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Florence And The Machine Scores Third UK Number One Album With 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful'


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Florence and the Machine has scored her third UK number one album this weekend, as How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful has landed straight at the top spot. The singer’s third album follows her 2011 chart-topper Ceremonials and 2009 debut Lungs by debuting at number one. 

Florence and the MachineFlorence is sitting pretty on top of the album chart.

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful racked up combined sales of just under 70,000 to take the top spot, beating Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro who entered at number two with their second album Act Two.

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Green Man Festival 2015 Is Sold Out! St. Vincent, Hot Chip And More To Headline


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Tickets for Green Man Festival 2015 are now totally sold-out, and looking at this year's stellar line-up so far, there's no surprise there. With just eleven weeks to go, Green Man continue to unveil more upcoming surprises, so we take a look at what we know so far.

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There's already a ton of great acts listed to play at the Brecon Beacons event in Wales, with a bill headed by Oklahoma singer St. Vincent, London collective Hot Chip, who have just released their newest album 'Why Make Sense?', and local Welshmen Super Furry Animals.

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Jamie xx: "Weed Just Makes Me Fall Asleep, Or Want to Be Sick"


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Jamie XX, the superstar producer who describes himself as being a wholly introverted child, has spoken of his sharp rise to fame as he readies his second solo album, In Colour. Real name Jamie Smith, the 26-year-old makes up The xx with Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft though he's since become a world renown producer working with some of the world's biggest artists including Drake and Alicia Keys.

Jamie XXJamie Smith [R] is also part of acclaimed band The xx

"It's hard, really," he told the Guardian. "Hip-hop, in particular, is really difficult because you have to smoke a lot of weed while you're doing it. I mean, I'm happy to say 'no' but, at the same time, you feel like a nerd. Weed doesn't help me at all: it just makes me fall asleep or want to be sick."

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Bonnaroo 2015: More Thrills Added To The Summer Line-up


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More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.

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Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.

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Jamie xx To Finally Release Debut Solo Album 'In Colour'


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English music producer Jamie XX has announced he is to release his debut solo album, In Colour, this year. Real name Jamie Smith, who is also a member of acclaimed band The xx, will release the record via the Young Turks label in June.

The XXJamie xx [R] will release his debut studio album, In Colours, later this year. 

In Colour will feature the previously released tracks Girl and Sleep Sound as well as collaborations with xx band-mate Romy Madleu Croft and a track called Seesaw made with the electronic musician Four Tet.

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Jamie XX - NOS Alive (Optimus Alive) Festival 2014 - Day 1 - Performances - Lisbon, Portugal - Thursday 10th July 2014

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What Can We Expect From The New XX Album?


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The XX are a band who have achieved the rare accolade of matching their critical success with a commercial viability after the minimalist electronic strains of 2010’s self-titled record altered the face of popular music forever. Without the prevalence of The XX’s sultry and deeply affecting electro, artists so clearly influenced by their sound would have turned out hugely different than they did today. The likes of James Blake and London Grammar, for instance, would certainly be viewed with wholly different eyes has The XX not impacted so extensively.

The XXFans can expect a change in direction and mood on the new XX record.

For their upcoming third release, tentatively entitled LP3, the group have decamped from their native London confines to the climes of some fairly unorthodox locations. In-house producer for XL Records Rodaidh McDonald, who previously worked with the band on second album Coexist, has revealed the band has worked on the new record in Texas and there are trips planned to Iceland and France during the coming summer. As the band absorb the sounds of different continents, McDonald has indicated such international influence will greatly affect the direction of the new record. “There are songs which came out of our experiences in New York and Texas that would never have come out in London” he stated, “the colours and the ideas and the moods on some of these songs are just not things you could write in London.”

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Jamie XX - Celebrities arriving at the BBC radio 2 studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 6th March 2013

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