YOU wait all year for a superstar to release new music – then, like buses, two come along at once.
After a rock and roll drought of gargantuan proportions, two of the world’s biggest superstars, Sir Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl, have come together for a surprise collaboration.
The unexpected new single, titled Eazy Sleazy and unveiled tonight, features Foo Fighters star Dave on backing vocals, guitar and drums, while Mick sings leaving lockdown-inspired lyrics.
Recorded remotely, the pair also unveiled a video online of the process in their respective studios.
A source tells me: “This isn’t a precursor to a Mick solo record, he’s just been a bit bored during lockdown and chomping at the bit to do something.
“It’s a standalone project and he’s a big admirer of Dave so they had a chat and thought it would be fun, but he’ll be back into Rolling Stones mode soon, as they have some things coming up as a band.
“He just hopes it catches the public mood right now, and then it’s on with the next thing.”
Mick said: “It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much-needed optimism.
“Thanks to Dave Grohl for jumping on drums, bass and guitar, it was a lot of fun working with him. Hope you all enjoy Eazy Sleazy.”
Dave added: “It’s hard to put into words what recording this song with Sir Mick means to me.
“It’s beyond a dream come true. Just when I thought life couldn’t get any crazier — and it’s the song of the summer, without a doubt!”
The pair sent parts back and forth to each other, adding lines and verses until the track was completed, with references to TikTok dances, Zoom meetings and eating and drinking at home.
In an interview, Mick explained: “The first verse is about how the beginning was horrible and you couldn’t believe people were dying. And then the experiences of the kind of general long lockdown; you see a pretty girl, but you can’t take any chances before the vaccine.
“And then all the silly things that you could try and do to pass the time because you feel you’ve got to ‘better yourself’. Everyone tried to do something, didn’t they? Cooking and dancing and learning another language badly.”
But he adds that he did little to “better himself” personally.
I guess if you’re already Mick Jagger, what’s the point?
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Anne-Marie keeps Voice Eddie steady
MUCH has been said about the success of The Voice and its winners, but Anne-Marie is determined to make her protege a success.
Her act Craig Eddie won the ITV show last month and in an exclusive chat, she said: “I think I’m just trying to answer every question he has.
“I’m there for whatever he has to ask and I’m hoping that he does do really well because his voice is amazing and he sang his original song at the final and people seemed to like that too.”
Asked if she would return after she replaced pregnant singer Meghan Trainor, she said: “I loved it. I mean, who knows, I guess it is all down to timings and if we’re going to be touring.”
She and Nathan Dawe have collaborated with Mostack for new song Way Too Long, which is flying up the charts and the pair agree it is a tune that is very relevant as lockdown restrictions ease.
Anne-Marie said: “We’d been in the studio a couple of times and made a few songs together, and it was just a great vibe.”
Nathan said: “I think it has the perfect ingredient for a feel-good summer, relief of Covid c**p.”
I’ll drink to that.
SIR Elton John has teamed up with singer Rina Sawayama on a new version of her song Chosen Family.
It will be out at 5pm today, followed by the video at 6pm.
Announcing the song on Twitter, Rina wrote: “Living in a dream.”
Marina’s new song Purge The Poison is also out today.
Meanwhile, Brit-nominated Regard will release his collaboration with Troye Sivan and Tate McRae, called You, on Friday.
Idris space escape
WE’VE all found different ways to cope with lockdown – but I didn’t pretend to be in a rocket like Idris Elba.
The actor, who tested positive for the virus in March last year, said he turned to meditation to cope with eight weeks of lockdown in the US. He said: “If you think the expanse of the brain is about the same size as the universe we live in, you’ve got infinite places to go to within your own self. I put myself in a rocket and just expanded around my brain just to not see the four walls around me.”
HALLE Berry, Bryan Cranston, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger and Zendaya are among the all-star list of presenters for the 93rd Oscars.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on April 25 from Los Angeles.
Black and white drama Mank, starring British acting legend Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins, leads the pack in the nominations with a total of ten nods.
Hear Cat’s purr
DOJA Cat is having a good week – not only is she on her way to a sixth UK Top 40 hit, but she’s secured a lucrative deal for a second clothing range with PrettyLittleThing.
The Say So rapper posed here in revealing gear from the collection, which launched on the British fashion site today.
She has been a busy woman, having just released her new single Kiss Me More featuring SZA on Friday. It was at No19 in the midweek chart update.
The track features on Doja’s third album Planet Her, due out this summer. It is expected to feature a slew of other collaborations.
Speaking about the album, she said: “It’s all ready. I hate that I’m holding onto it right now.
“I see everybody’s like, ‘Put it out’. You have to plan things accordingly and there’s a lot going on.”
JUSTIN Bieber has confessed he spent the first year of his marriage to model wife Hailey “on eggshells” and said it was “really tough” because they didn’t trust each other.
The couple tied the knot in September 2018 after just four months together but struggled to make things work at first.
He told GQ magazine: “The first year of marriage was really tough. There was just lack of trust. There was all these things that you don’t want to admit to the person that you’re with, because it’s scary. You don’t want to scare them off by saying, ‘I’m scared’.”
The Peaches singer also said he felt “compelled” to marry, adding: “I just felt like that was my calling. Just to get married and have babies and do that whole thing. [Before] my home life was unstable. I didn’t have a significant other. I didn’t have someone to love. I didn’t have someone to pour into.
“But now I have that.”
Saved by The Snuts
AFTER a disappointing set of nominations for rock and roll ahead of next month’s Brit Awards, the genre has a saviour – The Snuts.
The band beat off strong competition from Demi Lovato on Friday to top the charts with their debut album W.L., surpassing her record by 272 copies. And lead singer Jack Cochrane insists there will be a re-emergence of rock, inspired by their brilliant new album.
In an exclusive chat, he said: “It’s something that comes and goes. The nice thing is it never seems to completely die away. It keeps you inspired.
“It’ll carry on and we’ll see more bands rubbing shoulders with each other in the next few years.
“For bands to be successful in the UK you need [other] bands around to be doing well.
“Although it’s a competitive scene there needs to be a lot of bands doing well for everybody to do well in my opinion. Rock and roll will never will be dead.”
The Snuts and American singer Demi were neck and neck all last week and at one point it looked like she would achieve peak position. Jack said: “You never really expect to be in a race of any sort with Demi Lovato. It was certainly an experience.
“We were in the lead for most of the week. We were thinking, ‘This is too good to be true’. And then she got back out in front towards the end of the week and I kind of gave up on my dreams.
“And then it happened. Happy days.”
It was also helped by an endorsement on social media from their pal and fellow Scot, Lewis Capaldi. Jack said: “I owe him a few pints now. We’ve been friends for a long time, we come from the same place. It was nice of him to come out of hiding and do his bit for the young team.”
Unfortunately Jack and the rest of the group – Callum Wilson, Joe McGillveray and Jordan MacKay – haven’t been able to celebrate properly due to lockdown restrictions.
But that didn’t stop the lead singer, who spoke from his home with a stinking hangover having been inundated with bottles of his nation’s favourite tipple.
He admitted: “I’m still recovering. I had so many deliveries of Buckfast.”
Enjoy it lads, you deserve it.
Xtina: I hated 20s
CHRISTINA Aguilera can’t bear to look at photos of herself when she first got into music.
The Beautiful singer said: “Entering this business, I hated being super skinny. Once I turned 21, I started filling out a little bit, and I was loving my new curves. I appreciated having a booty. I’ve always said that women are way more interesting to look at than men! I have a hard time looking at the early pictures of myself because I remember feeling so insecure.”
Christina, 40, told Health mag: “I would never want to relive my 20s.”
Perry Very Cool
ALL eyes were on Katy Perry and her blue PVC dress as she showed off her post-baby body on American Idol – eight months after giving birth.
But once Monday evening’s show started, it was her fellow judge Paula Abdul who had tongues wagging, after referring to Simon Cowell as an STD.
Pop star Paula was sworn in at the last minute to replace Luke Bryan, who had tested positive for Covid-19.
She was a judge on the show years back alongside Simon and Randy Jackson, and had a video call with the latter during the show.
When he said it felt “like old times”, Paula replied: “We’re just missing the STD,” referring to Simon.
She told host Ryan Seacrest it stood for: “Super, talented, debonair.”
Something tells me she was glad not to be sitting next to him.
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