David Bowie‘s album Blackstar is the inspiration and soundtrack for an upcoming “InstaMiniSeries” of 16 episodes that will begin Thursday on Instagram. The series, which will star Tavi Gevinson and Patricia Clarkson, was approved by Bowie in concept, though it’s unclear whether he saw the finished product before his Jan. 10 death. (Rolling Stone)
"UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries” In the Fall of 2015, David Bowie gave us unique pre-release access to the music from ★ (pronounced ‘Blackstar’), his 28th studio album, allowing us to create our own visual interpretations of his songs, with no limits or preconditions on his part. Completed in December 2015, UNBOUND: A★InstaMiniSeries takes the audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork. Each episode of the series is sure to capture the imaginations of all who experience it and will undoubtedly lead to endless speculation and discussion of meaning, metaphor and intention. We are honored to have had this opportunity and hope you'll join our 16 episode series, premiering February 25th. New episode every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Executive Producer: @InstaMiniSeries Director: @nikkiborges Music: @davidbowie Writer: @carolynncecilia Co-Producer: @lawrenceperyer Director of Photography: @joshuasterlingbragg Line Producer: @delaVega Associate Producers: @amandadelanuez @itscecfernandez Production Designer: @LezGolden Costume Designer: @Bodilicious Hair / Make Up Artist: @missy_mua Miss Clarkson’s Make Up Artist: Angie Elizalde VFX Production House: @heym1ster Dance Choreographer: @ofbonesdance, @hollyebynum Stunt Coordinator: @stuntmanpete Wire Rigger: @stuntworks Stunt Woman: @hellskitten29 Behind The Scenes: @a_madd Production Assistant: @clemencyforclem Special Thanks: @instalucas Protagonist: @tavitulle Lounge singer: Patricia Clarkson The Dancer: @rysak Woman at the Train: @Jayknowlest Young Boy: Jonah Herman Man in the alley: @Qdb_omg Woman in the red dress: @nikkiborges Drummer: Owen Riley-Duffy Older woman: Ching Valdes Anan Piano Player: @katiemorrmidd Dancer #2: @maks_wel18 Dancer #3: @katiemattar Dancer #4: @fulloutfarrish Dancer #5: @_ious Dancer #6: @felixs_journey Arm of man: @delaVega Woman in the audience: @amandadelanuez
While the court battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke looks certain to continue for some months, what Dr. Luke’s representative calls a “trial by Twitter” is escalating. Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, and other music stars have issued statements of support for Kesha; while Dr. Luke’s legal team has issued a statement again denying Kesha’s charges of sexual assault and saying that Kesha has permission to make music under her Sony contract (which she’s trying to void) without Dr. Luke’s involvement. (New York Times)
Today’s collaboration news
As they prepare to head out on tour together, Titus Andronicus and Craig Finn have each covered the other’s song called “No Future.” (Titus Andronicus’s “No Future” is from 2008, and Finn’s was released in 2012.) The tour comes to Mill City Nights on March 12. (Pitchfork)
Kim Gordon has teamed up with Alex Knost (Tomorrow Tulips) to form a new group called Glitterbust. Their self-titled debut album will be released March 4, and they’ve shared a song called “The Highline.” (Rolling Stone)
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is collaborating with Diplo on new music. (Billboard)
Rihanna has achieved her 14th number one pop hit with “Work,” featuring Drake. That lifts Rihanna out of a tie with Michael Jackson for the performer having the third-most number ones of all time. Now in sole possession of third place, Rihanna trails only Mariah Carey (18 number ones) and the Beatles (20 chart-toppers). (Billboard) The news came as Rihanna released an NSFW double video for the song.
As they prepare to head out on tour, New Order have released a new video for their song “Singularity.” (NME)
Kendrick to induct N.W.A.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that Kendrick Lamar will induct N.W.A. at the April 8 ceremony for the class of 2016. (Rolling Stone)
Jack signs Grimes
Jack Antonoff (Fun., Bleachers) has a new music publishing company, and its first client is Grimes. (Pitchfork)
Dave Grohl is out there
X-Files star Gillian Anderson reminisced about superfan Dave Grohl‘s 1996 cameo on the show. “He came to the set for one episode as an extra,” she told Rolling Stone. “He did a cameo; a drive-by. If you blink, you miss him.” Anderson said that other big X-Files fans in the music world include Billy Corgan and Chris Martin.