At Number 40, Stephen McGregor spearheads Jamaica’s dancehall scene. The NME Future 50 list celebrates the most forward-thinking people in music today. Get this week’s magazine for a full explanation of each act and head over to the blogs to have your say on who should be in the list. Pic: Stephen M
Take That live at the O2 Arena – London
The one boy band that compels normally cynical NME staffers to drop everything and run off screaming in a glittery pink hat, Take That took stage shows to a new level this year with mechanical elephants, flame-throwers and a bundle of circus tricks. Pic: PA Photos
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor is third in our Future 50. His 2007 concept album ‘Year Zero’ was seeded in an online ‘alternate reality game’, and in some cases USB sticks hidden in concert venues. His latest release was priced between free and 300 dollars, and saw him revolutionise the concept of music distribution yet again.