On 3 October 2013, Sinead O’Connor penned open letter to Miley Cyrus warning the singer not to get “pimped” by the music industry. Miley Cyrus responded by sharing tweets Sinead posted while mentally unwell. Cue a demand for an apology from the Nothing Compares 2 U singer.
Having already pulled his songs from Spotify, Thom Yorke marked the site’s fifth birthday with a scathing remark on 7 October 2013. He said: ” I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what’s happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry.” Spotify responded by revealing its royalties figures.
After weeks of delays, Morrissey’s autobiography was released on 17 October 2013. It contained the infamous statement “I will sing … If not, I will have to die” and details of a homosexual relationship, which were edited out when the book was published in the USA.
In October Arcade Fire returned as fictional band The Reflektors. Releasing a single with David Bowie on the October 9, played their first gig as the band in NYC on October 18, demanding the audience come in formal attire or fancy dress.
Paul McCartney made an appearance at HMV’s new flagship store on 18 October 2013 to sign copies his album ‘New’. The shop reopened in September after a year of financial uncertainty.
Lorde’s ‘Royals’ rocketed to the top of the British iTunes chart within hours of its release on 20 October 2013. The 16-year-old’s lyrics – which appeared to attack hippo culture – divided listeners.
On October 22, NME released its round-up of the ‘500 Greatest Albums Ever’ voted for by former and current NME writers. The Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’ topped the list above albums by The Beatles, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stone Roses and Pixies.
The music world morned on 27 October 2013 when Velvet Underground founder Lou Reed died aged 71. The cause of death was unknown, however the legend had undergone a liver transplant in May.
James Blake bagged the Mercury Prize for his second album ‘Overgrown’ on 30 October 2013. He was accidentally introduced as “James Blunt” by host Lauren Laverne when he took to the stage to perform at the ceremony.
In November, Eminem released his first album in three years. The ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2’ reached Number One in the UK official album chart and topped the Official Record Store Chart, despite controversial misogynistic lyrics.
After recording the sickly sweet soundtrack to the John Lewis Christmas advert, Lily Allen released single ‘Hard Out Here’. The parody video – featuring THOSE balloons and dancers twerking – was praised for attacking sexism in the music, but criticised for being a racist. (Something Lily disputes.)
Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated ‘ARTPOP’ album was released on 6 November 2013. The record’s cover was designed by Jeff Koons. Gaga described her new sound as “a celebration and a poetic musical journey”.
Camden four-piece Tribes announced they’d split on 7 November 2013. The band – who’ve released two albums – had been playing together for four years. “We are proud of what we achieved together. You gave us the best four years of our lives so far,” they wrote to fans.
On 26 November 2013, former Lostprophets’ frontman Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offences, including two of attempting to rape a baby.
When MC Micky Worthless shared a video of himself dissing James Arthur in November, we’re pretty certain he wasn’t expecting to cause so much damage. The former X Factor winner outraged fans when he recorded a response track using homophobic slang.
On 3 December 2013, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were announced as Spotify’s most-streamed artists of the year. The pair’s track ‘Can’t Hold Us’ was the most popular song on the streaming service and their album ‘The Heist’ was the top album.
NME named the 50 best tracks and albums in December 2013. Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ was announced as the best album and Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ bagged top track.