Azealia Banks Hits Out At Appropriation In Music, T.I. + Iggy Azalea
Azealia Banks has taken part in an incendiary HOT97 interview that sees the rapper break down over appropriation of black culture and hit out at T.I. and Iggy Azalea.
It's already well known that Banks has bad blood with T.I., who is also Iggy Azalea's mentor. During the interview she chose to reopen the wound. Banks also breaks down while discussing the prominent appropriation of black culture in America.
“That Macklemore album wasn’t better than Drake’s record,” she told HOT97. “That Iggy Azalea shit is not better than any black girl that’s rappin’ today. The Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artist excellence. Iggy Azalea is not excellent.”
She continued: “All it says to white kids is like ‘oh yeah, you’re great, you’re amazing, you can do whatever you put your mind to,’ she said about her problems with the Grammys. And it says to black kids, you don’t have shit, you don’t own shit, not even the shit you created for yourself. And, it makes me upset.”
Watch HOT97's Azealia Banks interview below
“Here you got fucking coon head ass T.I. – like T.I., you fucking out here trying to promote this fucking white bitch and then got your wife on VH1 and that bitch can’t fucking read. You understand? You got your priorities fucked up. That’s really how I fucking feel about you. You a fucking shoeshining coon. How dare you?”
Azelia Banks' album Broke with Expensive Taste is without doubt one of the albums of the year. To find out where it featured click the button below.
Fabric Nightclub Saved From Closure After Drug Deaths
London's legendary Farbric nightclub has been saved from closure, after a court ruling has forced them to hire seven £300-a-night sniffer dogs.
Earlier this week, the club's future looked uncertain, after officials took a stand against the fact that four people have died following drug use in the club in the last three years - with two recent MDMA-related deaths. A further four have collapsed. Given the venue holds 1600 a night, these numbers may appear small but the police were “seriously consider[ing] revoking the club’s license."
Now, after a court ruling, Fabric looks set to become the first London club to hire sniffer dogs on a regular basis - costing £300 for a 4-hour shift. As the Evening Standard reports, Fabric has agreed to hire seven per night.
"They will need seven dogs per night because they can only work for a certain number of hours," said Fabric's solicitor, Paddy Whur.
However, the club's owners have vowed to fight the decision.
"We fundamentally disagree on a number of key points”, they said. "In 15 years we have had six million people come through the doors and sadly there have been four deaths.”
Earlier this week, they issued the following full statement in their defence:
"Fabric opened in October of 1999 and we’ve remained open over the 15 years since. Throughout this time, although the Farringdon area has changed, we've always prided ourselves on being a visible, approachable and integral part of the local community. Taking great lengths to work alongside and dialogue with local businesses and organisations we work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our patrons, at all times. We've run highly visible warning campaigns tackling numerous issues including drug use, safer travel, our harassment awareness initiative run in cooperation with Hollaback LDN and our Phone Safety campaign (which is now recognisable city-wide across London).
"In short, we care deeply about the welfare of our patrons. fabric has always operated a zero tolerance drugs policy and we’re proud to continue to be open and honest in assisting the police with any incident investigations.
We employ two trained medics who are on site for the duration of all of our club events and, as a venue, we provide free water and non-judgmental advice from bar staff, stewards and security teams. The incidents referred to in the Met Police’s report are truly tragic events; incidents that we assure you our team reacted to in the quickest possible and most efficient manner - our medical staff have since been commended by senior coroners on their “impressive” and “quite extraordinary” level of expertise.
"As a team we've all felt the shock and horror that a death on our premises can cause. We don’t take it lightly; in fact, we’re constantly adapting our protocols in direct reaction to them in the hope that these are changes we can make to our operational policy that will prevent incidents like this from happening in the future.
"Our hearts and thoughts really do go out to all the friends and families of those involved."
Recent London venue closures have seen music lovers say goodbye to the Astoria, Cable, Madame Jojo's, the Hammersmith Palais, Buffalo Bar and 12 Bar.
Royal Blood Wanted To Support Foo Fighters Before They Were Band
Royal Blood have said that they dreamed of supporting Foo Fighters before they even became band.
Speaking to NME, drummer Ben Thatcher explained just how much the slot means to them and how much they are looking forward to hitting the road with them in May 2015.
"If you asked us individually before Royal Blood even started with band we'd most like to tour with the Foo Fighters would be the ones," Thatcher told the magazine. "So to get the opportunity on this album run is insane."
Guitar player and singer Mike Kerr went on to discuss how the band will work on new material in 2015.
"We just want it to flourish musically and make sure we're always getting the best out of ourselves," he said. "As long as we're doing that, everything else doesn't really matter. This is still an exciting project for us. I can't really hope for anything. I don't really need anything."
Tickets on for the Foo Fighters and Royal Blood shows are on sale now. Buy tickets safely and securely on Seatwave.
Foo Fighters other UK dates are below:
25 May – Sunderland, UK – Sunderland Stadium of Light
27 May – Manchester, UK – Emirates Old Trafford
19 June – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
20 June – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
23 June – Edinburgh, UK – BT Murrayfield Stadium**
* With Iggy Pop & Royal Blood
** With Royal Blood
1,000 Fans To Cover Foo Fighters' 'Learn To Fly' In Gig Effort
After a string of Kickstarter campaigns, the latest bid by fans to attract Foo Fighters to play a gig in their town is pretty inventive - by over 1,000 of them covering 'Learn To Fly' at once.
Earlier this year, a successful Kickstarter campaign saw the band to play Virginia in the US, before a similar one to bring the band to Birmingham in the UK reached its target and another campaign for Dave Grohl and co to play in Cornwall smashed through it's £150,000 target, raising £163,426.
Now, here's a campaign with a twist. This time, 1,000 fans in the Northern Italian city of Cesena have pledged to cover the band's classic 'Learn To Fly' in a bid to attract their attention.
Visit the campaign's website here, and watch a video about their efforts below. We don't speak Italian, but it looks a lot of fun.
Meanwhile, Foo Fighters upcoming UK dates are below. Buy tickets safely and securely using Seatwave here.
25 May – Sunderland, UK – Sunderland Stadium of Light
27 May – Manchester, UK – Emirates Old Trafford
30 May - Dublin, Ireland - Slane Castle %
19 June – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
20 June – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
23 June – Edinburgh, UK – BT Murrayfield Stadium**
% With Hozier and Kaiser Chiefs
* With Iggy Pop & Royal Blood
** With Royal Blood
Long Lost Jack White Vinyl Found In Pieces Of Furniture
Two copies of some of Jack White's rarest records have been found hidden in pieces of furniture.
One of the strangest/most Willy Wonka like moments in Jack White's origin story is how in 2004, he and friend Brian Muldoon recorded tracks and hid the vinyl in pieces of furniture.
The vinyl - complete with artwork by Detroit artist Gordon Newton and the title 'Your Furniture Was Always Dead I Was Just Afraid To Tell You' - had not been found until two separate copies surfaced this week.
Third Man Records have announced that two different copies of the second single by the Upholsterers have been located. Currently there appear to be no plans to mark the discovery, although it is well worth checking out White's new cardboard Third-D device to prove he has lost none of his sense of record industry mischief over the past decade.
The Upholsterers released their debut single 'Makers of High Grade Suites' on label Sympathy for the Record Industry. Brian Muldoon went on to form The Muldoons with his two sons, releasing their debut album on Third Man in June 2007.
Jack White's Lazaretto was recently declared the best selling vinyl album of 2014 with over 75,000 copies sold. White also recently completed a massive UK tour. Read our full review here.
Rihanna Loses 1.2 Million Instagram Followers After Spambot Purge
Rihanna, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber have all lost over over a million Instagram followers each, following the site cleaning up the site from spambots and fake accounts.
Thanks to the so-called Instapurge this week, a number of prominent musicians have been hit hard by the revised service. Revised stats from the site (compiled by International Business Times) reveal that Beyonce now has 21.4 million followers (lost 866,000), Justin Bieber 20.3 million (down 3.5 million), Ariana Grande 20.2 million (down 1.6 million), Selena Gomez 18.5 million (1.1 million), Rihanna 13.3m followers (down 1.2 million) and Katy Perry 10.8 million (down 300,000).
Perhaps most embarassing of all Mase, the 90s rapper still best known for guesting on 'Mo Money Mo Problems' lost 1.5 million of his 1.6 million followers. He has now deleted his accccount.
Kim Kardashian is now the most popular celebrity on Instagram with 22.2 million, despite losing 1.3m fake followers herself.
In clarifying why accounts would be deleted, Instragam announced this week: "We're in the process of fixing an issue that incorrectly includes inactive or fake accounts in follower/following lists. We want to maintain the best possible experience on Instagram, so we do our best to remove spam, fake accounts and other people and posts that don't follow our Community Guidelines.
"As we remove these accounts, some people may notice a decrease in their follower/following counts. When we remove accounts from Instagram that don't follow our Community Guidelines, you may see a decrease in your follower count. This shouldn't affect engagement from authentic accounts that like and comment on your posts."
Rihanna is widely rumoured to be releasing a surprise album in the near future, although no further details have been revealed so far.
Spotify Launch New DJing App Ready For Your New Year's Eve
Spotify have announced the first professional DJ software with Spotify integration in the form of DJay Pro, potentially increasing your record collection by 20 million tracks.
Created by Algoriddim (whose DJ apps for Mac and iPhone have already been downloaded 15 million times) DJay Pro is the first professional version of their turntable simulator for the desktop.
Costing £34.99 in the App store, it is simultaneously an advanced DJ app that won't frighten off the casual house party beat matcher. It's most impressive feature is a powerful four deck view that allows DJs to play, mix and synchronize up to four tracks from Spotify simultaneously (particularly useful for all those of you looking to emulate Masters At Work in their late Nineties prime).
Other features include 64-bit processing, multi-core track analysis, support for Retina and 5K displays, graphics rendering at 60 frames per second, horizontal and vertical colored waveforms, live sampler and drum pads, as well as the chance to buy additional audio effects. It also supports existing DJ hardware, including over 50 midi controllers by the likes of Pioneer and Numark.
One feature particularly worthy of note is that you can seamlessly combine songs from Spotify along with tracks from iTunes. This means that you'll be able to incorporate that Taylor Swift song you keep getting requests for or alternatively drop something estoteric from Theo Parrish you've downloaded.
For those creatively bankrupt types Spotify will even suggest the best track to follow your songs with - something which sounds perfect when it gets to 2am and your New Year's bash is only just getting started.
Watch: DJay Pro with Spotify and iTunes.
Ben Howard Upsets Fans, Calls Them C**ts At Norwich Gig
Ben Howard has caused controversy and upset fans, after a 'shambolic' performance in which he called gig-goers 'c***ts' during a show in Norwich.
The chart-topping I Forgot Where We Were singer-songwriter sensation was performed at Norwich UEA LCR at the weekend - but now, negative reviews and Twitter comments about Howard's behaviour have spread across the internet.
As OutlineOnline reports, Howard refused to play a number of his older and more popular songs in favour of a cut of his slower and more downbeat tracks - before taking to berating the audience.
"Howard labelled The Wolves ‘fucking boring’ and later continued to ramble about how nowadays all people want is entertainers, and it’s ‘fucking boring’," writes OutlineOnline. "In a rant of near Kanye sized proportions, he launched into a string of complaints about seemingly irrelevant topics, the crowd’s laughter gradually dissipating as confusion and impatience kicked in.
"As he continued, earlier remarks began to seem bitter rather than light hearted, such as him describing the performance as a ‘weird Norwich gig’ and calling the audience ‘a bunch of c*nts’. Howard gracefully concluded the rant with, ‘We're only playing one more song, you might think we’re a bunch of c*nts, but oh well’, before finally beginning the epic End of the Affair."
Gig-goer Natalie Louise Riley then commented: "I think this is pretty well summed up too. It was a weird vibe and having been one of the crowd that did pay £30 to see Ben I was a little disappointed, not with the music but with his attitude. I think he forgets that touring and doing live shows is very different to intimate studio gigs and is perhaps a little uncomfortable with it?
"He seemed to get stroppy because the crowd lifted during 'The Fear' and he sarcastically said 'ooh one you know' and I think at that point he realised we weren't a miserable crowd but dare I say it....a bit bored? He is no doubt a talented musician with a hauntingly beautiful voice but there are many people still only just discovering who he is and listening to the first album and so I think to be so self indulgent and stroppy so early on in his career is a bit off."
She added: "People may buy his music but that was enough to put me off seeing him live again."
Others took to Twitter to speak out:
Howard is yet to comment on the performance.
Ben Howard's upcoming 2015 UK tour dates are below. Buy tickets safely and securely using Seatwave here.
Mon April 13 2015 - LIVERPOOL Liverpool Echo Arena
Tue April 14 2015 - DUBLIN O2 Dublin
Thu April 16 2015 - LONDON Alexandra Palace
Fri April 17 2015 - LONDON Alexandra Palace
Sat April 18 2015 - LONDON Alexandra Palace
Mon April 20 2015 - BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
Tue April 21 2015 - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Thu April 23 2015 - LEEDS first direct Arena
Fri April 24 2015 - GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Sat April 25 2015 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Metro Radio Arena
Fabric Nightclub Threatened With Closure Following MDMA Deaths
One of London's last great nightclubs Fabric is being threatened with closure after police called for a review of its license.
As Fact (via the Islington Gazette) reports, four people have died following ecstasy use in the club in the last three years. A further four have collapsed. Given the venue holds 1600 a night, these numbers may appear small but the police are “seriously consider[ing] revoking the club’s license."
Ch Supt Steve Deehan said: “Immaturity of lifestyle of the patrons leads
to them becoming actively involved in the taking of illegal drugs and this could account for the disproportionate and wholly unacceptable number of deaths and near death incidents at the venue.”
Deehan singled out one incident where an 18-year old girl died, claiming that it could “seriously frustrate a criminal investigation”.
The licensing committee are reviewing Fabric’s license tonight and the club are not offering any comment. According to the Gazette residents have been sending in letters for and against closure - including the perennial problem of new residents complaining about noise.
Even if Fabric does survive, as Fact points out, additional security measures are likely to take place. These include ID scanning systems, drug dogs, CCTV and enforced searches.
Fabric has hosted over 4,0000 DJs and live acts since opening, including Daft Punk, John Peel, Chemical Brothers, Sasha, Carl Cox, Justice and literally hundreds of drum'n'bass DJs. a petition to renew the license has launched on change.org and has attracted over 2,000 signatures.
If Fabric is closed then it will join a long list of lamented clubs including Cable, Home, Turnmills,The Cross, The End, Canvas as well as recent venue closures Madame JoJos, 12 Bar and Buffalo Bar.
Bastille, Ride And Duran Duran To Play Tiny Gigs For War Child
Bastille, Duran Duran and Andy Bell and Mark Gardener of Ride will perform in tiny venues to raise money for War Child.
The charity's new campaign Passport Back To The Bars will see artists play venues of maximum 300 capacity during BRITS week in February 2015. All profits will go to helping the charity.
As well as Bastille, Duran Duran and Ride's Andy Bell and Mark Gardener (performing acoustically) further bands are set to be announced. Dates, venues and details on how to win tickets will be announced in early January. To register for information visit warchild.org.uk/passport.
This marks ten years since War Child’s original Passport Back To The Bars shows which featured intimate shows from The Cure, David Gray, Elbow, Pet Shop Boys, Supergrass and Amy Winehouse.
Bastille recently released their latest mixtape Vs (Other People's Heartache Pt.III) featuring Haim, MNEK and Rag'N'Bone Man.
Listen to 'Bite Down' by Bastille and HAIM below
Meanwhile Ride will play the following UK and world tour dates next year - including a headline slot at London's Field Day. Buy tickets safely and securely with Seatwave.
22/05 - Barrowland Ballroom - Glasgow, UK
23/05 - Albert Hall - Manchester, UK
24/05 - Roundhouse - London, UK
26/05 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Holland
27/05 - Olympia - Paris, France
29/05 - Primavera Sound Festiva - Barcelona, Spain
02/06 - DanForth Music Hall - Toronto, Canada
04/06 - Terminal 5 - New York, US
07/06 - Field Day (headlining) - London, UK
Gerard Way Says Next Album Will Feature 'old Soul Music'
Gerard Way has revealed he will move away from the Britpop direction of his solo album Hestiant Alien and record a new LP that will sound like ''old soul music.''
Speaking to NME, the MCR frontman has ditched the Blur and Supergrass flavoured inspiration in favour of a more soulful direction.
''[I have] changed things up again," said Way. "The stuff I've been writing recently feels a lot more akin to songs like [Hesitant Alien track] 'Get The Gang Together' - it feels like it's moving in a garage-y, old soul music kind of direction."
He plans to record the record in September 2015. ''I want to use horns, backing vocals, things like that. Even though I do the majority of my writing on the guitar, I don't know how prominent it's gonna be. So it's moving in a different direction, for sure.''
Watch: Gerard Way discuss the influence of Britpop on Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien by Gerard Way is out now. The complete dates for Gerard Way's tour are below. Buy tickets safely and securely with Seatwave.
Tue January 20 2015 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Wed January 21 2015 - SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
Fri January 23 2015 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Brandon Flowers Discusses 'different' Second Solo Album
The Killers Brandon Flowers has revealed his second solo album is 'definitely going to be different' from 2010's Flamingo.
Speaking to NME about his sessions with producer Ariel Rechtshaid (best known for his work with Haim, Sky Ferreira and Vampire Weekend) he revealed that he's looking to make some significant changes.
"Change is good and there's always growth," said Flowers. "I'm always looking for that."
It also appears to be a genuinely collaborative effort. "It's nice to steer the ship and that's what you'd think I’d do on my own album, but I'm letting Ariel take over every now and then. That's led to some really exciting things and sounds I would never have used."
It's clear that the sessions have improved from their earlier when in August Flowers said the producer was "taking me out of my comfort zone" and how "at first we were butting our heads together".
It seems however that the sessions with Rechtshaid are proving productive. "He's really knowledgeable about every genre; it's pretty incredible what he's able to reference and pull out. It's definitely going to be different, but I'm still in the thick of it, hammering away.
Watch the video for 'Joel, The Lump Of Coal' below
Although currently on hiatus, The Killers stuck to tradition and recently released their annual Christmas single. Recorded with US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, the band have revealed their ninth annual Christmas single in support of AIDS charity (RED). It tells the story of a living piece of coal, dedicated to keeping Santa warm.
Azealia Banks Accuses Eminem Of Sexism In His Music
Azealia Banks has called out Eminem for sexism for 'only dissing women' in his tracks.
The Broke With Expensive Taste rapper has continued to express her disgust with Eminem on Twitter, this time disputing his position as king of the diss. She claims that only clashing with Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and his mum means that he in no way deserves the title.
This is a dispute that clearly needs to be settled with a proper battle as the pair are two of the most brutal when it comes to cut downs. It would be insult armageddon. How can we make this happen?
Guardian Journalist Reflects On Lana Del Rey 'death Wish' Interview
The controversial interview in which Lana Del Rey said she 'wished she was dead' - and the subsequent backlash behind it - has been revisited by Guardian journalist Tim Jonze, hailing the ambiguity of her words as 'quite an achievement'.
Earlier this year, Del Rey was quoted by The Guardian as saying she 'wished she was dead', which she later criticised on Twitter, claiming the writer's intentions behind the article were 'sinister'. A Twitter storm then ensued between those lambasting Del Rey's irresponsibility and those taking aim at Jonze for 'betraying' her words. The Guardian were forced to release the audio of the interview - which you can listen to below.
At one point, Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean took to Twitter to scold Del Rey for her namechecking Kurt in the 'deathwish' statement.
"@LanaDelRey the death of young musicians isn't something to romanticize," wrote Frances Bean. "I'll never know my father because he died young & it becomes a desirable feat because ppl like u think it's 'cool'".
Del Rey responded to Frances Bean's comments with the following tweets.
Now, the writer Tim Jonze has written a piece reflecting on the events - and the 'storm of hate' that ensued'.
"As with the talk about wanting to die, it’s easy to look at Del Rey’s words and actions and declare them irresponsible," writes Jonze. "At the same time, don’t we want our pop stars to at least flirt with irresponsibility? To play around in the grey areas, and leave us guessing?
"Del Rey must surely hope so, because her 2014 was spent in much the same way as her last three years in pop: with critics, fans and detractors caught in a guessing game, not entirely clear where she is coming from. In an age of relentless transparency, that’s quite an achievement."
Listen to the interview segment below
Read both of Tim Jonze's pieces on Lana at theguardian.com.
Meanwhile, Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love's US tour dates are below. Buy tickets safely and securely using Seatwave.
05-09 Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
05-12 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05-14 Phoenix, AZ - AkChin Pavilion
05-16 Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheater
05-18 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
05-20 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
05-22 Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater
Sam Smith Sells Over 1million Copies Of Debut Album In The US
Sam Smith's debut album In the Lonely Hour has gone platinum and sold over 1 million copies in the US.
As Billbord reports, despite fears that 2014 would mark the end of the platinum album, In The Lonely Hour is the third album to sell more than a million copies in 2014. It follows on from the Frozen soundtrack (3.4 million) and Taylor Swift's 1989 (3 million) but Smith's LP isthe biggest selling debut album of the year.
Fresh from his considerable success at the Grammys - with six nominations, including one of each of the four major categories - Smith recently also recorded a mournful take on a festive favourite.
Below: Watch Sam Smith perform Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
In 2015 Sam Smith is set to play a a massive US tour including nights at some of America's most iconic venues, including Madison Square Garden and the Grand Ole Opry. He then returns to the UK for a March tour including three nights in Brixton.
Full dates and ticket details are below. Buy tickets safely and securely with Seatwave.
9th January – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
10th January – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
12 January – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
13 January – Philadelphia, PA @ The Liacouras Center
15 January – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
17 January – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
19 January – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
20 January – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
22 January – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
23 January – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
24 January – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
26 January – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
30 January – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
31 January – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
02 February – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
04 February – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
16 March - Glasgow, O2 Academy
17 March - Glasgow, O2 Academy
19 March - Manchester, O2 Apollo
20 March - Manchester, O2 ApollO
22 March - Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
23 March - Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
25 March - London, O2 Academy Brixton
26 March - London, O2 Academy Brixton
27 March - London, O2 Academy Brixton
Nicki Minaj Is Responsible For Kendrick Lamar, Says Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has claimed that Kendrick Lamar copied her style in a new interview.
The notoriously inconsistent Pinkprint rapper made the new allegations in an interview with Elliot Wilson, as part of his CRWN interview series. She hinted that the style of rapping he uses which incoporates voices, often to soliloquize, is the reason for his success and one that she did first.
The one thing Minaj may not have taken into account is that Outkast were one of the first hip hop outfits to bring that style to the mainstream. At the same time there is a big difference between the subjective genius of the voices in 'Swimming Pools' and the outright right horror of the voices on 'Anaconda'. Sorry Nicki.
Read an extract right from the horse's mouth below:
“You said that you didn’t get the voices before, but liked them on here: why? Because you listened. Because you listened. Because people you respected were on the track, and that’s fine, I understand that…I got a call from Mister Cee after he heard ‘Bottoms Up,’ and he said he had to give me my props. ‘Bottoms Up’ was very animated, but he took the time to listen, you know what I’m saying? It takes skill. And then I see people doing it now. Sometimes, when I hear the animated things that Kendrick Lamar does…I respect and like him, but when I paid attention to certain things he does, I think to myself: ‘I did that.’”
Nicki Minaj's full UK tour dates are below. Buy tickets safely and securely with Seatwave.
28 London, UK O2
31 Dublin, Ireland The O2
1st Belfast, UK Odyssey Arena
3 Birmingham, UK Barclaycard Arena
4 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena
6 Liverpool, UK Echo Arena
7 Nottingham, UK Capital FM Arena
9 Leeds, UK First Direct Arena
10 Newcastle, UK Metro Radio Arena
12 Glasgow, UK The SSE Hydro
Madonna Compares New Album Leak To 'rape' And 'terrorism'
Madonna has spoken out against the leak of demos from her anticipated new album, describing the act as 'artistic rape' and 'an act of terrorism'.
Yesterday, a version of the singer's entire album, which is said to be called Iconic, appeared online - a total of 13 tracks. This includes a Nicki Minaj collaboration, 'Unapologetic Bitch', and two Avicii tracks. She revealed that they were 'unfinished demos stolen long ago' and sketches of what the album would become, but they've still spread like wildfire across the web.
She's since taken to Instagram to voice her hurt and frustration at the situation.
"This is artistic rape!" she wrote. "These are early leaked demo's half of which wont even make it on my album the other half have changed and evolved. This is a form of terrorism. Wtf!!!! Why do people want to destroy artistic process??? Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?" The post has since been deleted.
The final version of the album is due for release next year.
The tracklisting for the leaked version is:
'Bitch I'm Madonna'
'Addicted (The One That Got Away)'
'Joan Of Arc'
'Living 4 Love (Carry On)'
'Make The Devil Pray'
'Wash All Over Me'
Elvis Presley's Earliest Recordings To Be Auctioned
Elvis Presley's earliest recordings are set to be auctioned in January including"'the most important 78 m record ever offered".
At an auction held in January, an acetate is on sale for between $75,000-$100,000 recorded by Elvis in 1953, possibly as a gift for his mother Gladys. Presley recorded the tracks 'My Happiness' and 'That's When Your Heartaches' begin in Sam Philllips Memphis Recording Service. When asked by Phillips assistant Marion Keisker on who he sounded like, Elvis responded, “I don’t sound like nobody.”
Also included in the sale in January is a 78 RPM of 'That's All Right' the first Elvis song recorded at Sun Studios. Estimated to go for between $10-15,000, it is also possibly the first record Elvis ever signed.
Other items in the auction include a signed copy of Elvis' first Sun Record, his army first aid kit, prescription sunglasses and assorted police items (blue flashing light, sherrifs badges owned by Elvis). See the full listing at invaluable.com
The auction will take place at Graceland in Memphis on 8 January, which would have been Presley's 80th birthday. A huge exhibition of Elvis Presley memorabilia, the largest ever staged in Europe is currently on display at London's The O2 Arena until 31 August 2015.
Madonna's Album Leaks Online Before It's Been Announced
Despite not being officially announced yet, Madonna's 13th album has leaked, in full, online.
Two tracks from the forthcoming album had already leaked over Thanksgiving weekend, to which the singer responded by posting a photo of a very broken iPod, alongside the caption, "This broken iPod is a symbol of my broken heart! That my music has been stolen and leaked! I have been violated as a human and an artist! #fuckedupshit"
Unfortunately that was just the beginning - as The Line Of Best Fit reports, the entire album, which is said to be called Iconic, has now appeared online - a total of 13 tracks. This includes a Nicki Minaj collaboration, 'Unapologetic Bitch', and two Avicii tracks.
Madonna has since taken to Instagram to address the leak, writing, "Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty! Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world."
The singer has not even officially announced the album's title, or a release date yet.
Fans React To Rush For AC/DC Wembley Stadium Tickets
Tickets to AC/DC's Wembley Stadium show and their 2015 UK and Ireland tour went on sale this morning (17 December), and demand proved to be massive.
The hard rock icons are celebrating the recent release of new album Rock Or Bust - their first without guitarist Malcolm Young.
Many fans were eager to see them perform the new album live, and the Twitter celebrations after fans managed to secure the coveted tickets kicked off immediately.
Some fans weren't so lucky however.
AC/DC's full 2015 UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Buy tickets safely and securely using Seatwave here.
Sun June 28 2015 - GLASGOW Hampden Park
Wed July 01 2015 - DUBLIN Aviva Stadium
Sat July 04 2015 - LONDON Wembley Stadium