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Watch BTS’ J-Hope duet with IU on ‘Equal Sign’ and ‘Pierrot Laughs At Us’

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BTS‘ J-Hope and IU have collaborated on performances of ‘Equal Sign’, ‘Pierrot Laughs At Us’ and ‘Safety Zone’.

The rapper recently made a guest appearance on IU’s ongoing talk show IU’s Palette, during which he spoke about his recently released solo record ‘Jack In The Box’. In between interview segments, both J-Hope and IU performed two songs from J-Hope’s new album, ‘Equal Sign’ and ‘Safety Zone’, as well as the B-side track ‘Pierrot Laughs At Us’ from IU’s 2014 album ‘A flower bookmark’.

The duo’s rendition of ‘Equal Sign’ sees IU take charge of the vocal-heavy portions of the song while J-Hope delivers the rap verses. On their performance of ‘Pierrot Laughs At Us’, both musicians harmonised and danced to the peppy pop anthem.

As a conclusion to J-Hope’s IU’s Palette episode, the rapper delivered an affecting solo performance of ‘Safety Zone’, another track lifted from his ‘Jack In The Box’ album. They were backed by a live band for all three songs.

J-Hope’s appearance on IU’s YouTube talk show comes shortly after ‘Jack In The Box’ debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming his highest charting solo entry yet after his 2018 mixtape ‘Hope World’.

In a five-star review of the record, NME’s Rhian Daly wrote: “Thought-provoking and full of fresh new flavour, ‘Jack In The Box’ takes the J-Hope the world has come to know and love over the last nine years and sets that figure alight.”

J-Hope is due to headline Chicago festival Lollapalooza this Sunday, marking the first time a South Korean act has ever headlined a major US music festival.

IU’s last music release was her December 2021 special album ‘Pieces’, which comprised several unreleased songs from her previous albums. The album was preceded by the singer’s digital single ‘Strawberry Moon’, which was the follow-up to IU’s fifth studio album ‘LILAC’.

The musician also recently starred in the film Broker alongside Parasite’s Song Kang-ho and The Silent Sea’s Bae Doo-na, which was directed by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda and premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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KARD announce 2023 ‘Playground’ world tour

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Co-ed K-pop group KARD have announced the dates for their upcoming 2023 ‘Playground’ world tour.

KARD are set to go on a 17-date world tour this year in support of their new mini-album ‘Icky’, which featured a single of the same name. The tour currently features shows in Latin America, the US and Europe.

KARD’s 2023 ‘Playground’ world tour will kick off in the Mexican city of Monterrey on July 6, followed by a show in Mexico City and Heredia, Costa Rica on July 8 and 14. After which, the K-pop group will head on the US leg of the tour.

The US leg of KARD’s ‘Playground’ world tour will start in New York City on July 17. Thereafter, they will play eight other shows across the US, including Kentucky, Arizona, California and more.

In late-August, KARD will head over the pond for the Europe leg fo their ‘Playground’ world tour. The five-show tour includes concerts in Spain, Germany, France and more.

KARD have yet to announced the venues and ticketing details of their ‘Playground’ world tour. Keep tabs on this page for more information.

KARD’s 2023 ‘Playground’ world tour dates are:

JULY
06: Monterrey, Mexico
08: Mexico City, Mexico
14: Heredia, Costa Rica
17: New York, New York
19: Washinton, D.C.
21: Atlanta, Georgia
23: Chicago, Illinois
25: Louisville, Kentucky
29: Dallas, Texas
31: Phoenix, Arizona

AUGUST
02: Los Angeles, California
04: San Francisco, California
30: Budapest, Hungary

SEPTEMBER
01: Madrid, Spain
04: Frankfurt, Germany
06: London, England
08: Paris, France

‘Icky’ arrived nearly a year after KARD’s fifth mini-album ‘Re:’ last June, led by ‘Ring The Alarm’. That release had been their first after member J.seph returned from his mandatory military service, and was followed by a North American tour.

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Rare test pressing white label vinyl from The Cure, New Order, Pulp and more to be auctioned

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Rare and collectible test pressings of over 160 artists are up for grabs at this year’s White Label Auction.

The ‘white label’ test pressings will be available at the auction, which takes place online via Omega Auctions and on-site in Newton-Le-Willows, Greater Manchester on Tuesday June 6 at 10am.

Among the white labels and test pressings up for grabs are albums by Thin Lizzy, The Cure, Pulp, Led Zeppelin, New Order, Nova Twins, Robbie Williams, Sam Ryder, Steve Winwood, The 1975 and others.

Doves White Label test pressing. Credit: PRESS

The auction will raise money for The BRIT Trust, the charity that promotes education and wellbeing through music and the creative arts by supporting causes that include the BRIT School and Nordoff and Robbins. The White Label Auction was first staged in October 2019, with last year’s event raising a total of £44,000.

Highlights include The Cure’s ‘Disintegration’, ‘Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me’, ‘Acoustic Hits’, ‘Greatest Hits’, ‘Wish’, ‘Three Imaginary Boys’, ‘Seventeen Seconds’, ‘Faith’, ‘Pornography’, ‘The Top’ and ‘The Head on The Door’ all signed by Robert Smith, along with a very rare test pressing of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Welcome To The Pleasuredome’ signed by all five members.

Omega Auctions manager Dan Hampson shared in a press release: “We are excited to be part of the White Label Auction once more in what is always a highlight of our year.”

Blossoms white label test pressing. Credit: Press
Blossoms white label test pressing. Credit: Press

He continued: “Demand for music memorabilia remains buoyant despite the recent squeeze on disposable income as collectors spy a strong investment opportunity, and with the lots coming directly from labels, combined with their rarity, we expect the usual keen interest and for last year’s total hammer price to be eclipsed.”

Check out the 200+ vinyls available on the Omega Auctions website.

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Taylor Swift reveals Fall Out Boy and Hayley Williams as collaborators on ‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’

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Taylor Swift has revealed both Fall Out Boy and Hayley Williams make guest appearances on her upcoming release, ‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’.

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Taking to social media, Swift shared the entire tracklisting of the LP, writing: “I’m VERY excited to show you the back cover of ‘Speak Now (my version)’.”

On choosing Fall Out Boy and Paramore‘s frontwoman as collaborators, Swift said: “Since ‘Speak Now’ was all about my songwriting, I decided to go to the artists who I feel influenced me most powerfully as a lyricist at that time and ask them to sing on the album. They’re so cool and generous for agreeing to support my version of ‘Speak Now’. I recorded this album when I was 32 (and still growing up, now) and can’t wait to unveil it all to you on July 7th.”

The track ‘Electric Touch’ features the pop-punk band whereas Williams guests on ‘Castles Crumbling’. New album tracks that were rumoured to be written but not recorded during the original ‘Speak Now’ era include ‘When Emma Falls in Love’, ‘I Can See You’, ‘Foolish One’ and ‘Timeless’.

‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’ is set for release on July 7 via Republic. Pre-orders for the album are available here. Check out the full tracklist below.

‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’ album artwork. Credit: Press

‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’ tracklisting:

Mine’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Sparks Fly’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Back to December’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Speak Now’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Dear John’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Mean’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘The Story of Us’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Never Grow Up’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Enchanted’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Better Than Revenge’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Innocent’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Haunted’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Last Kiss; (Taylor’s Version)
‘Long Live’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Ours’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Superman’ (Taylor’s Version)
‘Electric Touch’ (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault) [ft. Fall Out Boy]
‘When Emma Falls in Love’ (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)
‘I Can See You’ (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)
‘Castles Crumbling’ (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault) [ft. Hayley Williams]
‘Foolish One’ (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)
‘Timeless’ (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)

In other news, Marren Morris joined Swift for the live debut of ‘You All Over Me’ at her second ‘Eras’ tour show in Chicago on June 3.

Swift took a moment to address the start of Pride Month against a backdrop of increasing anti-LGBTQ legislation in the United States at her show in Chicago on June 2.

“I’m looking out at tonight, I’m seeing so many incredible individuals who are living authentically and beautifully, and this is a safe space for you. This is a celebratory space for you,” Swift told the crowd, sat at her piano. “And one of the things that makes me feel prideful is getting to be with you and watching you interact with each other, being so loving and so thoughtful and so caring.

“Being with you during Pride Month, getting to sing the words to ‘You Need To Calm Down’ – there are lyrics like, ‘Can you not step on his gown?’ or ‘Shade never made anybody less gay’. We need those lyrics.”

Also this week, Swift announced the first international dates of the ‘Eras’ tour. She will be performing three shows in Mexico in August before coming to South America in November for two shows in Argentina and three in Brazil.

Sabrina Carpenter will serve as the opener for all of the international dates. Tickets to the Mexico City shows go on sale June 13 at 2pm local time via Ticketmaster. For an opportunity to purchase tickets, fans can register via Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform until Wednesday, June 7.

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