My Chemical Romance will be ‘smarter’ about touring, as they’re worried about burning out on the road. The ‘Na Na Na’ rockers said they will be taking more time off between legs of their tour in support of their album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ because they want to be in peak form for their fans. Guitarist Ray Toro said: ‘Last time we literally went from tour to tour to tour, and it was all kind of connected into this really, really long stretch. ‘Nowadays physically we can’t do that, but also mentally too. People need a break and need to recharge the batteries. ‘ think ultimately that’s better for the fans, better for us, better for our families. So we are going to approach touring a little differently, a little smarter.’ Despite spacing their touring out, Ray assured that the band will not be cutting back the number of dates they play. He added: ‘That doesn’t mean we won’t play as many shows as we used to or hit as many countries, we just have to do it a little smarter.’ Ray also explained how the band ‘ which also includes Gerard Way, Mikey Way and Frank Iero ‘ helped get into the mindset to record their last album by looking toward the future. He added: ‘As a band we put ourselves into the mindset, of what might the radio be playing in 2019? And What might My Chemical Romance sound like in 2019? That helped us find some of the sounds that we were looking for and influenced the song structure and the arrangements. ‘ find we’re a band like that. We do need a little bit of inspiration on that side, and that’s something that we talked about and kind of formed and made bigger as the record went on.’
The 22-year-old singer – whose second record ’21′ debuted at number one in the UK album charts last month – admitted the end of her “amazing, immense relationship” helped her to write a whole host of passionate songs.
She said: “I had the most amazing, immense relationship. It didn’t last, unfortunately – it stopped being fun, but thankfully the ending wasn’t bitter. The whole thing changed me. It made me really passionate about love, life, me – pretty much everything.”
However, after the success of her debut album ’19′, Adele was unsure how she could improve her second record.
She added to Reveal Magazine: “Before I went into the studio I wondered how on earth I was going to beat the first album. But it was like a tap that’s difficult to turn off. The relationship I’d been in just consumed me, which is where the songs came from.
“It’s important to me that people believe what I write about. They’re honest and it’s quite exhausting writing them because they’re all about my emotions and me. I’d hate it if someone thought, ‘Yeah, whatever, she has made them all up’.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton are unwittingly driving people to go to ante up an island’s tourism. After rumors that the engaged couple are planning to spend their honeymoon in the Isles of Scilly have emerged, the island’s tourism website garnered 78,000 hits last week, nearly three times its normal traffic. According to BBC, people from around the U.K., mainland Europe and the U.S. are suddenly interested in knowing more about the island. Downloads of the official holiday brochure have doubled as well.
Tourism officials still don’t know if the spike in the website hits will translate to actual bookings, but told the U.K. paper that they are still pleased that the interest in their area has increased.
As to why it was thought that the 28-year-old royalty will take his bride to Scilly, it’s because he spent a family holiday on the island in 1989 with his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana and brother Harry.
William and Kate will tie the knot on April 29 at the Westminster Abbey.
Arctic Monkeys are very pleased to announce two special hometown shows on Friday 10th June and Saturday 11th June 2011.
The band will be performing in a custom designed tent at The Don Valley Bowl in Sheffield and will be supported by a line up of special guests. On Friday 10th June the band will be joined by Miles Kane, The Vaccines and Sheffield band, Dead Sons. On Saturday 11th June Miles Kane will return and be joined by Anna Calvi and another Sheffield band, Mabel Love.
‘We’re really looking forward to playing Sheffield with our special guests. It’s great doing our own event and it’s going to be a wonderful couple of days in our hometown’.
Doors open at 5pm
Don Valley Bowl
The tickets for the shows will go on general sale on Friday 11th February. Buy sold out tickets at our partners here and check out all other tickets here.
Following her sold out Hoxton Hall album launch show last week, we are pleased to announce Blackout as the first single from Anna Calvi’s eponymous debut.
Full of passionate, cinematic beauty, Blackout is extroverted and highly infectious. The single will be available on 7′ (RUG394) and via digital download (RUG394D) from 21st March 2011.
You can listen to Blackout here: http://soundcloud.com/dominorecordco/anna-calvi-blackout
With the release of her critically acclaimed debut, Anna Calvi has already established herself as one of the most important and unique artists to have emerged in recent times.
You can catch Anna Calvi’s breathtaking live performance (with her intimate backing band consisting of Mally Harpaz on harmonium and percussion, and Daniel Maiden-Wood on drums) on the following dates:
Friday 4th Feb: London, Barfly: HMV Next Big Things ‘ SOLD OUT
Weds 23rd Feb: Dublin, Workmans Club, Ireland ‘ SOLD OUT
Thu 24th Feb: Sheffield, Harley
Fri 25th Feb: Nottingham, Bodega
Sat 26th Feb: Birmingham, Hare And Hounds
Sun 27th Feb: Glasgow, Arches
Mon 28th Feb: Manchester, Deaf Institute ‘ SOLD OUT
Wed 2nd Mar: Brighton, Komedia Bar ‘ SOLD OUT
Fri 4th Mar: Bristol, Cooler
Tues 26th Apr: London, Bush Hall, *extra date added* ‘ SOLD OUT
Weds 27th Apr: London, Bush Hall ‘ SOLD OUT
Adele’s new album, ’21′, looks set to storm the UK albums chart on Sunday (January 30), having sold more than 100,000 copies since its release on Monday (24). According to midweek figures from The Official Charts Company the album is outselling the rest of the Top 10 albums combined. Meanwhile, Adele’s debut album, ’19′, is on course to re-enter the Top Five. Liam Gallagher’s new band Beady Eye have also released their debut single ‘The Roller’ digitally this week. The track has a full release date of February 21, but has so far only made it to Number 28 in the midweek figures after being made available as a download. The song is being outsold by other new entries including The Vaccines’ ‘Post Break-Up Sex’, which is the midweek Number 19, and The Wombats, who are at the midweek Number 27 with ‘Jump Into The Fog’. Ke$ha’s single ‘We R Who We R’ looks likely to claim the Number One spot on Sunday.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark announce North American tour. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are bringing their tour in support of History of Modern to North America this coming March. History is the group’s first album in 14 years and its their first trip to North America with the original lineup since 1988. The tour starts on March 5 in Toronto, goes down the U.S. east coast, through the midwest to the South by Southwest festival and on to the west coast for the final shows. While there have been rumors of an April date at Coachella, there has been no confirmation so far.
Date have also been announced for June and September in Germany.
•03/05 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
•03/06 – Montreal, QC – Le National
•03/07 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
•03/08 – New York, NY – Webster Hall/Irving Plaza
•03/10 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
•03/12 – Chicago, IL – Park West
•03/14 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
•03/16 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
•03/17 – Austin, TX – South by Southwest
•03/18 – Austin, TX – South by Southwest
•03/19 – Austin, TX – South by Southwest
•03/20 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues/Granada Theatre
•03/22 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
•03/23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Depot
•03/25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box
•03/26 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
•06/23 – Leipzig, Germany – Clara-zetkin-parkbÃ¼hne
•06/26 – Dresden, Germany – Elbufer
•09/02 – Hamburg, Germany – Stadpark
•09/05 – Berlin, Germany – Sommergarten
UK Music Sales Dip Further In 2010 But Digital Albums Hit The Mainstream. A third successive record year for singles and the emergence of a mainstream market for digital albums failed to halt a further overall decline in UK music sales in a market that remains heavily distorted by still-increasing levels of illegal downloading, new Official Charts Company data released today by the BPI confirmed.
Combined sales of digital and physical albums overall fell by 7.0% to 119.9m in 2010, with growth in digital sales failing to offset the decline in physical CD sales. Despite the encouraging digital albums sales of 21.0m, growing 30.6% on last year’s sales of 16.1m, the market for CD albums declined 12.4% to 98.5m from 112.5m in 2009.
The singles market recorded an all-time sales high of 161.8m, 5.9% up on 2009′s tally of 152.7m, reflecting the unparalleled choice and value on offer from the UK’s burgeoning digital music retail environment. 5.2m tracks were downloaded in the final week of 2010 – the first time weekly sales have surpassed 5m. Sales of digital single tracks represented 98.0% of overall singles sales, with CD singles only accounting for 1.9m sales, down on last year’s total of 2.5m.
Geoff Taylor, BPI Chief Executive, said, “2010 showed that the digital singles highs seen in the previous two years were no fluke – music fans continue to embrace the convenience, value and choice offered by legal download stores. The market for digital albums also went mainstream in 2010 with nearly a fifth of sales now coming from online services.
“Yet however encouraging it is to see the digital market grow, this must be seen against the bigger picture. Despite unprecedented demand for music, and strong innovation offering consumers new ways to access music online, legal downloads are unable to offset the decline in CD sales because they are dwarfed by illegal competition.
“We will continue to do everything we can to promote the legal market, but meaningful action to tackle illegal downloading remains absolutely critical if we are to stabilise British music sales, let alone return to growth. Without it, investment in new digital services and in British musical talent will begin to dry up.”
Tony Wadsworth, BPI Chairman, added, “Consumer choice for recorded music has never been greater – both in depth of catalogue and the many ways to buy it. It is now crucial that action to stem illegal downloading, incentivising continued investment in this popular art form, is implemented decisively and urgently.”
It was a solid year for British artists in the 2010 album charts. Take That’s Progress was crowned overall year-end album chart champion, selling more than 1.8m copies during 2010. It was boosted in part by first week sales of almost 520,000, making it the fastest-selling album of this millennium.
Including Take That, The Official Charts Company end-of-year artist album Top 10 boasted five placings from new and established British talent, including Plan B’s The Defamation of Strickland Banks (No.5), Paolo Nutini’s Sunny Side Up (No.6), Florence & The Machine’s Lungs (No.8) and Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More (No.10).
While Pop and Urban titles dominated the bestsellers list, there were also big successes for Classical artist André Rieu – who had two albums in the year-end Top 30 – and Michael Bublé, whose Crazy Love (classified as MOR / Easy) was the second-biggest selling UK album overall.
Eminem featuring Rihanna’s Love The Way You Lie sold 854,000 copies to become the UK’s No.1 single of 2010, narrowly seeing off a late challenge from X-Factor winner Matt Cardle’s single When We Collide which ended 2010 as the second biggest-selling single. Tinie Tempah also featured in the year-end Top 10 with his breakout hit Pass Out.
UK record companies and retailers worked hard during 2010 to make CDs available to consumers in record numbers of outlets on the high street. The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) confirmed that over 6,600 stores stocked CDs in the run up to Christmas, compared to just over 4,600 at the beginning of 2010 – around 15% more than the 5,750 in 1999, music’s previous boom year.
Green Day release live DVD trailer. Green Day has put together an explosive trailer for their forthcoming live CD/DVD package. The Bay Area punks noted a while back that they’d be releasing a mammoth live DVD from the shows on their 21st Century Breakdown World Tour. There are reports that it will also contain a DVD from their two Japan shows and judging by the faces in the crowd and Billy Joe Armstrong yelling ‘Tokyo!’ at the end of the spectacular trailer below, we’ll pretty much confirm that. The shows looked amazing: flames, fireworks confetti cannons, and a monster light show. The DVD, artfully titled Awesome As F**k, will be released March 15 and they’re offering preorders already
Amplifier to release third album ‘The Octopus’ on January 31st. Amplifier release their much anticipated third album ‘The Octopus’ on January 31st 2011, through their own label AmpCorp. A special edition version will also be available, which will be limited to 500 copies only and is a 70 page CD book detailing ‘The Octopus’. Each of these will be dedicated in hand by the band. ‘The Octopus’ is a major work that has stylistic echoes of Led Zeppelin and Rush and a vision that invites comparisons to Pink Floyd’s The Wall or Queensryche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ Speaking for themselves, drummer Matt Brobin, bassist Neil Mahony and the band’s vocalist and guitarist Sel Balamir says: ‘The one element of our music that most people perceive is its panoramic quality.’ The strengths and the scale of ‘The Octopus’ is even more remarkable given that it was made without any record company support. It is the product of a truly independent rock band working without boundaries, three musicians fuelled by ambition and self-belief, inspired by a loyal fan-base following online progress reports. ‘We have a commitment to excellence. That’s what Amplifier is ‘ everything to the best of our abilities.’ Sel: ‘t’s taken three years to do and honestly, I don’t think we could ever repeat the effort. I also think this is very probably the best thing we will ever do.’
www.amplifiertheband.com / http://www.myspace.com/amplifiertheband
Kings of Leon refused to let Prince Harry win a table tennis match. The drummer Nathan Followill thinks the 26-year-old royal ‘ who is third in line to the British throne ‘ is ‘cool’ but his competitive nature came to the forefront when they recently met at London’s The O2. Nathan said: ‘We’re still pretty wide-eyed about meeting dignitaries but he’s the cool prince I think. He picked up a ping-pong bat backstage and we went at it. I”m not sure what the etiquette is when you play a prince at ping-pong, but hey I’m the king aren’t I? A king trumps a prince. I think the other guys thought, ‘Maybe you should let a real prince win.’ ‘But he is so tall and he’s got military training so I figured he can look after himself. It was a hard-fought battle but I took him in the end.’ Nathan ‘ who formed the band with his brothers Caleb, Jared and their cousin Matthew Followill, – also said while the group would be honoured if they were asked to play for Harry’s brother Prince William’s wedding in April, they would prefer to wait for the younger royal to get married. He told The Sun newspaper: ‘Man, we would jump at playing the royal wedding if we were asked. Wills and Kate look like nice people. ‘But Harry is the dude. His is the wedding we would most likely play. He knows his music. He keeps it real on his iPod.’
Matt Damon To Be Honored With Joel Siegel Award At Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Matt Damon will be honored at the upcoming Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with the fourth annual Joel Siegel Award. The award, named after the late “Good Morning America” film critic, recognizes the philanthropy work of current film stars. Damon, who starred in this year’s CCMA-nominated “True Grit,” will be given the award during the show’s 16th annual ceremony, the BFCA announced today. Along with being an award-winning actor, Damon is a co-founder of Water.org, which works to offer safe drinking water across the globe, while as co-founder of Not On Our Watch, he works to end mass violence. He’s also part of the ONE campaign to help fight AIDS, ambassador for the children’s organization ONEXONE, and a spokes person for hunger-relief organization Feeding America. “Matt personifies the values celebrated by the Joel Siegel Award,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “Clearly Matt understands, as Joel did, that the true value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others.” Damon is the recipient of two Critics Choice Movie Awards for his work in “Good Will Hunting,” and his been nominated for five more awards, including one for his work in last year’s “Invictus.” The previous recipients of the Joel Siegel Award include Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, and Kevin Bacon. The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will are live on January 14th on VH1 at 9:00 PM ET/PT