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Bastille are back, bringing with them the announcement of a new album Wild World - the follow up to their 2013, multi-platinum and global selling debut Bad Blood – alongside their biggest tour to date. The band have been tantalising fans with mysterious hints and messages.
Abbey Road Studios and Technics are proud to announce a two year brand alliance starting in June 2016. The Studios will host the highly anticipated redesigned versions of the Technics SL-1200 turntables in the mastering studios and restaurant, for use by artists, engineers and visitors alike.
Universal Music UK and Abbey Road Studios are launching a new division, Globe Soundtrack & Score, to maximise the artistic and commercial impact of music in film and TV.
Drake has broken yet another record, a month after Views managed to notch up more streams in a week than any other track. Now his latest hit One Dance has become the longest running number one single in the digital age, overtaking Rihanna’s 2007 chart topper Umbrella, and proving Drake to be one of the most significant artists in music today.
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.