Nigeria’s top artist and songwriter David Adeleke is popularly known as Davido has been trending on social media after the official Twitter page of Columbia Record United Kingdom congratulated him of achieving the highest stream.
According to the records, Davido’s “A Good time” album has surpassed 1 billion streams. The album of Davido is the first Nigerian album to reach 1 billion views on major platforms.
Nigerian rapper and music executive, Olamide Adedeji has revealed that his new album is finally complete.
Olamide who recently disclosed on Twitter that he has been busy cooking in the kitchen metaphorically talking about his album has resurfaced on Instagram to announce to his fans that the long-awaited album is 100% ready and will soon be ready for consumption.
Sharing a photo of himself a member of his YBNL record label, looking very excited about this, the ‘Wo’ hitmaker captioned;
According to The Sun, the Australian pop star will debut new single “Say Something” this Thursday (23 July) ahead of the launch of her 15th studio album.
The record was described as a “disco classic” that will mark a departure from Minogue’s last country-inspired album Golden, which topped the UK album charts following its 2018 release.
It comes as rumoured information about the album appeared on social media on Tuesday (21 July) after “leaking” on Amazon Italy.
The new album is allegedly titled Disco and will be released on 6 November, although this is yet to be confirmed by Minogue’s representatives. The Independent has approached them for comment.
In May, Minogue, 52, revealed that she had been recording new music from her living room during lockdown, saying: “I’ve been really busy, setting up a home studio (AKA, my lounge room!) and learning so much about remote recording.
“It’s been a steep learning curve for all the team as there are technical obstacles to navigate but I’m so thankful to be able to continue work on my album in this way. I’ve been riding the emotional wave along with the rest of the world, but creativity has been a big help,” she said
When Fender’s Meteora first broke cover back in January 2018, it turned a lot of heads – not just because of its radical offset design, but also because it was a brand-new electric guitar body shape for Fender. And that outline looks to be gaining in popularity, as Fender unveils its first-ever Custom Shop Meteora.
This retro-future-vibed instrument was Master Built by Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn. Master Built instruments are the highest-end guitars to come out of the Custom Shop, showcasing the skills of Fender’s top luthiers.
For his take on the Meteora, Thorn spec’d an ash body in Closet Classic White Blonde lacquer finish, complemented by a quartersawn maple neck and rosewood fingerboard.
That neck features a ’60s C carve profile, bone nut and American Pro tuners, while the fingerboard comes fitted with pearloid block inlays, a 9.5” radius and 6105 frets.
As opposed to previous Meteoras’ Tele or dual-humbucker pickup configurations, this Master Built offering leans more towards vintage, Gretsch-esque tones, courtesy of TV Jones Classic and Classic Plus pickups.
So far, the Meteora has only been available as a limited-edition offering in Fender’s Alternate Reality and Parallel Universe line-ups, but could this Master Built seal of approval see its instatement as a full-time production model? We can only hope.
The singer and her bandmates, now known as The Chicks, were in the room when the disgraced movie mogul took Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck to task over the film’s climax, insisting he wanted a happy ending.
“He was standing, screaming at them,” The Chicks’ Martie Maguire told The Guardian. “We were all dumbfounded.”
But frontwoman Maines admits she will never forgive herself for not speaking out, adding: “It was one of the scariest meetings we’ve ever had. I really wish I could be back in that room and go, ‘Listen, motherf**ker, don’t you talk to our directors like that’.
“I know first-hand how scary that man can be. He was definitely getting off on belittling them, because it was completely unnecessary and abusive.”
The 35-year-old prince met the 51-year-old singer – who has two sons from a previous relationship and three daughters with wife Rebecca – in the ‘Oh Carolina’ hitmaker’s native Jamaica and impressed the musician with a rendition of his raunchy single.
Shaggy said: ”When Prince Harry came to Jamaica he came to visit the Bustamante Hospital for Children.
”My daughter thought he was supposed to be a prince on a horse, like in her storybook.
”He turned to me and said, ‘Wow, she’s just so not impressed’, and then he sang, ‘It Wasn’t Me’. So Prince Harry is a Shaggy fan!”
Shaggy is hopeful Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, is also a fan.
He told Observer magazine: ”I’d like to think that the Queen is a big Shaggy fan. I played at her 92nd birthday party at the Royal Albert Hall.
”Afterwards I was standing right beside her. It would have been crazy if she was like, ‘Hello, Mr Boombastic’. ”
Meanwhile, although the ‘Angel’ singer isn’t a ”big weed smoker”, he thinks the world would be a much calmer place if its leaders smoked marijuana.
He said: ”I’m not a big weed smoker. I’m more into cigars. I just don’t like the smoke in my lungs.
”Do you see any violent weed smokers? Most avid weed smokers just look like they are half-asleep and get the munchies.
The ‘Jump’ rockers haven’t toured since 2015 and the band’s singer David Lee Roth recently claimed in an interview with the New York Times that they are unlikely to reunite for a tour again.
He said: ”I don’t know that Eddie is ever really going to rally for the rigours of the road again. I don’t even want to say I’ve waited — I’ve supported for five years. Because what I do is physical as well as musical and spiritual — you can’t take five years off from the ring. But I did. And I do not regret a second of it.
”He’s a band mate. We had a colleague down. And he’s down now for enough time that I don’t know that he’s going to be coming back out on the road. You want to hear the classics? You’re talking to him.”
However, Wolfgang, 29 – who plays bass for the band – has responded on Instagram and hit out at the claims.
Commenting on the article, he wrote: ”Yeah I don’t really think that’s up for him to decide.”
Eddie has suffered with poor health in recent times, with David stating earlier this year that he was ”not doing well”.
The latter remarked that the 65-year-old guitar legend’s health was not good, and suggested his performing ability deteriorated because he hasn’t been active since their last reunion tour five years ago.
David claimed: ”Ed’s not doing well, and singing and dancing is a perishable skill.
”If you have the capacity, it’s something that has to be used routinely, if not for the thrill of it and the magic of creating with other incandescent spirits.”
The ‘Hot for Teacher’ rocker did not address reports Eddie had allegedly been battling cancer again.
In November, it was claimed the musician was admitted to a medical facility suffering from intestinal issues and abdominal pain, with sources telling TMZ the rocker had experienced a bad reaction to the drugs he is taking to fight throat cancer, but was said to be doing fine.
The singer was previously signed to Square Records and was recently in the news after he accused Paul and Peter Okoye of now-defunct Psquare music group, of not fully taking care of him as an artiste under their label.
However, fans are excited for May D and they are also heaping praises on Davido for signing the singer to his label.
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The 30-year-old American rapper, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as Logic has revealed that agyer the release of his sixth studio album ‘No Pressure’, dropping on Friday, July 24, he’s retiring from music.
Logic took to social media to make the shocking announcement and also explained that he wants to focus on being “a great father” to his son.
He wrote: ‘Officially announcing my retirement with the release of “No Pressure” executive produced by No I.D. July 24th… It’s been a great decade. Now it’s time to be a great father.’
American Rapper, Logic Retires From Music
The rapper and his wife Brittney Noell announced they were expecting their first child, a son, back in August last year.
Logic, who started putting out music in 2009 after a string of mixtapes, has collaborated with so many stars including Eminem, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane, YBN Cordae, G-Eazy, Wiz Khalifa, Hailee Steinfeld, and actor Will Smith among many others.
His biggest hit was a 2017 song about suicide ‘1-800-273-8255.’ He titled the song after a prevention hotline in the States.
The sixth studio album, ‘No Pressure’ will mark Logic’s first release since his fifth studio album, ‘Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind’ dropped last year.
Juice WRLD’s posthumous album Legends Never Die lands straight in at Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart.
The third studio album by the US rapper and first posthumous project arrives just over seven months after his death at the age of 21. Legends Never Die racked up 22,500 chart sales this week, 97% of which came from streams.
Juice’s UK label Polydor told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media): “We are so happy to deliver a UK Number 1 album for Juice WRLD, for his family and for his legacy. Juice WRLD was, and always will be, a star.”
It’s the first posthumous album to top the Official UK Chart in almost three years, since George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 reissue in October 2017. The last posthumous Number 1 album of new material to reach Number 1 was Viola Beach’s self-titled debut in August 2016.
Three songs from Legends Never Die feature in this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 40: Come & Go with Marshmello (9), Life’s A Mess with Halsey (11), and Wishing Well (15). View Juice WRLD’s Official UK Chart history in full here.
Meanwhile, The Streets’ new collection and first new music in nine years, None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive, is new at Number 2 and is the UK’s bestselling album on vinyl this week.
Australian rock band DMA’s land at Number 4 with The Glow, marking their strongest UK chart debut yet.
Laura Marling’s latest album Song For Our Daughter re-enters at Number 5 following a physical release. The singer-songwriter’s seventh record debuted at 22 back in April on a digital-only release. We recently spoke to Laura about the collection in an episode of our livestream series The Record Club.
Further down, Big Country claim their first Top 40 album in 26 years with new retrospective Essential at 23, and Rufus Wainwright lands his sixth Top 40 collection with Unfollow The Rules at 27.
NRM learnt earlier this year that Ozzy Osbourne was planning to start work on a new album as soon as he could – now his wife and manager Sharon says, “You can’t stop him. He’s doing it.”
Speaking with Steve-O’s Wild Ride, Sharon reveals: “He’s starting his second album with Andrew Watt right now. And you can’t stop him. He’s doing it.”
She also spoke about Ozzy’s health after the Black Sabbath icon fell at home last year, aggravating an old injury he sustained during his 2003 ATV accident which in turn exacerbated his Parkinson’s disease.
Sharon says: “He’s doing really good. He had a terrible injury and at one point, they thought he would never walk again, but he is. He’s walking and doing great. He’s been hit by so much medically, but he’s doing good. He’s getting stronger every day.
“To be hit with the spinal injury, and then what it had done was, it started off the Parkinson’s that he had the gene for but was never activated. He just had the gene.
“It’s like having the breast cancer gene but it never comes into fruition. He had the Parkinson’s gene and this accident just sparked it off. So he had a double dose of everything. But he’s doing good.”
As for touring again, Sharon reports: “Ozzy says that as far as performing goes, he has to end it his way because it was his farewell tour he was on, but he still had a year to do of that tour, but the accident stopped it all.
“He said it’s not going to end just like that. He’s going to go back out, and even if it’s just one huge show to say goodbye, he’s going to do it.”
Ozzy was due to kick off his rescheduled No More Tours 2 shows in Atlanta back in May, but the dates were postponed to allow the singer to seek medical treatment in Switzerland. However, his trip was put on hold due to the pandemic.
The 33-year-old singer named her new record ‘Brightest Blue’ following a period of ”self discovery” in New York, where she had been feeling lost and homesick, but unexpectedly found a surge of happiness when she visited a gallery in the Big Apple.
She explained: ”I’d visited an exhibition by this guy called Doug Wheeler and it was this bright blue room.
”I was homesick at the time and my identity was tied up with touring and music but I wasn’t on the road and in one place. So it was a period of real self-discovery, so when I saw this blue, I had this feeling of happiness.”
The ‘Starry Eyed’ hitmaker hopes the record has an individual sound and thinks it will fit in with the pop music being produced in both the UK and the US.
She said: ”I didn’t want my album to sound like anything else and there’s a lot more soul to this album and I think that is a combination of personal growth and always evolving. Pop music is very different here and in the US, and I fit into both.”
Ellie felt nervous about releasing the deeply personal album, which is her first since 2015 ‘Delirium’, but knows the time is right and waiting any longer would have been ”completely ridiculous”.
She said: ”Any earlier wouldn’t have been right and any later would have been completely ridiculous.
”The past five years have been really crucial for my mental health and have got me to where I am now.
”I am in a pretty chilled place and I’m ready to enjoy it.”
The former First Lady of the United States will be launching The Michelle Obama Podcast on Spotify later this month.
The show will debut exclusively on Spotify on July 29, and will be made available to free users and premium subscribers worldwide. The series will “feature the former First Lady’s conversations with friends, family and allies, focusing on ‘the relationships that shape us, from siblings and close friends to partners, parents and mentors to our relationship with ourselves and our health,’” according to the companies, via Variety.
“My hope is that this series can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we’re all trying to answer in our own lives. Perhaps most of all, I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations — and hard conversations — with the people who matter most to them.
That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another,” she said in the statement.
Guests will include her mother, Marian Robinson, and older brother Craig Robinson, as well as Conan O’Brien, former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and journalist Michele Norris.
Alicia Keys has rescheduled her UK and Ireland tour, having postponed the original run due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With her new LP ‘ALICIA’ expected later this year, the R&B star is now set to call at Dublin’s 3Arena, Manchester Arena, London’s O2 Arena and the Utilita Arena in Birmingham next June. Tickets remain valid.
Award-winning reggae/dancehall artiste, Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie also known as Patoranking has announced a collaboration for a new version of Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ in conjunction with the legend’s family.
The collaboration which will be released on July 17th will feature the Marley family and Amplified Records and it is aimed at bringing the world together in response to the current global pandemic.
Aside Patoranking, the new version will feature other artists from around the world to support in support of United Nations International Children’s Fund’s coronavirus response to support children in developing countries, where help is urgently needed.
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Confirming the collaboration, excited Patoranking took to his Instagram page and wrote; “ONE LOVE by Bob Marley means a lot to me and to be on this new version alongside the Marley Family and others in support of @unicef’s coronavirus relief is an incredible honour.
“One Love featuring the King coming July 17th @amplified.records @oneloveoneheart2020.”
Amplified Records also wrote on Instagram; “ONE LOVE featuring @patorankingfire 💛 Coming July 17th. The King is on the new version of One Love alongside the Marley family and others in support of @unicef’s coronavirus relief. Stay tuned to find out who else will be on this new record. #OneLoveOneHeart.”
America, the 12 and a half minute closer to his new record ‘The Ascension’, is described as the record’s “thematic template”. It was written six years ago, during sessions for Stevens’ previous LP ‘Carrie & Lowell’, but eventually set aside.
“I was dumbfounded by the song when I first wrote it,” Sufjan said in a statement. “Because it felt vaguely mean-spirited and miles away from everything else on ‘Carrie & Lowell’. So I shelved it.
“But when I dug up the demo a few years later I was shocked by its prescience. I could no longer dismiss it as angry and glib. The song was clearly articulating something prophetic and true, even if I hadn’t been able to identify it at the time. That’s when I saw a clear path toward what I had to do next.”
‘The Ascension’ will arrive on September 25 via the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s label, Asthmatic Kitty.
“My objective for this album was simple: Interrogate the world around you,” Sufjan added. “Question anything that doesn’t hold water. Exterminate all bullshit. Be part of the solution or get out of the way. Keep it real. Keep it true. Keep it simple. Keep it moving.”
The 35-year-old entertainer dropped his new song “Ego Death,” featuring Kanye West, FKA twigs and Skrillex, on Wednesday (July 1).
The song is featured on his upcoming third studio album, coming soon. The song samples “Dance for Me” by Queen Latifah and “Free” by Ultra Nate.
“‘Ego Death’ is a very special record. It’s always an honor working with my brother ‘Ye. He’s a genius and we make incredible records every single time we link up. Skrillex and Twigs came in and blessed us with the magic that only they can put on the record,” Ty explains.
“I played it once at a house party and everyone went crazy. A clip leaked online and –t but that’s all good. I just had to find the right time to put it out, so I’m excited that it’s finally THAT TIME! My new album is done and it’s coming very soon. Shout to my fans for being patient while I made sure it was perfect, it’s worth the wait…it’s my best work yet. I can’t wait for y’all to hear it!”
The ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ rocker has penned the book with co-author David Ritz and the tome will focus on the first 25 years of Lenny’s life from his childhood growing up in New York neighbourhoods in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant through to the periods he spend living in Los Angeles, France, England and Germany as a young man.
The book will also explore his beginnings in the music industry and his motivation for turning down several record deals until he released his debut studio LP ‘Let Love Rule’ – with which his book shares it’s name – under the Virgin Records banner in 1989.
In a statement, Kravitz, 56, said: ”I am pleased to announce the release of my book ‘Let Love Rule’.
”Writing this memoir has been a beautiful and interesting experience taking me through the first 25 years of my life, from birth to release of my first album. That journey, full of adventure, was where I found myself and my voice.
Through that experience, love was the force that paved the way and love became my message.
”It’s the story of a wildly creative kid who, despite tough struggles at school and extreme tension at home, finds salvation in music.”
Kravitz will also talk about his life with with his ex-wife, actress Lisa Bonet, and their daughter, ‘Big Little Lies’ star Zoe Kravitz, as well as the influence of his parents, news producer dad Sy and television actress mother Roxie Roker.
‘Let Love Rule’, published by Henry Holt and Company, is out on October 6.
Corey Taylor has surprised a Slipknot tribute band after personally responding to their advert for a new vocalist.
Taylor, the lead vocalist of the nu-metal titans, responded to a Craigslist advert that was looking for an “accurate, dedicated Corey Taylor” that was posted by the New Jersey-based band Of the SiC, who describe themselves as the “most accurate Slipknot tribute in the world.”
“We are in need of someone in the same or near same physical shape as Corey Taylor, 5’8,” reads the post. “That has the same vocal range, stage experience is a must! Be able to command a crowd and act the part.”
Showing a good sense of humour about the vacancy, Taylor shared the advert on Twitter and wrote: “If you’re interested, I’m also sitting at 166 lbs.”
Earlier this week, Slipknot shared their notorious home video collection, reliving their chaotic early days.
The half-hour video, entitled Welcome To Our Neighborhood, was originally shared in 1999 and has been re-released to mark the 21st birthday of the band’s self-titled debut album.
During the coronavirus lockdown, Slipknot have also been hosting a virtual edition of their Knotfest touring roadshow after their entire summer touring schedule was cancelled last month.