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Oli Sykes teams up with Cheat Codes on new “depressing pop” track ‘Dummy’

Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes has teamed up with US DJ trio Cheat Codes on new single ‘Dummy’.

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Announcing the track on TikTok with a short clip, Sykes said: “do u like lyrically depressing pop music? Check out my new song ‘dummy’ then, with cheat codes.”

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do u like lyrically depressing pop music? Check out my new song ‘dummy’ then, with cheat codes #fyp #badlove drugs #withdrawls #toxic #nogood4me

♬ Dummy (with Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon) – Cheat Codes & Oli Sykes & Bring Me The Horizon

The track comes from Cheat Codes’ forthcoming collaborative record ‘Hellraisers Part 2’, which also features the likes of Travis Barker, All Time Low and Charlotte Sands.

“It’s been such a blast making this type of music for you all,” the trio said. “All these songs have an alternative/pop-punk twist to them… which is something totally new for us. Being able to work with artists that we grew up listening to has been mind-blowing.

“These artists helped shape us into the the artists we are today, so being able to work them has been such an amazing full-circle experience. We’ve always made a point to not be kept in a box, and to be able to make music in any genre… and you’ve all been so supportive while we take this next step on our musical journey.”

Sykes has lent his vocals to a number of collaborations recently, including a recent track ‘Let’s Get The Party Started’ with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello for the latter’s solo album.

During a show last month on their ‘POST HUMAN’ tour, meanwhile, Bring Me The Horizon welcomed Yungblud onstage for a performance of ‘Obey’.

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Rammstein’s Till Lindemann and Richard Kruspe share ‘Always On My Mind’ cover

Emigrate have shared a new cover of ‘Always On My Mind’, which features a guest appearance from Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann.

The band, a side project of the Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe, are currently gearing up to release their fourth album ‘The Persistence Of Memory’ on November 5.

Emigrate’s heavy, rock-driven version of ‘Always On My Mind’ is the third single to be taken from the album. First recorded by Gwen McRae in 1972, it has also seen memorable cover versions by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Pet Shop Boys among others.

The band also shared a snippet of studio footage from their recording of the track, which follows August’s ‘Freeze My Mind’ and last month’s ‘You Can’t Run Away’.

Further new music from Lindemann and Kruspe could be imminent. Earlier this year Rammstein revealed that they had written a new album over the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Their seventh and latest record, ‘Untitled’, came out in 2019.

Speculation over the group’s eighth full-length effort came after they were pictured in the studio in October 2020. Keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz subsequently confirmed that Rammstein had “recorded a record that we hadn’t planned on”.

He explained that the band being unable to tour or perform live “increased our creativity”, adding: “We had more time to think of new things and less distraction.”

In August, a museum in Russia took legal action against Lindemann over the “unauthorised” sale of an NFT bearing its imagery.

The frontman entered the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by selling VIP-style access to him along with special digital artwork. Fans were offered the chance to dine with the singer in Moscow, Russia as part of a €100,000 (£84,705) package.

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Adele announces US TV special for her new album ‘30’

Adele has announced a new TV special which will air in the US ahead of the arrival of her forthcoming new album ‘30’.

The singer will release her new LP, her first since 2015’s ‛25′, on November 19 via Columbia Records.

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On November 14 Adele will appear in Adele: One Night Only, a two-hour CBS special which will include live performances from the singer and a new sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey “from her rose garden”.

Set to be filmed in LA, the special will see the singer conduct her “first televised wide-ranging conversation about her new album, the stories behind the songs, life after divorce, weight loss and raising her son”.

CBS – November 14 pic.twitter.com/BnmZgeTheT

— Adele (@Adele) October 18, 2021

A UK air date for Adele: One Night Only has yet to be confirmed.

Elsewhere, Adele recently revealed that she has already played her forthcoming new album ‘30’ to Drake in order to get his take on the record.

The singer did clarify, however, that she hadn’t been sending the record around “to various people being like, ‘Can I get your thoughts on this?’”

“It’s always just been about how [the album] makes me feel,” she said. “Quality control is my forte. I can write a song about my own experiences my own life, and stuff like that. People certainly aren’t waiting for a club banger from me.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 last week, Adele spoke about her future in the music industry and said that she doesn’t intend to be making music “forever”.

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RHCP’s Flea Celebrates 59th Birthday and Music School’s Anniversary

Flea had a funky birthday. So did the music school he co-founded that has become an L.A. institution. As the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist turned 59 on Saturday (Oct. 16) , and his Silverlake Conservatory of Music turned 20, they celebrated with a joint party in the parking lot for the Los Angeles school that often serves as a de facto performance space for its faculty and students.

Flea led a band assembled for the occasion through a series of funk standards including James Brown’s “Gonna Have a Funky Good Time,” banging his orange-beanied head and scissor-kicking across the makeshift stage. “This is the best possible birthday gift I could have imagined, being here with everybody, celebrating that we got to do this for 20 years,” Flea said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be part of a community and to work together with people to uplift young people.”

His bandmates for the night included keyboardist Cory Henry, members of Fishbone — another punk-funk hybrid band from 1980s L.A. — and members of the school’s youth chorale, who joined them as backup singers on the Meters’ “Hey Pocky A-Way.” The kids, who have hardly sung in front of people since the start of the pandemic, took center stage earlier in the evening for a singing of Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power.”

“It felt really good,” said 13-year-old Isla Farris of Pasadena, one of the song’s soloists. “We were all kind of a little bit panicked but it was a really good experience for all of us. We enjoyed it after we got out of our heads.” She and other students got to know Smith when she recently visited the school to record a podcast with Flea — one of the perks of being a conservatory student.

Curb Your Enthusiasm actor and comedian Jeff Garland, who served as the night’s emcee, expressed his jealousy after hearing the kids sing. “Nobody told me when I was a kid that people had the power,” Garland said. “If I’d known Patti Smith, I might have known it. But I only knew the Partridge Family.” Flea, born Michael Balzary, founded the nonprofit school in 2001 with his longtime friend and sometime musical collaborator Keith “Tree” Barry. It’s open to all comers, but specializes in serving the youth of the surrounding community in eastern Los Angeles, providing scholarships to kids who need them.

The crowd Saturday night was full of current and former students, some of whom are adults who were small kids when they started studying. Even at 13, Farris remembers singing in the tiny space in the Silver Lake neighborhood the school was jammed into before they built their current, more cushy digs a mile away in Los Feliz five years ago, with rehearsal rooms named for prominent sponsors like Eddie Vedder. “I’ve just been here so long and I have an extreme attachment to it,” she said. “It’s just an amazing place. I’ve always loved doing choir here.”

Another school ensemble, the Hollywood Highsteppers, a New Orleans-style second-line brass band, performed tunes including, naturally, “Happy Birthday.” Flea was presented with a cake as they played, but COVID precautions meant no candles. And there was a lot more missing, as he’s decades past the decadence of youth. “No sugar, no wheat, no dairy,” he said. “It’s a Flea cake. I’m gonna eat it right up.”

The Chili Peppers announced plans for a 2022 world stadium tour last week, revealing a stellar set of opening acts including The Strokes, A$AP Rocky, Beck, Haim, St. Vincent, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Thundercat and King Princess, with U.S. dates kicking off on July 23 with a gig at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High.

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Adele Coming to Prime Time for Two-Hour CBS ‘One Night Only’ Special

Adele is celebrating the upcoming release of her fourth album, 30, with a two-hour prime time special on CBS, Adele One Night Only. The Nov. 14 show, which will air from 8:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. ET on CBS and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+, will be filmed in Los Angeles and include the singer performing some of her most beloved hits as well as several never-before-heard new songs according to a release announcing the special one-off event.

In addition to the performances, the special will feature an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey from her rose garden, which will be Adele’s first televised chat about “her new album, the stories behind songs, life after divorce, weight loss and raising her son.”

The first single from 30 (due out on Nov. 19), the peak-scaling piano ballad “Easy on Me,” dropped on Oct. 14 and instantly sold nearly 15,000 digital downloads in its first five hours of availability in the U.S., according to MRC Data, while collecting more than three million on-demand audio and video streams in the same time frame.

The next day, “Easy,” sold another 27,000 downloads in the U.s. according to initial MRC Data reports. The song also got off to a blazing start on U.S. radio, with the single drawing 897 plays in its first five hours on Oct. 14 on 250 stations that report to Billboard’s all-genre Radio Songs chart.

In its first full day of tracking (Friday, Oct. 15), “Easy” was played 4,160 times, generating 21 million in audience, again propelled, in part, by hourly spins, ranking No. 1 as the most-played and most-heard song on radio on Friday.

Check out the show announcement below.

Adele One Night Only – November 14 on CBS. Are you ready? pic.twitter.com/s2UBwI17sM

— CBS (@CBS) October 18, 2021

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2021 Soul Train Awards to Be Taped at New York’s Apollo Theater

The 2021 Soul Train Awards will be taped at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem on Nov. 20, marking the first time the show has been based in New York in its 34-year history. The show has aired from venues in the Los Angeles area (1987-2007), Atlanta (2009-11) and Las Vegas (2012-19); the 2020 show was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 Soul Train Awards premieres Sunday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

The show will salute the 50th anniversary of Soul Train television program, which debuted on Oct. 2, 1971. When the final episode aired in 2006, it was the longest running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history. The awards show, which launched in 1987, recognizes the best in soul, R&B and hip hop.

“Don Cornelius’ brilliant vision created a revolutionary show that became a cornerstone in American culture,” said Connie Orlando, BET’s EVP specials, music programming and music strategy, in a statement that honored the show’s iconic late host, who helmed the program from its founding until 1993. “Fifty years later, the Soul Train Awards continues to amplify his powerful message of love, peace and soul to a global audience. We are honored to be a part of the Soul Train legacy and partner with the national treasure that is the Apollo to celebrate Black excellence and
culture.”

“The Apollo has long been a center of Black cultural and creative innovation for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world,” said Apollo executive producer Kamilah Forbes in a statement. “It has provided a platform for Black artists at all stages of their careers, and a gathering place for audiences to express themselves freely. The Apollo is thrilled to partner with BET to host the Soul Train Awards, bringing together three iconic brands that represent Black culture and excellence under one roof.”

Orlando will oversee the show, with Jamal Noisette to co-executive produce for BET. Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, will serve as executive producer, along with Jeannae Rouzan–Clay and Dionne Harmon, top executives at that company.

The 2020 Soul Train Awards took place on Nov. 29, 2020, with actors Tisha Campbell & Tichina Arnold hosting for the third time. The nominations were announced on Nov. 11. H.E.R. led with eight nods, followed by Chris Brown with seven. Monica was honored with the Lady of Soul Award for her contributions to the music industry.

Cornelius died by suicide in 2012 at age 75, but Soul Train’s legacy lives on. BET acquired the brand in 2016.

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Protest disrupts Beijing Winter Games torch-lighting ceremony

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece – Human rights activists unfurled a banner reading “No Genocide Games” and called for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics during the torch-lighting ceremony on Monday. Two women and a man sneaked past a tight police cordon and entered the archaeological site of the ancient Greek stadium and temple where […]

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BTS’ Label Big Hit Music Announces 2021 Online Global Auditions For Male Trainees

Big Hit Music is looking for its next male singing superstar. The HYBE label that manages K-Pop superstars BTS and Tomorrow X Together announced over the weekend that it is in search of young men with “talent and passion” to be the next global superstar.

In a statement on its website, Big Hit asked wannabe males born after 2002 to tell their special story through music during this year’s application period, which will last from Monday (Oct. 18) until Dec. 20. Members of BTS filmed a video in support of the open audition, with RM saying in the clip, “For those of you who want to share your stories through music and dance, and those of you with beating hearts who dream about becoming an amazing artist even in this moment.”

The application categories include vocals, rap, dance and producing, with Big Hit requesting a video of you singing a song of your choice, with your upper body visible and a full-frontal photo (without any filters).

BTS’ J-Hope also gave some advice to potential future superstars in the video via his own experience auditioning for Big Hit. “I used to be a street dancer in Gwangju before my debut. I still remember the day I auditioned at the dance school,” he said. “My heart still goes pit-a-pat when I think of that moment.” Jimin and Jin explained the details of the audition process, while rapper Suga recalled how he came through the Big Hit process.

“I can say this could be a turning point in your life,” he said. “So I highly recommend you to not be hesitant to apply! It’s more about showing how much you love music and your dream, rather than being good at it.”

Watch BTS encourage global auditioners and explain the process below.

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Livestream Concerts’ Next Step: Consolidation

A year ago, new concert livestreaming platforms were popping up faster than we could count, each competing for attention in a dog-eat-dog environment. But now, as acquisitions seem to be happening at nearly the same pace, the crowded livestreaming sector has a new motto: If you can’t beat them, join them.

Live Nation led the way in January, taking a majority stake in Joel and Benji Madden’s popular service Veeps. The same month, two-year-old virtual events platform Hopin acquired livestreaming studio StreamYard for $250 million. Over the summer, the shopping spree continued: Music streaming service Deezer acquired a stake in former Sony Music Entertainment executive Thomas Hesse’s platform Dreamstage in May, and two months later, VNUE, a company that records and releases live concert videos, announced plans to acquire the more than decade-old livestreaming company StageIt. In the past month, three more services have been gobbled up, either whole or in part: Tech-first livestreaming service Mandolin acquired indie-focused competitor NoonChorus in late September, and earlier this month, concert ticketing platform DICE bought electronic music live streaming mainstay Boiler Room, while Deezer took another stake in a livestreaming company, this time targeting U.K. startup Driift.

The acquisitions signal that the music industry sees long-term potential in the livestreaming market, where U.S. fans spent a collective $610 million on tickets in 2020. But at the same time, the return of physical touring presents new challenges, and recent studies reflect dwindling livestream viewership.

Most executives viewed consolidation as inevitable. John Petrocelli, CEO and founder of white-label livestreaming company Bulldog DM, points out that many startups have been earning money solely from a fee added to the ticket price or 10% to 15% of ticket sales — making it tough to turn a profit after paying expenses like credit card processing, bandwidth fees and staff payroll. “I don’t know how” these companies were surviving, says Petrocelli, whose nine-year-old company has clients like Spotify and Netflix. “They’d need a lot of venture money to make it.”

Thankfully for some, venture capitalists have continued to pour cash into the livestreaming sector. Maestro, the white-label livestreaming platform which powered Billie Eilish’s Where Do We Go? The Livestream pay-per-view concert last year, raised $15 million in Series B funding in March from investors including Sony Music Entertainment and Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin. Halsey and Kaytranada joined Moment House’s $12 million Series A round in August, supporting the company that has created streams with music video-level production for Tame Impala and Isaiah Rashad since its founding in 2019. And in July, newcomer Flymachine announced $21 million in funding from investors including Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw and Wasserman Music executive Marty Diamond. (It’s worth noting that Flymachine founder Andrew Dreskin is no stranger to consolidation, having sold his first ticketing company TicketWeb to Ticketmaster in 2000 for a reported $35 million; and his second, Ticketfly, to Pandora in 2015 in a deal worth a reported $450 million in cash and stock.)

Many companies without backing, meanwhile, are looking for new homes. NoonChorus co-founder Andrew Jensen says that his turning point came when the venture-backed companies began bidding on superstars by offering them skyrocketing payment guarantees, even if the company would end up losing money as a result.

“We didn’t raise a single funding dollar, so we just couldn’t take risks like that,” Jensen says, but its buyer, Mandolin, raised a $12 million Series A in June. “We realized we needed to figure out a way to team up with a partner and join forces rather than work against each other competing for the same artists.”

Paradoxically, all this investment in the livestreaming space comes at a time when viewership for virtual events is shrinking. According to MRC Data’s Music 360 report released last month, only 5% of respondents attended a virtual concert in the last year, and only 5% plan to do so in the next year. The top two reasons for not watching were “I choose to spend my time with other forms of entertainment” and “I did not want to pay for a virtual concert.” That’s a nosedive from MRC’s 2020 U.S. year-end report, in which the percentage of respondents who said they were likely to watch a virtual concert in the next two weeks hovered around 35% to 40% throughout the year.

As in-person touring resumes, Petrocelli says that a dip in viewership was expected, and blames botched livestreams for “turning off the general public” to the format. “There were a lot of underwhelming experiences and challenges where shows didn’t make it to the air,” Petrocelli says, such as Marc Anthony’s “Una Noche” stream in April, which crashed due to unexpected last-minute demand. “That has been a little bit of a black eye for the industry.”

Mandolin co-founder and CEO Mary Kay Huse notes that artists and their teams have less time to build the immersive, interactive livestreaming experiences that will turn viewers on to the format now that they’re busy planning in-person tours and juggling ever-shifting restrictions in different states and countries. Mandolin is one of many livestreaming companies promoting the so-called “hybrid model” — where artists offer virtual admission to in-person shows and/or add entirely virtual tour stops — but producing truly live, multi-camera broadcasts with in-person audiences requires a completely different and specialized skillset than the often pre-taped, audience-free sets most platforms are used to. “It’s a whole new series of things to learn,” Hue says.

To help streamline the experience, Mandolin has signed partnerships with City Winery’s network of venues and booking agency Ground Control Touring, whose roster includes Waxahatchee and Parquet Courts. “‘Turnkey’ is a word I hear every day,” Huse says. “We have to make it really easy [for artists’ teams].”

So what are buyers’ plans for their acquisitions? Live Nation, which promotes 40,000 concerts a year, is equipping 60 concert venues across the U.S. like San Francisco’s The Fillmore and Los Angeles’ The Wiltern with livestreaming capabilities through Veeps, allowing artists like NEEDTOBREATHE and Incubus to broadcast their in-person shows online. Mandolin will get an artist relations boost from NoonChorus, a go-to for indie acts like Japanese Breakfast and Angel Olsen, which has hosted more than 650 shows and generated $4 million in artist revenue since its founding in spring 2020. Deezer is eyeing the obvious overlap between audio and video streaming, and it isn’t the first — Spotify partnered with Driift on a series of virtual concerts from artists like Leon Bridges and The Black Keys which kicked off in May. And with its acquisition of Boiler Room, DICE is breaking into the pay-per-view livestreaming market.

Despite the challenges, the wide variety of companies purchasing livestreamers, from ticketing companies to music streaming services, indicates that the industry sees potential in the technology. “There’s market validation all over the place,” says Huse, name-checking Warner Music Group, which is invested in virtual concerts company Wave and is the first major-label partner to Twitch. British record company Beggars Group, which owns labels like 4AD and XL Recordings, is also a minority shareholder in Driift. It’s not hard to imagine a future where every streaming service and music company has a livestreaming arm, and executives predict further consolidation to come.

“Why wouldn’t you have some sort of [livestreaming] strategy?” Petrocelli says. “I would expect a lot more of this from the bigger players.”

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Flashes Metal Horns Pics From Prostate Cancer Treatment: ‘Never Give Up. Never Give In’

Judas Priest singer Rob Halford has revealed that he survived a fight with prostate cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The metal god posted two images of his hand — outfitted with an IV port, a hospital wristband and a set of prayer beads — throwing up the metal horns with the message “Never give up. Never give in.”

In the pics posted on Saturday (Oct. 16), Halford wrote, “thanks for all the love maniacs and guys get your prostate checked.” Halford, 70, spoke to Consequence last week about his battle, revealing that it took place a year ago. “I got through and that’s in remission now, thank God,” he said. “That happened while we were all locked down, so things happen for a reason as far as time sequence of events. I have nothing but gratitude to be at this point in my life, still doing what I love the most.”

Though Halford had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis or treatment, the site reported that additional details were slipped into the updated paperback edition of the singer’s 2020 memoir, Confess, in which he reveals that he was first diagnosed and treated in the spring of 2020 and then again in early 2021.

“I felt a combination of shock, horror, and oddly, relief — at least now I know!…’Am I going to die?’ It was all I could think of. I know blokes who’ve died of prostate cancer,” Halford wrote about the drawn-out testing that followed his first symptoms in 2017. “‘No, you’re not going to die, Rob,’ said Dr. Ali,’” with Halford noting that he opted for prostatectomy surgery, which was successfully done in July 2020, choosing to remove the cancer rather than undergo radiation therapy; the updated book also notes that he had additional radiation treatments in April and May of this year and was given the all-clear in June.

In addition, Halford wrote that he also underwent an appendectomy after doctors found a tumor on his appendix. “It’s been a draining year, I can’t deny it, but I’m delighted to have come through it,” Halford reportedly wrote. “I feel like I’ve had the most thorough MOT that a Metal God can have.” Halford kept then news quiet, writing that he told his family and partner, Thomas Pence, and left it to Priest management to tell the rest of the band.

JP were in the midst of a half-century celebration when their North American tour was cut short after guitarist Richie Faulkner suffered a ruptured aorta on stage at the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville.

Check out Halford’s post below.

 

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Husband in court over killing of Kenyan athlete Tirop

NAIROBI – A Kenyan court on Monday allowed police to hold the husband of long distance runner Agnes Tirop for 20 days over her killing, the KTN News channel reported. Tirop’s husband, Ibrahim Rotich, was arraigned on suspicion of her murder during his first appearance before the court in the Rift Valley town of Iten, […]

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French PM Castex gives Pope Francis signed Lionel Messi jersey

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis, a keen football fan, received an unusual gift on Monday from France’s prime minister – a jersey signed by the pontiff’s fellow Argentine Lionel Messi. Jean Castex gave the pope the glass-framed number 30 jersey, signed by Messi, who plays for Paris St Germain, following 35 minutes of private talks […]

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