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Watch Yungblud cover The Chats’ ‘Smoko’

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Yungblud has delivered a medley of his latest song ‘Weird’ and a rendition of Brisbane band The Chats‘ viral breakout hit ‘Smoko’.

YUNGBLUD and The Chats’ frontman Eamon Sandwith also had a conversation over Zoom, where he asked Sandwith for his blessing to mash up the two tracks.

“Go for it mate, I’d love to hear it,” Sandwith said.

“Thank you so much, man,” YUNGBLUD replied. “It’s going to be fucking…I promise you I’ll do it justice.”

Watch it in full below:

‘Smoko’ was The Chats’ breakout single back in 2017, and featured on their second EP, ‘Get This In Ya!!’. 2020 marked the release of the band’s debut album ‘High Risk Behaviour’, which featured singles ‘Pub Feed’, ‘Identity Thief’, ‘The Clap’ and ‘Dine N Dash’.

“I think people don’t really realise we’re not trying to be virtuoso musicians,” Sandwith told NME Australia earlier this year.

“Sometimes simplicity is better. I don’t wanna hear a fucking eight-minute song with guitar solos and drum solos – I’d rather have it short and to the point.”

Meanwhile, ‘Weird!’ marks YUNGBLUD’s first single of the year. In 2019, he released his latest EP ‘The Underrated Youth’, spawning singles like ‘Parents’, ‘Hope for the Underrated Youth’ and ‘Original Me’ with Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds.

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Ryan Adams issues apology following abuse allegations: “I am fully accountable for my harmful behavior”

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Ryan Adams has issued an apology following allegations of abuse of emotional and sexual abuse which first emerged against him last year.

Back in February 2019, the singer-songwriter denied claims from several women – including one who was underage at the time – of emotional and psychological abuse, harassment, inappropriate and manipulative behaviour.

These allegations first appeared in The New York Times, in which Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore, Phoebe Bridgers and more offered accounts of their experiences with the artist. Bridgers later issued a statement calling on Adams’ ‘network’ of “friends, bands and people he worked with” to be held to account.

Now, in a letter penned to The Daily Mail, Adams apologised for how he has “mistreated people” and claims he now seeking professional help following the allegations after a period of “isolation”.

“All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple,” said Adams. “This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life.

“I’ve gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook and I know full well that any apology from me probably won’t be accepted by those I’ve hurt. I get that and I also understand that there’s no going back.

“To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bull***t apology that I’ve always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different. Having truly realized the harm that I’ve caused, it wrecked me, and I’m still reeling from the ripples of devastating effects that my actions triggered.”

He continued: “There is no way to convince people that this time is truly different, but this is the albatross that I deserve to carry with me as a result of my actions.”

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The letter continued: “Realizing the consequences of my actions, I took a hard look inwards and sought to find the truth behind them. What pain was I carrying myself that was so poorly and wrongly being projected onto others?

“I made a promise to myself that no matter what it took, I would get to the root of these issues and finally start to fix myself so I could be a better friend, a better partner, and a better man overall. That being said, no amount of growth will ever take away the suffering I had caused. I will never be off the hook and I am fully accountable for my harmful behavior, and will be for my actions moving forward.

“In my effort to be a better man, I have fought to get sober, but this time I’m doing it with professional help. Sobriety is a priority in my life, and so is my mental health. These, as I’m learning, go hand in hand.

“But I will not bore anyone with stories of my demons or use them to excuse what I’ve done…I hope that the people I’ve hurt will heal. And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me.”

Towards the end of the letter, Adams said he’s used the period of isolation to write enough music to “fill half a dozen albums.”

He continued: “Some of these songs are angry, many are sad but most of them are about the lessons I’ve learned over the last few years. Those ones an expression of my deepest remorse.”

At the time of his initial rebuttal, the singer-songwriter issued a statement via his lawyer which said: “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”

After the NYT report was published, Adams took to Twitter and apologised “deeply and unreservedly” to anyone he had “ever hurt, however unintentionally”, but called the article “upsettingly inaccurate”.

Last month (June 17), Bridgers discussed her experience of speaking out on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Adams, arguing that “there’s a conversation around privilege to be had” so that others can also have their voices heard.

“Once everybody knew, it was great,” Bridgers told NME. “The shitty thing was before”. She then revealed that a former Adams representative told her the exposé had been canned, only for the New York Times journalist to reassure her that the revelations would come to light.

“When a team of amazing fact-checkers and journalists unafraid of actual lawsuits are on your side…I feel really lucky I met so many people who were willing to go to bat for me,” she continued. “There’s a big conversation about privilege to be had. I, a young white female, was able to meet other young white females who had contacts with journalists. So many people do not have that.”

Adams made his first public live appearance since the allegations emerged back in January.

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Liam Gallagher calls out government on lack of support for grassroots venues

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Liam Gallagher has criticised the UK government for its lack of support for grassroots music venues during the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes after the #LetTheMusicPlay initiative was launched this week, asking the government for a £50 million cash injection to ensure venues are able to survive while traditional live music isn’t able to be held.

Taking to Twitter, Gallagher shared an image being widely circulated this week, stating that the UK government bailed the Wetherspoons pub chain out with a grant of £48.3 million, while the entire music industry is asking for £50 million to stop its venues going out of business.

Earlier this week, the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign was co-signed by Paul McCartneyDua LipaThe Rolling StonesColdplay and more, demanding immediate action to prevent “catastrophic damage” to the music industry in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.

Last month, the Music Venue Trust shared a letter signed by over 560 of their venues calling for a £50million cash injection to save the “world-beating £5.2billion per year music industry,” and prevent the permanent closure of iconic small venues across the country.

It comes after it was revealed that 92% of festival businesses are also at risk of collapse during the pandemic, and are calling for government support to “make it to next year without being wiped out”.

Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis shared her support for the campaign, adding: “If the Government doesn’t step up and support the British arts, we could lose vital aspects of our culture forever.”

Primal Scream’s Simone Marie Butler wrote for NME this week on the importance of saving small venues. “The more of us that come together and unify, the greater the influence and opportunity there will be to instruct change,” she wrote. “Music can bring us together and create life changing moments. I believe this is one of those moments.”

Yesterday (July 3), the Scottish government launched a £10 million Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund to support performing arts venues in the country during the pandemic, also revealing that the government are “actively considering support for grassroots music venues”.

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Pussy Riot share Black Lives Matter-inspired new song, ‘Riot’

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Pussy Riot have shared a new song, inspired by the recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests.

‘Riot’ also appears to reference the recent arrest of band member Peter Verzilov, who was accused of being a “potential suspect of inciting mass riots”.

“We stand with the protesters for racial equality and justice,” the band in a statement accompanying the new track. “We demand to defund the police and punish killer cops.”

The lightning fast track, which features production from Berlin-based artist IXXF, sees Pussy Riot taking aim at the police and calling for justice.

In the track, frontwoman Nadya Tolokonnikova sings: “Yeah sex is great, but have you ever fucked the system?” Listen to the new track below.

Last month, Pussy Riot’s Peter Verzilov was arrested and interrogated for 13 hours by police under suspicion of organising riots in July of 2019.

The band also recently shared a new song called ‘1312’, a protest song written alongside a number of Argentinian artists.

‘1312’ is a critique of femicides (sex-based hate crimes) in Latin America, as well as police violence. It is said to be inspired by Chile’s 2019 inequality protests.

Pussy Riot also recently said that they had a music video shoot shut down by police in Saint Petersburg.

According to the band, the police allegedly cited the country’s “gay propaganda” law, and accused the band of “extremism” and “making an illegal video” for their song ‘БЕСИТ / RAGE’.

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