The Cure announce their 40th anniversary show

The Cure announce their 40th anniversary show

  The Cure have announced details of their only European show of 2018 – a special 40th anniversary celebration gig at London’s Hyde Park, as part of British Summer Time festival on July 7. They want to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of their first single in a magnificent way and their official website promises “a 120 minute headline show.” Many artists will join them onstage, including Interpol, Goldfrapp, Editors, Ride, Slowdive, the…

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K-Pop superstar Kim Jong-hyun dies

K-Pop superstar Kim Jong-hyun dies

Rising K-Pop sensation Kim Jong-hyun has sadly passed away, at the age of 27. His death, which occurred on 18th December 2017, has been ruled by South Korean authorities as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. It has been reported that his sister believes the singer committed suicide, and supposedly communicated with him in his last moments via text message to say goodbye. Jong-hyun’s career took off when he was selected to be a member…

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees announced

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees announced

Next year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been revealed, with the roster including legends Bon Jovi and Dire Straits. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself is a museum in Ohio, but it is more widely recognised as the prestigious annual awards ceremony, where iconic artists from history get a chance to be voted in and immortalised as some of rock’s most important figures. The ceremonies were always held at the…

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“Now” albums dominated iTunes in 2017

“Now” albums dominated iTunes in 2017

“Now” albums are known for their tendency to reside in almost every home and car in the UK – it’s no surprise then that four of these albums have sat among the top ten most popular albums of the UK this year, based on the iTunes charts. Now 95 through to 97 have achieved this feat, as well as Now’s recurring Christmas albums, which are practically guaranteed to chart well towards the end of a…

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The Veronicas, Courtney Barnett and others call out sexism in Australian music industry

The Veronicas, Courtney Barnett and others call out sexism in Australian music industry

In an effort to end sexual harassment and misogyny in the Australian music industry, an open letter has been signed by over 300 women working in and around music. “We are not whingers or vibe-killers,” the piece explains. “We are passionate people dedicating our lives to music. In the face of uncountable discrimination, harassment, violence, and the general menace of sexist jargon, we have gritted our teeth and gotten on with the job. But today…

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Apple to buy Shazam for $400m

Apple to buy Shazam for $400m

Apple has acquired Shazam, the popular music identification app that was founded in 1999 and that is averagely used 20 million times a day around the world. Shazam lets users identify songs, movies, TV shows and commercials from short audio clips. While Shazam identifies a song or other audio playing, it shows ads to users, even when it fails to identify a bit of audio, usually due to inadequate time or quality of sound. An…

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Paul McCartney gifts signed Beatles box-set to benefit Manchester victim’s fund

Paul McCartney gifts signed Beatles box-set to benefit Manchester victim’s fund

On December 13, a Beatles box set signed and gifted by Paul McCartney to benefit the Manchester Victim’s Fund was auctioned off.   Sir Paul donated a special ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ six-disc Super Deluxe (50th Anniversary Edition) box set which he also offered to personalise. It sold at Bonhams in London for £2,700 along with a waived commission fee in order to donate the buyer’s premium, bringing the total to £3,375. The…

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Jack Whitehall to host BRIT Awards 2018

Jack Whitehall to host BRIT Awards 2018

Jack Whitehall is set to host the BRIT Awards in 2018. The 29 year old comedian will be walking in the footsteps of Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis who were the presenters this year. Past hosts have included James Corden, Peter Kay and Russell Brand. Jason Iley, the BRIT Awards chairman, said that Whitehall would bring an “enormous enthusiasm, charisma, fun and passion” to the ceremony. The occasion is aimed to take place on the…

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Lilly Allen releases her first single, “Trigger Bang”

Lilly Allen releases her first single, “Trigger Bang”

Lilly Allen has teamed up with Giggs to release her first single in three years called ‘Trigger Bang’. The 3:32 minute song was produced by London based artist Fryars and Allen went as far as to share the link to the unauthorised version of the song on her social media account in anticipation of the official recording.  Fans have reacted positively to the new track, which sees Allen deliver nostalgic lyrics over a progressive melody….

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New Jimi Hendrix album announced, featuring 10 unreleased songs

New Jimi Hendrix album announced, featuring 10 unreleased songs

A posthumous album from Jimi Hendrix titled ‘Both Sides of the Sky’ is set to be released in March 2018 on Sony Legacy. The recording is the concluding section of an archival trilogy dedicated to the rock legend, after 2010’s ‘Valleys of Neptune’ and 2013’s ‘People, Hell and Angels’. Both Sides of the Sky will also feature artists such as Billy Cox, Jonny Winter, Stephen Still and Lonnie Youngblood, as well as include a copy…

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