The weekend… we meet again. Where do these weeks go, hey? As we careen towards the summer and festival season – more on that momentarily – here’s some of the things we were none the wiser to this time last week. First up: Lana Del Rey’s new album’s now got a tracklisting! And it’s the most Lana tracklisting imaginable! ‘Fucked My Way Up To The Top’ should ruffle a few feathers.
One man who can probably afford to splash out this weekend is Dr. Dre. Word from the tech world is he’s about to sell his Beats by Dre headphone empire to Apple for a cool $3.2 billion. Go on Dre, treat yo’self this weekend, you deserve it pal.
METALLICA! Or as gurning, slabbering legend of rock James Hetfield would pronounce it in one of his songs: “METALLICYUEUUUUERRGHH YEEHAAAEEURRRGH!” The San Francisco wrecking crew after weeks of speculation were finally confirmed as Glastonbury’s final headline act on Thursday. Bring it on, we say. Worthy Farm awaits you, lads!
No Glastonbury slot for Fleetwood Mac then, but here’s some consolation – they’ve just finished eight new songs, set for release in the hopefully-not-too-distant future. Should be up with their best work. ‘Rumours’? No, all true!
Shady’s back, back again. Detroit rap tornado Eminem is to lay waste to London once more, with two nights at Wembley Stadium planned for July. Prepare yourself for profanity and peroxide.
Good news! Morrissey is getting a biopic! The downside: it’s unauthorised. Meaning it won’t have any of his tunes and for all we know some hapless movie exec is currently on the phone to some dolt from Hollyoaks about playing the great man. Uh oh…
In other Morrissey news, the former Smith was at the centre of a storm in California this week. Glasgow band PAWS, who were due to perform at Orange Country’s Observatory, claim Mozza demanded the gig be shut down as to not disturb his gig next door.
Not happy this week were The Horrors, who criticised the fact Lily Allen’s new album is being sold for just 99p by one online retailer. “Her record company have done that to give Lily a surefire Number One,” said Rhys, whose group’s ‘Luminous’ is competing for a chart spot. 99p is 99p too much, by the sound of NME’s Laura Snapes’ review in this week’s mag – ‘Sheezus’ was rated just 3/10.
In one of the year’s weirdest stories to date, Cher appears on the new Wu-Tang Clan album. Apparently the duet isn’t named ‘Wu You Believe In Life After Love’. We’re so disappointed.
Ever heard of the band Quartzazium? Neither had the Black Keys’ record label Nonesuch when the rock pair rang up pretending to be members of the fictional group in a prank call. If anything’s to be learned by listening to Patrick Carney explain he’s “a New Age artist from Rhode Island” who wants a four-album deal, it’s that should the band split, he’d make a great comedian.
In addition to preparing for this summer’s Libertines reunion, Pete Doherty is starring in a horror film called ‘The Second Coming’, we also learned this week. Popcorn at the ready, Libs fans.
What do Alex Turner and Kendrick Lamar have in common? Aside from a love of Dre’s ‘2001’ if ‘AM’ is to be believed, we mean? Well, the pair have now both covered Tame Impala’s ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’, after the Monkeys frontman gave a rendition of the song on Aussie radio. Maybe Turner can guest when the psych band play the track at Arctic’s Hyde Park shows this month…
Fix up, look sharp, students of Britain: the words of Bow grime master Dizzee Rascal are to be analysed on a new English A-Level syllabus. Now that’s bonkers.
Everyone loves Beyonce, right? WRONG. Monica Lewinski – yeah, remember her? – this week corrected the singer on a lyric referencing her affair with US President Bill Clinton in recent single ‘Partition’.
Finally – Blue singer Lee Ryan pleaded guilty to criminal damage this week. No, not to people’s ears, you witty lot – he’s been fined £3,325 and banned from driving for two years after police spotted him driving erratically in Ealing, West London at 5.30am on April 11, reportedly in a ‘drunken state’. Onwards and upwards, Lee…