The 1975 dropped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge today to play a stripped back, saxophone filled version of "Settle Down" as well as a fantastic cover of the current UK Number 1 single, Clean Bandit's "Rather Be". Watch the two performances in the replies.
There has been a lotof news regarding the biggest music and entertainment retail store in the UK, HMV, after they recently went into administration. The loss of this huge chain of stores would have a devastating effect on how music and film is purchased in the UK, let alone the personal effect on the thousands of employees, however a recent development has set things back in a more positive direction after Hilco UK acquired all of HMV's debts. Whilst not in the clear, this is a huge step forward in saving the last existing chain of music and movie retailers in the UK.
Tony Visconti, the producer of the forthcomingDavid Bowie album The Next Day, recently spoke to BBC news about the record and stated that it's a "rock album" with the first single "Where Are We Now?" being one of the "slowest" and "most reflective" songs on the album.
Bobby Womack, who released the superb "comeback" album The Greatest Man In The Universe last year which was produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and is in the early stages of the disease.
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing with a number of artists this summer including Richard Hawley and now, The xx. The band will work with composer Alex Baranowski for the free show which will take place in Yorkshire in the coming month.
Listen to The Wombats cover Jessie J's song, "Price Tag", for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge in the replies. You can also head here to watch the band perform "Jump Into The Fog" and "Anti-D" live for FlyTV.
Watch The Kills perform "Future Starts Slow" and "Satellite" live for BBC Radio 1 in the replies. The tracks are taken from their new album, Blood Pressures, which is released today in UK and tomorrow in the U.S.
The renowned BBC radio show "Desert Island Discs" is going to make 500 episodes available to listen to online. Over the past 69 years, the programme has had guests such as Morrissey, Paul McCartney and Emmylou Harris discuss the 8 records and luxuries they would take to a desert island and has been the second longest running show in the history of radio.
The BBC Sound of 2011 list which was mentioned a couple of weeks ago, has now started to count down the Top 5 Artists, discussing one of the five each day in more depth. Head here to see how that shortlist is now forming and also read interviews and watch videos of the acts.
Sleigh Bells, White Lies, Jamie Woon and Funeral Party will all be playing the "In New Music We Trust" night hosted by BBC Radio 1. The gig will take place at the London Forum on January 20th. Ticket details will be announced soon.
Today is the start of the fifth season of Zane's Masterpieces on BBC Radio 1, kicking off with The White Stripes - Elephant. This feature is a celebration of what Zane Lowe feels are some of the greatest albums ever made including a full, uninterrupted, uncensored play of each album live on Radio as well as interviews with the artists and special guests. Head to the replies for the other albums included this year.
BBC have published their Sound of 2009 Longlist, which results from a poll of 130 UK music critics and broadcasters asking about the best up-and-coming acts for 2009. You can view the list here; a final winner will be announced in January. Last year's winner was Adele, followed by Duffy, The Ting Tings and Glasvegas.