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31
Aug

Charli XCX shares acoustic version of ‘Boys’

The original version of the singer’s latest track came accompanied by a video that flipped gender roles

Charli XCX acoustic
Charli XCX has shared an acoustic version of ‘Boys’

Charli XCX has shared an acoustic version of her recent single, ‘Boys’.

The pop star released the new song earlier this summer alongside a video that featured a host of famous male stars picking up the kind of sexualised roles usually reserved for women.

Now, Charli has released a stripped back, acoustic rendition of the song, the original of which is reportedly due for inclusion on her upcoming third album.

Listen to it below, via Cosmopolitan.

Recently, Charli share a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the ‘Boys’ video, which featured Joe Jonas, Mac DeMarco, Bastille‘s Dan Smith, Panic At The Disco‘s Brendan Urie, Bleachers‘ Jack Antonoff, Joey Bada$$, Diplo, Stormzy, Riz Ahmed and more.

This new clip sees the video being filmed in London and at Coachella Festival. It shows The Vamps having a cake fight and Bring Me The Horizon‘s Oli Sykes being – in Charli’s own words – “really fit, basically”. Watch below.

Meanwhile, Charli recently revealed who she’d cast in an all-female reimagining of her video.

Taking to Twitter to share a list of who she’d include in a female-led version of the video, the rapper named CupcakKe, , Dua Lipa, Tove Lo, former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello, Brooke Candy, ALMA, Sky Ferreira, Rita Ora, Grimes, Starrah, Zara Larsson, Japanese star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Selena Gomez and Carly Rae Jepsen, among other names.

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31
Aug

Backstreet Boys want to work with Diplo and The Chainsmokers on their new album

The ’90s boy band are making plans for their 10th studio album

Backstreet Boys Diplo
Backstreet Boys want to work with Diplo and The Chainsmokers

Backstreet Boys are looking to work with the likes of Diplo and The Chainsmokers on their upcoming new album.

The group last released a studio record in 2013 with ‘In A World Like This’ and recently released a collaboration with Florida Georgia Line called ‘God, Your Mama, and Me’.

In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, member AJ McLean discussed their aims for some high profile guests on what will be their 10th album. “We’re reaching out to people who we were always inspired by or who may have been fans and we didn’t even know,” he said. “We’ve all made friends with different people.”

He then disclosed exactly who they were hitting up for potential collaborations. “Nick’s been talking to Steve Aoki,” he said. “Howie talked to Zedd, who’s been a big, big fan [and] Diplo, we’ve also talked to.

“We’ve also done stuff with The Chainsmokers, and those guys are amazing and out in Vegas with a residency as well, so who knows.”

Last year, the boy band spoke about against Donald Trump after he used their music as part of his US Presidential campaign.

Trump used many unauthorised songs ahead of last year’s election and was denounced by Neil Young, The White Stripes, Queen and Christine And The Queens by doing so. Other musicians to ban their music from being used by Trump include Adele, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and R.E.M.

The Daily Beast reports that Trump played Backstreet Boys hit ‘I Want It That Way’ “multiple times” during a rally in Florida in October.

Following the news, a publicist for the group told Daily Beast: “[The Backstreet Boys] did not approve this and we are not associated with the Trump camp”.

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Backstreet Boys want to work with Diplo and The Chainsmokers on their new album

31
Aug

Refresh your memory of ‘Stranger Things’ season 1 with this video game catch-up

Season 2 will be made available on Netflix from October 27

Stranger Things

You can now refresh your memory of Stranger Things season one with a video game-esque catch-up.

The hit Netflix series has already been confirmed to return to the streaming service for a second season on October 27.

Ahead of the new episodes, creators have shared a promo video that replays the key scenes and moments from the first series. In it, you gain points for feeding Eleven Eggos, for beating bad guys and more.

Watch it below, via AV Club.

Meanwhile, the show’s creators have already worked out how the whole show will end.

It has already been confirmed there will be a third series, but the Duffer Brothers don’t plan on keeping it going for years to come. Speaking to TVLine, actor David Harbour (who plays Chief Hopper) said the show’s bosses have already decided how and when they want Stranger Things to end.

“We don’t have an open-ended thing like The Walking Dead. There is an end to all these characters,” Harbour said. “We’re going to give you something fun and then we’re going to get out before we’ve worn out our welcome. We have a specific story that we’re going to tell.”

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Harbour also warned fans they might not get what they want from the second season. “In general, I think people will be pretty excited about it, but I do think some people will expect something and not get it,” he said. “Some people may want the same thing [as season one], but we’re not going to give them that.”

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31
Aug

Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus is rewarding fans who help Hurricane Harvey victims

Fans who donate spare clothing have a chance of winning gifts from his clothing company.

Blink 182's Mark Hoppus is urging fans to help victims of Hurricane Harvey
Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus is urging fans to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus has given his fans an incentive to help victims of Hurricane Harvey by randomly offering gifts to those who donate.

He took to his clothing line’s Instagram to urge fans to help those in need by donating spare clothing to victims of the storm.

Posting via Hi My Name is Mark, he asked fans to take or ship clothes to the Southside Skatepark in Houston, asking for: “anything new/newish and clean that you can spare”.

“This is a great way to get involved and help those in need right now,” he wrote.

“Repost and Tag #icleanedoutmyclosetforhouston and #HMNIMhouston we’ll be randomly giving away some gifts to those who spread the word”.

Commenting on another image, he wrote: “The flooding in Houston is devastating. Watching the tragedy unfold across the country has been tough.

“What can we do? It doesn’t take much to help one another. After a few texts, a few calls, and some work from the crew, a plan was put into action.

“Eric, the owner of Southside Skatepark, has hosted the Texas Make-A-Wish jam for years. Fortunately, during this natural disaster, Southside Skatepark has remained safe and dry.

“To honor this good fortune Eric and his crew have offered Southside’s space as a ‘landing spot’ for all donations going toward Houston residents in need.”

Blink-182 have also released a special Houston relief tee shirt, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey fund.

You can pre-order the shirt here for $21.90 (£16.94). Shipping to the UK costs $16.58 (£12.82).

All orders will be shipped on September 15.

All proceeds go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund.

A post shared by Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) on Aug 30, 2017 at 6:28pm PDT

It was reported yesterday (August 30) that over 300 musicians have signed up to entertain displaced storm victims at shelters in the affected area. The ATX Music Office received so many offers they had to stop taking applications.

This comes after a number of celebrities have stepped up to help – Beyonce has pledged to help victims in her home city of Houston via her charity organiation BeyGOOD, while Leonardo DiCaprio donated $1m to relief efforts via his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Earlier this week Coldplay did a one-off performance of a brand new song they wrote especially for hurricane victims in Houston.

They played ‘Houston #1’ at the Miami leg of their A Head Full of Dreams tour, dedicating it to the city after they has to cancel their Houston gig due to the storm.

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31
Aug

Halsey hits the road in strange, cinematic video for ‘Bad At Love’

The new effort follows a ‘Romeo & Juliet’-inspired clip for ‘Now Or Never’

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Halsey has shared the video for ‘Bad At Love’

Halsey has revealed the video for her new single, ‘Bad At Love’.

The pop star released her second album, ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom‘, earlier this year. In a four-star review, NME said: “‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’ gets by on a universal quality, but there’s a personal touch you don’t find on everyday pop full-lengths.”

The track is the second from the record to get an official music video, and it follows the cinematic, Romeo & Juliet-inspired clip for ‘Now Or Never‘.

In the video, Halsey stops at a gas station on the open road, where she meets a tarot reader wearing a bird mask, three new friends and some futuristic looking policeman, who the new gang handcuff to their car.

Watch it below, via Idolator.

Recently, Halsey spoke about about the “skepticism” around female artists.

In a joint interview with Charli XCX, the star talked to Billboard about the subject of how female musicians are talked about in terms of songwriting. “There’s a skepticism behind female artists in general,” Halsey said. “From when I first started, I wrote [my music].”

Charli added: “And people were like, ‘Oh, who wrote your songs?’ There’s so much doubt, especially with being a pop star and being a female. Taylor Swift, amazing songwriter. Katy Perry, amazing songwriter. Lady Gaga, amazing songwriter.”

Halsey then replied: “People want to discount them.”

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Halsey hits the road in strange, cinematic video for ‘Bad At Love’

31
Aug

Flavor Flav is suing Chuck D over Public Enemy royalties

The rapper claims he hasn’t seen a royalty cheque in years.

Flavor Flav is suing Chuck D over royalties
Flavor Flav is suing Chuck D over royalties

Flavor Flav is suing Chuck D and a number of Public Enemy managers and producers over royalities he claims he hasn’t received.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, the rapper claims that he hasn’t seen a royalty cheque in years, despite having a long-standing agremeent with Chuck to share profits from live gigs, music and merch.

Flav says he co-wrote over 50 of the group’s songs, yet isn’t seeing any money from this.

He’s also suing producer Gary G-Wiz, who allegedly created and distributed Public Enemy action figures deal without his consent, making a profit that wasn’t shared with the rapper.

He also claims that his image and voice were used without his permission on Public Enemy’s latest album ‘Nothing Is Quick in the Desert‘, which was released as a free download on June 29.

Flavor Flav says he asked for $75,000 (£57,990) but was given $7,500 (£5,799) and told he would get the rest at a later date, which he never did.

The band gave the album away for free as a thank you to fans on their 30th anniversary.

Several other managers and producers who worked with the group are also named in the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, Prophets of Rage – the supergroup featuring members of Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine, and Cypress Hill – recently released ‘Radical Eyes‘, a track from their upcoming debut album, which is due September 15.

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31
Aug

Leonardo DiCaprio donates $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

The devastating storm has claimed at least 38 lives so far in the Texas region

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Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $1 million to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort

Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $1 million (773.4k) to relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

The category 4 tropical cyclone hit southeastern Texas last week (August 25) and has caused severe floods, displacing over 30,000 people, destroying homes and claiming at least 38 deaths so far.

Many celebrities have already donated or made efforts to help in some way, and DiCaprio is the latest to offer assistance in the aftermath of the devastating storm.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has pledged $1 million as the the first donation to the new United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. All profits will go directly to the recovery efforts, which are expected to continue for years, as Variety reports.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation,” said United Way Worldwide president and CEO Brian Gallagher. “Responding to Hurricane Harvey requires the best of all of us — and that’s what this gift represents.”

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation also helped with disaster relief aid in 2004 following the Indian Ocean tsunami, after 2010’s earthquake in Haiti and following Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Yesterday, it was reported that over 300 musicians have signed up to entertain those displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

As part of their extensive relief efforts, Red Cross reached out to the ATX Music Office –  located in Austin, Texas – to attempt to find musicians who may volunteer to entertain those stuck in shelters. ATX then put out a request via Twitter, before being inundated with responses.

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Leonardo DiCaprio donates million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

31
Aug

There’s going to be a ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ live concert

The one-off show will feature live performances of music from their soundtracks.

Gollum and Jon Snow
Gollum and Jon Snow

Game of Thrones‘ fans currently having end of season withdrawals may take some comfort in this latest news – there’s going to be a collaborative concert celebrating the music from ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘The Lord of the Rings‘ and ‘The Hobbit’.

The show is titled: ‘A Celebration of the Music from Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Live in Concert with Symphony Orchestra and Choir’ and will take place at the London Palladium on Sunday 12 November.

The one-off night will feature music from the Emmy-winning TV series and the Oscar-winning films, performed on stage by a live orchestra and choir.

‘Game of Thrones” soundtrack is composed by Ramin Djawadi, while Howard Shore created the score for Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books.

Tickets for the show cost between £36.50 and £71.50 and are on pre-sale today (August 31).

They go on general sale tomorrow (September 1) and can be purchased from Ticketmaster and Really Useful Theatre.

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There’s going to be a ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ live concert

31
Aug

James Murphy says LCD Soundsystem fans’ reaction to their reunion made him ‘sad’

Some sections of the band’s fanbase were not happy that the group were getting back together

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James Murphy was saddened by fans’ reactions to LCD Soundsystem’s reunion

James Murphy has revealed the reaction of some fans to the news that LCD Soundsystem were getting back together made him feel “sad”.

When the group announced their reunion at the tail end of last year, some fans responded with feelings of betrayal and hurt as they had only split up four years earlier.

Speaking about that time in a new interview with the Guardian, Murphy said he understood where they were coming from. “I underestimated how upset people who really liked the band would be,” he said. “I was someone who grew up obsessed with bands, how they were and how they treated one another, and how they treated fans.”

He continued: “You know, it mattered to me when Lol Tolhurst left The Cure. I was heartbroken. They’re the people I’ve always aimed the band at, and they’re the ones who were hurt, some of them.”

Murphy added that he “felt sad about” the fact that they were “showing that LCD Soundsystem really mattered to them, that they really identified with it.” “So I was sorry,” he said.

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The band will return with ‘American Dream‘, their first album since reuniting tomorrow (September 1). In a five-star review, NME said: “The band retains the uncanny power to encapsulate a place and time. This is a cautious return, not a triumphant one – and that proves LCD Soundsystem are very 2017.”

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James Murphy says LCD Soundsystem fans’ reaction to their reunion made him ‘sad’

31
Aug

’13 Reasons Why’ star Katherine Langford wrote a song declaring her love for her high school crush

She wrote and recorded the song in 30 minutes.

Katherine Langford from '13 Reasons Why'
Katherine Langford from ’13 Reasons Why’

A video has emerged of ‘13 Reasons Why‘ actress Katherine Langford singing a love song to her high school crush.

The clip, on Langford’s YouTube channel, is titled ‘I’ve Got a Crush on Zoe Bosch’ and was uploaded on 13 April 2013.

The actress – who plays the deceased Hannah Baker in the show –  is seen sitting in front of her camera in her school uniform, ready to play the keyboard.

she begins by dedicating the song to fellow student Zoe Bosch, saying: “Zoe, this one is for you.”

“Oh Zoe, Zoe Bosch, I’ve got a crush on you girl,” she sings.

“‘Cos you are amazing, drive me crazy, oh yes you do, oh yes you do.

“Love and visual art, hashtag art fag, living proof you can be cool and smart.

“Leader of our year, you’re always full of cheer. It is infectious. You’re so approachable, never met anyone like you, you are so special.”

Bosch was head girl at Perth Modern School, where both girls attended, and Langford appears smitten.

“You’re funny and you’re daring, you’re loving and you’re caring for everyone around you,” she continues.

“You’re straight-up damn amazing, you’re so captivating. Girl I love you, oh I love you.

“I’m not afraid to say it, I am gonna scream it from the rooftops to the rooftops.

“Zoe girl you’re crazy cool and I have got a crush on you, and everybody else does too.

“We’ve all got a crush on Zoe Bosch, ‘cos she is amazing.”

Langford reveals in the video description that the whole song was written and recorded in just half an hour.

The actress has never commented publicly about her sexuality, but she’s a huge advocate for equality, and posted a pic on her Instagram from this year’s pride parade in San Francisco.

Back in June, we revealed that filming had begun on the second season of the controversial Netflix show, and that seven new characters have been cast.

Dylan Minnette, who plays Clay, recently gave an update on filming progress, saying: “We’re not really halfway through, but we’re getting there.”

“I’m excited that I get to be back and work with the people that I love, because I love all the people on this show,” he continued.

“But it’s also, I think, really exciting that we get to continue the conversation that we started in season one. So, I’m excited.”

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