Maria Alyokhina, one of the three incarcerated members of Russian music group Pussy Riot has been denied parole. Earlier this week Alyokhina staged a hunger strike in protest to her incarceration.
90s band of brothers Hanson have released their own brand of beer in America. The new drink is a tragic pun of their hit song Mmmbop; the drink is called Mmmhops.
JLS’s Marvin Humes and The Saturday’s Rochelle Wiseman have welcomed a baby girl to their family. The couple named their daughter Alaia-Mai. In other baby news, DJ Annie Mac and her DJ boyfriend Toddla T have welcomed a baby boy to their family. Details of the baby’s name have yet to be revealed.
The Billboard Music Awards took place recently. Below is the list of the winners.
Top Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Song: Gotye feat. Kimbra Somebody That I Used To Know
Top Billboard 200 Album: Taylor Swift Red
Top Duo/Group: One Direction
Top New Artist: One Direction
Top Touring Artist: Madonna
Top Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Maroon 5
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Digital Songs Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Radio Songs Artist: Rihanna
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist: Nicki Minaj
Top Pop Artist: One Direction
Top R&B Artist: Rihanna
Top Rap Artist: Nicki Minaj
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist: Fun.
Top Latin Artist: Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Artist : Madonna
Top EDM Artist: David Guetta
Top Christian Artist: tobyMac
Top Pop Album: Adele 21
Top R&B Album: Rihanna Unapologetic
Top Rap Album: Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Top Country Album: Taylor Swift Red
Top Rock Album: Mumford & Sons Babel
Top Latin Album: Jenni Rivera La Misma Gran Senora
Top Dance Album : Madonna MDNA
Top EDM Album: Skrillex Bangarang
Top Christian Album: tobyMac Eye On It
Top Digital Song: Carly Rae Jepson Call Me Maybe
Top Radio Song: Gotye feat. Kimbra Somebody That I Used To Know
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Gotye feat. Kimbra Somebody That I Used To Know
Top Streaming Song (Video): Psy Gangham Style
Top Pop Song: Carly Rae Jepson Call Me Maybe
Top R&B Song: Rihanna Diamonds
Top Rap Song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz Thrift Shop
Top Country Song: Taylor Swift We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Top Rock Song: Gotye feat. Kimbra Somebody That I Used To Know
Top Latin Song: Michel Telo Ai Se Eu Te Pego
Top Dance Song: Baauer Harlem Shake
Top EDM Song: Baauer Harlem Shake
Top Christian Song: Matt Redman 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
Channel 4 are set to add two new music programmes to their schedule. One will be a music quiz show hosted by Nick Grimshaw and the other will be a live performance show hosted by Rizzle Kicks.
Christopher Lee will release a heavy metal album on his 91st birthday. The album is called Charlemagne: The Omens of Death and it will be released this week.
Tulisa has quit the X Factor as one quarter of the judges. She is being replaced by the previous judge Sharon Osbourne.
David Bowie’s bass player Trevor Bolder has passed away aged 62. He lost his battle with cancer. Bolder has also played with bands Uriah Heap and Wishbone Ash.
Original member of The Doors Ray Mazarek has lost his battle with cancer. He was 74.
Jay-Z has kaiboshed the rumours that Beyonce is pregnant.
Ane Brun will be touring in November.
14th November – The Forum, London
15th November – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
16th November – Vicar Street, Dublin
18th November – Oran Mor, Glasgow
Tickets for The Answer’s tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.
11th October – Limelight 2, Belfast
12th October – Whelans, Dublin
17th October – Academy 3, Manchester
18th October – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
19th October – Cockpit, Leeds
20th October – Corporation, Sheffield
22nd October – The Garage, Glasgow
23rd October – o2 Academy, Newcastle
24th October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
25th October – Electric Ballroom, London
26th October – The Thekla, Bristol
27th October – Concorde 2, Brighton
30th November – Hard Rock Hell Festival, Pwllheli Wales
Check out Crystal Fighters on the UK leg of their tour in November.
21st November – Concorde 2, Brighton
22nd November – Brixton Academy, London
23rd November – Academy 2, Manchester
25th November – Stylus @ Leeds Uni, Leeds
26th November – Arches, Glasgow
27th November – Newcastle Uni, Newcastle
28th November – East Village Arts Club, Liverpool
29th November – Trinity, Bristol
30th November – Institute, Birmingham
Ellie Goulding will be touring in October. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
3rd October – o2 Academy, Sheffield
4th October – Barbican, York
6th October – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
7th October – o2 Academy, Newcastle
10th October – Cardiff University, Cardiff
11th October – o2 Apollo, Manchester
16th October – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Tickets for Fenech-Solar’s November tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.
7th November – East Village Arts Club, Liverpool
8th November – Limelight 2, Belfast
9th November – Academy 2, Dublin
11th November – The Tunnels, Aberdeen
12th November – King Tuts, Glasgow
14th November – o2 Academy 2, Newcastle
15th November – Gorilla, Manchester
16th November – Institute, Birmingham
17th November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
19th November – Thekla, Bristol
20th November – Concorde, Brighton
21st November – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Imagine Dragons have announced tour details. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.
14th November – o2 Apollo, Manchester
16th November – o2 Academy, Leeds
18th November – o2 Academy, Newcastle
19th November – Oasis, Swindon
21st November – Rock City, Nottingham
22nd November – o2 Academy, Birmingham
23rd November – BIC, Bournemouth (Solent Hall)
25th November – o2 Academy, Brixton, London
Lemuria are touring in the summer.
21st July – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
22nd July – The Black Heart, London
23rd July – The Marquee, Norwich
24th July – Minsters Bar, Stoke on Trent
25th July – The Cockpit, Leeds
26th July – Fighting Cocks, Kingston
27th July – The Cavern, Exeter
28th July – Burnout Festival, Bournemouth
29th July – Exchange, Bristol
30th July – The Old Angel, Nottingham
31st July – The Globe, Cardiff
1st August – White Rabbit, Plymouth
2nd August – Classic Grand, Glasgow (with Texas is the Reason)
The Manic Shine will start their tour at the end of May.
30th May – Hole in the Wall, Colchester
1st June – Camden Rocks Festival, London
2nd June – The Oxford, Manchester
3rd June – The Lomax, Liverpool
16th June – Hootananny’s, Inverness
20th June – Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
Maroon 5 have had to postpone their tour. The original dates whereas follows:
22nd June – LG Arena, Birmingham
23rd June – o2 Arena, London
24th June – o2 Arena, London
26th June – Manchester Arena, Manchester
27th June – Braehead Arena, Glasgow
The rescheduled dates are:
8th January – LG Arena, Birmingham
10th January – o2 Arena, London
11th January – o2 Arena, London
13th January – Manchester Arena, Manchester
14th January – The Hydro Arena, Glasgow
Tickets for Only Men Aloud’s December tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
12th December – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
13th December – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
17th December – Sage, Gateshead
18th December – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
20th December – Colston Hall, Bristol
21st December – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Placebo are due to play four live shows in the UK in December.
12th December – o2 Academy, Birmingham
13th December – o2 Academy, Glasgow
14th December – o2 Apollo, Manchester
16th December – o2 Academy Brixton, London
Rod Stewart has announced an extra date to his tour.
17th September – Echo Arena, Liverpool
20th September – The o2, London
24th September – First Direct Arena, Leeds
27th September – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
30th September – The Hydro, Glasgow
2nd October – The Hydro, Glasgow
Sleeping With Sirens will be heading out on a headlining tour later this year.
30th September – Guildhall, Southampton
1st October – Rock City, Nottingham
2nd October – Academy, Dublin
3rd October – Mandela Hall, Belfast
5th October – Barrowland, Glasgow
7th October – Academy 1, Manchester
10th October – Brixton o2 Academy, London
11th October – o2 Academy 1, Birmingham
Soundgarden are touring in September. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.
13th September – o2 Apollo, Manchester
14th September – o2 Academy, Birmingham
16th September – Dublin o2, Ireland
18th September – o2 Brixton Academy, London
19th September – o2 Brixton Academy, London
Splashh start their tour this week.
30th May – Think Tank, Newcastle
31st May – Nice N Sleazys, Glasgow
1st June – Chameleon, Nottingham
2nd June – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
4th June – Cargo, London
5th June – The Soup Kitchen, Manchester
7th June – Lennons, Southampton
8th June – The Hope, Brighton
Taffy will be touring in July.
12th July – Electric Palace, Bridport (supporting The Wedding Present)
13th July – Spa Complex, Scarborough (supporting The Wedding Present
14th July – The Leopard, Doncaster
15th July – Think Tank, Newcastle
17th July – Camden Black Heart, London (Club AC30 Night)
18th July – Thunderbolt, Bristol
19th July – The Basement, York
20th July – King Tuts, Glasgow
Whales in Cublicles have announced live dates for the summer. More dates are to follow.
6th June – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London (The Fly – Ones to Watch Show)
13th August – Start the Bus, Bristol
15th August – Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth
16th August – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
21st August – Oporto, Leeds
25th August – Night & Day, Manchester (Bank Holiday Special)
Once I Was An Eagle – Laura Marling
All Hell Breaks Loose – Black Star Riders
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here – Alice In Chains
Wings Over America – Paul McCartney & Wings
London With The Lights On – Stooshe
Wrote A Song For Everyone – John Fogerty