Taylor Swift: ‘Self-hatred sent me into a year of hiding’

Taylor Swift has discussed the self-hatred and unbearable trolling that forced her to go into hiding for a year. The singer-songwriter is the subject of the new Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, which follows her over the course of several years of her career, documenting her personal and professional successes and hardships. Throughout the movie, Taylor speaks about her efforts to shed her “nice girl” image from her early years as a country music artist, and choosing to finally state her political views publicly. “Throughout my whole career, label executives would say, ‘A nice girl doesn’t force her opinions on people,’” the 30-year-old said in footage from the film. “‘A nice girl smiles and waves and says thank you.’” She added: “I became the person everyone wanted me to be.” After a string of high-profile spats with celebrities including Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West, however, the ME! hitmaker went into hiding, admitting, “No one physically saw me for a year.” While Taylor admitted she did “what I thought they wanted,” she revealed taking time out forced her to “deconstruct an entire belief system” as she figured out who she really was, realising she wanted to be independent and vocal. […]

Metallica mourning late bassist Cliff Burton’s father

Metallica has paid tribute to Ray Burton, the father of late bassist Cliff Burton, who has died at the age of 94. Cliff, who performed on the band’s first three studio albums; Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, and Master Of Puppets, died at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash in Sweden while on the road with the band in 1986. However, Ray continued to support the group, and joined them for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2009. On Sunday, Ray’s daughter Connie Burton announced that her father had passed away last Wednesday, and on Sunday, the rockers posted their own tribute online. “It is with incredible sorrow that we said farewell to Cliff’s dad Ray Burton last week,” their post reads. “For 38 years, we were lucky enough to have the energy, wisdom and light of Ray in our lives. His eternal youth with his drive, positivity and relentless smile were both incredibly powerful and stirringly honest.” Current members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo went on to explain how Ray had followed them on tour around the world. “From coast to coast and overseas too, Ray’s beaming […]

Morrissey is set to play two shows in the UK this March

The former Smiths frontman has announced concerts at Leeds First Direct Arena on March 6, and The SSE Arena, Wembley in London on March 14, in support of his upcoming 13th solo record, ‘I Am Not a Dog On a Chain’. The European run also sees the musician perform at the Palladium Cologne on March 9, and the Salle Pleyel in Paris on March 11. The new tour dates come after the Mancunian released new single ‘Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know’ from his upcoming follow-up to 2019’s ‘California Son’. Morrissey recruited Grammy-winning Motown star Thelma Houston for the epic duet, who said: “One of the biggest joys for me in this business is getting the opportunity to collaborate with other top artists. “I love the challenge to see if what I do can work with what they’re doing. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. “I think the blend of what Morrissey is singing and what I’m singing really works on ‘Bobby’. “And it was a lot of fun working with M in the studio too!” The ‘Mute Witness’ singer’s long-time producer, Joe Chicarelli, teased that the upcoming album, which is released via BMG on March 20, is “the […]

Jonas Brothers praised by the Kardashians after recreating siblings’ most famous fight

The Jonas Brothers left fans in stitches on Monday after they recreated one of the most famous fights from Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In a video shared on Joe Jonas’s Instagram page, he and his brothers Nick and Kevin acted out the scene, with the dialogue between Kim and Khloe Kardashian dubbed over the top. The clip began with Joe, as Kim, storming into a room, and hitting sister Khloe, played by Nick, with her designer bag. “Don’t be f**king rude!” Joe lip-synced to Kim’s outburst. “I swear to God, don’t be f**king rude! Stop, don’t do that. I’ll f**king hurt you.” As Nick’s Khloe sat in her seat being beaten by Kim’s bag, the singer mouthed: “Are you kidding me? Stop, what are you doing? Stop!” Third bandmember Kevin then made his brief appearance in the hilarious clip, walking past, presumably as Kourtney, and stating: “Oh my God!” The clip, which has been viewed more than two million times, quickly attracted comments from fans, who praised the brothers for their take on the argument – as well as replies from the Kardashians themselves. “Hahaha nailed it!!!!!!!” Khloe wrote, while Kim reposted the video on her Twitter page and […]

Chris Martin ‘doesn’t really understand’ Coldplay’s new songs

The 42-year-old singer and his bandmates have decided not to tour their latest album, ‘Everyday Life’, due to environmental concerns, and he’s also doing very little to promote the record as he doesn’t really know what to say. Buy tickets below. He said: “We’re not touring and we’re not really talking and not doing anything normal. “This album feels like we have to just release it into the world and let it fend for itself. “Because a lot of these songs came from a place I don’t really understand, and other reasons too, it’s just not tourable yet. “We’re trying to wait to tour until we can figure out the environmental side of things.” The ‘Orphans’ hitmaker has deliberately avoided reading any of the reactions to either the record or the group’s decision not to tour. He told the latest issue of Q magazine: “I stayed in a real cocoon cos I feel super-focused and super on a mission of some sort. “This time I’m not even aware of any reaction or any result … nothing, cos I feel a very strong calling to be doing a certain thing. “It’s always been there but maybe because the way the world […]

Dave Grohl on Rush drummer Neil Peart: “The world lost a true giant in the history of rock & roll”

The tragic passing of Rush drummer Neil Peart has been met with heartfelt reactions from many musicians. One of his biggest fans is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who penned a profound tribute to the legendary stickman. Grohl, of course, rose to fame as a drummer with Nirvana, and Peart had always been one of his biggest inspirations. In fact, Grohl and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had the honor of inducting Rush into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame back in 2013. Heck, the Foos even dressed up as Rush to perform alongside the actual band at the ceremony. Peart passed away on Tuesday (January 7th) after a secret three-year battle with brain cancer, although the news wasn’t made public until Friday. Upon learning of Peart’s death, Grohl shared the following on Foo Fighters’ social pages: “Today, the world lost a true giant in the history of rock & roll. An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians (like myself) to pick up two sticks and chase a dream. A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words. I still vividly […]

Chester Bennington’s widow sets ‘record straight’ about New Year’s wedding

Chester Bennington’s widow has attacked tabloid reporters for failing to “fact check” the date of her recent wedding, after she was accused of remarrying on her anniversary with the tragic rocker. Talinda Bennington hit headlines over the weekend (04-05Jan20) after it was claimed she had tied the knot with firefighter Michael Fredman on 1 January (20) – the same day she had become Mrs. Bennington back in 2005. However, she took to Instagram on Monday to clear up the reports after facing criticism from some of the Linkin Park frontman’s fans online. Alongside a photo of the wedding programme, she wrote, “With joy and love I want to set something straight. “ON JANUARY 4th, I wed a wonderful man, great friend, and son this weekend… The day we chose was a day of meaning, in many different ways.” “My anniversary with my love, Chester, JAN 1 Was NOT THE DAYE (sic),” she continued. “Jan 1st will always be the day I married Chester. I would never paint over that beautiful day with anything else.” Talinda then turned on the media for spreading lies with the inaccurate reports: “To all of the tabloids who printed a false story, inciting anger to […]

Liam Gallagher says it wouldn’t ‘matter’ if no one turned up to his gigs

The former Oasis star supported The Who in the US at the end of 2019, and he says he didn’t take issue with fans of the ‘My Generation’ group who went to get drinks and food whilst he was playing, because he didn’t launch a solo career to “make any more fans or money”. The ‘Shockwave’ rocker – whose UK shows sell out in minutes – admitted: “I’m not doing this to gain any more fans — I’m here because I wanted to be. “I knew I wasn’t going to make any money — I’m just here to sell my record. “So I’m here to do a few tunes because I love The Who and I love Pete Townshend, and I love Roger Daltrey, so it was a bit of a holiday because I was bringing my kids over. “So if people are eating food or whatever … a lot of people keep turning up, and if they’re sitting there with food in their mouths, it doesn’t bother me. “Even if no one turns up, it doesn’t matter, because I’m having a ball out there. So I’m not here for promotion — I’m here just to have a crack at […]

Spike Jonze to release Beastie Boys photo book

Spike Jonze’s decades-long collaboration with Beastie Boys has spawned numerous music videos, classic album covers, a memoir, and even a stage show. Now, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of all that art with an upcoming photo book entitled simply Beastie Boys. Marking Jonze’s first-ever book of photography, the hardcover is due out March 17th via Rizzoli. The 256-page tome contains over two hundred of the Academy Award-winning director’s personal photos shot during his time spent with the hip-hop trio. Everything from their first collaborations in the early ’90s — like the iconic “Sabotage” video — to the cover of 1999’s The Sound of Silence greatest hits album is recontextualized via “the candid, the unexpected, the behind-the-scenes, and the real” images. (Read: How Beastie Boys, Weezer, and Spike Jonze Reinvented the Music Video) Beastie Boys members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond contributed new text to the book, while Jonze penned the afterword. Check out the cover art below, followed by the official summary. You can pre-order your copy here. The first book of photography to be published by the Academy Award-winning film director and photographer Spike Jonze. Will appeal to every fan of Beastie Boys […]

Brian May going vegan for January to ‘lessen the suffering of animals’

The Queen rocker has revealed he will be taking part in Veganuary – which sees people ditch animal products to follow a vegan diet for the month of January – at the start of the new year next week, because he wants to try and improve his own health, as well as save the lives of animals. Buy tickets below. Writing on Instagram, Brian said: “Starting on the first of January I, this coming year I will be doing VEGANUARY. Which means I will eat only vegan food for that month. After that, I will take a view on whether to continue or not. “My reasons ? 1) to lessen the suffering of animals. 2) To lessen the load on our groaning planet. 3) for my health. (sic)” Brian, 72, is known for his animal activism, and says it “bothers” him that he still eats products derived from animals.He added: “And … as an animal campaigner, it has been bothering me for a while that I still eat animal-derived food, that has caused indignity and pain to a non-human animal. So I will try to move along the line. I won’t be pressuring anyone else to do the same, and […]