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30
Sep

Chris Moyles is the cover star of this week's new, free NME magazine

Chris Moyles is to appear on the cover of this week’s new, free weekly NME magazine.

For the exclusive feature interview NME spoke to Moyles about his return to radio as host of Radio X's breakfast show and tried to discover if the loud-mouthed presenter is a reformed character.

In the latest issue – available on Friday October 2 – NME’s greatest-ever franchise is back in the shape of Peter Robinson Versus. Peter's interviewee this week is Charlotte Church. NME’s brand new columnist, comedian Katherine Ryan, also returns with her latest controversial piece.

The new, free NME magazine launched on Friday, September 18 and is distributed every week across the UK at more than 500 locations.

Rihanna was the cover star on the very first free NME magazine – you can read the feature in full. Robert Pattinson was the second cover star, read his interview here.

The free magazine will be available in cities and towns across the UK with a full list of pick-up points now online.

Every Friday copies will be handed out at 26 rail stations, 64 tube stations and 49 universities. Readers will also be able to pick up issues from 140 Topman stores, 121 HMV stores, 13 Academy Music Group live venues and 75 independent record stores.

You can also subscribe to the new NME magazine for the cost of postage.

For all queries involving current subscriptions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Chris Moyles is the cover star of this week's new, free NME magazine

30
Sep

Royal Blood say their tour bus was a "writing den" for album two

Royal Blood have spoken to NME on the follow-up to their self-titled debut, describing how they turned their tour bus into a temporary studio.

“I built a studio in the back of our bus,” frontman Mike Kerr told NME. “It’s very hard to write when everything keeps falling over because the driver’s taken a massive corner. It was our writing den – we’d have Clint Eastwood movies playing with the volume down.”

The band have also talked about writing a similar album to the debut, telling Mark Beaumont that they "don't need to reinvent the wheel," adding that they'll be operating on a similar budget and with similar instruments to the debut release.

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It might be a little while before the album sees the light of day, though, with Kerr explaining that the next album will be released "when it sounds amazing," rather than on any particular timeline.

The duo debuted a likely track from the new album when they played newbie 'Hook, Line and Sinker' at Reading Festival in late August. Singer Mike Kerr talked about the scale of their successes at the same show, saying: "There is not a single person here who understands how ridiculous it is for us to be up here. There are a lot of people. I’m gonna shit myself.”

The pair also played with Metallica man Lars Ulrich recently, as well as confirming that they wouldn't be looking at adding new members to the group, and don't feel the need to use guitar.

They're currently on tour in the US.

Royal Blood say their tour bus was a "writing den" for album two

30
Sep

Disclosure on their role in Sam Smith's Bond theme: "We just added a few little bits"

Disclosure have spoken about the role they played in the production of Sam Smith's Bond theme 'Writing's On The Wall' characterising it as "putting a twist on it."

Speaking with Red Bull, the brothers covered their involvement as an aside on the end of the interview, saying that they feel proud:

"We didn’t have too much involvement but I’m pretty proud we were involved at all. Sam [Smith] and Jimmy [Napes] wrote this incredible song for the Bond theme called 'Writing’s On The Wall' and they then came to us and asked us to give it a bit more of a contemporary feel," the brother's said.

"The song was already fully written and was incredible but it was just Sam with a piano and an orchestra and it sounded very classic – an amazing classic Bond song, like 'Diamonds Are Forever' or 'Goldfinger'. They asked us to put our twist on things and we just added a few little bits and made it a bit more electronic sounding, really quite subtle. But yeah man we helped with a fucking Bond theme! I’m so proud."

Disclosure released their sophomore album 'Caracal' last week, and explained the thinking behind their album collaborations, in particular with Lorde, in the same interview:

"It’s becoming a rare thing for an artist to write everything themselves. Part of the reason we picked most of the collaborators on this album is that they’re not only good singers but they’re really good writers as well. Someone like Lorde writes all of her own stuff and you can hear it in the music. The coherence between the tracks and the style of the lyrics is so strong."

The duo are currently on target to hit the UK number one album spot this week, ahead of Chvrches and New Order.

Disclosure on their role in Sam Smith's Bond theme: "We just added a few little bits"

30
Sep

Ed Sheeran and Ruby Rose to host MTV EMAs in Milan

Ed Sheeran and Ruby Rose are set to present MTV's Europe Music Awards event in Milan, which takes place on October 25.

Billed as an 'epic night of music and mayhem', the awards are voted on by members of the public, with voting remaining open until midnight the night before the event on MTV's award show website.

Nominees across the dozens of categories include Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding and Foo Fighters, alongside a who's who of the popular music scene. Taylor Swift in particular picked up a huge number of nominations. The show will be presented across numerous platforms, and gets underway at 9pm GMT.

Ruby Rose announced her participation by posting the event's poster, which features her and Sheeran in a 'war' pose, to her Instagram account:

So… This is happening

Ed Sheeran and Ruby Rose to host MTV EMAs in Milan

30
Sep

Antony Hegarty: "Pope Francis was working behind the scenes to undermine gay rights in America"

Antony Hegarty of Antony & The Johnsons has launched a social media attack on The Pope, in response to a meeting held earlier this week with controversial anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis.

Vatican officials have confirmed Pope Francis met with Davis during his time in America. The clerk and her husband were snuck into the Vatican embassy for the meeting, and Davis' lawyer has claimed The Pope told Davis to "stay strong" and gave her rosaries.

The move incensed Hegarty, who identifies as transgender. She wrote on her band's Facebook:

"Apparently Pope Francis was working behind the scenes to undermine gay rights in America. How shameful and pathetic of him. I have been so impressed with his approach to climate and his call to end the death penalty in the US. But for him to make insidious comments about how the "traditional family" is under threat (presumably from gay marriage) and then to secretly meet that poor misguided cretin Kim Davis…"

"I am glad that he is mobilizing his flock to care about nature, but i would still prefer that they would all just go to their heaven now and leave the rest of humanity and nature in peace here on earth. Pope Francis seems still to be causing harm and burning witches in the name of Christ, just like his forefathers."

Antony Hegarty: "Pope Francis was working behind the scenes to undermine gay rights in America"

30
Sep

Tyler, The Creator launches animated TV show 'The Jellies' – watch

Odd Future man Tyler, The Creator is to release an animated series called 'The Jellies', which he co-wrote and also provides a voiceover for.

The rapper released a trailer for the show on his YouTube channel, also announcing that it will be shown exclusively through Golf Media app. New episodes will be made available late on Sunday evenings GMT.

Tyler recently had to cancel his UK tour just a few days before it was scheduled to get under way in August, after he was banned from the country for a period of 3-5 years.

His manager Christian Clancy offered a detailed explanation of the ban on his blog, saying:

"Tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the united kingdom."

"The letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago for his albums bastard and goblin – the type of lyrics he hasn’t written since… highlights from the letter include that his work 'encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality' and 'fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts."

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"To say that i am confused would be an understatement. can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18? tyler has been to the UK over 20x in the last 5 years without incident," he continues, referencing a show in the capital "literally last month."

"im not defending his OLD lyrics. to be honest they make me cringe, but i stand beside him because of who he actually IS."

The slightly intense trailer for his latest venture features one of the characters finding out he's adopted. Quite a lot of (animated, but not particularly suitable for work) violence ensues before a kidnapping demand involving chicken nuggets is made. See the clip below:

Tyler, The Creator launches animated TV show 'The Jellies' – watch

30
Sep

Lana Del Rey reveals otherworldly 'Music To Watch Boys To' video – watch

Lana Del Rey has revealed the video for her song 'Music To Watch Boys To'.

The video shows Del Rey relaxing on a chair as she sings the song with scenes of two women submerged under water and men playing basketball cut in between.

'Music To Watch Boys To' features on Del Rey's new album 'Honeymoon', which was released earlier this month (September). 'Honeymoon' failed to reach number one in the UK, losing out on the top spot to Dave Gilmour's latest solo record.

Having released her new album on September 18, Lana Del Rey performed three tracks from it in a live session for BBC Radio 1 and Huw Stephen on September 22.

Del Rey performed album tracks 'Honeymoon', 'High By The Beach' and 'Terrence Loves You'. Listen to all those renditions here.

Last week, NME readers voted for Lana Del Rey as their preferred author of the new Bond theme, ahead of Sam Smith, who has been chosen to record the track.

Lana Del Rey reveals otherworldly 'Music To Watch Boys To' video – watch

30
Sep

Ed Sheeran turns violent for 'Bastard Executioner' cameo – watch his gory cameo now

Ed Sheeran orders the removal of another man's eye in his grisly cameo on US TV show The Bastard Executioner.

Sheeran appeared in the fourth episode of the series, which aired on FX in the US last night (September 29). He played Sir Cormac, an assistant to a powerful priest, and ordered a third man to cut out a prisoner’s eye with his knife in a particularly gory scene.

The singer-songwriter will appear in a recurring role on the forthcoming series from the creator of Sons Of Anarchy, which is billed as a "blood-soaked medieval epic". Sheeran's co-stars in the series include Sons Of Anarchy's Katey Sagal and former True Blood actor Stephen Moyer.

READ: 31 Rockstar Film & TV Cameos You Might've Missed

The Bastard Executioner marks Sheeran's second collaboration with Sons Of Anarchy's creator Kurt Sutter. The singer previously recorded a cover of Foy Vance's 'Make It Rain' for the season finale of Sons Of Anarchy last December.

Earlier this year Sheeran revealed that he was intending to "hound" the makers of Game Of Thrones for a guest role on the show. The 'Thinking Out Loud' singer has already made guest appearances on Neighbours and Sesame Street, but had to pass on a Game Of Thrones cameo three years ago because the show's shooting schedule clashed with his live shows.

Ed Sheeran turns violent for 'Bastard Executioner' cameo – watch his gory cameo now

30
Sep

Jay Z, Beyoncé and Prince to play charity concert marking Tidal's one million user milestone

Jay-Z's music streaming service Tidal has announced details of a charity concert in New York to celebrate recent news of the service reaching one million subscribers.

The rapper launched the platform earlier this year, having purchased Swedish company Aspiro. Earlier this week, Jay Z tweeted the news of Tidal attracting one million users by writing, "Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists. Tidal is platinum. 1,000,000 people and counting."

It is estimated that Spotify has around 20 million subscribers and Apple Music approximately 11 million. Tidal had already acquired 600,000 existing Aspiro members when Jay Z purchased the company.

Beyoncé, Prince, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Jay Z himself will take part in an all-star concert due to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 20.

Other artists confirmed for the gig include Lil Wayne, TI., Fabolous, Damien Marley, Indochine, Thomas Rhett, DJ Cipha Sounds, DJ Reflex as well as newer artists Alessia Cara, Bas, Benjamin Booker, Flatbush Zombies, and Justine Skye.

All funds collected from ticket sales will be administered by New World Foundation on behalf of Tidal, who will match 100 per cent of all net gross proceeds during pre-sale period. The gig will be streamed on Tidal, with both account holders and non-users able to watch from home.

The concert has been labelled as the first "in a series of philanthropic music events curated by TIDAL".

"Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists" Tidal is platinum. 1,000,000 people and counting. Let's celebrate 10/20 Brooklyn.— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) September 29, 2015

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire's Win Butler recently blamed major labels for the perceived poor performance Tidal.

It was a poorly managed launch," Butler has said of the criticism, "but conceptually the thing that we liked about Tidal was that it’s HD streaming quality.”

Speaking to The Independent, Butler said that major labels were to blame for the product's failure, because they insisted the subscription price was double that of streaming competitor Spotify.

He said, "They dictated that Tidal has to cost $20. The major label music industry has completely ruined every aspect of their business. At every step of the way they’ve had the tools offered to them to create an industry that works, and they’ve completely blown it."

Jay Z, Beyoncé and Prince to play charity concert marking Tidal's one million user milestone

30
Sep

Skepta, FKA Twigs, Mark Ronson and Jamie xx lead MOBO Awards 2015 nominations

The nominations have been announced for this year's MOBO Awards.

The MOBO Awards 2015 take place at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on 4 November and will be broadcast live on ITV2. The ceremony celebrates the best in urban music and music of black origin.

Hip-hop duo Krept & Konan lead the nominations, listed in four categories (Best Male, Best Hip Hop, Best Album and Best Song) with grime MC JME also picking up four nominations (Best Male, Best Album, Best Song and Best Grime).

Meanwhile, artists including Lianne La Havas, Mark Ronson, Skepta, FKA Twigs, Wiley, Stormzy, Lethal Bizzle and Jamie xx also feature in the nominations.

Mark Ronson's chart-topping collaboration with Bruno Mars, 'Uptown Funk', has landed two nominations: for Best Male and Best Song.

See the full list of nominations below.

Best Male
Skepta
Mark Ronson
Krept And Konan
JME
Stormzy

Best Female
FKA Twigs
Little Simz
Ella Eyre
Lianne La Havas
Jess Glynne

Best Album
Krept And Konan – ‘The Long Way Home’
JME – ‘Integrity’
Lianne La Havas – ‘Blood’
Wiley – ‘Snakes & Ladders’
Jamie xx – ‘In Colour’

Best Song
Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars – 'Uptown Funk'
Skepta – 'Shutdown'
Tinie Tempah Feat. Jess Glynne – 'Not Letting Go'
Jme Feat. Giggs – 'Man Don’t Care'
Krept And Konan – 'Freak Of The Week'
A$AP Rocky – 'AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP'

Best Grime
Bugzy Malone
Jme
Lethal Bizzle
Skepta
Stormzy

Best Hip-Hop
Akala
Krept And Konan
Nines
Little Simz
Lady Leshurr

Best RnB/Soul Act
Kwabs
Andreya Triana
Shakka
Lianne La Havas
Joss Stone

Best African
Fuse Odg
Davido
Wizkid
Patoranking
Moelogo
Yemi Alade
Aka
Mista Silva
Shatta Wale
Silvastone

Best Reggae
Stylo G
Chronixx
Omi
Popcaan
Protoje

Best Jazz
Binker And Moses
Julia Biel

Skepta, FKA Twigs, Mark Ronson and Jamie xx lead MOBO Awards 2015 nominations

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