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30
Apr

Prince's hundred-album musical vault drilled open by estate representatives

The vault at Prince’s Paisley Park home – thought to contain at least one hundred album’s worth of unreleased material – has been drilled open, according to ABC News.

The bank-style vault is said to have been a large room under the property containing shelves of Prince’s music, so much that ABC report that Prince’s estate could put out an album a year for the coming century.

“One day, someone will release them. I don’t know that I’ll get to release them,” Prince told The View of his vault back in 2012. “There’s just so many.”

The Bremer Trust have temporary authority over Prince’s estate (he left no will), and it’s not yet clear if or when the release of the music is likely to happen.

Susan Rogers, Prince’s former engineer, said in the report “We could put out more work in a month than most people could in a year or more.”

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The cause of Prince’s death on April 21, meanwhile, is now the subject of a criminal investigation relating to a possible drug overdose.

The development is the result of prescription drugs being found at the time of the musician’s death.

The Associated Press reports that an unnamed law enforcement official confirmed on Thursday (April 28) that investigations were underway. The same individual also confirmed previous reports that Prince was found unconscious on a plane just days before his death.

Prince's hundred-album musical vault drilled open by estate representatives

30
Apr

'Lost In The Festival' movie to examine the development of Glastonbury over recent years

A new movie called Lost In The Festival is set to examine the changes in the UK music festival scene since 2007, through a series of interviews with major players.

The movie, which is currently at a pre-edit stage, will look in detail at Glastonbury’s progress, taking in high-profile interviews including Michael and Emily Eavis, Normal Cook (Fatboy Slim), Suggs and Keith Allen.

The participants were interviewed in 2007, and again in 2016 (the latest interview with Michael and Emily Eavis was filmed this week), with a view to analyzing changes. The film is described as follows:

“Glastonbury Festival didn’t sell out in the late 90’s, then along came a new party that would change that. Lost In the Festival is the untold backstage documentary about how Glastonbury’s infamous Lost Vagueness, formed by a band of risquè travelers, would alter the fate of the best festival in the world. In the making for the past 12 years, award-winning director Sofia Olins tells this story with exclusive never seen before material.”

Fatboy Slim says in the interviews: “The festival scene today is so bespoke, it can be like a dating site, you put in your likes and it’ll tell you which one to go to.”

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Final footage for the movie will be shot at Glastonbury 2016, including footage with attendees at the festival, before the movie undergoes editing, which the producers will fund through a Kickstarter campaign.

As part of the campaign, backers will be able to take part in festival interviews on site, as well as receive Lost-Vagueness related merchandise including a vintage Lost Vagueness Ballroom sign.

The Kickstarter campaign will get underway on Tuesday (May 3), while progress can be followed on Facebook, here.

Meanwhile, Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has hinted at a new location in 2018.

Following previous concerns that the safety of a gas pipe might force the festival to move permanently, Loaded reports that Eavis has announced to them that they will stage a one-off festival “20 miles up the road” at a venue “the same size” as Glastonbury in two years time. The report suggests Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire as a possible new location.

The report adds that 2018 has been earmarked as a fallow year to allow the grounds at Worthy Farm to recover, but instead of taking a break for twelve months like in previous years, the festival could move to the alternate location instead.

'Lost In The Festival' movie to examine the development of Glastonbury over recent years

30
Apr

NWA's MC Ren on Gene Simmons: 'that dude is real arrogant'

NWA’s MC Ren has called Kiss’ Gene Simmons ‘real arrogant’ as the pair’s argument stemming from NWA’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame continues.

Simmons had criticised NWA’s inclusion in the Hall of Fame, saying ahead of the ceremony “I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody… or just melody.”

He added “Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.”

After calling Simmons arrogant over his comments, MC Ren also told Rolling Stone:

“It’s like, how he’s looking at us, how he know that people before him in rock & roll don’t look at him like that? How he know the Beatles or Muddy Waters, if he was still around, don’t look at him as a gimmick? Who is he to say anything if he’s wearing makeup and heels and sticking out his tongue every 10 seconds of his show? Come on, man, that’s a gimmick.”

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Ice Cube had previously responded to Simmons’ comments, saying “The question is, ‘Are we rock and roll? And I say you goddamn right we rock ‘n’ roll. Rock and roll is not an instrument. It’s not even a style of music. It’s a spirit that’s been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop.”

Last week, meanwhile, the surviving members of NWA played together for the first time in 27 years.

Playing at Coachella, the reunited members did not perform any NWA classics, instead playing Dr Dre’s ‘Still Dre’ and 2Pac’s ‘California Love’.

NWA's MC Ren on Gene Simmons: 'that dude is real arrogant'

30
Apr

Radiohead fans sent mysterious 'Burn The Witch' postcards

Radiohead fans have been sent a ‘Burn The Witch’ postcard in the post, printed in black and white alongside a piece of abstract art, and bearing the Radiohead logo.

‘Burn The Witch’ is a known and long-standing unreleased Radiohead song that is referenced as far back as 2002, when the name appeared in the corner of a piece of artwork associated with ‘Hail To The Thief’ (the album was released in 2003, but the artwork was painted in 2002).

Thom Yorke wrote a post saying he had finished the lyrics to a track of the same name in 2005, with some lyrics later posted online. The song has been teased at least twice live over the past 15 years. There’s a history of the name and the track – and also hear brief clips – here (read about other tracks that might be included on Radiohead’s next release here).

The postcard first surfaced this morning (April 30), and reads “Sing the song of sixpence that goes Burn The Witch. We know where you live,” and has been sent to some people who have previously ordered from Oxford band

View the postcard via Twitter, below:

Umm, I just got this in the post from Radiohead. Is the new album called Burn The Witch? pic.twitter.com/zv5QKnDeGh— Niall Doherty (@NiallMDoherty) April 30, 2016

Radiohead have registered two companies under names linked with the phrase ‘Dawn Chorus’ as the buzz around a new, ninth studio album takes hold, something the band have also done around the time of previous album releases.

A leak has also suggested that the new release could be arriving in June, with Brian Message, the band’s management partner, revealing the date on Twitter earlier this month.

Message also said the album will be “like nothing you’ve ever heard.”

Radiohead fans sent mysterious 'Burn The Witch' postcards

30
Apr

Drake claims 'Views' has sold 630,000 copies in its first day

Drake has used his hometown album launch event to claim that his newly-released album ‘Views’ (rebranded from ‘Views From The 6’ at last notice) has sold more than 600,000 copies in its first day of release.

The Toronto rapper performed at a Toronto Raptors basketball game last night (April 29), before heading on to his launch party in the city.

Footage from the launch party shows the rapper announcing “I got a text message that says we sold like 630,000 something records in one night, that’s the first time we’ve ever done that so thank you so much.”

‘Views’ is not available as a physical album yet, but can be heard via iTunes and Apple Music. The album features Rihanna, but has had contributions by Kanye West and Jay-Z cut from the final version.

The fastest selling album in the US since first-week sales records began in 1991 is Adele’s latest ’25’, which sold 3,378,000 copies in its first week of sales last year in the US alone. ’25’ also sold more than 800,000 copies in the UK, where it is also the fastest-selling release ahead of Oasis’ ‘Be Here Now’.

See Drake making the announcement via Instagram, below:

"I got a text messages saying we sold like 600k + copies" Drake to his city of Toronto last night! #VIEWS is getting mixed feelings, what's your thoughts is it drakes best or his worst? A video posted by @utorlive on Apr 30, 2016 at 6:34am PDT

Explaining his decision to cut Kanye West and Jay-Z from the record – they had been featured on the track ‘Pop Style’ – Drake said:

“I just ended up going with my version of the song.” The Canadian rapper replaced West and Jay Z’s verse with his own in the final version of the track.

Asked about Jay Z’s initial feature, which included just two lines, Drake told Zane Lowe: “Jay didn’t really do a verse. I was just trying to get [Kanye] on it first. Jay kinda just did my first few lines for me and that’s how we flexed it”.

“It didn’t play out how I wanted it to go,” he added. “Sometimes [Jay Z and I] just fall on opposite sides of the spectrum. It’s always mutual respect but sometimes it has to be from afar.”

Drake went on to praise West, describing him as “one of my favourite people… in the world”. He added: “I love [Kanye]. He’s a really good guy. I grew up with him as a role model. Always given him credit that’s why we’re here right now. It’s amazing to be his friend.”

Drake claims 'Views' has sold 630,000 copies in its first day

30
Apr

Teacher suspended from school for showing kids The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

A teacher at a Tennessee school has been suspended after allegedly showing a class of students 2011’s horror B-movie, The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence.

The film tells the story of a man who watches the first Human Centipede film and decides to create his own twelve-person centipede by stitching their mouths onto each others bums.

The film was initially rejected by British censors, before being allowed through with an 18 rating after numerous cuts were made.

Tom Six, who directed the Human Centipede trilogy took to Twitter to support the teach, and has even arranged to give him a signed copy of the film.

It should be mandatory to watch THC2 in school classes. It deals with a character that is bullied and what to do!https://t.co/hT3tGJu1qZ— Tom Six (@tom_six) April 28, 2016

He tweeted: “It should be mandatory to watch THC2 in school classes,” he tweeted in response to the news. “It deals with a character that is bullied and what to do!”

Speaking to The Jackson Sun, Superintendent Verna Ruffin said: “The matter has been addressed. It is inappropriate and unacceptable.”

A press release obtained by the Jackson Sun explains the school has launched “an internal investigation regarding the alleged viewing of an inappropriate film”.

Press release just issued from @JMCSchools regarding Human Centipede 2. I've attached a photo of the release. pic.twitter.com/frI7XNvf0P— Katherine Burgess (@KathsBurgess) April 28, 2016

Teacher suspended from school for showing kids The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

30
Apr

Could Taylor Swift have a cameo as disco mutant Dazzler in X-Men: Apocalypse?

Taylor Swift could have a cameo in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse film as disco sensation and mutant, Dazzler.

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey in the film, posted a picture on Instagram of her and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) browsing records in suitable ‘80s attire.

Sheridan has pulled out a record by Dazzler, a mutant from the X-Men universe who can unleash blasts of light and hit disco tunes.

The album is entitled ‘Sounds of Light and Fury’ and Turner added the caption: “#FlashbackFriday to that time Cyclops and I went shopping at the mall and found our favorite singer’s album (pre 1989, of course).”

#FlashbackFriday to that time Cyclops and I went shopping at the mall and found our favorite singer’s album (pre 1989, of course). A photo posted by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on Apr 29, 2016 at 1:48am PDT

‘1989’ is of course the name of Swift’s latest smash-hit album and the cast of Apocalypse went to see her live while filming last summer.

Also, the film’s producer/writer Simon Kinberg has confessed to being a Taylor Swift super-fan.

We’ll have to wait until X-Men: Apocalypse hits cinemas on May 19 to know for sure.

Could Taylor Swift have a cameo as disco mutant Dazzler in X-Men: Apocalypse?

30
Apr

Tom DeLonge says he isn't done with Blink-182

Ex-Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge has clarified he still has a future with the band, if they can make that “special something” happen again.

The band have recently released their comeback single ‘Bored To Death’, featuring Alkaline Trio vocalist Matt Skiba and have an album titled ‘California’ coming later this year.

Posting on Facebook, 40-year-old DeLonge who is currently directing a movie and working with his band Angels And Airwaves, said:

“I understand all the craziness out there in Internet-land, it is an odd time for fans of the Blink-182 legacy, I know- it’s odd for me, too.

“We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things.”

“I look forward to my upcoming film and music adventures, and a hell of a lot more…

Maybe throw in a bit of Blink-182, if we can build back that ‘special something’ that was once there.​”

DeLonge also said he didn’t agree with the new direction Blink-182 have taken their music, siting their choice of 5 Seconds of Summer producer, John Feldmann as “too far a change” and an example of their current musical differences.

DeLonge previously told NME in 2015 that he still wanted the band to be part of his, despite the fact he hadn’t spoken with bandmates Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus since leaving.

He said: “We haven’t spoken since all that shit’s gone down – but that’s not un-normal.

“The Rolling Stones would go three years without talking to each other, then Mick and Keith would be hugging and saying, ‘Fuck I missed you’. It’s just how it works.”

Listen to Blink-182’s ‘Bored To Death’ below.

Tom DeLonge says he isn't done with Blink-182

30
Apr

Glastonbury Festival 2016: full line-up announced for The Common

Glastonbury Festival has announced more acts for its sprawling 2016 line up, which is being headlined by Adele, Muse and Coldplay.

After recently posting the acts for the dance village, Silver Hayes, the festival has now shared who we can expect to see at The Common.

The festival describes The Common, which is located in the southeast corner of the site, as “an entire late-night world that embodies the true spirit of the Festival. Tribal Temples and dark caves, incredible live music, ritualistic paint throwing, tomato fights, a Celtic Festival of the Dead, and a jaw-dropping waterfall.”

Acts include a DJ set from The Street’s Mike Skinner, poet Kate Tempest, Sub Focus and Drumsound and Bassline Smith.

SEE MORE: Your Ultimate Glastonbury 2016 Playlist

The festival’s other main headliners include Beck, Foals, LCD Soundsystem, Chvrches, James Blake, PJ Harvey, ZZ Top, New Order, Disclosure and Bring Me The Horizon among many more.

Glastonbury 2016 will take place on 22-26 June, and is now completely sold out.

SEE MORE: Glastonbury Festival 2016: everything you need to know

Glastonbury Festival 2016: full line-up announced for The Common

30
Apr

Watch Will Ferrell and Chad Smith host an all-star drum off at the Red Hot Benefit

Comedy legend, Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer, Chad Smith, co-hosted the Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera in Los Angeles.

The pair, who have often been told they look almost identical, previously faced off in a drum off on Jimmy Fallon’s show, which Ferrell won.

Speaking at The Red Hot Benefit, he said: “That was a great night for me Chad, when I beat you, a professional drummer.”

However this time around they set up a team drum off, featuring the likes of Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters, Tommy Lee and Stewart Copeland from The Police.

The night was raising money for two charities – Ferrell’s Cancer for College, which gives cancer survivors a chance at a college education and Smith’s Silverlake Conservatory of Music, which was founded by bandmate Flea, to increase teaching around music in schools.

The event, which is being live-streamed by Ferrell’s comedy site, Funny Or Die, will feature musical performances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Devo, plus comedians such as Nick Offerman and Jim Gaffigan.

Watch Will Ferrell and Chad Smith host an all-star drum off at the Red Hot Benefit

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