Kelly Rowland hasn’t ruled out making new music with Destiny’s Child

The singer insists she has no plans to do a new track with her bandmates Beyoncé and Michelle Williams, but has confessed that if they were to do something, she wouldn’t say anyway as she’d want it to be a “surprise”. She told Entertainment Tonight: “I will say, we have made incredible music in the past, and I don’t know. Can we, like, have surprises in this day and age? I mean, I’m just saying. I just find it so interesting, everybody wants to know in advance. I know every time there is a decision to be made for myself and the ladies to do something, it’s usually a surprise. And our fans have always been so supportive and so awesome, like, I like to give them surprises. I’ve got nothing up my sleeve, I promise you, nothing up my sleeve, but yeah, I wouldn’t say anything.” Earlier this year, Beyonce’s father Mathew insisted a Destiny’s Child reunion is at least three years away. He said: “I certainly hope they do. It would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? But you know, things like that require years of preparation and timing. It takes years to put together a tour, get the band […]

Watch Thousands of Chilean Protesters Sing Víctor Jara’s “The Right to Live in Peace”

On Friday afternoon, around one million people gathered in the streets of Santiago for a protest calling for widespread change and the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera. During the massive protest, thousands of people began singing “El derecho de vivir en paz” (“The Right to Live in Peace”) by Víctor Jara—an artist and political activist who was tortured and killed by dictator Augusto Pinochet’s soldiers in 1973. Watch it happen below. Santiago was brought to a complete standstill due to the number of people in the streets. The protests in Chile began over a public transportation fare hike, but the issue is considered a catalyst for protests about the need for greater change surrounding inequality, privatized health care, low wages, inadequate pensions, and more. It’s been a violent time in the city; as many as 19 people have died. A state of emergency has been declared. https://twitter.com/ErikaOSanoja/status/1188098725618561024 [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Taylor Swift tried out for Les Miserables before landing role in Cats

Taylor Swift lost out on the chance to appear in director Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables film after auditioning for a role. The Lover hitmaker lost the part of Eponine to stage star Samantha Barks in the Oscar-winning 2012 movie, but insists she never expected to land the big gig. “I didn’t get it, but it was such an amazing experience just doing the screen test, and I was obviously like, ‘I’m not going to get this,’” Swift says on the inaugural episode of Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily radio show. “Because the other girl was amazing and was on the West End. Samantha Barks, she’s incredible and she fully killed the role and was amazing. I was watching it being like, ‘This is incredible.’” Taylor has since been granted the opportunity to work with Hooper after landing the role of Bombalurina in his latest stage musical adaptation, Cats. The part is a dream come true for the feline-friendly singer, who has a famous troupe of cats at home and even applied to trademark the names of her furry friends Meredith, Olivia, and Benjamin Swift earlier this year (19). “I started out doing musical theater as a kid,” she explains. “It’s […]

Slash & Bonnie Raitt lead tributes to iconic engineer Ed Cherney

Slash and Bonnie Raitt are leading the tributes to Grammy-winning engineer Ed Cherney, who lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday (22Oct19). Cherney worked on Raitt’s Nick of Time album and was behind the console for Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven and the Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon, while he also worked with artists like Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Sting, and Jackson Browne. He was a mainstay at The Village Studios in Los Angeles. Raitt was quick to release a statement, writing: “Heartbroken at the loss of my dear friend and brilliant engineer/producer, Ed Cherney. Together with Don Was, we made a mighty trio, creating some of the most celebrated albums of our careers, garnering us a string of Grammy nominations and awards for Nick of Time, Luck of the Draw, Longing in their Hearts and Road Tested in the early-mid 90’s. “He was one of the sweetest, funniest, big hearted and talented people I’ve ever known, as widely liked as he was respected as one of our businesses (sic) greatest recording Engineers. I will miss him so much and am so grateful we got to have him as long as we did. “Thank God he is out […]

Tame Impala Update Website With Mysterious New Video

Tame Impala have updated their website with a mysterious new video, as NME and Consequence of Sound point out. The footage shows Kevin Parker in a recording studio. Check out it out here. Pitchfork has reached out to Tame Impala’s representatives. Tame Impala’s last album, Currents, came out in July 2015. This year, the band returned with the new singles “Patience” and “Borderline.” They also headlined Coachella and performed on Saturday Night Live. Check out “Everything Kevin Parker Has Done Since Tame Impala’s Last Album, 2015’s Currents” on the Pitch. Pitchfork RSS Feed

Aretha Franklin biopic rounds out cast with Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige has been added to to the A-list cast of the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect. The R&B singer, who picked up a Golden Globe nod and Oscar nomination for her role in 2017 drama Mudbound, will join Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald and Tituss Burgess in the movie, which will star Jennifer Hudson as the late Queen of Soul. Respect director Liesl Tommy is raving about the final cast for the movie, which will depict the late soul legend’s career from her days as a child singing in her father’s choir to international stardom. “I am thrilled with the incredibly talented cast we have assembled for our film, and I’m so proud that Ms. Franklin entrusted us to tell her story and to share it with the world,” the filmmaker tells Deadline, noting producers worked with Franklin on crafting the movie before her death. “As a storyteller, hers is the kind of story we all dream of telling. Her music has inspired me since I was a little girl, and the milestones of her life and career have shown us all how to strive and thrive. “To have this powerhouse group of actors – and the […]