Welcome to NME’s Review Of The Year Part II. At Coachella in April, everyone was waiting for Daft Punk to join Phoenix for their headline set. Turns out the band’s mystery guest was actually R. Kelly. Read Part 1 of our Year In Reviewhere.
When Margaret Thatcher died on 8 April 2013 and ‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ entered the charts at Number 2, the public was divided. Should it be played on the BBC Radio 1 chart show? In the end the station played a couple of clips of the song and a news report about why it had charted.
Daft Punk released single Get Lucky on 19 April 2013, before debuting their album Random Access Memories in May. Get Lucky won NME Track Of The Year and Random Access Memories was the fastest selling album of 2013 (until One Direction launched their latest album). It was also Amazon’s best selling vinyl record ever.
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On 23 April 2013, Grimes posted a blog on her Tumblr about misogyny in the music industry, calling for women to be seen as equal to men and not be sexualised by fans or labels. “I don’t want to be infantilized because I refuse to be sexualised,” she wrote. Chvrches, Deap Vally, Angel Haze all follow suit with similar posts.
Reports of a new Babyshambles album in the works began circulating at the start of 2013. On April 6, new material was confirmed as Pete Doherty joined bassist Drew McConnell and new drummer Adam Ficek to perform fresh song ‘Dr No (Sharks In The Water)’ at La Fontaine in Paris.
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The Hives had a stroke of bad luck in April 2013. The Swedish band were ordered to repay £1.9 million to The Cardigans which they hadn’t realised was a loan. Turns out record label Tambourine Studios had lent the money – owed to The Cardigans – to the band without telling them they hadn’t earned it. The Hives are likely to appeal the order.
Hop Farm Festival 2013 was cancelled by organiser Vince Power on 3 May 2013 due to poor ticket sales. My Bloody Valentine, The Cribs and The Horrors were all set to play at the festival. “We are convinced this does not reflect on the artists, it highlights the poor economic climate,” said Vince.