Sam Fender Named Critic’s Choice for 2018

Sam Fender Named Critic’s Choice for 2018

Sam Fender has been handed the Critics Choice Award ahead of the Brits. The singer songwriter from Newcastle upon Tyne follows in the footsteps of both Adele and Sam Smith who won the award previously. The accolade is awarded to ‘future stars’ or ones to watch as part of the Brit Awards and commenting to the BBC he said “it is very dizzying and wonderful.” Sam was first spotted by his now manager in the…

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MOBO Awards to take a break in 2018

MOBO Awards to take a break in 2018

The MOBO Awards will take a break in 2018, as organisers plan to reshape the ceremony ahead of its return next year. The ceremony, which began in 1996, has become a major force in championing urban music – with Craig David and Stormzy emerging triumphant last year. Check out the full list of MOBO 2017 winners here. Now, for this year, founder Kanya King says that the ceremony will be retired for 2018, before returning “bigger and bolder”. “We understand…

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MOBO Awards to take a break in 2018

MOBO Awards to take a break in 2018

Right up there with Europe’s most prestigious music prizes are the annual MOBO awards. Having ran for over 20 years, the ceremony has not only cemented itself in music culture by assigning artists with international credibility, but has also played a major role in championing ‘Music of Black Origin’ and has been at the forefront of promoting equal representation within music. However, they are set to take a step down this year as the company…

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Wolf Alice win the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize

Wolf Alice win the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize

The Mercury Prize is one of the most prestigious, and most heavily sought after awards, especially by younger artists as the prize, unlike many others, offers artists who are slightly under the radar a chance to win. The past years of the award have seen success for some of the most significant albums in UK culture (such as Pulp’s ‘A Different Class’ and Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’) and…

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Mercury Prize 2017 Nominations have been Announced!

Mercury Prize 2017 Nominations have been Announced!

This morning, the 2017 Mercury Prize shortlist came out. The annual prize, which celebrates the best British album released each year, spans every genre, from indie and grime to pop and jazz. The prize is judged by a panel of 12 judges, the same number as albums nominated. They are all movers and shakers from all facets of the UK’s music industry. Including radio presenters, music news editors, and, of course, some of the country’s…

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Grime formula: The industry gets something that really shakes things up

Grime formula: The industry gets something that really shakes things up

Every so often, something happens to the music industry. That shakes everything up and breaks all the rules. Linkin Park’s recent collaboration with Stormzy. Because this highlights just how big a wave grime has made. The explosion of grime into the mainstream has been so fascinating to watch. That it would be easy to think of it as an anomaly. In reality, the rise of grime was hardly different to the rise of punk before it and rock and roll…

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