International news round-up: “We can’t come back”

The Cool Kids call it quits, Jack White rides away from The Lone Ranger and Kim Wilde serenades a train – all this, and more, in our weekend round-up of international news.

– Hip-hop duo The Cool Kids have broken up. Although they only released one album together ( When Fish Ride Bicycles, 2011) Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish had been putting out well-received EPs and mixtapes since 2007. They’ll continue to release music as separate entities and haven’t ruled out working together again. In an interview with Allhiphop, Rocks said, “We might come together as something else different, but as The Cool Kids, no, because we’re not the same people, we’ve changed and evolved into two different artists. We can’t come back and do the same thing again, you know?”

Jack White won’t be recording the score for upcoming movie The Lone Ranger after all. Although he was hired to provide the music for the film by Gore Verbinski (director of Pirates of the Caribbean) when the movie was delayed scheduling problems emerged. The Lone Ranger, which stars Johnny Depp and Arne Hammer, will now have music by seasoned film composer Hans Zimmer.

– Commuters on a London train received a surprise when 80s pop star Kim Wilde launched into a version of her hit single ‘Kids In America’ in their carriage. The tipsy singer was aided by her brother Ricky Wilde on guitar and backing vocals. The entire performance, including an encore of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’, was captured on camera by another passenger. The video proved popular on Twitter, leading Wilde to tweet about the reaction.

– Jason Newsted, the bass player who left Metallica in 2001, is planning to release several solo EPs. Beginning with a four-track iTunes exclusive named Metal in January of next year, he’ll be recording them in his own Chophouse studio under the name Newsted.

– ‘Cut Me Some Slack’, the new song recorded by Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana, will be part of the soundtrack to Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City. The documentary about the legendary recording studio, which Grohl has directed, will also feature songs in which Grohl collaborates with Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield and others.

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has had a newly discovered species of spider named after him. The tarantula found in Arizona and New Mexico has been called ‘Aphonopelma Davemustanei’.