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Blondie to play Glastonbury

Blondie have confirmed they will perform at Glastonbury festival.
The 'Hanging on the Telephone' group were named Godlike Geniuses at the NME Awards tonight (26.02.14) and also took the opportunity to confirm they will be playing the huge summer showcase in June.
Frontwoman Debbie Harry said: "We just heard today - we're going to be doing Glastonbury!"
Blondie join Arcade Fire, Warpaint, Lily Allen and Suzanne Vega in being confirmed for the three day event, which takes place in Somerset, Southern England between June 25 and 29.
Other artists who are rumoured to be appearing at Glastonbury include Outkast, Pixies, Dolly Parton, Prince and Manic Street Preachers.
Blondie - which also includes Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Leigh Foxx, Matt Katz-Bohen and Tommy Kessler - formed in New York in 1974 and became the most successful New Wave act of the late 70s.
When asked how they keep things fresh after so long, Debbie told BANG Showbiz: "We're creatively involved in what we're doing and we're not just doing a review of our history. That's very important to us.
"I think the last album ['Panic of Girls'] we all kicked ourselves away upstate in the woods and worked in a big studio. This time [for forthcoming album 'Ghosts of Download'] we emailed things back and forth, we worked with bits and pieces and then everyone later put their parts down. It was a little different as a process."
Blondie closed the NME Awards, held at Brixton Academy in London, by performing an eight song set including their classic tracks 'One Way Or Another', 'Rapture' and 'Call Me'.

Rebecca Ferguson: ‘I’ve angered the industry’

Rebecca Ferguson has "p****d off a lot of people" in the music industry.
The 'I Hope' singer says she's become a "rebel" since rising to fame on 'The X Factor' in 2010, and thinks it could be the reason why her second studio album 'Freedom' wasn't nominated for a BRIT Award last week, despite having charted in the UK top ten.
Expressing disappointment that she is yet to receive a nomination, Rebecca told Digital Spy: "I wasn't nominated for my first album [Heaven] either! I don't know what that's about. Who are the BRIT Awards decided by? Because I have p****d off a lot of people in the industry. That would be interesting - I want to know!"
The 27-year-old singer says that while she enjoys a boozy night out at the BRIT Awards in London, she is considering building better relationships within the industry in hope of being acknowledged for an award next year.
She added: "Maybe I'll have to start being a bit nicer, but this industry needs a few rebels. It's a fun night out though and I do love the awards."

Scissors Sisters have album worth of Kylie songs

Scissor Sisters' Jakes Shears has written a "whole album's worth" of songs with Kylie Minogue.
The frontman and band mate Babydaddy worked with the 'Into The Blue' singer on her 2004 hit 'I Believe In You' and 2007 record 'Aphrodite' and claim there's a catalogue of songs which could be released.
Jake told Attitude magazine: "I love writing with her and always have. I'm really proud of all the songs I've written with her and I think someday I'm gonna, like, put together a Scissors-Kylie record.
"There's a whole album's worth of music. It's from over the years. There's some really cool stuff that no-one has heard. We could definitely put together a fun little album. Someday I'm gonna be shifty and leak it."
The 'Filthy/Gorgeous' hitmaker, 35, also praised the 45-year-old singer's writing and claims she is "a lot of fun in the studio" and the trio don't treat recording as work.
He continued: "She's a great writer and I love writing with her, she's great with lyrics. But it's just like playtime, you know. It feels like play, not work. It's just a nice time for us to hang out and be creative with each other."
Jake will also join 'The Voice' coach on the talent show on Saturday (01.03.14) to help advise this year's contestants.

Rudimental star in Beat by Beat video

Rudimental have collaborated with Beats by Dr. Dre.
The BRIT Award-winning drum'n'bass group are giving fans a unique look into the creative process behind their latest single, 'Powerless', which features vocals from Becky Hill.
The 'Waiting All Night' quartet feature in the first of a new YouTube series, 'Beat by Beat', which examines the sounds and elements used to create the track, and experience the song as the stars' intended when they were recording it.
In a unique innovation, fans of Rudimental - who won Best Single at last week's BRIT Awards and performed with Bastille - will be able to simultaneously play six different video clips on one page to create different sounds, giving the impression of a DJ's sound mixing desk.
Rudimental - consisting of Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith - recently revealed how they risked their careers by releasing the smash hit 'Waiting All Night'.
DJ Locksmith told BANG Showbiz: "Everyone was kind of against us putting it out there and all four of us came together and we put our careers on the line with 'Waiting All Night'. It got us through to where we are now, that's why it's such a special track for us."
Watch Rudimental's Beat by Beat video by visiting

Pharrell Williams streams ‘G I R L’ for free

Pharrell Williams is streaming his new album 'G I R L' online for free.
The 'Get Lucky' hitmaker says he is "happy to share" an early preview of his second studio album, ahead of its official release on March 3, and all the tracks have been made available to listen to on iTunes radio.
Taking to Twitter, Pharrell wrote: "Thankful for the opportunity to share my new album with everyone. (sic)"
The ten-track follow-up to Pharrell's 2006 debut 'In My Mind' features his Oscar-nominated hit, 'Happy', along with a collaboration with Justin Timberlake on the track 'Brand New', while Alicia Keys teams up with the star for 'Know Who You Are'.
Pharrell, 40, worked with Miley Cyrus on her controversial '#Bangerz' album last year she has returned the favour by lending her vocals to his song 'Come Get It Bae'.
The album also sees a reunion between The Neptunes producer and French house duo Daft Punk following the success of their hit 'Get Lucky', which conquered the charts.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the album's title, Pharrell said: "Imagine if all of the talk show hosts in the world were women, all of the presidents were women, this is my gift to them. This album is dedicated to women across the world."

'G I R L' Tracklisting:
1. Marilyn Monroe
2. Brand New (feat. Justin Timberlake)
3. Hunter
4. Gush
5. Happy
6. Come Get It Bae (feat. Miley Cyrus)
7. Gust of Wind (feat. Daft Punk)
8. Lost Queen/Freq (feat. JoJo)
9. Know Who You Are (feat. Alicia Keys)
10. It Girl

Kanye West is sad his tour has ended

Kanye West is sad his tour has ended.
The 'Black Skinhead' rapper, who finished the north American leg of his 'Yeezus' tour this month, thought it was a success but says he didn't want to stop performing.
In an interview on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers', he said: "I thought it went really good. It's kinda sad when it's over 'cause you put so much into it and so many people are really excited to see it. It's fun to be able to express something that you created."
Talking about the diamond-encrusted mask he wore on stage, he said: "The mask is great. It's freeing. A place where you can express yourself to your audience, to everyone, without being judged having to live up to whatever your name is supposed to represent.
"Just to feel like a new artist again. That's the reason I perform most of the show in a mask."
The 36-year-old star, who is known for ranting in interviews and has compared himself to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, also brushed off criticism but thinks he has a long way to go before people understand him.
He said: "2013, all the controversy, blah blah blah blah...I'm in the process of breaking down walls that people will understand 10 years from now, 20 years from now."

Biffy Clyro want to write Bond tune

Biffy Clyro want to write the next James Bond theme tune.
The Scottish rockers hope to follow in the footsteps of Adele, who won an Oscar for Best Original Song for 'Skyfall' in 2013, by penning a track for the next movie.
Frontman Simon Neil told the Daily Star newspaper: "Biffy for Bond, yes - I will follow you to the ends of the earth, sir. I'd love that.
"I think we've got a couple of songs in our back catalogue that could have suited but that is most songwriters' dream, isn't it, to write for Bond?
"You get given the key it has to be in, I believe, and certain motifs."
He added: "It's such a dramatic theme that I think it would really suit us."
The band had a busy year in 2013, after their double album 'Opposites' conquered the charts, and they have no plans to slow down.
The group - also made up of James Johnston and Ben Johnston - will headline both the Isle Of Wight festival and T In The Park this summer.
Simon, 34, admitted the band still have a lot to learn but feel they get a lot out of playing for small audiences as well as big festival crowds.
He said: "Bands hopefully become great by playing to nobody and being tested and being great in those situations.
"We're still a young band. I feel like we've still got lots to achieve and lots to discover."
Biffy Clyro are up for both Best British Band and Best Live Band at the NME Awards tonight (26.02.14) at London's O2 Academy in Brixton.
And they plan to apologise to David Bowie, 67, he if decides to make a rare appearance, after beating him to Best Album at the Q Awards.
Simon said: "So sorry sir, sorry sir Bowie. He's a mystery, isn't he? He's an enigma.
"I would be a heap on the floor if David Bowie turned up."

Oasis to re-release Definitely Maybe

Oasis are re-releasing their debut album 'Definitely Maybe' with previously unheard tracks to celebrate the LP's 20th anniversary.
The band - who split in August 2009 after brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher had a huge backstage bust-up in Paris, France - sent the internet into meltdown yesterday (25.02.14), after teasing an announcement at 9am this morning (26.02.14), prompting speculation of a reunion.
But instead they revealed plans to bring out a new version of their acclaimed debut record - which will be available from May 19. The anticipation of a possible reunion saw fans crash their official website
The re-issue is the first in the 'Chasing The Sun' series from Big Brother Recordings - the brothers' own record label - with 'What's the Story (Morning Glory)?' and 'Be Here Now' also set to be re-released.
Original Oasis guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs - who quit the group in 1999 - told NME magazine: "There were no discussions at all about any anniversary shows. These reissues are the best way to celebrate, because all three albums have great extras."
The re-issue will be available in a number of formats and packages, including a three-disc deluxe edition, featuring unheard acoustic versions recorded in Paris of 'Live Forever' and 'Shakermaker', along with an early demo of 'Half The World Away', recorded by Noel in a hotel room in Tokyo, Japan, and a demo of rare song 'Strange Thing'.
The band's 1994 standalone single 'Whatever' will be included as well as versions of all the B-sides from the album's four singles - 'Supersonic', 'Shakermaker', 'Live Forever' and 'Cigarettes & Alcohol'.
'Definitely Maybe', which was produced by Owen Morris, sold 86,000 copies in its first week of sales in August 1994 and was the fastest-selling debut album in UK chart history until Arctic Monkeys' 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' beat the record in 2005.
The original line-up of Oasis that recorded the album was made up of singer Liam, guitarist and songwriter Noel, rhythm guitarist Bonehead, bassist Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll.

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