Monday, 31 January 2011

DJ Kool Herc needs your help

DJ Kool Herc, the inventor of breakbeats and hip-hop founding father, is allegedly not in a good way and is described as "very sick". Herc apparently does not have valid health insurance and needs help to pay for the surgery he requires.

DJ Premier spoke of Herc saying that as he was a DJ and not a producer, he made little money for all the hard work he put into establishing hip-hop in the early days. Premier is urging people to donate what they can to help one of the founding fathers.

If you would like to give what you can - send donations to:

Kool Herc Production
PO Box 20472
Huntington Station,
NY 11746

Fleet Foxes to return in May

Following their critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Fleet Foxes have announced that their follow-up will be released this coming May.

The album will be called "Helplessness Blues" and is set for a US release on the 3rd and a UK release on the 2nd. Also, Foxes will be touring from late April and through the whole May and will be playing numerous dates across North America and Europe.

"R.E.D Album" tracklisting

As we reported last week, Game recently had a meeting with Jimmy Iovine to discuss the future and possible release of "The R.E.D Album". It seem that following the release of the "Purp and Patron" mixtape, Game has created enough of a buzz to get the wheels in motion.

Rumours are circulating that this is the tracklisting:

1) Infra-R.E.D [Produced By. Cool&Dre]
2) Ricky Feat. kobe [Produced By. DJ Khalil]
3) Shine [Produced By. Dr.Dre]
4) R.E.D Nation Feat. Lil'Wayne, Bruno Mars [Produced By. Cool&Dre , Alex Da Kid]
5) A Prayer [Produced By. DJ Khalil]
6) Love Feat. Ciara [Produced By. Timbaland]
7) Left Coastin' Feat. Snoop Dogg [Produced By. Dr.Dre]
8) Lost Feat. Ne-Yo [Produced By. DJ Khalil , Dr.Dre]
9) R.E.D Gems [Produced By.1500&Nothin']
10) Born In Tha Trap [Produced By. DJ Premier]
11) Higher Feat. Big Boi [Produced By. Scott Storch , Che Vicious]
12) G-Funk Feat. Akon [Produced By. Scoop DeVille]
13) Home Feat. Ice Cube [Produced By. J.R]
14) R.E.D Chucks Feat. Drake [Produced By. Drumma Boy]
15) Compton Ways [Produced By. Dr.Dre]
16) The Story Feat. Nas [Produced By. DJ Premier]

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Saturday, 29 January 2011

P Diddy and the $1 trillion claim - (possibly the best thing you will read today)

P Diddy is the focus of a $1 trillion claim from an ex - Valerie Turks. Also parties to the claim are Kim Porter (Diddy's ex) and... wait for it... Rodney King (yes, yes the man who got beaten up by the police back in the early 1990's).

Turks also claims that she and Diddy have a son - Cornelius, who is now 23. Then, in a ridiculous couple of sentences, claims that Diddy caused 9/11, put her son in hospital and sold a poker chip belonging to her which she says was worth "100 zillions of dollars". The $1 trillion is broken up into $900 billion in child support and $100 billion in lost earnings.

The case will be heard on 31st January so keep it here for any updates.

I bet you didn't think you would be reading that today.

Lil Wayne done with "Tha Carter IV"

There are numerous rumours making the rounds that "Tha Carter IV" is closer than we all thought... in fact, the word is that the album has been finished.

Mack Maine told XXL this week that David Banner is one of the last producers that has been recruited for the album.

The Killers to return

The Killers have announced an end to their hiatus by confirming that they will play a comeback gig at Lollapalooza in Chile.

The band have not performed together since 2009 whilst lead singer - Brandon Flowers has been concentrating on his solo album. The Killers will be added to the bill along with: Kanye West, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Flaming Lips

Thursday, 27 January 2011

The Streets - Cyberspace and Reds

If you are having problems waiting on “Computers and Blues” then have no fear... Mike to the rescue. Skinner has released a mixtape, wittily named “Cyberspace and Reds”, which is rife with UK talent including: Wiley, Kano, Wretch 32 and Jammer.
Originally, to get a copy of the mixtape, there had been a few hoops to jump though which included downloading an app and scanning barcodes on tomato soup... seriously. Now however, Mike has put the mixtape up for your streaming pleasure.
A taster – grimey...
"Dont Hide Away" - The Streets, Wiley, Rinse & Ice Kid by theproprietor

Below is the tracklisting:
1) Came in Through the Door [ft. Kano]
2) 4 O'Clock
3) Don't Hide Away [ft. Wiley, Rinse, and Ice Kid]
4) Too Numb [ft. RoxXxan]
5) Backseat Barz [ft. Loudmouth]
6) Tidy Nice and Neat [ft. Ghost Poet]
7) The Morning After the Day Off on One [ft. Trim]
8) Cinema Barz [ft. Jammer]
9) Breakbat Barz [ft. Scru Fizzer]
10) Something to Hide
11) Robots Are Taking Over [ft. Envy, Elro, and Frisco]
12) Cross That Line [ft. Fumin]
13) Minding My Own [ft. Wretch32]
14) At the Back of the Line [ft. Joey G-Zus]

Picture Moment #29

Chase & Status turned Rihanna down for new album

Chase & Status have told MTV that they have snubbed Rihanna for their next album - "No More Idols". They were given the opportunity to work with RiRi as a perk of being signed to Jay Z's - Roc Nation label but refused on the grounds that they wanted the new album to be "thoroughly British".

Clair Maguire, Tinie Tempah, Tempa T and White Lies have all been enlisted to help with the album that is a follow up to 2008's "More Than Alot".

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Game talks R.E.D

Game has been speaking to Complex regarding the long awaited - "R.E.D Album" (an album that was meant to be released the same week as Drake's "Thank Me Later"). Game told the magazine that the album was still missing a lead single despite being "pretty much 95% done". He said he would wait until he heard something amazing that did not sound like anything else out there.

Game also stated that "The Kill" is likely the only song from the mixtape - "Purp and Patron", that will make the final cut.

He confirmed that he has spoken to Jimmy Iovine about the album and that he had been given freedom to pretty much determine his own release date. The album will feature the production of DJ Premo, Dr Dre and The Neptunes.

"Rolling Papers" release date set

Wiz Khalifa has announced that his upcoming album - "Rolling papers" will be released on the 29th March. Wiz made the announcement during a chat with fans on uStream.

"Rolling Papers" is a nod to his favourite pastime and will feature productions from Jim Jonsin and Pharrell Williams. The first single is called "Roll Up" (get the theme here...) is yet to have a video shoot but is expected to start surfacing on radio by early March.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

NME Awards 2011 - Nominations

A big day for nominations. Below is the list of nominations for the 2011 NME awards:

Best British Band:Arctic Monkeys
Biffy Clyro

Best International Band:

Arcade Fire
Kings Of Leon
My Chemical Romance
The Drums
Vampire Weekend

Best Solo Artist
Florence Welch
Frank Turner
Kanye West
Laura Marling
Paul Weller

Best New Band:
Beady Eye
Everything Everything
The Drums
Two Door Cinema Club

Best Live Band:
Arcade Fire
Biffy Clyro

Best Album:
Arcade Fire – 'The Suburbs'
Crystal Castles – 'Crystal Castles II'
Foals – 'Total Life Forever'
My Chemical Romance – 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys'
Two Door Cinema Club – 'Tourist History'

Best Track:
Cee Lo Green – '**** You'
Foals – 'Spanish Sahara'
Gorillaz – 'Stylo'
Janelle Monae (featuring Big Boi) – 'Tightrope'
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – 'Bang Bang Bang'

Best Video:
Arcade Fire – 'We Used To Wait'
Brandon Flowers – ‘Crossfire'
Chase & Status – 'Let You Go'
Gorillaz – 'Stylo'
My Chemical Romance – 'Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)'

Best Festival:
Reading And Leeds Festivals
T In The Park
V Festival

Best Dancefloor Filler:
Crystal Castles – 'Baptism'
Kele – 'Tenderoni'
Plan B – 'Stayed Too Long'
Professor Green – 'Jungle'
Tinie Tempah – 'Pass Out'

Best TV Show: 
Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Peep Show
The Inbetweeners

Best Film:
Get Him To The Greek
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
The Social Network

Hero Of The Year:
Gerard Way
Julian Assange
Lady Gaga
Kanye West

Villain Of The Year:
Axl Rose
David Cameron
Justin Bieber
Nick Clegg
Simon Cowell

Most Stylish:
Brandon Flowers
Hayley Williams
Lady Gaga
Liam Gallagher
Noel Fielding

Least Stylish:
Cheryl Cole
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Liam Gallagher

Worst Album:
Cheryl Cole – 'Messy Little Raindrops'
Justin Bieber – 'My World'
Katy Perry – 'Teenage Dream'
Kings Of Leon – 'Come Around Sundown'
My Chemical Romance – 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys'

Worst Band:
30 Seconds To Mars
Jonas Brothers
Kings Of Leon
Tokio Hotel

Best Band Blog or Twitter:
Frank Turner
Hayley Williams
Kanye West
Lily Allen
Theo Hutchcraft

Best Book:
Carl BarĂ¢t – 'Threepenny Memoir'
Jay-Z – 'Decoded'
John Lydon – 'Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook'
Keith Richards – 'Life'
Russell Brand – 'My Booky Wook 2'

Best Small Festival (50,000 capacity or lower):
Kendal Calling
Underage Festival

Best Album Artwork:
Foals – 'Total Life Forever'
Gorillaz – 'Plastic Beach'
Klaxons – 'Surfing The Void'
MGMT – 'Congratulations'
My Chemical Romance – 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys'

Hottest Woman:
Alison Mosshart
Emily Haines
Hayley Williams
Lady Gaga

Hottest Man:
Alex Turner
Billie Joe Armstrong
Dominic Howard
Jared Leto
Matt Bellamy

Sinden to release "Free Gucci II"

Sinden is set to release a sequel to Diplo's mixtape - "Free Gucci (Best of the Cold War Mixtapes)". The mixtape "Free Gucci II: the Great Burrrtish Edition" will be released this Friday and will feature some of the brightest talent from the UK.

Toddla T, Tinchy Stryder, These New Puritans, Estelle and Wiley will all feature on the mixtape. For more information on the release, head over to:

Oscar nominations 2011

It's that time again. Below is a summary of the key nominations for the awards.

Best motion picture of the year
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit

Winter's Bone

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Jeff Bridges (True Grit)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale (The Fighter)
John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)
Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Achievement in directing
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
David O Russell (The Fighter)
Tom Hooper (The King's Speech)
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (True Grit)

Adapted screenplay
127 Hours - Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 - Michael Arndt (screenplay); John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich (story)
True Grit - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Winter's Bone - Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Original screenplay
Another Year - Mike Leigh
The Fighter - Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (screenplay); Keith Dorrington, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (story)
Inception - Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right - Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The King's Speech - David Seidler

Best foreign language film of the year
Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (Algeria)

Art direction
Alice in Wonderland - Robert Stromberg (production design), Karen O'Hara (set decoration)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Stuart Craig (production design), Stephenie McMillan (set decoration)
Inception - Guy Hendrix Dyas (production design), Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (set decoration)
The King's Speech - Eve Stewart (production design), Judy Farr (set decoration)
True Grit - Jess Gonchor (production design), Nancy Haigh (set decoration)

Achievement in cinematography
Matthew Libatique (Black Swan)
Wally Pfister (Inception)
Danny Cohen (The King's Speech)
Jeff Cronenweth (The Social Network)
Roger Deakins (True Grit)

Best documentary feature
Exit through the Gift Shop (Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz)
Gasland (Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic)
Inside Job (Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs)
Restrepo (Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger)
Waste Land (Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley)

Best documentary short subject
Killing in the Name (Nominees to be determined)
Poster Girl (Nominees to be determined)
Strangers No More (Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon)
Sun Come Up (Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger)
The Warriors of Qiugang (Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (original score)
John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon)
Hans Zimmer (Inception)
Alexandre Desplat (The King's Speech)
AR Rahman (127 Hours)
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (original song)
Coming Home (from Country Strong, music and lyrics by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey)
I See the Light (from Tangled, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater)
If I Rise (from 127 Hours, music by AR Rahman, lyrics by Dido and Rollo Armstrong)
We Belong Together (from Toy Story 3, music and lyrics by Randy Newman)

Best animated short film
Day & Night (Teddy Newton)
The Gruffalo (Jakob Schuh and Max Lang)
Let's Pollute (Geefwee Boedoe)
The Lost Thing (Nick Batzias, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann)
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) (Bastien Dubois)

Achievement in visual effects
Alice in Wonderland (Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi)
Hereafter (Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell)
Inception (Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb)
Iron Man 2 (Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick)

Vybz Kartel and skin bleaching

I, for one, am a big Vybz Kartel fan and hold him responsible for stopping the rot of dancehall music from the late 1990's and early 2000's. The past few years however, despite a few remixes here and there, he has largely fallen off my radar except for when a song comes up on my iTunes to brighten up my day.

Earlier this morning I read comments that Vybz made regarding skin bleaching and skin bleaching products. He said:

“This is my new image.You can expect the unexpected. I feel comfortable with black people lightening their skin. They want a different look. It’s tantamount to white people getting a sun tan.”

The reasoning is of course logical and difficult to fault but many fear that the use of such bleaching products will become more widespread.

Each to their own I guess.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Lil Wayne announces "I am Music Tour II"

Lil Wayne has announced a sequel to the “I am Music” tour which will run across numerous North American arenas. Weezy won’t be touring alone and will be accompanied by: Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Travis Barker and DJ Mix Master Mike.
Moreover, “Tha Carter IV” is also pretty close to a release with Weezy saying that the album could surface by March.
I assume that the ‘goods’ on the tour bus will be kept to a minimum considering Weezy has only recently been released from Rikers Island.   

Reading and Leeds bookings are "staggeringly good"

Melvin Benn, director of the Reading and Leeds festivals, has made a statement today regarding the headliners for the 2011 festivals.

He announced that the headlining acts have already been selected and that they are "extraordinary". He went on to describe the lineup as a whole as "staggeringly good". As far as headliners are concerned, no names were offered except that the acts would not be headlining any other UK festival.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Kanye to release a new album this summer

West has gone to twitter to give some key announcements about his plans for 2011. Firstly, the video for “All of the Lights” is set to be released next week; however, he did not confirm who from the substantial guest list would be in attendance for the video. Secondly, the Jay Z collaborative effort - “Watch the Throne” is going to be released in March.
Finally (and obviously most importantly), a follow up to “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is going to be released in the summer.
Let the madness commence!

Best DJ of all time announced

Following 4 months and thousands of votes, Mixmag have finally announced their list of the top 10 greatest DJs of all time. The names on the list are all pretty clear choices with perhaps only the omission of Armin van Buuren the only real ‘big’ shock considering his 4 consecutive “Most Popular DJ” awards and a reported 30,000,000 weekly listeners to his show. Dance music obviously dominates the much of the list with no place for any hip hop DJs. However, drum and bass DJ – Andy C managed to come in at #4

Below is the full list:

10) 2 Many DJs
9) Tony De Vit
8) Sasha
7) Paul Van Dyk
6) Ricardo Villalobos
5) Carl Cox
4) Andy C
3) Sven Vath
2) Richie Hawtin
1) Tiesto

Thursday, 20 January 2011

"Louder" (Blast Your Radio Theme) - Jaylib (Madlib and J Dilla)

Below is a track from the new Madlib album which features a track from Madlib and J Dilla that never saw the light of day during their collaborative time as Jaylib. Jaylib only managed one release with 2003’s “Champion Sound” but this track was being lined up for the second album.

Madlib and J Dilla... enough said really.

"Louder" (Blast Your Radio Theme) - Jaylib (Madlib and J Dilla) by theproprietor

Robyn to support Katy Perry on North America tour

Following the brilliant “Body Talk” series of 2010, Robyn is set to support Katy Perry on some of the dates of her upcoming North American tour.

Billboard magazine reports that Robyn will open for Katy Perry during the summer of 2011 after she has completed her own tour which will hit both North America and most of Europe. Marina and the Diamonds are also poised to support Katy Perry’s tour but the exact dates are yet to be confirmed.

Picture Moment #27

Nas and Damian Marley - "Distant Relatives" tour

The pair will play 22-dates and will tour the following: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii, UK (London, Glasgow and Manchester), Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and Holland. The tour will include songs from the album as well as remixes.  

Nas and Marley are also preparing new videos for “Land of Promise”, “Patience” and “Nah Mean” to bring the releases from the album to a close.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The Strokes name new album

The Strokes have announced that the name of their upcoming album will be – “Angles”. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the band stated “Angles” represents the first time that the band have had an equal part to play in all aspects of the recording process.
 Albert Hammond Jr said that the name comes from the fact that the songs come from “five different people” as opposed to Casablancas handling the writing individually.
Nick Velensi said that the album is the first where they worked “truly democratically” and that this new found democracy was the reason for the delay.
“Angles” is set for release on 22nd March.

Miles Kane gets Beady Eye support slot

Former Rascal and Last Shadow Puppet – Miles Kane has been given the role of support for Beady Eye’s first tour. Kane will perform songs from his upcoming solo album and is said to be chuffed to be asked on-board for Liam Gallagher’s first post-Oasis tour.
Kane will be support Beady Eye for their sold-out gigs in Glasgow, Manchester, London, Amsterdam and Brussels.

Eminem refuses to play the BRITS

Eminem has apparently refused to perform at upcoming BRIT awards because event bosses will not let the rapper know whether or not he has won an award in advance of the London ceremony. Eminem is up for Best International Male Artist and International Album but with competition from Kanye West – a win is not guaranteed.

The hope was Em would join the already confirmed – Rihanna on stage to perform “Love The Way You Lie” but with no guarantee... it seems Em is not prepared to come over.

Coachella 2011 - lineup announced

In the interests of giving the full picture of how amazing this could be, below is the full list of acts performing at 2011's Coachella festival.

Some complimentary LGB passes and flights would be much appreciated.

!!!, 12th Planet, Afrojack, Alf Alpha, Andy C, Angus and Julia Stone, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A-Trak, Axwell, Beardyman, Best Coast, Big Audio Dynamite, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Bomba Estereo, Boys Noize, Brandon Flowers, Brandt Brauer Frick, Breakage, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Cage the Elephant, Caifanes, Caspa, Cee Lo Green, Chromeo, Chuckie, City and Colour, Clare Maguire, Cold Cave, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, CSS, Cults, Cut Copy, Daedelus, Death From Above 1979, Delorean, Delta Sprirt, DJ Hype, DJ Kentaro, DJ Marky, DJ Zinc, Duck Sauce, Duran Duran, EE, Elbow, Electric Touch, Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, Emicida, Empire of the Sun, Erick Morillo, Erykah Badu, Excision, , Fat Freddy’s Drop, Fedde Le Grand, Fistful of Mercy, Flogging Molly, Foals, Foster the People, Francis and the Lights, Freelance Whales, fun., G.Q., Gayngs, Glasser, Gogol Bordello, Good Old War, Gord Downie, Goth Trad, Green Velvet, Gypsy and the Cat, HEALTH, Here We Go Magic, High Contrast, Hurts, Interpol, Jack Beats, Jack’s Mannequin, Jakes, Jenny and Johnny, Jimmy Eat World, Joachim Garraud, Joy Orbison, Kanye West, Kele, Kings of Leon, Klaxons, Kode9, Kyle Hall, Laidback Luke, Leftfield, Lightning Bolt, Lil’ B, Lorn, Los Bunkers, Magnetic Man, Mariachi El Bronx, Marina and the Diamonds, Mary Anne Hobbs, MEN, Menomena, Monarchy, Mount Kimbie, Moving Units, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mumford & Sons, Nas & Damian Marley, Neon Trees, New Pants, Nosaj Thing, OFF!, OFWGKTA, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, One Day as a Lion, Ozomatli, Paul van Dyk, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, PJ Harvey, Plan B, Ramadanman, Raphael Saadiq, Ras G, Ratatat, Riva Starr, Robyn, Roska, Rye Rye, Sander Kleinenberg, Sasha, SBTRKT, Scala & Kolacny Bros., Scissor Sisters, She Wants Revenge, Shpongle, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Steve Angello, Sven Vath, Take, Tame Impala, Terror Danjah, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, The Aquabats, The Black Keys, The Chemical Brothers, The Drums, The Felice Brothers, The Henry Clay People, The Joy Formidable, The Kills, The London Suede, The Love Language, The Morning Benders, The National, The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Presets, The Radio Dept., The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Strokes, The Swell Season, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Twelves, Thunderball, Tinie Tempah, Titus Andronicus, Tokimonsta, Trampled by Turtles, Trentemoller, Twin Shadow, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint, Wire, Wiz Khalifa, Yacht, Yelle, Zed Bias

The festival takes place from 15th to the 17th April with three-day weekend tickets cost $269. Tickets go on sale 10am this Friday at

Johnny Marr's Inception score up for BAFTA

Trent Reznor is not the only musician-turned-movie-composer with critically acclaimed work to celebrate. Former Smiths guitarist - Johnny Marr has been nominated for a BAFTA for his work with Hans Zimmerman on the Inception soundtrack.

The guitarist seemed up for the awards ceremony by announcing on twitter:

"I'll get me coat"

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Picture Moment #26

More "Detox" fun

"Detox" has been given another official release date. It was originally expected to be released in February following the release of the first single - "Kush".

"Detox" is now set for 'release' on the 20th April.

So, until the next delay...

Kate Bush to release new music for 2011

Last week, blog - Wotyougot reported the unconfirmed news that last week that Kate Bush would be releasing a new album in 2011 - her first album in 5 years. It appears that these reports were true.

A spokesperson for Bush has told NME that the reports are correct with the singer looking to release a follow up to 2005's "Aerial"

Monday, 17 January 2011

Immediate music takes another step forward

In a bid to try and stem the bleeding of music piracy, two of the biggest major UK labels are announcing a new method for music to be distributed. Under new plans, music will be made available to purchase as soon as it has been released for radio airplay. A similar method was utilised for 2010's X Factor where people were able to download music straight after the live show.

Universal and Sony Music plan to start this immediate music system as early as next month. David Joseph of Universal said that "Wait is no longer in their [consumers] vocabulary" (I know, I know... What a tosser) and that there needed to be a legal way to satisfy this immediate need for the newest music.

Whether this will change consumer habits remains to be seen but it is refreshing to see a label being proactive about the situation instead of placing the blame with fans, file sharing websites and ISP's.

Daft Punk are not The Third Twin

The electronica duo's management have officially denied that they are linked to DJ's - The Third Twin.

Unconfirmed, rumours have been circulating that the pair have been releasing music as The Third Twin. However, a recent press release was deemed to imply that Third Twin were in fact Daft Punk... This claim has now been officially denied.

Daft Punk's management team released the following statement:

"It has been brought to the attention of Daft Punk's management that the promoters for the Arenal Sound Festival in Spain have recently issued a press release in which they claim that a band called The Third Twin is 'directly connected' to Daft Punk.

"This is completely untrue. Recent press reports are based on rumours instead of facts".

Trent Reznor wins Golden Globe

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame has won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for his work on The Social Network.

Reznor described receiving the award as surreal adding that he didn't even foresee the opportunity to score a film, let alone winning such a prestigious award for his efforts. He later tweeted "holy shit" to hammer home the surprise.

Lil Wayne gets Twitter hacked

Lil Wayne's Twitter account is currently suspended as site administrators try to address a successful hack to @liltunechi.

An unknown hacker hilariously gained access to Weezy's account and, in the process, almost 1,300,000 followers.

Suspicions were initially raised with a tweet at 50 Cent but were confirmed with a tweet sent to Soulja Boy. The hacker tweeted - "I sent a donations to your paypal, check it, I heard you got 13,000 sales lil homie, i feel bad for you! #DamnSoulja"

Soon after, the hacker turned attention to Weezy personally. He tweeted that he had withdrawal from kissing Baby and that the single, 6'7, was in homage to man that he got friendly with during his time at Rikers.

Here are some more hilarious tweets from the hacker:

@thegame you still owe me money for that My Life joint, how your family crip but you blood

Game also got perhaps the funniest tweet regarding the delayed R.E.D Album

@thegame mad his album never coming out while nicki is platinum

@JOEYCRACKTS you fat ass nigga it on when i see you

Finally, Young Money rapper Tyga also got stung concerning news that, despite his current fame and riches, his mother hasn't benefitted at all.

@tyga mom still in the hood? wtf my nigga

Friday, 14 January 2011

Kanye goes Taylor Swift on Britney

Twitter and Kanye are generally a great combination for comedy.

Kanye tweeted earlier concerning the news that "H.A.M" is number 2 on the iTunes chart as Britney Spears took the top spot.

West tweeted:

"Yo Britney, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you be #1, but me and Jay-Z single is one of the best songs of all time!"

While I am sick of Swiftgate resurfacing again and again, this was brilliant.

"Sleazy" (Remix) - Kesha and Andre 3000

Andre 3000 is certainly starting to make himself a bit more busy than he has been over the past few years. Back in late 2010, 3000 was involved with Drake, Kanye West and Fabolous on the remix to Chris Brown's "Deuces".

Well... He's back again to lend a verse to this remix.

Glasvegas announce tracklisting to EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\

Glasvegas have announced the tracklisting for their second album - "EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\"

The album is set for release on 4th April with the first single, "The World Is Yours", to be released as a free download on 16th January.

Details on the album are scarce apart from the fact that producer Flood has been heavily involved with the record.

The tracklisting is as follows:

'Pain Pain, Never Again'
'The World Is Yours'
'Shine Like Stars'
'Whatever Hurts You Through The Night'
'Stronger Than Dirt (Homosexuality pt.2)'
'Dream Dream Dreaming'
'I Feel Wrong (Homosexuality pt.1)'
'Euphoria, Take My Hand'
'Lots Sometimes'

Glasvegas are in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now and available digitally.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Picture Moment #24

Brits - Nominations announced

The nominations for the Brits 2011 have been announced. James Corden will host the revamped event which will take place on 15th February.

The nominees are:

British Male Solo Artist
Mark Ronson
Paul Weller
Plan B
Robert Plant
Tinie Tempah

British Female Solo Artist
Cheryl Cole
Ellie Goulding
Laura Marling
Paloma Faith

British Breakthrough Act
Ellie Goulding
Mumford & Sons
Tinie Tempah

British Group
Biffy Clyro
Mumford & Sons
Take That
The XX

British Single
Alexandra Burke ft Pitbull - All Night Long
Cheryl Cole - Parachute
Florence & The Machine - You’ve Got The Love
Matt Cardle - When We Collide
Olly Murs Please - Don’t Let Me Go
Plan B - She Said
Scouting For Girls - This Ain’t A Love Song
Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Tinie Tempah - Pass Out
The Wanted - All Time Low

MasterCard British Album of the Year
Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
Plan B - The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Take That - Progress
Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy
The XX - XX

International Male Solo Artist
Bruce Springsteen
Cee Lo Green
David Guetta
Kanye West

International Female Solo Artist
Alicia Keys
Katy Perry
Kylie Minogue

International Breakthrough Act
Bruno Mars
Glee Cast
Justin Bieber
The National
The Temper Trap

International Group
Arcade Fire
Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
The Script
Vampire Weekend

International Album
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
Eminem - Recovery
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown

Critics’ Choice
Jessie J (Winner)
James Blake
The Vaccines

British Producer
Ethan Johns
John Leckie
Markus Dravs
Mike Pela Stuart Price

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf head to Shady

It's official - Slaughterhouse are finally signed up to Eminem's label, Shady Records.

The news follows an intense contractual battle between Shady and E1 Records to release Royce, Budden, Crooked I and Ortiz from their respective obligations for an upcoming mixtape/album. The signing will come as no real shock but is finally official!

Rapper - Yelawolf has also joined the label today which, as described by Eminem, is to represent the radical future of the label. The "Trunk Muzik" rapper is said to be relishing the chance to work as Eminem's apprentice.

Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf will cover the February edition of XXL magazine.

Official - finally!

Meet the Evangelist

As we reported in November, Gorillaz went about creating a new character for their Plastic Beach.

Albarn and Hewlett asked the Gorillaz faithful to submit their suggestions for The Evangelist. Following 175,000 votes the winner was announced and redrawn by Hewlett.

Meet The Evangelist

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Kanye wanted album cover banned

George Condo, the artist behind the artwork for West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy", has told the NY Times in an interview that the rapper actively sought a piece of art that would likely be banned by retailers.

This news follows the Wal-Mart denying that they ever saw the cover and that they did not ban it as West had asserted.

Keep em talking Yeezy!

T Pain on Young Money?

Apparently no...

It seems that the rumour that was doing the rounds that T Pain was to link up with Lil Wayne over at Young Money is false.

Reps from inside the Young Money camp have officially denied that T Pain is joining Young Money.

Arctic Monkeys - album news

Arctic Monkeys have started work on their new album with producer James Ford which is expected to be released later this year. The sessions for the album have already started with it likely to be completed in Los Angeles.

The band are already confirmed to headline Oxegen Festival and are expected to play for V Festival also. Arctic Monkeys are hoping to release the album by the summer of 2011.

H.A.M - Kanye West and Jay Z

Keep watching that throne...

Monday, 10 January 2011

Dave Grohl to be named Godlike Genius

Dave Grohl is to be named Godlike Genius at the Shockwaves NME Awards.

The ex-Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman will pick up the award at the ceremony in London on February 23.

Grohl follows in the footsteps of icons including: Manic Street Preachers, The Cure, The Clash, Ian Brown, Paul Weller and Primal Scream in being named NME's Godlike Genius.

Grohl told NME: "I don't think I'm godlike or a genius. It’s flattering. It's a nice thing to be acknowledged for doing something you love to do, but in truth I don't consider it a body of work because I don't consider it work."

Foo Fighters will also play a set on the evening.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Unsigned acts of the world unite

LGB is about to start a new item where we recognise up and coming, unsigned acts. We will be looking to put tracks, bios and interviews up on the homepage as well as adding the act to the "LGB Unsigned Acts"

If you are (or know someone) and would like to be involved, send an email over to me at the usual email address:

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Adam Yauch not cancer free after all

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch denied reports that he's completely cancer-free.

The misunderstanding cropped up following a recent interview with Mike D. Mike D said that Yauch had been given the all clear following treatment for cancer.

Today, Yauch sent out a statement to clarify his current wellbeing.

Yauch wrote: 'While I'm grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated. I'm continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.'

Get well soon Yauch!

Winehouse to rake it in

Amy Winehouse looks set to rake in a pretty penny with the comeback gigs that are scheduled for January.

A source close to Winehouse has let slip that she is to net £1 million for each of the next 5 shows that have been organised for the next few weeks. The shows will be of particular importance as it is widely believed Winehouse will debut new material... The first new material since "Back to Black".

Nas heading to G.O.O.D?

This is only a rumour but an exciting one nonetheless.

Rumour has it that Nas is on the verge of being signed up by Kanye West to his G.O.O.D label. The story has surfaced as Nas is continuing to have problems with Def Jam over his upcoming album and the sequel to The Lost Tapes.

With Def Jam itself with problems of it's own, it isn't out of the realms of possibility that they could cut their losses and hand Nas over to West.

We Major.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Jessie J wins BBC Sound of 2011

Jessie J is number one on the BBC Sound of 2011 list, which was compiled by 160 influential music critics, broadcasters and bloggers.

J beat off stiff competition to take the prize after already winning the Brits Critics' Choice Award in December.

The top 5 consisted of:

Jessie J
James Blake
The Vaccines
Jamie Woon
Clare Maguire

"Watch the Throne" - single coming

The first single for Kanye West and Jay Z's collaboration - "Watch the Throne" is set to be released on the 11th January.

West tweeted a picture of the artwork for the first single which features the letters "H.A.M".

Could the album actually be coming in the next few weeks?

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Adam Yauch gets the all clear

Mike D has confirmed that the Beastie Boys will release "Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2" in the next couple of months following bandmate Adam Yauch getting the all clear from cancer.

Mike D also said that Yauch may join the group on tour but that they would have to ensure that he was fit enough for it.

Amy Winehouse to debut new material

Amy Winehouse is set to debut new songs at her upcoming gigs.

The singer is set to play four shows in South America set to begin at the Summer Soul Festival on 8th January. A backing singer for Winehouse has posted on twitter that they are currently rehearsing new songs and that they are part of the setlist.

"Watch the Throne" ... keep watching

It seems that Kanye West was a little ahead of himself when he said on New Years Eve that "Watch the Throne" was coming this week. In actual fact, it seems the album may be a couple of months away.

Apparently West and Jay Z met yesterday to discuss the album in New York; the current guess is that of a March release.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

HMV - closing 60 stores in 2011

Music retailer HMV is set to close 60 of it's stores in 2011.

Chief Executive, Simon Fox says that the closure have been dictated by the terrible trading conditions which have led to a sales being down by 10%

Another blow for music on the high-street.

The Strokes - new album finished

Nikolai Fraiture has confirmed that the band's long awaited fourth album will be released by March, news that will send Strokes fans into a frenzy.

The bassist described the album as having a "classic sound" that fits somewhere between "Room on Fire" and "First Impressions of Planet Earth". Fraiture said that the album's first single has been decided but has yet to be named.

The Strokes are set to play some dates and festivals with a full tour expected after the release of the album

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Gucci Mane sent to a mental institution

Ridiculous! I know, I know.

Rapper Gucci Mane has been sent to a mental institution in Atlanta on the recommendation of a judge to be sent there to see out his punishment for violation of probation.

According to TMZ, the rapper entered a Special Plea of Mental Incompetency which claimed that he was not able to "intelligently participate in the probation revocation hearing".

Again, ridiculous

Foo Fighters - new album finished

The Foo Fighters have finished recording their seventh studio album.

During an interview with Zane Lowe, Dave Grohl said the band were putting the finishing touches to the currently unnamed album.Grohl commented,"There's 11 songs and front to back there's not one sleepy ballad," he said. "it just sounds massive."

The album is due for release this spring.

The Guardian and Mike Skinner

An insightful interview with Skinner concerning the end of The Streets.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

"Watch The Throne" coming sooner than you think

The highly anticipated collaboration between Jay Z and Kanye West seems to be coming a lot quicker than expected. With Kanye's latest album still fresh on the charts, it was originally thought that "Watch The Throne" would not come out until early Spring.

However, Kanye announced at Jay Z's after-show party that the album was coming THIS WEEK!

Let the madness ensue.
Lady Gaga has announced the release date for her new album "Born This Way".

She made the announcement via her official Twitter page writing that the record will be released on 23rd May and that the album's title track will be available from 13th February. The tweet was accompanied by a picture of Gaga in a jacket bearing the name of the upcoming release.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

LGB - Top Tracks and Albums of 2010

Top Albums of 2010:

10) "Praise and Blame" - Tom Jones
9) "The ArchAndroid" - Janelle Monae
8) "Mood Muzik 4" - Joe Budden
7) "Body Talk (The Trilogy)" - Robyn
6) "Contra" - Vampire Weekend 
5) "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)" - Erykah Badu
4) "Distant Relatives" - Damian Marley and Nas
3) "This is Happening" - LCD Soundsystem
2) "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" - Kanye West
1) "CMYK" / "The Bells Sketch" / "Klavierwerke" - James Blake

Top Tracks of 2010:

10) "Telephone" - Lady Gaga
9) "I Only Know (What I Know Now)" - James Blake
8) "One Life Stand" - Hot Chip
7) "Bang Bang Bang" - Mark Ronson & The Business Intl
6) "Power" - Kanye West
5) "Dancing On My Own" - Robyn
4) "Katy on a Mission" - Katy B
3) "CMYK" - James Blake
2) "Doncamatic (Joker Remix)" - Gorillaz and Daley
1) "Monster" - Kanye West, Jay Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj

Picture Moment #23