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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Kanye West shares his redesign of McDonald’s packaging for new collaboration

Kanye West has returned to Instagram to post a redesign that he’s worked on for what appears to be a new collaboration with McDonald’s.

The rapper has collaborated with Muji industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa for the redesign of a burger box, seemingly previewing the first of several reimaginings for the global fast food chain. He teased the work via his Instagram Stories hours before the post yesterday (May 23) with the line, “Next week it’s the fries”, beneath a photo of the redesign.

Ye was barred from accessing Instagram for 24 hours in March, with a Meta representative claiming at the time that the rapper’s recent posts had violated policies on hate speech, bullying and harassment.

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Per TMZ, the suspension came after West posted an image of the Google search page for Trevor Noah, who’d commented on West’s treatment of ex-wife Kim Kardashian on the March 15 episode of The Daily Show, alongside a caption containing racial slurs. That post was later deleted, and Ye had since wiped his entire Instagram grid.

There is no information yet about when the McDonald’s redesign will launch or whether it’s a permanent or limited edition change. It’s also not known at this stage if the collaboration between Ye and the fast food chain will extend beyond the burger box.

In other news, West recently shared a new video for his track ‘Life Of The Party’ in honour of Mother’s Day, lifted from the deluxe edition of his latest album ‘DONDA’.

While the original album cut is a collaboration with André 3000, the new video doesn’t contain André’s verse and has a much shorter run time. The clip features Ye’s childhood photos, with the rapper’s clothing edited as items from his forthcoming Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga collection. Check it out here.

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Lil’ Kim confirms that a new biopic is in the works

A new Lil’ Kim biopic is in the works, the rapper has confirmed.

Speaking with The New York Post, the rapper confirmed that a new biopic about her life is “absolutely” on the way.

While there is no news yet on who will play Kim, (“I don’t know… We’ll have to see”, she responded to the publication’s question) she did confirm that the structure of the biopic would closely mirror her memoir, which is due to arrive later this year.

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The rapper also teased that the film would be a tell-all, saying “Oh my God. Everyone’s gonna know things that they’ve never known.”

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Lil’ Kim has penned her upcoming memoir with journalist and author Kathy Iandoli (God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop). The book is scheduled for publication via Hachette Books.

“I’m excited to finally get to tell my story after all this time,” Lil’ Kim told PEOPLE of the memoir last year. “Many people have thought they knew the story of Lil’ Kim, but they have no idea.”

Titled The Queen Bee, it explores Lil’ Kim’s 30-year career, which had been under the spotlight since her 1996 debut album ‘Hard Core’. Executively produced by The Notorious BIG, it has sold nearly five million units worldwide.

Per its official description, the book will cover “hidden moments of her reign”, which include “her complicated high-profile relationships, the misogynistic industry she fought to change through sex positivity, the challenging double standards of self-image and beauty in the spotlight, and the momentous act of loyalty that ultimately landed her in prison.”

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Between 2005 and 2006, Lil’ Kim served a one-year prison sentence for a perjury charge related to a shooting incident in 2001.

In 2019, Lil’ Kim released her fifth studio album, ‘9’, which NME called in a three-star review “a timely reminder of the qualities that make her such an influential and endearing star”.

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Watch The Notorious B.I.G.’s son CJ Wallace perform his late father’s verse on ‘One More Chance’

CJ Wallace, the son of The Notorious B.I.G., performed his late father’s verse from the song ‘One More Chance’ during a recent event to mark the latter’s 50th birthday – watch his performance below.

The track in question, ‘One More Chance / Stay With Me (Remix)’, also featured Wallace’s mother Faith Evans on vocals.

Wallace’s performance of ‘One More Chance / Stay With Me (Remix)’ came during the second Annual B.I.G. Dinner Gala at Guastavino’s in New York City on Friday (May 20), which was hosted by Lil Kim to mark what would’ve been Biggie’s 50th birthday on Saturday (May 21).

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Appearing on stage alongside Lil Kim, Lil Cease and Fat Joe, Wallace’s performance was captured on film by radio host Sway Calloway – you can watch the footage below.

Speaking to Billboard at the event, Wallace said that he believed his late father “would be proud” of him.

“He’s getting all his wishes up there, and everything that I’ve ever dreamed of has been obtainable for me. All of my aspirations are coming to fruition.

“Nothing is going to be handed to me,” he added. “I appreciate him for instilling that in me. Wanting to strive for certain things and wanting to be something that’s bigger than just ‘somebody’s son.’ It’s bigger than that for me and my sister as well.”

Next month a super deluxe box set of ‘Life After Death’ will be released in honour of Biggie’s 50th birthday.

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ tops US chart with biggest first-week sales of 2022

Kendrick Lamar‘s new album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ has hit the top spot in the US Billboard album charts, with the biggest first-week sales in 2022 so far.

The album was released on May 13, and narrowly missed out on the UK Number One album to Florence + The Machine‘s ‘Dance Fever’ after a heated chart battle.

In the US, ‘Mr. Morale…’ became Lamar’s fourth album to hit Number One on the Billboard 200, becoming the fastest-selling album of the year so far.

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According to Billboard, the album breaks a record set only the previous week by Bad Bunny‘s new album ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’.

‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ sold 295,500 equivalent album units across its first week.

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In a five-star reviewNME called ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ a “cathartic, soul-baring autobiography” that “serves up vignettes about what it’s like to be a Black adult whose trauma still haunts them”.

“In laying his soul bare, he hopes we realise how we can set ourselves free from generational curses too. This album is as much about struggle as it is freedom, and what a beautiful sentiment that is.”

It also struck a chord with Eminem, who called it  f****** ridiculous” and said it left him “speechless”.

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Later this year, Lamar will tour the world on ‘The Big Steppers’ tour. The jaunt will kick off with a raft of dates in the US on July 19 before reaching European and UK shores in October and November, which include two shows at The O2 in London on November 7-8.

Tickets to the UK and European dates are available here, while you can purchase tickets for the US dates here. See the full list of dates below.

JULY 
19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
22 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
24 – Miami, FL – Rolling Loud
27 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
29 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
30 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
31 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

AUGUST
2 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
4 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
5 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
6 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
7 – Long Island, NY – UBS Arena
9 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
10 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
12 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
13 – Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
14 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
16 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
18 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
19 – Chicago, IL  – United Center
20 – Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Energy Center
21 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
23 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
26 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
27 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
28 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
30 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
31 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena

SEPTEMBER
1 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
6 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at San Diego State University
7 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
9 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
10 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
14 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena
15 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena

OCTOBER
7 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
10 – Prague, CZ – O2 Arena
11 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
13 – Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena
15 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
17 – Stockholm, SE – Avicii Arena
19 – Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena
21 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
24 – Stuttgart, DE – Scheleyerhalle
25 – Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion
26 – Laussane, CH – Vaudoise Aréna
28 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
30 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
31 – Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle

NOVEMBER
2 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
3 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
4 – Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
5 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
7 – London, UK – The O2
8 – London, UK – The O2
13 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
16 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena

DECEMBER
1 – Perth, AUS – RAC Arena
4 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena
8 – Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena
12 – Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Center
16 – Auckland, NZ  – Spark Arena

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