Jack Black pays tribute to Meat Loaf: “Thank you for rocking so hard”

Black reflects on Meat Loaf’s starring turn in ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and more

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Jack Black has honoured the late actor and musician Meat Loaf, who died from reported complications due to COVID last week (January 20).

Black, also an actor and musician, paid tribute to the artist who starred in his band Tenacious D‘s film The Pick Of Destiny in 2006.

“I think I was 9 years old when my big sister took me to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Meat Loaf rocked the hell out of that movie,” Black began his post on Instagram.

“25 years later I begged him to play my father in my band’s movie The Pick Of Destiny and by god he rocked the hell out of that one too. Thank you Meat for rocking so hard!!! Much love to his friends and family. Meat Loaf Rest In Peace.”

Meat Loaf, whose real name was Marvin Lee Aday, released his debut album ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ in 1977. It remains one of the biggest-selling records of all time, having sold 43million copies worldwide.

He released 12 studio albums in total – the final one being 2016’s ‘Braver Than We Are’ – and was also know for acting in more than 60 films including Fight Club, Focus and Wayne’s World.

Tributes to the late star, ranging from Cher to Boy George, poured in last week. You can read them here.

Meanwhile, in Tenacious D news, the band recently announced a US tour for 2022. The tour will see the band and Puddles Pity Party perform in Colorado, Oregon, San Diego, Palo Alto and more from June 16-26. Tickets to the tour can now be purchased here.

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‘Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection’ will let you transfer PS4 saves

The remaster bundle launches on PS5 this week

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Naughty Dog’s upcoming PS5 remaster of two Uncharted games in Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves will let players transfer save data and trophy progress.

The official PlayStation Twitter account made the announcement yesterday (January 24), clarifying that both save data and trophy progress from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy can be carried over from PS4 to PS5.

There was no word on PC save integration, as that version of the remaster still only has a 2022 window for its release.

The transfer can be done via a cloud save integration with the player’s profile, with them needing to own the original PS4 title and the new remaster collection. Owning the PS4 version and getting the PS5 version will cost £10/$10, although PS4 disc owners with an all-digital PS5 will not be able to get the upgrade. Players with the following versions are eligible:

  • Uncharted 4 on PS4 (physical or digital)
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (physical or digital)
  • Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy Digital Bundle (Digital only)

PS Plus subscribers who own either of the games through the service are out of luck, and will also have to purchase the full PS5 game to play.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Credit: Naughty Dog

A new trailer has dropped for Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection ahead of its release later this week on January 28.

Co-president of Naughty Dog Neil Druckman also recently confirmed that the studio is in fact working on multiple game projects. A recent job listing at the developer seems to have suggested that the upcoming Factions multiplayer game may include Games As A Service type elements, as a monetisation designer job was advertised.

In other news, a new update will make transferring save data between PC and the Steam Deck via the cloud even easier.

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‘Sea Of Thieves’ will preview its “biggest year yet” with a stream this week

Some fans think they’ve already spotted glimpses of future updates

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Rare has announced that a Sea Of Thieves 2022 preview event will give fans a first look at what’s coming to the pirate game later this year.

In a video shared yesterday (January 24), Rare has revealed that some of 2022’s content updates will be teased later this week.

The “Sea Of Thieves 2022 Preview Event” stream is set to start at 6PM GMT on Thursday, January 27. As described in the announcement’s description, the stream will include “a look at the adventures, mysteries and more that await you in the year ahead.”

Although fans will have to wait until January 27 to see what’s coming, the video teases that “2022 is set to be the biggest year yet for Sea Of Thieves” and adds that the upcoming livestream will offer “exclusive first looks at what to expect for the next season and beyond.”

As EuroGamer notes, fans have been able to spot glimpses of some of those updates in the announcement video. In the video, the Golden Sands outpost looks to have been destroyed, while there’s also a shot of a giant stone fortress.

Although the video has only been live for one day, some fans think they already know where the fortress will appear on the map because someone recognised a rock in the background of the shot. Another sleuth also found that Belle is visible in the trailer, a character that used to appear in much of the original Sea Of Thieves marketing.

Although Rare seems to have big plans for Sea Of Thieves in 2022, it will be hard to top the previous year. In 2021, Rare added a Pirates Of The Caribbean expansion to Sea Of Thieves in a Disney crossover that saw Jack Sparrow and more join the game.

In other news, League Of Legends has disabled the Chemtech Drake indefinitely. This follows renewed criticism from plenty of fans, professional players and analysts who thought it was counter-intuitive to the game.

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Independent Venue Week shares full live schedule for 2022

This year’s celebrations kick-off next Monday (January 31)

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Independent Venue Week has announced their full live schedule for 2022, which includes performances from Wet Leg, Years & Years and James Bay.

The ninth consecutive edition of IVW will take place across over 210 independent UK venues between Monday (January 31) and Sunday, February 6. It’ll host more than 485 performances, including live gigs, comedy shows, Q&A sessions, films and documentaries.

BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq will celebrate Independent Venue Week 2022 by presenting a series of one-off shows between January 31 and February 4.

It’ll kick off with Franz Ferdinand at PJ Molloys in Dunfermline ahead of Yard Act performing a hometown gig at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds on February 1. Further appearances will follow from Melt Yourself Down, IVW ’22 ambassadors Wet Leg and Bess Atwell.

“Independent Venue Week has always played a vital role in helping grassroots venues at a financially perilous time of year. But this time round, it’s even more important to help support the live music circuit after it’s been hit so hard by Covid,” Lamacq explained.

“It’s a chance for us all to rally round and celebrate just how important these places are to emerging artists and alternative performers.”

Yard Act. CREDIT: Phoebe Fox for NME

Also among the Independent Venue Week performers are Years & Years, who returned with their new album ‘Night Call’ last Friday (January 21). Olly Alexander will take to the stage at The Wardrobe in Leeds on February 1.

As announced last November, James Bay is currently out on an intimate tour as part of IVW ’22. He’s yet to play shows in London (January 26), Manchester (January 30) and Leeds (February 1), among other locations.

Soak, who is the Independent Venue Week ambassador for Northern Ireland, will also perform along with IDLES, Nova Twins, Porridge Radio, John Francis Flynn and Pom Poko.

As for films, 2020’s IDLES: Don’t Go Gentle is set to be screened in Leeds, Cardiff and Stockton On Tees. Elsewhere, Radiohead‘s Philip Selway presents the new BBC documentary On The Road With Independent Venue Week – watch here on iPlayer.

You can find the full schedule and ticket details for Independent Venue Week 2022 here.

This year’s series of events will take place across 93 different villages, towns and cities. 56 of the participating venues are taking part in IVW for the first time, with 180 of the venues being outside London. Overall, 47 per cent are outside major cities.

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Bright Eyes, Fleet Foxes and Khruangbin to headline End Of The Road Festival

The three artists join Pixies at the top of the bill for 2022

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Bright Eyes, Fleet Foxes and Khruangbin have been announced as the final headliners of End Of The Road Festival 2022.

The three artists will all play at the Larmer Tree Gardens festival, which this year will run from September 1-4.

The trio join Pixies at the top of the bill, who were confirmed as headliners back in September.

The likes of The Magnetic Fields, Yard Act, Black Midi, Aldous Harding, Perfume Genius, Greentea Peng, Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Weather Station, Lucy Dacus, Cassandra Jenkins and Kevin Morby will also perform at End Of The Road 2022 – you can see the line-up so far below.

End Of The Road 2022 line-up (Picture: Press)

“I’m beyond excited about our 2022 line-up, which features artists we’ve been asking to play since 2006 and includes some of the greatest songwriters of all time in my opinion,” End Of The Road co-founder Simon Taffe said about this year’s festival.

“It really feels like this is the summer all festivals have been waiting for, a summer three years in the making for some. We have all been through a lot together and it feels good to be back, and to finally be able to dance with friends and artists from all over the world again.”

Tickets for End Of The Road Festival 2022 are on sale now from here.

In other UK festival news, Parklife announced their 2022 line-up earlier today (January 25) which features the likes of Tyler, the Creator, 50 Cent and Megan Thee Stallion.

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Peter Dinklage criticises Disney for remaking “fucking backwards” ‘Snow White’

The live action film has a racially diverse cast but is lacking in considerations about disability

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Peter Dinklage has called out Disney for its “fucking backwards” upcoming live action adaption of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.

The Game Of Thrones and Cyrano actor, who has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, accused Disney of double standards for pushing for a racially diverse cast but reverting to harmful stereotypes about disabilities.

“No offence to anything but I was a little taken aback by…they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White, but you’re still telling the story of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs,” Dinklage told Marc Maron’s WTF podcast (via Huffington Post).

“Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me,” he continued. “You’re progressive in one way but you’re still making that fucking backward story of seven dwarves living in the cave. What the fuck are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.

‘Game Of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage stars as Cyrano de Bergerac. CREDIT: Universal

“They were so proud of that, and all love and respect to the actress and the people who thought they were doing the right thing but I’m just like, ‘What are you doing?’”.

The actor added that if the “most fucked up, cool, progressive spin” was put on the story, then Dinklage said he was “all in”.

Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) will portray Snow White and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman 1984) will play the Evil Queen in the movie, which is slated for a 2023 release. The film is thought to build on Disney’s original 1930s take on the Brothers Grimm fairytale.

Meanwhile, Dinklage has shared his thoughts on the forthcoming Game Of Thrones prequel series House Of The Dragon.

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Cordae on reviving the golden age of hip-hop: “I have a story on every single song”

On new album ‘From A Birds Eye View’, the Maryland rapper takes the baton from Nas

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Music always moves in circles, as the sounds loved in yesteryear are revived by fresh faces with modern takes on a once-popular genre. After we entered a new millennium, the storytelling adored by ‘80s and ‘90s rappers started to dwindle into today’s rap culture, with melodic efforts often succeeding much more than those with more meaningful tales to tell.

READ MORE: Cordae – ‘From A Birds Eye View’ review: confident rhymes and nostalgic hip-hop sounds

In comes Cordae, a 24-year-old from Maryland who focuses more on lyricism than the superficial catchiness of his delivery. Having decided to become a rapper like those he heard in the back of his mother’s car at the age of four, he comes off as a hip-hop revivalist. He’s been widely dubbed the next Nas or Jay-Z, but Cordae isn’t phased by the hype: “There’s not any pressure to be the next anybody. I can’t be a Nas or Jay Z because there’s already a Jay Z and a Nas. I can just be me, and be the best Cordae there ever was.”

Cordae’s 2019 debut album was a solid introduction to the world, showing that he was more than just another popular artist soon to be lost in the digital ether. ‘The Lost Boy’ hosted confident tracks that showcased his expert lyricism and ability to harness the slick wordplay and addictive melodies of the greats. And Cordae has made magic again on his latest feat, creating a dreamy assortment of high-quality hits of aural bliss. Of the process behind his second, five-star album ‘From A Birds Eye View’, he says: “It was fun. I literally have a story on every single song. Every single song has a story attached to it.”

Take ‘Jean-Michel’, a dark and sombre track about its author’s survival instinct: “I created that in the middle of a pandemic. That’s why it’s so dark. And it feels like despair and hopelessness because it was made in that very beginning of the pandemic. “Brink of Extinction, hell bent on survival / This life’s a continuous cycle” is what I was feeling at the time.”

Album two is a clear example of just how special Cordae’s musical ear is, as he chose awe-inspiring beats and perfectly matched collaborators. Laidback love song ‘Chronicles’ features R&B superstar H.E.R and drill legend Lil Durk, while the booming ‘Today’ boasts YSL signee and trap guy Gunna. It’s safe to say Cordae knew that his choices were a bit odd, but would work so well.

“As soon as I made ‘Chronicles’, I was like, ‘Yo, I gotta put H.E.R and Lil Durk on this, even though it may sound like a weird combination,’” he reveals. “But it’s the perfect combo for this one. For ‘Today’, I got Gunna on there because, at the time, I was like, ‘Man, I need some music to perform onstage’.” Cordae is already thinking of worldwide arena tours, and says: “I would make a song and instantly think of a tone that’s going to be dope and add color to this. It was definitely a blessing to have everybody on this record who I’m really cool with in real life”.


ordae, it seems, goes right down to the wire with record releases. NME speaks to him a couple of days before ‘From A Birds Eye View’ drops in mid-January, and on our advance stream, album highlight ‘Champagne Glasses’  sees the Maryland-born rapper go toe-to-toe with Brooklyn’s own Nas. It’s a real passing-of-the-touch moment for hip-hop as Nas spits bars of wisdom for the up-and-comer, warning him about the perils of stardom: “You’d need good luck, prayer, superstitions and lawyers / Oh, and pistols on ya / …As money only makes you as rich as your addictions for it”. Cordae appeared in the video for Nas’ 2021 single ‘Brunch on Sunday’, and says of the icon: “Nas has been a mentor of mine. He is somebody I text every now and then and stay in contact with pretty often”.

Yet, curiously, when the album is officially released, Nas is nowhere to be seen, having been replaced by Indiana gangsta rapper Freddie Gibbs. Conversely, while our stream bears no trace of Eminem, the version of the album on streaming services finds the Detroit legend gracing a remix of Cordae’s moody 2020 single ‘Parables’, returning the compliment the younger artist paid when he covered ‘My Name Is’ back in 2017. In typically provocative style, Em takes a swipe at hip-hop villain Tekashi 6ix9ine: “I treat the beat like it’s Tekashi.” 

More significantly, though, Cordae’s brother Shiloh opens ‘From A Birds Eye View’ on the fittingly titled ‘Shiloh’s Intro’, rapping artfully over the phone from a Maryland prison, where he’s unfortunately serving a 24-year sentence for armed robbery. “It was only fitting [to let him open the album],” Cordae says, “because he was blowing up before me so why not pay homage to him?” Shiloh’s dexterous, a capella verse is absolutely stellar, sadly underlining the fact that he can’t live out his dreams like his brother.

Asked if he feels any survivor’s guilt about his sibling’s incarceration, Cordae references the album’s languid track ‘Momma’s Hood’: “I made that right after one of my best friends from back home got killed… I was dealing with a definite survivor’s guilt at that time, because I had just seen him three days prior.”

He’s seen as a bridge between the old and new schools of hip-hop, but does the Gen-Z star still believe that there’s true hip-hop in rap today? “It’s a lot of dope artists right now pushing this hip-hop shit,” he says. “I don’t really think it’s something that needs to be revived. I mean, the biggest artists in the world are hip-hop artists that can actually rap they asses off. You know, [Dr.] Dre can actually rap, Kendrick – you know, that goes without saying: [he] can rap. And so on!

“I think there’s a balance of both melody and meaning. There are incredible artists – don’t get it twisted – saying some dope things, and are extremely talented. Melody within itself is a talent, and music is forever has always been emotion-based: What can you do to tap into people’s emotions? The easiest way to do that is melodies. As long as you’re saying something with insight with depth and meaning to it, it’s undefeated. I don’t feel like my music is overlooked or fallen on deaf ears. There’s an audience for everything and so there’s plenty of space for everything.”

“There’s no pressure to be the next anybody. I can just be the best Cordae there ever was”

Cordae seems extremely switched on to everything around him and his journey to success, and the most important thing to this youngster is humility. Yes, he does tell NME that the next time he speaks to us he’ll be “the Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum selling, arena-touring artist”, but he is very much aware of the privilege he has to eat off of his creativity.

“I have Hi Level, my [media]  brand and record label – that’s going to be a multi-billion dollar thing in the future,” he says. “But I don’t want to just get super wealthy – I’ma self-indulge a little bit. I’m gonna live some good life for sure, but mostly I want to help the world. I’m enjoying the journey every step of the way from the – you know, the ups the downs of everything”.

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Sigrid reschedules her UK and Ireland tour dates to November

“I really can’t wait to see you guys!”

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Sigrid has rescheduled her upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates to November, while also adding four more live dates to her schedule.

The Norwegian artist had been set to embark on her biggest-ever tour of the UK, Ireland and Europe in March.

Sigrid told her fans this morning (January 25) that she has now decided to push back the dates to November.

“I was extremely excited to go back on stage and finally get to see you all on our first tour back in the UK in March, and frankly it’s been my number one motivation all this time,” she wrote in a statement. “I’m gutted to say my team and I have decided to postpone the dates to later this year.

“But the good news is that we will be able to perform a lot (!) of new music in November, and we’re also adding four more dates! Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham and Newcastle. I really can’t wait to see you guys!”

All tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled dates, while tickets for Sigrid’s newly announced gigs will go on sale on Friday (January 28) at 9am from here – you can see her revised tour schedule below.

4 – University Mountford Hall, Liverpool
5 – Great Hall, Cardiff
6 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
8 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
9 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
10 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
12 – The SSE Arena, Wembley
24 – 3Arena, Dublin

“I really do hope you’ll be able to come to the new shows and I promise we’ll do our best to make the show worth the wait!” Sigrid added in her statement. “There is a lot coming this year, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it very soon.”

Sigrid released two singles in 2021, ‘Mirror’ and ‘Burning Bridges’, as well as the Christmas song ‘Home To You’. The singer’s first release of 2022 arrived last week with her Griff collaboration ‘Head On Fire’.

“It’s about that feeling when you meet someone who just flips everything upside down and you can’t focus on anything else but that person,” Sigrid explained about the song in a statement. “[Griff’s] just lovely, and it’s been so much fun working with her.”

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‘League Of Legends’ disables Chemtech Drake following renewed criticism

“There’s a chance we won’t bring the Chemtech Drake back for a while”

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Riot Games has removed the Chemtech Drake from League Of Legends, acknowledging significant criticism from professional players and the wider community.

In a blog shared yesterday (January 24), Riot Games admitted that “the Chemtech addition has just been too frustrating to play with,” and confirmed that “effective today, we’re disabling the Chemtech Drake, Soul, and Terrain.”

“While the Chemtech Drake and its corresponding systems are disabled, we’ll be iterating on design changes to solve the issues with the current versions, while maintaining the spirit of what we were originally trying to achieve. Our primary focus will be on the terrain. This may take time to do right, meaning there’s a chance we won’t bring the Chemtech Drake back for a while,” reads the blog.

Riot Games also thanked the community for voicing their frustration with the Chemtech Drake, and wrapped up the article by admitting that it had “missed the mark” with the Chemtech Drake.

The decision to remove Chemtech Drake has been widely praised by fans and pros alike, with LCS caster Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines giving “huge props to Riot for listening to the community and disabling something that was almost universally hated”.

Since the Chemtech Drake was added over preseason, League Of Legends fans have criticised the dragon’s effects on the game. This includes a terrain effect that fills areas of the map with vision-denying fog, which players feel discourages positive gameplay habits such as using wards to create vision across the map.

As well as the average player, professional players disliked many aspects of the Chemtech Drake. Speaking to Upcomer, several major LEC players outlined their issues with the Chemtech Drake and suggested some potential fixes for the League Of Legends objective.

In other news, Unpacking is dealing with app store clones that are imitating the indie game.

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