Last week, Leonard Cohen felt obliged to announce that reports of his death - or at least his imminent death - had been exaggerated. "I said was ready to die recently," he told the audience at a listening party in Los Angeles for his 14th studio album. "And I think I was exaggerating.
It's lunchtime and the Lemon Twigs - brothers Michael and Brian D'Addario, 17 and 19 respectively - have just got up: someone from their record company had to go and wake them in order to bring them to the interview.
The permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy struck a slightly curious note as she announced that Bob Dylan had been awarded the 2016 Nobel prize in literature. It wasn't apologetic, exactly, but she certainly seemed to be qualifying the committee's decision in a way that you suspect she wouldn't have felt the need to had the award gone to Haruki Marukami or Don DeLillo, writers also rumoured to be in the frame.
Two Door Cinema Club's second album, Beacon, was a record that, to borrow the famous assessment of David Frost, rose without trace. It reached No 2 in the UK charts and sold 100,000 copies.
During the first night of a residency at London's O2 Arena, Justin Bieber has a serious announcement to make. "I'm hoping that when the songs are playing," he says, "you'll be quiet and listen." Or perhaps he says: "I'm hoping that when the songs aren't playing, you'll be quiet and listen": it's hard to tell over all the screaming.
She has been garlanded by everyone from the compilers of the Mercury shortlist to the judges of the Poetry Society's Ted Hughes prize, but on paper at least, Kate Tempest's new album still seems like a tough sell.
Last week, the Guardian printed an interview with Justin Vernon. The man who is, to all intents and purposes, Bon Iver did not seem terribly happy with his lot in life. Not for the first time, he talked wistfully about giving up music altogether - his "dream" is apparently to open a cafe - or vanishing from public.
There was a time when the very sight of Peter Robinson in public could cause uproar. "I used to walk along Oxford Street on the way to the Embassy Club on an afternoon, because they used to do a cocktail thing there at four o'clock," he says.
It is early Sunday afternoon, and the northern end of Chiltern Street in London's Marylebone presents an intriguing study in contrasts. On one side of the road, brunch is being served at celebrity hangout the Chiltern Firehouse. A succession of chauffeur-driven cars arrive and disgorge passengers in search of crab-stuffed doughnuts and smoked mackerel with buttered mooli and fried eggs.
Dieter Meier is apologetic. We have to be quick with the interview, he says, because he is leaving Zurich for Cuba later today. "I'm going to buy some cacao beans," he explains. "I'm starting a chocolate factory here in Zurich." I'm sorry? A chocolate factory?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".