Damon Albarn has discussed his band Blur’s legendary rivalry with fellow Britpop giants Oasis in the 1990s.
Speaking to The Guardian, he also referred to the class war that the public identified between his band – who were from the South and perceived as middle-class – and the Northern, working class Oasis.
“The whole class thing was just insane,” he said. “But we were young and we let ourselves get caught up in it. And the competitiveness was ridiculous for a while, but, you know, I was never gonna beat Noel in a war of words.
Nowadays, they’re on much better terms.
“I still see Noel from time to time. We text a bit,” he admitted. Continue reading
One Direction have been announced as the opening act at Radio 1’s Big Weekend next month.
“We’re so excited to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow. Glasgow we’re coming to get you,” they said.
The news was revealed by Nick Grimshaw on his show, where he also announced Bastille would be at the event, which is being held on 24 and 25 May.
Singer Dan Smith said: “We played last year and it was awesome. We can’t wait, we’re so excited.”
Ed Sheeran also spoke to Grimshaw on the phone after it was revealed he would be performing on the Saturday night. Continue reading
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been named the most downloaded track of all time in the UK.
BBC Radio 1 counted down the 100 most downloaded songs in the UK today with the list being compiled by the Official Charts Company.
The track has sold over 1.54 million copies since it was first released back in May of last year.
Thicke said of the achievement: “I’m so honoured, the success of ‘Blurred Lines’ is a dream come true.” Continue reading
Currys & PC World stores are the first to sell Google Chromecast in the UK, with the device available to buy today.
The new TV dongle device by Google – which has a £30 price tag and was unveiled last year – won’t be available in other UK physical retailers until the end of April.
Dixons Retail’s, Currys & PC World will also be the only UK retailers to stock Chromecast both in-stores and online. Continue reading
Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw has completed a 12 hour bike ride for Sport Relief.
The DJ, along with other celebrities, cycled more than 1,000 miles and raised more than £115,000.
Grimshaw’s ride is part of BBC Radio Around the World for Sport Relief, which will see BBC radio presenters run, swim and cycle a total of 25,000 miles, the circumference of the world.
Nick’s leg of the challenge took place in a large, transparent box outside BBC Broadcasting House.
Having started during Grimshaw’s Breakfast Show, the cycle finished during Greg James’ Drive Time Show. Continue reading
Led Zeppelin are releasing box set editions of their first three albums as the first part in a reissue of their studio discography.
The records have been remastered by Jimmy Page, who will be releasing deluxe editions of ‘Led Zepplin’, ‘Led Zeppelin II’ and ‘Led Zeppelin III’ on June 3. Accompanying each album will be a second disc full of unreleased live and studio tracks related to that album.
Each record is being released on digital download, CD and 180-gram vinyl. There’s also Continue reading