Gorillaz Release Protest Anthem “Hallelujah Money”, First New Song Since 2011

first_imgFinally, we have some new Gorillaz music! The animated band led by James Hewlett and Damon Albarn have returned with their first new music since 2011’s The Fall, as the long awaited album follow up has been teased for months and years.The new track is titled “Hallelujah Money,” and features 2015 Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine. The song is a blatant protest of greed-hungry politics, timed to coincide with America’s Presidential Inauguration ceremony held tomorrow, January 20th. The only statement about the track comes from the band’s cartoon bassist Murdoc, who writes, “In these dark times, we all need someone to look up to. Me. That’s why I’m giving you this new Gorillaz song, a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. You’re welcome. Now piss on! The new album’s not gonna write itself.”There’s no further information about the new album, but new music from Gorillaz is always a good sign! Check out the new music and video, below.You can also read the song’s full lyrics, below.Here is our treeThat primitively growsWhen we go to bedScare crows from the Far a-EastCome to eat its tender fruitsI have thought that theBest way to protect our treeIs by building wallsWalls like unicorns in full glory and galoreEven stronger than the walls of JerichoBe glad then my friendThat in a fewWe shall reap abundantlyWhat we’d always dreamt of havinEnough of the starvinIt is loveThat is the root of all evilNot our treeAnd thank you my friendFor trusting meHallelujah MoneyHallelujah MoneyHow will we knowWhen the morning comesWe are still humanz.How will we know?How will we dream?How will we love?How will we know?Don’t worry my friendIf this be the endThen so shall it beUntil we say soNothing will moveAh, don’t worryIt is not against our moralsIt’s legally tenderTouch my friendWhat the whole world, and whole beasts of nations desire: powerHallelujah MoneyCross the chemtrail sunHallelujah MoneyRead more at http://www.nme.com/news/music/gorillaz-unveil-new-anti-donald-trump-song-hallelujah-money-featuring-benjamin-clementine-1951141#OEmbHtThe2SAg6fq.99last_img read more

Kenya Faces Fresh Anti-doping Crisis

first_imgKenya, one of the major forces in world athletics, has already missed two World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) deadlines to show it is tackling cheating in sport.Now Wada is expected to rule the country ‘non-compliant’ when its board meets in Montreal on Thursday.After a series of drugs and corruption scandals, Kenya had been warned to comply with Wada’s rules or face sanctions.Last month, it finally passed legislation that created a new national anti-doping agency, with President Uhuru Kenyatta personally driving the new law through.It was widely assumed that the measure would satisfy Wada.However, it can now be revealed that Wada’s compliance committee has recommended that Kenya should be declared in breach of its code.The Wada board is expected to accept that recommendation.It will now be up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or sport’s international federations to decide whether to ban Kenyan athletes from the Rio Games or any other competitions.They could come under pressure to do so, amid an unprecedented doping crisis and mounting concern over the country’s lack of action against cheating.The Olympic participation of another powerhouse athletics nation – Russia – is already in doubt.In November, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned the country’s track and field athletes from international competition following allegations of systemic state-sponsored cheating.The IAAF, which governs world athletics, will decide on Russia’s possible reinstatement in Vienna on17 June.Kenya is dominant at distance running, winning 11 medals at London 2012 and topping the table at the World Championships in Beijing last year with seven golds.But the country has become mired in doping and bribery allegations, with more than 40 of its athletes failing drugs tests since 2011.In November, former Wada president Dick Pound said it was “pretty clear that there are a lot of performance-enhancing drugs being used” in Kenya.How did it come to this?In February, the BBC revealed Kenya hadmissed a deadline to pass a law establishing a new national anti-doping agency so that more testing could take place.Wada placed it on a ‘watch-list’ of nations at risk of breaching its code and gave it until 5 April to comply, with IAAF president Lord Coe threatening Kenya with a ban if it did not pass the bill into law.Kenya missed that second deadline, too, but was then given until 12 May to make its national agency operational.Last month, Kenya finally passed the crucial legislation.In fact, it went further than Wada had requested by criminalising doping and threatening cheats with prison sentences.At the time, President Kenyatta said he was confident Wada would “look upon the passage of our anti-doping law favourably”. That view was echoed by some of Kenya’s top athletes, who feared they might be thrown out of the Rio Olympics if the law was not passed.“That’s what Wada was waiting for in Kenya, so we are safe,” London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge said.However, it is understood Wada officials are not happy they were not informed of certain key amendments to the legislation.What will the decision mean?Declaring Kenya non-compliant will be seen as a sign that the organisation is finally getting tough with countries that flout their rules.In the last few weeks, it has suspended national anti-doping laboratories in Moscow, Beijing, Lisbon and Bloemfontein, raising serious concerns about the effectiveness of drugs-testing in the build-up to Rio.This week, Wada also opened an investigation into allegations of Russian doping at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.Any other problems for Kenya?The IAAF has suspended Isaac Mwangi, chief executive of Athletics Kenya following allegations he requested a bribe to reduce the doping suspensions of two athletes.Three other senior officials at Athletics Kenya have also been suspended following accusations they were involved in corruption linked to Doha’s successful bid for the 2019 World Championships.All four officials and the Qatar campaign team deny any wrongdoing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kenya is set to be declared in breach of global anti-doping rules, the BBC has learned.The surprise move will mean some of the world’s top athletes are at risk of missing August’s Olympic Games in Rio.last_img read more

Haaland ‘copies’ Mbappé

first_imgThe ‘killer’ of EuropeHaaland is a relentless scorer and came to a halt as the European ‘killer’. We are facing a striker who can mark an era and his service record reflects this. Su name began to go around the world when he scored nine goals for Honduras in the 12-0 of the U-20 World Cup (nobody had achieved something like this in any category of the World Cup); in the Champions League he became the third youngest player to make a hat-trick (he went 6-2 to Genk and took 102 seconds) behind Raúl and Rooney (later Rodrygo would overtake him); He has ten goals in the Champions League, one less than Lewandowski, the pichichi (only Fortaine, Mané and Firmino reached that figure in their debut in the European Cup) …The Haaland earthquake It has impressed the soccer planet. “It’s an animal,” Cassano defined him. “In a couple of years will go to a great team for 200 or 300 million; is the strongest of all, “predicted Vieri.” It is a beast, “settled Tuchel, who ‘suffered’ him in the Champions League (he doubled in PSG’s defeat in the first leg of the second round). The Norwegian thing is bigger words. Haaland will not leave Borussia this summer, but he will be able to do it for 75 million in the winter market of 2021. Madrid follows its situation from a distance but with its name noted on the road map. Along with that of Mbappé. The last two impacts in Europe that would give the Zidane team the lost goal. Real Madrid projects a future with a goal. The one that yearns since Cristiano Ronaldo’s march to Juventus, in 2018. Aware that Benzema is already 32 years old and that despite having taken a step forward he is more magician than predator, and that Jovic, signed this summer by 60 million, has not broken in the scorer he promised last year at Eintracht, the white club dreams of an attack that leaves its mark on history: Mbappé, for which he will launch the final assault in 2021, and Haaland, the great event of this season and that in his contract with Borussia has a liberation clause from 2021 of 75 million euros.The emergence of Haaland (19 years old) in European football, with his extraordinary coordination of movements despite his imposing physique (1.94 meters high), his dizzying runs towards the goal and his feints, has had the greatest impact on recent years, comparable to Mbappé with Monaco in 2016-17. Not surprisingly, only the French striker exceeds the Norwegian’s numbers at his age on the Old Continent. Haaland has accumulated 12 goals in 11 games for Borussia this season, which is 40 in 33 games if we add up the goals he made for Salzburg at the start of the season. Total, since he is a professional, he has scored 61 goals among all competitions (89 games), according to data provided by Opta. There are still three months (on July 21) for the Borussia striker to turn 20, but if we take as a reference the day when the great European scorers reached that age, only Mbappé beats the Norwegian cyclone (119 goals in 121 games). Cristiano, for example, only had 16 goals when he reached twenty; Messi, 26; Benzema, 28; Ibrahimovic, 22; Lewandowski, 3 …last_img read more