The BBC’s annual Sound Of poll, which aims to highlight the brightest new talent in the UK, has been branded ‘inconsequential’ after this year’s longlist included just one artist currently signed to an independent label.
The incredible breakthrough success of British singer Adele has been confirmed today with the news her two studio albums to date are the biggest selling in the UK of 2011, while Coldplay have further cemented their status as the most commercially successful guitar band of the day.
Nirvana‘s management have announced the band’s classic 1991 single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit‘ will be re-released as fans aim to push the track to the summit of the UK charts in time for Christmas.
The Charlatans have announced they will perform their popular 1997 album ‘Tellin Stories‘ in its entirety at two gigs next year.
But few could have predicted the heights to which Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s project would soar – somehow managing to satisfy the Blur star’s lust for venturing into the unknown with a sustained sky-rocketing level of commercial success. It’s not lost on Albarn that Gorillaz, for all intents and purposes, have far outstripped Blur commercially and arguably creatively.
Cast have announced a new UK tour for early 2012 in support of their comeback album ‘Troubled Times‘, which is due for release next February.
Sir Paul McCartney was joined onstage by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood last night (December 5th), during his sole London show of 2011.
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