Stevie Nicks: “In Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie and I were a force of nature” - NME.com
On the eve of her new concert film, the Fleetwood Mac singer talks new solo material, Trump's response to COVID-19 and the chances of a 'Rumours'-era reunion
Nothing will slow Stevie Nicks down. When Fleetwood Mac concluded their year-long world tour at the end of 2019, the 72-year-old singer songwriter decamped to her Santa Monica home with the intention of taking the year off from touring. Like the rest of us, she didnt expect to be holed-up for quite so long. Ive been quarantined solid since March, Nicks tells NME. I figured that Id probably do about ten gigs and then I was just going to work on a miniseries for Rhiannon but then the door slams and we have a pandemic.” Out of these dark days, Nicks has kept a busy schedule. Show Them The Way, worked upon remotely with the help of Dave Grohl, is her first single in six years. She has also helped produce 24 Karat Gold The Concert, a spellbinding concert film from the 2016/7 tour of the same name, which in cinemas for two nights later this month featuring staples such as ‘Edge of Seventeen’ and ‘Stop Draggin My Heart Around’ alongside unreleased gems and deep cuts. Whilst a viral TikTok video may have drawn headlines and pushed her song Dreams back into the charts recently, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had other things on her mind when we caught up with her, including her issues with Trump, the lost ‘Buckingham Nicks’ album and why she is fatalistic if ‘Rumours’–era Fleetwood Mac are to never play together again. Your first single for six years and the 24 Karat Gold The Concert film this is turning into a very busy time for you… “In a million years, I never thought Id have two projects coming out within two weeks of each other. Its been a lot of work over the last two months, let me tell you. Im pretty excited and really proud of everything. I think the film is the closest anyone is going to get to a real, serious concert until the pandemic is over. And I think the song is right now with whats going on in our country. Our country is so divisive. We have gone back so far. It is very sad and very scary.” You have been openly critical of the US administrations response to COVID-19. You tweeted that Nobody is leading us. Nobody has a plan. You called it a tragedy and a real American Horror Story. “You know that our President and his wife contracted the virus? Its like, wear your mask, you know? Its a simple thing to ask. Just wear your mask. Especially if youre the President of the United States. Its pretty simple. Weve been told again and again and again that its incredibly contagious. I dont take any chances. Nobody in my world does. For me, as a singer, if I get it and I get that terrible cough that never goes away; if it attacks my lungs and I dont have my lung power anymore it would kill me. It would destroy my career.” Do you feel that Trump been irresponsible? “I think if you dont wear a mask youre irresponsible. Im very sorry that he got it Im not saying anything like that but he never wears a mask. Nobody in his circle does. And now theyve all got it. It really proves something to the people in the US who view it as some political thing. Well, guess what? Its not political. Its dangerous and its contagious. But he [Trump] had to get it to know that? He couldnt listen to the science? He couldnt listen to all the doctors who probably said in private, you need to take care of yourself and wear your mask?” Why do you think he hasnt listened to the scientists? “I think he just thinks he knows better. But what is he going to say now? This is like telling your children to be careful when they go out and then they dont come home one night. All you can do is tell people and whether they listen or not is up to them. But thats not my problem. Im very sorry that they got it. But they knew better.” You have a reputation for being forthcoming and open in interviews. I presume this is what youre like in all aspects of your life? “Its the only way I can really be. I know that comes from my mum. I just am who I am. I know that sometimes my honesty is a lot for people and that it pushes some away, but if you cant hear the truth then I cant really hang out with you!” In 24 Karat Gold The Concert, you detail difficulties you had making 1983s ‘The Wild Heart’. You say you were arrogant and less of a team player than you were on your solo debut, ‘Bella Donna’. Why so? “‘Bella Donna’ took three months to make. It was the first record in a solo career and I was not stupid enough to waste time and spend too much money. No self-indulgence. Then, after ‘Bella Donna’, I made ‘Mirage’ with Fleetwood Mac. That took a year and we went on tour for about another year. ‘Mirage’ was a big record and had a tonne of singles on it and so, when I came back, I was different. I could not consider myself a cleaning lady and a waitress anymore.” How did this affect the recording of ‘The Wild Heart’? “When I walked into the studio I was much more confident. I can call it arrogance or I can call it confidence. It was somewhere in between the two. I was much stronger in my ideas. For example, I wanted to produce. I just wanted to be more involved than I was during the first album. When I look back on that now, that was just me growing as an artist. I didnt want it all done for me. ‘The Wild Heart’ was different. It needed to be different. Much like how, after ‘Rumours’, we [Fleetwood Mac] made ‘Tusk’ because we didnt want to do ‘Rumours’ over. Even though the record company said we needed to, we just said, We cant do it.” Was your second album a personal turning point? “‘Bella Donna’ kicked off my solo career but as I walked away from ‘The Wild Heart’ everybody knew that I had arrived as a solo artist. I was not going to just say, That was fun and go back to Fleetwood Mac. I was going to be able to handle being in both bands. When Fleetwood Mac took vacations, I could go and make a solo album and tour. And then go back again. It worked out great for a Gemini: I had two worlds. Never a boring moment.” Were you ever conflicted about offering songs to Fleetwood Mac rather than keeping them for yourself? “No, I was never selfish with the songs. If I had ten songs that I had written, I would sit at the piano and play all ten for Fleetwood Mac. I would let them choose because if they chose the songs then they were going to be good. If I tried to shove songs down their throat, they werent going to be good. Who they go to is fine by me. Its never been a problem. It kinda works itself out. The songs that are supposed to be on the record that youre doing at the time jump out. And the ones that arent right for that particular time dont.” “Lindsey and I havent had any communication since his heart attack. If its ever meant to happen, it will” Thinking of the revelations springing from the #MeToo movement, did you ever experience any difficulties of that kind over the years? “Honestly in Fleetwood Mac, Christine [McVie] and I were a force of nature. In the first two months I was in the band, Chris and I made a pact that we would never be in a room full of famous English or American guitar players and be treated like second class citizens. If we werent respected, we would say, this partys over. We have stayed true to that our entire career. In my own career, I didnt have Christine but I had Lori Nicks and Sharon Celani. My [backing] singers and my best friends. We wanted to be Crosby, Stills and Nash! Sometime we would try not to make my voice louder than theirs, so that we could have that three-part [harmony] going on. I had my girls: the three of us. They were my sound. Together, we were also very much like, dont mess with us, because were really good, were talented and were really nice women. If you dont treat us the way we feel that we should be treated we wont work with you.” Was the need for a pact, or strength in numbers, necessary because you witnessed mistreatment, or worse, directly? “Sometimes I saw women treated in a way that I didnt think was great. At 72 years old, I am totally behind MeToo. I support all those women, totally. I joined a famous band in 1975. I didnt have to move to Los Angeles by myself and try to find a job in a band or try to find something to do with music all alone. I didnt have to do what women who move to LA to be an actress have to do. I had a team behind me immediately. When I was with Lindsey [Buckingham], I had him. I was never out there alone having to talk to producers or men who were going to try and take advantage of me. Im really lucky. Its really unfortunate that most women in showbusiness do experience that, but I seem to have skated through it.” The film features Cryin in the Night from 1973s ‘Buckingham Nicks’. This album has never been released in the CD era and beyond. Due to your fall-out are we further away than ever from a release? “I dont know. I think it should be released. It should just be polished up a little bit. I dont think it should be remixed. I think it should just go out the way it was mixed when we released it. I hope it happens. Owning ‘Buckingham Nicks’ between me and Lindsey is like owning an old Mercedes. One person says, lets release it! and the other person goes, I dont wanna let it go. And then three years later its the other way around. Thats whats been happening with ‘Buckingham Nicks’ since 1975!” Have you heard back from Lindsey since you sent him a note following his heart attack last year? “The heart attack was serious. All of us in Fleetwood Mac wrote to him and told him that hed better get well. Being an ex-girlfriend, I wrote more than that. I said, youd better stay well and youd take care of yourself. The same old thing, right? But we havent had any communication. Its OK. If its ever meant to happen, it will. If were meant to communicate ever again, we will. Its not happening right now.” Did he acknowledge the letter though? “Hes acknowledged it, yeah. He wrote a kind of group letter to us all. None of us have had any communication with him since. You know, it lasted 43 years, so we had a really, really good run.” Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert will be in cinemas on 21 Oct. Find your screening at stevienicksfilm.com. The 2CD & digital/streaming releases will be available on 30 Oct.
Watch Burna Boy’s emotional, Stormzy-featuring video for ‘Real Life’ - NME
Burna Boy has shared a new video for 'Real Life', which features Stormzy – their collaboration appears on new album 'Twice As Tall'.
Burna Boy has shared an emotional new video for ‘Real Life’, featuring Stormzy watch it below. The collaboration appears on Burna Boy’s recent fifth album, ‘Twice As Tall’. The new video, directed by Meji Aladi, comes alongside news of Burna Boy’s new comic book, The Secret Flame. The book, narrated by his grandfather Benson Idonije, “follows Burna Boy through a spiritual journey of discovering oneself while highlighting the very moments that brought him to where hes standing tall today”. It’s available to purchase here. Watch Burna Boy and Stormzy’s ‘Real Life’ video below. ‘Twice As Tall’, Burna Boy’s new album, came out back in August. In a three-star review of the album, NME wrote: “Burna Boy again delivers on ‘Twice As Tall’. While it’ll always be hard to top his magnumopus ‘African Giant’ and fan favourite ‘Outside’, the stars latest album is a satisfying sequel. “It’s admirable to see him balance his signature sound with hints of exploration in collaborations such as ‘Monsters You Made’, all while remaining true to his mother tongue.” Stormzy’s #Merky Books, meanwhile, recently announced its second annual New Writers’ Prize. Launched last year, the prize aims to discover underrepresented writers from ages 16-30 in the UK and Republic of Ireland. “I know too many talented writers that dont always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen and hopefully #Merky Books can now be a reference point for them to say ‘I can be an author’ and for that to be a realistic and achievable goal,” Stormzy said of the prize.
Watch Burna Boy perform two cuts from ‘Twice As Tall’ for ‘The Tonight Show’ - NME
Burna Boy performed two cuts from his latest album ‘Twice As Tall’ for Wednesday (August 26) night’s instalment of The Tonight Show.
Burna Boy performed two cuts from his latest album Twice As Tall for Wednesday (August 26) nights instalment of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Nigerian artist played a medley of Wonderful and Monsters You Made from the new record, condensing the tracks for his four-minute set. Abiding by current social distancing guidelines, Burna Boy, real name Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, staged his performance in an empty basketball court, accompanied by a band, complete with a saxophone player. Watch the performance below: Burna Boy released his fifth studio album Twice As Tall earlier this month. Burna Boy again delivers on Twice As Tall, said NME in a three-star review. While itll always be hard to top his magnum opus African Giant and fan favourite Outside, the stars latest album is a satisfying sequel.” The record saw Burna team up with Stormzy for the song Real Life, who he worked with previously for Stormzys 2019 single Own It, alongside Ed Sheeran. He also collaborated with Coldplays Chris Martin for Monsters You Made In an NME Big Read interview, Burna Boy explained his decision to recruit Martin for the song. I had the two verses and an empty space for the hook, but in my mind I was like: Bro, if I dont get Coldplay on this one then Im just gonna release it with no hook, he recalled. I dont know the English words to put this in, or the politically correct words to use for this, but [Martins] one of the only people that could bring that balance and still relate. He also teamed up with Sam Smith in August, lending his vocals to the track My Oasis.
John Lennon’s killer Mark Chapman denied parole for 11th time - NME
John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman has been denied parole for the eleventh time, it has been reported today (August 26).
John Lennon‘s killer Mark Chapman has been denied parole for the eleventh time. The 65-year old was interviewed by a parole board in New York last Wednesday (August 19), and has since had his appeal turned down. Further details of the verdict have not been disclosed. Chapman is currently serving a 20-years-to-life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in Erie County, New York, having pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He fatally shot Lennon at the entrance to his New York City apartment back in December 1980, after the Beatles icon returned home from a recording session with his wife, Yoko Ono. Chapman will now remain behind bars for at least another two years, with his next hearing scheduled for August 2022. He was first eligible for parole in 2000. John Lennon – Credit: Harry Benson / Stringer / Getty The killer’s appeal was last turned down in August 2018, when the parole board explained of their decision: You admittedly carefully planned and executed the murder of a world-famous person for no reason other than to gain notoriety. While no one persons life is any more valuable than anothers life, the fact that you chose someone who was not only a world-renown person and beloved by millions, regardless of the pain and suffering you would cause to his family, friends and so many others, you demonstrated a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life and the pain and suffering of others. During that hearing, Chapman explained that he felt more and more shame every year since committing the crime. Thirty years ago I couldnt say I felt shame and I know what shame is now, he said. That same year, Chapman’s wife Gloria Hiroko Chapman claimed that her husband told her he was going to murder Lennon two months before he killed the musician.
Barack Obama has revealed his 2020 summer playlist - NME
Barack Obama has shared his 2020 summer playlist, featuring songs from Princess Nokia, Moses Sumney, Beyonce, Frank Ocean and many more.
Barack Obama has shared his 2020 summer playlist, featuring songs from Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Princess Nokia, Moses Sumney and many more. The former US President took to Twitter to reveal his songs of the season, including tracks from artists who will be performing at the upcoming Democratic Convention, such as Billie Eilish. Over the past few months, Ive spent a lot of time listening to music with my family, he wrote. I wanted to share some of my favourites for the summer. Over the past few months, Ive spent a lot of time listening to music with my family. I wanted to share some of my favorites from the summerincluding songs from some of the artists at this weeks @DemConvention. Hope you enjoy it. pic.twitter.com/2ZFwdN46jR — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 17, 2020 The tracks that made the cut this year include Leon Bridges and Khruangbin with Texas Sun from their collaborative EP, Billie Eilishs My Future, Princess Nokias Gemini, Moses Sumneys Rank & File and Cayendo by Frank Ocean. There are some throwback songs too, such as Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley and The Wailers, Stevie Wonders Do I Do, Billie Holidays Ill Be Seeing You and Nick Of Time by Bonnie Raitt. Some of the artists from Obamas 2019 summer playlist have also made their way into this one. There’s another Rihanna and Drake combination, this time in the form of Work, Maggie Rogers returns with Love You For A Long Time, Anderson .Paak with Lockdown and Beyoncé twice; on Savage Remix with Megan Thee Stallion and again on Already, featuring Major Lazor and Shatta Wale. Obama and his wife Michelle inked an exclusive deal with Spotify last year in June, when it was announced they would produce a series of podcasts under their Higher Ground Productions. A year later, in July 2020, Michelle released the first instalment of her podcast series The Michelle Obama Podcast, to the music and streaming platform. She also hopped on the playlist bandwagon, releasing her 2020 workout mix in January, plus a selection of tracks that inspired the first season of her podcast earlier this month.
Sam Smith and Burna Boy team up on wavy new single ‘My Oasis’ - NME
Sam Smith and Burna Boy have teamed up for wavy new single 'My Oasis', which comes ahead of the release of Smith's third studio album.
Sam Smith and Burna Boy have teamed up for wavy new single ‘My Oasis’ – listen to it below. The song comes after Smith teased yesterday (July 29) that it would be arriving this evening. My Oasis follows on from Smiths earlier releases this year. They released To Die For on Valentines Day and Im Ready, a joint single with Demi Lovato, in April. Taking to Twitter this evening (July 30), Smith wrote: “Hello all. My new song with @burnaboy My Oasis is officially out. I hope you love it like I do.” They added: “Miss you and sending buckets of cyber love to you all x” Watch the song’s lyric video below: Earlier this year, Smith announced that they would be postponing the release date of their forthcoming album. Originally entitled To Die For, Smiths third LP was set to be released on May 1, but the singer-songwriter later confirmed it will be pushed back and the album title will be changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I have done a lot of thinking the last few weeks and feel that the title of my album and imminent release doesnt feel right,” they said. “I have come to the decision to continue working on the album and make some important changes and additions.” Burna Boys last full release was last year’s African Giant. In a four-star review, NME said: “This globe-trotting collection sees the Nigerian megastar scale even dizzier heights than before.” Meanwhile, Smith has revealed that they 100 per cent had the coronavirus, but didnt get tested while exhibiting the symptoms.
Sam Smith teases new track with Burna Boy, ‘My Oasis’ - NME
Sam Smith has announced the forthcoming release of 'My Oasis', a new track featuring singer Burna Boy. The track will arrive on July 30.
Sam Smith has announced the forthcoming release of ‘My Oasis,’ a new track featuring singer Burna Boy. The single will be released at 7.20pm BST on Thursday July 30. Smith first teased the single on Instagram yesterday (July 29), posting a snippet of the song. ‘My Oasis’ follows on from Smith’s earlier releases this year. They released ‘To Die For’ on Valentine’s Day. ‘I’m Ready’, a joint single with Demi Lovato, followed in April. Earlier this year, Smith said they “100 per cent” had coronavirus, but didn’t get tested while exhibiting the symptoms. In related news, the singer decided to rename and postpone the release date of their third studio album. Smith said that the album, originally titled ‘To Die For,’ wasn’t appropriate in light of the pandemic. “I have done a lot of thinking the last few weeks and feel that the title of my album and imminent release doesnt feel right,” they said. “I have come to the decision to continue working on the album and make some important changes and additions.” Burna Boy’s last full release was ‘African Giant’ in July last year. NME gave the record four stars, saying “this globe-trotting collection sees the Nigerian megastar scale even dizzier heights than before”. Since ‘African Giant,’ Burna Boy has released a handful of singles, as well as a collaborative EP with production duo DJDS titled ‘Steel & Copper.’
Listen to Chronixx’s uplifting new single ‘Cool As The Breeze/Friday’ - NME.com
Chronixx has shared a new song called 'Cool As The Breeze/Friday' – you can listen to it here along with its accompanying video.
Chronixx has shared a new song called ‘Cool As The Breeze/Friday’ you can listen to it below. The Jamaican artist, whose real name is Jamar Rolando McNaughton, is set to release his second album ‘Dela Splash’ later this year, following on from 2017’s ‘Chronology’. Having shared the project’s lead single ‘Dela Move’ as well as ‘Same Prayer’, Chronixx has now offered up another taste along with a colourful accompanying video. Produced by Pantha, ‘Cool As The Breeze/Friday’ serves as an ode to Kingston, Jamaica. “This tune is about everyday people of the world, but really a song about us in a Jamaican life that we live, Chronixx explained. “Making sure we have the right music, culture, and energy to keep our mind uplifted throughout the struggle and building a better life for ourselves. Its the balance of being able to go through all the different forces of life you know and stay up…its an upliftment song.” Chronixx sings in the track: “Mi work every day, inna the street/ And everyday end with nights like these/ When a holiday, wi touch pan di beach/ White t-shirt and a cut off jeans“. Watch the Meji Alabi-directed visuals above. A release date for ‘Dela Splash’ is yet to be announced. Last October, Chronixx teamed up with Anderson .Paak collaborators Free Nationals on their single Eternal Light.
Beyonce and Jay-Z sued over ‘Black Effect’ vocal credit - NME
Beyonce and Jay-Z are being sued by Jamaican dancer L'Antoinette Stines, who claims the pair didn't give her due credit for her role in their song Black Effect.
Beyonce and Jay-Z are being sued by Jamaican dancer L’Antoinette Stines, who claims the pair didn’t give her due credit for her role in their song Black Effect. In papers filed on Tuesday and subsequently obtained by TMZ, Stines claims the couple contacted her in March 2018 to help them find the best dancers for a video promoting their ‘On The Run II’ tour. After helping them, Stines claims they asked her to record her opinions on love and was told it would be used in the video “for promotional purposes”. Stines alleges she signed a contract on the day of the shoot, and was apparently told once again more that the interview would only be used for promo purposes. But upon hearing ‘Black Effect’, taken from the pair’s ‘Everything Is Love’ album, Stines was surprised to hear that the entire first minute of the tune is her voice. Stines claims the the lack of credit left her feeling “artistically raped”, and she is now suing Beyonce and Jay-Z for copyright infringement and violation of her right to publicity. She’s also seeking damages and a writing credit on the song, alongside all subsequent royalties. Beyonce and Jay-Z are yet to comment. Meanwhile, it was recently claimed that Beyonce is in talks to seal an $100 million deal with Disney for work on three upcoming movies.