It's been fighting the good fight as the last music weekly standing for years, but now the New Musical Express is changing format to become a free publication.
It’s the end of an era for music journalism as NME, the last music weekly newspaper in circulation, has announced that it is changing format to become a ‘free sheet’ publication as of September 2015. The overhaul is due to continuing poor sales, with the 63 year old paper’s circulation dipping below 15,000 for the first time in its history last month.
On Monday (July 6th) the NME’s owner, Time Inc UK, says that it is taking the next step in making the historic title “an audience-first global media business”, turning it into “a gateway into a wider conversation around film, fashion, television, politics, gaming and technology.”
Kasabian, just one of the hundreds of bands the NME has championed down the years
The former Oasis star gave his typically forthright opinion of Britain's music scene today.
In an interview with NME as part of a round table discussion alongside fellow artists La Roux, Sleaford Mods and Courtney Barnett, the 47 year old guitarist said “Every single song in the Top 10 is the same s**t with a different voice. If you’re number one in the charts now, it automatically means you must be s**t.”
Noel Gallagher gave the modern music scene both barrels during a recent interview with the NME
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The band cap an incredible 2014 with a total of eight nominations for the NME Awards in February next year.
As if we didn’t know it already, it’s been a very good year for Kasabian. In addition to a chart-topping album and a headline performance at Glastonbury, the group have been nominated for an impressive eight NME Awards.
The Leicester-based band have become arguably the biggest alternative rock band in Britain over the last decade, and this status is reflected by this massive haul of nominations. The band are in the running for: Best Band; Best Live Band; Best Track and Dance Floor Filler (both for lead single ‘Eez-Eh’); Best Music Film (Kasabian: Summer Solstice); ‘Music Moment of the Year’ (for their Glastonbury performance); Best Fan Community and, perhaps most importantly, Best Album for their fifth record 48:13 which was released back in June.
Kasabian (their lead singer Tom Meighan above) end a fantastic year with 8 NME Award nominations
Continue reading: Kasabian Receive Eight NME Awards Nominations
The ex-My Chemical Romance Frontman Will Play His First Live Shows At The Historic UK Festival
The latest additions to this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals have been announced and amongst the fresh batch of acts is the former My Chemical Romance frontman, who will play his first live shows as a solo artists at this year’s dual mega-event. Gerard Way’s iconic band had recently become defunct after mutually deciding to lay the group to bed. The multi-million record selling giants of emo rock recently released a greatest hits album entitled May Death Never Stop You but have failed to announce any farewell tour dates, much to the chagrin of their huge and loyal fanbase.
Gerard Way Is Heading to Leeds and Reading
His Reading and Leeds performances will herald a new chapter in the singer’s career as he puts the finishing touches on an eagerly-awaited solo album, the direction of which is still shrouded in mystery. The musician and prolific comic book artist has directed fans to his new website, which features a brief snippet of an as-yet unnamed song.
Continue reading: Leeds and Reading Festival Line Up: Gerard Way Among The Additions
The long-time writer for the NME, political activist and frontman of cult 60's group The Deviants died only weeks before his 70th birthday
Mick Farren has passed away, going out in the only fitting way for someone who lived to the rock and roll mantra so wholeheartedly; by dying on stage doing what he loved in front of the people who loved him. The news of his passing was confirmed in a statement posted on his official Facebook page on Saturday night (27 July), who tributes from fans flooding in soon after.
"Hate to break the news but Mick collapsed on stage mid gig and the rest of the festival has been cancelled. I don't know how the old boy is but he was unconscious on stage when the venue was cleared," the post read, with an update coming some hours later confirming the sad news. A statement on The Deviant's page read, "The Deviants and friends all over the world are deeply shocked and saddened after Mick collapsed on stage last night and never regained consciousness, despite heroic efforts by the ambulance crew. Goodbye old friend."
Continue reading: Mick Farren; Activist, Journalist & Rocker Dies On Stage Aged 69
We take a look at The NME Awards, 2013.
The stars filed in to London’s Troxy last night (Wed, 27) for The NME Awards 2013. As ever, it was a night of nonchalant acceptance speeches, hero admiration and pop-band bashing. Here are some of the highlights, and some of the winners.
Perhaps the biggest headline was The Rolling Stones winning two awards: Best Live Band and Best Music Film for ‘Crossfire Hurricane’. "I feel really grateful after all the hard work that we put in – it's got to be fucking live, baby! We've only waited 50 years for it," Ronnie Wood said upon accepting the live band award.
Continue reading: NME Awards 2013: Highlights, Winners and Sinners
"The NME Awards is the highlight of the music calendar and the most Rock'n'roll party of the year," says NME editor Mike Williams. He's not wrong, and this year's nominations, which have just been released, prove to make this year's party even better.
The bands to be most proud of their nominations this year are new-comers Haim and Tame Impala, both of which have never been nominated in the awards before. Haim's nominations are for 'Best New Band', 'Best Track', 'Best Music Video' and 'Best Twitter' for Alana Haim (@babyhaim). We're not entirely sure what makes a good Twitter, but we're sure she deserves it, mostly because she posted a photo of her kissing a trout. Tame Impala's nominations are for 'Best International Band', 'Best Album', 'Best Track' and 'Best Music Video'. Also with four nominations each are veterans The Rolling Stones, and controversial act, M.I.A.
This year's heroes and villains are an interesting bunch with Harry Styles and David Cameron undoubtedly leading the troupe for the villains, while Frank Ocean, Barack Obama and Pussy Riot are all up for the Hero award.
Pete Wentz is to make a cameo appearance on the hit US TV show Californication.
The Showtime series stars former X- Files actor David Duchovny as a writer living in Los Angeles.
Fall Out Boy bassist Wentz is reportedly going to play himself in the episode, which is scheduled to air in September, reports NME.
According to Perez Hilton, "Duchovny's character, the troubled writer Hank, will see Pete at a pool party hanging out with the show's resident teen, Mia. Pete will tell Hank how much he enjoyed his book."
Wentz and singer Ashlee Simpson married recently, announcing that they are expecting their first child just weeks afterwards.
Rapper Snoop Dogg recently imparted some of his parenting advice to Wentz when he appeared on the FALL OUT BOY star's show FNTV.
In the comedy sketch, SNOOP DOGG advised Wentz to keep the new baby in the garage, reports Showbiz Spy.
Continue reading: Pete Wentz To Appear On Californication
31st August, 2015