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Pink Floyd and David Bowie are credited with boosting vinyl sales.
According to Official Charts data released today by the BPI, the trade body which represents the nation’s record labels, over a million vinyl units have been sold in 2014, with an expected figure of 1.2 million looking likely to be reached by the end of the year.
This tells an extremely promising story for the music industry, as 2013 ended with just 780,674 vinyl sales.
A quick glance at this week's vinyl album chart and the year-to-date chart (below) is enough to see that Planet Rock artists such as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin and Royal Blood have all had a huge part to play in the vinyl resurgence.
Pink Floyd's 'The Endless River' in particular drove the numbers up high and fast, with first week vinyl sales reaching over 6,000 copies, the highest of any LP released since 1997. This makes it the fastest-selling vinyl album this century.
Official Charts Chief Executive, Martin Talbot, said: “In scoring the biggest opening week for a vinyl album this millennium, Pink Floyd’s The Endless River illustrates the British public’s renewed love for this format, which is on course to become a £20million business this year – an incredible turnaround from barely £3m just five years ago. This resurgence also underlines music fans’ continuing fascination with the album.”
The BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo added: “We have entered an exciting best-of-all-worlds era where there is space and scope for all kinds of music to be discovered and enjoyed in every type of way, including on vinyl once again. Many of us assumed it had become an obsolete format, but while the flame may have flickered, it never quite went out, and we are now seeing a burgeoning resurgence in demand led by exciting new acts such as Royal Blood that is likely to keep vinyl on our high streets for many more years to come.”
You can see this week's vinyl album chart, and the year-to-date chart, below:
Official Vinyl Albums Chart – current top 10 artist albums (w/e 22 November 2014):
NOTHING HAS CHANGED - THE VERY BEST OF
THE ENDLESS RIVER
ABATTOIR BLUES/THE LYRE OF ORPHEUS
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
AQUOSTIC - STRIPPED BARE
WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY
Official Vinyl Albums Chart – year-to-date top 10 artist albums (up to & incl. w/e 22 November 2014):
THE ENDLESS RIVER
THE STONE ROSES
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
LED ZEPPELIN 3
LED ZEPPELIN 2
Source: Official Charts Company
Watch Thunder performing 'Wonder Days' live here!
The video features footage of the band performing the new song at Loud Park in Japan.
The track will appear on Thunder's forthcoming new album, also entitled 'Wonder Days', which is set for release on February 13th 2015.
You can see the new live video now below:
Thunder will also play three huge shows in the UK next year, with support from Reef and Tax The Heat:
Date Venue Tickets 12/03/2015 Leeds - First Direct Arena BUY TICKETS 13/03/2015 Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena BUY TICKETS 14/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS
Tickets for all three shows are on-sale now via planetrock.com/tickets!
You can also see the 'Wonder Days' album track listing below:
1. Wonder Days
2. The Thing I Want
3. The Rain
4. Black Water
5. The Prophet
6. Resurrection Day
7. Chasing Shadows
9. When The Music Played
11. I Love The Weekend
Metal giants Metallica are the first confirmed Reading and Leeds headliners.
They will take to the Main Stage at the dual hosted event next August.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said: “We are obviously beyond thrilled to be returning to headline the magnificent and mighty double shot at Reading & Leeds for the fourth time. We are practically the house band. Bring it!”
Other acts confirmed include Pierce The Veil, Refused and Manchester Orchestra.
Reading and Leeds Festival take place at Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds from 28th to 30th August 2015.
Tickets for Reading and Leeds 2015 are on sale via planetrock.com/tickets now!
The live version of 'Night Life' is available now.
The track, originally released in 1981 as the opening song on Foreigner's studio album '4', was recorded live at the Borgata Hotel’s Music Box theatre in Atlantic City in October of this year and opens up the ‘The Best of 4 & More' live album.
Foreigner have made the track available as an instant download with pre-orders of the album via iTunes. The album itself will then be released in the UK on Monday December 8.
The album can also be pre-ordered via Pledge Music, which offers vinyl, limited edition posters and remake t-shirts from Foreigner’s 1981-1982 tour packages.
“It’s great to be in a group with people who really get it, and understand how fortunate we are to be playing and performing such great material” enthused vocalist Kelly Hansen, while the band's founder Mick Jones added, “Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide ? unwittingly, we’ve weaved our music into the fabric of people’s lives.”
You can see the track listing for 'The Best of 4 & More' below:
1. Night Life
2. Woman In Black
4. Waiting For A Girl Like You
5. Break It Up
6. Girl On The Moon
7. Say You Will
8. Feels Like The First Time
9. Cold As Ice
10. Hot Blooded
11. I Want To Know What Love Is
12. Juke Box Hero
Watch the new Tax The Heat video here!
The band recorded the single 'Highway Home' amidst a busy summer touring schedule, which included performances at Download Festival and Clapham Common’s Calling Festival with Aerosmith. They've also been racking up the miles on the road with Black Star Riders, Virginmarys and The Graveltones.
'Highway Home' was produced, recorded and mixed by Evansson, whose previous credits include Robert Plant, Siouxsie Sioux and Goldfrapp. Evansson also directed the new music video for the track, which you can watch now below:
See Tax The Heat at Planet Rockstock in December! Tickets are on-sale now via planetrock.com/rockstock
You can see Tax The Heat's full list of tour dates below:
Date Venue Tickets 29/11/2014 The Exchange, Bristol (Headline Show) BUY TICKETS 06/12/2014 Park Dean Holiday Park, Trecco Bay (Planet Rockstock) BUY TICKETS 07/12/2014 Deaf Institute, Manchester (W/ The Cadillac Three) BUY TICKETS 08/12/2014 The Oobleck, Birmingham (W/ The Cadillac Three) BUY TICKETS 09/12/2014 The Garage, London (W/ The Cadillac Three) BUY TICKETS 12/03/2015 First Direct Arena, Leeds (W/ Thunder & Reef) BUY TICKETS 13/03/2015 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham (W/ Thunder & Reef) BUY TICKETS 14/03/2015 Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith), London (W/ Thunder & Reef) BUY TICKETS
The Answer's new album 'Raise a Little Hell' will be released in March.
The band have today confirmed that they have re-signed with Napalm Records who will release the new album in the UK on March 9th 2015.
Lead vocalist Cormac Neeson said: “We’re delighted to be extending our relationship with the Napalm family and look forward to great times ahead! During summer 2014 we hightailed ourselves down to Madrid to record our new album with long time friend and producer, Will Maya. Our time in Spain represents one of the most productive and enjoyable chapters in The Answer’s colourful history.
"Our new album ‘Raise A Little Hell’ comes from deep down inside. We brought the blues, the swagger and soul back into the studio and emerged from it with an album that encapsulates our unabated love for making the music we make. We’re all incredibly proud and thrilled with this record!”
The band will preview some new material from the record at their upcoming winter gigs, including Planet Rockstock, and have announced that a full tour of the UK and Ireland will accompany the album's release in March.
You can see the full list of The Answer's tour dates below:
06.12.14 UK - Sheffield Corporation / Winter Rocks Festival
07.12.14 UK - Trecco Bay / Planet Rockstock
06.03.15 NI - BELFAST / LIMELIGHT
07.03.15 IRL - DUBLIN / WHELANS
09.03.15 UK - MANCHESTER / ACADEMY 3
10.03.15 UK - LEEDS / THE KEY CLUB
11.03.15 UK - YORK / FIBBERS
12.03.15 UK - ABERDEEN / THE LEMON TREE
13.03.15 UK - GLASGOW / THE GARAGE
14.03.15 UK - NEWCASTLE / RIVERSIDE
16.03.15 UK - GRIMSBY / YARDBIRDS
17.03.15 UK - LIVERPOOL / ARTS CLUB
18.03.15 UK - SOUTHEND / CHINNERY'S
19.03.15 UK - NOTTINGHAM / RESCUE ROOMS
20.03.15 UK - BIRMINGHAM / INSTITUTE
21.03.15 UK - SHEFFIELD / THE CORPORATION
23.03.15 UK - NORWICH / WATERFRONT
24.03.15 UK - BRISTOL / MOTION
25.03.15 UK - BRIGHTON / CONCORDE 2
26.03.15 UK - LONDON / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
27.03.15 UK - EXETER / LEMON GROVE
28.03.15 UK - SOUTHAMPTON / 1865