‘Fake Drake’ wants to box real Drake for $1million and a record deal

The Drake impersonator known as ‘Fake Drake’ has stated his ambition to enter a boxing match with the real rapper.

The copycat has attracted attention recently for attending a number of events designed to fool members of the public into mistaking him for the multi-platinum-selling Canadian star, including nightclub appearances.

Speaking on the We In Miami podcast, ‘Fake Drake’ said: “I’m challenging Drake to a boxing match. I just signed with Celebrity Boxing. If you win, I’ll change my name from Izzy Drake to just Izzy, you know.”

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If he defeats Drake in the match, Izzy is asking the rapper for $1million and a deal with Drake’s record label OVO, “’cause I’m just trying to feed my family.”

Watch the interview below.

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Last month, ‘Fake Drake’ spoke out publicly, claiming that his style and personality is all his own, despite booking a variety of public events based on his supposed visual likeness to the rapper.

Speaking on Instagram, Fake Drake said: “This is just who I am. I’m just like, I’m just going with the flow, you know? I didn’t ask to become famous.” The women asking him questions in the clip suggest that Fake Drake both looks and acts like Drake, to which he responds: “I act like Drake?”

Fake Drake also audaciously implied that his haircut, matching the OVO artist’s distinctive heart-shaped style, was his own idea.

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“I’ve had the heart for like a year and a half,” he claimed. “Nah, ’cause I have the heart because you know, if you do things with your heart it’s come back.”

Elsewhere, the real Drake released new album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ this month, breaking an Apple Music record within an hour of its release and going on to earn his 11th US Number One album, moving past Kanye West and Eminem to tie Bruce Springsteen and Barbara Streisand for the third-most Number Ones in Billboard 200 history, trailing only The Beatles (19) and JAY-Z (14).

Reviewing the album, NME wrote: “Arriving so quickly after his last body of work, as most Drake releases often do, ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ is an unexpected elevation from the bland trap, R&B remakes and Drake’s melancholic attitude to love we heard last time around.

“He doesn’t quite shift the latter as much as one would hope – the album is as tiresomely woe-is-me as anything he’s ever done – but the house sound has at least given him the creative boost that his recording career has been crying out for recently.”

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Rammstein’s huge Coventry gig heard over 10 miles away

Rammstein played a huge outdoor gig in Coventry on Sunday (June 26), with the show reportedly heard over 10 miles away.

Local news outlet the Coventry Telegraph reported that multiple noise complaints were made by residents multiple miles from the CBS Arena venue.

As the Telegraph write, “householders leapt onto social media to report hearing ‘loud thumping’ across Nuneaton and as far away as Burton Hastings — which is eleven miles away.

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“Some were confused at what the noise until others said it was the rock band’s gig.”

The outlet revealed that Facebook posts from local residents revealed that they could hear “loud thumping” and “a loud beat through their closed windows,” adding: “A loud boom was heard around 10:20PM as fireworks lit up the night sky to end the gig.”

See footage from Rammstein’s massive stadium show below.

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The band’s new tour, which stretches throughout 2022, follows the release of the German rockers’ eighth album, ‘Zeit’, which was released earlier this year. As revealed last month, two sets of piano players, Duo Jatekok and Duo Abélard, are set to support the band’s shows in both Europe and North America.

Tickets for North American dates can be found here, while tickets for European dates can be purchased here.

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See the band’s full 2022 touring schedule below.

JUNE
30 – Cardiff, UK – Principality Stadium

JULY
4 – Nijmegen, NL – Goffertpark
5 – Nijmegen, NL – Goffertpark
8 – Lyon, FR – Groupama Stadium
9 – Lyon, FR – Groupama Stadium
12 – Turin, IT – Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino
16 – Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy
20 – Tallinn, EE – Song Festival Grounds
24 – Oslo, NO – Bjerke Travbane
28 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium
29 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium
30 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium

AUGUST
3 – Ostend, BE – Park De Nieuwe Koers
4 – Ostend, BE – Park De Nieuwe Koers
21 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau
27 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
31 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field

SEPTEMBER
3 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
6 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
9 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
17 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
24 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

OCTOBER
1 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
2 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
4 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol

In a four-star review of their latest recordNME wrote: “‘Zeit’ might be a more reflective album than previous Rammstein records, but it’s still an energetic, swaggering beast. Nearly 30 years into their career, the band remain as ambitious and as fiery as ever with their nightmarish, industrial rock sounding as daring as ever.”

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Metronomy’s Joe Mount says he’s working on another EP to follow ‘Posse’

Metronomy’s Joe Mount spoke to NME backstage at Glastonbury 2022 and told us what new music he plans to release next. Watch more from our interview below.

The band were making their return to Worthy Farm where they played the Other Stage on Friday (June 24). But before that, Mount told us his favourite memories from the fest, how the band distills seven albums into “the perfect hour of power” for festivals, and plans for the follow-up to Metronomy’s latest album ‘Small World’.

“I did an EP called ‘Posse’, which is all collaborations,” Mount told us when asked what fans could expect from the band next. “I’m working on another one of those.”

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The last EP came stacked with Radar favourites, including Biig PiigSpill TabPintyFolly GroupBrian Nasty, and rising heroes like Sorry. Around the time of the release of ‘Posse’, Joe told NME he wanted to work on the project because, “Some of the formative albums I listened to growing up were guest-studded, so it’s always been something I’ve been interested in.”

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Backstage, Mount also told us it’s hard to take a break from making new music.

“Every time I release a record, immediately after I’m like, ‘I want to stop doing this for a while’,” he said. “Then after a few months, I’m like ‘I can’t wait to make another record.’ So, it’s more of the same.”

Now that the band are seven albums in, he also talked to NME about how the band fits their expansive discography into a tight festival set.

“We just play what we think people want to hear,” he said. “We don’t worry about hammering the new stuff too much. We only have an hour as well, which for us is not a very long set.” Mount added: “It’s a good exercise in trimming the fat, getting the perfect hour of power.”

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Metronomy perform Glastonbury 2022 Other Stage CREDIT: Andy Ford

The festival veteran also shared his advice for first-time Glastonbury performers.

“The first time we played here it almost felt like a different festival,” he said. “Back then, the stages all had different names. I think if you’re playing here, and it’s your first time, imagine it’s your last time and suck it up and enjoy it and make the most of it.”

He added: “Every time we come here that’s what we try to do. Even now, we arrived yesterday, we’re not playing until tomorrow but it’s quite fun to hang out. Just enjoy it.”

Check back at NME here for the latest news, reviews, interviews, photos and more from Glastonbury 2022.

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Porcupine Tree on course for this week’s number one album

Porcupine Tree look set to earn the first number one album of their career this week with new album, ‘Closure/Continuation’.

It’s the band’s eleventh album of their career, plus their first since going on hiatus in 2009.

While the physical sales are strong, the band face tough competition from Harry Styles and Drake, streaming sales for their recently released albums are high according to The Official Charts.

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Elsewhere in the chart, new entries look set to appear from Chris Brown, Luke Combs, Conan Gray and Eric Clapton’s new collection of 17 previously unreleased live performances from 1994.

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The trio released new album ‘Closure/Continuation’ on June 24 – their first since going on hiatus after 10th album ‘The Incident’ in 2009.

Singer/guitarist/keyboardist/bassist Steven Wilson, keyboardist Richard Barbieri and drummer Gavin Harrison also celebrated their return by announcing a European tour in October and November, climaxing with a huge homecoming show at SSE Wembley Arena on November 11.

Speaking to NME about their new album, Wilson said: “We felt there was unfinished business. Our last album, ‘The Incident’, wasn’t our best. We’d got into the album/tour/album/tour cycle, when it’s always been important to feel like there’s a reason to make a new record, that it should have its own personality. We walked away from all that, without necessarily meaning to.

“We actually started working on this album 10 years ago. It’s taken so long partly because we’ve all been doing other things and also because, the longer time went on, the more we realised that if we were to come back, it had to be something great that felt fresh. We couldn’t just cater to the fanbase and give them more of the same.”

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Check out the band’s tour dates below, and get tickets here.

October
21 – Max Schmelinghalle, Berlin
23 – Gasoemeter, Vienna
24 – Forum, Milan
27 – Avicii Arena, Stockholm
28 – Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen
30 – Spodek Hall, Katowice

November
2 – Zenith, Paris
4 – Porsche Arena, Stuttgart
6 – KP Arena, Oberhausen
7 – Ziggodome, Amsterdam
9 – Halle 622, Zurich
11 – SSE Wembley Arena, London

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Pet Shop Boys announce summer 2023 UK tour dates

Pet Shop Boys have announced details of their summer 2023 UK arena tour.

The duo, who headlined The Other Stage at Glastonbury 2022 last weekend, will continue their ‘Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live’ tour next year.

The new tour dates will kick off with a show at London’s OVO Arena Wembley on June 17, 2023, with dates following in Aberdeen, Liverpool and Leeds.

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Tickets for these shows are on sale now from here, and you can see details of Pet Shop Boys’ newly announced 2023 UK tour dates below.

June
17 – OVO Arena Wembley, London
21 – P&J Live, Aberdeen
23 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
24 – First Direct Arena, Leeds

Pet Shop Boys were joined on stage at Glastonbury on Sunday night (June 26) by Years & Years’ Olly Alexander, with the two artists performing ‘Dreamland’ together.

Earlier in the day, Alexander covered the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘It’s A Sin’ during Years & Years’ set on The Other Stage.

Back in March, Pet Shop Boys joined forces with Soft Cell to release the joint single ‘Purple Zone’.

The song was originally intended to be remixed by Pet Shop Boys until it morphed into a full collaboration, which Soft Cell’s David Ball has labelled as “probably our finest pop moment since the early 1980s”.

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“Working with the Pet Shop Boys was a pleasure, and this track is the perfect combination of us and them,” Soft Cell’s Marc Almond added, while Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with such an inspirational duo as Soft Cell on this gorgeous song.”

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