When Top of The Pops was finally laid to rest in 2006, music fans mourned the loss of an iconic weekly music show that was more than just a run down of the charts. Sure, music videos, live performances and badly filmed fan clips were just a click away online, but while we're all curating our own music channels, we're missing out on the chance of being floored by a performance so amazing – or so awful – you can't help but take notice.
German music is, unfairly, the subject of some mockery. For giving us Kraftwerk alone, they're already pulling their weight. We asked German comic Henning Wehn – as seen on Have I Got News For You and QI – to nominate his favourite German artists.
With ‘Europe Is Lost’, there can be little doubt that Kate Tempest is now the UK’s greatest working lyricist. If we were released in the '70s it would have stood right up alongside ‘Gangsters’ by The Specials and PiL’s ‘Public Image’, and would have probably arrived fully-formed in the pages of NME via a double page advertisement of the the striking sleeve art (above).
Remember the scene in The Empire Strikes Back when Luke Skywalker's dangling from the central air shaft in Cloud City, inches from plunging into the abyss, and Darth Vader, in a bid to recruit Luke to the Dark Side, reveals: "I am your father."
In a move comparable to the release of a new Smiths album or John Virgo bowing to intense global pressure to return to the arena of the televised trick shot, Adele has announced that she will be singing in public in a series of giant arenas next year. It's big news not just because Adele is the biggest artist on the planet, but also because she's repeatedly talked about her dislike for performing in front of large crowds. Here's what we might expect from her first tour since 2011.
2015 has brought us 3-year-old DJs, teenagers' renditions of Kanye West's entire discography, and even a four-year-old cat who released an album, somehow – but gunning for the award of most precocious youngun this year is 5-year-old Brazilian drummer Eduarda Henklein, who has absolutely nailed the drum part of System Of A Down's 'Chop Suey!' Look at how passionately she sings along to the song as it blasts into her headphones – current drummer John Dolmayan should be worried for his job.