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Watch Peter Dinklage join Aaron and Bryce Dessner to perform ‘Your Name’ on Colbert

Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage joined The National‘s Bryce and Aaron Dessner for a performance on Colbert this week – check it out below.

The trio performed the song ‘Your Name’, which appears on the Dessner twins’ new soundtrack for the Dinklage-starring film adaptation of Cyrano, due out in UK cinemas in January.

READ MORE: Aaron and Bryce Dessner on their ‘Cyrano’ film soundtrack: “They’re National songs in a way, and have an interior, intimate feeling”

It was announced last year that MGM had acquired the rights to the film, which will be directed by Joe Wright and see Peter Dinklage reprising his role as Cyrano De Bergerac from the 2018 musical that played at the historic Goodspeed Opera House’s Terris Theatre.

The Cyrano OST will be released via Decca Records in vinyl and CD formats on December 10, with the film coming to UK cinemas in January. The music has been written and composed by the Dessner twins, while National frontman Matt Berninger and his wife Carin Besser have written lyrics for the score.

Watch Dinklage and the Dessners bring ‘Your Name’ to late-night TV below.

The film, which is an adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac written by writer/director/actor Erica Schmidt (Dinklage’s wife), will also star Haley Bennett (as Roxanne), Brian Tyree Henry and Ben Mendelsohn.

Speaking to NME recently about their work on the soundtrack, the Dessners discussed how the soundtrack morphed from their work on the off-Broadway production into the full film score.

“For the plays, we had to write music for a Broadway band to play, but the way that we play is quite specific so it was great to be able to finish the songs how we wanted,” Bryce told NME.

“It isn’t a normal musical with the big, slamming needle-drops. They’re National songs in a way, and have an interior, intimate feeling, and weave in and out of the narrative seamlessly.”

In August, Dessner also shared ‘How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?’, the second album under his Big Red Machine moniker with Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon – read NME‘s interview with Dessner about the album here.

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Foo Fighters Set 2022 North America Tour, Scrap Minneapolis Show Over ‘Covid Safety Measures’

Foo Fighters will visit a stadium near you when they embark on a homecoming tour next year. Minneapolis’ Huntington Bank Stadium, however, will not be on circuit.

The Foos are currently on the last lap of a U.S. tour, before hitting shows in Mexico and through South America.

Dave Grohl and Co. will return for their Live In North America 2022 jaunt, kicking off May 14 at The Pavilion At Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA.

Announced Tuesday, the rockers were scheduled to drop into Huntington Bank Stadium (formerly TCF Bank Stadium) on Aug. 3, 2022, though the band has since yanked the venue in a dispute over Covid-19 protocols.

On Wednesday (Dec. 1), the Foos took to social media to announce they were “unable to perform” at the outdoor site, claiming reps’ “refusal to agree to the band’s Covid safety measures.”

Updates: Minneapolis, please see below – we hope to see you soon! Maryland/D.C., info on your show is coming shortly!

— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) November 30, 2021

The statement continues, “we apologize for any inconvenience and are working on finding a suitable replacement – one that will prioritize the health and safety of everyone working and attending the show.”

A spokesperson for the stadium told The Star Tribune that the venue operators “declined to change its existing protocols for large events, which have been effective.

“We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, wear a mask when in large crowds,” the spokesperson continues, “and take appropriate steps to protect public and personal health.”

According to the Tribute, the university has required students to be vaccinated since October, though the stadium didn’t mandate masks, proof of vaccine or negative test results for Gopher football supporters.

As it stands, the 2022 Foo Fighters itinerary will trek across the U.S. and Canada, wrapping up with a pair of shows at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Aug. 18 and 20.

The Foos are touring in support of their latest album, Medicine at Midnight, the group’s 10th studio album. Medicine dropped in February, and peaked at No. 1 in the U.K. and Australia, and No. 3 in the U.S.

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Nash Racela named new Adamson head coach

MANILA, Philippines—Nash Racela is officially back in the UAAP after Adamson University announced his appointment as the school’s new head coach for the men’s basketball team. The former Blackwater and TNT coach replaced Franz Pumaren and is set to lead the Soaring Falcons in the coming Season 84. Joining Racela at the Falcons’ bench are […]

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Mötley Crüe sell catalogue to BMG for reported £110million

Mötley Crüe have sold their entire recording catalogue to BMG for a reported $150million (£112m).

Despite Variety citing sources who say the deal is roughly around the $150million mark, other sources claim it is “significantly lower.”

Speaking about the deal, the band said: “It feels amazing to be collaborating with our new partners at BMG,” said the band in a collective statement. “Their extensive track record of success in rock made them the perfect home to continue preserving and growing our musical legacy, ensuring we always stay at the top.”

Manager Allen Kovac added: “After working side by side with BMG for well over a decade, the relationship we have developed and success we’ve accomplished over the years made this a very easy transition to entrust with this treasured rock catalogue.”

“This is more than just a significant transaction,” BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch added. “It’s a new chapter for an extraordinary catalogue. Few bands understand the myth and the magic of rock like Mötley Crüe do.”

Mötley Crüe

Over the last year, a host of songwriters and bands have sold the rights to their recording catalogues, with the Hipgnosis company spending $1billion (£720m) on acquiring artists’ back catalogues in the past year, it was revealed in July.

The investment company has made waves in recent months after purchasing the catalogues of artists including Lindsey Buckingham and Blondie, as well as Jimmy Iovine’s worldwide producer royalties and half of Neil Young’s songs in a deal thought to be worth an estimated $150million (£110million).

Tina Turner recently became the latest artist to sell the rights to her back catalogue, with her new deal with BMG reportedly worth more than $300million (£225m).

Recent reports also claim that Bruce Springsteen is in talks to sell his recorded catalogue to Sony Music.

According to sources (via Billboard), the deal between The Boss and the US global music company is almost complete. The musician is also looking to sell off his publishing catalogue.

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Megan Thee Stallion cancels homecoming show “out of respect” for Astroworld victims

Megan Thee Stallion has cancelled an upcoming show in Houston “out of respect” for those impacted by last month’s Astroworld tragedy.

Ten people died and hundreds more were injured as a result of a “mass casualty” crowd crush during Travis Scott’s headline set at the Texas event. In a statement, the rapper said he was “absolutely devastated” over what happened.

READ MORE: The NME Big Read – Megan Thee Stallion: “I’m really working on my dynasty right now”

Megan Thee Stallion, who performed at Astroworld 2019, was due to play a homecoming gig at the 713 Music Hall venue in Houston this Friday (December 3) as part of her current US tour.

In a statement given to the Houston Chronicle, however, Megan confirmed that the concert will no longer go ahead as planned.

“Out of respect for the lives lost in Houston earlier this month, I have decided to cancel my show at 713 Music Hall on Dec 3,” she wrote. “Houston is still healing and it’s important that our community be given the appropriate time to grieve.

“My heart goes out to all the families that are suffering during this difficult time.”

Travis Scott performs during the 2021 Astroworld Festival. Credit: Erika Goldring/WireImage

Megan’s 2021 run of dates is due to resume on December 14 with an appearance at Capital One’s Jingle Ball in Washington D.C. Shows will follow in Atlanta (December 16), Detroit (17) and Sunrise, Florida (19). See her full schedule here.

It comes after the ‘Good News’ artist joined BTS on stage at their recent LA concert to perform their collaborative remix of ‘Butter’ together.

Travis Scott, meanwhile, recently made his first public appearance since the Astroworld incident. Prior to last week’s trip to southern California, he’d remained in his hometown of Houston as the investigation into the tragedy continued.

Numerous lawsuits have been made against Scott, the event’s promoter Live Nation and others involved. Most recently, the family of a 14-year-old victim took legal action against the rapper.

Scott previously offered to pay the funeral costs of the Astroworld victims and provide free therapy sessions for those affected. However, it has since been reported that half of the families have rejected the gesture.

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Pnau’s Nick Littlemore Talks Elton John Collaboration, New Empire of The Sun Music

Nick Littlemore has much more on his plate than the rest of us.

The electronic producer and artist typically operates with a dizzying workload, across multiple music projects, including Empire of the Sun and Pnau, the electronic trio of Littlemore, his brother Sam, and Peter Mayes. And with Mayes, he runs the label Lab78, which launched in 2019 through a partnership with etcetc, the Sydney-based recording home for Pnau since 2006.

Pnau is on fire right now with “Cold Heart,” a mashup with Elton John and Dua Lipa which has set charts alight and snapped long-standing records.

The “Cold Heart” remix is a hit like no other. When the track climbed to No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart last month, it made Elton, at 74 years, seven months and 14 days, the oldest artist to top the survey, overtaking Beatles great Paul McCartney.

When it reached the top in the U.K., it made Elton the first artist in history to score a U.K. top 10 single in six different decades. Its parent album, The Lockdown Sessions, also went to No. 1 in the U.K.

“Cold Heart” is the latest fruit from a decade-long creative partnership between Pnau and the Rocket Man, which, in 2012, yielded Good Morning to the Night, a remix project that logged a week at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart.

Since then, Pnau has collected two ARIA Awards for best dance release, for the multi-platinum hits “Chameleon” in 2017 and “Go Bang” in 2018, both lifted from the 2017 collection Changa; a pair of AIR Awards, and a swag of collaborations with the likes of ARIA Award winners Ladyhawke and Budjerah. Away from music, Pnau entered the crypto-art space earlier in the year when they exhibited a digital collection, created with Melbourne 3D artist Nicholas Keays.

The creative pace for Littlemore and his bandmates sits on the spectrum between light and ludicrous speed, though illness has threatened to apply the handbrake.

Before embarking on the “Cold Heart” project, Littlemore was stricken with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a rare ailment which, despite therapy, can lead to permanent facial paralysis and hearing loss.

“You don’t quite fully recover,” Littlemore tells Billboard over Zoom. “It changes your whole perception of reality and just the way I hear.” These days, Littlemore doesn’t punch the hours in the studio he did in the past. “I work much more clearly, I would say. My ears get really fatigued.”

Putting aside the effects of illness, Littlemore and Co. set about reworking Elton’s pop classics. “Cold Heart” is just one cut from the studio sessions, which spanned roughly eight months. “We ended up making 12 to 14 songs. It’s full of dance bangers, it’s not as broad as (Elton John’s) collaborations album,” Littlemore admits.

Will there be a full-length Elton John vs Pnau Part II? Fans can only hope. “We have a couple of other cuts that we feel very strongly about,” he teases. “It’s very much dancefloor/radio friendly. We’ll just see what happens, really.”

What is certain is the release of more Pnau music. “Another single is in the works, which I’m really, really excited about,” he continues. “And we’re looking towards the future. And maybe for the first time breaking some new ground in terms of touring the United States.”

Remarkably, the act has played just one show proper in the U.S., at the Miami Winter Music Conference in the early noughts. “We’re really hoping that we can tour there soon,” he says.

Conversation shifts to Empire of the Sun, the dynamic duo of Littlemore and Luke Steele, a project which has three albums to its name, the 2008 breakthrough debut Walking on a Dream, 2013’s Ice on the Dune and 2016’s Two Vines, all of which cracked the Top 10 in Australia.

A fourth might not be too far away. “There’s a lot of great music in the bag. I’m hoping that will see the light of day,” Littlemore tells Billboard. “I have great faith. I don’t feel we have exhausted that well by any stretch. The name still has a lot of goodwill. I really hope we can come together and finish it.”

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Lakers’ LeBron James enters COVID-19 protocols

LeBron James sat out the Los Angeles Lakers’  117-92 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday after entering the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. It was unclear if James had tested positive for the coronavirus or whether he had come into close contact with someone who had. The Lakers superstar, who has been vaccinated, must […]

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Australia’s vaccine mandate is not to ‘blackmail’ Djokovic–minister

MELBOURNE—The Australian Open’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is about protecting the community, not about “blackmailing” Novak Djokovic, a state government official said on Wednesday. Organizers of the year’s first Grand Slam have said all players would have to be vaccinated to take part, drawing criticism from world number one Djokovic’s father. “Under these blackmails and conditions, […]

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(G)I-DLE’s Soyeon goes viral for calling out voters of new Korean talent show

(G)I-DLE member Soyeon has gone viral for comments she made on the first episode of the new Korean talent reality series My Teenage Girl.

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Over the weekend, South Korean television network MBC aired the first episode of its new TV talent competition My Teenage Girl. The series features trainees, ranging from the ages of 10 to 23, competing for the votes of an audience and judges to earn a place in a new K-pop group.

During the first episode, contestants would perform in teams in front of an “evaluation group” audience, who would vote for the groups they believe have potential. Upon reaching 75 per cent of votes, a door between the stage and the judges would open, allowing the performers to meet the four mentors face-to-face.

Soyeon, one of the mentors on the show, soon went viral after she criticised the “evaluation group” for how and who they voted, following a performance of OH MY GIRL’s ‘Nonstop’ by two contestants, which the K-pop idol described as “so bad”.

The singer also urged the group to vote “responsibly”, noting that “there were so many talented contestants that we couldn’t even meet because the walls didn’t open” after contestants failed to meet the 75 per cent vote minimum.

“‘Those who were voting, did they not hear any sound?’, that’s what I thought,” said Soyeon. “Honestly, of all the performances I saw today, that was the worst. It was so bad that I can’t even get angry.”

“This is a place to evaluate contestants who have worked hard to chase their dreams. As for [the ‘evaluation group’], I think you should take responsibility as you vote,” added Soyeon. “I’m a little angry.”

According to Korea JoongAng Daily, the creators of My Teenage Girl have also been facing harsh criticism from viewers for not vetting the contestants properly prior to the production of the series.

“Those contestants weren’t prepared, and the production staff had every opportunity to screen them before the first episode,” said one commentor, per Korea JoongAng Daily. “They also knew what would happen [that these girls would be ridiculed online] but they put the girls on stage anyway for views.”

Earlier this week, Soyeon revealed the reason behind her decision to participate in My Teenage Girl as a mentor. “Since I’ve participated in the shows as a contestant, I can understand the hardships and feelings that the trainees go through,” she said. “So I’ve been putting in efforts to share tips (that I learned as an idol) as much as possible.”

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Elton John shares new ‘Inside The Lockdown Sessions’ documentary

Elton John has shared a new documentary on the creation of his collaborative album ‘The Lockdown Sessions’.

READ MORE: Elton John: “I’m not interested in the past – not even Elton John’s past”

Inside The Lockdown Sessions, streaming exclusively on Apple Music, features Miley Cyrus, Rina Sawayama, Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder and more, and documents the album John made over lockdown over three parts.

“Surprise! Just in time for the holidays, I’m taking you ‘Inside the Lockdown Sessions’,” John wrote on Twitter to announce the new film.

“Watch as I go deep into the making of my latest album with all of my collaborators.”

Watch Inside The Lockdown Sessions below.

Reviewing ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, which came out in October and features collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Young ThugNicki Minaj and more, NME wrote: “All in all, ‘The Lockdown Sessions’’ all-bets-off stylistic game of spin-the-bottle feels attuned to 2021’s post-genre Spotify world, as Elton continues to further his musical universe. The Rocketman remains in orbit.”

Speaking to NME about the process of creating the album in a recent Big Read interview, John said: “It was never an album I was gonna make,” adding: “I thought, ‘I’m becoming a session musician again like I was 54 years ago, and it feels good.’ I had no restrictions, and I actually loved playing on other people’s records. It was different sorts of music, and music and artists that I loved, so I was in my element. It was like Back To The Future.

“You have to go in there with no ego when you’re playing on someone else’s record and just give them exactly what they want. But also enjoy the process too.”

This week (December 3), Elton John will release his upcoming Christmas duet with Ed Sheeran, titled ‘Merry Christmas’.

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EASL formalizes partnership with PBA, other top Asian leagues

MANILA, Philippines—The PBA, along with the other major Asian basketball associations, officially formalized their partnership with the East Asia Super League that would set up a pan-regional tournament with a home-and-away format. Japan’s B.League, the Korean Basketball League, and Taiwan’s P.League+, as well as top teams from Hong Kong and Macau also made the deal […]

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Even without Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers blast skidding Pistons

CJ McCollum recorded 28 points and six assists and reserve Ben McLemore scored a season-high 17 points as the Portland Trail Blazers sailed to a 110-92 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Portland easily improved to 10-1 at home despite not having the services of six-time All-Star Damian Lillard, who sat out […]

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