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31
Jan

Andre 3000 invites fellow Uber Pool passenger to Kanye West’s studio

Andre 3000 brought a random fan that he shared an Uber with to Kanye West’s studio.

The OutKast rapper accidentally ordered an Uber Pool, where one driver picks up multiple people, rather than a single passenger Uber when on his way to join West for a recording session.

According to TMZ, Andre bonded with his fellow passenger and invited her join him in at the LA studio where he introduced her to Kanye, French Montana, Diddy, Kid Cudi and 2 Chainz.

West is putting the finishing touches to his upcoming seventh album ‘Waves’ ahead of its February 11 release date.

One of the album’s tracks, ‘No More Parties In LA’, was unveiled last week. The track is the first time that West and Kendrick Lamar have collaborated together.

Earlier this week, West blasted Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa on Twitter in response to a tweet that he claimed made reference to his wife Kim Kardashian. West later deleted the insulting tweets after Khalifa denied he was referring to Kardashian. He’s since expressed regret for his derogatory remarks.

West is due to perform on Saturday Night Live on February 13 following the release of his new album.

Andre 3000 invites fellow Uber Pool passenger to Kanye West’s studio

31
Jan

Novelist shares new freestyle ‘Break In Your House’

Novelist has released a new freestyle on SoundCloud.

The Lewisham MC shared the self-produced track, titled ’Break In Your House’, last night.

It follows the release of a new track, ‘Street Politician’, earlier this month which takes aim at UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron is sampled on the track, saying: “We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets”.

Novelist hits out at the current government on the three-minute track, rapping: “When the government talks shit, it bores me / Black boy stuck in the system”.

Novelist’s debut album is expected later this year. The MC will also appear on ‘Harlem Shake’ producer Baauer’s debut album, ‘Aa’, set for release on LuckyMe in March.

Novelist shares new freestyle ‘Break In Your House’

31
Jan

Kylie Minogue, David Cameron and Ricky Gervais pay tribute to Sir Terry Wogan

Politicians, singers and other entertainment personalities have paid tribute to broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan following the news of his death.

The news that Wogan has lost a short battle with cancer was announced this morning in a statement from his family. Since then social media has been awash with tributes, pictures and heartfelt messages from a range of different people.

Prime Minister David Cameron was one of the first to comment. He tweeted, “My thoughts are with Terry Wogan’s family. Britain has lost a huge talent – someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.”

He added, “I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV. His charm and wit always made me smile.”

1/2 My thoughts are with Terry Wogan's family. Britain has lost a huge talent – someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 31, 2016

2/2 I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on tv. His charm and wit always made me smile.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 31, 2016

Australian singer Kylie Minogue passed her condolences on in a post that read, “Sir Terry interviewed/introduced me many times over the years. Always a true gent. #RIPTerryWogan.”

Sir Terry interviewed/introduced me many times over the years. Always a true gent. #RIPTerryWogan pic.twitter.com/kJi8Swj2th— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) January 31, 2016

Fresh from the announcement of his latest film, comedian and actor Ricky Gervais took to Twitter to pay his respects. “Wogan had a twinkle in his eye,” he declared. “If you have that, it’s the last thing you lose.”

Wogan had a twinkle in his eye. If you have that, it's the last thing you lose. RIP— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 31, 2016

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn followed his political rival in remembering the BBC broadcaster too. He said, “Very sad news about Terry Wogan. A wonderful & iconic presenter who’ll be missed by millions. My thoughts are with his family & friends.”

Very sad news about Terry Wogan. A wonderful & iconic presenter who'll be missed by millions. My thoughts are with his family & friends.— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) January 31, 2016

A wealth of stars from the world of TV and radio – where Wogan was known best – have expressed their sadness at Sir Terry’s passing. Chris Evans, Graham Norton, Greg James and Rob Brydon have all posted heartfelt messages online about their former friend and colleague.

We are all so terribly sad upon hearing of the passing of Terry. I can't put into words how the whole Radio 2 family is feeling.— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) January 31, 2016

pic.twitter.com/aZrhMYABA8— Greg James (@gregjames) January 31, 2016

Terribly sad news. Terry was as lovely, warm and witty in person as he was on air. A special man, a one off, a bringer of happiness #RIP— Rob Brydon (@RobBrydon) January 31, 2016

He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. I'll raise a glass during song 9.— graham norton (@grahnort) January 31, 2016

Musicians other than Kylie haven’t been slow to register their support for Wogan’s family either. Hozier, Lianne La Havas, Gilles Peterson and Craig David were all amongst the mourners.

Terry Wogan was an absolute legend of Broadcasting – my dad's fave RIP— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) January 31, 2016

Very sad to hear of the passing of Terry Wogan. Rest in peace.— Hozier (@Hozier) January 31, 2016

The joy you gave millions of people will live on Terry Wogan. — Craig David (@CraigDavid) January 31, 2016

RIP Terry Wogan xxxxxx— Lianne La Havas (@liannelahavas) January 31, 2016

Terry Wogan enjoyed a 50 year career in the broadcasting service, spent mostly at the BBC. He became the face of Children In Need, the voice of the Eurovision Song Contest and a cherished interviewer and presenter by millions.

Kylie Minogue, David Cameron and Ricky Gervais pay tribute to Sir Terry Wogan

31
Jan

Watch members of Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors play Bernie Sanders rally

Members of Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projects teamed up on Saturday night (January 30) to perform at a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders.

Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend’s frontman, was joined by the band’s drummer Chris Thompson, Dirty Projector’s Dave Longstreth and a student a cappella group for the performance at the University of Iowa.

The group played two Vampire Weekend songs, ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’, ‘Unbelievers’, and a rendition of the Woody Guthrie standard ‘This Land is Your Land’ at the ‘Students for Bernie’ campaign event.

Among those who also appeared at the rally were LA indie pop group Foster the People, singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, Iowa four-piece Awful Purdies, Letters to Cleo singer Kay Hanley, singer-songwriter Michelle Lewis, comedians the Lucas Brothers, and Hunger Games actor Josh Hutcherson.

Sanders stalwart Killer Mike was also set to perform but cancelled due to a loss in the family.

The presidential nomination process will begin tomorrow (February 1) when voting opens in Iowa.

Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij recently announced his departure from the New York band. Batmanglij was a founding member of the group, who formed in 2006 and have released three albums to date.

Watch Vampire Weekend’s performance below at the 46:15 mark, and the singalong of ‘This Land Is Your Land’ at the 1:24:00 mark.

Watch members of Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors play Bernie Sanders rally

31
Jan

NME Awards Tour 2016 With Austin, Texas begins in Cardiff

The NME Awards Tour 2016 With Austin, Texas kicked off in Cardiff last night (January 29) with varied and riotous sets from Bloc Party, Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone.

Headliners Bloc Party delivered a set pitched neatly between old material and tracks from their new album ‘Hymns’, released the same day, and also threw in a snippet of Bjork’s ‘Big Time Sensuality’.

Hitting the state at Cardiff University Student’s Union with the dark country disco of ‘The Good News’, they quickly unleashed a flurry of crowd-pleasers in ‘Hunting For Witches’, ‘Positive Tension’ and 2008 single ‘Mercury’, with singer Kele Okereke declaring “let’s get this party started”. “This is a very special day,” he said of the album release as introduction to sparse new album tune ‘Virtue’, and the band continued to drop tracks from the record into the set.

After setting the venue alight with a segue from ‘Song For Clay (Disappear Here)’ – introduced with a stripped back segment of ‘Big Time Sensuality’ – into ‘Banquet’ and a rattle through 2009’s stand-alone single ‘One More Chance’, they then turned over the rest of the main set to their last two albums, slotting the kranky rock of ‘So He Begins To Lie’ between haunting new album tunes ‘Different Drugs’ and ‘Only He Can Heal Me’.

They closed their main set with the warped electro of recent single ‘The Love Within’ before returning to open the encore with the live debut of ‘My True Name’, Kele announcing “Cardiff, round two… we’re coming to the end of our performance, luckily we have a few more rockets in our pockets”. The set closed with a trio of hits in the form of ‘Helicopter’, ‘Flux’ and ‘Ratchet’, with Kele asking the crowd “do you like bangers here in Cardiff? Then you might be in luck”.

Bloc Party played:

The Good News
Hunting For Witches
Positive Tension
Mercury
Virtue
Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
Banquet
One More Chance
Different Drugs
So He Begins To Lie
Only He Can Heal Me
The Love Within
My True Name
Helicopter
Flux
Ratchet

Earlier, Bugzy Malone stole the charmed Awards Tour first-on slot with a set of scorching grime. He opened with a couple of tracks detailing a petty crime-smattered youth – both ‘Elite Sessions’ and the appropriately-titled ‘Spitfire’ had him rapping ferociously about stealing cars and doing jail time. Later, his set turned more reflective, without dropping the breakneck pace, for ‘Fire In The Booth’ and ‘M.E.N’. “This is the sickest small crowd I’ve ever had in my life,” he told the early arrivals as 7.30pm skanking broke out, then got the crowing crowd to shout “0161 Manny on the map!”, a reference to his native Manchester, before blasting into a frenetic ‘Watch Your Mouth’.

Bugzy closed with the deeply troubled relationship lament ‘Bronson’, leaving Rat Boy to scuttle through his wreckage. Kicking into the electro rap ‘Move’, Jordan Cardy rose effortlessly above the Jamie T comparisons that have plagued him, turning to noir rock atmospherics to explore the horrors of Syria and austerity starvation on ‘Sportswear’, calypso rock and visceral doom noise on ‘Left 4 Dead’. Cardy further asserted his individuality with the brassy carnival pop of ‘Wasteman’ and the Munster surf rock of a new track called ‘Scum’ which, with its angry portraits of teenage car thieves, could well be about a young Bugzy Malone.

Sunny crowd favourite ‘Sign On’ and cheery mugging anthem ‘Fake ID’ rounded off Rat Boy’s set, after which Drenge ramped up the rock filth. Kicking into the psych grunge ‘Never Awake’ and a sultry ‘The Woods’, the Loveless brothers bantered casually with the crowd throughout. Rory dedicated wild rockabilly rampage ‘You Can Do What You Want’ to Caroline Street, “my favourite street in Cardiff” and then challenged Cardiff to clap along to his demon drumming on a seditious ‘Side By Side’. Their set gradually grew heavier as meaty Brit grunge riffs buried Running Wild’ and bluesy bombast ‘Backwaters’, a song blasted point blank by Jack White’s ‘Blunderbuss’.

“Who’s having a good time?” Rory asked the crowd, “who’s having a bad time? Who’s undecided?” They then launched into a closing section dominated by songs from their self-titled 2013 debut album, including a feral ‘I Want To Break You In Half’ and an itchy ‘Bloodsports’. “Are you sick of that heavy metal bullshit?” Eoin asked, promising to play “the softest jam in rock”. This turned out to be ‘Fuckabout’, which bled into a monumental grunge finale of ‘Let’s Pretend’.

The tour continues at the following venues:

Southampton, O2 Guildhall (January 30)
Bristol, O2 Academy (February 1)
Nottingham, Rock City (February 2)
Newcastle, O2 Academy (February 4)
Glasgow, Barrowland (February 5)
Manchester, Academy (February 6)
Leeds, O2 Academy (February 8)
Cambridge, Corn Exchange (February 9)
London, O2 Academy Brixton (February 11)
Birmingham, O2 Academy (February 12)

To check the availability of NME Awards Tour with Austin Texas tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.

NME Awards Tour 2016 With Austin, Texas begins in Cardiff

31
Jan

Meek Mill claims Drake's ghost writer showed him 'Summer Sixteen' lyrics

Rapper Meek Mill has claimed that a ghost writer who writes Drake’s lyrics for him, slipped him the words to latest single ‘Summer Sixteen’ before Drake aired it on his Apple Beats 1 radio show last night (January 30).

Mill dropped ‘War Pain’, the final track from his new EP ‘4/4 Part 2’, during his rival’s OVO Sound Radio programme just minutes after Drake premiered the first single from his forthcoming album ‘Views From The 6’.

The controversy arises from the content of both songs. Each depicts a scenario in which the two are staying at the same hotel in Toronto. Mill later claimed insider knowledge enabled him to mimic Drake’s lyrics in an Instagram post that revealed “The ghost writer told me!”

The ghost writer told me! A photo posted by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Jan 30, 2016 at 7:48pm PST

Meek’s track also anticipates Drake comparing himself to Jay-Z – “I used to wanna be on Roc-A-Fella” – and also seems to predict his attempted put-downs of fellow Canadian artist Tory Lanez.

It is not the first time he has accused his former collaborator of allowing others to write his lyrics for him. The pair have traded diss-tracks back and forth recently, and earlier this month Mill repeated his convictions that Drake uses a ghost writer in a verse on ‘I’m Da Plug Freestyle’ from his ‘4/4’ EP.

Quentin Miller, who is credited as a co-writer on several of Drake’s songs, has denied claims that he is the artist’s ‘ghost-writer’ after hip-hop DJ Funkmaster Flex aired an alleged “reference track” from him which features many of the same lyrics later featured in Drake’s ’10 Bands’.

Drake recently announced his hotly anticipated fourth studio album ‘Views From The 6’ would be released in April.

Meek Mill claims Drake's ghost writer showed him 'Summer Sixteen' lyrics

31
Jan

Zayn Malik says he is 'bored' of being a normal person again

Zayn Malik has said he has grown tired of living a normal life away from the fame of One Direction.

Speaking to Capital FM, the former 1D star said, “[Being normal] worked out for about two weeks and I got bored of it”.

“I don’t think I could ever go back to being completely normal. I guess that’s something I accepted, that this is as normal as it gets for me,”he added.

The news comes after Malik’s decision to quit One Direction in March 2015, stating that he wanted to be “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”.

Now 23, it appears the ‘You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful’ singer has had a change of heart.

The Bradford-born musician who says he is no longer on speaking terms with his former bandmates, revealed his first solo single on Friday (January 29).

The track, ‘Pillowtalk’, has shot to number one in over sixty countries and has become an instant hit on iTunes, currently sitting on top of the charts globally. The video has already amassed over 19m views on YouTube, but has failed to score quite so well with critics.

Meanwhile, Malik has recently been criticised by his former manager Simon Cowell for his “rude” comments about his former band’s music.

The ex-Syco signee has called the music he made as a member of One Direction “generic as fuck” since their split and claims he now wants to make “real music”.

Zayn Malik says he is 'bored' of being a normal person again

31
Jan

Black Sabbath postpone tour dates due to Ozzy Osbourne's illness

Black Sabbath have called off several tour dates in Canada as a result of their lead singer Ozzy Osbourne falling ill with sinusitis.

An inflammation of the sinuses, caused by an infection, has forced the heavy metal rockers from Birmingham to cancel gigs in Edmonton and Calgary (Jan 30 and February 1). The band has assured fans that the dates will be rescheduled for later this year.

The shows are part of Black Sabbath’s farewell ‘The End Tour’ that runs until September.

In a statement posted on their official Twitter page, the British group said, “Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy the shows in Edmonton & Calgary have been postponed. Rescheduled dates will be announced soon.”

Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy the shows in Edmonton & Calgary have been postponed. Rescheduled dates will be announced soon.— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) January 31, 2016

In addition to performing shows on their final live run, Black Sabbath have also announced that their new album will only be available to buy at the special gigs.

The eight-track release will comprise tracks recorded during the sessions for their 2013 chart-topping album ’13’ as well as live versions of past songs.

Confusion over whether the band would release a final record arose after Osbourne had stated that the band would record “one more album” with producer Rick Rubin before later denying it.

“I’m not saying I won’t ever get on stage with Geezer or Tony or any of them again, but officially, as Sabbath, we’re done, and I’ll go back to doing my own thing,” Osbourne said recently.

He added: “We were gonna do one [other album] before the tour, but it would take three or four years to write and record an album, by which time I’ll be fucking 73 or 72 or something, so we decided just to do a farewell tour.”

Black Sabbath postpone tour dates due to Ozzy Osbourne's illness

31
Jan

Actress Susan Sarandon pays tribute to David Bowie during Screen Actors Guild Awards

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has paid tribute to the late David Bowie at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The ‘Thelma & Louise’ star introduced the traditional In Memoriam segment of the ceremony, in which recently deceased actors Leonard Nimoy and Alan Rickman were also honoured.

Speaking about her “dear friend David Bowie”, Sarandon said, “All clichés are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is.”

“Those words resonate when we’ve lost someone who made a special impact on us. So now let’s pause to remember some of the actors whose earthly voices have been silenced, but whose brilliance and creativity still speak in the unforgettable work they’ve left behind,” she went on.

The affectionate tribute comes after Sarandon revealed in 2014 that she used to date the British rockstar.

She unveiled news of their love affair in an interview with The Daily Beast, calling her former lover “extraordinary”.

“He’s worth idolising. He’s extraordinary,” she said. “That was a really interesting period. I wasn’t supposed to have kids, and I’m the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn’t ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family, so that definitely changes the gene pool you’re dipping into.”

David Bowie passed away earlier this month after an 18 month battle with liver cancer. He was privately cremated in New York according to reports.

The SAG Awards have been praised for their diversity today, as black actors took home several of the ceremony’s top prizes. The industry honoured four black actors including ‘Luther’ star Idris Elba – who won two awards for the acclaimed BBC TV show and Netflix film ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ – Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba and Queen Latifah.

Actress Susan Sarandon pays tribute to David Bowie during Screen Actors Guild Awards

31
Jan

Sir Terry Wogan dies after short battle with cancer

Sir Terry Wogan, the veteran BBC broadcaster, has died after a short battle with cancer, his family has announced.

In a statement released this morning they said, “He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Wogan, known for his successful career as a television and radio host, enjoyed a 50-year career spent mostly at the BBC. He is best remembered as the face of Children In Need, the voice of Eurovision (a job he passed on to fellow presenter Graham Norton in later years) and longtime host of his own BBC1 chat show ‘Wogan’ – which stopped airing in 1992 after a 10 year run.

BBC director general Tony Hall said, “Terry truly was a national treasure.”

“He was a lovely, lovely man and our thoughts are with his wife and family. For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family,” he added.

Prime Minister David Cameron also paid tribute to the broadcaster. He said, “My thoughts are with Terry Wogan’s family. Britain has lost a huge talent – someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.”

He added, “I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV. His charm and wit always made me smile.”

More to follow.

Sir Terry Wogan dies after short battle with cancer

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