Iggy Pop To Receive Polar Music Prize

Iggy Pop is set to receive this year’s Polar Music Prize. The ceremony will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on May 24.

Pop commented:

“I was aware of the very fine range of people that have gotten the Polar Music Prize. Patti Smith and Steve Reich have been huge for me forever, I love a lot of what he does, and so many others, so it’s a nice step for me. I respect it and I’m honored by it. I’m looking forward to coming to Stockholm in May to receive the Polar Music Prize.”

The Polar Music Prize award committee added:

“With his era-defining group THE STOOGES, Iggy Pop created furious rock music by blending together blues and free jazz influences with the roar of the Michigan automotive industry. With his courage, initiative and raw power, Iggy Pop paved the way for punk and post-punk. Groups like the SEX PISTOLS, RAMONES, BLONDIE, SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES, JOY DIVISION and Nick Cave all followed in his footsteps. As a solo artist, Iggy Pop has never slowed down, and has instead pushed this art form forwards for half a century. Iggy Pop is ‘the chairman of the bored’ who portrays alienation in poetic language. A wholly unique artist who personifies and embodies what rock music is about.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Måneskin Release New Version Of “I Wanna Be Your Slave” Featuring Iggy Pop

Måneskin have joined forces with Iggy Pop for a new version of their song “I Wanna Be Your Slave.” You can check that out below. The original version of the track appears on the band’s latest album “Teatro D’ira: Vol I.” The group commented on the new version of the song:

“It was such an honor that Iggy loved our music and wanted to work with us. It was touching seeing him sing ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave’ live in front of us. It was very powerful to see such a big artist being so open and friendly. We all grew up listening to his music and he inspired us to start up a band. It’s still unbelievable for us that we had the chance to get to know him and make music together.”

Iggy Pop Premieres New Song “Dirty Little Virus”

Iggy Pop has premiered a new song titled “Dirty Little Virus.” The track was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic and the frontman had the following to say about it:

“I was moved to write a direct lyric, not something too emotional or deep — more like journalism. Who, what, when, where. I left out the ‘why,’ because that gets too complex, but I put in how I felt about it. It was a stopper for me. It’s been the big thing happening in my life, and everybody else’s, I reckon, for almost a year now. If there was still a Man Of The Year, it would be the virus. So, I wrote the lyric.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iggy Pop To Release “The Bowie Years” Box Set In May

Iggy Pop will be releasing a new seven-disc deluxe box set titled “The Bowie Years” on May 29. The effort will come with expanded remastered versions of “The Idiot” and “Lust For Life,” as well as outtakes, alternate mixes, live tracks, and a 40-page book. “The Idiot” and “Lust For Life” will also be available as standalone two-disc deluxe editions with bonus live CDs. The first single, an alternate mix of “China Girl,” can be streamed below:

Iggy Pop Premieres “We Are The People” Video

Iggy Pop has premiered a new video for “We Are The People.” This news comes after he recently performed the track with Laurie Anderson at the Tibet House benefit in New York. The song is an interpretation of a poem written by Lou Reed and it appears on Pop’s latest album “Free.” A test vinyl pressing of that record will be released on March 7 and it will be limited to 340 copies. This version includes cover art and a creative collaboration with Maurizio Cattelan, as well as a 7″ featuring an a cappella rendition of “Brahms Lullaby” and “Epistle to Tromba.” On top of that, Pop and Cattelan will also sign copies of it at Perrotin in New York on March 7.