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Al Horner

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Interview - Royal Blood on the Mercury Prize, Led Zeppelin's Legacy And Reluctant Rock Superstardom

When a lot of bands hit the big time, they start abashedly vowing not to let it go to their heads. Not Royal Blood. Having sold an impressive 66,000 copies of their debut album in one week en route to the top of the UK album chart, when the Brighton duo drop by the NME office, they're busy discussing what sort of diva-ish behaviour they can get with now they're bona fide rock stars. "For our rider for our next tour, we're gonna ask for D-list celebrities," deadpans frontman Mike Kerr.


NME Blog

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2014

Watch Royal Blood's 15-Second Instagram Guides To Songs From Their Chart-Topping Debut Album

How do you write a chart-topping rock record, the biggest-selling of its kind in three years? Royal Blood dropped by the NME office while their scorching debut album was still rocketing towards a remarkable 66,000 copies sold. While they were here, they discussed at length the future of guitar music and the thrill of meeting Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, as well as giving us 15 second guides to tracks from their smash LP.


Lucy Jones

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2014

TED Talks: 10 Music-Related Lectures That Will Enrich Your Day

From crop insurance to gender violence, neuroscience to colour-shifting deep sea creatures, TED run lectures on many aspects of life on earth. Based in New York, the first conference happened in California in 1990, which equates to a lot of "ideas worth spreading". Though music hasn't been particularly well served so far, there are some brilliant culture-related talks out there.


Rhian Daly

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2014

The Unlikely Redemption Of The Vines And How Their Comeback Happened

On the eve of the release of The Vines’ fourth album, ‘Melodia’, in July 2008, NME published an official apology for building up the Australian grunge trio. “Let’s get this out of the way, because it’s not something we’re too fond of doing. To those of you who bought the issue of NME dated July 23, 2002, please accept our sincerest and most unreserved apologies,” it read. The writer apologised for that issue's heralding of Craig Nicholls as the de facto saviour of rock’n’roll. "Well, we weren’t right. And for that we’re sorry. But nobody deserved ‘Melodia’,” he wrote.


NME Blog

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014


Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' was released 20 years ago this weekend - and what better way to celebrate the birthday of this great British debut? A cake, of course. Baker Adam Cox said: "Creating a cake to mark the anniversary of this album was a must.

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