The boy band may have achieved chart success, but 2013 marked the first year in a decade that no album sold more than 1 million copies in the UK
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Sunday 17 November 2013
If the challenge faced by Jake Bugg on his second album is to prove you can take the boy out of Clifton (the Nottingham council estate where he was born) without taking all traces of Clifton out of the boy, then it’s one he rises to. Those who see Bugg’s so-called “authenticity” — whatever that means — as a storm of hype might spy signs of “grooming” in the decision to record in LA with producer Rick Rubin, but the follow-up to his hit debut makes the Midlands-to-Malibu move look largely seamless: as an exercise in expanded range, Shangri La is too diverse and distinct to dismiss.
Stuck on hold to your local council? Your spirits will be lifted by Lighthouse Family and Simply Red
Monday 23 September 2013
Simply Red, Lighthouse Family and Katie Melua tracks are especially effective, according to Lincolnshire County Council
Saturday 17 August 2013
Tired Pony are a supergroup of sorts, comprising Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck (REM), producer Jacknife Lee and assorted less stellar mates from Belle & Sebastian et al.
Friday 14 June 2013
Islington assembly hall, London
Thursday 28 March 2013
The former MP's music manager husband has influenced the careers of major acts such as Madonna, Foals and Snow Patrol
Monday 26 November 2012
Rylan Clark is the latest hopeful to be given their marching on orders from the X Factor.
Monday 22 October 2012
Calvin Harris and Florence Welch have secured their second collaborative number one single in three months as "Sweet Nothing" topped the official UK singles chart.
Saturday 01 September 2012
If Planet Earth, the acclaimed BBC documentary series that first came to our screens in 2006, taught us one thing, it is that the natural world is endlessly fascinating. It also taught us that a humpback whale calf consumes around 500 litres of milk a day, and that snow leopard cubs aren’t as cute as they look. But as astonishing as the high-definition footage itself was George Fenton’s score, which is now to be heard live.
Thursday 30 August 2012
British musicians are urged to follow in Adele's conquering footsteps and look to Australia
Tuesday 28 August 2012
Stockhausen! Not so long ago the composer’s name served as an expletive for conservative music lovers, expressing not so much their dislike as their nervous fear of radically modern music. It is five years since he died, and he has suffered the usual post-mortem slump in attention.
Sunday 26 August 2012
Is this electro-pop's newest star? Or just Christina Aguilera for hipsters?
Sunday 26 August 2012
Concerto for hairies and orchestra
Saturday 25 August 2012
The most rewarding factor on this album is the involvement of Edwyn Collins as producer (and label boss).
Friday 24 August 2012
“Bad news, guys. Billie Joe has got laryngitis. But I’m here!” said drummer Tre Cool, taking centre stage before singing a solo rude version of “All By Myself”, thus setting the tone for an evening of nostalgic messing around.
Thursday 23 August 2012
Prokofiev’s ballet score for 'Cinderella' had to wait nearly seventy years for its Proms premiere, and one had to wonder whether - at 105 minutes and without a visual component - it might be over-long.
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
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