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Kanye West explains why he threw microphone down during ‘Donda 2’ event
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Kanye West explains why he threw microphone down during ‘Donda 2’ event

Kanye West has shared the reason why he threw microphone down during a performance of ‘Jail pt 2’ at his ‘Donda 2’ event in Miami. READ MORE: On the scene at Kanye West’s ‘Donda 2’ event in Miami: “It felt like a cult convention” Discussing the incident during an Instagram-shared exchange with Sasha A. Berg and Esther Coco Berg on Wednesday (March 2), West, who is now legally known as Ye, said his frustrations boiled over because of a request made by a promoter. He claims that he was “told” he had to attach the word “performance” to the ‘Donda 2’ event, despite that not being a part of his vision. “It wasn’t about the sound,” Ye explained. “It was the fact that I was told, one thing I was told was that I had to write the word ‘performance’ on the piece. But what I was giving you guys was p...
RÜFÜS DU SOL announce massive summer show at London’s Gunnersby Park
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RÜFÜS DU SOL announce massive summer show at London’s Gunnersby Park

RÜFÜS DU SOL have announced they’ll be performing a massive show at London’s Gunnersby Park this summer. READ MORE: RÜFÜS DU SOL – ‘Surrender’ review: Electronic trio offer atmospheric optimism but nothing new The Australian electronic trio, who put out their last album ‘Surrender’ in October last year, will top the bill of Festival Republic show which takes place on August 20. “London we’re playing outdoors this August with a stacked lineup for our only UK show this year. Gonna be a special day of music,” the band wrote, announcing the show on Instagram. Support on the day will come from Jon Hopkins, Flight Facilities, Bakar, Georgia, and Joplyn. Tickets go on general sale tomorrow (March 4) at 9am – purchase them here. View this post on Instagram A pos...
Nick Grimshaw on Jack Antonoff’s “magic” and his NME Awards memories
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Nick Grimshaw on Jack Antonoff’s “magic” and his NME Awards memories

Nick Grimshaw caught up with NME on the red carpet of the BandLab NME Awards 2022 last night, where he talked about the “magic” of Jack Antonoff as well as some of his favourite memories from NME awards past. Watch our full video interview with Grimmy above. READ MORE: BandLab NME Awards 2022 – full list of winners Speaking of how he was “really excited to be out, really excited to celebrate some of our favourite artists of the year,” the radio and TV personality then looked back to his previous appearance at the NME Awards back in 2020 – when he and shared a pizza with Courtney Love ahead of her accepting the Icon Award. “I was on a really fun table last time,” he recalled. “I had Courtney Love, Jaime Winstone, Annie Mac – some really great, feisty females. Looking to ahead to who he was ...
Madonna drops off new ‘Frozen’ remix with Sickick and Fireboy DML
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Madonna drops off new ‘Frozen’ remix with Sickick and Fireboy DML

Madonna and Canadian producer Sickick have added Nigerian singer Fireboy DML to a second version of their ‘Frozen’ remix. READ MORE: The Big Read – Madonna: ”People pick on me. That’s just the way it is” Madonna and Sickick first released a remix of the 1998 classic – taken from the queen of pop’s ‘Ray Of Light’ album – last December, which came after it went viral on TikTok. Today (March 3), the pair have shared another reworking, but this time they’ve brought onboard Fireboy DML, who recently earned acclaim for his ‘Peru’ collaboration with Ed Sheeran. Madonna announced the remix earlier in the week when she took to Instagram to share a photo of herself and DML on the set of the song’s video, which she said is due soon after the release of the track. You can check out the new remix of ‘F...
The Bluetones’ Mark Morriss addresses abuse allegations made by ex-wife
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The Bluetones’ Mark Morriss addresses abuse allegations made by ex-wife

The Bluetones’ Mark Morriss has posted a lengthy open letter responding to allegations of abuse made by his ex-wife. Last November, Morriss was accused of years of abuse by newspaper executive Anna Wharton. She accused Morriss of being a “pathological liar and serial predator,” detailing years of alleged gaslighting, abuse and cheating in a blog post titled ‘If I’m Lying, Come Sue Me’. When approached by NME about the claims, Morriss said: “I completely refute all the allegations of abuse which have been raised in this article,” and did not wish to comment. However when speaking to The Guardian, he said: “I may have been thoughtless and selfish in some of the dealings in my personal life of late, but these allegations of abuse and gaslighting are wholly untrue, and I refute them completely...
Here’s Aitch and Big Zuu becoming good mates at the BandLab NME Awards 2022
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Here’s Aitch and Big Zuu becoming good mates at the BandLab NME Awards 2022

After appearing at the BandLab NME Awards 2022 last night, it seems as if Aitch and Big Zuu have become good friends. Watch the video interview of their blossoming romance above. READ MORE: BandLab NME Awards 2022 – see full list of winners The Manchester rapper and the London chef-meets-rapper came down to the O2 Academy Brixton where they presented the award for Best Solo Act In The World – which went to Burna Boy. While attempting to steal one of our iconic middle-finger awards, the pair then headed up to the winners’ room where we asked them if they would ever collaborate together. “Aitch’s feature price is too high!” joked Zuu, before Aitch responded: “I would never even charge Big Zuu one penny.” Would Aitch appear on Big Zuu’s Big Eats cookery show? “One million per cent,” he replie...
Bastille’s Dan Smith shares why he “probably doesn’t have famous friends”
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Bastille’s Dan Smith shares why he “probably doesn’t have famous friends”

Bastille‘s Dan Smith spent time in the BandLab NME Awards 2022 winners’ room last night (March 2) to talk about his favourite music of the year and the band’s upcoming arena plans. Watch our full video interview above. Despite spending a career picking up awards and attending shows, Smith told us he still feels like “a competition winner” during ceremonies, joking: “I’m just staring at everyone, which is probably why I don’t have any famous friends.” After he and Natalie Imbruglia took the stage at London’s O2 Brixton Academy to present this year’s Best Song In The World trophy to Lorde, he told us how his night had gone so far, noting that Sam Fender kicking off the awards was a “pretty banging way to start.” Dan Smith and Natalie Imbruglia at the BandLab NME Awards 2022 Credit: Zoe McCon...
Jazzie B on Godlike Genius FKA Twigs: “She goes to the limits. She really forces the envelope”
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Jazzie B on Godlike Genius FKA Twigs: “She goes to the limits. She really forces the envelope”

Soul II Soul legend Jazzie B was at the BandLab NME Awards 2022 to present the Godlike Genius award to FKA Twigs, whom he praised for innovation “off the Richter scale” and her “thespian-like” approach to her art. Watch our video interview with Jazzie B above. READ MORE: BandLab NME Awards 2022 – see full list of winners Jazzie B spoke to NME from the winner’s room at the awards show held March 2 at O2 Academy Brixton. It was his first time ever attending the Awards, which he joked, on the red carpet, made him “an NME virgin”. At 34, FKA Twigs is the youngest person to ever be crowned Godlike Genius, and also the first Black woman to receive the honour. Jazzie B was effusive about Twigs’ talent. “Her innovation is incredible. It’s off the Richter scale,” he told NME. He continued: “I know ...
Listen to Jack White and Q-Tip team up on sinister new track ‘Hi-De-Ho’
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Listen to Jack White and Q-Tip team up on sinister new track ‘Hi-De-Ho’

Jack White has teamed up with A Tribe Called Quest‘s Q-Tip for a brand new track called ‘Hi-De-Ho’ – listen to it below. READ MORE: 20 albums to get excited about in 2022 The new collaboration is the latest preview of White’s upcoming new album ‘Fear Of The Dawn’, one of two records he’ll be releasing this year, alongside ‘Entering Heaven Alive’. Following on from the album’s title track and the blistering ‘Taking Me Back’, ‘Hi-De-Ho’ plays like a southern voodoo chant fed through a distorted vortex that blends rap, rock and electronica. White also shared ‘Queen Of The Bees’, a mellow acoustic number and the latest preview from ‘Entering Heaven Alive’. “I feel lonely/ When I’m left all alone/ I feel homely/ When you leave me at home,” he sings on the puckish song. You can check out both tr...
Simon Le Bon wants Anya Taylor-Joy to play him in Duran Duran biopic
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Simon Le Bon wants Anya Taylor-Joy to play him in Duran Duran biopic

Simon Le Bon wants Anya Taylor-Joy to play him in a Duran Duran biopic, he revealed at the BandLab NME Awards 2022. READ MORE: BandLab NME Awards 2022 – see the full list of winners Le Bon was speaking to NME on the red carpet of the awards show held March 2 at the O2 Academy Brixton, where he and Ivorian Doll presented the trophy for Best Band From The UK Supported By Pizza Express to Bring Me The Horizon. The Duran Duran frontman said he’d want Queen’s Gambit and Last Night In Soho (which won Best Film on the night) actress Anya Taylor-Joy to play him in a biopic, which the band’s drummer Roger Taylor said in October was “under discussion”. Watch his full red carpet interview above. Ivorian Doll and Simon Le Bon on the red carpet at the BandLab NME Awards 2022. Credit: Tristan Fewings/Ge...
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