In a week where Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers dominate the airwaves, and The Voice continues to look like a parody of itself, here’s what’s been going on.
– On the 2nd May, Jeff Hanneman of Slayer passed away at the age of 49. The official cause of death was alcohol related cirrhosis, according to a statement made on the band’s website. The opening line of the statement states that “Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman’s life sometime later this month, along with Jeff’s family and friends, the public will be invited to attend.”
– Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac has told Billboard of new material to be released in the near future, which will accompany their upcoming UK tour. Extended Play will be released as an EP with “three or four” tracks, according to the frontman, however he went on to explain of one time member Christine McVie’s reluctance to return to the band, saying that she will “never rejoin”.
– A college in Nottingham has been criticised for offering a two-year degree in Heavy Metal. New College Nottingham is now offering the Foundation Degree to its prospective students, which has received criticism from education experts. Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education Chris McGovern told BBC news that “You don’t need to do a degree in heavy metal. It’s a waste of time”.
– London record label Kscope have reached their fifth birthday, and will be hosting two evenings of music at The Garage, London. Bands to feature include Amplifier and Anethema, who are both currently enjoying the success of recently released material.
– Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj has told Billboard of her new Barbie, saying that she would enjoy being “a business woman, and hopefully a mogul one day”. I genuinely hope not.