Fucked Up Win the Polaris Music Prize, Coldplay Faces More Plagiarism Allegations and Final Fantasy Struck Down by What May Be H1N1 in This Week's News Round-Up
Published Sep 26, 2009The weekend is here and so too is Exclaim!'s News Round-Up, our guide to the top stories that graced these digital pages this week. Here's just a taste of what grabbed our headlines.
First off, Torontonian hardcore heroes Fucked Up won the coveted Polaris Music Prize. A lot of people seemed quite shocked by the announcement, but perhaps not as shocked as Fucked Up themselves, whose Damian Abraham told Exclaim! at the awards gala, "I never thought this would happen, and this isn't crocodile tears, I was really like there was no way we were going to win and I was packing up my baby as they announced it and I was like... I just couldn't believe it!" Well, believe it. With the $20,000 prize money, the band say they plan to make a Christmas charity album, which will go towards helping find missing aboriginal women in Canada. Seriously sweet, right?
Up next, we once again found out that Coldplay are being accused of plagiarism, this time by British singer-songwriter Andy J Gallagher who alleges the group have lifted a little too heavily from him for their video "Something Else." The video's directors, Shynola, have responded to the claims, basically writing them off as pure rubbish.
Also, this week news broke that DJ Roc Raida died, Empire of the Sun's Nick Littlemore has been MIA for five months and that Trent Reznor is planning a collaboration with '80s synth icon Gary Numan and, believe it or not, his very own videogame.
Finally, we had Marilyn Manson contracting swine flu and discovered that Owen "Final Fantasy" Pallett may also have caught H1N1. Already Pallett was forced to cancel his Friday (September 25) show in Vancouver, and unless he gets better very soon, he'll likely be cancelling a lot more Canadian dates, as well as a bunch of U.S. ones where he was planning to tour with the Mountain Goats.