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The Libertines To Headline British Summer Time


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The Libertines will headline Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

The indie band have confirmed they will reunite for the London concert on July 5, supported by Pogues, Spiritualized, Maximo Park and The Enemy.

The band posted on their Facebook page today (25.04.14): ''It's official... THE GOOD SHIP ALBION IS SETTING SAIL SOONER THAN YOU THOUGHT. We're HEADLINING BST Hyde Park, 5th July.''

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The Funeral Of The Pogues Guitarist Philip Chevron

Aiden Gillen - The funeral of The Pogues guitarist Philip Chevron at the Mansion House - Dublin, Ireland - Saturday 12th October 2013

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Aiden Gillen and Pogues

Simon Cowell's Aid Song Goes Global


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Simon Cowell's Helping Haiti single will be released globally.

The song - a star-studded cover of R.E.M's 'Everybody Hurts' - will be available to download worldwide from Sunday (08.01.10) to help boost sales and raise relief funds for the earthquake-stricken nation.

The track - which features 21 artists, including Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi and Susan Boyle - was aired for the first time on British radio stations yesterday (02.02.10) and is already tipped to be one of the biggest-selling songs of recent years.

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Andy Serkis Wants Bono Role


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Andy Serkis wants to play Bono in a film of the U2 rocker's life.

The acclaimed actor - who can bee seen playing late British musician Ian Dury in new film 'Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll' - would be keen on portraying the Irish rocker on the big screen in a biopic, but only if the right script came along.

He said: "I could do Bono. Someone will have to write the screenplay."

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Johnny Depp Ready To Rock


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Johnny Depp is to play guitar live with his favourite British band.

The 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' actor is being lined up to appear with Babybird next month when they make their comeback at a small London venue.

Johnny, 46, has already played a large part in the 'You're Gorgeous' hitmakers' return, by directing the video to the first single from their new album 'Ex-Maniac'.

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Wham!'S Last Christmas Named As Most Played Christmas Hit

By on 29 November 2008

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Last Christmas, a 1984 Christmas number one for Wham!, is the most played seasonal song of the last five years, it has been confirmed.

According to the Performing Rights Society (PRS), the body responsible for collecting royalties, the Wham! hit pipped the original recording of Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid.

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's Fairytale of New York was named in third, having made the news last year when Radio 1 backed down over plan to censor the song, following scores of complaints from listeners.

All I Want For Christmas Is You, by Mariah Carey, finished fourth, while Bruce Springsteen's 1975 live recording of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town rounded off the top five.

Other artists named in the poll included Wizzard and Slade.

Jona Lewie, whose 1980 single Stop the Cavalry was named in sixth by the PRS, said he remained proud of his biggest hit.

"The only time you might hear the song would be at Christmas, so that's not very often throughout the year.

"I'd like to have seen Greg Lake's track [I Believe In Father Christmas] in there, and Elvis Presley's Santa Claus Is Back In Town - it would have been nice to get a bit of blues in there," he told BBC News.

The top ten most played Christmas songs are:

1 Wham!: Last Christmas
2 Band Aid: Do They Know It's Christmas? (original recording)
3 The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl: Fairytale of New York
4 Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You
5 Bruce Springsteen: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
6 Jona Lewie: Stop The Cavalry
7 Wizzard: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
8 Slade: Merry Xmas Everybody
9 Mudd: Lonely This Christmas
10 Bing Crosby: White Christmas

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Coldplay Return To Live Circuit With Free Brixton Show

By on 17 June 2008

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Coldplay have marked their return to live performance with a free concert for competition winners at London's Brixton Academy.

The south London show at the 5,000 capacity venue included a mixture of old favourites and tracks from their new album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends, which was released on Thursday June 12th.

The band's fourth album hit the number one spot on Sunday despite having only been sale for three days and sold an amazing 302,000 copies in that time.

The gig, broadcast live on BBC Radio 1, kicked off with the new album's opening track Life in Technicolour before the foursome segued into last single Violet Hill and previous hits Clocks and In My Place.

Prior to Viva La Vida - which recently made the news after Brooklyn band Creaking Boards claimed the song had the same melody as one of their own - Coldplay frontman Chris Martin paused to explain the motive of the iTunes commercial song.

"We were in Germany the other day and an interviewer said to us 'what does an English person do when they've won the World Cup and the European Championships? Turn off their Playstation'," he explained.

"We said that's true but we've written this song which you sing when you know you're going to lose… to get yourself through."

A mix of new material and older tracks followed before Martin introduced "something super extra double special" as drummer Will Champion took lead vocals for a cover of the Pogues' If I Should Fall From Grace With God.

And as a triumphant encore, the band played Fix You before red, white and blue paper butterflies showered over the crowd during Lovers In Japan.

Coldplay's Brixton Academy set list was as follows:

Life in Technicolor
Violet Hill
Clocks
In My Place
Viva La Vida
Chinese Sleep Chant
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
42
Square One
Trouble
Lost!
Strawberry Swing
Yellow
If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Encore:
Fix You
Lovers In Japan

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Triumphant Return For Liberated Doherty

By on 14 May 2008

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Pete Doherty has performed in public for the first time since being released from jail ahead of schedule.

The 29-year-old's band Babyshambles played to a packed The Forum in Kentish Town, north London, last night.

Last week Doherty was made a free man once again after serving just four weeks of his 14-week prison sentence for breaching a probation order.

The singer was said to be looking sober at last night's gig, which comes after he left Wormwood SCRUBS proudly holding a certificate proving he had stayed clean from drugs during his stay.

Speaking to fans at The Forum Doherty thanked supporters who had "[written] a letter over the last month".

He also admitted that he felt a "bit rusty" after four weeks in the cells.

Fans left the venue happy though as the band raced through hits including Delivery and Killamangiro.

They were also treated to a duet between Doherty and Pogues singer Shane MacGowan, with the pair performing Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town.

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Leon Tops Chart Again

By on 31 December 2007

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X Factor winner Leon Jackson extended his run at the top of the singles charts for a second week with his version of Disney classic When You Believe.

The Scottish crooner became the third consecutive winner of the ITV1 show to top off victory on the show with the Christmas number one prize last week.

The Christmas hangover chart saw several of last week's festive classics slip out of the top ten, including Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua's What A Wonderful World which fell from two to 14.

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's classic Fairytale of New York managed to cling on, slipping to nine from four, as publicity surrounding BBC censorship attracted sales.

This week, though, it was 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis who made her powerful presence felt, climbing up a spot to number two with debut single Bleedin' Love.

That track was the biggest selling single of the year, beating Rihanna's Umbrella and Mika's Grace Kelly to the title in the 2007 total sales chart.

In just two weeks Jackson sold enough copies to get to number four, while Take That's Rule the World was the fifth-best selling.

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Leon Grabs Christmas No 1

By on 23 December 2007

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X Factor winner Leon Jackson has grabbed the UK Christmas number one spot with his debut single.

The Scottish crooner's debut single When You Believe flew off the shelves this week, knocking What a Wonderful World, Katie Melua's duet with the late Eva Cassidy, into second place.

And as well as scooping a £1 million record contract after his win on the ITV1 talent show, the 18-year-old sold a massive 276,000 copies of When You Believe, the highest weekly total for any track released in 2007.

"It's been a great ending to a fantastic year and it's just the best Christmas present I could ever wish for," Jackson told BBC Radio 1's chart show.

Though a third consecutive X Factor Christmas number one was widely predicted, the recent furore surrounding the Pogues' 1987 classic Fairytale of New York saw the song make a late charge for the top spot.

BBC Radio 1 attempted to censor the song this week only to be forced into an embarrassing climb-down after thousands of people complained.

And it climbed to fourth in the UK charts, pushing entries from Soulja Boy and Mariah Carey down the charts.

But Leon held on to mark the third Christmas number one in a row from an X Factor winner.

Leon's cover of When You Believe - the 1998 Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston duet - was only officially released in stores on Monday, but fans were able to download the ballad since his unexpected victory was announced last weekend.

Top ten UK singles: (last week's position)

1 Leon Jackson - When You Believe (new entry)
2 What A Wonderful World - Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua (1)
3 Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis (2)
4 Fairytale of New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl (8)
5 Crank That – Soulja Boy (3)
6 All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey (4)
7 Rule the World – Take That (7)
8 Valerie - Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse (11)
9 Call the Shots - Girls Aloud (5)
10 Apologise – Timbaland featuring One Republic (6)

Top five UK albums:

1 Spirit – Leona Lewis (1)
2 Back Home – Westlife (2)
3 Call Me Irresponsible – Michael Buble (3)
4 Vivere: The best of - Andrea Bocelli (6)
5 Long Road out of Eden – Eagles (5)

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Leon Takes Irish Christmas No 1

By on 22 December 2007

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X Factor winner Leon Jackson has grabbed the Christmas number one spot in Ireland.

Widely expected to top the UK charts tomorrow, the Scottish crooner's debut single When You Believe flew off the shelves in Ireland this week, knocking former X Factor winner Leona Lewis into second place.

Though a third consecutive X Factor Christmas number one is expected, the recent furore surrounding the Pogues' 1987 classic Fairytale of New York has seen the song make a late charge for the top spot.

BBC Radio 1 attempted to censor the song this week only to be forced into an embarrassing climb-down after thousands of people complained.

And it climbed to third in the Irish charts, pushing another former X Factor winner, Shayne Ward, into fourth.

Leon's cover of When You Believe - the 1998 Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston duet - was only officially released in stores on Monday, but fans have been able to download the ballad since his victory was announced on Saturday night.

On the strength of downloads alone, Leon is already the UK's best-selling single of the week, ahead of the current number one - a duet between Katie Melua and the late Eva Cassidy - and the biggest-selling single of the year, Bleeding Love from Leona.

The top ten singles in Ireland are: (last week in brackets)

1. (-) Leon Jackson: When You Believe
2. (1) Leona Lewis: Bleeding Love
3. (4) Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl: Fairytale Of New York
4. (2) Shayne Ward: Breathless
5. (3) Timbaland feat. OneRepublic: Apologise
6. (7) Brendan Grace: The Safe Cross Code
7. (5) Westlife: Home
8. (6) Cascada: What Hurts The Most
9. (10) Soulja Boy: Crank That
10. (8) Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You

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Shane McGowan Of The Pogues, Drinking Schweppes Tonic Water From A Bottle, And Shouting Abuse At Photographers As He Leaves The Home Of Kate Moss

The Pogues and Pogues Thursday 20th December 2007 Shane McGowan of The Pogues, drinking Schweppes Tonic Water from a bottle, and shouting abuse at photographers as he leaves the home of Kate Moss London, England

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Oscar Winner Tim Robbins In Black 'Pogues' Tshirt, Plays Field Hockey At The William F. Passannante BallField, In Soho

Pogues Sunday 12th August 2007 Oscar winner Tim Robbins in black 'Pogues' Tshirt, plays field hockey at The William F. Passannante BallField, in Soho New York City, USA

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