Greta Van Fleet Rock ‘Candlelight Sessions’ In New Video

Bruce Henne | 05-09-2021

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(hennemusic) Greta Van Fleet are streaming video of a “Candlelight Sessions” performance of “Broken Bells”, a track from their newly-released album, “The Battle At Garden’s Gate.”

“Broken Bells is what the fetter of society does to impact a pure and innocent soul,” explained bassist/keyboardist Sam Kiszka recently. “Our intention is to remove the obligation of generational synthetic expectations; break down these walls and not build new ones.”

The tune followed “My Way, Soon”, “Age Of Machine” and “Heat Above” as the fourth single from “The Battle At Garden’s Gate.”

Greta Van Fleet recorded the follow-up to 2018’s “Anthem Of The Peaceful Army” in Los Angeles with producer Greg Kurstin; the group’s second full length record recently debuted at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200. Watch the video here.

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J. Cole to release new documentary ‘Applying Pressure’

J. Cole is set to release a new documentary called Applying Pressure: The Off-Season Documentary, he has announced.

The rapper will release his new album ‘The Off-Season’ on Friday (May 14), the long-awaited follow-up to 2018’s ‘KOD’.

Cole announced the imminent arrival of the documentary on his social media accounts earlier today (May 9). “Applying Pressure,” he wrote. “The Off-Season Documentary. Dropping tomorrow at 1pm eastern [6pm BST, May 10].” As the title suggests, it will go behind-the-scenes on the new record.


He also showed a clip of the film, which shows the star in the studio, playing basketball and travelling. “This is the moment that a lot of your favourite rappers hit a crossroad,” he says in a voiceover.

“Are you OK with getting comfortable if you leave no stone unturned creatively? I thought a lot about that – ‘Nah, I’m not cool with that’.” Watch it above now.

Last week (May 7), Cole released a new track called ‘Interlude’. At the time of the song’s release, he told fans he had initially planned to share the whole album at the same time. “Sometimes you gotta say fuck it tho,” he said.

Late last year, Cole shared a picture of a notepad on Instagram that mapped out a pathway for what he dubbed “The Fall Off Era”, which shows ‘The Off-Season’ being followed by a project called ‘It’s A Boy’ and then, finally, ‘The Fall Off’.


‘The Fall Off’ was previously speculated to be the rapper’s next album, due to the final song on ‘KOD’ being titled ‘1985 (Intro To The Fall Off)’.

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Chris Cornell Family Settles Lawsuit With Doctor Over His Death

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(hennemusic) The family of Chris Cornell has settled its lawsuit with the doctor they claimed overprescribed medication to the Soundgarden singer in the years preceding his dearth in 2017.

According to Rolling Stone, the settlement between the plaintiffs – Cornell’s widow Vicky and their children Toni and Christopher Nicholas – and the defendant, Robert Koblin M.D., was reached last month.

Filed in November 2018, the lawsuit alleged that Koblin overprescribed the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (also known as Ativan) between September 2015 and his death in May 2017, while failing to warn the rocker about its possible side effects, including impairment of judgement and rational thinking, diminished impulse control and increased risk of suicide.

Cornell hung himself in a Detroit hotel room while on tour with the band; while traces of seven different drugs were found in Chris Cornell’s system in an autopsy following his suicide, the medical examiner in the case stated that “drugs did not contribute to the cause of death.”

“After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, Plaintiffs and Defendants Robert Koblin, M.D., Robert Koblin, M.D., Inc. and Robertson Cardiovascular Center, LLC (collectively, ‘Defendants’) have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims asserted by each Plaintiff,” the Cornell family lawyer Melissa Lerner stated in the sealed documents.

“Dr. Koblin enjoyed a close relationship with Chris and other members of his family. He cares deeply about his patients and was saddened at the loss of Chris, as he expressed to the family,” Koblin’s attorney, James Kjar, said in a statement. “Dr. Koblin believes that helping the family deal with the grieving process is paramount to any of the legal issues involved in the lawsuit that was filed. Resolution of this case was in the best interests of all parties involved to help everyone obtain closure.” Read more here.

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Gemma Chan, Henry Golding and more join #StopAsianHate UK campaign

Gemma Chan, Henry Golding, Rina Sawayama and more stars have helped launch a #StopAsianHate campaign in the UK.

Hate crimes against Asian people in London in March 2020 rose by 179 per cent compared to March 2019, according to campaign group Besea.n. Data for the rest of the UK is less accurate but also points to similar increases.

A new campaign has now launched on GoFundMe to create the East and South East Asian (ESEA) Community Fund, which aims to “help uplift and protect” the ESEA community in the UK. Chan, Golding and Sawayama are joined in supporting it by the likes of The Matrix 4 star Jessica Henwick, Marvel actor Benedict Wong, musician Sinead Harnett, model, presenter and fashion designer Alexa Chung and more.

The fund will provide grants to grassroots community organisations, like Besea.n, End The Virus Of Racism, COVID Anti Racism Group and Kanlungan UK.

Speaking to the Observer, Chan said she was “deeply concerned and disturbed” by the rising rates of attacks on Asian people in London alone since the start of the pandemic. “Like many others, I worry for family members every time they leave the house or use public transport,” she said.

“My mum has worked for the NHS for most of her life. She and my dad have been followed and subjected to a number of verbal assaults since the beginning of the pandemic.”

On Instagram, Golding wrote: “Asian hate has been seeping into all parts of the world, not just America. In the UK especially we’ve seen the South and South East Asian communities being affected. Every donation you guys help raise will fund grassroots organisations creating real social change.

“Don’t be a bystander, we are more powerful in numbers. If you see an injustice being committed, do what you can to help the victim. So many times we see these attacks and people of all races turn a blind eye. You may as well side with the ignorant. Love and support each other, that’s the only way we are going to beat this.”

Like the US, the UK has seen a number of violent attacks on Asian people since the pandemic began last year. University lecturer Peng Wang was beaten while out jogging in Southampton and left needing treatment to his face and elbows, while a 26-year-old woman was the victim of another attack in Edinburgh last month, among many other incidents.

You can find more information about the UK #StopAsianHate campaign and donate to the ESEA Community Fund here. 

In March, Beabadoobee spoke about her experiences of racism as an Asian woman and the “terrifying” reality of the increase in hate crimes against Asian people in the UK in the last year.

“I am a woman and I am also Asian,” she said. “I could go out and get assaulted and also get beaten up because of my race. That’s a terrifying thought, but it’s the reality we’re living in right now. People need to be educated in what’s going on and on how to support the Asian community.”

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Alex Van Halen Tributes Eddie On First Birthday Since Brother’s Death

Keavin Wiggins | 05-09-2021

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Alex Van Halen marked his birthday on Saturday (May 8th) by sharing a tribute to his late brother and bandmate, the guitar legend Eddie Van Halen.

The drummer passed on the following via Van Halen Newsdesk’s social media, “First birthday without you, Ed. The view from my drum set will never be the same. VH forever!”

He also included several hashtags including #VanHalenForever, #AlexVanHalen, #EddieVanHalen, #VanHalenBrothers, #TheMightyVanHalen, #VanHalen, #EVHForever and #EVHRIP.

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Eddie Vedder performs ‘Corduroy’ and calls for vaccine equality at Vax Live

Eddie Vedder performed two songs at Global Citizen’s Vax Live event, which was livestreamed this weekend, and called for vaccine equality.

The livestream concert featured pre-recorded sets from artists including the Pearl Jam frontman, Foo Fighters, Selena Gomez and more.

During his appearance, Vedder performed a version of the grunge band’s ‘Vitalogy’ classic ‘Corduroy’, as well as a cover of Little Steven’s ‘I Am A Patriot’. He was joined by a backing band that included ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. You can watch Vedder perform both tracks below now.


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The show took place at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium and was intended to encourage fans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It was broadcast on YouTube globally and also aimed to raise money to help vaccinate over 27million healthcare workers around the world.

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Vedder used his time on stage to make a plea to governments worldwide. “If you’re a government, if you’re a world leader, and you have excess vaccine, please don’t stockpile,” he said. “Please make it available to the countries that need it. Please distribute it ASAP.

“And if you’re a drug company, we thank you for your inventions. If you really wanted to be heroes, if you want history to look back and smile upon you as heroes, it would be great if you could distribute this vaccine at cost and then you’d have a fair and equitable distribution system throughout the planet, and that’s how we will survive and conquer this pandemic.”


Elsewhere at Vax Live, Foo Fighters teamed up with Brian Johnson to cover AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’.

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Setlist: PRS livestreaming rates – the controversy continues

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Former Skid Row Singer Hospitalized For Liver Failure

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Former Skid Row frontman Johnny Solinger has shared the bad news with fans that he is currently hospitalized for liver failure and the prognosis “is not so good”.

Solinger took to his Facebook page to update fans. He wrote, “It is with a heavy heart I must let everyone know what’s going on with me and my health. I have been hospitalized for over the last month. I have been diagnosed with liver failure. And prognosis is not so good. As with most musicians I do not have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it.

“I am currently under at least seven different medications and I need to have my abdomen drained off fluid that gets accumulated every couple of days. I have lost a lot of strength and will require physical therapy as well.

“At the moment, I am looking into putting together some sort of fundraiser to help with the medical bills and with the palliative care I will need in the coming months. I am kindly asking those of you who could help put this together to step forward. I would not be asking you all this if I didn’t really need the help, but sadly this is where I’m at.

“I appreciate and want you all to keep me in your thoughts and send me all the healing vibes you can, but I get exhausted easily so I will ask you to please not call or text unless absolutely necessary. But please, if you can help in this difficult time, I will wholeheartedly appreciate it.

“Love you all. I will post a link where you can donate very soon but I wanted to update you on my condition.”

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Wolf Alice announce new single ‘No Hard Feelings’

Wolf Alice have announced the release details for ‘No Hard Feelings’, their next single from their upcoming third album.

The band have previously shared the tracks ‘The Last Man On Earth’ and ‘Smile’ from ‘Blue Weekend’.

Now, they have confirmed on their social media accounts that ‘No Hard Feelings’ will arrive this week. The song will premiere on Tuesday (May 11) on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show New Music Daily at 5pm BST.


A music video will follow at 6pm BST on the same day. A clip of the visuals was revealed online and is set at night, partially at a bus stop similar to that seen on the cover of ‘Blue Weekend’. You can watch the preview below, which also features a snippet of the tender song.

Losing your love has been hard enough,” Ellie Rowsell sings in the clip. “Life can be short but life can be sweet/ No hard feelings, honey, the next time we meet.”

‘Blue Weekend’ was originally due for release on June 11 but was brought forward last week to June 4. “The vinyl has arrived & we’ve held it in our arms and let me tell u we r very proud parents,” the band wrote on social media. “We’re bringing the release date forward so put June 4th in ur diaries.”


Last Tuesday (May 4), they also gave the debut live performance of ‘Smile’ during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. During an interview on the show, Rowsell said she was “bricking it” to return to live music this summer.

“But I can’t wait,” she added. “I miss all of our fans and I wanna see them, because it’s been far too long.”

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Watch Grimes join Elon Musk’s ‘SNL’ episode as Princess Peach

Grimes made an appearance on Elon Musk’s episode of Saturday Night Live last night (May 8), taking on the role of Super Mario character Princess Peach.

Musk, Grimes’ partner, was the guest host for the latest instalment of the long-running US comedy show.

In a sketch based in a courtroom, Musk played Wario and was accused of being responsible for the death of Mario. While SNL’s Mikey Day delivered a defence argument for Wario, Musk revealed a secret affair between Mario’s brother Luigi and his wife Princess Peach.


“I-a never touched him under the overalls,” Grimes’ Princess Peach protested. Watch the sketch in full below now.

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During Musk’s opening monologue, the tech billionaire revealed that he had been diagnosed with Asperger’s. “I’m actually… the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL – or at least the first to admit it,” he said at one point (former SNL cast member Dan Aykroyd hosted the show in 2003 and said he had mild Asperger’s).

“So I won’t make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight. But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at running ‘human’ in emulation mode.”

He also shared his vision for the future, saying he believed in “a renewable energy future”. “I believe that humanity must become a multi-planetary, space-bearing civilisation,” he said. “Those seem like exciting goals, don’t they?

“Now, I think if I just posted that on Twitter, I’d be fine. But I also write things like, ‘69 days after 4/20 again haha.’”


Meanwhile, Musk’s appearance on the show was met with criticism from both fans of SNL and its cast members. Bowen Yang and Aidy Bryant both took to social media to share their feelings on his booking.

It was reported that the programme’s boss Lorne Michaels would allow cast members who were uncomfortable with Musk hosting the show to sit out the episode, although none appeared to take him up on the offer.

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BTS reveal first photo teaser for new single ‘Butter’

BTS have revealed the first photo teaser for their upcoming new single ‘Butter’, which will be released later this month.

The Korean group have been sharing a steady stream of teasers for the forthcoming track over the last week, including video clips featuring each individual member.

Now, the band’s label Big Hit Music have posted the first photo teaser for this comeback. It shows all seven members of BTS posing in suits in a red and mahogany room. You can see it below now.


It follows last week’s “concept clips”, which rounded off on Wednesday (May 5) with videos of V, Jimin and J-hope. In V’s teaser, he was seen dancing and eating sweets, while Jimin posed with a bottle of drink. J-hope’s clip, meanwhile, featured the rapper holding a yellow lollipop.

Previous videos saw Jin playing around with a bunch of yellow balloons with smiley faces on them while, in Suga’s clip, the rapper took photos with a film camera on a shadowy set.


Jungkook was filmed on a dimly lit set as he posed for the camera and spread butter on a piece of toast. The second video saw RM on a similar soundstage as he turned a light on and off.

The forthcoming single will be the second English-language release from the K-pop juggernauts following the release of ‘Dynamite’ last year. The new track will arrive on May 21 at 5am BST and is described in a statement as being “a dance pop track brimming with the smooth yet charismatic charm of BTS”.

‘Dynamite’ recently became the longest-charting single by a Korean artist on the Billboard Hot 100. BTS’ record surpassed a 31-week run by Psy in 2013 for ‘Gangnam Style’.

‘Dynamite’ also became the longest-running number one on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales Chart. It surpasses an achievement previously attained by Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’, which topped the chart 17 times.

Last week (April 23), luxury brand Louis Vuitton announced BTS as its latest ambassadors with a picture of the group wearing matching Louis Vuitton-branded pastel shirts and jackets.

In a press release announcing the ambassador role, Louis Vuitton called BTS “one of the most renowned and influential groups in the world”. It added that the group’s “ubiquitous popularity resonates worldwide and Louis Vuitton is very happy to share news of their new role within the House.

“Becoming global brand ambassadors for Louis Vuitton is a truly exciting moment for us,” BTS said in their own statement.

As part of the new partnership, the boyband are expected to team up with the fashion house for a number of special projects. They are also expected to be styled with Louis Vuitton pieces for their upcoming appearances.

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Thomas Rhett and Wife Lauren Akins Expecting Fourth Child

It’s another girl for Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins!

In the early hours of Mother’s Day, the “Country Again” singer and his wife Lauren announced they are expecting their fourth child–and fourth daughter–in November. The couple is already parents to three girls, including Willa Gray (5), Ada James (3 1/2) and Lennon Love (14 months).

The reigning ACM Male Artist of the Year first let fans in on the news as he was about to play “To The Guys That Date My Girls” onstage while headlining a concert at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth.

“Well… we are pregnant again!” Thomas Rhett later shared via Instagram. “Tonight when I was on stage in Fort Worth about to play “to the guys that date my girls” my wife talked to me in my (ear monitors) and said “you can tell them if you want” so anyways, now you know. We are pumped to be having our 4th girl🙌🙌🙌 feel free to buy all the merch you want, knowing that all the proceeds are going straight to all these weddings I’ll be paying for one day! Love you so much @laur_akins we always wanted a big thanksgiving table😭”

“To The Guys That Date My Girls” is from Rhett’s recently-released album Country Again: Side A, the first in a two-part project. The second part of the album will be released later this year.

Lauren also shared the happy news via an Instagram post, saying, “SURPRISE!! he just couldn’t wait any longer, so @thomasrhettakins told our newest little secret onstage at @billybobstexas in Ft. Worth (my mama’s hometown 🥰) just in time for Mother’s Day 💕: Akins family expanding in November 2021 with our FOURTH baby girl.”

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