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Duran Duran share uplifting track MORE JOY!

20 min Newsdesk Duran Duran have released their new single, ‘MORE JOY!’. Simon Le Bon and co's latest cut from their upcoming 15th studio album, 'FUTURE PAST', features the all-girl Japanese punk band CHAI. The song was born out of a jamming session with Blur's Graham Coxon, who features on previous single 'INVISIBLE', and DJ and producer Erol Alkan. Keyboardist Nick Rhodes said: “The song ‘MORE JOY!’ was born out of a crazy jam with Duran Duran, Graham Coxon and Erol Alkan. It was such an unusual piece we weren’t quite sure if it would fit in at first. It reminded me of one of those retro Japanese video games, which I always found quite uplifting. We came up with the chant “more joy” early on, and that became the key to the rest of the track. We all agreed that it would sound really great with Japanese female voices on it, and that’s when Simon had the inspired idea to ask CHAI if they would possibly collaborate with us. To our joy they agreed, and th..

Olivia Rodrigo responds to Courtney Love’s plagiarism accusation

1 h Newsdesk Olivia Rodrigo has responded to Courtney Love's claim that she copied her band's album cover. In a recent interview with GQ, Rodrigo was pressed on how she felt about the accusation from the 57-year-old singer that she copied her group Hole's Love Through This album cover for artwork advertising Rodrigo's livestream promoting her album. Sour. "To be honest, I'm just flattered that Courtney Love knows that I exist," the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star responded without elaborating further. Love posted her criticism of the 18-year-old Disney star in June, sharing the art with he caption, "Spot the difference! #twinning! @oliviarodrigo." Both show the singers in prom dresses and tiaras with mascara running down their faces while holding bouquets of flowers. The songwriter then suggested that Rodrigo owed her flowers and a thank you note for the concept. The Driver's license songstress commented on the post, writing "Love..

Miley Cyrus reaches out to DaBaby after homophobic remarks

1 h Newsdesk Miley Cyrus has reached out to DaBaby on social media and offered to educate him on LGBTQ+ issues following his homophobic statements. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker shared a message she'd to Instagram asking the rapper to check his DMs, saying she would "love to talk" to him so the two can learn from each other. “As a proud and loyal member of the LGBTQIA+ community, much of my life has been dedicated to encouraging love, acceptance, and open mindedness,” said the singer, who identifies as pansexual. "The internet can fuel a lot of hate & anger and is the nucleus of cancel culture...but I believe it can also be a place filled with education, conversation , communication & connection." Cyrus explained that it's "easier to cancel someone" than it is to forgive them or "change their minds" on a topic. The former Disney star emphasised the importance of learning from each other and that she herself still has "much to learn." In the caption, she linked resources for t..

Charlie Watts to sit out Rolling Stones’ US tour after undergoing operation

2 h Newsdesk Charlie Watts has pulled out of the Rolling Stones' upcoming US tour after undergoing surgery. The 80-year-old drummer's operation was “completely successful” but he's "accepted" that it will take him "a while" to get back on his feet, and so he has made the decision to stand down from the 'Satisfaction' rockers' 13-date 'No Filter' shows. The rescheduled stadium run, which kicks off on September 26 in St. Louis, will see Steve Jordan on drums, who played in guitarist Keith Richards’ side project X-Pensive Winos. The legendary sticksman said in a statement: “For once my timing has been a little off. “I am working hard to get fully fit but I have today accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take a while. After all the fans’ suffering caused by Covid I really do not want the many RS fans who have been holding tickets for this Tour to be disappointed by another postponement or cancellation. I have therefore asked my gr..

Finneas announces debut album

2 h Newsdesk Finneas has announced his debut album, 'Optimist'. The 24-year-old producer and songwriter has shared the lead single, ‘A Concert Six Months From Now’, and confirmed his first full-length release will arrive on October 15. Billie Eilish's brother and collaborator tweeted alongside the artwork of ballet dancers: "“Optimist”, my debut album will be available everywhere on October 15. The first track “A Concert Six Months From Now” is out now along with the official video hope you enjoy, I can’t wait for you to hear the whole record (sic)" The 13-track LP follows the single 'American Cliche' and Finneas' 2019 EP 'Blood Harmony'. Meanwhile, Finneas recently teamed up with Fender to launch a guitar hotline. Musicians and budding guitar heroes were able to get their questions answered about the American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster guitar by leaving the Grammy-winner their queries about how the acoustic and electric instrument works. He s..

The Offspring drop drummer over vaccination refusal

6 h Newsdesk The Offspring drummer Pete Parada claims the band have forced him out over his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Parada, who has played with the legendary pop punk group since 2007, has alleged the other members of the band had ditched him as he had refused a coronavirus jab for medical reasons. In a post on Instagram, he wrote: "Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate, it has recently been decided that I am unsafe to be around, in the studio, and on tour ... you won't be seeing me at these upcoming shows." He claimed he had received a doctor's advice not to take the vaccine, due to his "personal medical history and the side-effect profile of these jabs," citing a longstanding issue with Guillain Barré Syndrome, a nervous disorder that is listed as a very rare side-effect of the vaccine, as the reason behind his refusal. He added that he had "no negative feelings towards my band. They're doing what they..

Britney Spears undertakes equine therapy sessions to help ‘ease social anxiety’

11 h Newsdesk Britney Spears undertakes equine therapy sessions several times a week. The popstar has been under the spotlight ever since she expressed a desire to end her controversial conservatorship arrangement, and accused her management team and family of abuse, as part of court proceedings held in late June. But while on vacation in Maui, Hawaii this week, Britney put aside the ongoing legal drama, and in an Instagram post, shared that she had a sweet encounter with a local pet pig and revealed that she finds spending time with animals to be "therapeutic". "Geeze I've never seen a pig like this before!!!! I've never shared this because it's embarrassing as I'm supposed to be a fearless performer... but I also used to spend time with horses doing equine therapy a few days a week to ease my social anxiety ... I find spending time with animals like this peaceful pig to be very therapeutic!!!!" she wrote in the caption. "I do think it helps when I hear about ot..

Rihanna named world’s richest female musician

13 h Newsdesk Rihanna is officially a billionaire and the wealthiest female musician in the world. According to editors at Forbes, the Umbrella hitmaker is worth an estimated $1.7 billion, and is now the second richest female entertainer behind Oprah Winfrey. But while Rihanna cemented her celebrity status with her music career, the majority of her wealth comes from the value of her inclusive cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty, which is known for offering 50 shades of foundation. The star owns 50 per cent of the company, with Forbes reporting the firm to be worth approximately $1.4 billion, and also has a lucrative stake in her lingerie line, Savage x Fenty. And while Rihanna hasn't released an album since 2016's Anti, fans may potentially have to wait quite a bit longer. "She is creating a brand outside of herself. It's not just about Rihanna," Shannon Coyne, co-founder of consumer products consultancy Bluestock Advisors, told the publication. "Even if you don't..

Petula Clark: I sang on Give Peace a Chance by accident

15 h Newsdesk Petula Clark sang on 'Give Peace a Chance' by accident. The 'Downtown' singer has explained she was going through a difficult time while on tour in Montreal during 1969, and decided to visit John Lennon after discovering that the Beatle was in town with his wife Yoko Ono. Recalling the lack of security as she approached the late legend’s room, Petula told The Times newspaper: "John Lennon looks at me and says, 'Is that you, Petula? Come in.' "He was lovely. I told him the whole sad story and he was very funny about it, but I said, 'What am I going to do?’ He said, 'Oh, f*** 'em.' I said, 'Oh, that's a thought.' In other words, so what, what will be will be." Petula went on to detail how she found other guests singing a "simple little tune", and decided to join in – although she had no idea that it was John and Yoko's anti-war song, which was released that same year. The 88-year-old singer said: "An..

Barbra Streisand has ‘almost finished’ long-awaited memoir

18 h Newsdesk Barbra Streisand has used the Covid-19 to finally get to work on her long delayed autobiography. The superstar singer and actress has been working on the book, which was originally due out in 2017 but its release has been delayed as she's insisted on writing it out in full herself. However, she has used the Covid-19 lockdown to get to work on the much anticipated memoir, which will detail her six decades at the top of showbusiness. "I actually started eight years ago, writing in longhand," she told the BBC. "But I (recently) realised I have to concentrate on this, which the quarantine year helped me do. It's almost finished now." With the memoir now well on the way, and a new album of archival recordings, Release Me 2, due to hit the shops, the star is looking to cement her legacy - both as an artist and a philanthropist. "I have to plan on what universities are going to get my proceeds," she explained. "And we're still fighting climate change. You kn..

Charlie Watts to sit out Rolling Stones’ US tour after undergoing operation

The Offspring drop drummer over vaccination refusal

Britney Spears undertakes equine therapy sessions to help ‘ease social anxiety’

Rihanna named world’s richest female musician

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