FAULT Issue 13 star John Legend announces UK tour as ‘All of Me’ reaches 1 million digital sales

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

Contemporary soul phenomenon and FAULT Issue 13 star John Legend continues to belt out hits after 10 years at the pinnacle of the music industry. His latest success sees his heart-stoppingly beautiful recent single, ‘All of Me’ break another personal best in the UK.

After already being classified as a Platinum Single in the UK, the news that ‘All of Me’ has hit a combined sales mark of  1,015,582 in the digital sphere makes it John’s most popular UK single to date, eclipsing even seminal classics such as ‘Used to Love U’, ‘Ordinary People’ and ‘Green Light’. The figure was reached after the song was downloaded 804,500 times and streamed over 21.1 million times since its release, with the latter equivalent to 211,082 downloads. The news itself follows on from announcement that ‘All of Me’ reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK charts – both record positions for John.

John, who covers our Music section insideFAULT Issue 13, recently announced dates for his upcoming tour of the UK this October:

John Legend – UK tour October ’14 – dates:

Monday 06 – O2 Apollo Manchester
Tuesday 07 – Newcastle City Hall
Thursday 09 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 10 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sunday 12 – Birmingham NIA
Monday 13 – London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

Mac Miller & Dylan Reynolds: Behind the Scenes video from our exclusive FAULT Issue 17 shoot

 

 

Video courtesy of Bryant Robinson/Three Way Productions

 

Music: ‘Spanish Civil War’ by Dylan Reynolds

Mac Miller and Dylan Reynolds were shot exclusively for FAULT Issue 17 by photographer Danny Williams (Topshelf Jr), with styling by Luke Storey (School of Style). The shoot took place at Mac’s house in LA, with most of the Behind the Scenes footage above shot in Mac’s private studio. Mac Miller is one of the most popular rap/hip-hop artists in world music today, with two studio albums which reached #1 and #3 in the US charts. Dylan Reynolds is signed to Mac’s REMember label. The pair grew up together in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

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Mac Miller & Dylan Reynolds were shot at Mac’s private studio in LA by photographer Danny Williams (Topshelf Jr), with styling by Luke Storey (School of Style), exclusively for FAULT Issue 17
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Mac Miller & Dylan Reynolds – exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 17

 

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Mac Miller & Dylan Reynolds were shot at Mac’s private studio in LA by photographer Danny Williams (Topshelf Jr), with styling by Luke Storey (School of Style), exclusively for FAULT Issue 17
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Music, friendship, success and going global. Sound great? Yep, we agree.

Friends since elementary school, and now bringing their individual styles to the world at large, Mac Miller and Dylan Reynolds might represent completely different genres but they also share a passion for great composition and all-round musical ability.

While rappers traditionally talk a big game when it comes to representing their home town and their friends, it’s hard to think of any who come close to the level of loyalty and belief shown by Mac in Dylan. We caught up with the Pittsburgh-born duo at Mac’s house in LA (thanks again Mac, we had a blast). While Dylan posed in Mac’s private studio for our shoot, Mac shunned the limelight and insisted that Dylan be the focus of our piece.

This wasn’t a meaningless show of sentimentality. Mac clearly believes in Dylan’s talent – and it’s hard to argue about musical ability with a man who has garnered almost implausible levels of success in such a short time. Over the past couple of years, the facts speak for themselves: two studio albums full of hit songs, millions of fans, the launch of his own record label and an MTV show in his honour.

Listening to Dylan’s work, we can’t see why you’d want to disagree with Mac. Signed to Mac’s REMember Music label (a classic example of ‘putting your money where your mouth is’), Dylan brings a unique talent to the roster. His flawless (or should we say FAULTless?) voice is matched by the incredible emotion he brings to each of his songs. It really is a pleasure to hear an artist register the level of feeling that Dylan does while still hitting his notes so cleanly.

Speaking to the two artists, one thing became immediately and abundantly clear: both of them put great stock in their personal convictions. Neither have any intention of compromising their integrity for a quick fix of fame – that is most likely something else that has kept the pair so close for so long. They’ve kept their own styles while retaining a respect for other people’s – more than that, they’ve both openly embraced diverse genres and inspirations. It’s something that Dylan is only just beginning to show in his music that is available to the wider public (check out ‘Tightrope’) but it’s something that is definitely to be applauded.

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Singer-songwriter Dylan Reynolds – stepping into the spotlight in 2014. Grooming by Anna Branson.

FAULT: Mac – 2013: what a year for you! T.V show, tours, mix-tapes, launching your own record label, a clothing line… What’s up next for you?

Mac: If I told you that, I’d have to kill you.

What kind of talent are looking to sign to your REMember Label?

I’m looking for people who have a genuine love for music. I’m not looking for people who want a ticket to the “Big Show”. I want people who are ready to build and learn and become great. I want artists with potential and an open mind. No specifics in genre.

How would you describe Dylan’s music and what kind of impact do you see him having on the industry?

Dylan is honest. In a world where young people are manipulated and turned into consumers. Dylan is the truth. He is a young man with a story to tell. He has a passion for the art and he just wants to inspire people. He is not trying to turn his fans into consumers and become a product. His goals are far higher.

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Interview and production by Leah Blewitt. Filmed footage by Bryant Robinson. Special thanks: Hayley Cammarata

FAULT: Dylan, can you tell us more about your musical background? How long have you been writing and recording, and who/what have been the biggest influences on your sound?

Dylan: I started playing guitar and writing when as a teenager after my family moved out to a pretty isolated house in the country. So it was really out of boredom at the time, although it quickly morphed into something very different. Early on I started as a drummer.

You’ve been working on your EP – did you have an overall theme in mind for the tracks? What were some of the influences behind the singles? We’re especially curious about ‘Spanish Civil War’…

There is a definite theme to this album. It starts with a track called ‘Lifeline’ (the title track), which is about a time in a relationship when I realized I wasn’t going to die if it ended. So it’s essentially about a toxic co-dependent relationship in its final stage. The album kind of follows this trend and documents different stages of multiple relationships in different surrealistic settings.

Did you ever think in a million years, when you were growing up in Pittsburgh, that you’d ever being making music, working and touring together with Mac?

I think I always had a feeling that we were both going to be involved with music pretty early on, but I had no idea that it was going to turn into what it is. Working this closely with one of your best friends is pretty special.

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What are you currently working on, Dylan, and what are you plans for 2014?

I’ve just finished my debut EP and I have a video for my single ”Young and Set” that will be coming out soon as well. I don’t know whats going to happen in 2014 but think its gonna be a big year for me in some way.

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‘The Man with the Iron Fists’ – with FAULT Issue 13 star Byron Mann – out now on DVD

Presented by Quentin Tarantino, the blood-soaked, bone-snapping action-adventure The Man With The Iron Fists is out now, having been released on Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD two days ago, on 1st April 2013.

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Inspired by the kung-fu classics of the 1970s and 80s as interpreted by Tarantino’s long time collaborators RZA (Wu Tang Clan) and Eli Roth (Hostel), The Man With The Iron Fists features a kick ass cast including Lucy Liu (Kill Bill), Russell Crowe (Gladiator) and WWF’s Dave Bautista – as well as FAULT Issue 13 star Byron Mann. The film tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy a traitor in their midst who would lay waste to them all for the sake of a chest of gold bullions.

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Isolated in rural Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) works tirelessly supplying the warring local clans with weaponry  in order to pay for his and his lover’s (Jamie Chung, Sucker Punch) passage out of the desolate region. The delicate peace of the area is thrown into disarray by the revolt of the local Lion clan’s second in command, Silver Lion  (played to pantomime perfection by Mann), and the murder of his superior, Gold Lion, sets in motion a treacherous and deadly chain of events. The violence escalates to a whole new level and the town is inundated by dangerous strangers, including the infamous Brass Body (Bautista), foreigner Jack Knife (Crowe) and the deadly Poison Dagger – all eager to join the fight and lay their hands on the governor’s gold.

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The film features heavy martial arts fight sequences, a gritty, urban soundtrack featuring the Wu Tang Clan, Black Keys and Kanye West and gruesome special effects. The Blu-ray exclusive special features include an on-set featurette with RZA.

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For more on The Man with the Iron Fists, check out ‘Silver Lion’ Byron Mann’s interview in FAULT Issue 13

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Byron Mann was shot by Daniel Scott for FAULT Issue 13 – the Contrasts Issue

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The future of Film? Martin McDonagh’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’ deserved better after a disappointing Awards season

Reviews often need an opening gambit – a hook, if you like – to draw the readers in and to set the tone for the piece. How’s this for raising expectation levels then – the first words to leave this reviewer’s mouth when he left the cinema (after the second viewing, no less):

“That might just be the best film I have ever seen.”

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You may have heard either or both of those two clichés knocking around before, of course. ‘So good you’ll want to see it twice’ is such a hackneyed expression in advertising parlance that even the bowler hat boys on ‘Mad Men’ steer clear of it. So, let us put this into perspective for you – Seven Psychopaths is one of those films that you would be happy to watch five or six times. In a row. On a delayed flight; on your honeymoon. With a screaming baby spluttering next to you.

Simply put, there isn’t a single flaw in Martin McDonagh‘s sophomore screenplay. Ostensibly a comedy, it is a film that will have you in fits of laughter between moments of acute contemplation, stifled sobs and occasionally even awe at the sheer audacity of the thing.

McDonagh has mastered meta-cinema in the same way that Kurt Vonnegut mastered the meta-novel. Overtly self-aware, this is a film about a man [Marty, played by Colin Farrell] making a film – while he is participating in that film. We watch as Marty struggles with his indolent lifestyle and incipient alcoholism to try and put together his script: ‘Seven Psychopaths’. Only Marty doesn’t really want to write about psychopaths. Marty prefers drinking and talking – he doesn’t really understand the point of violence, or why it is so appealing. Unsurprisingly, his obsession with creating non-violent psychopaths quickly manifests itself as a writer’s block, one that his good friend Billy [Sam Rockwell] is only too keen to try and cure…

Read the full review in FAULT Issue  13 – out now.

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Full review in FAULT Issue 13 – the Contrasts Issue

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Billy Bob Thornton: Behind the Scenes exclusive with FAULT’s Issue 13 cover star

Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton is our front cover feature for FAULT Issue 13: the Contrasts Issue. Billy Bob was photographed by Dove Shore.

Billy Bob Thornton was shot by Dove Shore, exclusively for FAULT Issue 13

Billy Bob Thornton was shot by Dove Shore, exclusively for FAULT Issue 13. Get your copy of the issue HERE

Billy Bob Thornton’s upcoming film, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, is not strictly speaking autobiographical but, given that he’s written, directed and starred in the Dixie-based family drama, it does offer some of the industry icon’s reflections on his own past. After years of dealing with the Hollywood gossip bandwagon, it is good to hear Thornton speaking as an artist in his own right once again.

Billy Bob occupies a unique place in contemporary film culture, he’s long been a standout square-peg fixture in fishbowl field. He’s the oddball in the  counter-culture corner, the gumshoe southern-fried savant, the virtuoso music-maker more reliant on big ideas than big budgets. And yet he’s also put together an enviable and lengthy cache of credits with films like Monster’s Ball, The Man Who Wasn’t There, A Simple Plan, Love Actually, Friday Night Lights and Bad Santa. Thornton has managed to leave his gritty prints all over Hollywood for over two full decades without bowing too much to conventions. Now, sixteen years after writing/directing/acting in Sling Blade, the movie that won him his first Oscar, Thornton is back operating under the same successful trifecta in his new film, Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

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Billy Bob was interviewed by Heather Seidler

“It’s a  film about how war and tragedy affect people and how they manifest themselves in families”, Thornton explains.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car is a southern-gothic tale about a Western family colliding with a British family due to a family tragedy. The  film mirrors much of Thornton’s “small-town” childhood in the deep south, elements exactly paralleling his own relationship with his father who died when Thornton was only 18. The film, in part, appears to be a
veiled reckoning with his father…

Read more in FAULT Issue 13, out now:

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Be sure to also check out our Behind the Scenes Exclusive with the Hollywood legend – 5 Questions with Billy Bob Thornton is out now on Vimeo and Youtube:

Taio Cruz is our Men’s cover star for FAULT Issue 13

Taio Cruz was shot by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan exclusively for FAULT Issue 13

Taio Cruz was shot by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan exclusively for FAULT Issue 13

After another golden year – during which he performed to billions at London’s Olympics closing ceremony – it seems Taio has success on tap. However, with a third album on the way and the continual growth of his own clothing line, don’t try telling him to slow down…

FAULT is thrilled to have Taio grace our Men’s cover section for Issue 13, for which we had the chance to spend a day with the star and find out more about his aesthetic, clothing – including his own line, RXTR, and what fans can expect from him in 2013.

FAULT: You are about to release your third studio effort Taio, can you tell us more about that and the influences behind the tracks on the album?
Taio: TY.O is very much a continuation of the Rockstarr album. It’s up-tempo, lots of fun and based on real life experiences. I wrote ‘Hangover’ when I was in Ibiza with friends. I just felt like there should be an anthem for everyone there! ‘Little Bad Girl’ is also a very up-tempo tune that will be on the forthcoming album.

 

 

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How do you think you’ve grown as an artist since the start of your career?
I’m always growing as an artist. You can never can learn enough, really, So many amazing new innovative inspirations and artists out there at the moment. I actually started out writing ballads and Departure (my first album) was mostly R&B inspired. Rockstarr and TY.O represent more of an evolution as myself as an artist. I really enjoy music as a whole – and pop genre music is always a changing sound; it constantly takes different directions. I really like artists such as Adele, for instance.

You have your own clothing and accessories line RXTR; can you tell us more about that?
I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I really like taking something from nothing and building from that. It started out initially with sunglasses and it has grown to more accessories and a fully-fledged clothing line. My watches are actually carried at Selfridges and an expansion of the line will be taking place later this year – including womenswear! Vintage pieces have a strong influence on the line. If you’re looking for direct references then I really love designers like Balmain.

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Richard Armitage for FAULT Issue 13 – Behind the Scenes video!

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