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GORILLAZ: Cracker Island (Warner Records) 02/24/23



If you were watching NFL Sunday Night Football last night and thought you’d hallucinated Beck covering “Old Man” rendered in stark black and white… don’t worry, you’re not losing your mind. The eight-time GRAMMY winner has released his sublime version of the Neil Young classic performed in that NBC Sports ad as a standalone digital single, available HERE.
The NBC Sports spot promotes the upcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs game, while highlighting the song’s lyric “24 and there’s so much more”  in homage to quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes’ shared achievement of winning Super Bowls at the age of 24.




More than a quarter century since its primal emergence from the Desert, Queens Of The Stone Age has elected to give three of its landmark albums the upscale re-release treatment, including limited edition color vinyl pressings, exclusive new and restored artwork, and more.

First up is the one that started it all: Back in print after a long, long decade, Queens Of The Stone Age’s self-titled 1998 debut album will be resurrected digitally September 22, with a vinyl release date of October 21. Restored to its original track listing and adorned by the long out-of-print original Frank Kozik artwork, the soon to be definitive version of QOTSA’s self-titled ground zero will feature an obi-strip designed by longtime collaborator Boneface and will be available on standard black and limited edition opaque orange vinyl — both available direct from Queens Of The Stone AgeMatador Records, and at discerning independent retailers.

Following on December 9 will be a double shot of Queens Of The Stone Age’s most recent efforts: 2013’s multiple-GRAMMY-nominated, Billboard 200 #1 charting magnum opus …Like Clockwork and 2017’s redefining Villains will both be reincarnated: …Like Clockwork returns newly recut from its original master tapes with alternate artwork and obi-strip from Boneface with a limited opaque aqua vinyl pressing available direct from Queens Of The Stone AgeMatador Records, and at finer independent retailers. Villains is reissued in a special 5th Anniversary package featuring etching, obi-strip, and a brand new poster by Boneface, and as on limited edition leaf-green transparent vinyl available exclusively via Queens Of The Stone Age and/or Matador Records.

Pre-order any/all of the above at the official store. And keep your eyes peeled…


“[INTO THE BLUE] is their moodiest trip yet, with the duo sending classic soul balladry (‘Love on the Run’) and sumptuously spooky art pop (‘We’re Not in Orbit Yet’) through a surreal prism.”

“… dreamy melodies with deceptively melancholy lyrics… another atmospheric album to get lost in.”

Broken Bells, the musical partnership of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (The Shins), has released  “Love On The Run,” the next single from their forthcoming third album, INTO THE BLUE. Set for an October 7th release via AWAL, INTO THE BLUE has been hailed by the likes of The New York Times and USA Today as one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

The twists and turns of the epic arrangement of “Love On The Run” mirror the structure of INTO THE BLUE: Like the album as a whole, the song is an ambitious decade / genre-spanning homage to the pair’s kaleidoscopic musical influences. Over the course of its seven minutes, “Love On The Run” opens with sun-drenched vibes that conjure 70s AM Gold radio, before seamlessly transitioning into acid rock psychedelia, and ultimately sticking a perfectly 2022 landing. 

The “Love On The Run” video, directed by Johnny Chew, continues the retro-futurist journey of the first two videos from INTO THE BLUE’s, “We’re Not In Orbit Yet…” and “Saturdays.” Join Broken Bells as they embark on an interstellar journey scored by this sublime new track by checking out the “Love On The Run” video here.

The band are exclusively offering pre-orders of a deluxe limited edition LP of INTO THE BLUE via their web store. The album is pressed on light blue opaque vinyl with hot pink and black splatter secured in gatefold packaging designed by longtime artistic collaborator Jacob Escobedo that features an exclusive foil overlay pink orb. 

Pre-order and pre-save the album HERE


Tickets On Sale to the Public Friday, September 23 at 10:00am Local Time HERE

Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation focused on creating sustainable communities by tackling issues including hunger and workforce education, brings its Helping Hands Concert & Auction back into the physical world for its third year: On December 16, Helping Hands will make its Southern California debut with Metallica and special guests performing at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Tickets will be on sale to the public from 10:00am local time Friday, September 23 with a two-ticket limit per customer. As always, 100% of proceeds from this years Helping Hands event—tickets, fees and auction items—will go directly to help those in need. For further information, pre-sales etc., go to:

Metallica’s previous Helping Hands Concert & Auction was live-streamed November 14, 2020, raising more than $1.8 million—funds used to work with partners at Feeding America and the American Association of Community Colleges, as well as various COVID and disaster relief efforts. All Within My Hands was established in 2017 as a way for the Metallica family to give back to communities that have supported the band. All Within My Hands expenses are covered entirely by the band, the board, and friends who have worked with the band over many years, ensuring that 100% of proceeds go directly to help those in need. To date, All Within My Hands has donated over $5.8 million to critical local services and the fight against food insecurity, working with partners around the world to feed more than 10 million people.  In addition, the foundation’s Metallica Scholars Initiative has pledged a total of $5.9 million in grants benefiting 33 community colleges across the USA.

For more about All Within My Hands, please visit


The David Bowie Estate, We Love the Arts and OpenSea Present First of Its Kind Group NFT Sale

100% of The David Bowie Estate Proceeds to Benefit CARE, for which Iman serves as first-ever Global Advocate

September 13 on OpenSea

In keeping with a legacy that has ranged from redefining the parameters of live performance and gender roles in popular music, to pioneering methods of digital distribution and online community building, to constantly championing new and undiscovered artists and technologies, David Bowie’s undying influence will impact yet another new frontier. On September 13, the David Bowie Estate will unveil BOWIE ON THE BLOCKCHAIN — a first of its kind multiple artist NFT sale, in partnership with OpenSea, the world’s leading peer-to-peer marketplace for NFTs, and We Love the Arts, the new Web3 venture of artist manager/creative executive Andrew D. Keller of We Few Group, and film producer Joaquin Acrich. 

BOWIE ON THE BLOCKCHAIN brings together nine of today’s leading artists in the NFT space who have created their own unique takes paying homage to David Bowie and his influence across their artistic and personal identities. 100% of the profits to the Bowie Estate will benefit CARE, for which Iman serves as first-ever Global Advocate. 

“David Bowie is an icon and a trailblazer in every way, and we’re honored to partner with his team to bring his legacy into web3,” said Ryan Foutty, VP of Business Development at OpenSea. “This incredible collection brings together some of the most groundbreaking NFT artists with Bowie artifacts to bring a new generation of fans together in web3.” 

“David Bowie’s artistry has had an indescribable impact on my life. I’m truly honored to have had the privilege of guiding this project”, said Andrew Keller, Co-Founder of We Love The Arts. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage with the Bowie Estate as well as this group of artists, all of whom I have immense respect for. I hope that this collection we have created simultaneously serves to record the ethos of Bowie On The Blockchain, as well as spotlight a wildly talented group of artists and an exciting new space for the arts”. 

BOWIE ON THE BLOCKCHAIN’s unique group NFT sale will feature Bowie-inspired custom-created original works by the following roster of artists:

Sales will go live on September 13 on OpenSea

David Bowie redefined musical genres and the potential of live performance for generations of music lovers. Creating and discarding a variety of personae and restlessly challenging boundaries, Bowie released timeless albums including The Man Who Sold The World, Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station to Station, Low, “Heroes,” Lodger, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, Let’s Dance, Heathen, The Next Day and many more. ★ (pronounced “Blackstar”), Bowie’s 28th and final studio album, was released on his 69th birthday—January 8, 2016—and charted at #1 in more than 20 countries (including his first #1 in the U.S.), later winning five Grammy Awards. David Bowie died on January 10, 2016, two days after the release of ★. His body of work, multi-generational influence and legacy of fearless innovation and endless reinvention will live on forever. 

OpenSea is the world’s leading peer-to-peer marketplace for NFTs. We’re on a mission to help the world’s creators, collectors and collaborators own and shape their relationships directly. We’re building the world’s most trusted and inclusive NFT marketplace with the best selection – making minting, purchasing and selling NFTs frictionless and friendly, and offering unmatched selection and multi-chain options for creators and collectors of all kinds. Headquartered in New York, the OpenSea leadership team comes from Google, Palantir, Lyft, Uber, Stanford and Berkeley. Investors include a16z, Paradigm, Coatue, YCombinator, Founders Fund, Coinbase Ventures, 1Confirmation, and Blockchain Capital. 

Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls. Equipped with the proper resources women and girls have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. In 2021, CARE worked in over 100 countries, reaching more than 90 million people through 1,300 projects. To learn more, visit





‘NEW GOLD ft. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown’ 

Following the long, hazy heatwave basking in the beats of summer banger ‘Cracker Island (ft. Thundercat)’, Gorillaz today announces the release of their brand new studio album titled Cracker Island, out 24th February 2023 on Warner Records. 

Today also sees the release of hotly anticipated new track ‘New Gold ft. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown’, performed live for the first time to a sold-out crowd of ecstatic fans at London’s All Points East Festival earlier this month. The band were joined on stage by Tame Impala, the psychedelic music project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, and longtime collaborator Bootie Brown of South Central LA alternative hip hop group The Pharcyde. Listen to ‘New Gold’ here. 

Guitarist Noodle said of the band’s new record – “Cracker Island is the sound of change and the chorus of the collective.”

Russel Hobbs added – “When the reckoning comes, gotta be ready to step through the gateway. Cracker Island’s got the entry codes…”

2D said – “The path to Cracker Island isn’t easy to find ‘cos it’s underwater.”

And Murdoc Niccals announced – “The hallowed tones of Cracker Island will soundtrack our collective ascension into the new dimension! JOIN ME!”

Cracker Island is the eighth studio album from Gorillaz, an energetic, upbeat,  genre-expansive collection of 10 tracks featuring yet another stellar lineup of artist collaborators: Stevie Nicks, Adeleye Omotayo, Thundercat, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny and Bootie Brown and Beck. Recorded in London and LA earlier this year, it is produced by eight-time Grammy Award-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter extraordinaire Greg KurstinGorillaz and Remi Kabaka Jr.

Originally based at Kong Studios in West London, the group of musical misfits – Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D – have relocated to Silverlake, California as they recruit new members to join ‘The Last Cult’, in search of the one truth to fix the world. Reports from the Golden State indicate that Murdoc is in love with the lady next door. Russel is glued to the TV. Noodle is compiling a handbook of wisdom and knowledge. And 2D is busy being 2D. 

Gorillaz kicked off summer in a delirium of police lights and hallucinations, with the epic psychedelic video for ‘Cracker Island ft. Thundercat’ dropping in July.  Directed by artist and Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett and the Emmy nominated director, Fx Goby, Cracker Island – which takes viewers on a late night journey into the City of Angels – hit the Top 10 in YouTube’s Music Video Charts in Ireland, the UK, US, Australia and Canada, and is now at almost 12.5M views after racking up 10M views in 10 days. The video drop also blew up the band’s Tiktok with the account hitting 2M followers and counting. Watch it again HERE

The extensive Gorillaz World Tour 2022 which started in South America earlier in the year has seen the band thrilling crowds in Europe and Australia – Gorillaz’ first visit down under in 12 years – before a one-off homecoming show in London at All Points East last week. A hugely anticipated U.S. run of shows in September and October will kick off in Vancouver on 11th September. Complete list of dates here.


  • Digital Download (11 tracks)
  • Standard (10 tracks) CD incl Booklet and Poster, Black 12” Vinyl, Transparent Purple 12” Vinyl
  • Deluxe Vinyl Box (10 tracks) Lift Off Lid Box,Opaque Pink 12” Vinyl, CD, ‘Cracker Island’ 7” Etched Single with Alternative Single Art, The Last Cult Pink Pocket Notebook, 5x Art Prints, 1x Poster, 1x Sticker Sheet
  • Limited Edition Collectors Box (10 tracks) Limited Edition Numbered Product. Lift Off Lid Box, 10x Colored 7” Singles with Exclusive Screen Printed Character Art on the disc and Exclusive Art on every sleeve.
  • Cracker Island Cassettes (10 tracks) 4x Exclusive Character Art Cassettes

Cracker Island – FULL TRACKLISTING: 

  1. Cracker Island ft. Thundercat
  2. Oil ft. Stevie Nicks
  3. The Tired Influencer
  4. Tarantula
  5. Silent Running ft. Adeleye Omotayo
  6. New Gold ft. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown
  7. Baby Queen
  8. Tormenta ft. Bad Bunny
  9. Skinny Ape
  10. Possession Island ft. Beck

Download High Res Press Shots HERE. 

Created by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, drummer Russel Hobbs and Japanese guitar prodigy Noodle. The BRIT and Grammy-winning virtual band formed following a collision of mishaps, meetings and pure luck to blow up a pre-digital world with their colorful backstory and ground-breaking virtual ways. Based at Kong Studios in West London, Gorillaz settled into a life of musical innovation with an eye-wateringly exciting roster of collaborators, a list that includes musical legends, geniuses and future stars from Elton John to Little Simz, MF Doom to Jean-Michel Jarre, Grace Jones to slowthai, Kali Uchis to Sidiki Diabaté, plus so many more. With seven albums to their name, Gorillaz (2001), Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017), The Now Now (2018) and Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez (2020), Gorillaz is a truly global phenomenon, achieving success in entirely new and unique ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, Montevideo to Manchester and winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor.



Livestreams & Concert Specials to Reach Global Audiences Across CBS, MTV Entertainment, Paramount+ and Pluto TV



Foo Fighters together with the Hawkins family have teamed up with Paramount to take their all-star celebration of the memory and music of a rock legend worldwide: Paramount will present the September 3rd Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert live to the world from Wembley Stadium in its entirety.  

Directed by Joel Gallen and Produced by Emer Patten at EP-PIC Films & Creative, the full Wembley Stadium show will be available to stream live and on demand across Paramount’s streaming and digital platforms, including:

  • Live coverage across Paramount+ (domestically), Pluto TV (internationally) and MTV Brand YouTube Channels (globally) beginning Saturday, September 3rd (11:30 AM EDT / 4:30 PM BST).
  • On-demand access globally via Paramount+ on Saturday, September 3rd and on Pluto TV and MTV TV VOD starting the week of September 5th.

Special editions of the concert will air in prime time across Paramount’s broadcast and cable channels globally:

  • CBS Television Network will broadcast an hour-long rendering of the tribute concert on Saturday, September 3rd (9:00-10:00 PM EDT).*
  • MTV will also air the one-hour special across its channels around the world starting in Latin America on Saturday, September 3 and other international territories on Sunday, September 4th, followed by an extended two-hour special that will air globally in September.

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to the simulcast stream via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service.

The ranks of rock royalty joining The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts to honor the life, music and love of one of modern music’s most beloved figures have continued to grow, with recent additions to the London and Los Angeles lineups including members of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Metallica, Blink-182, Pretenders and more. See below for updated lineups:

September 3 — London — Wembley Stadium

Travis Barker, Martin Chambers, Josh Freese, Violet Grohl, Justin Hawkins, Shane Hawkins, James Gang, Brian Johnson, Kesha, Luke Spiller and Lars Ulrich will join a lineup featuring Nandi Bushell, Chris Chaney, Stewart Copeland, Liam Gallagher, Omar Hakim, Joshua Homme, Chrissie Hynde, Alain Johannes, John Paul Jones, Greg Kurstin, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Krist Novoselic, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Supergrass, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, Wolfgang Van Halen, Chevy Metal and special appearances by Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock.

September 27 — Los Angeles — Kia Forum

Sebastian Bach, Travis Barker, Geezer Butler, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Josh Freese, Violet Grohl, Shane Hawkins, James Gang, Mark King and Lars Ulrich have been added to a lineup that includes Chris Chaney, Stewart Copeland, Miley Cyrus, Omar Hakim, Joshua Homme, Joan Jett, Alain Johannes, John Paul Jones, Greg Kurstin, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Alanis Morissette, Krist Novoselic, P!NK, LeAnn Rimes, Mark Ronson, Gene Simmons, Nikki Sixx, Chad Smith, Luke Spiller, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, Jon Theodore, Wolfgang Van Halen, Brad Wilk, Nancy Wilson, Patrick Wilson, and a special appearance by Chevy Metal.

The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts ticket and merchandise sales will benefit charities chosen by the Hawkins family: Music Support and MusiCares. For further information or to make a donation, see below or visit Music Support and MusiCares.

About Music Support 

Music Support is a registered UK charity that helps those who work in music and live events affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction. Our team has been personally impacted by these issues and seen friends, colleagues and heroes lose their careers, families and even their lives. Our core services include a confidential Helpline, managed by industry peers with lived experience, training in Mental Health First Aid and Addiction and Recovery Awareness to empower individuals to look after the wellbeing of their colleagues (and themselves), and ‘Safe Hubs’ backstage at festivals, providing a space for artists and crew to take time out and speak to Mental Health First Aid trained staff. For further information visit You are not alone. 

About MusiCares:

MusiCares helps the humans behind the music, because music gives so much to the world. Offering preventive, emergency, and recovery programs, MusiCares is a safety net supporting the health and welfare of the music community encompassing three key areas: 

Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Services: support, referrals and emergency financial assistance Health Services: financial assistance during medical crises and preventive services Human Services: support for basic living expenses, plus programs addressing affordable housing, career development, legal issues and senior services 

Founded by the Recording Academy in 1989 as a U.S. based, independent 501(c)(3) charity, MusiCares safeguards the well-being of all music people through direct financial programs, networks of support resources and tailored crisis relief efforts. For more information please visit



New Video for “Strangers” Feat. A$AP Rocky & Run The Jewels Out Now

“Black Thought is one of the greatest rappers ever. On Cheat Codes, the duo’s impressive talents complement each other exquisitely.” 
– New York Magazine’s “25 Notable New Releases…”

“It’s not a return to form; it’s a reminder that Danger Mouse and Black Thought are the type of artists who define the form.”
– Consequence

“The album feels both modern and vintage—a swirl of distant touchstones happening all at once.”
– Pitchfork  

“The mere news of a Black Thought album would’ve been enough to draw buzz, but the fact that he’s linking up with superproducer Danger Mouse for his solo sophomore effort should excite any hip-hop head.”
– Vulture’s “36 Albums We Can’t Wait to Hear This Summer” 

“Everything we love about [Black] Thought today is, paradoxically, what kept him under the radar for so long… Now he’s back with Cheat Codes, his excellent new album with Danger Mouse.”
– Stereogum 

“Not only flexes Danger Mouse’s creativity as a producer, but the always impressive bars of Black Thought, a rapper who has remained consistently excellent”
– HipHopDX

“Black Thought and Danger Mouse get together and incredible music is the result!”
– AllHipHop

“Danger Mouse and Black Thought both bring their A-game… Danger Mouse’s subtle production quirks shine in his collaborations with rappers, and this is no exception.”
– Paste 

Named one of the most anticipated albums of the summer by New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Brookyn Vegan, Stereogum,  AV Club, HotNewHipHop, Paste and many more, at long last, Danger Mouse & Black Thought’s debut album, Cheat Codes, is available now across all platforms. 

The “Two music legends” (Consequence) have celebrated their release day by delivering a video for “Strangers” directed by UNCANNY and featuring A$AP Rocky & Run The Jewels. The atmospheric black and white DIY rollercoaster ride that is the “Strangers” video features Black Thought, A$AP Rocky, Killer Mike and El-P passing the mic—or in this case their phones— over a Danger Mouse beat “packed with dusty, clattering drums and the relentless thrumming of some uncanny synth or sample” (Rolling Stone). Set to quick cuts that echo Danger Mouse’s unrelenting pulse on the track, the visual realization of “Strangers” jumps with rhythmic urgency from the POV of “four of the best lyricists of our time” (Paste).

Watch the video here: 

Cheat Codes, the debut album from Brian Burton and Tariq Trotter AKA Danger Mouse & Black Thought, is a sprawling opus featuring a peerless roster of guest luminaries including A$AP Rocky, Run The Jewels, Michael Kiwanuka, Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, Russ, Conway the Machine, the late MF DOOM, among others However, Cheat Codes is an album that — despite the brilliance and seeming complexity of its array of sounds, moods and top notch guest vocalists — is actually quite restrained. The natural chemistry between Brian and Tariq comes through in the ease with which the artist and listener move through this album. Moreover, it’s an album untethered to any genre, era or trend — uncategorizable and timeless.  It is the sound of the pair observing their own culture and asking questions they still may not have the answers to… but they undoubtedly have (dangerous) thoughts. 

Listen to Cheat Codes here:





Broken Bells have revealed that their long awaited 3rd full-length album, INTO THE BLUE, will be released on October 7th via AWAL. The track listing for the album is as follows: 
Into The Blue
We’re Not In Orbit Yet…
Invisible Exit
Love On The Run
One Night
Forgotten Boy
The Chase
Fade Away 
Following the recent release of the “at once retro and futuristic”(Rolling Stone) first advance track “We’re Not In Orbit Yet…,” comes the release of the first official single entitled “Saturdays.” The song sees Burton and Mercer crafting a signature Broken Bells study in contrasts, as sweetly sung and melancholy lyrics float atop a backdrop of sun-drenched melodies that conjure a late summer weekend afternoon. Directed by Johnny Chew, the video for “Saturdays” aptly suits the song’s timeless retro-modern sonic palette with visuals inspired by the concept of traveling through space and time. 
Stream the song and watch the video for “Saturdays” here.

The band are exclusively offering pre-orders of a deluxe limited edition LP of INTO THE BLUE via their web store. The album is pressed on light blue opaque vinyl with hot pink and black splatter secured in gatefold packaging designed by longtime artistic collaborator Jacob Escobedo that features an exclusive foil overlay pink orb. Pre-order and pre-save the album here.
Broken Bells is the musical partnership between James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse). At the foundation of this mutually magnetic, incredibly close friendship is its origin: a shared love of music, and more specifically the many influences the two have in common. This diverse sonic array makes their 3rd album, INTO THE BLUE, a kaleidoscopic genre and decade spanning ode to those influences — From The Beatles to Pink Floyd, from ‘60s psychedelia to 70s rock and AM Gold, from ‘80s New Wave to ‘90s Trip Hop… and of course the formative Elephant 6 collective. The first Broken Bells album to feature samples in addition to James and Brian’s own organic sounds, INTO THE BLUE finds Broken Bells in uncharted territory. James and Brian venture into bold new directions while retaining their signature glistening pop perfection with just a hint of the sinister.




Ahead of the imminent release of their collaborative album – Cheat Codes, out this Friday (12th August) – DangerMouse and BlackThought have unleashed stone cold banger, Strangers.”

This thrilling new single sees the duo enlist hip-hop A-listers A$AP Rocky and RunTheJewels. The result is a tour de force from Danger Mouse – one of the best producers in the world – and Black Thought, A$AP, El-P and Killer Mike – four of the best rappers around.  

Run The Jewels said, “We were honored to get down with our elite and legendary friends Danger Mouse, Black Thought and A$AP Rocky on this banger.”

Previously, Danger Mouse executive produced A$AP Rocky’s acclaimed album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, and released Chase Me featuring Run The Jewels; “Strangers” finds him renewing those fruitful creative collaborations.

“Strangers” is the final pre-album single release from CheatCodes and follows No Gold Teeth,”Because featuring JoeyBada$$Russ & Dylan Cartlidge, and Aquamarine featuring MichaelKiwanukaCheatCodes – which also features RaekwonKidSister and ConwaytheMachine – is Danger Mouse’s first hip-hop album since his The Mouse & The Mask collaboration with the late MF DOOM, and follows Black Thought’s pioneering output with The Roots, sensational viral freestyle and acclaimed solo trilogy, Streams Of Thought

Paul McCartney

McCartney I II III Box Set

Out today – Paul’s three iconic solo albums (McCartney, McCartney II, and McCartney III) available together for the first time as a limited-edition box set 

McCartney, McCartney II, and McCartney III also available across digital platforms – the first Paul McCartney solo albums to be made available in Dolby ATMOS

Written, performed, and produced entirely by Paul McCartney, his three eponymous career-spanning solo albums (1970’s McCartney, 1980’s McCartney II, and 2020’s McCartney III) have been packaged together and are now available in one special boxset for the first time.

McCartney I II III box set is available in three different formats – Limited Edition Color Vinyl, Black Vinyl Edition, and CD – each including three special photo prints with notes from Paul about each album. The newly created boxset cover art and typography for the slipcase are by Ed Ruscha. Order McCartney I II III HERE.

Bookending 50 years of unparalleled work, each album demonstrates Paul McCartney’s restless creativity and adventurous artistic spirit. McCartney, the Number One Album was Paul’s first solo album released in 1970 and features timeless tracks “Every Night” and “Junk,” along with the immortal classic “Maybe I’m Amazed.” This album saw a global music superstar pioneer a novel homespun approach to recording that would, in time, become a sought-after sound and the highly influential precursor to the “lo-fi” alternative genre.

Just as McCartney marked the end of an era with Paul’s first release after leaving the biggest band in history, Paul did it again in 1980, this time signaling the end of 70s rock giants Wings. Taking a fresh approach to things, Paul wrote, performed, and produced the avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II, which reached Number One in the UK, and Number 3 in the US, producing such classics as “Coming Up,” “Waterfalls,” and “Temporary Secretary.”

With McCartney III Paul went back to basics again to create some of his most revealing work to date. Released in December 2020, just two years after Paul’s Billboard-topping Egypt Station album, “Rockdown,” saw Paul turn unexpected time on his hands into an opportunity to get into the studio on his own. An intimate and loose record featuring “Find My Way” and the now live favorite “Women and Wives,” McCartney III features Paul’s melodic gift at its forefront throughout. Upon release, McCartney III charted at Number One on the UK’s Official Album Charts and Number One on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart.

In an unrivaled career, Paul has always been willing to take risks and have fun along the way – his musical projects have included classical albums, electronic albums, ballet scores, writing for video games, and left-field collaborations – along the way, breaking chart records, box office records, winning countless awards and remaining one of the world’s most influential and revered artists of all time. McCartney, McCartney II, and McCartney III captured and documented landmark moments of his singular career, each offering a personal snapshot of a unique artist at a particular moment in time.

Slipcase cover art and typography by Ed Ruscha (all formats)

1)    Limited Edition Color Vinyl
·       Three-disc 180g audiophile vinyl set (McCartney – clear, McCartney II -white, and McCartney III – creamy white vinyl)
·       Three x 8 x 10” photo prints with introductions from Paul

2)    Limited Edition Black Vinyl Edition
·       180g audiophile vinyl set
·       Three x 8 x 10” photo prints with introductions from Paul

3)    Limited Edition CD
·       Limited Edition three-disc set
·       Three photo prints with introductions from Paul

Mixed in Dolby Atmos by Giles Martin and Steve Orchard
Dolby Atmos mastered by Emily Lazar

Please click HERE for publicity assets.

© Paul McCartney / Mary McCartney




“…dance-floor-ready banger of a track…the summer anthem of this year.”

“…a sleek and summery jam…invites the listener to simply lock into its blissed-out groove.”

“… a groove made all the more golden by virtuoso bassist Thundercat”

“…the cartoon poppers are starting a cult in California, this jaunty tune will net some followers.”

“…a bustling blast of dance funk that tempers its slick, bass-heavy groove with plenty of grit and a touch of dark wave energy.”

In a delirium of police lights and hallucinations, the BRIT and Grammy-winning virtual band Gorillaz ring in a new dawn, teaming up with Nexus Studios to create the epic psychedelic video for their summer banger ‘Cracker Island ft. Thundercat’. Directed by artist and Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett and the Emmy nominated Nexus Studios director, Fx Goby, Cracker Island takes viewers on a late night journey into the City of Angels. Watch HERE

Murdoc said – “Think of it as the final scene in the movie, the bit after the grand finale when the hero (me) is about to stride into the sunset, credits rolling. That’s right, we’re starting at the end. Why? COS I WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS.” 

Originally based at Kong Studios in West London, the group of musical misfits – Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D – have relocated to Silverlake, California as they recruit new members to join ‘The Last Cult’, in search of the one truth to fix the world.  

Cracker Island features virtuosic bassist, mercurial talent and twice-Grammy winner Thundercat, with production courtesy of eight-time Grammy Award-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter extraordinaire Greg Kurstin, Gorillaz and Remi Kabaka Jr.

The Gorillaz World Tour 2022 which started in South America earlier in the year has seen the band play to ecstatic crowds at Primavera and across Europe, and on to Australia for the Gorillaz’ first visit in 12 years, before one-off shows next month in London at All Points East on August 19th and Dublin’s 3Arena on August 17th ahead of a hugely anticipated U.S. run of dates in September and October. Complete list of dates here.

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Created by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, drummer Russel Hobbs and Japanese guitar prodigy Noodle. The BRIT and Grammy-winning virtual band formed following a collision of mishaps, meetings and pure luck to blow up a pre-digital world with their colourful backstory and ground-breaking virtual ways. Based at Kong Studios in West London, Gorillaz settled into a life of musical innovation with an eye-wateringly exciting roster of collaborators, a list that includes musical legends, geniuses and future stars from Elton John to Little Simz, MF Doom to Jean-Michel Jarre, Grace Jones to slowthai, Kali Uchis to Sidiki Diabaté, plus so many more. With seven albums to their name, Gorillaz (2001), Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017), The Now Now (2018) and Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez (2020), Gorillaz is a truly global phenomenon, achieving success in entirely new and unique ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, Montevideo to Manchester and winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor.


Nexus Studios is a global creative studio fostering world-class talent to produce high-quality long-form and short-form films, music videos, title identities and immersive experiences. With studios in London, LA and Sydney, they craft visually distinct narrative-led stories. Their prolific output includes collaborations with the likes of Billie Eilish, Tom Odell, J-Balvin, Coldplay, U2, Childish Gambino and more. Along with a BAFTA win, an Oscar and an Emmy nomination, they hold two Grammy nominations for the concert feature ‘Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever’ and the music video ‘Take Me Out’ for Franz Ferdinand. Most recently Nexus Studios enlisted Oscar winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla to create the original score of their Netflix anthology ‘The House’.



MTV – LIVE FROM THE MINISTRY To Air Throughout Week of July 25

IMPERATOUR North American Arena Tour Kicks Off August 26

Photo Credit: Ryan Chang

“The Swedish band Ghost reliably hits the three Ps hard: proggy, punky and poppy. Its fifth album, IMPERA, packs the ambitious sprawl of ’70s rock epics into (relatively) bite-size packages with amusingly confounding story lines. ‘Spillways,’ one of the album’s most straightforward tracks, starts with a pounding piano straight out of Billy Joel’s ‘All for Leyna’ and quickly segues into a sweetly constructed rock tune. Think Bad Religion with ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ running through its veins.”—THE NEW YORK TIMES

From the pages of the gray lady to the silver screen… Ghost presents the phantasmagorical video for “Spillways,” rendering the irresistible earworm of IMPERA’s latest single — a solid contender to continue the band’s streak of Rock Radio #1s (IMPERA’s “Call Me Little Sunshine” and “Hunter’s Moon” bringing Ghost’s career total to five consecutive #1s) —  in majestic visual form courtesy of director Amir Chamdin. To lose yourself in the cinematic world of “Spillways,” watch HERE.

In other Ghost audiovisual news, MTV is currently in the midst of a massive 10 full-length broadcasts of Ghost’s 6-song “Live From The Ministry” ritual in its entirety on MTV Live. Check local listings for remaining specific dates and times. 

Finally, for the North American faithful anxiously awaiting another taste of Ghost in the flesh, Papa Emeritus IV and the Nameless Ghouls will once again bring the “euphoric spectacle” (ROLLING STONE) of its live ritual to North America for the next leg of its globally dominating IMPERATOUR. The North American IMPERATOUR will see the GRAMMY® Award-winning Swedish theatrical rock band headlining 19 arenas across the U.S. and Canada (plus an appearance at Virginia’s Blue Ridge Rock Fest), kicking off August 26th at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena and running through September 23rd at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

See below for a complete list of dates. For more information, including details re: limited VIP packages, go to

North America 2022

Fri Aug 26 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena San Diego
Sat Aug 27 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center Arena
Tue Aug 30 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Wed Aug 31 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Arena
Fri Sep 2 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena
Sat Sep 3 – Duluth, GA – Gas South Arena
Sun Sep 4 – Asheville, NC – Arena
Tue Sep 6 – Tampa, FL – Yuengling Arena
Thu Sep 8 – Alton, VA – BLUE RIDGE ROCK FEST*
Fri Sep 9 – Trenton, NJ – CURE Insurance Arena
Sat Sep 10 – Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
Mon Sep 12 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center
Tue Sep 13 – Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
Thu Sep 15 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
Fri Sep 16 – Laval, QC – Place Bell
Sat Sep 17 – Toronto, ON – Coca Cola Coliseum
Mon Sep 19 – Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center
Tue Sep 20 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
Wed Sep 21 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center Arena
Fri Sep 23 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center**

*Ghost and Spiritbox only**

Ghost, Spiritbox and special guest Carcass




Cheat Codes out August 12 via BMG

Danger Mouse and Black Thought have shared new single, Aquamarine featuring British soul star, Michael Kiwanuka. Aquamarine is the latest single from Danger Mouse and Black Thought’s highly-anticipated album, Cheat Codes, out 12th August.    

Danger Mouse’s rousing, cinematic production and Black Thought’s razor sharp vocals are perfectly complimented by Kiwanuka’s soaring and soulful hook. The single is accompanied by a kaleidoscopic video directed by UK creative duo UNCANNY:

Aquamarine continues Danger Mouse and Kiwanuka’s fruitful creative collaboration, following their work on the singer’s breakout, chart-topping album, Love & Hate, and the Mercury Music Prize-winning follow up, Kiwanuka.  

“For “Aquamarine”, when I heard the music I just had a feeling to sing about standing up for something that’s unique and following that path”, reflects Kiwanuka. “I don’t know why but that’s what came out.  Sometimes when you’re following something that’s unique to you it’s as if ‘enemies are all around’. At times life can feel fragile like ‘everything’s burning down’. For some reason the chords and music made me feel that way.”  

Cheat Codes, the collaborative debut album from Danger Mouse and Black Thought is out August 12 via BMG. In addition to Michael Kiwanuka, the record features Kid Sister, A$AP Rocky, Run The Jewels, MF DOOM, Joey Bada$$, Russ, Conway the Machine and more.

Photo Credit: Olivia Rose                                  Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez