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Jack White's "Lazaretto" Breaks Vinyl Record For First-Week Sales


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Jack White’s new album “Lazaretto” has sold 40,000 copies, achieving the biggest first-week sales for a vinyl album, at least since SoundScan started tracking sales 24-years ago.

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The LP cruised in to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Vinyl Albums chart, accounting for 28.9% of the album's first-week sales. 30% of the album's impressive debut figures was CD, with 41,000 sold, while the shift towards online content saw online downloads comprise 41.1% of the overall sales pie. 

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Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Is An Infectious Break From The Contagion Of Banality


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Jack White's latest solo album Lazaretto is now available to buy, after having streamed in full via iTunes. Named after a hospital or ship that quarantines people affected with contagious diseases, the album's title could be interpreted as a wry reference to the bad press White has attracted recently.

White felt compelled to apologise to everyone he had upset with his sharp words so the negative attention wouldn't overshadow his eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2012's Blunderbuss. Though anger is apparent on the new LP, it would be a waste of time to mutter on about the artist's behaviour instead of dissecting one of the year's most arresting releases.

Critics agree: Lazaretto is "a wilder and harder work than White's solo debut from two years ago," says the NY Daily News. While NME prefers to draw comparisons between the two, excitedly describing the new record as "a second solo album that's as musically eccentric and original as its predecessor"

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Jack White - Lazaretto Album Review


Modern music legend Jack White is back with his second solo album 'Lazaretto', following up 2012's 'Blunderbuss'. The former White Stripes main man has spent pretty much all of his career freshening up old style genres such as country and blues with a modern twist to bring them back into the mainstream and, listening to 'Lazaretto', it appears White isn't done with that mission just yet.

Jack White - Lazaretto Album Review

'Three Women' is an incredibly danceable song upping the giddiness for the rest of the album with upbeat piano parts that are just as exciting as any of the riffs or guitar solos on the track. The title track is brilliantly bizarre, with 8 bit elements mixed with White's sassy vocals, a fuzzy guitar solo and a fiddle piece at the end. The bridge is phenomenal, sounding like 'Game Over' on a retro video game mixed in with White mechanically singing, 'They wanna blow down in prison, they're lighting fires with the cast of the masses and like the dough I don't fall down, I'm so Detroit, I make it rise from the ashes'. The album calms down when it comes to 'Temporary Ground' which is a gentle country number with more relaxing female vocals and the fiddle being ever present, though this time more peaceful and in line with the mood of the rest of the song. 'Would You Fight For My Love' takes a slight return to the strange with spaghetti western guitar bends that tie in well with an emotional piano-led ballad. Twisted instrumental 'High Ball Stepper' builds up with sparse piano and a groovy palm-muted riff, then the fuzz kicks in like a sucker punch, rendering the listener's jaw well and truly dropped.

The calmness returns in the second half of the album. 'Just One Drink' is cool and upbeat, with energetic but light piano. 'Alone In My Home' and 'Entitlement' are equally pleasant to listen to, even if they are bordering on the generic. These songs are by no means bad; in fact, they're great, with White's unmistakable voice taking a more childlike tone that it has been known to do; and while they demonstrate White's diversity, they're not quite as exciting as the more blues rock tunes, where the electric guitar has a firm presence.

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Jack White Offers Apology To Black Keys, Amy Winehouse, Adele And Many Others


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Jack White seems to be regretting criticisms he made to other singers in the current Rolling Stone cover story.

The 38 year-old musician insulted The Black Keys, a whole list of female performers and stated that if Amy Winehouse was alive then Adele wouldn't have been as successful.

But White has now posted an open letter on his official website to try and clarify what he actually meant by these controversial comments.

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Jack White Apologises For Black Keys & Meg White Rolling Stone Comments


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Jack White, the former frontman of The White Stripes, has apologised for the seemingly insensitive comments he made in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. White is the cover of June's Rolling Stone magazine and made a series of comments in the accompanying interview in which he appeared to criticise The Black Keys, amongst others, for capitalising on the sound and music style he made so popular. 

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Jack White has issued an apology to numerous acts.

White's comments about The Black Keys were revealed when his ex-wife, Karen Elson, made public emails between the two which described White's opinions on the band. The revelation was as a result of their ongoing divorce case. 

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Jack White - Lazaretto Single Review


Jack White is one of the most admired musicians of the 21st century having helped revive blues and garage rock with The White Stripes as well as being a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. These days, White is mainly a solo artist, having released his highly acclaimed solo debut 'Blunderbuss' in 2012 and being set to unveil 'Lazaretto' on June 10th this year. This is the first official single and title track from that album, after the quirky instrumental teaser 'High Ball Stepper', and it's simply brilliant.

Jack White - Lazaretto Single Review

'Lazaretto' is all funky for the first minute and a half with a slick bassline, fuzzy guitars and White's vocals being manic and sassy. This is great in itself, but there's these really random, bright, 8-bit sounds underlying the song, that make it a delight. Followed by a scratchy guitar solo, the song goes into a low sounding riff, with 8-bit noises sounding like Pac-Man dying over and over again and White robotically singing, 'They wanna blow down the prison, they're lighting fires with the cash of the masses, and like the dough I don't fall down, I'm so Detroit I make it rise from the ashes'. These elements go perfectly together and, if possible, make the song even more dazzling. Towards the end of the song there's a fiddle solo of all things; again, you don't see it coming and it lengthens the smile the rest of this song has already put on your face. 

This song is an amazing adventure full of twists, turns and incredibly pleasant surprises. The 8-bit sounds especially are just not what you'd expect from White and his legendary guitar skills are as amazing as they ever were. 'Lazaretto' along with 'High Ball Stepper' hint heavily at an experimental album from White, one that we should be very excited about. At the start of the millennium, Jack White brought blues and garage rock back into the mainstream, now he seems to be taking it into the future. 

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Jack White Holds World Record For World's Fastest Record Release


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Jack White came in well ahead of schedule in his plan to record the world's fastest music release. According to the singer and guitarist's Third Man Records, White managed to record, press, assemble and sell a batch of 7" records for Record Store Day. It took him just 3:55:21.

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Announcing his record-breaking plan earlier this month, the former White Stripes man said that 'Lazaretto' would be "the world's fastest released record . . . in the history of mankind." He took to the Blue Room at Third Man's recording studios in Nashville at 10am on Saturday morning, accompanies by a band including Fats Kaplin and Daru Jones and recorded two tracks. The first was "Lazaretto" - the title track from his forthcoming album, and the B-Side was a cover of Elvis Presley's "Power of My Love".

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Jack White Breaks A World Record With Lazaretto Record


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Adding to his list of accomplishments, Jack White now holds the record for the 'world’s fastest record release.' White recorded, pressed and released the single ‘Lazaretto’ in just under four hours yesterday as part of celebrations to mark the annual record store day.

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The recording took place during an intimate early morning gig at the Blue Room in the headquarters of Nashville’s Third Man Records. He opened the show with ‘Lazaretto’, which was followed by the single’s B-side, a cover of Elvis Presley's 1969 song ‘Power of My Love’.

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New Jack White Album On The Way: Lazaretto Arriving On June 9/10


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Jack White – former half of White Stripes and member of both Dead Weather and The Raconteurs - plans to release a new solo album called “Lazaretto” on June 10 as the follow-up to his 2012 debut solo effort, ‘Blunderbuss.’

Jack White Announces His New Album 'Lazaretto' To Be Released In The UK On The 9th June 2014

In addition to the album’s release in June, White announced - via both his own website and the Third Man Records site – that the title track would be released later on this month. 

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Imagine Dragons And Kendrick Lamar Stole The Grammys With 'MAAD City/ Radioactive' Show? [Video]


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The aftermath of this year's Grammy Awards on Sunday was filled with talk about Beyoncé and Jay Z's sexually-charged 'Drunk In Love' performance, Madonna's mass marriage, Taylor Swift's surprised face and the rock-tastic finale show. However, as the dust has died down, one performance in particular stands out for its explosive mash-up and unique collaboration.

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Imagine Dragons' Grammys Performance With Kendrick Lamar Has Been Heralded As A Highlight.

Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar performed a hybrid version of the former's hit 'Radioactive' and the latter's 'MAAD City' to considerable critical acclaim. Not only did the two songs mesh extremely well together but the rock band and the rapper brought a show to the Grammys that will be talked about for months to come.

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5 Celeb Couples We Didn't Want To See Split


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A break up is rarely an easy time for a couple but ever get that feeling that some couples, i.e. NOT Rihanna and Chris Brown, were so well-matched that it was hard to imagine them not being an item? Yup, us too, so we restrained ourselves with a list of the top five celebrity couples we reckon never should have parted.

1) Zooey Deschanel & Ben Gibbard

What is love now that we are no longer in a world where the Zooey Deschanels can't make a happy marriage with the Deathcab for Cutie frontmen? Woe is us indeed. Him: the sultry, thoughtful indie singer and guitarist who is responsible for such odes to eternal love as 'I'll Follow You Into The Dark.' Her: the cute, funny and (dare we say it?) quirky actress who, with one flick of her indie girl bangs in 500 Days of Summer, launched an odyssey of shy, introverted teenage dreams against a backdrop of The Smiths songs.

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Jack White Responds To Karen Elson's Court Filing And Restraining Order


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Jack White has presented a rebuttal filing against his wife's, which implies the White Stripes Frontman is violent and unable to care for their two children.

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Karen Elson and Jack White at 'The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009.

White's estranged wife, former model Karen Elson, obtained a temporary restraining order against her husband on July 17. She claimed White had been harassing Elson and her attorney by sending inappropriate emails. 

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Jack White Restraining Order From Ex-Wife Karen Elson, Slams Black Keys Singer: "That A**hole"


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Karen Elson, Jack White's ex-wife, has filed a restraining order against The Raconteurs singer after claiming he is a threat to safety. Elson, a model and musician, sent emails to a judge saying that because of White's actions, she "fears for her safety and that of their children." The order was approved on 17th July pending a court hearing on 29th August.

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Karen Elson Has Filed A Restraining Order Against Jack White.

According to the Nashville City Paper via The Independent, White is barred from "any contact with Karen Elson whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties' minor children." With regards to the specific details of White's supposedly threatening emails, he expresses a peculiar venom to Dan Auerbach, lead singer of The Black Keys.

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Estranged Wife Karen Elson Gets Restraining Order Against Jack White


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Karen Elson, Jack White’s estranged wife, has filed a restraining order against the White Stripes musician. According to the documents, Elson claimed that White had been harassing her with a series of profanity-laden emails, as well as contacting Elson's paralegal "in an inappropriate and aggressive manner"; making derogatory comments about Elson to the couple's business manager, in an attempt to "harass and embarrass [her]" The story was first reported by the Nashville City Paper.

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Elson alleges that White has an explosive temper.

The situation had reportedly gotten so bad, that Elson was afraid for her own safety and that of the two children she shares with White. The restraining order was granted by a Tennessee judge last week, on June 22. According to the document, White is forbidden from having "any contact with [Elson] whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties' minor children."

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Jack White's Wife, Model Karen Elson, Obtains Restraining Order


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Jack White's estranged wife has obtained a restraining order against the White Stripes frontman. Karen Elson, obtained the order in Tennessee, after claiming White had a violent temper. Elson was forced into taking this action after allegedly receiving irate and inappropriate emails from her husband. The couple are currently in a custody battle: Elson maintains White is unfit to care for their two children, who currently reside with her.

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Jack White at 55th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in L.A.

In legal documentation, obtained by the Nashville City Paper, Elson states that she is fearful for her own safety and that of her two children's.  The excerpt read: the "wife fears for her and the children's safety as a result of this harassment," the order read, describing how White contacted his ex-wife's paralegal "in an inappropriate and aggressive manner."

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Various Artists - The Great Gatsby OST Album Review


The Great Gatsby movie may not have received universal praise and critical acclaim since its silver screen release but that doesn't mean you should write off or disregard its soundtrack. What do critics know anyway? There seems to have been far too much analysis of the film's sub-text and possible parallels with the global economy rather than old fashioned cinematic enjoyment. Is the world more greedy now, more star struck, more in need of fame and fortune? Have we all become more self-absorbed, self-obsessed, materialistic and vacuous or is it just that, nowadays, it's more in plain sight, easier to identify and more readily hyped and publicised. (The film adaptation is, after all, taken from the F. Scott Fitzgerald book published nearly ninety years ago.) 

The Great Gatsby OST Album Review

Setting aside any need to put the film on the psychiatrist's chair (to see whether Fitzgerald's cautionary tale of excess rings true) and taking the film and its soundtrack merely on musical merit alone, I think it safe to say that without doubt it is a triumph. Any suggestion that it is 'style over substance' is missing the whole point. The Jazz Age was all about style, all about how opulent and how lavish you could possibly be. Yes, it may have been a little vulgar but it was all about extravagance and living the dream, even if the dream was ultimately a lie. 

The soundtrack of The Great Gatsby captures the very essence of the post war age, an age of optimism and high spirits where the grim realities of the not too distant past could be suspended. You can lose yourself in the cocktails, flapper dresses, pearls and spats, cigarette holders and dinner jackets quite easily. The allure of the decadent lifestyle being flaunted by the charming and charismatic Jay Gatsby has an intoxicating appeal that is difficult to resist. Both Baz Luhrmann, the film's director, and executive music producer Jay Z have done a meticulous job in making that come to life, brilliantly mixing a twenties thread through a contemporary score. 

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Jack White Bails Out Detroit's Masonic Temple


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Detroit venue The Masonic Temple was helped out of a tax pickle recently when an anonymous donor paid off its entire $142,000 balance in tax, saving it from closure. So who was that mystery man? Only Detroit-native himself Mr Jack White! What a good guy.

That’s right, the co-founder of The White Stripes put his hand in his pocket when the venue found itself up against the wall financially, bailing it out and helping it to continue, according to the Detroit Free Press.“Jack’s donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it,” said Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran. “Jack’s magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words.”

There are a couple of reasons why White would be so keen to keep the Masonic Temple going; his mother was an usher there for a time, while the White Stripes played their first public gig at the Gold Dollar, just half a block down from the building. Four years later and they played two nights back to back at the Masonic Temple itself – something significant, according to White’s nephew Ben Blackwell. “What really puts it all in context were those first two White Stripes performances in April 2003 — two consecutive nights, one in the small room, the other in the big room,” he said. “From the loading docks you could see the Gold Dollar. It took years, four albums and how ever many of tour miles to go that very significant half a block.” The temple’s Cathedral Theater is to be renamed the Jack White Theater in honor of his gift. What a good egg.

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Jay Z's "$100 Bill" Is The Perfect Track To Capture The Empty Splendor Of The Jazz Age


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Maybe Jay Z isn’t the typical name you’d expect to see on the soundtrack of a film set in the 20s, but after the initial surprise, it turns out that the mogul and The Great Gatsby have more in common than you’d think. Both Jay’s (Z and Gatsby) are cool, aloof, sharply dressed types. Both are rich and both swim in luxury and glamour. And ok, maybe that’s where the similarities end, but you can see how Mr Carter is actually a fitting choice to work on the modernized soundtrack for the upcoming film. The rapper released “$100 Bill” today, to go “hand in hand” as he put it with the movie adaptation. But it’s not your typical soundtrack, oh no – after all, when have you heard of Jay Z doing anything typical? As the man himself put it for Blacktree.tv:

"It's not the typical soundtrack, or a standalone piece. The songs are pretty much in the film, so it goes hand in hand with each other. It had to fit pretty snug, it wasn't an afterthought."

Now he’s got us all eager and excited to hear it (well, and see the film obviously), especially considering that the full soundtrack will feature songs by Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and even Beyoncé. It sounds like an eclectic mix of styles, all united under the decadent splendor of the jazz age. Who could resist! For a teaser of things to come, you can check out “$100 Bill” here, or watch the "Gatsby" trailer below.

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55th Grammys Preview: 'Music's Biggest Night' Wont Fail To Impress


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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.

As Yahoo report, this year's presenters include Grammy royalty, Prince, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez, all of whom have been nominated or won Grammys before.  

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. 

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No Armies Needed: Jack White Holds Himself Back And Retracts Lady Gaga Comments


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He’s more than happy to beat up on one of the Von Bondies (yeah, we struggle to remember who they were as well), but when it comes to a verbal joust with Lady GaGa, former White Stripes-man Jack White wants no part of it.

It’s worth point out that this great ‘duel’ appears to be entirely one sided, with White making and then retracting comments before Gaga’s probably even registered he’s made them. Why would she? She’s probably too busy fashioning a dress out of a unicorn’s skin right now. Or something. As has been widely reported, White made comments in the latest issue of Esquire magazine about Gaga, accusing the star of being all substance and no meaning, suggesting that her music had no longevity.

Well, he’s not so sure about that anymore, having issued a statement relating to the comments, according to Entertainment Weekly. “I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way” he simpered, “I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as “cool” or “weird” quickly and dispose of it.”

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Legendary Guitarist Jack White Appears From Obscurity To Tell Modern Day Celebs What's What


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As huge fans of Jack White's earlier work with The White Stripes, we maintain that he's deserved of the title legendary when it comes to guitar, and if he's not, then he should be. But instead of thrashing that 87 string guitar like we all know he can, he's been giving his pennys worth on Lady GaGa.

On Gaga, he says, to Esquire: "I don't think she lives it because it's all artifice. It's all image with no meaning behind it. You can't sink your teeth into it. It's a sound bite. It's very of this age, because that's what people want. They want a Twitter line, a jpeg, an MP3." And on Twitter, don't expect White to be joining the social networking site anytime soon. "The goal of modern celebrity is to make yourself into the lowest common denominator," he said. "'Hey, I'm a guy just like you. I like a beer, a football game. Especially in reality television, you'll see people will go so far as to make a fool out of themselves just to prove that."

"Twitter is the most perfect example of modern living," he added. "I think the only people who should have [Twitter accounts] are comedians. Because it's all about one-liners."

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Tumbleweed Moment As Jack White Disses Lady Gaga's 'Artifice'


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Jack White has denounced Lady GaGa in a recent interview with Esquire magazine. To a resounding chorus of “ER, DUH, YEAH!” Jack opined “I don’t think she lives it because it’s all artifice. It’s all image with no meaning behind it. You can’t sink your teeth into it. It’s a sound bite. It’s very of this age, because that’s what people want. They want a Twitter line, a jpeg, an MP3.” Earth to Jack White! We know! That’s the whole POINT! Geeeeez.

We all know that Jack White has one foot in the past, of course. His music is often redolent of bygone eras, he’s a fierce campaigner for those overgrown vinyl records (even the small ones don’t fit in the CD player! what’s the point!?) and he looks like an extra from a Tim Burton movie. That part’s irrelevant, of course, but then so are Jack’s comments about Lady Gaga. The point is, nobody ever expected Jack White to be a big fan of Lady Gaga. None of us were fantasizing about the former White Stripes front-man singing into a hair brush and dancing along to ‘Alejandro,’ after all. White’s comments may have hit the headlines but frankly we think he’s wasted valuable column inches by stating the freakin’ obvious here.

We’ve been staring at Gaga’s Twitter feed for some kind of shallow, artificial retort but alas, she’s not been forthcoming. She’s probably too busy pretending to be Michael Jackson and moonwalking around her kitchen in all that memorabilia she bought over the weekend…

A Week In Music Featuring: Jack White, DJ Shadow, Rita Ora, Aerosmith, Alt-J, Willy Moon And Much More!


Music In the News...Jack White has been awarded an honor for musical excellence, from University College Dublin. The James Joyce Award was presented to the former White Stripes frontman, who is currently touring with Willy Moon, by the university's Literary and Historical Society.

A Week In Music - November 5, 2012

Cat Power has informed her fans, that her European tour will still go ahead, despite the news that she is suffering financial and health difficulties. She told her fans "European Tour Is On. Without Stage Presentation. Hard Money Wasted." It is thought that she is planning a stripped-down version of her show for the tour, which will include her first London show in four years.

Katy Perry has been accused of 'sexualising children' by the indie-dance band Crystal Castles. The band's singer, Alice Glass, told NME magazine "I think a lot of (pop stars) sell sex to children. I think a lot of kids are more sexualised now than they were years ago and I'm not sure it's a coincidence. Like f**king Katy Perry spraying people with her f**king d**k, her f**king c** gun c**ming on f**king children. And little girls, like six-year-old girls wearing a shirt with 'I wanna see your (pea) cock' on it."

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Skrillex And Jack White Lead The Festivities At Virgin Mobile FreeFest


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Skrillex and Jack White were amongst the highlights of Saturday’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest (October 6, 2012). Over 50,000 people crowded into the Merriweather Post Pavilion to enjoy the three stages worth of music, from the likes of Alabama Shakes, ZZ Top and Santigold; an eclectic mix of old and new, sure to keep the punters satisfied. Tickets to the event were free and Virgin boss Richard Branson spoke to the Washington Post backstage, explaining the work that FreeFest does with homeless youths.

Skrillex was clearly a big draw for the event; one punter, Liz Carr, 27, told the Post that she and her friends had a goal for the evening and that was “to not be blacked out by the time Skrillex comes on.” Whether or not she achieved her aims, we may never know. But those that did manage to stay conscious until the US producer played his headline, 90 minute set, were treated to a “bombardment of riotous dubstep songs with sci-fi lasers, flames, smoke and sparks to match.” Jack White’s 50 minute set was deemed too brief by those in attendance, who called him back onstage for an encore, in a rather unusual manner – by “WHOA-OH-OH-ing the guitar riff from ‘Seven Nation Army.’

It was down to Jack White that the festival-goers at FreeFest were treated to a glimpse of ZZ Top, too. They may not be the hippest band on the planet but when you’re playing at the personal request of Jack White, you’ve instantly earned yourself a few extra nods of approval.


Jack White Exits Stage After Just 45 Minutes


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The Jack White Blunderbuss gig was brought to an untimely halt last night after White left the stage 45 minutes into the set, reports Reuters.

Critically acclaimed as one of the most accomplished artists of a generation, Jack White can still attract crowds long after the band that made him famous subsided. But he angered those crowds, who lovingly gathered at the New York venue, Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night (September 29th) by walking off stage after just 45 minutes. He thanked the full capacity audience before leaving stage right. Initially, fans chanted their desire for more White guitar plucking, but what was once a playful imploration, turned quickly into anger, as the realisation that he was done spread through the crowd. "Chatter about Jack White's abbreviated show at New York's Radio City Music Hall last night has officially lasted longer than the concert itself," noted Spin.com, the music website. Security at the gig rushed to protect the stage door, as particularly angry punters set about confronting The White Stripes star. As of yet, no explanation has been given to the short-lived set.

In other 'musical icons disappoint loving fans' news, Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong performed a similar, but more troublesome stunt on stage recently, but he was bemoaning the lack of time on stage, rather than cutting it short. And besides, Billie Joe has recently admitted himself to rehab: a reason, rather than an excuse.

'Bond' Singer Adele To Follow In The Footsteps Of Shirley Bassey


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Adele’s ‘Bond’ theme will see the London songstress follow in the footsteps of singing greats Shirley Bassey and Nancy Sinatra, both of whom are responsible for recording some of the most recognizable 007 tunes in the secret agent’s 50 years in film.

The multiple Grammy award winner had long been rumoured to be handed the prestigious role for Sam Mendes’ forthcoming ‘Skyfall’ – again starring Daniel Craig – and Total Film.com confirmed the speculation this week. Adele’s single, named after the new movie, will be the first release from the star since ‘Turning Tables’ from her much-feted ‘21’ album. Given her phenomenally successful couple of years, Adele will certainly be a popular choice for the job and she boasts the kind of heavyweight soulful voice synonymous with the theme tune. One thing’s for sure: it’s almost certain to be an improvement on the poorly received tune ‘Another Way to Die’ by Jack White and Alicia Keys from 2008’s ‘Quantum of Solace’.

‘Skyfall’ – set to open in the UK on October 26 – stars Daniel Craig, alongside Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw.

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Jack White, Blunderbuss Album Review


Ploughing several shades of 'woman as the devil' imagery, 'Blunderbuss' is, essentially, Jack White 2.0, the artist in hyper-colour, extending several dimensions beyond the Jack White that we have seen before. As White's career has progressed beyond The White Stripes, through The Raconteurs and the Dead Weather; he continues to unravel before our eyes - something he seems to acknowledge himself on the inward-looking 'Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy' with the line "you'll be watching me, girl / Taking over the world / Let the stripes unfurl."

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Jack White Sunday 22nd May 2011 Celebrities spend the day shopping at the Hollywood Farmers Market Los Angeles, California, USA

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Jack White and Ed Sullivan - Thursday 20th January 2011 at The Late Show With David Letterman New York City, USA

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Jack White and Ed Sullivan
Jack White and Ed Sullivan
Jack White and Ed Sullivan
Jack White and Ed Sullivan
Jack White and Ed Sullivan

Jack White and David Letterman Wednesday 4th August 2010 outside The Ed Sullivan Theater for 'The Late Show' with David Letterman Show New York City, USA

Jack White and David Letterman
Jack White and David Letterman
Jack White and David Letterman

Jack White - Jack White of The Dead Weather Saturday 26th June 2010 at Glastonbury Festival Somerset, England

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Jack White and Great White Friday 18th September 2009 'White Stripes: Under The Great White Northern Lights' press conference - The 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Toronto, Canada

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Jack White (l), Great White and Jack White
Jack White and Great White
Jack White and Great White
Jack White and Great White
Jack White and Great White

Meg White, Great White and Jack White - Director Emmett Malloy (L), Meg White and Jack White Toronto, Canada - Premiere of 'White Stripes: Under The Great White Northern Lights' - The 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Friday 18th September 2009

Meg White, Great White and Jack White
Meg White and Great White
Meg White and Great White
Meg White and Great White

Jack White and Grill Royal - Jack White and wife Janine White Berlin, Germany - arriving at a dinner hosted by Hugo Boss at Grill Royal restaurant Wednesday 1st July 2009

Jack White and Grill Royal

Jack White and Cfda Fashion Awards Monday 15th June 2009 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center New York City, USA

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Jack White and Karen Elson - Jack White and Karen Elson Monday 4th May 2009 at Metropolitan Museum Of Art New York City, USA

Jack White and Karen Elson
Jack White and Karen Elson

Karen Elson and Jack White - Karen Elson and Jack White Monday 4th May 2009 at Metropolitan Museum Of Art New York City, USA

Karen Elson and Jack White

Jack White and James Bond - Jack White and Karen Elson London, England - The World premiere of the new James Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' held at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square - Arrivals Wednesday 29th October 2008

Jack White and James Bond
Jack White and James Bond
Jack White and James Bond
Jack White and James Bond
Jack White and James Bond
Jack White and James Bond

Jack White - Jack Wihite of The Raconteurs Saturday 23rd August 2008 at Leeds & Reading Festival Reading, England

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Jack White - Jack White of The Raconteurs at The Mellon Arena Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - New American Music Union - Day 2 Saturday 9th August 2008

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The Raconteurs, Jack White and Lollapalooza Friday 1st August 2008 Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, Jack White of The Raconteurs performing at the Bud Light Stage at Lollapalooza 2008 held at Grant Park - Day 1 Chicago, Illinois

The Raconteurs, Jack White and Lollapalooza
The Raconteurs and Lollapalooza
The Raconteurs and Lollapalooza
The Raconteurs and Lollapalooza
The Raconteurs and Lollapalooza
The Raconteurs and Lollapalooza

Shine A Light Review


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Gimme Shelter this is not. The disillusions and stabbings of the 1969 concert have been replaced by the Clinton Foundation's benefit for the Natural Resource Defense Council and snapping camera phones. But Shine a Light is helmed by Martin Scorsese -- the man behind Goodfellas and Raging Bull -- shouldn't it push the boundaries set by Charlotte Zwerin and the Maysles brothers nearly 40 years ago? It should, but Scorsese has always had a cinematic hard-on for the Rolling Stones, and the result is a personal, biased love letter to the Stones signed with love by Marty.

When the Stones take the stage at New York City's Beacon Theater, it's frightening -- their age truly shows on film. As giants on the silver screen, we have a front row seat for an exhibition of frail bodies moving in ways that only young men should move. As Mick Jagger belts out songs of youthful rebellion and sexual frustration, he still does the same androgynous dances of yesteryear. Yet, this off-putting display of aged youth is clearly a place of sentiment for Scorsese, whose camera lingers with love.

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Coffee And Cigarettes Review


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Coffee and cigarettes. What is it about this magical combination of caffeine and cancer that's so irresistible to millions of café and pub patrons around the world? Despite its title, don't go looking to Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes for the answer. A series of vignettes populated by an all-star cast of actors and musicians, the film has the laid-back attitude of its tobacco-smoking, java-gulping protagonists, each of whom spends his screen time ruminating on a host of arbitrary issues involving class, race, and physics. However, like its central delicacy, Jarmusch's comedy is apt to provide a slight, delectable buzz but little nutritional value.

Jarmusch enlists a diverse cast of indie stars and former colleagues for this modest ensemble, but his uncharacteristically wheezy writing frequently undermines the film's wry humor. Cate Blanchett, in a dual performance, plays an arrogant version of herself as well as her skuzzy, jealous cousin, but the piece's portrait of jealousy and resentment loses steam after you become accustomed to seeing the actress talk to herself. Similarly, The White Stripes' Meg and Jack White provide a brief lesson on inventor Nikola Tesla's Tesla Coil, but save for the creepy, Mao Tse-tung-inspired portrait of Lee Marvin hanging on the wall behind them, the skit is nothing more than an overly long non sequitur. And even a brief appearance by Steve Buscemi can't rescue an insipid bit about two argumentative African-American twins talking racial politics in a Memphis diner.

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Jack White Explains The Truth Behind His Relationship With Meg White


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Jack and Meg White, better known as The White Stripes, decided to lie about their relationship because they did not think that critics or fans would take them seriously if they knew the truth. The truth being, that instead of the brother/sister band they claimed they were, Jack and Meg White were actually a husband and wife duo. 

Related: Jack White Targets Rolling Stone In Lengthy Concert Rant

In 2002, a Detroit, Michigan newspaper discovered and printed the couple's wedding certificate from 1996. Despite this, the Whites insisted that they were, in fact, siblings, although in a recent interview, Jack White suggested why the lie would have been necessary. 

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Jack White

Date of birth

9th July, 1975

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.88




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Jack White Movies

The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights Trailer

The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights Trailer

Having never toured Canada before, in 2007 Jack and Meg White decided to finally take...

It Might Get Loud Trailer

It Might Get Loud Trailer

Watch the trailer for It Might Get Loud.Together the works of Jimmy Page, Jack White,...

Coffee And Cigarettes Movie Review

Coffee And Cigarettes Movie Review

Coffee and cigarettes. What is it about this magical combination of caffeine and cancer that's...

Cold Mountain Movie Review

Cold Mountain Movie Review

From the very first words of its opening voice-over, inwhich a detectable trace of Aussie...

Coffee & Cigarettes Movie Review

Coffee & Cigarettes Movie Review

Not unlike his cigar-shop patter with Harvey Keitel in "Blue in the Face," the great...

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