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.

AlunaGeorge
A*M*E
Angel Haze
Arlissa
Chvrches
Haim
King Krule
Kodaline
Laura Mvula
Little Green Cars
Palma Violets
Peace
Savages
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
fun.
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.