Justin Bieber announces official 2020 pop comeback

Justin Bieber has served up a Christmas treat for fans by announcing plans to release a new album and tour in 2020. Bieber teased his big reveal on Monday (23Dec19) and then released a video, filmed in an abandoned gas station near Los Angeles, on Christmas Eve, explaining all about his plans for the New Year. The Baby star is also revving up a docu-series. “As humans, we are imperfect,” Bieber says in the video. “My past, my mistakes, all the things that I’ve been through. I believe that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. God has me right where he wants me.” Describing his new album – his first since Purpose in 2015, he adds, “I feel like this is different than the previous albums just because of where I’m at in my life. It’s music that I love the most out of anything I’ve done.” Playing in the background of the video is his single Yummy, which drops on 3 January (20). It will feature on the singer’s fifth album, which has yet to get a title or release date. Bieber’s North American arena/stadium tour will begin on 14 May at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington and […]

Cardi B has reportedly donated $5,000 worth of toys to a children’s charity for Christmas

The ‘Bodak Yellow’ hitmaker may have her own daughter to buy for this festive season, but she wanted to make sure kids less fortunate than 17-month-old Kulture have something to unwrap on December 25 as well so she splashed out the lump sum at a local Target. The 27-year-old rapper was spotted visiting the retail store in Miami, Florida, on Friday (20.12.19) where she bought games, dolls, car sets and many more sweet gifts. She then had all her purchases put onto a U-HAUL truck, which she had rented out for the day, with the help of the staff and shipped off to her chosen children’s charity. It’s not known where Cardi sent the toys but she has previously spoken about wanting to help out children in need in New York City, according to celebrity gossip website TMZ.com. The ‘I Like It’ hitmaker has no doubt spoilt her daughter Kulture, whom she has with her husband Offset, this festive season as she spent over $100,000 on her first birthday in July. Cardi and Offset reportedly commissioned celebrity jeweller Eliantte to create a pendant and chain inspired by little Kulture’s favourite TV show, ‘Word Party’, and the custom piece was made […]

The Front Bottoms share new single “Camouflage”: Stream

The Front Bottoms have released a new single called “Camouflage”. It’s the group’s first new music since releasing the 2018 EP Ann.  “Camouflage” is a crisply produced track that opens with radio feedback and isolated vocals before turning into a blown-out pop punk track about mental breakdowns, budding crushes, and trying to blend in. In its corresponding music video, a black-and-white clip directed by Mark Jaworski, The Front Bottoms trek the country in a van and start to lose track of where they are. In a press statement, the band explained the inspiration for the single, “We spent a lot of the last year reflecting. There was a lot to think about, a lot to stress about, and a lot to be happy about. We feel lucky about it all, but it’s getting hard to separate real life and the music, or tell which parts even belong to us and which parts belong to you. That’s the best though. We retreated for a while, learned some stuff, then came back and learned some more.” (Read: Top 50 Albums of 2019) Check out “Camouflage” below. While the single is not technically tied to an upcoming release, or at least one that […]

LadBaby scores second Xmas No.1 with fastest-selling download of the year I Love Sausage Rolls

LadBaby is officially on a (sausage) roll as he is crowned the UK’s Official Christmas Number 1 for a second year in a row and sets a new chart record, the Official Charts Company can confirm. YouTuber and dad blogger Mark Hoyle, along with his wife Roxanne and their two sons, proves that lightning CAN strike twice, taking the coveted festive top spot today with I Love Sausage Rolls – a playful twist on Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll. Money raised from the single goes to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust, who support a network of food banks across the UK and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. According to Official Charts Company data, I Love Sausage Rolls smashes last year’s total too, scoring a huge 93,000 chart sales this week (18,000 more than last year’s winning track We Built This City) – and with 85,000 of that total coming via digital purchases, LadBaby not only claims the festive chart crown, but also the fastest-selling download of the year, in fact the fastest-selling download since June 2017’s Artists For Grenfell chart-topping charity single. The YouTuber sets a new chart record today, becoming the first […]

Selena Gomez weeds out fame-hungry suitors with ‘organic’ approach to dating

Selena Gomez has adopted a “natural, organic” approach to dating so she can weed out any potential suitors solely interested in her fame. The singer was being interviewed on Britain’s Capital FM when she was surprised by a pre-recorded message from Jason Derulo, who asked her for tips on the world of dating. “So what is your best advice to a man coming up to meet a woman for the first time?” he questioned in his message. “How do you like to be approached? What’s the best approach a man can give?” Admitting she’d “never really been asked this question before”, Selena thought hard before answering, and revealed she is a fan of being introduced to potential boyfriends by her closest pals. “I like group situations. So, I find that that’s what makes me comfortable. If they’re someone maybe I know of someone I know,” she said. Insisting one of the most important things is that a man is “genuine”, the 27-year-old added: “I feel like in the first five seconds, I can tell if I’m meeting someone that just wants one thing. And then I can tell when it’s a good group of guys and they’re cool. I love […]

Harry Styles: ‘The craziest part about the whole ‘X Factor’ thing, is that it’s so instant’

Harry Styles has joked that he could wake up in his forties with deferred mental health problems from his dizzying ascent to fame with One Direction. Buy tickets below. The 25-year-old singer shot to fame in the boyband alongside Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik after they were handpicked by Simon Cowell on ‘The X Factor’ in 2010 and Harry admitted One Direction’s success came so quickly that he never had time to process it. Speaking to The Guardian’s Weekend magazine, he said: “The craziest part about the whole ‘X Factor’ thing, is that it’s so instant. The day before, you’ve never been on telly. Then suddenly… You don’t think at the time, ‘Oh, maybe I should keep some of my personal stuff back for myself.’ Partly because, if you’re a 16-year-old who does that, you look like a jumped-up little sh*t. Can you imagine? ‘Sorry, actually, I’d rather not comment…’ You don’t know what to be protective of.” “We didn’t get to dip in a toe. But, listen, I was a kid, all I knew was: I didn’t have to go to school any more. I thought it was f**king great. Maybe it’s something I’ll have […]

The Voidz return with new single “Did My Best” produced by Mac DeMarco: Stream

Even with a new album from The Strokes on the horizon, the band’s individual members continue to roll out music of their own. The other day we saw Fabrizio Moretti drop his debut LP under his Machinegum moniker; now, Julian Casablancas and The Voidz are back with a new single, “Did My Best”. The track is a fuzzy offering that comes paired with a grainy, lo-fi music video/short film. Directed by Promiseland, it finds the band members apparently lost in relationships with mannequins… or sex dolls, it’s kind of hard to tell. The nearly 11-minute clip also incorporates a new version of “The Eternal Tao”, The Voidz’ previous 2019 release. Dubbed “The Eternal Tao 2.0”, there’s an extra verse tacked on at the end. What’s more, the visuals feature cameos from Mac DeMarco and Kirin J Callinan, who co-produced both “Did My Best” and “The Eternal Tao”. Watch it below. (Read: The Top 25 Rock Albums of the 2010s) The Voidz’ last full-length, Virtue, dropped in 2018. There’s no word yet on whether these new songs are leading up to another full-length, though at least Casablancas fans have the continually teased Strokes record to anticipate. There are also a number of […]

Jack Black says Jack White’s studio is like going to Elvis’ Graceland

The ‘School of Rock’ actor and the ‘Seven Nation Army’ hitmaker have finally collaborated on the Tenacious D song ‘Don’t Blow It, Kage’, which the former White Stripes star has producer, after years of fans calling for the duo to team up. And the Hollywood actor revealed on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ this week just what White’s Third Man Records HQ in Nashville is like. He told the US host: “We toured all around the world, and we even stopped off in Nashville, and we got a call from Jack White, who has his headquarters there in Nashville. “He was like ‘Hey, if you’re coming through, why don’t you come by and record a little something at my home studio?’ “And we were like ‘Yes, we can’t say no to that,’ because he’s a legend. He’s my idol. I love Jack White.” He then compared his recording space to the late King of Rock and Roll’s former residence and now-museum.He added: “Every room has been meticulously curated with magic and humour and weirdness.” Addressing the crowd during his band’s Nashville show in August, Black teased: “Jack White – we went over to his house today and recorded a brand new song.” […]

ASCAP launches health and wellness program for musicians

Back in June, a troubling study revealed that at least 73% of musicians suffer from mental illness. The same report from Sweden’s Record Union found that only 19% actually felt the music industry was working to improve conditions for artists. Perhaps in light of those dismal numbers, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, aka ASCAP, has created a new health and wellness program called “TuneUp”. As Pitchfork reports, this program will provide all ASCAP members with access to wellness services and events (think meditation classes and audio workouts), recovery support groups, and more. Per a statement, it’s “designed especially for our music creator members, intended to help nourish your body, mind and spirit so you can be your creative best.” (Read: Revisiting the Tragic Last Days of Kurt Cobain) “Creating music is an all-consuming passion and a labor of love, but you’ve got to take care of your instrument — in the case of music creators, your body, mind and spirit,” ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams commented in a elaborated. He continued, “ASCAP has a long commitment to supporting the livelihoods of its songwriters and composers. With TuneUp, we’re taking that one step further. If […]

Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno wants to celebrate 40th birthday with a huge party on an oil rig

Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno wants to celebrate his 40th birthday next year with a huge party on an oil rig. The Kasabian guitarist turns 39 on December 15 but he’s already thinking about how he’s going to commemorate the milestone age and has been inspired to host a big bash by his pal Noel Gallagher, who had a ‘Narcos’-themed 50th birthday party. Serge intends to fly his guests out to sea via a helicopter. In an interview with Q magazine, he said: “That’s never really been a thing for me. I don’t mind ageing. I’m looking forward to it! Will there be a big party? Yeah, I’ve got my eye on hiring this oil rig out in the sea. I’m having that – you get there by helicopter, out in the middle of nowhere, and have a party for three days. Job done.” Serge – who released his first solo album ‘The S.L.P.’ this year – admits he gets drunk quite easily but insists he can handle it well and keep going. When asked about the last time he fell over drunk, Serge replied: “You know what, I’m pretty steady on my feet. I get drunk quick, but I can […]