Watch Grimes join Elon Musk’s ‘SNL’ episode as Princess Peach

Grimes made an appearance on Elon Musk’s episode of Saturday Night Live last night (May 8), taking on the role of Super Mario character Princess Peach.

Musk, Grimes’ partner, was the guest host for the latest instalment of the long-running US comedy show.

In a sketch based in a courtroom, Musk played Wario and was accused of being responsible for the death of Mario. While SNL’s Mikey Day delivered a defence argument for Wario, Musk revealed a secret affair between Mario’s brother Luigi and his wife Princess Peach.

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“I-a never touched him under the overalls,” Grimes’ Princess Peach protested. Watch the sketch in full below now.

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During Musk’s opening monologue, the tech billionaire revealed that he had been diagnosed with Asperger’s. “I’m actually… the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL – or at least the first to admit it,” he said at one point (former SNL cast member Dan Aykroyd hosted the show in 2003 and said he had mild Asperger’s).

“So I won’t make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight. But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at running ‘human’ in emulation mode.”

He also shared his vision for the future, saying he believed in “a renewable energy future”. “I believe that humanity must become a multi-planetary, space-bearing civilisation,” he said. “Those seem like exciting goals, don’t they?

“Now, I think if I just posted that on Twitter, I’d be fine. But I also write things like, ‘69 days after 4/20 again haha.’”

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Meanwhile, Musk’s appearance on the show was met with criticism from both fans of SNL and its cast members. Bowen Yang and Aidy Bryant both took to social media to share their feelings on his booking.

It was reported that the programme’s boss Lorne Michaels would allow cast members who were uncomfortable with Musk hosting the show to sit out the episode, although none appeared to take him up on the offer.

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Watch Miley Cyrus cover Dolly Parton in ‘SNL’ performance

Miley Cyrus performed a trio of tracks on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live – see the performances below.

Last night’s (May 8) edition of the show was controversially hosted by Elon Musk, and marked Cyrus’ seventh time as the musical guest.

As well as playing the title track from her latest album ‘Plastic Hearts’, Cyrus also teamed uo with The Kid LAROI to perform their latest collaboration ‘Without You’.

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Alongside those two performances, Cyrus also shared a cover of her godmother Dolly Parton‘s ‘Light Of A Clear Blue Morning’ for the show’s cold open, which saw the show’s cast and guests celebrating Mother’s Day, which falls today (May 9).

See all three performances below:

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Cyrus last appeared on Saturday Night Live in April 2020, when she performed the Pink Floyd classic, ‘Wish You Were Here’.

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She’s also taken on hosting duties on several occasions: 2011 with musical guests The Strokes, then again on double duty as host and performer in 2013 and 2015.

Elon Musk’s duty as host of last night’s episode was met with criticism by both SNL cast members and many on social media.

According to Page SixSNL boss Lorne Michaels allowed cast members who are uncomfortable with Musk’s booking as host to sit out their usual duties of appearing alongside the episode’s host in sketches.

“Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it,” an SNL source said. “[Michaels] won’t ever make them do anything they don’t want to do.”

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Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo set to perform on ‘SNL’ this month

Following the news that Miley Cyrus will perform on Saturday Night Live this weekend, Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo have been announced as this month’s other musical guests.

Rodrigo will perform on the show May 15, with the episode set to be hosted by comedian Keegan-Michael Key.

Lil Nas X, who is gearing up to release debut album ‘Montero’ later this year, will perform latest single ‘Montero (Call Me Be Your Name)’ along with a new song on May 22. The episode, which will close out SNL‘s 46th season, will be hosted by The Queen’s Gambit actress Anya Taylor-Joy.

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See posts confirming both lineups below:

Lil Nas X’s SNL booking comes after the show poked fun at the controversy surrounding the rapper’s ‘Montero’ video, which features religious imagery including a scene that sees him giving the devil a lap dance.

An episode early last month opened with a sketch involving a fictional talk show called Oops You Did It Again, hosted by Chloe Fineman in the role of Britney Spears – the premise of the show being to spotlight “pariahs of the week.”

Chris Redd played Lil Nas X during the sketch, which saw Fineman, as Spears, joke that Nas had “been attacked by the rare combo of the Catholic Church and Nike” following the debut of the ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ video and the rapper’s custom Nike “Satan shoes”, which saw a lawsuit launched by the sneaker company.

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Rodrigo’s booking, meanwhile, comes after her number-one single ‘Drivers License’ was the focus of a sketch on the season’s 13th episode. The sketch saw the show’s male cast members playing overtly-masculine men in a bar playing pool when the song comes on, initially pretending to not know the song but eventually singing it arm-in-arm together.

Rodrigo announced her debut album, ‘Sour’, earlier this month. Featuring both ‘Drivers License’ and new single ‘Deja Vu’, the singer’s first record is set to arrive on May 21.

Speaking to NME earlier this year, Rodrigo reflected on the huge success of ‘Drivers License’, and discussed how the song smashed the records of her heroes and those she listened to growing up.

“I mean, that is just everything,” she explained. “All the recognition the song has got is beyond my wildest dreams. Taylor Swift – who is my songwriting idol and I wouldn’t be half of the woman and a songwriter I am today without her – reached out and was so supportive of the song.”

This week’s SNL episode with Miley Cyrus has been shrouded in controversy after it was announced that Tesla CEO Elon Musk would be on hosting duties. Multiple cast members shared their disapproval at Musk’s booking, including Bowen Yang and Aidy Bryant.

Last week (May 1), it was reported that cast members who are uncomfortable with Musk’s booking as host will not be forced to appear alongside the tech mogul in sketches.

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Coldplay to give ‘Higher Power’ its live debut on ‘American Idol’ this weekend

Coldplay are set to debut their new single ‘Higher Power’ live this weekend on American Idol.

The song, which has been teased by the band on TikTok today (May 3), will get its official release on Friday (May 7).

On Sunday (May 9), the band will then play the new song live for the first time on the US TV show, which is hosting a special Coldplay-themed episode.

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As well as the performance of ‘Higher Power’, Chris Martin is also set to act as a mentor for contestants as they take on a range of classics from across Coldplay’s discography.

The four-piece’s upcoming release is produced by pop songwriting supremo Max Martin, and comes after they teased a new project called ‘Alien Radio’ last week.

Confirming the track’s arrival on May 7, they wrote on social media: “Higher Power is a song that arrived on a little keyboard and a bathroom sink at the start of 2020. It was produced by Max Martin who is a true wonder of the universe.”

Ahead of the announcement of the new single, reports emerged back in February that Coldplay were currently working on a new album called ‘Music Of The Spheres’.

According to The Sun, a source close to the band confirmed that they have been recording new music throughout the coronavirus lockdown which is set to feature on what will be their ninth studio album.

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The band’s last album came in 2019 in the form of ‘Everyday Life’, which NME called “a confounding experiment from a deceptively forward-thinking band” in a four-star review.

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Watch the new, Vampire Weekend-soundtracked trailer for ‘Rick And Morty’ Season 5

A new trailer for Season 5 of Rick And Morty has arrived – you can watch it below.

The trailer, which is soundtracked by Vampire Weekend’s ‘Diane Young’, arrived yesterday (May 2) ahead of the new season five release next month.

It was preceded by another video which dropped just ahead of the official trailer on May 1 – a 17 minute 80’s-themed, video-game inspired short film called Rick And Morty In The Eternal Nightmare Machine. You can also watch this below.

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The short film was directed by Paul Robertson and sees the characters transported to an alternate dimension complete with monsters and throwback Easter eggs to the long-running show.

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Last month, Adult Swim shared a spoof trailer for a new kids’ version of Rick And Morty to celebrate April Fools Day.

The trailer for Rick And Morty Babies came alongside the (fake) news that the show’s network was rebranding as ‘Adult Swim Junior’.

After news of the rebranding spread, the network released what claimed to be the first episode of the new kid-centric version of the lauded show. In fact, Adult Swim repurposed ‘Total Rickall’, the fourth episode of the show’s second season, with children taking up the voice roles for all the characters.

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The team behind Rick And Morty have a long history of teasing fans with April Fools jokes. Their most famous exploit came in 2017 when the show lobbied McDonalds for the return of the infamous Szechuan sauce, a short-lived promotional item released by the fast food giant in 1998 to coincide with the release of the Disney film Mulan, by filling its season 3 premiere with meta references to it.

Season five of Rick and Morty will air this June.

The Emmy-winning animated comedy returns to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in the US from June 20, with as-yet-unconfirmed UK air dates to follow the same month on E4.

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Olly Alexander was only person to audition for Ritchie role in ‘It’s A Sin’

It’s A Sin star and Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander has revealed that he was the only person to audition for the role of Ritchie in the record-breaking Channel 4 drama.

Alexander played Ritchie Tozer in the show, which chronicles the lives of gay friends living in London during the ’80s Aids crisis and has become Channel 4’s most-binged series of all time since its release.

In a new interview on This Morning, Alexander revealed how the show’s creator Russell T Davies earmarked him for the role of Ritchie from the beginning.

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“I did audition, yeah,” he said. “I got an email from my agent saying Russell T Davies is making a new show, wants to meet you for the part of Ritchie and instantly I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that would be so amazing, I love Russell, I love his work.’ I was like, ‘I’m in, I’m in.’”

He added: “I went and met him and I read for the part. Russell did say I was the only person that auditioned, so…”

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In other news, Russell T Davies has confirmed that It’s A Sin won’t return for a second season.

Saying that the hit drama “said everything I wanted to say,” the Queer As Folk and Cucumber writer explained to The Hollywood Reporter, why he wouldn’t pursue things further. “There isn’t a second season. It was lovely. It said everything I wanted to say. The only long-running thing I’ve ever done is Doctor Who and that’s because Doctor Who is designed to be long running.”

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Reviewing It’s A Sin, NME wrote: “By telling this story through the eyes of warm, flawed and sometimes frustrating characters you’ll care about, it offers a heartbreaking reminder of the countless lives claimed by HIV/AIDS.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ actor Esme Bianco files lawsuit against Marilyn Manson

Game of Thrones actor Esme Bianco has filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson.

Bianco first went public with claims against the rock musician in February after Manson’s former fiancée Evan Rachel Wood and several other women accused him of sexual abuse, grooming and manipulation. The musician has denied the claims, saying that all of his “intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners”.

Bianco has now filed a lawsuit against Manson – real name Brian Warner – alleging sexual assault, physical abuse, and human trafficking.

As reported on Consequence Of Sound, the lawsuit was filed today (April 30) in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

The lawsuit claims Manson violated laws in California for sexual assault and battery as well as human trafficking. Bianco claims that because her visa was awarded on the premise of her appearing in Manson’s film projects, he “was able to control” her “by threatening to withdraw support if she displeased him”.

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Marilyn Manson and Esmé Bianco. CREDIT: Karwai Tang/ Getty Images, JB Lacroix/Getty Images

Another part of the lawsuit claims that Manson “used drugs, force, and threats of force to coerce sexual acts from Ms. Bianco on multiple occasions. [Manson] raped Ms. Bianco in or around May 2011.” It goes on to allege further acts which happened “without the consent of Plaintiff.”

NME has reached out to Manson’s representatives for comment.

In the lawsuit, Bianco also names Manson’s long-time manager, Tony Ciulla, as a co-defendant, alleging he aided Manson in breaking human trafficking laws and that he was aware of Manson’s alleged abusive behaviour.

The lawsuit went on: “Mr. Warner’s management had a vested interest in supporting his violent tendencies to encourage the creation of his ‘art’ and the promotion of the brand of Marilyn Manson, and were complicit in Mr. Warner’s abuse of Ms. Bianco.”

NME has also reached out to Cuilla’s representatives for comment.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, Bianco added: “For far too long, my abuser has been left unchecked, enabled by money, fame and an industry that turned a blind eye.

“Despite the numerous brave women who have spoken out against Marilyn Manson, countless survivors remain silenced, and some of their voices will never be heard. My hope is that by raising mine, I will help to stop Brian Warner from shattering any more lives and empower other victims to seek their own small measure of justice.”

Manson was dropped from his record label, Loma Vista, after the allegations were made public. His booking agent CAA and longtime manager Ciulla also went on to drop him, while it was confirmed that his appearances would be removed from TV shows American Gods and the Creepshow anthology.

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John Mayer reportedly nearing deal for talk show based on ‘Later… With Jools Holland’

John Mayer is reportedly nearing a deal to host his own talk show based on the format of the long-running Later… with Jools Holland.

Variety reported April 28 that the musician is working out a deal with CBS streaming service Paramount+ to host a weekly show. It would feature performance segments and interviews with “musicians, artists and other cultural figures in a setting designed to look like an after-hours club”.

Plans for the Mayer show reportedly include specials to air on the CBS network, and there is “talk” of tie-ins with the Grammys, which airs on CBS.

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NME has reached out to representatives for Paramount+ for comment. A representative for Mayer told NME no one was available for comment.

Mayer was apparently close to a deal with CBS for a music and variety TV show in 2009, as Billboard reported at the time. Then-CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler reportedly said that the project was under development and an agreement was near.

In 2015, Mayer had guest-hosted The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson for CBS after the host’s departure. Ferguson’s spot has since been taken by James Corden. Watch a clip of a monologue Mayer delivered on The Late Late Show below.

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On the music front, Mayer recently revealed on TikTok that his eighth studio album is completed.

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“My album is recorded, mixed and mastered,” he wrote. “I’ve just been chilling and sharing it with friends for the past couple of months.” Last October, Big Sean said he has been sitting on three unreleased tracks recorded with the singer.

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Watch Justin Bieber, The Roots and Jimmy Fallon perform ‘Peaches’ using classroom instruments

Justin Bieber has been joined by The Roots and Jimmy Fallon for a special performance of his recent single ‘Peaches’ using classroom instruments – you can watch their rendition below.

The original track featured on Bieber’s latest album ‘Justice’, which was released last month.

Bieber joined The Roots and Fallon on the latter’s US chat show The Tonight Show last night (April 26) for a special remote performance of ‘Peaches’.

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Bieber played on a toy piano during the performance, while Fallon contributed vocals and played a shaker and a kazoo. The Roots’ Questlove was on clappers, bongo and kazoo, while Black Thought alternated between playing a shaker and kazoo.

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You can watch the special performance of ‘Peaches’ in the above video.

The use of classroom instruments follows on from previous Fallon and The Roots collaborations with the likes of Migos, Metallica and Adele.

Earlier this month Shawn Mendes shared an a cappella cover of ‘Peaches’ on his TikTok. Mendes and Bieber recently collaborated on ‘Monster’, a track from Mendes’ 2020 album ‘Wonder’.

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Bieber followed up the release of ‘Justice’ earlier this month with the surprise EP ‘Freedom’.

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John Lydon says new Sex Pistols biopic series is “most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure”

John Lydon has called Danny Boyle’s forthcoming Sex Pistols biopic series “disrespectful”, and claimed that production was green-lit without his consent.

The former Sex Pistols frontman said in a new interview that he is seeking legal advice about taking the filmmakers to court, alleging that neither his consent nor participation was requested.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the singer reacted to recent publicity shots promoting the six-part series Pistol. “I think that’s the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure. I mean, they went to the point to hire an actor to play me but what’s the actor working on? Certainly not my character. It can’t go anywhere else [but court],” he said.

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Pistol has been created for TV by Craig Pearce (The Great Gatsby) and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell-Boyce (24 Hour Party People), with Boyle on directing and executive production duties. It began filming last month, although no official premiere date has been confirmed yet.

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Elsewhere in the interview Lydon said “it’s not like we’re complete strangers” in reference to his claims that he wasn’t contacted by Boyle, having previously met the director during preparations for the 2021 London Olympics opening ceremony.

He added: “Sorry, you think you can do this, like walk all over me – it isn’t going to happen. Not without a huge, enormous fucking fight. I’m Johnny, you know, and when you interfere with my business you’re going to get the bitter end of my business as a result. It’s a disgrace.”

A spokesperson for the Pistol production told the publication that Boyle contacted Lydon’s management company about the planned series but “ultimately direct contact was declined”.

Pistol is based on guitarist Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol, and is being made as a limited FX series.

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The cast of ‘Pistol’ (Picture: Miya Mizuno/FX)

Game Of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams plays punk icon Jordan (AKA Pamela Rooke) in the series alongside Babyteeth‘s Toby Wallace as Jones.

Iris Law will also appear as punk icon Soo Catwoman, Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) as Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler (Don’t Worry Darling) as Chrissie Hynde and Emma Appleton (The Witcher) as Nancy Spungen.

Boyle, who serves as director and executive producer, has described the Pistols’ breakthrough as “the moment that British society and culture changed forever”.

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Elon Musk to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ with Miley Cyrus as musical guest

Elon Musk and Miley Cyrus will appear on Saturday Night Live (SNL) next month.

The show on May 8 will be hosted by the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, with Cyrus appearing alongside him as the musical guest.

Cyrus confirmed the news by sharing an image of SNL’s sticky note board today (April 24), which informs viewers of the upcoming schedule. The episode will mark Cyrus’ sixth visit to SNL as musical guest. Her last album was 2020’s ‘Plastic Hearts‘.

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As Variety reports, it’s rare for SNL to have a business mogul host the late-night NBC show. Former NBC programming head Brandon Tartikoff fronted the show in 1983 before New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner later took the helm in 1990.

Musk’s business ventures have been in the news recently, with his partner at brain-chip company Neurolink creating a stir for saying a real-life Jurassic Park could be made.

In other news, Musk’s partner, Grimes, said last month that their baby son is already making “super fire” music.

On March 18 Grimes shared a video of X AE A-XII making a loop on a portable synthesiser. “Did you make a loop? You’re so smart!” Grimes says to her son in the clip. In the post’s caption, she wrote: “Lil X made a loop on my keyboard? Prob an accident but tbh he played a super fire set just now.”

Elsewhere, in Cyrus news, the singer has teased a forthcoming remix of The Kid LAROI’s 2020 single ‘Without You’. Cyrus shared a video of herself on Instagram last week singing a verse from the song with a range of articles reporting on the singer’s romantic life featured in the background. At the end, Cyrus also kisses musician and TikTok creator King Moxu.

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Cyrus also covered Queen classics at NCAA’s ‘Final Four’ basketball tournament earlier in April. Watch here.

NBC’s Saturday Night Live airs from 11.30pm ET to 1am ET on Saturdays.

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‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’ star Danny Ramirez reveals a BTS joke was cut from the show

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier star Danny Ramirez has revealed that a joke about BTS was cut from the Disney+ show.

The ad-lib scene came during episode five where Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) tells Ramirez, who plays Joaquin Torres in Marvel‘s new TV series, to keep his wings and takes the shield instead.

He told Collider: “It’s this little ad-lib about how I wish we were all more like the boy band BTS. Because I was like, ‘I thought we could be more like [rapper and BTS member] RM’. And so it was a fun little thing and there was a little dance that went with it.”

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“So yeah, that was a little bit of something where that would have been cool. But [the scene] was more about the dynamic between us and it still got to be a moment between me and Sam, which was the most important,” Ramirez added.

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The show’s series finale is set to air on Disney+ on April 23.

Meanwhile, BTS recently teamed up with McDonald’s for a deal which allows fans to order the K-pop band’s favourite meal at the fast food chain.

BTS’ signature order includes either a nine or 10-piece Chicken McNuggets box (depending on the market), medium World Famous fries, a medium drink and Sweet Chili and Cajun dipping sauces inspired by recipes from McDonald’s South Korea.

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The BTS promotion at McDonald’s will start rolling out on May 26 (US) through to June 25 (Indonesia) across the world, including at restaurants from Austria to Paraguay, Oman, Puerto Rico, India, Hong Kong, Estonia, Nicaragua and Suriname. The promotion will not be available in the UK.

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