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Adele Returns live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Adele Returns live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Adele Returns live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Adele Returns With Second Album “21″ In 2011. Grammy Award winner Adele is back with her sophomore album, “21.” The follow-up to the acclaimed “19,” “21” marks London native’s return to the music scene after nearly three years. Like “19,” “21” is named after Adele’s age at the time the songs were written. The now 22-year-old is getting ready to release her next set on Tuesday, February 22nd. The album will be led by first single “Rolling in the Deep.” The album features production from Ryan Tedder (Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson), Rick Rubin (Weezer, Shakira), Paul Epworth (Florence and the Machine, Plan B), Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks), and Fraser T. Smith (Taio Cruz). She also re-teamed with producers Jim Abbiss and Francis “Eg” White, who co-wrote her hit “Chasing Pavements.” “I discovered lots of artists I’d never heard of, particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with,” said Adele about some of the artists who influenced her sound on “21.” “Then I delved in to more from artists I’ve loved forever – Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor,” she said. “There’s something in every single one of these artists that have really really inspired ’21.’” First single “Rolling in the Deep” hits radio this month, while the video, directed by Sam Brown (Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Doves), will premiere in December. Adele will perform “Rolling in the Deep” live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

The Magic Numbers new album and tour dates

The Magic Numbers new album and tour dates

The Magic Numbers new album and tour dates

The Magic Numbers new album and tour dates. The Magic Numbers have announced details of the release of a new album and UK tour in June.   The album, titled The Runaway, will be released through Heavenly Recordings on Monday June 7th 2010.   The 12-track album was produced by Romeo Stodart and Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork, Bonnie Prince Billy, Múm) and mixed by Ben Hillier (Doves, Elbow, Blur). It is their third album following The Magic Numbers (June 2005) & Those The Brokes (November 2007).  It also features string arrangements by Robert Kirby, renowned for his work with the likes of Nick Drake, Sandy Denny and Elvis Costello. The album was the last Robert worked on before he sadly passed away in October 2009.

The full track-listing of the album is as follows:

1. The Pulse
2. Hurt So Good
3. Why Did You Call?
4. Once I Had
5. A Start With No Ending
6. Throwing My Heart Away
7. Restless River
8. Only Seventeen
9. Sound Of Something
10. The Song That No One Knows
11. Dreams Of A Revelation
12. I’m Sorry

A limited-edition of the album will also be available featuring a 4-track live EP recorded at Wiltons Music Hall in London.

The album can be pre-ordered from HMV for a reduced price via the following link:

The group have also announced details of an extensive UK tour in June.

The full list of dates are as follows:

JUNE
3rd Leeds Irish Centre
4th Newcastle University
5th Glasgow ABC
7th Manchester Academy
8th Liverpool Academy
9th Sheffield Leadmill
11th Bristol Anson Rooms
12th Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
13th Cambridge Junction
15th Brighton Komedia
16th Norwich Waterfront
17th London Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Mr Hudson and Crowded House added to IOW

Mr. Hudson at The Isle of Wight Festival

Mr. Hudson at The Isle of Wight Festival

 Mr Hudson and Crowded House added to IOW. The summer’s hottest festival just raised the temperature as yet more acts have been announced to play the main stage at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival. R&B star Mr Hudson and new wave Oregon band Hockey perform on Friday 11th of June, while Crowded House will bring the weather with them on Saturday 12th of June.  Today’s newly announced acts join an amazing line up including Jay-Z, The Strokes, Blondie, Pink, Calvin Harris, Doves, Vampire Weekend, Spandau Ballet, Paloma Faith, Orbital and Friendly Fires.  Riding high since signing to Kanye West’s label, Mr Hudson has gained fans, awards and praise alike including winning the ‘Best breakthrough Act’ at the Q Awards. The Birmingham born singer promises to be an unmissable act.Guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of festival goers Crowded House join the Isle of Wight Festival line up after reuniting in 2006. With a new album due for release in 2010, Crowded House promise to wow the crowd with new material and songs from their extensive back catalogue of hits .Hotly tipped by Radio One’s Zane Lowe, Hockey has been widely proclaimed as the next big thing. Following the release of debut album ‘Mind Chaos’ the band have performed to huge critical acclaim.  The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 11th – 13th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight Keep up to date with the The Isle of Wight Festival .

Athlete and The Lemonheads added to thelondonpaper HEADLINERS

The LemonheadsAthlete, The Lemonheads and Official Secrets Act join the bill for the inaugural thelondonpaper HEADLINERS event in and around Soho, this September.  Helping to revitalize the live music scene in the area, it also recognizes its rich history as a vibrant location for live music. The newly confirmed artists join an exciting and eclectic bag of established and new acts, including Biffy Clyro, Doves, Ben Howard, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Magic Numbers, A Flock of Seagulls, and Daniel Merriweather. Bands will be appearing across thirteen venues, from Orchid and Punk clubs in the heart of Soho to a seated theatre in Leicester Square. Wristbands entitle Continue reading →

More about Depeche Mode

depeche-modertrvOriginally a product of Britain’s new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electro-pop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era. The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon, England-based keyboardists Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher first teamed to form the group No Romance in China. The band proved short-lived, and by 1979 Clarke had formed French Look, another duo featuring guitarist/keyboardist Martin Gore; Fletcher soon signed on, and the group rechristened itself Composition of Sound. Initially, Clarke handled vocal chores, but in 1980 singer David Gahan was brought in to complete the lineup. After one final name change to Depeche Mode, the quartet members jettisoned all instruments excluding their synthesizers, honing a slick, techno-based sound to showcase Clarke’s catchy melodies. After building a following on the London club scene, Depeche Mode debuted in 1980 with “Photographic,” a track included on the Some Bizzare Album label compilation. After signing to Mute Records, they issued “Dreaming of Me” in early 1981; while neither the single nor its follow-up, “New Life,” caused much of a stir, their third effort, “Just Can’t Get Enough,” became a Top Ten U.K. hit, and their 1981 debut LP, Speak and Spell, was also a success. Just as Depeche Mode appeared poised for a major commercial breakthrough, however, principal songwriter Clarke abruptly exited to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet, leaving the group’s future in grave doubt. As Gore grabbed the band’s songwriting reins, the remaining trio recruited keyboardist Alan Wilder to fill the technological void created by Clarke’s departure. While 1982′s A Broken Frame deviated only slightly from Depeche Mode’s earlier work, Gore’s ominous songs grew more assured and sophisticated by the time of 1983′s Construction Time Again. Some Great Reward, issued the following year, was their artistic and commercial breakthrough, as Gore’s dark, kinky preoccupations with spiritual doubt (“Blasphemous Rumours”) and psychosexual manipulation (“Master and Servant”) came to the fore; the egalitarian single “People Are People” was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic and typified the music’s turn toward more industrial textures. Released in 1986, the atmospheric Black Celebration continued the trend toward grim melancholy and further established the group as a major commercial force. After the superb single “Strangelove,” Depeche Mode issued 1987′s Music for the Masses; a subsequent sold-out tour yielded the 1989 double live set 101 as well as a concert film directed by the legendary D.A. Pennebaker. Still, despite an enormous fan base, the group was considered very much an underground cult phenomenon prior to the release of 1990′s Violator, a Top Ten smash that spawned the hits “Enjoy the Silence,” “Policy of Truth,” and “Personal Jesus.” With the alternative music boom of the early ’90s, Depeche Mode emerged as one of the world’s most successful acts, and their 1993 LP Songs of Faith and Devotion entered the charts in the number one slot. However, at the peak of its success, the group began to unravel; first Wilder exited in 1995, and then Gahan was the subject of a failed suicide attempt. (He later entered a drug rehabilitation clinic to battle an addiction to heroin.) After a four-year layoff, Depeche Mode continued onward as a trio and released 1997′s Ultra, which featured the hits “Barrel of a Gun” and “It’s No Good.” A year later, the band embarked on a tour in support of their newly released hits album, The Singles 86>98. Depeche Mode played 64 shows in 18 countries for over one million fans. Each member took some considerable time off after the tour’s completion, and Depeche Mode would not regroup for another three years. Exciter, the band’s follow-up to Ultra, was released in 2001, with the singles “Dream On” and “I Feel Loved” finding moderate success on international radio outlets. Two years later, Gahan issued his debut solo album, the dark and sultry Paper Monsters. Gore also followed suit by issuing the all-covers Counterfeit², a full-length sequel to his similarly themed 1989 EP. Each member supported his work with respective tours of the U.S. and Europe; however, the band soon resumed working together, and Playing the Angel, their 11th studio album, became a Top Ten hit upon its release in October 2005. Produced by Ben Hillier (Doves, Blur, U2, Elbow) and studded with singles like “Precious” and “John (The Revelator),” it topped the album charts in 18 countries and went multi-platinum and/or gold in 20 countries. Depeche Mode went on to play for more than 2.5 million fans worldwide, and the DVD release Touring the Angel: Live in Milan (2006) captured one of the band’s greatest shows. Sounds of the Universe, also made with the assistance of Hillier, arrived in early 2009. Gigs:

2-jun-2009 HSH Nordbank Arena Hamburg , DE
4-jun-2009 LTU Arena Dusseldorf , DE
5-jun-2009 LTU Arena Dusseldorf , DE
7-jun-2009 Zentralstadion Leipzig , DE
8-jun-2009 Zentralstadion Leipzig , DE

Hop Farm Festival announces The Twang and more.

the-twangPaul Weller, Editors, The Pigeon Detectives, Doves, and 2manydjs, are some of the first names announced for the Hop Farm Festival which this year has expanded to a two day event with camping.  The initial line-up for Saturday includes The Pigeon Detectives, Echo and the Bunnymen, Etienne De Crecy, Florence & The Machine, Noah And The Whale, Howling Bells, Dr.lektroluv, D.I.M, Jape, The Twilight Sad, Let’s Wrestle, and The Good The Bad.

Sunday’s line-up features Paul Weller, Editors, Doves, 2manydjs, Super Furry Animals, The Twang, (see photo)  Mystery Jets, Ladyhawke, Scratch Perverts, The Rifles, That Petrol Emotion, Alex Cooper, 65daysofstatic, Dananananaykroyd, Burn The Negative, and R.S.A.G.. With more acts still to be announced.

The Hop Farm Festival which is held at the Hop Farm Country Park, Kent for two days from Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July is run by Vince Power, who founded Mean Fiddler (now Festival Republic) before selling it to Live Nation and MCD.

The festival was held as a one day festival last year with one stage and headlined by Neil Young. The day before the site was used by The Mighty Boosh Festival, also run by Power.

Tickets are priced at £125 for a weekend ticket including camping and parking, day tickets are priced at £65 for either day. Career tickets are also available at half price but must be purchased in pairs.

2 Many DJs and James Morrison added to Oxegen 2009

miss-kittin-and-the-hackerWith a line-up already crammed full of fans’ favourites OXEGEN 2009 is shaping up to be the music event of the summer. The great and good of Rock ‘n’ Roll are coming from all over the world to play for you this July. Today, we are delighted to announce the latest star players to be added to the musical team sheet.  Turntable-maestros 2 Many DJs have been added to Friday’s line-up. Renowned for pioneering the mash-up scene, the Belgian duo have recently been busy working with the likes of Daft Punk and Gorillaz.

Fans can also look forward to the soulful and bluesy vocals of James Morrison. Still only 24, he’s already been compared to the likes of the mighty Otis Redding and Van Morrison.  Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai bring their own wall of sound to Friday. This critically acclaimed 5 piece always deliver an outstanding, often deafening live show.  Regina Spektor is a unique singer songwriter that cannot be pigeonholed. Her undoubted talent embraces influences as diverse as folk, punk, rock, hip-hop and jazz. Check out a virtuoso at work on Saturday. With 18 top 20 singles including classics such as ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘The Riverboat Song’, Ocean Colour Scene will need no introduction to the OXEGEN masses on Friday.  It’s a big welcome back to Maximo Park who last rocked out in 2007. Their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Quicken the Heart’ is due out on May 11th and OXEGEN is the place to experience it live on Saturday.  The Hours have an enviable music pedigree, with members Antony and Martin having worked with Pulp, Elastica, Black Grape and UNKLE. Now they have teamed up with their pal artist Damien Hirst on his new label,check out their cracking new single,’Big Black Hole’, due out today. A big, fresh sound for Friday night.  Fresh from starring at SXSW and riding their ever-growing wave of buzz, You Me At Six will bring their provocative punk metal sound to the up for it OXEGEN crowd on Sunday.  Since forming in the summer of 2004, Crystal Castles, the Toronto-based duo of Ethan Fawn and Alice Glass have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely from word of mouth. Catch them on Saturday. Having supported Kings of Leon and The Killers on tour M83 come highly recommended. Jump into their dream pop sound on Friday.  Described by The Guardian as an ‘Irish Outkast’, the Republic of Loose define themselves without any reference to anyone else other than a respectful nod to James Brown and The Rolling Stones. Nominated for 2 Meteor Awards this year, they add their funk-filled sound to Friday’s line up.  BBC Sound of 2009 hot tip La Roux will go ‘In For The Kill’ on Sunday this year. Following their current support slot on Lily Allen’s UK tour and the forthcoming headline gig on NME’s 2009 Radar Tour, the annual new talent showcase will lead them nicely into their summer slot at OXEGEN.

OXEGEN artists announced so far:

FRI 10TH JULY
Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, Lily Allen, James, Pendulum, Eagles of Death Metal, Ladyhawke, Fight Like Apes, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers, Dreadzone, God is an Astronaut, Tom Middleton, Aeroplane, 2 Many DJs, Mogwai, Ocean Colour Scene, The Hours, M83, Republic Of Loose

SAT 11TH JULY
Kings of Leon, Pet Shop Boys, Bloc Party, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Doves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Pete Doherty, The Mars Volta, The Game, The Saturdays, Squeeze, Hockey, Tiga, Digitalism, Gary Go, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Maximo Park, Crystal Castles, La Roux

SUN 12TH JULY
The Killers, Razorlight, Nine Inch Nails, The Specials, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, Jane’s Addiction, Katy Perry, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine White Lies, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, of Montreal, Miss Kittin and The Hacker (Live), Hudson Mohawke, Wallis Bird, You Me At 6

Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale NOW and are priced at a 2008 price freeze of 224.50 Euro (incl. booking fee) for 3 day including camping ticket. For an extra 20 Euro fans can purchase a 4 day including camping ticket which will include Thursday campsite stay also.

Depeche Mode deny Glastonbury appearance

depeche_mode_widewebDepeche Mode have announced that they will not play Glastonbury this year. Keyboardist Andy Fletcher has told Kerrang! Radio’s Emma Scott that the band will not be joining Bruce Springsteen, Franz Ferdinand and The Ting Tings at the Somerset festival, despite recent stories circulating the Internet. He said ‘That is a rumour and it’s not true. Unless our management is going behind our backs, as far as we’re concerned that is definitely not on.’

However, the synth legend may have slipped up during the interview by revealing that the band’s tour ‘is planned until February’ next year, even though their upcoming ‘World Tour of the Universe 2009’ is due to end in September.

After being quizzed if the tour had been extended, he told Emma Scott ‘I’ve given it away, you’re going to get me in trouble now. My manager’s going to come down on me heavy!’

There had been uproar that the upcoming World tour had just one UK date, leading to Emma Scott speculating that more UK dates will be released. Andy replied ‘We’re concerned about that; it’s likely that we will be doing quite a few more dates – maybe Birmingham. It would be nice to put our feet up after September but the fans are just going crazy, we might have to extend it. There could be riots!’

The already released tour dates will coincide with their 12th studio album, ‘Sounds Of the Universe’, released April 21. Andy said ‘We’ve only got actually a couple of albums left in us I think before we go decrepit. We’ve been saved by the Rolling Stones, they’re still going but it worries me that I could be doing this when I’m 60 odd – it’s something to worry about but you can’t stop this thing.’

He then told Emma ‘You were sneaky. Do you know the tour dates already?’

More about Depeche Mode.
Originally a product of Britain’s new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electro-pop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era.

The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon, England-based keyboardists Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher first teamed to form the group No Romance in China. The band proved short-lived, and by 1979 Clarke had formed French Look, another duo featuring guitarist/keyboardist Martin Gore; Fletcher soon signed on, and the group rechristened itself Composition of Sound. Initially, Clarke handled vocal chores, but in 1980 singer David Gahan was brought in to complete the lineup. After one final name change to Depeche Mode, the quartet members jettisoned all instruments excluding their synthesizers, honing a slick, techno-based sound to showcase Clarke’s catchy melodies. After building a following on the London club scene, Depeche Mode debuted in 1980 with “Photographic,” a track included on the Some Bizzare Album label compilation. After signing to Mute Records, they issued “Dreaming of Me” in early 1981; while neither the single nor its follow-up, “New Life,” caused much of a stir, their third effort, “Just Can’t Get Enough,” became a Top Ten U.K. hit, and their 1981 debut LP, Speak and Spell, was also a success. Just as Depeche Mode appeared poised for a major commercial breakthrough, however, principal songwriter Clarke abruptly exited to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet, leaving the group’s future in grave doubt. As Gore grabbed the band’s songwriting reins, the remaining trio recruited keyboardist Alan Wilder to fill the technological void created by Clarke’s departure. While 1982′s A Broken Frame deviated only slightly from Depeche Mode’s earlier work, Gore’s ominous songs grew more assured and sophisticated by the time of 1983′s Construction Time Again. Some Great Reward, issued the following year, was their artistic and commercial breakthrough, as Gore’s dark, kinky preoccupations with spiritual doubt (“Blasphemous Rumours”) and psychosexual manipulation (“Master and Servant”) came to the fore; the egalitarian single “People Are People” was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic and typified the music’s turn toward more industrial textures. Released in 1986, the atmospheric Black Celebration continued the trend toward grim melancholy and further established the group as a major commercial force.

After the superb single “Strangelove,” Depeche Mode issued 1987′s Music for the Masses; a subsequent sold-out tour yielded the 1989 double live set 101 as well as a concert film directed by the legendary D.A. Pennebaker. Still, despite an enormous fan base, the group was considered very much an underground cult phenomenon prior to the release of 1990′s Violator, a Top Ten smash that spawned the hits “Enjoy the Silence,” “Policy of Truth,” and “Personal Jesus.” With the alternative music boom of the early ’90s, Depeche Mode emerged as one of the world’s most successful acts, and their 1993 LP Songs of Faith & Devotion entered the charts in the number one slot. However, at the peak of its success, the group began to unravel; first Wilder exited in 1995, and then Gahan was the subject of a failed suicide attempt. (He later entered a drug rehabilitation clinic to battle an addiction to heroin.) After a four-year layoff, Depeche Mode — continuing on as a trio — released 1997′s Ultra, which featured the hits “Barrel of a Gun” and “It’s No Good.” A year later, the band embarked on a tour in support of The Singles 86>98 greatest-hits album. Depeche Mode played 64 shows in 18 countries for over a million fans. It also marked the end of a decade for the band. Each member took some considerable time off, and Depeche Mode would not regroup for another three years. Exciter, the band’s follow-up to 1997′s Ultra, was released in 2001. Singles such as “Dream On” and “I Feel Loved” did moderately well.

Two years later, Gahan issued his debut solo album, the dark and sultry Paper Monsters. Gore also followed suit by issuing his debut full-length, Counterfeit². Each member did respective tours of the U.S. and Europe; however, it wouldn’t be long until Depeche Mode came back together. Playing the Angel became a Top Ten hit upon release in October 2005, produced by Ben Hillier (Doves, Blur, U2, Elbow). With the success of the “Precious” and “John (The Revelator)” singles, Playing the Angel topped the album charts in 18 countries and went multiple platinum and gold in 20 countries. Depeche Mode went to on play to 2.5 million fans worldwide, and the special-edition three-disc set Touring the Angel: Live in Milan (2006) captured the essence of one of the band’s greatest shows.

Doves back on the road

dovesIt’s been a long time between drinks for Doves, four years in fact since their last broadcast ‘Some Cities’ flew to the top of the charts. Some feared they had flown the nest permanently. Thankfully, that was never going to be the case and when it came to light 2 weeks ago that they are to release their 4th studio album ‘Kingdom of Rust’ (April 6 on Heavenly Recordings) there has been a palpable sigh of relief from music lovers across the country and round the world.

Now, throughout April and May Jimi, Andy and Jez are hitting the road to perform up and down Great Britain and Ireland to ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ in what is there largest tour in over 4 years.

Doves last tour was in 2005, since then they have only a played a handful of shows in the UK. When it was announced that they would embark on mini tour in March, anticipation reached fever pitch and the dates sold out within the hour! These are bound to sell like hot cakes, so to see Manchester’s finest this Spring act fast!

Tour dates:

15 April – Corn Exchange, Parsons Court, Cambridge
16 April – Dome, Brighton
17 April – O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
19 April – Ulster Hall, Bedford St, Belfast
20 April – Olympia Theatre, Dublin
22 April – Barrowland, Glasgow
23 April – Picture House, Edinburgh
24 April – O2 Academy, Leeds
26 April – Manchester Academy, Manchester
27 April – O2 Academy Newcastle
28 April – O2 Sheffield Academy
30 April – Hexagon, Reading,
1 May – O2 Brixton Academy, London
4 May – Guildhall, Civic Centre, Southampton
5 May – Rock City, Nottingham
6 May – UEA, University of East Anglia, Norwich
7 May – O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol

All tickets are priced at £18 (except Brixton £20) and tickets will be available here.

The album ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ is released 6th April 2009 preceded by the single ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ on 30th March.

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