From the second he burst back onto the airwaves, a few thousand volts’ worth of adrenaline coursing through his voice, it was obvious. Not only has it absolutely killed Zane Lowe, being away from radio these last four months, but Beats 1 is something he’s seriously excited about. Whether or not the station, labeled “the world’s first local radio”, launched today as part of long-awaited new streaming service Apple Music, brings the revolution in streaming habits the tech giant promised when it was announced three weeks ago remains to be seen. But after a brilliantly high-tempo first two hours on air, full of new music, starry exclusives and classic Zane-isms - at one point he declared Royal Blood “ONE OF MY FAVOURITE ARTISTS OF ALL TIME!!!!!” at the kinda volume usually reserved for people screaming for rescue from a burning building - we know that Beats 1 means business.Read More
Lionel Richie On Playing The Biggest Set Of The Weekend At Glastonbury: 'There Was A Nude Doll Of Me In The Crowd With A Hard-On'
Following in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Neil Diamond, Lionel Richie took over the Pyramid Stage for the Sunday afternoon "legend slot" last weekend - and drew the biggest crowd of Glastonbury 2015. With over 100,000 festival-goers singing along to classic hits like 'Hello', 'Easy' and 'All Night Long', the soul singer became so overwhelmed by what was happening in the audience, he began yelling the already immortal line: "What the hell is going on?" NME called him for a debrief the following day, and found that Lionel was still very much dancing on the ceiling.Read More
Richard Hawley may have established himself as the Godfather of the Sheffield music scene, starting out in the Longpigs before briefly joining Pulp and then giving a leg-up to the town's younger upstarts - Arctic Monkeys among them. But his solo career has consistently pushed boundaries and seen him venture into sounds from beyond his Yorkshire town.Read More
For five days it was a glorious utopia, teeming with music fans frolicking carefree in the rain and occasional sunshine, ciders in hand, tunes blaring, everyone at one with nature. This morning however, with Glastonbury over for another year and the clean-up operation cranking into gear, Worthy Farm looks more something out of a muddy Mad Max. Check out the pictures below...Read More
Kanye West's Glastonbury performance was always going to be controversial. We thought it'd be Kanye causing the controversy, though. Instead, one of the big talking points from his headline set atop the Pyramid Stage was BBC3 comedian Lee Nelson - real name Simon Brodkin - running onstage early on in the set, causing a security scramble and forcing Kanye to restart a song. Was it funny? Err, we'll let you decide that for yourself. But here's how and why he did it.Read More
Little about InMusic festival made sense last week. It began on a Monday afternoon, ended with French clowns in huge inflatable suits marching through the site on stilts and the karaoke tent didn’t seem to feature any songs recorded after 1997. But the 25,000-capacity event, set beside a picturesque lake in Croatian capital Zagreb, was enjoying a massive knees-up for its 10th anniversary, so sensibleness was beside the point.Read More
Apple will finally launch their music streaming service on Tuesday (June 30). The product, which had been rumoured for months, if not years, was announced at the start of June at Apple’s WWDC conference. It will go up against established rivals in the market like Spotify, Rdio and Jay Z's Tidal. At the big reveal, Apple boss Tim Cook heralded it as "the next chapter" in music. "I know you are going to love it," he said, "it will change the way you experience music forever."Read More