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Ingram, Valanciunas help Pelicans hold off Timberwolves

Brandon Ingram scored 27 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 23 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans got their first victory of the season by defeating the host Minnesota Timberwolves 107-98 on Monday night. Devonte Graham added 21 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 17 as the Pelicans bounced back from a 96-89 loss […]

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Kevin Durant scores 25, Nets breeze past Wizards

Kevin Durant scored 25 points and the Brooklyn Nets led virtually the entire way in a 104-90 victory over the visiting Washington Wizards on Monday night in New York. The Nets bounced back from getting outplayed in a 15-point loss to the Charlotte Hornets in Sunday’s home opener and turned in their best defensive showing […]

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Coldplay sell more than one million concert tickets across Europe

Coldplay‘s 2022 ‘Music Of The Spheres‘ world tour has sold more than one million tickets across Europe.

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The “eco-friendly jaunt”, which includes six dates at Wembley Stadium, was planned by X-Ray Touring booking agents Josh Javor and the late Steve Strange, who died last month.

The 20-date run kicks off on July 2, 2022. It will also take in US and Latin America, across 40 stadiums for dates which have completely sold out.

“This is something Steve and I have planned for a very long time and because he’s not here to revel in the success, it’s one of the most bittersweet moments of my life,” Javor told IQ.

Coldplay, 2021. CREDIT: James Marcus Haney

He continues: “Don’t get me wrong, I’m ecstatic at how well it’s done but the fact that Steve, unfortunately, didn’t make it to see our plan come together brings things down to earth.

“Normally, Steve and I would get to 12 o’clock on the day of an on-sale and, after selling a million tickets, we’d be on our second bottle of champagne. But, on your own, it’s not the same. My constant thought has been, I wish Steve was here to see this.

“He would be on another planet. He was a member of the family when it came to this band and he would’ve been jumping for joy.”

Strange died at the age of 53 after a short illness in September, and Coldplay were amongst a host of bands who paid tribute to the beloved booking agent.

The band said they were “devastated by the news” of his passing and said they had spent “a bittersweet hour” with Mr Strange shortly before his death.

“Despite his illness he was still taking calls and watching ticket counts,” they wrote.

See Coldplay’s full 2022 world tour schedule, below:

MARCH 2022
18 – San Jose, Costa Rica – Estadio Nacional
22 – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Estadio Olímpico
25 – Monterrey, Mexico – Estadio BBVA*
29 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Estadio Akron*

APRIL 2022
3: Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol*
23: Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium*
26: Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium*

MAY 2022
3 – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium*
6 – Dallas, TX – Cotton Bowl Stadium*
8 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium*
28 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field*

JUNE 2022
1 – Washington, DC – FedExField*
4 – East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium*
8 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field*
11 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium*
14 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium*

JULY 2022
2 – Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park*
3 – Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park*
8 – Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy*
10 – Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion Berlin^
12 – Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion Berlin*
16 – Paris, FR – Stade de France*
17 – Paris, FR – Stade de France*

AUGUST 2022
5 – Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium*
6 – Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium*
12 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
13 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
17 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium* (new date)

16 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium^
19 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium^
20 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium^ (new date)

23 – Glasgow, UK – Hampden Park Stadium*

SEPTEMBER 2022
10 – Rio De Janeiro, BR – Rock in Rio Festival

*with H.E.R.
^with London Grammar

Meanwhile Chris Martin recently covered Spice Girls’ ‘2 Become 1’ with Mel C at a charity concert in LA.

During a performance in Seattle last week (October 22), Coldplay also covered Pearl Jam’s ‘Nothingman’. “So because we’re here in Seattle we wanted to pay tribute to all of the bands that we fell in love with when we were just young teenagers in the ‘90s,” Martin introduced the track.

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Elton John says UK government’s treatment of arts in Brexit deal is “so fucking disgusting”

Elton John has criticised the UK government, saying they “didn’t make any provisions” for art when securing a Brexit deal, calling it “so fucking disgusting”.

The comments come after a number of leading organisations in the music industry penned an open letter to the government criticising “misleading” new claims about the status of post-Brexit touring in Europe.

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

Last week (October 19), figures from the live music industry hit back at the government for another “non-announcement” of “spin and misinformation” concerning the ability for British musicians to tour on the continent.

Speaking to NME for a new Big Read cover feature around the release of his new collaborative album ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, John criticised the handling of the Brexit deal with regards to the arts, saying: “As an artist, you learn your craft by playing live. I started out going to Europe; you’re in a different culture, which makes you a little fearful, but you embrace the culture, and the culture embraces you…

“[The current situation] is OK for Ed Sheeran and me, or The Rolling Stones – people that can actually afford to do this stuff. But for younger artists, it’s a crushing thing. We’re still trying to solve this problem; it’s a slow process because the Government is a slow process.”

John added: “The Government didn’t make any provisions whatsoever for the arts during Brexit. They’re more interested in fucking fishing! Now, don’t get me wrong – fishing is very important, but it brings in £1.4billion a year and the entertainment industry brings in £111billion.

“They’re taking away young artists’ livelihood, and the way they grow as artists – because nothing makes you grow than the experience of going and playing in another place. It’s so shocking, and it’s so fucking disgusting.”

Back in August, the government ‘announced’ that “short term” visa-free travel without work permits will be allowed for musicians and performers in 19 European countries, while talks are ongoing with the remaining nations.

This led to a huge backlash from the industry, who accused the government of “spin and meaningless posturing” given that these rules were already in place pre-Brexit, while no real negotiations had been made to solve the major issues. All of this was compounded by a recent report that one in three jobs in music were lost during the pandemic.

More anger followed after another announcement, with the government claiming victory over 20 EU states after adding Romania to the list.

Earlier this month, a number of figures from the music industry spoke to NME about how new visa rules, as well as prohibitive costs and admin rules, meant that many UK artists could no longer afford to tour in Spain – cutting off one of the biggest markets for UK talent.

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Carlos Yulo to receive P750K special incentives for double medal feat at worlds

MANILA, Philippines — Carlos Yulo is set to receive P750,000 in special incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission for his double medal feat in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at Kitakyushu General Gymnasium in Japan. The PSC Board approved the granting of P500,000 for Yulo’s gold medal win in vault and P250,000 for his silver […]

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DPR Live and DPR IAN unveil psychedelic ‘Diamonds + and Pearls’ music video

DPR Live and DPR IAN have released a whimsical new video for their song with peace., ‘Diamonds + and Pearls’.

READ MORE: DPR Live: “I just really want to be transparent with my music”

On October 26 at 12pm KST, the duo unveiled the colourful visual via their official YouTube channel, under Asian-American label 88rising. ‘Diamonds + and Pearls’ is the latest track off the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings soundtrack to receive a video treatment, following the NIKI, Rich Brian and Warren Hue collaboration ‘Always Rising’.

In the psychedelic new clip, the Dream Perfect Regime duo float around in space, occasionally perching upon planets as kaleidoscopic lights and trippy visual effects take centre stage. “I stole all the diamonds in the sky / Looks like Lucy’s all alone tonight / I told her one day I’ll make it right / On the day I die,” they sing on the refrain of the high-energy track.

The song was released last month as part of the official soundtrack to Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which was produced by 88rising. The 18-track album features music by label mainstays Rich BrianNIKIWarren Hue and more, as well as other Asian artists from around the world including Anderson .Paak, Jhené Aiko, South Korean singers Seori and BIBI, the latter featuring on ‘Never Gonna Come Down’ with GOT7‘s Mark Tuan.

In other 88rising news, the label recently teamed up with K-R&B songstress BIBI on the single ‘The Weekend’. The song is set to appear on the label’s upcoming ‘Head In The Clouds 3’ collaborative album.

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Former Big Hit Music producer Adora to debut as a soloist

South Korean producer Adora will soon be making her debut as a soloist.

READ MORE: Tomorrow X Together: “We tell stories of our generation, a generation at the crux of growth”

On October 25, South Korean news outlet Media Pen reported that the 24-year-old producer had signed with new agency AURA Entertainment, and is set to embark on a solo career.

“We have signed an exclusive contract with the artist Adora,” wrote the agency in a press statement. “Adora, who has received a lot of attention and love as a composer and producer, is preparing to write her story as an artist. We ask for your interest and love for the artist Adora’s activities, which are about to begin.”

Adora – real name Kim Soo-hyun – was a former member of Big Hit Music’s in-house producer team. She had been recruited in 2016 through the label’s “Next New Creator” audition, and has penned several hits for K-pop superstars BTS, including ‘Idol’, ‘Spring Day’ and ‘Boy With Luv’.

Over the years, keen-eared ARMYs (BTS’ official fanbase) have identified Adora’s vocals in the background of many of the boyband’s songs such as ‘134340’, ‘Home’ and rapper Suga’s solo track ‘Seesaw’, which she had also helped co-compose.

Additionally, the upcoming soloist has previously written and composed songs for boyband TXT such as ‘Blue Hour’, ‘Maze in the Mirror’, and ‘Wishlist’. Under HYBE labels, she had also contributed the tracks ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘Siren’s Call’ to former Source Music girl group GFRIEND.

Adora had also previously been a trainee under Music K Entertainment, and was in the original line-up of now-disbanded girl group The Ark. She was later cut from the act’s final debut line-up for unknown reasons.

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TWICE’s Chaeyoung performs ethereal cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘Off My Face’

Chaeyoung of TWICE has dropped her rendition of ‘Off My Face’, originally by Justin Bieber.

READ MORE: JYP Entertainment’s “blind package” release capitalises on our deep-rooted FOMO

The singer stays true to the acoustic sound of the original version by Bieber, which was released earlier this year as part of his ‘Justice’ studio album. Your touch blurred my vision / It’s your world and I’m just in it / Even sober I’m not thinkin’ straight,” Chaeyoung sings in English.

Meanwhile, the cover’s accompanying visual depicts Chaeyoung in a dream-like state, where she’s transported to an ethereal forest where she performs her take on the song from her dark bedroom, only illuminated by the light from her projector.

The cover is the latest addition to the girl group’s ‘Melody Project’ series, where the individual members of TWICE release song covers on the group’s YouTube channel.

Previous ‘Melody Project’ releases include Jihyo’s cover of ‘A Late Night of 1994’ by Jang Hyejin and Nayeon’s cover of Ariana Grande‘s ‘Love Is Everything’. Tzuyu had also teamed up with Stray Kids’ Bang Chan on a cover of Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie’s ‘ME!’ in June this year.

TWICE recently dropped an “opening trailer” for their upcoming third studio album ‘Formula Of Love: O+T=<3’ ahead of its release, establishing the sci-fi concept of the forthcoming record. The album is due out on November 12 2pm KST/midnight EST.

Meanwhile, the group had also dropped their first ever English-language single ‘The Feels’ earlier this month, although the group had previously released English-language tracks. In 2020, the girl group had released English versions of their singles ‘More & More’ and ‘I Can’t Stop Me’. They also dropped their first original English track ‘What You Waiting For’ as a B-side on their 2019 Japanese album ‘&Twice’.

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Watch Bruce Springsteen bring solo version of ‘The River’ to ‘Colbert’

Bruce Springsteen was the musical guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night (October 25) – see his solo performance of ‘The River’ below.

READ MORE: A beginner’s guide to Bruce Springsteen

The Boss was on the show to promote his upcoming concert film ‘No Nukes’, which contains never-before released performances from the band’s Madison Square Garden MUSE benefit concerts in 1979.

The concerts were held between September 21-22 at the iconic New York venue when The Boss was between his fourth and fifth studio albums, ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ and ‘The River’.

After sharing footage of the live debut of ‘The River’ track ‘Sherry Darling’ from the film a few weeks back, Springsteen has now taken to late-night TV to talk about the film and perform that album’s lauded title track.

Watch the solo acoustic performance of ‘The River’ and see Springsteen chatting with Colbert below:

Here’s a special performance from @springsteen as he sings “The River” on The Late Show! #LSSC pic.twitter.com/aj2mhJVh0g

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) October 26, 2021

.@springsteen shares what his song “The River” means to him 40 years after writing it. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/UOzeNkGJXY

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) October 26, 2021

The new film, whose official title is Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts, was edited by longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny from the original 16mm film alongside remixed audio from Bob Clearmountain.

It’s released worldwide digitally in HD on November 16, followed by physical formats (CD and DVD, CD with Blu-Ray and vinyl) on November 23. Pre-order here.

Zimny said of the work: “A few years ago, I started re-examining the filmed archives for Bruce and the Band’s appearances at the No Nukes concerts of 1979. I quickly realised that these were the best performances and best filming from the Band’s legendary Seventies, and dedicated myself to bringing out the full potential of the footage.”

Meanwhile, handwritten lyrics to Springsteen songs ‘Thunder Road’, ‘For You’, and ‘Night’ are set to go under the hammer at auction later this week (October 28).

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Ken Stringfellow of the Posies and Big Star accused of sexual misconduct

Content warning: This article contains descriptions of alleged sexual misconduct.

Ken Stringfellow of the Posies, who’s also played with Big Star and R.E.M., has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women. The Posies, the Washington power-pop band he co-founded 35 years ago, are “in the process of breaking up” as a result of the allegations, Stringfellow’s former bandmates say.

In an investigative piece published October 25 by Seattle radio station KUOW.org, one woman accused Stringfellow of “forcibly [having] sex with her in a men’s room at a hotel in San Francisco”, while another said she had been in an “abusive” relationship with the musician.

A third woman said she woke up one morning to Stringfellow having sex with her, and that on a separate occasion he bit her arm, leaving marks and bruising. Stringfellow has “categorically” denied the allegations.

KUOW interviewed over 20 people for the story, and says it reviewed medical records, emails and texts as part of its investigation into the claims. Seven women who claimed they had been “intimate” with Stringfellow said the musician had not been abusive towards them, but four accused him of unwanted biting and being “controlling”.

One of those women was Stringfellow’s ex-wife Kim Warnick of the bands Visqueen and the Fastbacks, who said that while her ex-husband was never physically abusive, the relationship was “horrible”, and indicated Stringfellow had had “infidelities”.

In a written statement, Stringfellow said he “would never want to harm anyone with whom I have a relationship – sexual or otherwise”.

“Consent has been the foundation of every sexual relationship I’ve had, and violence has never been a part of any of those relationships. It simply is not who I am as a person who respects women.”

Stringfellow also reportedly said: “I have never been into anything kinky, into anything rough. I experienced extreme violence firsthand as a teen. I’m sensitive to aggression, and it’s not something I can be around. I am not down with violence. I don’t want to hurt anyone, ever.”

NME has reached out to Stringfellow for comment.

The allegations appear to have led to both of Stringfellow’s Posies bandmates leaving the trio. Jon Auer, who formed the band with Stringfellow in 1986, said he left the band “very quickly” about speaking to the woman who accused Stringfellow of sexually assaulting her in San Francisco, who is a friend of his.

“What she described to me was super disturbing, and it made my position immediately clear,” he told KUOW. “I confronted Ken about it on a phone call on Aug 4, 2021, and cancelled our upcoming shows, and flat-out told him that I wouldn’t be working with him anymore.”

Drummer Frankie Siragura resigned from the band on August 9, he said in a post on his Facebook account on September 17, but did not initially reveal the reasons behind his departure. He has since linked to the KUOW article on his account, writing that he was “gutted”.

Since their formation in 1986, the Posies have released eight studio albums, the last being 2016’s ‘Solid States’. They toured regularly prior to the beginning of the pandemic last year, and performed at ZooTunes 2021 in Seattle in July this year.

Outside of the Posies, Stringfellow also performed as a live member of R.E.M. on multiple tours (the last being in 2005) and appeared on several of the band’s records. Stringfellow and Auer were both recruited to join a reunited Big Star in 1993, performing with the band up until frontman Alex Chilton’s death in 2010.

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.

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COVID passports will only reduce virus transmission by up to five per cent, new report claims

A new report claims that COVID passports will only reduce overall community transmission by just one to five per cent.

The research, which outline the impact of the government’s potential Plan B for the winter, was conducted by the UK Treasury and the Cabinet Office’s COVID-19 Taskforce, according to The Telegraph.

They found a COVID certification scheme would reduce transmission at mass events by 40-45 per cent.

But the research warned that, because only two to 13 per cent of overall community transmission takes place in venues covered by the scheme, there would only be a “moderate impact from reduced community transmission.”

Nightclub Circus in Liverpool Credit: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

As a result the figures suggest certification would reduce overall community transmission by just one to five per cent.

Reacting to the figures, Greg Parmley, CEO of LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) said: “Today’s news confirms that a move to mandatory vaccine passports would be a mistake. These passports would cost the live music industry billions of pounds while aspects of the roll out would be impractical and potentially dangerous.

“Our industry has been unjustifiably held to a higher standard than any other throughout the pandemic. Now the government’s own impact assessment makes it clear that far from reducing transmission rates, insisting on mandatory vaccine passports in venues is likely to do the exact opposite.

“Across the country, music venues and events already have tried, tested and workable systems in place to ensure that live events continue to be safe. As one of the hardest hit industries throughout the pandemic the government should be focused on supporting us to rebuild, not forcing these unworkable conditions upon us.”

Both Wales and Scotland recently introduced vaccine passports for gigs and nightclubs but plans in England were scrapped last month.

Meanwhile, concerns have also recently mounted in the UK’s live music industry over the government’s long-awaited insurance scheme for live events and festivals.

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IDLES’ Joe Talbot announces UK Q&A shows with Alan McGee

IDLES‘ Joe Talbot has announced details of three Q&A evenings across the UK later this year, hosted by Creation Records head Alan McGee.

READ MORE: Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Alan McGee

McGee will lead conversations between fans and the frontman of the Bristol band at a trio of shows across November and December.

The talks will begin in The Y Theatre in Leicester on November 19 before heading to The Foundry in Sheffield and finally wrapping up with a pair of matinee and evening London shows on December 4.

Grab tickets for the Leicester show here, Sheffield here, and London (matinee/evening).

The shows will come shortly after the release of IDLES fourth album ‘Crawler’, which lands on November 12 via Partisan.

The band are currently on a sold-out 23-date North American tour. They’ll begin 2022 with a run of sold-out UK and Ireland shows throughout January and February, including a four-night stretch at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.

See the UK and Ireland dates below:

JANUARY 2022

16 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
17 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
18 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
19 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
21 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
22 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
24 – Vicar Street, Dublin
25 – Vicar Street, Dublin
26 – Vicar Street, Dublin
28 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
29 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
30 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

FEBRUARY 2022

1 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
2 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
3 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
4 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
5 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Before the UK tour begins, the band will ring in 2022 by supporting The Strokes at a huge New York City show at the Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve.

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