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Music News: Monday 21st May 2012

Lisa Bentley



Donna Summer:  31st December 1948 – 17th May 2012

Disco legend Donna Summer, born LaDonna Adrian Gaines has passed away. The cause of death has been revealed as lung cancer. Summer had been battling the disease for some years. Tributes have poured out from musicians and industry professionals. Jon Landau, the chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed regrets not inducting Summer sooner despite the late singer being nominated several times, “Regrettably, despite being nominated on a number of occasions, our voting group has failed to recognize her – an error I can only hope is finally and permanently rectified next year.”

NME Ultimate Icon

NME are currently searching for their ultimate icon as part of their 60th Anniversary celebrations. The many musicians that they considered has been narrowed down and the final shortlist is as follows.

Alex Turner
Amy Winehouse
David Bowie
Jimi Hendrix
John Lennon
Kurt Cobain
Liam Gallagher

Tell us your opinions. Do you agree? Disagree? Who would you include? We would love to know.

Handsome Furs Call It Quits

Husband and Wife band Handsome Furs have called it a day. They released a statement on their website – “With a heavy heart the time has come to let all of you know that Handsome Furs are no more. The most important thing that needs to be said right now is how extremely grateful we are to all the fans all over the world that showered us with love and support over the years. Thank you for everything! It’s been an incredible 6 years and we owe it all to you. xoxo HF”

Adele for Glastonbury 2013?

Michael Eavis, founder and boss of Glastonbury has revealed that he has asked Adele to headline nest year’s festival. However, the multiplatinum singer has turned down the offer. Whilst Eavis has revealed who won’t be headlining he did reveal that next year’s headliners have been decided. Who are they? You will have to wait until next year to find out. Who do you think will be playing next year’s festival? Let us know your thoughts and opinions.

New Matchbox Twenty Album

Matchbox Twenty are set to release their first album in 10 years. The new album, North, is due for release in September.

Musicians Support Gay Marriage

Many artists have revealed their support for President Obama and his endorsement of the marriage rights for same sex couples. The latest musicians to support his cause are Jay-Z and T.I.

Ivor Novello Winners Revealed

The 57th Ivor Novello Awards took place this week. Often considered one of the highest caliber award ceremonies the honour to win is a highly sought race. The winners are as follows: –

Best Contemporary Song – Video Games, Lana Del Rey

PRS for Music Most Performed Work – Rolling In The Deep, Adele

Best Television Soundtrack – The Shadow Line, composed by Martin Phipps

The Ivors Jazz Award – Stan Tracey

Album Award – Let England Shake, PJ Harvey

Outstanding Song Collection – Gary Kemp

The Ivors Inspiration Award – Siouxsie Sioux

Best Original Film Score – The First Grader, composed by Alex Heffes

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music – Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen & Robbie Williams (Take That)

Best Song Musically and Lyrically – The A Team, Ed Sheeran

Lifetime Achievement – Mark Knopfler

Songwriter of the Year – Adele Adkins

PRS for Music Special International Award – Jimmy Webb

BASCA Fellowship – Andrew Lloyd Webber

Michael Jackson’s Glove Auction

The iconic crystal glove has been put forward for auction. The late singers costumes are clothes will be auctioned off in December with the funds raised going to charity. The glove is set to make £252,540 when it goes under the hammer.

More Musical Auction News

A rare photograph of The Beatles walking in the opposite direction across Abbey Road is up for auction and is expected to earn £9000. The photograph was taken by Iain Macmillian and it shows the band walking in the opposite direction of the picture used for their album Abbey Road.

Adele Tops Official Charts of 2011

The Official Chart Company has compiled a list of 2011 top streamed songs and once again it is another win for Adele. The top 20 can be seen below.

1   Rolling In The Deep – Adele

2   Grenade – Bruno Mars

3   Price Tag – Jessie J feat Bob

4   S&M – Rhianna

5   The A Team – Ed Sheeran

6   Do It Like A Dude – Jessie J

7   Make You Feel My Love – Adele

8   What’s My Name – Rhianna feat Drake

9   Only Girl (In The World) – Rhianna

10 Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

11 Just The Way You Are (Amazing) – Bruno Mars

12 Who’s That Chick – David Guetta feat Rhianna

13 Firework – Katy Perry

14 Born This Way – Lady Gaga

15 On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez feat Pitbull

16 Your Song – Ellie Goulding

17 Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera

18 Forget You – Cee Lo Green

19 We Found Love – Rhianna feat Calvin Harris

20 ET – Katy Perry feat Kanye West

CBGB’s Movie Set for Production

A new movie about New York’s infamous punk club CBGB’s is due to start filming soon. Alan Rickman will play club owner Hilly Kristal.

Indonesia not Gaga for the Lady

Lady Gaga has faced a ban from performing in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Gaga was due to perform in the country in June however due to her character and career defining stylistic choices she has met with opposition from government bodies who feel that her risque costumes and songs are hazardous to the youth.

Festival Performers Revealed

The iTunes Festival returns later this year and some of the performers have already been revealed. Artists who will be taking to the stage at London’s Roundhouse this year include Jack White, One Direction and Usher.

BBC Radio 6 Winners

BBC Radio 6 was announced as the radio station of the year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. Congratulations.

Live Announcements

Ellen and the Escapades

Check out Ellen and the Escapades will be touring. Check them out.

28th May – The Tabernacle, London (with Smoke Fairies)

2nd June – Bushstock Communion Festival, London

1st July – Beat-Herder Festival, The Ribble Valley

14th July – Brewood Festival, Brewood

21st July – Deer Shed Festival, North Yorks

21st July – Secret Garden Party, Ripton

10th August – Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire

25th August – Galtres Festival, York

26th August – Folk East Festival, Somerleyton Hall

2nd September – Bingley Music Live, Bingley


Check out Friends on their summer tour.

2nd June – Field Day, London

2nd June – Dot To Dot, Bristol

3rd June – Dot To Dot, Nottingham

4th June – Rough Trade East Instore, London

6th June – Dingwalls, London

8th June – The Kazimier, Liverpool

9th June – Parklife Festival, Manchester

17th August – Summer Sundae, Leicester

19th August – Greenman Festival, Glanusk Park

24th August – Reading Festival, Reading

25th August – Leeds Festival, Leeds

6th September – Bestival, Robin Hill Park, Isle of Wight

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is playing a five date UK arena tour in October. Get your ticket via www.gigsandtours.co m.

12th October – Manchester Arena, Manchester (0844 847 8000)

14th October – LG Arena, Birmingham (0844 338 8000)

16th October – Braehead Arena, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

18th October – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield (0114 256 5656)

20th October – Wembley Arena, London (0844 815 0815)


The Levellers will be touring later this year.

25th September – The Anvil, Basingstoke

26th September – Cathedral, Exeter

27th September – Cathedral, Salisbury

28th September – Opera House, Buxton

29th September – Royal Hall, Harrogate

30th September – The Sage, Gateshead

14th November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

15th November – o2 Academy, Bristol

16th November – Engine Shed, Lincoln

17th November – Academy, Manchester

18th November – o2 Academy, Liverpool

20th November – ABC, Glasgow

21st November – Rock City, Nottingham

22nd November – o2 Academy, Leeds

23rd November – o2 Academy, Birmingham

24th November – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

25th November – Guildhall, Southampton

Mindless Self Indulgence

Check out Mindless Self Indulgence on their upcoming tour. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

25th October – Academy 3, Manchester

26th October – The Garage, Glasgow

27th October – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

28th October – HMV Forum, London

Nite Jewel

Nite Jewel are touring in July. Get your ticket.

10th July – The Grand Social, Dublin

11th July – Start The Bus, Bristol

12th July – Erics, Liverpool

13th July – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

14th July – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

15th July – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

16th July – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

17th July – The Green Door Store, Brighton

18th July – XOYO, London

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men will be touring in October.

10th October – Electric Ballroom, London

11th October – Garage, Glasgow

12th October – Moho Live, Manchester

13th October – Asylum, Birmingham

14th October – Cockpit, Leeds

Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley is set to play an autumn tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

16th September – Picture House, Holmfirth

17th September – UEA, Norwich

18th September – Pyramid, Portsmouth

19th September – Dome, Brighton

21st September – Pavilion, Bath

22nd September – Institute, Birmingham

23rd September – City Hall, Sheffield

25th September – o2 Academy, Leeds

26th September – Academy, Manchester

27th September – o2 Academy, Newcastle

28th September – Barrowland, Glasgow

30th September – Engine Shed, Lincoln

1st October – Assembly Rooms, Derby

3rd October – o2 Academy, Brixton

Shed Seven

Shed Seven will be playing two headline shows alongside festival appearances.

6th July – Leadmill, Sheffield

7th July – T in the Park, Balado, Scotland

28th July – Kendal Calling

17th August – o2 Academy Islington, London

18th – 19th August – V Festival

Twin Atlantic

After supporting Blink 182 and their festival appearances, Twin Atlantic will be playing in October and November.

9th June – o2 Arena, London

15th June – Manchester Arena, Manchester

16th June – LG Arena, Birmingham

17th June – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

19th June – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

20th June – SECC, Glasgow

8th July – T in the Park Festival

25th August – Reading Festival

26th August – Leeds Festival

27th October – Barrowland, Glasgow

29th October – Music Hall, Aberdeen

30th October – HMV Picturehouse, Edinburgh

1st November – o2 Academy, Newcastle

2nd November – Manchester Academy, Manchester

3rd November – o2 Academy, Birmingham

5th November – UEA, Norwich

6th November – o2 Academy, Bristol

7th November – Guildhall, Southampton

8th November – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

The View

The View are heading out on an epic summer tour. With plenty of live dates you have no excuse not to get to their show.

9th June – Rockness, Inverness

10th June – Ku Bar, Stockton

12th June – Cockpit, Leeds

13th June – The Welly, Hull

14th June – The Duchess, York

16th June – Leadmill, Sheffield

17th June – o2 Academy, Liverpool

18th June – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

19th June – Cardiff University, Cardiff

20th June – Fleece, Bristol

22nd June – Roadmender, Northampton

23rd June – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

24th June – Concorde 2, Brighton

25th June – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

26th June – Koko, London

28th June – Junction, Cambridge

29th June – Wulfren Hall, Wolverhampton

7th July – Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes

8th July – The Dome, Doncaster

9th July – The Ritz, Manchester

10th July – o2 Academy 2, Newcastle

12th July – o2 Academy, Glasgow

We Are Scientists

Along with playing a whole host of festival dates We Are Scientists are set to embark on a Summer tour.

22nd July – Tramlines, Sheffield

23rd July – Thekla, Bristol

25th July – The Garage, London

26th July – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

27th July – Duchess, York

29th July – Kendal Calling, Cumbria

30th July – Arts Centre, Norwich

31st July – Deaf Institute, Manchester

1st August – King Tuts, Glasgow

3rd August – Belladrum, Scotland

4th August – Weekender, Stockton

5th August – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire

Released This Week

Born and Raised – John Mayer

Choice of Weapon – The Cult

The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap

Spirit In The Room – Tom Jones

Some Nights – Fun.

Words and Music By St Etienne – St Etienne

Streets In The Sky – The Enemy

Fairytales – Heather Peace

Blood Speaks – Smoke Fairies


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