This week in music (22nd – 28th February)

February 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm (Music News) (, , , , , , )

This week saw an end to the rumours over the future of Abbey Road studios. One minute Andrew Lloyd Webber was interested in becoming the hero and saving the iconic building then the next EMI were saying the studios were safe.  At the moment the latest is that fuding is trying to be sourced so a revitalisation process can begin, whether this situation stays the same, who knows?

The most talked about event, The NME Awards, took place on Wednesday night with surprising wins from Paramore who won best International band, beating the likes of Kings Of Leon and Green Day, and best festival going to Glastonbury seeing off competition from Reading and Leeds and Download.

However no shock over the winner of the Best British band, this went to Muse who continue to go from strength to strength, selling out arenas and stadiums along the way.

The title of most tragic news comes from one of the main channels for getting unknown bands and singers heard. The radio station ‘6 Music’ is being rumoured to shut after cut backs from the BBC. Officials are yet to confirm or deny these allegations. An announcement is sure to come early next week.

More information can be found here:

http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1040204&c=1

On the festival front T in the Park tickets went on sale and then within 90 minutes had sold out! So if you wanted to see the likes of Muse, Eminem, 30 Seconds To Mars, Kasabian and The Prodigy then i’m afraid you’re too late.

Ellie Goulding’s debut album ‘Lights’ comes out the 1st of March so be sure to get your copy if you want to hear a unique voice tipped for success.

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Government’s response to ticket touting

February 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm (Music News) ()

                                                                                          

A year since a petition was signed to try and regulate ticket touts and this illegal market the Government have finally released a response.

Basically the document says that the Government have no plans to stop ticket touts buying in bulk and then re-selling them at a ridiculously higher price nor do they intend to cap tickets at a price that people can actually afford.

This decision has a taken a year!

What is the point of petitions if most of the time the Government don’t listen, 668 people tried to make their voice heard and signed this petition, now seems a waste of time.

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Abbey Road Studio,not for sale

February 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm (Music News) (, , , , )

EMI have confirmed that the iconic Abbey Road Studio will not be put up for sale.

It was feared that the studio would be sold to help clear the record company’s debts however EMI have put rumours to rest and instead are trying to find ways to fund a “revitalisation project”.

In other news Blink 182 are rumoured to be playing this year’s Reading and Leeds festival after their tour dates were unveiled on the band’s blog with the a gap for the August festival dates left open. The organisers however deny to comment on any such claims and will announce the line-up  later next month.

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This weeks music news round up (15th – 21st)

February 21, 2010 at 8:41 pm (Music News)

The week kicked off with The Brits, love them or hate them the subject cannot be avoided.

Not only did they involve an outift from Lady GaGa that puts the Spice Girls to shame they resulted in an ongoing fued between this year’s host Peter Kay and ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. A war of words fued that resembles that of two children fighting over the last rolo.

Courtney Love, a woman who has gone down the self-destruct path so many times that she can now walk down it blindfolded, returned to the stage with her band ‘Hole’ after 11 years of being away. Just wish this woman would give up now, she doesn’t have a great voice she has no real persona and her stage presence is overshadowed by the ‘junkie’ tag.  Apart from that one song ‘Celebrity Skin’ that was vaguely popular who really knows any ‘Hole’ songs anyway?

The iconic Abbey Road Studio was announced to be in danger this week after EMI reportedly put the studio up for sale. However Andrew Lloyd Webber is rumoured to be interested in saving the place that has helped put so many artists on the music map, saying “it is vital for the future of the music industry in the UK that the studios are saved”.

The Help for Haiti charity single ‘Everybody Hurts’ topped the UK single charts grabbing the number one spot with the Brits collaboration ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’ by Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine reaching number two.

New albums and singles released this week:

Marina and the Diamonds – The Family Jewels (Album)

Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Single)

Owl City – Maybe I’m Dreaming (Single)

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Kings of Leon sell out Hyde Park in seconds

February 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm (Music News) (, , )

The London show set for June went on sale this morning at 9am but all 65,000 tickets sold out in a matter of seconds!

Viagogo the legal ticket exchange site are offering them at £20 over the asking price at £79 each ticket with this price set to rise when the demand increases.

This just proves how far this band have come; from being an unknown band from America, to headlining festivals and now selling out huge shows all over the world.

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The Brit Awards 2010

February 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm (Music News) (, , , )

Last night’s Brit Awards was once again not deviod of any drama and  i’m not talking about Lily Allen’s ridiculous orange wig.

Oasis won the best album of the last 30 years, a new category to mark how long  The Brits has been running. And who should appear to accept the award: the always so cheerful Liam Gallagher, who failed to even mention his brother, Noel, in his acceptance speech. Not content with snubbing his brother he then decided to throw his microphone and award at the crowd. If that isn’t gratitude then i don’t know what is!

Kasabian won best British band beating the likes of Muse and Friendly Fires; their first Brit award since their debut album was released six years ago.

JLS, one of the very few success stories to come out of The X-Factor, won best single for the over-played ‘Beat Again’ and best British breakthrough act beating Pixie Lott and Florence and the Machine to the title.

Lady GaGa was the real winner of the night, scooping three awards for best international female, international breakthough act and best album in what can only be described as a bird’s nest in her hair. She also gave a stripped back performance of her song ‘Telephone’, showing the Brits why she deserved the awards.

Other winners included Lily Allen for best female, Dizzee Rascal for best male and Florence and the Machine’s ‘Lungs’  for the best album.

The only Brit award that seems to mean anything in the music industry, the critics’ choice award, went to a well deserving Ellie Goulding who is set to be huge this year with her debut album ‘Lights’ being released on the 1st of March.

The Brits seem to have lost the respectable status they once had, you used to look forward to seeing your favourite artists perform but now its a case of which reality and manufactured star has won this time.

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Just announced for Download…

February 16, 2010 at 1:09 am (Music News) (, , )

30 Seconds to Mars will be joining the line up at this year’s Download Festival along with recently announced Stone Sour (Slipknot frontman’s other band), Lamb Of God and Billy Idol.

Whether 30 Seconds To Mars get a welcomed response from the metal lover’s festival is yet to be seen. This band have faced huge amounts of stick over the fact that Jared is a Hollywood actor but endless touring and two faultless albums have hopefully put these thoughts to rest.  Although i’m not sure Donington’s blood thirsty crowd will agree.

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Rage Against the Machine announced for Download

February 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm (Music News) (, , , )

Clue is in the title but the amazing Rage Against The Machine have just been announced for this summer’s Donington Park festival.
Aerosmith have also been added, putting to rest any rumours that they were to split.

Both bands join AC/DC, Deftones, Wolfmother and Motorhead to name but a few.

More bands to be confirmed at 12am tonight.

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This week in music (8th – 14th)

February 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm (Music News) (, , , )

 

This week saw Muse and Stevie Wonder confirmed for Glastonbury 2010, making it one of the most exciting line ups in a good while.  The site also has announced that the summer festival will be there for at least another six years but with a year off for the  Olympics in 2012.

Liam Gallagher opened his big mouth again but this time in the firing line was Florence and the Machine. He stated: “I’m not having anyone with ginger hair making music…I’m sure she’s a nice girl but she sounds like someone has stood on her f****** foot.”  Liam when will you ever learn that you don’t have to criticise every single artist just to get yourself noticed, let your music do the talking.

 

Friday saw music blogs came under attack by Google, six were closed in total due to the apparent infringement of copyright. However the owners of the blogs stated that the record companies and managements had supplied the music hosted on their blogs and no copyright was involved.

As mentioned previously the biggest news of the week came from the Rage Against The Machine camp. With the announcement of a free gig to say ‘thank you’ for the number one spot at Christmas. Registration closes at midnight tonight (14th) so get registering.

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Classic album: Placebo- Sleeping With Ghosts

February 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm (Reviews) (, , )

http://www.gobshout.com/News/Classic-Albums/Article/_Name/Placebo-_Sleeping_With_Ghosts/1118 – Click to see the review on Gobshout.com 

For me this album defines Placebo. They relish in pushing the boundaries and saying what they truly feel. It is this philosophy that has landed them the title of one of the most successful alternative rock bands in British music.

This 2003 release is centred on past relationships and carrying those memories (ghosts) with you into the future. As front man Brian Molko said himself: “The album is a collection of short stories about a handful of relationships that inhabit your dreams.”  Going three times platinum in France and entering at number 11 in the UK Album Charts securely put Placebo on the map.

Sleeping With Ghosts allows you to be mesmerised by Molko’s voice and fall into a state of reflection. The lyrics throughout this album have the ability to sink into your thoughts playing over and over in your mind. If that isn’t great song writing then I don’t know what is?

Each song is perfectly crafted and are examples of three guys working hard to create a sound that is unique and meaningful to them. The haunting ‘Special Needs’ is the stand out track on the album and today is still one of the favourites amongst fans. The poetic words and the whole simplicity in the sound capture the essence of a ballad. The song isn’t over complicated making it separate from the other songs on the album.

The upbeat ‘Second Sight’ shows the diversity of this band, to go from the slow mellow tones of ‘Sleeping With Ghosts’ and ‘I’ll Be Yours’ to this track that offers a new, less rock inspired direction.

If for some reason you have had your head stuck in a hole for the last ten years and you have never heard Placebo’s music before; then this album is not a bad place to start. It secured my passion for Placebo and made me pay attention to what they were trying to say. Each album offers something different, a story in the form of song and a chance to connect with Molko’s thoughts.

With them now being on album number six (excluding ‘Once More With Feeling’ the singles collection) you can’t help but fall in love with this band.

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