A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…
60th anniversary of the UK single chart. This Wednesday the official UK singles chart turns 60 years old. In celebration, the Official Charts Company is planning to publish a whole load of editorial content this week, in addition to those stats on top female sellers and million-plus-selling tracks already unleashed. As well as that, on the day itself we will have an interview with Official Charts Company boss Martin Talbot.
Adam Buxton & Edith Bowman on 6music. Adam Buxton will return to the Saturday morning slot on BBC 6music this weekend. He will present the show for the next seven weeks, but with Edith Bowman rather than his usual partner Joe Cornish.
Radio Festival. The Radio Academy’s annual Radio Festival kicks off in Salford today, and while much of the chatter going on there will probably be related to the BBC meltdown, organisers are also trying to get some other debates going. Billy Bragg will deliver the second ever John Peel Lecture, and will hopefully do a better job than Pete Townshend did last year. Also, Universal Music UK top man David Joseph will be interviewed by Lauren Laverne, and Danny Baker, Sandi Toksvig, Margherita Taylor and Helen Mayhew will be inducted into the Radio Academy’s Hall Of Fame.
Joe McElderry stars in Tommy. Joe McElderry is to play the lead role in a new West End production of The Who’s rock opera ‘Tommy’ tonight. The one-off performance will take place in aid of the Pure Theatre Development Fund at the Prince Edward Theatre.
London Jazz Festival. This year’s London Jazz Festival actually kicked off last Friday, but it really gets underway this week in lots of venues all over the capital. Amongst the bigger shows on the bulging line-up is a performance at the Royal Festival Hall from the ‘sugar man’ himself, Sixto Rodriguez – enjoying a boost in popularity following the recent ‘Waiting For Sugar Man’ documentary.
American Music Awards. Yeah, you may have thought we were going to make it all the way through one of these without mentioning an awards ceremony, but no. Awards season is still upon us, and this week it’s the turn of the American Music Awards, which awards musicians for being popular in America. Unlike any other American music awards, obviously. Brits on the shortlists are Adele, One Direction, The Wanted and Calvin Harris.
New releases. There are just a silly number of new releases this week. Amongst the artists with albums out are One Direction, Brian Eno, Deftones, Crystal Castles, Soundgarden, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, El Perro Del Mar, Clinic, Holly Herndon, Pinback and Strife. The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Sufjan Stevens and Hemlock Recordings have compilations in various forms; there are re-issues from The Beatles, Lana Del Rey, Sharon Van Etten, The Weeknd and Tatu; and live albums from Machine Head and Sonic Youth. And over in short form releases, why not grab the new EP from Trent Reznor’s How To Destroy Angels and the debut single from SBTRKT collaborator Roses Gabor.
Gigs and tours. If you were hoping to see someone play a show in London this week before they go home and put their feet up for a bit, then you might like to check out one-off gigs in the capital from Jake Bugg (no doubt ready to deliver a sermon on rolling a ‘fat one’ and hiding from the ‘feds’), The Vaccines, Flying Lotus, Soundgarden, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, Dum Dum Girls frontwoman Dee Dee, Weird Dreams, His Clancyness and Strangers. Being far more energetic and heading out on tour are Chris Moyles, Gary Barlow, Frank Turner, Alabama Shakes, Passion Pit, Fucked Up, BEAK>, AlunaGeorge, Halls, Saint Lou Lou, DIIV, and Ghosting Season, plus Dr Martens will be hosting a series of shows featuring sets from Ash, Kids In Glass Houses and Tribes.
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