A lot has happened in the music world this week, so here are 15 of the most important things we’ve learned in the last seven days.
What does the new Arctic Monkeys album sound like?
Alex Turner told us in this week’s magazine that the band’s new record, ‘AM’, “sounds like Dr Dre”. We’ve had a listen, and can confirm that the band have not forgot about Dre.
Who could headline Glastonbury 2014?
The Rolling Stones’ performance at this year’s festival is still ringing in our ears, but bookies have already slashed odds on Oasis reuniting to headline next year’s event.
What does David Cameron get down on the Downing St dancefloor to?
In an attempt to prove his cool, Dave gave world leaders, including Barack Obama, a USB stick of British music at the G8 conference. Unfortunately, the playlist included Tom Odell and Ben Howard.
What good news did Nile Rodgers receive this week?
The Chic man and occasional Daft Punk guitarist was given the all-clear from the prostate cancer he was diagnosed with in 2010.
What does Bobby Gillespie think festivals are like?
Shopping malls, apparently. The Primal Scream frontman bemoaned the lack of variety and risk-taking at major festivals, and praised smaller festivals such as Kendall Calling, which the Scream headlined last month.
What’s influenced White Lies’ new album?
White Lies revealed that they’ve been worshiping the dark gods of heavy metal to get themselves pumped up for ‘Big TV’.
Who’s covered Crystal Castles?
Did you say ‘children’s choir’? Probably not, but that’s the answer. The Capital Children’s Choir performed an unlikely version of ‘Untrust Us’.
Who’s been displaying their frankly substandard DIY computer building skills?
Well, at least we think that’s what’s going on in the new promo image for Lady Gaga’s forthcoming album ‘ARTPOP’. She’s not even dressed for the job.
Who has named their album in tribute to Edward Snowden’s revelations about US spying?
Well, maybe not, but Katy Perry has announced her next record will be called ‘Prism’. Radiohead must be kicking themselves.
Who said “pop music is hugely sexual”?
Peoples’ weird sides do tend to come out when they converse with Bjork, and this is exactly what happened to David Attenborough, who made this comment when the two met for a TV documentary.
Whose new album has been delayed until next year?
The Horrors, unfortunately. The follow-up to 2011’s ‘Skying’ was originally set for a September release.
What unusual appendage was Ke$ha born with?
The singer this week revealed to Heat that she was born with a tail. She told the magazine: “They chopped it off I’m really sad about that story.” Somehow, this story isn’t that surprising.
When the hell are we going to hear new Arcade Fire material?
Fresh from becoming parents for the first time, Win and Regine’s band are playing the Big Day Out series of festivals in Australia next January and February, expected to be the first dates of a mammoth touring schedule for the band in 2014.
Guess who’s back, back again?
Sorry, not Eminem but The Fratellis, with a third LP, ‘We Need Medicine’, to be released on October 7th, and a UK tour to follow in November.
Which girl band made their return this week?
Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan, the original Sugababes members, gave their inventively titled new project Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan (or MKS) its first outing at London’s Scala on Thursday night (August 1st).
And finally..who ISN’T working on a new album?
Despite playing the Reading and Leeds festivals this month, System Of A Down have confirmed that they’re not working on new material.