In a recent interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Lorde spoke on her blossoming friendship with Taylor Swift. "She sent me some flowers, which was so nice. She just sent them to my house and said like, 'Congratulations on everything,'" she began. "I was like, 'God! I need to know more!' We actually met up here in New York. We had Shake Shack."
Paramore's Haley Williams hooked up with Joy Williams (formerly of the Civil Wars) for the song "Hate to See Your Heart Break." The cut comes from the deluxe version of Paramore's self-titled album. Haley and Joy, while sharing the same last name, are not related, however, they have been friends for over a dozen years.
Iggy Pop says he enjoys twerking around the house with his wife Nina Alu. "When something with a good beat comes on, I twerk around the house with my wife," Iggy told the Hamilton Spectator. "Her father's Nigerian and she can twerk. And I try. I like to shake that thing." Iggy and Nina married in 2008.
Jack White has covered "Parallel" a song by Dean Fertita. White released the cut as the B-side to his Lazaretto cut "Would You Fight For My Love?" According to Consequence of Sound, White's version is a clear departure from the original: "Co-written by the Raconteurs' Brendan Benson . . . the original version of 'Parallel' was a woozy, psychedelic rocker."
A new documentary about Kurt Cobain is set to hit HBO next year. The film, titled Montage of Heck, was directed by Oscar-nominated director Brett Morgen, whose credits include Crossfire Hurricane and On the Ropes. The project has been ongoing for Morgen for over eight years and he has worked closely with the late grunge icon's estate.
Metallica has confirmed that they will continue on their annual Metallica Night with the San Francisco Giants events into 2015. The hometown legends will once again appear at a Giants home game, this time scheduled for May 2, 2015. "A huge congratulations to our hometown San Francisco Giants, winners of the 2014 World Series," writes the band at its official site.
Rapper Macklemore took to the streets to march in support of slain Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown. The "Thrift Store" MC joined a large group of protesters in Seattle, walking through the streets with his arms held in the air chanting "Don't Shoot" with the crowd. Speaking with reporters on the scene, Mack said that it's a nationwide issue.
Foo Fighters have released their own line of Christmas sweaters to celebrate the holiday season. The band is selling these sweaters through their official online store. Each sweater, which comes in red or green, is adorned with a rock n' roll gingerbread man and goes for $29.99. Last year the Wu-Tang Clan and Death From Above 1979 released Christmas sweaters of their own.
David Bowie apparently did a lot of cocaine in the 1970s, according to the New York Post. Two musicians who previously worked with Bowie claim that much of the singer's success can be attributed to cocaine. Carlos Alomar and Nile Rodgers spoke with the New York Post in a recent interview, with the former saying, "In order for him to stay up all night . . ."
Will Butler of Arcade Fire will release a solo album called Policy on March 10 via Merge Records. Merge released Arcade's first album Funeral in 2004, along with their most recent record, Reflektor. Butler joined Arcade Fire a few years after his brother, Win, started the band in 2001. He plays bass, guitar and percussion.
Noel Gallagher has announced that he's available the weekend the 2015 Glastonbury festival will be taking place. The former Oasis member said if the organizers of the fest want him to play, he's free. In a recent interview with XFM, Gallagher commented on the Foo Fighters saying they would play the Worthy Farm Festival if Oasis and Prince did as well.
The Flaming Lips And Yoko Ono have recorded their own version of John Lennon's holiday classic, "Merry Xmas (War Is Over)." The two parties teamed up to record the song for Amazon's new playlist, "All is Bright." In the original song, which features Lennon and Ono, there is a children's choir heard in the background.
Coldplay's Chris Martin has revealed that Katy Perry, Nirvana and EDM inspired the track "A Sky Full Of Stars," which is featured on their latest release Ghost Stories. "I'll tell you the truth — I was listening to a lot of Katy Perry. A lot of her songs have the same chord sequence the whole time," Martin, 37, said in a new video for Beats by Dre.
U2 fronter Bono had a bicycle accident earlier in the week necessitating surgery. According to ABC, the Irish rocker was under the knife for five hours, having his elbow washed out and an arm bone repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws. The following day he had surgery the next day on his left hand.
Metallica continued their week long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson with a performance of "For Whom The Bell Tolls" on Wednesday night. On the Monday and Tuesday editions of the show the metal band played "Hit the Lights" and "Fuel." During the Monday edition, drummer Lars Ulrich and fronter James Hetfield sat with Ferguson for an interview.