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We pick some of the best-looking releases coming out on Saturday April 22nd - the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day!
Much has been made of the ‘vinyl revival’ in albums sales over the last five years or so, with old-fashioned records going ever upwards while CD sales and download sales plateau or tumble. The upsurge in the format’s popularity is in part because of Record Store Day.
Record Store Day 2017
Taking place on a Saturday every April, RSD is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, after it was founded to help out struggling independent record stores that were struggling to compete with supermarkets and the likes of HMV (now, streaming and downloads).
Continue reading: Our Guide To Record Store Day 2017
Emeli Sande's family still call her by her real name Adele.
The 29-year-old singer, whose full name is Adele Emily Sande, changed her name when she become recognised as an artist because 'Hello' hitmaker Adele was already a household name, however the star has revealed her parents and close friends and relatives don't refer her to her by her middle name.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the powerhouse said: ''My parents call me Adele. Everyone that knows me before I moved to London and started music calls me Adele.
Continue reading: Emeli Sande's Family Still Call Her By Her Real Name Adele
In a recent interview, the 'X Factor' winner talked about how he plans to keep it real in the face of fame and how he wants to duet with Eminem
James Arthur walked away from the 2012 X Factor final as victor almost a year ago and as he looks forward to the future of his career, including the release of his debut, self-titled album, the singer has been contemplating the pressures of fame and how they may affect him. Speaking with the BBC, the singer insisted that he plans to stay 'authentic' and not bow to the pressures facing him.
The cover of James Arthur
After finding immediate fame with that most authentic of routes, through the talent show circuit, and then scoring his first number one single with a cover of Shontelle's 'Impossible,' James is determined to make a name for himself and not become another throwaway TV contestant. He spoke recently about how he has made an album that doesn't necessarily fit in with the typical X Factor mould, one that he is "proud" of and one that he has held a heavy presence over in all aspects.
Continue reading: James Arthur Vows To "Stay Authentic" As He Looks Towards The Future
Queen Bey's performance was out of this world as she kicked off Made In America Festival with 2 Chainz and Phoenix.
Beyoncé has graced the stage of Made In America in Philadelphia to headline a second day of celebrations at the second annual festival. She was the Saturday headline act and performed for 90 minutes in an energetic set that left the 50,000 strong crowd in awe of the mother-of-one, blasting through hits such as 'Crazy In Love,' 'Halo,' and 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).'
No Human Can Look That Casual Whilst Jumping In Heels.
Striding out on to the MIA stage, Bey immediately put her mark on the festivities, branding the event as her own. "Philly, welcome to Made in America. You are now at the Mrs. Carter Show," she shouted, yelling "Show me how loud you can be" to the compliant and adoring crowd.
Continue reading: Beyoncé Dazzles At Jay Z's Budweiser Made In America Festival [Pictures]
The Scottish singer was profoundly affected by the youngster's death
Amongst the myriad stars handpicked to perform at the Stephen Lawrence memorial concert, which marks twenty years since his tragic and racially motivated murder, is Emeli Sande, and the singer has opened up about the charity set to benefit from the gig.
"It's such an important charity and the work (that) Doreen is doing, is fantastic. Doreen's story inspired me greatly. It shows if you stand strong you can made a difference and make a change, she explained while speaking at the line-up announcement at Abbey Road Studios in London. "I was quite young when it happened but coming from a mixed-race family it was a big issue that we spoke about, and (we also spoke about) the issues you face being mixed race and this being something that happened in our country." Lawrence’s murder shocked the nation, and sparked an inquiry into the metropolitan police force, which was labelled as inherently racist as a result. Horrific as his death was, it raised awareness of racism in the U.K, and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – founded and chaired by his mother Doreen – continues to do great work.
Further special guests will accompany Sande, like Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Jamie Cullum and Soul II Soul, with more to be announced over the coming weeks. Tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday 21 June, with the actual event taking place at London's O2 arena on 29 September.
Emeli Sande is academically decorated.
Emeli Sande has been awarded an honorary Doctor of the University degree by the University of Glasgow. The singer received the prestigious honour for her outstanding contribution to the music industry, reports BBC News.
Sande’s degree will no doubt sit proudly next to her other academic achievement – an intercalculated degree in neuroscience from the same university between 2006 and 2009. Professor John Briggs, Clerk of Senate and Vice-Principal of the University of Glasgow, said: “The University of Glasgow is very pleased to recognise Emeli Sande's huge contribution to music, both in the Uk and around the world, by awarding her an honorary degree.”
It’s been a ridiculously successful year for Sande, who performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies at the London Olympics. She has scored three number one singles from her debut album Our Version of Events, which has sold 1.5 million copies in the Uk alone. It spent 66 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, finally dropping out on May 26, 2013.
Continue reading: Emeli Sande? That’S Dr Emeli Sande To You!
Emeli Sandé made chart history this week by becoming the longest serving artists to keep their debut album in the top ten of the UK Album Chart.
On Sunday, during the official chart update, Emeli Sandé etched herself into the history books by scoring her 63rd week in the top ten of the UK Album Chart, a feat that made her debut album Our Version of Events the longest-serving debut in the top ten in chart history. Emeli smashed the previous record held by The Beatles, whose debut Please, Please Me held strong in the top ten for 62 consecutive weeks.
Emeli Sandé is now queen of the charts
The Scottish singer, who performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics, kicked off a year of unprecedented success when Our Version of Events was released last February, that saw her scoop up won the best British female artist and best album awards at the BRITs as well as her Olympic performances. In that time, the singer has also claimed three No. 1 singles in the UK with 'Read All About It' featuring Professor Green, 'Next to Me,' and her collaboration with Labrinth, 'Beneath Your Beautiful.'
The band are the likely winners of the Ivor Novello for Best Contemporary Song.
Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J could well be adding an Ivor Novello award to their collection of gongs, NME announced today (April 17, 2013). The band have been nominated in the Best Contemporary Song category for their song Fitzpleasure, alongside Plan B’s Ill Manors and The Maccabees Pelican. Alt J won last year’s Mercury Music Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave. The album has also been nominated in the Album Award category, alongside Beon Howard’s Every Kingdom and Lianne La Havas’ Is Your Love Big Enough?
The awards ceremony celebrates songwriting ability and the remainder of the categories are Best Song Musically and Lyrically, Best Contemporary Song, PRS for Music Most Performed Work, Best Original Film Score and Best Television Soundtrack.
The full list of nominees is below. The 58th annual Ivor Novello awards will take place on May 16th, 2013 at London’s Grosvenor House.
Continue reading: Will Alt J Add An Ivor Novello Award To Their Mercury Gong?
Baz Luhrmann placed Jay Z in charge of the soundtrack to his latest movie
Excitement mounts as a sampler for the Great Gatsby soundtrack has been released online. Fans of Jay Z and Beyonce may find themselves disappointed though, as neither of their tracks are included on the sampler. Beyonce covers Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ and jay Z also performs ‘$100 Bill’ for the soundtrack, though neither are present in the online selection.
Of course, they’ll be wanting to leave fans hungry to hear the two tracks that are clearly going to be the most highly anticipated of the lot. A press release revealed some of the treats that are in store and the detail of the work that went into compiling the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s reimagining of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, set in 1922. “Jay Z (with collaborator and the film’s executive music consultant Jeymes Samuel) has worked with Luhrmann and his team on the project over the past two years, translating the Jazz Age sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel into the musical equivalents of our own times, through the blending of hip-hop, traditional jazz and other contemporary musical textures,” the press release reveals.
The sampler does contain snippets of other tracks from the soundtrack, including Emeli Sande’s re-working of Beyonce’s Crazy In Love (with the Bryan Ferry Orchestra), Together by The XX and ‘Young and Beautiful’ by Lana Del Rey.
Continue reading: The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Sampler Released Online
Date of birth
10th March, 1987
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