It was the weekend when it was announced that women were responsible for each of the UK's top five albums that finally pushed me over the edge. Let me be more specific. It wasn't the fact that Amy Winehouse, Adele and Beyoncé were occupying those top spots that I took issue with – it was the predictable flurry of media reporting, proclaiming that women in music were having some sort of moment.
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Friday 11 September 2009
Thursday 10 September 2009
Despite the notoriety associated with grime music, Chipmunk will always be the rapper you'd happily bring home to mum. It's a pity the Royal Opera House didn't see it that way. Perhaps the excessive security measures were rolled out for the benefit of Wiley, who as tardy and calamitous as he was during his swift set, hardly lived up to the hazards one suspects were bashed out in capital letters on the risk assessment (unless being late, a touch explicit and forgetting your words is considered a threat nowadays). While grime music may still be regarded as part of an urban social class that's better appreciated from a distance – by those who usually frequent Covent Garden for the likes of Linda di Chamounix – the genre's climb to the top of the charts has helped it to earn a more PG status.
Thursday 03 September 2009
Wednesday 26 August 2009
The urban music acts, Tinchy Stryder, Dizzee Rascal, N-Dubz and Chipmunk feature among the most nominated at the 2009 MOBO Awards, revealed today.
Friday 21 August 2009
"Generally Stryder's straight solo tunes simply don't compare to the samples or collaborations that make up exactly half of his album. It's not that they're a complete flop, it's just that they're noticeably not his stronger moments." - Laura Nineham, dro wnedinsound.com
Saturday 15 August 2009
Chrysalis is set for a windfall from Michael Jackson's death, with the "extraordinary surge in the sale of his work" set to lift royalty revenues at the music publisher later this year.
Friday 14 August 2009
Tinchy Stryder may be the second-biggest name in grime, but Catch 22 suggests he's more in the mould of Akon than Dizzee Rascal: there's little of Dizzee's bonkers charm about these tracks, and plenty of Akon's reliance on auto-tuned hooks and romantic themes.
Monday 10 August 2009
Tinchy Stryder has shot back to the top of the UK singles chart with his latest hit Never Leave You.
Friday 07 August 2009
Thursday 21 September 2006
Deliveries of the 555-seater Airbus A380 superjumbo plane, whose wings are built in the UK, are to be further delayed, it was announced today.
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