30 September, 2016 - NME.com
Owners of the new iPhone 7 are drilling a hole into their phone in a bid to try to find a supposedly hidden headphone socket. A prank video by tech site TechRax claims to show how to find the socket by drilling a hole into near its Lightning recharge point. The video has so far had over 13 million views, and some viewers have been taking it seriously. In the YouTube comments, Miranda Gonzalez wrote: "I tried this, and now there's no sound coming out of my phone", while Sinus Plexus said: "Now my old headphones fit in, but the phone doesn't work any more." One viewer, Art Cancro, even claimed that TechRax's "advice" worked, claiming that the iPhone 7 has the same internal components as previous iPhones to enable headphones to work. He said: "Apple only removed the outer part of the jack for cosmetic reasons." The removal of the headphone socket is one of the most significant changes on the iPhone 7. The socket has been removed to make the phone slimmer, which means it is now compatible with either wireless headphones or ones which plug directly into the Lightning socket. The iPhone 7 has also improved its speakers. For the first time since the iPhone 2 was launched in 2008, Apple have not revealed early sales figures for the iPhone 7, which was launched in September. Apple say it's because these numbers are no longer representative. However, while some experts have said that the iPhone 7 lacks as many new features as its predecessors, sales are expected to still be strong. It's estimated that 13 million iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets were sold in its first weekend, the same as were sold for the iPhone 6 in 2014. There have been rumours that Apple is saving a number of new innovations for the iPhone's tenth anniversary next year.
30 September, 2016 - NME.com
The Weeknd has revealed a second new song from his forthcoming 'Starboy' album. 'False Alarm' is streaming on Spotify and can be heard here. follows in the dance-led direction of his Daft Punk collaboration, the title track from 'Starboy'. Details of who The Weeknd has made the song with have yet to be revealed. The album is due out on November 25, and it's known that its other producers include Mano, Cirkut, Doc McKinney and Ben Billion$. excited to announce my partnership w/ @puma #RunTheStreets ||also excited to release my PumaXO shoe and clothing line in 2017 pic.twitter.com/Wb6hyqYsCE— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) September 29, 2016 The two new songs' fresh style for The Weeknd follows the 'Starboy' video, in which he is shown killing off his persona from his previous album 'Beauty Behind The Madness'. At the same time as unveiling 'False Alarm', The Weeknd has revealed that he has signed a deal with Puma to launch his first fashion range, Puma XO. The range will be released in 2017, and will include clothes and trainers. In the meantime, he will be one of the ambassadors for Puma's new 'Run The Streets' campaign. The Weeknd follows Rihanna in signing a deal with Puma. Rihanna launched her first Fenty For Puma range at New York Fashion Week in February, and followed that up on Wednesday (September 29) by appearing at Paris Fashion Week to unveil Fenty For Puma's second line. This weekend, The Weeknd will play at Meadows Festival in New York on a bill also featuring Kanye West, Chance The Rapper and J Cole. He will also play on Saturday Night Live tomorrow to launch the show's new season.
30 September, 2016 - NME.com
Lady Gaga has been named as the performer for next year's Super Bowl Halftime Show. Gaga, who releases new album 'Joanne' on October 21, follows recent Halftime Show performances from Madonna, Bruno Mars, Beyonce and Katy Perry. This year's performers were Coldplay, who were joined by Mars, Beyonce and Mark Ronson for their eight-song set. Gaga made the announcement on Twitter. Referring to her new single 'Perfect Illusion', Gaga wrote: "It's not an illusion. The rumours are true. This year, the Super Bowl goes Gaga." It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA! @nfl @FOXTV @pepsi #PERFECTILLUSION #GAGASUPERBOWL pic.twitter.com/qR4O57451G— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2016 Gaga had already appeared at this year's Super Bowl, when she sang the National Anthem before Denver Broncos' 24-10 win over Carolina Panthers. She had been rumoured to be 2017's Halftime Show performer for a month, after Billboard reported she was in talks for the gig. The Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most lucrative slot in the American TV calendar. A 30-second slot on the NBC network during half-time costs $4.5m (£3.5m). Adele said in August that she had been offered the slot, but turned down the NFL's approach. She explained: "That show is not about music. I can't dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no." The NFL responded by saying that no formal offer had been made to anyone, indicating that Adele was one of a number of artists they wanted to approach informally. Gaga has been linked with headlining Glastonbury next year, joining The Stone Roses, Radiohead, Ed Sheeran and Daft Punk as the most likely contenders to top the Pyramid Stage bill. Gaga recently sang 'The Lady Is A Tramp' at New York's Radio City Music Hall with Tony Bennett to mark the crooner's 90th birthday, after they released joint album 'Cheek To Cheek' in 2014. Her only gig so far to promote 'Joanne' was a three-song surprise show at London's tiny Moth Club on September 10, where she played 'Perfect Illusion', 'Bad Romance' and 'Just Dance'.
30 September, 2016 - Billboard.com
For the second single from his upcoming new album, the Weeknd dips his toe into dance-punk -- yes, really.  Just days after releasing the...
30 September, 2016 - NEWS.com.au
JIMMY Barnes has become accustomed to debuting at the top of the charts with his music.
30 September, 2016 - Billboard.com
Solange Knowles unveiled her long-awaited third album, A Seat at the Table, at midnight Friday morning (Sept. 30). An expansive 21 tracks in total,...
30 September, 2016 - RollingStone.com
The Weeknd pairs his brooding after-hours aesthetic with pulsating dance-punk on his new song, "False Alarm."While "False Alarm" still finds the Weeknd crooning lines like "Bathroom stalls for the powdered nose" and "You love her but you'll never be the one," theThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Hear the Weeknd's Riveting New Song 'False Alarm'