Taylor Swift shares preview of ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ title track

Taylor Swift has shared a snippet of the title track from ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ – check out the video below.

The re-recording of the singer-songwriter’s 2012 album – which features the singles ’22’, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ – will arrive on November 12.

Taking to Instagram last night (October 22), Swift ushered in “Red season” by sharing a clip of herself wearing a red dress before showing off various red accessories, shoes and items of clothing.

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“21 days til November 12 and I *promise* it’s worth the wait,” she wrote as the caption to the post, which is soundtracked by ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’. Tune in here:

Swift is remaking her first six studio albums – up to and including 2017’s ‘Reputation’ – following the controversial sale of her masters in recent years. The star released ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ in April before sharing a re-recording of ‘1989’ single ‘Wildest Dreams’ last month.

‘Red (‘Taylor’s Version)’ will contain “all 30 songs that were meant to go” on the original album, as well as collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Ed Sheeran and more. It was initially scheduled to arrive on November 19, but was pushed forward by one week.

Last week ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version’) returned to the top of the US Billboard 200 chart owing to huge physical sales of the record this month. According to Billboard, it racked up 152,000 equivalent album units in the US in the week ending October 7 – up by 1,931 per cent on the previous week.

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Coldplay score ninth consecutive UK Number One album with ‘Music Of The Spheres’

Coldplay have scored their ninth consecutive UK Number One album with new LP ‘Music Of The Spheres’.

The band’s new record, which arrived last week (October 15), debuted at the top spot shifting 101,000 chart sales – making it the year’s fastest-selling album, beating Dave’s ‘We’re All Alone In This Together’, which amassed 74,000 chart sales in its opening week back in July.

The album is also the first release to surpass 100,000 chart sales in a week since Ed Sheeran’s ‘No. 6 Collaborations’ project sold 125,000 in July 2019.

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Eighty five per cent of Coldplay’s week one figures were pure sales (physical and download), including 12,400 on vinyl, meaning it has also claimed the Number One spot on the vinyl albums chart.

Chris Martin and co.’s unbroken run of nine Number One studio albums on the UK chart sees them tie Brandon Flowers, who also has a clean streak of nine consecutive chart-toppers across The Killers and his solo releases. Noel Gallagher is the only act to amass more, with all 10 of his albums consecutively landing on the top spot.

Coldplay now also tie with ABBA and Bob Dylan for acts with nine Number One albums on the UK albums chart.

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Coldplay. CREDIT: James Marcus Haney

‘Music Of The Spheres’ – which follows 2019’s ‘Everyday Life’ – was one of four new releases to land inside the Top Five, alongside the Super Deluxe Edition reworking of The Beatles’ classic last album ‘Let It Be’ (Number Two), Daniel O’Donnell’s ’60’ (Number Four), and Joy Crookes‘ ‘Skin’ (Number Five).

The other album inside the Top Five is Adele‘s ’25’. The 2015 record moves up from Six to Three, following the success of her latest single ‘Easy On Me’, which has secured the Number One spot on the UK singles chart this week.

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In a four-star review of ‘Music Of The Spheres’NME‘s Rhian Daly said: “Like a sparkling night sky sewn with stars, ‘Music Of The Spheres’ is a celestial beauty that’s capable of inspiring great awe and emotion.”

Apple and Moses Martin, the two children of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, have received credits on the band’s new album.

Seventeen year-old Apple is credited as a co-songwriter on the song ‘Let Somebody Go’, which features guest vocals from Selena Gomez. Fifteen year-old Moses, meanwhile, has a performer credit. He can be heard singing vocals alongside his father on the chorus of ‘Humankind’, Billboard has revealed.

Meanwhile, Martin has said that Coldplay have have made a number of unsuccessful attempts at writing a James Bond theme, but were not satisfied with any of them.

Speaking to NME for last week’s Big Read, Martin said: “We have Bond themes for about five movies, but they’re not very good, to be honest.”

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Adele’s ‘Easy On Me’ breaks chart record with highest first-week single sales in four years

Adele‘s new single ‘Easy On Me‘ has shot straight to Number One in the UK singles chart.

The singer’s third chart topping single clocked up a massive 217,300 chart sales in its first week – the highest week one figure since Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’, earned 226,800 back in January 2017.

Adele also broke another chart record with the track racking up 24million streams in the UK this week – topping Ariana Grande’s record of 16.9million set back in January 2019 with ‘7 Rings’.

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‘Easy On Me’, her first single in five years, also earns the biggest week of digital download sales of 2021 so far, with 23,500 according to the Official Charts Company.

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The single also saw two of her earlier hits climb back into the Top 40 with ‘When We Were Young’ coming in at 25, and ‘Someone Like You’ at 34.

Adele’s latest success comes after she recently broke a new Spotify streaming record with her single.

‘Easy On Me set a new record for the most streams in a single day, surpassing a record previously held by K-pop giants, BTS. They held the record with 20.9million streams for ‘Butter’.

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Reviewing ‘Easy On Me’, NME wrote: “For now, though, Adele has returned with a reassuring slice of classic Adele balladry. This song will chime with anyone going through a quarter-life crisis, a mid-life crisis, or just a crisis of a hangover. And if you look to Adele’s music to make you cry, you won’t be disappointed.”

Her fourth album, ’30’, is set to arrive on November 19.

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Coldplay add fifth and sixth Wembley Stadium shows to 2022 world tour

Coldplay have added two more Wembley Stadium shows to their huge 2022 world tour – they will now play six nights at the London venue.

Last week (October 14) Coldplay announced details of their 2022 world stadium tour, with an emphasis on environmental sustainability.

Yesterday (October 21), a fourth London show was added to the tour alongside a new date in Paris. Then, when tickets went on general sale this morning (October 22), all four dates at Wembley sold out.

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As such, the band have now confirmed that they will also play the venue on August 17 and 20 next year

See Coldplay’s full 2022 world tour schedule, including the newly-announced extra Wembley shows, below:

MARCH 2022
18 – San Jose, Costa Rica – Estadio Nacional
22 – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Estadio Olímpico
25 – Monterrey, Mexico – Estadio BBVA*
29 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Estadio Akron*

APRIL 2022
3: Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol*
23: Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium*
26: Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium*

MAY 2022
3 – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium*
6 – Dallas, TX – Cotton Bowl Stadium*
8 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium*
28 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field*

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JUNE 2022
1 – Washington, DC – FedExField*
4 – East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium*
8 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field*
11 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium*
14 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium*

JULY 2022
2 – Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park*
3 – Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park*
8 – Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy*
10 – Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion Berlin^
12 – Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion Berlin*
16 – Paris, FR – Stade de France*
17 – Paris, FR – Stade de France*

AUGUST 2022
5 – Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium*
6 – Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium*
12 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
13 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
17 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium* (new date)

16 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium^
19 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium^
20 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium^ (new date)

23 – Glasgow, UK – Hampden Park Stadium*

SEPTEMBER 2022
10 – Rio De Janeiro, BR – Rock in Rio Festival

*with H.E.R.
^with London Grammar

After the announcement of the tour, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) urged the band to only serve vegan food at the shows in order to further drive down the carbon footprint of the tour.

“As you may know, animal agriculture contributes to many of the serious environmental problems the planet is facing,” PETA Director Elisa Allen wrote.

“It’s little wonder, then, that the United Nations states that a transition to vegan eating is urgently needed to prevent the worst effects of the climate crisis. And this can be as simple as swapping beef burgers for bean burgers.”

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Trent Reznor says producing Halsey’s album “changed” him “in a good way”

Trent Reznor has spoken out about producing Halsey‘s recent album ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power‘, saying it “changed” him in a “good way”.

The Nine Inch Nails frontman co-produced the record with his regular collaborator Atticus Ross.

“I fucking love this record,” Ross told Billboard. “The one thing that we didn’t change was any lyrics or melody. I can listen to the album and get lost on an emotional level.

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“We’re always looking for things that make us feel inspired and less cynical. We came out the other end changed, in a good way, and revitalised. It has been invigorating and inspiring, and I can tell you we both needed it, just with what the world has been like the last couple of years.”

Halsey’s live video for ‘I am not a woman, I’m a god’ Credit: YouTube

Halsey also revealed that they wrote a letter to Reznor, asking him to produce their fourth album.

“I was thinking, ‘Ugh, I don’t want it to be some corporate, ‘Hello, would you please be interested in working with our young pop star?’ So I wrote them a letter and just kissed their asses as much as I possibly could… and crossed my fingers that they would even respond,” they said.

“I had been basically poorly plagiarising their work forever. Every single time I started an album, I thought, ‘Well, maybe this will be the one.’ But imposter syndrome is huge, and I didn’t think they had any idea who I was. It turns out they didn’t, but that’s OK. This time, I thought I had something special.”

Reznor admitted that Halsey’s letter caught his attention.

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“It was intriguing, and I thought, ‘It’d be easy to just say no, but let’s hear some stuff.’ We got a few songs [‘Easier Than Lying’, ‘1121’, ‘Whispers’ and ‘Honey’], and the original ask was, ‘Could you contribute to these to help tell the story that I want to tell?’” he explained.

“And we thought internally, ‘Let’s just keep the vocals and try a new piece of music around the song and see what happens.’ Right off the bat, the songs sprang to life. Suddenly, I’m leaning in and listening to the lyrics, and now I’m getting goosebumps.”

He also admitted that he was concerned how the album, which also features contributions from Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, Pino Palladino, would go down with Halsey’s fans.

“I think initially, we were intimidated. ‘Is it a pop star, and does that mean there are big businesses affiliated with it and it has to feel a certain way?’ We don’t want to fuck that up, and we’re not out to troll,” he said. “We were envisioning, to go to [the] worst-case scenario, ‘At some point, someone’s going to talk sense into Halsey that this could be career-sabotaging because it’s not going to be a TikTok track.’”

He continued: “We were really impressed with [Halsey’s] artistic fearlessness. What matters is good music and having something to say that feels authentic and communicates with people. And on a real level, it’s not filtered through an algorithm or a group-think element weighing in.”

The album scored four stars from NME and was described as an “endlessly compelling artistic statement”.

Meanwhile, Halsey recently teamed up with Buckingham for a performance of ‘Darling’ from the album, on Saturday Night Live.

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