Harry Styles says his second album is “all about having sex and feeling sad”. Holding in high regard the 20th-century masters of those moods – Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Simon & Garfunkel – Fine Line expands on the languorous guitar rock that has been Styles’ currency since he left One Direction.It is a more dexterous, audacious album than Styles’ 2017 self-titled debut – though he remains as in thrall to his musical heroes as ever. After becoming obsessed with Mitchell’s 1971 masterpiece Blue, the 25-year-old tracked down the woman who built her dulcimers, begged her for a lesson and then duly dotted it throughout his own album. The Mellotron, a polyphonic keyboard made famous by The Beatles, crops up on the earnest farrago “Treat People With Kindness”, while “Canyon Moon” sounds like an outtake from Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends. That he manages to avoid sounding like a Sixties tribute act is a testament to Styles’ charm, and his occasional flickers of ingenuity – but his influences sometimes feel like a lavish coat he is yet to grow into.
Lizzo and Dave will perform at the 2020 Brit Awards, as part of a star-studded line-up that includes Billie Eilish, Stormzy and Harry Styles.The ceremony will see the Mercury Prize-winning rapper and the Grammy award-winning “Juice” singer play to an audience at London’s O2 Arena on 8 February.
When Billie Eilish was announced as the next artist to perform the 007 theme, there were a few eyebrow-raises. The implication of Eilish’s appointment, some felt, was that producers are keen to appeal to a younger demographic as the franchise undergoes a number of other changes, such as enlisting Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge to liven up the No Time to Die script. Many wondered how the 18-year-old’s bedroom pop – which until this point leaned heavily on synths and hip-hop influences – would work with Daniel Craig’s suave, brooding spy.But “No Time to Die” is a song that proves Eilish has a versatility that extends beyond the ghostly, ASMR-lite electronic sound of her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. She pushes her vocals further here than on anything she’s previously released – while she begins in her trademark style (something between a mutter and a quavering wail), she hits an impressive belt at the song’s climax.
Chaka Khan’s rendition of the US national anthem on Sunday night left many viewers baffled.The ten-time Grammy winner performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of an NBA all-star game in Chicago, her native city.
Critics are praising US artist Billie Eilish in early reactions to her James Bond theme, “No Time to Die”.The song, which was written and performed by Eilish, was released at midnight in the UK on 14 February, ahead of the film’s release in April.
Tributes from the world of music have been pouring in for Primal Scream producer and DJ Andrew Weatherall, who has died at the age of 56.The pioneering musician and artist suffered a pulmonary embolism today (17 February), and died at Whipps Cross Hospital, London, his management confirmed.
Billie Eilish has revealed that her theme to the forthcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die was written in just three days.The “Bad Guy” singer has written the track with her brother and frequent collaborator Finneas O’Connell.
Billie Eilish has unveiled her 007 theme “No Time to Die“ ahead of the release of the latest instalment starring Daniel Craig.The track, which Eilish previously revealed was a ballad and was written and performed by the 18-year-old, was released on various streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music.
Andrew Weatherall, British producer behind Screamadelica, dies aged 56. The DJ, producer, remixer and musician, who took acid house into the mainstream, suffered a pulmonary embolism
Andrew Weatherall, the British DJ and musician, has died at the age of 56.His management confirmed that Weatherall suffered a pulmonary embolism today (17 February), and died at Whipps Cross Hospital, London.