The Libertines rocker Carl Barat is eyeing a 2015 release for the reunited band's first album of new material in 11 years. The Don't Look Back into the Sun hitmakers returned to the stage after a four-year hiatus last month (Jun14) as they performed a small gig in Scotland, and they followed it up with a big concert at the British Summer Time Hyde Park event in London on Saturday (05Jul14).
Barat has now revealed recording a follow up to their self-titled 2004 release has "always" been the plan, and he hopes to have the tracks ready to go on sale next year (15).
He tells NME.com, "Next year, it has to be. I don't wanna just go on the road because then you'll get cabin fever and have an epic fallout.
"So yeah, I want to keep something fresh coming in. We just need to find the time."
Bandmate Pete Doherty has echoed Barat's sentiments and claims he would ideally like to set up writing sessions in Europe this autumn (14).
He adds, "For some reason in my head, I'm thinking October, November time. That's what will have to happen (for an album to come to fruition)... I'm well up for it."
The Libertines split in 2004 following a dispute between Barat and his drug-addled bandmate Doherty, but they reunited in 2010 for shows at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals before parting ways again.
The group's huge comeback at Hyde Park wasn't without incident - the show had to be stopped three times due to fears of crowd crushing and organisers have since confirmed 38 fans were hurt at the event, with eight of those admitted to hospital with minor injuries.
Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt has cancelled the rest of his current tour due to exhaustion. The hip-hop star has spent most of the past year on the road promoting his latest album, Doris, since its release last August (13), and on Tuesday (08Jul14), he regretfully told his fans that the non-stop travel had finally gotten the best of him.
Taking to his Twitter.com page, he wrote, "I sincerely apologize to any of y'all who planned to see me at these next couple festival dates. Due to lack of self maintenance i had to press eject on the tour.
"I am physically and mentally at the end of my rope. I weigh a fraction of what I'm supposed to and without synergy between the body and mind there is nothing. no point in performing if it's not the best show I can give every time.
"Now that I am home I can get healthy and get this album out to y'all while it's still fresh."
The axed gigs included stops at various music festivals in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, the U.K., Canada, and the U.S.
Last summer (13), Sweatshirt also cancelled a string of concerts in Europe as he battled pneumonia.
New Zealand music producer Peter Dawkins has died following a fall at his home in Australia. The 68 year old, who had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, passed away on Friday (04Jul14) due to injuries he sustained in an accident at his home in the Blue Mountains.
Dawkins started his career as a drummer in bands such as Me And The Others, and The New Nadir, touring in Europe in the 1960s and performing with guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in London.
He later moved behind-the-scenes in the music industry and is best known for his stellar career Down Under, producing 20 number one hits and more than 50 albums which achieved chart success.
He produced music for acts including Spectrum, Dragon, John Farnham, Australian Crawl, Ross Ryan, Air Supply, Slim Dusty and Billy Thorpe, and also started two record labels and opened a studio.
After Dawkins' diagnosis with Parkinson's disease, his friends in the music industry released a tribute album to raise money for his medical care.
British pop star Rita Ora is reportedly moving on from her split from DJ Calvin Harris by romancing the rapper son of U.S. fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger.
The I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker, 23, sparked rumours of a new romance with Ricky Hil after they were spotted holding hands while dining at Nobu in London on Saturday night (05Jul14), before heading to the Drury Club to party.
Hil, 24, has also been showing off his blossoming relationship with Ora with images on his Instagram.com page, uploading a picture of the rumoured couple cuddling for a snap last week (ends04Jul14).
A source tells Britain's Mirror newspaper, "They really hit it off when they met and really like each other, so Rita invited him over (to Europe) to join her. They want to see where things might take them - they're just having a lot of fun."
Ora and Scottish dance star Harris announced their on/off romance was over for good in early June (14), confessing they had called time on the relationship "some time ago". She previously dated Kim Kardashian's younger brother Rob.
Now that the halfway mark has hit between the dawn of a hopeful 2014 and the inevitable exasperated gasp of relief that another year of harrowing grief is finally over, we're inclined to look back on the past six months of cinematic glory. First, we set our sights to the best performances of the year, both leading and supporting. Next, we turned to movie scenes and moments. And finally, we take on the big guns: the best movies we've seen so far this year, listed below in alphabetical order. Check 'em out, and see which ones sound worth catching up on.
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BORGMANA mysterious vagabond makes himself at home on the property of a posh, rapidly fissuring Danish family. "All is not what it seems" to the nth degree.As a bonus: The film's proclivity to tease its viewers for their inevitable search for answers to its mysteries.
BOYHOODThe life of a boy as he grows from age six to 18. More of a poem about the bounties of life and presence than a traditional narrative, and unlike any other film you'll see.As a bonus: The eventual realization that you've been looking at life all wrong, but that it's not too late to find a new kind of existential harmony.
THE DOUBLECrippled by his anxieties, Jesse Eisenberg is tossed into a dark and comical existential whirlwind when he meets a man who looks just like him (also Jesse Eisenberg, naturally) but acts the exact opposite.As a bonus: The engaging debates following the movie about whether or not director Richard Ayoade is just ripping off Terry Gilliam.*The Double made our Best Performances list for Jesse Eisenberg, but we'd also like to give special props to Wallace Shawn for his hilariously dimwitted boss.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTELAt the dawn of the Third Reich in Eastern Europe, the consierge of an esteemed luxury hotel in sets off on a wild caper, his lobby boy in tow, when he is suspected of murder.As a bonus: Finally getting a Wes Anderson movie that you think your non-Wes Anderson-fan friends might actually enjoy.
HIDE YOUR SMILING FACESA simple and closed-mouthed but incredibly dense film about two young brothers dealing with the death of a close friend. Heartwrenching and accessible all the while.As a bonus: The faith that debut director Daniel Patrick Carbone is definitely going places.
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IDAOn the dawn of her inception into a monastery, a teenage orphan finds out that she is Jewish and sets off to meet her alcoholic, free-wheelin' aunt for the first time. Terribly sad, but incredibly funny at times.As a bonus: The realization that this movie is kind of like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles set in post-WWII Eastern Europe.
JOEAn emotionally rattled Nicolas Cage rambles about his rural town, solving and causing problems for neighbors, friends, his dog, and a young boy who comes to him looking for a job (and a father figure).As a bonus: You can't help but delight in the fact that Cage actually gets to be in a good movie for the first time in years (and does a hell of a job in it, too).
THE LEGO MOVIEA tribute to the omnipresent children's toy, as well as to creativity, individuality, and spaceships. Funny as hell.As a bonus: If for some reason your kids didn't like LEGOs, hopefully this will do the trick.
LIFE ITSELFA documentary that scales the life and work of Roger Ebert, the most decorated film critic in the history of the business. As a bonus: If you're a film critic, this will really, sincerely make you feel good about what you do for a living. And if you're just a movie person in general, it will simply just make you feel good.
MANAKAMANAA weird, formless movie that follows a series of passengers on a cable car traveling to and from the Manakamana Temple in the mountains of Nepal.As a bonus: The one American featured in the movie is... comically American.
MOOD INDIGOMichel Gondry's whimsical tragedy (if such a thing ever existed, it was Mood Indigo) about an eccentric couple that falls victim to one party's fatal illness.As a bonus: Gondry's Science of Sleep-style imagery is in full force here, even in the darker chapters of the feature.
NIGHT MOVESThe second Jesse Eisenberg picture on the list: this time, he's an eco-terrorist whose plans to blow up a problematic dam go awry. A rare gem that captures thrilling tension and precise intimacy at once.As a bonus: You'll learn a few things about living "green." Just don't blow up too many dams.
OBVIOUS CHILDA traditional rom-com — she's kooky, he's serious, and New York is a palpable character (man, They Came Together really got it right), but fresher, funnier, and centered around the process of getting an abortion.As a bonus: Although Obvious Child doesn't seem to have any political angles, the fashion in which it treats abortion is particularly important in the interest of quelling the stigmas facing those pursuing the option.
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVEPossibly the best thing to come out so far in 2014, Jim Jarmusch's story about a pair of madly-in-love but decadently depressed vampires uses the mythology of immortality to discuss just how sad mankind is getting, and just how sad a man can be.As a bonus: It's basically a love letter to classic rock. If you're a music lover, this is a must-see.
PALO ALTOA fever tream about suburban teen ennui, involving the stories of three high school students and a lecherous soccer coach.As a bonus: Hey, we've got another Coppola now!
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PARTICLE FEVERA chipper, accessible documentary about the Higgs-Boson particle and the nature of existence altogether. It doesn't condescend but it doesn't shoot too far over your head, either.As a bonus: It's a movie about the very fabrics of the universe. What more do you need?
SNOWPIERCERWhere do we begin? Long after the human race has been wiped out, a "super train" containing the last living people runs indefinitely, hosting a vicious class system that is about to be uprooted by a blue collar revolutionary.As a bonus: Tilda f**king Swinton.
UNDER THE SKINThis one is hard to explain. Basically, Scarlett Johansson drives around Scotland bringing men back into a black room containing a carnivorous liquid floor. Kind of. Just see it, okay?As a bonus: The movie helped one of its actors overcome the hardships of his disease.
WE ARE THE BEST!Three Swedish schoolgirls find agency and identity in the punk rock scene, forming a band and a tight friendship in this endearing and joyful tribute to the coming-of-age genre.As a bonus: HATE THE SPORT! HATE THE SPORT! NA NA NA NA HATE THE SPORT!
ZERO MOTIVATIONA weird mix of sincerity and loony surrealism, this Tribeca Film Festival entry about best friends toiling as grunts in the Israeli army is oddly funny, charming, and original.As a bonus: Imagine if Stripes were about kooky, petulant teenage Israeli girls.
Taylor Swift's Red tour has become the biggest revenue earner for a country act. The 15-month world trek grossed over $150 million (£88 million) and surpasses Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul tour in 2006 and 2007, according to Billboard.
The Red tour began in March, 2013 and hit Australia at the end of the year, Europe at the beginning of 2014, and Asia in May and June (14). The tour ended in Singapore on 12 June (14).
In total, over 1.7 million fans caught Swift onstage during her 86 performances in 12 countries.
R&B star Kelis was an hour late for her show in London on Wednesday night (02Jul14) after she was locked out of her house. The singer was due to perform at the Kopparberg Urban Forest launch party in Dalston, east London, but left the crowd waiting for an hour following a drama at home.
Kelis is said to have rented a property in Britain while she performs around Europe this summer (14), but trouble with keys left her locked outside in the run-up to the show.
A source tells WENN, "Kelis turned up an hour late to her headline performance at the Kopparberg Urban Forest after locking herself out of the house. However, she won over the crowd with a medley of her famous hits including Milkshake and Acapella."
The London show came just days after Kelis performed at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival.
Pop superstar Kylie Minogue is heading back out on tour following a short-lived stint as a TV talent show judge. The Spinning Around hitmaker has announced she will hit the road with her Kiss Me Once shows, her first trek since 2011.
She will kick off her dates in Liverpool, England on 24 September (14), before performing across the U.K. and Europe. She will end the tour Down Under next year (15).
Minogue's return to touring comes after she signed up as a coach on the U.K. and Australian versions of The Voice. She opted to take part in just one season of the U.K. programme, and will finish shooting the Aussie adaptation later this month (Jul14).
The Eagles' current world tour has proved a huge success after raking in more than $145 million (£85.2 million) in just 12 months. The Hotel California legends hit the road on their History of the Eagles trek last July (13), performing across North America and Europe.
Their manager, Irving Azoff, has now revealed the shows pulled in massive profits as the band played to more than 1.1 million fans around the globe.
A statement from the music mogul reads, "More than a million worldwide fans attending Eagles concerts the past 12 months is a testament to the band's ongoing legacy, stature and songs, that not only stand the test time, but have become anthems for several generations.
"The band is releasing this touring data information so that those who follow the concert industry have accurate year over year perspective and not arbitrarily bifurcate the highly attended summer concert season as some charts do."
The tour will head back to the U.S. on 25 August (14) before landing in Australasia next year (15).
Guitar great Jeff Beck has scrapped his European tour after receiving "emergency medical attention" which has sidelined him for the next six weeks. The veteran rocker, who has struggled with health issues in recent years, was due to kick off the second leg of his trek in Austria on Friday (27Jun14), but an undisclosed ailment prompted Beck to pull the dates.
A statement posted on Beck's website reveals he will now undergo a "short hospital procedure" to treat the problem and rest up ahead of his scheduled U.S. tour with ZZ Top in August (14).
Apologising to fans for the cancellation, a representative adds, "He sends his profound apologies to those fans who had bought tickets for the European concerts and very much looks forward to playing for his American audiences after he has completed his treatment."
The 70 year old previously had to play through the pain on his joint tour with Beach Boys star Brian Wilson last year (13) after undergoing an endoscopy for another illness in between live shows.