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  1. Rock 'n' Roll stars collide... Tom Grennan has said they he would ‘love’ to work with Liam Gallagher after he spent an evening drinking with the former Oasis frontman. The rising UK artist released his acclaimed debut album, ‘Lighting Matches‘, in July. Last month, he embarked on a huge UK tour – which included a night at London’s Brixton Academy. Following a summer of festival appearances, Grennan has spoken of his alcohol-fuelled night with Liam Gallagher after the pair performed at Sziget. “He wanted to meet me, so he asked for me to come to his dressing room,” he recalled in an interview with Evening Standard. “I had a Guinness with him, and then I said I wanted to go back to my hotel. “He was like, ‘What you on about mate? Fucking you’re with me!’ So we jumped into his blacked-out Mercedes and went back to his hotel and were in his penthouse.” Describing how they bonded over music, Grennan added: “We got stuck in and were just chatting about Oasis, my record … we had a lot of fun. I would love to write with him — so maybe that is something we can do in the future.” Grennan posted a snap of himself with the ‘Wall of Glass’ singer in August. “A night I won’t forget,” he said of their evening in Budapest. At the same event, Gallagher reportedly made peace with Alex Turner over a pint after criticising the musician’s ‘American’ accent. Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher is scheduled to perform an intimate show at London’s Union Chapel on December 13. The gig is in aid of the homeless charity, Shelter. In other news, LG recently went on a late-night Twitter rant about Radiohead. “Karma Police ffs,” one of the posts read. “how the fuck did these teds get big?”
  2. "I just feel like they let him get away with whatever he chooses to do" French Montana has opened up about his friendship with Mac Miller and the circumstances around the late rapper’s death. Miller was found dead in his San Fernando Valley home on September 7. He was 26 years old. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Miller’s cause of death was from “mixed drug toxicity”, with fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol found in his system at the time of his death. The coroner certified his death as an accidental overdose. Now, in an emotional interview with BET‘s Raq Rants, Montana spoke out about his friend’s drug problem and wanting to help. “Honestly, I think Mac Miller was doing the same thing every other artist was doing out there,” he said. “If you’ve seen the video that me and him did, I’m like ‘Yo, bro, you’re overdoing it.’ But that was him way before. Sometimes if people don’t have people that keep them grounded, it can go left. I just feel like they let him get away with whatever he chooses to do.” He continued: “I feel like I have people that, if I do something like that, how I was to him like a big brother, like, ‘Bro, you’re bugging out… He ain’t have that around him. Because if I did it that night, if I was around him a couple more nights, I would have made him stop… but he didn’t have nobody that was doing that.” Montana appeared in the 2016 Mac Miller documentary Stopped Making Excuses, while Miller also appeared in a 2012 episode of French Montana’s Coke Boys TV. Last week (October 31), a tribute concert held in the rapper’s memory took place at LA’s Greek Theatre. Chance The Rapper, Travis Scott, SZA, and more honoured the star at the Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life show, where an all-star line-up performed their own music as well as versions of some of Miller’s best tracks. Miller released five albums in his career, including August’s ‘Swimming’. In a four-star review, NME called it his “best work in years”, saying: “This album shows his growth as both an artist, and as a person who’s had to deal with the most private aspects of their life being publicly dissected. It’s a stellar – if somewhat overlong – artistic statement.”
  3. Bring it on... The 1975 have been announced as the second huge name alongside The National as the first names confirmed Mad Cool Festival 2019. After last year’s acclaimed event featured the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack White, Nine Inch Nails, Dua Lipa, Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam and many more, the 2019 edition of the Madrid bash has now announced The National and The 1975 as the first acts to top the bill – with plenty more acts to be announced in the months ahead. Mad Cool Festival 2019 will take place in Madrid from July 11-13. Visit here for tickets and more information. This month, The 1975 will drop their hotly-anticipated third album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships‘, before the follow-up ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ will arrive next year as the latter part of their ‘Music For Cars’ era. “It’s a myth that people make music to be happy,” frontman Matty Healy told NME of his current outlook. “Like, what’s even the point in happiness? It doesn’t serve anything you know? A good analogy is people working in the early days of radioactive material, exposing themselves to lethal levels of radiation in order to achieve a goal. Happiness isn’t involved in it. “My creative pursuit doesn’t elicit that much happiness because a lot of the time it’s about the darker side of me. And that’s not a depressing thought, I think a lot of the time that’s the way it should be, if you’re really really challenging yourself. But yeah, it’s fucking torture.” Having released the acclaimed ‘Sleep Well Beast‘ in 2017, The National revealed to NME earlier this summer that they were “beyond the halfway point” with progress on their next album – driven by a certain “looseness” and “an energy that’s evaded us in the past”, said guitarist Bryce Dessner. Drummer Bryan Devendorf described their next effort as a “departure record”. “It’s going to be more than just a record,” he said. “The other material that’s accompanying it is basically inspiring the record. It’s a collaborative project. I’ve said too much already…It’s not a big deal, it’s just different to everything else we’ve done. There’s a new element to it. That’s why Matt is rewriting everything.”
  4. You can get your hands on the special collection this Friday A new video for The Beatles‘ ‘Back In The U.S.S.R’ has been unveiled to mark the upcoming anniversary of ‘The White Album’. Check out the clip below. The track appears on the Fab Four’s classic record, which was first released on November 22, 1968. This year marks the LP’s 50th anniversary. In the new visuals, lyrics from the single appear in green, handwritten scrawls across grainy footage of the band. Flicking rapidly through various locations – including Moscow’s Red Square – the clip ends with the group taking off in a plane. The video features the ‘2018 Mix’ of ‘Back In The U.S.S.R’, which will be included in the upcoming release.
  5. He dedicated 'Love Interruption' to the pair at his next show and encouraged the crowd to kiss their loved ones Jack White has said that he is “really disappointed” by a homophobic incident that took place at one of his gigs last week. The ‘Boarding House Reach‘ rocker was performing at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada on November 2, when attendee Allyson MacIvor was asked to stop kissing her friend. As CBS reports, White was performing the hit ‘Seven Nation Army’ when they were confronted by a member of staff. “I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, ‘This is not allowed here,'” MacIvor told the publication. “It was very violating and invasive,” she added. “It’s not something I’d ever imagine experiencing, honestly.” MacIvor said that the venue’s manager “apologised profusely” after the pair were escorted to them by the employee. However, she said, “it still didn’t help the incident and the hurt that came out of this”. Now, Jack White has responded in a statement on Instagram. Captioning an old photo of two women kissing at a Beatles concert in 1964, White said: “Its 2018 now and two people expressing affection shouldn’t have to hide.” After saying that news of the incident last week “really disappointed [him]”, he said that he dedicated the track ‘Love Interruption’ to the pair at his following show in Calgary – “and encouraged everyone in the crowd to kiss their loved ones”. “Let’s promote love and acceptance wherever and whenever we can,” White concluded. Meanwhile, last month saw Jack White lead a crowd in singing a Polish birthday song to his mother at his show in Warsaw.
  6. "Everyone deserves to hear me at my best" Richard Ashcroft has announced details of rescheduled gigs in London and Manchester, after being forced to postpone due to illness. The former Verve frontman has been on the road in support of his latest album ‘Natural Rebel‘. However, Ashcroft now pulled shows at Manchester’s Albert Hall on October 31 and The Forum in London on November 1 due to a throat infection. Now, Ashcroft’s website states that London date has now been rescheduled to Saturday December 22, while his Manchester show will now take place on Sunday December 23. Visit here for tickets and more information. “I want to say how disappointed i am to have to reschedule the upcoming Manchester and London shows,” he wrote on Instagram. “I was diagnosed by the Middlesbrough team doctor and he said the throat virus probably started before Glasgow. “It would have been easy to say we’ll just cancel Middlesbrough and Nottingham but the reason I was there is to play some cities like Middlesbrough that get passed on! It has really been hard to make this call but everyone deserves to hear me at my best. It hurts to think people have booked hotels etc, that’s the worst bit.” 🙏 I know you was looking forward too.” Ashcroft has made headlines recently with a bizarre appearance on BBC Breakfast, as well as burning a copy of the NME, and claiming that the ‘sachet’ seen falling out of his sock during his appearance on Soccer AM is a “doctored” image. The singer was a guest on the show last month when viewers spotted what looked like a sachet appearing to fall out of his sock. He quickly swooped down to pick it up. A number of viewers soon shared footage on Twitter, suggesting that it was a small bag of drugs. “I don’t know how many national publications printed a picture that someone had sent in from online,” he said. “It’s strange when you have been in the game this long that this idea would take place. But to see the effects of a doctored photograph by an individual, who we don’t know who it is.But believe you me, you are going to regret doing that, whoever you are.” Ashcroft’s UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
  7. Starboy teased that big things are ahead... The Weeknd has promised fans that his next album is in the works and will be “coming soon”. The Canadian artist released his third studio album, ‘Starboy‘, in 2016. It was followed by the surprise ‘My Dear Melancholy’ EP earlier this year. Reviewing the six-track collection, NME said: “Where ‘Starboy’ often drifted into forgettable airiness, his latest offering is tighter and more focused, with greater attention to detail.” Now, the musician – whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – has updated fans on the progress of his next full-length. Speaking to the crowd during a show in his home city of Toronto, The Weeknd said: “I wanna let you guys know, being in Toronto these past two days… I haven’t been this inspired in years, I got to tell you.” Check out a clip of the moment below. Revealing that he’s “working on my [his] album right now”, Tesfaye promised: “‘Chapter 6’ coming soon, let’s get it!” Hinting at big things to come, the singer tweeted: “some chapters are smaller than others. not this next one though…” Earlier this year, The Weeknd said that he’d finished work on a “very upbeat” and “beautiful” album that will never be released. After saying that the shelved project was written “a different time” in his life, he added: “I don’t want to perform something that I don’t feel.” Meanwhile, it was reported last month that The Weeknd and Daft Punk are being sued over claims that they ‘ripped off’ a poet on the hit ‘Starboy’.
  8. "She’s so, so unbelievably happy" Ariana Grande‘s brother has praised the pop star for delivering a “powerful” and “confident” message with her new single ‘Thank U, Next’. The ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ singer released the surprise track last weekend, after teasing it on social media. The song references Grande’s ex-partners, including Mac Miller. “Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm / ’cause he was an angel,” Grande sings of the late rapper. Now, Grande’s brother has said that he cried after listening to the single’s poignant lyrics – adding that the star is “unbelievably happy” following its release. “I am unbelievably proud of my sister,” Frankie Grande told E! News. “This project that she has been working on, it’s from the heart. If you listen to the lyrics… I sobbed and I cried the first time she played it for me.” The reality star said that the line “…this one gon’ last, ’cause her name is Ari” left him particularly emotional, “because it’s a message of self-love”. “And if you don’t put yourself first, then no other relationship matters, and no other relationship is going to work. He added: “We are happy that she is happy, and the message is just so powerful. It’s helping other people, too. Like, she’s helping other people get through difficult times and difficult breakups. I think that that’s really the best part about this whole thing: being able to help another person.” Frankie Grande said that the star is “so, so unbelievably happy” and “so pleased” with fans’ reaction to the track. Yesterday (November 6) saw Ariana Grande unveil the cut-and-paste style lyric video for ‘Thank U, Next‘.
  9. Leather catsuit at the ready... Jack Whitehall has aired his excitement over the upcoming Spice Girls stadium tour, while suggesting that the group enlist him as “a replacement Posh”. The iconic ’90s girl band announced their reunion earlier this week (November 5), taking to Twitter to confirm huge shows for Summer 2019. However, Victoria Beckham – aka Posh Spice – won’t be joining her former bandmates on stage. The fashion designer took to Instagram to “wish them so much love and fun” as they head out on the road. Now, comedian Jack Whitehall has tweeted about the long-awaited reformation. “Spice Girls Reunion. Yes please,” he posted. “Apparently they are looking for a replacement ‘Posh’? You know where to find me.” Spice Girls’ official account then retweeted the offer, along with the comment: “Is your dad available?” “Yes and he looks great in leather,” Whitehall replied, referring to the leather catsuit worn by Posh in the ‘Say You’ll Be There’ video. The comedian stars in Netflix‘s Travels with My Father alongside his former theatrical agent dad, Michael. The pair previously appeared together on the BBC talk show Backchat. Elsewhere, Adele also shared her enthusiasm for the Girl Power gang’s return. Posting a photo of herself as a child in front of a Spice Girls-plastered wall, the ‘Hello’ singer said: “I AM READY”. Tickets for the Spice Girls’ stadium shows go on sale this Saturday, November 10 at 10.30am. Buy them here and see the full schedule below. Saturday June 1, 2019 – MANCHESTER Etihad Stadium Monday June 3, 2019 – COVENTRY Ricoh Stadium Thursday June 6, 2019 – SUNDERLAND Stadium of Light Saturday June 8, 2019 – EDINBURGH BT Murrayfield Stadium Monday June 10, 2019 – BRISTOL Ashton Gate Stadium Saturday June 15, 2019 – LONDON Wembley Stadium Meanwhile, Spice Girls are set to appear as guests on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday (November 10).
  10. Forsaken has been a welcome expansion for Destiny 2 according to most players, but it hasn’t generated the revenue the Activision had hoped. Net bookings overall for Activision-Blizzard’s third quarter are down year over, compared against strong launch sales in 2017 for Destiny 2. Current revenue is driven in part by Forsaken, but Activision says the expansion is “not performing as well as we’d like.” The company is pleased with Forsaken’s engagement metrics, at least. Monthly active users are up year over year, which means more people are playing Destiny 2 now than there were immediately after launch. Those numbers are certainly helped along by the increasingly frequent sales and giveaways that the base game has enjoyed in 2018. In a conference call following today’s financial report, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick says that “Forsaken is a high-quality expansion” – our Forsaken review agrees, incidentally – built from the publisher and Bungie working together to address community concerns and build better end-game content. But, according to Kotick, many fans are still taking a wait and see approach before diving back in to Destiny 2. SuperData‘s digital sales data for September suggested that over 60% of monthly active Destiny 2 players picked up Forsaken, and it’s led to the game topping the charts for the month – at least on consoles. On PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Destiny 2 brought in more money this month than Spider-Man, FIFA 19, and even Fortnite. Earlier this year, Destiny 2 officially became “the largest PC launch in Activision history based on units,” according to Activision-Blizzard’s proxy statement. It was also the second-highest-grossing console game of 2017 in North America, behind Call of Duty: WWII – another Activision property.
  11. It seems that some of Overwatch’s biggest stars are abandoning the game. Dafran, whose real name is Daniel Francesca, had previously played for now-defunct esports org Selfless, prior to the foundation of the Overwatch League, before walking away to become a streamer. Despite being a controversial figure in the community, known for trolling his fans, Dafran was signed to new OWL squad Atlanta Reign in anticipation of season 2, but has now announced via a tweet that he is not only walking away from the squad but also the game. Francesca’s tweet reads: “The end. I hate the game. Thought I could love it again and have passion but its impossible, I always end up soft throwing. Contract ended, Overwatch uninstalled, Mcdonalds here I come. For real though thanks for everything u have given me OW Community.” Although Dafran has been known to mislead his fans, a statement from caster Andrew Rush, suggests that the announcement is legitimate. Atlanta Reign has yet to address the situation. Many streamers including xQc have been openly critical of the current Overwatch meta-game, which heavily favors GOATS compositions (3-tank, 3-support) as well as over-powered DPS hero Doomfist. The potential for titled games has gotten so bad that rookie Overwatch player and Fortnite Twitch-streamer TimTheTatman resorted to desperately messaging Lengyel on Twitch during a stream to ask how he copes with playing the game day after day. “xQc, you can like clip this and show him: xQc, how you go through that every day of your life, I do not know my friend,” said Timothy ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar, during his stream. “Nothing but love to you, God bless, that is so unbelievably bad to play against, you can’t even play, you can’t even play the video game it’s so bad.”
  12. Dinosaur park management sim Jurassic World Evolution is getting its first premium DLC since its release in June. It’s called the Secrets of Dr Wu, and expands the base campaign with new missions, a new story, and several new dinosaurs. The Secrets of Dr Wu will put you in charge of two new, ‘hidden’ research facilities on Isla Muerta and Isla Tacaño, so it sounds like the DLC will add these as new locations to existing islands. You’ll unlock these missions after achieving a four-star rating on Isla Muerta. Dr Henry Wu, voiced by Jurassic Park actor BD Wong, is working on a new generation of hybrid dinosaurs at these facilities, and you’ll get to breed some of them yourself: the Stegoceratops, Ankylodocus, and Spinoraptor. These new hybrids will join two new natural dinosaurs, the herbivore Olorotitan and the venomous Troodon, in Jurassic World Evolution’s menagerie. Developer Frontier says “players will confront an elevated level of chaos and threat caused by Wu’s machinations as they work alongside the doctor and discover new dig sites, facility upgrades, and research opportunities.” Progress in the new missions will unlock upgrades and research options in the main campaign, including the Indominus Rex’s camouflage gene.
  13. The war between pirates and DRM makers continues to escalate, and the latest casualty is Denuvo 5.2. That’s the newest iteration of the widely-maligned protection software, which debuted just one week ago. It took a scene group only four days to get around the revision, which is a marked contrast against many popular titles in the past few months. The Quiet Man from Square Enix and Football Manager 2019 from Sega were the first two titles to make use of Denuvo 5.2. The latter launched on November 1, and was cracked on November 5 by a group called FCKDRM. (No relation to the CD Projekt initiative of the same name.) As for The Quiet Man, well… nobody wants to play The Quiet Man, even for free. These cracks were noted by DSOGaming, and are notable in the wake of other crack developments in the past few months. When Denuvo took legal action against Voksi, one of the most prolific crackers in the scene, the rate of cracks slowed down dramatically. Denuvo 4.9 was the version used at the time, and cracks came at wildly inconsistent times. Shining Resonance Refrain, a relatively obscure title, was cracked after just a day, Jurassic World Evolution took over three months, and games like Monster Hunter World remain protected even now. But it looks like other groups have picked up the torch. This doesn’t spell the end for Denuvo, as the promise we heard from a pirate group last year that “Denuvo-protected games will continue to get cracked faster and faster” has proven largely untrue. At times, like right now, cracks have come quickly, but in many other recent cases they’ve been delayed by months at a time. The battle is likely to continue swinging wildly back and forth for the foreseeable future.
  14. The latest update for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has brought two new skins: Harley Quinn and the Joker. Both are based on their appearances in the Suicide Squad film, and each will set you back a significant chunk of change. The Harley Quinn collection, which features the outfit, hair, makeup, and bat, comes in at $24.99. If you buy each element separately, you’re looking at a total of about $29. It’s a similar story for the Joker. His set is $19.99, while the hair, makeup, and outfit separately cost $25. Harley’s collection is the priciest thing currently on the store, but it’s not the only expensive item set. The Halloween collections – still available for another two weeks – will let you dress up as a mummy for $16, a killer clown for $18, or a Silent Hill-esque nurse for $21. Expensive skin DLC is nothing new, and direct purchases are generally preferable to PUBG’s usual loot box-style cosmetic unlocks. Fortnite, PUBG’s closest competitor, also offers skins at prices of $15 or $20, but it’s worth reiterating that Epic’s battle royale is free-to-play.
  15. Netflix aims for its own version of 'The Hills' with this heavily contrived look at making it in the music industry in Los Angeles. The Law of Diminishing Returns takes literal televisual form in Netflix's new unscripted series Westside. The music-infused drama begins with a 57-minute premiere and then each of the three subsequent episodes made available to critics is shorter than the one before, down to only 40 minutes by the fourth installment. Each passing episode strays further and further from the originally presented premise. Each passing episode becomes less structured, less coherent, less invested in its main characters. And with each episode I watched, I became less and less convinced of the talent, star power and vitality of the show's aspiring musicians. The diffusion and diminishment of Westside as it progresses is so clear it would almost seem calculated except that there's no reason for it to be — unless the last of the eight episodes turns out to just be one of the producers standing in front of the camera shrugging for exactly one minute before a fade to black. Netflix says that Westside "follows the lives of nine young musicians in Los Angeles as they pursue their dreams in the competitive music industry," an already bland synopsis that still makes the show sound looser and more potentially entertaining than it is. Directed by James Carroll and produced by Love Productions, the series actually begins with musician and producer Sean Patrick Murray rounding up a group of artists for what he says will be a showcase event at a Los Angeles nightclub. He starts with friends James, a grouchy, alcoholic rocker, and Caitlin, who isn't exciting until she starts gabbing nonstop about her polyamorous relationship, and recruits seven others including former girl group veteran Taz; pot-smoking boy band alum Leo; former child actor Erica (press notes call her "Arika"); and Pia Toscano, who finished ninth on one of the last seasons of American Idol that anybody really watched. What starts out sounding a little bit like a concert evolves quickly into something closer to a night of musical theater or cabaret, not that there's anything wrong with either of those things. The event that Sean is planning gives the show its entire shape and structure, so don't be thinking this is any fly-on-the-wall verite examination of these people, their process and progress in the industry, or any sort of semi-scripted soap opera in the vein of The Hills or Fox's short-lived Nashville. It's more a "Let's put on a show and pretend this would be happening at all if not for the TV cameras circling us at all times!"