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Top 10 Albums Of 2019: The Music That Formed The Soundtrack For A Historic End To A Decade


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We're ready to say goodbye to 2019 now that Christmas is over, but not without reflecting on what has been a wonderful year for the world of music. Whether your a pop lover or you prefer the rock world, whether rap is your life or dance is in your blood, this was a transformative year for sound. Here are the top 10 greatest albums of the last twelve months. 

1. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Best song: Bad Guy

Without doubt the most sonically extraordinary album of this year, 18-year-old Billie Eilish's debut album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' has united both pop lovers and alternative listeners thanks to its experimental yet infectious ethos. It's naive yet poignant, fun yet deeply unsettling with themes of bravado, drugs, love, climate change and heartbreak woven throughout the poetic lyrics. There's no-one quite like Billie.

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From Bad Guy To Old Town Road: The 10 Best Singles Of 2019


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This year has marked quite an explosive end to a decade in terms of music, as we appear to be looking at a future of young musicians doing exactly what they want, how they want, while many long-established artists have refused to compromise their sound to stay relevent. The result is some seriously unapologetic and infectious tunes that will stay on our playlists for a long time to come.

1. Bad Guy - Billie Eilish

She's released without doubt our favourite album of the year with 'When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?' at the age of just 17, and it's almost impossible to pick any one single to talk about here. 'Bad Guy' however is an example of how pop doesn't have to be the stereotypical sound you're used to hearing, because Billie Eilish has seriously changed the way we think about chart music.

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Upcoming Releases: What's On Our Playlist For December 2019?


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The final albums before the year ends is an interesting selection of debuts, long-anticipated returns and new musical directions. Stormzy and The Who are the ones we're probably most excited about, but we're sure the pop world has a few curveballs to throw us before the year is out.

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Glastonbury Highlights: The Most Iconic Performances At Glasto 2019


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Another edition of Britain's most spectacular festival has once again come and gone, and while we're sad to see it go as we get back to mundane reality, we do at least have many incredible memories. For those who witnessed it first hand, this will be one Glastonbury they won't ever forget. 

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Glastonbury's Most Heartbreaking Schedule Clashes For Music Eclectics


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We can't be the only ones to get stressed when asked "What kind of music do you like?". Literally everything. That's the answer. We have what is known as eclectic taste, which means that organising an itinerary for something like Glastonbury leaves us with some very difficult decicions. Here are the most painful clashes we've seen on this year's bill.

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1. Stormzy and Tame Impala (22:15 - 23:45)

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BRIT Awards: Looking Back On Last Year's Best Moments


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The Brit Awards are back on tomorrow (February 20th, 2019) and with a star-studded line-up of Little Mix, P!nk, Hugh Jackman, The 1975, George Ezra, Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith with Rag'n'Bone Man, and Jess Glynne with H.E.R. Let's take a look back at some of best moments from last year's show.

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Stormzy Responds To Glastonbury Headlining Criticism


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Stormzy has responded to criticism regarding the Glastonbury Festival’s organisers’ decision to make him one of the headline acts, particularly that he is “not big enough” to top the bill.

The 25 year old grime star, real name Michael Omari, was confirmed as the Friday night headliner of the 2019 edition of Glastonbury back in November. Immediately, many objected on the grounds that, with only one album to his name – admittedly, last year’s BRIT Award-winning Album of the Year – Stormzy wasn’t a big enough name to play the Pyramid Stage.

Now, in a feature for February’s edition of Elle UK in which he assembled a collective of young black British people who inspire him, the rapper has gotten the chance to respond to the naysayers, saying they should “have no fear” about what’s to come on June 28th.

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Music News Round-Up: Stormzy Headlines Glastonbury, Hozier Returns, The KLF's Death Pyramid


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Grime superstar Stormzy has been named as the first headliner for the 2019 edition of Glastonbury Festival. The 25 year old rapper will be taking to the iconic Pyramid Stage on Friday June 28th.

Glastonbury confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon, after fans had spotted official signs from the festival saying ‘Stormzy Friday’ this week.

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Stormzy Claims His Black Student Scholarship Scheme Was Rejected By Oxford University


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Earlier this year, grime icon Stormzy scored a major coup in the unlikely field of academia when he revealed he had set up a scholarship for black British students with Cambridge University.

However, he’s claimed that he originally offered the idea to Oxford University, only for it to be rejected. He was speaking at the Barbican Centre in London on Wednesday night (November 7th) with other guests such as fellow rapper Akala and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, in order to launch his brand new Penguin publishing imprint, #Merky Books, and his own memoir ‘Rise Up’.

Journalist Dan Hancox, who is currently writing a book about the rise of grime into the British mainstream, attended the event and tweeted: “Tonight at the Barbican Stormzy revealed that the much-discussed scholarship he's funding at Cambridge Uni was first proposed to Oxford University, and they told him to get lost?! Incredible.”

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Stormzy Announces Cambridge University Scholarship For Black British Students


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Stormzy has announced he’s established a scholarship at Cambridge University, which will fund two black British students to go to the prestigious university who would not otherwise have the chance.

The Stormzy Scholarship will fund the tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course. It is committed to sending two promising black British students to Cambridge University in 2018 and in 2019.

“It's so important for black students, especially, to be aware that it can 100% be an option to attend a university of this calibre,” the rapper said in a statement.

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