The latest music news rounded up, including speculation on U2's retirement, and a collaboration album between Karen O and Danger Mouse.
Stormzy CONFIRMED AS FIRST GLASTO 2019 HEADLINER
Grime superstar Stormzy has been named as the first headliner for the 2019 edition of Glastonbury Festival. The 25 year old rapper will be taking to the iconic Pyramid Stage on Friday June 28th.
Glastonbury confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon, after fans had spotted official signs from the festival saying ‘Stormzy Friday’ this week.
Having finally finished touring last year's 'Mosquito' album, the group's singer reveals that they're taking a break.
It might be a while before we hear some new material from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as the band is reportedly “on a bit of a hiatus”.
The group’s iconic lead singer Karen O spoke to NME magazine for its Christmas edition, and said about the hiatus: “We have to wait to get the urge, get that itch. The time needs to be right and we're OK waiting for that, I think.” When the group does start recording, she believes “it'll be like muscle memory, this unspoken thing between the three of us where it all just… locks in.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O spoke to NME and revealed that her band are on hiatus
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Karen O has the voice of a woman, but sings (gloriously) like a child. It is a quality evident in her work on the soundtrack to 'Where the Wild Things Are', and the reason she was such a perfect choice for the project. Her voice has a wildness to it, and a childlike honesty that has been absent from music since long before we were born. Listening to her work is most definitely an other-worldly, transporting experience.
This also creates a stark contrast when the work has a distinctly adult moment, such as in 'Rapt', the second track on her new record 'Crush Songs', when the youthful purity is cut with profanity. It creates the same feeling you get when you hear a child swear, but the language that would usually be aggressive becomes beautiful, and a part of the poem.
'Crush Songs' is intimate, whispered, feverish, breathless, shouted, hurried, stammered, desperately lustful and razor sharp; everything a crush is. Listening to the record, I feel certain that this ethereal and macabre voice coming through the speaker is actually coming from a dark hillside somewhere; with the bare branches of trees and a large American moon. There is darkness, and white light in the sound itself, and in the simplicity of the recording.
Continue reading: Karen O - Crush Songs Album Review
Less-is-more new single from Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer and Oscar nominee
Not many artists have their break-out year after more than a decade in the spotlight. So far 2014 has been shaping up to be pretty great for Karen O - the singer from New York art rockers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Following widescreen acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for the gorgeous ‘The Moon Song’ - Karen O's contribution to the Spike Jonze film ‘Her’ - the singer/songwriter announced plans to release Crush Songs - her debut solo album outside of the band.
Monday (28 July) saw the premiere of ’Rapt,’ the disarming first single from her upcoming record on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music radio show. The singer has also released an accompanying music video - shot by husband and director Barnaby Clay - showing the singer submerged underwater in a red dress.
Continue reading: First Impression - Karen O Premieres First Song From Solo Album
The inimitable frontwoman is going solo for a brand new album.
Karen O has announced that she'll be releasing her first album of solo recorded material this autumn. Titled Crush Songs, the record will apparently touch on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman's experiences in love and will be released via Julian Casablancas' record label.
Karen has recently made an impact with her solo singing projects, having been nominated for an Oscar for her Her soundtrack song, 'The Moon Song.' The success of her Spike Jonze movie track as well as the strong reception she received performing it live at this year's Academy Awards has probably boosted the 35 year-old singer's solo confidence.
The singer-songwriter revealed the news via her website where she also provided a glimpse at the album's cover art as well as a written explanation of her motives behind Crush Songs. "Uhm when I was 27 I crushed a lot," she writes.
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This year's show might not be as controversial, but Zadan and Meron are still going all out.
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made a controversial hit out of the Oscars last year, but they might be on thin ice this time. Getting Seth McFarlane to host anything is a risky bet and his antics last year got a lot of people – notably the feminist crowd – pretty riled up. The controversy served its purpose. Last year’s show pulled in 40.3 million US viewers, the largest audience the show has had in three years. Zadan and Meron’s show was a hit with the key 18-49 demographic and the duo were invited back this year.
Ellen might be a safer choice for host, but she is far from boring.
And yet. The choice of Ellen for this year’s host suggests that the producers were at least a little bit intimidated by last year’s backlash. This year’s host, Ellen, while hilarious and ever entertaining, is a much safer option and has proven appeal with the Oscars’ key demo – women.
What makes Oscar nominee and performer Karen O just so awesome?
Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontwoman Karen O will take to the stage at this year’s Academy Awards to perform the wonderful ‘The Moon Song’ from the movie ‘Her’. Karen's been a musical visionary for over ten years now, but here's some more reasons why is Karen O is the coolest Oscar nominee.
Karen O, rock's most colourful frontwoman
She's rocks most daring frontwoman
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Karen O - Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing live at the Manchester O2 Apollo - Manchester, United Kingdom - Wednesday 1st May 2013
Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O (formally Karen Orzolek) shows up outside the New York studios for 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. She signs an autograph for a fan before rushing towards the door to the building. She stops to wave at a photographer who asks for a picture.
Date of birth
22nd November, 1978