Saturday, December 6, 2014

Top Songs of 2014

Compiled from the number of views received on YouTube as of 12/6/2014, here are the rankings for the best songs released this year. What was your favorite new release this year?

1. U2 - Every Breaking Wave 564,967
2. Billy Idol - Can't Break Me Down 'Kings & Queens of the Underground' 389,041
3. JIMMY SOMERVILLE - Smalltown Boy (Reprise 2014) 295,477
4. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business, debuts at #14! 270,950
5. CHRISSIE HYNDE - Dark Sunglasses ‘STOCKHOLM’ 229,859
6. Brian Eno & Karl Hyde - The Satellites 'Someday World' 175,651
7. Thurston Moore - The Best Day 144,377
8. CULTURE CLUB - More Than Silence 87,205
9. ERASURE - Elevation ‘THE VIOLET FLAME’ 63,887
10. ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN - Lovers On The Run ‘METEORITES’ 59,651

11. U2 - The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) 56,343
12. Holly Johnson - In And Out Of Love 'Europa' 38,262
13. HOLLY JOHNSON - Follow Your Heart 'Europa' 29,166
14. ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN - Market Town ‘METEORITES’ 25,495
15. CULTURE CLUB - Like I Used To 18,610
16. MARC ALMOND - Worship Me Now 'Tasmanian Tiger' 13,413
17. Peter Buck - Drown With Me (w/Corin Tucker) 'I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again' 3,719
18. BLANCMANGE - Living On The Ceiling (Vince Clarke Mix) ‘Happy Families Too’ RE-RECORDED 3,272
19. PET SHOP BOYS - Part 09 [Sorry] ‘A MAN FROM THE FUTURE’ 2,915

U2: Unleashed a Brilliant Surprise

From Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2014

There was no bigger album of 2014 – in terms of surprise, generosity and controversy. Songs of Innocence is also the rebirth of the year. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. put their lives on the line: giving away 11 songs of guitar rapture and frank, emotional tales of how they became a band out of the rough streets and spiritual ferment of Seventies Dublin. This is personal history with details. In the furiously brooding "Cedarwood Road," named after Bono's home address as a boy, he recalls the fear and rage that drove him to punk rock. "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" is a glam-stomp homage to the misfit voice that inspired Bono to sing. And that's his mother, who died when Bono was 14, still guiding and comforting him in the chorus of "Iris (Hold Me Close)."

This is a record full of the band's stories and triumph, memory and confession detonated with adventure and poise. In its range of sounds, there may be no more complete U2 album: The band bonded its founding post-punk values with dance momentum in "Volcano" and the raw, jagged "Raised by Wolves," and humanized the digital pathos of "Every Breaking Wave" and the harrowing "Sleep Like a Baby Tonight" with the vocal folk-soul warmth of The Joshua Tree. "I have a will for survival," Bono sings in the closing track, "The Troubles." Songs of Innocence is the proof – and the emotionally raw rock album of the year, at any price.

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Friday, November 28, 2014


MARC ALMOND has released UK tour dates for April next year in support of his forthcoming new album 'The Velvet Trail' which will be released on March 2nd...


ALISON MOYET released a live album, 'Minutes and Seconds Live', on November 10th.
The album - which was recorded at various shows on Moyet's recent tour for her album 'The Minutes' - will feature thirteen tracks including solo versions of tracks she recorded with YAZOO.


Spandau Ballet will released their documentary movie 'Soul Boys of the Western World' on DVD and Blu-Ray. The full-length film tells the story of the band's rise, fall and reunion. This archive-only documentary film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music Empire, but at a price none of them imagined.
The box set editions will contain three limited edition prints featuring previously unseen images as well as archive interviews and performances including over two hours of rare and unreleased content.

Spandau Ballet have announced an extensive arena tour across the UK and Ireland in March next year. the dates will be the band's first tour since their much acclaimed reunion in 2009.


MADNESS will mark the 35th anniversary of their debut album, 'One Step Beyond', with the release of an expanded CD and DVD edition featuring the original album remastered, two previously unreleased tracks, videos, live performances, a filmed documentary and a 'Fab Toones!' recording made in the band's rehearsal studio in 1979...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Billy Idol: Kings & Queens of the Underground

A behind-the-scenes web series for Billy Idol's new album, 'Kings & Queens of the Underground.'

Check out Billy Idol's new video for his hot new single "Can't Break Me Down."