MUSIC CHEAT SHEET: Ex-husband was 'sexist'
In a new interview, Madonna is claiming that her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, is a "sexist". GETTY
Madge claims ex was "sexist"
Madonna graces the February cover of Bazaar and holds forth on a certain ex-husband's not-so-flattering views regarding her career. (I'm going with Guy Ritchie given their recent custody battle over their son Rocco and her getting all lovey-dovey with Sean Penn more recently.) "[He] used to say to me, 'Why do you have to make another record? Why do you have to go on tour? Why do you have to make a movie?'" the 58-year-old star told the mag. "And I'm like, 'Why do I have to explain myself?' I feel like that's a very sexist thing to say." The Material Girl continues: "Did somebody go to Pablo Picasso and say, 'Okay, you're 80 years old. Haven't you painted enough paintings?' No. I'll stop doing everything that I do when I don't want to do it anymore. I'll stop when I run out of ideas. I'll stop when you f---ing kill me. How about that?" Madge's next project is directing and co-writing the movie, Loved, from Andrew Sean Greer's novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.
U2 back In God's Country?
Now that U2 has announced The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, which will see them play their seminal 1987 album in full for its 30th anniversary, can we get the rehearsing in Vancouver rumours started? Of course, this is mere speculation on my part but they are launching the North American-European trek on May 12 at BC Place with Mumford & Sons opening and they rehearsed in Vancouver in 2015 for their last trek - the Innocence + Experience Tour - first at the Pacific Coliseum before relocating to Rogers Arena where guitarist The Edge famously fell off the stage on opening night. The only other Canadian date is Toronto's Rogers Centre on June 23 with The Lumineers opening. (Europe got the much better deal with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds as the opener.)
New Bowie music
David Bowie is being remembered this week for what would have been his 70th birthday on Jan. 8 and the first year anniversary of his Jan. 10 death. But there's also his final ever recordings in the form a new single that's just been released called Lazarus - also the title of his off-Broadway and London musical - along with a melancholy video for one of the other tracks, No Plan. The clip features a row of TV screens in an electronics shop - call Newton Electrical in a nod to his The Man Who Fell To Earth character Thomas Newton - which shows the song's lyrics before ending with images of space travel and a still of Bowie in the recording studio. The four-song EP of tracks recorded for the musical is rounded out by Killing A Little Time and When I Met You.
Elton John makes The Cut
Dreamworks Animations CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Grammy-winning video director Melina Matsoukas and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins will serve as the judges for the YouTube competition, Elton John: The Cut. Contestants are given the opportunity to create the music videos for Bennie and the Jets (choreographed), Rocket Man (animation) and Tiny Dancer (live-action) with the winners decided by the three judges, John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin.
Submissions are now open until Jan. 23 to anyone over 16. Applicants can find details at (thecut.eltonjohn.com») "This is very exciting because we've never seen videos for these songs," said John in a statement.
Among those with new music out Friday are: American Idol season 8 finalist Danny Gokey, Rise; Run the Jewels, Run The Jewels 3 (Physical release); Sepultura, Machine Messiah; The Flaming Lips, Oczy Mlody; The xx, I See You.
Big Sean will make an April 2 stop at Toronto's Rebel as his only Canadian date
Green Day has added an Aug. 18 date at Toronto's Budweiser Stage (formerly Molson Canadian Amphitheatre) to their previously announced tour.
Critic faves The xx pull into Doug Mitchell's Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver on April 25 and Toronto's TD Echo Beach on May 23.
Heavy metal act Mastodon plays Rebel on May 3 as its only Canadian date.