BBC Battles Glastonbury with The Biggest Weekend Festival

BBC Battles Glastonbury with The Biggest Weekend Festival

The BBC aren’t being shown in the best light in the news lately. Constantly dogged for apparent media bias against Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn. They have also recently been hit by outrage following the publishing of several high profile members of staff’s wages. This showed a wage gap between male and female workers. Also highlighting that some ‘big name’ personalities are paid vast amounts. Perhaps this is where the majority of that TV license and merchandising money ends…

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Protecting a Legacy or Monetising a Loss; Prince’s Vault

Protecting a Legacy or Monetising a Loss; Prince’s Vault

The artist formally known as the artist formally known as Prince. Arguably music’s most talented and eccentric individual, he is never far from news headlines these days. The iconic multi-instrumentalist, singer, actor and performer passed away last year at the age of 57. He left behind an already incredible legacy including over 35 albums, four movies and countless incredible memories. There have already been several posthumous releases, but news this week indicates more. Prince is…

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Foo Fighters Reveal Another Star

Foo Fighters Reveal Another Star

The long lasting and ever touring band that never seem to slow down are returning for a new record. ‘Concrete and Gold’. The Foo Fighters have a knack for creating great songs and albums and attracting all kinds of characters to them, but this record is going to stand out. It even apparently features ‘the biggest pop star in the world’. Already dubbed ‘weird’ by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl…

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Jessie Ware is back with ‘Midnight’

Jessie Ware is back with ‘Midnight’

The voice that spawned a legion of copycats, Jessie Ware is a phenomenally talented singer, songwriter and all-round great person. Born and raised in London, she released her debut album ‘Devotion’ back in 2012. The follow-up (and my first experience of her) ‘Tough Love’ came two years later. She came highly recommended by an incredible musician and tutor of mine. You can imagine how excited and impressed I was when I first got to hear…

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Festival Catastrophes Lead to Evacuations

Festival Catastrophes Lead to Evacuations

Frankly, It’s been a bit of an unlucky weekend. For music festivals this side of the pond. Two massive festivals, one in England. One in Spain, faced serious issues.  After a weekend of heavy rain, Y Not Festival was left in a messy state. Though a bit of mud is to be expected at a UK festival. Conditions were severe enough for organizers to cancel the final day. In a statement on the website, organizers…

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Radiohead defy boycott in Israel; should bands be so political?

Radiohead defy boycott in Israel; should bands be so political?

In a world where bands take stands on everything from the smallest social justice issues to Donald Trump. More and more people seem to look up to them as role models and expect them to conform to their beliefs and ideals. Radiohead are a band that has been around long enough to go through this time and time again. With a lot of people who spend an awful lot of their time quick to call…

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Mercury Prize 2017 Nominations have been Announced!

Mercury Prize 2017 Nominations have been Announced!

This morning, the 2017 Mercury Prize shortlist came out. The annual prize, which celebrates the best British album released each year, spans every genre, from indie and grime to pop and jazz. The prize is judged by a panel of 12 judges, the same number as albums nominated. They are all movers and shakers from all facets of the UK’s music industry. Including radio presenters, music news editors, and, of course, some of the country’s…

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R. Kelly: What is Going On This Time?

R. Kelly: What is Going On This Time?

No stranger to insane news, R. Kelly, the ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ singer, is being accused of heinous things this week. This is particularly disturbing when you consider ‘that’ video of him supposedly urinating on an underage girl. Apparently marrying R&B singer ‘Aaliyah’ when she was 15. Also along with the child pornography charges he was acquitted of back in 2008. R.Kelly Running An Abusive Cult?! A Buzzfeed ‘news’ report surfaced on Monday, alleging…

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Ticketmaster ‘Free’ Tickets across the US

Ticketmaster ‘Free’ Tickets across the US

Great news this week, for any music loving concert goer in the United States of America. If you purchased any tickets from ticketmaster.com between October 21st, 1999 and February 27th, 2013! As the result of a 2003 class action lawsuit filed against the company they opened a huge amount of free tickets to fans. The first batch of which being made available in June of 2016. It is usual to see big companies taken to…

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Warner Music Group Acquires Songkick

Warner Music Group Acquires Songkick

Perhaps the biggest industry news this week was Warner Music Group’s acquisition of ‘Songkick.’ The American company who have more than 15 million active music fans across the world using their app. The app itself helps music fans ‘track their favourite artists, discover new concerts and buy fairly priced tickets under one roof.’ According to the Songkick website. Set up with real music fans in mind, Songkick aims to out those fans and the artists…

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