’25’ is once again on top of the UK album chart.
Thanks to her show-stopping headlining performance at Glastonbury last weekend, Adele’s third album 25 has returned to the number one spot in the UK albums chart. The album enjoyed a huge surge in sales (up 231% from last week) thanks to her Glastonbury appearance, which was streamed live on the BBC and watched by over 3.5 million viewers.
Adele’s 25 is back at number one following her Glastonbury set.
25, which was released on November 20th 2015, has now spent 13 weeks at number one in the UK. Its rise up the charts this week was also helped by it finally being made available on streaming services last Friday (24 June).
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It's been a long-awaited return for Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra. With the announcement of a brand new album full of original material (the first in nearly 15 years) Alone in the Universe, it was only a matter of time before the band would take to the stage. After having performed at BBC's Hyde Park last year, a year later a quick announcement of an intimate one-off London show just three hours before tickets were released, Elo made the statement that they were back.
Porchester Hall isn't as well-known as a music venue in London like the Roundhouse, the Koko or the 02 Academies are, and that's because it's a venue where you're more likely to attend for a dinner-dance. But it was magnificent. With a capacity of only around 400 people, the towering ceiling, the red curtains and the chandeliers made it the perfect venue for ELO's intimate show.
The excitement was building ecstatically during the build up to the gig. With no openers (because was no-one needed to hype the crowd up), as soon as the small strings section walked onto the stage cheers and shouts erupted around the small crowd. In comparison, it was almost like a crowd of middle-aged men and women suddenly acting like pre-pubescent teenagers at a One Direction concert (without the crying and the fainting). As soon as Jeff Lynne appeared it was easy to see who everybody was waiting for and shouts of 'I love you Jeff' echoed around the hall.
Continue reading: Jeff Lynne's ELO - Porchester Hall, London 9 November Live Review
Coldplay live CD/DVD Cover
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.”
I hope Harrison's friends and family don't mind if I challenge the man's opinions. The Concert for George is necessary, as it takes a good look at the human, familial side that does exist in rock and roll. It's the antithesis of another first-rate concert movie, The Band's The Last Waltz (1978), where you got the feeling the longtime bandmates couldn't wait to get the damn thing over and done with. Martin Scorsese filmed Robbie Robertson and company as if they were performing in separate halls. In the latter concert, there's a feeling that the performers need to be there, that they need the comfort of each other. The stage is crammed with musicians.
Continue reading: The Concert For George Review
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