Guillemots have never been ones to let the grass grow and sound their return this year with a leviathan task.
They’ve been in lockdown, squirreling away in the name of art for a labour of love which will last six months and which will produce a quartet of sparkling new albums, baked and served straight from the oven, no messing around.
Immersed in the solitary splendour of the Norwegian wilderness,
Fyfe Dangerfield, Magrao, Aristazabal Hawkes and Greig Stewart have taken up this self-imposed challenge with their trademark élan.
The proof is in the pudding ‘ first LP ‘Hello Land!’ ‘ an easy breezy, earthern ode to springtime featuring the Norwegian Flute Ensemble and produced by Jonas Raabe.
Experimental, orchestral, psych-tinged, balladeering tendrils wrap themselves around falsetto and sixties’ girl group melodies for a lush record which adds the first brushstroke to this forthcoming masterpiece.
As the band themselves say; ‘We hope it makes friends with your ears.’
McFly announce UK arena tour. Following a string of sold-out intimate gigs to celebrate the release of their fifth studio album Above The Noise, McFly return to play first arena tour in two years. Next Spring will see McFly play 13 dates across the country in their biggest ever UK Arena tour including stops at the Birmingham LG Arena and Manchester MEN Arena, culminating in a final show at Wembley. Fresh from five sold-out intimate UK dates in October to preview the band’s album Above The Noise, McFly return to what they know: playing to huge audiences in sold-out arenas. Having recently conquered colossal venues around the world, McFly are excited to return and showcase their infectious and soulful electro-pop sound across UK venues for the first time in two years. Two years in the making, McFly recently launched the ground breaking Super City. The website provides worldwide fans with unrivalled access to the band; it has citizens rather than visitors where fans can subscribe to access further content including albums, demos and webchats. A week’s free access to Super City comes with each ticket purchase via email. As well as the Super City, November saw the release of McFly’s fifth studio album Above The Noise, and another Top 5 single Shine A Light with UK hitmaker Taio Cruz. With a fanbase that now stretches around the world and having recently entered a joint venture with their original major label home, McFly have succeeded beyond their own expectations. ‘We just didn’t have any fear,’ says singer Tom Fletcher. ‘We learnt to completely rethink what McFly could be.’
McFly will be playing at the following venues next year:
12 March 2011 Nottingham Trent FM Arena
14 March 2011 Belfast Odyssey Arena
16 March 2011 Dublin 02 Arena
18 March 2011 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
19 March 2011 Manchester MEN Arena
20 March 2011 Brighton Centre
22 March 2011 Cardiff CIA Arena
23 March 2011 Bournemouth BIC
26 March 2011 Glasgow SECC
27 March 2011 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
29 March 2011 Liverpool Echo Arena
30 March 2011 Birmingham LG Arena
01 April 2011 London Wembley Arena
Nelly Furtado To Release First “Best-Of” Collection. Nelly Furtado is following up her four studio albums with the release of her first hits collection this fall. “The Best of Nelly Furtado” will include hits, collaborations, and brand new songs from the international singer. “The Best of Nelly Furtado” will boast three new songs, which will be led by the first single, “Night Is Young,” co-written by Furtado and co-produced by Salaam Remi and Staybent Krunk-A-Delic. A video for the track is set to be released this month. The album will also feature “Girlfriend,” also co-written by Furtado and Remi, and “Stars,” produced and co-written by Lester Mendez. Remi and Mendez both collaborated with Furtado on her “Mi Plan” album. The album will also feature some of her biggest hits, including #1’s “Promiscuous” and “Say It Right,” and fan favorites. It will be available in both standard and a double-disc deluxe edition. “The Best of Nelly Furtado” will hit stores November 16th. Her fifth studio album is expected to be released in 2011.
Zac Brown Band Earn First #1 On Billboard Albums Chart With “You Get What You Give”. The Zac Brown Band earns their first #1 album this week on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with the release of their latest album, “You Get What You Give.” “You Get What You Give,” their first album since 2008’s “The Foundation,” sold 153,000 copies its first week. The album, which features collaborations with Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, is their second to crack the top 10 on the albums chart. Following in second with their latest debut is Maroon 5 with “Hands All Over,” the band’s third studio album. Selling 142,000 copies in their first week, the album features first single “Misery.” It’s the group’s third top 10 album and their first album since 2007’s “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” which sold a much heftier 429,000 copies its first week. Last week’s #1, Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns,” is down to #3 this week, with 70,000 copies sold. Selena Gomez & The Scene debut with their second top 10 album, “A Year Without Rain.” The album debuts at #4 selling 66,000 copies in its first week, propelled by the hit title track and first single “Round & Round.” Santana debuts at #5 with “Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time,” his 12th top 10 album. The album features collaborations with Chris Daughtry and India.Arie, among others. The album sold 66,000 copies its first week. Down to #6 this week is Eminem with “Recovery,” selling 66,000 copies. Trey Songz drops from #2 to #7 this week with his latest album, “Passion, Pain & Pleasure.” The album also moves 66,000 copies. At #8 is a debut from John Legend & the Roots on the collaboration album, “Wake Up!” The album is Legend’s fifth top 10 album and the Roots’ sixth. The album moves 63,000 copies its first week. At #9 this week is a debut from country singer Billy Currington with “Enjoy Yourself.” Moving 45,000 copies, the album is Currington’s first top 10 on the chart. Closing out at #10 for another week is Justin Bieber with “My World 2.0.” The album, featuring hits “Baby” and the new single “U Smile,” sells another 33,000.
Billboard Top 200 Albums Week Ending October 9th, 2010:
1. You Get What You Give, Zac Brown Band
2. Hands All Over, Maroon 5
3. A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park
4. A Year Without Rain, Selena Gomez & the Scene
5. Guitar Heaven, Santana
6. Recovery, Eminem
7. Passion, Pain & Pleasure, Trey Songz
8. Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots
9. Enjoy Yourself, Billy Currington
10. My World 2.0, Justin Bieber
OK Go Kicks Off New Tour With A Remixing Contest. OK Go will kick off their extensive North American tour with a performance at the Los Angeles County Fair on October 3rd and a remixing contest on September 21st. In addition to its headlining dates, the band will perform at the MTV Brazil Music Awards on September 16th, at the Discover Louisville Festival in Louisville, Kentucky on October 12, and the PopTech Conference on October 21, in Camden, Maine. In addition, OK Go is partnering with Indaba Music and the Rock Band Network to launch a remix contest for their new single, “White Knuckles.”The contest encourages fans to get as creative as possible with, to not feel afraid to redefine the song in both genre and feeling. The contest will run from September 7th through October 14th. Further details are at click here. Each week starting September 21st, Dave Fridmann, producer of “White Knuckles” and the album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, will choose his favorite remixes to feature across all OK Go web sites. All featured remixes will also be available for fans to download on the database that accompanies the pre-order for the Nov. 2nd U.S. release, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, the Extra Nice Edition. The grand prize winner will be announced on October 29th and will have his/her remix mastered and made available for download in Rock Band. The grand prize winner will also receive a gaming console, a copy of Rock Band 3, and a set of Rock Band instruments to jam with friends to their winning remix. Tickets for OK Go’s tour are on sale now.
Nelly Furtado Debuts New Songs At Concert. Nelly Furtado is getting ready to make her comeback to the music scene with her upcoming English language album. She surprised fans by performing two new tracks at a recent concert. Furtado headlined the Orange Warsaw Festival in Poland where she debuted the new tracks, but some fans might have already recognized them. The two songs, “Free” and “Girlfriend In the City,” had recently leaked online and are set to be featured on her new album “Lifestyle,” Furtado’s fourth English language album and fifth studio album overall. “Lifestyle” follows the release of her first Spanish language album last year, “Mi Plan.” “Lifestyle” is her first English album since 2006′s “Loose,” which yielded the #1 hits “Say It Right” and “Promiscuous.” On “Free,” Furtado aims at a pulsating dance sound on the Salaam Remi-produced track, only hinted at on previous singles like “Maneater” off “Loose.” On “Girlfriend in the City,” Furtado uses a more organic, string-based production for a song more reminiscent of her underrated “Folklore” album. For the new album, she also hooked up Timbaland, who produced most of “Loose.” She’s also rumored to be working with Ryan Tedder, who produced Beyonce’s “Halo” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone.” The album was originally set for release back in May, but is now expected to drop before year’s end.
Underlining their timeless appeal and unique status in music, The Beatles have broken multiple chart records around the world following the September 9, 2009 (9-9-09) CD release of their digitally re-mastered catalogue. In the major music markets of North America, Japan and the UK, consumers purchased more than 2.25 million copies of The Beatles’ re-mastered albums, individually and in two multiple-CD boxed sets, one in stereo and one in mono, during the first five days of release (excluding non-traditional retail outlets whose sales are not tracked by the chart compilers). The Beatles’ original UK studio albums were re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result is the highest fidelity the catalogue has seen since its original release.
The Amazon.co.uk MP3 store has broken through the 5 million track mark, having added over 10,000 tracks a day to its catalogue since launch in December 2008. To celebrate, Amazon.co.uk is now offering a selection of over 100 top-selling MP3 tracks for just 29p per track.
‘Our aim is to always offer the lowest prices and the most comprehensive choice,’ said Julian Monaghan, Head of Music Buying at Amazon.co.uk. ‘Since our launch just four months ago, we have been presenting our customers with some great deals on MP3s whilst rapidly expanding our catalogue and we will continue to do so going forward.’
Amazon.co.uk has been offering chart topping MP3 albums for just £3 and individual tracks from as low as 59p. Now, more than 100 tracks in the MP3 store are priced at just 29p including Lady Gaga ‘Poker Face’, Flo Rida ‘Right Round’, Lily Allen ‘The Fear’ and The Prodigy ‘Omen’.
In order to ensure there is something for everyone, Amazon.co.uk is offering a number of bestselling tracks from all the major MP3 genre categories for just 29p per track – from pop to rock, classical to jazz and indie to hip-hop.
‘Customers have responded very positively to our competitive pricing. Offering MP3 albums for just £3 has resulted in strong sales of a number of titles, including must-have pop and rock albums by the likes of Take That and Kings of Leon, as well as less mainstream titles like ‘The 99 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music’,’ said Julian Monaghan. ‘We will continue to provide our customers the best possible value and offering tracks for just 29p is very much in keeping with our approach.’