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Muse will release their new single 'Panic Station' on June 3rd on Helium 3 / Warner Brothers Records. The single is the fourth track to be taken from the band's platinum selling sixth studio album 'The 2nd Law' and sees the band take to the streets of Tokyo in the awesome accompanying video. The single also features a remix by French producer Madeon.

Having opened the BRITs this year with an incredible performance of their previous single 'Supremacy', the band also recently played an intimate show in aid of War Child at London's iconic Shepherds Bush Empire to celebrate 20 years of the charity. The performance received outstanding reviews from both critics and fans alike. 

The band are currently nearing the end of their US tour and, having just played two nights at Madison Square Gardens in NYC, will embark on their biggest stadium tour to date this May, with very special guest Dizzee Rascal appearing at all UK shows. Bastille will also join the band in Coventry on May 22nd, London on May 25th and Manchester on June 1st.

 

 

 

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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Storm Thorgers on, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, the band's management has confirmed.

A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief, fashioning a string of eye-catching creations.

He designed

the cover showing a prism spreading a spectrum of colour for The Dark Side Of The Moon.

His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse.

His family released a statement saying he died peacefully on Thursday surrounded by family and friends.

"He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003," it said.

"He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia."

Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour released a statement in which he said the artworks Thorgerson created for the band had been "an inseparable part of our work".

He said: "We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed.

"He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will miss him."

'Simple idea'
 
A statement on the Pink Floyd.com official site said: "We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died.

"Our thoughts are with his family and many friends."

Thorgerson began his career with UK design group Hipgnosis, founded in the late 1960s and his distinctive style made him one of the industry's most recognisable artists.

There was the mournful-looking cow on the front of Atom Heart Mother, the burning businessman on the sleeve of Wish You Were Here, the giant pig flying over Battersea Power Station and the prism spreading a spectrum of colour across The Dark Side Of The Moon.

He told the BBC in 2009: "It's a nice but simple idea. Refracting light through a prism is a common feature in nature, as in a rainbow. I would like to claim it, but unfortunately it's not mine!"

The idea was sparked by Pink Floyd's keyboard player, the late Richard Wright, he explained.

"He said, somewhat provocatively, 'Let's not have one of your photos, we've had your photos before. Can't we have a change? A cool graphic - something smart, tidy, elegant.'"

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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Micro-blogging site Twitter is rumoured to be launching a new music service after buying the music discovery site We Are Hunted.

We Are Hunted confirmed the deal, adding "there's no question that Twitter and music go well together" - and said it was shutting down.

The hashtag #music is also featured on the newly-launched music.twitter.com.

Reports suggest the new service will offer personalised recommendations on music through its own dedicated app.

US celebrity host Ryan Seacrest confirmed the existence of Twitter's new app on Thursday via a tweet: "playing with @twitter's new music app (yes it's real!)... there's a serious dance party happening at idol right now".

The music app could be announced as soon as Friday.

The We Are Hunted acquisition actually happened in 2012, according to reports, suggesting that the music service has long been in the works.

In seven years, Twitter has accumulated 200 million users worldwide, who now send an average of 400 million short messages - or tweets - every day.

Twitter's latest move comes as music streaming - where the songs are hosted on servers by companies such as Spotify rather than bought and kept on consumers' computers - has taken off amid a boom in digital downloading.

The streaming market is now worth £49m to record labels in the UK, the trade body BPI has said.

It comes as iPhone-maker Apple is reported to have agreed a deal with the biggest music label Universal to create an internet radio service similar to Pandora using its iTunes platform.

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