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AlunaGeorge To Perform First Ever 'Minecraft Gig'


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British electro-pop duo AlunaGeorge are set to make history by becoming the first band to perform a virtual concert… inside the video game ‘Minecraft’ on Wednesday (March 23rd).

The London-based group, consisting of vocalist Aluna Francis and instrumentalist George Reid, are the biggest of a set of four acts who will be playing inside the game as part of Norwegian tech festival The Gathering. Joining them will be Scandinavian up and coming artists Broiler, Lemaitre and Juniorsymfonikerne.

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Dj Snake To Release Single 'You Know You Like It' With Alunageorge Out December 8th 2014

Posted on 28 November 2014

Dj Snake To Release Single 'You Know You Like It' With Alunageorge Out December 8th 2014

Aluna George - Leeds Festival 2014 - Day 2 - Performances - Aluna George - Leeds, United Kingdom - Saturday 23rd August 2014

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Aluna Francis and AlunaGeorge - 3rd annual 'Gabrielle's Gala' fundraiser hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research UK at Old Billingsgate - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 7th May 2014

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AlunaGeorge - AlunaGeorge performs live in W Hotel, San Francisco - San Francisco, California, United States - Thursday 17th April 2014

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Katy Perry's 'Roar' Is Too Powerful To Keep Off The Number One Spot


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Katy Perry is officially the UK's number one artist, scoring her fourth UK number one single with her comeback track 'Roar' - the first single from her upcoming third album, Prism. The single knocked Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' from the number one spot after three weeks as the UK's most popular single, having sold 179,500 copies in the last seven days alone, a figure that makes 'Roar' Katy's fastest selling single in the UK to date.

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Katy Perry is back with a 'Roar'

Radio 1’s Official Chart Show DJ Jameela Jamil revealed that Katy has scored another No. 1 during her show on Sunday, 8 September, and spoke briefly to Katy about her success and gave the 'California Girls' singer the chance to giving a gushing acceptance speech to thank the UK public for buying her latest single in their droves. The single is also number one in her native USA, where it knocked Robin Thicke off his perch after 12 long weeks atop the Billboard Hot 200.

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Made In America Festival 2013: One Of The Happier Memories Of The Festival Season


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Made In America Festival 2013

The Budweiser Made in America Festival 2013 was jampacked with highlights from some of the most iconic artists of the age, as well as some of the best up-and-coming stars and the hidden talent you'd be a fool to have missed.

Taking place over August 31st and September 1st in Philadelphia, the Saturday kicked things off with some impressive acts. Feisty California sisters Haim performed early on in the afternoon with a thoroughly entertaining set, in terms of both music and audience interaction, on the Liberty Stage where other must-see artists such as Deadmau5, 2 Chainz and triple BRIT winning Emeli Sande also thrilled the crowd. The Freedom Stage saw the likes of Rudimental further establish their place in the hearts of a large proportion of festival goers, while the Skate Park Stage saw much smaller bands such as Ohio group Cloud Nothings and New Jersey D&B duo Brick & Mortar get the ultimate chance to showcase their talents. The main Rocky Stage was, of course, the real crowd bringer, with Beyonce headlining and Phoenix and Imagine Dragons delivering the uttermost electrifying rock shows of the night.

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AlunaGeorge - AlunaGeorge performs on day 1 at Leeds Festival 2013 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Friday 23rd August 2013

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Aluna Francis, George Reed and Aluna George - Emporio Armani Summer Garden Live 2013 - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 16th July 2013

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Glastonbury Festival 2013 In Pictures: Sun, Cider And The Rolling Stones [Pictures]


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And that's it. Another year passes and Worthy Farm closes its gates on the Glastonbury Festival revellers for another 12 months. Though there's always the distant murmur of someone professing it "the best Glastonbury ever," there was a palpable feeling that this year's festival was among the finest in history. Firstly, there was heightened anticipation given the fallow year in 2012 and secondly, the sun came out. Oh, and The Rolling Stones made their debut, rollicking through a two-and-a-half-hour set on Saturday (June 29, 2013) and scoring five-star reviews across the board.

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The surprise return of David Bowie in 2013 had left many commentators speculating on the possibility of the Thin White Duke headlining the legendary festival, though there was no lingering thoughts of "What if?" once Glastonbury got underway on Friday with a snappy set from Sheffield heroes Arctic Monkeys. Bowie became all but a moot point after Saturday, when Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company played a career spanning set that included 'Jumping Jack Flash,' 'Tumbling Dice,' 'Start Me Up,' 'You Can't Always Get What You Want,' 'Gimmie Shelter,' 'Doom and Gloom' and 'Midnight Rambler.' "The night belongs to the Stones. By turning on the charm as well as the formidable back catalogue, they prove themselves well worth the wait," said the Guardian's Dorian Lynskey. 

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Live at Leeds 2013 - Live Review


Having quickly established itself as the best metropolitan music festival in the UK, Live At Leeds returned over the warm bank holiday weekend to send a spark of excitement and energy fizzing through the city's streets. As ever with LAL - and most other festivals - line-up clashes were inevitable though it did little to dampen the atmosphere of what proved to be one of the best Live at Leeds offerings yet.

The thing to remember when wandering the streets with a crumpled programme trying to figure out if you can sprint from Brudenell Social Club to The Wardrobe in under 8 minutes is that you really don't need to. The whole point of Live at Leeds is that there's always someone playing, somewhere, and it makes for a far richer experience to circle a couple of your must-sees though pretty much go with the flow of the festival.

Incidentally - after a visit to the Holy Trinity Church to catch the end of the impressive Harry George Johns - the first real port of call was the horrendously busy Cockpit venue in the city centre, where queues snaked up and down the street with hundreds of fans desperate to gain access. Luckily, organisers had put together a pretty tasty schedule for the venue so waiting wristband holders were eventually treated to something worth queuing for.

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BRIT Awards 2013 Nominees Announced: Diverse? Or Just Weird?


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This year’s Brit Awards nominations look as though they were concocted by a group of strangers, with wildly different cultural backgrounds, on a drunken night out. Is this a sign that the mainstream music world is finally starting to accept that it’s becoming more and more acceptable to have diverse musical tastes? Or are the organisers of the BRITS simply trying to spark controversy? have they lost the plot? Or is this an honest reflection of the mindset of a 2013 British music buying public? Let’s take a look at the evidence, and scrutinise some of the more baffling categories…

British Female Solo Artist Nominees – One of the more sensitive and contentious issues, here, in the British female solo artist category. Of the five nominees, only four of them were alive this year. We understand that Amy Winehouse has a lasting legacy in British pop music. We understand that she was – and, in many ways remains - a tour de force. But, for the sake of the awards, we simply have to ask, at the risk of sounding flippant, what has Amy Winehouse done for British music in the last 12 months? Sadly, nothing. Her posthumous album (released in December 2011, we should add), Lioness: Hidden Treasures was politely and quietly denounced for being little more than cuttings from the studio floor. We simply can’t get our heads around her inclusion on this list. With Bat For Lashes throw in as the ‘alternative’ wild card, to lend a touch of outsider cool to the category, it’s between Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith and Jessie Ware to catch this one, we reckon. 

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Keeping In Contact: Our Favourite Music Tips For 2013


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Brace yourselves music fans: with the BBC Sound of 2013 list now well on the way to being counted down, and a whole host of names, from the established print press to online sites and the smallest of blogs, having their own say, you’re about to be bombarded with a gluttony of new music to listen out for, to and read about. Will they all be as amazing as their respective champions claim they are? Most likely not, but part of the, uh, ‘fun’ of wading through the endless tips of the year is discovering a song or an artist that - though you’d never heard it before – will go on to provide a soundtrack for, perhaps, the rest of your life.

Here at Contactmusic we’ve attempted to pick out a mix of the names you’ll be seeing in bright lights everywhere else, interspersed with a couple of our own personal favourites who we're keeping a personal eye on over the forthcoming months...

Blogger's Delight - The names that will be everywhere

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Shazam Announces 2013 Music Predictions

Posted on 30 November 2012

Shazam Announces 2013 Music Predictions

AlunaGeorge, You Know You Like It EP Review


The musical fusion of Aluna Francis and George Reid is a dangerous. The duo has such a flair for their chosen avenues. Aluna's sweet but subtly feisty vocal and George's slick production combine together to make something dynamically hot.

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