The posthumous love for David Bowie following his death hasn’t really slowed down, despite the nearly three weeks that have passed since the tragic event. Rolling Stone dedicated its latest issue to the legend, and Beck had some kind things to say about the Thin White Duke. In other news, Rihanna’s new album is out now (and it features a nice nod to Tame Impala), Martin Shkreli is seemingly looking to throw down with Ghostface Killah, Sting is headlining the NBA All Star Game halftime show in Toronto (which means Drake isn’t), and Beyoncé joins Coldplay (just for a new music video).
Rolling Stone‘s latest issue is all about David Bowie, who we’re sure you know passed away at 69 years old earlier this month, just two days after his birthday and the release of Blackstar. In the issue, Beck offers up a tribute to Bowie, calling him a “guidepost” and saying this about meeting the legend: “I spoke with him a few times. He was one of my favorite conversations ever. He had an electrical conversational wit and was familiar and conversant on so many things. He had an intellect that was so alive and so engaged. It’s very rare. He was just right there on everything: art, music, new bands, comic books, Japanese temples. It was just everything.” [Rolling Stone]
Rihanna’s ANTI, the follow-up to 2012’s Unapologetic, is finally available after much fanfare. It features “Work,” her recent collaboration with Drake, but it doesn’t include her song with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds.” The song was originally rumored to appear on both Rihanna and Kanye’s upcoming albums, but now it appears it will remain a non-album single. ANTI also sees Rihanna covering Tame Impala’s “New Person, Same Old Mistakes,” and the band’s management had this to say about the cover, via NME:
“The Roc Nation team got in touch with us here at Spinning Top letting us know that Rihanna loved the Tame Impala track ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’. They asked if she could cover the song for her new record. Kevin was more than happy to send it her way. We’re all really happy with how the song turned out, love it!”
Former pharmaceutical CEO and current global super-villain Martin Shkreli has sole ownership of the super-exclusive Wu-Tang Clan album, and now he has a response to Ghostface Killah, who previously called him out and said he should release the album for free. Shkreli made a strange video in which he is surrounded by masked and hooded men, and he says in part, “You’re an old man—an old man that’s lost his relevance, and you’re trying to claim the spotlight from my spotlight. That’s not going to work, Ghost—Dennis. In fact, I think that if you ever say some dumb shit again, this album, this Shaolin, I’m going to erase all your shit from this album. I’m going to erase you from the record books.” [Pitchfork]
The NBA All Star Game is going down on February 14 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The halftime show certainly isn’t as big a deal as the Super Bowl’s (more related to that in a second), but it’s still a moderately important event, so they tapped Sting to perform. No, we didn’t mean to say Drake, and we’re not sure why, considering he’s a global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors and otherwise a huge basketball fan who would probably love to have that gig and would make it awesome and Drake-tastic. Very weird of you, NBA. [Consequence of Sound]
Coldplay and Beyoncé are set to perform at the most important halftime show mentioned in this column, the Super Bowl, on February 7. Ahead of that, though, the two parties collaborated on a music video for Coldplay’s Beyoncé-featuring tune, “Hymn for the Weekend.” The vibrant clip was filmed in Mumbai, India and features the gang enjoying Holi, the festival of colors. Coldplay also announced a bunch of tour dates, so maybe Beyoncé pops in at a couple of them? …please? [Pitchfork]
And we’re out of things to say, so thanks for being here and we’ll see you on Monday for a fresh edition of Music Dispatch!
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