Morning Music Notes – Awards Shows All Around
The Brit Awards Wrap Up
My coverage and interest in the 2013 Brit Awards highly differed from 2012, when I lived 3 Tube stops away from the O2 Arena in London. Speaking of the Tube, Muse’s Matt Bellamy took the Tube and tweeted pics of his journey. Oh, to live in London again. However, I’ll still give you a quick little wrap up of last night’s event in London.
The Brit Awards saw an opening performance by Muse, as well as performances by One Direction, Justin Timberlake (fact: NOT British), Mumford & Sons, and Taylor Swift (also not British, and also awkward since ex-bf Harry Styles was in the house). Ben Howard won a Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act, as well as Best British Male Solo Artist. Frank Ocean won for International Male Solo Artist, while Coldplay won Best Live Act. Based on their show in London last summer, it is not a big surprise.
Best British Single was awarded to Adele for Skyfall. Last year, her acceptance speech at the end of the night was cut off so that Blur could perform. It was pretty awkward and awful, and she even flipped the middle finger. This year she had a pre-recorded speech, in which she noted “I won’t keep you too long because I don’t want to interrupt the speech at the end of the night.” Booyah!
Here’s the Post-Grammy Album Boost You Were Waiting For
Mumford & Sons topped the Billboard charts yet again, as their album Babel won a few Grammys the previous week (via Yahoo). Babel sold a remarkable 185,000 copies about half a year after it was initially released, returning back to the top where it was in week 1 of its release.
The official Grammy album release hit number 2, while other Grammy performers and winners such as Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, The Lumineers, Fun., and Maroon 5 all returned to the top 10. No return for the Black Keys, whose album is over a year old, but who did so well at the Grammys. No boost for Justin Bieber? Oh yeah…
Do You Remember When We Said Staples Centre Was Going Vegetarian for Morrissey?
Despite the Internet (and by extension, us) reporting that Los Angeles’ Staples Centre is going vegetarian for Morrissey’s upcoming show, it’s simply not 100% true. The Staples Centre has clarified the rumours, noting that more vegetarian options will be added to the existing menus (via Stereogum). So you can have that tasty, tasty hot dog alongside your meat-filled beer (trust me on this one) as you listen to Morrissey rant about the evils of meat between songs.
Listen! Foals – My Number (Hot Chip Remix)
Disclaimer: I love Hot Chip. However, I find there often isn’t much middle ground with their music and their remixes. They are either outstanding or god awful. Their remix of the already excellent Foals track, My Number, is… EXCELLENT. Every part of it makes me want to hit the dance floor until the janitor’s broom hits my fallen body enough times for me to get the hint and go home. Check out it out below, and try and contain yourself.