Adele and Japanese Breakfast named on the ‘Time 100’ list for 2022

Adele and Japanese Breakfast have both been named on Time‘s 2022 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The news magazine’s annual list spotlights the “pioneers, leaders, titans, artists, innovators and icons” of the past year.

Adele is listed under the ‘icons’ category alongside Jon Batiste, Keanu Reeves and Mary J. Blige, with Late Late Show host James Corden writing in support of the singer’s entry.

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Japanese Breakfast, AKA Michelle Zauner, is celebrated as an ‘innovator’ along with Zendaya, Taika Waititi and Miranda Lambert.

Questlove, Jazmine Sullivan, Oprah Winfrey, Issa Rae and Quinta Brunson are also named on the Time 100 list for 2022. You can check out the full list here.

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Adele performs on stage during The BRIT Awards 2022 at The O2 Arena on February 08, 2022 in London (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Posting on her social media channels earlier this month to celebrate her 34th birthday, Adele told her fans that she’s “never been happier”.

“If time keeps healing and smoothing out all the creases in my life like it does as the years fly by, then I can’t wait to be 60!” she wrote. “I’ve never been happier!

“So many lessons, so many blessings to be grateful for. This is 34, and I love it here! Thank you for the birthday love as always.”

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Japanese Breakfast, meanwhile, made her Saturday Night Live debut last weekend where she performed ‘Be Sweet’ and ‘Paprika’.

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Nick Cave thanks fans for their support after death of his son Jethro

Nick Cave has sent a thank-you note to his fans in the wake of his son’s death.

Jethro Lazenby died aged 31 earlier this month, with Cave issuing in a statement to NME: “We would be grateful for family privacy at this time.”

A fan has now written to Cave, as featured on the artist’s The Red Hand Files blog, saying that they were sending “collective love” on behalf of all his fans amid the recent tragedy.

“I have no question for you today,” Teresa from Australia wrote. “I just wanted to send my heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of Jethro. All I can do is offer the collective love of all who read your letters. Much love to you and all your family.”

Cave responded: “Dear Teresa. Thank you for your letter. Many others have written to me about Jethro, sending condolences and kind words. These letters are a great source of comfort and I’d like to thank all of you for your support.”

Nick Cave in 'This Much I Know To Be True'. Credit: Still/Press
Nick Cave in ‘This Much I Know To Be True’. Credit: Still/Press

He concluded the response to say that he would return to writing on his blog in a few weeks’ time.

Cave lost another son, Arthur, 15, in 2015 after he fell to his death from a cliff in Brighton.

Jethro was born in Melbourne in 1991 and only learned that Cave was his father when he was eight years old. He became a model after being scouted while in the city, but also tried his hand at acting, with roles in 2007’s Corroboree and 2011’s My Little Princess. He also worked more recently as a photographer.

Following the news of Jethro’s passing, Nick’s wife Susie shared a picture of Jethro on Instagram with the caption “Darling Jethro”.

Cave has previously spoken about how he coped with loss in the years following his son Arthur’s death. In a December 2019 edition of The Red Hand Files, the Bad Seeds musician responded to two fans who both contacted the singer after recently suffering the loss of a child.

“Susie [Cave’s wife] and I have learned much about the nature of grief over recent years. We have come to see that grief is not something you pass through, as there is no other side,” he wrote in 2020.

Jethro Lazenby
Jethro Lazenby – CREDIT: Getty

He continued: “For us, grief became a way of life, an approach to living, where we learned to yield to the uncertainty of the world, whilst maintaining a stance of defiance to its indifference. We surrendered to something over which we had no control, but which we refused to take lying down.

“Grief became both an act of submission and of resistance — a place of acute vulnerability where, over time, we developed a heightened sense of the brittleness of existence. Eventually, this awareness of life’s fragility led us back to the world, transformed.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Dominik, director of the new film This Much I Know To Be True, has spoken to NME about how the movie depicts how far Cave has come in his journey of processing grief.

This Much I Know To Be True, which was in cinemas for one night only on May 11, is a documentary-meets-performance film that centres on the creative relationship between Cave and his Bad Seeds bandmate and longtime collaborator Warren Ellis, and looks at the creation of their most recent albums ‘Ghosteen‘ and ‘CARNAGE‘.

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Glastonbury 2022: Little Simz, Róisín Murphy and Bicep to headline West Holts Stage

Little Simz, Róisín Murphy and Bicep have been announced as the headliners of Glastonbury 2022’s West Holts Stage.

This line-up news is the latest to emerge from the Worthy Farm festival, which returns from June 22-26, following the reveal of the bills for the Park, Croissant Neuf, Acoustic Stage, GladeCommonLeft Field and Shangri-La areas.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis previously confirmed that Simz would top the bill on the festival’s West Holts Stage this year, and it’s now been announced that Murphy and Bicep will join the rapper in headlining the stage in 2022.

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The day splits for the West Holts Stage have also been confirmed this morning (May 24). Sleaford Mods, TLC and Bonobo will perform before Little Simz headlines on the Friday of the festival (June 24), while Black Midi, Caribou, Celeste and Leon Bridges will all play ahead of Murphy on the Saturday (June 25).

Bicep’s closing set on the Sunday (June 26) is preceded by performances from acts including Nubya Garcia, Emma-Jean Thackray, Koffee and Angélique Kidjo.

“West Holts is back, literally larger than ever and ready to take another musical trip through the best weekend of our lives,” a statement on Glastonbury’s website reads.

“West Holts hosts an outernational soundclash of beats, bass, rhythms and rhymes. It’s a place to catch some of the most lauded names in jazz, electronica, reggae, R&B, rap and beyond. At night it’s generally party central, but the days offer a finely curated mix of acts that swings from the familiar to the far out.

“It’s not just the music that pulls people to West Holts, though. The field always has a great vibe, assisted by a couple of choice bars and some of the best food stalls on site.”

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The official festival site map was shared earlier this month by Glastonbury organisers.

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Mark Tuan says he has “finished” work on a solo “album-like project”

GOT7 member Mark Tuan has teased his debut solo album, saying that he’s done working on the upcoming record.

In a recent interview with Singles Magazine, the Taiwanese-American K-pop idol revealed that he had recently completed an “album-like project”, just prior to his arrival in South Korea to join GOT7 for the boyband’s comeback.

“I’ve worked on a lot more songs than the singles that have been released,” said Tuan, as translated by Soompi. “Before I came to Korea, I hastily finished working on an album-like project then threw a listening party for my friends and staff members and the response was good.”

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The Taiwanese-American singer added that he had prepared “quite a lot” of songs, and that everybody at his listening party had different favourites. “I plan on releasing the finished album before the year ends,” he teased.

Elsewhere during the interview, Tuan also spoke about his songwriting process as a soloist. “Since this is work that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, I focused on writing lyrics that many people can relate to,” he said, adding that he expresses messages in his music by creating fictional characters.

“Because it has to do with personal matters, I needed courage, but I think letting it out like this has made me feel more free,” he added.

Yesterday (May 23), GOT7 made their long-awaited return with their brand-new self-titled EP. Leader JAY B shared during a press conference that it was “surreal” to have all seven members reuniting for the new record. “I am so relieved that we can release an EP as a septet,” he added.

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Dreamcatcher say it is an “honour” to be “the face of rock in K-pop”

K-pop girl group Dreamcatcher have opened up about being at the forefront of rock-influenced music in the K-pop scene.

Dreamcatcher recently spoke to Rolling Stone India, which dubbed the group as “the face of rock in K-pop”, where the girl group discussed being at the forefront of the resurging rock genre, especially in the K-pop space. Notably, the septet’s releases since their debut in 2017 have been largely inspired by rock, metal and other similar sounds.

“It is such an honour for us to hear that,” said Dami, adding that the girl group simply try their best to showcase their “unique identity” in their music. “There’s an energy that rock music delivers that brings excitement. I’m happy to see that rock is found in many different songs and will be heard by many people.”

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Meanwhile, youngest member Gahyeon voiced her happiness at the “return” of rock music. “I hope people can get to know it better because it definitely has its own charm,” she added. “And we just hope that people continue to listen to our style of music.”

“Personally, for me, rock can get me emotional and extremely excited,” chimed in SuA. “And when you do want to experience these sorts of emotions, please listen to our songs. You’ll know it once you hear our songs – because it’s so good.”

Elsewhere in the interview, leader JiU also spoke about how the group ended up making rock music. “It began with building our concept. Our search for our signature sound began from our initial conversations about how we could deliver Dreamcatcher’s stories,” she explained.

“And that is how Dreamcatcher met rock,” she added, explaining that while the group has gone on to include influences from EDM and other genres in their music, that rock music remains at the root of their sound. “Rock is Dreamcatcher’s identity. It’s us.”

Last month, Dreamcatcher returned with their second studio album ‘Apocalypse: Save Us’, which was led by the single ‘Maison’. Notably, the record had included solo tracks by all seven members, each one co-written by themselves.

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