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Miley Cyrus reveals she’s working on a Metallica covers album 

Miley Cyrus has revealed that she is currently working on a Metallica covers album.

The ‘Midnight Sky’ pop star covered the band’s classic track ‘Nothing Else Matters’ during her rock-orientated performance at Glastonbury 2019, and has recently offered up live renditions of Blondie’s ‘Heart Of Glass’ and The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’.

During a recent conversation with Interview Magazine, Cyrus explained that she is now back in the studio — and that “we’ve been working on a Metallica covers album and I’m here working on that”.

“We’re so lucky to be able to continue to work on our art during all of this [the coronavirus pandemic],” she added. “At first, it felt uninspiring and now I’ve been totally ignited.”

After asking the interviewer to name their favorite rock stars, Cyrus said: “People ask me who I’ve studied for my movement on stage, and I always say Iggy Pop.”

This news comes after the singer previously cited Metallica as an inspiration behind her as-yet-untitled upcoming new album, which she said “will be reflective of who I am”.

The Cranberries recently gave their seal of approval to Cyrus’ version of ‘Zombie’.

“It’s one of the finest covers of the song that we’ve heard,” they wrote on social media. “We think Dolores [O’Riordan] would be very impressed!”

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Netflix cancel space drama ‘Away’ after just one season 

Space drama series Away has been cancelled by Netflix after just one season, according to Deadline.

The show, which starred Hilary Swank as American astronaut Emma Green leading an international crew on the first mission to Mars, aired earlier this year.

The streaming platform has not released a statement on the cancellation of the show, which was created by Andrew Hinderaker alongside showrunner Jessica Goldberg.

Reflecting on a potential second season last month, Away star Ray Panthaki told NME what potential he saw for his character, second-in-command Ram Arya.

“I think there’s so much more to unpack in Ram,” the actor explained. “I find him quite a mysterious character – I’d love to go deeper into that past and figure out why he is the way he is.

“The great thing is, when you have a team of storytellers like Jessica Goldberg, Andrew Hinderaker, Jason Katims, Matt Reeves, Ed Zwick and Hilary [Swank], you just let them do what they have to do because you know you’re in safe hands.”

A number of shows have recently been cut short at Netflix, including Teenage Bounty Hunters, which also only ran for one season.

The streamer also pulled the plug on GLOW, which had been renewed for a fourth season and began shooting in March – but will now not go ahead in light of financial and logistical issues related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A Netflix spokesperson previously said in a statement: “We’ve made the difficult decision not to do a fourth season of GLOW due to COVID, which makes shooting this physically intimate show with its large ensemble cast especially challenging.”

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Taylor Swift praises Justin Vernon’s “stunning” new Big Red Machine track 

Taylor Swift has praised Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon after he shared a new track under his Big Red Machine guise.

In the latest installment of his “Visit With Vernon” voting campaign, Vernon played a song called ‘Latterdays’ to a voter in his native Wisconsin, which is considered to be a swing state ahead of November’s US presidential election.

“One of the ways I communicate is with music,” he explains in the new video. “I wanted to play you this song. A friend of mine named Anaïs Mitchell, she wrote all these words. I thought I would play it for you, if that’s cool? So, it’s called ‘Latterdays.’

“To me, I think about what it’s going to feel like in the future when we look back and we wonder if we did enough.”

 

Praising Vernon, with whom she recently collaborated on ‘Folklore’, Swift wrote on Twitter: “Stunning and important. So much love and respect for @boniver.”

This latest effort comes after Vernon paid tribute to the late Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg earlier this month with the song ‘Your Honor’.

“She just opened so many doors for so many people, that people don’t even understand or realize and her service to the nation I think is still sort of underestimated,” he wrote.

Vernon has been an outspoken supporter of the Democratic Party ahead of the November 4 election.

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Watch Borat give Jimmy Kimmel a “coronavirus inspection” 

Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter-ego Borat has given Jimmy Kimmel a “coronavirus inspection” – watch below.

The fictional Kazakh journalist, promoting the upcoming sequel to 2006’s controversial comedy Borat, used the opportunity Kimmel had imagined for an interview to instead embark on a series of safety measures.

Borat quizzed Kimmel by asking the talk show host “as a member of Hollywood elite, have you drunk any unpasteurized children’s blood?”, to which Kimmel said he had not.

The journalist then requested a sample of Kimmel’s “liquid release” while pointing an ominous-looking thermometer towards him, saying he had already collected samples from fellow talk show hosts Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon.

Watch Borat’s “inspection” here:

The clip also features Borat’s teenage daughter (played by Maria Bakalova) who is set to appear in the new film. “She like your trousers, pants. Can she have them?” Borat asks Kimmel.

Seeing that Cohen/Borat would be refusing a traditional interview, Kimmel ended the segment by speaking about the upcoming comedy sequel.

“I have seen your film and it is wonderful and no one who loves you will be disappointed,” Kimmel says. “It is miraculous and I hope many, many Americans watch it.”

Plot details for the new film, obtained by The Film Stage, read: “Trump and Epstein’s relationship, as well as the coronavirus, all figure into the main narrative with cameos from Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani and more best left unspoiled.

“We’ve also learned that one of the yet-to-be-revealed cameos could potentially derail a political career, and we imagine some backlash and lawsuits will follow.”

The sequel, called Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe To American Regime For Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, will be released on Amazon Prime Video this Friday (October 23).

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Kendrick Lamar addresses why it takes him “so long” to record albums 

Kendrick Lamar has spoken about the substantial gaps between his solo album releases, explaining his reasoning for why it takes him “so long” to follow up a project.

The Compton rapper last released a studio album in April 2017 with ‘DAMN.’, which followed over two years on from his 2015 album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ (with the compilation ‘Untitled Unmastered’ released in between). That record arrived nearly two-and-a-half years after his 2012 breakthrough LP ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’.

Speaking in a new interview with his latest protégé Baby Keem for i-D, Lamar reflected on why there are such noticeable gaps between his album releases.

After Keem noted that his mixtape ‘Die for My Bitch’ gave him “a chance to play with my sounds and open up the lane to grow in confidence”, Lamar said that he understood that approach, adding: “That’s what will take me so long to do albums.”

Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar (Picture: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

“I spend the whole year just thinking about how I’m gonna execute a new sound, I can’t do the same thing over and over,” he said. “I need something to get me excited. I see you get frustrated sometimes because you want some new shit.”

Lamar also reflected on “the sophomore jinx” of ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’, which he said was written “for that year and for that time. I was in a different space in my life”.

“I already knew off the top I can’t make ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D City Part Two’,” he said of the follow-up. “The second I’m making that, it’s corny bro. That takes the feeling away from the first. I need that motherfucker to live in its own world. Then boom: ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’. Some people love it to death, some people hate it.”

Asked by Keem if it was important for Lamar to “surprise” himself with each new project, the rapper replied: “That was it. ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ did that for me. I had an idea in my head of how I wanted it to sound, built with jazz and blues and hip-hop. But it was more ‘how am I gonna execute that?’”

Lamar, who had been set to headline Glastonbury this year, had been expected to drop new music in 2020 and was spotted apparently shooting a music video last month.

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