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The Rolling Stones release Living In a Ghost Town, first original music since 2012

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The Rolling Stones have released their first original music since 2012, a new – and rather apocalyptic – single called Living in a Ghost Town.

Mick Jagger said the band were “recording some new material before the lockdown and there was one song we thought would resonate through the times that were living in right now. Weve worked on it in isolation. And here it is.”

Keith Richards said: “We cut this track well over a year ago in LA for a new album, an ongoing thing, and then shit hit the fan. Mick and I decided this one really needed to go to work right now and so here you have it.”

A moody, typically strutting track, its lyrics seem to reference the coronavirus crisis, in the lines: “Life was so beautiful / Then we all got locked down … Please let this be over / Stuck in a world without end.”

Last Sunday, the isolated band performed together You Cant Always Get What You Want via four separate video links for One World: Together at Home, a concert to benefit charities and the World Health Organisation, co-organised by Lady Gaga. A 79-song album version of the eight-hour event has since been released.

The Rolling Stones most recent original material came out as part of the 2012 best-of compilation Grrr!, which featured two new songs: Doom and Gloom, and One More Shot. They have since released an album of blues covers, Blue and Lonesome, in 2016, and another hits compilation, Honk, in 2019. Their last album of original material was 2005s A Bigger Bang.

The quartet are approaching the milestone of 60 years in the business, after Jagger and Richards formed the group in 1962.

Despite a combined age of 302, they still frequently perform live, and have toured each year since 2012. Their No Filter tour began in September 2017, with the next leg originally scheduled for north America in early May. The band postponed it due to the coronavirus crisis, apologising and saying they were “hugely disappointed”. Replacement dates have not yet been scheduled.

Speaking in more depth about Living In a Ghost Town to Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Jagger said he originally wrote the song in 10 minutes, but made minor rewrites in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

He also sympathised with those suffering: “Its 20 million people lost their jobs completely for something thats nothing to do with them at all. And also the less money you have, the more worries you have. So for lots of people, its really tough. I mean, I have friends and they live in really small apartments in a big city and they dont have anywhere to go and theyve lost their job. Im very, very lucky and Im very aware how lucky I am, but not everyones as lucky as me.”

Paul McCartney: Beatles star reveals what John Lennon REALLY thought of Let It Be

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PAUL MCCARTNEY opened up about tensions within The Beatles in a recent interview, revealing the truth about rumours John Lennon hated Let It Be.

Paul McCartney joined Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show last week, speaking out about the latter years of The Beatles reign before their split. While relationship were strained to a point, he said footage from the upcoming Get Back documentary, which is based on hours of never-before-seen footage from the Let It Be recording sessions, reveals the truth. The musical legend said, in fact, the film shows the friendships and creative spark between the band members and dispels the narrative which has grown and solidified over the years: that he and John Lennon hated each other and were “rivals” by the end.

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The Beatles star also went on to share what Lennon really thought of his hit Let It Be amid assumptions there was a fiery disagreement about the song.

McCartney is said to have introduced his idea for Let It Be during the Let It Be sessions, saying he had been inspired to write it after a dream about his late mother.

However, Lennon reportedly wasnt a fan of the song.

Back in 1980, shortly before he died, the Imagine singer opened up about his thoughts on McCartneys smash hit.

“Thats Paul,” he said. “What can you say?”

Saying the track wasnt the right fit for the band, he added: “Nothing to do with The Beatles. It couldve been Wings.

“I dont know what hes thinking when he writes Let It Be.”

On the album, Lennon can even be heard mocking the title song in the track which precedes it, Dig It.

John Lennon wife: Who is Yoko Ono?

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JOHN LENNON is one of the most iconic singers of the 20th century – but who is his wife Yoko Ono?

Yoko Ono is known for her relationship with John Lennon, which many fans blamed for the break up of the Beatles.She is an artist and musician in her own right, but a great deal of her life was spent maintaining the legacy of her husband. So who is Yoko Ono and how did she meet her husband and the Beatles?

Yoko Ono was born on February 18, 1933, in Tokyo, Japan.

After years moving back and forth between Tokyo and the USA with her banker father, the family were forced to stay in Tokyo during World War Two and the fire-bombing which devastated the city.

The Ono family were forced to beg for food after the war, until Ono could return to school in 1946.

After time in New York with her family, and a college career at Sarah Lawrence College, Ono eloped with Japanese composers Toshi Ichiyanagi in 1956.

Their marriage was short-lived and they filed for divorce in 1962, around the time Ono went home to live with her parents as she struggled with mental health issues.

After this Ono married Anthony Cox, a jazz musician, and she gave birth to a daughter Kyoko Chan Cox.

Their marriage was not successful, but they stayed together for their careers, as Cox did a great deal of the childcare as well as managing publicity for Onos artistic career.

In 1966, a few years before her divorce from Cox, Ono met John Lennon at a gallery in London, where she was putting together an exhibition.

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown – review

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Fifty years since their dissolution in April 1970 the Beatles live on. The bands music, their significance and their individual personalities exert a hold on the cultural consciousness that seems to tighten as their heyday recedes. But is there anything new to say? Craig Browns One Two Three Four, the latest to enter the crowded library of Beatles books, is not a biography so much as a group portrait in vignettes, a rearrangement of stories and legends whose trick is to make them gleam anew.

The subtitle, The Beatles in Time, marks out the books difference from the rest. Brown goes on Beatles jaunts around Liverpool and Hamburg, visits fan festivals, tests the strength of the industry that has agglomerated around them. So many of the clubs where they played are now lost or changed beyond recognition – “a memory of a memory” – and the fans who do the pilgrimages are simply chasing shadows.

Brown, the arch-satirist, is wry about the 1,000-plus Beatles tribute acts worldwide. At times, the slightly desperate nostalgia of International Beatle Week in Liverpool reminds him of his parents watching The Good Old Days in the 1970s, a collective delusion that the dead can be revived. But then he watches tribute band the Fab Four play She Loves You and hes transported. A double fantasy is at work – “for as long as they play, we are all 50 years younger, gazing in wonder at the Beatles in their prime.”

The book is a social history as well as a musical one. Success came slowly at first, and then quickly, “as a landslide, flattening those ahead”. Cliff Richard, once the golden boy of British pop, sounds (even decades later) mightily miffed about the way the Beatles displaced him. Prime ministers were as susceptible as teenagers: Harold Wilson sought an audience with them and later arranged their MBEs.

In the US, their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show had a seismic effect: it seemed nobody could talk about anything else. Some responded in bemusement. Cassius Clay, after a jokey photo session with “the boys”, asked a reporter: “Who were those little sissies?” The actor Eleanor Bron recalls girls screaming “like starlings” as the Beatles landed at Heathrow – “a high sighing hopeless poignant sound, unrequitable”. You can almost feel the 1960s bloom from monochrome into colour as the band plays irresistibly on.

Brown is an able memoirist, with an instinct for selection that quite eludes the Beatles most exhaustive chronicler, Mark Lewisohn, whose basic principle is to include everything he knows. One Two Three Four hasnt the authority or the insight of Ian MacDonalds sacred Revolution in the Head, and lacking an index it isnt as useful as Philip Normans 1981 biography Shout! But it does an intriguing sideline in characters who were tangential to the Beatles story – such as Richard and Margaret Asher, who welcomed Paul as one of the family into their Wimpole Street home when he was going out with their daughter, Jane. Or the drummer Jimmie Nicol, a Beatle-surrogate for 10 days when Ringo had tonsilitis and whose life thereafter fell through the cracks. Or the sad figure of Eric Clague, former police constable, who discovered by chance that the woman he had accidentally run down and killed years before was Julia Lennon, Johns mum.

This is the strange paradox of the Beatles. Listening to the sound that John, Paul, George and Ringo created still plugs us right into the “happiness and exhilaration” that their producer, the gentlemanly George Martin, talked of. Reading about them, conversely, is quite a melancholy experience, because the end seems always in sight.

Its noticeable in this book how, once they are famous, they become prey to the most outrageous hangers-on. This vulnerability is most evident in John, the prickliest of the four, and also the neediest. He was first seduced by Magic Alex, a Greek conman whom he appointed his guru and electronics expert. Then he and George fell under the spell of the Maharishi.

Finally, and fatefully, came Yoko Ono, who John initially assured his wife Cynthia was “crackers, just a weirdo artist who wants me to sponsor her”. Brown reserves a particular scorn for Yoko, not because she “broke up the Beatles” – that was inevitable – but because her narcissism egged Lennon on to painful extremes of silliness and self-importance.

The saddest irony was that the Beatles once did have someone to take care of them. The Hamlets Ghost of this book is Brian Epstein, whose story Brown plots in reverse – from the eclipse of his lonely suicide to the bright-eyed overtures as manager and impresario. It makes a poignant epilogue. Of course that story is nothing without the Beatles talent, but here is the reminder of how Epstein discovered it, packaged it, and sold it. Had he not taken himself down the steps of the Cavern Club one lunchtime in November 1961, the world might never have heard of the Beatles. As Lennon once admitted: “Brian … made it all seem real. We were in a daydream til he came along … We stopped chomping at cheese rolls and jam butties onstage.”

Madonna postpones her New York Madame X show after knee injury

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Madonna recently celebrated her 61st birthday in style (Picture: Instagram)

Madonna announced she will be postponing Monday nights Brooklyn Academy of Music residence show after she sustained a knee injury.

A statement posted on her website read: Unfortunately, Madonnas Madame X concert this evening at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House is postponed.

Madonna is currently dealing with a knee injury and has been advised rest for the next three days to assist in her recovery. Fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets pending information on rescheduling.

The Madame X concerts this Thursday October 10 and Saturday October 12 are expected to proceed as scheduled, according to Daily Star.

We regret the inconvenience to fans. Thank you for understanding.

The Queen of Pop posted on Instagram that she is not a quitter and it is hard to admit to being a human made of flesh and blood.

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She wrote: Its Hard for Madame X to admit that she is also a human being made of flesh and blood and she must rest for the next 3 days to insure full recovery for her knee.

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Their chemistry was spectacular: Jack Bruces family pay tribute as Cream drummer Ginger Baker dies aged 80

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Jack Bruces family have paid tribute to Cream drummer Ginger Baker (Picture: Getty)

The family of musician Jack Bruce have paid tribute to his Cream band mate Ginger Baker, who has died aged 80.

Bruces family spoke of the pairs love hate relationship and described them as being like brothers.

They said in a tweet posted on Sunday: The Bruce family would like to extend their sincere condolences to Ginger Bakers family, friends and fans.

Surviving a love hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular. RIP Ginger, one of the greatest drummers of all time.

Bruce, who was in Cream with Baker and Eric Clapton, died of liver disease in 2014 at the age of 71.

The Bruce family would like to extend their sincere condolences to Ginger Bakers family, friends and fans. Surviving a love hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular. RIP Ginger, one of the greatest drummers of all time ❤ pic.twitter.com/G9Pl4Qecdp

— Jack Bruce (@jackbrucemusic) October 6, 2019

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The Beatles icon Paul McCartney also paid tribute to the drummer on Twitter.

Niall Horan says the heartbreak of his split from Hailee Steinfield inspired his new album

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Heartbroken but not broken (Picture: YouTube)

Niall Horan has opened up about how his split with Hailee Steinfeld helped to inspire his new album.

The 26-year-old singer/songwriter is preparing to release his second solo record, after his first album Flicker in 2017.

Going through heartbreak helped write the ballads, even some of the happy songs – the sad songs that are dressed up as happy songs sometimes, he told Billboard.

I have stuff that I want to write about on my mind all the time. I had just gone through a break up, which helps when it comes to writing songs, I guess. It helps vent the emotions.

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Niall split from 22-year-old Pitch Perfect actor Hailee after about a year together.

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Hailee Steinfeld and Niall Horan during the 2017 American Music Awards (Picture: Getty Images)

Despite its morose moments, the former One Direction singer still said the album is a fun one.

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I am just ready to go! The album is fun. There are some very sad moments, but for the most part it is a fun album. There are some nice melodies in there, some cool guitar riffs. I think my fans are going to enjoy it.

Prodigy singer Keith Flints recordings, furniture and body jewellery to sell at auction

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Keiths iconic collection is up for sale (Picture: Rex/PA)

The late Keith Flints personal possessions are set to be sold at auction in order to settle debts made prior to his death.

Fans of the Prodigy front man, who died in March, will have the opportunity to snag a piece of the singers musical history at auctioneer Cheffins in Cambridge.

A mix of clothing, personal items and Keiths eclectic art collection, items on sale will include the musicians iconic septum piercing, his custom-made bed and his motorbike leathers.

Additionally, the 170 lots will include the Firestarter singers MTV Video Music Awards and an archive of recordings, films and artwork from his solo music projects, Clever Brains Fryin and Flint.

Martin Millard, director at Cheffins, said: The sale is full of interesting items which give an insight into Keiths personal life and highlight the difference between his stage persona and his private life.

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The 49-year-old musician was known for his pioneering work as part of electronic act The Prodigy, who were best known for number one hits Firestarter and Breathe in the 1990s.

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Fans will be able to purchase a piece of The Prodigys musical legacy (Picture: Cheffins/PA)
Undated handout photo issued by Cheffins of Keith Flint's MTV music awards as the Prodigy star's personal belongings will be sold at auction. PA Photo. Issue date: Sunday October 6, 2019. The sale reflects the iconic frontman's personal taste in art and fashion as well as his interests in music and beyond. Many of his possessions, divided into more than 170 lots, will be offered for sale in Cambridge to help settle the liabilities of his estate. See PA story SALE Flint. Photo credit should read: Cheffins/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Three of Keiths MTV VMAs from 1997 and 1998 will be on sale (Picture: Cheffins/PA)
Undated handout photo issued by Cheffins of Keith Flint's Jimmie Martin 'Kaboom' armchair and foot stool as the Prodigy star's personal belongings will be sold at auction. PA Photo. Issue date: Sunday October 6, 2019. The sale reflects the iconic frontman's personal taste in art and fashion as well as his interests in music and beyond. Many of his possessions, divided into more than 170 lots, will be offered for sale in Cambridge to help settle the liabilities of his estate. See PA story SALE Flint. Photo credit should read: Cheffins/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The stars eclectic sense of style is clear in the collection (Picture: Cheffins/PA)

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What song is Olivia Colman covering for Children In Need and when will she be singing it?

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Olivia Colman will be showing off her singing talents for a good cause (Picture: WireImage)

The Crown actress Olivia Colmans upcoming gig is a far cry from Queenly behaviour… That we know of.

For all we know Her Majesty might love singing trip-hop classics behind closed palace doors.

Celebs from all walks of showbiz life are coming together to release songs for Children in Need. Read on for all the deets on the star-studded album…

What is Oliva Colman singing for Children in Need?

Olivia Colman is set to cover Portisheads classic Glory Box for the charity covers album, Got It Covered.

When can I hear Olivia Colmans Glory Box?

Got It Covered – featuring all of the songs including Glory Box – will come out on November 1, with at least £1.50 from every copy sold going to Children in Need.

You can already listen to Jodie Whittakers take on Coldplays Yellow.

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How is rapper Krept best known as he breaks silence on Radio 1Xtra slashing?

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London rapper Krept (Picture: Ollie Millington/Redferns)

Part of a duo that already have a Guinness World Record to their name, Krept could be a name to watch for UK rap fans.

He was set to perform at BBC Radio 1Xtra Live last night, but the set was halted after an unnamed man was slashed backstage.

He later tweeted, seemingly following speculation that he was the man who had been injured, saying that he would be back in no time.

Who is Krept, wheres he come from and what is next for him and his rap partner?

Krept breaks silence on stabbing
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How is Krept best known?

Krept is one half of British rap duo Krept and Konan.

Krept, real name Casya Johnson, and Konan, Karl Wilson, met and became friends back in 2008.

Konan is the son of Delroy Wilson, who is known as Jamaicas first child star.

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Krept and Konan use their platform to push for change (Picture: ITV)

Krept, 29, is from Gipsy Hill and Konan comes from Thornton Heath.

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