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.
Lauv and Conan Gray team up on new single ‘Fake’ - NME
Collaboration aficionado LAUV and rising pop singer Conan Gray have teamed up to release a new single, 'Fake'.
Pop songwriter and producer Lauv and rising singer Conan Gray have teamed up to release a new single, ‘Fake’. The track follows a slew of collaborations by Lauv with prominent artists including ‘Who’ with BTS and Slow Grenade with Ellie Goulding and marks Gray’s first-ever collaborative effort. The track dropped with an official music video directed by Jason Lester in which we see the pair being ushered through increasingly outrageous pop star settings as they try and remain true to themselves. Watch it below. In a press statement, the pair shared their thoughts on how they wrote ‘Fake’, with Lauv saying, we wrote ‘Fake’ the first time I met Conan and its one of my fav songs ever. I hope you love it. Gray added, “Lauv and I wrote Fake while we were just hanging and ranting about those two faced people everybody knows. Those people who say one thing and do the other, people who constantly talk trash about their own friends. “We wanted to make something fun you can scream in the car to, a song to flip a bird at those types of people.” Lauv’s debut album ‘~how i’m feeling~’ was released in March of this year. In a three-star review, NME called it “a powerful, beautiful debut”. Gray first rose to prominence on YouTube via his channel ConanXCanon. He released his debut album ‘Kid Krow’ in March.
Watch the trailer for the latest ‘Valorant’ agent, Skye - NME
Riot Games has officially revealed the 13th ‘Valorant’ agent, Skye, alongside a new trailer that showcases her abilities.
Riot Games has officially revealed the 13th Valorant agent, Skye. The developer unveiled the new agent in a reveal trailer, which showcases all of Skyes abilities in action, alongside an animated short of her in conversation with the agent Sage. Skye, who hails from Australia, is an Initiator agent, much like Breach and Sova, and features a skillset that ranges from flashes to heals. As previously reported, Skye is set to join Valorant in Patch 1.11, which is scheduled for release on October 27. She was initially supposed to be introduced alongside the launch of Act 3 on October 13, but was delayed to make way for the games new map, Icebox. Watch the trailer below. Although Riot Games has yet to officially release information about her abilities, the details have since leaked online, per Esportz Network. Skye equips her abilities via jade trinkets, which create powerful woodland creatures that she can control. Her skill set includes Guiding Light, a hawk trinket that acts as a flashbang; Trailblazer, a tiger trinket that lasts around eight seconds, and stuns and damages an opponent upon impact; and Regrowth, a plant trinket that channels an area of effect that heals allies. In addition, her ultimate, called Seekers, sends out three spheres that hunt down enemies, much like the Twin Hunters orb from Spike Rush mode. Riot Games previously revealed that it would be reworking the competitive mode for Valorant. The developer is set to implement changes to rank variation, rank movement for those in Immortal tier and above, alongside the ability to choose a preferred server.
Riot Games teases new ‘Valorant’ map ahead of Act 3 launch - NME.com
Riot Games has unveiled a new teaser for the latest ‘Valorant’ map, ahead of the game's Act 3 launch next week.
Riot Games has unveiled a new teaser for the latest Valorant map, ahead of its Act 3 launch next week. Called Icebox, the new location brings players to an industrial zone set on a snowy tundra. The trailer showcases a large outdoor area, filled with shipping containers and long sightlines, alongside an office space with tighter angles and narrow corridors. Other features of note in the trailer include a giant battleship, plus a multi-level building that appears to have at least one traversable zip-line. Icebox will be the fifth addition to the games current maps Ascent, Bind, Haven and Split. Watch the trailer exploring Icebox below. Riot Games had previously noted that new maps would only be added to the game every episode, which occurs in six-month intervals. The current episode is only scheduled to end with the conclusion of the upcoming Act 3, but the maps release was pushed forward due to community feedback. This map was originally going to come out in Episode 2 as planned, but many of us on the project felt it was worth buckling down hard and getting it finished to release it early, noted Riot Games Altombre on Reddit. My role in that process as a researcher was understanding how players felt about it, and when it was clear to us how badly yall wanted a fifth map, it was easy for us to get this schedule upheaval prioritised. Earlier this week, the developer detailed changes coming to Valorants ranked mode in the new Act. The most notable is the change to rank variation, which has been decreased from six to three tiers, which means that players can only be matched with players who are within three tiers of their current rank. Act 3 of Valorant is also set to introduce a new agent the 13th overall although official details have yet been revealed. During Act 2, the developer introduced Killjoy, the games first German agent who featured a skillset based around robots.
Netflix shares trailer for forthcoming Blackpink documentary - NME
Netflix has shared the trailer for the forthcoming documentary, 'Blackpink: Light Up The Sky', due out October 14.
Netflix has shared the trailer for the forthcoming Blackpink documentary, due out later this month. The documentary, Blackpink: Light Up The Sky, features live footage and “relatable, unfiltered” interviews with each member of the K-pop group as they reflect on their journey to global stardom. It was announced last month for an October 14 premiere. Watch the trailer for Blackpink: Light Up The Sky below: “As Blackpink continues reaching new heights in their career from headlining sold-out world tours to becoming the first female Korean group to perform at Coachella each member reflects on the ups and downs of fame and the long, often challenging journey that brought them to worldwide success,” a statement on the documentary read. In addition to the trailer’s release, Netflix shared a clip of Blackpink reacting to the trailer. Earlier this month, Blackpink released their debut Korean-language studio album, ‘The Album’. The LP features hit single ‘How You Like That‘, as well as collaborative tracks with Selena Gomez (‘Ice Cream‘) and Cardi B (‘Bet You Wanna‘). The album is a follow-up to their 2019 EP, ‘Kill This Love’, and 2018 debut Japanese-language album ‘Blackpink In Your Area’. Earlier this year, Blackpink also collaborated with Lady Gaga on ‘Sour Candy’, lifted from Gaga’s 2020 album, ‘Chromatica‘.
Watch BTS wrap up their week-long residency on ‘The Tonight Show’ - NME
BTS have wrapped up their week-long residency on 'Tonight Show' with a performance of their latest single 'Dynamite'.
K-pop superstars BTS have wrapped up their week-long residency on The Tonight Show… With Jimmy Fallon dubbed BTS Week with a performance of ‘Dynamite’. Complete with bubblegum cuteness, tight choreography, colour-coordinated outfits, more than a few disco balls and a roller-skating stint, BTS performed to a virtual audience of nearly half a million during the performance’s YouTube premiere. Watch it below: Over the course of this week BTS bandmates RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook have taken part in special performances, sketches and more, often involving the talk show’s host Jimmy Fallon. Delivered remotely, some of BTS’ performances have included an a capella version of ‘Dynamite’, ‘Idol’ (the lead track from 2018’s ‘Love Yourself’) and a unique performance of their 2019 EP Map of the Soul: Persona cut, Home. Elsewhere in the BTS-verse, the band recently announced details of a new album BE (Deluxe Edition). Due out next month, BTS have promised the new material will be the most “BTS-esque” music from the band yet. Yesterday (October 2), a remix of Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulos viral hit Savage Love featuring BTS’ vocals was released. BTS added a new verse to the song, Savage Love (Laxed Siren Beat), sung in Korean. Maybe forever is just a sandcastle/In the face of gentle waves, it breaks down without resistance, raps Suga. It doesnt matter what Im scared of, whether its you or those days, follows J-Hope. I want to love you like a fire right now.
Listen to BTS’ remix of Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s ‘Savage Love’ - NME
BTS have contributed to a remix of Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's viral hit ‘Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)’.
BTS have contributed to a remix of Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo‘s viral hit Savage Love (Laxed Siren Beat) scroll down the page to listen to it now. The New Zealand-born, Cook Island Samoan producer made the Laxed Siren Beat track in his bedroom last year. Derulo then sampled the song as Savage Love, originally neglecting to credit the musician. The track has since gone on to gain over 230million Spotify streams and over 563million TikTok views. Now, BTS have hopped on a remix of Savage Love (Laxed Siren Beat), adding a new verse to the song in Korean. The stars new vocals focus predominantly on members Jungkook (who sings the chorus), Suga and J-Hope. Maybe forever is just a sandcastle/In the face of gentle waves, it breaks down without resistance, raps Suga. It doesnt matter what Im scared of, whether its you or those days, follows J-Hope. I want to love you like a fire right now. Speaking to NME about teaming up with Derulo on the song, Jawsh 685 said he wasnt happy about not being credited at first. My team was able to handle it and deal with it, he said. Luckily the collaboration then became official, and it achieved worldwide success. So, I cant be too mad! But it was nice knowing that I have all these people around the world willing to back me up if they think someone is mistreating me. Meanwhile, BTS are set to release their new album BE next month. The record, which follows Februarys Map Of The Soul: 7, will be released on November 20.
Watch BTS perform ‘Home’ on second night of ‘The Tonight Show’ residency - NME
On the second night of BTS' week-long residency on 'The Tonight Show', the K-pop stars offered up a unique performance of their song 'Home'.
On the second night of BTS‘ week-long residency on The Tonight Show (September 29), the K-pop superstars offered up a unique performance of their 2019 EP ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’ cut, ‘Home’. BTS are the focus of the Jimmy Fallon-hosted show all this week, and their appearance on Tuesday September 29 saw BTS take a more homely approach to their performance, delivering this portion of their residency from overseas as opposed to in-house. Watch BTS perform ‘Home’ below: ‘Home’ follows on from BTS’ explosive performances of ‘Dynamite’ which featured Fallon and the Roots and ‘Idol’ on the first night of their residency, with more performances, sketches and bits slated until the conclusion of their brief tenure on October 2. Earlier this week, the group announced details of their new album BE (Deluxe Edition), promising it will feature the most BTS-esque music so far. A tweet by the band led fans to an app called Weverse which contained a press release about the forthcoming album. Hello. This is Big Hit Entertainment, the bands label wrote in a statement on the app. BTSs new album BE (Deluxe Edition) will be released on Friday, November 20. The message continued to say that BTS have had direct involvement in the albums concept, composition and design. Pre-orders for the album began on September 28.
Watch BTS kick off ‘The Tonight Show’ residency with ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Idol’ performances - NME
BTS have kicked off their residency on 'The Tonight Show' with a pair of explosive performances of 'Dynamite' and 'Idol'
BTS have kicked off their residency on The Tonight Show with a pair of explosive performances. The K-pop group will be the focus of the Jimmy Fallon-hosted show for the entire week, and began their stint by teaming up with Fallon and The Roots to deliver an a capella version of their latest single ‘Dynamite’. The band then returned to end the episode with a show-stopping rendition of ‘Idol’, a leading track from 2018’s ‘Love Yourself’. It’s expected that more live performances will follow as the band continue their stint on the show, which will last until Friday (October 2). In November, BTS will release BE (Deluxe Edition), which they promise will feature the most BTS-esque music so far. The album was announced in a tweet from the band, which leads fans to an app called Weverse, which contains a press release about the new album. BTS premiered the official music video for Dynamite, featuring previously unseen choreography, as part of Fortnites virtual concert series last week. They then gave the track its live debut as part of the MTV VMAs. Speaking to NME after the release of Dynamite last month, BTS said they want to give comfort and joy through their music, adding: It has been a difficult year for many. We have also had to face many surprises and changes. That naturally made us think profoundly about music. We can honestly say that we love it, and we are passionate about singing and dancing more than anyone. We realised, however, that no matter how passionate we are, we need our fans there to listen to our songs and watch us perform. It made us eager to comfort and give joy to people through our music and performance more than ever. That is how Dynamite came to be. We decided to accept new challenges and be more flexible.
Justin Bieber kicks off another ‘new era’ with vaguely ‘Holy’ new song - NME
Justin Bieber has dropped his new single 'Holy', featuring Chance The Rapper, to kick off yet another self-proclaimed "new era"
After a three-year streak without a note of Justin Bieber solo music, 2020 has been comparatively flush with activity from the Canadian singer. The arrival of his ‘R&Bieber’ comeback single ‘Yummy’ back in January served as the first taste of his star-studded yet ultimately underwhelming fifth album ‘Changes’, which followed a month later. The subsequent global shutdown scuppered Bieber’s summer plans to tour ‘Changes’, although the pandemic did inspire his May team-up with Ariana Grande for their lockdown-nodding charity single ‘Stuck with U’ (which then led to a weird falling-out with Tekashi 6ix9ine). Nine months into this most ridiculous of years, the 26-year-old is now poised to move into a “new era”, as his manager Scooter Braun put it recently. Released in the early hours of this morning, this new dawn is a ‘Holy’ one. Well, on first glance, at least: the title of Bieber’s new collaborative single with Chance The Rapper would appear to be a clear nod to the former’s recent embrace of Kanye-endorsed gospel music, religion and God. After all, Bieber told his fans in a video at the start of the year that he believes he’s “right where Im supposed to be and God has me right where he wants me”. But once you wrap your ears around ‘Holy’, Bieber’s latest offering turns out to be less a divine proclamation of his faith and more a declaration of his love and, er, lust for his partner. “I don’t believe in nirvana,” he sings over a walking bassline and bright drums, creating the sense of a church band-style accompaniment when uplifting piano chords join in. “But the way that we love in the night gave me life / Baby, I can’t explain. Oh, for the love of God, Justin. An optimistic love song caked in Christian imagery (“Runnin’ to the altar like a track star) might not please the puritans, but Bieber plainly admits on ‘Holy’ that he doesn’t “think that I’ll be a saint” and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who disagrees with that. Most people will be too busy, anyway, trying to free their minds of the track’s repetition-reliant chorus (“the way you hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me / Feels so holy, holy, holy, holy, holy) which, while not exactly suitable for the church pews, is perfect fodder for daytime radio playlists across the virus-savaged world. Chance, himself an openly religious mainstream artist, is a rather obvious choice of guest here although he does inject his charismatic energy into ‘Holy’ once his verse kicks in, upping the God-related lyrical content further in the process: “I know when the son takes the first steps, the Father’s proud / If you make it to the water, He’ll part the clouds.” He does drop in some cringeworthy lines “When they get messy, go lefty like Lionel Messi” is a terrible own goal which isn’t an ideal tactic for someone who must be desperate to regain their credibility in the rap world following his widely-derided album‘The Big Day’. While a guest spot on a Justin Bieber track won’t exactly win back the haters overnight, it’s a solid enough feature from Chance that offers some scant hope that he may have a second wind in the future. Bieber, on the other hand, has begun his second assault on 2020 with ‘Holy’. It remains to be seen whether he’ll go full-Kanye West by thematically embracing religion in his next body of work, but, for now, you have to at least applaud the timing of ‘Holy’. With all of your plans for the future put on hold, economies and industries in ruins and a dreaded second wave looming, who wouldn’t want to be held until it feels holy?