Doves Are Flying Towards U.K. No. 1 With ‘The Universal Want’

Doves are soaring atop the midweek U.K. chart with The Universal Want (Virgin), their first album in more than a decade.

The Manchester alternative rock outfit should nab a third No. 1 with The Universal Want, which is outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined, according to the Official Charts Company.

The band already has five Top 20 albums, including chart leaders The Last Broadcast (2002) and Some Cities (2005). The trio’s most recent studio album Kingdom of Rust debuted at No. 2 back in 2009.

Another Manc band is flying high on the Official Chart Update as Everything Everything’s Re-Animator (Infinity Industries) starts at No. 2. The indie rock outfit is well on pace to best their No. 5 chart peak, which they’ve managed on two occasions.

Veteran goth-metal artist Marilyn Manson starts at No. 3 on the midweek chart with We Are Chaos (Concord/Loma Vista), his 11th studio album. Manson already has five Top 10 album to his name.

Psychedelic rock outfit The Flaming Lips could score a highest-charting album in their career with American Head (Bella Union), new at No. 5 on the midweek list; while singer Roachford bows at No. 8 with Twice In A Lifetime, which should be the R&B artist’s first Top 20 album in 23 years.

Meanwhile, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” continues to lead the way in the U.K. singles chart race. It’s at No. 1 on the Official Chart Update, ahead of 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior’s “Mood” (Black Butter) and “Ain’t It Different” (Black Butter) by Headie One, AJ Tracey and Stormzy.

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.

‘The Apollo’ (About the Legendary Theater) and ‘Apollo 11’ Win Big on Night 1 of Primetime Emmy Awards

The Apollo, an HBO film about the legendary Harlem theater, won the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special on Monday (Sept. 14).  This year’s creative arts and other pre-telecast awards are being split into five (count ‘em) nightly shows, leading up to the televised Primetime Emmy Awards next Sunday (Sept. 20). This first night was devoted to reality and non-fiction programming.

Apollo beat formidable competition– Beastie Boys Story (Apple TV+), (Michelle Obama’s) Becoming (Netflix), The Great Hack (Netflix) and Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time (Epix).

Apollo 11, about the 1969 space launch which put man on the moon, won three awards on the night. The only other multiple winners on Night 1 were Ru Paul’s Drag Race (VH1) and Cheer (Netflix). Each picked up two awards.

Here’s a complete list of winners for Night 1:

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special The Apollo (HBO)

Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E)

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Creating Possible Worlds (Nat Geo)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program Queer Eye (Netflix)

Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program The Cave – Muhammed Khair Al Shami, Ammar Suleiman and Mohammed Eyad (Nat Geo)

Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program Life Below Zero (Episode: “The New World”) (Nat Geo)

Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program – Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for American Factory (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program – Greg Whiteley for Cheer (Episode: “Daytona”) (Netflix)

Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score) — Laura Karpman for Why We Hate (Episode: “Tools & Tactics”) (Discovery Channel)

Outstanding Narrator –David Attenborough on Seven Worlds, One Planet (Episode: “Antarctica”) (BBC America)

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction ProgramApollo 11 – Todd Douglas Miller (CNN)

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program RuPaul’s Drag Race – Jamie Martin, Michael Roha, Paul Cross, Michael Lynn Deis and Ryan Mallick (Episode: “I’m That Bitch”) (VH1)

Outstanding Picture Editing for An Unstructured Reality ProgramCheer – Editing Team (Episode: “God Blessed Texas”) (Netflix)

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) Apollo 11 (CNN)

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera)Apollo 11 (CNN)

Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction ProgramDon’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Episode: “Closing the Net”) (Netflix)

The ceremony was hosted by Nicole Byer, the Emmy-nominated host of Nailed It. Presenters included Gina Carano (The Mandalorian), RuPaul Charles (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Daryl Mitchell (NCIS: New Orleans), Rob Riggle (Holey Moley), Drew Scott (Property Brothers: Forever Home; Brother vs. Brother) and J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm).

The areas of focus for the rest of the pre-telecast awards: Tuesday, Sept. 15, variety; Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 17, scripted TV; and Saturday, Sept. 19, a mix of awards across various genres. The weeknight installments air on www.Emmys.com at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Sept. 19 show airs on FXX at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.

 

 

Kanye West Compares Himself to Nat Turner, Says He’s Not Releasing Music Until He’s ‘Done’ With Sony & Universal Contracts

Those waiting for Kanye West’s Donda album are going to have to wait a bit longer.

The rapper took to Twitter on Monday night (Sept. 14) to share a string of tweets, beginning by announcing he’s “not putting no more music out till I’m done with my contract with Sony and Universal.”

“On God … in Jesus name … come and get me,” he continued. In January 2019, West filed a pair of lawsuits against EMI, the song publisher that has administered the rights to his songs since 2003, and against Roc-a-Fella Records, UMG Recordings, Def Jam and Bravado International Group.

EMI sued West in March 2019 for damages after what it called in court documents a response to “West’s efforts to renege on his bargained-for contractual obligations to the company.” In January 2020, a settlement between West and EMI had been reached.

West followed up with another tweet demanding apologies “immediately” from J. Cole and Drake, both of whom he has feuded with in the past. “I’m Nat Turner … I’m fighting for us,” he wrote, comparing himself to the American slave who led a Virginia rebellion for freedom in 1831. He additionally compared himself to Moses, calling the music industry and the NBA “modern day slave ships,” before proclaiming that he’s “not gonna watch my people be enslaved.”

“I’m the 2nd richest black man in America … I need all my people with me for us to get free,” he added, implying a potential alliance between himself, Drake and J. Cole. He deleted the tweet, noting that “the wealth is in our love of family and our brothers and our service to God … let’s rise up… let’s communicate.”

In a since-deleted tweet, West added that he has a meeting lined up with “Sean Carter,” before correcting himself to Jay-Z’s real name, Shawn Carter. “No respect to my big bro,” he clarified.

Ye continued his act of defiance against labels and publishing companies. “I’m not industry bro … I don’t care… I’m in service to Christ … we need world healing … I miss my brothers… I refuse to argue with black men on labels we don’t own… even twitter,” Kanye said, before adding, “I have the utmost respect for all brothers … we need to link and respect each other… no more dissing each other on labels we don’t own.”

“Let’s stop killing each other … let’s show God that we are Gods people … my ego gets the best of me too,” he shared. “God doesn’t measure us by money in his kingdom … let’s love each other… I love my brothers and I miss my friends … real talk.”

West went on the share a screenshot of a post from Instagram account @balleralert, featuring a conversation between NBA star Kevin Durant and businessman Steve Stoute in which they discourage Black Americans from voting for the rapper in this year’s general election. “Steve Stoute is a good man … this is my brother … I’m disappointed with a lot of his recent decisions but Steve is my brother… I understand bro,and I’m here for life,” Ye tweeted.

 

YouTube Launches TikTok Competitor in India

YouTube is entering the race to usurp TikTok’s dominance in the short-form video space with YouTube Shorts, a new tool that will allow users to record and upload 15-second videos straight from their mobile phones.

This week, YouTube will launch an early beta of Shorts in India, which in late June banned TikTok and dozens of other Chinese-owned apps, citing security concerns. Since the ban, the popularity of TikTok competitor Triller exploded in India, surging to No. 1 on Apple’s App Store in the country.

In its early beta launch in India, Shorts will boast a number of creation tools similar to those on TikTok and its competitors, including a multi-segment camera allowing users to string multiple videos together; the ability to incorporate music from a library of songs; speed controls; and a timer and countdown to allow for hands-free recording. Additional creation tools will be rolled out “in the coming months,” the company notes.

A blog post by YouTube vp product management Chris Jaffe announcing the tool emphasizes YouTube’s 2 billion monthly viewers and its long-running history of minting digital stars.

“Creators have built entire businesses on YouTube,” the post reads, “and we want to enable the next generation of mobile creators to also grow a community on YouTube with Shorts. We encourage any mobile creator or artist to start uploading their existing short videos on YouTube today to start getting discovered.”

At launch, YouTube Shorts will be available to Android users in India only, rolling out to iOS users and additional territories at some unspecified point in the future.

While YouTube users outside India don’t have access to the Shorts beta, they already have the option of uploading existing vertical videos of 60 seconds or less to YouTube using the hashtag #Shorts in the title or description. Those videos are then featured in a recently-added short video section on the homepage of the YouTube app. Starting Monday (Sept. 14), users can also swipe vertically through those short videos, utilizing a navigation style first popularized by TikTok.

YouTube’s Shorts launch comes during a critical time for TikTok. In addition to the popular app’s ban in the lucrative Indian market, its U.S. operations have been threatened by President Donald Trump, who on Aug. 6 issued an executive order forbidding “any transaction by any person” in the U.S. with the company’s Beijing-based owner Bytedance if Bytedance failed to divest itself of TikTok’s U.S. operations within 45 days. On Sunday, multiple outlets reported that Bytedance had struck a deal with Oracle to keep TikTok in the U.S., shortly after rejecting Microsoft’s high-profile bid.

India-based users interested in learning more about Shorts can navigate to YouTube’s new Google forum post about the tool, which includes a sign-up link for virtual workshops.

Staind and Godsmack Singers Plot Drive-In Tour

Danny Wimmer Presents has announced the American Drive-In Tour featuring Aaron Lewis of Staind and Sully Erna of Godsmack. The two frontmen will perform their hits together, side-by-side, during an intimate and unplugged evening.

The live shows will kick off Oct. 1 at Starlite Drive-In in Wichita, Kansas, followed by stops in Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois and more. The tour is scheduled to conclude on Nov. 1 with a performance at Del Mar Fairgrounds in Southern California.

“Sully and I have been friends for 25 years. We’ve been talking about doing something for the last 10 years,” said Lewis in a release. “The time has finally come. I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this to you in such strange times.”

“Me and Aaron Lewis? Onstage together…acoustic? Do I need to say more?” said Erna in a release. “Just don’t miss it! It may never happen again.”

Tour producers Danny Wimmer Presents have worked closely with both artists and all venues to create a live concert environment that will bring rock fans back together in unique setups that promote social distancing for a safe experience. The nationwide trek will follow current local health guidelines for fans’ safety and enjoyment. Some shows will be drive-in events with patrons in or adjacent to their cars, and other shows will feature viewing from socially distanced fan “pods” or tables designed for up to four people.

“We’re eager to get back to what we love, and we’re determined to keep the music alive and keep the rock community strong during these times,” said DWP resident Joe Litvag in a release. “Aaron and Sully on stage together like this is something that none of us have seen before but have always hoped would happen one day. We’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

Tickets go on sale Tuesday at noon local time. Check out a full list of tour dates below.

Janelle Monáe Weighs in on Megan Thee Stallion Shooting: ‘I’m Sick to My Stomach’

Janelle Monáe told Jemele Hill on her podcast she felt “sick to her stomach” while watching Megan Thee Stallion defend herself online and painfully open up about Tory Lanez shooting her.

On Monday’s (Sept. 14) episode of her Spotify podcast Jemele Hill is Unbothered, titled “Revolutions Per Minute,” Hill broke down the “strong Black woman” fallacy and how it doesn’t make space for our vulnerability due to the resounding ideal of our resilience. Regarding the shooting incident with the “Savage” rapper, she asked the “Turntables” singer about how to talk about Black women not being supported by their own communities without villainizing Black men.

“I think what I try to do is come from a place of love, but love is not exempt of accountability,” the Antebellum actress said around the 14-minute mark. “Just because you hold somebody accountable, don’t mean that you don’t love them. That that is the biggest form of love, because that’s saying, ‘Listen, we can be better than that. I want you to be better than that.’ And I, like you, I’m sick to my stomach around the victim-blaming that that was going on around Meg the Stallion, and she is strong. But she should not have to go through that. She should not have to prove to people who thought that she was lying, that she wasn’t lying.”

The 25-year-old rapper was shot in both feet in the early hours of Sunday, July 12, “as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram note in the following days. But as memes made the rounds on the internet that invalidated her traumatic experience, Megan tweeted about how “Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own.”

On the latest podcast episode, Monáe unpacked how anyone benefiting from the patriarchal system in American society has an obligation to speak up and not just take up arms as allies but as “[accomplices] to Black women.”

“Violence under any kind should be condemned. It’s not a gender issue. It needs to be condemned. And I think that when you, when we’re talking about Black women, though, we are disproportionately affected by it,” the 34-year-old artist continued explaining. “So my thing is to say in the same way that we ask white people to like to abolish systemic racism and oppression, I’m asking those, and this is Black men included, if you are doing this, then I’m not talking to you. But if you benefit from this white patriarchal system in a way that we don’t, I’m asking you to have conversations with more men about how you can be better supportive, how you can show up better for Black women and other folks who may not be as privileged as you are in this world.”

She also spoke about her latest single “Turntables,” which is featured on All In: The Fight for Democracy, the forthcoming Amazon Studios documentary about voter suppression starring former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The nearly two-hour feature be exclusively launched on Amazon Prime Video this Friday, Sept. 18.

“Turntables” serves as a rallying cry to continue galvanizing those fighting for racial justice on the frontlines.

“I think just in this moment, we’re all feeling this revolution. We’re all feeling that, that we as Black people and Black women and Black queer folks in the LGBTQI+ communities, we’re not allowing it to be just lip service. We’re holding, again, those who benefit from these racist policies and benefit from patriarchy accountable in a different way,” she said. “This song is about the revolution, it’s highlighting that. And when you think about a record spinning, they call it a RPM, revolutions per minute, when it’s spinning like that. That’s what’s happening right now. And I just wanted to capture what it is like to watch it happen.”

She credits Abrams for getting her back into the recording studio after she wanted to vote for her during the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election between the 46-year-old Black female politician and the current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. The eight-time Grammy-nominated singer ultimately blamed gerrymandering for Kemp’s win at the time, but she still desired to support Abrams in any way she could.

“I told her, ‘If you ever need me, call me.’ And she called me and the directors of her documentary All In contacted me and asked me if I wanted to contribute some new music. And I said, ‘Okay, I’m not at all in a space where I need to get in the studio,’ because I was just emotionally fatigued and traumatized by the violence against us and the deaths,” she recalled. “And so I said, ‘I’mma watch this. If I’m moved, I’ll make myself go into the studio.’ And I was. I fell in love with Stacey in this documentary and just fell in love with her even more and had a deeper level of respect for her than I did. And I went to the studio and I said, ‘I’mma write this like I’m writing it for myself. What do I need to hear? What would I want to hear to motivate me?’ And what would I think a young organizer, a Black queer young organizer, would need to hear to keep them going and motivated?'”

Listen to the rest of Monáe and Hill’s conversation on the “Revolutions Per Minute” episode of Jemele Hill is Unbothered below.

Guitarist Marty Friedman Set to Drop Third Collection of J-pop Covers

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman is set to drop his third album of J-pop covers, called TOKYO JUKEBOX 3, on Oct. 21.

The album is the follow-up to his previous collection from 9 years ago, and features a wide variety of pop songs both classic and current. The new set includes contemporary numbers such as LiSA’s powerful long-running hit “Gurenge” and Official HIGE DANdism’s “Shukumei,” along with DA PUMP’s recent comeback dance track “U.S.A.,” End of the World’s poignant ballad “Sazanka,” and the pioneering vocaloid hit “Senbonzakura feat. Hatsune Miku.” Some throwback J-pop hits from the ‘90s are included in the playlist as well, such as the late ZARD’s “Makenaide” and Every Little Thing’s “Time goes by.”

Friedman’s renditions of these songs feature his virtuoso heavy-metal shredding while also showcasing his prowess as composer and music producer. Fans can get a taste of the album in a short-but-sweet teaser of the Japan-based guitar hero slaying “Gurenge,” in which the popular anime opener is given a jaw-droppingly complex twist.

The collection’s cover art features Friedman decked up in a striking kimono-like outfit with kabuki-inspired makeup, with his signature long curls done up in an impressive coiffure, visualizing his unique brand of East-meets-West expressed sonically in the 12-song set.