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 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.
Tell us your opinions. Do you agree? Disagree? Who would you include? We would love to know.
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”
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.
Matchbox Twenty are set to release their first album in 10 years. The new album, North, is due for release in September.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 was announced as the radio station of the year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. Congratulations.
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 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
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 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 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 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 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
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 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
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
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