The shortlist for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize was announced this past Tuesday, July 20th, at The Hospital Club in London. BBC 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne did the honors. The Mercury Prize is an annual event that honors an album picked by a committee of music-business people as the top album in the UK.
Absolute Radio will broadcast a documentary about the 25th anniversary of Live Aid next week. The documentary will be aired in two parts. The first will be broadcast on Monday, July 12th at 10 p.m. BST (5 p.m. Eastern) and part two can be heard the following night at the same time.
The Coral’s latest single, “1000 Years,” sounds like a great old rock single that was recently discovered in a time capsule. It brings to mind Crosby, Stills, and Nash circa 1972.
Steve Winwood recently recorded an excellent live set at the BBC Radio studios at Maida Vale in London for BBC Radio 2’s In Concert program. Winwood’s performance is now available for on-demand listening on the BBC Radio 2 Web site.
Paul McCartney’s show on Sunday, June 27th at London’s Hyde Park will be carried live on the BORN HIV FREE channel on YouTube. McCartney has allowed the broadcast to support the BORN HIV FREE initiative, which is headed up by France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
“Shout For England,” an unofficial World Cup anthem in support of England’s national soccer team that features rapper Dizzee Rascal and actor/comedian James Corden, is currently topping the UK singles chart.
Interview segments with Mick Jones and fellow Clash bandmate Topper Headon, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, and friends, fans, and journalists in this DVD paint a vivid picture of why Joe Strummer was such an important figure in music during the last quarter of the 20th century.
Roger Waters recently spoke with XFM London about his upcoming tour which will revisit Pink Floyd’s landmark 1979 album The Wall. In the interview, Waters also discussed his views on social networking as well as the reunion of Pink Floyd for the 2005 Live 8 show in London’s Hyde Park.
Lily Allen talked about her visit to the rainforest during a recent appearance on Absolute Radio.
Pete Townshend of The Who, infamous for his “Hope I die before I get old” line in The Who’s “My Generation,” celebrated his 65th birthday today (Wednesday, May 19th).