aries: hourglass // catfish and the bottlemen “and i’m so impatient when you’re not mine / i just wanna catch up on all the lost times / and i’ll say i’m sorry if i sound sordid / ‘cause all i really ever want is you”
taurus: video games // lana del rey “they say that the world was built for two / only worth living if somebody is loving you / baby, now you do”
gemini: toothpaste kisses // the maccabees “lay with me, i’ll lay with you / we’ll do the things that lovers do / put the stars in our eyes / and with heart shaped bruises / and late night kisses divine”
cancer: can’t help falling in love // elvis presley “take my hand / take my whole life too / for i can’t help falling in love with you”
leo: if // red hot chilli peppers “and if i saw the sun fall down / i’d pick it up and make a crown / one that was a perfect fit for you”
virgo: better together // jack johnson “but there is not enough time / and there is no song i could sing / and there is no combination of words i could say / but i will still tell you one thing / we’re better together”
libra: thinking out loud // ed sheeran “so baby now / take me into your loving arms / kiss me under the light of a thousand stars / place your head on my beating heart”
scorpio: only love // ben howard “darling, i feel you under my body / darling, you’re with me forever and always / give me shelter or show me heart / and watch me fall apart”
sagittarius: first day of my life // bright eyes “yours is the first face that i saw / i think i was blind before i met you / now i don’t know where i am / i don’t know where i’ve been / but i know where i want to go”
capricorn: re:stacks // bon iver “this is not the sound of a new man or crispy realisation / it’s the sound of the unlocking and lift away / your love will be / safe with me”
aquarius: could it be another change // the samples “the only time i feel good sinking / is when i’m sinking fast and deep for you”
pisces: your song // elton john “i hope you don’t mind / i hope you don’t mind that i put down in words / how wonderful life is while you’re in the world”
We were kinda in separate places when I mentioned the idea to her. I spoke to her on the phone and she had heard the song cause Jack had played it to her, so she really liked it. So she went into studio the next day, I think she was somewhere else, can’t remember exactly where she was though.
[On whether he was a little bit nervous pitching an idea to Taylor Swift on the phone and not knowing if she’s gonna say “oh really?”] Well, the interesting thing was - she is actually friends with Gigi, so she’d already reached out, cause Jack had already played her the song anyway cause we’ve [Jack and him] done it together and she really liked it and she’d mentioned to me that she liked the song so I already kinda knew in the back of my mind that she liked it so… I was like - I’ll ask her if she wants to be on it and she was cool with it.
Zayn Malik taking on Elvis Duran’s Morning Show about recording “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” with Taylor Swift (X)
So the whole point of the Pirates movies is Captain Jack Sparrow is trying to find a way to become immortal. What if the last movie in the franchise ends with him achieving that somehow. Then the movie goes to a montage of Captain Jack dancing through history doing all sorts of shenanigans. He keeps creating new identities and showing up in different settings. We see Jack with bootleggers, with Elvis, pitching the Pirates ride to Walt Disney, maybe he has a beer with Wil Turner and the Beatles, anti war protests, all over the place and then the movie ends. Then the end credit scene opens at a film studio. Young hopefuls are standing in line for some sort of audition. We see captain Jack in the line. When it’s his turn he walks in and sits in front of the casting people and introduces himself as Johnny Depp. The casting director tells him he’ll be reading for the part of Jack Sparrow when he interrupts her with a, “I think there’s supposed to be a ‘captain’ in there love” and then the movie cuts to black.
Some have called Jack White the Willy Wonka of rock-and-roll; if that’s the case, Billboard scored a golden ticket visit to visit his chocolate factory. For the latest Billboard cover story, we got a guest-of-honor’s behind-the-scenes peak at Jack White’s Third Man Records headquarters. The story begins with editor-at-large Joe Levy expecting to meet White in Memphis, Tenn., only to get a mysterious man with a black suitcase and instructions to hurry to meet White three hours across the state in Nashville. In the end, Billboard watched the Third Man team turn a Shabazz Palaces performance into a live record on the spot and got an earful from Mr. White himself waxing poetic on his love of vinyl.
Here are five revelations from the Jack White cover story, which is out Friday, March 6:
1. White Was the Mystery High Bidder on Elvis Presley’s First-Ever Record When the first vinyl record Elvis Presley ever cut (featuring covers of the 1930s ballads “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”) hit the auction block, the 1953 wax was expected to net about a $100,000. In January 2015 it was announced that an unknown Internet bidder won the single with a staggering $300,000 bid. Turns out, that was White.
2. Third Man Will Re-issue the Presley Single on Record Store Day That mysterious black suitcase Levy got in Memphis actually contained the sought-after Elvis 10-inch. Upon arriving at the Third Man office in Nashville, he presented it to White. “This,” White announced, “is the first recording ever made by Elvis Presley. On Record Store Day,” he told a crowd of his employees, “Third Man Records will issue this on vinyl.”
But White doesn’t listen to vinyl all the time. “Digital in the car, vinyl in the bedroom,” he tells Billboard. “Because I like to listen to music in the car really loud.” And CDs? They’re not so bad, either. “It’s portable, it still has the artwork and lyrics, and it sounds really good,” White says. “And you can turn it up really loud.” Unfortunately, his new Tesla and Apple laptop didn’t come with disc drives.
3. White Has a Very Specific Dress Code For Third Man’s Employees Third Man’s 26 workers can’t just show up to the office wearing anything. The men wear black suits with yellow-and-black ties and women wear black dresses. White, who’s been sporting a side-buzzed pompadour lately, likely wears whatever he damn well pleases.
4. White’s Office Is Kind of Like a Dentist’s Office…With a Giraffe’s Head A vintage door that reads “JOHN A. WHITE III, D.D.S., FAMILY DENTISTRY” leads to White’s Third Man office. His walls feature a massive portrait of 1930s Delta bluesman Charlie Patton, smaller shots of blues legend Son House, and ‘80s rapper Slick Rick. Oh, and there’s a six-foot-tall stuffed giraffe head.
Inside that office, he reveals Third Man’s goal: “to take what’s beautiful and soulful and feels like it’s etched in stone” and “see how it applies to what’s happening right now.” The musician loves using the word “scenarios”: to him, this represents whenever he can reframe his interests – from early-20th-century music to vintage '70s electric cars – in the present.
5. White Keeps His Treasures (Including Jack Johnson Music) Inside a Special Vault Down the hall from White’s office is a fireproof and climate-controlled vault, ensuring his prized possessions stand the test of time. The vault includes theWhite Stripes’ master tapes (which the band owns) along with recordings from artists like Neil Young, Beck, and Jack Johnson made at Third Man.
For more, read the full Jack White cover story out Friday, March 6.
I do 110, 120 shows a year. I do the band show, the Leon show, the Billy Joel show, the Elton solo show, the Elton/Ray Cooper show, the Elton/orchestra show. I played over 80 different songs last year. I never get bored. I’m a fidget. Like Jack White. I love people like that. He’s always doing something. And Brandon Flowers and Elvis Costello and Dave Grohl. We should start a band. We’ll call ourselves the Fidgets. I’ll play keyboards.
In the dark future of 1998, Colonel Presley is “the toughest independent Sanctioned Op in the South.” Gary Walton cover art for Dark Future novel Comeback Tour (The Sky Belongs to the Stars) by Jack Yeovil, GW Books/Games Workshop, 1991.