Life by Press Association April 19, 2019, 6:01 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter BTS are the first Korean act to ever score a number one album in the UK. The K-pop band have debuted at the top of the charts with their new EP Map Of The Soul: Persona, which shifted 26,500 copies in combined sales, 68% of which were physical sales, the Official Charts Company said. The EP is the seven-piece boy band’s fourth collection to chart in the UK top 40, following their three-part Love Yourself series of records. BTS, comprised of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook, have enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since forming in 2013. Last year, they became the first K-pop group to enter the top 40 of the UK singles chart after their song Idol landed at number 21. Last week’s chart-topper Billie Eilish is down to number two this week with her album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, and the soundtrack for The Greatest Showman is at number … [Read more...] about K-pop band BTS become first Korean act to top UK charts
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Video PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 April 2019 | UPDATED: 14:00 14 April 2019 Take That at Carrow Road in June 2017 Credit: Sonya Duncan Archant If you don’t have the patience to wait until the concert then you’re in luck as the setlist for Take That’s Greatest Hits tour has been revealed. Take That fans queue for the 2017 concert Credit: Denise BradleyGary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald kicked off their 52-date UK tour at the Sheffield Arena on Friday night.The trio treated fans to their huge back catalogue of hits and there was even a surprise performance from Lulu who sang her song Shout and then joined the boys on Relight My Fire. Take That head to Carrow Road in Norwich on Thursday May 30 and they are back at the stadium by popular demand after two unforgettable shows in June 2017.The tour coincides with the release of greatest hits album Odyssey and celebrates all their hits across three decades. The support act for the tour is 80s chart-topper Rick … [Read more...] about Take That Greatest Hits tour setlist revealed ahead of Norwich show
Reg Smith was singing for his supper at a Soho nightclub when fame came calling in 1957. The handsome teenager would finish his set, pick up £1 and a bowl of spaghetti, then head straight back home. In fact, Reg was already on the bus to his mum and dad’s in Blackheath, South East London, on the night star-making manager Larry Parnes went backstage intent on signing “the next Elvis Presley”. But Britain’s first rock ’n’ roll manager had been so impressed by the modest 17-year-old that he turned up at his home the next day with a contract. Reg was quickly groomed, styled and transformed into Marty Wilde, teen idol and chart-topper with hits like Endless Sleep, Donna and Teenager in Love. Remarkably, he is still delighting fans six decades later and has just released a greatest hits album. And, despite a dicky heart and a brush with cancer, he’s about to embark on nationwide tour to celebrate turning 80 this Monday. The Father of British … [Read more...] about Rock icon Marty Wilde tells of life in the spotlight as he heads on tour at 80
PUBLISHED: 16:08 16 March 2019 Steve Russell Bananarama: Still going strong Picture: Raph_PH Archant Which 1980s pop songs bring back memories for you? Did ‘Don’t You Want Me’ float your boat, or ‘The Look of Love’ get your pulse racing? Blondie. Brilliant. Picture: NEIL MUNNS/PAI used to know where I stood. Musically, I was a child of the glamtastic 1970s. The era of Ballroom Blitz, Dancing Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody – and pulsing disco that brings a sequin-hating colleague of mine out in a rash. (The Trammps’ Disco Inferno will do it.) Then another workmate knocks me flying.She slides a five-CD boxset onto my desk. “NOW’s 100 Hits of the 80s”. My discombobulation is partly because the apostrophe is missing (strictly speaking, it should be ’80s) but mainly because of the track listing. Far from being a child of the 1970s I was, it was clear, an adult (ish) of the free market-loving … [Read more...] about Just how brilliant was pop music in the 1980s?
In May 2018, this newspaper published a review of a three-track EP released by Mansfield singer-songwriter Georgie (24) who one music critic described as having a voice like a "cup of freshly brewed black coffee".So an invitation to make a 90-minute journey along the A52 and A60 to Nottingham's Trinity Church for a live performance by Georgie was an invitation too good to turn down.Georgie, whose real name is Georgia Rose Howe, is marking ten years since she gave up on a chance to be a professional footballer overnight after picking up her dad's guitar at home.The result of that life-changing decision was witnessed by a sell-out crowd at Trinity Church, Nottingham, who soaked up the most promising 80 minutes of acoustic and piano-led music to be found on the East Midlands side of the M1 motorway.Speaking before her show, Georgie said: "Everyone at the church is lovely, I've got a lot of friends here and it's my home city."Trinity Church is a beautiful building and it was perfect for … [Read more...] about CONCERT REVIEW: Second coming of Stevie Nicks, with a touch of David Gray for good measure