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BTS test their knowledge of themselves in trailer for ‘Telepathy’ episode of ‘Run BTS’

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BTS have continued teasing the return of their long-running web series Run BTS, sharing a new trailer for their imminent ‘Telepathy’ special.

Run BTS debuted in August 2015, running for three seasons – over which the boy band have premiered 153 episodes and three specials – between then and last October. A fourth season is yet to be confirmed. However, when announcing the new special last week, vocalist Jin declared that the group “did some recharging and brought more fun back with us”.

In a new teaser, it’s revealed that the upcoming special episode – which will premiere on August 16 – will be titled ‘Telepathy’, and will feature BTS answering trivia questions to determine how well the seven members know each other. They seem to get a fair amount of them wrong, with arguments adding a flair of drama to the hype. At the end of the trailer, the band are blindfolded and led to a mysterious location.

Have a look at the trailer for yourself below:

As a group, BTS are currently on a break to allow for members to focus on solo material. They still appear to be somewhat active, though, given the imminent return of Run BTS, an upcoming cookbook, and last week’s release of their collaboration with Benny Blanco and Snoop Dogg, ‘Bad Decisions’. Earlier this week, too, Swedish duo Galantis teased a collaboration of their own with the group.

At the end of July, BTS rapper J-Hope made history as the first South Korean artist to headline Lollapalooza, performing tracks from the BTS catalogue as well as his recent debut solo album, ‘Jack In The Box’. Earlier this week, J-Hope announced a limited edition vinyl pressing of the album.

In other BTS news, South Korean defence minister Lee Jeong-seop shared at a National Defence Committee that the group may still be allowed to hold concerts and “continue performing for national interests” while its members serve their compulsory military terms.



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Axl Rose says he’ll stop tossing mic into crowd after woman claims injury at Guns N’ Roses show

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Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has said he will no longer throw his microphone into the crowd at the end of the band’s concerts, after a woman claimed she was injured by the stunt at their recent show in Adelaide.

The band performed in the South Australian capital on Tuesday (November 29). Some time after the show, a woman named Rebecca Howe told Adelaide Advertiser that she was struck by the microphone; a photo accompanying the report showed swelling and thick bruises on both of her eyes, and cuts to the bridge of her nose.

“He took a bow and then he launched the microphone out to the crowd… and then bang, right on the bridge of my nose,” Howe said, noting that she was in an area of the crowd that “wasn’t even right at the front”. She went on to say that she began hyperventilating, stressed that her face had been “caved in”.

She continued: “What if it was a couple of inches to the right or left? I could have lost an eye… What if it hit me in the mouth and I broke my teeth? If my head was turned and it hit me in the temple, it could have killed me.”

In response, Rose took to social media with a statement, stressing that he didn’t mean to cause any incident with the stunt – one he’d regularly at the end of Guns N’ Roses shows for years. “Obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in anyway hurt anyone at any of [our] shows anywhere,” he wrote.

“Having tossed the mic at the end of [our] show for over 30 years we always felt it was a known part of the very end of [our] performance that fans wanted and were aware of to have an opportunity to catch the mic. Regardless in the interest of public safety from now on we’ll refrain from tossing the mic or anything to the fans during or at [our] performances.”

Rose went on to hit out at some media outlets for the way Howe’s alleged injury had been reported, saying: “Unfortunately there [are] those that for their own reasons chose to frame their reporting regarding this subject in a more negative [and] irresponsible out of nowhere light which couldn’t [be] farther from reality. We hope the public and of course [our] fans get that sometimes happens [sic].”

Guns N’ Roses’ Australian tour will end in Melbourne tonight (December 3). Over the first few shows on the run – during which they’ve been paying tribute to AC/DC – Rose reportedly faced issues with fans bringing and flying drones during the set; earlier this week, he issued a statement asking concertgoers to “[play with their] toys somewhere else”.

On Thursday (December 1), it was announced that Guns N’ Roses will headline British Summer Time (BST) Hyde Park for first time in 2023. They’ll perform on Friday June 30, celebrating the London concert series’ 10th anniversary.

Last month, the band released a “super deluxe” box set edition of their two ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums, which included 63 tracks that had been previously unheard. One of those – a ‘2022 version’ of ‘November Rain’ featuring a 50-piece orchestra – was released as a single.

Meanwhile, Slash has continued teasing a follow-up to last year’s ‘Hard Skool’ EP, saying in January that Guns N’ Roses plan to release an “entire record’s worth” of new material, then in February that new music would arrive before the band went on tour in June (it did not), and then in October that their next release will be “epic”.



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Jack White mocks Elon Musk’s “free speech” hypocrisy after Kanye West’s Twitter ban

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Jack White has once again taken aim at Elon Musk for his questionable moves at Twitter, mocking the billionaire owner after Kanye West was banned earlier this week.

Musk – a noted supporter and supposed friend of West’s – booted the disgraced rapper from Twitter on Friday (December 2), shortly after the latter tweeted an illustration of a swastika inside a Star of David. Earlier in the day, West appeared on an episode of Infowars – a talk show hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones – during which he openly praised Adolf Hitler and defended Nazism.

According to Musk, West was banned from Twitter (for a third time in two months) for violating the platform’s policies “against incitement to violence”. In response, White shared an open message to Musk on Instagram, calling the latter out for his perceived hypocrisy.

In opening his post, White wrote mockingly: “So Elon, how’s that ‘free speech’ thing working out? Oh, I see, so you have to CHOOSE who gets free speech and who doesn’t then? What kind of crybaby liberal suspends someone’s free speech? Hmm…”

The former White Stripe went on to reference Musk’s recent move to reinstate Donald Trump‘s account on Twitter – and the fact that Alex Jones also remains banned – continuing: “Conspiracy liar Alex Jones doesn’t get ‘free speech’ either? I see. So you’re learning that these folks incite violence and hatred but Trump… DOESN’T? Hmmm.

“Or is it that liar Jones, and [antisemite] egomaniac Kanye can’t provide tax breaks for billionaires the way the former president could? Or that maybe the controller of this ‘free speech’ is insulted personally? Or that just maybe, there needs to be, oh I don’t know, RULES and REGULATIONS or else you breed chaos?”

White then suggested that Musk’s choice to ban West could be a sign that he’s learning about the necessity of discretionary censorship, quipping that “it’s nice to watch in real time as [Musk] learn[s] that all things need to be regulated, whether that be guns, drugs, alcohol, assembly, or speech because of the danger of someone or something being hurt or destroyed”.

“They’re sometimes called ‘laws’,” White added. “And perhaps you’re learning how harmful it can be when you let dangerous, hateful people say whatever they want on your stage.”

In closing, White noted that he’d blocked users from commenting on the post because it “isn’t a debate forum”, explaining that he’s “talking on [his] front porch, not debating in [a] town square”.

Taking a swipe at Musk’s recent comments about Twitter being “the de facto town square” for the digital age, White finished: “I regulate the platforms I control too. Do the right thing Elon and don’t provide other hate mongers a stage, let them go talk in [a] town square. (And no, twitter isn’t [a] town square owned by the gov[ernment], it’s a private company owned by Elon Musk).”

White similarly hit out at Musk last Monday (November 21), calling Trump’s return to Twitter “absolutely disgusting” and “an asshole move” on Musk’s part. In another open letter to Musk, the artist implored him to “be truthful” and “tell it like it is” – that “people like [him] and Joe Rogan (who gives platforms to liars like Alex Jones etc.)” are financially incentivised to throw their support behind figures spreading hate speech.

White then quit Twitter, joining the likes of Stephen Fry, Trent Reznor and dozens of other stars.

In the same interview that saw West share overt neo-Nazi sentiments, he was joined by open white supremacist Nick Fuentes, who’d also joined the rapper for a meeting with Trump last week. Trump would later call West a “seriously troubled man”.



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The Rolling Stones’ 60th anniversary honoured with new Royal Mint coin

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The Royal Mint has announced a new collectable coin celebrating The Rolling Stones, in honour of their 60th anniversary.

  • READ MORE: The Rolling Stones live in Madrid: Celebrating six decades at the top for rock’n’roll royalty

The coin is the fifth in The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ series, following designs that have honoured Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, and The Who.

The £5 coin, designed by Hannah Phizacklea, features a silhouette illustration of the band mid-performance, along with their name written in their classic 1973 font. In addition, it is the last coin of the year to be released with the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

In a statement about the new coin, the band said: “We are delighted to be honoured by way of an official UK coin. Even more significant that the release coincides with our 60th anniversary”.

Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint added: “Our Music Legends series is creating a new generation of coin collectors, and we are delighted to honour The Rolling Stones’ musical achievements with this new collectable coin. We hope this provides a fitting tribute to the band’s sixty years of rock and roll music for their millions of fans across the globe.

“With a list of hits that includes eight UK Number One singles, thirteen UK Number One albums, and countless hits internationally, The Rolling Stones are UK rock legends, and we anticipate this coin being incredibly sought-after by coin collectors and music lovers alike.”

The Rolling Stones coin is available as limited-edition precious metal proof editions as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition. The full collection can be viewed here.

In other news, The Rolling Stones recently announced a new live album and accompanying concert film DVD, entitled ‘GRRR Live!’.

The show, which took place in December 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, was originally broadcast as the pay-per-view event The Rolling Stones: One More Shot. It has now been re-mixed and re-edited for a new release, which will come as a triple-album vinyl and a double-album CD. ‘GRRR Live!’ will also be released on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

The show was notable for its long list of special guests, including Lady Gaga who joined the band on-stage to duet with Mick Jagger on ‘Gimme Shelter’, and John Mayer and Gary Clark, Jr. who guested on ‘Going Down’.



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