In today’s Soundbites Lady Gaga pulls no punches on her bedroom activities, Michael Eavis decides it wouldn’t be annoying to reveal he has two Glasto headliners booked without disclosing their names, Klaxons offer some words of wisdom for future Mercury Prize winners, and we take a quick look at Arcade Fire’s new album as it heads towards the UK Album chart summit. Also, BBC 6Music’s renaissance continues and Richard Ashcroft’s manager explains his early exit last week.
Up till now it seemed only sports coaches, especially boxing trainers, had decided that sex should be avoided at all costs if you want to be a success in life. However, pop superstar Lady Gaga appears to be on board with the philosophy also, though in usual fashion her comments are slightly more blunt on the subject than you might expect from say, Freddie Roach. “I do fuck, but I’m certainly not promiscuous,” she told Vanity Fair. “I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they’re going to take my creativity from me through my vagina.” And you thought it was just her fashion sense that was mental.
Michael Eavis has revealed he has two acts already booked for the 2011 Glastonbury festival, and that he is also waiting for a response from U2 after he asked the Irish supergroup to top the Friday bill after they were forced to withdraw from this year’s event. Eavis told BBC News he is ‘thrilled’ with the bookings but refused to give any clues as to the identity of the two acts. Ah well, let the rumours commence.
Klaxons have given some fatherly advice to whichever act wins this year’s Mercury Music Prize, telling them to take advantage of every opportunity the award presents them with. “I partied for three weeks after the Mercury Prize,” Jamie Reynolds told the Daily Star. “If you really want to win the award, go for it. It’s yours, enjoy it. Our manifesto easily fits on a T-shirt. It would read: ‘Take fun seriously. Make good pop music’. I think that’s it.”
‘The Suburbs’ is on it’s way to becoming Arcade Fire’s first UK number one album on Sunday according to midweek figures, after receiving widespread praise from critics. Expectations of a huge departure for the band haven’t come to fruition, you can sense the band glancing over their shoulder as they look forward on tracks such as ‘We Used To Wait’ which has echoes of ‘Rebellion (Lies)’, and ‘Empty Room’ which could be ‘No Cars Go’s louder, younger sister. Check out a fan video of one of the highlights, ‘City With No Children’,
BBC 6Music, which enjoyed a huge surge in listenership following the massive publicity afforded to the station during it’s potential closure, has further increased it’s figures according to a report released today. The station drew in 1.19m listeners in the second quarter of 2010, double those it had one year ago. BBC Radio 2 remains comfortably the biggest radio station in the UK, with 13.73m despite a fall of 5.8%.
Richard Ashcroft’s manager Jazz Summers has denied the United Nations of Sound mainman stormed off stage at a gig in Queensland last week. “After three gigs in two days, including a two-hour show in Sydney on Saturday night, we knew Richard would have to look after his voice for the Splendour in the Grass set, so we cancelled all promotional activity for Sunday,” he said in a statement. “It wasn’t until he got on stage on Sunday night at Splendour that he realised his voice wouldn’t make it through the set.”