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Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris releases British Lion

EMI Music is proud to announce the release of Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris‘ debut solo/side project album next week, September 24. Entitled ‘British Lion’ the album features 10 songs that Steve and his collaborators have been working on for the past few years between Iron Maiden tours and releases.

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“I’ve always been proud to be British,” says Steve, “I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be. It’s a massive part of being me. It’s not like I’m flag-waving or trying to preach, this is not a political statement at all. It’s like supporting your football team, where you come from. I just think it lends itself to some really strong imagery too, and to me it fits in with the sound.”

With Iron Maiden Steve Harrris has become one of the most recognised and successful ambassadors for British music on the world stage. Having released 15 studio albums, sold over 85 million records worldwide and played more than two thousand gigs in 58 countries in the band’s thirty-five year career, his appeal is truly global.

Blue Note Records launches innovative new app on Spotify

EMI Music’s legendary Blue Note Records has today launched a great new app on Spotify creating space in the music streaming service to explore and discover music spanning the entire history of the label from 1939 to the present. The app can be downloaded here: http://open.spotify.com/app/bluenote.

The app allows listeners to discover classic recordings by performer, album, style, instrument or year provinding easy entry points into the music for jazz novices as well as the ability for jazz aficionados to dive deep into Blue Note’s unrivalled catalogue.

Says Blue Note Records president Don Was: “In the great tradition of Blue Note Records, our new Spotify app pushes the boundaries of the digital listening experience. Catering to both the educated aficionado and new fans alike, this innovative interface provides music fans with a clean, user-friendly doorway to hours of discovery and musical gratification.”

More detail on the app here.

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Superstar DJ David Guetta to release Nothing But The Beat 2.0 September 10

Don’t miss the new release from superstar DJ and producer David Guetta next month.

‘Nothing But The Beat 2.0′ is out September 10 and features all the hits from Guetta’s critically acclaimed 2011 album ‘Nothing But The Beat’ plus new songs ‘She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)’ feat. Sia, ‘Play Hard’ feat. Ne-Yo and Akon, ‘Wild One 2′ produced with Nicky Romero and feat. Sia, ‘Just One Last Time’ feat. Taped Rai, ‘In My Head’ produced with Daddy’s Groove and feat. NERVO and ‘Every Chance We Get We Run’ produced with Alesso and feat. Tegan & Sara.

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‘Nothing But The Beat’ has sold nearly three million albums worldwide to date and an astonishing 15 million singles. ‘NBTB 2.0′ features four of the original album’s futuristic electronic tracks (‘Sunshine’, ‘Lunar’, ‘Toy Story’ and ‘The Alphabeat’), plus two new underground dancefloor cuts.  There’s brand-new track ‘What The F***’ which is sure to delight even the most hardcore clubber’s palate, and  ‘Metropolis’  which Guetta produced with Nicky Romero and was the first release through his recently launched dance label Jack Back Records.

Guetta has spent the summer playing his weekly residency at Ibiza’s hottest clubs Ushuaia and Pacha in addition to European club and festival gigs. At the recent V Festival in the UK Guetta gave The Stone Roses a run for their money by drawing a bigger crowd for his fantastic performance.

Tomorrow, August 31, he will headline the first night of the massive Electric Zoo festival in New York City. He is also due to play El Paso, TX on September 1 and The Encore Beach Club and XS in Las Vegas on September 2. He returns to the UK to headline the iTunes festival on September 15, supported by Calvin Harris.

EMI Classics to release Fifty Shades of Grey – The Classical Album

The ‘Fifty Shades’ books have now sold over 31 million copies worldwide with no sign of slowing down and now you an listen to the music that inspired the trilogy with the new EMI Classics release ‘Fifty Shades of Grey – The Classical Album’, a 15-track collection featuring music personally selected by author E L James herself and referenced in the best-selling books.

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Says E L James: “I am thrilled that the classical pieces that inspired me while I wrote the Fifty Shades Triology are being brought together in one collection for all loves of the books to enjoy.”

The album is released digitally in the US and Canada on August 21 and on CD on September 18. In the rest of the world it will be available on both formats from September 17.

The tracks on the album are:

1. (Act I): Flower Duet (Mady Mesplé, Danielle Millet)
2. Bach: Adagio from Concerto #3 BWV 974 (Alexandre Tharaud)
3. Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilerias #5 – Cantilena (Barbara Hendricks)
4. Verdi: La Traviata Prelude (Riccardo Muti/Philharmonia Orchestra)
5. Pachelbel: Canon in D (Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields)
6. Tallis: Spem in Alium (The Tallis Scholars)
7. Chopin: Prelude #4 in E minor, Largo (Samson François)
8. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 – Adagio Sostenuto (Cecile Ousset, Sir Simon Rattle/CBSO)
9. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Sir Adrian Boult/LPO)
10. Canteloube: Chants d’auvergne, Bailero (Arleen Auger)
11. Chopin: Nocturne #1 in B-flat minor (Samson François)
12. Faure: Requiem – In Paradisum Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury)
13. Bach: Goldberg Variation – Aria (Maria Tipo)
14. Debussy: La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin (Moura Lympany)
15. Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Alexis Weissenberg)

Conor Maynard debuts at number one

Congratulations to Conor Maynard – ‘Contrast’, the debut album from the 19-year-old British singer and songwriter has shot to number one in the UK in the latest charts, firmly establishing him as the brightest new star on the UK’s music scene!Conor_Maynard

Conor will be celebrating his number one album with performances at this month’s V Festival in the UK where he’ll be appearing at the Union Arena with his full band on Saturday August 18 in Staffordshire and Sunday August 19 in Chelmsford.

‘Contrast’ is released in the US on September 18.

Blur official app is live

Blur have just launched a fantastic new app for the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch which is available through iTunes worldwide as of now. Download it here and enjoy! http://smarturl.it/blurappy.

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Photo by Paul Spencer

The app includes:

- an interactive timeline, marking Blur’s 21 year career to date
- rare and previously unreleased audio material, demos and remixes
- exclusive video content, archival EPK and interview footage, live clips and performances not available anywhere else
- News feeds
- Videography
- Discography

plus photo galleries, biographies and an expansive gigography with setlists powered by setlist.fm.

Watch the demo here:

Win a trip to Ibiza with David Guetta and Spotify

David Guetta has teamed up with Spotify to offer a lucky winner a trip to Ibiza for two with his brand new ‘Playlist Me I’m Famous’ contest.

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To be in with a chance to win you need to create a Spotify playlist of your top 10 David Guetta songs and share it with your friends. The person who gets the most ‘Likes’ by the time the competition closes on August 26 2012 will be the winner.

The contest is running across 15 Spotify territories – click here to enter.

And as a suggestion, here’s the latest dance floor smash from the man himself, ‘I Can Only Imagine’ ft. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne:

Jon Lord 1941-2012

We were very sad to hear of the news yesterday of Jon Lord who died in London. He suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jon Lord was the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple who co-wrote many of the band’s legendary songs including ‘Smoke On The Water’ and played with Whitesnake and many bands and musicians throughout his career.

At the time of his death he was surrounded by his loving family.

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Photo © 1972 Didi Zill

And here’s the great man himself on that legendary song:

Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sandé and Professor Green hit T in The Park

This year’s summer festival season is in full swing and last weekend it was the turn of T in the Park in Scotland.

EMI artists appearing this year included Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sandé and Professor Green. Check out their fantastic performances here:

Blur debut two new songs through Twitter

Blur debuted two brand new tracks last night, ’Under The Westway’ and ‘The Puritan’, from a rooftop performance in West London which was streamed live on Twitter.

The band will perform both tracks again when they play London’s Hyde Park next month in a show to mark the end of the Olympics and you can get them on iTunes right now by following this link.