Another busy week in music news. We’ve all seen the meat dress… but this week Lady Gaga went back to basics when she unveiled the cover of new her single ‘Do What U Want’. Maybe too basic?
U2 have exposed their first new material in three years and have an album on the horizon. The brand new track was written specifically for the Nelson Mandela biopic ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ which is due out in the new year.
Morrissey’s autobiography was released last week and was followed up by a statement assigned to Morrissey on True To You reading: “Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course … not many”.
Arcade Fire played a 10-song set in an industrial warehouse last weekend. The gig, which took place on a surprise stage in Brooklyn, was a masquerade extravaganza and marked the band’s first major gig of the year.
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?”
We’re in the news! The Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’ was crowned the greatest album of all time in this week’s issue of NME. The 1986 LP topped the 500-title list ahead of Pulp’s ‘Different Class’ and Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’.
Lady Gaga released the latest track from her upcoming album, ARTPOP, on Monday (21 October). ‘Do What U Want’ is available for download now and features R Kelly. Gaga announced the it’s release last week on Twitter alongside some very provocative artwork.
Arctic Monkeys began their nine-date UK tour on Tuesday (22 October) with a 20-song set at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.
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.
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”.
Arctic Monkeys performed on Later…With Jools Holland on Tuesday (22 October) and they had a rather legendary audience. Paul McCartney checked out the band as they played ‘R U Mine’ from their latest LP, ‘AM’. The Arctic’s are currently on a nine-date UK tour.
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.