Neil Young has backtracked on his dislike of streaming music services by putting his entire music catalogue on Tidal.
Last summer (15), the rocker pulled his music from online streaming sites, insisting they all offered “the worst quality in the history of broadcasting”.
At the time, he said, “Streaming has ended for me… It’s not because of the money… It’s about sound quality. I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music.
“For me, it’s about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that. When the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never.”
His decision wasn’t that surprising at the time, considering he had spent two years developing his own audio service, Pono. The combined digital music download service and portable player focuses on delivering high-quality master files.
However, less than a year after taking a stand against streaming services, he has made his entire 57-album archive available on Jay Z’s Tidal.
The service offers multiple subscription services, including a high-fidelity streaming option, which gives users better sound quality than a standard subscription.
Young follows the strategy of artists such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West and late icon Prince, who have all exclusively released music on Tidal.
Country singer Mallary Hope is pregnant with her second child.
The Blossom in the Dust star and her music executive husband Ryan Dokke welcomed daughter Scarlett Ruth Dokke in January, 2015, and a little over a year later, Mallary has revealed she is expecting again.
The mum-to-be took to Instagram to post a picture of herself cradling her growing baby bump while standing next to Ryan, who is holding little Scarlett wearing a shirt which reads: “I’m getting promoted to big sister”.
Mallary added the caption, “When you find out you’re going to have to start sharing Mom & Dad soon…”
The singer, who is due in November (16), later shared a photo of her sonogram photo and gave hope to other women who have suffered through miscarriages and tough pregnancies, like she has.
“So many people go through this and I just wanted to share our story,” she wrote. “I’ve never been one to shy away from my honesty or share what’s on my heart.
“I’ve written a song about it and hope that I am able to sing it without crying soon. I wrote it to give a voice to those babies that never make it & I have hope.. Beautiful hope that someday when I see Jesus he will be holding those tiny little babies and allowing me to show them how much I wanted them.”
Arctic Monkeys star Matt Helders’ candid shots from the three weeks he spent in the studio with Iggy Pop are set to follow the two rockers around Europe.
The drummer was recruited to Iggy’s band as the former Stooges frontman recorded his acclaimed new album Post Pop Depression with Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme, and he came armed with his camera.
Helders’ shots now feature in a new exhibition based around the photographs Andreas Neumann took as he captured Iggy and his band at work and play in the California desert, where Homme has a studio.
The photography show debuted in Detroit, Michigan on 7 April (16) and launched at the Mr. Musichead gallery in Los Angeles on Wednesday (27Apr16). It will now hit galleries throughout Europe as Iggy and his band take their Post Pop Depression tour overseas.
Helders, who spent three weeks living at Homme’s fabled Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree, California, while recording Post Pop Depression, says, “Other than contributing musically I wanted to tell my side of the story with photography. My main intention was to just shoot in a documentary style and to not be in everybody’s face with a camera all day. I think that’s how I was able to capture
“First and foremost I was there as the drummer, but I would always have a couple of cameras within reach. At the time, I didn’t know what story I was telling, that was the nature of the whole record. We were making a record on the premise that if it was bad or we were just not happy with it, nobody would ever hear it and we’d bury it in the desert.
“A place like Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree is full of backdrops, landscapes, beautiful light. For me, it was important to
show the fact that we were somewhere so special for this very unique experience.”
Helders and Neumann’s photographs will also hit galleries in Berlin, Paris and London.
Mick Jagger has paid tribute to his late girlfriend L’Wren Scott on what would have been her 52nd birthday.
The rocker posted a photo of his former partner on Twitter Thursday (28Apr16) and added the caption: “Remembering L’Wren on her birthday.”
Jagger did something similar last year (Apr15) to mark her 51st birthday.
The fashion designer was found dead in her New York City apartment on 17 March, 2014. Reports suggest she took her own life.
“I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way,” Jagger, who dated Scott for over a decade, said in a Facebook post at the time. “We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves… I will never forget her.”
Her death prompted Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmates to reschedule a string of dates in Australia, so he could fly back to America to help plan Scott’s funeral.
He was diagnosed with acute traumatic stress disorder after his girlfriend’s death, according to legal papers filed as part of an insurance dispute over the Stones’ scrapped Australian and New Zealand tour.
Court documents filed for the dispute suggested the band postponed the tour because Jagger was ordered not to perform for 30 days by a doctor, who diagnosed the rocker with the stress disorder.
The Rolling Stones returned Down Under to complete the tour in November, 2014, when Jagger confessed it was good to get back on the road after months spent mourning the loss of his girlfriend.
“It was a very difficult time for me, all my family as well, it’s very hard but getting back on tour… helped me a lot,” he said.
In ‘Money Monster’, Lee Gates (Clooney) is the host of “Money Monster”, a financial tv show where Lee gives you the advice to get rich quick. Kyle (O’Connell) follows some advice and then loses all of his money. Kyle decides that the best way to deal with this is to strap a bomb on Gates and try to get answers. Luckily Gate’s producer Patty (Roberts) is there to guide Gates and try to get some answers for Kyle.
At first, you may want to say that Kyle is just a terrorist, but it seems that Kyle may have a point.
In this interview Jack O’Connell talks about why Kyle is in the situation he’s in, Director Jodie Foster discusses why Kyle is so confused and angry, Julia Roberts talks about the conundrum of both trying to keep Gates calm, but also deal with a team outside to try to find some truth, and George Clooney speaks on the themes of ‘Money Monster’, as well as why the film is so relatable, and who the real victim is in both the film and real life.
Nick Jonas is feeling under pressure to keep fit on the road because his tour mate Demi Lovato is “killing it” in the gym.
The pop stars are joining forces for the Future Now trek this summer (16), and Nick, who has become known for his buff body in recent years, admits her dedication to exercising forces him to push himself a little harder to stay in tip-top condition, too.
“Demi is killing it right now with her fitness game,” he told Eonline.com. “She looks amazing.”
The two pals are planning to hire a professional to help them maintain their fitness regimen on tour, so they can deliver their high-energy shows day after day and stay healthy.
“I think we’re going to get a trainer and have someone out on the road with us,” he continued. “But also, every night on stage is a workout.”
Diabetic Nick, 23, reveals he makes time to hit the gym at least three times a week, with West Hollywood’s Heart & Hustle trainer Gregg Miele putting him through his paces, but his strict diet and fitness programme doesn’t stop him from having the occasional cheat day.
Confessing his guilty pleasure, the singer/actor, laughed, “Cake is really great!”
Nick and Demi will kick off their Future Now Tour on 24 June (16) in Sunrise, Florida, but one state which has since been crossed off the gig list is North Carolina.
They had been billed to make stops in Charlotte and Raleigh on 30 June (16) and 2 July (16), respectively, but on Monday (25Apr16), Demi announced they have since decided against performing in the state to protest the introduction of anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) House Bill 2 (HB2) legislation, known as the ‘Bathroom Bill’, which restricts the public toilets transgenders can use.
“After much thought and deliberation, Nick and I have decided to cancel our shows in Raleigh and Charlotte,” Demi wrote in a statement issued to officials at media organisation GLAAD. “One of our goals for the Honda Civic Tour: Future Now has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are.”
She went on to describe the law as “extremely disappointing”, and now Nick has offered up his thoughts on the matter, insisting it wasn’t an easy choice for them to cancel the shows.
“It’s a tough thing and what makes it more tough is I have family in North Carolina and friends there,” Nick said. “On top of the disappointment I’m sure some fans felt, I’ve got personal disappointment.”
The latest Fast & Furious movie is officially off and racing in Cuba.
Director F. Gary Gray has turned the key on the Fast 8 production in Havana, making movie history by becoming the first filmmaker to shoot a major Hollywood project in Cuba in over 50 years.
Marking the occasion, franchise star Vin Diesel has posted a video on Instagram, which features himself and Gray walking through the streets of the capital.
In it, the action man says, “Right now, I’m with my director, F. Gary Gray…, and we’re in a place that nobody ever thought would be possible. We are in Havana, Cuba and you can see how beautiful it is with all these beautiful people… They didn’t think it could be done, and we’re here and we’re doing it, and there’s a lot of love here. We’re just really proud to be here, man. This is paradise… and Gary’s about to rip it.”
Diesel’s character, Dominic Toretto, hails from Cuba, and the actor admits it’s good to be back “where the Torettos started.”
As well as Vin, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, and Dwayne Johnson will be back for the latest Fast sequel, while Jason Statham and Kurt Russell are also set to return, and Charlize Theron and Scott Eastwood will be making their debuts in the blockbuster franchise.
Theron has been cast as the lead villain in the new movie, while Eastwood will play a sidekick for Russell’s mysterious character Mr. Nobody.
Until last year (15), special permits were required for U.S. citizens visiting Cuba and director Oliver Stone was fined for filming there between 2002 and 2003 without the relevant permission.
Actor Jamie Kennedy has opened up about his health struggles, revealing he has been battling a congenital heart block since childhood.
The Malibu’s Most Wanted star, who briefly dated Jennifer Love Hewitt, reveals he was diagnosed with the condition at 10-years-old and was fitted with a pacemaker at 14. The 45-year-old’s revelation shocked the medical professionals on U.S. TV show The Doctors.
“I had no idea,” Dr. Kathy Magliato replied. “You can’t even see it.”
“You thought I had breast implants,” Kennedy joked.
Ironically, Jamie is currently starring in Heartbeat, a TV drama based on top cardio thoracic surgeon Magliato’s life.
“She’s a legend,” he continued. “I always tell people I learn more on this show than I did in school. I do! Each week we have a case that’s based on something really bananas.”
“At 40, my life changed so much. I think every woman around that time gets this massive software upgrade. You’re just different… For me, there were just a bunch of changes I had to make to really be true to myself and really live my happiness. And you have to be brave and make the choice to do that, to truly accept yourself and love yourself and really forgive yourself for your mis-steps.” Gwyneth Paltrow loves life as a 40-something.