For most of us, not turning up to work for a fortnight because you "need a bit of me time" would land you in line at the Job Centre sobbing hysterically into your P45 faster than you can say "what's my eBay login, again?
What do you get when you put Charlotte Church, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Lizzo, Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai and more in a room together to review the singles of the year? Find out why NME's celebrity panel just can't get on with Lily Allen's comeback single, which Australian artist came out on top, and their predictions for the music industry in 2014.
If rock’n’roll could be turned into flesh and made to walk the earth, it would look and sound a lot like Keith Richards. It’s not the skull ring, the elegantly wasted appearance or the chemically-enchanced bloodstream that does it – although that all helps – but the fact that he has an unerring knack of hoovering up pretty much all of the greatest guitar riffs ever written. In last year's Christmas issue of NME, the man himself told us exclusively about The Rolling Stones’ triumphant 50th anniversary shows, his plans for the New Year and reveals which of his many, many riffs is his favourite. On the day he turns 70, cheating death improbably for another year, here’s a dozen of my own personal selections. Believe me, it’s only the beginning:
Want to make your yuletide season more 'trendy' and 'current'? Download these printable pop Christmas cards. Designed by artist Michele Moricci, the set of seven celebrates the biggest pop culture moments from 2013 starring Miley Cyrus, Drake, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lorde, Haim and Kim and Kanye.
When I awoke to the email from our features editor Laura Snapes asking if I fancied interviewing Ozzy Osbourne at his home in Buckinghamshire for NME’s Christmas cover, it was already thirty-three minutes old. The twenty minutes it took Laura to get back to my one-word reply (‘YES!!!!!’) were horrible: I felt sure my Friday-morning lie-in had robbed me of the chance to sit down with one of rock ’n’ roll’s most enduring icons.