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Mumford & Sons’ tour in South Africa last year set the band on the path to collaborating with three of the nation’s most treasured musicians - Baaba Maal, Beatenberg and The Very Best - to record a mini album entitled Johannesburg. The album, named after the city it was recorded in, was released this week by Island Records, with the band finding influence and inspiration from afrobeats and South African culture..
Festival season kicks off this weekend with thousands heading to Newport for the Isle of Wight festival which has rock legends The Who and Queen as headliners. The Who headlined Hyde Park and Glastonbury last year but for Queen, with Adam Lambert taking on the vocals, this is their first headline show since their 2014 European tour and only confirmed live performance in the UK this year.
The new technology and innovation team at the world famous Abbey Road Studios have already helped four new and exciting start-ups on to the road to success. Their incubator scheme is open again, seeking the next handful of new and exciting music tech projects.
World-renowned, Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone today signs to Decca Records for his new album Morricone 60 - celebrating his professional career which spans 60 years and 600 compositions.
The NHS Choir signed to Decca earlier this year, after beating Justin Bieber to Christmas number one with their enchanting version of A Bridge Over You.
The wait is over as Catfish and the Bottlemen’s highly anticipated second album The Ride is out now. With their breakthrough debut The Balcony heading for platinum status in the UK, the incredible follow-up is made up of 11 anthemic tracks, each featuring soaring guitar solos, and proving why Catfish are one of the most captivating bands at the moment.
After six years of releasing music as an independent artist, South London rapper Sneakbo has been signed by Virgin EMI, joining their roster of ground-breaking artists including Lethal Bizzle, Krept and Konan and Meridian Dan.
Last night saw the live, and very loud, launch of the Fiction retrospective exhibition at London’s House Of Vans in Waterloo. Four of the label’s acts – Palace, The Big Moon, The Amazons and Crystal Castles – took to the stage to celebrate the heritage of the iconic label.
After a week of speculation, fuelled by a teaser poster campaign nationwide and globally, Manchester’s finest The Stone Roses return with All For One, their first single in 21 years.
Last year, Florence + the Machine accompanied their chart topping album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful with a series of artistic music videos. This week saw the videos were creatively linked together in a short film project The Odyssey. Florence and the Machine completed their short movie by releasing the final chapter, The Third Eye.