Katy Perry's new single Rise has been "brewing inside" her for years.
The 31-year-old singer has been silent on the music front since she released This Is How We Do in 2014, from her 2013 album Prism. But fans were delighted when she took to Twitter on Thursday night (14Jul16) to announce news of a shiny new track entitled Rise.
The single is to tie in with NBC's coverage of the Rio Olympic Games, which kick off in Brazil next month (Aug16), and includes lyrics such as: "When, when the fire's at my feet again, And the vultures all start circling, They're whispering, 'you're out of time'/ But still I rise."
In a statement following the announcement of Rise's release, Katy explained: "This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite.
"I know that together we can rise above the fear – in our country, and around the world. I can’t think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we all can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be. I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together. I am honoured that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games."
Rise is available to stream on Apple Music and to download at iTunes.
Katy's new release comes after the singer hit headlines when she appeared to involve herself in the feud between Calvin Harris and his ex Taylor Swift. Katy has long been rumoured to have beef with Taylor, and chose to retweet a message she had posted on Twitter at the height of the reported feud back in 2015 on Wednesday.
Calvin had responded after Taylor revealed she was responsible for writing his and Rihanna's hit This Is What You Came For, insisting he wouldn't let the singer "bury him" like she had attempted to do with Katy.
Hear tracks from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ new film soundtrack - Listen!
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis has written the soundtrack for a new film, Hell Or High Water.
The film is directed by British filmmaker David Mackenzie (Starred Up) and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario). It stars Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges.
Said Mackenzie, “What I love about Nick and Warren’s film music is that it’s epic and expansive without being grandiose. For me as a filmmaker this hits a sweet spot where the score is able to have scale and emotion but not feel manipulative or overwhelming.”
The soundtrack is released on August 12 via Milan Records. Aside from the score from Cave and Ellis, it includes songs by Waylon Jennings and Townes Van Zandt.
Hell Or High Water tracklisting is:
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Comancheria”
Townes Van Zandt: “Dollar Bill Blues”
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Mama’s Room”
Ray Wylie Hubbard: “Dust of the Chase”
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Texas Midlands”
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Robbery”
Waylon Jennings: “You Ask Me To”
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Mountain Lion Mean”
Colter Wall: “Sleeping on the Backtop”
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “From My Cold Dead Hands”
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Lord of the Plains”
Scott H. Biram: “Blood, Sweat and Murder”
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Casino”
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Comancheria II”
Chris Stapleton: “Outlaw State of Mind”
Zayn shares 'wHo' from Ghostbusters soundtrack - Listen!
Zayn Malik has released his track from the Ghostbusters soundtrack. Titled 'wHo', the singer pays tribute to the original Ghostbusters theme song.
The Ghostbusters soundtrack also features a revamped version of the theme tune by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott.
'wHo' is the second new Zayn track of the day, following the surprise release of his Snakehips collaboration 'Cruel' at midnight on Friday.
You can see the full tracklisting for the Ghostbusters soundtrack below:
Walk The Moon - 'Ghostbusters'
G-Eazy feat. Jeremih - 'Saw It Coming'
Elle King - 'Good Girls'
5 Seconds of Summer - 'Girls Talk Boys'
Zayn - 'wHo'
Pentatonix - 'Ghostbusters'
Wolf Alice - 'Ghoster'
Fall Out Boy feat. Missy Elliott - 'Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)'
Mark Ronson, Passion Pit & A$AP Ferg - 'Get Ghost'
DMX - 'Party Up (Up In Here)'
DeBarge - 'Rhythm of the Night'
Muddy Magnolias - 'American Woman'
Beasts Of Mayhem - 'Want Some More'
Ray Parker Jr. - 'Ghostbusters'
Directed by Bridesmaids' director Paul Feig, Ghostbusters stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The first trailer became the most disliked trailer on YouTube.
Defending the critics, original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd said: "As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I'm paying to see that and bringing all my friends!"
Bonnie Brown, the youngest of the three siblings that made up the group The Browns, died earlier today from complications of lung cancer. She was 77.
Bonnie is the second of the group to pass in the last fourteen months. Her brother, Jim Ed Brown, also died due to lung cancer on June 11, 2015.
Bonnie was born in Sparkman, AK with her family later moving to Pine Bluff. Each of the three siblings, Maxine, Jim Ed and Bonnie, performed individually around the town until 1954 when the two older members signed a recording deal with Fabor Records. Their first single, Looking Back to See, became a national hit going to number 8 on the Country charts. The next year, after graduating from high school, Bonnie joined the group and the trio became regulars on the Louisiana Hayride. Another hit in 1955, Here Today and Gone Tomorrow brought the group to the attention of RCA Records who signed them in 1956. Once again, they hit with their first single for the label, I'll Take a Chance (1956 / #2 Country) and followed the next year with I Heard the Bluebirds Sing (1957 / #4 Country).
For the next two years the group were on hiatus as Jim Ed served in the military but, after his release in 1959, their career took a big turn when they recorded the French song Les triois cloches, now known as The Three Bells. The song not only topped the Country Singles but crossed over and became a number 1 single on the Hot 100 and a number 10 hit in R&B. They continued their hit streak with two more traditional songs, Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) (1959 / #13 Pop / #7 Country) and The Old Lamplighter (1960 / #5 Pop / #20 Country).
After 1960, the Browns' hits dried up with only one more top twenty country hit before the middle of the decade. In 1965, Jim Ed broke out on his own as a solo artist even though he also continued to record with his sisters but, in 1968, the group officially broke up.
Bonnie did not continue in music, choosing instead to raise her family although she did reunite with her brother and sister in the 80's and in 2006 for a PBS special.
Bonnie announced that she was suffering from stage 4 lung cancer in September of last year. The Browns were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the next month.
Brown is survived by her two daughters, five grandchildren and her sister Maxine.
Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum said:
When Bonnie Brown joined her brother, Jim Ed, and her sister, Maxine, in song, the siblings created an incomparable harmony: the smoothest and most elegant blend in country music. Bonnie offered harmony offstage as well. She brought people together with regal grace and kindness. She lived a remarkable life, singing on grand stages, raising a beloved family, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame, and breaking up with young Elvis Presley because he was, she said, a lousy kisser. Today, she is reunited with Jim Ed, and with her husband of 56 years, Brownie Ring.
Steven Young, co-founder of the English electronic groups Colourbox and M/A/R/R/S, has passed away according to the band's label 4AD:
It’s with much sadness that we share the news that reached us today that Steven Young from Colourbox and M/A/R/R/S has passed away.
One of the label’s true pioneers, Steven leaves behind an incredible legacy and will forever be in our hearts. Our thoughts go to his brother Martyn, their family and his friends.
Steven began his musical career in the group The Nobodyz, touring with the likes of the Psychedelic Furs. He and his brother, Martyn, formed Colourbox along with Ian Robbins and Debian Curry in 1982, releasing their first single Breakdown/Tarantula. The next year, Curry and Robins left and were replaced by vocalist Lorita Grahame who rerecorded the two songs for the band's debut EP Colourbox (1983 / #8 U.K.).
The band continued to refine their eclectic sound over the next two years leading up to the release of their first full length album, also titled Colourbox, which went to number 1 on the British charts on the strength of hit singles Say You (1984 / #7 U.K.), Punch (1984 / #15 U.K.) and The Moon is Blue (1985 / #3 U.K.).
Colourbox would not release another album but, in 1986, they put out two singles on the same day, both of which became hits. Baby I Love You So peaked at 4 in the U.K. and The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme went to 6.
In 1987, Colourbox joined up with the band A.R. Kane to form M/A/R/R/S. Each band recorded a song and then gave it to the other for additional input before being released. Kane's Antina had added drumming by Steven while Martyn's track Pump Up the Volume had the addition of guitar from Kane. Of the two, Pump Up the Volume became an international hit, going to number 1 in Britain, New Zealand and on the U.S. Dance Club chart, number 6 in Australia and 13 on the U.S. Hot 100.
Colourbox never recorded again after Pump Up the Volume after becoming involved in legal actions involving their use of various samples. While Martyn went on to do some producing, Steven only occasionally worked again in music, working on projects for This Mortal Coil, Moose and Kid Congo Powers.
Alan Vega of the electronic protopunk group Suicide died in his sleep on Saturday at the age of 78.
The world found out about Alan's passing on Henry Rollins' website where he published a statement from Vega's family:
With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you that the great artist and creative force, Alan Vega has passed away.
Alan passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16. He was 78 years of age.
Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique. Along with Martin Rev, in the early 1970’s, they formed the two person avant band known as Suicide. Almost immediately, their incredible and unclassifiable music went against every possible grain. Their confrontational live performances, light-years before Punk Rock, are the stuff of legend. Their first, self-titled album is one of the single most challenging and noteworthy achievements in American music.
Alan Vega was the quintessential artist on every imaginable level. His entire life was devoted to outputting what his vision commanded of him.
One of the greatest aspects of Alan Vega was his unflinching adherence to the demands of his art. He only did what he wanted. Simply put, he lived to create. After decades of constant output, the world seemed to catch up with Alan and he was acknowledged as the groundbreaking creative individual he had been from the very start.
Alan’s life is a lesson of what it is to truly live for art. The work, the incredible amount of time required, the courage to keep seeing it and the strength to bring it forth—this was Alan Vega.
Alan is survived by his amazing family, wife Liz and son Dante. His incredible body of work, spanning five decades, will be with us forever.
Vega was born Alan Bermowitz and was raise in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1960 with degrees in physics and fine art.
Throughout the 60's, he was part of the Art Workers' Coalition which regularly protested against museums and were known to occupy and barricade themselves inside to protest. As an artists, he began as a painter but eventually move to sculpture using the name Alan Suicide. Using discarded electronic parts, he works became well known enough that they were on display in galleries for a number of years.
In August 1969, Vega saw a show by The Stooges which got him interested in the world of music. He became friends with Martin Reverby and the two, along with guitarist Paul Liebgott, formed the band Suicide.
At first, the band only played in galleries as more of an art statement but they eventually branched out into music venues such as CBGB and Max's Kansas City.
They released their first album, Suicide, in 1977 and followed with four more full length albums, finishing with 2002's American Supreme, two EP's and a number of live albums. Their first works were not received overly well by critics but they have gone on to be considered as extremely influential in the worlds of industrial rock and dance music.
Both members of the band also recorded solo with Vega making his debut in 1980 with Alan Vega. Between '80 and 2010, he released over fifteen albums along with three compilations. In addition, he authored three books and saw a resurgence in interest in his art works in the early 2000's.
In 2012, Vega suffered a stroke but he continued to produce new art pieces, mainly paintings, and recorded a vocal for French singer Christophe's latest album.
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