Rest In Peace

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Michael Jackson’s sudden demise has come as a shock to people around the world.

He was preparing for his grand comeback concert series, This Is It, when on 25th June 2009 he suffered a heart attack and passed away in at the age of 50. MJ’s career spanned decades and countless hits but was also tarnished by the rumours and allegations regarding his personal life. I do not know the truth, and I’m not here to judge. Today is a day to simply remember the King of Pop’s contribution to music.

There is no denying that MJ’s career was successful beyond compare. From his early days in Jackson 5 to his solo career that spawned hits like Thriller, The Way You Make Me Feel, and Black Or White, MJ changed the face of pop like no one else has ever managed to.

He is truly a music legend who will never be forgotten.

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News of MJ’s death came just hours after the death of another celebrated personality in entertainment – actress Farrah Fawcett. 62-year-old Farrah struggled with a long and public battle with cancer to which she finally succumbed on 25th June 2009 in .

The original Charlie’s Angel, Farrah had a celebrated Hollywood career, starring in over 40 moives and appearing on hit TV shows such as Ally McBeal and Spin City.

R.I.P. MJ and Farrah. You will be missed.

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Music Festivals Lineups

The end of June sees the legendary Glastonbury Festival, with Scotland’s T In The Park following just two weeks later, and the lineups this year are fantastic.

Among the many performers at Glastonbury this year are (in no particular order): Fleet Foxes, Bjorn Again, Friendly Fires, White Lies, The Whip, Jason Mraz, The Low Anthem, Kasabian, Maximo Park, Paolo Nutini, Peter Bjorn and John, Passion Pit, Bon Iver, M. Ward, Blur, Glasvegas, Ladyhawke, Black Eyed Peas, Magic Numbers, Dodgy…

The list for T, while smaller and more mainstream, is even more impressive: Kings Of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Razorlight, James, Maximo Park, Paolo Nutini, Blur, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, White Lies, Starsailor, Keane, Doves, Manic Street Preachers, Glasvegas, Jason Mraz, Friendly Fires, Passion Pit, Pet Shop Boys…

If anybody is going to either of these (I can’t even begin to tell you how jealous I would be) and wants to share pics on the blog, please feel free to post a comment below and I’ll get in touch with you. For the rest of us that are too far away, or just aren’t going for whatever reason, I have music by several of the abovementioned artists to write about, given a little time. They really are all fabulous.

Artist Alert: Kings Of Leon

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So I’m going to break my own rule and write about Kings of Leon, who aren’t unsigned (their latest album was released on RCA) and aren’t indie, but they’re just so darned good that they deserve more than a mere mention on this blog.

Four Followills from Nashville, Tennessee – brothers Nathan, Caleb, Jared and their cousin Matthew –formed Kings of Leon in 2000 and have released multiple studio albums since. Their latest, Only By The Night, has been the only sound emanating from my iPod speakers for weeks now.

I first heard Kings of Leon when Sex On Fire played in the background somewhere on Gossip Girl. A few weeks later the video made in onto vh1, followed by the video for Use Somebody. By then I was intrigued by this new (to me) rock band with immense potential and acquired the album, and I was instantaneously hooked.

Among my favourite songs on this album, aside from the aforementioned, are Manhattan, Notion, 17 and Closer. If you haven’t heard them, visit their mySpace page and take a listen.