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Craig David Scores First Number One Album In 16 Years With 'Following My Intuition'


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Craig David is on top of the UK album chart for the first time in 16 years.

David scored his second UK number one album of his career with latest release Following My Intuition, which has given the 90s garage star a career resurgence.

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Bon Iver Are Here With Their Eagerly Anticipated Third Album '22, A Million'


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Bon Iver have unveiled their third studio album '22, A Million' today featuring 10 tracks you'll barely be able to pronounce. The launch follows the initial release of three tracks from the record, and a performance of the album in full at a festival that Justin Vernon curated.

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'22, A Million' is the latest venture from this Wisconsin indie band, who first broke onto the scene in 2008 with their debut album 'For Emma, Forever Ago'. They have since gone on to win two Grammy awards for Best New Artist, and their second album landed them Best Alternative Music Album.

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Kanye West Joins Bon Iver In Weird Francis And The Lights Video 'Friends'


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Kanye West makes an unexpected appearance in Francis and the Lights' new video for 'Friends', alongside Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon. He doesn't exactly take centre stage, but it's the sort of performance art the rapper is really into at the moment, though there's no nudity in this visual.

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The 'Famous' rapper was joined by Justin Vernon from Bon Ivor and Francis Farewell Starlite of Francis and the Lights for the latter's newest visual effort; a video for his latest tune 'Friends'. Directed by Jake Schreier, it sees Kanye moving his body to the music in a white walled room as Francis Farewell Starlite switches between dancing erratically and walking around, before joining Justin Vernon of Bon Iver in a bizarre but oddly compelling choreographed session. 

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Ben Howard: Your Guide To Modern Folk's Emerging Icon


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If there's any artist you should be excited about this year, it's London-based singer-songwriter Ben Howard, whose brand of seriously immersive indie-folk is capturing the hearts of many on an international scale.

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While he was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2012 for his highly-acclaimed debut album 'Every Kingdom', Ben Howard really made a splash on the music scene in 2013 after winning two BRIT Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Solo Male Artist. He had already been releasing various EPs since he began in 2008, most notably his Island Records debut 'The Burgh Island EP' which entered into the UK Top 40. Now he's here with his eagerly awaited second venture, 'I Forget Where We Were', out on US label Republic Records.

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Pandora Music Streaming Service Announces Deal With Merlin Group


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Internet radio service Pandora has announced its first ever deal with record labels and recording artists.The Californian-based music streaming service unveiled a partnership with independent rights group Merlin that means that labels and artists in the Merlin group, which collectively represents about 10% of the US music market, will have more direct access to Pandora’s listenership.

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Under the US-only deal, the Merlin group will be able to access data pertaining to subscribers’ listening habit and recommend new music to them. In return, Pandora will no longer have to pay statutory royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board, instead getting the right to negotiate those rates with the Merlin group itself.

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Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' And The Five Best Breakup Albums Of All Time


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Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories has been released, to quite a mixed bag of reviews. When just three weeks after the album’s track listing had been announced Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced their “conscious uncoupling” we all had a pretty good idea what the tone of the album would be like. With tracks like “Another’s Arms,” “Always in my Head” and “Magic,” it became pretty self-explanatory that "Ghost Stories" was going to be a breakup album.

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Perhaps he was inspired to call the album “Ghost Stories” as some of these breakup albums have been the some of the most hauntingly heartbreaking albums ever released.

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Coldplay Almost Unrecognisable In Surprise Single 'Midnight': Is Sixth Album Release Imminent? [Video]


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Coldplay have suddenly and unexpectedly released a brand new single, 'Midnight,' and accompanying music video which launched on YouTube today. The first signs of an announcement came when the British band wrote the cryptic tweet "Something new at 0:00 in Ulaanbaatar #midnight PH," seemingly referring to the capital city of Mongolia.

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Coldplay Have Pulled A Beyoncé, Releasing New Single 'Midnight' Unexpectedly.

It didn't take fans long to work out how to research time zones to learn when to check Twitter again for more news from the band. Sure enough, a couple of hours afterwards, the band tweeted: "Here is the video for our new song, Midnight. http://youtu.be/BQeMxWjpr-Y " and lo! the people were given 'Midnight,' Coldplay's new single.

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Bon Iver Friday 26th October 2012 performs live at Campo Pequeno

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Bon Iver Friday 10th August 2012 Way Out West Festival Day 2

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Bon Iver Tuesday 24th July 2012 performing live at the Coliseu dos Recreios

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Bon Iver Friday 13th July 2012 Latitude Festival 2012 - Day 1

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Bon Iver, Bon Iver Album Review


Nostalgia - the first word that comes to my mind while describing Bon Iver's second album. The band's name, being also the second album's title, is deriving from the French words 'bon hiver', simply meaning 'good winter', which is exactly the place where Bon Iver are trying to take us with their music. Personally, they send me back to when I was a little kid, looking out the window at snowflakes falling from the sky in the dark on a winter evening. This music seems to take us back home, to our childhood, too where we grew up, as home, is the place where Justin Vernon created this album, and clearly succeeded in conveying this warm feeling of belonging, back to us.

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Bon Iver New Album Due June 20th 2011

Posted on 26 April 2011

Bon Iver New Album Due June 20th 2011

Bon Iver, Blood Bank EP Review


Review of Bon Iver's EP Blood Bank releases through Jagjaguwar.

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