Representatives for both performers have refused to comment.
The 56th annual Grammy awards lineup, which already includes the likes of Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Daft Punk, among others, has just got a whole lot more exciting with the addition of Beyonce and Madonna. So far, plans to include the two iconic performers in the lineup are only tentative, but it is a definite possibility, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A performance by Beyonce would be the first chance to hear the new songs live.
The ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday, January 26 from LA’s Staples Center. The Times article cites a recent interview with GRAMMY producer Ken Ehrlich, who does not confirm or deny the pop divas' participation in the upcoming event. Bey and Madge’s representatives have also refused to confirm or deny the booking. Let the speculation begin.
Continue reading: Grammy Awards Rumors: Madonna, Beyonce Added To Lineup?
In the run up to Christmas, the year's music and film winners emerge. But if there was ever a villain of the year, it would be Ian Watkins...
Beyoncé's Secret Album Breaks Records: Last week's biggest story was Beyoncé's unexpected and sudden album release, where she dropped Beyoncé with minimal farefare. Nevertheless, Queen Bey's fans were sent into a buying frenzy, pushing the singer to the top of the Billboard and iTunes charts and securing a fifth number one for the R&B megastar.
Ian Watkins Sent Down: Former Lostprophets singer and "committed" paedophile Ian Watkins has been jailed for 35 years at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday for a string of child sex offences. The judge said Watkins took "evident delight" in abusing children after the rocker pleaded guilty last month to 13 offences. Read about the full sentencing here.
The rapper let his feelings be known during his latest on-stage rant
Kanye West isn't afraid to make his feelings be known and as you may expect, the rapper had plenty to say after the nominations for the 2014 Grammy Awards were revealed last week, with his latest album Yeezus only getting two nominations in the rap categories. Rather than count his blessings, Kanye let his feelings be known at a recent stop off in Phoenix, Arizona, where he queried what the Grammys are "trying to say."
Kanye can't believe he only has two Grammy nods
A video of Kanye's near-15-minute rant made its way on to KissFM's Instagram page and website, with the opinionated rapper questioning why on earth he has been overlooked in favour of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sara Bareilles and others Kanye would never consider to be on his level. Informing the crowd, the rapper raved, "Yeezus is the top 1 or 2 album on every single list, but only gets two nominations from the Grammys. What are they trying to say?"
Thicke's hugely successful single has edged ahead of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky,' but there's still time for the final results to change
'Blurred Lines' is the biggest selling single of 2013 in the UK, the Official Charts Company revealed today (7 Dec), having sold more than 1 million copies in the UK alone. Robin Thicke's controversial track managed to beat Daft Punk's come-back single 'Get Lucky' to the top of the yearly chart, providing these results don't prompt a huge surge in re-interest in the Daft Punk track.
Thicke's position as the top selling artist might not be assured yet
With 1.44 million copies sold in the UK, Thicke's single edged ahead of the French electronic heroes by a few thousand copies, with 'Get Lucky' so far having sold 1.28 million copies. Either way, this is great news for Pharrell Williams, who appears on both tracks.
Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar also lead in the top honours, in a year dominated by hip-hop artists
The nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards have been announced and after a year when hip-hop comebacks and newcomers have dominated the music scene, it is rap that leads the way in the Grammy nominations for next year. Jay-Z leads the nominations with nine nods in total, followed closely by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar, both of which have seven nominations each.
Jay-Z and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are among the most celebrated artists this year
It isn't just hip-hop being honoured at the awards show, as the two most coveted categories: Record of the Year and Album of the Year, only have two rap representatives in them (three if you count T.I.'s verse on 'Blurred Lines,' which is up for Record of the Year), with Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick and The Heist by Macklemore both up for Album of the Year. Daft Punk are up for both categories, with 'Get Lucky' and their album Random Access Memories earning recognition from the Grammy committee. The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles and Red by Taylor Swift make up the rest of the album list and 'Blurred Lines,' 'Locked Out of Heaven' by Bruno Mars, 'Royals' by Lorde and 'Radioactive' by Imagine Dragons completing the Record of the Year category.
On a lesser note, last week also happened to be the lowest selling week for albums in total since records began in 1991
Katy Perry is back on top, once again enjoying the view from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Chart. Her new album, Prism, isn't just Perry's second number one album though, it also carries the distinction of being the highest selling album of the year, from a female entertainer.
Perry scored her second number one with Prism
This is according to the result compiled by Nielsen in the week ending Sunday, 27 October, published by Billboard. Perry's immediate success overshadows Miley Cyrus' success with Bangerz, which previous held the top selling female artist distinction. Whilst Bangers scored a cool 270,000 sales at the first attempt at the beginning of the month, Prism managed to sell 286,000 copies in the first week. With 339,000 copies sold in the first week, only Daft Punk's Random Access Memoires has sold more records in it's debut week in 2013, and we still have two months worth of competition to look forward to.
Got yours sorted yet? Pop culture dominates Halloween costumes searches this year.
In a year where television dramas have kept getting better and better, and viral videos are the fastest way of getting seen by millions, there's little wonder that Breaking Bad, Miley Cyrus, Game of Thrones' Daenerys and Duck Dynasty are some of the most searched-for outfits of 2013.
Planning On Twerking For Treats?
Halloween has grown from a modest family holiday into a massive, heavily marketed, money-making medley for many companies and being seen wearing a clever or cutting edge costume is top priority for the millions who are planning to attend a party. Though rooted in the tradition of witches, werewolves and demons, Halloween costumes don't even necessarily have to be scary any more, meaning any pop star or TV character can be impersonated to impress friends and notch up 'likes' on Facebook photo albums.
The betting odds have been released for next month's Q Awards. David Bowie nominated for all categories except one.
It's that time of year when music magazine Q's awards are rolling round again and the bookies begin to speculate on which acts have best defined the year in music. With a quick glance at the list, it's easy to see that 2012/2013 has been a year of David Bowie after the veteran English popstar made his highly lauded comeback.
It's Been A Great Year For Bowie.
Continue reading: Q Awards Odds: Bowie, Arctic Monkeys & Daft Punk Set To Dominate
Currently enjoying one of the most successful years in his career, Pharrell has said that he is in no rush to finish N.E.R.D. album
Pharrell Williams has appeared on two of the biggest hits of 2013; Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines,' and is currently enjoying one of the most successful periods of his already illustrious career. Not one to forget his roots, Pharrell is also working on a new N.E.R.D. album, but told the BBC recently that he has no plans on rush finishing it to cash in on his current wave of success.
Pharrell is in no rush to bring out the next N.E.R.D. album
"N.E.R.D. is the special thing. You don't just throw that [new music] out there. You take your time and you get it right," he told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat. The group, whose hits include 'Rockstar' and 'She Wants To Move,' last released an album in 2010, when they brought out the mixed received Nothing. Since then Pharrell has focused on his solo and production duties for artists such as Daft Punk, Thicke, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake. Now the producer extraordinaire is taking his time to make a quality record with bandmates Sheldon Haley and Chad Hugo.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams "Won't Rush" New N.E.R.D. Album
It's not summer anymore, but fret not! Daft Punk will save the day.
The summer is nearly over, but we have a new Daft Punk/Pharrell Williams collaboration to warm us over the long, cold winter. The concept of the song, as well as the accompanying video, is perfectly appropriate for the occasion – Lose Yoursel to Dance is mostly an ode to the physical and mental benefits of, well, dancing.
Sounds like another instant Number 1.
“I know you don't get a chance to take a break this often/ I know your life is speeding and it isn't stopping,” Pharell chimes in with the song’s limited, but pointed lyrics. It’s like he’s seeing straight into all of our overworked, beat-deprived souls!
Those British rockers could outdo the French disco poppers yet.
Seemingly from nowhere, Daft Punk were the biggest band in the world. Stagnant for nearly a decade, they managed to concoct the catchiest song of all time, and suddenly their album was the soundtrack for the summer. But it isn’t summer anymore.
Reasons to smile - the Arctic Monkeys
The tan-drenched tones of autumn loom large, and the Arctic Monkeys have an altogether grumpier sound to accompany it.
Stephen Colbert mocked Daft Punk on 'The Colbert Report' after they cancelled their appearance in favour of the MTV Video Music Awards.
Daft Punk cancelled their appearance on The Colbert Report on Tuesday night, this was so they could make a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Stephen Colbert outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, appearing for The Late Show With David Letterman.
Unfortunately for the group, Stephen Colbert did not take the slight kindly. The comedian started to make puns at the electronica group's expense, he claimed he'd been "daft punk'd" and referred to the duo as "the artists formerly booked as Daft Punk."
Continue reading: Stephen Colbert Rails After Daft Punk Cancel 'The Colbert Report'
Watching Colbert dance like that makes it all worth it, though.
Daft Punk, Stephen Colbert is mad at you. You were supposed to be on his show, and then you cancelled, leaving him in the lurch! Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were supposed to join Colbert on his Tuesday-night show, but didn’t, much to the host’s dismay.
Daft Punk - an enigma
Referring to the dance music duo as "Click and Clack" he explained to his viewers on Tuesday they had been booked a month prior to the show. "Fun fact," he exclaimed, "No one told me until two hours ago."
Continue reading: Did Stephen Colbert Let MTV's Secret Slip In A Bout Of Daft Punk Anger?
Rogers is back in the game!
Iconic guitarist Nile Rogers, who was responsible in large part for the unique sound of Daft Punk’s runaway hit Get Lucky, has been officially cleared of cancer. The guitarist announced the news over Twitter on Monday, saying: "Instead of showing gross internal video I'll show my doctor's fly examination room. I'M ALL CLEAR AGAIN."
Rogers has been given the all clear.
Rogers believes that the success of Get Lucky had a lot to do with his recovery. In an interview with The Official Chart Company earlier this year, he explained: "I was facing life and death issues and then to get something so rewarding as a number one record is pretty amazing."
Continue reading: Guitarist Nile Rogers - Cancer-Free And Ready For Action
No time to celebrate yet, but it's good, good news
Nile Rodgers is an experienced man; the musician, producer, composer, arranger, and guitarist has collaborated with a whole host of artists in his ranging career, from Diana Ross to David Bowie, from Madonna to Daft Punk. This guy knows a thing or two when it comes to life, so you’ll excuse him for being a realist, won’t you?
The legendary guitarist showed his glee at being given the all clear from cancer, Tweeting, "Instead of showing gross internal video I'll show my doctor's fly examination room. I'M ALL CLEAR AGAIN."
But the funky guy wasn’t ready to count his chickens. "I never celebrate much when I get an All Clear because in 6 months I'll go through the same drama." He added: "All clear is a lot better than the cancer has returned and it's spread."
Continue reading: Nile Rodgers Given Cancer All Clear, But He Remains Realistic
God bless YouTube for this tequila fuelled cover.
The singer was in attendance for band Sourberry's set at South London Pacific when she hopped up on-stage with her Tequila shot during the soundcheck and gave a...wobbly...performance of Daft Punk's summer hit single 'Get Lucky.'
Covers band Sourberry wrote: "It was the annual Sourberry summer party and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine was in attendance. She hopped up on stage during our sound check and rocked out a couple of numbers with us while we warmed up. 'Get Lucky' - Daft Punk and 'Standing In The Way Of Control' - The Gossip. So let's raise the bar, and our [tequila shot] to the stars...."
The 2013 sales landscape isn't as bleak as last year.
Well, it’s the middle of the year and about time to recap the big events in music in 2013 – particularly, the best and worst sales numbers of the year. the It turns out, not so surprisingly, that French electronic duo Daft Punk have broken records both for album and single sales this year. However, it’s not just Daft Punk, who are getting a hefty chunk from the retail pie – sales of both singles and albums are up from this time in 2012 – with singles experiencing a 2.5 percent increase, while compilation sales are un 9% (according to the Telegraph). It seems that the music business has didital sales to thank for whatever increase there is in the overall numbers, seeing as how 99% of all UK sales this year have fallen into the digital category.
Unless lightning strikes twice, Daft Punk are set to come out as this year's clear winners.
In terms of singles, it is no secret that Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, featuring Pharrell Williams and Chic's Nile Rodgers easily takes the top spot for sales. Since its release ten weeks ago, the summer hit has passed one million individual sales in the UK. Not only that, but the record has also broken records for number of plays on streaming service Spotify – and it managed to do it in just 24 hours after its release. Clearly, the Frenchmen are on a roll this year, since the full album – Random Access Memories, also broke the Spotify streaming record on its release shortly after. The second single, not so unexpectedly, is Robin Thicke’s single Blurred Lines – also a collaboration with Pharell Williams – with 828 000 copies sold to date.
Ten whole minutes of "Get Lucky" for your listening pleasure.
Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” can’t be described as anything other than a mega hit at this point, which may be why the French electronic duo released a special surprise for their fans recently – a ten-minute, extended mix of the track. According to Billboard, who first featured the extended version, it includes all of the song’s familiar elements – the guitar and the vocals are all there, only now, you don’t have to hit replay.
Check out the trailer for the extended version video.
The first night of Glaso goes of without a hitch. Or at least the least amount of hitches ever recorded
June is a big month for music: the nation’s favourite music festival kicks off, and tracks that were released earlier in the year start to push the apex of what they can achieve. Sure, that second point was a shameless link to the Daft Punk story, but what are you going to do? Phone the entertainment news police?
The Rolling Stones will play Glasto for the first time
Some welcome news from Glastonbury - this year has seen two welcome records broken: the highest attendance yet, and the least amount of crimes committed. More than 100,000 people were privy to a beautiful sunrise this morning as they woke up on Worthy Farm – they’ll get dirtier and poorer as they consume narcotics and defecate in little boxes over the next few days. Sorry, a record number of people will get dirtier and poorer as they consume narcotics and defecate in little boxes over the next few days.
Continue reading: Music News – Glasto Off To Record Start While Daft Punk Sell A Million
French duo drop 73% in album sales, but the figures enough to hold off Alice In Chains
The Daft Punk juggernaut (the Punkanaut?) rolls on, with the robot head-wearing French duo managing to top the US Billboard album charts for a second week in a row with their comeback album Random Access Memories. The Americans love their stats when it comes to charts and things like that, so here’s some for you:
Randon Access Memories shifted 93,000 copies on its second week in the US charts, that pushes it onto 432,000 overall. The figures mean that the album has suffered a 73% drop in sales compared to the previous week, which is over the average of 68%, the seventh number one album to drop by more than 70% this year but some way short of Just Bieber’s Believe, which dropped 79.4% week-on-week. The shortest drop in sales by a number one album incidentally was Josh Groban’s All That Echoes, which decline a mere 50.4%. Well done Josh.
So there you go. Stats. Enjoyable huh? Following Daft Punk in this week’s charts are Alice In Chains, gaining their highest chart position on the American album charts since 1995’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. It sold 61,000 copies. In third place, John Fogerty has scored his highest ever album placing, with Wrote A Song For Everyone shifting 51,000 copies. The top five is completed by British group Little Mix, selling 50,000 of DNA, and Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story. His album has increased by 69% in sales following his appearance on NBC charity special 'Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert.' Who said charity doesn’t pay eh?
Continue reading: Daft Punk Spend Second Week As Billboard Album Chart Toppers
Plus, Bullet For My Valentine have a new video and Muse imitate Queen's party antics, in our weekly round-up...
A Week In Albums... Vampire Weekend have been getting some much deserved props for their comeback LP, Modern Vampires Of The City and our man Jim Pusey was more than happy to join in the chorus of praise. Marking the group's second US Billboard number one charting album to-date - not to mention their best selling first week effort - Modern Vampires... looks like it's only going to set the indie rockers onto greater things. Pusey commented: "While it's an album that may struggle to repeat the phenomenal commercial success of Vampire Weekend's debut, I'd argue in the long run there's more to love on Modern Vampires. It's not just because the band's affection for New York seeps through every pore of the record, but also because sonically it's a far more interesting album. If this is indeed the end to a trilogy of records, Vampire Weekend have set themselves an extremely high bar to reach for the next chapter of their career."
Collaborator-happy party bringers Major Lazer have returned with a new album in the form of Free The Universe. A record that does little to change the act's sound, it doesn't necessarily need to, says Andy Peterson, with the array of people brought on board, including - there he is again - Ezra from Vampire Weekend, Peaches and Wyclef Jean, meant to enhance the party not the sound evolution. Peterson writes, "At times it's fair criticism that the formula isn't saying anything new, but the main objective here is far less about innovation but instead about being what it is; a no-nonsense party record made to be turned up to eleven and put on after twelve. Righteous."
The live stream is giving a good impression of new album
It was a long time coming, and then all of a sudden, Daft Punk were back. Their triumphant comeback single, 'Get Lucky,' has been a huge success, with extended radio play and millions of hits on YouTube.
In their eight-year absence, Daft Punk have only gotten more popular; hailed as the reinventions of electro music in the U.K and for bringing dance music back to America, and French duo - who wear futuristic masks to cover their faces – are amongst the most respected musicians today.
Continue reading: Daft Punk’s Random Access Memory – Early Impressions Are Out
Plus Katy Perry gyrates on 70 year-old man and Asaf Avidan's new all swinging and all shaking video!
A Week in Videos… Gary Oldman AND David Bowie in one video? It’s happened, with the Thin White Duke revealing his controversial new video for his comeback album’s title-track, The Next Day. There’s plenty of blasphemous imagery going about, with Marion Cotillard's character receiving the stigmata on her hands and Bowie himself looking like Jesus Christ, as various decrepit clergy men enjoy a sleazy bar with all the ill-reputed sorts that usually occupy such a place. See what you think.
Vampire Weekend’s new album’s pretty great and this single off it is pretty great too. This is just the lyric video so not too much happens visually however, it gives you a chance to hear one of the lead tracks from their album Modern Vampires In The City. With the anticipation surrounding that album's release, and the generally decent feedback given to the album so far, it is expected that the band will perform particularly well on the album charts.
Kanye West posts cryptic message on to Twitter, but what does it mean?
Kanye West deleted all the posts from his Twitter account in October last year, leaving the page vacant until yesterday (April 2) when updated the page with one cryptic message. The message in question reads 'June Eighteen,' but no-one other than Yeezy is really sure what is happening June 18th.
June Eighteen— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 2, 2013 rel=nofollow
Albums of Note... Yeah Yeah Yeahs have returned after a lengthy break, with Mosquito. It’s a marked step in the band’s evolution and a further step away from their punky roots. Mosquito has opened up further avenues of creative possibilities for a band that once seemed shackled by their arty roots and somewhat more importantly, Karen O now has blonde hair, now folks. That’s the big news here.
“The possibilities for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs now seem endless. The inclusion of Kool Keith's alter ego Dr Octagon on 'Buried Alive' is one such example. Although slightly scattergun in its approach, Mosquito almost feels like a record the band needed to make to reach the next stage of their evolution.”
Long-awaited comeback from French duo knocks Rudimental off top spot
Daft Punk’s mysterious ingenuity worked a treat as their long-awaited comeback single Get Lucky, featuring Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams, stormed to number one in the UK singles charts – their first singles chart topper in the country and the biggest weekly sales total in 2013 so far, with 155,000 copies sold.
It had only taken Daft Punk two days to reach third spot in the charts last weekend, having released the song on Friday, April 19th, and taking in 50,000 sales on those first two days alone. The comeback of the French electro duo had a knock-on effect for the rest of their material in the UK too, with their 2001 album Discovery jumping up to 23 in the charts. The success of Get Lucky meant that it was sayonara to the top spot for Rudimental’s Waiting All Night, which fell to second spot. Will.I.Am’s Thatpower, meanwhile, also dropped a place to 3, after debuting at 2 the weekend before. Shooting upwards however was Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding’s I Need Your Love, which rose to fourth spot. The eighth top 10 single from Harris’ LP 18 Months, it marks a new record for the most top 10 singles to come from one album.
In the album chart, Emeli Sande’s Our Version of Events spent its 63rd consecutive week in the UK album top 10, a new record for a debut album that beats The Beatles 62 weeks for their debut Please, Please Me.
Continue reading: Daft Punk Get Lucky In UK Singles Charts For First Ever Number One
A Week in Videos... Undoubtedly the most eagerly-anticipated video of the week comes from Daft Punk, who return to the scene with ‘Get Lucky.’ Featuring Pharrell on vocals and the legend that is Nile Rogers on guitar, the track has already broken daily play records on Spotify and quickly became one of the most talked-about tracks online. A classic in the making, Roger’s distinctive guitar sound lends the track an authentic disco edge.
Heavy on the expletives, low on production costs, this Frank Turner video for ‘Plain Sailing Weather’ sees the angry troubadour continuing the confessional vibes of his last single ‘Recovery.’ Playing with his band in a church, the track begins with Frank playing alone, with his guitar, before the band kick in with him for the chorus.
Daft Punk fans are one huge step closer to the new album - the name and release date of the record have been announced.
If you, like many, have been eagerly anticipating the return of Daft Punk, you can breathe easy.
No, they haven’t actually released the album just yet, but at least we have an official release date for you. Drumroll please… it’s May 21st in the US and May 17th in Australia. And that’s not all – the officially official name of the record (no leaks this time) has been announced: Random Access Memories. Confirming the information from a leaked Sony registration form earlier this month, the album will feature 13 tracks in total and will be released on the imprint Daft Life Limited through Columbia Records.
But wait, we haven’t even gotten to the best part yet. It’s already available for pre-order on iTunes. Preordering the album means that you will get a copy of each track downloaded straight into your iTunes library on the respective release date for your country or region (a complete list of release dates is provided below). So the only remaining question is – will you be preordering Random Access Memories, or leaving Daft Punk back in the 80s?
Continue reading: Daft Punk Announce New Album Title