Win Free Tickets iTunes Live: London Festival ’08

iTunes Live Festival takes place throughout July with different artists appearing on each day of the month. The event takes place at London’s Koko Music Venue, and kicks off on July 1st with N*E*R*D.

Each headline act’s performance will be recorded and put out on iTunes for sale at a later date.

All tickets for the shows are free and can be won on the iTunes Live London Festival 08 website.

The up to date line up is listed below, but  headline and support acts are still being named and will be confirmed as soon as possible.

1 July N*E*R*D
 2 July Paul Weller + Glasvegas
 3 July Hadouken
 4 July The Feeling + Gabriella Cilmi
 6 July Elliot Minor + Kids In Glass Houses
 8 July Lightspeed Champion + Pete & The Pirates
 9 July The Ting Tings + Florence & The Machine
10 July Jamie Lidell + Yelle
12 July James Blunt + Beth Rowley
14 July Death Cab For Cutie + I Was A Cub Scout
15 July The Zutons + Red Light Company
16 July CSS + Alphabeat
17 July Guillemots + Lykke Li
19 July Feeder + Infadels
21 July Sam Sparro + Annie
22 July Suzanne Vega
23 July The Script + Sam Beeton
24 July McFly
26 July Chaka Khan
28 July Pendulum + INME
30 July The Pretenders

Remember the only way to get to see the shows is to win tickets at theiTunes Live web site.



Amy Winehouse big winner at Grammy’s

Britains  troubled songstress Amy Winehouse collected five awards last night, out of the six she had been nominated for.  The singer dedicated her awards to her incarcerated husband Blake Fielder-Civil and to Camden Market which was hit by a huge fire at the weekend.

Winehouse won awards for record of the year, best new artist, best song of the year, best pop vocal album for ‘Back to black’ and best female pop vocal.

Whilst collecting her record of the year award she said “This is to my mum and dad – for my Blake incarcerated and to London, this is for London because Camden Town is burning down”.

Winehouse who was unable to attend the Grammys sang via a  satellite link from London in front of a small crowd at a recording studio, but she still made the night hers by belting-out ‘You know I’m no good’ and ‘Rehab’, lets hope this is the inspiration she needed.

Other winners included White Stripes for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. (Rather bizarre title)

Foo Fighters took the awards for Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance.


EMI to give music away

In response to the criticism from its star artistes over the way record giant EMI is being run, the company have hit back with some great news. They have apparently hit on the buzzin’ idea of giving albums away with national newspapers.

The deal is to give away four “covermounts” over the next few months. The deal includes a completely new record by an established artist, with no further details being released. The first of the free recordings was given away with The Mail on Sunday yesterday, But don’t get too excited, the freebie was a remastered edition of Jean Michel Jarres 1977 album Oxygene.

If that’s not exciting enough other free discs will include six songs from an upcoming album and six previously unreleased songs, one from a “frontline EMI act”.

Cant wait!”

Rolling Stones likely to ditch EMI

Troubled EMI chief Guy Hands has failed to make an impression on ancient rockers The Rolling Stones, who’s contract expires with the company in May. The band are looking at alternative options with Universal Music the most likely, after agreeing to release the soundtrack album for the Martin Scorcese film, Shine a light, through Universals Polydor label.

Despite the fact that the Stones are all in their sixties, they remain one of EMI’s top money spinners, generating over £3 million a year for the company.

A spokesman for EMI has said that they have had no indication that the Rolling Stones have any intention of signing to any other record label.

Head in the sand or what!

EMI: Verve join stars on strike

The latest news regarding British record label EMI is that another of the companies star groups is about to join Coldplay and Robbie Williams by going on strike. The Verve have threatened to hold up the release of their comeback album, unless EMI can offer them reassurances regarding the promotion and distribution of their product.

The bands latest album is scheduled for June release but Verve manager Jazz Summers has told them to withhold it until they receive reassurance from EMI .

EMI have recently lost Radiohead and Paul McCartney as well as former chairman Tony Wadsworth. They are reported today to be about to shed up to 2000 jobs throughout the company in a bid to streamline the business. Almost a third of the companies employees are at risk as the business seeks to save £200 million a year.