Watching The Toy Show for the first time. Why don't we have this in the UK :(
Gabrielle Aplin - Gabrielle Aplin leaving the BBC Radio 2 studios after appearing as a guest on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show at BBC Western House - London, United Kingdom - Friday 13th November 2015
Kylie Minogue, Louisa Rose Allen, Fleur East, Dave Berry, LISA SNOWDON, Gabrielle Aplin, Anna-Louise Knight , Ben Haenow - Oxford Street Christmas lights switch on at Oxford St, London. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 1st November 2015
Lily will signal her comeback with a Christmassy cover of 'Somewhere Only We Know.'
British retailers John Lewis are fast becoming renowned for their creative Christmas adverts with beautiful songs. Singer Lily Allen will cover Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know' for this year's advert as the pop star makes her return to music, according to Music Week.
The Christmas Fairy? Lily Allen To Record Christmas Song.
2010 saw Ellie Goulding covering Elton John's classic 'Your Song' whilst Gabrielle Aplin's Frankie Goes To Hollywood cover of 'Power of Love' was last year's choice. Amelia Warner recorded a rendition of The Smiths' 'Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want' for the company's 2011 Xmas ad. All three songs climbed the UK singles chart as a result of featuring in the department store's advert and it looks like this year will be no different in terms of accelerated sales.
Continue reading: Lily Allen Covering Keane For John Lewis Christmas Advert
iTunes Festival 2013 is definitely one of the best yet - and we're only midway through!
One of London's most fabulous concert venues, The Roundhouse, is holding the biggest artists of the year between September 1st - 30th and it's only going to get better from here.
The festivities kicked off with Lady GaGa, who certainly garnered much 'Applause' with her electric set which saw her don little more than seashells in strategic places as she bellowed out a taster of her upcoming album 'Artpop'.
2013 was another successful year for Camp Bestival with performances from the likes of The Proclaimers, Richard Hawley, Grandmaster Flash and Billy Bragg.
Richard Hawley plays one of his many splendid guitars.
Camp Bestival 2013 took over the weekend (August 2nd - 4th) at Lulworth Castle in Dorset last week, with some superb live headline and DJ sets each day.
It was an eclectic line-up of artists both legendary and newly emerging and ranging from the underground cult favourites to the more chartworthy pop stars. Richard Hawley, formerly of Britpop band Longpigs and Pulp, played an awesome headline set on day one with an array of different electric guitars. He shared the stage with 'I'm Gonne Be (500 Miles)' hitmakers The Proclaimers as well as reggae veteran Max Romeo, Manchester trio I Am Kloot and folk punk activist Billy Bragg.
The new album knocks Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heartclub Band from the number two spot and is less than a million sales away from knocking Queen from the top spot.
Abba's greatest hits collection, Gold, edged past the The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band this weekend to become the second highest selling album in UK history. The band have now sold over 5.1million copies of their greatest hits album, with the Official Charts Company indicating over the weekend that the album has surpassed Sgt. Pepper's by 15,000 sales.
The album now only sits behind another best of collection, Queen's Greatest Hits, which has so far sold 5.9million copies. The rest of the top five consists of Adele’s 21, which is 4th having sold 4.6million copies, with Oasis’ 1995 sophomore release (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? completing the top five, selling slightly less than Adele. Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, ABBA founder and songwriter Björn Ulvaeus spoke of his shock at the achievement, saying, 'It’s feels unreal - outselling the greatest record of all time!'
Björn Ulvaeus couldn't believe the news of Gold's success
The Scottish singer was also joined by fellow shock entrants Gabrielle Aplin and Agnetha Faltskog
Singer Rod Stewart is currently re-living the glory years of his career after seeing his latest album, Time, shoot to the top of the UK Album Chart this Sunday (May 19); his first to reach the coveted position since his 1979 Greatest Hits collection.
Stewart wasn't the only 70's star to dart up the album chart with a new release either, as former Abba singer Agnetha Faltskog's return to music saw the singer's A album climb tho number 6.
The last number one single for the singer came thirty years ago, when 1983's 'Baby Jane' reached the top of the charts and following the fantastic success of his album, now looks as goood a time as ever for the singer to end that drought too. Speaking about the success of his album, the singer told reporters that he was 'very proud' of the achievement, adding that he thanks a long life of experience and God for his enduring success. He said; 'I've lived a wonderful life and when I was putting the book [his autobiography] together it inspired many of the songs. If there's anything that God gave, and some people may disagree, he gave me a tremendous vehicle in my voice. It's just very unique, so I was just lucky to be given this voice.'
Albums Of Note... Get Up! pairs modern blues idol and expert slide guitarist Ben Harper with harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite. Aiming for blues authenticity, that’s exactly what Ben and Charlie achieve here. The pair of talented blues musicians fly in the face of modernity and instead strive to recreate the dusky glamour of a Chicago blues club.
“In general, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite have delivered a strong, yet candid and fun blues album. This album really does not care that it is 2013, and why should it? Each of the ten songs contains something of merit. Both musicians involved are fairly prolific but this collection will doubtlessly shoot to the high end of the fans favourites in no time at all.”
Continue reading: A Week In Music - Classic Blues From Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite, Raunchy Videos From The Weeknd, Jay Z And Justin Timberlake, Get Up Close And Personal With Rihanna In 'Stay'
TV commercials have always been a time for fresh, new and unheard song covers to emerge as well as the old classics especially during the holiday season, just to make the product invoke that little bit of nostalgia to fuel the Christmas shopping fever.
This year is no different as we have, of course, rising star Gabrielle Aplin with her stunning rendition of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 1984 hit 'Power of Love' recorded for John Lewis' new seasonal advert. It has already reached number one in the UK and is set to also feature on her upcoming debut album 'English Rain'. In fact, people have loved it so much that Twinings tea have also snapped up the tune for their advert which will no doubt help Aplin's career skyrocket over the coming months.
The John Lewis Christmas advert for 2012 is here, which means it's officially Christmas, doesn't it? Or is that the Coca Cola ad? Either way, the retail giant has unveiled a £6 million clip that will no doubt bring a tear to the eyes of mothers' everywhere as they prepare for the busy festive season.
The 90-second commercial has all the hallmarks of a John Lewis Christmas advert and this year features the adventurous journey of a snowman going in search of the perfect present for his love. It opens with two children building their snowy creation in the garden, before being called in by their mother. The next morning, the little girl gazes out from her window only to find that the snowman has vanished - the snowwoman remains. We're then taken on an epic journey in which the snowman battles rivers, mountains and motorways to reach John Lewis. Of course in the final scene, the girl gazes out again to see the Snowcouple reunited, a piece of wrapping paper lies on the ground while the Snowwoman shows off a fancy new scarf. The heart-warming advert - filmed in New Zealand in July - features the slogan, "give a little more love this Christmas" and features a stripped back version of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's The Power of Love. It's sang by Gabrielle Aplin, a little known singer-songwriter from Bath who rose to fame after posting a cover of the You Me At Six song The Liar and the Lighter on YouTube. The clip has since had over 620,000 views.
John Lewis will no doubt be hoping the advert will be as successful as its predecessor. The 2011 clip featured a 7-year-old boy waiting impatiently for Christmas day, though when the morning finally arrived he ignored his own gifts and rushed to give his parents their presents. The new advert will be broadcast on Channel 4 tonight at 9.10pm, during a commercial break in Derren Brown's Apocalypse.
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Watching The Toy Show for the first time. Why don't we have this in the UK :(
@stephennuggets @todayfm can't believe I bought an Irish guy his first pint of guiness!
RT @todayfm: Hear @delorentos @HudsonTaylor @GabrielleAplin reacting to THAT performance with @FERGDARCY https://t.co/WHF8K6XDgY
RT @todayfm: Just a taste of the magic that happened here today! #TonyFenton #WholeLottaLive https://t.co/IYkuMCmc8U
@MewAplin_xx oh my goodness I love it! X
@HazeyLake thanks a million hazel see you soon!
@rebeccathoughts @OH_MOMOKO I felt like each page was being written for me as I was reading it! Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️
RT @blamecampus: @GabrielleAplin @Callum_SR When you get told there's no alcohol vs when you get told you can have alcohol backstage😂 https…
@Callum_SR you are so good to me 🍸
Just heard that there's no alcohol at the @Callum_SR gig tonight? Is this a joke? Callum are you okay?
@ohlyons we thought of you!!
@Ferdiawp that's class!
RT @rubysessions: Serious night @rubysessions yesterday with The Corrs & @GabrielleAplin performing stellar sets! What a show! https://t.co…
@deric_hartigan @IrelandAMTV3 Ahh yes please! @Warnermusicirl x
Been waiting for this since I was 12!!! And I went to get chips and my song is playing in McDonald's im done
Haaaa just played a gig with the CORRS
@JamesMcGovern_ Ahh man if you're going by try! But I can't even get to the loo right now hah