"So EXCITED to announce we're joining @MileyCyrus on her #BANGERZ tour! Get ready to dance with all of us soon!" Swedish duo Icona Pop have been picked to support Miley Cyrus on her upcoming tour. Everything Is Embarrassing hitmaker Sky Ferreira will also serve as an opening act for Miley's North American tour, which will kick off in Vancouver, Canada on 14 February (14).
Getty/Roger KisbyInitially scheduled for release as far back as 2010, Sky Ferreira's debut album had been delayed so many times that it had almost taken on mythical status. Launched by her label as the next Britney, her electro pop-inspired first attempt instead dribbled out as an E.P. Despite releasing one of the finest singles of last year, "Everything Is Embarrassing," her second genre-hopping stab suffered the same fate. And even though her belated full-length first studio effort, Night Time, My Time finally hit iTunes last week, it still remains unavailable anywhere else.Thankfully for the 21-year-old, its twelve tracks prove that all the years of being stuck in development hell haven't been for nothing, even if the majority are likely to baffle the few who previously bought into her hipster-pop sound.Indeed, you have to wonder what the team who wanted to mould her into the next teen-pop starlet would make of "Omanko," a scuzzy slice of synth-punk named after a Japanese slang word for female genitalia, and the title track, a brilliantly creepy David Lynch-esque wave of ghostly vocals and doom-laden drones which opens with the line, "I'm useless and I know it."But that's not to say that Ferreira has entirely abandoned her pop sensibilities. "I Blame Myself" is an impressively self-aware piece of bubblegum electro which accepts that her career may have been hindered because of her sometimes questionable extra-curricular behavior. Lead single "You're Not The One" is a hook-laden gothic number which recalls The Cure at their 80s commercial peak, while "24 Hours" and "Love In Stereo" are the kind of swoonsome new wave numbers you'd expect to hear over the closing credits of a John Hughes Brat Pack movie.Following her party girl persona, string of modelling contracts and recent drugs bust, Ferreira was in danger of becoming more renowned for her lifestyle than her music. However, Night Time, My Time proves at last that there's some substance to her style.
A heckler was booted from an Elliott Smith tribute concert in London on Monday (21Oct13) after becoming engaged in a foul-mouthed argument with singer/songwriter Damon Gough. The musician, who performs as Badly Drawn Boy, was headlining the Elliott Smith Tribute Act, when a gig-goer became upset because he wasn't performing tragic Smith's tracks.
Instead, Gough launched into a 10-minute speech while strumming on his guitar.
The fan blasted him by shouting, "Elliott wouldn't have wanted this!", prompting the star to lash out from the stage, branding the loud fan a "c**t" and allegedly telling him to "f**k off and die".
The male was escorted from The Brixton Windmill venue, allowing Gough to continue with his performance in peace.
The show, held on the 10th anniversary of Smith's death, also featured appearances by Sweetheart Contract AAG (All American Girl) and singer Jaq Gallier and raised $3,000 (£2,000) for British mental health charity Mind.
Meanwhile, a similar tribute gig was held on the same night in New York, where singers Cat Power and Sky Ferreira teamed up for a duet in the Miss Misery Oscar nominee's memory.
It's not the first time Badly Drawn Boy has lost his temper onstage - he hit headlines last year (12) after throwing a harmonica brace at a female heckler in England, while he was forced to apologise to fans in 2010 following a shambolic set in Los Angeles which ended in him walking off stage after just four songs.
Singer Sky Ferreira has axed the remainder of her U.S. tour dates citing a vocal injury, just weeks after her drug arrest. The Everything Is Embarrassing hitmaker has been on the road supporting rockers Vampire Weekend, but she has pulled out of their trek after straining her vocal cords at a show in San Diego, California, on Tuesday (01Oct13).
The 21 year old took to her Twitter.com page to share the bad news with fans, writing, "I'm so sorry... I'll basically be a monk by the time this is over."
Ferreira will now miss out on shows in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Nashville, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; and Grand Prairie, Texas.
Ferreira is hoping to be back onstage at her debut album release concert in Los Angeles on 27 October (13), while she is also scheduled to headline an Elliott Smith tribute show in New York on 21 October (13).
Her cancellations come after she and her DIIV frontman boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith were arrested in New York last month (Sep13), when cops pulled over their vehicle and found the rocker to be in possession of heroin. Ferreira was reportedly arrested for possessing Ecstasy.
Sky Ferreira and Cat Power are set to headline an Elliott Smith tribute show in New York later this month (Oct13) to mark the 10th anniversary of the singer/songwriter's suicide. The Low Anthem, Speedy Ortiz star Sadie Dupuis, Yoni Wolf and former Chairlift member Aaron Pfenning will also be part of the line-up, while Ferreira's boyfriend, DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith, will team up with the Everthing Is Embarrassing hitmaker for a special collaboration.
The gig, held at Glasslands in Brooklyn on 21 October (13), will mark both Ferreira and Smith's first performances since they were arrested on drug charges in the Big Apple last month (Sep13).
Miss Misery Oscar nominee Smith died from two self-inflicted stab wounds on 21 October, 2003, aged 34.
Pop star Sky Ferreira insists she is not an addict following her arrest on drug charges last month (Sep13). The Everything Is Embarrassing hitmaker and her DIIV frontman boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith were held in New York after cops pulled over their vehicle and found the rocker to be in possession of heroin. Ferreira was reportedly arrested for possessing Ecstasy.
However, the singer has accused cops of intentionally targeting the pair, telling Billboard, "I kind of got f**ked with... And it's annoying because I wasn't charged with his heroin. It says it. The public records are out there. I wasn't charged with it.
"Trust me, if I was even anywhere near that, they would've charged me because they had no problem charging me with other s**t. They were out to kind of like f**k with us. I'm scared to say more than that because I don't want them to arrest us anymore."
Ferreira is adamant she does not have substance abuse issues and fears the arrest has blighted her public image, adding, "I know for a fact I'm not a drug addict. That's all I really have to say about it. I know I'm not a drug addict. I'm sorry if it hurt anyone and I'm not trying to promote drugs and it's not like an image thing whatsoever.
"Do you think I want people thinking I'm a heroin addict? No. Do you think I want people thinking I'm a drug addict? No. But people have always said I'm a drug addict, just based on the fact that I have dark circles around my eyes, which I've had since I was a kid, or because I come across a certain way or dress a certain way. So that's not something that's new."
Phillip Massey/WireImageFrom a talent show winner's comeback to an inspired interpretation of a Whitney Houston classic, here's a look at five of the best tracks to have been unveiled over the past seven days.
Little Mix – "Move"After conquering the world with their self-empowering brand of girl power pop, 2011 X-Factor UK winners Little Mix veer more into R&B territory with this surprisingly daring blend of tongue-clacking, slick funk beats and crunching guitars which recalls both Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."
Charli XCX – "SuperLove"Despite co-penning Icona Pop's summer anthem, "I Love It," Charli XCX's own debut album, True Romance, has so far been cruelly ignored on the charts. Just six months after its release, the electro-pop starlet has now unveiled the first taster of its follow-up, an instantly addictive neon lit new wave tale of a toxic relationship which should surely make people take sit up and notice this time around.
Sky Ferreira – "You're Not The One"Stuck in 'record label hell' for several years, Sky Ferreira will finally release her first studio effort, Night Time, My Time, next month. A stylish slice of hipster indie-pop featuring a hypnotic hook reminiscent of The Cure at their '80s peak, this lead single suggests the much-hyped model/singer may be soon be remembered for more than her recent embarrassing drugs bust.
CHVRCHES – "It's Not Right But It's Okay"Seemingly unable to put a foot wrong at the moment, Scottish trio CHVRCHES celebrated the release of their exceptional debut, The Bones Of What You Believe, this week by paying tribute to arguably Whitney Houston's finest hour with this inventive but respectful electro-pop reinvention recorded especially for Radio 1.
Samsaya – "Stereotype"Co-written with A*M*E, the voice behind Duke Dumont's recent chart-topping classic house pastiche, "100%," Norwegian-Indian vocalist Samsaya channels the likes of M.I.A. and Nelly Furtado on this exuberant mix of kick-drums and swirling organs. An extremely late contender for the sassiest summery track of the year.
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Pop star Sky Ferreira and her rocker boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith have been arrested on drugs charges, according to a U.S. report. The Everything Is Embarrassing hitmaker and her DIIV frontman lover were allegedly held on Saturday morning (14Sep13) in New York for possession of controlled substances.
Online reports suggest the couple was arrested after cops pulled over their vehicle in Saugerties, near Poughkeepsie, and discovered heroin and Ecstasy.
Smith was also charged with possession of stolen property and aggravated unlicensed driving amid suspicions the vehicle was fitted with stolen licence plates, according to Pitchfork.com.
Editors at the website report the pair was later released from custody.
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From an indie-rock royalty comeback to an unlikely star-studded EDM collaboration, here's a look at five of the best tracks to have been unveiled over the last seven days.
Blood Orange – "Chamakay"After giving the likes of Sky Ferreira, Solange and MKS a hipster sheen, producer extraordinaire Dev Hynes teams up with Chairlift's Carolina Polachek for the latest release under his Blood Orange moniker. Accompanied by a touching video which reunites him with his long-lost Guyanese family, "Chamakay" is another effortlessly cool piece of hazy R&B pop which features a slight resemblance to Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl."
Arcade Fire – "Reflektor"Produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, featuring backing vocals from David Bowie and clocking in at just under eight minutes, Arcade Fire have certainly pulled out all the stops for this triumphant comeback single, a loping Talking Heads-esque indie-disco curveball which more than justifies all its initial hype.
Avicii feat. Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers – "Lay Me Down"Following on from the foot-stomping country house of "Wake Me Up," the latest cut from Avicii's long-awaited debut album sees the Swede once again eschew the bombast favoured by his EDM peers and instead head towards funky disco territory with a little help from Chic legend Nile Rodgers and a typically gutsy powerhouse turn from Adam Lambert.
Lorde – "Team"Proving that current US Top 10 single "Royals" is no fluke, the ridiculously talented 16-year-old serves up another wise-beyond-her-years baroque pop number that builds from an entirely a capella intro into a soaring fusion of emphatic kick-snares and glistening synths.
Goldroom - "Embrace"Joined by the enchanting vocals of Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs, Los Angeles producer Josh Legg delivers another lush slice of sun-kissed house-pop which might just help to stave off those post-summer blues for a little while longer.Follow @Hollywood_com
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Pop star Sky Ferreira has pushed back the release of her debut album until next year (14) so she can have more time to work on her new music. The singer claimed to have finished the record, reportedly titled I Will, back in April (13), but she has now told fans not to expect the project to hit retailers until 2014.
However, she will give them a taste of her new music by releasing an EP later this year (13).
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, Ferreira insists she was not responsible for the decision to delay her album's release.
She writes, "My LP got pushed back for a few reasons: 1. Huge opportunity to make something better. 2. I'll now be able to release it worldwide... I wasn't able to before due to the transition/EMI being bought by Universal... Release dates are sort of really completely out of my control... It's really for the best. It's not getting delayed because things are going wrong. It's actually the complete opposite... EP coming out in September."