Music News: Har Mar Superstar gets rhymed into Gallagher brothers' beef


Har Mar Superstar.
Har Mar Superstar in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

When Liam Gallagher set out to dis the new album by his brother (and former Oasis bandmate) Noel Gallagher’s band High-Flying Birds, why did he criticize Noel for wheeling out "your old mate uri geller and har mar superstar"? Neither appears on the album, and in fact Geller — a 70-year-old Israeli illusionist best-known for his spoon-bending tricks — isn't even a musician.

The key, as City Pages notes, is to understand that it was rhyme time for Liam when he composed that tweet — he was using rhyming slang, a popular British custom. "Har Mar Superstar" is code for Johnny Marr, and "Uri Geller" rhymes with Paul Weller. Those artists do appear on the High-Flying Birds LP.

In a Twitter thread that ended up involving Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Har Mar voiced amusement ("Love ya, Liam") and suggested that the faux collaboration might not be such a bad idea after all.

Given that the sentimental value of instruments played with Oasis must be declining for both brothers, it comes as no surprise that Noel is planning to sell almost 50 Oasis-related items, "including a bass amp that comes with a setlist from the rehearsal that proceeded the band's last unofficial show," reports Rolling Stone.

Cardi B makes hip-hop history

Rising hip-hop star Cardi B has dethroned Taylor Swift at the top of Billboard's Hot 100. It's a first number one for Cardi B — and the first chart-topper for a solo female rapper since Lauryn Hill hit number one in 1998 with "Doo Wop (That Thing)." (Iggy Azalea’s massive 2014 hit "Fancy" was a duet with Charli XCX.) The ascendance of Cardi B's song "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" was celebrated by fans who turned the single into a social-media hit. (New York Times)

This week also saw a new milestone for K-pop, as the group BTS hit number seven on Billboard's album chart with their EP Love Yourself: Her. That marks the first time a K-pop release has broken the top ten of the Billboard 200. (Billboard)

Ed Sheeran rides the streams

Ed Sheeran now has the single most-streamed song on Spotify, with his song "Shape of You" hitting 1.318 billion plays to top Drake’s "One Dance." The U.K. singer-songwriter also has more active monthly listeners than any other artist on Spotify. As. the Observer puts it, "there's nothing Sheeran can't do, except appear on Game of Thrones without pissing off the entire internet."

He'll test that appeal locally next month, when tickets go on sale for an Oct. 20, 2018 show at U.S. Bank Stadium. That show will take place just 15 months after his previous local gig, a July 2017 Xcel Energy Center show that easily sold out. (Star Tribune)

Bon Iver to set up shop in London

Bon Iver have announced a four-date London residency in February 2018. They're currently on a rescheduled run of European dates, then will come back home for a run of U.S. shows starting next month. (Pitchfork)

Want to buy a piece of Eminem?

If you have a minimum of $2,250 you were looking to invest, you'll soon have a chance to buy a share of the royalties in Eminem’s catalog from 1999-2013. The rapper's former production duo, the Funky Bass Team, are selling portions of their share of Eminem's catalog.

Eminem has no personal involvement in the sale, and a rep says he was not consulted about it. The sale is being run by a company called Royalty Exchange, which has already sold shares of rights in songs by Ariana Grande, Lil Wayne, and Wiz Khalifa.

"Not only do you potentially get to earn along with Eminem's catalog," says Royalty Exchange executive Matthew Smith, "but you also win the ultimate bragging rights to say 'hey, I own that!' anytime you hear one of his songs." (Rolling Stone)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs tease Fever to Tell reissue

Fans are betting that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are about to announce a reissue of their 2003 album Fever to Tell. They've been sharing photos from that era on social media, and they've just dropped a low-fi track called "Phone Jam," promising more information on Tuesday. Two upcoming festival gigs will be the band's first public shows in four years, so fans are also hoping we'll get a new album as part of the reunion. (Stereogum)

Haim release Paul Thomas Anderson film

Haim have released a new short film directed by Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson. "Valentine finds the Haim sisters in the studio, playing songs from their sophomore album Something to Tell You," notes Pitchfork.

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