Wednesday 27 October 2010

Take That Progress Live Tour 2011

Earlier this week Take That announced their latest stadium tour – Progress Live 2011. Tickets go on sale Friday 29 October 2010 at 09:00 at Click here to visit Ticketmaster official site
UK tour dates.
Sunderland Stadium of Light
Monday 30 May 2011
City of Manchester Stadium
Friday 3 June 2011 | Saturday 4 June 2011 | Sunday 5 June 2011 | Tuesday 7 June 2011
Cardiff Millennium Stadium
Tuesday 14 June 2011
Glasgow Hampden Park
Wednesday 22 June 2011 | Thursday 23 June 2011
Birmingham Villa Park
Monday 27 June 2011
Wembley Stadium
Friday 1 July 2011 | Saturday 2 July 2011 | Sunday 3 July 2011 | Tuesday 5 July 2011

Florence + the Machine Between Two Lungs – Special Edition Album

To round off yet another exceptional year, Florence will be releasing the mighty single ‘Heavy In Your Arms’ single alongside ‘Between Two Lungs’ – a two disc special edition version of her 4 x platinum selling Brit Award winning debut album ‘Lungs’. ‘Between Two Lungs’ features new cover art, sleeve notes by Florence and exclusive images. Plus a 10 track second disc which as aswell as Heavy In Your Arms, also includes among others, a live recording of brand new song ‘Strangeness & Charm’. The massive collaboration with Dizzee Rascal ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’ and a previously unreleased Yeasayer remix of ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and will also be available on November 15. Florence recently wowed worldwide audiences with her live performance (and victory) at this year’s MTV VMA Awards which saw her album explode in the U.S. Firing up to #2 in the I tunes chart and breaking the top #15 in the Billboard album chart. Back home Florence has just won two Q Awards for Best Female and Best Track (‘You’ve Got The Love’).

‘Between Two Lungs’ Tracklisting:
Disc 1
  1. Dog Days Are Over
  2. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
  3. I'm Not Calling You A Liar
  4. Howl
  5. Kiss With A Fist
  6. Girl With One Eye
  7. Drumming Song
  8. Between Two Lungs
  9. Cosmic Love
  10. My Boy Builds Coffins
  11. Hurricane Drunk
  12. Blinding
  13.  You've Got The Love
Disc 2
  1. Heavy In Your Arms
  2. You’ve Got The Dirtee Love
  3.  Hurricane Drunk (The Horrors Remix)
  4.  Strangeness & Charm (Live from Hammersmith Apollo)
  5.  Swimming (Live From Hammersmith Apollo)
  6.  Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix)
  7.  Drumming Song (iTunes Festival ‘10)
  8.  Girl With One Eye (iTunes Festival ‘10)
  9.  Hurricane Drunk (iTunes Festival ‘10)
  10.  Dog Days Are Over (iTunes Festival ‘10)
  11.  My Boy Builds Coffins (iTunes Festival ‘10)
  12.  Hospital Beds (iTunes Festival ‘10)
Florence + the Machine Between Two Lungs – Special Edition Album Island Records November 15

Tuesday 26 October 2010

CocknBullKid live dates plus One Eye Closed 7" download

CocknBullKid has made a couple of important transitions recently. First, she's changed her name, dropping the pronoun (she's CocknBullKid, not thecocknbullkid). And secondly, she has emerged from a creative cocoon with a suite of bright, breezy and ultra-colourful pop songs that exist at least five giant leaps away from the savvy, autobiographical electro tunes like 'On My Own' that got her a slot on Jools Holland even before she signed to Island/Moshi Records. "The music I made at first was cool, but it was work in progress. There was only so far I could take it. I knew I was capable of more. I wanted to make music that reached people further than E9, or whatever the cool postcode is now." It's been worth the wait. The 25 year old Hackney resident, aka Anita Blay, is in possession of the most interesting, credible pop record of the year. But you’ll just have to take our word for it until spring 2011 when the full album, ‘Adulthood’ will be released. Anita has already whet our appetites for what’s in store with ‘Cocknbullkid’ – a teaser track that she co-write with Gonzales – and this is the follow up. ‘One Eye Closed’ is the perfect launch pad for what’s in store for 2011. Once again illustrating Blay’s overwhelming ability to pen a perfect pop song with just the right amount of edge. Her album was recorded in London, Paris and Stockholm with production from Liam Howe. Blay co-wrote the songs with a variety of talents, including electronic, eccentric piano man Gonzales who worked on half the songs. There are a couple of songs from Peter Morén from Peter, Björn and John and a co-write each from Joe Flory aka Primary 1, Joseph 'Metronomy' Mount who produced Blay's Moshi Moshi-released early songs, and long-time collaborator Mark Tieku.
Remixes for One Eye Closed are as follows:
One Eye Closed (Jakwob Remix)
One Eye Closed (Kris Menace Remix)

One Eye Closed (B Complex Remix)

Catch CocknBullKid live this autumn
Marina and the Diamonds tour:
19/10 Pyramid Centre Portsmouth
20/10 Norwich UEA, Norwich
Eastbourne Winter Gardens, Eastbourne
 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham
 Regal, Oxford
 Anson, Bristol
Ritz, Manchester
Fruit Market, Glasgow
Picture House, Edinburgh
Northumbria University, Newcastle
Leeds University, Leeda
Nottingham Trent University
8/11 Roundhouse, London
HMV Forum, London
The Copper Rooms, Coventry
Kele tour:
Institute Library, Birmingham
The Arches. Glasgow
18/11 The Ritz, Manchester
Electric Ballroom, London

CocknBullKid One Eye Closed Moshi Moshi / Island Records November 8 (7”/download)

Saturday 16 October 2010

Annie Lennox New Single and A Christmas Cornucopia

One of the most successful, iconic and talented artists of the late 20th century is back – and back like you’ve never heard her before. On November 15th 2010, Annie Lennox releases her sixth solo album. A Christmas Cornucopia is a collection of new, inspired interpretations of 11 traditional festive songs, rounded out by a new Lennox composition, Universal Child, available digitally from 12th October. “All the income that I earn from Universal Child will be paid to the Annie Lennox Foundation.” The Annie Lennox Foundation raises money for projects supporting and educating women and children in Africa with HIV/AIDS. “I’ve known these songs, these carols all my life, I’ve sung them since I was little,” says the songwriter and singer of The Holly And The Ivy, Silent Night, The First Noel and other, less-widely-known songs such as Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, and Lullay Lullay. “ They’re just in me. They’re a huge part of my life. So it’s not an arbitrary selection. Those relationships with those pieces of music were there intrinsically before I approached the recording.” The music on the album was mostly played by Lennox, in collaboration with co producer Mike Stevens, and recorded in his southwest London studio – at the bottom of his garden. But to achieve the resonance and vibrancy that were integral to Lennox’s ideas for these re-energized reboots, the pair also worked with a 30-piece orchestra at Pinewood Studios. And they travelled further afield too: to South Africa, to record with the African Children’s Choir, a remarkable organization with which impassioned campaigner and activist Lennox has long had a relationship. “There are 34 different choirs. They’re like a big extended family – the people who work with them, their careers, are called aunties and uncles. And it’s so precious – if you asked them, as we did with these eight and nine year olds, ‘how is your life different now that you’re in the choir?’ They would say things like, ‘Now I get really good food to eat.’ Or, ‘Now I wear nice clothes.’ “I had met them several times before, through 44664 (Nelson Mandela’s HIV AIDS foundation) – we had this ongoing connection, and I felt that if I was to record any children’s voices it had to be theirs.” A Christmas Cornucopia is no saccharine packaged selection box. As befits its title, it offers an abundance of songs – drawn from British, French and German traditions – and a host of ideas. On Lullay Lullay, “a lullaby I’ve known for years and the darkest carol I think,” Lennox draws direct links between the Nativity and the plight of Africa’s child soldiers. “Lullay Lullay alludes to the killing of first-born boy children by King Herod… and going back more deeply into the story of the song, I kept getting images of child soldiers in my head…The violation of children is endemic in many so places. Even though this carol is ancient, the brutality of the subject matter is just as relevant today. Vibrant but vintage, classic and contemporary, glorious but with a polemical edge – notably in Universal Child – A Christmas Cornucopia also marks the beginning of Annie Lennox’s relationship with Universal/Island. “The Island team were so enthusiastic, and so excited to be working with me, and I was blown away that they felt like that. It feels very energized, and fresh and new. And that’s a great feeling for me.” You can hear as much in A Christmas Cornucopia.
ANNIE LENNOX NEW SINGLE: UNIVERSAL CHILD Available to download from 12th October

NEW ALBUM: A CHRISTMAS CORNUCOPIA Available on CD, vinyl and download from 15th November - To learn more about ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’ and Annie Lennox’s humanitarian work please visit:

Friday 15 October 2010

Florence + the Machine - Heavy In Your Arms Island Records November 15

To round off yet another exceptional year, Florence will be releasing the mighty single ‘Heavy In Your Arms’ on November 15th. Produced by Paul Epworth the track a favourite of recent festival headlining live sets was recorded for the Twilight Eclipse film. Florence comments “Heavy in your arms I suppose is about the weight of love, and how sometimes it can be a burden between two people, I felt this was a strong theme in the twilight series, is someone being rescued or are they being condemned, and is the love you carry bringing you down. I recorded it with paul one evening, using a lot of strange reversed vocal samples and big hip hop piano, its basically inspired by 90's hip hop, and gospel choirs, like most of my songs..” ‘Heavy In your Arms’ will also be available on ‘Between Two Lungs’. A two disc special edition version of her 4 x platinum selling Brit Award winning debut album ‘Lungs’. ‘Between Two Lungs’ will feature new cover art, sleeve notes by Florence and exclusive images. Plus a 10 track second disc which as aswell as Heavy In Your Arms, also includes among others, a live recording of brand new song ‘Strangeness & Charm’. The massive collaboration with Dizzee Rascal ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’ and a previously unreleased Yeasayer remix of ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and will also be available on November 15. Florence recently wowed worldwide audiences with her live performance (and victory) at this year’s MTV VMA Awards which saw her album explode in the U.S. Firing up to #2 in the I tunes chart and breaking the top #15 in the Billboard album chart. Exciting times ahead there! Back home Florence has just been nominated for two Q Awards, including Best Female and Best song.

Thursday 14 October 2010

Superstar Nelly returns with a brand new single November 8th

Rapper/actor/CEO, 3 time Grammy winner and all-round superstar Nelly, whose 30 million plus combined album/single sales have established the St. Louis native as one of music’s most bankable and consistent stars, returns in a big way with the release on November 8th of his brand new US smash single “Just A Dream”. Taken from his hotly anticipated forthcoming new album “5.0”, “Just A Dream” entered the US iTunes chart at number 5, has already sold over 1 million copies. “Just a Dream” was produced by Jim Jonsin (Lil Wayne “Lollipop”, T.I. “Whatever You Love”) and Rico Love (Beyonce “Sweet Dreams, Kelly Rowland “Commander”). The new album will feature appearances by Akon, T.I. and Kelly Rowland. With “Just A Dream” Nelly looks to add to his celebrated run of global hit singles from his game-changing debut “Country Grammar,” and “Ride Wit Me” to the Justin Timberlake collaboration “Work It”, the Kelly Rowland duet “Dilemma” and the seven-week at No. 1 “Hot in Herre.” With a catalogue of global Top 10 hits, including 4 UK and 4 US number 1’s, 3 multi-platinum albums, a slew of Grammy, MTV and Billboard awards gracing his St Louis mantelpiece, Nelly also starred in the major Hollywood movie, “The Longest Yard”, alongside Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds.
Some Nelly facts to chew over : With the simultaneous release of Sweat and Suit, Nelly became the first solo artist in history to debut at no. 1 (‘Suit’) and 2 (‘Sweat’) in the Billboard chart. Nellyville was certified Gold or Platinum in 35 countries. 3-time Grammy Award winner (11 total nominations). Four #1 Billboard Hot 100 singles – “Hot In Herre”, “Dilemma”, “Shake Ya Tailfeather” & “Grillz”. Ranked as the 3rd Top Overall Artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine. Owns the successful female clothing line Apple Bottoms and is a part owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats along with the legendary Michael Jordan. Runs the non-profit organization "4Sho4Kids Foundation", dedicated to improving the quality of life for children born with developmental disabilities with emphasis on Down syndrome and children born addicted to drugs. Nelly’s "Jes Us 4 Jackie" charity was established in March 2003 by Nelly and his sister Jackie Donahue after Donahue was diagnosed with leukemia.

AKON New single "Angel" plus dance music inspired album Akonic

Global superstar Akon, whose three previous albums have each sold more than half a million copies in the UK, yielding an unbroken string of massive worldwide hit singles, returns with the release on November 22nd of his brand new single “Angel”. Taken from his eagerly awaited dance music inspired album “AKONIC”, “Angel” was produced by Akon & fellow master hit maker David Guetta. Akon is without question one of the greatest hit making forces of all time and is the first solo artist to hold the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 - twice. Over the years he has worked with, produced and featured on a slew of international hits, including those for Michael Jackson, Sir Elton John, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Whitney Houston, as well as Lady Gaga, who was one of the first signings to Akon’s Kon-live label. Akon has also established himself as a serious business man and entrepreneur who has quickly built an empire that includes a record label, fashion line and charity foundation. This work ethic was ingrained in the singer at an early age by his father, famed percussionist Mor Thiam. While being raised in Senegal, Akon would take all the percussion lessons taught by his father while simultaneously studying the violin and keyboard. Upon moving back to the States and later settling in Atlanta, the producer opened up some recording studios as an investment, but quickly found an urge to create music of his own. After doing time, the singer used those experiences as the basis for Trouble, his 2004 debut album which would eventually sell over 2 million copies. 2006 saw the release of the follow-up Konvicted, which, with the help of now-ubiquitous songs "Smack That," "I Wanna Love You," and "Don't Matter" sold over 3 million copies. Akon won the 2007 American Music Award for Best Male Soul/R&B artist and was honoured three times at the World Music Awards. He has achieved gold and platinum certifications in over a dozen countries and been nominated for multiple Grammys. 2008 saw the release of Akon’s third album “Freedom” and as always the hits kept coming as “Beautiful”, “Right Now NaNaNa” and “I’m So Paid” saw Akon remain a genuine chart staple.

Saturday 9 October 2010

Born to Rock N Roll! "Dreamboats" Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and Jet Harris

For one night only on Friday 29th October at the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, original ‘dreamboats’, Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and Jet Harris join forces in a spectacular show that will show they really were Born to Rock N Roll! From 1958 to 1961 Marty, Eden and Jet took the charts by storm clocking up well over 200 weeks in the charts in just under four years. The original teen idols will take in 29 towns and cities across the UK performing their own hits and collaborating live on stage for the first time ever. Singer, songwriter, legend Marty Wilde is hailed by many friends as one of the first original British Rock N Roll pioneers. Cliff Richard reminisces “I remember when Marty Wilde, Dicky Pride and I were ‘three cool cats’. I always thought in those days there was actually only one ‘cool cat’ – and that was Marty.” Wilde enjoyed countless hits in the late 50s and early 60s, with thirteen consecutive hit records staying in the charts for a total of 117 weeks including Endless Sleep, Donna, Sea Of Love, Little Girl, Bad Boy and A Teenager In Love. Marty Wilde is particularly excited to be performing with Eden Kane and Jet Harris. He explains: “Eden Kane has a really rich vocal style. I have always loved his records, and having toured with him before I know that the audience will be knocked out with his performance. Jet Harris (like Eden Kane) is one of the great Legends of our pop History and his guitar bass work is as wonderful as ever - he was a star with the Shadows and has always been a star on our shows.” Marty’s daughter Roxy Wilde also features on the bill and Marty is sure she’ll go down a storm. “I know that people will warm to her as they did in my last touring shows, she has a sassy style and a great vocal tone which this show will highlight.”
Tickets are priced at £22 and upper circle seats are £20. A 60p Love Arts payment also applies to each seat sold. For further information or to book tickets call the Box Office on 01271 324242 or visit

Monday 4 October 2010

Dagenham, Essex's very own Devlin. ‘bud, sweat & beers’ is a step change for grime. Released 1st November 2010

At long last it feels like UK rap music is well and truly erupting. Every way you look - from the summit of the charts to the breaking waves of the underground - the UK rap fraternity is seizing control. In between the ricocheting lyrical crossfire one face is emerging as one of 2010's most notorious breaking artists, and that's the angular bone-structure of Dagenham, Essex's very own Devlin. ‘bud, sweat & beers’ is a step change for grime. Socially aware. Spiritually conflicted with a sacred heart and profane mouth. Dark, accurate and artful lyrical sketches of life at social margins. Capacious enough to make reference to Hollywood’s Wesley Snipes, super-bug C-Difficile, Pengi, Nostradamus, Picasso, Tectonic plates and Elvis. It’s an imaginative feast. Lyrical meaning unfolds on meaning. Metaphors come as quickly as the mind can process. The album opens with the thunderous cavalcade of ‘1989’ where heavy-metal guitar stabs provide an urgent, heart-in-mouth backdrop for his trademark frantic rhymes. He starts his story at 12 years old, from the first bars effortlessly conjuring a gritty childhood world – ‘no worries on my brain, with a pound in my pocket and a chest full of smoke’. What follows is a compressed, self-reflexive biog right up to this moment – the debut track on his debut album. Looking back he speedily traces his rise through the hyper-competitive underground grime and garage scene. Inspired by seminal MCs like Sharkey Major and Kano he heard on pirate radio stations like Temptation, Kiss 100, Flava, Déjà Vu. His first broadcast on Rinse FM, all ‘paving the way’ for this ‘fatal display’. ‘Brainwashed’ was Devlin’s first single release from the album. Using a rich mix of references and images he sets out to ‘brainwash your mind like Derren Brown or Charlie Manson’ till his surname is familiar like your ‘family members’. ‘Days & Nights’ is a soundtrack to night terrors. If Earth isn’t hell, it’s a fiery place; ‘metallic projectiles fly in your face and leave you like human garbage lying in drains’. In rap hustler style he won’t sleep till he’s ‘in the sky like lightning and thunder’. Devlin is a diabetes sufferer, hence the needle reference. Tonal respite comes in the blissed-out production of ‘London City’ celebrating good times in the capital. With over 2,500,000 million views on Youtube the song struck a deep chord with the nation’s youth and propelled Devlin to his label deal. The song originally sampled hit game Metal Gear Solid. ‘Marching Through The Fog’ directly addresses the fog of ‘war’ within the grime scene. Over movie strings he warns not to put him in a box ‘if there’s one thing I am not, its fucking rectangular’. ‘Let It Go’ features the talents of rising producer/singer Labrinth. With two giant talents on it this track couldn’t be hotter. Devlin’s razor sharp intelligence forensically dissects a relationship while Labrinth makes innovative, hyper-active production magic. Dubstep, rock, reggae, trance and R&B are collaged into one track. ‘Yesterday’s News’ is in reflective, reflexive mode. Devlin’s just started garnering national attention on radio and TV but in the underground he’s outrun rivals to remain ‘tomorrow’s promise’. ‘Community Outcast’ is a key track. With over 1,500,000 views on Youtube. Devlin wrote the track when he was 16. It first appeared on early mixtape Tales From The Crypt. With its empathy and kitchen sink details it changed the face of grime. It contains a barbed analysis of a Government ‘more interested in war and invasion when children are sleeping at railway stations’. Martial drums open ‘World Still Turns’; he zooms out to take a cosmic view of Earthly fortune. While music careers are built up and knocked down the Earth ‘still spins on its axis’. ‘Dreamer’ takes us on a faux-naïve trip referencing everything from Bob Marley to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a nugget of truth at the center. Spectral strings announce the beginning of ‘Our Father’, the spiritual center of a record that tussles with existential concerns. ‘Finally’ is a classic, nocturnal, string-laden production by Lewi White. It features fellow grime luminaries and Ghetts and Dogzilla. Dogzilla is the Johnny-appleseed of grime in Dagenham. Ghetts is a legendary scene leader. ‘Runaway’ falls like a shaft of sunlight into the gothic gloom. Featuring beautiful rising star Yasmin it’s an escape fantasy from London’s ‘dark and deadly maze’ through the gates of Victoria Station. Opening to the sound of machine gun fire ‘End Of Days’ asks the listener to view an Apocalyptic alternative London through the eyes of a poet from the economic underclass. It’s a translucent hallucination of a City where the poor are ‘fighting for food because they’re dwelling where the rats live’. Highlighted here is just an introduction to an album that rewards close attention. In the words of hip hop maven Westwood it’s ‘in a league of its own’. Devlin ‘bud, sweat & beers’ Monday 1st November 2010 on Island Records -  read more Devlin posts and live dates
‘whip-smart Eminem of Essex…caustic urban realism…undeniable strife-born brilliance’ Q
‘sharp and informed’ The Independent
‘this Dagenham rapper's music is a bittersweet symphony…a cinematic view of life in London'
‘a 21-year-old MC from Dagenham; scabrously witty and precociously talented’ The Observer New Review
‘one of the few MCs daring to say something different’ Dazed & Confused
‘undiluted street music’ NME
‘a powerful lyricist with a social conscience’ Metro
‘with over 3 million Youtube views in the last year, Devlin was always going to be No.1 on our list for underground artists to blow up in 2010’ RWD
‘James Devlin is primed to break into the mainstream he reminds me of Mike Skinner at his best’ The Sun
‘one of the best talents to come out of the UK…in a league of his own’ Tim Westwood, Radio 1/1xtra

Friday 1 October 2010

I Blame Coco is set to release her new single ‘In Spirit Golden’ on November 1st on Island Records.

In thrall to uplifting 1970s Disco as much as it is to intricate 1980s electro, ‘In Spirit Golden’ is a shimmering, soaring anthem full of giddy nods to computer game soundtracks and Killers style stadium pop riffs. ‘In Spirit Golden’ will be released one week before I Blame Coco’s debut album, ‘The Constant’ (November 8th). The single will be accompanied by remixes from Arthur Baker,, RacknRuin, Soul Avengerz and DC Breaks, the latter of which has already worked its way onto Radio 1. After a summer packed with festival shows, I Blame Coco will be embarking on her first nationwide headline tour this autumn, during which ‘In Spirit Golden’ will be released. Read More I Blame Coco posts

Lil Wayne returns with the hugely anticipated release on October 4th

As arguably the most original, genre-redefining, prodigiously talented and best-selling hip-hop artist of the past decade, Lil Wayne returns with the hugely anticipated release on October 4th of his brand new album “I Am Not A Human Being”. The album has just gone straight in at number 1 on the US iTunes chart and features ten brand new tracks including lead single (US iTunes # 1) “Right Above” which features Wayne’s protégé and hip hop superstar in his own right Drake. Speaking about the new release on his birthday September 27th, Wayne commented “I want to give a gift on my birthday to my loyal fans who have continued to support me”. “I Am Not A Human Being” will be released digitally on October 4th in the UK and physically two weeks later on October 18th. The physical release will feature the same ten tracks plus three additional cuts: “YM Banger” feat. Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, Tyga, “YM Salute” feat. Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, Nicki Minaj and “I Don't Like The Look of It” Feat. Gudda Gudda.