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The wait is over as Catfish and the Bottlemen’s highly anticipated second album The Ride is out now. With their breakthrough debut The Balcony heading for platinum status in the UK, the incredible follow-up is made up of 11 anthemic tracks, each featuring soaring guitar solos, and proving why Catfish are one of the most captivating bands at the moment.
After six years of releasing music as an independent artist, South London rapper Sneakbo has been signed by Virgin EMI, joining their roster of ground-breaking artists including Lethal Bizzle, Krept and Konan and Meridian Dan.
Last night saw the live, and very loud, launch of the Fiction retrospective exhibition at London’s House Of Vans in Waterloo. Four of the label’s acts – Palace, The Big Moon, The Amazons and Crystal Castles – took to the stage to celebrate the heritage of the iconic label.
After a week of speculation, fuelled by a teaser poster campaign nationwide and globally, Manchester’s finest The Stone Roses return with All For One, their first single in 21 years.
Last year, Florence + the Machine accompanied their chart topping album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful with a series of artistic music videos. This week saw the videos were creatively linked together in a short film project The Odyssey. Florence and the Machine completed their short movie by releasing the final chapter, The Third Eye.
PJ Harvey has scored her first UK number one with her ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, completing an albums and single chart double for her label Island who are also celebrating the number one single with One Dance from global superstar Drake.
Secret 7, the Universal Music-backed project that combines music and art for a good cause, opened its doors for 2016 at Sonos Studio last weekend. This year, tracks by Chvrches, Tame Impala, Etta James, John Lennon, Max Richter, Jack Garratt and The Jam were pressed on vinyl, with creatives from around the world creating 700 unique designs for the sleeves.
Last week saw Years & Years play their biggest headline show to date at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena. Olly, Emre and Mikey end their run of UK shows at Wembley Arena, playing to over 12,000 fans – over 10,000 more than fit into the intimate setting of Shepherd's Bush where the Polydor band started their whirlwind 12 months.
Island have this week announced the release of At Night, Alone, the second album from chart topping American singer, songwriter and producer Mike Posner, whose slow burning single I Took A Pill In Ibiza is set to top the UK chart for a second week.
The Universal Music-supported art and music project Secret 7” has announced its contributing artists for its fifth yearly instalment. Amongst the list are Sir Anish Kapoor, Sir Paul Smith, Jenny Holzer, George Hardie, Gavin Turk, Cheryl Dunn, Thierry Noir and Marina Willer, alongside hundreds more.