If you’re anything like us, we see an interesting headline during our daily scroll—pause to read it—but then keep scrolling without reading the actual story. So at the end of each week, we’re rounding up all the buzziest, news-worthy headlines you might have missed. Think of it like the “saved” feature on Instagram but for news instead of aesthetically pleasing photos. The Foo Fighters have an upcoming metal album and horror film, Donald Glover confirms season 4 will be Atlanta’s last, and Zoë Kravitz is working on new music—this is what you missed this week.
Dave Grohl Recorded an Entire Metal Album for the Foo Fighters’ New Movie ‘Studio 666’
If you’re not from Gen Z you may remember almost 20 years ago, Dave Grohl recruited members of Motörhead, Celtic Frost, and Venom for his album Probot. Described by Grohl as “death metal supernatural” the side project comes full circle as the Foo Fighters released a new metal song this week. “March of the Insane” is not a standalone single but one song off an upcoming metal album by the Foo Fighters under the moniker “Dream Widow.” It’s the name of a fictional band from their upcoming horror film, Studio 666, releasing on Feb 25th along with the metal album. In the film’s plot, the lead singer of Dream Widow goes insane thanks to supernatural evils and kills his whole band before committing suicide. Maybe Death Widows would have been more appropriate? The singer’s spirit then possesses Grohl when the Foo Fighters move into the house where the murder took place to record their 10th studio album. Without ruining the film, I can divulge I recently interviewed Grohl about Studio 666, life in the Foo Fighters, and the secret behind keeping a band together for over a decade. There’s more to come so watch this space.
Zoë Kravitz Is Working on Debut Album With Jack Antonoff
Looks like Batman is not the only project keeping Zoë Kravitz busy these days, in a new cover story with Elle she says writing helps her process her feelings and she’s working on an upcoming solo album. The debut album which she’s been writing and recording with Jack Antonoff at Electric Lady Studios in New York is vulnerable exploring love and loss—among other themes. Famous rockstar dad aside, Kravitz lists Donald Glover and Alicia Keys as close confidants who likely give sound music advice as well. Speaking highly of Kravitz, Keys says “she’s completely that embodiment of creative freedom. Whatever she does is natural, pure, and honest. She’s the definition of a true artist.” But no pressure, right?
Donald Glover on Why ‘Atlanta’ Will End With Season 4
Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, originally wanted his FX series Atlanta to end after season 2 but the show was a success and went on the film seasons 3 and 4 which have yet to air. During press for season 3 (airing March 24th) Glover said “death is natural” on the decision to end the series before continuing “the story was always supposed to be what it was. And the story, it really was us. Everybody in that writers’ room, everybody on set. It really was what we were going through and what we talked about…I think it ends perfectly.” A new episode of Atlanta hasn’t aired since May 2018 and the majority of season 3 was written in 2019 pre-covid. Glover said he almost wants FX to put a disclaimer on those episodes because much of what happens feels like a parody considering where the world is at now. The season is set in Europe where Alfred “Paper Boi,” Earn, and their crew is on tour navigating their newfound success. The themes addressed include what it’s like to be black and famous, in the U.S. and abroad while in season 4 the idea was to “have more fun” says Glover.
Kanye Announces ‘Donda 2’ Will Be Available Only on His Stem Player
If you thought Donda 2 was going to go as planned then you’re one of the few. Real Ye fans know there’s always a delay or catch. He took to Instagram to announce his Donda sequel will only be available to stream on his own platform—the stem player. If you have the stem player (or are planning to purchase) you can download new music from stemplayer.com. When Ye first launched his stem player it was marketed for its user-friendly abilities to play with different sonic elements of a song. In the same IG post, he confirmed that users can play 4 different elements of each track: vocals, drum, bass, and music. In a follow-up post, he says after making 10 albums and being under 10 contracts he no longer wants to follow the traditional streaming route of the music industry. He turned down a multi-million dollar deal with Apple to make Donda 2 available through his stem player instead and says there’s more to come. Projects? Albums? Streaming devices? With Ye, you never know.
The First Trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley Biopic Is Here
An Elvis Presley biopic has been in talks for years, all rumors until Baz Luhrmann confirmed his movie’s release date in November. It won’t hit theatres until June 24th later this year but the trailer dropped this week giving everyone a first look. Austin Butler (from Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood) will be playing the king of rock & roll and apparently beat out Harry Styles and Ansel Elgort for the role. Similar to Walk the Line detailing the life of Johnny Cash, Presley’s biopic will trace his life from his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi to his death on his Graceland estate. Tom Hanks will be playing Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Parker, their relationship will play a huge role in the movie given Parker immensely influenced Presley’s professional and personal life.