It's getting to that time of year again and if there's one thing to signify it in the UK, it's the recent tradition of the annual John Lewis Christmas Advert. Head to the replies to watch this year's short movie, titled Man On The Moon with a cover of Oasis' "Half The World Away" by Norwegian artist Aurora as the official song. You can also check out previous years short stories which have featured the likes of Ellie Goulding (covering Elton John), Slow Moving Millie (covering The Smiths), Gabrielle Aplin (covering Frankie Goes To Hollywood), Lilly Allen (covering Keane) and Tom Odell (covering John Lennon).
Graham Isador, writing for Noisey, on friendship and jealousy when your pal finds success in the music industry.
"...I have watched my friend Frank Turner go from playing bars, to clubs, to arenas. He performed at the 2012 Olympic Ceremonies and has appeared on numerous late night talk shows...But Iíd be lying to you if I said I wasnít jealous of him. I know that being jealous of my friend kind of makes me an asshole, but itís true.
The Maccabees have officially got the number 1 album in the UK this week with Marks To Prove It! Huge congratulations to the band and if you're still intrigued check out my review here and listen to it here.
In the wake of a challenge from the music industry, the UK's High Court has overturned regulation that allowed format shifting (such as ripping CDs and DVDs) for the sake of personal use. Supposedly, the government was in the wrong when it didn't implement compensation for copyright holders when you dumped those albums and movies on to your hard drive. Officials could reintroduce exceptions, but they'd have to take a different tack if they want these measures to survive.
The UK's venerable rock magazine NME announced that it will be offering its magazine as a free weekly edition starting in September. NME has seen its readership decline year after year, so this should at the very least grab some old fans back into the magazine fray.
The new free magazine launches on September 18 in the UK. As I type this, some of the NME team are locked away in a dark basement in NME Towers working on even more ideas to make sure itís not only a brilliant magazine, but that it gives you everything you asked us for. Iím confident that it will.
This year's Glastonbury line up is now revealed in full alongside stage and set times. There's a whole lot of big clashes going on this year. New additions includeFlorence + The Machine, Run The Jewels, Jamie xx, Jon Hopkins, Jessie Ware, FKA Twigs and Ryan Adams. Check out the full poster in the replies.
Glastonbury Festival has announced 69 more acts for this year's festival. Kanye Westand Foo Fightershad already been confirmed as two of the headliners and you can now see the poster with all new announcements included in the replies.
Zane Lowe just revealed a huge chunk of this year's Reading and Leeds festivals on the BBC Radio 1 including the third headliner in the form of The Libertines. Other acts announced include Kendrick Lamar, American Football, The Cribs, New Found Glory, Rae Sremmurd, Bring Me The Horizon and of course, The Maccabees. Hit the replies to see the poster with the line up so far.
Ian Curtis' (Joy Division) home in Macclesfield is currently up for sale but an IndieGoGo page has been set up to purchase the house from the market and restore it to its original interior to be turned into a museum.
Fury Fest in Liverpool, UK has announced its lineup for the festival on May 2nd/3rd 2015. Headlining is Motion City Soundtrack who are playing Commit This to Memory in full. Playing alongside are Man Overboard, Trash Talk, Moose Blood, Roam and many more.
Industry sources, however, told the Guardian that there is a sense of anxiety within the UK record industry that it should not follow the US model, which is believed to be flawed. The fear is that replicating the US model could mean one massive single has the potential to skew the chart performance of the parent album, driving it up the charts even if the rest of the album is clogged with tumbleweed.
A brand new festival which takes place in East London's Victoria Park titled "Citadel" will debut this year on July 19th. The festival will be headlined and co-curated by Ben Howard with Bombay Bicycle Club co-headlining. Full line up announced soon. See you there.