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Rihanna announces vinyl reissues of all eight studio albums

Rihanna has unveiled limited edition vinyl reissues for all eight of her studio albums as part of a new drop dubbed the ‘Rih-issue’ series.

READ MORE: Rihanna: every album ranked and rated

Beginning with 2005’s ‘Music of the Sun’ and leading up to 2016’s ‘Anti’, each album comes in a unique vinyl colourway, and is bundled with either a shirt or hoodie that visually corresponds with the respective LP. Pre-orders are available here.

The singer announced the series on social media alongside a video demonstrating the different colour of each reissue. Watch that below:

the RIH ISSUE cop these limited edition color vinyl + exclusive merch sets before dey gon’ !!!

pre-order now at https://t.co/hseweBVnhT pic.twitter.com/zi9rTnnOCB

— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 4, 2021

Rihanna previously reissued her eight albums in 2016, when she released a 15-LP vinyl box set. It marked the first time ‘Music of the Sun’, 2009’s ‘Rated R’, 2010’s ‘Loud’, 2011’s ‘Talk That Talk’ and 2012’s ‘Unapologetic’ were available on vinyl.

Back in September, Rihanna told fans to expect a different sound from the singer when she releases her long-awaited ninth album – details of which are still relatively elusive.

“You’re not gonna expect what you hear, just put that in your mind. Whatever you know of Rihanna’s not gonna be what you hear,” the singer told Associated Press while promoting her latest Savage X Fenty show.

“I’m really experimenting, and music is like fashion, you should be able to play, I should be able to wear whatever I want and I treat music the same way. So, I’m having fun, and it’s going to be completely different,” she explained.

Since releasing ‘Anti’ back in 2016, Rihanna has featured on numerous other artists’ songs, teaming up with Kendrick Lamar on ‘Loyalty’ and N.E.R.D. on ‘Lemon’ in 2017, and joining PartyNextDoor on last year’s ‘Believe It’.

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Harry Styles helps fan come out to mum during concert

Harry Styles helped a young fan come out to their mother during a concert earlier this week.

As reported by Consequence, during his concert in Milwaukee on Wednesday (November 3), Styles spotted a sign from a fan that read, “My mom is in Section 201. Help me come out??” After locating mum Lisa in section 201 of the venue, Styles ran back and forth across the stage asking if the signholder wanted to do the honours, or if he should.

Finally, he went back over to Lisa’s side of the stage and declared “Lisa, she’s gay!”, followed by huge applause. Watch footage of the moment below:

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Styles is currently on his North American tour celebrating the release of his 2019 album ‘Fine Line’. Last weekend, he dressed up as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz to perform ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ for his show in Madison Square Garden.

READ MORE: Harry Styles – ‘Fine Line’ review: packed with personality and charm (and saucy lyrics)

Earlier on in his tour, he helped a fan in Nashville reveal the gender of their baby. The fan had come with a poster that read “I’m having a baby. Please make it your business…”.

“[It’s] a little baby girl,” he revealed, at which point the audience erupted with cheers.

NME gave ‘Fine Line’ four stars upon its release, writing “the former One Directioner has come good on his early promise, letting loose on a fun, funk-inspired album”.

Last month, the singer was reported to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing the role of Thanos’ brother Eros in future films.

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Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo cast as main roles in film adaptation of ‘Wicked’

Ariana Grande is set to defy gravity in the forthcoming Universal film adaptation of the hugely successful Broadway musical Wicked, with the singer revealing she’s been cast as Glinda the Good Witch.

READ MORE: Cynthia Erivo: “Aretha Franklin is part of the tapestry of my voice”

In a post on Instagram, Grande revealed her casting by sharing flowers and a message sent by co-star Cynthia Erivo, who is on board to play the musical’s main role of Elphaba.

“‘Pink Goes Good With Green’,” the message from Erivo read. “Congratulations Miss A, The Part Was Made For You, I Look Forward To Sharing This Musical Journey With You.”

Grande also sent Erivo a message and her own set of flowers, as the actress shared on her Instagram profile.

“Dear Cynthia, honored doesn’t even begin to cover it,” Ariana wrote in the message. “I cannot wait to hug you. See you in Oz.”

Both Grande and Erivo shared screenshots of video calls between the two, and the film’s director Jon M. Chu, who recently helmed the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In The Heights.

Grande was long considered for the role, with the Broadway musical’s composer Stephen Schwartz saying as far back as 2019 that organisers would “be fools” not to “seriously consider” her for the part.

The ‘Positions’ singer has previously called the part of Glinda her dream role, with fans unearthing a nearly decade-old tweet of hers after seeing the musical on stage.

“Loved seeing Wicked again… amazing production!” Grande tweeted back in 2011.

“Made me realize again how badly I want 2 play Glinda at some point in my life! #DreamRole”

Loved seeing Wicked again… amazing production! Made me realize again how badly I want 2 play Glinda at some point in my life! #DreamRole

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 2, 2011

The adaptation has been in the works for over a decade, and no release date has been set. Stephen Daldry had originally signed on to direct the film, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts, according to Variety.

Grande, who made her Broadway debut in 2008 with 13: The Musical, had performed ‘The Wizard And I’ from Wicked back in 2018 as part of NBC’s A Very Wicked Halloween special. That same night, she shared a photo with Idina Menzel, who played Elphaba in the musical’s original Broadway run.

More recently, Grande recruited Kristin Chenoweth, who starred alongside Menzel as Glinda, to be her team advisor on The Voice. The two had previously performed together on Chenoweth’s 2019 album ‘For The Girls’, where they covered Lesley Gore‘s classic ‘You Don’t Own Me’.

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Official Images Of The Off-White x Air Jordan 2 In White/Varsity Red

Off-White Jordans are a mighty duo that has yet to disappoint. Whether it be with the Air Jordan 1 or the Air Jordan 4, Virgil Abloh’s distinct modifications have spawned an era of the DIY-look championed both by brands and at-home creatives. For his next escapade with Jordan, Virgil Abloh went back into the vault. Literally. Inspired by the natural aging of EVA midsoles of vintage pairs, the Off-White founder looked to re-create the eroded look of the Air Jordan 2 midsole first by replicating the mold of a decayed sole and encasing it in a transparent synthetic to achieve the OG-on-your-feet look.

Virgil then added his mainstay touches, such as the attached zip-tie, the Helvetica text on the medial, and the exposed sponge at the ankle in continuation of his signature style. Some new additions include the placement of Michael Jordan’s insignia on the snakeskin-textured upper, the thinned out tongue, and a shadowy visage on the insoles. Even the shoebox speaks to his methodical vision for this design; he adds the large circular holes on the exterior lid, while the main container is completely see-through – matching the clear nature of the soles.

Currently, a release date of November 12th is expected. Stay tuned for official details and peruse the gallery of photos below. And in case you missed it, check out the official images of the Off White Jordan 2 in black.

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Release Date: Nov 12th, 2021 (Friday)

Color: White/Varsity Red/Black

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Style Code: DJ4375-106

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Ariana Grande & Cynthia Erivo to Star in ‘Wicked’ Movie Musical

Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo revealed Thursday night (Nov. 4) that they’re starring in a movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Wicked.

The two stars shared Instagram pictures from a tearful video call where they learned they’d be starring as the witches from the Land of Oz. Grande will portray Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West — the role originated by Idina Menzel on Broadway in 2003 — while Erivo will portray Glinda the Good Witch, made famous by Kristin Chenoweth in the original production.

“Thank goodness,” Grande captioned her series of photos, tagging director Jon M. Chu — who will helm the adaptation for Universal — as well as Erivo and the @wickedmovie Instagram page. Grande’s photos include a picture of a bouquet of flowers with a card reading, “‘Pink Goes Good With Green’ Congratulations Miss A, The Part Was Made For You, I Look Forward To Sharing This Musical Journey With You. Love, Cynthia.”

Erivo captioned her pictures “Pink goes good with Green,” while tagging the same group. She also shared flowers from her co-star, with Grande writing on the card: “dear cynthia, honored doesn’t even begin to cover it. i cannot wait to hug you. see you in oz. all my love, ari.”

The Steven Schwartz musical is based on the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, which itself is a retelling of the 1900 L. Frank Baum classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, told from the perspective of the witches. Screenwriter Winnie Holsman and composer Schwartz are adapting the musical for the screen.

Grande and Erivo will both be making their returns to Broadway. The “thank u, next” pop star got her start in the 2008 Broadway musical 13 as a teenager before breaking out on Nickelodeon’s Victorious. Erivo won the 2016 Tony Award for best performance by a leading actress in a musical for her portrayal of Celie in The Color Purple.

Grande’s love for Wicked has been well-documented over the years, including her explosive performance of “The Wizard and I” on NBC’s A Very Wicked Halloween back in 2018. Now we’ll get to see her perform the standout Elphaba song on the big screen.

See Grande and Erivo’s posts below:

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ONE: Rene Catalan faces Alex Silva again after 8 years

MANILA, Philippines–Rene Catalan and former ONE strawweight champion Alex Silva are set to take each other on for the second time around after nearly a decade. Catalan will look to avenge his loss in his professional debut against Silva in ONE: NextGen III that will air on November 26 from Singapore Indoor Stadium. The two […]

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Listen to Christian Lee Hutson’s elegant new single ‘Strawberry Lemonade’

Christian Lee Hutson has shared a brand new single called ‘Strawberry Lemonade’ – you can listen to the track below.

READ MORE: Conor Oberst on Bright Eyes’ return: “We’re notorious for not making good commercial decisions”

The Los Angeles singer-songwriter’s latest release is produced by Phoebe Bridgers and her Better Oblivion Community Center bandmate Conor Oberst, and it’s his first new music of 2021. The song also features vocals from Oberst and Sharon Silva.

“‘Strawberry Lemonade’ is a series of vignettes about memory, letting go and holding on,” Hutson said of the track. “I remember talking to a friend, around the time that I wrote it, about the relentless repackaging of 1960’s culture; so some of that ended up in there.”

He added: “The laugh at the beginning of the song is my friend Harry who plays bass on the song.”

‘Strawberry Lemonade’ comes with a video that sees Hutson perform in New York’s Washington Square Park as the camera revolves around in a swirling 360 shot. You can watch the Waley Wang-directed clip below.

Earlier this year, Hutson shared a covers EP called ‘The Version Suicides: Volume 1’, featuring versions of tracks by Taylor Swift, ABBA and more.

The EP followed Hutson’s debut album ‘Beginners’, which came out last year and was produced by his frequent collaborator Bridgers, who also starred in Hutson’s video for ‘Get The Old Band Back Together’ alongside Conor Oberst.

“I went with ‘Beginners’ as the title because that’s where I feel like I am in my life,” Hutson said of his debut album, “like I’m still just learning and trying to figure out how to navigate the world”.

Meanwhile, Phoebe Bridgers has officially released her rendition of Bo Burnham’s ‘That Funny Feeling’, after performing it on her current US tour.

Released via Bandcamp, Bridgers has specified that all proceeds from the cover will go to a range of abortion funds in Texas.

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Listen to Squid’s cover of Bill Callahan’s ‘America!’

Squid have shared a cover of Bill Callahan’s 2011 track ‘America!’ – you can listen to it below.

READ MORE: Squid: “I don’t think people take us seriously enough to think we’re ‘pretentious’”

Originally taken from Callahan’s acclaimed ‘Apocalypse’ album, the Brighton-formed art-rockers covered the track to celebrate their forthcoming sold out US tour.

“Earlier in the year we went to Otterhead Studios in the midlands to do some recording as we emerged from lockdown 2.0,” Squid said in a press release. “We decided to cover some of our favourite tunes and one of them was ‘America!’ by Bill Callahan.

They continued: “We didn’t think that this cover would see the light of day, but we wanted to release something special just in time for us heading over to tour the U.S.A.”

You can listen to Squid’s cover of ‘America!’ below:

Squid released their debut studio album ‘Bright Green Field’ back in May via Warp Records. In a five-star review of the record, NME‘s Will Richards described it as “uncompromising debut that fulfils every ounce of the band’s potential.”

“From their very earliest material, it was clear to tell that Squid would only be able to truly fulfil their potential when given the canvas of an album,” the review read.

“On ‘Bright Green Field’, in all of its weird, frantic and fantastic glory, they’ve gone above and beyond.”

A new beer brewed by Gan Yam Brew Co. was launched to celebrate the album’s release.

The brewery, which is based in Kendal, officially launched their independent microbrewery on May 17 and placed a number of new beers on sale.

One of the beers is ‘Bright Green Field’, a 5.5% New England-style IPA (NEIPA) that has been brewed in collaboration with Squid to celebrate their debut album.

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Swim Deep tell us about their cinematic new single ‘On The Floor’, featuring Phoebe Green

Swim Deep have released their first single in two years in the Phoebe Green collaboration ‘On The Floor’. Check out the video below along with NME’s interview with the returning Birmingham band.

Written during lockdown, ‘On The Floor’ began life as one of a series of “pretend pop songs” that Swim Deep frontman Austin Williams worked on in his fiancée’s garden shed in Golders Green – imagining that the song wasn’t for the band, but for someone else who helped him push through a creative block and led to a collaborative EP that will arrive next year.

“I’ve been writing songs for Swim Deep for 10 years now and sometimes it feels like there’s so much pressure that you put on yourself and all these filters, where you feel like you have to follow this brand that you’ve created yourself,” Williams told NME. “You’re scared of what people think and you’re scared that you could create something that you think isn’t good and then hate yourself for it – which is 90 per cent of the creative process, unfortunately.”

The musician likened putting himself in that “make-believe” headspace as like “being a kid again”. “You could do anything because it’s completely pretend,” he explained. “I’ve always had a fascination with the escapism of pretending you’re something – the first lyric I ever wrote was ‘I wanna be everything that I’m not’ [from Swim Deep’s debut single ‘King City’]. Imagining you’re writing a song for Manchester’s answer to Madonna makes all the barriers fall away.”

Williams described his vision for ‘On The Floor’ as a “rom-com anthem when the camera’s going down through a big American suburban school”. The song – the first to be taken from next year’s ‘Familiarise Yourself With Your Closest Exit’ EP – boasts a widescreen, cinematic quality, Williams and Green’s voices intertwining to continue the theme of getting lost in your imagination. “I wanna pretend / We could be something / We could be nothing at all,” they sing over lush, pastel-hued melodies.

“I wrote this song for her,” the Swim Deep singer and guitarist explained of how Green ended up on the track. “I had a writing session with her – we’d just been on tour together and she’s a good friend. I just think her voice is so deep with emotion and she has a relatable voice that, for me, feels like [it creates] a conversational atmosphere when you’re listening to her music.”

The rest of the EP, which will be released in early 2022, features other collaborations, including Aussie indie-pop singer Hatchie, Thai band Dept – who Williams described as “shoegazey, but like The 1975 [rather than] a ‘90s throwback” – and the frontman’s fiancée Nell Power.

The record’s title was inspired by a sign Williams saw on a plane on the band’s first trip to Bangkok, which made him think about getting “cosy” with or accepting leaving a part of your life behind. “You see these signs all the time, but when you see it at the right time and [then] it starts to make so much sense to your own life,” he said. “It can be super depressing to think about, but it also feels like quite an optimistic statement.”

The EP will be self-released by the band, in what Williams termed “a Benjamin Button” journey through their career which saw them release their debut album ‘Where The Heaven Are We’ and its follow-up ‘Mothers’ on a major label deal at RCA, before moving to indie Cooking Vinyl for 2020’s ‘Emerald Classics’. “It’s weird, we’ve done the whole music industry thing in reverse,” he laughed. “Now we’re completely on our own in a little raft in the middle of the ocean.”

Rather than see that as a disadvantage, Williams said he was excited for the freedom and possibilities doing things themselves could bring to the five-piece. “I can just go ahead and do what I want,” he said. “I don’t actually have to speak to anyone [to do things].”

More new music will be on the way after ‘Familiarise Yourself With Your Closest Exit’, with the songs the band worked on over lockdown sharing the same spirit as when they first started the band. “Me and Cav [McCarthy, bass] were saying to each that the songs that we were writing – which I plan to be album four – were born out of this pure naivety and from us meeting up because we wanted to meet up as friends, and the instruments were in the room,” he explained.

“We weren’t meeting up to write songs. But the songs that came out somehow sounded like what we would have made the first time we made music. It definitely wasn’t a throwback to ‘King City’ because we never want to do that too much, but it had the same energy and the same carelessness; it didn’t sound like anything but us again. I’m really excited by what could come of it.”

Next year will also mark the 10th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough singles ‘King City’ and ‘Honey’. In those 10 years, Williams said he’s learnt the importance of “backing yourself”. “[I’m] not the most skilled musician, necessarily, but I feel like I’m a skilled songwriter,” he added. “I’ve learnt that the confidence in yourself will prevail – and that friendship and can come out of the creative process, and amazing things can come out of a great, great bond in a band.”

‘On The Floor’ by Swim Deep featuring Phoebe Green is out now.

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Official Images Of The Nike LeBron 9 “Watch The Throne”

Originally surfacing roughly one decade ago, the Nike LeBron 9 “Watch The Throne” PE arrived during the very peak of Nike LeBron mania. His tenure in Miami coincided with the time LeBrons were the most coveted sneaker on the market, with various not-for-sale items such as the Givenchy-inspired design only fueling the demand for the King’s kicks. Just a handful were made and given out to Friends And Family, which likely included the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, and more in LeBron’s inner circle. However, some pairs still leaked out to the public, with pairs fetching north of $10,000.

The “Watch The Throne” nickname graced on this design was derived from the artwork for the dynamic duo’s epic album; it featured a golden engraving inspired by masculinity and power and designed by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci. Now, official images of the Nike LeBron 9 “Watch The Throne” have surfaced, essentially promising a retail release sometime soon. A release date hasn’t been revealed just yet, but a drop of this stature will surely bring out the most feverish of LeBron collectors of the past while attracting the modern sneakerhead as well.

The LeBron 9 was reported to return in 2021 as part of the silhouette’s 10th anniversary, with more likely on the release slate leading into 2022.

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The Killers announce 2022 Australia and New Zealand tour

The Killers have announced a run of shows throughout Australia and New Zealand, set to take place through November and December next year.

READ MORE: The Killers: “There are a lot of young people unsure of their place in this world”

The ‘Imploding The Mirage’ tour, named after their 2020 album, will kick off in New Zealand, with shows in Auckland and Christchurch, before heading to Australia to play arena shows in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

In addition, as part of the concert series A Day On The Green, Brandon Flowers and co. will be playing outdoor shows in wineries around Australia, including New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, Victoria’s Mt Duneed Estate and South Australia’s Barossa Valley.

There will be Frontier Touring members and A Day On The Green pre-sales for the tour opening on Thursday, November 11, with general ticket sales available from Monday November 15. Sale times will be staggered depending on the show, so punters can check all ticketing details via Frontier Touring’s website.

These shows are set to close out the huge year of touring The Killers have planned next year. Beginning in April 2022, the band will play a selection of shows in Mexico before heading to the UK and Europe to play an extensive run of concerts that have been delayed repeatedly due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band will then play shows all throughout America before heading to New Zealand.

Despite the rescheduled tours, The Killers have kept busy in 2021, with the release of their seventh studio album ‘Pressure Machine’ in August. In a review of the albumNME‘s Thomas Smith wrote, “The past year has allowed many big names the times to complete long-held fantasies or push creative talents to their brink, now ‘Pressure Machine’ joins them.

“Not only is it a project we we may never have heard otherwise, but a deeply satisfying entry into their catalogue. It’s a homecoming of discreet intentions, not the pompous heroes return they’re likely used to – the modesty and subtlety suits them.”

The Killers’ 2022 Australia and New Zealand tour dates are:

NOVEMBER
21 – Auckland, Spark Arena
25 – Christchurch, Christchurch Arena
29 – Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre

DECEMBER
3 – Barossa Valley, Peter Lehmann
6 – Perth, RAC Arena
10 – Geelong, Mt Duneed Estate
13 – Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
17 – Hunter Valley, Hope Estate
19 – Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena

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Bleachers Cover The Cars’ ‘Drive’ on New ‘Live at Electric Lady’ EP: Listen

Bleachers released a new EP on Thursday (Nov. 4) titled Live at Electric Lady — a collection of songs from the Jack Antonoff-fronted band that features live takes of their Billboard 200-charting album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, recorded at the historic Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

The new EP features a total of eight songs, including “Chinatown” featuring Bruce Springsteen and “What’d I Do With All This Faith?” featuring St. Vincent. In addition to the features, Bleachers open the EP with a cover of “Drive,” The Cars’ signature song taken from their 1984 album, Heartbreak City.

Antonoff revealed that a large portion of the album was recorded in Studio D of Electric Lady and on top of the studio’s roof when risk for infection of COVID-19 was higher.

“At the time it wasn’t safe to be indoors or close to each other we played on the roof – when we could actually be in the same room we played in studio D with our heads on fire,” the singer-songwriter said in a press release. “I can ask my band all I want to play a take like they may never play again, but it’s gonna sound different when we were actually faced with that reality. These recordings are all one take and captured from those very moments when we didn’t know the next time we would get to play together after these sessions.”

Listen to Bleachers’ Live at Electric Lady EP below.

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