Another busy week in music news. First up, Arctic Monkeys have probably been left cursing Kanye West after the rapper’s make-up interview with Jimmy Fallon on US TV ran over, meaning the band had to pack up their kit and leave without performing. Gutted.
Foo Fighters, Slayer, Ed Sheeran – they’ve all had scorn poured on them by incredibly vocal Christian group Westboro Baptist Church in the past. This week, one US punk band, Get Shot, sort to stick it to them by filming a porn film on their front lawn. An unconventional protest.
It’s quite something. This week Lady Gaga unveiled the front cover of her forthcoming third album ‘ARTPOP’. We had art expert Will Gompertz blog about it’s qualities for us. “I’ll tell you straight out, this is a classic cover,” he remarked. “When you’re listing the 100 best covers of the 21st century, this will be right up there.”
Seven days which saw more open letters than your average Royal Mail sorting office. This time Sinead O’Connor wrote to Miley Cyrus – via the internet – to tell her not let the music industry make a “prostitute” out of her. The pop star’s response was criticised by mental health charities.
Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston took to Twitter to respond to Britney Spears after she revealed she was disappointed with the final episode of the hit US TV show. Not as disappointed as we were with your new single Britney.
John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame has been defaced by vandals. The graffiti has now been removed. Panic over.
Coming into this week we weren’t expecting to hear anything new from Gorillaz. But, Damon Albarn, appearing as a guest DJ on BBC Radio 2 decided to drop ‘Whirlwind’ – a song from the band’s 2010 album ‘Plastic Beach’ that failed to make the final cut. Any more, Damon?
Look mum! We’re in the news! This week NME unveiled an all-new redesign of the magazine with a little help from a true legend – David Bowie. What’s that you, say? ‘Can I have a look?’ Yes, you can – here.
..And in this week’s magazine we spent some time with The Killers in China. In NME’s chat with Brandon Flowers we revealed that once the current run of shows with The Killers is done he’ll make another solo record, the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Flamingo’.
Ezra from Vampire Weekend has taken to writing reviews. This week he reviewed Drake’s latest album ‘Nothing Was The Same’, claiming it was a 10/10, but adding “I gotta be honest — I didn’t listen to the whole thing.” At least he’s honest.
Start the nine month countdown clock… last Sunday the tickets for Glastonbury 2014 went on general sale and promptly sold out in 1hr 27 minutes. According to the organisers that’s the fastest they’ve ever been snapped up. So, yeah, Glastonbury, remains well popular. Who knew?
Morrissey has revealed that he did not ask for the This Charming Charlie Tumblr – which inserts lyrics from The Smiths into strips from the classic Peanuts comics – to be removed from the web.
Black Francis has gone into more detail about the circumstances around Kim Deal leaving the band – and it sounds AWKWARD. “We were at a little coffee shop near the studio,” he said. “Kim walked in at some point and said, ‘I’m flying home tomorrow.’ She quit the band.” He promptly went to the pub – we would too.
Azealia Banks stormed offstage in Australia after a fan threw a can at her – the rapper was performing her new single ‘ATM Jam’ at the Listen Out Festival in Melbourne when a fan threw the object at her. Banks immediately dropped her microphone and left the stage.
Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich has said he is “distraught” over a report published by London School of Economics which claims that digital filesharing has not had an adverse affect on music industry profits. And that concludes the things we learnt this week.