NEW YORK, January 7 -- "Bohemian Rhapsody" won two top prizes at the 2019 Golden Globes - best drama film and best actor for Rami Malek, who plays Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury.
The ceremony was aired on NBC on Sunday. "Green Book" won three awards - Best Musical of Comedy Film, supporting actor for Mehershala Ali, and screenplay. Alfonso Cuaron’s "Roma" was awarded best foreign language film, and Cuaron bested other nominees and took home the prize for best director. The 76th annual Golden Globes was broadcast live on January 6, 2019, from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The ceremony aired live on NBC in the United States. Actors Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh hosted the ceremony.
MIAMI, January 7 -- The 41-year-old rapper has recruited the hottest talent in hip-hop for his new project, also working with 2 Chainz and up-and-coming rappers Tee Grizzley and YNW Melly.
TMZ reports that the 'Gold Digger' hitmaker has been recording with 'Lollipop' hitmaker Wayne at his recently purchased $14 million condo in the city's so-called billionaire beach bunker, which he splashed out on for wife Kim Kardashian West, 38, for Christmas. Kanye - who is set to welcome his fourth child with the reality star, with whom he already has North, five, Saint, three, and 11-month-old Chicago - is believed to have bought the pad with the recording sessions in mind. The star-studded album, titled 'Yandhi', is yet to get a release date, however it's expected to feature the likes of Ty Dolla Sign, 6ix9ine, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Young Thug, Teyana Taylor, Lauryn Hill,Nicki Minaj, and posthumous vocals from XXXTentacion.
Kanye shows no signs of slowing down after releasing an impressive five records in 2018, including June's 'Ye'. Fans of the 'All Day' rapper are also eagerly-awaiting the release of his collaborative LP with fellow Chicago native Chance the Rapper, 'Good Ass Job'. 'Chance' - real name Chancelor Johnathan Bennett - admitted in October that they were still yet to complete the joint record. The 'No Problem' hitmaker said: "The project is something I've been wanting to do for a very long time. I don't think it's Kanye's thing, he's about to drop 'Yandhi'.
"There's no doing it, the project hasn't started yet. I'm a huge Kanye West fan. In my mind, basically since 'The Life of Pablo', I've been begging him to come back to Chicago to work on a project with me."
BELFAST, December 31 -- Fans of legendary Belfast rocker Gary Moore are to start fundraising for a memorial statue in his honour in the new year.
he former Thin Lizzy guitarist, who grew up in the Newtownards Road area in the east of the city, was found dead in a hotel room on the Costa del Sol in 2011, aged 58. A campaign to raise money for a statue will be launched on April 12th with a memorial show at The Empire Music Hall. Organizers state: "It is with great honour and respect that we announce the acts for GFG 2019:
The show will finish with an epic blues jam with all musicians on stage! It’s going to be a very special night. Tickets will be on sale very soon from Ticketmaster. Stay tuned!"
LONDON, December 20 -- Queen guitarist Brian May will release his first new single as a solo artist in over two decades when a track titled, “New Horizons”, arrives on New Year’s Day.
The famous classic rock musician teamed up with English lyricist Don Black for his first new entirely single recording since his Another World solo album arrived back in 1998. The most notable part of May’s announcement on Wednesday however, is that the guitarist plans to give “New Horizons” a world premiere directly from NASA Control Headquarters in Maryland to start 2019 on a good note, literally.
According to the announcement shared from May’s Facebook, the guitarist both recorded and completed mixing/mastering the single just this month, which should be good for launch for when it hits the universal airwaves beginning precisely at 12:02 a.m. EST on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. The song is themed around one of May’s passions, space exploration, as he’s also a Doctor in Astrophysics. The genius musician wrote the song as a tribute to the 12-year journey of NASA’s New Horizons mission, which will achieve the most distant spacecraft flyby in history when it encounters Ultima Thule, a remote Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) located past the dwarf planet Pluto on the far edges of our solar system on January 1st. Talk about space rock.
The single will also include a pre-recorded message from late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who will be heard congratulating the New Horizon team on their successful rendezvous with Pluto back a few years ago when the famous scientist was still alive. John Miceli plays drums on the recording, while Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson helped co-produce the song with May. Both Shirley-Smith and Fredriksson also worked with May on the soundtrack to the recent Queen biopic hit film, Bohemian Rhapsody.
“This project has energised me in a new way. For me it’s been an exciting challenge to bring two sides of my life together – Astronomy and Music,” May said in a statement to go with Wednesday’s announcement. “I was inspired by the idea that this is the furthest that the Hand of Man has ever reached – it will be by far the most distant object we have ever seen at close quarters, through the images which the spacecraft will beam back to Earth. To me, it epitomizes the human spirit’s unceasing desire to understand the Universe we inhabit.”
May has been teasing out brief clips of the song’s audio through his Instagram over the past week, which features both 80’s-sounding MIDI notation to contrast the bright and natural distortion of May’s guitar. Another audio-based clip is expected to be shared later this week. May and his surviving Queen bandmates have returned to the mainstream headlines in recent weeks thanks to the global success of Bohemian Rhapsody. Last week it was even announced that one of the band’s most beloved singles for which the film is titled after has become the most streamed song of the 20th century.
LOS ANGELES, November 17 -- Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation has donated $50,000.
To both the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation to help victims of the California wildfires -- but the relief efforts need more help.
The wildfires raging across both Northern and Southern California have reportedly taken 66 lives, left hundreds of people on missing-persons lists, and have displaced tens of thousands of people.
The band's foundation is asking for more donations, in the form of money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies, or volunteering. Check out their Facebook post below for more details.
Every little bit helps, so donate to the LAFD here and the North Valley Community Foundation here.
LONDON, November 13 -- Vandenberg’s MoonKings return with their new record ‘Rugged and Unplugged’ which will be released on 23 November 2018 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.
‘Rugged and Unplugged’ is a beautifully stripped back acoustic album which features songs from across Adrian Vandenberg’s career. From his first band Teaser as a 20 year old he has always used an acoustic guitar in his recordings, which along with the electric guitar creates the light and shade dynamic that is the cornerstone to all of his records.
“For me, the sign of whether a song is good or not, is whether it still stands up when it’s completely stripped down to the bare essence of it,” says Vandenberg. He continues, “What I find with acoustic versions of songs you already know, is that they can touch you in a different way than the full band and even orchestral versions. You don’t get ‘impressed’ by big guitars, drums and even orchestras. As a performer you can’t hide behind all that, so what’s left is the emotional content of the performance and the actual song.”
This project created the opportunity to strip down the big orchestral arrangements on songs such as ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ and ‘Breathing’ to just Vandenberg on acoustic guitar and the voice of Jan Hoving. His 1983 hit ‘Burning Heart’ gets a stunning reworking, “my favourite singers ever since my teens have always been guys like Paul Rodgers and David Coverdale. Since I wrote this song in 1981, I’ve always pictured it sung by a singer with such a tone of voice and vocal abilities. Jan is absolutely such a singer as you can hear,” he explains. ‘One Step Behind’ has a graceful warmth and ‘Walk Away’ feels both intimate and anthemic.
Originally from Whitesnake’s 1989 album ‘Slip of the Tongue’, ‘Sailing Ships’ has a delicate beauty to it that makes the hairs on your arm stand up and has become a favourite and regular in the MoonKing’s live shows. ‘Out Of Reach’ is the only song that features drums, bass and violins and has a warm cascading elegance. The album closes with a new song, the instrumental ‘Sundown’. Talking about it he says, “It was one of those beautiful early evenings in the late summer, the light turning pink, it was quiet and I was doodling away on my acoustic guitar. The melody that pretty much rolled off of my fingers really matched the vibe of that moment so I decided to record it and end the album with it. It felt like a very natural thing to do.”
Like the two MoonKings albums, ‘MoonKings’ (2014) and ‘MK II’ (2017) it was produced by Adrian Vandenberg himself. It was recorded between Vandenberg’s home studio and Jan Hoving’s farm which gives it the relaxed, intimate and natural feel, away from the clinical studio environment. It is Vandenberg and Hoving doing what they do and love the most, playing music straight from the heart.