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Antemasque Provoke Outrage By Pelting Audience With Boiling Water

Antemasque, a band comprised of former members of Mars Volta and At the Drive In, have sparked outrage after hitting fans at a festival with a series of objects including a kettle and a jug of boiling water.

Taking the stage at Westfest in New Zealand alongside the likes of Soundgarden and Fall Out Boy, the band's high intensity performance drew some criticism. One fan told the New Zealand newspaper that, "Cedric threw a plastic kettle full of boiling hot water towards me and my friends.

"We were standing about four-five metres back. I threw my hand up to catch it before it collided with my friend's face ... this bruised my hand and then splashed hot water all over him and my face. It bloody hurt. My friends arm went all burny pink."

Below: Watch fan footage of Antemasque performing at Westfest



According unnamed fan told the Herald that: "Whenever the vocalist picked up an item you never knew if it was going to land on you, it was quite on edge. He actually threw his microphone at the crowd at the end but since it was on a cord it landed just off the stage." Others who witnessed the set complained that the set was shorter than usual, although it is worth noting that many fans even after being hit by objects, stayed to watch the rest of the show.

Westfest are apparently inviestigating the incident but have made no comment so far.

Antemasque are set to play Coachella in April.

'F**k That Album': Method Man Hits Out At Once Upon A Time In Shaolin

Method Man has hit out against the 88 year commercialisation clause on Wu-Tang's Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.

When asked by XXL what he thought about the album not being available until 2013, his reaction happened in the moment, as this was also news to him.

Method Man's response reads as follows:

“Fuck that album. I’m tired of this shit and I know everybody else is tired of it, too. Fuck that album, if that’s what they are doing. I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, fuck that album. Straight up. I’m just keeping it 100. When music can’t be music and y’all turning it into something else, fuck that. Give it to the people, if they want to hear the shit, let them have it. Give it away free. I don’t give a fuck; that ain’t making nobody rich or poor. Give the fucking music out. Stop playing with the public, man.”

Since the publication of the article, RZA has taken to Twitter to clarify the meaning behind the clause and state that XXL supplied misinformation. He said that instead of holding the album back from release the 88 year clause was to prevent commercialisation.

Wu Tang have announced a series of UK and Irish dates for this summer, as well as a headline show at London's Brixton Academy and an appearance at Disclosure's Wildlife 2015 festival. For tickets see below.

29 May - 30 May Forbidden Fruit 2014, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
02 June - O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne
03 June - O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
04 June - O2 Academy Brixton, London
05 June - O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
06 June - Parklife Heaton Park, Manchester
07 June 2015 Wild Life 2015 Brighton City Airport, Brighton.

Travis Barker To Tom DeLonge: 'Man Up And Quit'

The feud between Blink 182 members continues, with Travis Barker telling Tom DeLonge to "man up and quit the band".

Things are abviously coming to a head between the pair, after the remaining members of Blink announced Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio would be replacing Tom. DeLonge has stubbornly refused to quit the band however, writing on Facebook: "I can't just slam the brakes and drop years of development."

"I think the right thing for him to do would [be to] just man up and quit the band instead of telling people he didn't quit and just be real with the fans," Barker told Alternative Nation. "I think that would give him some closure too and really do what he’s passionate about."

"Even amongst all the other projects I do, I can always find a way to prioritize and still be passionate about Blink-182 when it comes around," he added. "I love playing, listening and everything about punk rock. It changed my life. I think for Tom, he doesn't like punk music and it was a phase for him."

"I think this is the third time he’s quit without anyone knowing about it because we didn't announce the other times. But this is just the last straw," Barker continued. "It's just not cool for the fans. He'd always agree to go on huge tours and record albums, but when it came down to going into the studio, he’d find some excuse not to. And we wouldn't even hear from him; it would be his management. It comes to a point where you decide you're not going to force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do and it's time to move on."

As previously reported, DeLonge will be releasing a collection of Blink and solo material. Promising to consist of "demos, odds and ends", the guitarist's new album will be released on 21 April via his personal website. DeLonge took to Instagram to explain that the album will conatain "New stuff, old stuff, all personal stuff- MY stuff.... But all completed and finished songs by the way".

Off the snippets of lyrics that can be heard on his site so far one key lyric that stands out includes "I'm gonna build a punk rock band" which may suggest he will address some of the issues that came about through the lifespan of Blink 182

DeLonge left Blink-182 unceremoniously early this year, when his band slammed him as "ungrateful" and "disrespectful." News broke of DeLonge's departure in January, after it was announced that they would be playing Musink Festival with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba instead of DeLonge.

Pharrell And Co. Made $16,675,690 Profit Off Blurred Lines

As the next round of the copyright trial for 'Blurred Lines' begins, it has been revealed just how much the 2013 hit song earned - and how much each of the three performers madee.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, $16,675,690 (£10,852,436) in profits were made, according to an accounting statement. The testimony apparently revealed that Thicke earned $5,658,214 of the profits, while $5,153,457 went to Williams and $704,774 went to T.I. The rest of the rest of the income went to the record companies, Interscope, UMG Distribution and Star Trak. A Universal Music executive is said to have testified that overhead costs on creating the track accounted for $6.9 million.

The copyright trial began after Marvin Gaye's estate accused Thicke and co. of copying the "feel and sound" of Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up', a song that Thicke had previously cited as an influence on 'Blurred Lines'.

The first round of the trial didn't go so well for Thicke, Williams and T.I., as the judge presiding over the case decided that the two songs were similar enough for the trial to proceed.

Last week, it was reported that in court, Robin Thicke performed a piano medley (featuring U2, The Beatles, Alphaville, Bob Marley and Michael Jacksonon) on his keyboard in an effort to demonstrate the frequency with which songs can share similar chords and melodies and to prove that his hit was significantly different to Marvin Gaye's song.

Pharrell Williams will be performing at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Friday 12 June 2015 as well as this year's Isle Of Wight Festival. For tickets see below.

Wu-Tang's One-of-a-kind Album Can't Be Released Until 2103

Takin vinyl fetishism to new heights, Wu-Tang's one-of-a-kind record has a copyright that prevents it from being released to the public until 2103.

As previously reported, only one copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin will be available as a one-off art piece. According to the auction page for Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, the record has an 88 year copyright on it, in order to prevent it being released commercially. The Paddle8 page, also features essays, music and artwork from RZA, writing from Wu-expert Chris Norris along with a conversation betwen RZA and rapper Cilvaringz.

“When I think of who will come to own Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, I want them to recognize the historical value of what they’re collecting,” RZA writes. “I’m not one for hoping as a rule, but I really hope its guardian is the kind of person who finds appreciation and value in every artistic expression. Because this work was made to be appreciated.”

However it does remark that “a scenario where a philanthropist buys the album and releases it for free” could become a reality. Although considering the likely selling price, that would be one hell of a charitable act.

RZA also added that following the response to the underwhelming Better Tomorrow. “it feels almost certain that Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be the final Wu-Tang Clan album.”

Wu Tang have announced a series of UK and Irish dates for this summer, as well as a headline show at London's Brixton Academy and an appearance at Disclosure's Wildlife 2015 festival. For tickets see below.

29 May - 30 May Forbidden Fruit 2014, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
02 June - O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne
03 June - O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
04 June - O2 Academy Brixton, London
05 June - O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
06 June - Parklife Heaton Park, Manchester
07 June 2015 Wild Life 2015 Brighton City Airport, Brighton.

Depeche Mode's Martin Gore Reveals New Song From Solo Album

Depeche Mode's Martin Gore has announced details of a new solo album under the name MG, alongside a beautiful track from it. Listen below.

Gore, who is the primary songwriter for Depeche Mode, released his debut solo album, Counterfeit², back in 2003. His new self-titled LP is his first under the moniker MG.

The first track from the instrumental album, which is out in April, is the poignant, cinematic 'Europa Hymn'.

Listen to 'Europa Hymn' below

The album was recorded at Gore's home studio in Santa Barbara, California. In a press release, Gore said, "I wanted to keep the music very electronic, very filmic, and give it an almost sci-fi like quality. Music is a necessity for me. I go into the studio at least five days a week, every week, so once I had the idea and the template, the process was quick and fun."

Gore's self-titled solo album is due for release on 28 April. See the full tracklisting below.

01 Pinking
02 Swanning
03 Exalt
04 Elk
05 Brink
06 Europa Hymn
07 Creeper
08 Spiral
09 Stealth
10 Hum
11 Islet
12 Crowly
13 Trysting
14 Southerly
15 Featherlight
16 Blade

Mumford & Sons Reveal Tracklisting For New Album, Wilder Mind

Ahead of their much discussed headline performance at Reading and Leeds Festival, Mumford & Sons will release their third studio album Wilder Mind in May. See the tracklisting below.

The band announced the third LP and follow-up to the colossal-seller Babel will arrive on shelves on 5 May through Gentle Of The Road/Island Records. The band are already booked in at a number of some of the biggest festivals on the planet so far including Bonaroo, Open'Er, Rock Werchter and Reading and Leeds: so the anthems are expected to come thick and fast.

The album was recorded at Air Studios in London and produced by James Ford (the man behind Arctic Monkeys, Haim and Florence). Written in sessions in London, Brooklyn, and Texas, a number of songs were demo'd at The National's Aaron Dessner garage studio.

The band have also promised a signifcant departure in the band's material, whose sound Marcus Mumford describes as “a development, not a departure.” It would appear they may have actually gone electric. Possibly. “Towards the end of the Babel tour, we’d always play new songs during soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum" said Marcus. "And demoing with Aaron meant that, when we took a break, we knew it wasn’t going to involve acoustic instruments. We didn’t say: ‘No acoustic instruments.’ But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up. The songwriting hasn’t changed drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus, we fell back in love with drums! It’s as simple as that.”

“It felt completely natural, though,” adds Ben Lovett, “like it did when we started out. It was very much a case of, if someone was playing an electric guitar, drums were going to complement that best; and, sonically, it then made sense to add a synth or an organ. We chose instruments that played well off each other, rather than consciously trying to overhaul it.”

The album will be available in a range of formats, starting at a digital download and ending up as a limied edition 7" collectors box containing vinyl singles, photo cards and a hardcover book housed in a metal tin.

The tracklisting is the following (those with a * mark a track exclusive to a deluxe edition):

01. Tompkins Square Park
02. Believe
03. The Wolf
04. Wilder Mind
05. Just Smoke
06. Monster
07. Snake Eyes
08. Broad-Shouldered Beasts
09. Cold Arms
10. Ditmas
11. Only Love
12. Hot Gates
13. Tompkins Square Park (Live) *
14. Believe (Live) *
15. The Wolf (Live) *
16. Snake Eyes (Live) *

Mumford & Sons are set to play:

11-14 June Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester Tennessee, USA
3 July Open'Er Festival Gydnia, Poland
9-11 July Bilbao BBK Live, Spain
10 July NOS Alive Festival Lisbon, Portugal
7-9 August Squamish Squamish Valley, BC Canada
28-30 August Reading Festival
28-30 Leeds Festival

Reading and Leeds Festival tickets are on sale now.

Neither Coldplay Nor Florence Are Headlining Glastonbury

Coldplay will not headline Glastonbury in 2015 and neither will Florence and the Machine, Emily Eavis has confirmed.

In an interview with eFestivals, Emily Eavis has explained that the widely rumoured tip headline spot by Chris Martin and co. is not going to happen this summer.

"It's not Coldplay, this is the first year that most of the rumours are wrong," she said. "Normally, there's someone in there who's right, this has been our best year for secrets. Once we got Foos out the way, the rest are secret, it's great that it's like that, isn't it?"

Eavis also revealed that Florence + The Machine won't be headlining (but obviously that doesn't mean she won't be on the bill). Discussing the need to support emerging talent, Eavis explained how a band might rise to the thanks.

"Florence, she started on the smaller stage, and now she's worthy of the headliner slot," said Eavis. "I think she's great, I can't give anything away. She's not going to be headlining, but she could be."

Eavis also announced that both the affable Australian singer songwriter Courtney Barnett and debonair canyon rocker Father John Misty will be hopefully be playing Glastonbury this year.

So far the only confirmed headliner for the festival is Foo Fighters, who will play the Pyramid Stage on Worthy Farm. Lionel Richie has also been confirmed (as has the Dalai Lama), whilst other rumours include Queen + Adam Lambert, Taylor Swift, Elton John, The Libertines, Noel Gallagher, Prince and many more.

Glastonbury Festival 2015 takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset from 24 - 28 June 2015.

Singer And Religious Leader Accused Of Encouraging Mass Castration

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, an Indian pop star and leader of spiritual organisation Dera Sacha Sauda, has been accused of encouraging hundreds of men to be castrated in order to be closer to God.

Singh, who has released six religious rock albums in his career, the most recent of which sold almost three million copies in three days, is also a religious leader and guru. His influence has reportedly led 400 men to remove their testicles in an effort to meet God.

According to India Today, the Central Bureau of Investigation has collected important evidence against Singh, despite initially encountering difficulties in persuading victims to cooperate - such was the DSS's power.

As The Independent reports,Singh denied the allegations during a press conference for his new film, saying, "Such allegations disturb me, when I am doing good for humanity. Therefore me and my legal advisor are going to move the court challenging the allegations."

The castrations were said to be carried out mainly at a hospital run by the DSS in Singh's ancestral village of Gurusar Modia, in Rajasthan.

Faith No More Reveal Single From First Album In Seventeen Years

Faith No More have revealed the first single, 'Superhero', from their first new album in 18 years. Listen to it below.

The band reunited in 2009 after officially splitting back in 1998. They'll release their seventh LP, Sol Invictus, in May. Their last album prior to Sol Invictus was Album Of The Year, which was released in 1997.

They've now revealed the first official single from their forthcoming album. 'Superhero' opens with a punching guitar riff and bursting vocals before lapsing into something a bit gentler. It transitions between these two states throughout.

Listen to Faith No More 'Superhero' below

Speaking of the song to Marvel, Bill Gould said, "'Superhero' actually just started from the sound of the song, where it has these pounding drums and it has like this throbbing kind of pulse, and we just called it the 'Superhero' song. Because, a lot of the ways we write we visualize things."

'Superhero' will be released at a 7" on 17 March and digital on 31 March.

Finnish Punk Band With Learning Disabilities Selected For Eurovision

A punk band comprising musicians with learning disabilities has been selected to represent Finland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The group, who will be the first punk band to compete in the competition, formed during a charity workshop, and were the subject of the 2012 documentary The Punk Syndrome.

Its members, some of whom have Down's syndrome and others autism, will perform their song 'Aina Mun Pitää (I Always Have To)' at Eurovision, which is being held in Vienna this May.

Listen to 'Aina Mun Pitää' below

Speaking to Finnish broadcaster YLE, singer Kari Aalto said, "Every person with a disability ought to be braver. He or she should themselves say what they want and do not want."

Bassist Sami Helle told The Guardian, "We are rebelling against society in different ways, but we are not political. We are changing attitudes somewhat, a lot of people are coming to our gigs and we have a lot of fans. We don't want people to vote for us to feel sorry for us, we are not that different from everybody else - just normal guys with a mental handicap."

The band are currently 5/1 to win the contest, making them third favourites behind the contestants from Italy and Estonia.

Kid Rock Hits Back At Beyonce Fans Attacking Him Online

Kid Rock has incurred the wrath of Beyoncé's legions of fans, and now he's responded to their death threats in typically drab fashion.

For those who need reminding, he told Rolling Stone: "Beyoncé, to me, doesn't have a fucking 'Purple Rain,' but she's the biggest thing on Earth," he said. "How can you be that big without at least one 'Sweet Home Alabama' or 'Old Time Rock & Roll'?"

Adding: "People are like, 'Beyoncé's hot. Got a nice fucking ass.' I'm like 'Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big tits.' Doesn't really fucking do much for me."

Since then, he has been bombarded with death threats and thousands upon thousands of bee emojis from what is apparently called the "beyhive". Sadly, you learn something new every day.

He responded with the following:

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Iron Maiden's New Album Is Finished And Coming Soon

Iron Maiden's new album is finished, but the band are holding off releasing it until Bruce Dickinson has recovered from treatment.

The legendary frontman is currently undergoing cancer treatment after a small tumour was found at the back of his toungue. Since the news was released, the band have maintained that he is doing well, but it will take a few months for him to get back to full health.

Now drummer Nicko McBrain has added that Iron Maiden have finished their new album and that it will be released once Bruce returns to full health.

Watch Nicko McBrain speak in the video below

He told Gater 98.7fm: “We have made an album. It was ready to go this year – and still is. We were planning on going out and doing some work around the album. We’re all just holding on.

"Once Bruce is up and running, hopefully in the next couple of months… you never know when this might happen.”

Iron Maiden's last album The Final Frontier was released in 2010. The band spent recent years stunning festivals, such as Download and Sonisphere. Fans are eager for a tour announcement for 2015.

Tom DeLonge To Release Blink Rarities Album, To The Stars

Tom DeLonge has announced the release of a Blink 182 rarities and demos album, entitled To The Stars.

Promising to consist of "demos, odds and ends", the guitarist's new album will be released on 21 April via his personal website. DeLonge took to Instagram to explain that the album will conatain "New stuff, old stuff, all personal stuff- MY stuff.... But all completed and finished songs by the way".

Off the snippets of lyrics that can be heard on his site so far one key lyric that stands out includes "I'm gonna build a punk rock band" which may suggest he will address some of the issues that came about through the lifespan of Blink 182. Fans who pre-order the album will be be able to hear the first track on 9 March.

The packages available on DeLonge's site range from the cheapest (a $9.99 download) right up to a $129.99 bundle (featuring a CD, a limited edition LP, a t-shirt and a signed limited edition Lithograph). The tracklisting for the album is set to be announced on 16 March with songs being premiered on 9 March, 23 March and 6 April.

It marks the latest chapter in the increasingly ugly fallout between DeLonge and his former Blink 182 bandmates. DeLonge left Blink-182 unceremoniously early this year, when his band slammed him as "ungrateful" and "disrespectful." News broke of DeLonge's departure in January, after it was announced that they would be playing Musink Festival with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba instead of DeLonge.

DeLonge subsequently published an open letter insisting that he wrote to the band a year ago, as well as to their managers, who insisted his bandmates agreed with his ideas of how to grow the band - "So you can imagine my surprise when a press release went out yesterday—without my knowledge—about the band’s future. This is new to me. It’s not in my nature to fuel negativity about the legacy of the band on something as trashy as the Internet world."

DeLonge also released two excerpts from songs with the caption '#SongsWithoutAHome'. The first, which has been filmed with planets on the screen, is a purely instrumental, upbeat number.

#SongsWithoutAHome #March1st #Tom

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The second excerpt, filmed in front of an eleborate image of Jesus making the shape of a skull, is a little more lo-tempo, and this time includes vocals.

#SongsWithoutAHome #March1st

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Sam Smith Dominates The UK Charts Following BRIT Awards Success

Sam Smith has beaten Led Zeppelin, Ed Sheeran and Royal Blood to the No.1 album spot after a closely fought musical contest following this year's BRIT Awards.

This week's chart (1 March) is the first to include audio streaming services such as Rdio, Spotify, Google Play and Deezer. In The Lonely Hour beat off strong competition from Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti reissue, Ed Sheeran's X and Royal Blood's self-titled debut.

According to figures from the Official Charts Company, In The Lonely Hour finished with a combined chart sales figure of 41,000, ahead of Ed Sheeran’s X on 38,000. Official Charts Company's Martin Talbot says, “It is an especially impressive achievement given the strength of the competition. Sam and Ed are both established as genuine superstars now – and the fact that they appeal to fans who buy CDs, snap up album downloads AND stream music highlights just how broad their appeal is.”

Smith wasn't the only act to receive a sales bump from the exposure of the BRIT awards. Demand for Royal Blood’s self-titled LP grew by 11 times and George Ezra's album Wanted On Vogage climbed two places to be No.4 in the charts. Led Zeppelin's rapturously received reissue ended the week at No.6.

Watch Sam Smith perform 'Lay Me Down' at the Brit Awards 2015 below

Speaking to Gigwise last year, Smith said, "I really do have faith that people want to hear what I have to say about anything, and it's about my vocal as well. I've made the promise to myself that my music will be the documentary of my life, so whatever happens next will be written about."

Watch Sam Smith talking to Gigwise below

Sam Smith embarks on a UK tour this month. Full tour dates are below and tickets are on sale now. For more information and ticket details click here.

March 2015

16 Glasgow, O2 Academy
17 Glasgow, O2 Academy
19 Manchester, O2 Apollo
20 Manchester, O2 ApollO
22 Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
23 Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
25 London, O2 Academy Brixton
26 London, O2 Academy Brixton

27 London, O2 Academy Brixton

Sonic Youth Announce Re-issue Of Bad Moon Rising

Sonic Youth have announced the re-issue of their 1985 second album, Bad Moon Rising.

Following on from their decision to refurbish their out-of-print, pre-Geffen catalog, the two-disc set will be available on CD and vinyl - and will include bonus tracks 'Satan Is Boring', 'Echo Canyon' and two songs from the band's 1986's 'Flower'/'Halloween' single.

The band, who are currently on hiatus, are also set to release remastered editions of Confusion Is Sex, EVOL and Sister, after last year's reissues of 'Daydream Nation' and Ciccone Youth's 'The Whitey Album'.

Sonic Youth split in 2012 following the divorce of band members Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon.

In an interview with The Guardian last year, Moore explained: "The suspension of the band was enforced by our marriage dissolving. There are very few bands where people work together and live together. Nothing about it was pretty. At all. It’s really intense and heavy on both sides."

Garbage Announce 20th Anniversary Tour To Celebrate First Album

Garbage have announced a tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, 'Garbage'.

The American-Scottish band were one of the most successful rock acts of the nineties - with their self-titled record selling over four million copies and going double platinum in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. The album, famed for it's bright pink feather artwork, spawned a string of hits including 'I'm Only Happy When It Rains', 'Stupid Girl' and 'Queer'.

Read the announcement in full below.

Shirley Manson, Butch Vig and co. will so far play one date in Paris and one in London with more dates looking set to be announced.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale from 9am on Friday 6 March. For tickets and more information, visit here.

Garbage will play:

7 November, Zenith Paris, La Villette
8 November, O2 Academy, Brixton

Dimebag Darrell's Grave Desecrated With Homophobic Slur

The grave of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell has been vandalised by the former lead singer of a band called Nuclear Hellfrost.

The news was made public on Pantera's Facebook page, where they shared a screenshot of a Tumblr post by someone calling themselves “crustyplague.”

The person, now identified as Reece Eber, wrote, “i HATE pantera…with a passion. and so does the rest of my band. so on tour going throug [sic] texas we paid douchebag darrell a visit, we spit on his grave, stole a pair of cowboy boots, and i wrote ‘F–’ on his grave… i’m not a homophobe but i hope all panturrrra fans see this and s— themselves with anger…"

The band responded by saying “We are absolutely disgusted by this! We ask that all of you please show Dime & his grave the respect he deserves. This conduct will not be tolerated and the authorities have been notified.”

Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed while performing onstage in Ohio on 8 December 2004. The gunman, Nathan Gale was a former Marine with a history of mental illness and was killed at the scene by a police officer.

Iggy Azalea Says Twitter Made Her 'want To Punch Everyone In The Face'

Iggy Azalea has said she quit Twitter earlier this year because it made her so angry she wanted to "punch everyone in the face".

The Australian star has had a hard time of it of late, with artists from Azealia Banks to Q-Tip accusing her of appropriating black hip-hop culture. In February she announced she would be quitting the social network following relentless hate-filled comments that were starting to affect her self-esteem.

In a new interview with Power 106, Azalea explains her decision in detail for the first time. She explains that reading the comments and feeling like she had defend herself became exhausting:

"You feel like it’s a personal attack on your character and it’s human nature to want to defend yourself. So then you get to defending yourself, which will be misconstrued or read. Then it’s on a blog and you’re mad at that blog. It’s just a cycle that I think…you have to get out of the cycle."

She said: "I'm in the middle of recording a second album, and I really don't want some angry, aggressive album. Every time I come in the studio I’m like, I just wanna punch everyone in the face. And those are the only songs I’m able to write."

Watch the video of the interview below.

Kanye West Announces New Album Title And Artwork

Kanye West has revealed his new album will be called 'So Help Me God'.

West revealed the news on Twitter along with the black and white artwork that will feature on the hugely-anticipated release.Scroll down for the tweets.

According to Stereogum, the mysterious symbol used in the artwork is a "13th Century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary." Tracks already believed to be on the album include 'Wolves' with Sia and Vic Mensa and the Paul McCartney collaboration 'Only One'.

No release date has been given as of yet.

Kanye recently spoke to Zane Lowe in another iconic interview for Radio 1 and addressed his past and present public persona with this brilliant quote: “Imagine if someone went up to this girl in a bar, ‘Yo what I’m a genius!.. She’d be like, ‘Gosh, get out of here already’. That’s what I was. I was like the 40 year old Virgin or that other movie with Ryan Gosling. My message simply was: ‘Your egg. My semen. We’re gonna change the world'."