This week Adele broke the first week album sales records in the UK and the US, besting both Oasis and N’Sync, respectively. I’m still trying to wrap my head around this incredible achievement. Oasis set the mark in the UK with their third album, 'Be Here Now', back in 1997 — almost 20 years ago and four years before the launch of the iPod. The US high-water mark came just three years later in the summer of 2000. Both are records I never thought I’d see broken in my lifetime, let alone approached. I presumed them to be relics of a pre-online, bygone era, when £16 and $20 CDs were the norm.
The Pope has released an experimental rock album that mashes up prog, soul and Disney-style ballads. Granted, he’s not playing guitar or anything, because the record, Wake Up!, consists of his speeches – delivered in a variety of languages – set to tunes written by Italian musicians such as Tony Pagliuca from the ‘70s progs rock band Le Orme and helmed by a Priest named Don Giulio Neroni, who spoke to NME about the record.
Another day, another excuse to declare unconditional love for the BBC. Today is the 2015 instalment of their annual Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day – #TShirtDay to tweeters – and today at 4pm, the results of the radio station's greatest band t-shirt vote will be revealed.