It’s a big day for music news, so let’s jump right in: Justin Timberlake and Pharrell have something cookin’, Iggy Pop nailed it at SXSW (and we were there), Gene Simmons has some problems with hip-hop, DJ Khaled talked about Snapchat with Jimmy Kimmel, and Eminem explained a key lyric in his discography. Plus, a casting update from that Morrissey biopic!
Yes, that’s Justin Timberlake and Pharrell, two titans of their industry, in the studio together, and the above photo and caption are really all we know about the meeting. There’s no announced collaboration between the two yet, but Pharrell did provide production on JT’s 2006 debut solo album Justified, and Pharrell had Timberlake perform a duet titled “Brand New” with him on his 2014 album Girl. The chemistry seems to be there, so let’s wait and see what happens. [Stereogum]
Morrissey—generally a man known to have opinions about things—has yet to react to the news that an unauthorized biopic about his early life as found its lead actor. Morrissey might take exception to a movie about his life made without his involvement, and we look forward to what he has to say about it.
Titled Steven, the movie about Morrissey’s early life starts principal photography soon, and the film has finally found its star: Jack Lowden, a Scottish actor who has received some acclaim overseas. Morrissey himself isn’t involved in the movie, but director Mark Gill said about the project back in May 2014, “The film covers Morrissey’s life pre-Smiths and is more of a portrait than a conventional biopic. It’s as much a film for non-Morrissey fans as it is for die-hard devotees, but I can’t deny that this is a love letter to Steven Patrick Morrissey and the dark satanic mills of Manchester.” [Nerdist]
As you may have heard, Nerdist is down in Austin and doing a bunch of stuff at South By Southwest, and we got to check out an electric performance from Iggy Pop. We got some excellent photos (like the one above), video, and account of how wild the show was, which can be summed up by saying that Iggy will go hard until the day he dies. [Nerdist]
It turns out that Kiss frontman Gene Simmons isn’t too fond of that darn rap music the kids are listening to nowadays. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he provided plenty of anti-hip-hop soundbites like, “I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody.” He went on to dig his heels into the group and basically proclaim rock and roll as the only type of music that matters and say that hip-hop will die out “10 years from now.” [Rolling Stone]
DJ Khaled is the current Snapchat king. That goes without saying, so Jimmy Kimmel enlisted the producer and social media superstar to be his “Snapchat coach.” They drove around, Kimmel absorbed his multitudinous metaphors and learned Khaled’s most important key: “You can never run out of keys.” [Billboard]
Perhaps the most famous line of Eminem’s illustrious career is about a technical problem: “Where’s my snare? I have no snare in my headphones,” from the opening of “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.” It turns out that the line truly was a reactionary ad-lib, as Eminem confirmed in an annotation on Genius. He wrote, “This was true. I was recording and couldn’t hear the snare, the engineer had it muted for some reason. I left it.” Leave it he did, and Dave Chappelle sure was thankful. [Pigeons & Planes]
That’s all for today, but we hoped this helped you get through the post-St. Paddy’s hangovers. Have a restful weekend, and we’ll see you on Monday for another Music Dispatch!