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Kanye West has honorary doctorate degree rescinded over “disgusting and condemnable” statements
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Kanye West has honorary doctorate degree rescinded over “disgusting and condemnable” statements

Kanye West has been revoked of his honorary doctorate degree, gifted to him in 2015 by the School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago (SAIC), due to his recent outbursts of antisemitism and otherwise offensive comments. READ MORE: With his “White Lives Matter” stunt, has Kanye West finally hit the point of no return? In a letter issued through the school (and first reported on by TMZ), SAIC president Elisa Tenny wrote that West’s degree was rescinded because the board found that “his anti-Black, antisemitic, and incendiary statements, particularly those directed at Black and Jewish communities, are disgusting and condemnable”. Tenny noted that West had been awarded his degree “in recognition for his artistic accomplishments to that point in time”, however over the seven years since then, his “...
Arctic Monkeys to play Singapore as part of Asia tour in 2023
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Arctic Monkeys to play Singapore as part of Asia tour in 2023

Arctic Monkeys have announced a concert in Singapore as part of an Asia tour in 2023. READ MORE: Arctic Monkeys: “We know more tricks now, but we’re still rolling on that same instinct” The band will perform in the Southeast Asian city-state for the first time at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on February 28. Tickets priced from S$108 will go on sale Monday, 12 December at 10am local time from Ticketmaster. The announcement from promoter Lushington Entertainments indicates that this show is part of a wider Asia tour in 2023. lushington_entGet ready to rock with the ARCTIC MONKEYS who will perform on 28 February 2023 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets from $108 go on sale from this Monday, 12 December, 10am via https://t.co/0WqtwBMrdm, Hotline +65 3158-8588 and all Singpost outlets. pic...
Watch security mistake Slipknot’s ‘Tortilla Man’ for stage crasher and try to stop him
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Watch security mistake Slipknot’s ‘Tortilla Man’ for stage crasher and try to stop him

During Slipknot’s recent show in Guadalajara, Mexico, percussionist Michael Pfaff – better known to most as “Tortilla Man” – was mistaken for a fan who’d crashed the stage, and was subsequently accosted by security. READ MORE: Inside Slipknot’s plan for “world domination” with Knotfest Australia 2023: “We’re here to burn down your brainwashed philosophy” The band performed at the outdoor Calle 2 venue in Zapopan on Monday (December 5), delivering a 15-track set heavy on cuts from their first two albums (and 2008’s ‘All Hope Is Gone’). During the bridge in ‘Spit It Out’ – when frontman Corey Taylor requests the crowd to “get down on the fucking ground” before the breakdown kicks in – Pfaff became involved in an altercation with multiple security guards. According to a caption in a video pos...
Jinni leaves K-pop girl group NMIXX and agency JYP Entertainment
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Jinni leaves K-pop girl group NMIXX and agency JYP Entertainment

NMIXX will continue as a six-member group after the departure of Jinni, who has also left their agency JYP Entertainment. Jinni’s split from the rookie girl group was announced Friday (December 9) in a statement from JYP, per Soompi, which said that she was leaving “due to personal circumstances”. It also confirmed that “her exclusive contract has been terminated” and that NMIXX would carry out all future activities as a six-member group. The remaining members of NMIXX are Lily, Sullyoon, Haewon, Jiwoo, Kyujin and BAE. Before her departure, Jinni was known as the ‘center’ of NMIXX, or a focal member of the group. The statement apologised for causing any fans undue concern “with this sudden news” and asked that fans encourage Jinni in her new endeavours and support the six members of NMIXX....
SPIRE Entertainment asks OMEGA X for “one more chance” in court hearing about contract termination
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SPIRE Entertainment asks OMEGA X for “one more chance” in court hearing about contract termination

In a hearing about the future of OMEGA X’s contract with SPIRE Entertainment, the agency said it wasn’t “denying” the K-pop boyband’s allegations of verbal abuse against its ex-CEO and asked the group to give the agency “one more chance”. On Wednesday (December 7), the first court hearing was held regarding OMEGA X’s application to terminate their contracts with SPIRE Entertainment. The group first announced plans to terminate their contracts with SPIRE during a press conference held last month, where their 11 members personally voiced allegations of abuse and mistreatment against the agency’s ex-CEO Kang Seong-hee. Kang is accused of “threatening, assaulting and exploiting” members of the group in the past year since their debut, and has repeatedly denied the accusations, most recently to...
Deadmau5 claims wearing his mouse helmet has caused a “spinal injury”
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Deadmau5 claims wearing his mouse helmet has caused a “spinal injury”

Deadmau5 has jokingly said that his iconic mouse helmet may have caused a spinal injury. The DJ and producer first started using what is known as the mau5head in 2008 during his set at Nova Scotia. Yesterday (December 7), he shared an x-ray image of his spine on Instagram captioning the post: “’Wear a mouse head’ they said. ‘It’ll be fun!’ They said.” But the DJ, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman, later clarified his injury in another post saying: “My neck is messed up from probably sleeping like an idiot, or slouching behind a computer. I doubt wearing a mouse head has much to do with it. I just posted a lolsy quote with it. My neck is fine ish, I just need to straighten my shit up. it’s all good. Just sore.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by...
How Princess Diana inspired SZA’s ‘SOS’ album artwork
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How Princess Diana inspired SZA’s ‘SOS’ album artwork

SZA has confirmed that the cover art for her new album, ‘SOS’, was inspired by a photo of Princess Diana. READ MORE: SZA – ‘Ctrl’ review: TDE protégé makes a huge statement with her debut The ‘SOS’ cover features SZA sitting on the edge of a white diving board, surrounded by deep blue water. The photograph of Princess Diana was taken in 1997, and sees her in a similar pose aboard a yacht during a trip in Portofino, Italy, also surrounded by the ocean. Fans spotted similarities between the two images earlier this week, sharing their observations with SZA on social media. “Originally I was supposed to be on top of a shipping barge, but in the references that I pulled for that, I pulled the Diana reference,” SZA said when asked about the reference during a recent interview with Hot 97. “Becau...
FLO win the BRITS Rising Star Award for 2023
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FLO win the BRITS Rising Star Award for 2023

FLO have been announced as the winner of the BRITS Rising Star Award for 2023. READ MORE: FLO – radiant London trio leading the next generation of girl groups The girl group beat off competition from Cat Burns and Nia Archives to claim the prize, which has previously been won by Adele, Celeste, Florence & The Machine, Sam Fender, Ellie Goulding, Griff and last year’s winner Holly Humberstone. Upon learning of their victory, the trio posted a short clip on social media of them celebrating, which you can view below. Brit Rising Star winners. We did it guys pic.twitter.com/ksCvQLTMgx — FLO (@flolikethis) December 8, 2022 Formerly known as the Critics’ Choice award, the statue recognises British acts who haven’t yet achieved an Official Album Charts Top 20 or had more than one Top 20 in t...
Flaming Lips to perform ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ in full on UK tour
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Flaming Lips to perform ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ in full on UK tour

The Flaming Lips have added two more UK shows to their 2023 tour, where the US psych-rock band will play their seminal 2002 album ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ in full to celebrate its 20th anniversary. READ MORE: Life, death, love, drugs and spider-bites: Wayne Coyne looks back on 20 years of The Flaming Lips ‘The Soft Bulletin’ Along with their previously announced, sold-out show at London’s Eventim Apollo on April 28, the band will perform at London’s Troxy on April 25, as well as the O2 Apollo in Manchester on April 29. Tickets go on sale this Friday morning (December 9) at 10am. JUST ANNOUNCED https://t.co/IaT1H8e355 — The Flaming Lips (@theflaminglips) December 7, 2022 In addition to their UK dates, The Flaming Lips will be playing ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ at North Amer...
Iggy Pop on why Måneskin are “a really strong band”
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Iggy Pop on why Måneskin are “a really strong band”

Iggy Pop has praised Måneskin following his recent collaboration with the Italian rock provocateurs on their track ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave’. READ MORE: Iggy Pop – “I assumed things would quiet down once I turned 65. That hasn’t been the case” The original version of the song appeared on the Italian group’s second album ‘Teatro d’ira: Vol. I’, and previously landed in the Top 10 of the official UK singles chart before it was reworked with Pop’s vocals. In this week’s NME Big Read cover interview, the icon hailed the band after working with them on the collaboration. He said: “That’s a really strong band. [Damiano David] is an amazing singer and the bass player, [Victoria de Angelis] really handles that position well and doesn’t overplay, but on stage and in their videos, she really stays wit...
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