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Coldplay release Princess of China video

The amazing new video for Coldplay‘s ‘Princess of  China’, featuring Rihanna, is now out. Check it out here:

The 4-track ‘Princess of China EP’ is available now in the iTunes Stores of more than 50 countries, costing just £1.99 / €2.49 / $4.49. Click here and you’ll be taken to the EP in your local iTunes Store.
The tracklisting is as follows:

1. ‘Princess of China’ (Radio Edit)
2. ‘Princess of China’ (Invisible Men Remix)
3. ‘Paradise’ (Tiësto Remix)
4. ‘Princess of China’ (Acoustic)

Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast voted best British album of the past 60 years

Congratulations to Iron Maiden – the iconic rockers’ landmark 1982 ‘The Number of the Beast’ has been voted the best British album of the past 60 years in a major survey of fans and the wider British public.

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The month-long poll to find the UK’s favourite album was run by HMV to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee this year. ‘The Number of the Beast’ took 9.2% of the vote placing it comfortably in the top spot.

“We’re astonished and delighted to hear The Number of the Beast has been named no.1 in HMV’s Diamond Jubliee survey for the greatest British album category,” says Maiden lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson. “Some of the most influential and classic albums from the past 60 years were in the running to it’s a testament to our incredibly loyal and ever supportive fans who voted for us. Iron Maiden is a proudly British band, so to win this category as voted for by the British public, in Jubliee year, is very special. Thank you to all our wonderful fans!”

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‘The Number Of The Beast’ has to date sold over 14 million copies worldwide and featuers the anthemic UK top 10 single ‘Run To The Hills’. It was not only the band’s first UK no.1 album but the first to feature the vocals of Bruce Dickinson.

In all classic EMI-released albums accounted for seven of the poll’s top 10 with Depeche Mode‘s ‘Violator’ at no.2, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Abbey Road’ from The Beatles at no.s 3 and 4, Pink Floyd‘s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ at no.5, and The Beatles again at no.s 6 and 10 with ‘Revolver’ and ‘The White Album’.

Kylie drops her Timebomb

Kylie Minogue has today released her stunning new single ‘Timebomb’.

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Head over to Facebook to be part of Timebomb with this great app where images of you and up to six friends can appear in the video as Kylie swaps her sunglasses: https://www.facebook.com/kylieminogue#!/kylieminogue/app_452410944785346.

‘Timebomb’ is available on iTunes now: http://smarturl.it/KylieTimebomb and you can check out the video right here:

Ziggy-fy yourself for the 40th anniversary of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust

Calling all Bowie fans – today in association with Webdoc we’ve launched ‘Ziggy-fy’, enabling you to paint yourself in a photo in the livery of the David Bowie character Ziggy Stardust!

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Through Webdoc, a rich media expression platform, users are invited to manipulate their own webcam portrait photos with either the iconic lightning bolt facial insignia made famous from Bowie’s ‘Alladin Sane’ cover, the gold circle from his Ziggy Stardust incarnation, or a custom design all of their own to showcase their creativity in a personal Bowie tribute. See it in action and join in here: http://bit.ly/ziggyfy.

‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars’, Bowie’s seminal fifth album, was originally released nearly 40 years ago on June 6, 1972.

Sigur Rós launch Valtari Hour

Valtari Hour has begun. Wherever you are in the world Sigur Rós invite you to listen to their brand new record ‘Valtari’ in full at 7pm today in every time zone around the world at http://sigur-ros.co.uk/valtari/hour/. Don’t miss your Valtari Hour!

Valtari is released by Parlophone/EMI on May 28 (and the following day in the US via XL Recordings).

Katy Perry to debut new song at 2012 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday

Katy Perry has confirmed that she will debut a brand new song, ‘Wide Awake’, in an exclusive performance at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, May 20, in Las Vegas. The live show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be broadcast on the ABC television network in the US on Sunday from 8-11pm EST.

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‘Part of Me’ is one of the three new songs on Katy’s recently released special edition ‘Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection’ and was written for the upcoming 3D film, ‘Katy Perry: Part Of Me,’ which will be released on July 5.

Katy’s most recent single, ‘Part of Me’, has continued Katy’s total domination of the charts becoming her seventh number one hit on the US Hot 100 chart!

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It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys.

With fellow members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz, Beastie Boys would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums–including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band’s 1986 debut full length, Licensed To Ill–win three Grammys, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award. Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend.

In addition to his hand in creating such historic Beastie Boys albums as Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and more, Yauch was a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military forces. In 1996, Milarepa produced the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which was attended by 100,000 people, making it the biggest benefit concert on U.S. soil since 1985’s Live Aid. The Tibetan Freedom Concert series would continue to stage some of the most significant benefit shows in the world for nearly a decade following in New York City, Washington DC, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Taipei and other cities.

In the wake of September 11, 2001, Milarepa organized New Yorkers Against Violence, a benefit headlined by Beastie Boys at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, with net proceeds disbursed to the New York Women’s Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) September 11th Fund for New Americans–each chosen for their efforts on behalf of 9/11 victims least likely to receive help from other sources.

Under the alias of Nathanial Hörnblowér, Yauch directed iconic Beastie Boys videos including ”So Whatcha Want,” ”Intergalactic,” “Body Movin” and “Ch-Check It Out.” Under his own name, Yauch directed last year’s Fight For Your Right Revisited, an extended video for “Make Some Noise” from Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, starring Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen as the 1986 Beastie Boys, making their way through a half hour of cameo-studded misadventures before squaring off against Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Beastie Boys of the future.

Yauch’s passion and talent for filmmaking led to his founding of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which in 2008 released his directorial film debut, the basketball documentary Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot and has since become a major force in independent video distribution, amassing a catalogue of such acclaimed titles as Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop, Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze’s Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak, and many more.

Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.

Overjoyed Bastille release debut Virgin single

We’re very excited to confirm the release of ‘Overjoyed’, the debut Virgin Records single from Bastille, the musical guise of the incredibly talented singer, songwriter and producer Dan Smith.

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Bastille is Dan’s vehicle for his different musical worlds, full of songs with danceable rhythms and beautiful soaring vocals wrapped in harmonies and bleeps. He is joined by three other members for their unique and spine tingling live performances which already sell out in an instant.

The stunning ‘Overjoyed’ is out now, check it out here:

The Beach Boys launch brand new single; announce new album details

The founding members of The Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary bands in popular music history, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary celebration, including a new album release, a major international tour, and commemorative catalog releases. Today, April 25, The Beach Boys announce details about their new studio album, ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’, to be released June 5 by Capitol/EMI.

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Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks recently completed their recording sessions at Los Angeles’ Ocean Way Studios for ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’, the band’s 29th studio album (including 2011’s The SMiLE Sessions), the first in decades to feature all of the band’s surviving original members.  Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album’s 11 new songs illustrate The Beach Boys’ unique and evocative West Coast story with the band’s timeless signature sound.

The album’s lead single, ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio,’ showcases The Beach Boys’ soaring harmonies in an upbeat, beaming ode to music’s radio champions around the world.  Beginning today, the song is available for download purchase from all major digital service providers, and you can listen to it here right now:

Emeli Sandé’s new single is My Kind Of Love

Emeli Sandé has confirmed that her stunning new single, ‘My Kind Of Love’, will be released on May 28. The track is the fourth single from her hugely acclaimed number one album ‘Our Version Of Events’ which is the biggest selling debut album of the year in the UK with sales of nearly half a million to date.

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Emeli has just completed her second sold out UK headline tour which received rave reviews and will play a number of festivals over the summer. She will also lead the celebrations at the Coca-Cola Olympic Torch Relay shows in both Glasgow and Cardiff.