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30
Nov

Thom Yorke compares YouTube to Nazi Germany in new interview

Thom Yorke has compared YouTube to Nazi Germany in an extensive new interview about the music industry, Radiohead’s next album, Yorke’s solo album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’, and the environment.

Speaking to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Yorke explained that he listened to new music through paid music site Boomkat. “I definitely don’t use YouTube,” he said.

Discussing the application extension AdBlocker – a browser app that allows users to skip adverts on YouTube and other sites, he said, “The funny thing is that YouTube has said ‘that’s not fair’. You know? They say it’s not fair – the people who put adverts in front of any piece of content, making a load of money, while artists don’t get paid or are paid laughable amounts – and that seems fine to them. But if they don’t get a profit out of it, it’s not fair.”

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Continuing to speak on the subject of access to music, Yorke discussed how he makes a profit from music sales and streaming. “I don’t know, you tell me,” he said. “I don’t have the solution to these problems. I only know that they’re making money with the work of loads of artists who don’t get any benefit from it.

“People continue to say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free,” he added. “It’s not true. The creators of services make money – Google, YouTube. A huge amount of money, by trawling, like in the sea – they take everything there is. ‘Oh, sorry, was that yours? Now it’s ours. No, no, we’re joking – it’s still yours’. They’ve seized control of it – it’s like what the Nazis did during the Second World War. Actually, it’s like what everyone was doing during the war, even the English – stealing the art of other countries. What difference is there?”

He went on to discuss his perception of physical music in contrast to digital music. “Recently I got out all the vinyl that I had,” he said. “Stuff collected over a lifetime… with every single vinyl there’s a relationship. Like when I’m DJing: there’s this direct contact, you have to take the disc, choose it, put it in a bag, and put the bags in the taxi and then you have to get them down, open them and so on. That relationship doesn’t exist with digital files, USB sticks. And that has a corrosive effect on how music is made.”

Yorke has been a famous critic of music streaming service Spotify for years. In 2013 he labelled the streaming service “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse” after he and Nigel Godrich, co-creator of Yorke’s solo album ‘The Eraser’, earned “f*ck all” from the service. Discussing other Spotify critics, he noted, “When Byrne sided against Spotify it was a relief for me. Finally, I’m not the only one to say ‘Hey, excuse me, it’s not fair that it works like this.'”

Thom Yorke compares YouTube to Nazi Germany in new interview

30
Nov

Foy Vance becomes second signing to Ed Sheeran's label Gingerbread Man Records

Ed Sheeran has signed Northern Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance to his label Gingerbread Man Records.

Vance becomes the label’s second signing following Jamie Lawson, who was announced as the label’s debut signing when Ed Sheeran launched it in August. Lawson’s self-titled album – his fourth – went on to top the UK Album chart in October.

Sheeran and Vance are friends, and last December Sheeran recorded a cover of Vance’s ‘Make It Rain’ for the season finale of Sons Of Anarchy. They have also toured together and on Vance’s second album, 2013’s ‘Joy Of Nothing’, Sheeran guested on ‘Guiding Light’.

Vance has likewise guested on Sheeran’s album, co-writing ‘Afire Love’ and ‘Tenerife Sea’ from Sheeran’s latest album ‘X’.
Vance said, “I feel a deep sense of peace signing to an artist led label, not least of all because the artist in question is our Ed. Every time I’ve turned around in the last few years he has had my back.”

Sheeran said, “I am very happy to reveal Foy Vance as my second signing to Gingerbread Man Records. Foy’s always been an artist I’ve admired since meeting him in 2006. We’ve become touring buddies over the past few years and he’s actually out in Australia with me at the moment on the final leg of my X tour. His vocals are going to blow you away and I can’t wait for you all to hear the record.”

Ed Sheeran officially launched his new record label, Gingerbread Man Records in August of this year. The label is a subsidiary of Warner Music.

“I’m extremely excited to be starting-up my own label,” he said in a press statement. “It’s something I’ve been planning for some time. I’ve always loved endorsing acts from the very beginning and I get to work with artists I truly believe in.”

Sheeran continued to describe his first signing, Jamie Lawson as “an incredible talent”. Gingerbread Man Records have also launched their official YouTube channel. Watch Sheeran’s first video for it above.

Foy Vance becomes second signing to Ed Sheeran's label Gingerbread Man Records

30
Nov

Suede, Swim Deep, Mystery Jets and more announced for NME Awards Shows with Austin, Texas

Suede, Swim Deep and Mystery Jets are among the acts playing NME Awards Shows 2016 with Austin, Texas.

The line-up of gigs, which also includes headline dates from The Strypes, Boots and Blossoms, will take place at various venues around London in February next year.

The Strypes will start the series of shows with a performance at The Garage on February 1. Newcomers Vant will perform at The Lexington the following night.

Later in the month, Suede will headline the O2 Forum (February 12). NME’s current Godlike Genius recipients will play a special gig as part of the showcase, with their critically-acclaimed ‘Night Thoughts’ live set where the band performing the full album behind a projection of the accompanying feature film. They will follow this with a storming second set of classics, fan favourites and rarities.

Meanwhile Mystery Jets make their live return in Brixton with a gig at the Electric venue on February 16 where they will perform material from new album ‘Curve Of The Earth’.

Swim Deep play an intimate gig at Tuffnel Park Dome on February 24 while King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard hit Electric Ballroom on February 18.

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Elsewhere, Boots will headline XOYO (February 4) while Spring King play live at 100 Club on February 16.

Meanwhile, new bands such as Kid Wave, Crows, Pretty Vicious, Declan McKenna and Public Access TV all headline shows in the run. More live shows will be announced shortly.

Pre-sale tickets for the shows are available from 9am on Wednesday December 2. Tickets go on general sale on Friday December 4 at 9am.

The NME Awards Shows 2016 with Austin, Texas are as follows:

The Strypes, The Garage (February 1)
VANT, The Lexington (February 2)
Boots, XOYO (February 4)
Together Pangea, Moth Club (February 5)
Kid Wave, Oslo (February 7)
Crows, The Black Heart (February 10)
Pretty Vicious, Dingwalls (February 11)
Suede, The Forum (February 12)
Declan McKenna, Barfly (February 15)
Spring King, 100 Club (February 16)
Mystery Jets, Brixton Electric (February 16)
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Electric Ballroom (February 18)
Swim Deep, Tuffnel Park Dome (February 24)
Public Access TV, Birthdays (February 25)
Blossoms, Scala (February 25)

Voting for the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas has begun. You can vote now for your favourite artist to help them get nominated in a range of categories at next year’s awards.

Music fans can cast their votes across categories including Best British Band, Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas, Best Album supported by HMV, Best British Solo supported by Pilot Pens, Hero of the Year and many more from today (November 3). Those votes will be compiled into shortlists, with the final nominations announced later this year.

To vote, head to www.nme.com/awardsvote.

The awards vote follows the announcement of the NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas. Bloc Party, Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone are all confirmed to play.

Suede, Swim Deep, Mystery Jets and more announced for NME Awards Shows with Austin, Texas

30
Nov

Blur perform 'This Is A Low' in latest 'New World Towers' clip – watch

Blur have shared a new clip from their forthcoming documentary film, Blur: New World Towers.

Directed by Sam Wrench, the feature-length film will be released on December 2, and focuses on the band’s London gig at Hyde Park during the summer.

The documentary is expected to focus on the Damon Albarn/Graham Coxon dynamic, going in-depth on how new record ‘The Magic Whip’, Blur’s first album as a four-piece in 16 years, was written and recorded.

Watch the band perform ‘This Is A Low’ at London’s Hyde Park below:

‘New World Towers’ – the title of a track on the aforementioned eighth album – is the name of a building in Hong Kong. The city features in the film as the location of concert footage that concludes the documentary, as well as the opening to the album’s story.

A series of special “one night only” screenings of the film take place on December 2 and will show at cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Edinburgh, at selected Picturehouse, Curzon, Odeon, Vue and Cineworld venues. An international release is also planned. For more information go to www.blur.co.uk

Watch a trailer for the documentary below:

Blur perform 'This Is A Low' in latest 'New World Towers' clip – watch

30
Nov

Stereophonics and Faithless to co-headline Isle of Wight Festival 2016

Stereophonics and Faithless have been announced as the latest headliners of 2016’s Isle of Wight Festival.

The two acts will co-headline on Friday June 10 and join Queen on the bill following the announcement that they will top the bill of the festival on Sunday June 12.

Speaking about the band’s headline slot, Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones said: “I love playing the Isle Of Wight Festival. I got to steer the boat over last time. Captain of the ship and honked the horn! Only the captain gets to honk the horn. This will be our third time at the festival…. I’ll leave my white suit at home this time though!”

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Meanwhile, festival promoter John Giddings said: “We are delighted to welcome Stereophonics and Faithless back to the Isle of Wight Festival to co-headline the Friday night. Stereophonics continue to prove they are still on top with a new number one album and they are absolutely brilliant live. Likewise Faithless, who are currently celebrating their 20th year, have had hit after hit, and I know the crowds at the festival are going to go crazy when they bring their live set up to the Friday night. Looking forward to catching their sets!”

The Isle of Wight exclusive deal rules Queen and Adam Lambert out of headlining Glastonbury next year. Lambert recently spoke about wanting to play Worthy Farm with Queen and the band were among bookies favourites to top the Pyramid Stage bill in 2016.

Isle of Wight Festival takes place at Seaclose Park in Newport between June 10-12. Headliners at this year’s festival included Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys and Blur.

Stereophonics and Faithless to co-headline Isle of Wight Festival 2016

30
Nov

Animal Collective announce new album details – hear new single 'FloriDada' now

Animal Collective have announced details of their eleventh full-length album, ‘Painting With’. Stream new single ‘FloriDada’ now.

The US band will release the follow up to 2012’s ‘Centipede Hz’ on February 19 next year. The album is described as “Warm and personal, kaleidoscopic and high definition”, and the band have worked on it throughout 2015, with band member Avey Tare calling the material “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…”

Recorded at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, once home to sessions by The Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye, the album features contributions from John Cale and Colin Stetson.

The CD and LP formats of the album will be available in three different covers – featuring Animal Collective members Avey Tare, Geologist, and Panda Bear, respectively – as painted by artist Brian DeGraw.

‘Painting With’ tracklist:

‘FloriDada’
‘Hocus Pocus’
‘Vertical’
‘Lying In The Grass’
‘The Burglars’
‘Natural Selection’
‘Bagels In Kiev’
‘On Delay’
‘Spilling Guts’
‘Summing The Wretch’
‘Golden Gal’
‘Recycling’

Earlier this year Animal Collective posted new song ‘Michael, Remember’, a 23-minute improvised jam that, was recorded during a practice session last May.

The track was released alongside footage shot in July 2014 by marine biologist Colin Foord at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.

Animal Collective announce new album details – hear new single 'FloriDada' now

30
Nov

Artist who paints grime MCs as landed gentry set for exhibition at London's Tate Britain

Reuben Dangoor, the artist behind a recent project that saw grime artists depicted as 19th century members of the landed gentry, has announced a new exhibition at London’s Tate Britain.

Dangoor, also known for 2010 viral video ‘Being A Dickhead’s Cool’, will be part of the Late at Tate Britain’s event on the theme of celebrity this weekend.

A press release reads: “From historic royalty to YouTube fame, how has art displayed status? Starting with the idea of power and going on to the body and changing face of celebrity, this season Late at Tate Britain explores representations of status through time.”

Dangoor’s ‘Legends of the Scene’ is one of the pop-up exhibitions for the night, which will run at the gallery on Friday (December 4) from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. It will feature portraits of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Skepta and more, all depicted as aristocrats.

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There will also be live music from Joey Fourr, an “odd-pop” trio featuring ex-Tubelord frontman Joseph Prendergast. More info can be found here.

Speaking about the project previously, Dangoor told Noisey: “A lot of that sort of imagery is representative of the UK in a historical or stereotypical way”.

“Big country manors, Earls and Dukes, Downton Abbey. I feel like the grime guys are flying the flag for the UK in a totally different way but are still 100 per cent homegrown. I just liked the idea that we could hold these guys up in the same sort of regard and present them in the same sort of way.”

SEE MORE: These Paintings Of Grime MCs As Landed Gentry From The 19th Century Are Brilliantly Creative

Artist who paints grime MCs as landed gentry set for exhibition at London's Tate Britain

30
Nov

20,000 people sign petition to remove Adam Lambert from Singapore New Year concert due to sexuality

Over 20,000 “concerned citizens” have signed a petition in a bid to prevent Adam Lambert from performing in Singapore on New Year’s Eve.

The opposition to Lambert performing at the Countdown 2016 concert are based in of his “promotion of LGBT rights” and so-called “sexualised” performances. The Countdown concert is an annual New Years event and is also televised.

A petition, which closed having reached its target of 20,000 backers, states that the singer is “hardly the kind of performer to send off our historic Jubilee year” and calls on the government and concert organisers’ MediaCorp to remove Lambert from the bill.

“Singaporeans can enjoy a good show with their consciences being affronted by lewd acts in the name of entertainment.

“In addition, a simple online search would reveal that he is well-known for his active promotion of a highly sexualised lifestyle and LGBT rights, [both] of which are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values.”

Lambert himself has since backed a rival petition started in defence of his booking. This petition reached over 24,000 signatures and subsequently closed, with organisers saying they had made their point.

Lambert shared a link to this petition on his Facebook page, and wrote: “I am a uniter, not a divider, and I believe in celebrating the human heart and spirit… the tour is based primarily on new material, and it promises to be a thoughtful and sophisticated insight into the pursuit of happiness and self-worth.”

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20,000 people sign petition to remove Adam Lambert from Singapore New Year concert due to sexuality

30
Nov

Adele's '25' reaches one million UK sales in record-breaking time

Adele has broken the Official UK Album Chart record for the fastest million-selling album ever with ’25’.

The album has sold over one million copies in just ten days since being released on November 10. ’25’ went straight to Number One on November 27 with sales of 800,000 Three days later and the Official Chart Company have today (November 30) confirmed that the album is now the biggest-selling album of 2015.

Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ was previously the best-selling album of 2015. Sales of ’25’ have also had a positive effect on album sales as a whole, boosting the chart market by 21 per cent compared to the previous week.

As of last week Adele’s ’25’ is officially the fastest-selling album of all time in the UK. The album passed the previous record holders Oasis and their 1997 album ‘Be Here Now’. ‘Be Here Now’ sold 696,000 copies in its first week of release.

Additionally, ’25’ is also the most downloaded Number One album of all time in the UK after being downloaded 252,423 times last week.

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Meanwhile, Adele will embark on a rare UK and Ireland tour in 2016, it has been confirmed. She will head out on the road for a series of arena gigs in February and March next year.

Starting with two nights at Belfast’s SSE Arena on February 29 and March 1, Adele will then go on to play in Dublin, Manchester, London, Birmingham and Glasgow before heading to Europe for appearances across the continent.

Adele’s European dates will include Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Herning, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Zurich, Lisbon, Barcelona, Verona, Amsterdam, Paris and Antwerp.

See below for full UK and Ireland dates.

Adele will play:

Belfast, SSE Arena (February 29-March 1)
Dublin, 3Arena (March 4-5)
Manchester, Arena (March 7-8)
London, The O2 (March 15-16, 18-19)
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (March 25-26)
Birmingham, Genting Arena (March 29-30)

UK advance tickets go on sale Tuesday, December 1 at 9am GMT.

Adele's '25' reaches one million UK sales in record-breaking time

30
Nov

Bob Geldof 'half-expected' death of daughter Peaches

Bob Geldof has spoken about losing his daughter Peaches Geldof to a drug overdose in 2014.

The writer and socialite was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent in April last year, aged 25. Police said at the time that her death was being treated as “non-suspicious but unexplained and sudden”, but the results of a toxicology report later showed Geldof had heroin in her system.

Speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on Irish station RTE Radio 1 recently, Geldof said that he “half-expected” his daughter’s death.

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“Part of me kind of half-expected [it with] Peaches, to be honest with you – the way she was carrying on, there’s nothing you can do about it”.

Geldof continued to say: “This thing of being forever 25, in my head, that’s unbearable, simply because of that cliche – you’re not supposed to see your children die.”

“But she is the one who is with me every second of the day and she is the one who bangs into my consciousness at any moment, especially in any down moment… where I’m not doing something. She’s very present.

“Time does not heal, it accommodates. But it is not accommodating this,” he added.

The Boomtown Rats musicians also remembered how his father broke the news of his mother’s death when he was six: “My Dad came into the room and he just sat on the side of the bed and he just said, ‘Your Mum died last night,’ very baldly. That was a very good lesson for later on in my life.”

A funeral service for Peaches Geldof was held at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in the village of Davington, Kent, on April 21, 2014. Her father led the tributes. Her ashes were believed to have been scattered at Bob Geldof’s Davington Priory country estate. Mourners included musicians Jools Holland, Bill Wyman and Johnny Borrell, and former Creation boss Alan McGee.

Peaches’ death echoed that of her mother, Paula Yates, who died in 2000 after an accidental overdose of heroin.

Bob Geldof 'half-expected' death of daughter Peaches

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