Adele Pegs Chris Stapleton as Dream Duet Partner

Adele popped in for Vogue’s popular “73 Questions” this week and namedropped one of country music’s biggest – and currently quietest stars: Chris Stapleton.

Adele, who recently released her new song “Easy on Me,” revealed during the Q&A that pop songs are “all about the hooks,” London is her favorite city to play and there’s no cure for stage freight. She also shared her best piece of advice: “Keep your heart safe and your music dangerous.”

And she told fans that a wad of Celine Dion’s chewed gum is her most prized possession.

If she had stopped at the typical 73 questions instead of pushing to 95, we wouldn’t have learned that Stapleton is her dream duet! For emphasis, she added, “whoa,” when she said his name. The question came near the end of the interview.

Unfortunately for Adele and Stapleton’s other fans, he isn’t singing with anyone at the moment. Laryngitis forced Stapleton to cancel several weekend shows.

He did, however, recently record with one diva – Kelly Clarkson. Stapleton joins Clarkson to sing “Glow” on her new holiday album “Christmas Comes Around.”

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Queen’s Brian May makes surprise appearance at Roger Taylor solo show

Brian May made a surprise appearance during Roger Taylor‘s show in London last night (October 22) – check out the fan-shot footage below.

The guitarist took the stage at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, where his Queen bandmate wrapped up a 14-date UK headline tour. Taylor was out on the road in support of his sixth solo album, ‘Outsider’, which arrived on October 1.

After performing a string of solo and classic Queen tracks – including ‘Under Pressure’ and ‘These Are the Days of Our Lives’ – Taylor wrapped up the main set by welcoming May onstage to cover Little Richard‘s ‘Tutti Frutti’.

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“It’s my brother from another mother!” Taylor then told the crowd, making way for a rapturous applause for May. The pair then played a special rendition of Queen’s ‘A Kind Of Magic’ together.

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Meanwhile, Taylor recently revealed that Brian May had started working on a new Queen song but then “suddenly lost interest”.

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“We started it in Nashville when we were all quite tired,” the drummer explained. “We couldn’t decide on a title and the lyric felt a little too negative for Queen, maybe. But it was pretty damn good, and I hope it comes to light.”

Earlier this month, Roger Taylor criticised anti-vaxxers for being “ignorant and stupid”. “But here we are; it’s a clear cut case,” he said. “Vaccinations have been with us a long time now, and they work. Please, get vaccinated.”

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Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Shares His ‘Siren Song’


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Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell has released a brand new single called “Siren Song”. The song is the final track shared before the release of his new solo album, “Brighten”, next Friday, October 29th.

We were sent the following details: “Siren Song” begins with a soft, finger-picked acoustic guitar, as a lead into the heavy distorted sound that follows. Jerry’s soaring vocals take listeners on an epic journey”She don’t lie she walks on. A passerby in a dream. You feel as though it’ll never die. In my dark you are the light. Funny how the feeling never goes. When I’m wrong you are the right. Carry the memory in my soul”

“Siren Song” is performed by Jerry [guitar, vocals, bass] along with, Gil Sharone [drums, percussion], Greg Puciato [backing vocals], Michael Rozon [pedal steel], Jordan Lewis [piano], and Joe Barresi [triangle]. Check out the song below:

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IDLES’ Joe Talbot says ‘Ultra Mono’ “translated badly” in the absence of live music

IDLES‘ Joe Talbot has explained that he thinks ‘Ultra Mono’ “translated badly” in the absence of live music last year.

Speaking to Mojo magazine, the frontman reflected on the setbacks of releasing the album in September 2020 – when concerts were still banned in the UK in a bid to curb coronavirus cases.

“I think that album translated badly as a home-listening device. The whole point of that record was to build a narrative with our audience,” he said (via Contact Music).

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“The album itself was a caricature of what people thought of us and we wanted to kind of twist that up and then burn that effigy so we would start [upcoming fourth album] ‘Crawler’.”

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Talbot continued: “We can’t make another ‘Joy’ [As An Act Of Resistance], we can’t make another ‘Ultra Mono’. We just can’t go back. Because we’ve done it. To death.

“We’ve done the biggest loudest most brash big rock album version of ourselves we can and we won’t go back there. We have to move forward.”

As for ‘Crawler’, Talbot explained that the record delves into “the worst years of [his] life but also the best, the most brilliant”. “If you don’t like hearing tales of struggle then you won’t like it,” he added. “But it makes me feel happy because I’m here. I’m alive.”

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Set for release on November 12, IDLES’ fourth studio effort has been previewed with the single ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, which arrived with an accompanying two-part video. The album was co-produced by Kenny Beats and IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen.

IDLES will embark on a UK and Ireland headline tour in early 2022 – you can see the full schedule below.

JANUARY 2022

16 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
17 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
18 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
19 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
21 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
22 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
24 – Vicar Street, Dublin
25 – Vicar Street, Dublin
26 – Vicar Street, Dublin
28 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
29 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
30 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

FEBRUARY 2022

1 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
2 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
3 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
4 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
5 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

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Singled Out: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ Go Get A Tattoo


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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes just released their new album, “Sticky”, and to celebrate we asked co-founder Dean Richardson (who produced the album) to tell us about the track “Go Get A Tattoo”. Here is the story:

Our lead single on our records always seems to fall out of nowhere in about 30 minutes. We can spend any length of time on a song, from a few hours to days and days over a long period. Just writing them. But I remember “Crowbar” coming together in no time, and then the same with “Tattoo.”

We were in a cabin in the woods. I think by this time we had maybe half the record, and the verse riff and bass line came first. Then the chorus. Then, I had the acoustic out recording that middle-8. Frank was laying on the sofa behind me writing lyrics and the whole song came really quickly.

After that, we sat on it for a while and spent some time working out how to deliver it. It’s a pop song somewhere underneath the distorted guitars and drums, but we always want to produce our music in a way that excites us … which means it can’t get too smooth.

For a while we weren’t sure if it was right for us or the record. Then, we hit up Lynks and sent them a version without the second verse vocals and they added their parts and it finished the whole track for us. It really feels like the tune has a life of its own now, I hear it on the radio, in shops and in the background of TikToks and half the time I forget it’s ours. It’s going to be fun to see how far it goes.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself below and learn more about the album here

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