Cult singer Poly Styrene, born Joan Elliott-Said, passed away last night, aged 53. The British-Somali musician and songwriter, who fronted the pioneering punk band X-Ray Spex, lost her battle with breast cancer just weeks after the release of her comeback solo album Generation Indigo.
The edgy environment of a packed and sweaty Corsica Studios, under railway arches in South London's Elephant and Castle, is exactly where you would expect dubstep's latest face to launch his debut album Mirrorwriting.
UK rapper and singer Plan B and rock band Everything, Everything (pictured) lead the nominations for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers revealed this morning. Both are up for two awards each - Plan B is nominated in the PRS for Music Most Performed Work section for She Said and is pitted against Everything Everything in the Album Award category. Everything Everything are also nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically with MY KZ, UR BF.
PRS for Music CEO Robert Ashcroft on recent developments in the UK music industry
Since the beginning of the year the music industry has been back at the top of the news agenda. While the news itself may not always have been positive, the interest the public, government and press continue to show demonstrates the vital role our industry plays in the life of the nation. …
PRS for Music has reported a 1% fall in the collection of royalties for 2010 to £611.2m, but the royalty collection society have still managed to keep royalty payments to its members at almost the same rate as 2009.
The winners of the third annual Oram Awards have been revealed as Ain Bailey, Andie Brown, Cee Haines (CHAINES), Natalie Sharp (Lone Taxidermist), Nwando Ebizie (Lady Vendredi) and Steph Horak (SheIsRevolting).