Jay-Z’s forthcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail is set go platinum before its official release thanks to a deal with Samsung.
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Sunday 20 January 2013
What most people know about Adam Ant's troubled 21st century is that he threw a car alternator through a pub window, waved a gun around and got sectioned. What fewer realise is he's been working on a comeback album. He's self-aware enough to acknowledge the situation in swamp-glam lead single "Cool Zombie" (interest declared: I'm in the video), with its references to "not playing with a full deck", and on Blueblack Hussar's title track, wherein he admits: "You know me, I go too far."
Friday 18 January 2013
When a recording of Molly Drake singing her composition "Poor Mum" was made public a few years ago, it was immediately evident from where much of her son Nick's talent, not to mention his intonation and fragile worldview, had derived.
Friday 11 January 2013
Beyoncé fans, assume the position - the next month or two sees the Queen of Pop's return from motherhood to mega-primetime. In preparation, she's been speaking to GQ. And - drumroll - the takeaway here, at least according to Gawker, is... "Beyonce is Fucking Crazy and Exactly as You Imagine Her".
Thursday 10 January 2013
David Bowie's surprise and much talked-about comeback track looks set to miss out on a place in the singles chart.
Saturday 05 January 2013
With Hello Cold Goodbye Sun, the Scottish folk group Southern Tenant Folk Union presents its most potent offering since 2010's excellent The New Farming Scene.
Saturday 29 December 2012
The 10 albums that comprise this box set depict one of the most extraordinary career arcs in all of pop music, testament to the questing intelligence with which Joni Mitchell approached music.
Wednesday 26 December 2012
40 years ago, David Henderson was an avid listener to the radio great. Now his treasured tapes are helping to fill a gap in the BBC’s history
Saturday 22 December 2012
Tuesday 18 December 2012
"Oh those crazy Russians!" as Boney M once so astutely observed. It might be - 41 degrees outside but YouTube user lifehackertv is not sitting indoors under his slanket watching Homeland.
Sunday 16 December 2012
Covering the era (1964-1974) when Alice Cooper was the band, not the character, Old School traces their development from tinny garage blues outfit, via mildly malevolent psychedelia, towards operatic glam-noir.
Friday 14 December 2012
Tate bosses have apologised "unreservedly" for a ticketing disaster this week which left many fans of German electronic group Kraftwerk unable to see the band after the gallery's website could not cope with demand.
Wednesday 12 December 2012
Zambian FA claim record belongs to Godfrey Chitalu who scored 107 goals in a calendar year
Sunday 09 December 2012
Canadian opera soprano Zeffira came to attention through her Cat’s Eyes collaboration with The Horrors’ Faris Badwan.
Saturday 08 December 2012
This engrossing 2CD selection offers a fascinating account of Morton Feldman's vacillating progress between various forms of indeterminacy and structure, taking us from the piano pieces scored on graph paper in the early 1950s, to the more conventionally notated – though no less abstract – works of the 70s.
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