Noah & The Whale Have Split Up

Noah & The Whale have announced that they are splitting after nine years together to focus on their solo projects. 

The band, who rose to fame with the breakthrough single '5 Years Time', have released four albums and achieved chart success and critical acclaim with their time together - but have now issued a statement to thank their fans and bid them farewell.

"Dear Friends," they wrote on Facebook. "Noah and the Whale have decided to call it a day. We have had an incredible eight years together and are immensely grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way. There are too many people to mention in this short message but we would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to all of our amazing fans, who have supported us so magnificently over the years and made everything possible.

"Love, NATW."

They then signed off with links to each individual members' solo website. 

Watch the video for '5 Years Time' below

The band released their final album, Heart Of Nowhere, in May 2013. Frontman Charlie Fink has also produced and written work the likes of Laura Marling, Foxes, Rae Morris and many more. 

Listen: Franz Ferdinand & Sparks Release First Track 'Piss Off'

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks have released their first music as supergroup FFS, entitled 'Piss Off'. Check it out below. 

The song combines both groups' strengths, with Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos' melodramatic vocal style complimenting the Mael brothers' playful songwriting. Upbeat and tongue-in-cheek, with cynical lyrics about beer and football and nonsensical self-conscious jokes, the release bodes well for fans of the Scottish rockers and their American counterparts as well as anyone who enjoys innovative or atypical rock music.

FFS will release their self-titled collaboration on Monday 8 June on Domino. The project has its origins around the time of Franz Ferdinand's debut album, when the two bands discovered by hearsay that they were mutual fans of each other.

Sparks keyboardist Russell Mael recalled, “We thought ‘Take Me Out’ was very cool, and wouldn’t it be nice to say hello when they came to Los Angeles? We met and decided then it would be great to do something together. We put forward a couple demos, one was ‘Piss Off’. But they got swept up by everything, and it didn’t happen at that time.”

Ten years later, Kapranos ran into the Mael brothers at Coachella and the album went ahead, recorded over 15 days in late 2014.

Listen to FFS' first release 'Piss Off' below:

FFS also play a number of UK dates on their European tour this summer, including an appearance at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. See below for dates and tickets:

16th June - Glasgow Arts School
19th June - Montendre Free Music Festival
20th June - Ruoms Aluna Festival
22nd June - Zagreb, Jarun Inmusic Festival
24th June - Brussels Ancienne Belgique
26th June - Paris Bataclan
29th June - London The Troxy
1st July - Cologne Gloria
2nd July - Amsterdam Melkweg
5th July - Lyon Transbordeur
7th July - Genova Goa Boa Festival
8th July - Zurich Summer Odyssee
10th July - Trencin Pohoda Festival
11th July - Barcelona Cruilla Festival
16th July - Catania Zanne Festival
18th July - Lisbon Super Bock Super Rock
19th July - Spain Benicassim Festival
20th August - Lausanne For Noise Festival
21st August - Hasselt Pukkelpop Festival
24th August - Edinburgh Festival Theatre
25th August - Manchester Albert Hall
12th September - Berlin Lollapalooza

Listen: Palma Violets Release New Track 'English Tongue'

Palma Violets have released a new song entitled 'English Tongue', the second glimpse of what lies in store on their upcoming second album. Check it out below. 

Premiering on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show last night, 'English Tongue' represents more of the same from a band who knows what they do best. Over a stomping piano-driven anthem punctuated by bluesy guitar licks, dual frontmen Samuel Fryer and Chilli Jesson belt out their vocals with gusto, sacrificing nuance in favour of impact.

The South London band is due to release a follow-up to 2013's '180' on the 4th May via Rough Trade. The title track of the album, 'Danger In The Club', was previously shared by the band in February. New music from the band will doubtless have fans counting down the days until their UK tour begins this month.

Listen to Palma Violets' 'English Tongue' below

Palma Violets were added to the Live At Leeds Festival line-up last month, alongside Carl Barat, The Cribs, Dry the River and others. On tour, the band has eschewed major cities in favour of often-overlooked venues in Southend, Norwich and Wakefield, among others, though Live At Leeds will doubtless suit the band, taking place in the heart of a city with on of the UK's most exciting live music scenes.

Live At Leeds Festival 2015 takes place at multiple venues across Leeds from 1 - 4 May. For tickets and more information, visit here.

Palma Violets will play:

16th April - Southend - Chinnery's
17th April - Norwich - Waterfront
20th April - Hull - Fruit
21st April - York - Duchess
22nd April - Wakefield - Hop
25th April - Cardiff - Buffalo
26th April - Leicester - O2 Academy
27th April - Stoke-on-Trent - Sugarmill
29th April - Reading - Bowery District

Arctic Monkeys & Jarvis Cocker's Favourite Record Store To Close

A local landmark record store in Sheffield, and favourite of the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Pulp, is set to close down after the council agreed to demolish it.

Last year, residents began to rally against a planning application from Sheffield City Council to demolish buildings on the popular Devonshire Street of the South Yorkshire city - replacing them with apartments, cafes restaurants and closing down local favourite hotspots, record store Rare and Racy and vintage clothes emporium, Syd&Mallory.

Last year, Arctic Monkeys' drummer Matt Helders Tweeted:

Pulp frontman and local icon Jarvis Cocker also shared his views on losing this 'national treasure'.

"They say if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London then the whole place will collapse," wrote Cocker. "I kind of feel if Rare & Racy leave Devonshire Green then a special part of Sheffield will collapse.”

He added that he remembered being “entranced by the place when I first visited it on a shopping trip with my mum when I was a kid. I’m absolutely amazed they’ve managed to keep the spirit of the place alive throughout all the intervening years ... I’ve travelled all over the world and I’ve never encountered a place like it – and I’ve been in a lot of record shops.

"Nowhere have I heard music like they play in Rare & Racy. Never mind it being a local treasure: it’s a global treasure.”

Now however, Sheffield City Council has voted in favour of destroying the record store - with property agents Coda Planning arguing that there are long-term structural problems with the buildings, and that local buildings need replacing and enhancing to keep “to the urban village feel of the area”.

Local snooker hero Steve Davis told The Guardian: “I’ve been visiting Rare & Racy ever since I stumbled upon it back in the 90s. It’s such an uplifting place, a real treasure trove of amazing music, books, magazines and art.

“The area around the Crucible has gone through a superb transformation – but it’s also great to have a bit of history to visit when you come to a city, and if this row of shops bites the dust a little bit of the character of Sheffield will die. It’s one of the few areas of the city centre that still retains a bit of original charm."

Labour councillor Leigh Bramall added: “We are in an extremely difficult situation that is frustrating for the council, because although technically we make the decision on planning applications, our hands are tied by the stringent planning laws set out by the government.

“If we did not follow these laws, we would be putting the council under a big risk of being taken to an appeal by the developer ... and [potentially] facing huge legal bills. What we need to see is the council being given the powers to make the decisions to shape the future of our high streets, so we can make these decisions locally, listening to the views of local people rather than having to follow arbitrary rules made up by bureaucrats in Whitehall.”

Last year at the time of the proposal, Drenge, who are from Derbyshire but found their feet as a band playing Sheffield's vibrant music scene, added their support with a post on their website titled 'STOP KNOCKING DOWN OUR CITY':  

"Sorry to make another post about planning permission in Sheffield but I feel it’s a necessary one.

"There’s a proposal to demolish 162-170 of Devonshire St. This affects some of the area above Devonshire Green. The bloodthirsty council clearly can’t get enough of the apartments and restaurants and cafés clamouring for space in the city centre. What with the proposal to demolish a large proportion of the city’s Cultural Industries Quarter, it’s as if Sheffield’s arts and design heritage is of no interest in the face of more Costas, Gregg’s and Subways.

"162-170 houses a number of independent businesses, two of which make Sheffield the city it is today. Rare and Racy is a second hand book and music shop that smells of burning incense and always plays free jazz whenever it’s open. It’s a hugely important place, not just to me but to anyone else who has been introduced to a novel or a record, not through recommendation, but through complete fluke. It’s presence in the city is silent and composed but vital and enriching all the same.

"Syd&Mallory’s is an independent clothes shop that specialises in handmade and vintage clothes. They’re responsible for the wonderful outfits we both wore at Reading Festival this year. It’s the third time they’ve changed premises in the 8 years I’ve been aware of them and when I popped my head in recently it seemed that - right next to R&R they’d found somewhere to settle (with a stunning shop front).

"I’m only raising this as a matter of interest for Sheffield folk but if you have any connection to these premises please make a statement on this City Council forum and alert others who may be interested."

Visit the application here to make your comments. 

The Libertines: 'Expect New Album Announcement Soon'

Good news for fans of The Libertines - the band are back working on new tracks and have told fans to await news on their new album 'soon'. 

Songs for their long-awaited their long-awaited third album have been in the works since Pete Doherty began rehab treatment in Thailand. Doherty has since successfully completed treatment, but it's where he and Carl Barat have been decamping to work on the follow-up to 2004's self-titled record. 

Now, the band have taken to Facebook to share the above image of the songwriting duo together, with the message: "Peter and Carl are back in Thailand to continue the writing for the new album. Expect album announcement soon."

Speaking about progress on the new LP last month, Barat said: "The Libertines have always been about anthems to doomed youth. I'm not entirely sure how happy the new songs will be lyrically, but the message is strong in the new songs. It's doomed youth overcoming hardships with optimism."

Watch our interview with Carl Barat below

Meanwhile, The Libertines have a packed schedule of summer festival shows - including headlining Reading & Leeds Festival. See below for tickets and details. 

Listen: The Vaccines Release 'poppiest Song They've Ever Written'

The Vaccines have unveiled 'Dream Lover', the second single from their brand new album. Listen to it below.

The second track taken from their new LP English Graffiti, 'Dream Lover' is an enormous combination of power chords, sonar beeps, Eighties pomp and vaguely Django Django-esque vocals.

Talking to Huw Stephens, Justin describes the track as “the best pop song we’ve written.” Elaborating, he said: “Conceptually and lyrically it’s really direct. The riff reminds me of something Run DMC or Beastie Boys might have sampled.”  

Listen to 'Dream Lover' by The Vaccines below

English Graffiti will be released on 25 May via Columbia Records. The tracklising is as follows:

1. Handsome
2. Dream Lover
3. Minimal Affection
4. 20/20
5. (All Afternoon) In Love
6. Denial
7. Want You So Bad
8. Radio Bikini
9. Maybe I Could Hold You
10. Give Me A Sign
11. Undercover

The band are soon to kick of a UK tour. As well as headlining Kendal Calling and Liverpool Sound City, the Vaccines will play:

31 Scunthorpe, Baths Hall

01 Manchester, Albert Hall
03 Portsmouth, Pyramids
04 Bath, Pavilion
05 Folkestone, The Leas Cliff Hall
07 Norwich, UEA
08 London, Brixton Electric

See below for tickets and information. 

Deputy On Rihanna: 'I Produced 90 Per Cent Of Bitch Better Have My Money'

Deputy has revealed he produced "90 - 95%" of Rihanna's new single 'Bitch Better Have My Money' - which was officially 'co-produced' by Kanye West'. 

In a new interview with Fader, the Roc Nation producer revealed that even though the producer credits address both him, Kanye West, Travi$ Scott and WondaGurl, Deputy is behind the majority of the track.

The East Flatbush singer was adamant he had the greater role saying: "I produced the record - meaning that I went in and helped arrange the vocals. I was instrumental in the writing process and producing the record to where it’s at now.

"The whole process started in the studio with the writer, and then once Rihanna got a hold of it then she took it to her level."

Listen to 'Bitch Better Have My Money' below

He insisted he wasn't trying to throw shade at anyone though saying: "I owe Kanye nothing but gratitude - he played an instrumental part in getting the record to Rihanna. Wondagurl’s contribution I didn’t know about, but Travi$ came in and added the part in the second verse where the beat changes. The record is 90-95% me - it’s no shade on nobody, but at the end of the day, the record is produced by Deputy. I been in this game for a minute, so I understand how the game is, and it’s cool."

"The thing with Rihanna is, you can’t go in doing a record for Rihanna — her range is so wide that you’ll limit yourself trying to focus on it. So I went in and just created what I felt would be dope. When you work from that standpoint, everything comes out dope, so I just did what I felt was dope. Once I did it, I knew for a fact that it would be a Rihanna placement. I even wrote on my vision board, ‘Rihanna placement, Track number 8.’ I named the beat “You Owe Me,” because that’s what I thought it was called. I was like, ‘This shit is her all day. This shit is fire.’

Rihanna's as-yet-untitled eighth album is expected to be announced imminently - after she took part in the of Tidal last night as an owner, but didn't release the record via the app as originally rumoured

Listen: Panda Bear Remixes Interpol's 'All The Rage Back Home'

Panda Bear has released a remix of 'All The Rage Back Home', the lead single off Interpol's 2014 album El Pintor. Check it out below. 

Released via Youtube, the remix treats the original song playfully, with wild synth elements and sluggish pitch-shifted vocals that contrast with the usually wrought-up, cutting voice of Interpol frontman Paul Banks.

Building from an initial understated start, Panda Bear takes the New York rockers to spacey new heights before slowing down to a methodical, almost military beat. The track, very much one of two halves, seems equal parts a frantic sprint through colourful and confusing synths and a march through a monochrome, empty sonic landscape.

Listen to Panda Bear's remix of 'All The Rage Back Home' below

In January, Panda Bear released his fifth studio album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. 

Lil' Chris' Family Issue Statement On His Battle With Depression

Following the tragic and untimely death of Lil' Chris, his family have issued a moving statement over his battle with depression.

The 24-year-old, real name Chris Hardman, rose to fame as the star of Rock School where he was mentored by Kiss legend Gene Simmons. He was found dead in Lowestoft, Suffolk, last week (Monday 23 March).  

"Chris had struggled with mental health issues and depression in recent years," say his family in a statement. "He was committed to helping others find better ways of overcoming this illness and publicly said he wished to find a cure."

They continued: "He was a hugely creative person who used this side of his personality to make others smile, to cheer people up and to make others feel better.

"A real people person, he would always take the time to stop and talk, no matter who or when and we are proud that he was so well thought of by all who knew him.

"So many commented on what a lovely, well brought up person he was, so polite and kind and a pleasure to know."

The Hardman family will be holding an invitation only funeral, and have asked attendees to wear green - his favourite colour. Suffolk Police are not treating the death as suspicious. 

Last week, Simmons was among those in the music world to lead tributes to the star

Tidal Launches With Exclusive Arcade Fire And White Stripes Material

Tidal made it's debut last night with exclusive material releases from Arcade Fire, The White Stripes and Daft Punk. Watch footage of the launch below. 

The artist-owned streaming service is described as a 'platform for artists' which aims to 're-establish the value of music'. Not just owned by Jay Z, last night it was revealed that Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Kanye West, Jack White, and Daft Punk all have part-ownership of the service.

Jay Z told Billboard: “We didn’t like the direction music was going and thought maybe we could get in and strike an honest blow and if, you know, the very least we did was make people wake up and try to improve the free vs. paid system, and promote fair trade, then it would be a win for us anyway"

“People are not respecting the music, and (are) devaluing it and devaluing what it really means” he added. “People really feel like music is free, but will pay $6 for water. You can drink water free out of the tap, and it’s good water. But they’re OK paying for it. It’s just the mind-set right now.” 

Watch footage of the launch below

Among the new releases are The White Stripes’ first-ever television appearance, Daft Punk’s 2006 film Electroma and playlists created by Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Jay Z and Beyonce. Check them out here.

SBTRKT Shares Two New Tracks, 'Roulette' And 'No Less'

SBTRKT has shared two new songs, named 'Roulette' and 'No Less', following on from last week's 'FLAREtWO'. Check them out below. 

Released via SoundCloud, the tracks follow on from last year's album Wonder Where We Land, the producer's second, on which SBTRKT (real name Aaron Jerome) offered a wide range of collaborations including Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg and Warpaint.

SBTRKT is currently touring North America and Europe, with dates announced in California, New York, Tennessee and Washington, as well as Ireland, Switzerland, France and Canada.

Listen to 'Roulette' below

Listen to 'No Less' below

Ed Harcourt Releases 17-minute Charity Track 'Restoration'

Singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt has released a new track named 'Restoration', with all proceeds in aid of Belgian charity MusicFund.

The track comes in at just over 17 minutes long, and was released to coincide with Nils Frahm's Piano Day. Recorded at 88 BPM and released on the 88th day of the year, 'Restoration' is suitably melancholy and self-reflective, building up gradually before peaking and returning to simple melody and chords.

Listen to the track below:

On releasing the track, Harcourt wrote on his website: "I started by recording the pedals as a simple rhythm, then a cyclical chord sequence. After that I just put down what ever came into my head, attempting to create some kind of Tangerine Dream/Steve Reich/Satie hybrid I guess… I have to say I really enjoyed doing this - it feels pretty mad creating such a track with various limitations according to the instrument and time frame knowing that everyone is watching your every little move…"

Below: Watch Ed Harcourt perform 'The Way I Live' for Gigwise

MusicFund is a Belgian-based charity which specialises in handling donations of music instruments, the creation of repair workshops in music schools and the training of repair technicians for those repair workshops in developing countries and warzones. 

Of his decision to support the charity, Harcourt wrote: "I’ve decided to call this ‘Restoration’ after watching the BBC News documentary about the only grand piano in Gaza and how they restored it.

"I was really moved in particular by Sara, the girl who was preparing for the concert towards the end of the documentary; she talked about how important music was to her, the fact that there was all this destruction and also a slight oppression from their government towards the music school...yet through it all, the desire to learn and play the piano compels her, spurs her on to succeed and survive in some way."

Vinyl Specialists Slam Record Store Day

Another smaller record business has spoken out to slam Record Store Day as actually being quite damaging to independent artists and labels. 

Watch our video interview with Carvery Cuts discussing Record Store Day above

Last month, indie labels Howling Owl and Sonic Cathedral came together to take a stand against RSD, saing that it was "certainly not beneficial to small labels" and that was "co-opted by major labels and used as another marketing stepping stone". 

Record Store Day then responded with a lengthy quote that ended with: "We know it’s not perfect and we know we need more pressing plants. But it’s a hell of a lot better than a world without Record Store Day. Give us a break."

Carvery Cuts are an independent London-based business who specialise in vinyl mastering, pressings, restoration and dubplates - and they too have tired of Record Store Day. 

"I don't know how I feel about Record Store Day," Mastering and Cutting Engineer at Carvery Cuts Frank Merritt told Gigwise. "Record Store Day puts an enormous strain on to an already overstressed record industry, and it's predominently hi-jacked by the major labels."

He continued: "Last year we did a lot of records for Record Store Day, and we predominently worked with independent labels. This year, we haven't done any. To me that's a good thing. Last year, it took us over six months to recover from all manufacturing worldwide for vinyl, because of Record Store Day."

He concluded: "So I think Record Store Day is there for people who don't buy a lot of records to go out once a year, and I don't think that's right." 

Record Store Day 2015 takes place on 18 April. Check out the full list of releases here.

Is Rihanna's New Album Dropping Tonight On TIDAL?

Rihanna's latest album is rumoured to be dropping tonight on Jay Z's new streaming service, TIDAL.

The all-new music streaming site, owned by Jay-Z is set to launch tonight at 10pm GMT and what better way to break the internet than by releasing the pop superstar's eighth studio album via the service?

The pair have worked together frequently in the past on tracks like 'Umbrella', 'Talk That Talk' and 'Run This Town' and he even popped by for a suprise cameo at Rihanna's headline performance at Hackney Weekend back in 2012. She's also among the many artists to have changed their Twitter and Facebook profiles to a blue square in support of Tidal, so there really is a chance that we'll be hearing some exclusive RiRi tonight.

Keep your eyes peeled to TIDAL.com from 10pm to see if there's any truth to the tales.

In the meantime, check out her Riddler-style performance of 'Bitch Better Have My Money' below

Premiere: Lord Huron's New Album, Strange Trails

Lord Huron are back - with an album packed with all the fire, brimstone, passion and poetry that first made you fall in love with them. Hear Strange Trails exclusively on Gigwise first below. 

A runaway train of indie-folk, Strange Trails takes you on a heart-searing train of full speed blistering rock-alongs to the more tender waltez - taking in one hell of a vivid view along the way. 

"There's no direct narrative connection between Strange Trails and the previous album Lonesome Dreams. The stories here are separated by time, location and characters," says Lord Huron of the record. "Many of the themes have carried over and evolved, but there's a touch of something more sinister and evil lurking here; an underlying darkness and unease. I envisioned it as an anthology of weird fiction.

"In addition to what you hear on the record, we'll be expanding the stories and characters in a number of ways including comic books, music videos, web sites, an interactive phone number and hopefully a short film. Tales of greasers, ghosts, crooners, cowboys, beauties & beasts wind, overlap and tangle."

Check out the Gigwise premiere of Strange Trails by Lord Huron below

Lord Huron release Strange Trails on 6 April.

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See below for Lord Huron tour dates and ticket details. 

Say Lou Lou Stream Beautiful Debut Album, Lucid Dreaming

After years of waiting, the brilliant Say Lou Lou are finally streaming their debut album, Lucid Dreaming. 

We've in love with the sweet sounds of the Australian-Swedish twin duo for a few years now, but their full album is now about to drop - and you can stream it over at NPR

The perfect blend of their cool and subtle pop-noir sounds, elevated by some more swooping cinematic elements and several doses of warm and pumping disco, Lucid Dreaming is every bit the debut we'd hope it would be - and well worth the wait.  

"People think we're a lot colder than we are," Miranda Kilbey told Gigwise last year. "We're actually very talkative and very happy and silly. That's the only thing that people don't know about us, but time will tell. I feel like every song we've released has been warmer and warmer, so it's going to get warmer. The album is pretty warm, it's pretty fun - a lot more than people would imagine."

Twin sister Elektra added: "Yes, and more rhythmic. Not as floaty as people might think. From the beginning and our parents' heritage, we've listened to a lot of rock and indie music our whole life. Being floaty pop music in the beginning wasn't accidental, but it wasn't the only side of us."

Listen to 'Nothing But A Heartbeat' by Say Lou Lou below

Say Lou Lou release Lucid Dreaming on 5 April, before playing Heaven in London on 8 April. See below for tickets and details. 

Listen: Paul Weller's Spacey New Track 'Saturn's Pattern'

Paul Weller has unveiled the title track and new single from his forthcoming album, Saturn's Pattern.

The catchy, piano-led first track shares the title of the album and will appear on the Jam turned solo icon's twelfth solo studio album. 

Weller said of the title's meaning and artwork: “Apparently it's some kind of wind on the north side of Saturn which created a hexagonal shape”.

The track will be released on 10th May as a 2-track download, followed on May 11th by a 7” vinyl.  There will also be an exclusive 7” vinyl ‘bundle’ available from Paul’s official website which includes downloads of the track, an art print and a bonus print of Paul’s hand written lyrics to 'Saturns Pattern'. One fan will also receive the original hand-written (and signed) lyric sheet.

Have a listen to the new track below.

The album comes out 18 May on Parlophone.

Weller's tour dates in full are as follows. See below for tickets and details. 

Fri 20 – Brighton – Centre
Sat 21 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Sun 22 – Bournemouth – BIC
Tue 24 – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro
Wed 25 – Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
Fri 27 – Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena
Sat 28 – Manchester – Arena
Sun 29 – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Fri 4 – London – Eventim Apollo
Sat 5 – London – Eventim Apollo

Taylor Swift And Hozier Win Big At IHeartRadio Awards 2015

This year's iHeartRadio Awards saw some huge names take home prizes - with the likes of Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Hozier, Sam Smith and more crowned victorious. 

On the same night that she joined Madonna to perform on stage, Swift continued the runaway success train of her latest album 1989, by winning three awards - for Song Of The Year, Best Lyrics and Artist Of The Year.

"I'm so proud of the fact that having done this for ten years now, we've gotten closer and closer with each year, not further apart," she said in her acceptance speech for Artist of the Year. "I love knowing your stories, thank you for joking around with me on Instagram and Twitter and Tumblr. You make me so happy."

Another huge success came for suited pop icon Justin Timberlake, who was given the Innovator Award by Tom Ford.

"Growing up in school, no-one ever called me anything close to an innovator," Timberlake said, accepting his award. "They called me different, they called me weird.

"If you're a young person like I used to be, and you're at home watching and you're being called weird or you're being called different... I'm here tonight to tell you your critics do not count."

He added: "Their words will fade, you won't. Dream and work hard, and maybe one day you'll find yourself standing on a stage and maybe someday somebody will be giving you an award calling you an innovator."

Meanwhile, Hozier beat Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys with 'Take Me To Church' named Alternative Rock Song Of The Year, Best Fan Army went to 5 Seconds Of Summer's 5SOSFam, and Sam Smith was awarded Best New Artist. Check out the full list of winners below. 

Watch Hozier tell the story behind 'Take Me To Church' below

The full list of winners is: 

 Innovator Award
Justin Timberlake - WINNER

Artist of the Year
Ariana Grande
Iggy Azalea
Luke Bryan
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift - WINNER

Song of the Year
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
All of Me - John Legend
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift - WINNER
Stay With Me - Sam Smith

Alternative Rock Song of the Year
Come With Me Now - KONGOS
Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys
Fever - The Black Keys
Something From Nothing - Foo Fighters
Take Me to Church - Hozier - WINNER

Dance Song of the Year
Animals - Martin Garrix
Blame - Calvin Harris featuring John Newman
La La La - Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith
Summer - Calvin Harris - WINNER
Waves - Mr Probz

Brantley Gilbert - WINNER
Charli XCX
Iggy Azalea
Meghan Trainor

Best Collaboration
Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj - WINNER
Dark Horse - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz

Best Fan Army
5SOSFAM - 5 Seconds of Summer - WINNER
Arianators - Ariana Grande
Bey Hive - Beyoncé
Team Breezy - Chris Brown
Sheerios - Ed Sheeran
Church Choir - Eric Church
Directioners - One Direction
Selenators - Selena Gomez
Mendes Army - Shawn Mendes
Swifties - Taylor Swift

Country Song of the Year
Bartender - Lady Antebellum
Burnin' It Down - Jason Aldean - WINNER
Dirt - Florida Georgia Line
Give Me Back My Hometown - Eric Church
Play It Again - Luke Bryan

Best New Artist
Cole Swindell
Iggy Azalea
Meghan Trainor
Sam Smith - WINNER

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year
Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih featuring YG - WINNER
Drunk in Love - Beyoncé featuring Jay Z
Flawless - Beyoncé
Loyal - Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga
New Flame - Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross

Best Lyrics
All of Me - John Legend
Blank Space - Taylor Swift - WINNER
Counting Stars - OneRepublic
Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Daphne And Celeste Describe Reading As 'crowning Achievement'

Daphne and Celeste, without question the most controversial performers in Reading Festival's history, have returned with their first single in 15 years. Listen to 'You And I Alone' below.

The comeback single is produced by Max Tundra (who has previously supported Hot Chip and remixed Franz Ferdinand) who contacted the pop pair on Twitter. The duo - real Karen DiConcetto and Celeste Cruz -  have produced a remarkably tasteful new track, with a distince Marina Diamandis feel and references to cassettes, Twin Peaks and David Foster Wallace.

Naturally it reminded us of the bygone time in 2000 where the duo were booked for a controversial performance at Reading Festival, only to be bottled off. In an interview with the Guardian Tundra explains: “It would have been easier to pick someone really respected like Charlotte Gainsbourg … but this was more of a challenge, taking a band people were chucking bottles of piss at.” 

Listen to Dapne and Celeste's 'You and I Alone' below

The pair also revealed that they had their own concerns about the notorious festival performance.

“Our biggest fear at the time was that we would get on the stage and no one would come," Cruz explained. "We thought everyone would protest and go off and see bands they actually liked.”

DiConcetto also revealed that fellow  bands supported them.“Backstage, Slipknot and Rage Against the Machine were coming up to us and telling us how hardcore we were – how they wouldn’t have stayed out there". The key details that the band reveal are not only did they have their families backstage but also that someone threw a wheelchair at them. "Someone lost their mobility because they hated us so much!”

Watch Daphne And Celeste Getting Bottled at Reading 2000 below

The band also shared their feelings about the festival with iD, pointing out one key issue that remains something of a problem. DiConcetto explains: "We were the only females on the main stage. I'd never thought about that. We were chicks filling a quota. Crazy."

As a final word, in an interview with Popjustice, the band also discussed their feelings about why their hostile response at Reading hastened the end of their degree. "After we played Reading we definitely felt that was our crowning achievement" said DiConcetto. "We weren’t going to beat that."

Reading Festival takes place 28-30 August. All we will say is that currently there are two spots to be filled on the main stage (just before Mumford) and headling the dance stage on 29 August. Expect someone to start a Change.org petition before the day is out...

Jay Z's Lossless Music Streaming Service TIDAL Launches Today

Jay Z will launch his newly acquired streaming service, TIDAL today (Monday 30 March).

In the kind of show of support normally reserved for charity events, celebrites including Kanye West, Rihanna, Jack White and Madonna have all changed their Twitter profiles a refreshing shade of blue in support of the launch.

The rapper reportedly made a $56.2 million bid for Aspiro, the Scandinavian company behind streaming services WiMp and Tidal back in January.

According to TIDAL’s website, the platform is “the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial.”

TIDAL looks set to rival Spotify in a big way, currently offering two paid subscription options: $19.99 a month for high-fidelity audio which is the big 'lossless' draw and $9.99 for standard audio.

Check out the tweets and Facebook shares below.


Join Us. TIDAL.com #TIDALforALL

Posted by Jack White on Sunday, 29 March 2015

Tidal will launch at 10pm UK time. Fore more information, visit here.