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Zane Lowe (born 7.8.1973)

Zane Lowe is a TV and radio presenter, best known for his Radio 1 show and MTV hosting duties.

Zane Lowe: Radio 1

Zane Lowe hosts a regular weeknight radio show on Radio One and is known for championing new and upcoming bands. On a Monday night, Zane hosts his Fresh Meat segment, in which fans of his show rate three new songs on an online chat-room. The one with the highest score gets played throughout the rest of the week. Some of the bands that have gone on to do well after exposure on Lowe's evening show include Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs and The Wombats.

His 'Sunsetter' track is a track that he plays each night as the sun sets and the 'Hottest Record In The World This Week' is the ambitiously-titled section in which Zane promotes his favourite new band or album. He frequently invites bands in to perform live sessions on the show.

Zane Lowe has regularly been noted as the first DJ to have played songs which later go on to achieve chart success, such as 'Crazy' by Gnarls Barkley, which hit number one in the UK charts in April 2006. The track became the first single to reach number one on downloads alone.

Once a year between 2007 and 2011, Zane has dedicated an entire week of his show to a series of 'Masterpieces'; albums that he considers to be a modern classic. Each show is dedicated to interviews and in-depth analysis of the album in question and its impact on modern music and culture. He then plays the album in full, with no breaks between tracks and no lyrical censorship. He had intended to run a Masterpiece session on the Amy Winehouse album Back to Black but had been unable to secure an interview with the troubled singer before she passed away. In November 2011, Zane Lowe ran a Masterpieces session on 'Siamese Dream' by Smashing Pumpkins, which he has stated is his favourite album of all time. His final edition of Masterpieces was a focus on Grace by Jeff Buckley

At the 2006, 2010 and 2011 Sony Radio Academy Awards, Zane Lowe won the Gold Award in the Specialist Music Programme Award and Music Broadcaster of the Year categories.

Zane Lowe: MTV Two

Zane started presenting Up4 It in 1997 and Brand:New in 1999. Since 2002, he has presented Gonzo, his flagship music show. Gonzo began as a two-hour collection of music clips and has evolved into a primetime show, featuring regular guest slots and interviews. Zane presents the show solo and takes a more relaxed approach to presenting than he does on his radio shows. Most of the news that he reports on the show is sourced from publications such as NME (he can often be seen reading the news straight from a copy of the magazine). During an episode of Gonzo filmed at the 2006 Oxegen Festival, Zane was punched in the groin by Carl Barat and Didz Hammond of Dirty Pretty Things.

Zane Lowe: Lifesaver

At the 2006 NME Awards ceremony, Zane Lowe saved the life of Ryan Jarman, the guitarist and singer from The Cribs. Ryan Jarman was heading to the stage to collect an award on behalf of Franz Ferdinand from the presenter Russell Brand. On the way, he jumped onto Kaiser Chiefs' table, piercing his back with broken glass. He was rushed to hospital but discharged himself so that he could play at the party later that night. After he returned to the venue, Zane Lowe discovered found Ryan unconscious and collapsed in a corridor. He was bleeding profusely and was suffering from severe internal bleeding. Zane raised the alarm and made sure that Ryan received immediate attention.

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Zane Lowe on Why He's Swapping Radio 1 for Apple

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Last weekend, Zane Lowe, Radio 1's stalwart presenter, announced that he is to leave the station and relocate to Los Angeles to take up a new position at Apple. As comfortably one of the UK's most successful broadcasters, it was a surprising and unexpected move and represents a considerable loss for the BBC.

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"It's not easy being faced with the prospect of leaving somewhere as amazing as the BBC," Lowe told the Guardian in an interview before the Grammys on Sunday. "It's about the best place I've ever worked in my life. And it's got the most inspiring people, who do things for all the right reasons - because they love it, they feel proud to do it there, they feel honoured at the privilege of being able to do it for the people, and they take that responsibility very seriously. And you don't leave. You just don't."

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Longtime Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe Leaves BBC To Join Apple

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For over a decade Zane Lowe has been the DJ for BBC 1's flagship evening slot, between 7 and 9 p.m. from Monday to Thursdays every week, but now the New Zealand-born DJ is heading to the U.S. to join Apple.

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Lowe is leaving the BBC to join Apple in the U.S.

Zane, who joined the British network in 2003, will air his last show on March 5th and Annie Mac has already been announced as his replacement. She will helm the evening slot for the first time on March 9th.

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Listen To Mark Ronson's Latest Track 'Daffodils' Featuring Tame Impala's Kevin Parker [Audio]

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Mark Ronson has released a new track 'Daffodils' from his upcoming album Uptown Special. The track features Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. 

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Mark Ronson has released a new track 'Daffodils'.

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Chris Martin's New Single 'Magic' Written About Gwyneth Paltrow

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Chris Martin has confirmed that his new single, Magic, was written about the breakdown of his relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow. The couple, who had been married for ten years, decided to end their marriage in March, announcing their “conscious uncoupling” on Paltrow’s website GOOP.

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For the first time since the split was revealed, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has spoken out. In a Radio 1 interview with Zane Lowe, Martin seemed to imply that the split was his fault. Martin told Lowe, “What changed for me was - I don’t want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure. Ever since our band came out, we have been a very polarising group because we do a certain thing very well…About two years ago I was a mess really because I can’t enjoy the thing that we are good at and I can’t enjoy the great things about me because I’m burdened by this - I’ve got to not blame anyone else and make some changes.”

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Ed Sheeran Announces Return With New Album 'X'

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Ed Sheeran has announced details of his upcoming second album, which is titled x. The follow-up to Sheeran's smash-hit debut will hit shelves on June 23.

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"[It] is called 'x' or 'multiply'," Sheeran wrote on Twitter, "Can't wait for you guys to hear it." X is a twist on Sheeran's 2011 album, titled +. The singer claims to have recorded "about 120" songs for the album, recording them with legendary producer Rick Rubin, as well as Pharrell Williams and Jake Gosling. He enlisted the help of friend Taylor Swift to choose the best songs. "She's heard all the songs and she's a good judge of what's good or not good," Sheeran told MTV News.

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