According to figures compiled by YouTube in 2018, Nirvana had the most streams on the service with 22.9 million views. They were closely followed by Foo Fighters with 22.7 million views.
Foo Fighters, whose most recent album was 2017’s ‘Concrete And Gold’, return to the UK in August to headline Glasgow Summer Sessions, Vital Festival in Belfast, and Reading And Leeds Festival. They also headline Dublin’s RDS Arena on August 21.
In a teaser clip shared via the Backstreet Boys’ Twitter yesterday (January 17), Chance slots himself awkwardly with the iconic boy band before Doritos’ new Flamin’ Hot Nacho-flavoured crisps are advertised using a snippet of the band’s 1998 hit, ‘I Want It That Way’.
Doritos also teased Chance The Rapper’s appearance by sharing photo of him on Twitter and writing beneath: “Our prediction for the big game? There’s a chance things are gonna get hot. Stay tuned 02.03.19 #NowItsHot.”
“I read the first version of Split that I got sent and there was a little tenuous clue there – if I had been sharper eyed, I’d have seen it, but I missed it. I got into rehearsals and he kept talking about Unbreakable,” he said.
“And then it became clear, it dawned on me, the veil was lifted and I was like, ‘Oh my God’, he told Digital Spy. “Then a few weeks after that, I came clean….”
The band's long-awaited – and 18-track! – new album is finally on the way
Any clues, Ezra?
Vampire Weekend are coming back, everybody! A long and gruelling six years after their last album release ‘Modern Vampires of the City’, it’s now been confirmed that 2019 will indeed be the year that the New York trio will bestow us with album number four.
A post shared by Ezra Koenig (@arze) on Jan 17, 2019 at 1:05pm PST
Koenig’s post (see above) is certainly a lot of information to process after many years of inactivity and speculation. And while we try to contain our excitement and bide time until the arrival of the first new single next week, plenty of fans have already turned their attention to partaking in a little guessing game in regards to the title of Vampire Weekend’s fourth album.
Thought it initially carried the title ‘Mitsubishi Macchiato’, Koenig said that the new album’s title will now feature the initials ‘FOTB’. “That’s a VW tradition,” he teased. “Picked the name a few years ago. At some point early on, the album drifted from the ‘Mitsubishi Macchiato’ aesthetic. It was a helpful guiding principle tho. Working titles are important too.”
What could ‘FOTB’ stand for, then? It’s a question that’s currently doing the rounds online, with this guessing game drumming up the most interest in deciphering a four-letter album acronym since Kanye got his fans offering suggestions for what ‘TLOP’ might stand for back in 2016 (and one guy actually guessed it was ‘The Life of Pablo’, too).
Will anyone correctly guess what the new Vampire Weekend album is called before release day (we’re hoping for ‘Frank Ocean’s Tickle Bonanza’ ourselves)? Take a look at some of these efforts and decide for yourself…
Possible names for the new Vampire Weekend album “FOTB” @arzE
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"I don't know if they was his goons, but they sure did like him"
R Kelly and Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle has claimed that he was threatened by R.Kelly‘s “goons” after taking aim at the rapper with his infamous ‘Piss on You’ sketch.
The legendary comedian recorded the 2003 skit after Kelly was arrested in 2002 over a sex tape that allegedly saw him urinate on underage girls. The video eventually led to a trial that saw Kelly being acquitted in 2008.
During a stand-up set in Hollywood earlier this week, Chappelle claimed that the Chappelle Show skit resulted in him receiving direct threats.
Dave Chappelle Says R. Kelly 'Goons' Threatened Him After 'Piss on You' Skit | TMZ - YouTube
“When that sketch came out, we was in Chicago at a Common show and his goons bust in my room – I don’t know if they was his goons, but they sure did like him,” he said.
Although Chappelle claimed that he never met Kelly, he joked that he’d been directly confronted by the star.
“He said, ‘How you gon’ do a video of me peeing on bitches like that?’ And I said, ‘How you gonna make a video of you pissing on bitches like that?’ My mind’s telling me no. But you know what? My body’s telling me yes.”
Meanwhile,Chance The Rapper and Celine Dion were the latest artists to pull their collaborations with Kelly from streaming sites earlier this week, following on from Lady Gaga the week previous.
Rammstein have opened up about their next album – and say they’re bringing an element of fun for the first time in a while.
Speaking to Guitar World, guitarists Richard Kruspe and Paul Landers explained how the German metal icons are taking a total different approach on their forthcoming seventh offering.
“It’s not too sterile, not too clean,” Lander said.
“It has a lot of life and energy in it, but it’s not all angry. The music is more than that. It’s different for Rammstein. You might even say it’s fun to listen to.”
He added: “Everyone with a computer can make music at home.
Rammstein’s Til Lindemann
“You can program stuff and get nice-sounding drum programs and the sound is very good off the soundcards you have at home. That’s fine, but our goal was to have something that could never be done at home, where you really hear the humans behind the instruments. To see your drummer play when you work on songs and see there are real people involved in your band I think is good for us.”
But the recording of their latest album did prove frustrating, with Landers explaining how they landed proverbial blows.
“We never get along. Every time we get together, we fight. We are six guys and six opinions and we are all involved in everything, so we get angry. We’re not punching each other or anything. We try to just scream, but we’re not quite done yet. Hopefully we don’t have to punch and we can figure it out by talking,” he said.
(From left-right): Pic 1, clockwise from bottom left: Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Terminator X, S1W and Chuck D of Public Enemy; Pic 2: RZA of Wu Tang Clan; Pic 3 from left to right: Vincent Lamont Mason Jr, aka Maseo, and Kevin Mercer, aka Posdnuos, of De La Soul
The groups will play three UK arena shows together at The SSE Arena Wembley on May 10, Manchester Arena on May 11, and Glasgow The SSE Hydro on May 12.
The mammoth ‘God Of Rap’ tour celebrates the groups’ iconic rap records: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter The Wu-Tang 36 Chambers’ (1993), Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back’ (1988), and De La Soul’s ‘3 Feet High And Rising’ (1989).
Speaking to Music Week, SJM promoter Chris Wareing said: “I don’t believe anything like this has been done in the UK before on this level.”
“This tour creates a legacy, it’s a moment. The groups are the biggest in their genres, they’re all celebrating notable anniversaries of their biggest albums and I am led to believe this is the first time they have all been on the same bill together.
“It’s important to kick the door open and create something special that leaves a legacy and gives incredible value for ticket buyers.”
The tour will be hosted and presented by DJ Premier. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 25.
Ashley’s Arrival was seemingly the band that Posty was a guitarist in during his high school years. In a clip filmed in 2010, Malone (real name Austin Post) is believed to be seen shredding and striking a crabcore pose while covering Asking Alexandria’s ‘The Final Episode (Let’s Change Channel)’.
Ashley's Arrival - YouTube
Andy Leo, the singer in the metalcore band Crown The Empire, also revealed in an interview with AltPress in 2016 that Posty auditioned to be the guitarist in his band in 2010. But Malone’s string broke during the audition and he wasn’t asked to join the band.
American rock group Nirvana, backstage in Frankfurt, Germany, 12th November 1991. Left to right: drummer Dave Grohl, singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994) and bassist Krist Novoselic
A demo featuring an early version of Nirvana’s ‘Scentless Apprentice’ has been unearthed.
American drummer Rey Washam, known for stints in bands such as Scratch Acid and Butthole Surfers offshoot Daddy Longhead, has shared a 1992 recording of part of a two-hour jam with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, who were in Nirvana at the time.
The recording includes an early version of ‘Scentless Apprentice’ from Nirvana’s 1993 album ‘In Utero’.
Washam writes in a description that accompanies the demo: “I had never met Dave or Kurt and Krist even though I had heard Kurt was a fan of a band I used to be in, Scratch Acid. The jam was very low key, but I had to play Dave’s drums the way he had them set up for himself. Krist showed up and fun was had by all.
“This is only a portion of a two hour jam session. Later that night we went to go see Gun’s and Roses at the Kingdome.? Dave got me into the show and a little trouble started. Maybe a few too many egos in the place. I think the tape speaks for itself. Dave made the right decision to have Taylor play drums in Foo Fighters and not me. He never asked me to play with him again after that night. I still think he’s a good guy.”
Listen to the demo below – ‘Scentless Apprentice’ appears at 24:35.
Dave Grohl lost demo songs '92 w/ Krist Novoselic, Rey Washam drums - YouTube
In 'We Need To Talk About...', the weekly column from NME's Jordan Bassett, J-to-the-B vents his spleen on the topical issues that matter the most (or the least, if it happens to be a slow news day). This week: how Marvel's first ever drag queen superhero, Shade, has strutted into our hearts
Did I ever tell you about the time I was a drag queen? It was a magazine feature and accompanying short documentary, wherein the fantastic – and friendly – London drag troupe Sink The Pink took me under their bejewelled wings and taught me everything they know. Despite their patience and expertise, I successfully became the world’s worst drag artist. I even had a crap drag name: Darlene Desmond, which everyone I spoke to about it hated.
Hell, though – what a rush! I forgot to tuck, forgot all my dance moves, forgot how to walk in heels – and the performance I took part in, at Swansea University Students’ Union, flashed by in a blur of sight, sound and synthetic wigs. What I learned, though, was the power of drag, of transformation, of becoming someone else and owning that new sense of identity with relish.
It’s about bloody time, then, that we had a decent drag queen superhero. You could argue that Superman would have got less done if he’d had to fix his weave every two seconds, but imagine how much that luscious head of hair would have pissed Lex Luther off. And Christopher Nolan would have had a harder time making Batman all serious if the Caped Crusader spent half his time teaching Alfred the butler how to vogue. But there are a few weapons in the drag queen’s arsenal that would aid and abet any superhero. For a start, one withering putdown would be enough to make Spiderman’s nemesis Dr Octopus’s tentacles sag, and you can only imagine how crestfallen Catwoman would be if you managed to out-sass her.
That’s why I welcome Shade, the first ever drag queen superhero to strut through the panel of Marvel Comics. She’s been created by writer Sina Grace and artist Nathan Stockman, who together work regularly on Iceman, the publishing powerhouse’s first comic to feature a queer lead. Shade debuted in the recent issue four of Iceman, replete with a glowing green bouffant and gaudy purple earrings. This is allegedly her superhero debut, although I’m pretty sure I saw Shade save The Glory in east London’s Eurovision party from complete chaos last year.
Sina Grace recently told LGBT+ website The Advocate: “I really wanted this series to push readers to new and better stories about the whole queer experience and how it applies to being both a mutant and a superhero.” A noble message equal, you sense, to her other objective: “My goal with this new Iceman series is for everyone – myself, the readers, the characters involved in the comic book – to have fun.” Social justice: better with cartoon violence.
Shade isn’t the world’s first drag queen superhero. Just last year, Netflix launched Super Drags, a grown-up Brazilian cartoon about a crew of drag queen superheroes – Lemon Chiffon, Safira Cian and Scarlet Carmesim – who must bring down the immaculately contoured Lady Elza, an evil queen intent on the most heinous crime of all: she wants to steal away all the glitter from the world. I mean, Jesus. What a stone-cold bitch. Even Doc Oc – as far as I can tell – was just enraged he could never find anything in Topshop with eight armholes.
Super Drags is terrific fun, and indicates a shift in perception of gender fluid characters. There was, a few years ago, an Indonesian movie called Madame X, in which a fabulous hairstylist moonlights as a superhero who wields a set of hair straighteners like a pair of deadly nunchucks. In general, though, popular culture often aligns gender fluidity and evil, and indeed the drag character is a well-established staple of the horror genre, a fact explored in a lecture from The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in London last year. The gender fluid deviants of horror movies – Norman Bates in Psycho, Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs – may reflect a wider distrust of those who stray from the biological norm.
In 2019, though, with drag and queer identity having become firmly mainstream (see: Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Queer Eye, Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision way back in 2014), we’re seeing drag characters assume superhero status. It’s a seemingly frivolous but not insignificant progression that gives lie to the suggestion that the world’s becoming a more intolerant place. Shade: you’re saving the world in more ways than one, and your hair looks great.
Sink the Pink, who after more than decade in the game have become a proper London institution (they now even have an annual panto, which is honestly one of the highlights of my Christmas), built their reputation on themed club nights (from ‘Colour’ to ‘Toys’). I might have missed it, but I don’t think they’ve hosted a Superhero night. It might be high time for Darlene Desmond – shit name and all – to save the day.