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.” […]

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 […]

Watch the Weeknd Perform “Blinding Lights” on Colbert

The Weeknd returned to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night for the second time this week. This time around, he performed his comeback single “Blinding Lights.” The Weeknd’s set was broadcast in black and white, and the singer performed in a hall of mirrors while audience members held up small, square mirrors to reflect light from the stage, resulting in a kind of strobe effect. Watch it happen below. [embedded content] Pharrell Williams was one of Colbert’s interviewees during the episode (Pharrell was also a performer on the show earlier in the week). Colbert and Pharrell discussed music, space, and time travel. When Colbert asked if Pharrell was interested in visiting space, Pharrell said, “No I think the pixilation on Nat Geo is awesome.” He later added, “Man, I’m such a poser. I love space but I’m not trying to go.” He said the same of time travel. On Thursday’s episode of Colbert, the Weeknd performed another new single, “Heartless,” as he wandered through the halls of the Ed Sullivan Theater. The Weeknd originally debuted “Blinding Lights” last month in a Mercedes-Benz commercial. Shortly after releasing that single and “Heartless” on streaming platforms, he shared a trippy music […]

Justin Timberlake apologises to Jessica Biel for ‘lapse in judgement’

Justin Timberlake has apologised for his “strong lapse in judgement” after pictures emerged of him holding hands with his co-star Alisha Wainwright. The singer/actor, who is married to actress Jessica Biel, was photographed looking cosy with his Palmer co-star during a night out in New Orleans last month. In the images, Justin was seen holding Alisha’s hand, while the 30-year-old also put her hand on his knee. However, the 38-year-old finally broke his silence with regards to the scandal in a grovelling Instagram post on Wednesday night, writing: “I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family I feel it is important to address recent rumours that are hurting the people I love. “A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgement – but let me be clear – nothing happened between me and my co-star. I drank way too much that night and I regret my behaviour. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son.” Continuing to apologise to Jessica, with whom he shares four-year-old son Silas, Justin wrote: “I apologise to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such and […]

Watch HAIM Cover Robyn’s “Show Me Love”

HAIM have stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Chillest Show With Paul Taggart to perform a Piano Session, as Stereogum points out. During the session, they covered Robyn’s “Show Me Love” and also played their new song “Hallelujah.” Watch below. This year, HAIM have shared the new tracks “Summer Girl,” “Now I’m in It,” and “Hallelujah.” They’ve all arrived with music videos directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Last month, the trio shared its cover of Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will” for Verve Forecast’s Hanukkah+ compilation. [embedded content] [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Taylor Swift was making ‘faces that are ugly’ whilst recording her new album

The 29-year-old star has admitted she made her latest album, ‘Lover’, with the same intensity that she typically reserves for her live performances. Taylor – who also created ‘Beautiful Ghosts’ for the cinematic adaption of ‘Cats’ – told the January issue of British Vogue magazine: “I was really singing a lot at that point – I’d just come from a stadium tour, and then did ‘Cats’, which was all based on live performances – so a lot of that album is nearly whole takes. “When you perform live, you’re narrating and you’re getting into the story and you’re making faces that are ugly and you’re putting a different meaning on a song every time you perform it.” Taylor also stressed the importance of feeling a strong connection to her own material. The ‘You Need to Calm Down’ hitmaker shared: “I think [writing] is really important – also from the side of ownership over what you do and make. “Even if you aren’t a natural writer, you should try to involve yourself in the messages you’re sending.” Taylor recently won the Favorite Album – Pop/Rock accolade at the American Music Awards. And the blonde beauty subsequently admitted she had a great […]

Lewis Capaldi pulls out of show due to voice woes

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi cancelled his concert in Southampton, England at short notice on Thursday. The Someone You Loved hitmaker was due to appear at the O2 Southampton Guildhall venue, but took to Instagram just hours before the gig to apologise to fans and explain that his vocal woes meant he would not be performing. “Am so so gutted to be typing this message. Have been having trouble with my voice again this week and have been struggling through the past few shows and woke up today sounding rubbish,” his statement read. “This morning I had an urgent check up with a ENT doctor and they’ve told me that to have any chance of finishing this tour we’ll need to cancel tonight’s show at O2 Guildhall in Southampton. “I was hoping that a night off from performing yesterday would allow me some recovery time for tonight but unfortunately that has not been the case.” The 23-year-old apologised to fans and promised to add another Southampton date soon. Lewis’ next gig is at the O2 Brixton Academy in London on Friday.

Kvelertak Announce First Album With New Singer, Share Song: Listen

Kvelertak are back with a new album. Splid, the follow-up to 2016’s Nattesferd, is out February 14, 2020. It’s their first LP since singer Erlend Hjelvik left the band last July, to be replaced by Ivar Nikolaisen, formerly of the glam-punk outfit Silver and Norse punks the Good, the Bad & the Zugly; it’s also their debut for new home Rise Records. “Bråtebrann” leads the record—listen to the song below. The Norwegian group say in a press release that Splid, which translates as Discord, is “a deep dive into western gluttony, our own stupidity, and the abyss of the earth.” Recorded with Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, the record “is one hour of catchy riffs, punk rock, and heavy metal influenced by a world in discord to accompany our way towards Ragnarok,” according to the band. [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

T.I. ‘incredibly apologetic’ to daughter Deyjah after claiming gynaecologist checks every year she’s still a virgin

T.I. is “incredibly apologetic” to his daughter Deyjah, after he claimed he takes her to the gynaecologist every year to check she’s still a virgin. The 39-year-old rapper came under fire earlier this month when he admitted he takes his 18-year-old daughter to the gynaecologist every year to make sure her hymen is still intact. And he has now extended his apologies for his comments, but insisted he’s only apologising to Deyjah, and not the “weirdos” who he claims have been “tossing lies around” about him and twisting his words. He said: “There was never any objection. She did have a problem with me talking about it, however. And I understand that, and I am incredibly apologetic to her for that. To her. Not to any of these other strangers, any of the weirdos, who just kind of toss lies around for fun. She understands my intentions, and she knows who I am. She knows who I’ve always been. And I think that allows a certain level of understanding.” The ‘Live Your Life’ hitmaker went on to insist he’d made his comments as a “joke”, and slammed his critics for taking his words seriously. He explained: “I came to clear […]