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Girls’ Generation’s comeback album ‘Forever 1’ getting digital release on 15th anniversary of their debut



K-pop group Girls’ Generation have revealed their comeback studio album ‘Forever 1’ will be released three days earlier than anticipated, getting a digital release on the 15th anniversary of their debut.

On July 26 at midnight KST, the girl group broke the news via a graphic outlining the timeline of their comeback – a day after announcing they’d be making their return on August 8.

From teaser images to a mood sampler, the rollout will start tomorrow (July 27) and end with the physical album release on August 8. The graphic also reveals teaser images related to ‘Mr. Taxi’, the first original Japanese song that Girls’ Generation ever released, and teaser images related to something called ‘Cosmic Festa’.

The digital version of ‘Forever 1’ and the music video of the title track, which was not named in the graphic, will be released on August 5 to coincide with the 15th anniversary of Girls’ Generation’s debut, when they released the single ‘Into The New World’ in 2007.

Girls’ Generation will hold an event on August 5 to celebrate the anniversary of their debut with fans, they said on Twitter.

‘Forever 1’ marks the group’s 7th studio album and five years since their previous album, ‘Holiday Night’.

After releasing ‘Forever 1’, Girls’ Generation will appear as a full group and perform live at their agency SM Entertainment’s SMTOWN LIVE 2022: SMCU Express @ Human City Suwon concert on August 20. Group members Taeyeon and Hyoyeon will also be part of the line-up as soloists and perform together with project supergroup GOT The Beat.

Member YoonA will also star in MBC’s upcoming noir K-drama Big Mouth alongside Lee Jong-suk. The actors, playing married couple Go Mi-ho and Park Chang-ho respectively, pursue a murder case and the villain who framed Park.

Earlier this year in May, YoonA gave updates on this long-awaited Girls’ Generation comeback via an Instagram Live broadcast. She confirmed that the group “talk often, have a lot of meetings, and now I’m recording and preparing [for] that”.


Watch The Killers cover U2’s ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’



The Killers have covered U2‘s classic ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ – watch footage below.

Singer Brandon Flowers told the crowd at the band’s concert at Uncasville’s Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Friday (March 17) that they wanted to honour U2 on St Patrick’s Day.

“Do you know why we celebrate St Patrick’s Day?” began Flowers. “We bring with us an Irishman everywhere we go. He’s been doing lights for us for about 17 years, Steven Douglas.” Flowers added, “Where are you at, Steven?” as he tried to spot the lighting designer.

He continued: “But even long before we had met Steven – we all love U2 – and they had the little album called ‘The Joshua Tree‘. We thought, since that’s sort of the common denominator of this band, you know, we all can agree that U2…,” he said, trailing off to walk towards other members of the band. “We’re all agreed upon U2, fellas? [They were important] when we first started.”

Flowers said they were “gonna to do a little tribute to them – Christianity coming to Ireland and U2 singing about unity – here tonight,” before singing over the opening notes of the 1987 track.

The lyrical themes in ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ centre on religion, identity and unity. U2 singer Bono is reported to have been inspired to base the song on the idea that it’s possible to identify a person’s religion and income based on the street they live in [via Genius].

In other news, The Killers were earlier this month announced as headliners for Bourbon & Beyond festival 2023 alongside Brandi Carlile and Bruno Mars. The four-day event dubbed the “world’s biggest bourbon and music festival” takes place at Louisville’s Highland Festival Grounds in Kentucky from September 14 to September 17.

U2, meanwhile, recently released the album ‘Songs Of Surrender’, which is described as a “reimagining and re-recording” of 40 of their tracks. Read NME‘s three-star review here.

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Daryl Hall to support Billy Joel at this year’s BST Hyde Park



Daryl Hall is set to perform at the 2023 BST Hyde Park festival later this summer, as a special guest headliner Billy Joel.

The Hall & Oates singer will join the singer-songwriter onstage for his live appearance at the London Festival, which is set to take place on July 7. Tickets are available now.

As previously announced, BLACKPINK will make their UK festival debut headlining their own day at British Summer Time, as well as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band playing two nights, alongside headline appearances from Guns N’ Roses, Take That and P!nk, supported by Gwen Stefani.

Daryl Hall. Credit: Scott Legato/Getty Images

Alongside his guest appearance with Joel, Hall is also set to perform at a newly-announced headline show in London. Taking place at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo on July 9, the show will see the singer perform alongside his House Band and special guest, Todd Rundgren. Tickets go on sale at 10 am this Friday – available here.

Last year, Elton John performed at the event as part of his ongoing Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, as well as The Rolling Stones, who returned to the event for two sold-out shows and paid an emotional tribute to late drummer, Charlie Watts.

Adele, Eagles and Pearl Jam also appeared as part of the line-up, as well as Duran Duran, who treated the London crowd to a run of their greatest hits.

Duran Duran at BST Hyde Park 2022
Duran Duran at BST Hyde Park. Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Last year, Daryl Hall also confirmed that he was once asked to sing for Van Halen – as a potential replacement for frontman David Lee Roth.

“I knew those guys really well,” he said. “David [Lee Roth] had just left the band, and Eddie [Van Halen] asked me, ‘Do you wanna join Van Halen, man?’

He continued: “He was half-joking, but I think he was serious. I really do believe he was serious, and I took it seriously. I said, ‘Man, I think not. I think I’ve got my own shit going on.’”

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Radiohead to release new material in “next couple of years”



Radiohead‘s drummer Philip Selway has said that the band will release new material “of some sort” in the “next couple of years”.

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In January, Selway said that he and his bandmates would be meeting up early this year to start putting things in motion. “We’re going to get together at the start of [2023], and I’m sure we’re going to start looking at other ideas for what comes next,” he said.

Now, the drummer has told Prog Magazine [via MusicNews]: “We’re always talking about stuff. But in terms of an actual kind of collective project, beyond the ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ stuff that we’ve been doing [2021’s ‘Kid AMnesia’ reissue project and interactive exhibition], it’s kind of further down the line for us when that will happen. We’re talking about that, but at the moment everybody’s doing their own thing.

“When the pandemic happened, we’d always planned to take a veer off from Radiohead around that, so we could get on with other stuff. But that just meant that those other projects kind of grew, so we’re allowing time for all of those projects to go where they need to. But yeah, we’ll get together soon and in the next couple of years there will be something there, of some sort.”

Philip Selway. CREDIT: Phil Sharp.

Radiohead’s last album was 2016’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool‘.

Elsewhere, the drummer, who recently released his second solo album under his own name, ‘Strange Dance’, revealed that he’s already working on its follow-up.

Asked if the next record is taking shape, he said: “It is, actually. You get to the end of one project and can’t see beyond that for a little while, but it’s led by the ideas that you’ve got coming as well. To do a solo record you need songs and they are starting to happen a bit more now. So yeah, I would love to.

“When I first started doing the solo stuff, I was just thinking of it as a trilogy of records and didn’t really project beyond that.

“I certainly didn’t think I’d end up doing soundtrack work or any of the other stuff. And in some ways, I guess ‘Strange Dance’ feels as though it’s completing that initial cycle. And it feels wonderful to be at that point.”

Phil Selway and Thom Yorke of Radiohead (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images)
:Phil Selway and Thom Yorke of Radiohead (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images)

Last summer, Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien discussed the band’s future, saying: “It might happen, but the other thing is… it might not. And does that matter?

“There’s no Radiohead at the moment,” he added. “There’s a truth to what we do, so we’re not going to be one of those bands that gets together for the big payday.”

In other news, a mash-up of tracks by Ice Spice, PinkPantheress and Radiohead has gone viral after being shared on Twitter.

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