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  1. A piece of history for $550,000 A set of legal letters that foretold The Beatles‘ split in 1969 are set to go on sale for $550,000. The pair of letters were sent to John Eastman and Lee Eastman in January and April that year. John and Lee were the father and brother of Linda, who Paul McCartney married in March 1969. In the first letter, all four Beatles members and Apple Corps head Neil Aspinall write to John Eastman to inform him that “we retain you and authorise you to act on our behalf in negotiations in respect of all contracts proposed”. However the second piece of correspondence, which has become known as “the split letter”, sees John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr end their working relationship with Lee Eastman to work with Rolling Stones’ managers Allan Klein, while McCartney would stay working with the family. “This is to inform you of the fact that you are not authorized to act of to hold yourself as the attorney or legal representative of ‘The Beatles’ or of any of the companies which the Beatles own or control,” wrote the three Beatles in April 1969. “We recognize that you are authorized to act for Paul McCartney, personally, and in this regard we will instruct our representatives to give you the fullest co-operation.” Moments In Time are selling the January 1969 letter for $225,000, and the April 1969 letter for $325,000. Tensions within the band would grow over the writing, recording and release of final album ‘Let It Be’, before the Fab Four officially split in 1970. Meanwhile, it was recently announced that The Beatles have teamed up with Sir Peter Jackson for a new film documenting the band’s final days. Made by the band’s Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films, the movie is based around 55 hours of never-released footage of the Fab Four in the studio recording final album ‘Let It Be’, shot between January 2 and January 31, 1969. It culminates with their final gig on the rooftop on their Apple HQ in London. The as-yet-untitled film does not currently have a release date but will be followed by the previously confirmed restored version of the original Let It Be movie directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg next year. Meanwhile, it was recently reported that The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ was almost shelved as a single thanks to its “pornographic” vinyl cover.
  2. "So far, 21 Savage memes have been my favourite part of the Super Bowl." Demi Lovato has deleted her Twitter account, after facing a backlash from seemingly making light of 21 Savage‘s arrest. The Atlanta rapper was arrested by immigration officials last night, amid allegations that he is actually British and outstayed his year long visa after arriving in the US as a teenager. Confirming his arrest, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman said that he is being held ahead of removal proceedings. In the wake of the incident, a string of memes began circulating on Twitter that made light of his apparent British heritage. But Lovato faced immediate backlash after admitting that she was enjoying the endless stream of online jokes. “So far, 21 Savage memes have been my favourite part of the Super Bowl,” wrote Lovato on Twitter. Hitting back at Lovato, The Internet’s Syd Tha Kid wrote: “Well @ddlovato you are a sore loser for making fun of @21savage nobody made funof you when you were poppin them drugs…Keep that negative energy way over there, I’m praying for you too…Stay blessed. #21savage.” Referencing Lovato’s personal battles, another user said: “Nice change for you, usually it’s heroin. #ICE isn’t a joke you stupid fucking crackhead, he is separated from his family now and the country he’s known all his adult life.” Although not specifically naming Lovato, Migos’ Offset also refused to see the funny side. “All the memes and shit ain’t funny,” wrote Offset. The comments also attracted the attention of 21 Savage’s Kei Henderson, who claimed that the rapper had supported Lovato when she suffered a drug overdose last year. “Damn. We was def Demi Lovato fans. When she was going through her shit I remember being on the tour bus and Savage said I hope she make it through that shit. People r weird bro,” wrote Henderson. After subsequently deleting her Twitter, Lovato attempted to clarify her comments on social media. “Wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported, I know that’s not a joke,” she wrote. “The meme I posted/was talking about was of him being writing with a feather pen. Sorry if I offended anyone, but it’s no excuse to laugh at someone’s addiction let alone their OD.” Speaking after 21 Savage’s arrest, his lawyer Dina LaPolt confirmed they are working to secure his release. “We are working diligently to get Mr Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding,” said LaPolt. “Mr Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in the country — especially in Atlanta, Georgia and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”
  3. Ellie also reveals her New Year's Resolutions... Wolf Alice‘s Ellie Rowsell has spoken of the band’s 2019 plans, when they’ll be headlining their first major festivals and writing new material. The band enjoyed a whirlwind 2018 after winning the Mercury Music Prize for their acclaimed second album ‘Visions Of A Life‘. Now, the band are enjoying a rest before working on album number three and playing a handful of summer festival shows. Speaking of stepping up to top the bill at this year’s Standon Calling Festival, Ellie told NME: “This is our first [headline set] with a big line-up. It’s really exciting and it’s nice to have something in the diary to look forward to. “It’s a really good line-up. Obviously Chic have got about 1000 bangers, so that’ll be fun. I also saw that Fleetmac Wood are playing so I’d love to go and watch a serious covers band. IDLES are playing too, so there’s loads of good stuff.” Does the band view this as the next stage before headlining Glastonbury or Reading & Leeds? “I guess I’m going to treat these headline slots as one of the biggest things we’ve done,” Ellie replied. “It doesn’t matter what festival it’s at, I’m just really honoured to have a slot like that. It’s going to be a taster of what that kind of responsibility feels like. I’m quite nervous to be honest, but it’s an honour to be asked to headline. I’m really chuffed.” Asked if the band could debut new material, Ellie said: “It’s too early to say at this point, but ideally I’d like to have something new. I’ll still be just as excited if we didn’t, but that’s six months away so I’m not going to be chilling that hard the whole time! “Once we have new material then we’ll see where plans go, but this is like a holiday so we’re trying not to think about it too much. We’ve never really worked in a way where we’ve discussed how we wanted to change. We always take things very naturally. It’s all a mystery about what it will sound like. Your guess is as good as mine.” Meanwhile, the band are currently enjoying downtime before they will “casually start writing again” for their third album. As 2019 rolls on, Ellie said that was keeping her New Year’s Resolutions to “stay inspired, stay curious, stay positive and stay happy.” “It can be anything to me – I keep my mind open to try new things, be constantly reading, going outside, seeing people,” she told NME. “It’s nothing drastic. You never know what’s going to inspire you. I think watching TV and films is key, sometimes. I’m not like, going through the back catalogue of Friends or anything.” She continued: “I’ve just read the book Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine [by Gail Honeyman]. That was quite a good read. I’ve been listening a lot to that new Crows song. I’ve been trying to listen to a bit of country music. I’ve never written country and I don’t know anything about it, so you can listen to it without putting on your analytical ears. That’s quite relaxing to me as a punter. “I used to play Irish music so I’ve been trying to get back into that.” While Slaves recently said that they felt it felt like there was more an an acceptance towards punk and guitar music at the moment and IDLES agreed that it was “absolutely more popular right now“, Ellie said that she didn’t believe that the mainstream’s perception have shifted much. “It’s hard for me to answer these questions because I’m so involved,” she told NME. “Most of the people I follow on Twitter are in guitar bands or listen to them. My world is quite small in that sense, and to me it’s always there because it’s hard for me to step outside.” Ellie added: “I don’t feel like it’s changed that much. If I turn on the radio, I don’t hear that many new guitar bands. When I speak to people who perhaps are in this world, they don’t really seem that aware of what’s going on with guitar music.” Standon Calling Festival takes place from July 25-28. Visit here for tickets and more information.
  4. A stellar lineup Truck Festival has announced its first wave of acts with Foals, Wolf Alice, and Two Door Cinema Club heading up the Oxfordshire festival this summer. It will be the Foals’ first homecoming show in over five years, and marks 12 years since the Oxford band’s triumphant set at the festival’s Barn Stage. Wolf Alice make another step into the world of festival headlining. The London quartet also top the bill at this year’s Standon Calling. Slaves, IDLES, You Me At Six, Shame, Lewis Capaldi, Kate Nash, The Futureheads, Fontaines D.C., and many more acts will play at the festival at Steventon’s Hill Farm between July 26 and 28. Last year’s headliners included Friendly Fires and George Ezra. Ahead of today’s (February 4) official announcement, the festival had teased punters over the weekend with….potatoes. Yes, Truck had written a variety of artist names on spuds and posted them to fans and ticket-buyers of the festival. Recipients posted their discoveries using the hashtag #truckpotato The likes of Foals, Wolf Alice, You Me At Six, Nothing But Thieves and Slaves were some of the acts written across the potatoes. Elsewhere, Truck Festival posters were plastered around Oxford on Saturday (February 2) with the truck monster logo and the slogan ‘they’re coming home’. It’s now apparent that this referred to Foals.
  5. They do however, promise to "bring it in May" Foo Fighters have been forced to cancel a gig in New Orleans after a bandmember is said to have injured themselves. After the band were joined onstage by Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Queen’s Roger Taylor during a pre-Super Bowl gig in Atlanta this weekend, they’ve now announced that they won’t be able to play Christen The Fillmore this weekend at the inaugural re-opening show as one of the Foos has suffered a mishap. They do however, promise to “bring it in May”. This isn’t the first accident for the band in 2019. Frontman Dave Grohl fell off the stage at their very first show of the year last month. Grohl has form in this department. In 2015, he fell off stage and broke his leg at a gig in Sweden. It forced the band to cancel headlining Glastonbury Festival – the slot then being filled by Florence And The Machine. The Foos returned to top the bill and play Worthy Farm in 2017. In 2018 Grohl pranked fans on the band’s return to Sweden by pretending to fall off stage again. Meanwhile, Foo Fighters will return to the UK this summer to headline Reading & Leeds festival alongside The 1975, Post Malone and Twenty One Pilots this August.
  6. "Let us love you, with our 7”, this Valentine’s Day" The Distillers’ first new music in 15 years is to be released on vinyl this Valentine’s Day. In September 2018 the punk legends returned with ‘Man vs Magnet’ with AA-side, ‘Blood In Gutters’. The comeback single marked the LA-based band’s first new material since 2003’s’ Coral Fang’. Now, fans have the chance to get their hands on physical copies of the tracks in the form of an exclusive pink 7″ vinyl via Jack White’s Third Man Records. Fans can either head to their online store on February 14 or buy the vinyl at one of their shows, although copies are limited. The new songs arrived after frontwoman Brody Dalle confirmed the return of The Distillers last year. After breaking up in 2006, Dalle began teasing their comeback in a series of cryptic Instagram posts. Dalle confirmed earlier this month that the band will be heading into the studio to work on a new album due for release in 2019. Posting a recent set of holiday photos to celebrate Christmas and her 40th birthday on Instagram, she wrote, among other things,: “HELLO making a Distillers record in April , oh yes das right.”
  7. The man denies manslaughter A man is to face trial for manslaughter after a young woman died from taking 2CP at Bestival. Ceon Broughton, 29, of Enfield, north London denies the charge. It’s alleged that he supplied Louella, the daughter of Holby City and Coronation Street star John Michie, with the drug at the music festival in 2017. Broughton also denies the charge of supplying the class A drug to the 25-year-old. Louella was found dead in a wooded area on the edge of the Bestival site at Lulworth Castle in Dorset just before 1am on 11 September 2017. A post-mortem examination showed she died from the use of 2CP, ketamine and MDMA. Her father is due to give evidence at the trial at Winchester Crown Court. John Michie said in a statement in 2017 that his family had “lost an angel”. His statement continued: “She touched so many lives. She was so very positive, so bright, so out there. She had such energy. The tributes to her have been incredible.” Rapper Loyle Carner posted a tribute to Louella whom he had known since a young age. Louella’s death prompted Bestival to reiterate its no-tolerance policy on drugs. “We are very clear in the guidelines set out to both fans and staff about the procedures we have in place, as agreed with key stakeholders involved in the running of the event,” a statement read.
  8. The 'Empire' star has clarified details about a vicious assault Empire star Jussie Smollett has clarified the details of an alleged homophobic and racially motivated attack in Chicago last month. The 35-year-old actor and singer told fans at a concert at West Hollywood’s Troubadour club on Saturday (February 2) that he wasn’t hospitalised following the January 29 assault, as previously reported. CNN reports that he told the crowd that he was left with bruises but went to see a doctor immediately instead of going to hospital. He also clarified that his ribs were neither cracked nor broken, as had also been previously reported. Additionally, he revealed that he defended himself during the attack. “I had to be here tonight, y’all, I couldn’t let those [expletives]… win,” he said. “Above all I fought … [expletive] back.” He said that he isn’t “fully healed yet,” before adding, “But I’m going to (be), and I’m gonna stand strong with y’all.” The incident has been described by the Chicago Police Department as a “possible racially-charged assault and battery.” Speaking to Essence last week, Smollett said: “Let me start by saying that I am okay…my body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to put into words.” Yesterday, Smollett’s family also issued a statement about the incident in which they thanked people for their support whilst also speaking out about the incident in more detail. The statement read: “Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received. We are thankful to our village for your immense support during this trying time. “Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed. We want people to understand these targeted hate crimes are happening to our sisters, brothers and our gender non-conforming siblings, many who reside within the intersection of multiple identities, on a monthly, weekly, and sometimes even daily basis all across our country. Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such. They will continue to occur until we hold each other accountable.” The statement concluded: “Make no mistake, words matter. Hateful words lead to hateful actions. Radical love is the only solution, but passivity will be our downfall. We, as a family, will continue to work for love, equity and justice until it reigns supreme in our nation and all over the world.” Adding to his own statement, Smollett went on to echo the words of his family, saying that such incidents are not rare. He said: “As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. “We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process…Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.” On the day of the attack The Chicago Police Department released further information about the “hate crime” incident. They wrote: “A 36-year-old man was walking…when two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him. “The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim. At some point during the incident, one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim’s neck. The offenders fled the scene. “The victim self-transported to Northwestern Hospital and is [in] good condition. Area central detectives are investigating.” Smollett was in Chicago ahead of a concert that he was due to perform. The night before, the actor and singer posted in Instagram, saying that he had arrived in the city “after spending 7 hours on a plane for a 2 hour flight.” LGBTQ campaigners GLADD released a statement following the incident, offering help. They said: “GLADD reached out to Fox and Jussie’s team today to offer assistance as well as support for him. Jussie is a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world.” The Chicago Police Department have asked that anyone with information about the incident should contact 312-747-8382 or report it anonymously to www.cpdtip.com.
  9. "These conversations, if successful....would allow us to meet all of our outstanding obligations" Crowdfunding website PledgeMusic has issued a further statement in response to musicians claiming that they haven’t received the money they’d fundraised via the platform. Since its formation in 2009, the website has offered a platform for artists to receive funding from their fans for upcoming projects. Artists including Weezer, Sum 41 and Slash have all successfully launched albums using the platform in the past. As Pitchfork reports, US band OhGr claimed that they were owed $100,000. Fastball also alleged that they were still owed over $21,000. PledgeMusic issued a fresh statement on Saturday (February 1) to inform the public about its progress after formerly vowing to directly address the funding problems. Part of the statement reads: “We are in discussions with several interested parties about a potential partnership with or acquisition of PledgeMusic. These conversations, if successful, would lead to a transaction which would allow us to meet all of our outstanding obligations. As a result, we are hopeful that, as long as the company is given some breathing space to operate, a solution to these current problems will be found. Elsewhere the release states: “To you artists especially, we understand that every last penny is vital to your project’s successful delivery and as such we wanted to share with you some of the concrete action that we have undertaken to date.” “We ask for patience. We know that for a lot of you this must be wearing very thin, but we can only reiterate that we are fully focused on making this situation right.” Last month, the crowdfunding platform said, “We deeply regret that recently we have not lived up to the high standards to which PledgeMusic has always held itself. We acknowledge that many artists have and continue to experience payment delays. These delays to artists are unacceptable—not only to them, but to us.” “Since its beginning, PledgeMusic has successfully serviced over 45K artists from emerging acts to some of the biggest names in the industry. We’ve supported 60 Grammy-nominated artists and helped springboard 100s of unsigned bands to successful careers. Our efforts have assisted over 375 artists with chart position on the Billboard Top 200. Our platform has provided close to $100m of revenue to its artist community.” In a follow-up statement, co-founder Benji Rogers vowed to correct the situation despite ending his direct involvement with the company in 2016. “Once again I am truly sorry to any and all of you who have been harmed as a result of what I made,” he said. “Please know that I will do all that is within my power to make it right and to fix what I can if given the opportunity to do so.” The latest statement adds that Rogers has returned to PledgeFund as “a volunteer strategic advisor and observer to the board of directors.” “Benji will assist and advise the new management and finance team on the inherited and existing issues, as well as with the forward planning for the company.” PledgeMusic added that it is in advanced discussions with an independent third-party company to manage all artist funds going forward.
  10. The future of punk is coming to a town near you Fontaines D.C. have announced details of a lengthy 2019 UK tour. The rising Irish punk band, tipped for great things in the NME 100 of essential new artists for 2019, are expected to drop their hotly-anticipated debut album later this year. Now in addition to their shows in the UK and Ireland this Spring, Fontaines D.C. will be back for a long run of shows in the Autumn calling at Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Oxford, London, Brighton, Bristol and Southampton. The band’s full upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets to the new November shows will be on sale from 10am on Friday February 7 and available here. FEBRUARY Friday 22 – LIMERICK CITY Dolans Warehouse APRIL Thursday 11 – BRISTOL Thekla Friday 12 – LEEDS Brudenell Social Club Saturday 13 – MANCHESTER Manchester Gorilla Sunday 14 – GLASGOW King Tuts Tuesday 16 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms Wednesday 17 – LONDON Garage Thursday 18 – BRIGHTON Haunt NOVEMBER Tuesday 19 – MANCHESTER O2 Ritz Wednesday 20 – LIVERPOOL O2 Academy2 Liverpool Thursday 21 – GLASGOW SWG 3 Friday 22 – LEEDS Stylus Saturday 23 – SHEFFIELD Leadmill Monday 25 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute2 Tuesday 26 – OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford Wednesday 27 – LONDON O2 Forum Kentish Town Thursday 28 – BRIGHTON Concorde 2 Saturday 30 – BRISTOL SWX DECEMBER Sunday 1 – SOUTHAMPTON 1865 “The world is in disarray in a way that it hasn’t been before,” frontman Grian Chatten told NME about the current music scene. “It’s more confusing than it was before – there’s just a huge lack of trust in any form of media or narrative voice. No one really believes anything, and what we’re having to do is form some kind of truth for ourselves. I think that anger [in modern guitar music] is just confusion, in a way.” Speaking of the band’s live show, he added: “There is a truth there. It’s an invisible truth, between us and the crowd.” Meanwhile, IDLES’ Joe Talbot said of the band: “They’re friends of ours. I’ve got their album on my phone and it’s fucking sick. That could be THE album. It fucking should be. “I hope it happens, just to change the scenery.”
  11. The hand tattoo was meant to say '7 Rings' Ariana Grande seems to have had enough of people making fun of her botched tattoo, after tweeting that people need to ‘get off her nuts’. The pop star first shared the photo of a new tattoo on her palm last month, which featured Kanji characters. Kanji is used in both Chinese and Japanese but has completely different meanings in each. She intended for the characters to translate as ‘7 Rings’, the name of her latest single which recently hit number one in the US charts. In Chinese, the inking translates to “7 rounds” or “7 wheels”. However, in Japanese, it translates to “shichirin”, which is a small barbecue grill. When fans pointed out the mistake she replied, that she was a “huge fan of tiny bbq grills”. Last week, Grande attempted to fix the tat, sharing a snap of her newly inked hand. “RIP tiny charcoal grill. Miss you man. I actually really liked you,” she wrote. However, a Twitter user pointed out that the tattoo now reads: ‘Japanese BBQ finger’. Over the weekend, TMZ published a report that claimed the singer was offered $1 million to get the tattoo removed. Grande took to Twitter to hit back at the claims writing, “i’ll give y’all a million to get off my nuts” Fans were quick to get behind the singer, with one writing: “That’s what the hell im talkin about !!!” Another added: “you had the chance to say get off my grill” ‘7 Rings’ is the latest track to be released from Grande’s upcoming new album ‘Thank U, Next’. The record, which comes just six months after her last release ‘Sweetener’, was released on February 8.
  12. She urges fans to "take some time to say/do something nice" Dua Lipa has hit out at the “toxic ass behaviour” seen on her Twitter timeline, saying it takes ten seconds for her to see “people comparing women and their wrinkles.” The pop star kicked off her Sunday morning by urging fans to “take some time to say/do something nice”, adding that they should mute or unfollow anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable. “Takes 10 seconds on the tl to see people comparing women and their wrinkles. I hope everyone engaging in this toxic ass behaviour stays plump af for the rest of their lives bc reality gonna bite you in the arse,” she began. “Too much hate in one place. We love to preach about feminism and sisterhood but it seems like its all for the clout. Take some time to say/do something nice. Maybe make a difference in someones life for the better. “I just wanna make sure that you guys know that none of this online craziness means anything, never let anyones stupid opinions define how you feel about yourself,” she continued. “Any tweets that trigger you or make you feel uncomfortable mute or unfollow with absolutely no fucks given. “small doses to protect my heart because i’m just like you… i feel it all” You can see all those tweets below. Rami Malek speaks out about Bryan Singer's sexual misconduct allegations Last week, the singer released a new song and video called ‘Swan Song’, taken from the upcoming sci-fi film Alita: Battle Angel. Lipa co-wrote the song with Justin Tranter, Kennedi Lykken, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson and Tom Holkenborg. It’s her first new track since the release of the expanded edition of her debut album last year. The video, directed by Floria Sigismondi, sees Duo Lipa in the film’s fictional Iron City
  13. RIP Gorilla Biscuits guitarist Alex Brown has died at the age of 52, it has been confirmed. The New York band’s frontman Anthony Civarelli posted on social media to say that Brown passed away of natural causes due to a basal ganglia stroke. “The world lost a son, brother, uncle, artist, musician and loving friend this week,” he wrote. “I lost my bandmate and friend of over 30 years, a piece of my heart died this week and all I can do is think of all the fun, shows, meals flights and trips we had together. “All the late night talks and all the early morning hangs with him and my wife and kids. There will never be another alex brown.” Civarelli said that a memorial service for Brown will take place in Iowa in the coming weeks. “Tell the ones you love that you love them,” he added. Bandmate Arthur Smilios wrote on Instagram that he is “completely heartbroken” over the news. Captioning an old image of the pair on stage, the bassist wrote: “I’m going to miss you, Alex. This sums up how you made me feel. I love you, buddy. Completely heartbroken. Stage Right is going to suck.” Touche Amore, Steve Aoki, BURN and more have also posted messages online. Alex Brown also played in NYC bands Project X and Side By Side. Aside from music, he was a painter and exhibited some of his work at the New York gallery Feature, Inc. Gorilla Biscuits formed in 1987 and released their first EP the following year. The band’s influential full-length ‘Start Today’, hailed by NME as one of the best hardcore albums of all time, was released in 1989.
  14. Cold Collective and Transit singer and vocalist Tim Landers has died. Boston band Cold Collective posted on their official Facebook page to confirm his passing earlier this evening (February 3). “The news has already been circulating, and unfortunately we are here to confirm what is being said,” they posted alongside an image of Landers performing. “Our vocalist Tim Landers passed away suddenly, February 2, 2019. At this time we please ask for your respect and understanding in this time of grieving. We will comment further when we find the words.” Transit tweeted a photo of the Massachusetts musician, with the words: “rest in peace tim landers”. Landers’ partner Nicole Theiss shared the news on via her personal Facebook account earlier today, touching on the musician’s struggles with addiction and his mental health. She wrote: “I lost my best friend and soulmate last night. Tim Landers and I met back when I was in Optometry school in Boston. We fell in love quickly, we moved in together, he’d bring me all the coffee while I studied my brains off, I’d go to all his shows with the new band he started. “We had our own thing called ‘work night’; I’d paint while listening to him write and record. We were there for each other for all of our successes and defeats. We were always talking about our future together, life in Toronto, having a family.” Theiss went on to praise Landers’ “positive outlook on life”, saying that he “was supportive of everyone around him” and “such a GOOD person”. “I found out some time into our relationship he suffered from some mental health issues and addiction,” she added. “He fought the fight, he went to war last year, did all the things you’re supposed to do to get help and back on your feet. He was coming on to almost 9 months sober and unfortunately this terrible sickness won with one slip.” Cold Collective released their debut album ‘Bachelorette Party’ back in 2016. In October last year, the group shared their new single ‘Don’t Forget To Leave’. Landers directed the song’s official video, which you see above. Landers departed Transit in 2014, with the band later breaking up in 2016. Tributes to Tim Landers have been posted by Neck Deep, Citizen, ROAM, and more.
  15. Another album is coming in 2019 The 1975 could be set to release new music as early as this month, according to the band’s manager. Matty Healy and co, who released their acclaimed third album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ in November, are currently working on its follow-up, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’. With the LP due for release this summer, The 1975’s manager Jamie Oborne has now told fans that they could hear a slice of the new material very soon. Posting on Twitter, a fan asked Oborne: “Is it true that The 1975 have a single out this month?” In response, Oborne tweeted: “We are working hard to get new music ready yes,” adding, “not sure about this month will depend if it’s ready.” The update came in a string of news regarding upcoming music from the Dirty Hit roster, with Oborne saying there’s “so much great stuff coming” from the record label. Last month, Healy revealed that The 1975’s new album is stylistically similar to artists such as The Streets and Burial. “It’s really deconstructed,” the frontman said. “There’s some quippy lyrical bits that will make up a narrative.” Elsewhere, Jamie Oborne has described ‘Notes…’ as “a night-time album”. Meanwhile, after wrapping up their UK arena tour, Matty Healy has told fans that they can expect more “impressive” and “slick” set for festival appearances this summer. The 1975 will headline this year’s Reading & Leeds, joining the likes of Foo Fighters, Post Malone and Blossoms at August’s dual event.
  16. "It’s been my dream since i was a kid." Yungblud has confirmed details of a new European tour later this year, including his biggest UK show to date at the O2 Academy Brixton. The ‘Loner’ singer will begin the new run of dates at Amsterdam’s Paradiso on Sunday October 27, before travelling across Europe and UK until late November, when he’ll finish at Sheffield’s O2 Academy on November 29. Describing the date at Brixton, Yungblud wrote on Twitter: “It’s been my dream since i was a kid to stand on stage at @O2academybrix and now i’m gonna do it! thankyou all so fuckin much man.” You can check out the new tour dates below, tickets will go on sale from February 6 from 9am and will be available here. OCTOBER 27 – Amsterdam, Paradiso 28 – Brussels, AB Main Hall 31 – Munich, Backstage Werk NOVEMBER 2 – Milan, Fabrique 4 – Prague, Roxy 5 – Warsaw, Proxima 7 – Berlin, Kesselhaus 10 – Copenhagen, Amager Bio 11th – Oslo, Parkteateret 13 – Hamburg, Docks 14 – Cologne, Essigfabrik 16 – Paris, Trabendo 19 – Bristol, O2 Academy 20 – Manchester, O2 Ritz 21 – London, O2 Academy Brixton 22 – Birmingham, O2 Institute 24 – Norwich, UEA 25 – Glasgow, SWG3 Galvanisers 29 – Sheffield, O2 Academy Last month, Yungblud debuted ‘Loner’ – which proved to be one of his biggest anthems to date. The track is accompanied by a video that sees him returning home to Doncaster and performing at places that hold a special significance – including the venues where he played his first gigs and his nan’s house. “I created this track because it’s a reflection of where I’m from and who I am. I wanted to invite my fans and people who might not know me yet into my front room and to have a cup of tea with them. I wanted to show them what Dom looks like going to get a glass of water at 2am,” said Yungblud. Meanwhile, Yungblud recently gave an update on his second album – and it’s thought to be taking on hip hop influences.
  17. His "whole public persona" is allegedly faked. 21 Savage has reportedly been arrested by US immigration officials who say that he is actually from the UK. The rapper, real name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is alleged to have arrived in the US in July 2005 aged 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later. A spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman has confirmed that he is being held ahead of removal proceedings. According to CNN, an ICE spokesperson has described the rapper’s “whole public persona” as being faked. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA ‘21 Savage’ during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta,” said ICE spokesperson Brian Cox. Twitter has since been lit up with memes and reactions. Cox added: “Mr Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the US and also a convicted felon”. It’s thought that the felony relates to drug charges faced by the rapper in 2014. But his lawyer, Dina LaPolt, says that the situation is a “misunderstanding” and pointed towards his frequent charity work – having created his own campaign to promote literacy which featured on The Ellen Show. “We are working diligently to get Mr Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding,” said LaPolt. “Mr Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in the country — especially in Atlanta, Georgia and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”
  18. The 31-year-old forward, who spent 15 months on the fringes of the fold at Parc des Princes before being sold, has decided to take legal action Hatem Ben Arfa is seeking a reported €8 million (£7m/$9m) in compensation from Paris Saint-Germain following his difficult spell at the club. The midfielder, now at Rennes, is pursuing damages after being frozen out of the team for the final 15 months of his spell in the French capital, according to his solicitor Jean-Jacques Bertrand. Ben Arfa played his final game for PSG against Avranches in the Coupe de France on April 5, 2017 and did not appear in a competitive match again until his Rennes debut last September, in which he scored in a 2-1 Europa League win over Jablonec. Editors' Picks Still unstoppable at 34 – Ronaldo is the greatest athlete in football history What has happened to former €100m Man Utd target Leon Bailey? VIDEO: Mourinho suffers embarrassing slip at Russian hockey game Body found amid Sala plane wreckage as search continues PSG have yet to respond publicly to Ben Arfa's complaint. "An important part of his contract was conditioned on his performance on the field. So, he is prevented effectively from participating and being able to fulfil his contract," Bertrand said in an interview broadcast by Sky Sports. "Hatem considered that this period was very harmful to him. He believed that, with a personal coach, he would be able to find another club immediately, and he did. "He believed he would regain a highly competitive level quickly but, as everyone knows in this business, you need weeks and weeks to get in full shape, after being prevented from playing official games for 15 months." Ben Arfa enjoyed a positive start to his PSG career following a move from Nice in 2016 but was ostracised from Unai Emery's first-team plans following the 4-0 win at Avranches, in which he scored twice. Bertrand thinks the 31-year-old was effectively barred from playing for the club after president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was angered by a comment the player made to the Emir of Qatar on a visit to Paris. Article continues below "The explanation of this situation is that, a few days after a match, in April 2017, the Qatari Emir and owner of the club came to a training session," Bertrand explained. "At the end of it, all the players came to salute him, and Hatem, as any other football player, came to the Emir and said: 'I am happy to speak to you because I sent a few messages to the president and he didn't reply'. "It seems to me this is a pretty obvious thing to say, especially in a comical tone. No bad intentions, but apparently the president didn't take it very well."
  19. The Belgium international, who continues to be heavily linked with Real Madrid, has admitted to having made up his mind on where he will be in 2019-20 Eden Hazard has made a decision on his Chelsea future but stopped short of revealing whether he will be at Stamford Bridge next season or heading elsewhere. The Belgium international is into the final 18 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had been hoping to put fresh terms in place with a key man by now. Editors' Picks Still unstoppable at 34 – Ronaldo is the greatest athlete in football history What has happened to former €100m Man Utd target Leon Bailey? VIDEO: Mourinho suffers embarrassing slip at Russian hockey game Body found amid Sala plane wreckage as search continues Those efforts have so far come to nothing, with Hazard continuing to generate plenty of transfer talk as a result. Rumours of interest from Real Madrid refuse to go away, with the 28-year-old doing little to curb the speculation with regular admissions of an ambition to one day represent the Blancos. It could be that such a switch is made in the summer transfer window of 2019, with Hazard revealing that a call has been made on his future. He told RMC : “I know what I am going to do. I have made a decision.” Hazard has not admitted in public as to what his next move will be. Eden Hazard Chelsea 2018-19 That is likely to ensure that exit gossip intensifies heading towards the next window. When last quizzed on the Madrid speculation back in January, Hazard told France Football: "Would I like to sign for Real Madrid? Why not? "I have never heard from Zidane and if he goes to Manchester United tomorrow, for example, I would not be there. "Real Madrid without Zidane is different, but it is still Real Madrid. "I've won everything in England, except the Community Shield, but that doesn't mean I'm going to leave. I've always said that I want to try something different after England, but there are things that might make me stay." Article continues below Since those comments were made, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has stated that Hazard will be allowed to leave if he makes it clear that he wants out of west London. He has said: "Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go. "Of course, I hope the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here with us and improve. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”
  20. The former Reds striker has seen no indication that a key man is looking for a way out of Anfield, but concedes that his ambition will need to be met Liverpool run the risk of losing Mohamed Salah if they are unable to deliver Premier League title glory, claims Emile Heskey. The Reds have led the charge for the English top-flight crown for much of the 2018-19 campaign. They have, however, dropped four points in their last two outings to allow defending champions Manchester City to close to within touching distance. Editors' Picks Still unstoppable at 34 – Ronaldo is the greatest athlete in football history What has happened to former €100m Man Utd target Leon Bailey? VIDEO: Mourinho suffers embarrassing slip at Russian hockey game Body found amid Sala plane wreckage as search continues Jurgen Klopp’s side could sit second by the time they next take to the field against Bournemouth, with City – who sit three points off the pace with a better goal difference – in midweek action away at Everton. If Liverpool were to see their 29-year wait for a title triumph extended, then questions may be asked of ambitious performers within their ranks. The likes of Salah have offered no indication that they are looking for a move, despite the regular rounds of rumours linking him with the likes of Real Madrid, and a new long-term contract was signed in the summer of 2018. Former Reds striker Heskey has, however, warned that a lack of tangible success may lead to heads being turned. He told the Daily Express: “There’s always that risk [of players wanting to leave].” Major silverware and the ongoing support of a loyal fan base should be enough to prevent prized assets from being lured elsewhere. Heskey added: “The relationship between the players and the Liverpool fans is such that they always want to give the league another go. “I’m not saying that they [Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane] wouldn’t go, but there is plenty of reason for them to stay.” Article continues below Klopp has sought to play down any suggestion of his side feeling the pressure in an ongoing bid to end a barren title run. Liverpool have, however, been held to 1-1 stalemates by Leicester and West Ham in their last two Premier League fixtures. More twists and turns are expected from this point, but there has been a sizeable swing in momentum over the course of the last week as City have been allowed to force themselves back into contention.
  21. Goal caught up with the Continental Cup champion to get a breakdown of the FUT squad he uses in online qualifiers Joksan Redona is one of the biggest emerging stars in FIFA esports and soon looks set to join the short list of PlayStation players to have won a cross-console final. The North American player made a name for himself by winning the first-ever FIFA 19 event, the PlayStation Continental Cup during Paris Games Week. The former Epsilon man has continued to impress and finds himself in the PlayStation top three of the Global Series Rankings. Editors' Picks Still unstoppable at 34 – Ronaldo is the greatest athlete in football history What has happened to former €100m Man Utd target Leon Bailey? VIDEO: Mourinho suffers embarrassing slip at Russian hockey game Body found amid Sala plane wreckage as search continues The tournament winnings have come in handy as Joksan has built quite the impressive team using a 4-2-3-1 formation with Thibaut Courtois in goal, a backline of FUT Champions Joao Cancelo, Prime Icon Rio Ferdinand, Raphael Varane and Marcelo, a central midfield pairing of Prime Icon Roy Keane and N'Golo Kante and a ridiculous front line of Lionel Messi, Neymar, baby Icon (89-rated) Eusebio and Cristiano Ronaldo. What one player do you want to add next? The player that I want to add next is Icon Ruud Gullit, he's always amazing on FIFA. Who is your most expensive player and are they worth the price tag? My most expensive player is 89 Eusebio and he is around 3.1 million coins. I think he is definitely worth the tag because he is agile and has a five-star weak-foot. Who is the MVP of your squad and were there any players that surprisingly exceeded your expectations? The MVP of my squad is Cristiano Ronaldo because he’s always scoring goals in crucial moments and one player that exceeded my expectations is N'Golo Kante. On the flip side, which player have you been most disappointed with and why? The player that I have been most disappointed in is Rio Ferdinand because he is not as good as he was last year in FIFA 18. Is there one cheaper or more affordable player you would recommend to our readers? Yes, I would totally recommend regular Kante because he is a beast. What was your reason behind opting for your formation? Have you found that’s the best in the game or just suits your personal style? What tactics do you employ? The 4-2-3-1 is very balanced - it offers various attacking patterns and is very solid defensively so I'd recommend it. Are there any players who you think are deserving of an upgrade to match their real-life attributes and why? Article continues below I’m not really sure on this but I think maybe Firmino because he is a beast in real life. Definitely deserves more credit in FIFA. Finally, Team of the Year is out now which we'll undoubtedly see at tournaments but which of the blue cards has caught your eye? If you only pick one to be in your team, who would it be and why? The card that caught my eye is TOTY Messi because he has insane in-game stats and his jumping/stamina is not a problem anymore. I definitely want to get him in my team sometime soon.
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