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Wale Scores Second U.S. Number 1 With 'The Album About Nothing'


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It’s all change at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart this week, as rapper Wale claims the Number 1 spot with his fourth LP The Album About Nothing – his second chart topper following his previous effort, 2013’s The Gifted.

Wale’s album, which he has revealed was inspired by Jerry Seinfeld and features the comedian himself, sold 100,000 copies in the week ending April 5th, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Billboard chart now measures individual track and streaming equivalent sales as well as conventional physical and digital album sales.

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The rapper scored his second American Number 1 album this week

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Alt-J, The Libertines And The Jesus And Mary Chain Among Best Kept Secret 2015 First Announcements


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The Netherlands' Best Kept Secret Festival won't be a secret for long if they keep introducing stellar acts such as this each year! The first line-up announcement includes Alt-J, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

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Joining the third line-up for Best Kept Secret this June is some of the finest indie, rock, punk and electronic artists the world has to over, with 35 more acts yet to be announced. Alongside newly reunited headliners The Libertines on Friday, June 19th 2015 are alt-rock veterans The Jesus And Mary Chain, playing the full tracklist of their 1985 debut album 'Psychocandy'. Aussie chart topper Chet Faker will also make an appearance, with Alabama's St. Paul & The Broken Bones who are currently on their 'Half The City' tour.

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Chris Walla Leaves Death Cab For Cutie, Where Do They Go Now?


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After a whopping 17 years at the forefront of iconic alternative rock band Death Cab For Cutie, lead guitarist and producer Chris Walla has announced his departure from the group. His exit comes after a decision to focus his creative energies towards other avenues. Walla formed the group alongside frontman Ben Gibbard and bassist Nick Harmer, who are now the only original members holding the fort. Together they produced seven albums, six EP’s and toured the world multiple times. Their blend of fragile alternative rock paved the way for what is now commonly known as ‘emo’, winning millions of fans worldwide through their melancholy songs that were often composed of lush instrumentation and unorthodox instruments.

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With Walla [L} leaving the group, only two original members will remain. [Getty/Jason Kempin]

But with Walla clearly tiring of the band’s direction, where will Gibbard and Harmer go now? Despite Gibbard, who also fronts the cult indie-electro band The Postal Service with Jimmy Tamborello, acting as the group’s main songwriter, Walla’s contribution to the band cannot be overlooked. He has played an integral role in producing and engineering each of Death Cab’s albums as well as lending his production skills to records by Tegan & Sara, The Decemberists and Hot Hot Heat. With Walla absent, Death Cab will have to seek outside help for future efforts. But the group are currently sitting on a fully completed album that has yet to see release- produced in part by Walla, and which will also see the departing guitarist touring to support the release. To ease the band in to an existence without Walla’s guidance, Death Cab employed co-producer Rich Costey for outside input.

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The Sound Of Seattle: Budweiser Made In America See How Music Has Changed In The Noisy City


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Nirvana remains to be one of the best things to come out of Seattle

Seattle has one of the most legendary music scenes in America so it's only right that we delve into their record collection as Budweiser Made in America festival quickly approaches.

Budweiser Made in America is all for musical diversity, celebrating the different subcultures of sound in all cities be it the country twang of Nashville, the superstar pop of LA or the Motown domination of Detroit. That's why Budweiser have put their heads together to release this series of nationwide music documentaries ahead of the festival, to cement that important ideology of variation and musical freedom.

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A Week in Music Featuring: Coldplay, ELO, Hot Chip, Hot Chip And Much More!


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Albums of Note... Coldplay’s Live 2012 album shows a band far more at ease with themselves than their previous live release, from 2003. The Live 2012 package includes both blu-ray and CD. The footage is punctuated by behind-the-scenes interludes and these excerpts showcase each band member’s enthusiasm for their live shows as well as revealing how the material from Mylo Xyloto evolved over time and culminated with them band playing to a vast stadium audiences across the globe. “Live 2012 includes some nice musical moments... the low-key piano intro to 'Yellow', a guest appearance from Rihanna during 'Princess Of China', and the stripped back intimacy of 'Us Against The World'. All of the other elements of big choruses and sing-along's spanning the entire Coldplay back catalogue are present and correct… and Chris Martin's voice seems to have found a renewed strength to cope with the massive venues the band now fills.”

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Picture - Ben Gibbard of Death Cab... , Thursday 12th July 2012

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Ben Gibbard and Death Cab For Cutie
Ben Gibbard and Death Cab For Cutie
Ben Gibbard and Death Cab For Cutie

Zooey Deschanel And Ben Gibbard Still Quiet Over Their Divorce


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Zooey Deschanel has recently divorced from her husband, Ben Gibbard. Deschanel announced in November 2011 her separation from the Death Cab For Cutie frontman, before later filing for divorce in 27th December 2011. TMZ.com were able to get their hands on the court documents and revealed that Deschanel has 1.5 million USD in her bank account, in addition to 1.6 million USD in stocks and bonds.

Related: What Are Zooey Deschanel's Best Cover Versions?

Deschanel is currently on fire with a Golden Globe nomination for her comedy series 'New Girl', as well as a successful music career as part of She and Him - in addition to appearances in '500 Days of Summer' and 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. Recently, she also recorded a number of songs for the soundtrack of Disney's new 'Winnie the Pooh'. Apparently, after her rerecording of theme tune, she was asked to record a few more tracks for the piece.

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Death Cab For Cutie, Codes And Keys Album Review


Whoever said that the meek shall inherit the earth would have probably felt pretty vindicated when Death Cab For Cutie's previous album, 2008's Narrow Stairs, reached the top of the US album charts on release. This was after all a band which, having been conceived originally as a solo project by lead singer Ben Gibbard in 1997, had steadfastly avoided signing to a major label until reaching a deal with Atlantic eight years later, and one which had supported both filesharing and animal rights as part of an ethical backwash seemingly out of sorts with their new unit shifting status.

If Narrow Stairs and its accompanying off-cuts EP The Open Door marked a triumph for stickability and being true to your principles, it also ensured that any follow up would be under the microscope from many perspectives. Fans who've been around since the band's formative noises on Something About Airplanes and We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes will be relieved to hear that the trappings of quasi fame certainly haven't gone to Gibbard's head; Codes And Keys is mercifully free of contributions from a brass section, Kanye West or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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Interview with Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer from Death Cab For Cutie

On a rainy afternoon in July Contactmusic.com caught up with Death Cab For Cutie's frontman/songwriter Ben Gibbard and bassist Nick Harmer. Later in the day the band would play to a packed Brixton Academy as the last date on their current UK tour in support of their 7th record.

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