Camila Cabello and Billie Eilish named on TIME 100 Next list

Camila Cabello and Billie Eilish are among the stars named in TIME magazine’s 100 Next 2019 list. Billie and Camila are joined on the list by rappers Lil Nas X and Megan Thee Stallion, singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers, comedian Awkwafina, Latin star Bad Bunny, and the actors Noah Centino, Ezra Miller, Henry Golding, Beanie Feldstein, Mj Rodriguez, and Keke Palmer. In a video filmed for TIME, the Havana hitmaker, who left Cuba for the U.S. with her parents as a child, explained that in addition to making music, she felt it was important to speak out about the issues that matter to her such as mental health and immigration. “Immigration is such a huge issue right now, and it’s really sad there’s just like this energy talking about the political terms, these people (immigrants) are running from danger in a lot of cases and just trying to look out for their kids, just like anyone would,” she said. “That’s the reason I’m outspoken about my family story.” As with the normal TIME 100, which has run for 15 years and names the most influential people in the world, most honorees receive a tribute from another star explaining why they are so […]

The Who’s Pete Townshend will only smash a guitar again to raise money for charity

The 74-year-old guitarist and his band mates – comprised of Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon – were known for their hedonistic behaviour which included smashing their instruments and wrecking their stages, but now that he’s older, Pete has said he’ll only cause damage to another guitar if it helps to raise money for charity. He said: “I haven’t smashed guitars for a long time, for me it was an expression of youth. I smashed a guitar on David Letterman and it auctioned for $168,000. I am prepared to smash a guitar for charity.” As well as instruments, The Who were no strangers to destroying hotel rooms at the height of their career. Pete also spoke about the longevity of his career, as he said he’s “shocked” that his music has remained meaningful for decades. He added: “For Roger Daltrey and me, we are both shocked that our music has lasted so long and still has consequence and meaning. Roger wanted to use an orchestra on the tour, which I was suspicious of.” The ‘Pinball Wizard’ hitmaker reflected on the music industry today, and said that whilst music these days seems to be “two polarised strands”, The Who […]

Jasta unleashes new songs featuring Trivium’s Matt Heafy and Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach: Stream

Jamey Jasta is set to drop The Lost Chapters – Volume 2, his third solo album under the Jasta moniker. The Hatebreed frontman has unveiled tracks from the collaborative LP — “When the Contagion Is You” featuring Trivium singer Matt Heafy, and “Strength to Draw the Line” featuring Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach. Like he did with his previous solo albums, Jasta recruited a cast of heavy metal stalwarts to guest on Volume 2, including Max Cavalera of Soulfly, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of Cannibal Corpse, and Kirk Windstein of Crowbar, among others. It also marks the first new music from Jasta’s solo project since its prequel, 2017’s The Lost Chapters. As he did on the first Lost Chapters album, which closed with the Dio-era Black Sabbath song “Buried Alive”, Jasta closes Volume 2 with another metal cover, taking on Megadeth’s classic “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”. (Read: Jamey Jasta Feuds with CHVRCHES Over Festival Lineup) “It was overdue for another solo release since the last one had come out in 2017,” Jasta said in a press release. “The timing for new music is perfect. It was important to me for this new collection to have the compilation feel of the first one while […]

Chanel West Coast ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Sharon Stone’s lawsuit

Rapper Chanel West Coast has responded after Sharon Stone sued her over her 2018 track Sharon Stoned. According to a lawsuit obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the Casino actress alleged the rapper is trying to capitalise on her “extraordinary level of popularity and fame” by repeatedly mentioning her name in the lyrics. Her complaint alleged Chanel, real name Chelsea Dudley, “gratuitously repeats the name ‘Sharon Stone’ 33 times and the name ‘Sharon’ 99 times,” during its lyrics. Following news of the lawsuit, Chanel released a statement admitting she was “surprised and disappointed” that Stone had decided to take legal action. “Sharon pulled out of participating in the music video the day of the shoot after months of conversations, in-person meetings with myself and the director, two dance rehearsals and even had her own ideas that she shared with myself and my team for the collaborative on the video,” she said. “To be frank, the entire production team and myself were surprised when she walked off. Nonetheless, the shoot proceeded. I am an artist who was expressing myself through music by making a song and video about someone whom I greatly admire. I only had the best intentions to create something […]

David Gray announces White Ladder 20th anniversary tour

David Gray will mark the 20th anniversary of his album White Ladder by embarking on a 2020 North American summer tour. The 24-date outing takes place July and August, including stops at Budweiser Stage in Toronto; Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO; and Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Each show will feature a full performance of White Ladder along with greatest hits. Tickets to the upcoming dates can be found here. Along with the tour, Gray will release a 20th anniversary edition of White Ladder on February 14th. The 2xCD or 4xLP set will include a new remaster of the album, plus previously unreleased rarities, B-sides, and demos. Pre-orders are now ongoing. David Gray 2020 Tour Dates:03/20 – Liverpool, UK @ M&S Bank Arena03/21 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro03/22 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena03/24 – Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth International Centre03/26 – London, UK @ O2 Arena03/27 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena03/28 – Birmingham, UK @ Resorts World Arena03/31 – Belfast, UK @ SSE Arena04/03 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena04/04 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena03/07 – Antwerp, BE @ Lotto Arena04/08 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live04/09 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium07/13 – Lewiston, NY @ […]

The Who’s Pete Townshend says his ‘rock and roll’ antics made him feel like a ‘prat’

The ‘Baba O’ Riley’ guitarist – who was notorious for smashing his instrument to pieces on stage – has admitted he could be “pretty snobby” when it came to his and his bandmates’ wild ways, and he actually felt that when he and late drummer Keith Moon used to throw television out of hotel windows, it was a real “waste of time”. In an interview with The Big Issue magazine, the 74-year-old musician confessed: “I was always pretty snobby about rock and roll. “As the television went through the window, I would look at Keith Moon and go, ‘what a f***** prat. What a waste of time’. “Then, two or three times I did the same thing and I would think, ‘what a f****** prat’.” However, the former arts student – who is one of the two only surviving members of the iconic rock band, along with frontman Roger Daltrey – admitted that he wouldn’t have changed their instrument-thrashing days, because it’s how he made people “listen” to him. He added: “I was in it for the art. “I felt we should confine our antics to the stage. “Getting into auto-destruction was straight out of art college. “People still say […]