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The Cure’s Robert Smith: ‘I was very optimistic when I was young now I’m the opposite’

The singer and songwriter has been curating the Meltdown festival, and is planning to record the first Cure album in 10 years. But will it be fuelled by magic mushroom tea? The first thing Robert Smith does is apologise for the makeup. He hasnt worn it since his last concert with the Cure, in December 2016, but he has a photoshoot today at the Royal Festival Hall and thinks his features are too indistinct without it. To be honest, I would be disappointed if he wasnt wearing it, along with…

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Weezer finally covers Toto’s ‘Africa,’ bringing closure to teen fan

On Tuesday morning, Weezer dropped a cover of Toto’s epic 1980s anthem (and top 10 karaoke jam) “Africa” to stream across a variety of places or to buy on iTunes.  SEE ALSO: It’s gonna take a lot to drag you away from this Shiba Inu dancing to ‘Africa’ But this goes beyond just a tidy cover of a popular ’80s tune. No, this particular song brings to a close a nearly six-month-long campaign by an Ohio teen to get the band to cover “Africa.” The online drive picked up a…

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The cellist heard around the word at the Royal Wedding is just 19-years-old

Image:  Lars Borges/Kensington Palace via Getty Images It seemed like the entire world tuned in on Saturday to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. While all eyes were on the happy couple, ears were dazzled when 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason took the stage to perform for the wedding’s guests.  SEE ALSO: We defy you not to sob uncontrollably at these photos of Harry and Meghan getting married The one and only best thing about that wedding was this kid’s performance. I’ve…

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Bohemian Rhapsody: first trailer of Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic released

First footage goes online of long-in-development film about big-selling British rockers, starring Mr Robots Rami Malek The first full trailer of the long-gestating Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been released onto the internet. Starring Mr Robots Rami Malek as Mercury, the bands exuberant lead singer a short teaser on Queens official Youtube channel. The film has been in the works since at least 2010, when it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen was to play Mercury; however, calling Baron Cohen an arse. Eddie the Eagle director Dexter…

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How should white people talk about Kanye West?

There are good reasons to be concerned about the very harmful comments that Kanye has been saying. But theres one catch you arent black, and Kanye is As the entirety of the internet seems to be discussing Kanye Wests most recent ass-hattery and all of black Twitter seems to be heartily enjoying #IfSlaveryWasAChoice shenanigans, you, a concerned non-black person may be wondering how do I join in this discussion? Maybe you were a big fan of Wests music and now you feel personally let down by how hard hes trying…

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Rage Against the Machine beats X Factor’s Joe to Christmas No 1

After an Facebook campaign against Simon Cowell's chart domination, music fans celebrate their victory In recent years, it had become as predictable as elections in North Korea singer wins X Factor, singer’s debut single goes to No 1. So when Joe McElderry won the TV talent contest, he was no doubt confident he would celebrate Christmas at the top of the charts. Alas for the 18-year-old from South Shields, it wasn’t to be: a song almost his own age denied him the top spot after a successful online campaign. Killing…

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Abba announce first new songs for 35 years

Swedish four-piece take to Instagram to announce two releases that will form part of an avatar tour project Abba have announced that they have written and recorded their first new songs since they split in 1983. The Swedish four-piece, who had nine No 1 hits in the UK between 1974 and 1980, and who have sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide, in Brussels earlier this week. The centrepiece is the two-hour TV show co-produced by NBC and the BBC, which will see the band perform as computer-generated avatars. Ulvaeus…

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Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for ‘Damn.’

That's "Pulitzer Prize winner and rapper Kendrick Lamar" to you.Image: C FLANIGAN/GETTY IMAGES Kendrick Lamar is officially a Pulitzer Prize winner. On Monday, the rapper was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his fourth studio album, DAMN., which was released almost exactly one year ago today on April 14, 2017. KENDRICK LAMAR WON A DAMN PULITZER. LEGEND. THE LITERARY GENIUS OF KENDRICK LAMAR STRIKES AGAIN!!!! — REEsus Christ Superstar (@ReeAmilcarScott) April 16, 2018 Beychella and Kendrick winning the Pulitzer within 48 hours pic.twitter.com/V6jjsFAlpY — Tananarive Due (@TananariveDue) April…

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Coachella is no more. After Beyonc’s 2018 set, it is officially ‘Beychella’

Image: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella  “I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife.” Beyoncé is back. After bailing on her headlining spot at 2017’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival due to her pregnancy, Queen Bey finally had her moment. It was a big one for Coachella too: She was the first woman of color to headline the festival. SEE ALSO: Here’s why Jay-Z thinks the Trump administration is ‘a great thing’ In a two-hour Saturday night set filled with surprises,…

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Totally Unprofessional: Lorde Kept Stopping Her Concert Last Night To Check Whether The Mousetrap In Her Dressing Room Had Caught Any Big, Juicy Rats

Lorde is famous for her impressive live performances, but yesterday, the pop superstar made a huge onstage blunder that left the audience stunned: Lorde kept stopping her concert last night to check if the mousetrap in her dressing room had caught any big, juicy rats. Wow. This is a seriously unprofessional move from the Grammy-winning artist. According to accounts from audience members, Lorde was just about to reach the chorus of her hit song “Green Light” when she shouted, “It’s big, juicy, rat time!” and walked off the stage to…

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Sara Bareilles was a highlight of NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ broadcast

If your social media feed hasn’t been blowing up all night with people excited about NBC’s live broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar, then you’re clearly not following the right people. The whole show is a blast, but Sara Bareilles owned this standout moment when she sang one of the musical’s most well-known numbers, “I Don’t Know How To Love Him.” No more words. Just hit play and soak it in. Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/01/jesus-christ-superstar-nbc-sarah-bareilles-dont-know-how-to-love-him/

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‘You don’t own or control me’: Janelle Mone on her music, politics and undefinable sexuality

The cyborg-fixated singer is back with her first album for five years. Outspoken as ever, she explains why shell always speak up for black women and how much she misses her mentor, Prince Days before she delivers her unequivocal Times Up speech at the Grammys We come in peace, but we mean business Janelle Mone walks into an upper-level hotel suite in Manhattan, just as sunset begins to fade over the Hudson river. Her 5ft stature is amplified by a wide-brimmed hat and a warm, room-owning confidence. She is dressed…

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