Foals beat the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Muse and The Stone Roses to Best Live Band at this year’s Q Awards. Upon accepting his award, Yannis appeared to take a cheeky dig at Alex Turner for his Elvis Presley inspired stage twang. “It shows you don’t need a backing track, you don’t need affectation, you don’t need Elvis Presley impersonations,” he said.
Eminem isn’t exactly new to the world of controversy yet latest track ‘Rap God’ has sparked an outcry due to potentially homophobic lyrics and the use of the word ‘fag’. Boy George took his outrage towards Eminem to Twitter and addressed the rapper directly. “Fag? Is this really recovery talk or are you running your own program these days?”
In memory of their late drummer, The Charlatans headlined A Night For Jon Brookes at the Royal Albert Hall. One-night-only super-band, Tim & Friends, also played with a line-up consisting of Tim Burgess, Stephen Morris of New Order, The Vaccines’ Freddie Cowan, Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons and The Pretenders’ James Walbourn. Liam Gallagher also performed.
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You’d expect celebrity proposals to be over the top yet when Kanye popped the question on Monday (21 October) he went all out. Friends and family were present at San Francisco’s AT&T Park Stadium and so were a 50-piece orchestra. The orchestra were playing a rendition of Lana Del Ray’s ‘Young and Beautiful’ when he asked Kim to marry him. Awww.
Waterstones have already named Morrissey’s autobiography a Christmas bestseller following its release just over a week ago. One of the most detailed recollections is of his two-year relationship with Jake Owen Walters in his 30s. The singer writes that his time with Walters saw “the first time in my life the eternal ‘I’ becomes ‘we’, as, finally, I can get on with someone”.
Keane, famous for their hit single Somewhere Only We Know 2004, are having some time off after 16 years. The official line is “Keane are taking a break after the ‘Best Of’ to pursue their own projects,” lead singer Tom Chaplin wants to have his own solo project while Tim Rice-Oxley, the main songwriter, wants to focus on writing songs for other artists.
With the upcoming release of ‘Matangi’, MIA has admitted that track ‘Sexodous’ was originally not going to have a place on her album. In an interview with The Guardian, MIA said “I actually played that song to Madonna when I wrote it and said, ‘Oh you can have this’”. Apparently Madonna thought that the track wasn’t quite right for her and promptly gave it back.
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