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31
Mar

Pete Doherty to headline Liverpool Sound City festival 2016

Pete Doherty will headline Sound City festival in Liverpool this year.

The Libertines’ frontman joins fellow headliners The Coral and Catfish And The Bottlemen at the festival, which takes place across five docklands stages in Liverpool between May 28-29. Doherty will headline the North Stage on the Sunday night.

Also newly announced are Bill Ryder-Jones, C Duncan, The Anchoress, plus a DJ set from Mount Kimbie.

Already confirmed are Hot Chip, Leftfield, 2manydjs, Floating Points, plus others.

Liverpool Sound City 2015 was headlined by The Vaccines, Flaming Lips and Belle and Sebastian. Other acts on the bill included Everything Everything, Spector, Gaz Coombes, The Cribs, Stealing Sheep and The Thurston Moore Band.

Meanwhile, Pete Doherty has added two additional gigs to his forthcoming UK tour. Pete Doherty will play the following live dates:

Bristol, Academy (May 11)
Glasgow, Barrowland (May 13)
Aberdeen, Garage (May 14)
Newcastle, Riverside (May 16)
Manchester, Albert Hall (May 17)
London, Hackney Empire (May 19-20)

Pete Doherty to headline Liverpool Sound City festival 2016

31
Mar

O2 Priority Tickets for The Maccabees and Sleaford Mods available now

O2 Priority Tickets for The Maccabees and Sleaford Mods are available from 9am tomorrow (March 30).

The Maccabees will play two intimate live dates ahead of their headline set at Latitude Festival this summer. The band will warm up for the festival date with gigs in Liverpool and Cardiff in July.

Headlining Latitude has caps a twelve month period for The Maccabees which has seen them score their first number one album with ‘Marks To Prove It’ last July, and crowned as Best British Band at last this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas.

The Maccabees play:

Cardiff, University Y Plas (July 13)
Liverpool, O2 Academy (July 14)

O2 Priority Tickets for The Maccabees are available now. Click here for O2 Priority Tickets.

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Sleaford Mods, meanwhile, have announced details of a UK headline tour.

The duo, who released latest album ‘Key Markets’ in 2015 and recently signed to Rough Trade as they plan future releases, will be on tour from October 19 when they headline O2 ABC Glasgow.

The tour will then see them play O2 Academy Newcastle (October 24) before dates in Leeds, Manchester and Brighton.

Come November and Sleaford Mods will play Rock City Nottingham, Coventry Empire, O2 Academy Bristol and conclude the tour with a gig at London’s Roundhouse on November 10.

Sleaford Mods will play:

Glasgow, O2 ABC (October 19)
Newcastle, O2 Academy (October 24)
Leeds, Beckett SU (October 26)
Manchester, O2 Academy (October 27)
Brighton, Corn Exchange (October 31)
Nottingham, Rock City (November 3)
Coventry Empire (November 7)
Bristol, O2 Academy (November 8)
London, Roundhouse (November 10)

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O2 Priority Tickets for The Maccabees and Sleaford Mods available now

31
Mar

Stormzy backed for England Euro 2016 song as Louis Tomlinson emerges as favourite

Grime MC Stormzy appears to have put himself in the running to record England’s official song for the Euro 2016 football tournament, although One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson stands as the bookies’ favourite.

The football tournament will take place in France this summer, with the Manic Street Preachers recently announcing that they have recorded the official anthem for Wales’ campaign.

Bookmakers Betfair recently posted odds of the artists most likely to record England’s Euro 2016 anthem, listing Louis Tomlinson as favourite at 9/2, with Tinie Tempah, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, Little Mix, Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs also cited as standing a chance.

Stormzy was initially given 18/1 odds, the same as former Liverpool footballer and New Order collaborator John Barnes as well as comedy duo Baddiel and Skinner.

However, Dream Team reports that Stormzy’s odds have now been slashed to 9/1, with a spokesperson saying that fans have been backing Stormzy with their money.

“Well known out-of-work pop star and notable football fan, Louis Tomlinson is the current 9/2 favourite to record England’s Euro 2016 song this year,” Betfair’s Colm Rock said.

“No stranger to pre-sporting event performances and after dropping a hint on Twitter, Betfair customers have been backing Stormzy from 18/1 to 9/1 to rally support for the England team this summer.”

https://t.co/IJHRmJ8u3g— #MERKY (@Stormzy1) March 29, 2016

Manic Street Preachers have announced that they have recorded ‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’, though the song has yet to be revealed.

“It’s with great pride we can announce the Manics are providing the official Wales Euro 2016 song – ‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’,” the band tweeted.

All profits from ‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’ will go to the Princes Gate Trust and Tenovus Cancer Care. The track will be available from May 20 and a video featuring the band and the Welsh side has already been filmed.

“It was fantastic to be involved with such an iconic Welsh band,” Wales manager Chris Coleman told the official Football Association of Wales website. “The Manic Street Preachers have been passionate Welsh football supporters and all the lads enjoyed the experience and joined in.”

Stormzy backed for England Euro 2016 song as Louis Tomlinson emerges as favourite

31
Mar

Hear Florence + The Machine's cover of 'Stand By Me' in 'Final Fantasy XV' trailer

Florence And The Machine have covered Ben E King classic ‘Stand By Me’ for the new Final Fantasy video game.

Florence Welch’s take on the song features in the trailer for the latest game in the best-selling franchise, Final Fantasy XV. Watch and listen below. The cover begins at the 1.10 mark.

“I’ve always seen Final Fantasy as mythical, beautiful and epic,” Welch says in a statement. “‘Stand By Me’ is one of the greatest songs probably of all time and you can’t really improve on it, you just have to make it your own. For me it was just about bringing the song into the world of Florence And The Machine and the world of Final Fantasy.”

Meanwhile, Florence Welch recently duetted with Rufus Wainwright on a reworking of a Shakespeare sonnet, recorded for Wainwright’s new Shakespeare-inspired album.

Welch is also set to collaborate with Skrillex and Diplo, the electronic duo known as Jack Ü.

Hear Florence + The Machine's cover of 'Stand By Me' in 'Final Fantasy XV' trailer

31
Mar

Questlove blames 'bitchassness' as The Roots pull out of David Bowie tribute concerts

The Roots’ bandleader Questlove has announced that he and his group will no longer play a pair of David Bowie tribute concerts this week.

The hip hop/neo soul band were scheduled to play two Bowie tribute gigs at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York, taking place on Thursday (March 31) and Friday (April 1) respectively.

However, Questlove has taken to Instagram to reveal that neither The Roots, Kimbra or Bilal will play the shows, citing the “bitchassness” of others as the reason for their decision.

He wrote: “I’ve never been so insecure or petty as to deny a fellow musician use of any of my equipment (or my band’s equipment or resources or contacts or knowledge or anything) it angers me when that same courtesy is not reciprocated.”

“Keeping a level head and not being self destructive is a weak point I’m working on. But I’m also keeping it true… We have patience. But we do not have patience for the #Bitchassness. Enjoy your precious equipment.”

See the post in full below.

Mood. I've never been so insecure or petty as to deny a fellow musician use of ANY of my equipment (or my band's equipment—-or resources or contacts or knowledge or ANYTHING) it angers me when that same courtesy is not reciprocated. (Believe you me I was about to get #TomPetty or #PettyWap or #PetRockAndCLSmooth or #BlackPetty or however you wanna roll wit it)—keeping a level head and not being self destructive is a weak point I'm working on. But I'm also keeping it true: The Roots/Bilal/Kimbra (w/ Wendy Melvoin, DD Jackson & Ray Angry) pulled out of these Bowie gigs. We have patience. But we do NOT have patience for the #Bitchassness. Enjoy your precious equipment. A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Mar 30, 2016 at 4:42pm PDT

Patti Smith, Pixies, Cat Power and Debbie Harry will play the first Bowie tribute show, while REM’s Michael Stipe, Mumford and Sons, Blondie and Cat Power will perform at the second.

Bowie passed away in January at the age of 69.

Questlove blames 'bitchassness' as The Roots pull out of David Bowie tribute concerts

31
Mar

Kanye West's 'The Life Of Pablo' album reportedly coming to non-Tidal streaming services on Friday

Reports have suggested that Kanye West’s recent ‘The Life Of Pablo’ album will arrive on music streaming services other than Tidal on Friday (April 1).

‘The Life Of Pablo’, the rapper’s seventh studio album, was released exclusively via the streaming service in February. West previously claimed that the record would never be available to purchase or stream on any platform other than Tidal. However, the tracks ‘Famous’ and ‘I Love Kanye’ were recently made available on Apple Music and Spotify.

Mashable now reports that the full album will arrive on services including Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody and Google Play on April 1, although some commenters have suggested the date might suggest the reports to be an April Fools hoax.

My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016

West has also updated ‘The Life Of Pablo’ on Tidal, adding the lyrics “no one can judge” to Chance the Rapper’s verse on ‘Ultralight Beam’ and background vocals to ‘FML’.

Pitchfork also reports that the album is available to download for those who purchased it from Tidal when it was originally released (the album was later taken off sale).

In recently released statistics, Tidal claimed that ‘The Life Of Pablo’ was streamed 250 million times via its streaming service in just 10 days. However, it is not known whether this refers to the number of times the whole album has been played or whether the figure is simply the sum of all song plays. For point of comparison, The Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ album attracted 60 million listeners on Spotify last year.

Meanwhile, Kanye West is reportedly working on his next studio album, currently titled ‘Turbo Grafx 16’. It could feature collaborations with Tyler, The Creator and Big Sean.

Kanye West's 'The Life Of Pablo' album reportedly coming to non-Tidal streaming services on Friday

30
Mar

Listen to Lupe Fiasco's food-themed remix of Desiigner’s Kanye West approved ‘Panda’

Rapper Lupe Fiasco has released a brand new track entitled ‘Express (Panda Remix)’ it was reported today (March 30).

The Chicago rapper is streaming the new track via his SoundCloud page, which re-works up and coming producer Desiigner’s Kanye West endorsed ‘Panda’ beat.

FACT reports that the beat was originally bought off Rochdale-based beatmaker Adnan Khan and is reworked into a freestyle rap, with Fiasco delivering a Chinese food-themed verse, including lyrics such as “Chilli sauce on the Panda / Chow mein me redder than Santa.” Listen fully in the SoundCloud player below.

The Chicago rapper last year revealed that he would release three albums in 2016, named ‘Droga’, ‘Skulls’ and ‘Roy’.
The names of the next 3 full LUPE releases for 2016 are: "DROGAS" "SKULLS" "ROY" Thank you fans for your continued support!— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) December 25, 2015

In September 2015 Fiasco also revealed he wanted to destroy copies of his 2011 album ‘Lasers’, asking dissatisfied fans to send him their physical copies of the album, in order to have them destroyed with a laser.

Fiasco wrote on Facebook: “My 3rd musically related thing I want to accomplish this year is not to make another album but to do something waaaay stupider… I want to unmake an album. I watched the ATARI E.T. documentary and got inspired. So here’s my idea. For all you people who really hated my 3rd album LASERS for whatever reason in the universe I want you to send it back to me so I can destroy it with an actual Laser. You not getting any money back or an apology or anything like that.

“The fact still remains that a lot of people really loved LASERS (Me Included) despite the popular myth that it’s one of the worst rap albums ever but sometimes the myth can be stronger than the truth. So yeah… if you have a physical copy of LASERS that you absolutely hate and wish for it to be rendered non-existent then you can send it back to me and I’ll have it destroyed with an actual giant laser and send it into next world in spectacular grand fashion!”

Listen to Lupe Fiasco's food-themed remix of Desiigner’s Kanye West approved ‘Panda’

30
Mar

Puff Daddy & The Family announce 'One Night Only' show for Notorious BIG's birthday

Puff Daddy and The Family are set to reunite for a ‘one night only’ show at New York’s Barclays center, where the rapper and producer will reunite with his old music crew to pay homage to Notorious BIG.

Celebrating the life of NYC rapper Notorious BIG – AKA Christopher Wallace – P Diddy will reunite the crew on May 20, nearly 20 years after début album ‘No Way Out’ was released in 1997 on Diddy’s Bad Boy label.

Performers on the night include Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim, Mase, French Montana, Total, 112 and Marion Winans, as well as tipped performances from Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige.

“This isn’t just another concert — This is hip-hop history,” said Diddy in an official press statement. “The Bad Boy Family includes some of the biggest names in music and songs that helped define a whole generation of music. Also, we are celebrating one of the greatest of all time – Notorious B.I.G. This will be a night to remember. I can’t wait to see you all there.”

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Meanwhile Notorious BIG’s widow, Faith Evans, revealed that plans are in the works to create a performance hologram of the late rapper.

Evans, whose tribute song to her late husband, ‘I’ll Be Missing You’, reached Number One shortly after his death in 1997, is currently working on a posthumous duets album with Biggie. Titled ‘The King & I’, it is set to drop in the autumn.

Discussing the album during an interview on The Dame Dash Radio Show, Evans said: “Today, if he was alive, I know, ultimately, we would’ve done something like this. But the way the stuff has come together, and the way I’m using his vocals, it’’s giving the stuff new life, it’s totally different.”

She added later in the interview: “We actually are in development with a hologram, but I don’t necessarily know to what extent I’m gonna perform with it. But I want to debut it in the first video for the album, and maybe use it a little bit performing live. But that depends on a lot of things.”

Hologram USA, the company behind performance holograms of Whitney Houston and Tupac Shakur, has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that it has been “in talks” with the rapper’s estate about a potential Notorious BIG hologram, but added: “We’re unable to announce plans at this time.”

Puff Daddy & The Family announce 'One Night Only' show for Notorious BIG's birthday

30
Mar

Beyoncé visited by Hillary Clinton on set of new music video

Beyoncé received a surprise visit from Hillary Clinton while filming a music video earlier this month.

The Democratic presidential candidate met with the popstar on March 24 on the Los Angeles set of her new video, reports US Weekly.

The magazine’s source could not establish whether Clinton will appear in an on-screen cameo, but a second insider confirmed that Beyoncé is working on a new album that is “likely” to be released in April.

At an Iowa town hall in December, the former Secretary of State was asked whether she would rather be president or Beyoncé. “I want to be as good a president as Beyoncé is a performer,” Clinton replied.

Beyoncé attended a Clinton fundraiser in New York last May, according to Bloomberg. Her husband, Jay-Z, previously endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential races.

In February, Beyoncé performed at the Super Bowl halftime show together with Coldplay, following the release of her new song and video ‘Formation’.

The singer will embark on world tour next month, beginning in Miami on April 27. She is due to play the UK during June and July.

See below for Beyoncé’s full UK dates:

Sunderland, Stadium of Light (June 28)
Cardiff, Principality Stadium (30)
London, Wembley Stadium (July 2, 3)
Manchester, Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground (5)
Glasgow, Hampden Park (7)

Beyoncé visited by Hillary Clinton on set of new music video

30
Mar

Watch Savages perform new track 'Adore' live on 'Colbert'

All girl noise rock band Savages performed their track ‘Adore’ live on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night (March 29).

Savages released their latest album ‘Adore Life’ in January 2016, the follow up their acclaimed début ‘Silence Yourself’, which – according to a statement from the band – is about “..change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognising your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding the cliché.”

According to Pitchfork, the band were featured as musical guests in the latest episode of popular late night TV show Colbert. You can watch the band’s performance in the YouTube player below.

Read more: Josh Homme and Savages discuss new album and concept of love in joint interview

Recently, the band released a new short film and live session for European broadcasting network ARTE TV, shot by French director Antoine Carlier, who also directed their 2014 single ‘Strife’.

According to DIY the film was shot at Carrere Studio in La Plaine-Saint-Denis, France. The band play ‘Mechanics’, ‘Something New,’ ‘The Answer,’ and ‘Adore’ from the new record, and début track ‘Hit Me’. View the 30 minute film below.

“It’s time for you to wake up. There are people in this world dying to meet you,” starts with band member Gemma Thompson reciting a spoken word section, before gradually launching into their live performance.

Read more: Savages share intense video for new song ‘Adore’ – watch

In February, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme interviewed Savages for a US magazine.

Homme recently spoke to the band for Magnet Magazine following Savages’ recent second album release. Savages released new album ‘Adore Life’ last month (January 22).

In an excerpt from the interview published online, Homme asks if the band’s singer Jehnny Beth if she regards love as “a treatable mental illness?” or “a maze that one can be trapped in”. Beth replies: “Both. Definitely… Love is a slippery thing, yeah.”

Bassist Ayse Hassan adds: “The record kind of represents all the sections that love can be. It can fuck you up, it can be amazing. I think everyone experiences love in such a different way. Even the love that fucks you up, you can get so much from, and that can really shape you. With this record, especially with the lyrics, it reflects the sections of how love can be on so many levels.”

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Beth continues: “It’s kind of a psychotic record in the way that it goes through very extreme moods, as well as the opposite. It looks to the future of how love can be one day and the freedom of that.”

Drummer Faye Milton goes on to describe the concepts of love and hate as “so close, it’s like laughter and crying. They both contain each other, I think.”

“I think in Savages we’ve always been interested in bringing opposites together, sound-wise,” Beth says. “Using that element of surprise, like true love sounds quiet or life and death. Bringing extremes together and seeing the collision it creates.”

Read an extended excerpt from the interview at the Magnet website.

Watch Savages perform new track 'Adore' live on 'Colbert'

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