Music in the News – Sept. 24, 2013

Kanye West the “number one rock star on the planet”?

Ever so humble Kanye West told BBC Radio 1 in an interview that he thinks of himself as the
“number one rock star on the planet.” The 50-second teaser video for the interview, released on Friday, shows Kanye complimenting himself, saying things such as “I know how to make perfect, but that’s not what I’m here to do.” The first part of the interview aired on Monday but if you missed it, there are still three more parts to be aired Tuesday through Thursday on BBC Radio 1 at 2 p.m. EST.


Daft Punk to release an action figure line

While most artists may eventually launch a fragrance or clothing line, Daft Punk is taking another route with the release of a line of action figures. Created by Bandai and Japan’s S.H. Figuarts, Daft Punk themselves helped design the six-inch figures, which appear to be wearing the same futuristic outfits that the duo wore for their latest release Random Access Memories. These action figures aren’t the kind meant to be preserved in a box, though. If you’re looking to do some action figure fighting, they luckily come with seven sets of interchangeable hand parts for different karate chop moves. The action figures will hit shelves Dec. 27, and are available for pre-order now. Prices have not yet been released.

Tupac is heading to the big screen

After years of  talk about a Tupac Shakur biopic, it’s been confirmed that the film will head into production early next year. This comes as a surprise since no one has yet been cast in the lead role. When talks of the movie first came up in 2010, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua was set to direct. In March of this year he mentioned to reporters that he was still interested in doing the movie, but was just waiting on a file script. However, as Deadline reports, there’s a new script with new writers, and it’s unclear if Fuqua will be directing. The film will focus on Tupac’s life and legacy, from the start of his career, his rise to success, up to the last years of his life.

The new Joy Division video game will “tear you apart”

Forget GTA5, there’s a new online game based on Joy Division’s hit song “Will Love Tear us Apart?” Mighty Box Games designed the game to demonstrate parts of the “darker side of love” such as miscommunication, emotional impasse and separation anxiety. Creator/writer Gordon Calleja says the intent is to “frustrate, upset, and sting the player into remembering dark days preceding the death of a relationship.” Each level in the game is represented by a verse in the song. If you want to experience the love and joy of this game you can play at

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