Veteran stars including The Rolling Stones and David Bowie have proved they are still top of the pops by leading a poll of the biggest music moments of 2013.
The Brown Sugar hitmakers’ headlining set at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury festival in June — their first ever appearance at the event — came first in the U.K. survey.
The death of Lou Reed in October was voted second, and Bowie’s surprise release of a new album in March has come third. The top five was rounded out by British pop stars McFly and Busted forming supergroup McBusted, and Adele scooping an Academy Award for her Skyfall theme.
Miley Cyrus’ headline-grabbing twerking antics at the MTV Video Music Awards in August just scraped into the top 10 at number seven, and British boyband JLS’ split announcement only managed ninth place in the survey for free music streaming service Blinkboxmusic.com.
Hit boyband One Direction only managed one entry – their movie One Direction: This Is Us came in at a lowly number 20.
Blinkbox boss Rowan Adams says, “Whilst most Brits think it hasn’t been a golden year for pop, the same can’t be said for seasoned pros the Rolling Stones, who claim the biggest music moment of 2013. The question is, will we be talking about One Direction’s Glastonbury show in 50 years’ time?”
Both Elton John and David Bowie were initially rejected for performances on the BBC before reaching stardom, according to a documentary calledAuditioning for Auntie.
The doc, set to air on the BBC October 21, tells the story of how artists had to audition for the BBC’s Talent Selection Group before they were allowed to perform on television.
Documents uncovered for the film revealed notes for Elton’s first audition that were less than flattering:
“The items are not songs. Pretentious material, self-written, sung in an extremely dull fashion without any feeling and precious little musical ability. Thin, piercing voice with NO emotion. Not a tuneful voice . . . He writes dreary songs and he sounds like a wonky singer,” the judges wrote of the future icon.
Bowie’s notes were even less kind: “amateur-sounding vocalist who sings wrong notes and out of tune.”
An anonymous buyer snapped up a lock of Mick Jagger’s hair for 4,000 pounds ($6,000) after bidders pushed the price to double its pre-sale estimate, auction house Bonhams said.
The clump of hair was sold by the Rolling Stone’s former girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton, who is also the sister of 1960s English model Jean Shrimpton and first met Jagger when he was still an unknown student at the London School of Economics.
The hair, which comes in an envelope bearing the message “Mick Jagger’s hair after being washed + trimmed by Chris at Rose Hill Farm”, was sold on Wednesday to raise money for the Changing Faces charity, which works with people who have suffered facial disfigurements.
A set of handwritten lyrics by British singer David Bowie for his song “The Jean Genie” sold for 18,750 pounds at the auction where a guitar owned by rock group Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page also sold for 26,250 pounds alongside other music, film and entertainment memorabilia.
Jagger, who is due to turn 70 this month, was in fine form on Saturday as the Rolling Stones made their debut at Glastonbury music festival. The band is due to play again this weekend in Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time festival.
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Legendary musician David Bowie has sparked controversy with the video for his new single The Next Day, as bosses at YouTube.com have banned the religious-themed promo.
Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman star in the new clip, which features a Christ-like Bowie performing at a bar in front of a collection of figures from the Christian faith, including a Cardinal dishing out cash to dancing girls.
Cotillard’s prostitute character transforms into a saint after stigmata on her hands gush blood over a topless nun, while another scene features a monk practicing self-flagellation.
The video hit the web on Wednesday, but has already been pulled by YouTube bosses as it violates the site’s terms of service, according to Billboard.com.
The promo was directed by The Runaways filmmaker Floria Sigismundi.
Reclusive singer David Bowie has broken his silence about his new album, titled “The Next Day”, by releasing a bizarre 42-word statement summing up the record.
The icon’s comeback was announced on his website on January 8, the day of his 66th birthday, but Bowie has not commented directly on his return to music until now.
A writer for TheRumpus.net reached out to the Ashes to Ashes hitmaker for a “work flow diagram” on his new album, and the star replied with 42 words.
Violence, identity, isolation and tyrant are among the descriptions used, and writer Rick Moody turned Bowie’s statement into an article of more than 12,000 words.
Hunky Dory, an indie drama featuring Minnie Driver, has music from David Bowie set within the context of a high school performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
The Marc Evans directed film is set in South Wales in 1976 and centers on Driver’scharacter, a teacher who updates the Bard’s text by setting it next to 70s and 60s music from Bowie (“The Man Who Sold the World,” “Life on Mars”) ELO (“Strange Magic”), Rush (“Passage to Bangkok”), the M.V.P.s(“Turning My Heartbeat Up”) and theTurtles (“Elenore”).
“Bowie’s people thought that having two Bowie songs was right. We wanted ‘Memories of a Free Festival’ to close the film,” Evans told Billboard after the Saturday screening. “We went with Minnie singing the Byrds song (“Goin’ Back,”). That’s a song that’s kind of epic and yet it’s very intimate.”
“Starman,” the 1972 David Bowie single, will be re-released on April 21 in celebration of Record Store Day. The day of April 28, 2012 marks the occasion of the track’s 40th anniversary. The A-side of the disc will feature the original single version, while the B-side features a live version of the track which was performed on the Top of the Pops television program. Record Store Day, which will mark its fifth iteration this spring, celebrates the spirit of local music shops.
David Bowie has been called upon by his fans to return to the road. The Ziggy Stardust performer turned 65 on Monday, January 9, 2012 prompting his supporters to reach out to him.
Several notable fans, including Boy George and Gary Barlow, sent their birthday wishes via Twitter.
Comedian David Baddiel added that he remains hopeful for a Bowie comeback:
“I know David Bowie is 65 today but god I wish he’d come out of retirement.”
A poll on digitalspy.com asked readers to vote on the top ten Bowie tracks of all time. “Life on Mars?” topped the poll with “Heroes,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Let’s Dance” and “Starman” rounding out the top five.
Bowie’s last album, Reality, was released in 2003. For his part, the Thin White Duke did not comment on the internet buzz surrounding his birthday.
David Bowie has denied that he has given permission for his songs to be used in a new musical. It was reported that Bowie had agreed to let his songs be used in a futuristic fantasy about his career called Heroes: The Musical.
According to Bowie’s spokesman: “Neither the David Bowie Organization, nor its co-publishers EMI Music and Chrysalis, has issued a license for this performance at the O2. There are no negotiations pending for a long running musical featuring the music of Mr. Bowie.”
Deep Singh, who wrote the musical, said that the production had been granted permission from the singer, according to NME. It is unclear why the show’s creators and producers believed they were granted permission.
Bowie’s last studio album Reality was released in 2003. Along with that, came the notion that he was “retired” from making music.