Rock titans Muse have had their song Survival chosen as the official Olympics single.
The new track will be played throughout the competition, and on all of the global TV coverage. Gosh, let’s hope we don’t get sick of hearing it.
Frontman Matt Bellamy said: “It’s a huge honour to have the track chosen as such a major part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. I wrote it with the Games in mind as it expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win.”
Inspired by sport? Makes a change from sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.
The news comes as several musicians claim they’ve been offered a flat fee of two hundred and fifty pounds for use of their tracks, during the event – instead of receiving royalties each time it’s aired.
We don’t know how much Muse are getting paid but they did get to carry the Olympic torch recently, so perhaps that was their reward.
Lady Gaga has finally given fans a taste of her next album, by performing new song Princess Die at a concert in Melbourne.
Would you like a moment to let that title sink in? Princess Die. Oh. And is it a coincidence that it’s a Candle In the Wind-style piano ballad? Possibly not.
Gaga told the Aussie audience that the song was about her “most deep and personal thoughts” and was “in no way reflective of the rest of the music on the album”, the title of which is set to be revealed in September. That’s ages away!
The song, which begins with the line: “Leave the coffin open when I go”, also includes the curious lyric: “I’ll do it in the swimming pool so everyone sees.”
Do what? Butterfly stroke? Font crawl? Cannonball? Your monsters need to know.
There’s good news and some bad news for fans of Pete Doherty. The bad news is Pete has had to cancel three upcoming festival appearances. The good news is that he’s heading to a rehab centre in order to finally banish his much-publicised problems with alcohol and drug addiction.
Unfortunately this means that Libertines and Babyshambles fans won’t be able to see the troubled star at Scotland’s T in the Park festival in July. He’ll also be missing the Czech Republic’s Rock for People event and Portugal’s Super Bock Super Rock (great name).
Pete has checked in to The Cabin facility in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Apparently some of the treatment he’ll undergo includes yoga and elephant trekking.
Sounds brilliant. Can we come?
Oh dear, what can the matter be? Jessie J got locked in the lavatory. It seems The Voice coach had to be rescued from one of the backstage bogs when she went to see Kanye West and Jay-Z perform their Watch The Throne show in London.
Speaking to The Sun, Jessie said:
“I went with will.i.am to the first Watch The Throne show in London.”
Namedrop much, Jess?
“I somehow managed to find myself walking back stage with them all. Will, Kanye, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian…”
Clang, clang, clang, clang….
“I was like ‘Wow, what a crew’, then me and my friend got stuck in the toilet. We nipped in to do our make-up and my friend knew the door was broken but locked it anyway and said, ‘Babe I think I’ve broken the door’. They’d been on for one song, we could hear them and it got to about 15 minutes and Jay’s security came in and they literally kicked down the whole door.”
House prices, eh? What are they like? Not even millionaire rappers-turned-soul-singers-turned-rappers again can afford to buy them. Well that’s if Plan B is to be believed.
Even though his The Defamation Of Strickland Banks album was the 5th biggest seller of 2010, he’s struggling to buy a property that wouldn’t double as a set from his gritty crime movie, Ill Manors.
“When I first started renting,” Ben told reporters, “this guy from Foxtons was walking me around these flats in Hackney going, ‘This is a really great two-bedroom place in a brilliant location’. I was like, ‘Are you being serious? This is an ex-council flat, mate – the people next door aren’t even paying rent.”
But there’s a good reason the rapper-singer isn’t too flush. He revealed that he’d settled his mother’s mortgage payments, saying: “I wanted to make sure that my mum didn’t need to worry about her home anymore.”
Bless him. He’s like a sweary angel.