Billboard has announced that Taylor Swift is the highest earner of 2011, out doing both Adele and Lady Gaga.
The headliners for the Reading and Leeds Festival have been announced. Over the three day event Kasabian, Foo Fighters and The Cure will close each day of music. Make sure you check out the other acts that are performing over the August bank holiday weekend.
Courtney Love spoke out about The Muppets recently covering the iconic Nirvana track Smells Like Teen Spirit. She spoke with vehemence saying that her husband’s music is being “raped” by The Muppets interpretation. Jack Black has hit back against this by saying that he thinks her claim is “absurd”. Black featured in the recent Muppet movie and indeed in the scene were the song was performed.
Una Healy of the girl band The Saturdays has given birth to a baby girl called Aoife Belle Foden. This is the first child for the singer and her fiancé ruby player Ben Foden. Congratulations.
Madonna has hit back against Karl Lagerfeld’s comments about singer Adele’s weight. The Voguesinger said that Lagerfeld’s comments were “horrible” and “ridiculous”. She then offered Adele some advice saying “remember… whether you rise or fall, it has so much to do with how you sustain yourself and keep your integrity and your inner strength.” Right on, Madge.
The Doobie Brothers bassist Michael Hossack has lost his battle with cancer. He was 65.
Wrecking Ball, the latest studio album from living legend Bruce Springsteen has gained him his 9thnumber one album position. This was the last album to be recorded featuring Clarence Clemmons who died last year. Clemmons was the saxophonist as part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Springsteen has admitted to breaking down when he heard the finished track featuring Clemmons.
Record Store Day is taking place on April 21st. Domino have announced special limited edition releases from their artists. Check them out. Animal Collective – Tranverse Temporal Gyrus 12” Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine? Purple vinyl 7” Hot Chip – Night and Day (Daphni mix) 12” Francois And The Atlas Mountains/Slow Club split 7” She and Him – Volume 1 coloured Vinyl Caitlin Rose – Piledriver Waltz/Love Is A Laserquest 7” King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Third Swan ltd 7” James Yorkston – Moving Up Country 10thAnniversary Edition vinyl John Cale – remix 12”
A recording of Chase and Status live at Brixton Academy is due for release April 2nd. The DVD features eighteen live performances of their tracks along with a whole host of extras and a bonus live CD album.
Andrew Bird has added more live dates to his forthcoming tour. Check him out at the following dates and venues. 2nd June – Field Day, London 6th June – Trinity, Bristol 8th June – Fruit Market, Glasgow 9th June – No Direction Home Festival 10thJune – Theatre Royal, Brighton
New album from Bouncing Souls, Comet, is due for release in June. See them at one of their upcoming live shows. 28th April – Groezrock 2nd May – Moho Live, Manchester 3rd May – Anti-Fest 2012, The Forum, Herts University 4thMay – Joiners, Southampton
Hot Chip has announced an epic number of live dates for the coming summer season. Make sure you get down to see them. 10th June – Leadmill, Sheffield 11th June – Junction, Cambridge 13th June – Heaven London 15th June – Lovebox, London (headline show) 27th July – Camp Bestival, Dorset 2nd September – Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Ireland 6thSeptember – Bestival, Isle of White
Currently working their way across the country on their tour JLS have now announced plans for six summer shows. 19th August – South Park, Oxford 25th August – Bitts Park, Carlisle 26th August – Chantry Park, Ipswich 27th August – County Ground, Brighton and Hove Probiz 1st September – Powderham Castle, Exeter 2ndSeptember – Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln
Letters will be playing a handful of shows. Make sure you get down to see them. 21st March – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow 22nd March – Hootananny’s, Inverness 23rd March – Newmarkey Bar, Thurso 24th March – Saucy Mary’s, Skye 25thMarch – Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh
Lightships have announced two UK dates. 4th May – CCA, Glasgow 8thMay – Lexington, London
Say Anything’s new album Anarchy, My Dear is currently gaining great reviews and recognition. See the band perform songs from the album on their upcoming tour. 24th May – XOYO, London 26th May – Slam Dunk Festival North, Leeds University, Leeds 27th May – Slam Dunk Festival South, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfiel Campus, Hertfordshire 28th May – Slam Dunk Wales, Cardiff University 29thMay – Slam Dunk Scotland, ABC, Glasgow