Here are the 15 questions NME got answers to this week, starting with…
Who came out top in the Green Day legal case?
An illustrator claimed the band unlawfully used one of his images during their tour had his claim thrown out of court. Dereck Seltzer’s Scream Icon, projected during ‘East Jesus Nowhere’, was said to have been used in a “transformative, not overly commercial” way.
Who’s been labeled a “gutless coward” on TV?
Ryan Adams found himself the subject of a heated rant from right-wing TV personality Sean Hannity on Wednesday (August 7). The ‘Gold’ star was labeled a “wimp” and a “gutless coward” on Hannity’s Fox News programme, after an escalating Twitter row between the pair over politics.
Which band is back, back, back?
With new North America tour dates, a new viral campaign linked to the band and news the group will be scoring a new Spike Jonze film, ‘Her’, all arriving this week, Arcade Fire are well and truly on the comeback trail.
Who are donning 1920 gladrags for a HBO soundtrack album?
St. Vincent, Patti Smith and the National’s Matt Berninger are among the artists set to cover songs from the 1920s on a new soundtrack album from the makers of HBO drama Boardwalk Empire. Elvis Costello and Neko Case will also appear on the release, out September 2.
Which indie stars are on the brink of chart success?
‘Where The Heaven Are We’, the debut album from Birmingham miscreants Swim Deep, looks set to land in the Official Album Chart Top 10 this weekend, after scoring number 6 in the midweek chart update.
Who have announced an intimate Reading and Leeds Festival warm-up?
Before taking to the Reading and Leeds main stage, Nine Inch Nails are to play an intimate show at London’s Scala venue on August 20. Earplugs are advised.
What has got Biffy Clyro all riled up?
Biffy Clyro drummer Ben Johnston this week labeled artists charging fans for meet-and-greets “appauling”, with White Lies, Alt-J, Bastille, Frank Turner, Jake Bugg and more also rallying against the controversial practice.
Who’s the latest musician to criticise the Westboro Baptist Church?
Ed Sheeran has called on outspoken US church group the Westboro Baptist Church to “keep your homophobic views to yourself” after a statement from the Christian organization labeling collaborator Taylor Swift the “whorish face of doomed America.”
Who have learnt to count to four?
With ‘¡Uno!’, ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tre!’ apparently not being enough, Green Day have now announced the release of ‘¡Cuatro!’, a documentary looking at the making of the band’s trilogy of albums released last year, coming to DVD on August 26.
Which festival has been cancelled?
All Tomorrow Parties have cancelled their planned November ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ all-dayer at Alexandra Palace, curated by indie experimentalists Grizzly Bear. The festival had been postponed from May to November, but has now been pulled entirely due to “problems with the venue.”
Who do we finally have some debut album details from?
HAIM have finally shed some more light on their much-anticipated upcoming debut record. ‘Days Are Gone’ is to be released on September 30, with a new single, ‘The Wire’, available a week prior on September 23. The band say it “took a lot of strength” to wait to put out the release.
Who has broken a chart record?
Calvin Harris has broken his own chart record by becoming the first artist to achieve nine top 10 singles from one album. The producer and DJ hit the milestone when his track ‘Thinking About You’, featuring Ayah Marar, climbed to Number Nine on the Official Chart last weekend (August 4).
Which band have been replaced by a team of Hollywood stars in their latest video?
Stars of Arrested Development, 30 Rock and more appear as Mumford & Sons in the band’s new video for ‘Babel’ favourite ‘Hopeless Wanderer’. Jason Bateman and The Hangover star Ed Helms are among the Hollywood A-listers involved.
What’s the latest in the Spotify storm?
After criticism from the likes of Thom Yorke and Foals’ Yannis Phillipakis, Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek has claimed the streaming service company have “proved their business model” and says that although making losses seems bad, they’re improving their figures year after year