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Madonna unveils meaningful wrist tattoo

1 h Newsdesk Madonna has completed her "trilogy" of tattoos. The Hung Up hitmaker took to Instagram earlier this week to post a video montage showing tattoo artist Elë Ramirez adding another design to her body art collection. In the clip, Madonna is seen getting the Hebrew word for "kissed" inked on her wrist underneath her very first tattoo, the letters "LRDMSE" - representing her six children. She also has an "X" inked on her wrist in recognition of her Madame X album. "I'm completing the trilogy of tattoos that I planned to do," she stated. In the accompanying caption, the superstar, who studies Kabbalah, noted that she had also timed the tattoo to coincide with the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. "Completing the trilogy of tattoos....... I choose to do this year - 'kissed'. Life is a journey to remove the Space between ourselves and humanity. Happy Chanukah," the 63-year-old explained. And at the end of the video, Madonna was al..

Bad Bunny named Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2021

2 h Newsdesk Bad Bunny is Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2021. The 27-year-old star has beaten a host of big-name artists - including the likes of Taylor Swift, BTS and Drake - to the crown, with more than nine billion streams over the last year. Looking ahead to 2022, Bad Bunny said: "I hope 2022 is going to be great - yeah, it will be." Taylor, 31, was revealed to be the second-most streamed artist on Spotify and the South Korean boyband BTS were in third place. The top five list was rounded out by Drake, in fourth, and Justin Bieber, in fifth. Elsewhere, Olivia Rodrigos 'drivers license' has been named as the most-streamed song of the last 12 months, ahead of 'Montero (Call Me by Your Name)' by Lil Nas X, and 'Stay' by The Kid LAROI. Olivia's 'good 4 u' was the fourth-most streamed song of the year, ahead of Dua Lipa's 'Levitating'. Meanwhile, Olivia's 'Sour' also tops the list of the most-streamed al..

Dolly Parton and Sandra Oh named People of the Year 2021

3 h Newsdesk Dolly Parton and Sandra Oh have been named 2021's People of the Year by People magazine. The country music icon and Killing Eve actress were named in the publication's annual list alongside gymnast Simone Biles and Juliana Urtubey, America's National Teacher of the Year, and all four of the women grace special covers of the People of the Year issue. In a video interview on the set of her photoshoot, the 9 to 5 singer admitted she wasn't sure about accepting the honour. "I have to honestly tell you, I was a little bit sceptical of accepting being on the cover of as one of the People of the Year because that's a lot of pressure," she shared. "I do feel pressure when people put me on such a pedestal, you know, I don't deserve all that, I'm not all that... I'd rather think of my life being on a pulpit and not the pedestal, just trying to be in a place where I can try to, you know, if I have a sermon or if I know something about somethi..

Slash: ‘This particular record is as raw as it gets’

4 h Newsdesk Slash joins Dave Cobb on the latest episode of Southern Accents Radio on Apple Music Country to discuss his forthcoming album ‘4’ feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, recorded and produced by Cobb in Nashville. Slash discusses following in the footsteps of Van Halen and Led Zeppelin in titling the album, recording live in the room in RCA Studio A, why he loves the late Eddie Van Halen, how Cream’s 'Disraeli Gears' made him want to pick up the guitar, and more. Slash On Naming His Upcoming Album ‘4’ And Following In The Footsteps of Van Halen and Led Zeppelin… Slash: Well, I mean really what it came down to was that 2020 was such a hellacious year in every respect that I didn't think that any kind of remark or sentence or a phrase really would encapsulate the feeling for everything that had gone on that year. And so I didn't want to try and have some clever kind of quip or whatever, because I usually do, but there was just too much. So I just said..

Tom Morello wants shock factor in guitar playing

11 h Newsdesk Tom Morello wants as many "what the f***" factors in his music as possible. The Rage Against The Machine guitarist - who released his second solo album 'The Atlas Underground Fire' last month - has opened up about his need for innovation when it comes to how his instrument sounds on different songs. He told Guitar World magazine: "That's been the common thread through everything, whether it's an 'Atlas Underground' record or an Audioslave record. I need to feel a jam move air, but I also want it to challenge me. "[Living Colour founder] Vernon Reid called it the 'What the f***' factor, you know? Like, when you put on a record and you hear what must be a guitar but can't possibly be a guitar, you're like, 'What the f***?' "I remember thinking about that over and over again as a young person, and as a young guitar player. Every record I make, I try have as many 'What the f***?' factors as possible." This ..

Blue are ‘always’ working on new music

11 h Newsdesk Blue are "always recording" and could show off some new material in 2022. The 'One Love' hitmakers - whose debut album 'All Rise' dropped this week in 2001 - are hitting the road next year to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and they have teased the possibility of them playing some new songs live. Simon Webbe told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: "I'd like to say we are always recording, we've always got ideas, whether we're going to marry it up with the 20th anniversary, we're not sure." Meanwhile, the 45-year-old star - who is in the band with Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Antony Costa - shrugged off criticism of them heading on tour for the money. He quipped: "Well, who doesn't? This is our job." Antony added: "We're entitlted to earn money, we've got bills to pay." In the past, all four members of the group have been declared bankrupt, but Lee noted the tour will benefit others beyond the quartet. He explain..

Elton John drops surprise documentary Inside the Lockdown Sessions

13 h Newsdesk Sir Elton John has revealed a new documentary about the creation of 'The Lockdown Sessions'. The 'Rocket Man' hitmaker - who collaborated with the likes of Miley Cyrus, Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Charlie Puth and more on the collection - has dropped a three-part series to document the record. He wrote on Twitter: "Surprise! Just in time for the holidays, I'm taking you 'Inside the Lockdown Sessions'. "Watch as I go deep into the making of my latest album with all of my collaborators.” In the first episode - all three are available exclusively on Apple Music - he admitted he "had no intention of making an Elton John record during lockdown". He added: "That was never gonna be the case. When I did that track with Charlie Puth at the start of the year, I never dreamed that it would lead to this." The 74-year-old singer noted how he "made more calls during lockdown" than ever before, and it gave rise to plenty of exciting collaborations. He ..

Selena Gomez hits back at TikTok user who criticises drinking ‘joke’ post-kidney transplant

15 h Newsdesk Selena Gomez has hit back at a TikTok user who criticised her for making an alcohol "joke" as the recipient of a kidney transplant. On Tuesday, the 29-year-old singer posted a video on TikTok in which she reacted to a medical professional's advice about alcohol consumption. In the clip, Dr. Dawn Bantel describes the Center for Disease Control's guidelines about heavy drinking, defined as "15 or more drinks a week for men, and eight or more drinks per week for women." Gomez jokingly reacts to the doctor's comment by looking distressed, biting her nail, and widening her eyes. The Only Murders in the Building star captioned the video: "It's a joke." However, one commenter took issue with the star's video, writing, "So one of your best friends gives you her kidney and you continue to drink excessively. Damn Selena." The Lose You to Love Me singer clapped back at the remark by simply posting, "It's a joke, a*s." Earlier this year, the Rare B..

Megan Thee Stallion cancels Houston show ‘out of respect’ for Astroworld victims

15 h Newsdesk Megan Thee Stallion has cancelled her show in Houston, Texas to show respect for victims of the Astroworld Festival disaster. The Savage hitmaker released a statement on Tuesday in which she announced that she would not be performing at the 713 Music Hall in her hometown as the city was still grieving after the tragedy in early November, when a crowd surge at the festival resulted in 10 deaths and hundreds of injuries. "Out of respect for the lives lost in Houston earlier this month, I have decided to cancel my show at 713 Music Hall on Dec 3," the 26-year-old said in a statement to the Houston Chronicle. "Houston is still healing and it's important that our community be given the appropriate time to grieve... My heart goes out to all the families that are suffering during this difficult time." The Grammy winner first announced the performance ahead of the Travis Scott-led music festival, which she performed at in 2019, and was set to celebrate her recent college..

Foo Fighters pull Minneapolis show over disagreement with venue over COVID-19 safety measures

15 h Newsdesk Foo Fighters have axed their 2022 Minneapolis show, due to the venue's "refusal to agree" to their "COVID-19 safety measures". Dave Grohl and co were due to play the Huntington Bank Stadium on August 3, which was set to be part of their US run, but they have pulled out of the gig and are looking to find a "suitable replacement" for the venue. In a statement issued to their Twitter page, the 'Learn to Fly' rockers wrote: “Due to Huntington Bank Stadium’s refusal to agree to the band’s COVID safety measures, Foo Fighters are unable to perform at that venue. “We apologize for any inconvenience and are working on finding a suitable replacement one that will prioritize the health and safety of everyone working and attending the show. (sic)" The outdoor stadium is situated on the campus of the University of Minnesota, and a spokesperson for the stadium told The Star Tribune that they “declined to change its existing protocols for large events, which have been..

Bad Bunny named Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2021

Dolly Parton and Sandra Oh named People of the Year 2021

Slash: ‘This particular record is as raw as it gets’

Tom Morello wants shock factor in guitar playing

Blue are ‘always’ working on new music

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