2014 was the year the selfie went mainstream. Even though it was named 'word of the year' by the Oxford Dictionary in 2013, peak selfie was reached when pretty much every Hollywood star gathered together around Bradley Cooper's iPhone at the Oscars to say cheese:
With the recent news that The Libertines have inked a new recording deal with Virgin EMI – their first move to a major after a career-long partnership with Rough Trade – it seems pretty much certain that after 10 long years, we’ll finally see a third studio instalment from the likely lads. The quartet have spent the summer proving they can still cut the mustard live.
Meet Baltimore's finest odd couple. Sasha Desree is a suave, handsome and trained opera singer, hailing from New York; Mike Collins is a rambunctious, funky and trippy producer from Boston. Together, they're Silk Rhodes: the duo who got together in Baltimore and started to create weird, lo-fi takes on classic soul music. Their self-titled debut is tinged by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Prince, The Delfonics and Sly & The Family Stone, but given a minimal twist. "We were having an identity crisis of sorts, but we got around it by allowing it to be fun," Collins told NME.
It sometimes seems that we (as British music fans and writers) romanticise America's DIY scene without realising the strength of what we have right here at home. As our DIY issue at the end of October highlighted, the UK has great homegrown indie scenes from Penzance to Eigg.
Of course, there's only actually one albums of the year list you need to read – if you really want to know what the best records of the past 12 months have been, then feast your eyes upon NME's 100% correct, authoritative and fool-proof guide to the finest releases of 2014. It's here, and it's a belter. But there are other lists out there, too. And so it's time, once again, for us to round-up the results from other publication's and compile it into one giant mega-list.