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Paul Weller Doesn't Understand David Cameron's Love For 'Eton Rifles'

Paul Weller has once again questioned why David Cameron is a fan of The Jam's anthemic song 'Eton Rifles'.

British Prime Minister and Conservative leader Cameron, who was a student at the elite Eton College, has previously mentioned his great love The Jam's 1979 track. He said: "I was one, in the corps. It meant a lot, some of those early Jam albums we used to listen to. I don't see why the left should be the only ones allowed to listen to protest songs."

Speaking to Mojo about the PM's musical leanings, Weller said:"The whole thing with Cameron saying it was one of his favourite songs... I just think, 'Which bit didn't you get?'" People say, 'Why don't you write any more political songs?' But I would just write exactly the same fucking things I wrote thirty-odd years ago."

"Every time they fire a missile in the Middle East, that's £850,000, right? And then they talk about the NHS, fucking selling it off or it crumbling. So nothing's really changed, has it?"

Weller has expressed disgust before at the revelation telling the New Statesman: "It wasn't intended as a fucking jolly drinking song for the cadet corp."

Weller will release his new album Saturn's Pattern on 7th May.

Ice Cube Premieres New Straight Outta Compton Footage

Ice Cube premiered brand new footage from Straight Outta Compton at CinemaCon last week.

The rapper and actor appeared at the event in Las Vegas and spoke about the chairwoman of Universal, Donna Langley and her courage to make the NWA biopic. Speaking at the preview event, he said: "We made it possible for artists to be themselves. That's why we're called the world's most dangerous group". Ice Cube and Dr Dre both helped produce the film, which has been directed by F Gary Gray who has worked on music videos for Jay-Z, TLC and Ice Cube.

Tracing the roots right back to the 1992 Rodney King riots right and the banning of protest single 'F Da Police', the film will show the rise of NWA - arguably one of the most iconic and important rap groups in history.

Check out the latest trailer below.



Speaking to MTV earlier this year Ice Cube said: “In 1984, I met Compton’s best DJ. His name was Dr. Dre, the cousin of my homie Sir Jinx. He liked the neighborhood rhymes I was spitting and we started hanging out all the time. Talking and thinking music.

“A couple of years later, Dr. Dre’s little hustling friend Eric (Eazy-E) Wright started coming around,” he continued. “We all created a song together called “Boyz-N-The-Hood” … and the world would never be the same.”

Straight Outta Compton will be released in cinemas on 14 August.

Mumford & Sons Really Don't Like Their Name: 'It's A Ball-ache'

Mumford & Sons have revealed their chosen name is a complete "ball-ache".

They've made a few revelations lately regarding their image and past sound, even going as far to say they hated the banjo for a while.

Speaking to NME, Marcus Mumford said: “I definitely regret the band name. If I’d known it was going to go this way, I would have wanted to call it anything other than my last name. It’s a ball-ache. We thought about changing it, but it’s a bit late now.” 

They also discussed their change of image with keyboardist Ben Lovett saying: “I think it would be fair to say that we’ve noticed that in some of our old photos we look like absolute idiots. There were so many car crashes. We look like us in our photos now. I don’t even want to describe how we used to look.”

One thing they are keen to stress however is they didn't consciously change their clothing choices: We didn’t sit down and say, ‘Let’s wear leather guys.’ Over an eight-year period you behave differently. You go to different places, you probably have different friends. You wear different clothes. We didn’t hire a stylist and say, ‘Let’s rebrand ourselves.'”

Mumford & Sons are the third headliners or this year's Reading + Leeds festivals, alongside The Libertines and Metallica. For tickets and more information, click here.

'New Green Day Songs Are Amazing,' Says Producer

Green Day's new material has been described as 'amazing' by the band's long-time producer and collaborator, Rob Cavallo. 

The pop-punk icons, who were recently inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, are rumoured to be releasing an album later this year - their first since the band's Uno! Dos! Tre! trilogy in 2013. 

Now Rob Cavallo, who has produced all of the band's albums since Dookie and is also chairman of Warner Bros Records, has revealed how their new material is shaping up - saying that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is 'on top of his game'. 

"I recently heard five new songs that Billie has written and demoed," he told Kerrang magazine. "Let me tell you, they were just fantastic. He is absolutely at the top of his game. Fans can be sure that when they do return, the music will be amazing."

Last year, Armstrong excited fans when he hinted for the first time that the band will return in 2015.  He decided to post on Instragram shortly before embarking on a DIY project. "I'm in a hardware store in queens. and this is on my mind. #greenday15 #thefutureisnow #greendayforever" 

 

I'm in a hardware store in queens. and this is on my mind. #greenday15 #thefutureisnow #greendayforever

Фото опубликовано Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoearmstrong)

Their last UK gig was the colossal 99 Revolutions Tour in 2013 that included a stellar show at London's Emirates stadium - where the band broke the attendance record

This week also saw a very early video of Green Day performing on their high school campus emerge online

'You're S***': The Charlatans Heckle Ronan Keating

The Charlatans have made headlines after taking on Ronan Keating, coming to blows with the Boyzone mum-magnet by calling him 'shit' at a private gig.

The Mirror reports that the indie veterans were in attendance at a private party were Keating was performing for 'music industry big wigs' where 'everyone was sloshed' - before guitarist Mark Collins began to yell 'you're shit'. 

Apparently, an allegedly also slightly inebriated Keating confronted the band after his performance. 

“Ronan was midway through a track when Mark yelled: ‘You’re shit’," a source claims. "He said it several times and it was all a bit embarrassing. Mark thought he was having a laugh but Ronan went and spoke to him.

"It looked like they were really angry. Luckily in the morning they could see the funny side of it.”

Keating and frontman Tim Burgess have since been involved in an awesome song-referencing round of Twitter banter about the incident:

Watch our interview with The Charlatans below

Meanwhile, The Charlatans will be touring their latest album Modern Nature with a string of festival shows this summer at The Isle Of Wight Festival, Summer In The City, Truck Festival, Tramlines, V Festival and many more. 

Matt Skiba In Talks With Blink-182 To Become 'permanent Member'

Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba has spoken to Travis Barker about the possibilities of recording an album, and becoming a permanent member of the punk-pop trio.

Lead singer Tom DeLonge left Blink-182 last month to work on his "non-musical endeavours", leading Skiba to step in for a series of shows - see footage from the gigs here.

Travis Barker has described Skiba's presence as positive, calling the opportunity of creating an album with him would be 'unreal': "There's a vibe in the rehearsal room that we haven't had in a long time."

In an interview with Alternative Nation, Skiba describes his hopes of these chats becoming a reality: "Playing songs I haven't written with Mark and Travis is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing." 

Tension between remaining members seem tense with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker slamming Delonge as 'disrespectful' however Skiba assures there is no hard feelings between himself and the former frontman, "every experience I had with Tom was positive whilst touring with him in the past so there's no bad blood between us."

The frontman still has commitments to his solo project with The Skiba's and an Alkaline Trio tour which fills in his diary up until June.

Check out some live footage of Skiba playing with Blink-182 below:  

Meanwhile, DeLonge's solo album To The Stars... was released earlier this week.

Mumford & Sons Announce Last Minute Show In Brighton

Mumford & Sons have announced a surprise show at Brighton’s Dome Corn Exchange which will take place on Monday. Full dates and ticket details are below. 

Fresh from their commanding Jools Holland performance and with people finally getting the message that there aren't any banjos on the record, Mumford & Sons have announced a warm up show at Brighton’s Dome Corn Exchange this Monday (27 April). Tickets are restricted to members of their mailing list and mobile phones are restricted.

The band recently revealed the live video of a new track, 'Snake Eyes', from their forthcoming album Wilder Mind. The band previewed the album, which is out on 4 May, in full via a series of playbacks in record stores across the UK on Saturday (18 April) to mark Record Store Day.

For those who weren't at these new playbacks, new song 'Snake Eyes' is a sombre, slow-paced ballad which erupts into a rockier, punchy lamentation as it progresses.

Watch the video for 'Snake Eyes' below

Mumford & Sons are the third headliners or this year's Reading + Leeds festivals, alongside The Libertines and Metallica. For tickets and more information, click here.

First Great Western Names Train After Glastonbury's Michael Eavis

First Great Western have named their high-speed train after Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis.

In one of the more bizarre tributes we've reported, the high-speeed Power Car No. 43026, which runs from Paddington station to South Wales and the south west of England, is now called the Michael Eavis train.

This particular train was chosen because it runs through Castle Cary, the nearest station to Glastonbury Festival - which this year is set to host the likes of Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Florence + The Machine and more.

Speaking of the tribute, Michael Eavis said, "There have been ups and downs over the last 45 years of the festival but this is one of the best moments. Just think of this train heading down to Somerset and Devon, think of it at night rolling through those valleys and it reaching the coast at Dawlish. It’s magical, isn’t it?"

Magical might be pushing it.

Eavis continued: "It’s not just a little goods train or something, it’s a proper engine. Public transport is important to Glastonbury. We encourage people to arrive by train or bus rather than car." 

So far two out of the three Glastonbury headliners have been announced - Foo Fighters and Kanye West - with the third to come on 1 June. The festival itself takes place from 24 - 28 June.

Lauren Mayberry Talks Online Rape Threats

Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry has taken a stand against the daily rape threats she receives online, saying, "Women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear."

Back in 2013, the musician wrote a viral comment piece for The Guardian on the misogyny, both explicit and subtle, that she has encountered during her time in the music industry.

In the article, she explained, "During this past tour, I am embarrassed to admit that I have had more than one prolonged toilet cry and a 'Come on, get a hold of yourself, you got this' conversation with myself in a bathroom mirror when particularly exasperated and tired out. But then, after all the sniffling had ceased, I asked myself: why should I cry about this? Why should I feel violated, uncomfortable and demeaned? Why should we all keep quiet?"

However, nearly two years on, Mayberry is still facing violent rape threats on Chvrches' social media accounts. Yesterday, she posted one such reprehensible comment on her Instagram.

Keen to reiterate the sentiment of her Guardian article though, the singer captioned the screenshot with the following statement:

"My band is lucky enough to have some of the most awesome, supportive and respectful fans in the world and we are so excited to be in the studio making an album to share with them. Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherfuckers. Let's see who blinks first."

As well as her work with Chvrches, Lauren Mayberry is also the founder of TYCI, a feminist collective run by women, and regularly contributes to their podcasts and monthly radio show.

FKA Twigs Now Favourite To Win An Ivor Novello Award

FKA Twigs is the favourite to win an Ivor Novello award after losing out on a Mercury Award thanks to Young Fathers.

According to bookmakers Paddy Power, FKA Twigs 'Two Weeks' is now 5/4 on favourite to win ‘Best Contemporary Song’ at the ceremony edging out alt-J's 'Every Other Freckle' and Clean Bandit's all conquering 'Rather Be'.

As previously reported the ceremony will take place on 21 May at Grosvenor House in London.

Below: Watch FKA Twigs eye-popping video for 'Two Weeks'



In terms of the rest of the nominees, 'Take Me To Chuch' by Hozier is 4/6 to win Best Song Musically and Lyrically alongside Bear's Den's 'Above The Clouds Of Pompeii' (2/1) and Ben Howard's 'I Forget Where We Were' (3/1). Bear's Den's Andrew Dewie told Gigwise at the ceremony on the success of 'Above The Clouds Of Pompeii' "I can't really put my finger on it. It doesn't feel drastically different to many of the songs we play live, but it's a story and I guess that if you're writing stories in your songs, it's whether you're telling the story well enough and people are getting invested in the story well enough to see the impact of the song on you."

In the album category, Royal Blood are nominated for their self-titled debut (7/4), alongside Bombay Bicycle Club for So Long, See You Tomorrow (2/1) and Wild Beasts for Present Tense (11/10).

Meanwhile, songwriter James Napier is up for three nominations for his work with Sam Smith and Clean Bandit. Watch him discussing what went into writing 'Stay With Me' below. 

The full list of Ivor Novello 2015 nominations are: 

Best Contemporary Song

Every Other Freckle
Written by Thomas Green, Joe Newman and Gus Unger-Hamilton
Performed by alt-J
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing

Rather Be
Written by James Napier and Jack Patterson
Performed by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Two Weeks
Written by Tahliah Debrett Barnett and Emile Haynie
Performed by FKA Twigs
Published in the UK by BMG Chrysalis / Universal Music Publishing

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Budapest
Written by George Ezra Barnett and Joel Pott
Performed by George Ezra
Published in the UK by BMG Chrysalis

Rather Be
Written by James Napier and Jack Patterson
Performed by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Stay With Me
Written by James Napier, William Phillips and Sam Smith
Performed by Sam Smith
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs – Method Paperwork / Naughty Words Ltd – Stellar Songs Ltd – Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Album Award

Present Tense
Written by Thomas Fleming, Ben Little, Christopher Talbot and Hayden Thorpe
Performed by Wild Beasts
Published in the UK by Domino Publishing Company

Royal Blood
Written by Michael Kerr and Ben Thatcher
Performed by Royal Blood
Published in the UK Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd

So Long, See You Tomorrow
Written by Jack Steadman
Performed by Bombay Bicycle Club
Published in the UK by Imagem Music

Best Original Film Score­­­­­­­­­­­­

‘71
Composed by David Holmes
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

Mr. Turner
Composed by Gary Yershon
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

The Boxtrolls
Composed by Dario Marianelli
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd

Best Television Soundtrack

The Honourable Woman
Composed by Natalie Holt and Martin Phipps
Published in the UK by Imagem FTV / Du Vinage Publishing

The Mill - Series 2

Composed by Samuel Sim
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Beyond the Pale
Composed by Edmund Butt
Published in the UK by Bucks Music Group / Imagem FTV

Mark Ronson And Primal Scream To Receive O2 Silver Clef Awards

Mark Ronson, Primal Scream and Rita Ora will be all honoured by music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins at the O2 Silver Clef 2015 Awards.

On the year the ceremony celebrates its 40th Anniversary, three new O2 Silver Clef Awards winners have been announced: Rita Ora, Mark Ronson and Primal Scream. All artists will collect their awards at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch held on 3 July at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

It's the lastest gong for Ronson, whose 'Uptown Funk' still seems to be absolutely inescapable.

“I feel proud to be awarded the American Express Innovation Award," said Ronson. "The O2 Silver Clef Awards is an event I’ve long admired, raising funds for Nordoff Robbins music therapy, a cause which I feel passionate about.”

It's particularly gratifying to see Primal Scream also recognised for their huge contribution to music. In a statement  the band say: “It’s a real honour to be awarded the Investec Icon Award at the 40th anniversary of the O2 Silver Clef Awards. We are looking forward to the event on 3rd July.”

Other honourees on the night include the mighty Iron Maiden and Rita Ora, who will collect an award as 'Best Female'.

Since launching in 1976 the O2 Silver Clef Awards have raised more than £8.5 million to fund Nordoff Robbins’ music therapy work. Previous winners have included David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Pharrell Williams.

Both Mark Ronson and Primal Scream have a hectic festival season ahead of them. Ronson is set to play Lovebox, Glastonbury, Parklife and Festival No. 6. Primal Scream are playing Gentlemen Of The Road, Y Not and Victorious.

Are Beyonce And Jay Z About To Drop A Surprise Album On Tidal?

Beyonce and Jay Z may be about to release a brand new joint album on Tidal according to reports.

Fuse host DJ Skee claimed that the long-rumored album is not only nearing completion but that his sources claim it will “be released exclusively on Tidal.”

The presenter voiced his concerns over such a strategy: "The risk here is the same thing that happened with Jay Z's exclusive album with Samsung. A project that leaked when Samsung's servers crashed unintentionally, ironically only making it available to people who have downloaded it illegally. History is shown if you make things closed in, people will always find a way around it."  

Watch DJ Skee claiming that Beyonce and Jay Z may be launching a new album on Tidal below

 

This is not the first we've heard of the project - as EW point out producer Detail (the man behind 'Drunk In Love') teased the possibility back in February and the On The Run tour proved quite how potent a combination Mr and Mrs Carter can be.

If it was to happen it would be the shot in the arm Tidal needs As previously reported, ione month after a hugely lavish launch in New York, Tidal's app has dropped out of the iPhone's top 700 download chart in the US. Blame came be placed not only at the misfire of a launch but also internal problems. As BGR put it beautifully, instead of suggesting it was a way for new artists to have the funds they need to make a living, it tried to make you feel pity for megastars: "The result was the ultimate mixed message: You should feel sorry about how little money Nicki [Minaj] makes."

Some of users complaints have been genuine (particularly regarding the high cost and the to the wholesale copying of the interface from Spotify) but others can be put down to teething problems. Also fan communities appear to be unconvinced of the merits of the scheme - Rihanna's Navy were not happy with 'American Oxygen' premiering on the service.

In this month’s issue of Paper Magazine, Kanye West discussed Tidal and the response it has been receiving. “I heard a comment -- a joke -- about the Tidal press conference being an Illuminati moment,” he said. “If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies. Not celebrities that gave their life to music and who are pinpointed as decoys for people who really run the world.”

Click here to read record label expert Gareth Murphy on why Tidal isn't a sea change for the industry.

Bear's Den Talk Ivor Novellos, Hozier And The Future

This week saw Bear's Den nominated for a prestigious Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically - and frontman Andrew Davie tells us of 'the honour' to be recognised alongside the likes of Hozier and Ben Howard.  

Watch our interview with Bear's Den in the video above

Bear's Den are up for the much-desired award for 'Above The Clouds Of Pompei', alongside Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' and Ben Howard's 'I Forget Where We Were'. 

"I'd say the Ivor Novellos are really unique, and a very special thing," said Bear's Den frontman Andrew Davie. "I guess it's all about songwriting, it's all about peer recognition and it's judged by songwriters opposed to anything else or anyone else. I think that's something I care about more than anything else. It's something that I get the most enjoyment out of and work the hardest at so I feel pretty humbled by it all, I'm pretty stoked."

When asked about how to measure 'the power of a song' in 2015, Davie replied: "Sometimes it might take a year, sometimes it might take five years, or it might never happen, but I just think good music connects with people. People talk about those songs a lot. Hopefully that's something that doesn't go away with chart positions and things like that, and I think that's something that's more lingering and lasting perhaps."

Speaking of the success of 'Above The Clouds Of Pompeii', Davie said: "I can't really put my finger on it. It doesn't feel drastically different to many of the songs we play live, but it's a story and I guess that if you're writing stories in your songs, it's whether you're telling the story well enough and people are getting invested in the story well enough to see the impact of the song on you."

Of being recognised alongside Hozier and Ben Howard, he mused: "It feels very strange. They're amazing, amazing songwriters and I feel just really honoured to be in the same category and a nominee with these guys. I know them both, I've met Hozier a couple of times in America, and I've known Ben Howard for a couple of years now, and I just think they're incredible. I absolutely lovely their songs."

Watch our interview with Bear's Den in the video above

Watch our full interview with Bear's Den above, as they discuss the honour of the Ivors, newfound exposure to new fans, what they learned from Mumford & Sons and their plans for new material.

The winners of the Ivor Novellos will be announced at a London ceremony on 21 May. See the full list of nominations below. 

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Above The Clouds of Pompeii
Written by Andrew Davie
Performed by Bear’s Den

I Forget Where We Were
Written and Performed by Ben Howard
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd

Take Me to Church
Written by Andrew Hozier-Byrne
Performed by Hozier
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing – The Evolving Music Company

Best Contemporary Song

Every Other Freckle
Written by Thomas Green, Joe Newman and Gus Unger-Hamilton
Performed by alt-J
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing

Rather Be
Written by James Napier and Jack Patterson
Performed by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Two Weeks
Written by Tahliah Debrett Barnett and Emile Haynie
Performed by FKA Twigs
Published in the UK by BMG Chrysalis / Universal Music Publishing

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Budapest
Written by George Ezra Barnett and Joel Pott
Performed by George Ezra
Published in the UK by BMG Chrysalis

Rather Be
Written by James Napier and Jack Patterson
Performed by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Stay With Me
Written by James Napier, William Phillips and Sam Smith
Performed by Sam Smith
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs – Method Paperwork / Naughty Words Ltd – Stellar Songs Ltd – Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Album Award

Present Tense
Written by Thomas Fleming, Ben Little, Christopher Talbot and Hayden Thorpe
Performed by Wild Beasts
Published in the UK by Domino Publishing Company

Royal Blood
Written by Michael Kerr and Ben Thatcher
Performed by Royal Blood
Published in the UK Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd

So Long, See You Tomorrow
Written by Jack Steadman
Performed by Bombay Bicycle Club
Published in the UK by Imagem Music

Best Original Film Score­­­­­­­­­­­­

‘71
Composed by David Holmes
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

Mr. Turner
Composed by Gary Yershon
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

The Boxtrolls
Composed by Dario Marianelli
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd

Best Television Soundtrack

The Honourable Woman
Composed by Natalie Holt and Martin Phipps
Published in the UK by Imagem FTV / Du Vinage Publishing

The Mill - Series 2

Composed by Samuel Sim
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Beyond the Pale
Composed by Edmund Butt
Published in the UK by Bucks Music Group / Imagem FTV

1D Producer Jake Gosling Working On New Libertines Album

The Libertines have announced that Jake Gosling, the man behind Ed Sheeran and One Direction's albums, will be producing their new record.

The band split in 2004, but reunited last year for a series of reunion shows. Though it was originally thought to be a temporary reunion, it's proven to be more than that, and the band are working on their first album in over a decade.

Speaking to NME of their decision to hire Jake Gosling as producer, Carl Barat explained, "We had wish lists flying back and forth, from the Leckies through to the Epworths and Stephen Street."

He continued, "What it boiled down to was that we wanted to try something a bit new with someone who is a bit new. We wanted someone who is getting their thing going, rather than someone who is just going to put us through their machine. This isn't a heritage band making a heritage album."

Gosling, who has won a Grammy and been nominated for two Brits, has previously mainly worked with pop musicians such as Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Paloma Faith and Christina Perri. He is also a songwriter and has his own recording studioo, Sticky Studios, in Surrey.

Speaking of the general spirits of the band, Barat said, "The feeling's great, we've been sparking. The pistons are all firing. I'm genuinely excited, and can't wait to get this stuff out there. We've all been waiting to write this record for ages."

Meanwhile, the band have a packed festival schedule ahead of them this summerincluding headlining Reading & Leeds Festival. For tickets and more information, click here.

John Lennon's Solo Albums To Be Released In Vinyl Box Set

John Lennon's eight re-mastered solo albums are being released in the form of a beautiful 8-vinyl box set.

The collection has been created on heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl with authentically replicated original artwork, and includes the versions of the albums that were remastered by Yoko Ono and a team of engineers in 2010.

This is the first time the remastered versions have been released on vinyl, and the rigid slipcase boxset will also contain postcards, posters, booklets and faithfully reproduced inner sleeves.

 

Watch the trailer for the John Lennon box set trailer below

The Vinyl Collection will be available from 8 June, and the vinyls will also be available to buy individually from 21 August.

Brandon Flowers Pays Tribute To Frank Sinatra At Film Festival

Brandon Flowers paid to Frank Sinatra at a special ceremony at the Tribeca Film Festival last night (Tuesday 21 April, 2015). Watch footage of the performance below. 

The Killers frontman and solo star appeared at the 'Sinatra at 100: Film & Music in collaboration with The Lincoln Motor Company' event, and performed a musical song tribute to the swing icon alongside the likes of Tony Bennett and Ne-Yo.

Flowers performed two of Sinatra's best-known songs - watch him running through the classic 'Come Fly With Me' below. 

As well as sharing the above image looking sharp and dapper in his tux, he also Tweeted himself with Bennett: 

Speaking to Billboard back in March, Flowers added that he was obsessed with Sinatra as a child.

"We always talk about how we bring a little bit of Vegas wherever we go," he said. "I grew up with people like Wayne on billboards. You go to the 7-Eleven and there's a line of slot machines with a Rat Pack picture. I didn't realise how much it was ingrained in me. When I was a kid, I listened to Depeche Mode and New Order, but when I went home I would put on Frank Sinatra's Main Event. And I played golf.

"I secretly had this older persona for myself of, like, driving an Eldorado, smoking cigars and listening to Sinatra."


Photo: WENN

Meanwhile, Flowers will release his second solo album The Desired Effect on 18 May, before embarking on a massive EU, UK and US tour. Full dates are below. For tickets and more information, visit here.

Brandon Flowers will play:

Europe
May 19, 2015 - Olympia Theatre - Dublin, Ireland
May 21, 2015 - O2 Academy Brixton - London, England, United Kingdom
May 22, 2015 - O2 Academy Brixton - London, England, United Kingdom
May 24, 2015 - Academy- Manchester, England, United Kingdom
May 25, 2015 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
May 26, 2015 - O2 Academy - Leeds, England, United Kingdom
May 28, 2015 - O2 Academy - Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
May 29, 2015 - Le Trianon Hall - Paris, France
May 31, 2015 - Huxley’s - Berlin, Germany
June 1, 2015 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 2, 2015 - Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, Belgium
June 3, 2015 - E-Werk - Cologne, Germany
June 5, 2015 - Fabrique - Milan, Italy
June 7, 2015 - Debaser Medis - Stockholm, Sweden

North America
July 24 - 26, 2015 - WayHome Music & Arts Festival, Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada
July 25 - 26, 2015 - Mo Pop Festival - Detroit, MI
July 27, 2015 - Mr. Smalls Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
July 29, 2015 - Echostage - Washington, DC
July 30, 2015 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
July 31, 2015 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
August 3, 2015 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
August 4, 2015 - Terminal 5 - New York City, NY
August 7, 2015 - Squamish Valley Music Festival - Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
August 9, 2015 - The Rave / Eagles Club - Milwaukee, WI
August 10, 2015 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
August 11, 2015 - The National - Richmond, VA
August 13, 2015 - The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
August 14, 2015 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC
August 15, 2015 - NorVa - Norfolk, VA
August 17, 2015 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
August 18, 2015 - Beacham Theatre - Orlando, FL
August 19, 2015 - The Fillmore Miami Beach - Miami Beach, FL
September 2, 2015 - Fox Theare - Oakland, CA
September 3, 2015 - Roseland Threatre - Portland, OR
September 10, 2015 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
September 24, 2015 - Summer Ends Music Festival - Tempe, Arizona
September 26, 2015 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
October 1, 2015 - Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX

Katy Perry's Application To Trademark Left Shark Design Denied

Katy Perry has been unsuccessful in an attempt to trademark the iconic Left Shark design from her recent Super Bowl Halftime show - but she may have more succes trademarking the name itself.

The singer performed at the iconic Halftime show of the Super Bowl back in February - and though she did a great job at lip-syncing, it was one of her backing dancer that stole the show. More specifically, one of the sharks that appeared during 'Teenage Dream', who seemed to completely forget the routine and just do his or her own thing instead.

Watch Katy Perry's Left Shark in action below

The shark has since become something of a meme, with copycat memorabilia popping up all over the place. 

As a result, the singer's team applied to trademark the costume to stop people from making money from non-licensed designs (including a man who was selling 3D-printed Left Shark figures). Sadly for them, trademark examiner David Collier denied the request.

Collier argued that the design "does not function as a service to identiy and distinguish applicant's services from those of others..." He also pointed out that the drawing submitted didn't match the actual Left Shark. Deep breath everyone:

"Specifically, the specimen displays the mark as a stylized depiction of a forward leaning shark in nearly a front profile with a portion of a dorsal fin, two pectoral fins and two legs and feet substituted for the caudal fin on the tail. The shark has five gills, a full mouth with teeth and round eyes with eyelids; however, the drawing displays the mark as a stylized depiction of an upright shark in full front profile with no dorsal fin, two full pectoral fins and two legs and feet; the shark has three gills and the sharks mouth appears without teeth; the shark also has oval eyes without eyelids."

The application to trademark the phrase Left Shark though, after details have been clarified, is looking like it'll be more successful. So entrepeneurs will be able to sell the shark's image, but they'll have to find a different name for it.

Muse's Arena Tour To Feature 360 Degree Round Stage?

More details have emerged about Muse's upcoming arena tour, and it looks like the band might be incorporating a 360 degree round stage. 

Last week, the band revealed that they were hoping to fly drones over the head of the audience - in keeping with the title and themes of their new album. 

Now, fans have noted that tickets on sale for upcoming Mexican arena shows on Ticketmaster show a seating plan with a 360 degree in the round stage in the centre of the venue - similar to that of U2's past tour, on which Muse supported them. See the plan below. 

Last week, frontman Matt Bellamy told Los Angeles Radio Station Alt 98.7 that they'd be going one step further on top of their already highly ambitious stage production to incorporate 'flying objects' into the year ahead's live shows. 

"We always like to use the modern technology in our shows, the latest video screens or light shows, lasers, whatever is out there," said Bellamy. "Drones are obviously an interesting thing to try to bring into the live show so we're going to try and do that.

"There's going to be some difficulty with red tape of health and safety about flying things over, but the general thing idea is that as the tour starts that we'll be using flying objects."

Last month, Muse this week completed their intimate Psycho tour - check out eight things we learned from the shows here

Muse will release Drones on 8 June - the month they headline Download Festival alongside Slipknot, Kiss, Marilyn Manson and many more. See here for tickets and information or win tickets here

Meanwhile, the band have also been confirmed to head BBC Radio One's Big Weekend in Norwich, and have also announced a string of US tour dates. See here for tickets and information

Tidal May Be In Trouble As App Drops Out Of Top 700 ITunes Chart

One month after a hugely lavish launch in New York, Tidal's app has dropped out of the iPhone's top 700 download chart in the US.

Ever since ther launch - which featured Jay Z, Kanye, Rihanna, Daft Punk and Jack White - the service has been beset by criticism and all of the inherent problems of launching a major music rival in full public view.

As BGR put it beautifully, instead of suggesting it was a way for new artists to have the funds they need to make a living, it tried to make you feel pity for megastars: "The result was the ultimate mixed message: You should feel sorry about how little money Nicki [Minaj] makes."

The app is now being beaten in the charts by Pandora (number seven), Spotify (number 23) and a number of free music download apps. The poor performance may help explain why the company's CEO Peter Tonstad was removed last week. He has now been replaced by a former consultant for the Norwegian Ministry Of The Environment.

Some of users complaints have been genuine (particularly regarding the high cost and the to the wholesale copying of the interface from Spotify) but others can be put down to teething problems. Also fan communities appear to be unconvinced of the merits of the scheme - Rihanna's Navy were not happy with 'American Oxygen' premiering on the service.

In this month’s issue of Paper Magazine, Kanye West discussed Tidal and the response it has been receiving. “I heard a comment -- a joke -- about the Tidal press conference being an Illuminati moment,” he said. “If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies. Not celebrities that gave their life to music and who are pinpointed as decoys for people who really run the world.”

So far Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard has provided the most damning appraisal at the service. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Gibbard said that things went wrong when Jay Z decided to bring in "a bunch of millionaires and billionaires" to launch the service.

“If I had been Jay Z, I would have brought out ten artists that were underground or independent and said, ‘These are the people who are struggling to make a living in today’s music industry. Whereas this competitor streaming site pays this person 15 cents for X amount of streams, that same amount of streams on my site, on Tidal, will pay that artist this much,’” Gibbard shared. “I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid.”

He continued: “There was a wonderful opportunity squandered to highlight what this service would mean for artists who are struggling and to make a plea to people’s hearts and pocketbooks to pay a little more for this service that was going to pay these artists a more reasonable streaming rate. And they didn’t do it. That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably.”

Click here to read record label expert Gareth Murphy on why Tidal isn't a sea change for the industry.

Spotify Is Now Worth More Than The US Music Industry Earns

According to newly revealed statistics, Spotify is now worth more than the entire US recorded music industry earns.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the online streaming service has just secured $400 million of new funding from the likes of Goldman Sachs and Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund. Spotify's new estimated valuation after these deals is $8.4 billion.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America meanwhile, the revenue of the entire industry as of 2014 was $6.97 billion, which accounts for physical sales, digital purchases and streaming.

Though Spotify streaming contributes to that number (overall streaming income accounts for 27% of the industry's earnings), the actual company is worth more than every single US retail music revenue source combined.

As Billboard points out, the story is a little more complicated than it seems, because one refers to value (Spotify's $8.4 billion) and the other revenue (RIAA's $6.7 billion) - but it makes for interesting reading nonetheless.