Plan B: 'ill Manors'
After much speculation around the direction of the next project, last night the brand new Plan B single saw its world premiere on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show. So here it is, the start of the next chapter -- 'ILL MANORS'
SINGLE out March 25
FILM in cinemas May 4
3RD STUDIO ALBUM out May 7
Primary Talent International at SXSW
A whole host of artists that are represented by Ross Morrison, for the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, will be appearing at this years' SXSW in Austin, Texas this March. They include:
...The Apache Relay
...The Low Anthem
...Mansions On The Moon
...Trampled By Turtles
...We Are The In Crowd
...William Elliot Whitmore
Old Crow Medicine Show in 'Big Easy Express'
3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track... 'BIG EASY EXPRESS' captures an incredible musical journey. Harkening back to the days of jubilant railroad revivals, of steam and steel, three bands set out in April 2011 to tour America by vintage train. L.A.'s Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Nashville boys Old Crow Medicine Show, and Londoners Mumford & Sons climbed aboard amid the massive rail yards of Oakland and set out for New Orleans on a "tour of dreams."
Stopping along the way to play sold-out shows in spots as diverse as San Pedro, California, and Marfa, Texas, 'BIG EASY EXPRESS' documents the bands' vibrant railway adventures; the high canyons, joyous crowds, blasted skies, late-night laughter, endless music... and a train that was bound for glory.
Directed by Emmett Malloy
To be premiered at SXSW in March.
Lana Del Rey's 'Born To Die' Goes Platinum
Lana Del Rey's debut album 'Born To Die' has thus far sold 1.4 million copies, since it's release in January. The equivalent to:
PLATINUM in France, Germany, Ireland, Poland and UK.
GOLD in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland and Australia.
'Born To Die' is #1 for the third consecutive week in Ireland and #1 on the album download chart for the third week in Portugal.
Sales of her singles 'Video Games' and 'Born To Die, have just topped 2 million.
Imogen Heap in The Guardian
Imogen Heap has just returned from a six week trip to Hangzouh in China, supported by the British Council and PRS, to create music and a video entitled 'Xizi She Knows'. In today's Guardian there is an in-depth interview with her, discussing technology, collaboration and her future plans.
SXSW 2012: Line Up
This year's SXSW interactive, film and music festival takes place in Austin, Texas between 9th - 18th March. Among the many bands taking part are a large contigent from the Primary Talent roster.
...All The Young
...Housse de Racket
...The Magnetic Fields
...Tilly & The Wall
22 Feb, 2012
THEESatisfaction: The Guardian's New Band of the Day
THEESatisfaction were The Guardian's 'New Band of the Day' on Monday. See them on tour in the UK in April, and download an mp3 of 'Queens' from the widget below.
Lana Del Rey: Brit Award 'Best International Newcomer'
Lana Del Rey won the award for 'Best International Newcomer' at last night's Brit Awards.
Santigold: New EP 'Disparate Youth'
Santigold releases the 'Disparate Youth EP' on 8th April, in advance of her new album 'Master Of My Make Believe'.
20 Feb, 2012
DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora: No.1 in Singles Chart
DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora's new single 'Hot Right Now' has entered the BBC Singles Chart in the Number One position, this weekend.
DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora: 'Hot Right Now'
Following his #1 smash hit 'Louder' - one of 2011's biggest-selling singles - DJ Fresh is back with his new single 'Hot Right Now', featuring the vocal talents of Rita Ora. This is the official video, shot in Los Angeles and directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat.
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter is being hailed as the jewel in the Roc Nation crown and was signed by Jay Z after one phone call. Rita's vocals give 'Hot Right Now' a distinctive twist and the track bristles with the kind of energy and signature beats that Fresh has become known for.
Now a household name and armed with the accolade of having the first dubstep / drum & bass track to top the national singles chart with 'Louder', DJ Fresh has recently raised the bar once again via a sold-out UK live tour featuring a full band (including a headline performance at Alexandra Palace in front of 6,000 people), his 'Future Jungle EP', remixes for Katy B, Herve and Jessie J and winning 'Best Dance Act' at this year's Urban Music Awards - and his new album is already one of the most anticipated albums of 2012.
'Hot Right Now' is out now on Ministry of Sound Recordings.
Noel Gallagher NME Cover & Live Satellite Broadcast
Noel Gallagher is the cover star of this week's NME, in advance of his recieving the 'Godlike Genius Award' from the magazine at the NME Awards, at Brixton Academy in London on 29th February.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will play the O2 Arena in London on Sunday 26th February as part of their sold out UK arena tour.
The concert sold out in a matter of hours but fans who were unable to buy tickets will now have a chance to see it live on the big screen as the performance will be directly broadcast via satellite in high definition and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound into select Vue Cinemas across the UK!
CLICK HERE for full details.
The bands' UK arena tour began this week in Manchester, and continues until 1st March.
Straight Lines: New Single 'Half Gone'
Straight Lines new single 'Half Gone' is released today on Xtra Mile Recordings, new album 'Freaks Like Us' is out in April.
See them on tour throughout February and March both in their own right and as support to The Presidents of the United States of America.
- Ed Sellers
WU LYF European Tour
2011 saw WU LYF release 'Go Tell Fire To The Mountain', one the year's most acclaimed debut albums. Recorded in a disused Manchester church, 'Go Tell Fire To The Mountain' was released in June on the band's own 100% independent LYF Recordings.
WU LYF are now pleased to announce details of a 2012 headline tour.
The dates will take in the UK, Europe and USA and will include a 5 UK shows in March. The UK tour will kick off with a 1500 capacity hometown show at The Ritz, Manchester and feature two London shows at the capital's 1000 capacity Heaven venue.
CLICK HERE for full details.
14 Feb, 2012
NME Awards Tour 'On The Road' Video
- Matt Bates
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: New Video 'Dream On'
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will release new single 'Dream On' on March 12th through Sour Mash Records. The B-side will be 'Shoot A Hole Into The Sun', the first track to be released from the sessions Noel has recorded with the Amorphous Androgynous.
The single will be available to buy on 7", CD and download. The digital download will also be available as a bundle including the video, which both Noel and director Mike Bruce consider the best and most fun yet they have ever worked on filming together.
'Dream On' is taken from the eponymous debut album released last Autumn which has already sold over 550,000 copies to date, earning the singer-songwriter a BRIT award nomination for Best British Male this year. Noel has also been announced as the winner of NME's prestigious Godlike Genius Award for 2012.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will embark on an extensive UK arena tour this year augmented by a three-piece brass section and the choirs Crouch End Festival Chorus and Hertfordshire Chorus. The tour starts today at the Manchester MEN, taking in 14 cities throughout UK & Ireland.
Huoratron: New Album 'Cryptocracy'
Huoratron releases his new album 'Cryptocracy' on 24th April, on Last Gang Records. Recently he has been remixing M.I.A. and H.I.M..
Chiddy Bang: New Album 'Breakfast' & UK Tour
Chiddy Bang release their new album 'Breakfast' on 5th March. See them on tour throughout the UK in March, CLICK HERE for full details.
Asian Dub Foundation at Royal Festival Hall
We bring you news of a special performance from Asian Dub Foundation at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 12th April. The band have always been regarded as one of the world's great live acts and are the only band to have been invited by three Meltdown festival directors to perform - David Bowie, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Scott Walker.
The collaborators on ADF's most recent album come together here for this live show. The band are also joined by Nathan 'flutebox' Lee, Romany singer Kerieva, Chinese string players Chi 2, MC Skrien and the Ministry of Dhol.
With special guests Romay Featuring Ar8 Collexion.
AV concept by Jimmy Cauty (KLF) in his guise as the AV artist The One O'clock Club.
Bestival 2012 Line Up
The first line up of bands for Bestival 2012 has been announced, and includes half a dozen Primary and Decked Out artists so far. Bestival will take place at the Robin Hill Country Park near Newport on the Isle of Wight, between 6th - 9th September, curated by Josie and Rob Da Bank.
...Two Door Cinema Club
07 Feb, 2012
Dizzee Rascal to Support Red Hot Chili Peppers at Knebworth
It has been announced that Dizzee Rascal is to support the Red Hot Chili Peppers, when they play their UK stadium show at Knebworth Park, near Stevenage on 23rd June.
He has recently also been added to the bill for July's Benicassim Festival in Spain, and is Snoop Dogg's replacement as headliner at this April's Snowbombing Festival in Austria.
Dizzee Rascal will headline Splendour Festival in Nottingham and also Wakestock in Cardigan Bay in Abersoch, Wales.
Lana Del Rey: 'Born To Die' No.1 in UK Album Chart
Lana Del Rey's debut album 'Born To Die' has entered the Official UK Album Chart at #1, selling 117,000 copies in it's first week of release, more than the rest of the top five albums combined. It is the the fastest selling album of the year, and the first 2012 release to break 100,000.
In last week's iTunes album charts, 'Born To Die' was the #1 album in: Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Luxemburg,Switzerland, UK, USA.
#2 in Canada; #3 in Netherlands, Norway and Spain, #4 in Denmark and Sweden, #9 in Australia and #10 in New Zealand.
The 'Born To Die' single has gone up to #9 on the Official UK Singles Chart, and 'Video Games' has climbed back to #17 after 16 weeks on the chart, it has sold 292,000 copies since it's release.
Lana Del Rey: Vogue Cover
Lana Del Rey is the cover star of next month's Vogue magazine.
Lou Reed: 'From VU to LULU' European Tour
Hot off the incredible reception of his collaborative album 'LULU' with Metallica, Lou Reed will embark on his 'From VU to LULU' European tour during the summer of 2012.
The tour will start in Luxembourg on Wednesday 6th June and will take in several festivals, including Switzerland's Caribana Festival, France's Montereau Festival, Berlin's Citadel Music Festival, and Slovakia's renowned Pohoda Festival.
Also included are several other concerts in France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, and Germany.
The tour will feature a five-piece band, including Lou Reed, Tony 'Thunder' Smith (drums), Rob Wasserman (bass), Kevin Hearn (keyboards), and Aram Bajakian (guitar).
Lou and band will perform material from Reed's entire cannon of songs ranging from the Velvet Underground to his recent Metallica collaborative album 'LULU'.
CLICK HERE for full details.
03 Feb, 2012
The Magnetic Fields: 'Andrew In Drag'
Brand new video for The Magnetic Fields single 'Andrew In Drag', directed by Scott Valins. New album 'Love at the Bottom of the Sea' released on 5th March on Merge and Domino Records, on European tour through April and May, CLICK HERE for full details.
Lana Del Rey on David Letterman Show
Lana Del Rey performed 'Video Games' on last night's David Letterman Show on CBS.
Ingrid Michaelson: New Album 'Human Again'
This week Ingrid Michaelson's new album 'Human Again' is at No.5 on the Billboard chart and No.1 on the iTunes Album Chart. Hear the whole album plus extra tracks, through the link below.
Glasvegas Announce Swedish Tour
Glasvegas are pleased to announce that their first tour dates of 2012 will take place in Sweden. The four dates scheduled for late March will take in new uncharted territory for Glasvegas with first time visits to Malmo, Uppsala and the Open Festival in Umea;.
After a triumphant sell out performance at the 3500 Capacity Globens Annex in May 2011, Glasvegas have also included a return to the nations capital: Stockholm, to play an intimate gig, showcasing brand new material at the iconic Fotografiska.
The band reached No.1 in Sweden with the release of their second album 'Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\', Glasvegas toured the world for most of 2011 which included a first time visit to Australia where the band played a string of sell out shows.
Now in 2012 (Glasvegas - James Allan - vocals / Rab Allan - guitar / Paul Donoghue - bass and Jonna Lofgren - drums) have been locked away in the studio writing and demoing for the next album and are currently working on new songs.
As well as hearing classic tracks from their eponoymous debut and sophomore follow up, Swedish fans can also expect to hear brand new material from their forthcoming (as yet untitled) third album.
for full details CLICK HERE
02 Feb, 2012
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Connan Mockasin in the Guardian Studio
French singer-songwriter and actor Charlotte Gainsbourg visits the Guardian studio to perform 'Out Of Touch', from her new album 'Stage Whisper'. Co-written in Paris with New Zealand musician Connan Mockasin she describes it as a "break-up song... but maybe about coming back together as well"
01 Feb, 2012
Lana Del Rey: New Album 'Born To Die'
Interscope Records have made Lana Del Reys's new album available for streaming through Soundcloud. Listen to edits of 'Born To Die here in it's entirety.
- Lana del Rey
SoKo: New Album and UK Tour
SoKo releases a new album 'I Thought I Was An Alien' (Because Music) on 20th February, which features this track 'First Love Never Die'. She will be on tour throughout the UK during late February and early March, CLICK HERE for complete information.
- Matt Bates
All The Young: New Single 'The Horizon'
All The Young release a new single 'The Horizon' on 26th March. Download a free album from their website 'Live at the Kings Hall'
The band will be on tour with the Kaiser Chiefs around the UK, throughout February
- Matt Bates
Rufus Wainwright: New Album 'Out Of The Game'
Rufus Wainwright releases his new album 'Out Of The Game' (Polydor Records) on 23rd April.
Produced by Mark Ronson, 'Out of the Game' is the seventh studio album from one of the very best contemporary songwriters.
Rufus says it's, "the most pop album I've ever made" while Mark Ronson believes, "it's the best work of my career." Both sentiments can be heard between the grooves of this marriage made in heaven. Recorded in New York last autumn, the 12 tracks sparkle and shine.
From the uptempo opening chords of the title track and first single to the gospel tinged rock of 'Jericho', through the beauty of 'Sometimes You Need' and the emotional pull of 'Candles', this new disc ranks alongside Rufus Wainwright's very best.
Musicians on the album include the Dap Kings, who Mark used for the groundbreaking Amy Winehouse, 'Back To Black' CD and his own 'Record Collection'; Wilco's Nels Cline; Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow; Sean Lennon and Martha Wainwright.
Influences, as ever, were all encompassing. Mark says 'Out of the Game', "has a real 70's, Laurel Canyon spirit" while Rufus cites, "all the greats Elton, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, basically the brash and beautiful. It's also very Rufus." Without a doubt, 'Out of the Game' covers all the bases.