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Britney Spears Opens Tear-Jerking Orlando Tribute Song 'Hands'


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If anything's going to move you to tears today, it will most likely be this new song from Interscope Records: 'Hands', a tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, featuring Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Mary J. Blige, Imagine Dragons and many others.

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Seeing a bunch of artists come together like this, whether you like modern pop music or not, is a touching thing to behold. And when it's to support an entire community, not just the victims themselves, there's something even more powerful about it. Because it wasn't just the people killed and injured and their friends and families that were affected by the tragedy that took place at Pulse nightclub on June 12 2016, it was the entire LGBT community who felt a blow unlike anything they've ever experienced before.

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Daniel Platzman, Ben McKee, Dan Reynolds , Daniel Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons - 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards 2016 held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Arrivals at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 10th May 2016

Imagine Dragons, Daniel Platzman, Ben Mckee and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons, Daniel Platzman, Ben Mckee and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons, Daniel Platzman, Ben Mckee and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons, Daniel Platzman, Ben Mckee and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons, Daniel Platzman, Ben Mckee and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons, Daniel Platzman, Ben Mckee and Dan Reynolds

Imagine Dragons, l-r Daniel Platzman, Ben McKee, Dan Reynolds , Daniel Wayne Sermon - 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards 2016 held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Arrivals at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 10th May 2016

Imagine Dragons, L-r Daniel Platzman, Ben Mckee, Dan Reynolds and Daniel Wayne Sermon
Imagine Dragons, L-r Daniel Platzman, Ben Mckee, Dan Reynolds and Daniel Wayne Sermon
Imagine Dragons, L-r Daniel Platzman, Ben Mckee, Dan Reynolds and Daniel Wayne Sermon

Imagine Dragons , Dan Reynolds - Imagine Dragons perform live in concert at the SSE Hydro at the SECC at SSE Hydro SECC - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Sunday 15th November 2015

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Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds

Imagine Dragons - Life Is Beautiful Festival - Day 2 - Performances at Downtown Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 26th September 2015

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Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds - Imagine Dragons perform live at NBC's 'Today Show' at Rockefeller Plaza at The Today Show, Rockefeller Plaza - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 26th June 2015

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Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds
Imagine Dragons and Dan Reynolds

Big Sean Scores First Number 1 With Album 'Dark Sky Paradise'


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Rapper Big Sean has claimed his first Billboard chart topper with his new album Dark Sky Paradise. His third album beat Kid Rock’s latest offering First Kiss to the top spot by 27,000 units in the week ending March 1st, according to figures by Nielsen SoundScan.

Dark Sky Paradise moved 173,000 units in its first week on sale, a combination of traditional physical sales and track and streaming equivalents. Both of his previous albums, 2011’s Finally Famous and 2013’s Hall of Fame, both entered at Number 3.

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Rapper Big Sean has the U.S. Number 1 selling album this week 

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Imagine Dragons Enter Billboard Chart At The Top


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Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons have landed straight in at the top spot on the Billboard 200 with their second album Smoke + Mirrors. The group, responsible for the enormous 2012 hit ‘Radioactive’, sold 195,000 units of their sophomore effort in the first week, compiled from physical, track and streaming equivalent sales according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The record is also currenly top of the charts in Britain, and is only new entry inside the Top Ten this week. Despite the impressive figures, Smoke + Mirrors has got a way to go before it tops the sales for their first album Night Visions, which to date has sold 2.5 million copies and has only left the Billboard 100 for two of its 129 weeks on sale. ‘Radioactive’, by itself, has sold in excess of nine million copies in the U.S. But that album only made as high as Number 2 during its run.

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Imagine Dragons secure their first US Number 1 album with 'Smoke + Mirrors'

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Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors Album Review


It wasn't long ago that if you were asked to name an internationally successful rock band from Las Vegas, the likely answer would have been The Killers. In 2012, Imagine Dragons provided an alternative response, falling just short on both sides of the Atlantic of topping the album charts, but making an impact nonetheless. Indeed, anyone in doubt of their rise to stardom need only glance at their touring schedule - constant until the end of the year, it includes UK arena shows in November.

Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors Album Review

Opening number 'Shots' is a synth-laden dance-rock tune that hits the target in creating a cross-genre anthem that is clearly intended for arena settings.  Dan Reynolds' vocals are just about manageable without the aid of helium whilst the shimmering guitar parts will not for the last time nod toward the delay effects favoured by The Edge. Setting the bar high, it ultimately proves to be the best thing about this record, a point emphasised when the plodding 'Gold' follows it and saps all momentum. The title track, which shares the name of the record, should be a slow-burning success but ultimately feels soulless, a conclusion which also applies to the likes of 'It Comes Back To You', 'The Fall' and the meandering melodies of 'Hopeless Opus'. On first listen, they seem fine, songs that with a few listens will find a place in your psyche, but they fall flat. The latter in particular ruins some enjoyable guitar playing with some awful hip-hop mixing of vocals that is quite frankly embarrassing.

When the Dragons let their hair down they're a more intriguing prospect, but a reluctance to stray from familiar ground regularly makes these moments very much an exception to the rule. 'I'm So Sorry' ploughs along with a fierce rhythm backing some funky guitar, while the outro really should have been extended. Fans of Mumford & Sons may find 'Trouble' as a good entry point to this band, the elements of country and increased tempo providing a pleasant variation to the general tone of the record. Given the accolades that Imagine Dragons have accumulated for being a premier rock act, this is ultimately a disappointing listen, especially given the promise of the first track.

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Mimi And The Mad Noise Factory Unleash Their 'Get Me Back' Video For Brit Rom-Com 'Love, Rosie' [Video]


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Mimi & The Mad Noise Factory are a Germany-based indie-pop band whose upbeat tune 'Get Me Back' from their new album has caught the attention of the soundtrack arrangers for forthcoming British comedy 'Love, Rosie' - and with good reason.

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Mimi's new band The Mad Noise Factory unveiled their first collective album earlier this year

With a dynamic beat, quirky vocals and an infectiously catchy dance rhythm, 'Get Me Back' marks a perfect soundtrack song to a tale of long lost young love, lustful recklessness and romantic exuberance. Produced by English producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur), the track follows their previous single 'Heartbreaker', and features on their newest full-length offering 'Nothing But Everything', released in March 2014 through Warner Music Group Germany.

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Dancing In Denver! Budweiser Made In America Explore Colorado's Exciting Music Scene


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We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.

When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?

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Made In Minnesota: Budweiser Made In America Documents The Best City Music Of The States


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Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser

Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!

Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.

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Imagine Dragons - Transformers Featurette


Las Vegas rock band Imagine Dragons have unveiled their original song entitled ‘Battle Cry’ for the upcoming film score of ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’. The band worked with composer Steve Jablonsky on the Michael Bay movie, which is due for release in the UK on July 10th 2014.

‘As artists, we’re creating music that we love and trying to work with people that we love to work with’, the band revealed in a short featurette. ‘To be a part of ‘Transformers’, I think it will open up areas we’re still yet to go to.’

 

Coldplay Debut New Album Material At Lauded SXSW Comeback Show


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Last night, Coldplay took to the stage at Texas' South by Southwest Festival where they debuted new material from forthcoming album Ghost Stories alongside well-worn favourites. Support acts London Grammar and Imagine Dragons were big enough names for the crowd to pick out songs from each that they recognised but the former had the air of "evidently nervous musicians still working out how to feel comfortable commanding an audience," according to The Guardian's Tim Jonze.

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Coldplay Played A Triumphant Comeback Show At SXSW Last Night In Austin, Texas.

Whereas Imagine Dragons "threw the kitchen sink at the audience in an attempt to make that vital emotional connection." Luckily for Coldplay, such effects come almost too naturally to the British rockers who seem to soundtrack every wedding first dance, graduation party, or Olympic triumph.

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Leeds & Reading Festival 2014 Announce Amazing Co-Headliners Queens Of The Stone Age & Paramore Plus 48 More Across All Stages

Posted on 11 March 2014

Leeds & Reading Festival 2014 Announce Amazing Co-headliners Queens Of The Stone Age & Paramore Plus 48 More Across All Stages

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