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Justin Bieber suffers concussion after walking into glass wall

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Singer claims ‘me and glass windows just don’t go together’ after knocking himself out at show in Paris

Justin Bieber suffered concussion on Thursday, when he walked into a glass wall during a concert in Paris. The singer briefly fainted after finishing the show, but is now recovering with just “a little bit of a headache”.

“I guess me and glass windows just don’t go together,” Bieber told TMZ, referring to his prior run-in with a revolving glass door two years ago. On Thursday, Bieber was in the middle of “secret” performance for fans, at a skyscraper in Paris. “So basically, um, you know … there [was] a glass wall behind me but there’s a railing behind the glass,” he said. “And so, um, I went to reach for the railing and hit my head on the glass.”

There was no defenestration, just an instant of panic for Bieber’s audience and managers. “It really hurt and I felt a little lightheaded, but with my adrenaline rushing through … I played the last song,” he said. But things became more serious after the 18-year-old left the stage, walking down some steps with handlers. “I passed out for like 15 seconds,” he said. “I was, like, unresponsive, not talking.”

Bieber was diagnosed with mild concussion, but is now feeling better. “You gotta laugh at yourself sometimes,” he said, though he had sterner words for the offending wall: “I will see u again Glass,” he tweeted. “I will have my revenge.”

Bieber will remain in Paris on Friday as he continues a European press tour. Thousands of fans caused pandemonium in Oslo earlier this week, swarming his hotel and allegedly bringing the city close to a state of emergency. Fourteen girls were taken to hospital, TMZ reported, although Bieber’s label claimed no one was seriously injured.

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John Peel to have new music festival named in his honour

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

John Peel Festival of New Music will take place in venues across Norwich and aims to focus on ‘emerging bands’

This year’s Norwich Sound and Vision conference will host a festival dedicated to John Peel. From 11 to 13 October, 50 British bands will perform as part of the first John Peel Festival of New Music.

Rather than focusing on major acts or reunited legends, the festival will promote “emerging bands”, organisers told the Eastern Daily Press. “The festival is making a statement for new music,” Stuart Hobday said. “Each of these acts that we all liked from the past were a new band at some point trying to elbow their way in, and that is what John Peel represented – getting new music through to people.”

The festival will have headliners, with a “major headliner” to be announced imminently. Concerts will take place at 10 different venues across Norwich, co-ordinated with Sound and Vision’s industry panels and workshops. Proceeds from the festival will go to the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket.

“I’m very pleased that an organisation like [festival backers] Norwich Arts Centre is keeping the spirit and legacy of John’s passion alive,” said Sheila Ravenscroft, Peel’s widow. Adrian Cooke, director of the Sound and Vision festival, called it a natural fit: “John was always interested in hearing something new and I like to think he would have felt at home at our gigs, helping people to discover new bands.”

Peel, who died in 2004, is remembered as one of the most important British DJs of all time.

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Gene’s goodbye to Dean means the end of Ween

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Co-founder of US alt-rock’s dedicated provocateurs leaves the group after 25 years

Gene Ween has left Ween. The band’s co-founder has announced his retirement from one of the most provocative roups in American alternative rock, choosing instead to focus on his solo work. “In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open,” he said. “It was a good run.”

For 25 years, Gene Ween – real name Aaron Freeman – has collaborated with Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) to produce some of the most varied work in modern American pop music. Ween have released 11 studio albums, six live albums, and have collaborated with Yoko Ono, Boredoms and Queens of the Stone Age. But now, Freeman told Rolling Stone magazine, it’s “time to move on”. “It’s a door I can close finally.”

Freeman will now concentrate on solo material, beginning with an album called Marvelous Clouds. Issued earlier this month, it consists of covers of tracks by 60s songwriter Rod McKuen. It is a “recovery record”, he said, made following a stint in rehab. Freeman next plans to record a collection of original songs. “It’s important to know that this [work] isn’t a side project,” he said. “I’m forging a new thing for myself.”

As for Ween, it’s not clear whether Melchiondo will continue making music with bandmates Glenn McClelland, Dave Dreiwitz and Claude Coleman Jr, though Freeman told Rolling Stone the band are “pretty much” finished. Lately, he has been much more busy with his fishing business, Archangel Sportfishing, in New Jersey.

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Mumford & Sons announce new album release date

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Marcus Mumford has revealed the follow-up to Sigh No More is due on 24 September

Mumford & Sons have announced the release date of their hotly anticipated second album. The follow-up to Sigh No More is due on 24 September – so long as the band don’t change their mind and “discover it’s shit”.

News of the release comes about a month after Ben Lovett revealed he and his bandmates had finished recording the album. Speaking from the stage at this weekend’s Pinkpop festival, in Landgraaf, Netherlands, Marcus Mumford said that the LP is due this autumn. In a later interview with 3FM, they gave the exact date: 24 September.

After the success of Sigh No More, there are high hopes for the Mumfords’ next album. The group’s 2009 record was Brit-winning, Mercury-nominated and accomplished a rare feat for a British debut: it was a huge hit in America, selling more than 2.2m copies. Much like their first album, the new one was recorded with producer Markus Dravs, and despite comments about it being a “doom folk” record, the first taster, Ghosts That We Knew, suggests the Mumfords are mining more or less the same vein of earnest, strummy pop.

“I think we just want the songs to be good, and to sound right, and to feel like we’ve expressed everything as straightforwardly and honestly as we can,” Marcus told MTV News last year. Even after many months of recording, Lovett indicated they were still perfectionists. “We’re done recording it,” he told NME earlier this month. “But if we listen back while we’re mixing and discover it’s shit, we’ll just start again.”

Mumford & Sons will tour this summer, including appearances at their own mini festivals: in Huddersfield on 2 June, and Galway on 9 June. “We know there are shitloads of festivals in Britain and no one needs a new one,” the band said. “But what we thought was missing was a high-quality, inner-city event where you can take over the city itself.”

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Which festival will break the most new acts – and which has the best male to female ratio?
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Which festivals are most influential in breaking new artists?, whose data scientists are also pretty good at visualising data, have the answer.

The team analysed 12,800 artists playing across more than 1,000 different festivals and used the data to find the best line-ups for new musical discoveries this year.

The size of the circles on the graphic represent the fastest growing new artists, with the brightness representing the relative increase in listener numbers

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Best UK festival for launching new talent into the industry Bloc festival
Best Europe festival for launching new talent into the industry Dour festival, Belgium
Best place to see the most famous music acts in 2012 Leeds Festival
Best audience male-to-female ratio Future of Music Festival, Yorkshire
Highest male audience Tech-Fest, Hampshire

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