Blink 182 announce first UK arena tour in over 7 years. Following a 5 year hiatus, breaking the merchandise sales record at Reading & Leeds Festivals this year and sold out shows in Scotland and Eire in August, Pop punk pioneers Blink 182, have confirmed a run of UK arena dates next summer ‘ their first UK headlining Arena tour in over 7 years. Tickets for the shows will go on sale on Friday 26th November. Blink 182 were formed in San Diego in 1992 by Mark Hoppus and Tom De Longe and later joined by drummer Travis Barker. The bands breakthrough album, Enema Of The State, was released in 1999 and went on to sell in excess of 15 million copies worldwide. Their next two albums, Take Off Your Pants And Jacket (2001) and blink 182 (2003) cemented their position as a pop punk supergroup. Additionally the band have won a number of MTV Awards throughout their career. A new album will be released in Summer 2011 via Universal / Island Records. The full list of 2011 UK dates are as follows:
Friday 8th July MANCHESTER MEN Arena
Tuesday 12th July NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena
Wednesday 13th July NOTTINGHAM Trent FM Arena
Friday 15th July BIRMINGHAM LG Arena
Monday 18th July LONDON The 02 Arena
Joe Brooks, the internet sensation, announces third world tour. Joe Brooks, the online sensation who sold out his first two UK tours as an unsigned artist, is set to embark on a third run of dates, beginning November 19th. Now signed, Brooks’ London date has already sold out but a brand new date has just been added at Newcastle’s O2 Academy2 on November 29th. Previously the #1 artist on the MySpace UK (unsigned) Chart for nearly one year, Joe released his major label debut album in the UK last month thru iTunes on Island Records. The development story continues for the 23 year-old Southampton native, who built up a staggering fan base from his bedroom, without the help of a record label or publisher. Now he has nearly 20 million plays on MySpace and his new video for his first single ‘Superman’ is exploding on YouTube, recently amassing 1 million views in 8 days. With his pitch-perfect voice, uplifting lyrics and youthful spirit, Joe has won over legions of fans despite not previously having an album commercially available. The response so far has been particularly gratifying for Brooks, who began playing guitar at 16 and writing songs soon after. Now his fans can finally get what they have been glamorizing for, a full-length album. But the recorded music is only part of the story. The charismatic Brooks, who Seventeen/Cosmo girl recently called ‘The Next John Mayer,’ ‘brings it’ live and fans have flocked to see him perform everywhere he has played. ‘Simply writing and singing songs that people love to listen to, gives me the greatest buzz ever,’ says Brooks. ‘ just can’t wait to meet my fans ‘ for me that is the most exciting thing there is as a musician.’
Catch Joe Brooks on the following dates:
November 19th, 2010 @ Stiff Kitten, Belfast – Ticketmaster.ie
November 20th, 2010 @ Academy 2, Dublin – Ticketmaster.ie
November 22nd, 2010 @ Borderline, London ‘ SOLD OUT
November 23rd, 2010 @ O2 Academy3, Birmingham ‘ 0844 477 2000
November 25th, 2010 @ O2 Academy2, Oxford ‘ 0844 477 2000
November 26th, 2010 @ Rock City Basement, Nottingham ‘ 0845413 4444
November 28th, 2010 @ Roadhouse, Manchester – 0161 832 1111
November 29th, 2010 @ O2 Academy2, Newcastle ‘ 0844 477 2000 ‘ new show added
December 1tst, 2010 @ King Tuts, Glasgow – 0844 4999 990
Tickets are priced at £9 in London, Birmingham and Manchester, £8 elsewhere.
Florence and the Machine to release album and single on the same day. Florence + the Machine is set to release ‘Heavy In Your Arms’ on November 15. The single is taken from Between Two Lungs, A two disc special edition of album Lungs to be released on the same day. To round off yet another exceptional year, Florence will be releasing the mighty single ‘Heavy In Your Arms’ on November 15th through Island Records. Produced by Paul Epworth the track, a favourite of recent festival headlining live sets, was recorded for the Twilight Eclipse film. Florence comments, ‘Heavy In Your Arms I suppose is about the weight of love, and how sometimes it can be a burden between two people. I felt a strong theme in the Twilight series was someone being rescued or being condemned, and is the love you carry bringing you down. I recorded it with Paul one evening, using a lot of strange reversed vocal samples and big hip hop piano. It’s basically inspired by 90′s hip hop, and gospel choirs, like most of my songs.’ ‘Heavy In your Arms’ will also be available on Between Two Lungs. A two disc special edition version of her 4 x platinum selling Brit Award winning debut album Lungs. Between Two Lungs will feature new cover art, sleeve notes by Florence and exclusive images. A 10 track second disc which, as well as ‘Heavy In Your Arms’, also includes among others, a live recording of brand new song ‘Strangeness & Charm’. The massive collaboration with Dizzee Rascal ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’ and a previously unreleased Yeasayer remix of ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and will also be available on November 15. Florence recently wowed worldwide audiences with her live performance (and victory) at this year’s MTV VMA Awards which saw her album explode in the U.S. Firing up to #2 in the I tunes chart and breaking the top #15 in the Billboard album chart. Exciting times ahead! Back home Florence has just been nominated for two Q Awards, including Best Female and Best Song. Listen to the Yeasayer remix of ‘Dog Days Are Over’ available on Between Two Lungs: Between Two Lungs tracklisting:
Disc 1. – the Lungs album
1. Heavy In Your Arms
2. You’ve Got The Dirtee Love
3. Hurricane Drunk (The Horrors Remix)
4. Strangeness & Charm (Live from Hammersmith Apollo)
5. Swimming (Live From Hammersmith Apollo)
6. Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix)
Florence & The Machine perform acoustically Live from The Roundhouse:
7. Drumming Song
8. Girl With One Eye
9. Hurricane Drunk
10. Dog Days Are Over
11. My Boy Builds Coffins
12. Hospital Beds
McFly ‘Before The Noise Tour’ announced. 16 singles, five albums and millions of record sales later, McFLY deliver ‘Party Girl’, their brand new single this week and to coincide with the release they have announced a brand new UK tour starting on 18th October. Written and produced by the band and US pop deity Dallas Austin (Madonna, Pink, Michael Jackson) ‘Party Girl’ is an about-turn for the boys, tapping into an entirely new, electronic sound which will surprise industry and pop aficionados alike. The single, and its forthcoming album, see the boys return to their old stomping ground; Island Records. After successfully releasing their last album, ‘Radio:ACTIVE’ independently (initially and then groundbreakingly given away with the Mail On Sunday) the boys return to Universal Records in a unique joint venture to break the band big across the world. 7 UK Number One singles, 5 Top Ten albums and numerous sell-out tours have secured McFLY’s place as one of the UK’s most successful bands of all time. Most recently, the band have conquered Latin America, completing a string of capacity shows and receiving a nomination for an MTV Latin America Award. Don’t miss your chance to see McFLY live on their Before The Noise Tour at the following venues:
Mon 18 October 2010 Southampton Guildhall 023 8063 2601
Tue 19 October 2010 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000
Thu 21 October 2010 Bristol Colston Hall 0117 922 3686
Sat 23 October 2010 Manchester Apollo 0844 477 7677
Sun 24 October 2010 Edinburgh Playhouse 0844 499 9990
Tue 26 October 2010 O2 Academy Leeds 0844 477 2000
Wed 27 October 2010 Derby Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800
Tickets are £25 and go on general sale Saturday 11th September @ 10am
Annie Lennox moves to Universal Music. The departure from Sony is a big deal for Lennox. Everyone of her solo and Eurythmics albums are available through Sony. The first Lennox Universal album will be the Christmas record ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’ in November. The album will feature Annie’s unique take on her favourite Christmas carols plus a new song ‘Universal Child’. “I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Island Records on my upcoming recording,” stated Ms. Lennox. “This album is something I’ve wanted to do for many years. It’s a true labour of love, and I feel very fortunate to be in partnership with such a cutting edge team, especially when I’m at a stage in my creativity when I want to diversify, and pursue my passion in my own individual way. I’ve never been part of a ‘mold,’ and Island are really supportive and appreciative of where I’m coming from. I want to make timeless music that people will love in many years to come…and I’d like to think that ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’ is going to be of those recordings.” “There are precious few artists who redefine the boundaries of popular music like Annie,” said Lucian Grainge, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group. “And we are delighted to be part of the next exciting chapter in her already storied career.” “Annie Lennox is one of world’s greatest singers,” commented Ms. Lennox’s manager Simon Fuller. “She has sold tens of millions of albums, celebrated countless hit singles and won every major award and honour there is to receive. However there is one thing she has always wanted to do and now it’s about to happen. Annie has always wanted to record an album of Christmas songs and to see this finally come to fruition is very special. Annie and I are thrilled to now be working with Island Records and all my friends at Universal around the world. We are looking forward very much to a long, happy and successful partnership for many years to come.” “The album Annie has recorded is timeless and inspiring, a very special showcase for her extraordinary voice,” added Universal Music UK chairman David Joseph. “This record is just the start of what feels like a natural, and very exciting, new partnership between Annie and Island Records.”
Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham met at summer camp when they were children and have been best friends ever since. Soon after their initial meeting, they formed Goat Explosion and toured extensively in North America during their teenage years. Around 2003, Jonathan and Adam Kessler formed Elkland. In the meantime, Jacob formed a band called HORSE SHOES (Shelflife Records). Jonathan ultimately decided to take a few years off from writing music after becoming disillusioned with the music business and parted ways with Elkland in 2005.
Jacob and Jonathan started a band. The Drums were formed in late 2008
Relocating to New York, The Drums added former Elkland guitarist Adam Kessler on second guitar and NYC born drummer Connor Hanwick (formerly of lo-fi teen pop duo Cape Of No Hope) to the line up and set up a month long residency at a small club on the lower east side of Manhattan.
The Drums to play Heaven. Having just finished the NME Awards Tour with a triumphant show at London’s Brixton Academy, The Drums were crowned winners of the “Philip Hall Radar” award at NME awards on February 24th.
The quartet have now announced a new London headline show for June plus they’ll be playing Camden Crawl & Live at Leeds Festival as well:
30th April – Live at Leeds Festival, Leeds
1st May – Camden Crawl, London
Tuesday 8th June – Heaven, London
Under The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG
Tickets go on sale Friday 12th March
Released on March 29th, the first single from the album will be brand new track ‘Best Friend’, which has fast become a live favourite with its soaring chorus and guitarist Jacob Graham’s impassioned tambourine playing.
Additionally, The Drums will be appearing as the special guests on Florence and the Machine’s May UK tour.
Florence and the Machine support dates:
02-May – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
03-May – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
05-May – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
06-May – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
07-May – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
09-May – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
10-May – Wolverhampton, Civic Theatre
11-May – Wolverhampton, Civic Theatre
13-May – London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo
14-May – London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo
15-May – London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo
The Drums’ ‘Summertime!’ EP is out now on Moshi Moshi / Island Records.
Today the MOBO Awards are delighted to announce, ahead of their 14th annual ceremony on the 30TH September, that the ‘BEMOBO’ Award will be presented to War Child. Selected for its ongoing commitment to children suffering from the most brutal effects of war in the world’s harshest war zones and the outstanding results it has achieved through music and music therapy since its inception in Continue reading →
The Blizzards release new single Trust Me I’m a Doctor through Island Records on September 28, ahead of debut UK album Domino Effect on October 12. Trust Me I’m a Doctor sees the quintet make another seamless stride in their ever-evolving bid to turn Britain onto their bold and ballsy guitar-pop anthems. Fresh from huge success in their native Ireland, where the band have scooped two consecutive Meteor Continue reading →
Hot on the heels of Tommy Sparks’ killer debut single ‘I’m A Rope’ comes his out of the box smash hit ‘She’s Got Me Dancing’. Like Chic jamming with MGMT and Franz Ferdinand the forthcoming single is a brazen dancefloor assault, crammed with memorable hooks, bucketloads of fizzy energy and Tommy’s uniquely modern twist on classic new wave stylings. The video, directed by Eric Wareheim, is 3 minutes and 14 seconds of technicolour comedy genius. Wareheim is one half of the cult American comedian duo Tim & Eric, and Tommy – a huge fan – personally called him to request his creative magic. Their current TV show ‘Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job’ features guest appearances by Johnny Depp, John C Reily, Jeff Goldblum, John Mayer, Weird Al Yankovic, The Saturday Night Live Crew, Elisha Cuthbert… the list goes on and on. Eric very rarely directs videos but he recently helmed fellow fans’ MGMT’s first video ‘The Youth’.
Tommy Sparks’ debut album (produced by Mike Crossey: Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys and Foals) is out May 25th on Island Records.
Blazing a trail for the Black Country’s music scene, Wolverhampton wonder-boy Scott Matthews provided us with a truly spell-binding session. Scott Matthews is a music fan. Raised on a stout diet of classics: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, he tried his hand at the punk-funk route (for a while he says he thought he was Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist John Frusciante), as well as soul and indie. A few years ago he turned to solo singer/songwriting and found his groove. His creative incarnation may have changed, but Matthews still looks to the inventive, classic songwriters for his inspiration, namechecking Ryan Adams, Badly Drawn Boy, Beck and Tom Waits as his current favourites. All these artists point to the kind of things to expect from Scott, although it’s probably Jeff Buckley to whom he’s been most compared, in part because of his fragile yet powerful falsetto vocals, but also for his musicality and rich, atmospheric songs. Matthews is fond of experimenting with soundscapes and instrumentation, and for his debut record, Passing Stranger, used legendary tabla player Sukvinder Singh Namdhari, (who has played with Ry Cooder and Ravi Shankar) along with guitars and strings to add texture. In front of about 100 reverent fans, Scott and his band played his famous haunting single Elusive, along with Dream Song and Passing Stranger to a hushed, captive audience. Proving he’s not let stardom go to his head, Scott spent some time after the session was over, chatting to the fans and signing autographs outside. You can also watch an exclusive behind the scenes feature filmed on the day
Scott Matthews will release his second album ‘Elsewhere’ on May 18th ’09 on the San Remo label through Island Records. Featuring 11 new Scott Matthews compositions it is produced by Scott and Gavin Monaghan (Mercury Rev, The Smiths, Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello). Scott is joined on the album by his regular touring group Danny Keane (cello), Craig Johnson (bass) and Sam Martin (drums) while a string section was drafted in for gorgeous album opener ‘Underlying Lies’ and a horn section for cast iron heartbreaker ‘Suddenly You Figure Out’, while Scott’s brother Darren plays piano on three songs including the first single ‘Fractured’, an atmospheric minor key rocker, which is about needing to help someone once in a while. Check out the video here. The song ’12 Harps’ features vocal contributions from fellow Wolverhamptonian Robert Plant. Says Scott: ”Elsewhere’ comes from the feelings and emotions that so often dictate my state of mind. It captures my thoughts, frustrations and memories and I also look back on a difficult time emotionally, where the music reveals its healing properties. Hopefully you’ll see ‘Elsewhere’ as a place you can go visit once in a while to get lost in that moment and forget anything you feel needs to be forgotten.’
The full tracklisting for ‘Elsewhere’ is:
1. Underlying Lies
2. Jagged Melody
3. Suddenly You Figure Out
5. 12 Harps
6. Speeding Slowly
7. Into The Firing Line
8. Up On The Hill
10. Fades In Vain
11. Nothing’s Quite Right Here
The full list of 2009 shows is as follows:
19 – Birmingham, Glee
21 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
23 – Oxford, Academy
24 – Cardiff, Glee Club
25 – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
26 – Bristol, Fleece
28 – Dublin, Whelans
29 – Liverpool, Academy 2
30 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
31 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
3 – London, Bloomsbury Theatre
Scott Matthews released his debut album ‘Passing Stranger’ on Island Records to widespread acclaim in Oct. ’06. His singles ‘Elusive’ (for which Scott bagged an Ivor Novello Award for best song), ‘Dream Song’ and title track ‘Passing Stranger’ were on high rotation on the radio through ’07 and the album went on to sell over 80,000 copies. He spent a lot of ’06/’07/’08 on the road, highlights being a special guest at a Foo Fighters secret show, a support slot with one of his heroes Bert Jansch, a UK tour with Rufus Wainwright and supporting Robert Plant & Alison Krauss on the UK leg of their ‘Raising Sand’ world tour. Album ‘ELSEWHERE’ release date: MAY 18th ’09; ‘ FRACTURED’ EP release date: MAY 11th 2009.
ELBOW have revealed that their fifth studio album won’t be released until September 2010. The Mercury Music winners said they have been writing songs on the road while they continue to promote their 2008 album The Seldom Seen Kid. The band’s guitarist Mark Potter said: “We never thought we’d still be touring and promoting the album at this point – it’s gone crazy. “But we’re determined to crack on with writing the new one and getting it out by September 2010. “We’ve been setting up little writing rooms in every place we tour – it’s nice because it’s become like a musical journal of our life on the road.” Elbow are an alternative rock band based in England. The band formed in the English town of Bury, Greater Manchester whilst at sixth-form college during 1990, and consists of Guy Garvey (vocals, guitar), Mark Potter (guitar, vocals), Pete Turner (bass), Craig Potter (keyboards) and Richard Jupp (drums).
Over the band’s 18 year career they have released four studio albums, four EPs and ten top fifty singles in the UK. The band are named after a line in the BBC TV mini-series The Singing Detective which says that the word “elbow” is the most sensuous word in the English language, not for its definition, but for how it feels to say it. They began specialising in “chilled funk”, but changed the direction of their music after unanimously deciding they were “shit”. The new songs got notice from both Island Records and Universal, but after signing with both the band was dropped before anything was released. After all this trouble, the band released two critically acclaimed EP’s on the independent Ugly Man Record label which caught the attention of V2 Records, who released their début Asleep in the Back. The album was a surprise moderate success, gaining substantial critical acclaim and ultimately a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize in 2001. The single Newborn also received attention after being banned by Radio 1 for the lyric, “I’ll be the corpse in your bathtub.” Word of mouth began to work in Elbow’s favour in the following year, and their 2003 effort Cast of Thousands, which sonically followed much the same path (though with added optimism) entered the UK Charts at number 7 to critical acclaim. The lead single Fallen Angel charted at number 19. Two years later, Elbow’s third album Leaders of the Free World was released with a more straightforward bent, featuring more standard ballads and near-pop songs. In 2004, Elbow went on an unofficial tour of Cuba, becoming the first British band ever to play a concert outside Havana. The tour was made into a short film by British documentary maker Irshad Ashraf. Despite a continued lack of commercial notice, Leaders of the Free World charted at number 12, with lead single Forget Myself achieving number 22 in the charts. Elbow also headlined two sell-out tours of their largest venues yet in Autumn 2005 and February 2006. March 17th 2008 saw the release of Elbow’s fourth album, entitled The Seldom Seen Kid. Released through Fiction, it entered the UK album chart at number 5, and went on to win the 2008 Mercury Music Award. One track, The Fix, features guest vocals and lead guitar by Richard Hawley. The band’s official site can be found at http://www.elbow.co.uk.
2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. To mark this milestone the label is entering into the world of book publishing. May 21st ’09 will see the publication of ‘KEEP ON RUNNING – THE STORY OF ISLAND RECORDS’ edited by Chris Salewicz (acclaimed author of recent best-selling Joe Strummer biog ‘Redemption Song’ as well as books on The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and many others) and produced by Universal Island Ltd. and The Island Trading Company Ltd.
‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ is a 226-page full-colour hard-cover commemoration of Island Records, started by Jamaican Chris Blackwell in 1959, the most illustrious record label that the British music business has ever known. Illustrated by copious rare images, including original artwork and photographs from the Island Records archives, ‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ will tell the story of this extraordinary label, its art and its artists, in a series of twelve essays by celebrated writers such as Paul Morley, Jon Savage, Sean O’Hagan, Vivien Goldman, Lloyd Bradley, David Katz, Robin Denselow, Sylvia Patterson, Richard Williams and Joe Boyd. Chapter headings include Out of Jamaica, The Pink Label, Season of the Witch, Glitterball, Roots-Rock Reggae, Singular Voices, The Tuff Gong, Globalisation, From Africa & Beyond, Re-birth Of The Cool and The New Millennium. Photographers include Anton Corbijn, Adrian Boot, Gered Mankowitz, Keith Morris, Andy Earl, Lawrence Watson, Maria Mochnacz, Jean-Paul Goude and Neville Garrick.
The book will be published to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Island Records in May ’09: these include a large-scale, month-long exhibition of Island artwork and memorabilia in London’s Soho; a week of concerts by key artists at Shepherds Bush Empire; a 90 minute TV documentary about the label; a Radio 2 documentary; and deluxe re-releases of many iconic Island albums, which will continue throughout 2009.
Chris Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 with capital of just £1000. Relocating to London in the early 60s Blackwell built the most diverse and enviable back catalogue of any independent record label in history. From Island’s early Jamaican roots in ska and rock-steady, through the label’s expansion to become the cutting edge of progressive rock in the late 60s, and then on to the signing of such international superstars as Bob Marley and U2, Blackwell brought to Island a unique vision and passion which still informs the label’s approach to this day.
The Island label has been responsible for the careers of some of the biggest stars in music including U2, Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, Traffic, Free, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Toots & The Maytals, John Martyn, Marianne Faithfull, Aswad, Tom Waits, King Sunny Ade, Third World, Roxy Music, Robert Palmer, the B52s, Sly & Robbie, Melissa Etheridge, The Slits, Steel Pulse, Grace Jones, Tom Tom Club, Pulp, Baaba Maal, Tricky, Talvin Singh, and latterly Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, DJ Shadow, Sugababes, Keane, The Fratellis, Scott Matthews, Paul Weller, The Feeling, Portishead and Florence & The Machine.