shows should return to the US this autumn

Revealing that between 70% and 85% of the US population would need to vaccinated for venues to re-open, Fauci said (via the New York Times): “If everything goes right, this is will occur some time in the fall of 2021, so that by the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing on stage, as well as people in the audience.”

Credit: Ollie Millington/Redferns

He added: “I think you can then start getting back to almost full capacity of seating,” before referencing tests done in Germany recently, where a study into the transmission of coronavirus at indoor concerts concluded the environment poses a “low to very low” risk to attendees of contracting the disease.

“What the performing arts needs to do is to do a little bit more of what the Germans are doing,” Fauci said, before telling music fans: “We’ll be back in the theatres – performers will be performing, audiences will be enjoying it. It will happen.”

Last month, the president of Live Nation, Joe Berchtold, said that he felt “very good” about the prospect of traditional live music returning this summer, while Barcelona festival Primavera Sound hailed a successful trial to study the idea of holding gigs without social distancing.


It was also recently revealed that legendary London venue The 100 Club will pilot a new ventilation system in January that aims to wipe out 99.99 per cent of dangerous airborne pathogens, such as the coronavirus, within buildings.

Developed by a British team of engineers, scientists, medical experts and entrepreneurs, the PRS (Pathogen Reduction System) has been designed to fit into a building’s existing ventilation system.



Barack Obama hails Raphael Warnock’s election victory as Georgia’s next US senator

Two Senate seats were up for grabs in special run-offs, with overall control of the chamber for the next two years within the Democrats’ reach if they manage to win both elections and split the Senate 50-50.

Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris would then have the casting vote in the Senate, enabling President-elect Joe Biden to push through his agenda when he enters the White House on January 20.

Posting on Facebook, Obama wrote: “I want to congratulate Reverend Raphael Warnock on his election as Georgia’s next U.S. Senator – and while we’re still waiting on final results in the other runoff, it’s clear that last night’s showing, alongside President-Elect Biden’s November victory in Georgia, is a testament to the power of the tireless and often unheralded work of grassroots organising and the resilient, visionary leadership of Stacey Abrams.

My friend John Lewis is surely smiling down on his beloved Georgia this morning, as people across the state carried…

Posted by Barack Obama on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

“Georgia’s first Black senator will make the chamber more reflective of our country as a whole and open the door for a Congress that can forego gridlock for gridlock’s sake to focus instead on the many crises facing our nation – pandemic relief for struggling families, voting rights, protecting our planet, and more.”

He also pointed out that the democratic process has been “greatly tested” during Donald Trump‘s presidency over the last four years.


“In recent years, our institutions, our democracy, and truth itself have been greatly tested by those who’ve chosen to prioritise personal gain or political ambition over our democratic principles. And even a good election will not eliminate those threats.

“Yet we should also remember that in two weeks, we will inaugurate a new president. He will have a chance to work with a new Senate and House on the business of the American people.”

It comes as the United States Capitol has been placed under lockdown as thousands of Donald Trump supporters have been clashing with police.

The president’s supporters stormed Capitol Hill today (January 6) to protest the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory in Congress, which resulted in the complex being locked down and nearby office buildings having to be evacuated.



Dave Grohl hails the passing of $15 billion Save Our Stages Act in the US

In a statement issued on the Foo Fighters social media pages, Grohl wrote: “A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the Save Our Stages Act, which passed yesterday as a part of the economic stimulus bill.

Thank You. #SaveOurStages @nivassoc

— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) December 28, 2020

“The preservation of America’s smaller, independent venues is not only crucial to the millions of concert goers whose lives are bettered by experiencing their favourite artists in the flesh, but to the future of music itself, as it gives the next generation of young musicians a place to cut their teeth, hone their craft, and grow into the voices of tomorrow.

“The absence of live music this year has left us all longing for that communal feeling of connection, one that is best felt when joined in a song. The Save Our Stages Act brings us one step closer to sharing that feeling again, one that I hope we can all experience again very soon. Everyday we’re one step closer. See you there, Dave.”

Senators Amy Klobuchar and John Cornyn introduced the Save Our Stages Act in July, earmarking $10 billion (£7.8billion) for venue owners, promoters and industry professionals to put toward rent, utilities, mortgages, PPE and other costs. An additional $5 billion was later added for cultural institutions such as museums and cinemas.


In October, the Foo Fighters performed a set for the #SaveOurStages (#SOS) campaign, from LA’s iconic The Troubadour venue.

In August, the band also brought back the original designs of two of their 1995 tour t-shirts to help benefit the initiative. Proceeds from the sales of the shirts went towards #SaveOurVenues (from UK sales) and #SaveOurStages (from US sales).



Kid Cudi breaks US chart record with 37-second long ‘Beautiful Trip’

The previous holder of the record was Japanese comedian Piko-Taro’s 45-second song ‘PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)’. Before that, the slightly longer ‘Little Boxes’ by The Womenfolk held the title. That track clocked in at 62 seconds and went on to become the theme song for the TV show Weeds.

‘Man On The Moon III: The Chosen’, meanwhile, is at Number Two on the Billboard 200 chart, one place behind Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’.

In a four-star review, NME said of the album: “[It’s] a cinematic masterstroke that electrifies the senses at every turn. Kid Cudi gives us every part of himself, laying out his insecurities and inner demons in the hope that it might help someone else, his words etched into a vivid backdrop of intoxicating melodies and palatial riffs. No one does mood music quite like Cudi.”

Last week (December 16), Cudi shared a short film for the track ‘Heaven On Earth’, which followed on from the visuals for ‘She Knows This’. The video for that song saw the rapper crashing his car from a great height following a high-speed police chase.

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Rodney P admits to assaulting two women

An ex-girlfriend spoke anonymously to the publication about her experiences with Edwards, saying that he had become violent towards her after they had broken up and he found out she was seeing someone else.

The woman said he had read her diary and then “back-handed me in the mouth”, giving her a split lip. He then went and locked himself in the bathroom with her diary and, when he came out, “dragged me in by the neck, pinned me up against the wall and wanted to know real intimate details”.

Rodney P CREDIT: Alamy Stock Photo

“He wanted to hear the worst possible case scenario,” she said. “Every time I answered he was just lifting me up by my throat. I thought that was it. I thought this is going to be a lights out moment.” She added that, although he was not physically violent to her again, he psychologically abused her for a year afterwards, causing an impact on her mental health.

Edwards said he “could not comment on the impact my actions may have had on her mental health”, but apologised to his former partner. “I’d like to repeat now I am still deeply sorry that I ever hurt her,” he said.

Other women have also claimed the rapper abused them in statements that have been shared on social media over the last few months. In a tweet confirming he had been dropped, Edwards’ former label Tru Thoughts said they understood those claims “have been denied”.

— Tru Thoughts (@tru_thoughts) November 16, 2020


“We take domestic abuse very seriously and we do not condone abusive behaviour in any way,” the statement continued. “All allegations should be investigated in the appropriate manner. Our work with Rodney P is currently suspended. We understand Rodney P will be making a full statement soon.”

Support group Dope Black Dads have also severed ties with the star, while the BBC have said they were unaware of the “serious incidents” before hiring him to work at 1Xtra.  Edwards DJed on the station between 2002 and 2008. The BBC added: “There are currently no plans to work with him in the future.”

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.

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