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Watch Kendrick Lamar play a surprise intimate set in New York



Kendrick Lamar played a surprise intimate show in New York over the weekend – check out the videos below.

The rapper is currently on the North American leg of his 2022 ‘Big Steppers’ world tour, which began last month. On Saturday (August 6), he took to the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a second consecutive night.

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As Line Of Best Fit reports, Lamar then headed to the Dumbo House members’ club where he treated attendees to an impromptu show, performing alongside his touring bassist and keyboard player.

The star was also spotted hanging out with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé, his cousin Baby Keem and Dave Free at the venue.

Footage has since emerged of Lamar playing ‘The Heart Part 5’. During the song, he gave a shout out to Jay-Z for allowing him to use the line “I do this for my culture” from his 2001 single ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A.)’.

“Hov, good looking out for clearing that motherfucking line,” Lamar said. “You ain’t never charged me for no motherfucking line, dog. I really appreciate that shit.”

You can watch the clips in the posts below.

Lamar, who released his fifth album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ in May, will embark on the UK/Ireland leg of his 2022 world tour in November. He headlined Glastonbury 2022 in June – check out NME‘s five-star review here.

Following his bill-topping set at last month’s Rolling Loud Miami, Kendrick Lamar spoke to 12-year-old reporter Jazlyn Guerra (aka Jazzy) about what legacy he hopes to leave behind with his art.

His collaborator and producer Sounwave, meanwhile, has revealed that the duo are currently working on the rapper’s next studio album.

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



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



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

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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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Ian McKellen and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus return in new festive knitting video



Sir Ian McKellen and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus have returned with another festive knitting video.

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Last year, the pair shared a video of them knitting ABBA-branded Christmas jumpers in silence.

This year, they’ve teamed up again for a clip of the pair knitting the band’s latest range of festive sweaters.

The clip, which you can view below, also sees the pair talking about an ABBA poster which features McKellen in the background.

The jumpers are part of the band’s new merchandise range, which also includes Christmas cards and bobble hats, which you can purchase here.

The ABBA Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is also getting into the festive spirit from today (December 2) with the large ABBA lights on the outside of the arena welcoming guests with snow falling across the iconic lettering.

Inside the arena, there will also be a selection of specially crafted Christmas cocktails served, including a Kir Royale, a Cranberry Mojito, Mulled Wine and a Virgin Passion Fruit Spritz.

Last month, it was announced that the The ABBA ‘Voyage’ concert residency will be extended to November 2023 due to demand – you can buy tickets here.

The show, which has been widely praised for its game-changing technology, premiered in May of this year, and was described by NME as an “epic avatar mega-mix from a brave new world”.

It added that “digital sorcery meets pure pop bangers for a feel-good sensory overload, as not-holograms smash through gold-plated hits”.

The review concluded that while “ageing rockers and poppers are bound to imitate the idea” it would be a a struggle to “come close to the experience of ABBA Voyage”.

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