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After a decade of intense lobbying, the Live Music Act became law this week, removing the raft of red tape and bureaucracy imposed by the Licensing Act 2003.
The Ramones might have come first. And The Clash got to record more albums. But, it was the Sex Pistols who transcended music to become the number one media villains, create an enduring icon in Sid Vicious and establish a blueprint for punk that still reverberates through the cultural landscape today.
iPhone 5 is being billed as the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone. But, that’s not all there is. In amongst all the hype and controversy about screen size, battery life and the new Lightning 8-pin connector, music obsessed Apple fans have something to cheer because of the big leap in audio technology the company has made.
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.
As East London Arts & Music celebrates its first two years, principal Charlie Kennard talks about what’s to come for the Universal Music-supported free academy.
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.