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May 17, Grosvenor House, London Ed Sheeran picks up his first ever Ivor Novello Award for The A Team, which was honoured as the Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the ceremony.
PICTURE OF THE WEEK THE TASTEMAKERSToday’s opinion formers predict tomorrow’s headline acts 1 2 3 4
JAMES WALSHE Q RADIO, KERRANG! RADIO Southern • Where The Wild Are Self-released
Went to Belfast last year and wandered the city with new music in my ears. When I heard Where The Wild Are months later, it took me back to that trip - dreamy vocals and gritty guitar in time to my footsteps. I know I’d like to hear more.
IAN PARKER FOR FOLK’S SAKE Anja McCloskey • Italian SongSotones Records
We don’t remember having a favourite accordion player before, but the role is taken now. Italian Song is another beguiling foot-stomper from McCloskey, which she says is about “losing my rationality in the summer heat.” Whatever the weath- er, you could well lose yourself in this.
KIMBERLEY-MARIE SKLINAR NEVER ENOUGH NOTES Taffy • Caramel Sunset Club AC30
Tokyo's hippest foursome combine energetic power-psyche indie with clear mid- 90s influences, peppering their tracks with fuzzy guitar and sickly-sweet vocals. It should should horrific but I sense these guys are onto something good as far as a retro revival is concerned.
LUKE MCKENZIE ARTROCKER Library Voices • Summer Of Lust Dine Alone Records
Summer 2012 - here we come! A sun-drenched ode to Miles Davis and Juliette Greco’s arcane love soiree yields the feel-good pop song of the year. Carefree and cheerful which leaves you boppin’ like its 1969. Expertly devised.
SIGN OF THE TIMES Decca has completed the
ON THIS DAY Thursday, May 25 1978 Paul McGuinness becomes manager of The Hype after seeing them at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin. The band will go on to become U2.
DIGITAL vs PHYSICAL Wk 17
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Wk 16 DIG
31.8% CD 89.1% Wk 18 DIG 33.4% CD 89.1% DIG 33.5% CD 62.5% Wk 19 DCDIG 34.2% 65.7% Wk 20
Digital 10.7% Digital
CD 65.8% 37.3% CD 65.9%
CD 65.2% DIGITAL CD 68.2%
The UK market share for all albums in the past five weeks
global signing of Franciscan Friar, Alessandro Brustenghi – the first friar to land a major record deal. Friar Alessandro will not accept any money from album sales, with proceeds going directly to the Order of Friars Minor.
Xtra Mile Recordings has signed Derry rock trio Fighting With Wire. Album Colonel Blood is set for a September 25 release with a UK head- line tour now on sale for June.
Absolute Radio has signed a new one-year deal with Frank Skinnerwith plans to time- shift his Saturday morning programme across the group.
Blue Horizon has signed London-based quartet Scoundrels following the band’s Alabama Shakes sup- port slot at South By Southwest this year.
Sony Music has signed a deal with Chew Lips that will see it fund the band’s own label Family Records.
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Avalanche City Sunset (Label) Overall market potential Excellent