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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

David Bowie

David Bowie 
has unveiled a brand new track titled 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'. Click above to listen to the song and watch the video, which stars Tilda Swinton as Bowie's wife. Amazon

The video was directed by Floria Sigismondi, who was also behind the videos for Bowie's 'Little Wonder' in 1996 and 'Dead Man Walking' in 1997. 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' is now available to purchase digitally.


Ben Howard

Ben Howard
Amazon This is not the kind of on-message nicety we were expecting from Howard, whose gentle, finger-picked songs go hand in hand with a love of surfing and a (usually) laidback manner. But then, as we'll find out over several mid-afternoon whiskies in a hotel lobby, Howard does enjoy a good rant – especially when it comes to his critics.
Besides, it's not as if he's genuinely unhappy – how could he be with things going so well for him right now? Today, for instance, he found out he had sold out the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Yesterday he headed out to a studio with his Communion label gang to drink beer in the sun and record a cover of John Martyn's "Over the Hill". Later on he will play a gig at St David's Episcopal church in Austin that will have fans singing in the pews – a reaction that suggests the London-born singer-songwriter won't struggle to win a following in the US.

The Script

The Script
If You Could See Me Now’. After enlisting the help of Will.I.Am on their most recent hit ‘Hall of Fame’ the band have continued in a similar pattern, taking a stab at spitting some rhymes. And it works! The song is a heartfelt track about how the band wish their deceased family members could see the success that the band have achieved in recent years. The video features heavily on front man Danny O’Donoghue (which certainly isn’t a band thing!) and features a lot of concert footage staggered throughout the video as Danny sings “I still look for your face in the crowd. Oh if you could see me now”.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Kings of leon

Kings of Leon
AmazonTaking place over the weekend of August 17-18 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, the two day event will see Beyonce's only European festival appearances of the year. Tickets go on sale at 9am [GMT] March 1. For more information, visit: VFestival.com
Also set to play the festival are Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, Stereophonics, The Courteeners, The Script, Emeli Sandé, Calvin Harris, Beady Eye, Jessie J, Basement Jaxx, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, James, Rita Ora, Jason Mraz, Fun., Labrinth, Ellie Goulding and Kendrick Lamar.
Of Monsters And Men, Maverick Sabre, Travis, Jessie Ware, Maximo Park, Rudimental, James Arthur, Deacon Blue, Little Mix, Ocean Colour Scene, The Fratellis, Gabrielle Aplin and Laura Mvula will also play.

Kings Of Leon – who are expected to release a new album this year - have already been confirmed to play a number of European festivals, including Poland's Open'er Festival, Optimus Alive in Portugal and Rock Werchter in Belgium. NME

Kings Of Leon will also play shows in London, Manchester and Birmingham in June and July, staring at London's O2 Arena on June 12 and 13 before playing Manchester Arena on June 24 and 25. The tour then runs to Birmingham's LG Arena on July 9-10.

Before V Festival takes place, Beyonce will play a string of UK dates, starting at Birmingham LG Arena on April 26. Like Kings Of Leon, the one-time Destiny's Child singer is set to release a new album this year.


The Saturdays

The Saturdays
AmazonThe New Song by The Saturdys"What About Us" is the second single and first North American single release by The Saturdays which will be included on their upcoming fourth studio album, The Chase (2013). It is also the lead single off their debut EP in the US, Chasing The Saturdays (2013). Two versions of the song have been recorded, one featuring singer Sean Paul and another only containing vocals by the girls. The single’s official UK release is expected to take place in early 2013 and will correspond with the group’s upcoming E! reality show, Chasing The Saturdays. The single and remix album were released to US and Canadian iTunes on December 18, 2012. The single will be released in United Kingdom on March 17, 2013  Read More Wiki

Haim

Haim
Falling, the lead cut from their April-slated EP of the same name. The clip finds the LA trio cavorting (cavorting? Bit Daily Mail of us to say so, but we’re running with it) in the forests while sporting short-shorts and generally looking like Stevie Nicks’ white-witch apprentices. Judging by this solidly crafted track, their traineeship could soon be at an end.

Tom Odell

Tom Odell
 Amazon an artist featured on the BBC Sound of 2013 list and the first male artist to win the Brits Critics Choice Award I had high hopes for his newest single ‘Hold Me’.
A faster tempo than tracks featured on his debut EP such as ‘Can’t Pretend’ and ‘Another Love’, this latest offering kicks off with an impassioned shouting of ‘1, 2, 3, 4!’, before Odell launches into a piano-bashing opening sequence. Although his soulful, endearing voice is somewhat lost in the howled vocals of each verse, there is no doubt that this 22-year old’s individuality shines through; it’s clear why he has been tipped so highly in recent months.
Perhaps it is all this acclaim which has caused Odell to step out of his comfort zone. The choruses are catchy and the rockier pace of the anthem is reminiscent of a slightly deranged Chris Martin, but fans of Odell’s more slow-paced songs might be slightly disappointed with his latest offering.
Having said that, after the third listen I became more accustomed to the upbeat tune and as it softens out towards the end, ‘Hold Me’ continues to show off Odell’s superior song-writing abilities.

Kodaline

Kodaline
Amazon their latest EP that will be released on March 18th via RCA/B-Unique, The High Hopes EP, we have already heard two tracks – ‘All My Friends’ (an acoustic cover of an LCD Soundsystem classic) and ‘The Answer’ – but now it’s time to hear the third. Kodaline have released ‘High Hopes’ – a heartfelt ballad with an equally heart-breaking video to match.
Appropriately described as an anthem, ‘High Hopes’ begins with a soft piano to ease us into a simple intro, until drums crash and guitars come together behind an aggressively raw vocal from lead singer, Steve Garrigan. Singing as if on the edge of tears, the record is and expressive and sensitive piece of music to pair with a lyric full of courage and faith. The guitar solo towards the end of the four-minute tear-jerker allows for the build of emotion for a final release at the end.
The video for ‘High Hopes’ features actor Liam Cunningham who is starring in Game Of Thrones, and you can check out the video below. After the release of The High Hopes EP on March 18th, Kodaline will be releasing another EP, In A Perfect World, a week later. So watch out, Kodaline are gonna be around for a good while to come!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Nick Cave

Nick Cave and various Bad Seeds  Amazon
turned to a fledgling project they named Grinderman as a means of escaping the weight and expectation of their established act.
Via some charged, deranged rock’n’roll, it accomplished exactly what its architects intended, enabling them to come on strong with 2008’s acclaimed Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! and clear the palette for Push the Sky Away, their 15th studio album.
The product of a newly reconfigured Bad Seeds (their first album without founding member Mick Harvey, who left in 2009), Cave employs the metaphor of albums as children in its press release, likening it to “the ghost-baby in the incubator” wherein “Warren [Ellis]’s loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat”. 
It is certainly a far stranger, subtler record than that last Bad Seeds outing. And in its own way this is every bit as fierce and uncompromising as both Grinderman LPs.
Lead single We No Who U R sets the template: a hymnal slow-burner replete with elemental imagery, it falls somewhere between simmering menace and odd, enchanting beauty. Over the following songs, Cave and his cohorts revel in this dichotomy.
Wide Lovely Eyes and We Real Cool are set against ominously rumbling guitar and bass respectively; strings, piano and backing vocals have to force their way upward in the mix to let in a little light, the ensuing interplay between tension and release exquisitely wrought. BBC
“Wikipedia is heaven / When you don’t want to remember no more,” sighs Cave at one point, referencing the forays around arcane corners of the internet that influenced his songwriting.
These come to the fore in Higgs Boson Blues, a psychotropic eight-minute odyssey that finds him dwelling on everything from nightmarish depictions of Lucifer and disease-carrying missionaries to Miley Cyrus.
The record closes with its title track, a call-to-arms both hushed and bracing in turn. “Some people say it’s just rock and roll / Oh, but it gets you right down to your soul / You’ve gotta keep on pushing,” Cave asserts.
It becomes increasingly evident the song is aimed at himself as much as anyone, on an LP as weighty, compelling and brilliant as The Bad Seeds have ever produced.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Paramore


Paramore
 "Now," the first single from their self-titled, long-in-the-works fourth album..
Charles Aaron
Devolving to evolve, it's the #90s career plan, consistently amusing ourselves to death with once-perky emo bands who adopt ye olde loud-soft, "dynamic range" compression/production, and overly literal lyrics about how the world is weighing heavily on the lead singer's tiny shoulders. Paramore are more compelling than 99 percent of the abovementioned once-perky emo bands, mainly because of Hayley Williams' ability to invest her vocals with the love-is-an-operatically-blessed-and-cursed-battlefield feistiness of, say, Billie Joe or Pat Benatar. "There's a time and a place to die / But this ain't it!" she bellows, as the band pounds and plays lots of riffs that streak across night sky, and then the chorus 'splodes all across your auditory field. Futures are embraced, ships come into shores. Then there's an "ah-ha-ah-ha" chant that once might have been visualized by an ironic pep rally in a Bayer or Pellington or Romanek video. Now, we've got the MP3s urgently available blare to keep us warm. Huddle up close, kids.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Daughter

Daughter 
 have just announced their debut album If You Leave, with their first single 'Still' circling online and on the radio as well. Amazon 
 The London-based trio recorded the album over several months both at home, and in various other spaces around their hometown. 'Still' is a quiet, haunting track, accompanied by this story-telling video.

Maroon 5

Maroon 5
The song "Daylight" is this single. The Ulvedahl has some critique points about Maroon 5, after judging by their and Adam Levines latest single. Can they change the picture, that they have printed into the Ulvedahl mind? Maybe. This song has been praised by fans, because of the video, which consists of fanvideos and nothing else. Critiques has not been too happy about this, but let's see.

There's trouble in paradise yet again. Adam Levine has a relationship, and he has a huge problem. It is just not working out to great. He knew it from the start, he knew that the relation was "Born to die", as Lana Del Rey would say. He'll end the relationship, but before that he needs one last night with her. That's means that the relationship is over, when the "Daylight" comes around. The song has been compared to previous songs by the famous band Coldplay. The scream thingy at the end of the chorus reminds them of Coldplay. Last time Maroon 5 released a single, it was also about ending a relationship, but he actually does it in this song. He grew some nuts!

I like Coldplay, so I like the chorus in this song. It is almost like a Coldplay chorus, but that is a problem too. I like it, but I don't think Maroon 5 at all. The song is not playful enough for me, and it doesn't song new and original. "Daylight" has some awesome feautures though. One of them is Adam's voice! It doesn't sound boring for one time. The song is also catchy, maybe because it sounds like Coldplay. I got to give them credit for doing this song, because they moved in a less mainstream direction. This must be one of the peaks on "Overexposed", because it is actually more than just decent

Lady Ga Ga

Lady Gaga 
 could reportedly lose millions after being forced to cancel the rest of her Born This Way Ball tour to have hip surgery.Amazon
As we previously reported, the Poker Face star has had to axe the remaining dates after suffering from synovitis - inflammation of the joints.
A statement read: "Live Nation Global Touring has confirmed that the remainder of the Lady GaGa 'Born This Way Ball' performances have been cancelled.
"After additional tests this morning to review the severity of the issue, it has been determined that Lady GaGa has a labral tear of the right hip.MTV
"She will need surgery to repair the problem, followed by strict down time to recover. This unfortunately, will force her to cancel the tour, so she can heal."
A source has since told The Sun: "Gaga’s insurers will be going through her policy with a fine-toothed comb.
“They could argue her injury was her own fault for working too hard and scheduling too many dates – so she may be the one who ends up footing the bill.”
Lady G previously expressed her sadness over having to scrap a string of dates, telling fans on Twitter she is "devastated."

Thursday, 14 February 2013

King of Leon

Kings Of Leon 
and  Beyonce have been linked  to headline this year's V Festival.Amazon
Both acts - who are gearing up to release new albums - are yet to be featured on any of the previously announced festival line-ups, fuelling speculation that they will appear at V.
According to The Daily Star, KOL are the closest to inking a deal to perform at the Virgin Media music event, with Queen B's name also being thrown into the mix.
Bey is no stranger to the outdoor stage having headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2011, with Kings Of Leon also previously headlining V in 2010.
If the Destiny's Child star and KOL agree to perform at V, they will both swap stages between Chelmsford and Staffordshire across the weekend of August 17 to 18.
Beyoncé also recently announced a string of dates as part of her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, which will hit our shores at the end of April.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Jake Bugg


Jake Bugg 
recorded a cover of Oasis' 'Slide Away' during a Radio 1 Live Lounge session yesterday Amazon

Bugg appeared on the station as it invites each act nominated for the British Breakthrough Act at this years Brit Awards to perform each day this week. Bugg was the second artist to appear following Ben Howard's turn on Monday (February 11). Alt-J, Jessie Ware and Rita Ora will also be appearing, each one performing a cover of a previous Brit Award winner.NME

After performing his new single 'Seen It All', Bugg spoke to host Sara Cox about his decision to cover the 'Definitely Maybe' album track, and said: "Hopefully the song might sound alright but it could all go wrong."

Jake Bugg recently hit out at Mumford & Sons, saying they look like "posh farmers with banjos".

Tulisa

Tulisa 
 AMAZON   Tulisa has issued a warning to pal Harry Styles' ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift after she appeared to mock him during her performance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 10).
As we previously reported, the 23-year old appeared to 'diss' Styles when singing her split song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together in front of crowds at the star-studded ceremony.Swift put on an English accent to play the ex she sings about in tune and said: "So he calls me up and he's like 'I still love you' and I'm sorry, I'm busy opening up the Grammys. We are never getting back together. Like, ever."
This move hasn't gone down well with The Female Boss herself, with Tulisa taking to Instagram to post a screengrab of a Google search of news speculating about Taylor's apparent dig at Hazza, with The X Factor judge writing: "Never mock my lad!!"MTV
She also uploaded a mocked-up picture of Harry and Taylor, with the One Direction star on the phone,  captioned with: "So she calls me and up she's like…" while the image of Taylor bares the statement: "I still stalk you."

The Courteeners

The Courteeners 
Almost three years have elapsed since this Rochdale quartet released their second album, Falcon. A lot has happened in the indie world in that time, and something pretty peculiar has happened to The Courteeners as a result.Amazon
It’s like someone sent the band a memo saying that the 80s, synths and not being a lad are in. So after nibbling their nails to stumps, they grabbed a textbook and made a conscious decision to be up for owt. 
Falcon was all about mid-paced, sing-along guitar tracks peppered with a rugged brand of Alex Turner-style lyrical drawling and a lot of swagger. The Turnerisms are intact here, but the swagger has diminished and the band has veered in a direction that feels tokenistic, prosaic and ultimately a bit futile.
Lead single Lose Control has a sound reverby guitar hook, but descends into some stadium rock piffle vaguely recalling Friendly Fires. But most of the tracks here are uncomplicated, anthemic by design – and at some points Liam Fray’s solid vocals succeed in lifting things that bit higher.
Marquee offers a stripped-back, almost festive acoustic sound, romantic northern patter smoothing the rough edges. It is, however, followed by the brutish and crude Money. Sample lyric: “Sit down and shut your mouth.”BBC
Although they exhibit new, nostalgic tones not infrequently, The Courteeners remain a band to whom stadium glory seems an ultimate goal – most of these songs were written to be received on an epic live scale. The number of “woah” interludes borders on the bubonic.
But whether this is genetic or spasmodic, it becomes grating. That said, tallying up the “woah” outbursts does become a little addictive. It’s perhaps even fodder for a drinking game, should you be inclined to get absolutely hammered.
Not to be completely unkind, The Courteeners embrace lad rock but do challenge its mandate. ANNA is strategic in its experimentation, but represents a fairly dramatic departure from its makers’ brand, so hats off to that.

Monday, 11 February 2013

K Koke

K Koke
 attempts to put his troubled past behind him in the new video for his second single, Lay Down Your Weapons, out 3rd March.Amazon
The video - which features his Roc Nation label buddy Rita Ora - follows a young man who begins to question his life choices and considers his future after he is imprisoned.
It's a familiar story for the 27-year-old rapper from Stonebridge, London, who was charged with murder back in 2011.
He may have had rough beginnings, but it seems he's made peace with his demons and is ready to move on with a start fresh. Lay Down Your Weapons sees him raise up a white flag for himself, and also his generation.
K Koke's debut album, I Ain't Perfect, is out later this year.

Deap Vally

Deap Vally 
 has just grown larger and whetted our appetite even further in anticipation of their debut album, which judging by the singles so far- ‘End of the World’ and ‘Gonna Make My Own Money’ is going to be played on repeat for quite some time.Amazon
If you are yet to hear Deap Vally you are in for a treat. Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards are a dynamic duo who met at a knitting club, inspired by heavyweights such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they manage to take that sound and add an extra ounce of grrrl power attitude all over it, and turn it into something even more amazing.‘Lies’ is their latest rocking masterpiece with their now trademark deep, dirty guitar riffs and vocals filled with sassy attitude. Something about the song certainly makes you feel that you wouldn’t get on the bad side of these powerful rock goddesses.

The 1975

The 1975
 grows stronger by the day, with their latest track ‘Chocolate’, hitting the spot with it’s soft indie-guitar jaunting. 
They began their headline UK tour today, just days after having appeared as part of Radio 1′s Futures Festival, and have announced the track is the lead single from their upcoming EP ‘Music For Cars’, available through Dirty Hit Records on March 4th.

The sound is always developing with the four-piece, this time taking on a more youthful and playful guitar sound. Whilst they’re normally far more eclectic in their sound, this time a strong melody sees them wist away the minutes with potentially knee-bobbing and head-nodding indie action. “Guns hidden under our petticoats” hark the lyrics at one point; rather ironic given their current status as one of the most talked about bands on the circuit, which is perhaps what’s earned them a place at South By South West(SXSW) in Austin, America next month, along with other emerging British names like Bastille.

Olly mars

Olly Mars
The track, which is officially released on February 24, serves as the second single from his latest chart-topping album Right Place Right Time. Amazon

The track follows 'Troublemaker', which peaked at number one on the singles tally for two weeks last year.

Murs recently released a number of stills from the song's accompanying music video, which takes place in an underground car park.

Right Place Right Time has gone 2x platinum since its release last November, selling over 600,000 copies in just over two months.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Beck

Beck
 performed the track from Bowie's 1977 album "Low" in the round on a soundstage on the 20th Century Fox lot.Amazon
Wearing a fedora and bejeweled black jacket, the artist performed with an acoustic guitar on a circular center stage surrounded by the 300-member audience. Musicians formed the outer ring and they came from all corners: a string orchestra of first-call studio musicians, the Dap-Kings, members of the USC marching band, a CalArts gamelan ensemble, a Peruvian charango group, Fred Martin's choir from Colorado and L.A.'s Millennium Choir plus an unnamed nine-guitarist group and a Theremin player.

Natalie Maines

Natalie Maines
long-awaited debut solo album, "Mother," a rock-leaning collection co-produced by Ben Harper featuring songs by artists ranging from Pink Floyd to Jeff Buckley, will be released May 7 on Columbia.
"I wanted this music to be very different from the Dixie Chicks," Maines says in emailed announcement. "Lots of albums by lead singers might just as well have been made by the band, but I think this is very different from anything the Chicks could make. That separation and distinction was important."
"Mother" is comprised of ten songs, including "Without You" by Eddie Vedder, "Lover You Should've Come Over," off Buckley's landmark "Grace" album, and "Come Cryin' to Me," co-written by Maines' fellow Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison.Billboard
The title song is off Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and was one of the initial tracks Maines and Harper recorded in his studio. It was previously included on the soundtrack for "West of Memphis," about three imprisoned teenagers in Arkansas known as the West Memphis Three, whose cause Maines has championed in recent years.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher
 has been filmed telling a teenage fan that the new Beady Eye album is, "like rock 'n' roll, but fired out into space".Amazon

Two teenage fans, Ryan Butterworth and Elliot Cole, ran into Gallagher outside the Forester's Arms in Brockenhurst this week, and have uploaded their impromptu interview to. Chatting to Butterworth about the forthcoming second album from Beady Eye, Gallagher says: "It's rock 'n' roll but it's fired out into space. If you're into drugs you'll like it. it's pretty druggy." NME

Liam also goes on to say that Beady Eye will be touring soon and that they are currently getting plans for lives shows together. "We'll be out in a few months. We're playing festivals, bar mitzvahs. We've got to make it right this time, last time was a bit fucking stupid." When camera man Cole asks about the possibility of Beady Eye playing Reading Festival, Liam responds: "We're not doing that fucking thing!

Lady Ga Ga

Lady Gaga 
 Amazon producer Zedd has revealed that the eccentric singer's new album ARTPOP is "completely unique."
During an interview with Digital Spy, Zedd - who is working with Lady G on a number of new tunes - divulged details of what it's like to hit the studio with Mother Monster.
He said: "The fact that she is so open-minded musically and creatively has made it easier in some ways.
"She wants me to do the craziest songs I can possibly do. I'm not thinking about fitting a shoe on the right foot. We're doing something completely unique and what we think is new.MTV
"She's not been saying, 'You need to please my fans so make the songs sound like this', we've just made music."
The Clarity hitmaker went on to add that Gaga likes to face a challenge in the studio, explaining: "[There is] no set genre, song length, anything. I'm not afraid to show her the least commercial idea I have.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Justin Bieber


Justin Bieber
 US domination has continued with his latest album Believe: Acoustic making it to the coveted No 1 slot on the US Billboard chart this week.Amazon  
Not only is this a great achievement for the young star but it also means that he has thrashed Miley Cyrus' record of having four No 1 albums before she turned 19.
Believe: Acoustic has taken Bieber's total to five.MTV
He tweeted: "WE did it! #HISTORY - thank u.,,, First time ever!"
"Let's keep it going," he continued. "We got more history to make!
"Hope u are enjoying the albums and the music. That is what it is all about... MUSIC"
The stripped-down version of the 2012 album Believe, 

Elton John

Elton John
is the latest big name guest on Queens of Stones Age new Album

Amazon
The unlikely collaboration was revealed by Dave Grohl, who is also appearing on the forthcoming album as drummer, when he interviewed Sir Elton as part of his week covering chat show host Chelsea Lately on her late night talk show in America last night (February 6). During the interview, Grohl told the audience that "Recently, Elton and I recorded something together. Something that people wouldn't imagine the two of us doing together," before Elton revealed that it was a new song for the upcoming Queens Of The Stone Age album.NME

Revealing details of the recording session, Elton added: "I was in Vegas and I flew back to LA and Engelbert Humperdinck had written me a very sweet letter and asked me to sing a duet with him. He is part of my history and I couldn't say no so I went and recorded a song with him. Then I drove three blocks and went from Engelbert to Queens Of The Stone Age, which was a bit of a mindfuck."

Grohl, interjecting, said: "I remember you (Elton) walking in and him being, like, (lethargically) 'Have you got a ballad for me?' and we were just like, 'no, we do not have a ballad for you.'" Talking specifically about recording the song, Elton added: "After three hours we got it and he (Grohl) drummed on every take and every take was amazing. He's built like a brick shithouse when he drums."

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Tyler James

Tyler James
was releasing a new song, I was sure I wanted to be the one to review it. Ever since I watched him perform his audition on BBC One’s ‘The Voice’ I instantly fell in love with him and knew he would be one to go on to great things, even if he didn’t win the show, a record deal would be in the pipeline.Amazon
His individual look and style make him stand out from the crowd and you instantly notice him, even if he isn’t usually your type. You can see when he performs he puts his all into it, music has been his life, and he is willing to work hard to achieve what he wants to, the passion in his eyes and voice are undeniable.
Tyler’s latest single ‘Worry About You’ features a collaboration with UK Rapper Kano who has also had huge success coming from the London Underground Grime scene to smashing the charts.
When I first played the track and I heard Kano’s opening it gave me chills, he is a lyrical genius, and his voice is just so easy to listen to. Then Tyler begins to sing and the song seems to take more shape and become complete. To me, the song sounds like a love letter being written to someone you just can’t live without and you are trying to tell them exactly how you feel. Its beautifully composed throughout and it’s a song that many people could relate to and find themselves lost in the lyrics, and for me it had that exact effect. You can tell that it has been written having meaning and a purpose behind it, carefully composed and created to blend two sounds together. When an artist creates a song that means something to themselves, it makes it more believable for the audience.
After listening to it only a couple of times I found myself singing along and every now and again it sounded like I was listening to an early Craig David track. I say this because the sound is soulful and easy to listen to and is effortlessly beautifully sounding, like songs from Craig David’s ‘Born To Do It’ album.

Chris Brown


Chris Brown 
may have recently made his Instagram page private, but that hasn't stopped the R&B star launching into an explosive rant on the social-networking siteAmazon.
After Breezy was accused by the Los Angeles DA's office of violating terms of his probation for his 2009 assault on Rihanna and his reported parking lot brawl with Frank Ocean, the 23-year old has claimed that his life is "hell."MTV
During his tirade, the Don't Judge Me singer admitted he was "sick of being accused" and revealed that he "pray[s] every day and night" that the public's opinion of him will one day change.
Brown - who has since rekindled his romance with RiRi - stated in the private message: "Y'all tell me not to pay attention to it - how can I not when it's on my radio, TV and everything else.
"I'm wise. I can handle the hate, but enough is enough yo... Yes they talked about Jesus, but... I am not him. Not even close. I'm a human being and I honestly think I deserve respect."
He continued: "I'm sick of being accused... I've been going through this s**t since I was 19 years old. You can't sit here and tell me to calm down, when am I going to get a positive outcome out of anything I do?
"I'm not gonna sit here and play the victim, I'm just tired of this s**t. I pray every day and night for a new outcome and just when everything seems to be going good, some new s**t happens."
He added: "A day in my shoes is a day in hell, believe it or not... Before y'all say I'm weak, remember what I've been through. My soul cries for positivity. I'm not broken, I am strong."

The Rolling Stones



 The Rolling Stones 
 lead this year'sBrit Award nods with nominations in four categories ('Best Live Band,' 'Best Book', 'Music Moment of The Year', 'Best Music Film') while two never before nominated acts, Tame Impala and Haim, have also bagged four nominations. Amazon

Speaking to NME, Mick Jagger said: "It's very nice to be nominated. When I first heard it was four things, I thought, 'Ooh, blimey! That's very nice!'".

MIA is also up for four awards ('Best Track', 'Best Music Video', 'Best Dancefloor Anthem', 'Best Twitter') despite only releasing one single since the last NME Awards.

Other bands nominated for awards include Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie, The Maccabees, Biffy Clyro, Kasabian, Blur, Foals, Jake Bugg and Alt J.

Harry Styles and David Cameron will fight it out for the undesirable 'Villain Of The Year' award alongside Psy, Skrillex, Fred Macpherson and Azealia Banks, while David Bowie, Bradley Wiggins, Pussy Riot, Barack Obama, Frank Ocean and Dave Grohl are all up for 'Hero Of The Year'.

Funneral for a Friend

Funeral for a Friend 
 began life, bursting out of Bridgend, Wales with the weight of expectation on their shoulders. Amazon
The post-hardcore outfit were, said the press, to be the saviours of British rock music. They were going to reignite its flame, rejuvenate a dying breed of music; they would re-energise the passion that was (and some may say still is) missing in mainstream rock outfits.
And they did, but perhaps not to the extent – as is so often the case – that their major record label wanted. Riddled with a host of problems, not least a revolving door of band members, the group did well. But they never reached the stratospheric heights that others had hoped for.BBC
2013 finds the band with another new member – former Rise to Remain drummer Pat Lundy – and a new album, the sixth of their career. While that career might not have made them international superstars, it’s certainly made them focus on their music: Conduit is a blistering return to their musical roots.
Blasting though 11 songs, it’s far from the sound of a veteran band simply going through the motions. Instead, within the seething pulse of Travelled, the direct and aggressive riffage of the title track and the catchy but gruff anthemics of Nails, they’re evidently a band that’s as hungry as ever.
Partly, that’s due to Lundy’s influence from behind the kit – he propels these songs with a youthful, aggression that, while not lacking in the band before, was a less salient part of their songs. But on Conduit, that raw urgency is the focal point, underpinning singer Matt Davies-Kreye’s gritty, gruff vocals.
There’s melody too, though, weaving between the angst and the anger – subtle nuances the band have honed over the last decade, which temper the aggression. Still, this is their best album for years – and if that’s the price for ‘underachievement’, it’s one that Funeral for a Friend should be happy to pay.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Example


 Example
 The singer will release 'Perfect Replacement' on February 24 as the third single to be lifted from his latest album
The accompanying music video sees a man randomly dancing to the track in a car park, supermarket and cafe, among other places.

Example also features in the clip and performs the track in a darkened underground space, while wearing a leather biker jacket.DS


The star's latest album The Evolution of Man reached number 13 on the UK chart back in November, and features previous singles 'Say Nothing' and 'Close Enemies'


Muse


Muse
Supremacy: everything starts with an heavy guitar riff and violins, this is how a James Bond atmosphere should feel like according to Muse (they wanted this song to be part of the next 007 movie). Then with dramatic flair Matt Bellamy intones the first words until he says “to destroy…” Destroy what? Hold on tight to your chair as he screams Supremacy. Maybe there’s something wrong, the elements of this song are too varied: screams, violins, space guitar solo (2:20 min), rhytmic changes (3:44 min). It seems a nightmare with a bad version of S&M by Metallica in the background.

Jake Bugg


Jake Bugg
 launched intoSeen It All’, there was the feeling that the gig was yet to really get going, but there remained plenty of time. This was followed by the unquestionably Dylan-esque ‘The Ballad of Mr. Jones’, which gave Jake a chance to show off his talents on electric guitar: he certainly succeeded.
The pace of the gig then slowed a bit as Jake demonstrated the talents that first garnered him attention – the 18 year old alone on stage with an acoustic guitar. As talented as Jake is as a songwriter and guitarist, his lack of charisma unfortunately meant that the songs didn’t truly penetrate the heart in the same way as they do on record. This lack of charisma unfortunately seemed to be the problem throughout the first two thirds of the gig – the crowd lapped up the songs, but Jake only rarely seemed to mirror this excitement on stage. He obviously thanked the home crowd for their support throughout, but there was no gushing praise like the crowd were giving to him. We have to cut Jake some slack, he is of course only 18 and the weight of expectation seemed to burden him throughout the night.

Lily Allen

Lily Allen 
 
The Smile singer, who now goes by her married name Lily Rose Cooper, is thought to be working on her third studio LP - with a source telling The Sun that she's nervous because her new material is different to her previous sound.Amazon
The insider revealed: "She feels it's been too long since she was big. She's really anxious about what people will think of her new material and whether they'll like it - indeed, whether they'll still like her.
"She's having a kind of identity crisis at the moment. She's trying to reinvent her image because before she had a 'f**k you' attitude which just isn't relevant now she's a mother.MTV
"She's been through a lot since her last album so she's going to explore that pain and experience on her new album."

Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro
The Scottish rockers sixth studio album sold an impressive 75,000 copies in its first week, eclipsing the 43,000 previous album 'Only Revolutions' sold, to debut in at the top, Amazon

The double album is the highest selling new entry of 2013 so far and has knocked 'Les Miserables: The Motion Picture Cast Recording' down to Number Two in the Official UK Album Chart.
Meanwhile, thirty five years after its original release, Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' is back in the charts.

 The seminal album, which has been reissued, enters the chart at Number 3. Emeli Sande's 'Our Version Of Events' is at Number Four and Justin Bieber's 'Believe' is at Number Five.

In the Official UK Singles Chart, Dutch dance duo Bingo Players remain Number One for a second week with 'Get Up (Rattle)', their collaboration with Far East Movement.

Macklemore & Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' is at Number Two, Will.iam and Britney Spears' 'Scream & Shout' is at Number Three, 'I Knew You Were Trouble' by Taylor Swift is at Number Four and Rihanna's 'Stay' completes this week's Top 5.

Elsewhere, 'White Noise', the new release by Disclosure (featuring AlunaGeorge), makes a late-week run for the Top 40, finishing the week at Number 28.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Stereophonics

Stereophonics 
Awsome Indian Summer - directed by lead singer Kelly Jones. The new single comes out February 25 and is available to download from iTunes today,
Stereophonics are taking their new album ‘Graffiti on the Train’ for a spin, road testing it on a tour of UK towns and venues, before announcing an arena tour for later this year.

Bridgit Mendler


Bridgit Mendler
Amazon ‘Ready or Not.’ The song is an upbeat, bright and sunny dance song, but it’s by no means a club banger.

Bolstered by a backbeat that follows Mendler’s voice throughout the song, ‘Ready or Not’ will inspire pre-teen girls to grab their hairbrushes and use them as makeshift microphones while they sing in front of a mirror. It’s a cute, frothy, female-leaning pop gem.
On the pop music scale, Mendler falls somewhere between Carly Rae Jepsen and early Rihanna, before she was using her music as a substitute for sex. Mendler is sugary sweet, but she isn’t afraid to turn up the spice and the sass, from a lyrical perspective.
She sings about being amidst a pack of people, noting, “In the crowd / The music’s loud / But I will find you.” She sings it like she means it, like a girl with a crush on the prowl. Even so, this is not a “throw ya hands up” dance jam fit for the drinking set. The song is all glistening, poppy rhythms and her lyrics mostly skew young, like 14 and under, even when she sings, “I like your face / Do you like my song?” There’s nothing overly sexual or subversive there. 

Little Mix


Almost channeling All Saints' Never Ever, the tune begins with a spoken-word intro from Leigh-Anne. Very dramatic, very serious, lovely stuff. Amazon
Next, it all takes an epic turn as the mid-tempo stadium anthem really kicks in with tumbling R&B piano chords and a pulsating, driving beat. 
The power-ballad song and empowering message don't disappoint, but we are slightly frustrated by the simple backstage tour-style video. 
Watch the vid below and leave your thoughts in the comments section. It's a lot more simple and basic than the man-eating, exciting and fiery DNA video, but maybe that's the whole point of the song?

Britney Spears


Britney Spears 
BuzzFeed has quoted a representative for Caesers Palace, where Britters was claimed to be signing up for a £63m residency, as saying the venue was not in negotiations with the star.
Emily Wofford, public relations director for Caesers Entertainment, said that the venue was "packed every weekend" for months and that the firm is "engaged with a number of today's top artists in discussions regarding headlining residencies at our venues in Las Vegas".
But although Britney isn't on the list at the moment, Wofford said her company is "always interested in having artists with the calibre of Britney Spears performing at our theatres."
Speculation that Britney had a Vegas residency lined-up began as soon as she announced she would not be returning to The X Factor USA.
Celine Dion, Elton John and Shania Twain are among the big-name acts with residencies at the venue already.