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Jay Z addresses accusations of anti-semitism

“Of course I know Jewish people don’t own all the property in the world”

Jay Z

In the TIDAL video series, Footnotes, Jay Z has been doing a deep dive into his latest album 4:44. In a segment of an interview, the rapper addressed a controversy that’s attracting claims of anti-semitism.

Jay-Z told Rap Radar hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller about the track ‘The Story of O.J.’ and the controversy surrounding some of its lyrics.

The lines the drew backlash were: “You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit/ You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it.”

The lyrics even pulled a statement from the Anti-Defamation League who condemned Jay Z for his lyrics that could “feed into preconceived notions about Jews and alleged Jewish ‘control’ of the banks and finance.”

Read more: ‘Friends’ creator responds to Jay-Z’s all-black cast spoof

Jay Z explained to Rap Radar that the song “exaggerated every black image in the world” and he meant for his representation of Jewish people to also be an exaggeration.

The rapper explained: “Of course I know Jewish people don’t own all the property in the world. I mean, I own things! [laughs] It was an exaggeration, much like that racist cartoon.”

In the same interview, the rapper also discussed the infamous elevator fight between him and Solange. Video footage from the lift showed the singer tussling with Jay-Z. “We’ve always had a great relationship,” he said. “We’ve had one disagreement. Before and after, we’ve been cool.”

You can listen to the interview on Tidal now.

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The Freddie Mercury biopic has cast its members of Queen

Who will be joining Rami Malek to complete the quartet?

The upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic has cast the remaining members of Queen to join Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek, who will be playing the lead role.

The film will be directed by The Usual Suspects and X-Men director Bryan Singer and will be titled Bohemian Rhapsody.

Ben Hardy (X-Men Apocalypse) will be playing drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee (The Tourist) will be portraying Brian May while Joe Mazzello (Tim in Jurassic Park) will be taking the role of bass guitarist John Deacon, as reported on Queen’s official website.

Check out the full cast of Queen together below.

Left-to-right: Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury), Gwilym Lee (Brian May) and Joe Mazzello (John Deacon)

Back in July, concrete details were confirmed on Bohemian Rhapsody including the announcement that Bryan Singer would take the helm on the film and would “faithfully recreate” iconic moments such as the performance at Live Aid in the movie.

Meanwhile, the band have also officially confirmed actor Rami Malek will play Mercury himself. Sacha Baron-Cohen was originally planned to take the role, but pulled out after disagreements with members of the band involved in the movie, Brian May and Roger Taylor.

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Speaking to their official website about the casting, May and Taylor said: “Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.”

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Watch protesters tweak Ludacris’ “Move B*tch” to rally against Donald Trump

Protesters in Atlanta had Ludacris’ full support.

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Following the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, protests against the government’s embracing of the ‘Unite The Right’ cause cropped up all over America and inspired some incredible chants.

On Saturday (August 19) a protest in Atlanta took to rewriting Ludacris’ 2001 hit “Move Bitch” to fit their cause better. The protestors began their chant “Move Trump, Get out of the way”, reports Billboard.

The rapper was sent footage of the march and posted it on his Instagram with a caption reading “#MoveTrump” and an emoji of a fist held up in solidarity.

Check out the Instagram post below.

#MoveTrump ✊🏾

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The city of Charlottesville in Virginia saw rally supporters and counter-protesters come head-to-head with counter-protester Heather Heyes dying in a car attack which injured 19 others. James Fields, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder following the incident.

In a press conference on Tuesday (August 15), President Trump blamed “both sides” for the violence, claiming that not all alt-right protesters were white supremacists “by any stretch”. His comments have evoked widespread criticism.

Meanwhile, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has also condemned the Charlottesville attacks, saying: “It makes me sad and desperate. shocked. I f—king hate racism more than anything.”

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Read more: Charlottesville: All you fascists bound to lose

Members of the entertainment world wasted no time in condemning the right-wing rallies and Donald Trump’s unconscionable response to the incident.

John Legend noted: “We have nazi sympathisers and white nationalists in the White House. Condemn them too. They should not be receiving taxpayer money.” While Solange wrote a long statement slamming the “racist ugly ass fuck bois”.

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Chvrches are heading to Riverdale

The Scottish band will be mentors in the story

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Chvrches will first appear in ‘The Archies #2’

Chvrches are set to appear as comic book characters in Archie Comics’ new series.

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They’ll be making their debut at the end of ‘The Archies #2′. In later issues, they’ll be acting as “mentors” to Riverdale’ gang’s new band.

Alex Segura told MTV news that choosing the band to appear in the comics was a no brainer due to their “comic-book energy”.

“One of the first bands Matt and I thought of was Chvrches just because they’ve got such a modern, fun vibe and we’re both fans of the music,” he said.

“And when we saw Joe [Eisma]’s first sketches of the band,” he added, “he just nailed it so perfectly that it made sense to have them be the first band.”

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Last week (Aug 17), the new trailer for Season 2 of Riverdale dropped, and it’s wasting no time in hinting that huge events are about to take place.

In the 30-second teaser, a shadowy figure reveals that they have “some tragic news to share”.

It’s not clear what the ominous announcement refers to, but it might just be the uncertain fate of Archie’s dad, who was shot in the finale of season one.

Archie himself also appears in the clip, and is seen wielding a gun before cryptically asking “what if he comes back?”. Again, it’s not looking too rosy for his dad.

The clip also teases at the future of Veronica and Archie together, with a brief glimpse of a shower scene featuring the two characters.

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Action Bronson to host Snapchat dating show

‘Hungry Hearts With Action Bronson’ is coming soon.

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Action Bronson continues his quest to becoming an entertainment polymath as the rapper/chef/TV presenter moves onto to host a Snapchat exclusive dating show.

Bronson already hosts the Viceland food show, Fuck, That’s Delicious and now he’s continuing the partnership into ‘Hungry Hearts With Action Bronson’ that’ll air exclusively on Snapchat, reports Stereogum.

Every episode will see young singletons go out on dates curated by Action. The rapper is behind the scenes giving feedback as the dates progress. Bronson then predicts whether the two singles will be down for a second date.

Read more: Action Bronson throws free kitchen appliances into the audience during Coney Island gig

Meanwhile, Action Bronson just dropped a brand new track featuring Rick Ross titled ‘9-24-7000’. The track will feature on Blue Chips 7000 which will be released this week.

Blue Chips 7000 is the third instalment in the Blue Chips series and the follow-up to Action’s latest release, Mr. Wonderful, from 2015.

Listen to the track below.

9-24-7000 (feat. Rick Ross)

9-24-7000 (feat. Rick Ross), a song by Action Bronson, Rick Ross on Spotify

Last year saw Action team up with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Mark Ronson for ‘Standing In The Rain’ off the Suicide Squad soundtrack. The song samples Oran “Juice” Jones’ 1986 hit ‘The Rain’.

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King Krule previews new music in teaser video and reveals that he wrote for Frank Ocean

Archy Marshall is ramping up to something big…

King Krule teaser video

King Krule has shared a new teaser video over Facebook featuring new music and revealed what happened during his alleged collaboration with Frank Ocean.

The minute-long clip is titled ‘Bermondsey Bosom’ and includes a mix of video footage of bicycles, council estates and Archy Marshall releasing a red balloon into the air.

Watch the footage below.

The instrumental playing below is coupled with a narrator reading in Spanish. The words said are the same that some fans found in their post as King Krule posted some unmarked promotional material, including a cryptic poster, randomly last week to fans.

See what the packages contained below.

In a forthcoming interview with Pitchfork, Archy Marshall has revealed that he briefly spoke about collaborating with Frank Ocean when the artist visited Marshall in London.

“His work rate’s crazy; he creates album after album.” King Krule said: “I don’t know what goes through his head. He’s a different kind of cat. He came down and he wanted me to do something for his record, but I don’t think he liked it”.

Read more: A foolproof guide to King Krule’s many side-projects

Back in June, King Krule debuted a brand new song called ‘The Locomotive’ while playing Primavera Sound. Archy Marshall announced that it will appear on his upcoming full-length album.

King Krule released his debut album titled ‘6 Feet Benearth The Moon’ back in 2013. However, the singer-songwriter did release a project with his brother Jack titled ‘A New Place 2 Drown’ last year.

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King Krule previews new music in teaser video and reveals that he wrote for Frank Ocean


A Prince exhibition is coming to London

It’ll feature rare items from Paisley Park.

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Items will be leaving Prince’s Paisley Park for the first time since his death

A Prince exhibition featuring rare and iconic items from the signer’s life is set to open in London later this year.

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The items will be leaving Prince’s vast archives at Paisley Park for the first time since his death.

The exhibition will include guitars, stage costumes, jewellery and items from iconic tours such as Purple Rain in 1984 and LoveSexy in 1988.

Opening on October 27 at the O2 in London, the Prince exhibition will run for 21 days.

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Earlier this month, it was revealed that Beyoncé has written the foreword to a new book on the life of Prince, titled Prince: A Private View.

As Entertainment Weekly report, the singer has contributed words to the book, which compiles photos by the late Afshin Shahidi, a pop photography legend and friend of Prince’s for over 20 years. “Truth be told, the word ‘icon’ only scratches the surface of what Prince was and what he remains to me,” Beyoncé writes in her introduction.

In addition, EW have shared the book’s cover, and two photos from the collection. Check those out here.

Prince: A Private View is due out on October 17.

Last week (Aug 15) the Pantone Color Institute announced that they’ve partnered with the estate of the late, great Prince to create a new standardised colour to pay tribute.

Pantone specialise in certifying, categorising and forecasting colour trends. The company have dubbed a specific purple hue “Love Symbol #2” in honour of Prince and the shade is inspired by the artist’s custom-made Yamaha Purple piano.

The piano was made to accompany The Purple One on tour before he died reports Stereogum. See the custom piano below, coloured in “Love Symbol #2” purple.

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James Murphy says that LCD Soundsystem split up to sell more tickets

But we sense a pinch of sarcasm in Murphy’s phrasing.

LCD soundsystem split

In a new interview, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem has justified why the band broke up in 2011, reasoning that it was to sell more tickets.

With their comeback album only weeks away, James spoke to the New York Times tackling the difficult topic of why the band split up, made a movie about splitting up and then returned a handful of years later.

Murphy begins by stating the artists eternal dilemma: that the band’s output would get worse as the years past. “I liked being the band that was relevant to me. I felt like we were about to be the band that was not relevant to me”, he said.

However, Murphy then went on to speak about the financial consequences of announcing a split. He said, facing the reality of not selling out Madison Square Garden: “My theory was, if I make it our last show, we’ll sell it out in two weeks. It wasn’t a total lark, but it was a bit larky. But I like making decisions. I find it easy.”

Listen to LCD Soundsystem’s ‘tonite’ below

“If we’re going to play again, we really have to justify it.” Murphy continued: “That’s a new, exciting problem and far more interesting to me. We’ve got to do something good enough.”

Meanwhile, James Murphy has said how he feels about upcoming new album American Dream is “the best I’ve felt about an LCD [Soundsystem] LP ever.”

LCD Soundsystem’s full upcoming UK tour dates are below and tickets are on sale here.

Saturday 16 – MANCHESTER Warehouse Project

Sunday 17  – MANCHESTER Warehouse Project
Tuesday 19 – GLASGOW Barrowland
Wednesday 20 – GLASGOW Barrowland
Friday 22 – LONDON Alexandra Palace
Saturday 23 – LONDON Alexandra Palace
American Dream is out September 1.

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‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ sales have risen more than 500 percent because of the actual eclipse

Bonnie Tyler’s classic 1983 hit is soaring

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Bonnie Tyler’s classic hit was released 34 years ago

Sales of Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ has seen a huge spike in sales because of the solar eclipse happening today (August 21).

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Digital downloads for the single rose by 503% for the week ending August 20, with 12,000 downloads in the U.S. It was downloaded 2,000 times in the U.S. the week before.

Yesterday (August 20) saw ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ shift 4,000 downloads – a 50% increase from 2,000 on August 19.

Earlier this year, the song was being downloaded roughly 1,000 times per week. This spike in sales has meant Tyler’s hit now sits at 1.6 million downloads.

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Earlier today (August 21), Tyler sang her favourite verse from the song during an interview on CNN. See the clip below.

The song also reached the top of the US iTunes chart today, beating ‘Despacito’.

Meanwhile, Twitter users have been making jokes about the song’s renewed popularity. One wrote: “Bonnie Tyler: A song about an eclipse? Are you sure? Producer: In 34 years, you’ll thank me. (Columbia Records, February 11, 1983)”, while another wrote: “Every time Bonnie Tyler is asked where the eclipse is she says, “Turn Around”.”

Tyler will be performing the track onboard a cruise ship during the solar eclipse.

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It looks like Foals have started work on their new album

Frontman Yannis Philippakis shares some news

Foals new album

With tour dates done, Foals focus on LP number five

Foals have begun working on their new album – the follow-up to their 2015 LP ‘What Went Down’.

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Frontman Yannis Philippakis confirmed the news on his Instagram earlier today, sharing a photo of himself with some flowers in hand. “Off to write the next record brb,” he wrote. You can see the picture below.

Off to write the next record brb 🌺🌸

A post shared by ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΑΚΗΣ (@ynnsphilippakis) on Aug 21, 2017 at 8:12am PDT

Foals have previously discussed the new record. Speaking to NME in July, Philippakis said: “We’re in the marinating stage of thinking about getting onto the next record. We have a couple of bits written but it’s in the very early stages. We’re in the conception stage, we’re not pregnant yet, we’re just trying to have the kid.”

“I think it’s good to be hungry and want to make big leaps between records and keep things surprising and keep it unpredictable and to grow. It’s important for bands to evolve and I think it’s one of the reasons that it’s still exciting for us after having done four records,” he added.

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“If we were just repeating the same thing and style, I think it would have got boring – but just making records to the reactions of the one that came before is probably not the healthiest thing because it’s throwing the baby out with the bath water. I think that was the knee-jerk reaction we had at the beginning. We’ve got to go through some sort of violent change for the record to be what we want it to be. I’m excited for it and we’re hungry for it. I’m excited to make a new body of work.”

When asked about his lyrical inspirations for the new album, Philippakis replied: I think the world is obviously affecting the way we feel as individuals. I definitely feel that when I’m writing lyrics or music, that it’s in dialogue with what’s going on around me in isolation – so I’m sure there will be things in the lyrics to do with, not just the political climate but also the environmental situation that’s happening now. I think that it will be there.

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