‘Westworld’ premieres season four with cover of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’

The fourth season of Westworld has premiered with a cover of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’ by composer Ramin Djawadi.

Djawadi is known for providing instrumental arrangements of classic pop and rock songs for the show and has previously included versions of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’, The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’ and Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’.

The cover of ‘Video Games’, a track which originally came out in 2012, features strings and a piano providing a gentle, haunting rendition of the melody.

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The new series of Westworld is set seven years after the revolutionary climax of season three. Earlier this month, Tessa Thompson revealed more of what viewers can expect from the fourth season.

“I’m anxious not to give anything away,” she told i09 (via Gizmodo), “but I think, as I understood it this season, [Hale’s] plan is sort of bigger than just a desire for power. I think that’s always been her fundamental nature in a way, both as Hale when we first met her, and as a host.”

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Also earlier this month (June 5), co-creator, writer, director and executive producer Lisa Joy, writer and executive producer Alison Schapker, actors Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth, Angela Sarafyan, and new addition Aurora Perrineau all took part in a panel offering their own updates.

Westworld season four premieres today (June 27), airing on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.

In other Lana Del Rey news, the singer recently shared her rendition of Father John Misty‘s ‘Buddy’s Rendezvous’.

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Her cover of Joshua Tillman’s ‘Chloë And The Next 20th Century’ track was first previewed back in January. It was later exclusively released on a seven-inch vinyl as part of a limited edition box set of the aforementioned record.

Featuring piano, strings and saxophone, the alternate version of ‘Buddy’s Rendezvous’ sees Del Rey and Tillman join forces towards the end.

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Steve Coogan quotes famous Alan Partridge Beatles line as he watches Paul McCartney at Glastonbury

Steve Coogan has quoted Alan Partridge‘s famous Beatles line from his TV series while watching Paul McCartney at Glastonbury.

The music legend headlined the second night of the festival over the weekend, which saw him duet with Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen, as well as a virtual John Lennon.

The BBC was in the crowd and managed to catch up with Coogan, who referenced a line in I’m Alan Partridge where the character is asked about his favourite Beatles album.

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“Alan Partridge was asked, ‘What’s your favourite Beatles album?’ And he said, ‘Errr, that’s a tough question… I think I would have to say ‘The Best of the Beatles’,” Coogan quipped.

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The scene in the series also saw Partridge say a memorable line declaring that McCartney’s group Wings “were only the band The Beatles could have been”.

During his BBC interview, Coogan went on to argue: “The Rolling Stones have only ever written about eight brilliant songs, whereas The Beatles have done about 50.”

After McCartney finished his set, the actor was asked for his snap verdict, admitting: “I don’t know what to say, it’s quite overwhelming. I don’t think there’s anyone else in the world who can give such unadulterated joy to people. Very, very privileged to be able to see that.”

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Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury 2022 CREDIT: Harry Durrant/Getty Images
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In NME‘s five-star review of McCartney’s set, we said: “Sir Paul McCartney takes no chances with his second-ever Pyramid Stage headline slot, one week after he marked his 80th trip around the sun.

“People talk about ‘Glastonbury moments’: Macca’s joy bonanza of a set is packed with at least – at least – half a dozen of them, including the audience spontaneously singing him ‘Happy Birthday’ and later taking over the universal ‘Hey Jude’ refrain. ‘I love that sound,’ Paul beams. After all those years, you’re left with little doubt that he really does.”

The 2022 festival also saw headline sets from Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross playing the Sunday Legends slot. Many artists also spoke out against the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade over the course of the weekend, including Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers, Olivia Rodrigo and Lorde.

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Leslie Jordan mistook Lady Gaga for an extra on ‘American Horror Story’

Leslie Jordan has spoken out about an awkward moment he shared with Lady Gaga while filming American Horror Story: Roanoke.

On Wednesday’s (June 22) episode of the Trailblazers Radio show, Jordan admitted that he didn’t recognise the multi award-winning singer-songwriter and actress (whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) when he was first introduced to her on the set of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series.

“The first day, I showed up and there was a girl standing there and they said, ‘Leslie, have you met Stefani?’ And I thought she was maybe an extra. I didn’t know who she was,” he said.

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Jordan added that he briefly introduced himself to Gaga, who featured in season six as forest-dwelling witch, before walking away from her.

“They could tell I didn’t know,” he said. “They go, ‘Leslie, that’s Gaga.’ I go, ‘Huh-uh.’ They said, ‘Yes, it’s Gaga.’ And she was just adorable.”

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Lady Gaga in ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’. Credit: FX

Speaking of his experience with Gaga while filming Roanoke, he previously recalled how the pair prepared for a murder scene.

“We had a scene where she was gonna blow fairy dust in my face, and then knock me down, and blind me, chase me, and then roll me over, kick me,” Jordan said in a 2020 episode of his Pillow Talk Instagram series. “And then she was supposed to squat down on me and cut me with a knife.”

He continued: “She took me in the woods right before we shot, and she said, ‘You know, I tend to sexualise all my acting partners.’ I thought, ‘Where’s this going?’ Well honey, she kicked me, rolled me over, and got down on me and started riding me… I didn’t know what I was supposed to do! I just laid there and thought, ‘How do I get myself into these situations?’”

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Elsewhere, it was recently reported that Gaga is in talks to star as Harley Quinn in the upcoming Joker sequel, which will see Joaquin Phoenix reprise his role as the titular protagonist. Reports also suggest that the film could be a musical.

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Kate Bush looks set for another week at number one with ‘Running Up That Hill’

Kate Bush looks set to achieve another week at number one with ‘Running Up That Hill’ following its recent inclusion in Stranger Things.

According to The Official Charts Company, Bush is on track for a second week at number one, followed by Harry Styles’ at number two with ‘As It Was’ and LF System’s ‘Afraid To Feel’ at number three.

Elsewhere in the singles charts as it stands is Drake with three potential new entries following the release of his surprise album, ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ last week. 

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Last week, ‘Running Up That Hill’ was the most streamed track on the planet and reached Number One on both the Spotify charts in the UK and the US after earning 57million streams in just one week.

As well as being Number One now in the UK, it’s also Number One in Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland. In the US, it’s currently Number Four in the main chart and Number One on the Billboard Global 200 chart, making it Bush’s biggest ever hit in America 37 years after its original release.

In a new statement about the news on Friday (June 17), Bush said of the news: “The Duffer Brothers have created four extraordinary series of Stranger Things in which the child actors have grown into young adults.

“In this latest series the characters are facing many of the same challenges that exist in reality right now. I believe the Duffer Brothers have touched people’s hearts in a special way at a time that’s incredibly difficult for everyone, especially younger people.

“By featuring ‘Running Up That Hill’ in such a positive light – as a talisman for Max (one of the main female characters) – the song has been brought into the emotional arena of her story. Fear, conflict and the power of love are all around her and her friends.

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“I salute the Duffer Brothers for their courage – taking this new series into a much more adult and darker place. I want to thank them so much for bringing the song into so many people’s lives.

“I’m overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support the song is receiving, and it’s all happening really fast, as if it’s being driven along by a kind of elemental force. I have to admit I feel really moved by it all. Thank you so very much for making the song a number one in such an unexpected way”.

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Sadie Sink’s big ‘Stranger Things’ season four scene is soundtracked by Kate Bush’s 1985 classic ‘Running Up That Hill’. CREDIT: Netflix/Getty

‘Running Up That Hill’ originally reached Number Three in the UK in 1985 and charted again in 2012, when it reached Number 12. The song was also recently used in It’s A Sin, the award-winning TV series by Russell T Davies.

The song was written and produced by Bush and featured on her fifth studio album ‘Hounds Of Love’, which was released in 1985, debuting at 30 on the Billboard chart, where it currently stands at No 12.

Bush now has boasts the longest-ever gap between Number One singles in Official Chart history, with 44 years between her 1978 chart topper ‘Wuthering Heights’ and 2022’s ‘Running Up That Hill’.

Bush now also claims the record of longest time taken for a single to reach Number One on the Official Singles Chart, with it being 37 years since the single was first released.

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Robert Plant claims he turned down a ‘Game Of Thrones’ cameo: “I don’t want to be typecast”

Robert Plant once turned down the opportunity to guest star on the HBO series Game Of Thrones, according to a new interview with the former Led Zeppelin frontman.

Plant revealed the story during an interview with Canadian broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos, following up a question about the fantasy series. The singer said that, although he didn’t watch the show, he “got offered a part” in it.

“I don’t want to be typecast,” he joked to Stroumboulopoulos. “I started that shit! Go back to [Led Zeppelin single] ‘Immigrant Song’, and Led Zeppelin being part of a cultural exchange between Iceland and the Icelandic government. They didn’t really know what they’d invited onto their little island.”

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When asked what type of part he was offered on the show, Plant defers to his publicist. “It was undecided,” they respond off-camera. “I thought I was gonna ride a horse and go…” Plant joked, before lifting his head with a dramatic scowl.

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Although Plant’s music has been used numerous times across film and television, the singer only has two official acting roles according to his IMDb page: one as a nameless character in the fantasy sequences of Led Zeppelin’s concert film The Song Remains The Same, and the other as a cameo in the fifth season of UK sitcom Stella.

Several musicians did end up taking up Game Of Thrones’ offer for bit parts and cameos across its eight-season run. These included Ed Sheeran and members of Coldplay, Mastodon, Snow Patrol, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters And Men.

Plant is currently on tour with Alison Krauss, in support of their 2021 album ‘Raise The Roof’.

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