From the remaining members of Nirvana jamming out ‘Lithium’ with St. Vincent last week to Daft Punk getting lucky with Stevie, Nile and Pharrell at the Grammys, 2014 has been pretty awesome for live collaborations so far. The trend continued at Coachella over the weekend.
Kicking off their 20th anniversary tour at North America's most hyped, most selfie-ing festival - and doing it as the headline act on the main stage on the opening night - does not make for a low-key return for OutKast, but low key is not in these guys' vocabulary. Unless we're talking about their status on the pop radar over the past decade. It's been eight years since the release of their sixth album, 'Idlewild', which was ostensibly a soundtrack to the film of the same name.
This year's edition of annual music industry showcase SXSW kicks off in Austin, Texas this week and, while it's primarily about the next generation of bands and artists, there's loads of big names that'll be making the news. Here's 10 things that everyone's bound to be talking about between guzzling margaritas and chowing down on BBQ.
What you see above is the world's longest flying machine, The HAV. The futuristic-looking airship has just been unveiled at Britain's biggest aircraft hangar. It's 92 metres long - that's the length of the football pitch at Wembley Stadium. It cost £60m to build. Somewhat unexpectedly one of its investors is Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson. "The airship has always been with us, it's just been waiting for the technology to catch up," he told the BBC. Frankly, it looks crazy. Apparently you can land this new aircraft by remote control and on water.
The Weather Girls are back in the top 40 once again, some 32 years after 'It's Raining Men' first entered the charts (they splashed in at No.31 on Sunday, pop pickers). The camp anthem was a worldwide smash back in 1982, and also a post-Spice Girls No.1 for Geri Halliwell in 2001. Now Martha Wash – the surviving member of the duo – is enjoying chart success all over again.