Today's Record of the Day
Track Come On Over
Artist Royal Blood
Label Warner Bros. Records
Impact date Out Now
We say Impressive on this week's Later With Jools on BBC2, Royal Blood are back on the Friday night edition of the show this evening with two more tracks, including this killer single. Released immediately after being played as the Hottest Record In The World on Radio 1 by Huw Stephens (sitting in for Zane Lowe), the Alan Moulder-produced cut started flying straight up the iTunes Top 50 chart. It proves that key bits of promotion at just the right time can still work wonders if you strike the right chord with music fans. There's also been a resurgence of interest in their superb previous single Little Monster too. It's all been a bit of whirlwind few months for the Brighton-based duo, comprising Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher, who were rightly courted by just about every key label in town, finally landing with Miles Leonard and his team. You and I will catch them at either Download, Glastonbury, T In The Park, Leeds and Reading festivals this summer or possibly even as one of the main support acts to Arctic Monkeys at London's Finsbury Park on May 23 and 24. All that sets the scene for an immense debut album, due around August time. Dirty, ferocious and instantly addictive - isn't this what all great rock music should be about?
Contact Label: Jennifer Ivory and Racheal Edwards, Warner Bros. Records, +44 (0)20 7368 2500
Publishing: Richard Manners, Warner Chappell
Radio: Steph Seager, Stellar PR
Online: Morad Khokar, Warner Music, +44 (0)20 7368 3547 
Press: Andy Prevezer, Warner Bros. Records, +44 (0)20 7368 3550
TV: Tom Dark, Warner Music, +44 (0)20 7368 2500
Club: Dave Roberts, Wild Promotions
Live: Charlie Myatt, 13 Artists, +44 (0)1273 601 355
Management: Ian McAndrew, Wildlife Entertainment    
London Gigs of the Day

Friday 25 April 2014
  • Music Week Awards winners include Domino, EMI Virgin, [PIAS], Kobalt and Sony/ATV. (see News)
  • Ivor Novello nominations revealed. (see News)
  • Aided by a surge in mobile advertising, Pandora posted stronger than expected revenue of $194.3 million its first quarter, up 69% from a year ago. Losses narrowed to $28.9 million, down from $38.7 million a year earlier. It also said it expects to turn a profit for the full year. (Billboard)
News and Features
  • Among the winners at last night's Music Week Awards were: Domino (A&R Award); Ian McAndrew & Geoff Barradale, Wildlife (Manager); Spotify (Streaming Music Platform); BBC 6Music (Radio Station); John Kennedy, XFM (Radio Show); Atlantic Records (Promotions Team and PR Campaign - Rudimental); Sony Music (Sales Team); [PIAS] Artist & Label Services (Label/Artist Services); Sony/ATV (Publisher, Singles and Albums); Kobalt (Independent Publisher); London Grammar, Ministry Of Sound (Artist Marketing Campaign); Bella Union (Independent Record Company); Virgin EMI (Record Company). The Strat Award went to Rob Stringer, Sony Music
    David Bowie's message to Rob Stringer. (Facebook)  
  • BASCA, in association with PRS for Music, announced the nominations for the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards yesterday. (RotD, BBCStandard p13, Express p21, Metro p25, Times p27, Guardian p5, Telegraph, Independent p15)
  • The longlist for the Scottish Album of the Year Award has been announced. (RotD)
  • Deezer CEO Axel Dauchez has been awarded the title of Knight of The Legion of Honour in France for his contribution to business. (Le Monde
  • Ticketmaster has "expressed dismay at the biased and one-sided nature of the secondary ticketing report" released by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse. (RotD) Viagogo has also responded. (RotD)
  • Rdio has teamed up with Canadian broadband provider Shaw to grow its subscriber base in the country. The partnership includes a strategic investment by Shaw as well as yet-unannounced “marketing, content and promotional” initiatives. (GigaOm)
  • Fred Davis, rainmaker who shepherded Spotify, sticking around as IPO talk ramps up. (Billboard)
  • has rolled out an iPhone version of Pause, its recently-launched standalone multimedia music magazine. (NextWeb)
Comment, Opinion and Analysis
  • Spotify is set to unveil a tie-up with Sprint, the US mobile network, which can show how telecoms can provide marketing muscle. (FT p18)
  • When important trends are viewed through the lens of the music/radio consumer, the future of recorded music monetisation is revealed. The majority of revenue flowing to artists and labels will soon come from advertising, not the sales of MP3s, CDs or subscriptions. (Recode)
  • Paul Weller's outburst was a welcome attack on the sleazebags and parasites who blight everyday life with their cheapskate schemes and tawdry little enterprises. (Independent p37 - Chris Maume)
Radio, Television, Publishing and PR
  • London Live TV suffers terrible Barb ratings three weeks on from launch. (Guardian)
  • 19:30 BBC4 BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014
    20:00 Sky Arts 1 Classic Albums - Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast
    21:00 Sky Arts 1 Iron Maiden: Somewhere Back in Time - Live
    22:00 Channel 4 Alan Carr: Chatty Man - The Kooks perform
    22:00 BBC4 The Joy of Easy Listening
    22:20 Sky Arts 1 Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers
    22:35 BBC1 The Graham Norton Show - Kaiser Chiefs perform
    23:05 BBC2 Later Live - with Jools Holland - featuring Paolo Nutini, Royal Blood, Neil Finn, Joan as Police Woman and Lucius
    23:30 BBC4 Neil Diamond: Solitary Man
  • 06:30 Radio 2 The Chris Evans Breakfast Show - with Lily Allen
    19:00 Radio 1 Annie Mac - 2 Bears Special Delivery and Ben Pearce Minimix
Artist and Music Features
  • 5 Seconds of Summer have a new major-label debut EP and a very keen understanding of what a cool racket they’ve got going. (NYTimes
  • Armin van Buuren: ‘I’m focusing on the future of trance’. (Independent - Marcus Barnes) 
  • DJ and producer Quantic tells how a short trip to Colombia became a six-year stay, and spawned an album of South-American-inspired fokloric and digital music. (Guardian G2 p14)
  • Clean Bandit's Grace Chatto talks about the band's hit fusion of classical pop. (Mirror Ticket - Gavin Martin)
  • Damon Albarn on drugs, music and life. (Sun p52 - Simon Cosyns)
  • Lykke Li "I stay brave and don't shy from impulses". (Sun p54)
  • SFTW meets: George Ezra (Sun p55 - Tom Thorogood)
  • Iggy Azalea on her rise to fame. (Star p32-33)
  • Twenty years on, Will Hodgkinson remembers the Nineties Britpop phenomenon that brought us Oasis, Pulp and Blur — with a little help from Noel Gallagher. (Times2 p4)
  • During the heyday of Blur and Oasis, ruthless ambition became the order of the day, as scores of unrelentingly pedestrian bands ditched everything that once made British pop music interesting. (Guardian G2 p4 - Michael Hann)
  • Britain's top 100 most downloaded music tracks prove today's pop fans want something to get the party started, says Neil McCormick. (Telegraph p36)
  • Members of Dodgy, the Bluetones, Menswe@r, Salad and Marion remember the dark days of Britpop – and what has happened since. (Guardian G2 p5 - Paul Lester)
  • Michael Fassbender tells Steve Rose why he's happy inside Frank Sidebottom's fibreglass head for a new comedy about an eccentric rock band. (Guardian G2 p7)
  • What's it like to gig in London and New York on the same day? We joined husband-and-wife folk duo The Rails on their whistle-stop Record Store Day journey. (Guardian G2 p10-11 - Hazel Sheffield)
And also
  • The Young Guns Network has announced it's 1st anniversary party with a keynote from Fred Bolza VP Strategy, Sony Music, to be held at The Social, W1 on Monday April 28. RSVP here. (RotD)
Showbiz and News
  • Time Magazine's cover star for their 11th annual “Time 100 Most Influential People in the World” issue is Beyonce. (Billboard) Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and Carrie Underwood also make the cut.
  • An orchestral work by the Pet Shop Boys about the life of wartime codebreaker Alan Turing is to have its world premiere at this year's BBC Proms. (BBC, Independent p15, Guardian p13)
  • Oasis are tipped to reform for a headline slot at Glastonbury following a series of cryptic tweets by Liam Gallagher. (Metro p6, Mirror p9)
  • Former rave promoter Tony Colston-Hayter, known as the “Acid House King”, was jailed yesterday for planning a £1.25million bank robbery. (Telegraph p14, Mirror p3)
  • The surfboard used by the Beach Boys on the covers of their first two albums is on the market for £100,000. (Express p33, Times p22)
  • Gary Barlow's latest single Since I Saw You only reached 129 in the chart. (Star p25)
  • Many parents have been left angry following a ban on children under 12 in the standing area of venues at One Direction concerts. (Mail p34)
  • Eminem, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and others have made a list of the 100 greatest Americans. (Metro p44)
  • Tom Cohen, Peaches Geldof’s widower, sang Leonard Cohen's Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye at her funeral service. (Times p22, Mirror p3, Sun p15)
  • Harry Styles has been having bird poo skin treatments in a bid to clear his spots. (Star p3)
  • Maria Miller, the former culture secretary, has paid £250 to buy up copies of a musician’s charity calendar that would not sell because she was on the cover. (Times p24)
  • Rita Ora pictured in New York. (Star p29)
  • Sun Bizarre: Damon Albarn joined duo The Gents on stage in a pub in East London. Rita Ora reportedly owns a stake in a Kosovan football team. London Grammar would like to write with Adele.
  • Mirror 3am: Lily Allen says she needs to write an apology to Rita Ora after taking a swipe at the party scene in one of her new songs. Katy Perry and Taylor Swift pictured separately wearing knee-high socks. Rita Ora pictured in New York wearing thick-soled trainers. Mariah Carey spends £28,000 a year on grooming for her eight pets. 
  • Star Playlist: London Grammar have been in situations where people assume singer Hannah hasn't written any of the music. Molly Smitten-Downes caught live at Madam Jojo's. Liam Gallagher spelt out the word Oasis on Twitter yesterday.
  • Star Goss: Avril Lavigne has denied that her new music video is racist. Katy Perry and Taylor Swift pictured separately wearing knee-high socks.
  • Metro Guilty Pleasures: Iggy Azalea has said there's nothing desperate about using Twitter to find love - after admitting that she first connected with her boyfriend online. Avril Lavigne has denied that her new music video is racist. Damon Albarn claims the Blur track Beetlebum was about heroin. Solange Knowles has admitted to wearing a mask around New Orleans, her limelight hideaway. Rita Ora was left raging when a US radio host suggested she had had an affair with Jay Z. Angel Haze called her family hypocritical after her mother told her she would 'burn in hell' after revealing she was bisexual. 
  • Damon Albarn (Mail p48 - 4* Adrian Thrills, Metro p50 - 4* Amy Dawson, Times2 p5 - 4* Will Hodgkinson, Guardian G2 p19 - 4* Alexis Petridis, Mirror Ticket - 5* Gavin Martin, Sun p52 - 5* Simon Cosysn)
  • Imelda May (Guardian G2 p20 - 4* Caroline Sullivan, Mirror Ticket - 4* Gavin Martin, Sun p52 - 3* Poppy Cosyns)
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela (Guardian G2 p21 - 3* Robin Denselow, Sun p54 - 3* SFO)
  • Wye Oak (Guardian G2 p20 - 3* Dave Simpson, Sun p54 - 3.5* Simon cosyns)
  • Brody Dalle (Guardian G2 p20 - 4* Lanre Bakare, Sun p54 - 3.5* Poppy Cosyns)
  • Embrace (Guardian G2 p20 - 2* Tim Jonze, Sun p52 - 3* Jacqui Swift)
  • Pixies (Metro p50 - 2* Claire Allfree, Mirror Ticket - 3* Gavin Martin)
  • Melanie De Biasio (Guardian G2 p20 - 4* Harriet Gibsone)
  • Emilia Martensson (Guardian G2 p21 - 4* John Fordham)
  • The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger (Sun p54 - 4* SFO)
  • Dan Sartain (Metro p50 - 3* Sharon O'Connell)
  • Iggy Azalea (Metro p50 - 4* Sharon O'Connell)
  • Nicole Atkins (Mirror Ticket - 4* Gavin Martin)
  • The Delines (Sun p52 - 4* Simon Cosyns)
  • Little Matador (Sun p52 - 3* Jacqui Swift)
  • Future (Metro p50 - 4* Siobhan Murphy)
  • Eels (Metro p50 - 4* Sharon O'Connell)
  • Lykke Li (Sun p54 - 3.5*)
  • Marissa Nadler - Cafe Oto, London (Guardian - 4* Mark Beaumont)
  • Lucius - Oslo, London (Independent p47 - 4* Elisa Bray)


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