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Korg have announced the launch of a pair of new tuners called the "PitchHawk". These impressive tuners feature a host of innovative features and come in two models, PitchHawk-G for guitar and bass and PitchHawk-U for ukulele.

 

Unlike cheaper tuners, Korg PitchHawk guarantee a level of precision and sensitivity that will help ensure you get the most from your intrument. A new, improved clip design ensures a secure grip and increased durability. PitchHawk tuners also feature a fully adjustable arm and ball joint which provide flexibility and improved ease-of storage for gigging musicians.

 

Korg PitchHawk heralds a new type of readout display which has been designed for optimum visibility even in low-lit conditions such as music venues and bars. A unique and innovative feature lets you know when you are over-tightening the first string which will help minimise pre-gig snappage and having to re-string quickly in difficult conditions. 

 

With a variety of versatile, on-board tuning modes the PitchHawk is destined to set the standard for portable clip-on tuners. When the PitchHawk lands later later this month you know you can find the lowest price but comparing Korg PitchHawk tuner prices at Instrumania.com.

 

 

Black Sabbath, one of the biggest names in metal have come clean about the absence of drummer Bill Ward on their reunion tour.

 

 

Guitarist Tony Iommi cut off the talks but not over dollars or arguments. It was because he felt he was short on time.

 

Iommi was diagnosed with cancer last year right after the reunion was announced. As negotiations dragged out between the band and Ward, Tony became worried that his time would run out before the band could accomplish anything.

 

Tony told Guitar World "Once I heard 'cancerous lymphoma,' I thought, 'That's it. I've had it.' We waited a long time for Bill and we wanted to sort it out. But at the end of the day, especially after I was diagnosed, I thought, 'Fucking hell, that's it ' we've got to get a move on. I might pop off next year!'

 

"So I emailed him and said, 'Bill, we can't wait any longer. We've got to get on with it.' And that was it."

 

Luckily, things look much brighter for Iommi as it does for Black Sabbath, who will release their new album 13 on June 10 and follow with a world tour. 

 

 

 

Electronic music veterans Daft Punk have secured their first UK number one with their comeback single Get Lucky.

 

Their first track in eight years knocked Rudimental's Waiting All Night featuring Ella Eyre off the top spot. The French duo's previous best charting was 2000's One More Time at number two.

 

Emeli Sande scored a chart record with her debut album Our Version of Events, which hit its 63rd consecutive week in the top 10, beating a record held for nearly 50 years by The Beatles. Please Please Me previously held the record for debut album spending the most consecutive weeks in the top 10 when it featured for 62 weeks in 1963 and 1964.

 

"It feels quite surreal to even have your name mentioned in the same sentence as The Beatles," said the 26-year-old Scottish singer who took the fifth spot in the UK official album chart. 

 

"For a record to stay there for so long it means that people have connected with it so that's how I'm enjoying celebrating this record." Elsewhere in the album chart, Michael Buble held off competition from Frank Turner and Will.i.am to stay top with To Be Loved.

 

In the singles chart, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis continued their success with Can't Hold Us, jumping seven places to number five. The rapper and producer have already achieved the biggest-selling single of 2013 to date with Thrift Shop. Will.i.am's collaboration with Justin Bieber, ThatPower, fell one place to number three while Calvin Harris' I Need Your Love featuring Ellie Goulding climbed three places to number four.

 

Just one new entry featured in the top ten. What A Night by Britain's Got Talent's 2012 finalists Loveable Rogues debuted at number nine. The acoustic hip-hop trio from London are currently supporting Olly Murs on his UK tour.

 

 

 

 

Thriller producer Quincy Jones and rock bands Rush and Heart have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.


For the first time, the ceremony was held in Los Angeles on Thursday night and featured performances by Usher, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson.


Rappers Public Enemy, singer-songwriter Randy Newman and late disco queen Donna Summer were also inducted at the event.


Heart's Nancy Wilson said: "I feel like I got into the cool ball team".


Quincy Jones Jones said he "didn't want to get into the Hall of Fame too early"


She added: "People who are already in the Hall of Fame are some of our biggest influences. Like Randy Newman, for instance, right over there, he's a beast."


Newman, nominated during his career for 20 Oscars - winning twice - is best known by younger audiences for his movie compositions in Disney/Pixar films like the Toy Story franchise.


"I didn't think it would happen until I died or something," the 69-year-old said backstage after his induction.


For Canadian prog-rockers, Rush, the honour was more important to their fans said drummer Neil Peart.


"It reflected back on them," he said. "We've always said it's not something that meant a lot to us, but we knew our fans cared so much to be validated like that - that their favourite band, like their favourite sports team, should be celebrated as champions."


Foo Fighters Foo Fighters paid a sartorial tribute to Rush


The band were inducted by long-time fans Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters - who later performed wearing outfits similar to those worn by their heroes in the mid-1970s.


Music producers Lou Adler and Quincy Jones were also honoured. Jones - who produced Michael Jackson's biggest hit albums including Off The Wall and Thriller - was inducted by media mogul Oprah Winfrey.


He said: "It's been a crazy week all week. We celebrated two days ago my birthday with Michael Caine. We're celestial twins, you know."


Director Spike Lee and singer Harry Belafonte presented rap pioneers Public Enemy with their award. Frontman Chuck D paid tribute to fellow inductees, Heart.


"Heart persevered and just broke through a mould and it's the same thing with us in our genre," he said.


Public Enemy Public Enemy explored American race relations with songs such as Fight The Power


He explained the band's three decades-long career, saying: "We worked very hard at it. It's no accident."


There were two posthumous inductions - Donna Summer, who died of lung cancer last year, and bluesman Albert King, who died in 1992.


Blues singer John Mayer sais: "Albert King is why guitar-face was invented." 


 

 

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With Record Store Day this Saturday 20th April, research released by ICM today reveals that 18-24 year olds are driving the resurgence in sales of vinyl format music.


This resurgence of vinyl is almost entirely enabled by Britain's independent record stores that are currently enjoying a period of measured growth after having declined in numbers from 2,200 in the 1980s to just under 300 today.

In the last month, 5% of the respondents had bought music in vinyl format. The most surprising finding from the research was that sales of new and vintage vinyl are biggest amongst 18-24 year olds (14% had bought vinyl in the last month compared to 9% of 25-34 year olds and 5% of 35-44 year olds), not what you might expect from the generation that has grown up with the CD, iTunes and online downloads.

The reason for this 'vinyl demand' is explained by some of those interviewed by ICM:

'I love the way vinyl sounds so raw. Other formats sound like an annoying frequency if listened to repeatedly, whereas I feel vinyl has a much fuller organic sound. Also I think the sleeve and artwork on some records are just amazing and nice to have as a collection.'

'Sound quality, e

specially on bigger systems, and the tactility of a piece of vinyl. Nothing comes close to the feel of vinyl when mixing - it's more akin to an actual instrument in my opinion.'

The majority of vinyl buyers are purchasing second hand, and although there are specialist websites meeting this demand, 8 out of 10 (85%) record buyers prefer to buy their vinyl or special edition music in their local independent record store. In fact the research suggests that having an independent record store nearby actually influences how people buy their music. 86% of vinyl buyers have an independent store near where they live.

'I like the excitement of going to a store and roaming through all sorts of weird and wonderful records I've never seen.I only really buy online if there is something specific I'm looking for and can't find in shops'

'For new/repackaged vinyl I would try to avoid using high street shops such as HMV, I prefer to find an independent store first.'

But it's not just vinyl fans who prefer to shop in their neighbourhood independent record store ' almost a third (32%) of all respondents chose it as their preference, and almost half (47%) of 18-24 year olds. 10% visit their local record store on a monthly basis, with the majority (78%) spending up to £15 per visit.

Those who a

re engaged in music generally are more likely to buy in a range of formats. Of vinyl buyers, 52% also bought CDs, 31% got MP3 downloads, and 36% bought luxury editions or box sets and, perhaps most surprisingly, 19% of vinyl buyers bought cassettes in the last month.

27% of vinyl buyers don't play the records they own, and although some are planning to buy a turntable, others say they buy the vinyl to admire and own, and the CD version to listen to the music. As two of the respondents explained:

'It allows me to display the cover in my frame and leave the CD in the rack to play.'

'You can own what is

essentially a piece of art in a size where artwork can be appreciated (unlike most CD covers).

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