Musician Kate Nash today launched a nationwide interactive music educational tour with The Co-operative and the British Music Experience to inspire young people across the UK to engage with music.
The tour, in the form of a traditional 1968 Routemaster London bus, has been transformed to replicate the music museum which is at the O2 in London and will take to the road over the coming months, visiting schools up and down the country. Kate Nash joined local school children today at Trafalgar Square to officially launch the education roadshow on the second anniversary of the British Music Experience.
Inside the ‘moving museum’, young people will be able to interact with state of the art music technology, provided by Sennheiser and Gibson. They will also be able to record a track in a fully equipped studio which can be uploaded online to share with family and friends. As part of the tour, school children will also participate in a behind the scenes ‘Master Class’ led by the British Music Experience education team, offering insight into working in the music industry, demonstrating the different roles and skills needed to succeed.
The bus captures British music of the past 60 years, featuring original pieces of music memorabilia including a genuine cell used to make The Beatles animated film ‘Yellow Submarine’, Leona Lewis’ Roberto Cavalli dress worn during a performance in 2008 for Nelson Mandela and Florence and the Machine’s 22 carat gold-plated microphone used by Florence during her 2010 tour.
Speaking from the launch, Kate said, ‘t’s such an honour to be involved in this project as inspiring young people to get into the music industry is something that is really close to my heart.
‘ think that in the UK we often dismiss the music industry as an unrealistic career path and discourage young people from getting involved, but we need to challenge these attitudes and nurture the talent that is evident in so many teenagers and young adults across the country.’
‘The British Music Experience is the definitive home of the story of British popular music and how it influences our lives and culture. We’re delighted that the museum is going on the road and helping to inspire people – especially young people – to explore music and all its benefits. We’re looking forward to working with The Co-operative on this partnership and on many more initiatives to inspire and educate young people through music,’ said Harvey Goldsmith, Chairman of The British Music Experience.
To follow the bus on tour, go to www.bmetour.com
White Lies announce UK tour dates. White Lies, who release their new album Ritual on January 17th 2011, have announced details of their live return in the U.K.Following a successful Summer 2010 touring all corners of the globe with Muse, White Lies will tour the UK in February next year. The full list of dates are as follows:
4th Cambridge Junction
6th Norwich UEA
7th Brighton Corn Exchange
9th Bristol Academy
10th London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
13th Leeds Academy
14th Birmingham Institute
16th Glasgow Barrowlands
17th Newcastle Academy
18th Manchester Academy
Tickets are priced at £16 (£17.50 in London) and are available from 9am on November 19th via www.whitelies.com, White Lies will also perform a live premiere of their new album at London’s historic boxing venue York Hall on Monday 22nd November 2010. Tickets for the event SOLD OUT within minutes of going on sale in mid-October.
MTV Cancels Reality Show “The City”. It looks like Whitney Port is out of a job. The former “The Hills” reality star who made waves with her spin-off in “The City,” has been canceled by MTV. A spokesperson for the Music channel says: “’The City’ will not be returning to MTV for season three.” “Whitney has been a part of our family for many years and we wish her and the cast the best, and hope to collaborate with them again.” The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise for Port, as she herself hinted that the show would end during an interview with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show. “As of right now it doesn’t really look like we’re doing it anymore,” she said. “The City” followed Port as she moved from the west coast to New York City in pursuit of a fashion career while in the big city. This doesn’t look like it’s the end of Port’s career in the fashion world, though. She told Seacrest, “It’s OK – one door closes and another opens,” adding that she has several new projects lined up for the future as well
Manolo Blahnik Shows Off Sketching Skills On “The Martha Stewart” Show. Manolo Blahnik, shoe designer of “Sex and the City” fame, was mentioned – and appeared – on another TV show. The founder of his self-named, high-end shoe brand was a guest on “The Martha Stewart Show” last Friday. Blahnik reportedly hates the term “muse,” but it seemed as though host Martha Stewart was his on the show. He demonstrated his design process of sketching a one-of-a-kind shoe in front of a live studio audience on canvas with paint. After the spontaneous sketch, Stewart asked him what the inspiration was behind the sketch of a brown high heel. “You. And the show and food,” he said. Blahnik’s food inspiration came in the form of the milkshakes Stewart and he made, reportedly an obsession of Blahnik’s, when he and Martha created two different shakes, Coconut-Chocolate and Salted Caramel Pecan. The shoe designer also talked about growing up and how he got his start in the shoe business. He started sketching shoes when he was about six or seven years old, he told Stewart, and his mother also made her own shoes. “During the war, my mommy didn’t get the things that she liked so she made herself (espadrilles),” Blahnik said.”So she was very, very sort of crafty in that way.” He also told Stewart the engineering behind making his shoes. “(Engineering) takes a long time. Shoes are different than dresses in a sense that shoes takes a lot of months to do technically. To get the heel correct.” “I can imagine,” Stewart responded. “Just figuring out how the heel can bear the weight of a 130-pound woman, right? It’s amazing.”
Warner Brothers Release Fringe And Top Gear Season 13 Blu-rays And DVDs. Warner Brothers has released two of its top shows’ seasons on Blu-ray and DVD: “Fringe” and “Top Gear.” Rolling Stone calls “Fringe” the “most exciting drama around right now.” Perhaps that’s because in the world of “Fringe,” there are alternate worlds, and a plethora of characters, including shape shifters, cryonic heads, and people who can turn into ashes at the snap of a finger. The science fiction drama that follows three FBI agents through a parallel reality that threatens to destroy reality as everyone knows it. Agents Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson, “Dawson’s Creek”), Walter Bishop (John Noble, “24” and “The Unit”) and Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, “Mistresses”) deal with their mind-bending investigation as best as they can.
BAFTA-winning show “Top Gear” goes into its 13th season, and is also available on Blu-ray and DVD. The BBC series starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond has several follow-up experiences after their challenge in Vietnam, a 75-minute episode where they traveled 1,000 miles via motorcycle from Ho Chii Minh to Ha Long in eight days. In its 13th season, there will be more aggressive road tests on the latest models of cars and motorcycles, man vs. machine experiments, and even power tests on some of the world’s most exotic cars.
In addition, The Stig continues to put the rich and famous through their paces out on the test track in ‘The Star in the Reasonably Priced Car’. Celebrities include Michael Schumacher, Olympic Gold sprinter Usain Bolt, actress Sienna Miller (who has just passed her driving test), AC/DC’s singer Brian Johnson and ‘the biggest petrolhead in the world’ Jay Leno. And in a television-first, Stig takes off his helmet to reveal just who he really is. Fans of the series won’t want to miss that.
Martha Stewart, Brendan Fraser Go “Tricking And Treating” On New Halloween Special. Halloween is just a month away and Martha Stewart is getting ready to premiere her brand new primetime special dedicated to the holiday filled tips for the best tricks and treats Martha-style. “Tricking and Treating with Martha Stewart” will feature crafting everything from costumes, to home decorations, party ideas, and even recipes for Halloween-themed foods, including spiders viewers will want to have a bite of. Of course, Martha won’t be celebrating alone. She’s brought along a very special guest, Brendan Fraser of “The Mummy” films, to help. He’ll also be mummified by the domestic diva herself when they both prep an easy Mummy costume from scratch. “Halloween is one of my very, very favorite times of year,” Stewart told AHN earlier this month. She also said Fraser is “the perfect celebrity for Halloween and the stuff we do is just extraordinary and it’s going to be a smashing hit.” Martha’s one-hour primetime special, “Tricking and Treating with Martha Stewart,” premieres Sunday, October 10 at 9pm ET/PT, 8pmC on Hallmark Channel.
Taylor Swift admits writing songs about her heartbreak is therapeutic. Taylor Swift finds love ‘confusing’. The 20-year-old country star – who has dated Taylor Lautner and was famously dumped by Joe Jonas on the phone ‘ struggles to cope with the complexities of dating and relationships and tries to make sense of her romantic life by writing songs inspired by her romantic liaisons. She said: ‘Naturally, I want to write songs about love and relationships because I find it find it all very confusing. When I meet someone new I live somewhere between hope and fear. Hope that this time it could be different, and fear that it will turn out like it has before.’ While Taylor admits writing songs about her heartbreak is therapeutic, she feels ‘vulnerable’ when she listens back to the lyrics. She told our source: ”ve written all the songs on it about things that have happened over the last two years, and a lot has happened over the last two years. It’s been very eventful, a lot of adventures and misadventures. I have a lot fun doing this and getting to write songs about what happens in my life, but putting it all out there in your music ‘ all the details ‘ you’re taking a chance with that because you are very vulnerable.’ Taylor also revealed she now hopes to put the Kanye West controversy completely behind her. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), the rapper interrupted Taylor in the middle of her acceptance speech for the Best Female Video prize to tell the audience Beyonce Knowles should have won, resulting in an avalanche of criticism. Taylor ‘ who, along with Kanye, performed at the 2010 VMAs in September – said: ‘For me, I felt like performing VMAs was the best way to go out there and sing how I was actually feeling, being there really helped put all that behind me.’
This month Guest Stars Take Over Disney Channel. Disney Channel is making things a little less spooky, and a lot more star-studded. Guest stars and special crossover episodes are just some of the reasons to tune into Disney Channel and Disney XD. “Replay” and “Solo” singer Iyaz guest stars on an episode of “Hannah Montana Forever.” When Miley starts to doubt herself after a new song doesn’t get the best reaction from her label, Iyaz overhears it and asks to record it with her. “Hannah’s Gonna Get This” premieres Sunday, October 3rd at 8pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. Gregg Sulkin returns to “Wizards of Waverly Place” in a howling new episode, where Alex, Justin and Max (Selena Gomez, David Henrie and Jake T. Austin) discover that Mason has been turned into a dog by rogue wizards. The special one-hour episode premieres Friday, October 1st at 8pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. “Sonny With a Chance” Tiffany Thornton guest stars as Doris Flores Gorgeous, an imaginary girlfriend for main hero Oscar, in an all-new episode of “Fish Hooks” which premieres Friday, October 1st at 9pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.
Also making the cross-over from one Disney Channel show to another is Disney XD’s “I’m In the Band,” which finds Iron Weasel on the SS Tipton during a special episode of “I’m In the Band” and “The Suite Life on Deck.” Titled “Weasels on Deck,” the episode premieres Monday, October 11th on Disney XD.
“30 Rock” star Jack McBrayer and Diedrich Bader return as Irving and Albert in “Doof Side of the Moon,” an all-new episode of “Phineas and Ferb” premiering October 8th on Disney Channel at 8:30pm ET/PT. “Sonny With a Chance” and “Zeke and Luther” are both sporting some major stars: Shaquille O’Neal and Tony Hawk. In the episode “So Random Halloween,” Shaq guest stars as himself along with up-and-coming recording artists All-Star Weekend in a new episode of “Sonny With a Chance,” premiering Sunday, October 17th at 8pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. Meanwhile, “Zeke and Luther” come face-to-face with their idol Tony Hawk in a special new episode, premiering Monday, October 25th at 8:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD.
Lady Gaga On the Rebound, she tops most deleted Last.fm list Lady Gaga tops most deleted list. Listener data from Last.fm has shown that Lady Gaga is both one of the most listened to and one of the most deleted artists around. Despite the pop princess’s huge popularity and success, fans are deleting her songs from their public playlists to keep their listening stealth. In fact, seven of her songs are in the top ten most deleted tracks. To date, Lady GaGa has already received over 40 music awards in 2010 and she has recently been nominated for 5 MTV EMA’s, making her one of the hottest artists around. People are listening to her music in their droves as she often will appear on the top listened to tracks on Last.fm, but people don’t want to include her on their public profile. So is Lady GaGa the ultimate of guilty pleasures?
Last.fm top 10 deleted songs
Lady Gaga ‘ Alejandro
Lady Gaga ‘ Poker Face
Lady Gaga ‘ Bad Romance
Lady Gaga ‘ Paparazzi
Ke$ha ‘ TiK ToK
Lady Gaga ‘ LoveGame
Lady Gaga ‘ Just Dance
Justin Bieber ‘ One Time
Ke$ha ‘ Your Love Is My Drug
Lady Gaga ‘ Monster
Matt Sheret, Data Griot at Last.fm commented, ‘Artists such as Lady GaGa along with Justin Bieber and Ke$ha are examples of artists that people seem to love to hate’. Despite people not wanting to be seen to be listening to Lady GaGa, her recent award success and regular appearance in the Last.fm’s most listened to chart, shows that people love her music but might not want to be labelled as one of her ‘monsters’.’
Lady Gaga wants to buy a British castle. The eccentric singer is believed to have fallen in love with the country ‘ having previously professed a love for traditional UK dish fish and chips and British musicians – and is keen to follow in Madonna’s footsteps by purchasing an estate in the UK countryside. A friend told the Daily Record newspaper: ‘No expense will be spared in her quest to make this dream come true. ‘t’s her childhood dream and she’s particularly interested in castles in the north of England or Scotland.’ It was reported this week the ‘Alejandro’ hitmaker was looking to purchase a property on the exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts, US, ready for when her ‘Monster Ball Tour’ – which has been running since 2009 – wraps up in 2011. However, the New Yorker could bag herself a bargain if she were to buy in Scotland, where real estate agent Matthew Sinclair has revealed many properties are overpriced. He said: ‘The average time a property is on the market is eight months. That tells us much of the property is overpriced. ‘The country house market seems completely static. Some prices being asked are what they would have sold for at the peak of the market.’
Ready To Start, the second single from Arcade Fire’s latest album The Suburbs, will be released digitally on 11th October 2010 via Sonovox. From Arcade Fire’s third studio album, the track was described by the NME as having the “urgent fractious energy of ‘Tunnels’… stately, melancholic but resolute, with an urgent rhythm and riff.” Ready to Start is a follow up to Arcade Fire’s first single We Used To Wait. The music video for which, The Wilderness Downtown, has already received over 25 million views worldwide. An interactive online only video, The Wilderness Downtown filled social networking sites twitter and facebook, again causing Arcade Fire to top Hype Machine. Billboard found Chris Milk’s interactive video, ‘an eye-popping interactive film/experience. further pushing the boundaries of the music video concept” while the Guardian called it ‘an extremely impressive use of technology’. The Suburbs went to Number 1 in the UK and the US, Canada, Portugal, Norway, Ireland and Belgium on release in August and the top 5 in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The band will return to the UK in December for two shows in London followed by dates in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow. The Arcade Fire are Win Butler, RÃ©gine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara. ‘Arcade Fire knew they were ready to start a third album when they sat down and jammed an urgent indie-rock thumper appropriately titled Ready To Start.’ Q – October 2010
Leona Lewis today announces her second album entitled ECHO will be released on November 16th on Syco Music. Leona took the music world by storm with the release of her 2007 debut album Spirit selling over 6 million copies worldwide – It earned four Brit Award nominations and three Grammy nominations, making it the best selling album of 2007 and 2008 in the UK and the US respectively. Leona’s debut album Spirit entered the UK album chart at #1 and became Britain’s fastest-selling debut of all time selling over 1 million copies Continue reading →