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Jack White apologizes to Black Keys…kind of

- May 31st, 2014

Jack White is sorry for being a s— disturber.

On Saturday, White published a lengthy response to a series of dramatic arguments the singer stirred up recently with a variety of musicians.

The “nonsense” White said he’s been faced with all started when TMZ gained access to an email he sent to his ex-wife Karen Elson, demanding he take their kids out of a Nashville school because they were hanging out with Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach’s kids.

According to the email, White felt having his children in the same school as Auerbach’s would give the Black Keys singer the perfect opportunity to harass him. White continued to call The Black Keys music a rip-off of his sound and basically referred to them as talentless hacks.

The Black Keys, as rock stars do, responded to White’s vicious allegations. While Auerbach told Rolling Stone he didn’t know Jack White and the allegations were “extra-unexpected,” bandmate Patrick Carney took it just one step further.

Carney told the magazine that while he had never met White, he sounded like “a bit of an a—hole” and admitted he felt sorry for him.

Hoping to squash their beef (and make the negative headlines go away), White wrote that despite past snarky comments, he wished nothing but the best and brightest for the band’s future.

“I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get,” White said. “I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring the Black Keys songs to the world.”

White went on to praise their producer and constant collaborator Danger Mouse, and offer some more hope for their careers, but not without turning the spotlight on himself…again.

“Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to a two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that the Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them.”

White then tries to rationalize his –to be honest- completely blatant insults, explaining that he doesn’t like commenting on other musicians or the industry because simpleton readers wouldn’t be able to understand his “behind the curtain” language.

“I should’ve been smarter to know that it would be pointless to use comparisons like I did to readers who most likely don’t understand the scenario and that my words would seem very negative in nature,” White said.

But wait! What’s that hovering over the horizon? It’s an apology for referring to his readers –and financial supporters- as simpletons.

“That’s not me trying to sound like I’m above anyone, it was just “shop talk” and it sounded a lot more negative than it was meant to.”

White even took a second to apologize for his remarks about ex-wife and ex-bandmate Meg White.

“Meg White, who I also talked about to Rolling Stone about our working conversations, or lack thereof, is, of course, a musician I’ve personally championed for 15 years,” he said, adding the headlines had misconstrued his remarks about her as a musician.

A wordy apology that by the end of it didn’t read like an apology at all.

One’s left to wonder if White’s been taking his apology lessons from the school of Sorkin.

The Black Keys unveil new song ‘Fever’

- March 24th, 2014

The Black Keys have a fever, but it’s not for more cowbell.

It’s actually for more synths, judging by the sound of their just-released first song from the Akron, Ohio duo’s upcoming eighth album, Turn Blue.

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The single leans less on their usual guitar-drum hooks and more on an ’80s synthesizer-heavy sound. Before you run for the hills, don’t fret – fans will not be diappointed – it’s pretty darn catchy.

Listen below:

The 11-track album Turn Blue is due out on May 13. It’s their first release since 2011′s El Camino.

Here’s the full tracklist:

1. Weight of Love
2. In Time
3. Turn Blue
4. Fever
5. Year in Review
6. Bullet in the Brain
7. It’s Up to You Now
8. Waiting on Words
9. 10 Lovers
10. In Our Prime
11. Gotta Get Away

Frank Ocean added to Grammy lineup

- January 31st, 2013

It seems Frank Ocean’s banged up hand will be fully healed in time for the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that R&B superstar will play at the 55th annual event, along with newly added performers Maroon 5 and 14-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys.

Ocean hurt his hand after an altercation with Chris Brown outside a Los Angeles recording studio parking lot last Sunday.

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Ocean and Brown are both nominated for Grammys, so it will make for an interesting red carpet if Brown decides to show up.

Other performers include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jack White, fun., the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert, and Ed Sheeran & Elton John.

Six acts are tied for the most nominations with six each, including Ocean, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun. and Mumford & Sons.

Jack White added to Grammy Awards lineup

- January 24th, 2013

The lineup continues to expand in rapid numbers for next month’s Grammy Awards.

Grammy nominees The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood and Jack White are all scheduled to take the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

Song of the Year nom Ed Sheeran is also tapped to duet with six-time Grammy winner Elton John, and country stars Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will also pair up for the 55th annual event.

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Other performers already announced include The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, fun., Rihanna and Taylor Swift.

White, who has nine Grammys on his bookshelf already, is nominated in three different categories: Album of the Year, Best Rock Album (“Blunderbuss”) and Best Rock Song (“Freedom at 21″ – watch below).

The show airs Feb. 10 from 8-11:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Yours truly as well as fellow scribe Mark Daniell will be giving instant reviews of each and every act on Grammy night. Follow us on Twitter: @johnwillms and @markhdaniell.

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