On 2 June 2013 Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ reached number one in the UK and stayed there for five weeks. Its success came despite petitions and complaints that the song and its video were sexist.
A poorly received Beady Eye album, crazy tabloid headlines and a broken marriage make the summer of 2013 Liam Gallagher’s worst ever.
Lou Reed reviewed Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ on July 2. “He’s really trying to raise the bar,” wrote Lou. “No one’s near doing what he’s doing, it’s not even on the same planet.”
Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell released his debut solo album ‘Borrell 1’ on July 22 to favourable reviews, but only 594 copies of the record were bought in its first week.
Samsung and Jay-Z launched an app promising to give the first million downloaders a free copy of ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ on July 4. Unfortunately, users weren’t keen that it had access to their GPS location and ‘phone status and identity’.
Black Flag co-founder Greg Ginn filed a lawsuit against his former bandmates for alleged copyright infringement on 2 August 2013, claiming their new band FLAG’s name and logo infringed his rights to the originals.
Karen Elson reportedly took out a restraining order against former husband Jack White in August 2013 because of alleged “fears for her and the children’s safety”. The White Stripes singer launched a countermotion in court.
Rap legends celebrated the 40th anniversary of hip-hop on 10 August 2013. Legendary artists DJ Kool Herc, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, Marley Marl and the Soulsonic Force played a commemorative gig in New York’s Central Park.
Kendrick Lamar sent hip-hop into meltdown with his verse on Big Sean’s ‘Control’, released on 14 August 2013, tearing into J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, ASAP Rocky, Drake, Tyler, The Creator and Mac Miller and declaring himself “the king of New York”.
With 2013 the 10th anniversary of The Cribs, the band announced they were heading on a hiatus playing their final gig at Reading and Leeds Festival on 28 August.
Everyone thought Lady Gaga’s comeback performance would be the talking point of the VMAs on 25 August 2013. That’s until Miley Cyrus hit the stage with Robin Thicke and a foam finger. Hello, tongue-waggling, crude-gesturing and twerking.
The line-up for Reading and Leeds festival caused controversy this year as Eminem joined Biffy Clyro and Green Day headlining the two venues over the late-August bank holiday weekend.
When the Pixies split from Kim Deal in June, the pressure was on for them to find a new bassist. They returned with a another Kim – Kim Shattuck – and released a new EP on 2 September 2013.
Sky Ferreira and DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith were arrested on drugs charges on 13 September 2013 after being found to be in possession of heroin in New York.
In September it was revealed the NFL had filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against MIA after she flipped the bird while performing at the Super Bowl in 2012. She reacted by saying the scantily clad cheerleaders were more offensive.
Keyboardist Christine McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac to perform ‘Don’t Stop’ in London on 25 September 2013. She left the band in 1998 and Stevie Nicks said in 2012 there was no chance of a fully fledged reunion.
Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova went on hunger strike in September to protest slave-like living conditions in the Russian prison where she’s serving a two-year prison sentence. She was convicted of hooliganism after a impromptu performance last year.
A 30-year-old man died on 30 September 2013 after taking a particularly bad batch of drugs at the Warehouse Project in Manchester. Five other people were also admitted to hospital after taking the drug, believed to be ecstasy.