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Back to school The Top 20 most-streamed school songs

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11 classic albums that defined 1994

Oasis - Definitely Maybe Lisa Kenlock: 1994... when summers were hot and lasted forever! When Oasis' Definitely Maybe was released, my friends and I put it on and something happened - Rock n' Roll Star starts to play, we smiled at each other. We all knew this was going to be special. You must enable JavaScript to play content What did it mean in 1994? It meant SO much. Finally we had an album that we didn't need to hide behind. It went straight to number one in the UK album charts and was the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK, 7 times platinum. This album validated our scene, our music, our clothes, our clubs, and our choices. The cassette didn't leave my stereo (or my older friends' cars) for that whole summer. It pairs rousing guitars with light hearted optimism which is exactly what we needed after the onslaught of grunge and its theme of isolation and depression.

Read more - 3 weeks ago

Abba's Gold Named As The Longest-running Top 100 Album Ever

You could be forgiven for thinking that ABBA had no more records left to break, but the Swedish pop legends never stop! Gold, the band's greatest hits collection originally released in 1992, has passed its 900th week on the Official Albums Chart, making it the longest-running Top 100 album of all time. Gold features all nine of ABBA's UK Number 1 hit singles - Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Fernando, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, Take a Chance on Me, The Winner Takes it All, and Super Trouper - and went straight in at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart when released in 1992. Its enduring appeal means it's had a further seven non-consecutive weeks at the top, most recently a two-week stint in 2008 around the release of the first Mamma Mia! movie.

Read more - 6 weeks ago

Prince's The Black Album becomes the most expensive record in the history

However, a week before the release, Prince declared the album to be 'evil' and ordered all 500,000 copies to be destroyed, turning it into one of the rarest records in the world. While it was released by Warner Brothers on CD and cassette in 1994, and on Tidal in 2016, no vinyl copies were ever created again. A small amount of promo copies survived, which lead to it becoming one of the most bootlegged albums of all time. One of these promo copies sold for $15,000 on Discogs in 2016, breaking its highest sale record at the time. Returning to break Discogs' sale records again, a Canadian copy of The Black Album has just been sold for $27,500.

Read more - 2 months ago

New 10,000 capacity arts venue Depot to open in Manchester this summer

A new multi-purpose arts venue called Depot is opening in Manchester's Mayfield area this summer. The space is a collaboration between Broadwick Live (who run Printworks, The Drumsheds and Magazine London), Vibration Group and The Mayfield Partnership. Depot will feature a large main performance space as well as two smaller areas: Concourse, which will provide free community events and activities, and Archive which will host an intimate performance area as well as low-cost rehearsal and studio facilities.

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Discogs shares 100 most expensive records bought on site

And you thought that rare ambient 12″ you copped was pricey.

Discogs has announced the 100 most expensive records bought on its UK and US sites.

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Jazz crew Nérija announce debut album, Blume

The 7-member collective includes Nubya Garcia, Cassie Kinoshi and Shiela Maurice-Grey.

Nérija are releasing their debut album, Blume, this August via Domino Recordings.

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This new book takes you inside London's independent record shops

A 60-stop vinyl tour.

A new book called Vinyl London: A Guide to Independent Record Shops has been published by ACC Art Books.

Read more - 3 months ago

How Kasaba made their coveted 1982 South African jazz-funk album

This new podcast tells the story of the band's soulful LP African Sunset . Originally released in on Lyncell Records, African Sunset was the third and final album by shape-shifting outfit Kabasa. Formed in Soweto by vocalist and bassist Tata "TNT" Sibeko, guitarist Robert "Doc" Mthalane and percussionist Oupa Segwai, the group were joined by percussionist and flautist Mabote "Kelly" Petlane for the session. Drawing on a range of influences to create a distinctively South African jazz-funk sound pioneered by bands like Harari (with whom Mthalane and Segwai also played), the album heard Kabasa incorporate synthesizers into their music for the first time.

Read more - 3 months ago

Brownswood collects sounds of Melbourne's soulful underground on new LP Sunny Side Up

Recorded during a week spent at The Grove studio, Sunny Side Up was helmed by musical directer Silentjay, and engineered bay Nick Herrera. The nine tracks incorporate "deep house, broken beat, cha-cha, samba, p-funk and soul," shares Brownswood. "Unlike other cities with storied histories in jazz culture, the sound of Melbourne is free of any jazz customs to follow behind, leaving musicians free to incorporate hip hop, house or R&B.

Read more - 3 months ago

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