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The nominations for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize threw up a few surprises - and the faint whiff of controversy - but largely underscores the huge depth of talent and rich styles that British music currently boasts.
August bank holiday can mean only one thing - Reading festival. We packed our wellies and waterproofs and were amongst the thousands of fans.
Music and videos go together like fish and chips. They’re both great on their own, but infinitely better when served together. Which is good news because just as music seems to be shifting up a gear into another creative phase, videos are arguably enjoying a golden age.
The music that provided the soundtrack to the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony is available now, just moments after the Ceremony ended tonight, Sunday 12 August 2012. The release follows the massive global success of ‘Isles of Wonder – Music For The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games’ which, within seconds of release after the ceremony, had registered in the top 10 download chart in 42 countries.
The spectacular music that featured throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony is available digitally now, around the world, just moments after the Ceremony has ended. From the moment the specially-commissioned 23-ton bell, the largest harmonically tuned bell in the world, chimed, the Olympic Stadium came to life with music. The emotional punch and strength of two brand new compositions from Underworld provided some of the most stirring moments of the night.
The London 2012 Olympic Games are destined to be remembered for a lot of things including - hopefully - the heroics of British athletes like Jessica Ennis and newly crowned Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins as they compete for gold. But the chances are London 2012 will also be remembered as the first musical Olympics, when spectators walk away from the velodrome or aquatics centre whistling a classic or humming one of the five official Olympic songs from Muse, Elton vs Pnau, Dizzee Rascal featuring Pepper, Delphic or Chemical Brothers.
On the heels of Muse’s ‘Survival’, details have been revealed of the remaining four official songs for the sports presentation programme of the London 2012 Olympic Games. ‘Good Morning To The Night’ by Elton John vs Pnau is out now, with ‘Good Life’ by Delphic (released July 23rd), ‘Theme For Velodrome’ by Chemical Brothers (released July 30th) and ‘Scream’ by Dizzee Rascal feat. Pepper (released August 6th) all available to pre-order on iTunes now.
Get a stitch just watching Sir Chris Hoy climb on his cycle? Don’t worry. You don’t even need a ticket to the Olympics because Universal is making the London 2012 experience available to anyone who owns a sound system or pair of headphones.
Team GB is targeting 48 medals this year. Hopefully the Great British Winners soundtrack will provide winning inspiration because it features gold standard singers and bands from every area of British rock and pop over the last four decades.
Nothing tugs at the heart strings harder than a National Anthem being belted out in a packed stadium by emotional athletes and thousands of their supporters. Now imagine having an album with over 200 anthems from every country represented at the London Games.