NEWS: Beyoncé to headline 2013’s V Festival
Good news for British music fans and festival goers… Beyoncé has been confirmed as a headliner at this year’s V Festival, alongside Kings of Leon.
The Destiny’s Child singer, who coincidentally covered Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire” on her last tour, and the band will play alternate days in Chelmsford and Staffordshire on the weekend of August 17 and 18.
Other big names include Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, Fun., Jessie J, Jessie Ware, Kendrick Lemar, Rita Ora, and Two Door Cinema Club.
X Factor alumni Olly Murs and Little Mix will also play the festival.
INFAMEWETRUST’s ALBUMS of the YEAR (20-11)
Azealia Banks and Charli XCX for their A+ mixtapes, boding well for promising debuts in 2013.
20. Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man in the Universe
A troubled, aging R&B singer works with Damon Albarn to infuse the past with the present and future, bringing vintage soul and spirit into a more modern era.
Top tracks: “Dayglo Reflection,” which features Lana Del Rey
19. Calvin Harris, 18 Months
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris has dominated the charts with “Bounce” (feat. Kelis), “Feels So Close”, “Let’s Go” (feat. Ne-Yo), “We’ll Be Coming Back” (feat. Example), and “Sweet Nothing” (feat. Florence Welch), now together for the first time.
Top tracks: “I Need Your Love,” featuring Ellie Goulding
18. Mumford & Sons, Babel
London’s folk rock heroes Mumford & Sons won critical acclaim with their debut Sigh No More. The follow-up broke chart records upon its release.
Top tracks: “Lover of the Light” and bonus track “For Those Below”
Gwen Stefani and Co. make their comeback with Push & Shove. While lacking some of the “oomph” of earlier albums, the polished new album reminds us why we fell in love with No Doubt.
Top tracks: The Major Lazer produced title track, which races through a million different choruses
16. Metric, Synthetica
Canada’s Metric follow-up their biggest album to date (Fantasies) with Synthetica, drawing influence from Blade Runner. The LP even features a collaboration with Lou Reed.
Top tracks: “Nothing but Time”
15. Justin Bieber, Believe
When “Boyfriend” came out, it was clear that our little Bieber was all grown up. With pop hits and R&B slow jams, Bieber draws inspiration from mentor Usher and another famous Justin.
Top tracks: “As Long As You Love Me”, “Boyfriend”
It might not have quite the same spark as her eponymous debut, but Santigold’s follow-up album is still a clever mesh of alt-rock, reggae and electronic music.
Top tracks: “Disparate Youth”, “God from the Machine”
13. Sleigh Bells, Reign of Terror
Noise pop duo Sleigh Bells follow up their peppy debut album with a slightly darker chaos. Reign of Terror may turn up the doom and gloom, but it hasn’t turned down the volume.
Top tracks: “Born to Lose”, “End of the Line”
Indie’s dream pop gods Beach House release their fourth album, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Teen Dream. The formula is much the same – layers of swirling dream-pop melodies, drum machines and Victoria Legrand’s affected vocals.
Top tracks: “Myth”, “Lazuli”
11. Grimes, Visions
Few artists have drawn so much attention from the indie blogosphere as Grimes has done this year. Her third LP has been lauded by critics, for good reason.
Top tracks: “Genesis”, “Be a Body”
Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding | I Need Your Love
Man, do we love us a little Calvin and Ellie! Dropping track after track leading up to their new album’s, Calvin Harris joins forces with Ellie Goulding for “I Need Your Love” - a unique overlap in different styles of electro-pop music. Goulding’s Halcyon will be released in the UK on October 8 and in the U.S. on October 9 while Harris’s 18 Months hits shelves on October 29. Check out the new track (above)!
VIDEO: Calvin Harris, “Sweet Nothing” (feat. Florence Welch)
NEWS: Florence + the Machine to feature on new Calvin Harris single
Florence + the Machine will feature on Calvin Harris’ forthcoming new single, he revealed in a new interview.
Harris revealed the title of his new single, “Sweet Nothings,” which will be premiered within the coming months.
The British DJ and producer recently gave the remix treatment to Florence + the Machine’s “Spectrum” for its single release.
Calvin Harris has gained international attention recently for his work on Rihanna’s hit singles “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been” as well as solo hit “Feels So Close.”
His new single “We’ll Be Coming Back,” featuring Example, is out now in the UK.