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Chart-crushing blues rock and building-smashing monster movie antics: another week in news brings shocks and laughs.
Cannes Continues: We're nearly at the end of the second week of the Cannes Film Festival and have been mentally noting which new movies have soared or been scorched at the hands of critics. Map to the Stars, Two Days, One Night, Mommy and Foxcatcher have all received glowing reviews whilst Lost River, Grace of Monaco, and The Search... well, less so. Click on links for reviews highlights and details for each movie.
Carter-Knowles Camp Content?: The Jay Z/Solange brouhaha confusion still hasn't been publically illuminated but the Carter-Knowles family seems to be intent on proving to the world that everything is just fine, fine, fine, thank you very much after footage leaked showing the singer attacking her rapper brother-in-law in a lift. Beyoncé's statement did little to explain her sister's violence but her newly-posted family photos do a good job of sweeping it all under the rug, for better or worse.
The Black Keys' new album has kept Jackson's 'Xscape' from the top of the charts.
The Black Keys have earned their first number one album, Turn Blue, having outsold Michael Jackson's posthumous release Xscape by just 7,000 copies in the US. Meanwhile, the rock duo's lead single 'Fever' has managed to top both the Alternative airplay and Rock Airplay charts.
The Black Keys Have Taken First Place In This Week's Chart Race With 'Turn Blue.'
Turn Blue sold 164,000 copies in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan, via Billboard, while Xscape sold a close 157,000. The sales figures are good news for both records, which were only predicted to sell around 150,000 to 155,000 each.
Continue reading: The Black Keys Give Michael Jackson A Chart Attack After Angry Tirade
The most bizarre celebrity feud of the year is heating up, with The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney seemingly having a little fun with Justin Bieber's devoted online followers. In case you hadn't heard, Carney made a pretty innocuous remark at the recent Grammy awards about Bieber's wealth - something that the 18-year-old wasn't too happy about, telling his 34 million Twitter fans that "the black keys drummer should be slapped around."
Carney seemed pretty embarrassed that he'd ended up slapped across the pages of TMZ.com, though began receiving abusive messages from angry Beliebers, including some death threats. It prompted Carney to turn things up a notch and change his Twitter handle to 'Justin Bieber,' replacing a picture of himself with an image of the singer rocking some hipster glasses. Patrick also began using Bieber's catchphrase 'Swag,' when replying to the fuming Bieber fans. Tweeting on Saturday (February 16, 2013), Carney said, "In order 2 give u guys full swag I have changed my stage name to Justin Bieber," before adding, "I luv all u! I need to get my beauty swag. Swag you guyz later! - Justin." The Grammy award winning drummer even tweeted a photo of a Justin Bieber toothbrush, adding, "Bout to swag my teeth."
Carney seemed to have made his point by Sunday, reverting to his own name and tweeting, "Justin is gone now. DNA recombo unsuccessful. I will try again soon though!" Bieber is currently on tour in Ireland and is yet to respond to Patrick's tweets.
Continue reading: Black Keys' Patrick Carney Changes Stage Name To Justin Bieber?
One of the more unlikely celebrity rivalries – between Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Justin Bieber – has taken an even more unexpected turn. Carney has overhauled his Twitter page, including his name, to replicate that of Bieber’s.
This comes after a war of words between the pair, kicked off by Carney who said "He's rich, right?" when asked if Bieber should have received a Grammy nomination. "I mean, I don't know. Grammys are, like, for music, not for money, and he's making a lot of money. I don't know – he should be happy, I guess."
It wasn’t only Justin Bieber that the Black Keys had in tears on the evening of the Grammys, it would appear. Mumford & Sons’ bass player Ted Dwayne found himself in tears that night too. Not because either of the Black Keys had been nasty to him but because he’s been a die-hard fan of the band for so long that being sat next to them was a little overwhelming. Not to mention beating his idols to the Album of the Year Grammy.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine after their triumph, Dawyne revealed “I remember seeing the Black Keys at a venue twice the size of this dressing room” and added “I was a die-hard fan. It's just so weird being in a category with them. Sitting next to them, these people I've had posters of. I was in tears.” Of course, it wasn’t just the Black Keys that had the British folk band in awe that night. Marcus Mumford told the magazine’s reporter that he was surprised that Jack White was as friendly as he was. And banjo player Winston Marshall was over the moon to meet Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello. “I loved Tom Morello. To have him liking our music – apparently he'd been to our gigs – for me was just f***ing surreal. We talk to these people, and whether it's f***ing Jack White or Elton John, they're just lovely people who love music as much as you do."
Mumford And Sons won the Album of the Year Grammy for Babel, their sophomore release.
Continue reading: Why Did The Black Keys Make Mumford And Sons Cry At The Grammys?
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has received a wave of abuse from disgruntled fans of Justin Bieber, following the musician's remarks about Bieber's Grammys snub. In fairness to Carney, the musician was collared by TMZ reporters on his way to the after-party on Sunday evening and was asked his thoughts on why Justin hadn't been nominated for the biggest awards show on the music calendar. The question was hardly relevant, though Carney did his best to answer, offering, "He's rich, right? I mean, I don't know. Grammys are, like, for music, not for money, and he's making a lot of money. I don't know - he should be happy, I guess," which roughly translates to: he's got tons of money, why does he need a Grammy?
After receiving a wave of media attention, the drummer later tweeted, "It's cool when you get cornered outside your hotel by a guy with a camera and they ask you a dumb question and then put it on TV." Of course, the brainless Justin Bieber took things rather personally, tweeting to his 34 million followers, "the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha." Out of 34 million, you're always going to get a couple of idiots, and they quickly reared their heads on Carney's Twitter profile. "Hey old scary grandpa, FYI you are a bad drummer and YOU don't deserve TO BE in the BAND, OKAY?" said one Bieber fan. Another offered, "I really wanna kill u NOW..!!" which Carney re-tweeted to his 98,000 followers. Some responses were more humorous than anything, with one fan fuming "I know, you're jealous of justin because he get more money than you. right? or you jealous because he famous than you," while another read, "You burn jealous with an 18 year old, that's the reason you give all those silly excuse."
With seven Grammy awards under his belt and millions of records sold worldwide, we can't imagine Patrick Carney is too bothered.
Justin, Justin, Justin. You've got your rapper friends, you've got a couple of million bucks in the bank, but it's been a bad week for you bro. After failing to earn a Grammy nod, young Bieber decided to host a live webcast simultaneously with the awards show (when he promised new music), but the Livestream went over capacity and his plan to steal away viewers from the Grammys broadcast was foiled.
Anyway, fast forward to Sunday evening (February 10, 2013) and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys was collared by TMZ reporters on his way to an after-party. Asked his thoughts on the Bieber snub, Carney not unreasonably suggested, "He's rich, right? I mean, I don't know. Grammys are, like, for music, not for money, and he's making a lot of money. I don't know - he should be happy, I guess." Clearly uncomfortable with the whole thing, Carney later followed up the remarks on Twitter, saying, "It's cool when you get cornered outside your hotel by a guy with a camera and they ask you a dumb question and then put it on TV."
However, it didn't stop Bieber from taking the whole thing rather personally and telling his 34 million followers, "the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha."
Continue reading: Is Justin Bieber Capable Of Slapping The Black Keys Drummer Around?
How would you celebrate your Grammys triumph? We like to think we'd have all our friends for a big after party (easy on the alcohol and NO drugs, of course). The Black Keys star Dan Auerbach had no time for that; he's busy getting a divorce.
Stephanie Gonis wasn't at the ceremony as The Black Keys picked up awards Best Rock Performance', 'Best Rock Song' and 'Best Rock Album.' A spokesperson told US Magazine: "Dan's wife wasn't at the ceremony because they are going through a divorce". His representatives are, so far, yet to comment. Auerbach, 33, and Gonis have one daughter together, 4-year-old Sadie Little Auerbach. In their acceptance speech, the guys kept it succinct, thanking their professional partners and crew and "everybody in Akron, Ohio and everybody in Nashville."
In other Black Keys news, an unlikely feud had arisen between Patrick Carney and Justin Bieber. The band's drummer told TMZ: "He's rich, right?" when asked if Justin Bieber should have received a nomination. "I mean, I don't know. Grammys are, like, for music, not for money, and he's making a lot of money. I don't know - he should be happy, I guess." Bieber watched this and then decided to take to Twitter to offer a repost. And what grandeur can be seen in this post? None, it just says, "the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha".
The Black Keys should’ve been pleased as punch after winning four awards at the Grammys last night (February 10, 2013), but for drummer Patrick Carney he seemed to just be relieved that it was all over as he was interviewed by press leaving the Los Angeles-based music showcase.
Annually, the Grammys is one of the biggest events for music across America and in Europe. In fact, it has dubbed itself 'music's biggest night'. Celebrating the best in pop, hiphop, soul, R&B and much of what comes in between, it never fails to be a veritable who's who from the Spotify playlists of the masses. And this year will be no different. Not only are the nominees ones to look out for, absences are worthy of note, as are this year's presenters and some very special performances.
In terms of performances to look forward to, this year we have some unusual and largely unexpected pair ups. Elton John and Ed Sheeran will take to the stage together. An unusual pairing, they're both Brits with unusual song writing talent. While John is a true showman and is well known for his intereSting outfits and outrageous glasses, Sheeran is distinctly more low key. We're not sure how this is going to work, but we're guessing it'll be great. Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna will all also perform together, as will Alicia Keys and Maroon 5, and Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.
Continue reading: 55th Grammys Preview: 'Music's Biggest Night' Wont Fail To Impress
An Adele-less Grammy Awards makes for a wide open field in 2013, with many pondering whose going to step up and fill the void that the all-conquering British singer filled last year. From considered opinions to manipulation of statistics, the consensus isn’t easy to gauge, though there seems to be a few trends emerging, namely that some think Fun. could make a surprise sweep, whilst others think Frank Ocean’s also likely to be among the headline makers come Sunday evening (February 10, 2013).
Fun. , lest we forget, are the only artists who have a chance of pulling off a sweep, given that they’re the only ones nominated in all four of the considered ‘big’ categories: record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and artist of the year, and with no other artist making a substantially better claim for pop dominance than their huge hit ‘We Are Young’ and subsequent album Some Nights, they could well be quids in.
Fun.'s dominance of the Grammy awards was mooted even before the nominations were announced, but steering clear of speculation, the band weren't listening to any of that, preferring to wait for the real thing.
"People told us, but only a total sh--head, would sit there and go 'Yeah, I think you're right,'" guitarist Jack Antonoff told MTV News. "In our case, the only thing we could do is shut ourselves off, and that's been our response this whole time." Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West top the 2013 Grammy nominations with six each, followed by the Black Keys and Miguel with five nods.
It's not just being nominated for a Grammy that sends a band into delirium, but in which category, too. And the fact that they're in contention for even one of the so-called 'big 4'; Album, Record and Song of the Year, plus Best New Artist, is more than an added bonus. "That's one thing that we cherish, because that's the torch that we are so proud to hold. We know it's rare, and ... it's easy to talk sh-- about this day and age of rock music, but you look back, it's been forever. It's hard to make it as a rock band on a certain level," Antonoff said. "And we believe in that, like, what it means to be a musician, and getting back to, just like, going to the store, buying instruments with your friends, and playing in the garage; that's the heart of being in a rock band, so to accomplish this, it's really special."
An old-school type of success story, The Black Keys' rise to prominence has been solely down to hard work and a lot of gigging, the band putting over seven albums in their decade together and only really hitting the big time on their fifth, Attack & Release which went top 20 in the US in 2008. It's reassuring to see then that they're still doing things how they always did - namely by touring their butts off. Last night the blues rock band called in to Pavilhao Atlantico in Lisbon, Portugal as part of their European tour, and they had Brit indie rockers The Maccabees in tow with them. The Maccabees are no mean size themselves these days, giving you an idea of just how big The Black Keys have become.
Mid-set, alongside Crazy Horse, Neil Young announced that “We’re joining forces up here,” just as Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl and Dan Auerbach graced the stage to collaborate with Young on an adrenaline and feedback fuelled rendition of "Rockin’ in the Free World."
Neil Young, Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters joined Band Of Horses and The Black Keys among others to perform on the Grand Lawn at Central Park in New York City. This was all in aid of the Global Citizen Festival which supports a plethora of charities including World Vision and World Food Program USA.
As well as bands and solo artists, the event held brief speeches between sets from outspoken celebrities such as Selena Gomez and Olivia Wilde of House and TRON:Legacy fame. Dave Grohl seemed to love every second of their performance, lamenting however, that it may be a while before they take to the stage again, saying “We don't have any shows after this. This is where we play as many songs as we can in a short period of time, because, honestly, I don't know when we're gonna do it again”, as reported by Rolling Stone.
Central Park in New York set the stage for a rock triple threat in the shape of Neil Young, The Foo Fighters and The Black Keys, all of whom banded together for a benefit mini-fest, Great Lawn Saturday night, in aid of putting an end to global poverty.
An audience of over 60,000 squeezed into the massive green space in the middle of the Big Apple on Saturday (29th September) night for a five-hour concert, all for free! Well, there was one catch, but it only involved attendees having to register at the website 'The Global Poverty Project,' which looks to find a way to bring an end to extreme financial inequality across the globe. And if inviting 60,000 lucky guests along to the event wasn't enough, the concert was also streamed live online via a number of differing websites.
As well as the big three, which also involved an impromptu stage invasion by Dave Grohl during Neil Young and Crazy Horse's set, the line-up for the day also featured Band Of Horses and 'Wavin' Flag' singer/rapper K'naan. The night didn't lose track of what it stood for though, with celebrities including Selena Gomez and Katie Couric going up on stage between performances to discuss the ongoing financial struggle that is felt the world over.
Kesha claims she once had a sexual experience with a ghost. The 25-year-old pop star was speaking on KIIS FM about the inspiration and ideas behind her spooky new song ‘Supernatural’.
The single is the second to be taken from Kesha’s new album ‘Warrior,’ which is packed full of electro-rock and dance-pop themes. As for the writing of ‘Supernatural,’ the singer explained, “It's about experiences with the supernatural…but in a sexy way. I had a couple of experiences with the supernatural. I don't know his name! He was a ghost! I'm very open to it.” It seems as though the entire record was inspired by similar oddities, and Kesha added, “The theme of this record is magic. I went on a spirit journey by myself. No security guard. No managers. I just went around the world and lived on a boat.” Kesha’s Tik Tok single catapulted the Californian to fame in 2009, gaining generally mixed reviews, though selling millions. To be fair, she’s enlisted a pretty impressive team for the new record, with The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne lending a hand, as well as rock stalwart Iggy Pop.
‘Warrior’ – the follow-up the Kesha’s 2010 debut LP ‘Animal’ – will be released on December 3, 2012.
The Black Keys are two young men hailing from Akron Ohio and producing a kind of raw, dirty blues rock that would make the devil change colour. Comparisons to The White Stripes and The Kills are common place and quite unfair, so no further mention will be made of this topic. I caught up with Dan before their sell out gig at the Night & Day in Manchester, he is an amiable 21 year old who answered every question enthusiasm as though it was his first ever interview.
Q. Paul Weller recently dubbed Major Record Labels 'Scum' and added that The Jam would not have made it in this day and age as they did not have an instant hit the first two albums sold slowly. Is his a true reflection of the music industry and are you worried?
A. Yeah, it's all major label bullshit. We spoke to a few major labels, but decided not to go with them because independent labels can do the same thing. We are not worried because we are signed to an independent label (Epitaph).
Q. Is the Bass a dying species?
A. (Dan emits a wry smile at this point) I like the bass. I played bass on the album (Thickfreakness out on Epitaph records).
Continue reading: The Black Keys - Interview With Dan Auerbach
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