Friday, 21 December 2012

LGB Albums of the Year 2012 - full list

10) "Given to the Wild" - The Maccabees

9) "Blunderbuss" - Jack White

8) "True EP" - Solange Knowles

7) "Coexist" - The xx

6) "Lonerism" - Tame Impala

5) "Jake Bugg" - Jake Bugg

4) "Kindred EP" – Burial

3) "Channel Orange" - Frank Ocean

2) "Standing at the Sky's Edge" - Richard Hawley

1) “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar

LGB Singles of the Year 2012 - full list

10) “Bad Girls” – MIA

9) “Shotgun” – Eugene McGuinness

8) “Ima Read” – Zebra Katz feat. Njena Reddd Foxxx

7) "Big Beast" - Killer Mike, Bun B, T.I and El-P

6) “R U Mine” – Arctic Monkeys

5) “Forever” – Haim

4) “Oblivion” – Grimes

3) “Wandering Star” – Polica

2) “Clique” – Big Sean, Jay Z and Kanye West

1) “Werkin Girls” – Angel Haze

#1 - LGB Albums of the Year 2012

"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar

Without doubt, the most important rap album to come from a major label since The Slim Shady LP

Kendrick's concept album about growing up in Compton does not disappoint

#1 - LGB Singles of the Year 2012

"Werkin Girls" - Angel Haze

Heavy beat, awesome flow, catchy hook and surely a massive 2013 awaits

Something for Nicki Minaj to think about

#2 - LGB Albums of the Year 2012

"Standing at the Sky's Edge" - Richard Hawley

Hawley's change of direction takes the #2 spot

#2 - LGB Singles of the Year 2012

"Clique" - Big Sean, Jay Z and Kanye West

Ain't nobody fucking with the clique

#3 - LGB Albums of the Year 2012

"Channel Orange" - Frank Ocean

Under immense pressure, he delivered. A groundbreaking year for Ocean

#3 - LGB Singles of the Year 2012

"Wandering Star" - Polica

Ethereal and engrossing... perhaps video of the year?

#4 - LGB Albums of the Year 2012

"Kindred EP" - Burial

Following his Mercury nomination and a fair old holiday - a welcome return for Burial

#4 - LGB Singles of the Year 2012

"Oblivion" - Grimes

Just one of those songs that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling

#5 - LGB Albums of the Year 2012

"Jake Bugg" - Jake Bugg

Ridiculous talent and a truly excellent debut album

#5 - LGB Singles of the Year 2012

"Forever" - Haim

Expect big things in 2013

#6 - LGB Albums of the Year 2012

"Lonerism" - Tame Impala

"It's like Britney Spears singing with The Flaming Lips" - Kevin Parker 2012

#6 - LGB Singles of the Year 2012

"R U Mine" - Arctic Monkeys

Wily wordplay from Alex and co

#7 - LGB Albums of the Year 2012

"Coexist" - The xx

As haunting as ever

#7 - LGB Singles of the Year 2012

"Big Beast" - Killer Mike, Bun B, T.I and El-P

Aggressive, southern and awesome

#8 - LGB Albums of the Year 2012

"True EP" - Solange Knowles

Under the watchful guidance of Dev Hynes, Beyonce's sister finally finds her role.

#8 - LGB Singles of the Year 2012

"Ima Read" - Zebra Katz feat. Njena Reddd Foxxx

Painfully catchy

#9 - LGB Albums of the Year 2012

"Blunderbuss" - Jack White

What happens to Mr White's session music

#9 - LGB Singles of the Year 2012

"Shotgun" - Eugene McGuinness

Funk, funk and more funk

#10 - LGB Albums of the Year 2012

"Given to the Wild" - The Maccabees

One of the earliest releases of the year but, nonetheless, one of the best

#10 - LGB Singles of the Year 2012

"Bad Girls" - MIA

A hypnotic chorus and painfully cool

Tom Odell wins Brits Critics' Choice Award

Tom Odell has won it for the boys!

The singer/songwriter has been announced as the winner of the prestigious award beating off competition from AlunaGeorge and Laura Mvula.

Odell follows in a rich line of previous winners including: Adele, Florence and the Machine, and Emeli Sande.

Tom Odell will collect his award at the upcoming Brit awards which will be held on 20th February 2013. 

Monday, 10 December 2012

BBC Sound of 2013 - longlist

Another set of nominees...

The longlist, compiled by industry experts, features 15 acts set to do big things in 2013. The longlist will be reduced to 5 in January with the winner being announced shortly after.

Angel Haze
King Krule
Laura Mvula
Little Green Cars
Palma Violets
The Weeknd
Tom Odell

Grammys 2013 - nominees (digested)

The long-list for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards has been announced. There are six nominations for: Frank Ocean, Mumford and Sons, Kanye West, Jay Z, and The Black Keys.

With seemingly 1 million awards on offer, a 'best of' list is below:

Album of the Year
The Black Keys — El Camino
fun. — Some Nights
Mumford & Sons — Babel
Frank Ocean — Channel ORANGE
Jack White — Blunderbuss

Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Record of the Year
The Black Keys — "Lonely Boy"
Kelly Clarkson — "Stronger"
fun. — "We Are Young" feat. Janelle Monae
Gotye — "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Frank Ocean — "Thinkin Bout You"
Taylor Swift — "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

Song of the Year
Ed Sheeran — "The A Team"
Miguel — "Adorn"
Carly Rae Jepsen — "Call Me Maybe"
Kelly Clarkson — "Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)"
fun. — "We Are Young"

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson — Stronger
Florence + The Machine — Ceremonials
fun. — Some Nights
Maroon 5 — Overexposed
Pink — The Truth About Love

Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele — "Set Fire to the Rain" [Live]
Kelly Clarkson — "Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)"
Carly Rae Jepsen — "Call Me Maybe"
Katy Perry — "Wide Awake"
Rihanna — "Where Have You Been"

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Florence + the Machine — "Shake It Out"
fun. — "We Are Young" feat. Janelle Monae
Gotye — "Somebody That I Used to Know" feat. Kimbra
LMFAO — "Sexy and I Know It"
Maroon 5 — "Payphone" feat. Wiz Khalifa

Best Alternative Music Album
Fiona Apple — The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Björk — Biophilia
Gotye — Making Mirrors
M83 — Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Tom Waits — Bad As Me

Best Rap Album
Drake — Take Care
Lupe Fiasco — Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
Nas — Life Is Good
The Roots — Undun
Rick Ross — God Forgives, I Don't
2 Chainz — Based on a T.R.U. Story

Best Rap Song
Nas — "Daughters"
Wale feat. Miguel — "Lotus Flower Bomb"
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz — "Mercy"
Drake feat. Lil Wayne — "The Motto"
Jay-Z and Kanye West — "Niggas in Paris"
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa feat. Bruno Mars — "Young, Wild & Free"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
 Flo Rida feat. Sia — "Wild Ones"
Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream — "No Church in the Wild"
John Legend feat. Ludacris — "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"
Nas feat. Amy Winehouse — "Cherry Wine"
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z — "Talk That Talk"

Best Rap Performance
Drake feat. Lil Wayne — "HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"
Jay-Z and Kanye West — "Niggas In Paris"
Nas — "Daughters"
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz — "Mercy"
Young Jeezy feat. Jay-Z and André 3000 — "I Do"

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Chris Brown — Fortune
Miguel — Kaleidoscope Dream
Frank Ocean — Channel ORANGE

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Anita Baker — "Lately"
Beyoncé — "Love on Top"
Melanie Fiona — "Wrong Side of a Love Song"
Gregory Porter — "Real Good Hands"
SWV — "If Only You Knew"

Best R&B Song
Miguel — "Adorn"
Tamia — "Beautiful Surprise"
Trey Songz — "Heart Attack"
Anthony Hamilton — "Pray for Me"
Elle Varner — "Refill"

Best R&B Album
Robert Glasper Experiment — Black Radio
Anthony Hamilton — Back to Love
R. Kelly — Write Me Back
Tamia — Beautiful Surprise
Tyrese — Open Invitation

Best Rock Album
The Black Keys — El Camino
Coldplay — Mylo Xyloto
Muse — The 2nd Law
Bruce Springsteen — Wrecking Ball
Jack White — Blunderbuss

Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes — "Hold On"
The Black Keys — "Lonely Boy"
Coldplay — "Charlie Brown"
Mumford & Sons — "I Will Wait"
Bruce Springsteen — "We Take Care of Our Own"

Best Dance Recording
Avicii — "Levels"
Calvin Harris — "Let’s Go" feat. Ne-Yo
Skrillex — "Bangarang" feat. Sirah
Swedish House Mafia — "Don’t You Worry Child" feat. John Martin
Al Walser — "I Can’t Live Without You"

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Steve Aoki — Wonderland
The Chemical Brothers — Don’t Think
Deadmau5 — > Album Title Goes Here <
Kaskade — Fire & Ice
Skrillex — Bangarang
Best Spoken Word Album:
Scott Cresswell and Dan Zitt — American Grown (Michelle Obama)
Bill Clinton — Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy
Rachel Maddow — Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
Ellen DeGeneres — Seriously … I'm Kidding
Janis Ian — Society's Child: My Autobiography

Best Comedy Album
Jimmy Fallon — Blow Your Pants Off
Margaret Cho — Cho Dependent (Live in Concert)
Lewis Black — In God We Rust
Kathy Griffin — Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class
Jim Gaffigan — Mr. Universe
Tenacious D — Rize of the Fenix

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Elizabeth Price wins the Turner Prize 2012

In a particularly strong year, Elizabeth Price had been awarded the 2012 Turner Prize at the ceremony in the Tate Gallery, London. Paul Noble had been the bookie's favourite for the award for his intricate pencil drawings.

Actor - Jude Law was on hand to announce the award at the ceremony last night (4 December 2012) which includes £25,000 prize-money.

Price was said to be very surprised by the win and praised the other nominees on the list, stating that they all shared "respect, camaraderie and a sense of the absurd".

Price's video installation, The Woolworths Choir of 1979, is in three parts and moves from an exploration of Gothic architecture, through internet clips of the 1960s girl-group the Shangri-Las, to footage of a fire in a Woolworths store that killed 10 people.

Each runner-up nominee is to receive £5,000.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Costa Book Awards 2012 - nominees

Now in it's 41st year, the Costa Book Award nominees have been announced.

Hilary Mantel may add to her Man Booker Prize when the awards are announced during a ceremony on the 29th January 2013.

The winner of the Novel Award will pocket a cheque for £30,000 with the winners of the remaining categories fighting for £5,000 per award.

2012 Costa Novel Award shortlist
Hilary Mantel for Bring up the Bodies
Stephen May for Life! Death! Prizes!
James Meek for The Heart Broke In
Joff Winterhart for Days of the Bagnold Summer

2012 Costa First Novel Award shortlist
JW Ironmonger for The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder
Jess Richards for Snake Ropes
Francesca Segal for The Innocents
Benjamin Wood for The Bellwether Revivals

2012 Costa Biography Award shortlist
Artemis Cooper for Patrick Leigh-Fermor: An Adventure
Selina Guinness for The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family
Kate Hubbard for Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household
Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot for Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

2012 Costa Poetry Award shortlist
Sean Borodale for Bee Journal
Julia Copus for The World’s Two Smallest Humans
Selima Hill for People Who Like Meatballs
Kathleen Jamie for The Overhaul

2012 Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist
Sally Gardner for Maggot Moon
Diana Hendry for The Seeing
Hayley Long for What’s Up with Jody Barton?
Dave Shelton for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

Alt-J take the Mercury Music Prize 2012

Once more, the bookies call it...

"An Awesome Wave" has won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize 2012.

The Leeds four-piece received the award at the Roundhouse in Camden along with a cheeky cheque in the sum of £20,000.

Alt-J beat off competition from another 'safe list' of nominees... Richard Hawley, once again, went home empty handed.

Mantel wins the Man Booker Prize

Hilary Mantel has become the only the third person in history to win the Man Booker Prize on two separate


Mantel's "Bring up the Bodies" beat off competition from 145 novels and is the first sequel to win the much coveted prize.

With a book to complete to trilogy, further success could simply be a novel away.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Attenborough and Bjork team up for documentary

David Attenborough and Bjork are teaming up to create documentary for Channel 4.

The documentary - "Attenborough and Bjork: The Nature of Music" will discuss the origins and evolution of music and how technology will shape music in the future.

Pulse Films will oversee the production which will see Attenborough and Bjork reunite after the pair worked together last years during Bjork's triumphant return to the UK

The Stone Roses to release new album?

Reports are surfacing today that the newly reformed Manchester band are set to release new material in 2013.

The band signed a two album deal with Universal Records when they announced their return in 2011.

Apparently, Ian Brown and John Squire have been sending each other ideas for over a year now and are keen to get recording.

The band are also believed to be playing a secret gig for Adidas to celebrate London 2012.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Man Booker Prize - longlist

Described as a more literary list than previous years, the Man Booker Prize longlist has been announced.

Martin Amis ("Lionel Asbo"), Ian McEwan ("Sweet Tooth") and John Banville ("Ancient Light") are the notable exceptions from the longlist which had been criticised last year for not including books with enough 'readability'.

The longlist is as follows:
  • Nicola Barker - The Yips
  • Ned Beauman - The Teleportation Accident
  • Andre Brink - Philida
  • Tan Twan Eng - The Garden of Evening Mists
  • Michael Frayn - Skios
  • Rachel Joyce - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
  • Deborah Levy - Swimming Home
  • Hilary Mantel - Bring Up the Bodies
  • Alison Moore - The Lighthouse
  • Will Self - Umbrella
  • Jeet Thayil - Narcopolis
  • Sam Thompson - Communion Town 
The 6 author shortlist is to be announced on 11th September 2012 with the winner being announced on 16th October 2012.

Gore Vidal passes away aged 86

The author, playwright and political commentator has died aged 86.

Vidal is said to have died as a result of complications arising from pneumonia in his home in the Hollywood Hills.

Vidal will be remembered for his extensive literary works, one liners and his famous debates.

"Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little"

Vidal vs Sackur 

VMA Awards 2012 - nominees

It's that time of year again.

And the nominees are...

Video of the Year
Katy Perry, 'Wide Awake'
Gotye, 'Somebody That I Used To Know'
Rihanna, 'We Found Love'
Drake feat. Rihanna, 'Take Care'
M.I.A., 'Bad Girls'

Best New Artist
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, 'We Are Young'
Carly Rae Jepsen, 'Call Me Maybe'
Frank Ocean, 'Swim Good'
One Direction, 'What Makes You Beautiful'
The Wanted, 'Glad You Came'

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, 'Heartbeat'
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, 'HYFR'
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, 'Mercy'
Watch the Throne, 'Paris'
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, 'Beez in the Trap'

Best Male Video

Justin Bieber, 'Boyfriend'
Frank Ocean, 'Swim Good'
Drake feat. Rihanna, 'Take Care'
Chris Brown, 'Turn Up the Music'
Usher, 'Climax'

Best Female Video
Rihanna, 'We Found Love'
Katy Perry, 'Part of Me'
Beyoncé, 'Love on Top'
Nicki Minaj, 'Starships'
Selena Gomez & The Scene, 'Love You Like a Love Song'

Best Pop Video
One Direction, 'What Makes You Beautiful'
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, 'We Are Young'
Rihanna, 'We Found Love'
Justin Bieber, 'Boyfriend'
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, 'Payphone'

Best Rock Video
Coldplay, 'Paradise"
The Black Keys, 'Lonely Boy'
Linkin Park, 'BURN IT DOWN'
Jack White, 'Sixteen Saltines'
Imagine Dragons, 'It's Time'

Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Duck Sauce, 'Big Bad Wolf'
Calvin Harris, 'Feel So Close'
Skrillex, 'First of the Year (Equinox)'
Martin Solveig, 'The Night Out'
Avicii, 'Le7els'

Best Video With a Message
Demi Lovato, 'Skyscraper'
Rise Against, 'Ballad of Hollis Brown"
Kelly Clarkson, 'Dark Side'
Gym Class Heroes, 'The Fighter'
K'Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, 'Is Anybody Out There?'
Lil Wayne, 'How to Love'

Best Art Direction
Katy Perry, 'Wide Awake'
Drake feat. Rihanna, 'Take Care'
Lana Del Rey, 'Born to Die'
Regina Spektor, 'All the Rowboats'
Of Monsters & Men, 'Little Talks'

Best Choreography
Chris Brown, 'Turn Up the Music'
Rihanna, 'Where Have You Been'
Beyoncé, 'Countdown'
Avicii, 'Levels'
Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, 'Dance Again'

Best Cinematography
M.I.A., 'Bad Girls'
Adele, 'Someone Like You'
Drake feat. Rihanna, 'Take Care'
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, 'Princess of China'
Lana Del Rey, 'Born to Die'

Best Direction
M.I.A., 'Bad Girls'
Duck Sauce, 'Big Bad Wolf'
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, 'Princess of China'
Frank Ocean, 'Swim Good'
Watch the Throne, 'Otis'

Best Editing
Beyoncé, 'Countdown'
A$AP Rocky, 'Goldie'
Gotye, 'Somebody That I Used to Know'
Watch the Throne, 'Paris'
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, 'Mercy'

Best Visual Effects
Katy Perry, 'Wide Awake'
Rihanna, 'Where Have You Been'
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, 'Turn Me On'
Linkin Park, 'Burn It Down'

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Chris Moyles steps down - Grimshaw steps up

I've you've been following the twitter feed today @TheLGBoutique, you will have read the news that Chris Moyles is to step down from his morning show on Radio 1.

Moyles made the announcement a little after 8am this morning stating:

"We're off. I wanted to let you know. A couple more months of us, then it's someone else's turn. Thank you for listening."

Radio 1 Controller - Ben Cooper, had been under extreme pressure to make the necessary changes following The Radio 1 Trust's report advising that Chris and the team had failed in their attempts to appeal to a younger audience with an average listener age of between 31 - 34.

At just before 10.30am, news began to leak that Nick Grimshaw had been given the prestigious time slot ahead of Greg James who had been hotly tipped for the role.

Grimmy will.take over the show in September.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Stone Roses - Heaton Park - 29th June 2012

Following an early rise and some dreadful traffic on the M6, we were en route to Manchester for the first of the Stone Roses’ reunion gigs at Heaton Park. Now, I don’t need to explain to any Roses fan the excitement that these gigs have caused… such an unlikely reunion following a bitter, bitter fallout.

Upon reaching Manchester, we set up camp in the brilliantly named “The Spread Eagle” for a few pints. The city was abuzz and pulsing with anticipation with each table discussing ‘the good old days’ when Manchester was a musical Mecca. The gig had excited the imagination of grown men and women all recounting tales of when they saw the Stone Roses for the first time or nights at the Hacienda during the glory days. We encountered some real characters in that place. Everyone had a story… everyone wanted to pass it on.

After a few more drinks in the city centre, we commenced the pilgrimage to Heaton Park. The tram was rammed and people were jumping into taxis the millisecond they were emptying – it appeared that we were not the only ones who fancied attending this gig.

Following a swift frisk from security… we were in. Unfortunately, partly due to our decision to carry on drinking and the subsequent travel issues, we had sacrificed Kid British, The Vaccines and The Wailers. As we walked in Bobby Gillespie and Co were hitting the stage ready to show to really step proceedings up a gear. Primal Scream were as incredible as ever. Last time I had the privilege of seeing them, I was ankle deep in mud at Glastonbury – arguably the best live performance I have ever seen. However, I got the impression from crowd that they were here for one reason only… for Browny and the gang to hit the stage.

And then it happened... a little after 9pm the Stone Roses took to the stage. The intro to “I Wanna Be Adored” rang out around Heaton Park with 75,000 people ready to buy into anything Ian Brown was looking to sell to them. Now, I can’t honestly say I heard Ian Brown’s voice at all during the first song… the crowd were certainly in good voice.

It may sound cliché but the Roses sounded like they had never been apart; there seemed to be real chemistry with the ravages of time not taking their toll on the funk. This was particularly true when “Shoot You Down” rang through the speakers – a beautifully understated performance that kept the crowd engrossed.

It was simply classic after classic – ruining all arguments from idiots who preach that the band only has “11 or 12 good songs”… I can promise you that any of your indie-come-and-go-bands would give anything for even a couple of the Roses’ songs and their longevity.

When the crowd got rowdy, Ian Brown stepped in to get proceedings in order; he warned: 
“There’s people falling down here, pick’em up. That’s what we do when someone goes down, we lift them up again”

“Don’t Stop”, “Love Spreads” and “Made of Stone” sent the capacity crowd into a frenzy with distress flares, ironically, being set off in celebration. There was a real sense of togetherness, a diverse rabble of people from teenagers to those approaching their 50s – it didn’t matter, these songs are timeless.

As has been the case during the warm-up gigs, “I Am The Resurrection” brought an end to proceedings with John Squire going off on one with an immense guitar solo at the end. The boys had put in a great shift!

Following an embrace, the firework show commenced played out to Bob Marley’s classic “Redemption Song”; a beautiful way to end the reunion that was never expected.

The walking, waiting, travel issues, etc were all trivial - they all meant nothing… 75,000 had just witnessed greatness. 

The Stone Roses performed the following:

“I Wanna Be Adored”
“Mersey Paradise”
“(Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister”
“Sally Cinnamon”
“Where Angels Play”
“Shoot You Down”
“Bye Bye Badman”
“Ten Storey Love Song”
“Standing Here”
“Fools Gold”
“Something's Burning”
“Don't Stop”
“Love Spreads”
“Made Of Stone”
“This Is the One”
“She Bangs The Drums”
“Elizabeth My Dear”
“I Am The Resurrection”

Frank Ocean opens up - a real game-changer

Following much speculation about his sexuality, Frank Ocean has published a piece intimating that he is gay or bisexual.

Taking to his tumblr account, Ocean wrote:

"4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I'd see him, and his smile. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realised I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with.

"I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for then. Knowing I could never take them back for myself. He patted my back. He said kind things. He did his best, but he wouldn't admit the same. He had to go back inside soon. It was late and his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs. He wouldn't tell the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years. I felt like I'd only imagined reciprocity for years.

I kept up a peculiar friendship with him because I couldn't imagine keeping up my life without him. I struggled to master myself and my emotions. I wasn't always successful.

"I don't know what happens now, and that's alrite. I don't have any secrets I need kept any more. There's probably some small shit still, but you know what I mean. I was never alone, as much as it felt like it. As much as I still do sometimes. I never was. I don't think I ever could be. Thanks. To my first love, I'm grateful for you.

"Grateful that even though it wasn't what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was. Some things never are. And we were. I won't forget you. I won't forget the summer. I'll remember who I was when I met you. I'll remember who you were and how we've both changed and stayed the same.

"To my mother. You raised me strong. I know I'm only brave because you were first. So thank you. All of you. For everything good. I feel like a free man. If I listen closely, I can hear the sky falling too."

This news really is a game-changer in a genre of music which has been marred by homophobia and lack of open-mindedness. Hopefully this announcement will go some way to change misguided views in the hip-hop world surrounding sexuality and get fans to welcome instead of ostracize.

Strong work Ocean.

Ocean's album - "Channel Orange" is due out later this month.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The Game - "No More Fun and Games"

I make this video about 7 years late but, nonetheless, here's the visual for "No More Fun and Games".

The video has been shot to promote the new Chinese Mafia game - Sleeping Dogs:

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Choi and Shine - "Lands of Giants"

Architecture duo - Jin Choi and Thomas Shine have thought up an imaginative way to make the humble pylon more interesting.  

Their work, "Lands of Giants", has gained a lot on interest since its release with Iceland believed to be the first place set for the real-life pylons.

Jay Z x Hackney

Once against, Jay Z delivered in a big way at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend.

Jay enlisted Rihanna, MIA and Kanye West whilst his wife watched from the pit in-front of the stage. Below is a snippet of when Mr West came on for a mini Watch the Throne session:

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Bloc Party announce new album

Bloc Party have announced that their new album, "Four" will be released on 20th August 2012.

The album, which has been produced by Alex Newport, is set to be toured in June with 3 intimate gigs planned in Glasgow, London and Manchester.

Watch the preview below:

Tasty Treat #17

It's been a while since your last treat.

Angel Haze - Enjoy:

Thursday, 24 May 2012

The Stone Roses make live comeback

Now this is news I can barely contain my excitement in reporting.

After a 16 year break, The Stone Roses played a warmup gig in Warrington Parr Hall getting ready for the Heaton Park shows. The gig was announced last minute via the band's official website with fans being able to collect one wristband upon producing: a CD, official t shirt, record sleeve or Heaton Park ticket.

Liam Gallagher was in attendance, Browny baited the crowd for tweeting instead of "living in the moment" and rapped as "Love Spreads" concluded - in conclusion, those who got a ticket were lucky bastards.

The Roses played the following:

'I Wanna Be Adored'
'Mersey Paradise'
'Sally Cinnamon'
'Made Of Stone'
'(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister'
'Where Angels Play'
'Shoot You Down'
'She Bangs The Drums'
'Love Spreads'

 If you don't want to ruin for yourself, see the link below:

BET Awards nominations - full list

 Samuel L Jackson presiding... full list below:

Best Female R&B Artist
Marsha Ambrosius
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Group
Bad Meets Evil
Diddy Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West)

Best Collaboration
Beyonce, ft. J. Cole: “Party”
Big Sean, ft. Kanye West and Roscoe Dash: “Marvin & Chardonnay”
DJ Khaled, ft. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne: “I’m on One”
Drake, ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga: “The Motto”
Jay-Z and Kanye West, ft. Otis Redding: “Otis”
Wale, ft. Miguel: “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Big Sean
J. Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry

Video of the Year
Beyonce: “Countdown”
Beyonce: “Love on Top”
Jay-Z and Kanye West: “N****s in Paris”
Jay-Z and Kanye West: “Otis”
Usher: “Climax”

Video Director of the Year
Beyonce and Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Brown and Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Meek Mill

Best Gospel
Yolanda Adams
Kim Burrell
James Fortune and FIYA
Fred Hammond
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington

YoungStars Award
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith

Best Movie
Good Deeds
Jumping the Broom
Laugh at My Pain
Red Tails
The Help

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Skylar Diggins
Candace Parker
Brittney Griner
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
“The Motto,” Drake, ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga
“Love on Top,” Beyonce
“Turn Up the Music,” Chris Brown
“Hello,” Mindless Behavior
“Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West, ft. Otis Redding
“Lotus Flower Bomb,” Wale, ft. Miguel

Centric Award
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke

Best International Act: Africa
Camp Mulla (Kenya)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
Mokobe (Mali)
Sarkodie (Ghana)

Best International Act: UK
Emeli Sande
Wretch 32

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmello Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
LeBron James