While his work experience placement with Queen continues, ‘Welcome To The Show’ hitmaker Adam Lambert has returned to his solo career and will be releasing a new single called ‘Two Fux’ on June 30.
The title is a clever way of being able to swear without really swearing. Try it the next time you’re in the Post Office by telling someone go fux themselves. “Ah!!! But you cannot be angry because I did not say ‘go fuck yourself’!” you can say. “But in saying that you did just say ‘go fuck yourself’,” they will say. “Mind your language,” you can triumphantly bellow before flouncing out of the Post Office and taking your custom elsewhere, before realising that posting a heavy item to arrive tomorrow midday is precisely the sort of custom it is impossible to take elsewhere. Five minutes later, having used a Sharpie to hastily draw a moustache and spectacles on your face, you will reappear in the Post Office, and will have to queue all over again.
That image of Lambo slouching on a chair you can hopefully see above is the song’s ‘cover art’, while a snippet of the song can be heard below. WARNING: Includes the lyric “namaste right here”.
Rita Ora, Stormzy, Louisa Johnson, Geri Halliwell and Emeli Sandé are among the artists whose cover of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ is released tomorrow at 8am. The video will be shown before Corrie.
At first glance the array of performers really is ‘quite something’, although of course it’s really just an indication of how genre-based and popgenerational boundaries mean absolutely fuck all in a situation like this.
Cash raised by the song is going to The London Community Foundation. If you don’t feel like you need to wait to hear Pixie Lot and WSTRN singing a Simon & Garfunkel song in order to make a donation you can click here and send some cash right now.
Anyway, here are the artists who’ve contributed to the single.
Demetria Devonne ‘Demi Lovato’ Lovato has been chatting away about her new YouTube show, Simply Complicated (“I think I am simply complicated”), which is due to ‘air’ on YouTube.
Having a chat to some people at Cannes Lions (as reported here), she said she’d taken to decision to make the ‘behind-the-scenes docudrama, and have cameras follow her 24 hours a day, because she’s “at a pivotal point in my life, turning 25”.
(Fucking hell mate if you think this is bad wait until you hit 30.)
Demi of course also wants the series to help her connect more with her fans: “I’m looking at my future and my past and I want to share that with my fans.”
So why YouTube we hear you cry? Why isn’t this on BBC One or something?
“YouTube is the OG,” Lovato mused. “YouTube has been around for so long. I started my own YouTube channel over 10 years ago and I’ve been able to create my own content and to connect with my fans through there, so being able to partner with you guys has been a dream come true.”
So there you are: conventional television is dead and Demi Lovato does not care.
It’s not clear when Simply Complicated starts but we’re sure Demi will tell us ‘across her socials’.
The likes of Niall Horan, Grimes and Lorde all ‘walked off with’ (got) awards at the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in Canada last night, so well done to them.
In a fairly varied lineup of winners that proved once again the power of an online fanbase (Niall beat Ed Sheeran, Lorde and Beyoncé to win Fan Fave International Artist or Group, for example), there were also wins for Shawn Mendes, Drake, Imagine so-called ‘Dragons’ and, er, Camila Cabello who won Best New International Artist.
Up-and-coming electronic pop purveyors Pet Shop Boys have announced ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’, “a very special series of reissues of all their studio albums released on Parlophone” according to a press release with lots and lots of song titles in it.
As with the group’s first batch of album reissues in the early-2000s, each edition will include a remastered version of the original album alongside ‘Further listening’ collections of “master quality bonus tracks and demos created in the same period of time as each album, as well as Pet Shop Boys’ own remixes of their tracks”.
Some of those tracks, including an Elton John duet, are being released for the first time, so that’s nice. As before, each album will come with a nice booklet in which Neil and Chris discuss each song, and there will also be some pretty pictures.
Anyway the first three of the new batch are out on July 28 and they’re ‘Nightlife’, ‘Release’ and ‘Fundamental’.
(‘Yes’ is still to come, which will hopefully mean there are loads of Xenomania out-takes on the horizon, and if the pop gods are smiling on us might also mean we get the Neil version of Girls Aloud’s ‘The Loving Kind’.)
These are the lots and lots of songs that will be included on the first releases:
Nightlife/Further listening: 1996-2000
For your own good
Closer to Heaven
I don’t know what you want but I can’t give it any more
Happiness is an option
You only tell me you love me when you’re drunk
The only one
New York City boy
For all of us (demo)*
Call me old-fashioned (demo)*
Believe/Song For Guy (featuring Elton John)*
It doesn’t often snow at Christmas (Fan club mix)
Playing in the streets*
Tall thin men*
Somebody else’s business
For all of us**
The ghost of myself
Casting a shadow
I don’t know what you want but I can’t give it any more (The PSB Extension): 8.39
Was it worth it? (live)**
Paris city boy (Full French)*
Positive role model
Somebody else’s business (extended mix)**
* Previously unreleased
**Previously unreleased on CD
Release/Further listening: 2001-2004
Home and dry
I get along
The samurai in autumn
Love is a catastrophe
The night I fell in love
Between two islands
Searching for the face of Jesus
Time on my hands
The night is a time to explore who you are (demo)*
Closer to Heaven (slow version)
Run, girl, run (demo)*
I didn’t get where I am today
Home and dry (ambient mix)
Bright young things (demo)*
A powerful friend (John Peel version)*
If looks could kill (John Peel version)*
Try it (I’m in love with a married man)
Here (PSB new extended mix)
If looks could kill
A powerful friend**
No excuse (demo)*
Blue on blue
Jack and Jill party (demo)*
Flamboyant (original demo)
Flamboyant (7” mix)
In private (featuring Elton John)
Alone again, naturally (featuring Elton John)*
Reunion (Electro mix)*
Bright young things
We’re the Pet Shop Boys
It’s a sin (Barfly version)
* Previously unreleased
** Previously unreleased on CD
Fundamental/Further listening: 2005-2007
The Sodom and Gomorrah Show
I made my excuses and left
I’m with Stupid
Casanova in Hell
Indefinite leave to remain
Fugitive (Richard X extended mix)
Ring road (demo)*
The performance of my life (demo)*
One-way street (demo)*
Girls don’t cry
The Sodom and Gomorrah Show (original demo)**
Dancing in the dusk (demo)*
After the event
The former enfant terrible
No time for tears (orchestral mix)*
God willing (original full-length mix)*
I’m with Stupid (PSB maxi-mix)
Answer the phone! (ringtone)**
Where are you? (ringtone)**
Numb (single edit)
A certain “Je ne sais quoi”
Transfer (Visionaire mix)*
Integral (PSB Perfect Immaculate 7” mix)**
Integral (PSB Perfect Immaculate mix)
* Previously unreleased
** Previously unreleased on CD
Scissor Sisters have come out of hiatus for one song only with a song that poses (and answers) one question: “What do you get when you twerk and you twirl and you werk and you swerve and you swirl?”
The collaboration with noted tunesmith MNDR is online today and cash from the song’s going to the Contigo Fund, which popped up in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Here’s a quote about the song from Scissor Sisters:
“The community that brought Scissor Sisters and MNDR to life experienced an incredible loss that we can’t allow to be forgotten. SWERLK is our way to honor the people and culture that allowed us to escape and be ourselves.”
Can we be quite clear on this: ‘Swerlk’ is a total monster.
In related news, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears is currently on tour in America, and has solo material coming out, presumably, later this year. If you’d like to see him live there’s one date left and it’s in New Orleans tomorrow night, so start booking flights sooner rather than later.
‘Bon Appétit’ hitmaker Katy Perry’s announced she’s off on a European tour in 2018, which is good news for people in those European cities or people who like to travel.
Here are the specific dates and venues etc:
23 May – Germany Cologne LANXESS arena
24 May – Belgium Antwerp Sportpaleis Antwerp
26 May – Netherlands Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
29 May – France Paris AccorHotels Arena
1 June – Switzerland Zurich Hallenstadion
2 June – Italy Bologna Unipol Arena
4 June – Austria Vienna Wiener Stadthalle
6 June – Germany Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena
8 June – Denmark Copenhagen Royal Arena
10 June – Sweden Stockholm Ericsson Globe
14 June – UK London The O2
18 June – UK Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
19 June – UK Sheffield Sheffield Arena
21 June – UK Liverpool Echo Arena
22 June – UK Manchester Manchester Arena
24 June – UK Glasgow The SSE Hydro
25 June – UK Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Tickets go on sale on Friday June 9 at 9am, which is also the same day her new album ‘Witness’ is out.
Here’s a trailer for the tour in case you need convincing:
Ariana Grande will be joined by Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Take That at a benefit concert in Manchester next Sunday, it’s been announced. Coldplay, Niall Horan, Usher and Pharrell are also on the lineup, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the We Love Manchester emergency fund.
The concert at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground was announced by Grande on Instagram in the following manner: