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1. The 1975 – The 1975 are an English rock band originating from Manchester. The group consists of Matthew Matty Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald, the bands origins trace to them attending Wilmslow High School and playing together as teenagers in 2002. Gigs organized by a worker led the band to formally sign as The 1975. Their choice of name was inspired by a Jack Kerouac beat poetry book and they eventually signed a record deal after their success with Dirty Hit and Polydor. They have released four EPs and two albums and their self-titled debut was released on 2 September 2013 through Dirty Hit and Polydor, topping the UK Albums Chart on 8 September. Their second album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it was released on 26 February 2016, in 2017 the band won the Brit Award for Best British Group. Matthew Healy, the son of actors Denise Welch and Tim Healy, grew up in Newcastle and he met Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel at Wilmslow High School in Wilmslow in 2002, as teenagers, they played together. The band formed when the council worker organised numerous gigs for teens. Healy found Hann who came up to and said he wanted to one of these shows. The band began playing covers until they eventually wrote a song, according to Healy and we started from then and weve been making music together since we were about 15. After Hann invited the members to form a band, they passed their early days covering punk songs in a local club, Healy was originally the drummer but took over vocals after the previous singer left to start another band. George Daniel was recruited as the new drummer to complete the final line-up, the band formerly performed under Me and You Versus Them, Forever Enjoying Sex, Talkhouse, The Slowdown, Bigsleep, and Drive Like I Do, before settling on The 1975. Healy recounts that the name was inspired by scribblings found on the backpage of a book by Jack Kerouac that stated 1 June. The 1975 once again garnered national attention in late 2012, with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe championing their single Sex from the eponymous EP. They embarked on a United Kingdom and Ireland tour extended into early 2013, upon the release of Music for Cars on 4 March 2013, The 1975 found mainstream chart success with Chocolate, reaching number 19 in the UK Singles Chart. On 20 May 2013 the band released IV, which included a new version of The City, the track charted in UK and received airplay in several other countries. The 1975 toured extensively to support releases and to build hype before releasing their debut, the band supported Muse on the second leg of The 2nd Law World Tour at the Emirates Stadium in London on 26 May 2013. They also toured with the Neighbourhood in the United States in June 2013, in August, the band performed on the Festival Republic Stage at 2013 Reading and Leeds FestivalsThe 1975 – The 1975 Live in Bangkok.
2. Damon Albarn – Damon Albarn, OBE is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known as the singer of the British rock band Blur as well as co-founder, vocalist, instrumentalist. After spending long periods of time touring the US, Albarns songwriting became influenced by British bands from the 1960s. The result of these came in the form of Modern Life Is Rubbish, Parklife. All three albums received critical acclaim while Blur gained mass popularity in the UK, aided by a Britpop rivalry with Oasis, subsequent albums such as Blur,13, Think Tank and The Magic Whip contained influences from lo-fi, electronic and hip hop music. Along with Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett, Albarn formed the virtual band Gorillaz in 1998, drawing influences from alternative rock, trip hop, hip hop, electronica, dub, reggae and pop music, the band released their self-titled debut album in 2001 to worldwide success. Although Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, the albums feature collaborations from a range of artists. Gorillaz are cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Virtual Band and he has also ventured into the world of opera with Dr Dee and Monkey, Journey to the West. In 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked Albarn number 18 in their list of the 100 most powerful people in British culture, in a 2010 UK poll for Q magazine Albarn was voted the fourth-greatest frontman of all time. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to music, Albarn was born on 23 March 1968, is the eldest child of artist Keith Albarn and his wife Hazel, née Dring. Their daughter Jessica, born in 1971, also went on to become an artist, Keith Albarn, originally from Nottinghamshire, was briefly the manager of Soft Machine and once a guest on BBCs Late Night Line-Up. He was head of The School of Art and Design at Colchester Institute, damons paternal grandfather Edward, an architect, had been a conscientious objector during the Second World War and was involved in a farming community in Lincolnshire, becoming a peace activist. In 2002 Edward Albarn died, Damon stated in an interview that Edward did not want to any longer. The Apollo Cumfycraft and The Tailendcharlie produced by his fathers company Keith Albarn & Partners Ltd under the trade-name of Playlearn, when Damon and Jessica were growing up, their family moved to Leytonstone, East London. The household was described as bohemian and their upbringing as liberal, Albarn agreed with his parents views, later claiming, I always thought my parents were absolutely dead right. I went against the grain in a weird way – by continually following them and his parents primarily listened to blues, Indian ragas and African music. The population of the area was predominantly white as opposed to the ethnically mixed part of London which he had used to. He described himself as not really fitting in with the politics of the place, Albarn was interested in music from an early age, attending an Osmonds concert at the age of sixDamon Albarn – Albarn performing with Gorillaz at the Roskilde Festival in 2010
3. Lily Allen – Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper, known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter. She is the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen, Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. In 2005, she made some of her recordings public on Myspace and the publicity resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1 and her first mainstream single, Smile, reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006. Her debut record, Alright, Still, was received, selling over 2.6 million copies worldwide and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, Brit Awards. She began hosting her own talk-show, Lily Allen and Friends and her second studio album, Its Not Me, Its You, saw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one. The album debuted at one on the UK Albums Chart. It spawned the hit singles The Fear and Fuck You and this success saw her receive the Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist at the 2010 Brit Awards. In 2009, Allen announced that she would be taking a hiatus from musical activities, in 2011, she launched her own record label. In 2013, Allen revealed that she had begun working on her studio album. On 12 November 2013, Allen premiered the video for her first original song since 2009, Hard out Here, Allen was born in Hammersmith, west London, daughter of Keith Allen, a Welsh-born comedian, and film producer Alison Owen. She has a sister, Sarah, a younger brother, actor Alfie. She is the goddaughter of Wild Colonials vocalist Angela McCluskey and she is the third-cousin of singer Sam Smith. At age three Allen appeared on The Comic Strip Presents, episode The Yob, which her father had co-written. When she was four, her left the family. During her early childhood, Allen lived with her family on a council estate, for a time, the family lived with comedian Harry Enfield while her mother dated him. The Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer was close to Allen and she attended 13 schools, including Prince Charless junior alma mater, Hill House School, Millfield, Bedales School and was expelled from several of them for drinking and smoking. This led to Allen singing Baby Mine from Disneys Dumbo at a school concert, Allen told Loveline that the audience was brought to tears at the sight of a troubled young girl doing something good. At that point Allen said she knew music was something she needed to do either as a lifelong vocation or to get it out of her systemLily Allen – Allen in 2007
4. Arctic Monkeys – Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Jamie Cook, former band member Andy Nicholson left the band in 2006 shortly after their debut album was released. They have released five albums, Whatever People Say I Am, Thats What Im Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, Suck It and See and AM, as well as one live album. Their debut album is the debut album by a band in British chart history. The band has won seven Brit Awards – winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times, and have nominated for three Grammy Awards. They also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album, the band have headlined at the Glastonbury Festival twice, in 2007 and again in 2013. The band began rehearsing at Yellow Arch Studios in Neepsend, after a few performances in 2003, the band began to record demos at 2fly studios in Sheffield. 18 songs were demoed in all and the collection, now known as Beneath the Boardwalk, was burned on to CDs to give away at gigs, the name Beneath the Boardwalk originated when the first batch of demos were sent around. The first sender, wanting to classify the demos, named them after where he received them, slowly, as more demos were spread, they were all classified under this name. This has led to many people believing that Beneath the Boardwalk was an early album. The group did not mind the distribution, saying we never made those demos to make money or anything and we were giving them away free anyway – that was a better way for people to hear them. The band began to grow in popularity across the north of England, receiving attention from BBC Radio and this release was limited to 500 CDs and 1,0007 records, but was also available to download from the iTunes Music Store. Soon after, the played at the Carling Stage of the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Their appearance was hyped by much of the press and the band was watched by an unusually large crowd. Eventually, they were signed to Domino in June 2005, the band said they were attracted to the DIY ethic of Domino owner Laurence Bell, who ran the label from his flat and only signed bands that he liked personally. The UKs Daily Star reported that this was followed in October by a £1 million publishing deal with EMI, Arctic Monkeys denied this on their website, dubbing the newspaper The Daily Stir. However, Domino had licensed the Australian and New Zealand publishing rights to EMI, two weeks previous to this, it made its first appearance on the cover of NME. Their second single, When the Sun Goes Down, released on 16 January 2006, also went straight to No.1 on the UK Singles Chart, selling 38,922 copies and taking over that position from Shayne WardArctic Monkeys – Arctic Monkeys performing at Roskilde Festival on 5 July 2014
5. Katy B – Kathleen Anne Brien, better known as Katy B, is an English singer and songwriter. She released her studio album, On a Mission, in 2011. In 2014 she released her studio album, Little Red. She was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize, kathleen Anne Brien was born on 8 May 1989, in Peckham, London, where she attended at Lyndhurst Primary School, Haberdashers Askes Hatcham College, and the BRIT School. Katy also attended at the Glenlyn Academy in South London, where she took dance classes, Katys father was a member of the Les Humphries Singers, who represented Germany at Eurovision 1976, with the song Sing Sang Song. Katy B possesses a vocal range. Katy has guested on many tracks, both before and during her album release campaign, DJ NGs song Tell Me, on which she featured as Baby Katy, was initially released on a white label and then later signed to Ministry of Sound. She also provided vocals on the track Hold Me for The Count & Sindens debut album Mega Mega Mega, Katy B has also collaborated with Rinse FM DJ Geeneus to cover the Kevin Saunderson produced Good Life and the track As I. The single reached number five on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the UK Indie Chart and her third single Broken Record was released in March 2011, and peaked at number eight. The fourth single Easy Please Me was released on 3 June 2011 and her fifth single Witches Brew was released on 28 August 2011. Katys debut album On a Mission was released on 4 April 2011, Katy B supported Tinie Tempah on his tour during Spring of 2011, and on 30 April 2011 she embarked on her own debut concert tour throughout Europe until September, then the UK in October. On 1 October 2013, Katy announced that her studio album would be titled Little Red. Lead single 5 AM was released on 4 November 2013, charting at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, Crying for No Reason was released on 10 February 2014, reaching the Top 5 of the singles chart. Little Red topped the UK Albums Chart on 19 February 2014, still was released as the third and final single from the album. On 18 February 2014, Katys video for the ongoing Rinse Sessions x Metropolis project was revealed, in February, she also appeared on the BBC One show The Voice as Ricky Wilsons team mentor. She performed at Birmingham Pride in May 2014, in October 2015, Katy provided vocals, along with Tinie Tempah on Turn the Music Louder, a re-worked version of British DJ KDAs track Rumble. It topped the UK charts becoming Katys first UK number one single, in December 2015, Katy confirmed in a backstage interview at Capital FMs Jingle Bell Ball that her third studio album would be called Honey and would be released sometime in 2016. It was also confirmed that a track of the name would featureKaty B – At Argos digital store launch in London, October 2014
6. Azealia Banks – Azealia Amanda Banks is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actress. Raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Banks began releasing music through MySpace in 2008, after releasing her debut single 212, she secured a recording contract with Interscope and Polydor Records, and later released her first extended play 1991. Banks debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste experienced several delays since its initial announcement before being released in 2014, in 2016, she released the mixtape Slay-Z. Banks outspoken views and controversial social media presence have been the subject of media throughout her career. Azealia Amanda Banks was born on May 31,1991 in Manhattan and her mother raised her and two older sisters in Harlem, after their father died of pancreatic cancer when she was two years old. Following her fathers death, Banks says that her mother became really abusive—physically and verbally, like she would hit me and my sisters with baseball bats, bang our heads up against walls, and she would always tell me I was ugly. I remember once she threw out all the food in the fridge, due to escalating violence, Banks moved out of her mothers home at age 14 to live with her older sister. At a young age Banks became interested in theater, dancing, acting and singing. Aged 10, she began performing in musicals with the Tada. She had lead roles in three productions in addition to performing as a soloist, Banks attended Catholic school in Harlem in her childhood, and danced with the National Dance Institute. As a teenager she trained in the arts at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. It was at point that Banks decided to end her pursuit of an acting career, citing the large amount of competition. Because of this, Banks began writing rap and R&B songs as a creative outlet and she never finished high school, instead choosing to follow her dream of becoming a recording artist. Under the moniker Miss Bank$, she released her debut recording Gimme a Chance on to the internet on November 9,2008, the recording was accompanied by the self-produced track Seventeen, which sampled the Ladytron song of the same name. Banks sent both tracks to American DJ Diplo, later that year, Banks signed a development deal with record label XL Recordings and began working with producer Richard Russell in London, leaving the label later that year due to conflicting ideas. Following her departure from XL Recordings, Banks left behind the Miss Bank$ moniker and formally became Azealia Banks, using YouTube as a portal, Banks uploaded several demo tracks—including L8R and a cover of Slow Hands by Interpol. After her Canadian visa expired, Banks returned to New York, thats when I was really depressed, Banks says, I dont have a manager, I dont have a boyfriend, I dont have any friends, I dont have any money. Here I am working at the club, trying not to say the wrong thingAzealia Banks – Banks performing at the 2012 NME Awards
7. Bastille (band) – Bastille are a British indie pop band formed in 2010. The group began as a project by lead vocalist Dan Smith, but later expanded to include keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bassist Will Farquarson. The name of the band derives from Bastille Day, which is celebrated on 14 July, after an independently released debut single and a self-released EP, the band signed to Virgin Records. Their first studio album, Bad Blood, was released in March 2013, the band was nominated for four Brit Awards at the 2014 ceremony, winning the British Breakthrough Act. As of November 2014, Bastille have sold over 5 million records in the US and 2.5 million records in the UK, Bastille debuted in July 2010 with their limited edition 7 single that featured the two tracks Flaws and Icarus. Released through London-based independent record label Young & Lost Club, only 300 copies were pressed, one of those copies found its way into the hands of Alex Baker, presenter of the unsigned/independent artists radio show on Kerrang. Baker immediately started heavily supporting Bastille on air, and the band began to find an audience and this was followed by the self-release of the EP Laura Palmer later in 2011. After debuting further tracks online through sites such as YouTube and MySpace, in December 2011 Smith signed a contract with Virgin Records. The band also recorded and released a two part mix-tape titled Other Peoples Heartache for free, on 27 April 2012, their first official single release, Overjoyed, was released through Virgin Records, as confirmed by EMI on the 1st of May 2012. Following its video premiere in November 2011, popular music publication, the second single to be released from the upcoming debut studio album, Bad Blood, was the eponymous track, Bad Blood. An accompanying video for the single was released on the bands official VEVO channel on 29 June 2012, Bastille were also named New Band of the Day by British newspaper The Guardian in July 2012. The song charted moderately at number 90 in the United Kingdom, in August 2012 the band performed at UK festivals like Reading and Leeds, as well as supporting British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. They later played a headlining tour, titled Flaws Tour in October 2012. In November 2012, the performed at Hong Kongs Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival. Their third single, a re-release of their first 7 non-album single Flaws, was a success, earning the group their first position in the UK Top 40. The song Oblivion was featured in Season 4 Episode 9 of The Vampire Diaries in December 2012, in February 2013, Bastille confirmed the release of the fourth single to be taken from Bad Blood, Pompeii. The song was reviewed by critics, reaching number two in the United Kingdom and number five in the US. Their debut album Bad Blood was released on 4 March 2013, on 11 March, Bastille were announced to be playing at Leeds and Reading Festival in August 2013Bastille (band) – Bastille performing at Coachella in 2014
8. Belle and Sebastian – Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish band formed in Glasgow in January 1996. Led by Stuart Murdoch, the band has released 9 albums to date, much of their work had been released on Jeepster Records, but they are now signed to Rough Trade Records in the United Kingdom and Matador Records in the United States. Though often praised by critics, Belle and Sebastian have enjoyed limited commercial success. Belle and Sebastian were formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1996 by Stuart Murdoch, as the band had a number of songs already and the label was extremely impressed with the demos, Belle and Sebastian were allowed to record a full-length album, which was titled Tigermilk. Murdoch once described the band as a product of botched capitalism, the band took their name from the television adaptation of the French novel Belle et Sébastien. Tigermilk was recorded in three days and originally only one thousand copies were pressed on vinyl and these original copies now sell for up to £400. After the success of the album, Belle and Sebastian were signed to Jeepster Records in August 1996 and If Youre Feeling Sinister. The album was named by Spin as one of the 100 greatest albums between 1985 and 2005, and is considered the bands masterpiece. Just before the recording of Sinister, Sarah Martin joined the band, following this a series of EPs were released in 1997. The first of these was Dog on Wheels, which contained four tracks recorded before the real formation of the band. In fact, the only band members to play on the songs were Murdoch, David, and Mick Cooke. It charted at No.59 in the UK singles chart, the Lazy Line Painter Jane EP followed in July. The track was recorded in the church where Murdoch lived and features vocals from Monica Queen, the EP narrowly missed out on the UK top 40, peaking at No.41. The last of the 1997 EPs was Octobers 3, the EP was made Single of the Week in both the NME and Melody Maker and reached No.32 in the charts, thus becoming the bands first top 40 single. The band released their third LP, The Boy with the Arab Strap in 1998, during the recording of the album, long-time studio trumpet-player Mick Cooke was asked to join the band as a full member. The This Is Just a Modern Rock Song EP followed later that year, in 1999 the band was awarded with Best Newcomer at the BRIT Awards, upsetting better-known acts such as Steps and 5ive. That same year, the band hosted their own festival, the Bowlie Weekender, Tigermilk was also given a full release by Jeepster before the band started work on their next LP. The result was Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant, a stand-alone single, Legal Man, reached No.15 and gave them their first appearance on Top of the PopsBelle and Sebastian – Left to right: Mick Cooke, Richard Colburn, Bobby Kildea, Chris Geddes, Stevie Jackson, Sarah Martin, Stuart Murdoch
9. Biffy Clyro – Biffy Clyro are a Scottish rock band that formed in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, composed of Simon Neil, James Johnston and Ben Johnston. Puzzle peaked at number 2 on the official UK album charts on 16 June 2007, the album went Gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 units, and later in 2012 went Platinum in the UK, having sold over 300,000 copies. Only Revolutions included the UK hit singles Mountains, That Golden Rule, the latter reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart after The X Factor 2010 winner, Matt Cardle covered the song, and became the UK number one Christmas single for the year 2010. In 2011 the band was nominated for the Brit Awards for Best British Group, at the 2013 NME Awards, they received the award for Best British Band. On 25 August 2013 Biffy Clyro headlined the stage at Leeds & Reading Festival. Based on their album and single certifications, the band have sold in excess of 1,240,000 albums and 400,000 singles in the UK alone. The bands singles have spent a total of weeks in the UK Singles Charts, with six weeks in the top ten. Soon brought in was Bens twin brother, James Johnston, after playing gigs around Glasgow and receiving positive and enthusiastic reactions from audiences, the band were spotted by Dee Bahl, who soon became their manager. On 9 April 2001, the previously unreleased 27 was released as a single, on 1 October 2001, a song from thekidswho. was re-recorded and released as a single, Justboy, this was repeated again on 4 February 2002, when the song 57 was released. On 11 March, the debut album, Blackened Sky, was released to generally positive reviews. It was around this time that the band touring extensively. On 15 July, the single from the album, Joy. Discovery. Invention, was released as a double A-side with a newly recorded song called Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke. In 2003, the band retreated to the Linford Manor recording studio in Great Linford, Milton Keynes, England, on 24 March, a new single was released called The Ideal Height, followed by a further new single Questions and Answers on 26 May. After touring relentlessly for The Vertigo of Bliss, the band retreated to Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth, as with the previous album, two singles were released before the actual album, Glitter and Trauma and My Recovery Injection on 9 August and 20 September respectively. An additional digital download was released on 31 May, called Theres No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake. On 4 October, the third album, Infinity Land was released, followed by the final single from the album, Only One Word Comes To Mind. On 16 February, the band performed a cover of Franz Ferdinands Take Me Out live from Maida Vale on Zane Lowes BBC Radio 1 show, Simon Neils side project Marmaduke Duke also released an album in 2005, known as The Magnificent Duke. He toured the UK together with the Johnston twins accompanying on bass, in 2006, Biffy Clyro left Beggars Banquet and signed a deal with 14th Floor, an offshoot of Warner BrosBiffy Clyro – Biffy Clyro signing copies of " Mountains " in a shop in Glasgow, 2008
10. Blondie (band) – Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave, Blondie broke up after the release of its sixth studio album The Hunter in 1982. The band re-formed in 1997, achieving renewed success and a one single in the United Kingdom with Maria in 1999. The group toured and performed throughout the world during the following years, Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide and is still active. The bands tenth studio album Ghosts of Download, was released in 2014, inspired by the burgeoning new music scene at the Mercer Arts Center, Chris Stein sought to join a similar band. He joined the Stillettoes in 1973 as their guitarist and formed a relationship with one of the bands vocalists, Debbie Harry. Harry had been a member of a band, the Wind in the Willows. In July 1974, Stein and Harry parted ways with the Stillettoes and Elda Gentile, originally billed as Angel and the Snake for two shows in August 1974, they renamed themselves Blondie by October 1974. The name derived from comments made by truck drivers who catcalled Hey, by the spring of 1975, after some personnel turnover, Stein and Harry were joined by drummer Clem Burke, and bass player Gary Valentine. Blondie became regular performers at Maxs Kansas City and CBGB, in June 1975, the bands first recording came in the way of a demo produced by Alan Betrock. To fill out their sound, they recruited keyboard player Jimmy Destri in November 1975, the band signed with Private Stock Records and their debut album, Blondie, was issued in December 1976 but was initially not a commercial success. In September 1977, the bought back its contract with Private Stock. The first album was re-released on the new label in October 1977 and it also noted that Harry was the possessor of a bombshell zombies voice that can sound dreamily seductive and woodenly Mansonite within the same song. Jimmy Destri later credited the shows Molly Meldrum for their initial success, Stein asserted that X-Offender was too crazy and aggressive, while In the Flesh was not representative of any punk sensibility. Over the years, Ive thought they played both things but liked one better. In retrospect, Burke described In the Flesh as a forerunner to the power ballad, the single reached number 2 in Australia, while the album reached the Australian top twenty in November 1977, and a subsequent double-A release of X-Offender and Rip Her to Shreds reached number 81. A successful Australian tour followed in December, though it was marred by an incident in Brisbane when disappointed fans almost rioted after Harry cancelled a performance due to illness, in February 1978, Blondie released their second album, Plastic Letters. The album was recorded as a four-piece as Gary Valentine had left the band in mid 1977, Plastic Letters was promoted extensively throughout Europe and Asia by Chrysalis RecordsBlondie (band) – Blondie in 1977. L-R: Gary Valentine, Clem Burke, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Jimmy Destri.
11. Bombay Bicycle Club – Bombay Bicycle Club are an English indie rock band from Crouch End, London, consisting of Jack Steadman, Jamie MacColl, Suren de Saram and Ed Nash. They are guitar-fronted and have experimented with different genres, including folk, electronica, world music, the band were given the opening slot on 2006s V Festival after winning a competition. They subsequently released two EPs and their debut single Evening/Morning, since then, the band has released four albums including So Long, See You Tomorrow which topped the album charts in February 2014. The band has toured worldwide as an act, playing North America, Australia, Europe. Their 2014 tour finished on 13 December at Earls Court Arena, Pink Floyd member David Gilmour played with the band on their song Rinse Me Down before a performance of Pink Floyds Wish You Were Here. In January 2016, the four announced that they would pursue solo projects. They switched between various aliases until they picked Bombay Bicycle Club, named after a chain of Indian restaurants in Britain, the line-up changed regularly until summer 2006, when Ed Nash, joined the band after they met him at a funeral. Initially they played gigs at small London venues such as The Old Blue Last, Lark in the Park, the band was entered into Virgin Mobiles Road to V competition on Channel 4 in 2006. Previous participants include The Young Knives, who were winners of the competition one year before. They were given the slot of the 2006 V Festival, playing on the Channel 4 Stage in Chelmsford on 19 August. On 16 May 2007, NME published an article naming Bombay Bicycle Club. the hottest band to come from North London for quite some time, Bombay Bicycle Club released their debut EP, The Boy I Used to Be, on 12 February 2007. The band released it on their own independent record label, Mmm, the EP was produced by Jim Abbiss at his own personal request, and was recorded and mixed by Ewan Davies at Lincolnshires Chapel Studios. To support the release of the EP they played a show at the Dingwalls in Camden as well as supporting fellow Road to V winners The Young Knives across some of their UK Tour. The band also played the Carling Stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2007, the bands second EP, How We Are, was released on 22 October 2007, again through Mmm. It was produced by Jim Abbiss, and recorded and mixed by Richard Wilkinson at Konk Studios, the band headlined their first UK tour in support of this release and the EP debuted at number 2 on the UK Indie Singles Chart of 5 November 2007. At the beginning of 2008, Bombay Bicycle Club appeared at the third annual Artrocker Festival, the Camden Crawl, the band also played the Shockwaves NME Awards Show at Londons KOKO where they were main support for The Hold Steady. The band also headlined the first Club NME in Paris at La Fleche Dor venue, the bands first single, Evening/Morning, was released on 4 August 2008 through Young and Lost Club. The single was produced by Jim Abbiss and was recorded and mixed by Richard Wilkinson at The Garden, in September 2008, Bombay Bicycle Club took part in the Levis Ones to Watch 5 Night Revue at The Macbeth in LondonBombay Bicycle Club – Bombay Bicycle Club playing at the University of Nottingham
12. Ian Brown – Ian George Brown is an English musician. He is the singer of the alternative rock band the Stone Roses from their formation in 1983 until they broke up in 1996. Following the split he began a career, releasing six studio albums, a greatest hits compilation. He has performed shows in 45 countries. He returned to singing for the Stone Roses on 19 October 2011, on 20 October, he put out a statement to say that although he had reunited with the band, it did not spell the end of his solo endeavours. Brown is also known for having played a minor role in Harry Potter. Brown was born in Warrington in 1963 and grew up on Forster Street and his father, George, was a joiner and his mother Jeane worked as a receptionist in a paper factory. He then moved with his family, including a brother and sister, to Timperley and he attended Park Road County Primary Infant and Junior School and then Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. Browns interest in music was inspired by the movement, specifically the bands Sex Pistols. Brown and original Stone Roses bassist Pete Garner attended the recording of the Clash single Bankrobber in Manchester, Browns music career began in 1980, playing bass guitar in a band with John Squire and Simon Wolstencroft. They eventually became the Patrol, with Andy Couzens on vocals, the band soon split up, with Brown selling his bass to buy a scooter. Brown moved to Hulme, and attended northern soul all-nighters across Northern England in the early 1980s as the scene faded, around this time, Brown met soul legend Geno Washington, who told him, You should be a star. In 1983 Brown joined the Waterfront, the band that would evolve into the Stone Roses, the Stone Roses rose to prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their debut album voted the best British album of all time in 2004. The bands second album, Second Coming, received a reaction, and after several changes of line-up. On 17 October 2011, Brown alluded to a Stone Roses reunion via text message, saying, on the following day, a reunion was announced for the band with performances planned for June 2012 in Manchester. In a press interview, the members of the Stone Roses have said that a new album is planned. On 2 December 2011 Ian Brown and John Squire performed together live for the first time since 1995 and they joined Mick Jones from the Clash, the Farm and Pete Wylie at the Manchester Ritz in a concert in aid of the Justice for Hillsborough campaign. The Stone Roses reunited in 2011 and went on a Reunion Tour in 2012, after a break from music in Morocco, Brown established his solo career with the debut solo single My Star, which was released in the UK on 12 January 1998Ian Brown – Ian Brown in 2010
13. Charli XCX – Charlotte Emma Aitchison, better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is a British singer, songwriter, and actress. She released her debut single independently in 2008 and initially performed at raves in London. She signed to Asylum Records with producer Tim Gonzalez in 2010, Charli XCXs major label debut album, True Romance, was released in 2013, accompanied by singles including You and Nuclear Seasons. She rose to prominence during 2013 and 2014 when she was featured on two singles, Icona Pops I Love It and Iggy Azaleas Fancy. Her 2014 single Boom Clap from the album of The Fault in Our Stars became a top ten single in a number of countries. It also preceded the release of her album, Sucker. In 2016, she released the extended play Vroom Vroom, in March 2017, she released the mixtape Number 1 Angel. Her upcoming third album is expected to be released in late 2017. Charlotte Emma Aitchison was born on 2 August 1992, in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, to a Scottish father, Jon Aitchison, and a Gujarati Indian mother, Shameera and her father is an entrepreneur and former show-booker and her mother is a former nurse and air hostess. Aitchison grew up in Start Hill, near Bishops Stortford, and attended Bishops Stortford College, Aitchison also studied at UCLs Slade School of Fine Art in London, but left during the second year of her degree course. Aitchison started writing songs when she was 14 years old and began recording an album on a loan granted by her parents, in early 2008, she began posting songs from the album, as well as numerous other demos, on her official MySpace page. This caught the attention of a promoter running numerous illegal warehouse raves and parties in east London, Aitchison was billed on flyers under the stage name Charli XCX, her MSN Messenger display name when she was younger. Despite the illicit nature of the gigs, her parents were supportive of her career and she released two singles. Franchesckaar. and double A-side Emelline/Art Bitch, in late 2008 under Orgy Music. The album she recorded at this time,14, was never released, although several promotional copies were issued. After being signed to Asylum Records in 2010, she took a break from music in what she describes as a lost period, early in 2011, Alex Metric released the single End of the World which featured her vocals. When the song appeared on BBCs Radio One, her age, success, in May 2011, she released the single Stay Away, followed by Nuclear Seasons in November. Both tracks were produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and released exclusively in the United Kingdom, the singles gained attention from music website Pitchfork Media, where she earned Best New Track accolades for both, the former was eventually named to the sites Best Tracks of 2011 list. In May 2012, Charli XCX released her first mixtape, Heartbreaks and Earthquakes and she supported Santigold and Coldplay on tour during that yearCharli XCX – Charli XCX in 2014.
14. Christine and the Queens – Héloïse Letissier, known by her stage name Christine and the Queens, is a French singer, songwriter and producer. She was born in Nantes and has signed to the independent record label Because Music since 2012. Her work combines music, performance, art videos, drawings, Letissier was born 1 June 1988. Her father, Georges Letissier, teaches English at The University of Nantes and specializes in Victorian era literature and her mother teaches both French and Latin at a local middle school. Her parents recommended writers such as Sarah Waters and Judith Butler, Letissier studied theatre at École normale supérieure de Lyon, moving to Paris in 2010, where she concluded her studies. When she visited London in 2010, she was inspired by the work of local drag queen musicians, including Russella and they then became her Queens as a backing band. She dedicated many of her creations to them and to all transgender individuals and she adopted the name Christine and the Queens releasing her debut EP Miséricorde independently followed by another EP in 2012 called Mac Abbey with the minor hits Narcissus is Back and Cripple. In 2012, she was the act for Lykke Li, The Dø and Woodkid as well as for Lilly Wood. Her third release was an EP titled Nuit 17 à52 which garnered her first charting on the official French Albums Chart SNEP with the help of its title track. In 2012, Christine and the Queens won the Best Discovered Act known as Découverte du Printemps de Bourges, the single Tilted, translated from Christine, was released in February 2015 in the United States as an introduction to her first English EP Saint Claude. Edited by Neon Gold Records, the band toured North America with Marina, the song was released in the UK in 2016 and charted on the UK Singles Chart. In 2016, Christine and the Queens put together a cover of Beyoncés Sorry in the BBC Live Lounge and she appeared on Jools Annual Hootenanny on Dec 31 2016/Jan 012017. IT was used as the soundtrack for the scenes and credits on the episode Old Loves during season 5 of Girls shown on 13 March 2016. In 2016, she was chosen as one of BBCs 100 Women In 2014, in the acknowledgements for the album Chaleur humaine, Letissier wrote Océane, my beautiful wife. This is generally assumed to be a dedication to French comedian, List of French singers List of French singer-songwriters List of pansexual people Official website Christine and the Queens – Because Music Christine and the Queens – discogsChristine and the Queens – Christine and the Queens
15. Alexa Chung – Alexa Chung television presenter, and contributing editor at British Vogue. Born in Privett, Hampshire, Chung is the daughter of Gillian and her father is of three quarters Chinese ancestry, while her mother is of English descent. Chung attended secondary school at the local Perins School and spent sixth form at Peter Symonds College and she was accepted at Kings College London to read English, but was scouted by a modelling agency before attending. Chung was scouted by London-based Storm Model Management after being seen in the tent at the Reading Festival at age 16. She modelled for teen magazines, such as Elle Girl and CosmoGIRL. and worked for companies including Fanta, Sony Ericsson, Sunsilk, Urban Outfitters, after four years, Chung quit modelling with the intention of beginning an art foundation or fashion journalism course, having become disillusioned. She had developed a body image and low self-esteem through modelling. After becoming a TV personality, Chung made a return to occasional modelling, in 2008, she was the face of Australian fashion label Antipodiums SS2008 collection and Oxfams ethical fashion range, Revamped. In September 2008, Chung walked the catwalk as part of the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2009 show at London Fashion Week, in early 2009, she became the face of British High Street giant New Look. Chung then joined London-based modelling agency Select Model Management and, in April 2009, she modeled Wrens Holiday 2009 collection, in July 2009, Chung moved to NEXT Model Management and became the face of DKNY Jeans. Chung was the face of South Korean brand MOGGs Spring/Summer 2010 campaign, in January 2010, she became the main model of the Spring/Summer 2010 Pepe Jeans London campaign and reprised her role for the Fall/Winter 2010 campaign. She was announced as the first celebrity face of Lacoste in June 2010, in January 2011, Chung was announced as the face of Italian sneaker brand Superga, in a campaign to mark their 100th anniversary. Chung worked with Tommy Hilfiger as a guest editor for their Fall 2014 collection, Chung became the face of Longchamp in 2013 and, by 2015, she had appeared in her fourth campaign for the fashion brand. In April 2006, the then-model Chung was offered the job of co‑host on Popworld on Channel 4, Chung and co‑host Alex Zane also presented a weekly radio show called Popworld Radio. The last show aired in July 2007, after Channel 4 decided not to recommission the programme, following this, Chung signed a year-long golden handcuffs deal with Channel 4 in August 2007. As part of deal, she guest presented Big Brothers Big Mouth. She hosted a number of T4 Movie Specials, 4Music Specials, in January 2008, Chung became one of the four anchor T4 presenters. She hosted T4’s Vanity Lair, a reality show investigating the concept of beauty, when the show was mentioned in a later interview, Chung raise her eyebrows, indicating embarrassment. As well as her work on T4, she became a long-time host of Channel 4’s early morning music programme Freshly Squeezed beginning in September 2007, in addition to her Channel 4 commitments, Chung presented the ITV1 series Get a Grip and BBC Threes The WallAlexa Chung – Chung in London in 2009
16. Coldplay – Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist and keyboardist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London. After they formed under the name Pectoralz, Guy Berryman joined the group as bassist, will Champion joined as drummer and backing vocalist, completing the performing line-up. Creative Director Phil Harvey is often referred to as the fifth member by the band. The band renamed themselves Coldplay in 1998, before recording and releasing three EPs, Safety in 1998, Brothers & Sisters as a single in 1999, the Blue Room was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone. They achieved worldwide fame with the release of the single Yellow in 2000 and this was followed by their debut album Parachutes released the same year, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The bands second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, was released to acclaim and won multiple awards. Their next release, X&Y, the album worldwide in 2005, was met with mostly positive reviews upon its release. In May 2014, they released their album, Ghost Stories. In December 2015, the released their seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams. Coldplay have sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making one of the worlds best-selling music artists. In December 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the fourth-best artist of the 2000s, Coldplay have been an active supporter of various social and political causes, such as Oxfams Make Trade Fair campaign and Amnesty International. Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland first met during their week at University College London in September 1996. The pair spent the rest of the university year planning a band, Guy Berryman, a classmate of Martin and Buckland, later joined the group. By 1997, the group, who had renamed themselves Starfish, Martin also had recruited his longtime school friend Phil Harvey, who was studying classics at the University of Oxford, to be the bands manager. Coldplay have since accepted Harvey as the member of the group. The bands line-up was completed when Will Champion joined to take up percussion duties, Champion had grown up playing piano, guitar, bass, and tin whistle, he quickly learned the drums. The band finally settled on the name Coldplay which was suggested by Tim Crompton, by 1997, Martin had met Classics student Tim Rice-Oxley. During a weekend in the English village Virginia Water in Surrey they asked each other to play their own songs on the pianoColdplay – Coldplay on stage following a 2009 performance during the Viva La Vida tour. From left to right: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion
17. Crystal Castles (band) – Crystal Castles are a Canadian electronic music group formed in 2003 in Toronto, Ontario by songwriter/producer Ethan Kath. Crystal Castles are known for their live shows and lo-fi melancholic homemade productions. They released many limited vinyl singles between 2006 and 2007 before releasing a trilogy of acclaimed albums between 2008 and 2012. In 2005 Ethan Kath released the digital singles Magic Spells and Untrust Us under the moniker Crystal Castles, as they grew popular online he began receiving offers from record labels. In 2006 Kath recruited vocalist Alice Glass for the bands first physical four-track EP Alice Practice which was released on vinyl and their debut album, Crystal Castles, was released in 2008 and was listed on NMEs Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade list at No.39. In 2010 their second album, titled, charted on the Billboard 200 and their third album, was released on November 12,2012 and was the number 1 album of 2012 on Tumblr and also on Hype Machine. The album included 4 singles, Plague, Wrath of God, Sad Eyes, Glass announced her departure from the band in October 2014, citing personal and professional reasons. In April 2015, Ethan Kath released a new Crystal Castles track, Frail, featuring a new singer, in August 19,2016 their fourth album, Amnesty, was released. In 2005 the Ethan Kath songs Magic Spells and Untrust Us grew popular online and he named the project Crystal Castles after a line from the cartoon She-Ra that stated The fate of the world is safe in Crystal Castles. Ethan Kath then met Alice Glass in Toronto and asked her to record vocals over tracks he had working on since 2003. Alice Practice became the bands first limited release in 2006. The record included tracks like XXZXCUZX ME, which Kath states he made grating on purpose, when questioned about his motives behind this move, Kath responded with To weed out the wimps, to annoy the posers. We are saying, We are not for you, several limited edition 7 vinyl singles followed in 2006 and 2007 on various independent labels, including two on Londons Trouble Records. In February 2008, Kath said his aim was to. make the most annoying sounds ever scream over and this eponymous debut album was included in NMEs Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade list at number 39. The groups second album, officially titled, was released on May 24,2010, in April 2010, an early mix of the album leaked, prompting the label to release earlier than expected. The album was successful charting in the UK at number 48. The first 2 singles were Celestica and Baptism, the 3rd single Not in Love, featuring Robert Smith from The Cure, became the bands highest charting single to date. Crystal Castles headlined the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2011 in the United Kingdom while singer Alice Glass suffered from a broken ankle, in March 2012, Crystal Castles announced their relocation to Warsaw to begin recording their third albumCrystal Castles (band) – Crystal Castles at the Popped! Music Festival, June 2008
18. The Cure – The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band has experienced several changes, with vocalist, guitarist. During the early 1980s, the increasingly dark and tormented music was a staple of the emerging gothic rock genre. After the release of Pornography in 1982, the future was uncertain. The band is estimated to have sold 27 million records as of 2004 and have released thirteen albums, ten EPs. The 1989 album Disintegration is regarded as the commercial and critical peak. That band consisted of Robert Smith on piano, Michael Mick Dempsey on guitar, Laurence Lol Tolhurst on percussion, Marc Ceccagno on lead guitar and Alan Hill on bass guitar. In January 1976 while at St. Wilfrids Comprehensive School Ceccagno formed a 5-piece rock band with Smith on guitar and Dempsey on bass and they called themselves Malice and rehearsed David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and Alex Harvey songs in a local church hall. By late April 1976, Ceccagno and the two school friends had left, and Tolhurst, Martin Creasy, and Porl Thompson had joined the band. This lineup played all three of Malices only documented live shows during December 1976, both Malice and Easy Cure auditioned several vocalists before Smith assumed the role of Easy Cures frontman in September 1977. That year, Easy Cure won a talent competition with German label Hansa Records, although the band recorded tracks for the company, none were ever released. Following disagreements in March 1978 over the direction the band should take, Smith later recalled, We were very young. They just thought they could turn us into a teen group and they actually wanted us to do cover versions and we always refused. Thompson was dropped from the band in May, and the trio were soon renamed The Cure by Smith. Later that month, the recorded their first sessions as a trio at Chestnut Studios in Sussex. The demo found its way to Polydor Records scout Chris Parry, the Cure released their debut single Killing an Arab in December 1978 on the Small Wonder label as a stopgap until Fiction finalised distribution arrangements with Polydor. The band placed a label that denied the racist connotations on the singles 1979 reissue on Fiction. The Cure released their debut album Three Imaginary Boys in May 1979, because of the bands inexperience in the studio, Parry and engineer Mike Hedges took control of the recordingThe Cure – The Cure performing in Singapore in 2007. Left to right: Porl Thompson, Jason Cooper (back), Robert Smith, Simon Gallup.
19. Disclosure (band) – Disclosure are an English electronic music duo consisting of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence. The siblings grew up in Reigate, Surrey and their debut studio album, Settle, released on 3 June 2013, by PMR Records, was nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. They released a studio album, Caracal, on 25 September 2015 which was also nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. In January 2017, they announced they would be going on hiatus, Guy started playing the drums at the age of three, and Howard started playing the bass at the age of eight. Both also learned to play the guitar and the piano and Howard to sing and they both attended the Reigate College. During this period, the boys studied music and music technology, whilst Guy was attending at the Reigate College, he enjoyed studying classical music, especially the likes of Bach and Claude Debussy. The duos first single Offline Dexterity was released on 29 August 2010 and they signed to the new PMR record label on its formation in January 2011, and released their second single Carnival/I Love. That You Know on 13 June 2011. This got them a management deal with Sam Evitt and Jack Streets Method Management who they are managed by. Disclosure picked up their first significant national radio support upon the release of the Tenderly / Flow single in January 2012, the single led to significant interest in the subsequent June 2012 EP The Face, released on Greco-Roman. The group maintained their momentum into 2013 – they were voted into the BBC Radio 1xtra Hot Ten For 2013 and these three singles were collected on an EP, The Singles.1 score on Pitchfork. They performed twice at Glastonbury Festival 2013 and appeared on Later, the album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Album. The same year, they established the record label Method Records, its roster includes Friend Within, Karen Harding, Lxury, a sub label was introduced in February 2015, called Method White, releasing more underground tracks through it. The first release was Wolfsbane by Jonas Rathsman, since then M. J. Cole and Eats Everything have released tracks through the label. The week of its release, Caracal earned the group their second number one album in the UK Albums Chart. The music videos for singles from the album published on YouTube are interconnected and follow a story line. The videos follow a woman in a sci-fi, dystopian world who is, for some unknown reason. Three singles were released prior to the album, Omen, Holding On, two promotional singles were also released, Willing and Able and Hourglass. The album was released on 25 September 2015, by PMR Records, the album was also nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2016 Grammy AwardsDisclosure (band) – Disclosure performing in 2013
20. The Drums – The Drums are an American indie pop band from New York City. Founding members Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham became friends as children, some years later, they formed a short-lived electro-pop group initially named Goat Explosion, but eventually rechristened as Elkland. They released one album, Golden in 2005 and garnered interest with the single Apart. In 2008 Jonny and Jacob came up with the concept for The Drums, and Pierce moved to Kissimee, Florida, where Graham resided at the time, so that they could more readily collaborate. They then moved to Brooklyn, New York, in the spring of 2009, the band had their first gig within a week of arriving in Brooklyn at Cake Shop NYC as part of the NYC Pop Fest. In October 2009, the released their first EP, Summertime. In December 2009 the band was shortlisted as one of the 15 music acts for the BBC Sound of 2010, subsequently, they placed at No.5 in this list on 4 January 2010. In NMEs first issue of 2010 they were named number 1 in the top tips for the year as well as in Clash Magazines Tips for 2010. The Drums were also voted Best Hope for 2010 in Pitchfork Medias 2009 Readers Poll and they won the Hall Radar Award for 2010 and were the most Shazamed band of 2009. In June 2010 they played as one of the bands for Kings of Leon in Hyde Park. On May 7,2010, they appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and their debut album was officially released on June 7,2010, on Moshi Moshi and Island Records. On September 16,2010, it was announced on the bands Facebook page, the Drums released the single The New World on April 11,2011, with proceeds going to Japan disaster relief efforts. For their second LP, the band recorded quickly, again self-producing and they released Portamento on September 5,2011. The band has revealed that they almost split at the end of June due to stylistic disagreements. Jacob explained, I think our band is kind of fragile and probably on the verge of breaking up pretty constantly, in 2011, Jonny Pierce co-wrote In The Middle with Brooklyn artist Matthew Dear for his EP Headcage. His writing credits also include You Gave Me Nothing and Lose It which are included in Mark Ronsons album Record Collection, the Drums remained dormant for the most part during 2013, but had occasional performances throughout most of that year. In November 2012, Jonny Pierce announced he would be releasing an album in 2013. Now The Drums were made up of founding members Jonny Pierce, the Drums made their American television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on February 15,2012The Drums – The Drums at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles
21. Eagulls – Eagulls are an English rock band, formed in Leeds in 2010. The band consists of Mark Goldsworthy, Henry Ruddel, Liam Matthews, Tom Kelly, eagulls were formed in 2010 and released their first single Council Flat Blues on Moshi Moshi imprint Not Even Records. The bands 2012 self-titled EP, recorded by MJ of Hookworms, was released on both Londons Sexbeat label and Canadian label Deranged Records. In 2013 the band signed to Partisan Records, releasing 7 single Nerve Endings with a cover of Killing Jokes Requiem and their self-titled debut album has been released in March 2014. They were BBC Radio 6s Steve Lamacqs New Favourite Band in 2013, in 2014 they appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing their song Possessed for Bill Murray. The band were chosen as the support for Franz Ferdinands 2014 UK tour. In May 2016, the released their second album, Ullages. Produced by Matt Peel, the title is an anagram of the bands nameEagulls – Eagulls (2011)
22. Idris Elba – Idrissa Akuna Idris Elba, OBE is an English actor, musician, and DJ. He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award. Elba has appeared in such as Ridley Scotts American Gangster, Takers, Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Thor, The Dark World and Beasts of No Nation. In 2016, he also voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book and he will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley. In addition to his work, Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis. In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World, an only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born on 6 September 1972 in Hackney. His father, Winston, was a Sierra Leonean and worked in the Ford motor factory at Dagenham, while his mother, Elbas parents were married in Sierra Leone and later moved to London. Elba himself was brought up in Hackney and East Ham, and shortened his first name from Idrissa to Idris at school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He credits The Stage with giving him his first big break, having seen an advertisement for a play in the newspaper, Elba auditioned and met his first agent while performing in the role. In 1986, he began helping an uncle with his wedding DJ business, within a year, Elba left school in 1988 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre, thanks to a £1,500 Princes Trust grant. His first roles were in Crimewatch murder reconstructions, to support himself between roles in Crimewatch reconstructions, he worked in jobs such as tyre-fitting, cold call advertising sales, and the night shift at Ford Dagenham. He was working in nightclubs, under the DJ nickname Big Driis, at age 19, in 1995, Elba landed his first significant role on a series called Bramwell, a medical drama set in 1890s England. He played a character in an episode of Season 1, an African petty thief named Charlie Carter. His first named role arrived earlier in 1995, cast as a gigolo on the Sex episode of Absolutely Fabulous, many supporting roles on British television followed, including series such as The Bill and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. He joined the cast of the soap opera Family Affairs and went on to appear on the television serial Ultraviolet and he decided to move to New York City soon after. He returned to England occasionally for a role, such as a part in one of the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. In 2001, Elba played Achilles in a production of Troilus. After a supporting turn on a 2001 episode of Law & Order, from 2002 to 2004, Elba portrayed Russell Stringer Bell in the series, perhaps his best-known role in the United StatesIdris Elba – Elba in October 2014
23. Elbow (band) – Elbow are an English rock band consisting of Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner. They have played together since 1990, adopting the Elbow band name in 1997, the band have released seven studio albums, Asleep in the Back, Cast of Thousands, Leaders of the Free World, The Seldom Seen Kid, Build a Rocket Boys. The Take Off and Landing of Everything, and Little Fictions and their studio albums, as well as their B-sides compilation Dead in the Boot, all reached the top 15 of the British album chart. Seven of their singles placed in the top 40 of the British singles chart and their most recent album, Little Fictions, was released on February 3rd,2017. In 2008, Elbow won the Mercury Music Prize for their album The Seldom Seen Kid, in 2012, they released First Steps, the BBC theme for the 2012 London Olympics. Garvey, then aged 16, met Mark Potter in 1990, Potter asked Garvey to sing in a band he was in with drummer Richard Jupp and bassist Pete Turner. Together, the four formed the band Mr Soft, potters brother Craig then joined the band on keyboards. That year the band played their first gig together at the Corner Pin pub in Ramsbottom, after winning a local battle of the bands, the band signed with Island Records and recorded their first album with producer Steve Osborne at Real World Studios. However, Island sold out to major label Universal, the band was dropped in a mass cull and the album was not released. Elbow continued to record with independent label Ugly Man Records and released The Noisebox EP, The Newborn EP and these releases garnered extensive airplay on BBC Radio 1. Elbows debut album Asleep in the Back was released in May 2001 on V2 Records, the album was written over the course of six years, and contains six rerecorded tracks from the Real World Studios sessions. Asleep in the Back was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize, the bands second album Cast of Thousands was released in August 2003. The title of the album is a reference to their performance at the 2002 Glastonbury Festival, the recording is featured on the song Grace Under Pressure. In 2004 Elbow toured Cuba, playing songs from Asleep in the Back and Cast of Thousands at venues in, British documentary maker Irshad Ashraf filmed a large portion of the tour. The resulting short film was shown at festivals in 2004. Their third album, Leaders of the Free World, was released in 2005 and it was self-produced at Blueprint Studios in Salford, a studio the band hired for the sessions. They teamed up with video artists The Soup Collective to produce an integrated music, in mid-2006, Elbow headlined the Ukula Bright Lights Festival in Torontos Distillery District. In 2006 the band moved to Fiction Records and completed their studio album The Seldom Seen Kid in late 2007Elbow (band) – The band Elbow performing at Manchester Arena on 11th April 2014.
24. The Enemy (UK rock band) – The Enemy were an English indie rock band formed in Coventry in 2006. The bands debut album Well Live and Die in These Towns went straight to Number 1 in the UK Albums Chart on release and their second album Music for the People went to Number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. Streets in the Sky, their studio album, was released on 21 May 2012 and was also their third UK top 10 album. Their fourth studio album, Its Automatic, was released on 9 October 2015, bass player Andy Hopkins and drummer Liam Watts originate from Coventry, while frontman and multi-instrumentalist Tom Clarke is originally from Birmingham, later moving to Coventry. The Enemy met their manager, John Dawkins, because Watts aunt worked with one of Dawkins family members. Dawkins asked producer Matt Terry to do him a favour and give the band cheap studio time, Terry then produced their first set of three songs, Heart Attack, Had Enough and 40 Days and 40 Nights. Dawkins then forwarded the demos to David Bianchi at A&R Warner, in 2006 the band were the opening act at Coventrys Godiva Festival, an event they would play for the next 2 years, making their way to the headline slot. They first gained acclaim when they were mentioned in NME as the act most likely to break your windows for 2007 and they supported Oasis, The Fratellis, Kasabian, The Paddingtons, Ash, Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics on their UK tours. In June 2007, The Enemy played twice at Glastonbury Festival, first in the Guardian Lounge on Saturday and they also headlined on the Saturday night of T in the Park in the Futures tent on 7 July 2007. Their single, Away From Here entered the charts at number 8 and they also supported The Rolling Stones on the last night of their European tour at the O2 Arena. In September 2007, Alex Zane, presenter of the Xfm Breakfast Show broadcast a statement declaring that the band would not be played on his show again. After playing their single Youre Not Alone for seven seconds, he reasoned that altercations between himself and the band over a television interview meant that they would no longer be played by him. However, during the Xfm Review of 2008, the presenters Sunta Templeton and Matt Dyson commented on the band, March 2008 saw the band start production on their second album and playing six nights in a row at the London Astoria. In April 2008 the band played at Coventrys Ricoh Arena, selling out two nights, the next month they supported Kaiser Chiefs at Elland Road Stadium. They then headlined the Godiva Festival on 5 July 2008, a 30,000 capacity free gig in Coventrys War Memorial Park and they played Reading & Leeds Festivals on the main stage in August. Along with Kasabian and Twisted Wheel, The Enemy supported Oasis on their 2009 Dig Out Your Soul Tour, which included the Ricoh Arena gig in The Enemys hometown of Coventry. In March and April 2009 the band embarked on their own UK & Ireland tour, playing to 70,000 people, Birmingham singer Emma Skipp joined them on No Time for Tears. The Enemy were forced to out of Oasiss Heaton Park concert on 4 June due to lead singer/guitarist Tom Clarke suffering from food poisoningThe Enemy (UK rock band) – The Enemy live at Wembley Stadium in July 2009
25. Florence and the Machine – Florence and the Machine is the stage name of musician, singer and songwriter, Florence Welch. The bands music received praise across the media, especially from the BBC, which played a part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence. At the 2009 Brit Awards they received the Brit Awards Critics Choice award, the bands music is renowned for its dramatic and eccentric production and also Welchs powerful vocal performances. The bands debut album, Lungs, was released on 6 July 2009. On 17 January 2010, the reached the top position. As of October 2010, the album had been in the top forty in the United Kingdom for sixty-five consecutive weeks, the groups second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October 2011, entered the charts at number one in the UK and number six in the US. The bands third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, was released on 2 June 2015 and it topped the UK charts, and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, their first to do so. The album reached number one in a total of eight countries, also in 2015, the band was the headlining act at Glastonbury Festival, making Florence Welch the first British female headliner this century. Florence and the Machines sound has been described as a combination of genres, including rock. Lungs won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2010, Florence and the Machine has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards including Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. Additionally, the performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The name of Florence and the Machine is attributed to Florence Welchs teenage collaboration with Isabella Machine Summers, Welch and Summers performed together for a time under the name Florence Robot/Isa Machine. According to Welch, The name Florence and the Machine started off as a joke that got out of hand. I made music with my friend, who we called Isabella Machine to which I was Florence Robot. When I was about an hour away from my first gig, I still didnt have a name, so I thought Okay, Ill be Florence Robot/Isa Machine, before realising that name was so long itd drive me mad. In addition to Summers, the current band members include musicians Robert Ackroyd, Chris Hayden, Mark Saunders, in 2007, Welch recorded with a band named Ashok, who released an album titled Plans on the Filthy Lucre/About Records label. This album included the earliest version of her later hit Kiss with a Fist, Florence and the Machine released their first album Lungs in the United Kingdom on 6 July 2009. The album was produced by James Ford, Paul Epworth, Steve Mackey, the album was officially launched with a set at the Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley, South East LondonFlorence and the Machine – Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performing at Coke Live 2013 in Kraków, Poland
26. Brandon Flowers – Brandon Richard Flowers is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the singer, keyboardist and occasional bass guitarist of the Las Vegas-based rock band the Killers. In addition to his work with the Killers, Flowers has released two albums, Flamingo and The Desired Effect. He has topped the UK Albums Chart six times, including work by the Killers, Brandon Richard Flowers, the youngest of six children, was born on June 21,1981, in Henderson, Nevada, to Jean Yvonne and Terry Austin Flowers. His older siblings are his brother Shane and four sisters April, Shelly, Amy, and Stephanie. His family lived in Henderson until Flowers was eight, when moved to Payson, Utah. Flowers lived in Nephi until his year at Juab High School. He moved to Las Vegas to live with his aunt and graduated from Chaparral High School in 1999. The pop singer often says that growing up in Las Vegas as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helped prepare him for the world of rock, really, being a Mormon in Las Vegas prepared me for the lions den. The things that go on, the lights, its the ultimate rock, without Las Vegas, I would be a wreck. Flowers responded to an ad that Dave Keuning had placed in the Las Vegas Weekly in late 2001, after several short-lived bassists and drummers, Flowers and Keuning were joined by bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci, and the line-up became official in August 2002. Between 2003 and 2013, they released four consecutive chart-topping albums and have sold over 22 million records worldwide, on July 4,2010, The Killers headlined the Salute to the Military USO Concert at the White House. They performed God Bless America and favorites from their catalogue, on June 22,2013, the Killers headlined the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium, their biggest solo show to date. Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright wrote a song about Flowers called Tulsa for his fifth album Release the Stars, Wainwright has stated in numerous interviews that it was inspired by their first meeting at a bar in Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to Wainwright, Flowers was very flattered and somewhat bashful about this tribute, elton John listed Flowers as one of his top five heroes while editing The Independents World Aids Day special edition. Debut solo album Flamingo was released worldwide and charted in the top ten albums in ten countries including the UK where it charted at number one. The album drew influence from Flowers hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. The first single from Flamingo, Crossfire, was released on June 21 and it became Flowers first top ten single in the UK as a solo artist and was certified silver by the BPIBrandon Flowers – Flowers in 2010
27. Foals (band) – Since the bands formation, their line-up has remained constant, except for the departure of former lead singer Andrew Mears. They are currently signed to Warner Bros, records, and have released four studio albums, Antidotes, Total Life Forever, Holy Fire, What Went Down, one video album, six extended plays and nineteen singles. The band have toured internationally and have featured on Glastonbury, Coachella and Roskilde festivals. The band have won a number of awards, including best live act at the 2013 Q Awards while producers Alan Moulder, the lead singer of the band Youthmovies, Andrew Mears, originally formed the band Foals. He was present on the bands debut 7 single, Try This on Your Piano/Look at My Furrows of Worry, jack Bevan, Lina Simon and Yannis Philippakis were originally in cult math rock band The Edmund Fitzgerald. The group disbanded, claiming that things had become too serious, walter Gervers and Jimmy Smith were part of a small Oxford band called Face Meets Grill. They met at and formed the band members of Abingdon School. They played gigs in and around Oxford, and recorded an EP in Hull, after playing Truck Festival in 2004 they separated to follow different paths and careers. In early 2007, the released the limited edition 7 singles Hummer and Mathletics. Hummer later featured on the Channel Four teen drama Skins, in the summer of 2007, Foals began working on their debut album in New York. It was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, however, the band decided to mix the album themselves, stating that Sitek made the first master copy of the album sound like it was recorded in the Grand Canyon. Philippakis has stated a number of times that Foals and Dave Sitek are on good terms, Foals released their debut album, titled Antidotes, on 24 March 2008 in the UK and on 8 April 2008 in the US. The album was a success in the UK, debuting at number 3 on the UK Albums Charts. The album was a success in other countries, charting in Japan, France. Non-UK versions of the include the early Parton-produced singles. In August 2009, Foals started recording their album at Svenska Grammofon Studion in Gothenburg. The album, Total Life Forever, has described by the band members as sounding like tropical prog. The band have described the album as being a lot less funk than they had originally planned, the album was produced by Luke Smith, formerly of ClorFoals (band) – Foals performing at Roskilde Festival 2011.
28. Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the death of Kurt Cobain. The group got its name from the UFOs and various phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon, Goldsmith quit during the recording of the groups second album, The Colour and the Shape, when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl himself. Smears departure followed soon afterward, though he would rejoin them in 2005 and they were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively, although Stahl was fired before the recording of the groups third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released its album, One by One, in 2002. The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor, Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. The bands seventh album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011. In November 2014, the eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, was released as an accompanying soundtrack to the Grohl-directed 2014 miniseries of the same name. Over the course of the career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. As of 2015, the eight albums have sold 12 million copies in the U. S. and 30 million worldwide. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl joined the grunge group Nirvana as its drummer in 1990, during tours, he took a guitar with him and wrote songs. Grohl held back these songs from the rest of the band, he said in 1997, I was in awe of, I thought it was best that I kept my songs to myself. Grohl occasionally booked studio time to record demos and covers of songs he liked, frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home on April 8,1994, and Nirvana subsequently disbanded. Grohl received offers to work with artists, press rumors indicated he might be joining Pearl Jam and he almost accepted a permanent position as drummer in Tom Petty. Ultimately Grohl declined and instead entered Robert Lang Studios in October 1994 to record fifteen of the forty songs he had written. With the exception of a part on X-Static, played by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, Dave Grohl played every instrumentFoo Fighters – Foo Fighters performing in November 2007. From left to right: Chris Shiflett, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel
29. Franz Ferdinand (band) – Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band, formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow. The bands original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy, the band has been known for being one of the most popular post-punk revival bands, garnering multiple UK top 20 hits and selling over 3 million albums worldwide, as of late 2009. They have been nominated for several Grammy Awards and have received two Brit Awards—winning one for Best British Group, as well as one NME Award, the band began by releasing their debut extended play, Darts of Pleasure, in 2003, under Domino Records. The band gained recognition in the United Kingdom after the EPs title track peaked at number 44 on UK Singles Chart, in January 2004, the band released the song Take Me Out. The song went on to global recognition, charting in several countries. It has since been noted as the signature song and has received critical acclaim from critics. The band subsequently released their eponymous studio album on 9 February 2004 to critical acclaim. The album won the 2004 Mercury Prize and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, in 2005, the band released their second studio album, You Could Have It So Much Better, which was produced by Rich Costey. The album went on to critical acclaim from critics as well as a positive commercial performance. The bands third album, Tonight, Franz Ferdinand, was announced in late 2008. The album gained a commercial performance as well as positive reviews. A remix album of Tonight, titled Blood, was released in July 2009. Four years after the release of Tonight, the released their fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words. In 2015, it was announced that Franz Ferdinand and American rock band Sparks had formed the supergroup FFS, the two released the album FFS in June 2015. In 2016, it was announced that Nick McCarthy had taken a break from the band to focus on matters and other musical projects. The members of Franz Ferdinand played in bands during the 1990s, including The Karelia, Yummy Fur, 10p Invaders. Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson met at a party and began a friendship and played together in Yummy Fur. Around the same time, Kapranos taught his friend, Bob Hardy, Kapranos met co-guitarist Nick McCarthy, who had returned to Scotland after studying jazz bass in Germany, in 2001Franz Ferdinand (band) – Franz Ferdinand performing live in 2009. From left to right: McCarthy, Kapranos, Hardy (foreground), Thomson (background).
30. Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires are an English indie rock band from St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. They are currently signed to XL Recordings and their self-titled debut album was released on 1 September 2008 and was announced as one of the shortlisted twelve for the 2009 Mercury Prize on 21 July 2009. Friendly Fires met at St Albans School, during this time lead singer Ed Macfarlane released his own music through the electronica label Skam, and Precinct Recordings. Upon leaving university they formed a new band inspired by music, lush shoegaze melodies. The name Friendly Fires originates from the track of the Section 25 LP Always Now. The band considers German techno label Kompakt, Carl Craig and Prince to be their greatest influences, in late 2007, they became the first unsigned band to appear on Channel 4s Transmission programme. Their single Paris achieved Single of The Week in The Guardian newspaper, NME magazine and they have toured extensively, with past performances and festival appearances throughout the UK, Europe, Japan, the U. S. Canada, Mexico, South America and Australia. In May 2008, their song On Board was featured in North American television commercials for Nintendos Wii Fit, on Board is also featured in the trailer for the PlayStation 3 game Gran Turismo 5. White Diamonds is featured in one of the episodes in the season of the American television series Gossip Girl. Jump in the Pool is the tune to BBC1s Final Score for the 2009/10 Football Season. In The Hospital, and Lovesick, are featured in the PC/Xbox360/PS3 driving game Colin McRae, Lovesick is played on Soccer AM as the weeks football fixtures are announced. In September 2008, they released their first LP, Friendly Fires, featuring the singles On Board, Paris, Jump in the Pool, and Skeleton Boy. The album was certified gold in the UK, the band was nominated for a Best Breakthrough Award at The South Bank Show Awards. In March 2009, Friendly Fires co-headlined with White Lies on an American equivalent of the tour called NME Presents, on 21 July 2009, Friendly Fires was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. They lost to Speech Debelles Speech Therapy, on 19 January 2010, the band was nominated for two Brit Awards, Best British Group and British Breakthrough Act. On 8 March 2010, Friendly Fires released a split 12 single with their New York city friends Holy Ghost, Friendly Fires covered Holy Ghost. s Hold On, Holy Ghost. The 12 also included versions of both songs, the download version of the 12 included a dub version of Holy Ghost. s On Board. Friendly Fires have contributed the soundtrack to the Frank Miller-directed TV advertisement for Guilty and it was a cover of the Depeche Mode song StrangeloveFriendly Fires – Friendly Fires
31. Dave Grohl – David Eric Dave Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, director and producer. Grohl is the drummer and co-founder of the rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures and he additionally wrote all the music and performed all the instruments for his short-lived side projects Late. and Probot. He has been involved with the rock band Queens of the Stone Age many times throughout the past decade, David Eric Grohl was born in Warren, Ohio, the son of Virginia Jean, a teacher, and James Harper Grohl, at the time a newswriter. He has Slovak, German, and Irish ancestry, when he was a child, Grohls family moved from Warren, to Springfield, Virginia. When Grohl was seven, his parents divorced, and he grew up with his mother. At the age of twelve, Grohl began learning to play guitar and he grew tired of lessons and instead taught himself, and he eventually began playing in bands with friends. A year later, Grohl and his sister spent the summer in Evanston, Illinois, tracy introduced them to punk rock by taking the pair to shows by a variety of punk bands. His first concert was Naked Raygun at The Cubby Bear in Chicago in 1982 when he was 13 years old, from then on we were totally punk, Grohl recalled. We went home and bought Maximumrocknroll and tried to figure it all out, in Virginia, Grohl attended Thomas Jefferson High School as a freshman. Grohls mother decided that he should transfer to Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria because his cannabis use was affecting his grades and he stayed there two years, beginning with a repeat of first year. After his second year, he transferred yet again, to Annandale High School, while in high school, Grohl played in several local bands, including a stint as guitarist in a band called Freak Baby. It was during this period that Grohl taught himself to play drums, when Freak Baby kicked out its bass player, Grohl decided to switch to drums, and the reconstituted band renamed themselves Mission Impossible. During his developing years as a drummer, Grohl cited John Bonham as his greatest influence, Mission Impossible later rebranded themselves Fast before breaking up, after which Grohl joined the post-punk-influenced hardcore punk band Dain Bramage. Many of Grohls early influences were gained at the 9,30 club, I went to the 9,30 club hundreds of times. I was always so excited to get there, and I was always bummed when it closed, I spent my teenage years at the club and saw some shows that changed my life. Grohl said in an interview with The Guardian, They dont understand that when I was 15 and had Zen Arcade, for me to do anything else for the sole reason of doing something different would be so contrived. At the age of seventeen, Grohl auditioned with local DC favorites Scream to fill the left by the departure of drummer Kent Stax. In order to be considered for the position, Grohl lied about his age, to Grohls surprise, the band asked him to joinDave Grohl – Grohl in 2011
32. Calvin Harris – Adam Richard Wiles, known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish record producer, DJ, singer and songwriter. His debut studio album I Created Disco was released in June 2007 and its lead single Im Not Alone became his first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart. Harris rose to prominence with the release of his third studio album 18 Months in October 2012. Topping the UK charts, the album became his first to chart on the US Billboard 200 chart, Harris released his fourth studio album Motion in November 2014. It debuted at two in the UK and at number five in the US, and became Harriss second consecutive number one album on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The albums first three singles Under Control, Summer and Blame all topped the UK chart, Harris has collaborated with numerous other recording artists. His collaboration with Rihanna We Found Love became an international success, Harris later collaborated with Rihanna on the singles Where Have You Been and This Is What You Came For. Harris currently holds the record for the most top 10 songs from one album on the UK Singles Chart with nine top 10 entries. In October 2014, he became the first artist to place three songs simultaneously on the top 10 of Billboards Dance/Electronic Songs chart and he also became the first British solo artist to reach more than one billion streams on Spotify. Harris has received ten Brit Award nominations—three for Best British Male and he received the British Academys Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2013 and at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was named Top Dance/Electronic Artist. Additionally, Harris topped Forbes list of the worlds highest-paid DJs for three years from 2013 to 2015. One of the most successful musicians in contemporary British popular culture, Harris runs his own record label, Fly Eye Records. Adam Richard Wiles was born on 17 January 1984 in Dumfries and his parents, David Wiles, a biochemist, and Pamela, a homemaker, married in Oxford before moving to the Dumfries suburb of Georgetown. He has a sister, Sophie, and an older brother. He attended Dumfries High School, and after leaving school he stacked shelves in supermarkets and he was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and began recording bedroom demos in 1999. When Harris was 18 he released two songs Da Bongos and Brighter Days, both were released as 12-inch club singles and CD-EPs by the label Prima Facie in early 2002 under the name Stouffer. With these singles to his credit, Harris moved from Scotland to London, Only one of his songs was released during his time in London, Let Me Know with vocalist Ayah Marar on the Unabombers 2004 live-mix CD Electric Soul, Vol.2. With the lack of job opportunities and money, Harris returned home to Dumfries, Harris signed contracts with Three Six Zero Group, EMI and Sony BMG in 2006 after he had been discovered on the social networking website MyspaceCalvin Harris – Harris performing at Rock in Rio in Madrid in July 2012
33. PJ Harvey – Polly Jean Harvey, MBE, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is proficient with a wide range of instruments. Harvey began her career in 1988 when she joined local band Automatic Dlamini as a vocalist, guitarist, the bands frontman, John Parish, would become her long-term collaborator. In 1991, she formed a trio and subsequently began her professional career. The trio released two albums, Dry and Rid of Me before disbanding, after which Harvey continued as a solo artist. In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME Awards, in June 2013, she was awarded an MBE for services to music. Harvey was born on 9 October 1969 in Bridport, Dorset, as the child of Ray and Eva Harvey, who owned a stone quarrying business. As a teenager, Harvey began learning saxophone and joined an instrumental group Bologne. She was also a guitarist with folk duo the Polekats, with whom she wrote some of her earliest material, after finishing school, Harvey attended Yeovil College and attended a visual arts foundation course. In July 1988, Harvey became a member of Automatic Dlamini, formed by John Parish in 1983, the band consisted of a rotating line-up that at various times included Rob Ellis and Ian Oliver. Harvey had met Parish in 1987 through mutual friend Jeremy Hogg, a second European tour took place throughout June and July 1989. Following the tour, the band recorded Here Catch, Shouted His Father, their studio album. This is the only Automatic Dlamini material to feature Harvey, but remains unreleased, Parish would subsequently contribute to, and sometimes co-produce, Harveys solo studio albums and has toured with her a number of times. As a duo, Parish and Harvey have recorded two albums where Parish composed the music and Harvey penned the lyrics. Additionally, Parishs girlfriend in the late 1980s was photographer Maria Mochnacz and she and Harvey became close friends and Mochnacz went on to shoot and design most of Harveys album artwork and music videos, contributing significantly to her public image. Harvey has said of her time with Automatic Dlamini, I ended up not singing very much, I wrote a lot during the time I was with them but my first songs were crap. I was listening to a lot of Irish folk music at the time, so the songs were folky and full of penny whistles and it was ages before I felt ready to perform my own songs in front of other people. In January 1991, following her departure from Automatic Dlamini, Harvey formed her own band with former bandmates Rob Ellis and Ian OliverPJ Harvey – PJ Harvey performing live in September 2007.
34. Hurts – Hurts are an English synthpop duo formed in 2009, consisting of synthesist Adam Anderson and singer Theo Hutchcraft. Their first two albums, Happiness and Exile, both reached the top ten in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Anderson and Hutchcraft met outside the 42nd Street nightclub in Manchester in November 2005, whilst their friends got involved in a fight. Too drunk to join in, they began discussing music instead, realising they had similar tastes, over the next few months, they exchanged music and lyrics via e-mail, before forming Bureau in March 2006. They performed their first gig as a quintet in May at The Music Box in Manchester and they released their first double A-side single After Midnight/Dollhouse in November, which was made Single of the Week on Xfm. In 2007, Bureau disbanded and soon after Hutchcraft and Anderson formed the band Daggers and they signed to Label Fandango and in October released another double A-side single, Money/Magazine, which, despite failing to chart, was nominated for the Popjustice £20 Music Prize. They recorded a ballad called Unspoken together and they immediately realised that this was the sound that they wanted to develop as a duo. After informing the rest of the band that it was finished, they went on a break to Verona in Italy. Daggers split on 30 January 2009, after uploading the video to their YouTube channel on 21 April 2009, it quickly went viral. The video has since had over 21 million views on YouTube, in July the band was signed to Sony subsidiary RCA Records as well as RCA imprint Major Label Records, run by their old friend Biff Stannard. On 7 January, Zane Lowe premiered the song Blood, Tears & Gold as his Hottest Record in the World and this was quickly followed by gigs at Wiltons Music Hall, London, and in Berlin and Cologne in Germany. In March, Wonderful Life was released to radio in various European territories, as manager Matt Vines explained to Music Week, were looking at tours across Europe to back up the work we are doing in the UK. The single became a hit in countries such as Denmark, Cyprus. On 10 March, their first UK single Better Than Love was premiered on Huw Stephens show on BBC Radio 1. After a nationwide tour with the NME Radar tour, the song was released on download, CD and vinyl formats on 24 May. Following success on Greek radio, Hurts were invited to perform at the MAD Video Music Awards ceremony in Athens in front of 11,000 people on 15 June. Also in June, Kylie Minogue recorded a verse and backing vocals for the song Devotion, Hurts recorded a performance of Kylies 1994 hit Confide In Me for newspaper The Suns website, and has since been a regular inclusion on their gig setlists. Kylie later returned the compliment by recording a performance of Wonderful Life in Radio 1s Live Lounge, throughout the summer, Hurts performed at several music festivals including V Festival and T in the Park in the UK, Pukkelpop in Belgium, and SWR3 New Pop Festival in Germany. Wonderful Life was released in Germany on 6 August and it debuted at two on the German Singles ChartHurts – Hurts at a special performance during Michalsky's StyleNite of Berlin Fashion Week, January 2010
35. The Killers – The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning. Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. would complete the current line-up of the band in 2002, the bands name is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band, portrayed in the music video for the New Order song Crystal. The band has released four chart topping studio albums, Hot Fuss, Sams Town, Day & Age and they have also achieved worldwide success as a live band, performing in over 50 countries and on six continents, headlining venues such as Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium. In 2001, Brandon Flowers was fired by his first band, after attending an Oasis concert at the Hard Rock Hotel during The Tour of Brotherly Love, Flowers realized his calling was to be in a rock band and began searching for like-minded musicians. He eventually came across an ad posted in a Las Vegas newspaper by Dave Keuning, when the pair met they bonded over similar musical influences and immediately began writing songs together in Keunings apartment. Bassist Dell Neal later left the band due to personal reasons, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. joined The Killers shortly before Neals departure. Vannucci was well-known on the Las Vegas music scene, having played in bands since a young age. It was while he was drumming for other bands including Daphne Major, ronnies first show with the band was on August 30,2002, at a club called The Junkyard. Playing bass for The Killers that night was Mark Stoermer, who was at point the lead guitarist for local progressive rock band The Negative Ponies. The band were keen on Stoermer joining them on a permanent basis with full commitment and they had initially approached him to be the second guitarist when they were considering turning the band into a five-piece, possibly more like the Strokes, with a keyboard. Stoermer mentioned later on that he could play bass. The band had continued as a three-piece trying out other bassists until November 2002, according to Ryan Pardey who booked many of the bands early shows They became a great band when Ronnie and Mark joined. That’s when they became a cohesive unit. What Ronnie did — he was the discipline — and Mark was just a solid musician, the four of them would get together in Vannuccis garage to work on song ideas. They would also sneak into the room at the University of Nevada. It was during this period that the band much of their debut album Hot Fuss including hit singles Somebody Told Me. The band continued playing at venues around their hometown, often playing Sunday nights at a transvestite bar named Sashas. It wasnt long before they caught the attention of Braden Merrick, an A&R rep for Warner BrosThe Killers – The Killers in concert in 2006
36. Klaxons – Klaxons are an English band, based in London. The album won the 2007 Nationwide Mercury Prize, after playing festivals and headlining tours worldwide during late 2006–2007, the band started working on their follow-up album in July 2007. Klaxons second album, Surfing the Void, was released on 23 August 2010 and their 3rd album, Love Frequency, was released on 16 June 2014. Jamie Reynolds grew up in Bournemouth and Southampton and he dropped out of studying philosophy at Greenwich University to work in a record shop, Essential Records in Southampton, before moving to London after being made redundant. Simon Taylor-Davis and James Righton grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, meeting at Stratford-upon-Avon High School, the trio formed in New Cross, London, after meeting through Reynolds girlfriend. Righton had been working as a teacher at the time, James taught Simon how to play guitar, and with Reynolds redundancy money they purchased a studio kit. They recorded and performed live under their early guise of Klaxons, name inspired by Filippo Tommaso Marinettis futurism text The Futurist Manifesto, initially the band played with drummer Finnigan Kidd in 2005, until Kidd left to play with fellow New Cross band, Hatcham Social. Replacement live drummer Steffan Halperin joined in February 2006, with the band announcing him as a member in an interview in Prefix Magazine in early 2007. He remains mostly absent from the music videos, appearing only in the early video Atlantis to Interzone. Around this time, the band playing under their new. Klaxons debut single, Gravitys Rainbow was released in March 2006 on Angular Records, only 500 copies were released, all were printed on a 7-inch vinyl decorated by the band themselves. Radio 1s Steve Lamacq was the first DJ to play the band, the bands second single, Atlantis to Interzone, was released on 12 June of the same year. It was their first release for independent record label Merok Records, the song enjoyed radio coverage from Zane Lowe and daytime airings from Jo Whiley, who repeatedly, and mistakenly, called the song Atlantic To Interscope. Zane Lowe also wrongly credited the song as Atlantis To Interscope and they released their first EP, Xan Valleys, on 17 October 2006. It was released on Australian record label Modular Recordings, and contained their first two singles alongside various remixes, the band played their first North American dates in New Yorks East Village in October 2006. The band signed to Polydor Records in August 2006, following offers from different record labels. Their first single for the label, Magick, was released on 30 October 2006, in August 2006, Klaxons played at the Reading and Leeds festivals. Fans sounded Klaxons. and cheered loudly between songs while brandishing glowsticks and this gave credit to the New Rave label, coined by Angular Records founder Joe Daniel, later used by NME magazine to describe the sceneKlaxons – Jamie Reynolds, James Righton & Simon Taylor-Davis of Klaxons at the Eurockéennes 2007
37. The Last Shadow Puppets – The Last Shadow Puppets are an English supergroup consisting of Alex Turner, Miles Kane, James Ford. They are joined live by Loren Humphrey and Tyler Parkford, the band released their debut album The Age of the Understatement in 2008. Following a lengthy hiatus, they returned, releasing second album Everything Youve Come to Expect in 2016, Turner and Kane had become friends when Kanes previous band the Little Flames played support for Arctic Monkeys on their 2005 UK tour. The Little Flames also supported Arctic Monkeys on their April 2007 UK tour, the initial recording of the songs that would eventually form their debut album took place in France in late August 2007 with additional material added between August and December of that year. In December Owen Pallett was appointed to arrange the strings, brass, during the recording of the album Turner and Kane hired a documentary film-making team, Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull, to capture the story of the project. The album went straight to one in the UK Albums Chart. The duo have said they took inspiration from Scott Walker and early Bowie, as well as this, there are also influences of the Beatles and late 60s/ early 70s progressive rock. The second single, Standing Next to Me, was released on 7 July 2008, the album produced a third single, My Mistakes Were Made for You. The album was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize but lost out to Elbows The Seldom Seen Kid, although Kane said in an interview with The Sun that the Last Shadow Puppets were looking to record new material in 2009, nothing was subsequently announced during that year. In a March 2010 interview with Absolute Radio, Alex Turner said that there were no plans, however, in March 2011, Turner confirmed his interests in recording a second album. On 19 October 2015 Owen Pallett, who contributed the arrangements on The Age of the Understatement. When asked of his recent work, Ford said, This year, Ive just done a Last Shadow Puppets record, so we did the follow-up album to that. Thats the last thing I did, on 3 December 2015, the bands official Facebook and YouTube pages released a teaser trailer for the album, also confirming for the album to be released sometime in spring 2016. People such as Turners current girlfriend, Taylor Bagley, and Zach Dawes of Mini Mansions made small cameos in the video, a second teaser trailer for the album was released on 28 December 2015. The video featured Kane impersonating wrestler Ric Flair along with videos from the studio, on 10 January 2016, the band released their first single since 2008. The song, Bad Habits, was accompanied with a video filmed in the same style as the first two teaser trailers. It is set to be released on 1 April 2016, on 10 March 2016 the band released the title track from Everything Youve Come to Expect, as the albums second single. An accompanying music video was released, of which there is 9 varieties, depicting TurnerThe Last Shadow Puppets – The Band at the Glastonbury Festival in 2008.
38. Amy Lee – Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence, along with her contributions with the band, Lee has also participated on numerous other musical projects including Walt Disney Records Nightmare Revisited and Muppets, The Green Album. Lee has performed collaborations with such as Korn, Seether. Lee is also the American chairperson for the international epilepsy awareness foundation Out of the Shadows, during Evanescences hiatus, Lee embarked on her film score career in 2013 by composing the soundtrack to War Story and Indigo Grey, The Passage with cellist Dave Eggar. Lee cites influences ranging from such as Mozart and Danny Elfman, to artists Björk, Tori Amos, Plumb. She received the Songwriter Icon Award in 2008 from the National Music Publishers Association, in 2012, she won Best Vocalist at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards and also named Rock Goddess of the Year at the Loudwire Music Awards. She won an award for Best Film Score for Indigo Grey, Amy Lee was born in Riverside, California, to parents John Lee, a disc jockey and TV personality, and Sara Cargill. She has a brother named Robby and two sisters, Carrie and Lori, Lee had a younger sister who died in 1987 at the age of three from an unidentified illness. The song Hello from Fallen has been reported to have written for her late sister. Lee took classical piano lessons for nine years and her family moved to many places, including West Palm Beach, Florida, and Rockford, Illinois, and eventually settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Evanescence was formed. Lee graduated from Pulaski Academy, a school in Little Rock. She briefly attended Middle Tennessee State University in 2000 to study theory and composition. In an interview on AOL Music, Lee said that the first songs she remembered writing were called Eternity of the Remorse and A Single Tear. The first was written when she was years old and wanted to become a classical composer. Lee co-founded the rock band Evanescence with guitarist Ben Moody, the two met at a youth camp after Moody heard Lee playing Meat Loafs Id Do Anything for Love on the piano. In 2000, Evanescence recorded the longer EP Origin and this demo contains three songs from the debut album Fallen written by Lee and Moody, Whisper, Imaginary and My Immortal. Whereas Whisper and Imaginary were altered before being included on Fallen, My Immortal is virtually unchanged, the band version was included on later copies of Fallen, notably the Brazilian, Bolivian, and Argentine editions. On October 22,2003, Moody left the band citing creative differences, in an interview several months later, Amy said. wed gotten to a point that if something didnt change, we wouldnt have been able to make a second recordAmy Lee – Lee at the 2003 Billboard Music Awards
39. The Maccabees (band) – The Maccabees are an English indie rock band, formed in 2004 in London. The band announced that decided to disband in August 2016. The band came up with the name by flicking through the Bible and their lyrics often include an atheistic theme, in particular their second albums title track, Wall of Arms and All in Your Rows from their debut album. Their debut single, X-Ray, was released on Promise records on 28 November 2005 and this was championed by Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and received airtime on MTV2. The video, directed by Hugh Frost and Samuel Bebbington, also proved a hit after it was posted on YouTube. The band were signed to major label Fiction Records, and released their debut album Colour It In in May 2007, the single First Love was their first to chart in the UK top 40, and was followed by About Your Dress, which peaked at No.33. Their album received positive reviews, and charted at No.24 and they then toured the United States with fellow indie group Bloc Party. A full UK tour followed from October 2007, culminating in a show at the Roundhouse venue in London. On the run-up to the release of their album, the band played two new songs to Steve Lamacq on his In New Music We Trust show on Radio 1 in May 2008, No Kind Words. The band also played a string of venues in the UK to test out new songs, in March. The Maccabees performed at Offset Festival in London as well the Underage Festival in August 2008. On 16 March, Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq played the bands first single from Wall of Arms entitled Love You Better, Wall of Arms was released on 4 May 2009. It entered the UK albums chart at No.13 and received reviews with the NME giving the album 8/10. At the end of the year, Artrocker made the album joint No.1 Album of 2009 along with Yeah Yeah Yeahs Its Blitz, the band performed at NewcastleGatesheads Evolution Festival on 25 May 2009. They finished their set with Love You Better and they played before The View and after Little Boots on the Spillers Wharf Stage. In July 2009, second single Can You Give It was released, the Maccabees invited the Dodworth Colliery Band of Barnsley to record a rousing brass version of the single for the B-side. The Guardian interviewed Orlando and Felix during the recording session, the accompanying video for Can You Give It was filmed at the infamous Coopers Hill annual cheese rolling race in Gloucestershire. Other performances in 2009 include Reading and Leeds Festivals on Friday 28th and Saturday 29 August respectively, on 3 October 2009, the five-piece band played a gig at Brixton Academy to finish off their Wall of Arms tourThe Maccabees (band) – The Maccabees
40. Manic Street Preachers – Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh rock band formed in 1986 in Blackwood, Wales and consisting of James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore. They are often known as The Manics. After the release of their first single, Suicide Alley, Richey Edwards joined the band as co-lyricist, despite the albums failure to meet this level of success, the band carried on with their career. The group later became a trio when Edwards disappeared on 1 February 1995, Bradfield, Moore and Wire went on to gain critical and commercial success. The band have released albums and three compilations, Forever Delayed, Lipstick Traces and National Treasures – The Complete Singles. The bands later albums retained a leftist politicisation and intellectual lyrical style while adopting a broader alternative rock sound, to date, they have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Over their career the Manics have headlined several festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park, V Festival and they have won eleven NME Awards, eight Q Awards and four BRIT Awards. The Manics were also nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1996 and 1999, Manic Street Preachers formed in 1986 at Oakdale Comprehensive School, Blackwood, South Wales. During this time, Bradfield, alongside the classically trained Sean Moore, Original bassist Flicker left the band in early 1988, reportedly because he believed that the band were moving away from their punk roots. The band continued as a three-piece, with Wire switching from guitar to bass, the Manics intended to restore revolution to rock and roll at a time when Britain was dominated by shoegaze and acid house. The NME magazine gave Suicide Alley an enthusiastic review, citing a press release by Richey Edwards, in 1990 the Manic Street Preachers signed a deal with label Damaged Goods Records for one EP. The four-track New Art Riot E. P. attracted as much media interest for its attacks on fellow musicians as for the actual music, with the help of Hall or Nothing management, the Manics signed to indie label Heavenly Records. The band recorded their first single for the label, entitled Motown Junk and their next single, You Love Us, sampled Krzysztof Pendereckis Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima as well as Iggy Pop. The video featured Nicky Wire in drag as Marilyn Monroe and contained references to the film Betty Blue. In a now legendary interview with then-NME journalist Steve Lamacq, Edwards carved the phrase 4REAL into his arm with a blade to prove their sincerity. He was taken to hospital and received seventeen stitches, as a result of their controversial behaviour, the Manics quickly became favourites of the British music press, which helped them build a rabidly dedicated following. Columbia Records of Sony Music UK signed the band shortly afterwards, the bands debut album, Generation Terrorists, was released in 1992 on the Columbia Records imprint. The liner notes contained a quote for each of the albums eighteen songsManic Street Preachers – Manic Street Preachers in 2014. From left to right: James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore and Nicky Wire
41. Laura Marling – Laura Beatrice Marling is a British folk singer-songwriter and musician from Eversley, Hampshire. She won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, the youngest of three daughters, Marling was born in Berkshire, England, and learned guitar at an early age. I couldn’t slot myself into the age-appropriate genre, Marling attended Waverley Primary School in Finchampstead, Berkshire and received a scholarship to attend Leighton Park School, a private Quaker school in Reading, Berkshire. During her secondary school years she felt uneasy around other people and was afraid of death, after completing her GCSEs at 16, she joined her older sisters and settled in the outskirts of London. Marling also appeared on The Rakes track Suspicious Eyes, from the bands 2007 album Ten New Messages, Marling would later collaborate with Mystery Jets and contributed guest vocals to the 2008 single Young Love. Early in her career, Marlings band included members of the band Mumford & Sons, Dwane, Mumford. She was invited to tour with Jamie T after he attended her second-ever solo gig and she has also toured with a number of other musicians including Adam Green from the anti-folk band The Moldy Peaches. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim was released on 4 February 2008, the album, as well as subsequent singles, were released on Virgin Records. The third and final single from her album, Night Terror was released on 27 October 2008, Marlings television appearances include The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Later With Jools Holland, performing Ghosts and New Romantic respectively. In 2008, she appeared on Russell Brands Radio 2 show alongside her sister and she once chose to perform on the street after being denied entry to one of her own performances for being underage. The follow-up to Alas, I Cannot Swim, titled I Speak Because I Can, was released on 22 March 2010, produced by Ethan Johns, the album has a more mature sound and lyricism, dealing with responsibility, particularly the responsibility of womanhood. The album is preceded by the singles Goodbye England, released on iTunes in December 2009, on 28 March 2010, I Speak Because I Can entered the UK Albums Chart at Number 4. It was also nominated for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize, in 2013, NME listed the album at 263 in their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Marlings third album, A Creature I Dont Know, was released on 12 September 2011, the album received positive reviews and reached number four on the UK album charts. During October 2012, Marling completed the Working Holiday Tour of the US as a solo performer. At the time, she announced that the album, later named Once I Was an Eagle, was finished and was scheduled for a February 2013 release, however. On 8 March 2013, Marling confirmed that the album would be released on 27 May 2013, the fourth albums first single Master Hunter was released on 17 April 2013, while Once I Was an Eagle entered the UK charts at number 3. Once I Was an Eagle is Marlings third album to be nominated for the Mercury Prize, the list of artists for the Prizes 2013 shortlist also included David Bowie and SavagesLaura Marling – Laura Marling performing at Sydney Opera House in February 2012.
42. Johnny Marr – Johnny Marr is an English musician, songwriter and singer. Between 1982 and 1987 he was the guitarist and – with Morrissey – co-songwriter of The Smiths, critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. Q magazines Simon Goddard argued in 2007 that the Smiths were the most influential British guitar group of the decade, NME named The Smiths the most influential artist ever in a 2002 poll, even topping The Beatles. As well, he has worked as a session musician. In 2013, he released an album titled The Messenger. He was voted the fourth best guitarist of the last 30 years in a poll conducted by the BBC in 2010, Phil Alexander, Editor-in-Chief of Mojo, has described Marr as arguably Britains last great guitar stylist. Marrs autobiography Set the Boy Free was published in November 2016, Marr was born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester, to Irish emigrants from Athy, County Kildare. The family moved to Wythenshawe in 1972, from 1975, he attended St Augustines Catholic Grammar School, which in 1977 merged with other schools to form St John Plessington High School. Marr had aspirations to be a football player. He was approached by Nottingham Forest and had trials with Manchester City, in 1979, he played a single gig at Wythenshawe Forum with a band called Sister Ray and re-united with Rourke in a band called White Dice. White Dice entered a competition organised by the NME and won an audition for F-Beat Records. In October 1980, Marr enrolled at Wythenshawe College, serving as President of the schools Student Union, Marr and Rourke then formed a funk band, Freak Party, with Simon Wolstencroft on drums. Around this time, Marr first met Matt Johnson, with whom he would later collaborate, by early 1982, Freak Party had fizzled out, being unable to find a singer. Marr approached Rob Allman, singer in White Dice, who suggested Steven Morrissey, Marr approached a mutual friend asking to be introduced and they visited Morrissey at his house in Kings Road, Stretford in May. Marrs jangly Rickenbacker and Fender Telecaster guitar playing became synonymous with The Smiths sound, Marrs friend Andy Rourke joined as bass player and Mike Joyce was recruited as drummer. Signing to indie label Rough Trade Records, they released their first single, Hand in Glove, by February 1984, The Smiths fanbase was sufficiently large to launch the bands long-awaited eponymous debut album to number two in the UK chart. Early in 1985 the band released their album, Meat Is Murder. This was more strident and political than its predecessor, and it was the only album to reach number one in the UK chartsJohnny Marr – Johnny Marr in 2012
43. Paul McCartney – Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained fame with the rock band the Beatles, largely considered the most popular. His songwriting partnership with Lennon is the most celebrated of the post-war era, after the bands break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine. McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song Yesterday, more than any other copyrighted song in history. Wings 1977 release Mull of Kintyre is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr all received The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1965, McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty. He has married three times and is the father of five children, James Paul McCartney was born on 18 June 1942 in Walton Hospital, Liverpool, England, where his mother, Mary Patricia, had qualified to practise as a nurse. His father, James McCartney, was absent from his sons birth due to his work as a firefighter during World War II. Paul has one brother, Michael. Though the children were baptised in their mothers Catholic faith, their father was a former Protestant turned agnostic, McCartney attended Stockton Wood Road Primary School in Speke from 1947 until 1949, when he transferred to Joseph Williams Junior School in Belle Vale because of overcrowding at Stockton. In 1953, with three others out of ninety examinees, he passed the 11-Plus exam, meaning he could attend the Liverpool Institute. In 1954, he met schoolmate George Harrison on the bus from his home in Speke. The two quickly became friends, McCartney later admitted, I tended to talk down to him because he was a year younger. McCartneys mother Mary was a midwife and the primary wage earner, her earnings enabled them to move into 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton. She rode a bicycle to her patients, McCartney described an early memory of her leaving at about three in the morning streets, on 31 October 1956, when McCartney was fourteen, his mother died of an embolism. McCartneys loss later became a point of connection with John Lennon, whose mother, McCartneys father was a trumpet player and pianist, who had led Jim Macs Jazz Band in the 1920s. He kept a piano in the front room, encouraged his sons to be musical and advised Paul to take piano lessonsPaul McCartney – Paul McCartney in 2010
44. Vicky McClure – Vicky Lee McClure is an English actress best known for her work in the films of director Shane Meadows. She is also known for roles in the BBC series Line of Duty and her other film roles include Filth and Wisdom, Hummingbird, and Svengali. McClure won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress for This is England 86 in 2011, McClure was born in Wollaton, Nottingham, and educated at the Fernwood Comprehensive School. She also attended the Central Junior Television Workshop where she was spotted by fellow Nottingham-born actress Samantha Morton who helped launch her career, McClure has worked on the This is England films for a period of over 9 years, portraying the role of Frances Lorraine Lol Jenkins. In an April 2007 interview with Time Out, McClure spoke of Meadows approaching her for the role while she was in a pub with Andrew Shim and she described the making of the film, which was highly improvised, as constant laughing and jokes. In 2011, her performance as Frances Lorraine Lol Jenkins in This is England 86 won her the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, McClure co-starred in the London-based comedy film Filth and Wisdom, the first feature film directed by pop singer Madonna. She admitted to being slightly star-struck upon first meeting Madonna, I tried to act as cool as possible but inside Im like, Oh my God, the film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 13 February 2008. She also joined the cast of the British police procedural series, Line of Duty in 2012 as DC Kate Fleming, continuing in the role in Series 2, Series 3. In 2013, she appeared in the British action-thriller film Hummingbird opposite Jason Statham, in July 2016, she appeared as Winnie Verloc in The Secret Agent, based on the eponymous novel by Joseph Conrad. She starred in the BBC TV thriller The Replacement in 2017 and she was also featured alongside Kaya Scodelario, Abbey Butler, Andy Crane and Paul Young in Plan Bs music video She Said. In 2010, McClure appeared in a number of short films for the English cosmetics brand Illamasqua. In 2012, McClure appeared in the video for Jake Buggs song Two Fingers along with Line of Duty co-star Craig Parkinson, on 18 March 2014, McClure appeared on BBC Radio 1s Innuendo Bingo. McClure lives in Nottingham with director Jonny Owen, Vicky McClure Official Website Vicky McClure at the Internet Movie DatabaseVicky McClure – McClure at the London premiere of Svengali, March 2014
45. MGMT – MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band formed in 2002 at Wesleyan University. It currently consists of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, in the live lineup it consists of VanWyngarden, Goldwasser, WIll Berman, Matt Asti, James Richardson and Hank Sullivant. Originally with Cantora Records, they signed with Columbia and RED Ink in 2006, after the release of Oracular Spectacular Asti, Richardson and Berman joined the core band in the studio for Congratulations which was released on April 13,2010. In January 2011 they began work on their eponymous studio album. It was released on September 17,2013, and was released as an exclusive on Rdio on September 9,2013. On October 5,2007, Spin named MGMT Artist of the Day, in November Rolling Stone pegged MGMT as a top ten Artist to Watch in 2008. The band placed ninth in the BBCs Sound of 2008 Top Ten Poll and they were also named as Last. fms most played new artist of 2008 in their Best of 2008 list. At the 51st Grammy Awards, the Justice remix of Electric Feel won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. The group was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden formed the band while attending Wesleyan University during their freshman year. We werent trying to start a band, remarked Goldwasser and we were just hanging out and showing each other music that we liked. They experimented with rock and electronica before settling on what Paco Alvarez of Spin calls their current brand of shape-shifting psychedelic pop. They graduated in 2005 and toured extensively in support of the Time to Pretend EP released in the same year, while at Wesleyan, they were schoolmates of Francis and the Lights, who they have since toured with. In the autumn of 2006, Maureen Kenny signed the band to Columbia Records, when they got a phone call from the A&R department of Columbia Records saying they were interested in their music, they thought it was a joke. The duo recorded with Flaming Lips/Sleater-Kinney music producer Dave Fridmann in 2007 for their label debut. MGMT opened for Of Montreal on tour in autumn 2007 as a touring band including Matthew Asti, James Richardson. In November 2007, they performed for the first time in Europe, supporting the band Samantha and The Courteeners at Koko in London, after March 2008, Hank Sullivant left the band to pursue his own band, Kuroma. Will Berman joined as the new drummer, James Richardson switched from drums to guitar, MGMT opened for M. I. A. on the Vassar College date of her 2008 tour, and also played several shows with Beck while he toured in 2008. They appeared at the 2008 and 2009 editions of the Bonnaroo Music Festival, bruce Springsteen was in attendance during their 2009 Bonnaroo late-night set, which followed his headlining appearance on What StageMGMT – MGMT performing at La Route du Rock 2008
46. M.I.A. (rapper) – M. I. A. is a play on her own name and a reference to the acronym of Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of alternative, dance, electronic, hip hop, M. I. A. began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002. She released her debut album Arular in 2005 and her second album Kala in 2007, Arular charted in Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the US, where it reached number 16 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Kala was certified silver in the UK and gold in Canada and the US and it also charted in several countries across Europe, in Japan and Australia. The albums first single Boyz reached the Top 10 in Canada and on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in 2007, the single Paper Planes The Beat Roberto Avila made peaked in the Top 20 worldwide and reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It has become XL Recordings second best-selling single to date, M. I. A. s third album Maya was released in 2010 soon after the controversial song-film short Born Free. The single XXXO reached the Top 40 in Belgium, Spain, M. I. A. has embarked on five global headlining tours and is the founder of her own multimedia label, N. E. E. T. Her fourth studio album, Matangi, was released in 2013, Arulpragasams early compositions relied heavily on the Roland MC-505 music sequencer and drum machine. Her later work marked an evolution in her sound with instruments, electronics. Critics have acclaimed a distinctive style to her music and she posted many of her songs and videos from 2002 onwards on platforms such as MySpace. In 2001, she received an Alternative Turner Prize nomination for her visual art, Time magazine named her one of the worlds 100 most influential people in 2009. Esquire magazine ranked M. I. A. on its list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century in January 2010. Arulpragasam was born on 18 July 1975, in Hounslow, West London, to Arul Pragasam, an engineer, writer and activist, and his wife, Kala, a seamstress. When Maya was six months old, her moved to Jaffna, the cultural, political, and economic capital of the predominantly Tamil northern Sri Lanka. There, her father adopted the name Arular and became a political activist and founding member of the Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students, the first eleven years of Arulpragasams life were marked by displacement caused by the Sri Lankan Civil War. Her family went into hiding from the Sri Lankan army, and she has described her family as living in big-time poverty during her childhood but also recalls some of her happiest memories from growing up in Jaffna. Maya attended Catholic convent schools such as the Holy Family Convent, during the civil war, soldiers would put guns through holes in the windows and shoot at the school, what she notes as bullying exploitation. Her classmates were trained to dive under the table or run next door to English-language schools that, according to her, Arulpragasam lived on a road alongside much of her extended family and played inside temples and churches in the townM.I.A. (rapper) – M.I.A. performing at the Zénith de Paris in 2014
47. Alison Mosshart – Alison Nicole Mosshart is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and occasional model best known as the lead vocalist for the indie rock band The Kills and blues rock band The Dead Weather. She started her career in 1995 with the Florida punk rock band Discount which disbanded in 2000. She then co-founded The Kills with British guitarist Jamie Hince in 2000 in London, in The Kills first album, Mosshart was known by her stage name VV and Hince was known as Hotel. In early 2009, she joined the supergroup The Dead Weather, formed by Jack White, along with Jack Lawrence, in that band, her stage name is Baby Ruthless. Mosshart features on the 2006 Primal Scream song Dolls, from the album Riot City Blues, as well as on the Placebo song Meds and she also featured on Cage the Elephants song Its Just Forever, from Melophobia. Mosshart also joined The Last Shadow Puppets on stage in 2008 and they performed the song Paris Summer. Before the two met, Mosshart, while on tour with her previous band, overheard Hince playing music in a squat above. She finally approached him, after which they started playing around with music ideas. After she went back to Florida, she continued writing songs with Jamie, by sending her ideas overseas to London and she became very exhausted and ill, so after saving money, Mosshart moved to London and the duo officially started. She has tattooed the date of their first concert on her hand,14 February 2002. In 2003, The Kills released their first album Keep on Your Mean Side, in 2005, they released their follow-up album No Wow. On January 11,2011, Mosshart announced the name of the new album Blood Pressures and it was released April 5 in the U. S. and April 4 elsewhere. The album is their most commercially successful to date, during the Blood Pressures tour they celebrated their 10-year anniversary on February 11,2012. They have released a book called Dream & Drive of their past 9 years with the photographer Kenneth Capello. On June 26,2014, The Kills opened for Jack White in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, Mosshart joined White to perform Whites song Love Interruption, and both Mosshart and Hince joined White to perform Leadbellys Goodnight Irene. On June 3,2016, The Kills released their new album Ash, Mosshart is one of the original members of the blues rock band The Dead Weather, formed in late 2008. She had performed previously with Jack White and Jack Lawrence and The Raconteurs and she sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar. She co-wrote the bands first single Hang You from the Heavens which was released on March 11,2009, Mosshart also wrote So Far From Your Weapon and co-wrote eight of the original ten tracks on their debut album HorehoundAlison Mosshart – Performing in July 2010.
48. Muse (band) – Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard, Muse released their debut album, Showbiz, in 1999, showcasing Bellamys falsetto and a melancholic alternative rock style. Their second album, Origin of Symmetry, expanded their sound, incorporating wider instrumentation and romantic classical influences, Absolution saw further classical influence, with orchestra on tracks such as Butterflies and Hurricanes, and became the first of five consecutive UK number-one albums. Black Holes and Revelations incorporated electronic and pop elements, influenced by 1980s groups such as Depeche Mode, the album brought Muse wider international success. The Resistance and The 2nd Law explored themes of government oppression and civil uprising and their seventh album, Drones, was a concept album about drone warfare and returned to a harder rock sound. They have sold over 20 million albums worldwide, the members of Muse played in separate school bands during their stay at Teignmouth Community College in the early 1990s. Guitarist Matt Bellamy successfully auditioned for drummer Dominic Howards band, Carnage Mayhem and they renamed the band Gothic Plague. They asked Chris Wolstenholme – at that time the drummer for Fixed Penalty – to join as bassist, he agreed, the band was renamed Rocket Baby Dolls and adopted a goth-glam image. In 1994, Rocket Baby Dolls won a battle of the bands. Bellamy said, It was supposed to be a protest, a statement, so, when we won, it was a real shock. After that, we started taking ourselves seriously, the band quit their jobs, changed their name to Muse, and moved away from Teignmouth. The name Muse was supposedly inspired by Matthew Bellamys art teacher Samuel Theoun, the band liked that it was short and thought that it looked good on a poster. After a few years building a fanbase, Muse played their first gigs in London and they had a significant meeting with Dennis Smith, the owner of Sawmills Studio, situated in a converted water mill in Cornwall. He had seen the three boys grow up as he knew their parents, and had a company with their future manager Safta Jaffery. The meeting led to their first serious recordings and the release of the Muse EP on 11 May 1998 on Sawmills in-house Dangerous label and their second EP, the Muscle Museum EP, also produced by Reeve, was released on 11 January 1999. It reached number 3 in the singles chart and attracted the attention of British radio broadcaster Steve Lamacq. Later in 1999, Muse performed on the Emerging Artists stage at Woodstock 1999 and signed with Smith, despite the success of their second EP, British record companies were reluctant to sign Muse. After a trip to New Yorks CMJ Festival, Nanci Walker, director of A&R at Columbia Records, flew Muse to the US to showcase for Columbia Records then-Senior Vice-President of A&R, Tim Devine, as well as for American Recordings Rick RubinMuse (band) – Muse performing at Big Day Out 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. From left to right: Howard, Bellamy, touring member Morgan Nicholls (background), and Wolstenholme.
49. Kate Nash – Kate Marie Nash is an English singer, songwriter, musician and actress. Nash rose to prominence in the UK with the sleeper hit Foundations and her debut album, Made of Bricks, peaked at number 1 in the UK and number 36 in the US. Nash won the award for Best British Female Artist at the 2008 Brit Awards and her second studio album, My Best Friend Is You, was released in 2010 and reached the top 10 in both the UK and Germany. The albums lead single, Do-Wah-Doo, peaked at number 15 in the UK, after being dropped by her record label, Nash self-released her third studio album, Girl Talk, on 4 March 2013. The album failed to match the success of Nashs previous albums, though it charted inside the top 100 in the UK, Ireland, Germany. In April 2017, Nash launched a Kickstarter to finance a studio album. Nash was born on 6 July 1987 in Harrow, London to an English father, Steve Nash, Marie is a nurse in a hospice. When she was 18, Nash underwent cardiac radiofrequency ablation in order to eliminate tachycardia, the surgery subsequently inspired the song Death Proof, featured on her third studio album, Girl Talk. A graduate of the BRIT School, Nash originally wanted to study acting after graduating, however, she was rejected from several drama colleges and universities, one of them being Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Nash had been working for fashion retailer River Island and restaurant chain Nandos prior to starting her music career, Nash started her career in 2005. She started recording after falling down the stairs and breaking her foot, after several gigs, she uploaded her music to MySpace, found a manager and then producers for her music. Her debut was a single, Carolines a Victim/Birds, produced and recorded in Iceland by Valgeir Sigurðsson, the release was limited to 2,000 copies and available only on 7 vinyl. Due to demand, another 1,000 copies were made, cD-promo copies were produced for distribution to the press and DJs and are occasionally available for sale. The single is featured on the CD Moshi Moshi Singles Compilation, a video for the song, directed by Kinga Burza, was released and received airplay on MTV2. The singles B-side, Birds, later featured on her début album Made of Bricks, both tracks have also been released as MP3 downloads. In April 2007, Nash was signed to the Polydor offshoot Fiction Records and her second single Foundations, which she co-wrote with producer Paul Epworth, was released by Fiction on 18 June 2007 and reached number two in the official UK Singles Chart. Following this success, Fiction announced plans to bring forward the release of Nashs début album Made of Bricks to 6 August 2007, the album, also produced by Paul Epworth, included many of the tracks she had been performing during her two nationwide tours. It proved, however, to be successful and reached number 1 in the UK album charts, during mid-2007, Nash performed at numerous festivals, including the Wireless Festival, Bestival, Electric Gardens, Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, Oxegen and T in the ParkKate Nash – Nash performing in June 2013
50. Karen O – Karen Lee Orzolek, better known by her stage name Karen O, is a South Korean-born American singer and musician. She is the lead vocalist for American rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and she was born in Busan, South Korea, the daughter of a Korean mother and a Polish father. The family eventually moved to Englewood, New Jersey, where she grew up, about her childhood, she stated that its almost embarrassing how well-behaved I was, which is probably why I do things like spit water on myself on stage as an adult. She attended Oberlin College, but transferred to New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts, O is best known as the lead vocalist for the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She has also noted for her sense of fashion, wearing ostentatious outfits made by her friend. In the early days of the band, she became known for her outrageous antics during live shows. Their first ever gig was opening for The White Stripes, Playboy made an offer for O to pose on their cover, but she stated, I was approached but I said no. Maybe Ill do it in the future, but now doesnt seem to be the right time, since then, however, Karen said in an interview with Associated Press magazine that she has changed her mind and would never do Playboy because of the audience that Playboy magazine attracts. During a tour for the 2003 Livid Festival in Australia, at a sideshow at The Metro in Sydney, a few days later, at the Sydney leg of the Livid Festival, she appeared in a wheelchair pushed onstage by Angus Andrew. O won Spin Magazines Sex Goddess Award in 2004 and 2005, in 2006, she was named one of rocks hottest women by Blender. In 2007, O placed #3 on Spinner. coms Women Who Rock Right Now, in February 2010, she won a Shockwaves NME Award for the Hottest Woman. She began working on a side project called Native Korean Rock. In 2009, she contributed backing vocals, screaming animal sounds, and noises to the songs Gemini Syringes, I Can Be A Frog, in 2011, she contributed vocals on the song Pinkys Dream on the David Lynch debut album Crazy Clown Time. In 2012, she collaborated with rock group Swans on the song Song for a Warrior on their album The Seer. She also lends vocals to the song GO. on Santigolds 2012 album Master of My Make-Believe. On the collaboration project with N. A. S. A. on The Spirit of Apollo, she appears on the track Strange Enough, together with Ol Dirty Bastard, Os vocal approach has been described as ethereal, and has been described as yelping at times. She described her approach, We still have to grab people by the collar … We put out a record three years now, we could easily be forgotten. If you look at a lot of our peers that we came up with, O has also collaborated with James Iha on his second solo LP Look to the Sky in 2012Karen O – Karen O performing with Yeah Yeah Yeahs in 2013
51. Frank Ocean – Christopher Francis Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. Known for his musical style, Ocean first embarked on a career as a ghostwriter. He released his mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, to critical acclaim in 2011. It generated his first charting single Novacane, in 2012, Ocean finished in second place in BBCs Sound of 2012 poll. His debut studio album, Channel Orange, was released in July 2012 to critical acclaim and it was promoted with three singles, Thinkin Bout You, Pyramids and Sweet Life. In 2016, Ocean released the visual album Endless alongside his studio album Blonde. Blonde was acclaimed by critics, and debuted at one in the United States. Ocean was born Christopher Edwin Breaux on October 28,1987, in Long Beach, California to parents Calvin Edward Cooksey, when he was around five years old, he and his family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. He grew up around its local jazz scene and listened to his mothers CDs on her car stereo, including albums by Celine Dion, Anita Baker, as a teenager, he did neighborhood chores and saved up money to rent studio time. As he recalled, Oh man I had numerous hustles, washing cars was one of them, and mowing lawns and walking dogs. He enrolled in the University of New Orleans and moved into its dormitory in 2005, shortly after he enrolled in the university, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and he transferred to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit Oceans hometown of New Orleans and his facility was destroyed by floodwater. He recorded some demos at a studio and shopped them around Los Angeles. After getting a deal, he started working with other record producers and wrote songs for artists such as Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy. Ocean later said of his work at the time, There was a point where I was composing for other people, and it might have been comfy to continue to do that and enjoy that income stream and the anonymity. But thats not why I moved away from school and away from family and he has also worked with artists such as Nas and Pharrell Williams. Ocean joined Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future, whom he had met in 2009 and his friendship with Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator reinvigorated Oceans songwriting. In late 2009, he met Tricky Stewart, who helped him sign a contract with Def Jam Recordings as a solo artist, on February 18,2011, Ocean released his first mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, to critical acclaimFrank Ocean – Ocean in December 2011
52. One Direction – The group signed with Simon Cowells record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010. Their awards include six Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, eleven MTV Europe Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, according to Nick Gatfield, the chairman and chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment UK, One Direction represented a $50 million business empire by June 2012. They were proclaimed 2012s Top New Artist by Billboard, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, by April 2013, they had an estimated personal combined wealth of £25 million making them the second-wealthiest musicians in the UK under 30 years of age. In 2014, Forbes listed them the second-highest earning celebrities under 30, in June 2015, Forbes listed their earnings at $130 million for the previous twelve months, and ranked them the fourth highest earning celebrities in the world. After the release of Four, One Direction became the first band in the US Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at number one and their third album, Midnight Memories, was the biggest-selling album worldwide of 2013 despite being released in late November. The bands Where We Are Tour in support of Midnight Memories and Four, was the concert tour in 2014. In 2014, Billboard named One Direction Artist of the Year, the band is temporarily on a hiatus that began in January 2016, which is expected to last around 18 months. In 2010, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, nicole Scherzinger, a guest judge, and Simon Cowell have both claimed to have come up with the idea of forming the band. In 2013, Cowell said that it took him 10 minutes to put together as a group. Subsequently, the group got together for two weeks to get to each other and to practice. Styles came up with the name One Direction, for their qualifying song at judges houses, and their first song as a group, One Direction sang an acoustic version of Torn. Cowell later commented that their performance convinced him that they were confident, fun, like a gang of friends, within the first four weeks of the live shows, they were his last act in the competition. The group quickly gained popularity in the UK, shortly afterwards it was confirmed that One Direction had been signed by Cowell to a reported £2 million Syco Records record contract. Recording for their debut album began in January 2011, as they flew to Los Angeles to work with RedOne, a book licensed by One Direction, One Direction, Forever Young, was published by HarperCollins in February 2011, subsequently topping The Sunday Times Best Seller list. The same month, the boy band and other contestants from the series participated in the X Factor Live Tour, during the tour, the group performed for 500,000 people throughout the UK. After the tour concluded in April 2011, the group continued working on their debut album, recording took place in Stockholm, London and Los Angeles, as One Direction worked with producers Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha, Steve Mac, and Rami Yacoub, among others. Subsequent singles, Gotta Be You and One Thing, peaked in the UK Singles Chart top ten, in November 2011, they signed a record deal with Columbia Records in North America. Steve Barnett, the co-chairman of Columbia Records, said it was not a decision to sign One Direction, I just thought there was a voidOne Direction – One Direction performing in Glasgow on their On the Road Again Tour, October 2015. From left to right: Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles
53. Paramore – Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, the group released its debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005, with the album reaching number eight on the UK Rock Chart and number thirty on Billboards Heatseekers Chart. While it only had a commercial performance initially, the album. The bands second album, Riot. was released in 2007, due to the success of the singles Misery Business, crushcrushcrush, and Thats What You Get, Riot. was a mainstream success and was certified Platinum in the United States. They then received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards and their 2009 follow-up, Brand New Eyes, is the bands second-highest charting album to date, landing at number two on the Billboard 200 with 175,000 first week sales. It produced the top-forty single The Only Exception and went platinum in Ireland and the UK, as well as gold in the US, Canada, Australia, following the departure of Josh and Zac Farro in 2010, the band released their self-titled fourth album in 2013. It gave the band their first career number one on the US Billboard 200 and was also the one album in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina. The bands lineup changed again after this album cycle with bassist Jeremy Davis leaving the band near the end of 2015. Shortly after arriving, she began taking lessons with Brett Manning. The other members of what was soon to be Paramore had been edgy about the whole thing of having Williams as vocalist. Williams said of the members when she first met them, They were the first people I met who were as passionate about music as I was. The band was formed by Josh Farro, Zac Farro, Davis and Williams in 2004. When Davis showed up, he was stunned to find out the drummer was only twelve years old and he admitted I had very, very, very, little faith in everyone in the band because of their age. I remember thinking, This is not going to work because this kid is way too young, I knew we were on to something. According to Williams, the name Paramore came from the name of the mother of one of their first bass players. Once the group learned the meaning of the homophone paramour, they decided to adopt the name, Williams was originally signed to Atlantic Records as a solo artist in 2003. Steunebrink and Richard Williams had originally discovered and signed her to a deal that was later bought out by Atlantic. The original plan of the label was to turn her into a pop singer, in an interview with HitQuarters the bands A&R at Atlantic, Steve Robertson, said, She wanted to make sure that we didnt look at her as some straight to Top 40 pop princessParamore – Paramore in 2010. From left to right: Jeremy Davis, Hayley Williams and Taylor York
54. Pulp (band) – Pulp were an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 1978. Their best-known line-up from their heyday consisted of Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Russell Senior, Mark Webber, Steve Mackey and Nick Banks. Senior quit in 1996 and returned for tours in 2011, while Leo Abrahams had been a member of the band since they reunited in 2011. Different Class spawned four top ten singles, including Common People and Sorted for Es & Wizz, Pulps musical style during this period consisted of disco influenced pop-rock coupled with kitchen sink drama-style lyrics. Pulp headlined the Pyramid Stage of the Glastonbury Festival twice and were regarded as a component of the Britpop big four, along with Oasis, Blur and Suede. The band released We Love Life, in 2001, after which they entered an extended hiatus, a number of additional concert dates have since been added to their schedule. In January 2013 Pulp released After You, a re-recording of a We Love Life demo track and it was the bands first single release since Bad Cover Version in 2002. On 9 March 2014 Pulp and filmmaker Florian Habicht premiered the feature documentary Pulp, A Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets at SXSW Music and Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film toured the film festival circuit and was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories in the USA in November 2014. It is the first film about Pulp that has made in collaboration with the band. A 15-year-old Jarvis Cocker and his friend Peter Dalton, who was 14, Cockers original preference was to name the band after the film Pulp starring Michael Caine, though it was decided that this was too short. Instead, the two took inspiration from a copy of the Financial Times which listed the Arabicas coffee bean in its commodity index, Cocker and Dalton used this, with a slight spelling change, and the band became Arabicus. Early rehearsals took place in Cockers house and featured Cocker, Dalton, after finally deciding on Arabicus Pulp, a fixed line-up was then established, Cocker, Dalton and two friends of theirs, David Lockwood and Mark Swift. The band played their first public gig at Rotherham Arts Centre in July 1980, later that year, Cocker met future member, Russell Senior who recognised Cocker from his charismatic sales techniques in his part-time job at the local fish market. Their musical style at this time was varied, approximately described as a cross between ABBA and The Fall, a local fanzine also noted this eclecticism, describing them as sounding as if they listen to the John Peel show every night in an endless quest for influences. Indeed, in October 1981, they gave a tape to Peel. The session was a giant leap forward for the young band, the tracks recorded were in the typical Sheffield sound of the time, electronic new wave and post-punk. These tracks were released in 2006 on The Peel Sessions compilation, despite their exposure on national radio, success was not forthcoming and, apart from Cocker, most of the core line-up left for universityPulp (band) – Jarvis Cocker performing with Pulp at the 2012 Coachella Festival
55. Radiohead – Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed OBrien, Colin Greenwood and they have worked with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994. After signing to EMI in 1991, Radiohead released their debut single Creep in 1992 and it became a worldwide hit after the release of their debut album, Pablo Honey. Their popularity and critical standing rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their second album, despite initially dividing listeners, Kid A was later named the best album of the decade by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and the Times. Radioheads sixth album, Hail to the Thief, mixed rock and electronic music with lyrics inspired by the War on Terror and their subsequent releases have pioneered alternative release platforms such as pay-what-you-want and BitTorrent. Radiohead self-released their seventh album, In Rainbows, as a download for which customers could set their own price, to critical and their eighth album, The King of Limbs, an exploration of rhythm, was developed using extensive looping and sampling. Their ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool, prominently featured Jonny Greenwoods orchestral arrangements, Radiohead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Their work places highly in both polls and critics lists of the best music of the 1990s and 2000s. In 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the second-best artist of the 2000s, the members of Radiohead met while attending Abingdon School, an independent school for boys in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. In 1985, they formed On a Friday, the name referring to the usual rehearsal day in the schools music room. At one point, On a Friday featured a saxophone section, the band disliked the schools strict atmosphere—the headmaster once charged the band for using a rehearsal room on a Sunday—and found solace in the schools music department. They credited their music teacher for introducing them to jazz, film scores, postwar avant-garde music, Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley had an active independent music scene in the late 1980s, but it centred on shoegazing bands such as Ride and Slowdive. Although all but Jonny had left Abingdon by 1987 to attend university, On a Friday continued to rehearse on weekends, in 1991, On a Friday regrouped, sharing a house on the corner of Magdalen Road and Ridgefield Road, Oxford. As On a Friday continued to perform in Oxford, including performances at the Jericho Tavern, record labels. Chris Hufford, Slowdives producer and co-owner of Oxfords Courtyard Studios, impressed, he and his partner Bryce Edge produced a demo tape and became On a Fridays managers, they remain Radioheads managers today. At the labels request, the changed their name, Radiohead was taken from the song Radio Head on the Talking Heads album True Stories. Radiohead recorded their debut release, the Drill EP, with Chris Hufford, released in May 1992, its chart performance was poor. The band enlisted Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade, who had worked with US indie bands Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. to produce their debut album, Radiohead released their debut album, Pablo Honey, in February 1993Radiohead – Radiohead: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway
56. Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1991, the group consists of rapper and vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk. They draw inspiration from heavy metal instrumentation, as well as hip hop acts such as Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys. Rage Against the Machine is well known for the members leftist and revolutionary political views, as of 2010, they had sold over 16 million records worldwide. In 1992, the band released its debut album, which became a commercial and critical success. In 2003, the album was ranked number 368 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the band did not release a follow-up record until 1996, with Evil Empire. The bands third album, The Battle of Los Angeles, followed in 1999, and in 2003, during their initial nine-year run, they became one of the most popular and influential bands in music history, according to music journalist Colin Devenish. They were also ranked No.33 on VH1s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, the band had a large influence on the nu metal genre which came to prominence during the second half of the 1990s. In 2000, the released the cover album Renegades. The same year, growing tensions over the direction of the band prompted de la Rocha to quit, the same year, Rage Against the Machine announced a reunion and performed together for the first time in seven years at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2007. Up until 2011, the continued to perform at more live venues. In 2016, Morello, Commerford and Wilk formed a new band, Prophets of Rage, with Chuck D, Tom soon contacted Brad Wilk, who had unsuccessfully auditioned for Lock Up. This line-up went on to form Rage Against the Machine, the newly christened Rage Against the Machine named themselves after a song de la Rocha had written for his former popular underground hardcore punk band, Inside Out. Kent McClard, with whom Inside Out were associated, had coined the phrase rage against the machine in a 1989 article in his zine No Answers. Shortly after forming, they gave their first public performance on October 23,1991, at The Quad of California State University, not all 12 songs made it onto the final album—two were eventually included as B-sides, while three others never saw an official release. Several record labels expressed interest, and the band signed with Epic Records. Morello said, Epic agreed to everything we asked—and theyve followed through and we never saw a conflict as long as we maintained creative control. The Fuck You version, which contains 17 iterations of the word fuck, was accidentally played on the BBC Radio 1 Top 40 singles show on February 21,1993Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine at Vegoose in October 2007. Left to right: Tim Commerford, Zack de la Rocha, Brad Wilk, Tom Morello.
57. Dizzee Rascal – Dylan Kwabena Mills, better known by his stage name Dizzee Rascal, is an English hip hop recording artist and record producer. His music spans grime, UK garage, bassline, British hip hop, and R&B. Mills was born in London. His Nigerian father died when Rascal was young, and he was raised in Bow, London, in a single-parent family, by his Ghanaian mother Priscilla, about whom he says, I had issues as a kid. The way my mum helped was by finding me a different school every time I got kicked out and he attended a series of schools in East London and was expelled from four of them, including St Pauls Way Community School. He also went to Langdon Park School in East London, reportedly, it was around this time that a teacher was the first to call him Rascal. Cagey about exactly what Rascals youthful madnesses entailed, in interviews he mentioned fighting with teachers, stealing cars. In the fifth school, he was excluded from all classes except music and he also used to attend YATI. He was a friend of footballer Danny Shittu, whom he described as almost like a big brother. Unusually among his friends, he read the heavy metal magazine Kerrang. and was a fan of the grunge band Nirvana. Around the age of 14, Dizzee Rascal became a drum and bass DJ, also MCing over tracks as customary in sound system culture. Aged 16, he self-produced his first single, I Luv U, in 2002, he jointly formed the Roll Deep Crew, a 13-piece garage collective, with former school friends. He also signed a deal with the record label XL. During his early career, Dizzee worked with his mentor Wiley to create the still-unreleased song We Aint Having It and he made some instrumentals including Go and Ho and Streetfighter, which used some music from a video game. The set which features many seminal early grime artists was filmed, which was rare for the era, after winning a Sidewinder Award for Best Newcomer MC in 2002, Dizzee was a judge in the Sky1 show Must Be The Music. He also did a verse on the Roll Deep remix of Lets Push Things Forward on the 2002 Weak Become Heroes CD and 12 single by The Streets. Dizzees first solo album, Boy in da Corner, was released to critical acclaim in August 2003. The album would peak at #23, in the same week the album was released, while performing with Roll Deep Crew, the rapper was stabbed six times in Ayia Napa. Many tabloids suggested that this event was connected to an apparent feud between Dizzee and garage act So Solid Crew, and his pinching Lisa Maffias buttocksDizzee Rascal – Rascal at Rock am Ring 2013
58. The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The original line-up consisted of Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as a touring member until his death in 1985. Jones left the less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor. After Taylor left the band, Ronnie Wood took his place in 1975 and has been on guitar in tandem with Richards ever since, following Wymans departure in 1993, Darryl Jones joined as their touring bassist. Other touring keyboardists for the band have been Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston, the band was first led by Jones, but after teaming as the bands songwriters, Jagger and Richards assumed leadership while Jones dealt with legal and personal troubles. The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964, and identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Rooted in blues and early rock and roll, the group began a period of musical experimentation in the mid-1960s that peaked with the psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request. During this period, they were first introduced on stage as The Worlds Greatest Rock, the band continued to release commercially successful records in the 1970s and sold many albums, including Some Girls and Tattoo You, which were their most popular albums worldwide. From 1983 to 1987, tensions between Jagger and Richards almost caused the band to split, however, they managed to patch up their friendship in 1987. They separated temporarily to work on projects and experienced a comeback with Steel Wheels. Since the 1990s, new recorded material from the group has been increasingly less well-received, despite this, the Rolling Stones have continued to be a huge attraction on the live circuit, with stadium tours in the 1990s and 2000s. By 2007, the band had four of the top five highest-grossing concert tours of all time, Voodoo Lounge Tour, Bridges to Babylon Tour, Licks Tour and A Bigger Bang Tour. The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list and their estimated album sales are above 250 million. They have released 30 studio albums,18 live albums and numerous compilations, Let It Bleed was their first of five consecutive number one studio and live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers was the first of eight number one studio albums in the US. In 2008, the band ranked 10th on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists chart, in 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were childhood friends and classmates in Dartford, Kent, Jagger had formed a garage band with Dick Taylor, mainly playing Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Howlin Wolf and Bo Diddley material. Jagger met Richards again in 1960 on platform two of Dartford railway station, the Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records that Jagger carried revealed a common interest that prompted their musical partnershipThe Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones performing at Summerfest festival in June 2015 Left to right: Charlie Watts (drums), Ronnie Wood (rhythm guitar), Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (lead guitar)
59. La Roux – La Roux is an English synthpop act formed in 2006 by singer Eleanor Elly Jackson and record producer Ben Langmaid. Their debut album La Roux was a critical and commercial success, winning a Grammy Award and producing hit singles such as In for the Kill and Bulletproof. Recording of an album was marred by unsuccessful collaborations, the cancellation of two planned release dates, and reported conflict between the duo. Langmaid ultimately left the group, and Jackson released an album, Trouble in Paradise, in 2014. In 2006, Jackson and Langmaid were introduced by a mutual friend and their first project was named Automan and they wrote largely acoustic music due to Jacksons great admiration of acts like Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell. Her interest later shifted to music, drawing inspiration from acts such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The bands name refers to Jacksons red hair and tomboyish appearance, mingling the masculine and feminine French terms, she has said, To me, it means red-haired one—and it does and its just a male version of red-haired one. La Rouxs debut single, Quicksand, was released by French independent record label Kitsuné Music in December 2008 and they then signed to Polydor Records in order to release their debut album. La Rouxs second single, In for the Kill, was released on 16 March 2009, later, two prominent dubstep producers, Skream and Skrillex, created remixes of the track. Another remix was made by Lifelike, in for the Kill debuted at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart on 22 March 2009, peaking at number two four weeks later. Bulletproof, later remixed by producer and DJ Chrispy, was released on 21 June 2009. The song was released on 11 August 2009 in the United States, as of 11 June 2010 it had peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and had sold over 2.0 million copies. The bands debut album, La Roux, peaked at 70 on the Billboard 200, Im Not Your Toy, released on 29 September 2009, reached number twenty-seven on the UK chart. However, neither As If By Magic nor Tigerlily were ever issued as singles, in order to promote La Roux, the band was the supporting act on Lily Allens UK tour of March 2009. La Roux headlined the Samsung NME Radar Tour 2009 and played alongside Magistrates and they were scheduled to perform at the Glastonbury, Reading, Oxegen and Leeds festivals as well as the Scala, Southend Chinnerys and Coventry Kasbah venues. In July and August 2009, La Roux toured North America, the eight-city tour included performances at Osheaga Festival, All Points West Music & Arts Festival and Lollapalooza. On 23 July, the group performed on the talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live. The group returned to North America for a tour in OctoberLa Roux – La Roux's Elly Jackson performing at Piccadilly Gardens in 2010
60. Skepta – Joseph Junior Adenuga, better known by his stage name Skepta, is a British grime artist, songwriter, record producer and music video director. His fourth studio album, Konnichiwa, was released on 6 May 2016 to critical acclaim, Adenuga has stated ‘DIY’ music is the future and told Time Out magazine, I’m not a rapper. His influence on contemporary British popular culture as a key figure in the scene saw him appear on Debretts 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK. Following the formation of Boy Better Know, Skepta clashed with fellow MC Devilman for the DVD Lord of the Mics 2, shortly after the clash, Skepta released a mixtape entitled Joseph Junior Adenuga. He is the brother of fellow musician Jme and radio presenter Julie Adenuga, Skepta was originally a DJ from Tottenham-based grime crew Meridian Crew. Following the formation of Boy Better Know, Skepta clashed with fellow MC Devilman for the DVD Lord of the Mics 2, shortly after the clash, Skepta released a mixtape entitled Joseph Junior Adenuga. Skepta publicly released his debut album Greatest Hits on 17 September 2007, Skepta self-released the first single Rolex Sweep in September 2008 and reached number 89 on the UK Singles Chart. Skepta then released the album Microphone Champion on 1 June 2009 and he then also released single Too Many Man with JME, Wiley, Frisco and Shorty, which went to chart at number 79. Three singles charted in the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, cross My Heart came in at number 31 and dropped out of the Top 40 a week later. Doin it Again spent 3 weeks in the top 100 album charts, in 2011 Skepta caused a big controversy by releasing a hardcore music video of his single All over the house. In 2012, Skepta released two singles from his forthcoming album. Both Hold On and Make Peace Not War were Top 40 charting singles in the UK but were a departure from Skeptas usual sound, Skeptas second major label album was intended to be released in the fourth quarter of 2011, entitled The Honeymoon but was delayed till 2012. After a disappointing response from the first two singles Skepta decided to release a mixtape, titled Blacklisted. It was released on 2 December 2012 along with music videos to support the prior to the release. The singles music video won the award for Best Video at the 2014 MOBO Awards, upon receiving the award, Skepta stated that the video cost him £80. In late 2014, Skepta released another single titled It Aint Safe featuring A$AP Bari and this was followed in early 2015 with Shutdown, as well as features on Red Eye to Paris by Flatbush Zombies and the remix of Ojuelegba by Wizkid, also featuring Drake. Skepta and others joined Kanye West at a show in London. He was also named one of GQs 50 best dressed British men in 2015, in an interview it stated that Skeptas making his acting debut in 2015 film Anti-Social Released initially in MaySkepta – Skepta
61. The Specials – The Specials, also known as The Special AKA, are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry. Their music combines a danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punks energy, lyrically they present a more focused and informed political and social stance than most other ska groups. The band wore mod-style 1960s period rude boy outfits, in 1980, the song Too Much Too Young, the lead track on their The Special AKA Live. EP, reached No.1 in the UK, in 1981, the unemployment-themed single Ghost Town also hit No.1 in the UK Singles Chart. After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, three members of the abruptly left to form Fun Boy Three. Continuing on as The Special AKA, a substantially revised Specials line-up issued new material through 1984, afterwards, founder and songwriter Jerry Dammers dissolved the band and pursued political activism. The group reformed in 1993, and have continued to perform, the group was formed in 1977 by songwriter/keyboardist Dammers, vocalist Tim Strickland, guitarist/vocalist Lynval Golding, drummer Silverton Hutchinson and bassist Horace Panter. Strickland was replaced by Terry Hall shortly after the bands formation, the band was first called the Automatics, then the Coventry Automatics. Vocalist Neville Staple and guitarist Roddy Byers joined the band the year. Joe Strummer of the Clash had attended one of their concerts and this performance gave the Special AKA a new level of national exposure, and they briefly shared the Clashs management. The Specials began at the time as Rock Against Racism. According to Dammers, anti-racism was intrinsic to the formation of the Specials, in that the band was formed with the goal of integrating black and white people. Many years later Dammers stated, Music gets political when there are new ideas in music. punk was innovative, so was ska, and that was why bands such as the Specials, the record became a Top 10 hit that summer. The band had begun wearing mod/rude boy/skinhead-style two-tone tonic suits, along with elements of late 1960s teen fashions. Changing their name to the Specials, they recorded their eponymous album in 1979. Horn players Dick Cuthell and Rico Rodriguez were featured on the album, the Specials led off with Dandy Livingstones Rudy, A Message to You and also had covers of Prince Buster and Toots & the Maytals songs from the late 1960s. In 1980, the EP Too Much Too Young was a No.1 hit in the UK Singles Chart, despite controversy over the songs lyrics, which reference teen pregnancy and promote contraception. Female backing vocalists on the Specials first two albums included, Chrissie Hynde, Rhoda Dakar, and Belinda Carlisle, Jane WiedlinThe Specials – Chicago 2013
62. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1983. They were one of the groups of the Madchester movement that was active during the late 1980s. The bands most prominent lineup consists of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani, the band released their debut album, The Stone Roses, in 1989. The album was a success for the band and garnered critical acclaim. At this time the group decided to capitalise on their success by signing to a major label. Their current record label, Silvertone, would not let out of their contract. The Stone Roses then released their album, Second Coming. The group soon disbanded after several changes throughout the supporting tour. Brown and Mani dissolved the remains of the group in October 1996 following their appearance at Reading Festival, plans to record a third album in the future were also floated. In June 2012, Chris Coghill, the writer of the new film which is set during the Stone Roses 1990 Spike Island show, in June 2013, a documentary about the bands reformation directed by Shane Meadows and titled The Stone Roses, Made of Stone was released. In 2016 they released their first new material in two decades and they played several gigs in 1980 and recorded a demo tape, but towards the end of that year decided on a change of direction. The band members lost enthusiasm in 1981, Brown selling his bass guitar to buy a scooter, Squire continued to practise guitar while working as an animator for Cosgrove Hall during the day, while Brown ran a Northern soul night in a Salford club. Goodwin left before the recorded their first demo and, shortly after the demo. A meeting with Geno Washington at a party at Browns flat in Hulme, in which Washington told Brown that he would be a star and should be a singer, Brown joined The Waterfront in late 1983, for a time sharing vocals with Kaiser. Like the earlier attempts at bands, The Waterfront fizzled out, but in late 1983 Couzens decided to try again at starting a band and they decided on Wolstencroft as drummer and Pete Garner as bassist. They also decided that they needed Squire in the band, leaving their previous bands behind, they worked solely on new material. Browns vocal limitations prompted him to singing lessons for three weeks. After rehearsing for some time without a name, Squire came up with The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses – The Stone Roses in concert in Milan 17 July 2012
63. The Strokes – The Strokes are an American rock band from New York City. Formed in 1998, the band is composed of vocalist Julian Casablancas, lead guitarist Nick Valensi, rhythm guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. bassist Nikolai Fraiture, following the conclusion of five-album deals with RCA and Rough Trade, the band are currently signed to Casablancas Cult Records. Lead singer-songwriter Julian Casablancas, guitarist Nick Valensi, and drummer Fab Moretti started playing together while attending Dwight School in Manhattan, bassist Nikolai Fraiture befriended Casablancas while the two attended the Lycée Français de New York. At age 13, Casablancas was sent to Le Rosey, a school in Switzerland. Casablancas met guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. in Switzerland, later, when Hammond came to New York to attend New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts, he shared an apartment with Casablancas. The roommates started a band, first performing at The Spiral—followed by the Luna Lounge on the Lower East Side of New York, Ryan Gentles, the Mercury Lounges booker, quit his job to become the bands manager. The band began rehearsing a fourteen-song set —including, Alone, Together, Barely Legal, Last Nite, The Modern Age, New York City Cops, Soma, Someday, Take It or Leave It, most of these songs now feature different lyrics. The band sent a demo to the newly reformed Rough Trade Records in the UK, sparking interest there, the EP sparked a bidding war among record labels, the largest for a rock band in years. In August 2001, the Strokes made their first appearance on the cover of the publication The FADER, the Strokes released their debut album, Is This It, in the US in October 2001. The album was produced by Gordon Raphael, along with their follow-up album Room on Fire as well, RCA delayed the North American release over concerns with the album’s cover and lyrics. RCA replaced the track “New York City Cops” with “When it Started, the track New York City Cops —featuring the refrain, “New York City Cops, they aint too smart”—was listed as No.12 on New York Magazines Ultimate New York Playlist on March 1,2010. Despite its delayed release, Is This It received critical acclaim—among other accolades, four stars from Rolling Stone, while critics noted the influence of CBGB stalwarts Television, Casablancas and bandmates claimed to have never heard the band, instead citing the Velvet Underground as a reference point. After the release of Is This It, the band toured around the world—including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the self-made mini-documentary In Transit was filmed during the summer tour of Europe. In August 2002, the band headlined UKs Carling Weekend festivals for the second time, jack White joined the Strokes on stage to perform the guitar solo on New York City Cops. During that period, the band appeared as musical guests on numerous late-night talk shows. Is This It yielded several singles and music videos, all of which were directed by Roman Coppola, is This It has had an enduring impact on fans and critics alike. In 2009, NME named Is This It as the Greatest Album of the Decade, in January 2011, Rolling Stone conducted a survey among their Facebook fans to determine the top ten debut albums of all time. Is This It came in at ten and was also the most recent behind Pearl Jams 1991 debutThe Strokes – The Strokes in concert at Madison Square Garden, NYC, in 2011 with special guest, Elvis Costello.
64. Taylor Swift – Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. One of the most popular contemporary female recording artists, she is known for songs about her personal life. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at age 14 to pursue a career in country music and she signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. Her eponymous debut album in 2006 peaked at five on Billboard 200. The albums third single, Our Song, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write, Swifts second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Buoyed by the pop success of the singles Love Story and You Belong with Me. The album won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest Album of the Year winner, Swift was the sole writer of her 2010 album, Speak Now. It debuted at one in the United States and the single Mean won two Grammy Awards. Her fourth album, Red, yielded the successful singles We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, with her fifth album, the pop-focused 1989, she became the first act to have three albums sell a million copies within one week in the United States. Its singles Shake It Off, Blank Space and Bad Blood reached number one in the US, Australia, the album received three Grammy Awards, and Swift became the first woman and fifth act overall to win Album of the Year twice. The 2015 eponymous concert tour for 1989 became one of highest-grossing of the decade, as a songwriter, Swift has received awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Swift is one of the artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums—including 27.1 million in the US—and 130 million single downloads. She has appeared in Times 100 most influential people in the world, Forbes top-earning women in music, Forbes 100 most powerful women and she was the youngest woman to be included in the third of these and ranked first in Celebrity 100. Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13,1989, in Reading and her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, was a financial advisor, and her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift, was a homemaker who worked previously as a mutual fund marketing executive. She has a brother named Austin. Swift spent the years of her life on a Christmas tree farm in Cumru Township. She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by Franciscan nuns, the family then moved to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School. At the age of nine, Swift became interested in musical theater and she also traveled regularly to New York City for vocal and acting lessonsTaylor Swift – Swift performing at Ford Field in Detroit during The 1989 World Tour in May 2015
65. Jamie T – Jamie Alexander Treays, known by his stage name Jamie T, is an English singer-songwriter from Wimbledon, South London. Jamie T is currently signed to Virgin Records but has released his Betty and his backing band are called The Pacemakers and have recently been touring, advertising, and releasing material as Jamie T and The Pacemakers. In 2014, Jamie released his first album in five years. Since then he has released the EP Magnolia Melancholia while in September 2016 the album Trick was released, Jamie Alexander Treays was born in Wimbledon, South London. Treays attended the Hall School Wimbledon, Reeds School and Richmond upon Thames College, when he was younger, Treays suffered from panic attacks, hence the name of his first album. Zane Lowe made Salvador his single of the week and Back in the Game his Hottest Record in the World, on John Tweddles show, Back in the Game featured as his Pet Sound and his single Sheila was Jo Whileys Record of the Week. Sheila was also playlisted by BBC Radio 1 thus receiving more airtime across all shows, Jamies songs received a lot of airplay on XFM throughout 2006, especially Sheila and If You Got the Money. Sheila was released on 29 July 2006, on 16 October 2006, Jamie released his anthemic tune, If You Got the Money which reached No.13 in the charts. His next single Calm Down Dearest was released in the UK on 15 January 2007 and his debut album Panic Prevention was then released on 29 January 2007. Lily Allen provided backing vocals on the song Rawhide the B-side to the re-release of Sheila on 7 May 2007 and he performed on the Main Stage on 19 May 2007 in Preston for Radio 1s Big Weekend. He also performed at Glastonbury 2007, Benicassim 2007, Oxegen 2007 where he performed at the green room and he played the 2008 V Festival at the JJB Champion ARENA. The month of September 2007 Jamie T did a US tour, on 12 January 2009 a music video appeared on Jamies website for a new song, Fire Fire. The track has elements of Jamies trademark sound but incorporates faster rhythms, a punk aesthetic and a more abrasive sound than previous singles. Jamie T has said to NME Fire Fire wont be released as a single nor will it be on the new album and he did announce a date for his new single though, Sticks n Stones EP, which was released on 29 June. 21 May 2009 saw the release of the video for his single Sticks n Stones. In an email received by subscribers to his website, Jamie said and we just finished shooting a little video for the track the other day, so fresh out the edit room it is here for your enjoyment. It was a lot of fun to make and we hope you like it, hope to see you all soon. The video was shot almost entirely in the London suburb of Wimbledon, his home town, Sticks n Stones reached No.15 in the UK singles chartJamie T – Jamie T at Festival Internacional de Benicàssim 2015
66. Thirty Seconds to Mars – Thirty Seconds to Mars is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević, the bands debut album,30 Seconds to Mars, was produced by Bob Ezrin and released to positive reviews but only to limited commercial success. The band achieved fame with the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie. Their next release, This Is War, showed an evolution in the bands musical style. The recording process of the album was marked by a dispute with record label EMI that eventually became the subject of the documentary film Artifact. Thirty Seconds to Mars then moved to Universal Music and released the album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. As of September 2014, the band had sold over 15 million albums worldwide, Thirty Seconds to Mars has consistently enjoyed sold out tours and numerous headlining festival slots. The band is noted for its live performances and for fusing many music genres. They have been compared to the sounds of such as Pink Floyd, The Cure, Tool. Thirty Seconds to Mars has received awards and accolades throughout their career, including a Guinness World Record. List of best artists of the 2000s, Thirty Seconds to Mars started in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, as a collaboration between brothers Jared Leto and Shannon Leto, who had been playing music together since their childhood. The duo later expanded to a four-piece when they added guitarist Solon Bixler, additional guitarist Kevin Drake, who first auditioned for the position of bassist, also joined the band as a touring musician. The band played its first concerts under different names, before settling on the name Thirty Seconds to Mars. Jared Leto spoke of the name as a reference, a translation from the book. I think the idea is interesting, its a metaphor for the future, Thirty seconds to Mars—the fact that were so close to something thats not a tangible idea. Also Mars being the God of War makes it really interesting and you could substitute that in there, but whats important for my brother and I, is that it be imaginative and really represent the sound of our music in as unique a way as possible. He described it as a name that works on different levels, a phrase that is lyrical, suggestive, cinematic. When Thirty Seconds to Mars first started, Jared Leto did not allow his vocation as a Hollywood actor to be used in promotion of the band, by 1998, the group performed gigs at small American venues and clubsThirty Seconds to Mars – Thirty Seconds to Mars in 2014 (from left to right): Tomo Miličević, Jared Leto, Shannon Leto
67. Alex Turner (musician) – Alexander David Alex Turner is an English musician. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter of the English indie band Arctic Monkeys, the only child of two teachers, Turner was raised in the Sheffield suburb of High Green. Turner has also recorded with his side-project The Last Shadow Puppets, Turner was born in Sheffield to Penny and David Turner. He is a child and was raised in High Green. His mother is from Amersham and his father grew up in Sheffield, both parents worked at local secondary schools, his mother was a German teacher and his father taught physics and music at Rawmarsh Community School. His father was a jazz-head, had been a member of big bands, Turner was educated at Stocksbridge High School. His form teacher, Mark Coleman, remembers him as a student who excelled at sports. His English teacher, Steve Baker, described him as quite reserved, a little bit different, with a brightness and a cleverness that would serve him well. Baker noted that Turner had an incredibly laid-back, lackadaisical approach to school work, while Turner did not write poetry in school, his English teacher was encouraging and he was first introduced to John Cooper Clarkes poetry in Bakers class. Turner then spent two years at Barnsley College, where he studied English, psychology, music technology and media, after college, Turners parents reluctantly agreed to let him defer university for one year to pursue his musical ambitions. During this time, he worked as a barman at the Sheffield venue The Boardwalk, before Arctic Monkeys signed a record deal, Turner was half-heartedly filling out university application forms and hoped to study in Manchester. Turner and Matt Helders became friends at the age of seven, they were neighbours and they performed Oasiss Morning Glory together in their final primary school assembly. They met Andy Nicholson at secondary school and, for most of their teenage years and they spent their weekends making crap hip-hop beats using Turners fathers Cubase system. Following the breakthrough of The Strokes, Turner was drawn to guitar bands including The Hives, Turner attended his first gig in 2002, watching The Vines in Manchester. In 2003, at the age of sixteen, he travelled to London with Helders and Nicholson to watch The Strokes play at Alexandra Palace, Turners parents bought him a guitar for Christmas 2001. In a 2013 interview, Turner states that it was during this time that he first began writing songs, using a bass guitar, in mid-2002, Turner, Cook, Nicholson and Helders decided to form a band, having watched friends including Milburn play at local pubs. The name Arctic Monkeys was conceived by Cook, Turner initially did not want to be the singer, a number of schoolmates including Glyn Jones tried out before he became the frontman. All four were beginners on their instruments, they practiced in both Turner and Helders garages and, later, at a warehouse in WathAlex Turner (musician) – Turner performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
68. Paul Weller – John William Paul Weller, Jr. is an English singer, songwriter, musician. Weller achieved fame with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam and he had further success with the blue-eyed soul music of The Style Council, before establishing himself as a solo artist in 1991. Despite widespread critical recognition as a singer, lyricist, and guitarist, Weller has remained a national, rather than international, star and he is also the principal figure of the 1970s and 1980s mod revival, and is often referred to as The Modfather. The Daily Telegraph said of Weller, Apart from David Bowie, its hard to think of any British solo artist whos had as varied, long-lasting, the BBC described Weller in 2007 as one of the most revered music writers and performers of the past 30 years. In 2012, he was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles Sgt, peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life. He has received four Brit Awards, winning the award for Best British Male twice, Weller was born on 25 May 1958 in Woking, Surrey, England, to John and Ann Weller. Although born John William Weller, he known as Paul by his parents. His father worked as a driver and a builder and his mother was a part-time cleaner. Weller started his education at Maybury County First School in 1963 and his love of music began with The Beatles, then The Who and Small Faces. By the time Weller was eleven and moving up to Sheerwater County Secondary school, music was the biggest part of his life, Wellers musical vocation was confirmed after seeing Status Quo in concert in 1972. He formed the first incarnation of The Jam in the year, playing bass guitar with his best friends Steve Brookes. Wellers father, acting as their manager, began booking the band into local working mens clubs, Brookes left the band in 1976, and Weller and Foxton decided they would swap guitar roles, with Weller now the guitarist. The Jams first single, In the City took them into the UK Top 40 in May 1977, the increasing popularity of their blend of Wellers barbed lyrics with pop melodies eventually led to their first number one single, Going Underground, in March 1980. They became the band other than the Beatles to perform both sides of the same single on one edition of Top of the Pops. The Jam even had two singles, Thats Entertainment and Just Who Is the 5 OClock Hero, the Jam still hold the record for the best-selling import-only singles in the UK charts. Their final single, Beat Surrender, became their fourth UK chart topper and their farewell concerts at Wembley Arena were multiple sell-outs, their final concert took place at the Brighton Centre on 11 December 1982. At the beginning of 1983, Weller teamed up with keyboard player Mick Talbot to form a new group called The Style Council, Weller brought in Steve White to play drums, as well as singer Dee C. Lee, who had previously been a singer with WhamPaul Weller – Paul Weller in concert in 2009
69. Kanye West – Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration, Graduation, and 808s & Heartbreak. In 2010, he released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to rave reviews from critics, West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016, Wests outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant mainstream attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media and he is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to media coverage. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time, three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stones 2012 update of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. He has also included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015, West was born on June 8,1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents divorced when he was three years old, after the divorce, he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray West was later a Christian counselor, and in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland with startup capital from his son. West, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois after living in Chicago. At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, according to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it. When asked about his grades in school, West replied, I got As. West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age and his mother recalled that she first took notice of Wests passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade. Growing up in Chicago, West became deeply involved in its hip hop scene and he started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade, eventually selling them to other artistsKanye West – West performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
70. Wiley (rapper) – He first tasted success as a member of UK garage crew Pay As U Go, with whom he had a top 40 hit, Champagne Dance in 2001. Wiley has continued to make music while also releasing mainstream singles, such as the UK Singles Chart top 10 hits Wearing My Rolex, Never Be Your Woman. As a teenager, Wiley featured on radio stations such as Rinse FM and drum. In 2000, Wiley went from SS Crew to join The Ladies Hit Squad, Gods Gift from Deck Collecters Crew, Flow Dan and Riko Dan joined soon after. In 2002, the collective achieved a top 20 hit with Champagne Dance, Wiley also received wide recognition in 2000 for his UK garage record Nicoles Groove which he produced under the stage name, Phaze One. After Pay As U Go disbanded, Wiley went on to form the Roll Deep entourage and they moved away from a traditional UK garage sound, and eventually found themselves creating music that would be termed grime. From 2001 onwards, Wiley began producing instrumental singles on his Wiley Kat Recordings label, the most famous ones are the Eskimo, Avalanche, Ice Rink and Snowman. These led to a record deal with XL Recordings. In 2004, Wiley released his album, Treddin on Thin Ice on XL. Singles from the album include Wot Do U Call It, a record questioning what name should be given to his music, and Pies. Many reviews, including that by Pitchfork Media, made comparisons between Wiley and his previous labelmate Dizzee Rascal, who had achieved success with Boy in Da Corner the previous year. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian noted the comically polarised fanbase Wiley had accrued, At one extreme, lengthy essays are posted on issues as the differentiation between Humean and Kantian views of motivation in the lyrics of Bonnie Prince Billy. At the other extreme, it is favoured by inner-city teens who appear to communicate entirely in a mix of street slang. During this period, Wiley occasionally referred to his music as eski, also, Wiley released mixtapes under the name Eskiboy. Wiley was quoted in conjunction with his theme, Sometimes I just feel cold hearted. I felt cold at that time, towards my family, towards everyone, thats why I used those names Many of Wileys early vinyl releases, such as Eskimo, were released under the alias Wiley Kat, this name was derived from a character in the cartoon Thundercats. However, the Kat is never used by Wiley anymore. In 2006, Wiley released his second album Da 2nd Phaze on the Boy Better Know label and this was followed in by Wileys third album Playtime is Over on Big Dada Records, an album which followed his eskibeat rootsWiley (rapper) – Wiley, 2005
71. Hayley Williams – Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer and songwriter. She serves as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the rock band Paramore, Hayley Williams was born to Joey and Cristi Williams, in Meridian, Mississippi. She has two half sisters. As a result of her parents divorcing in 2002, Williams moved to Franklin and she met former band members Josh and Zac Farro in her new school. While still at school she tried out for a funk cover band, The Factory. Williams was discovered in 2003 by managers Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams, at the time she was writing pop songs with songwriters in Nashville. Williams was introduced to Atlantic Records A&R Tom Storms through Richard Williams attorneys Jim Zumwalt and Kent Marcus, and then signed to the label by Jason Flom. The labels original plan for their new artist was to make her a pop artist but Williams objected to this, saying that she wanted to be part of a band. Atlantic decided to go along with her wishes, and she then formed Paramore with Josh Farro, Zac Farro and they instead released their music through a cooler niche label, Fueled by Ramen. The bands debut album, All We Know Is Falling, was released in 2005 when Hayley was only 16 years old, Paramore has since released three more studio albums, Riot. Brand New Eyes, and the self-titled Paramore, in June 2009, the band welcomed Taylor York as an official member, although he had already been playing as a touring member with the band since 2007. In December 2010, two of the members of Paramore left the band. The news was posted by Williams on Paramores web site, with Josh later posting a blog post confirming their departure. In 2007, she and the rest of Paramore made an appearance in the video for Kiss Me by New Found Glory. She also appears as a character in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour after completing Misery Business in the vocalist campaign. Williams wrote and recorded the song Teenagers, which was featured in the soundtrack for the feature film Jennifers Body, after the release of Teenagers, Williams stated that she had no plans to establish herself as a solo artist. In 2010, she appeared on the tracks Airplanes and Airplanes, Part II from alternative rapper B. o. Bs debut album, B. o. B Presents, The Adventures of Bobby Ray. When it was released as a single, Airplanes peaked within the top ten in nineteen countries, including the one position in the United KingdomHayley Williams – Williams performing as part of Paramore at the Rock im Park in Nuremberg, Germany, in 2013.
72. Wolf Alice – Wolf Alice are a four-piece alternative rock band from North London, formed initially as a two-person band in 2010. Its members since 2012 are Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Theo Ellis and they released their official debut single Fluffy in February 2013, and the single Bros followed in May of that year. In October 2013 they released their official debut EP Blush and their second official EP Creature Songs was released in May 2014. In February 2015 they released the lead single Giant Peach from their debut album My Love Is Cool and their name came from a short story by Angela Carter. Eventually deciding to add elements to their sound, they recruited Rowsells childhood friend, Sadie Cleary, to play the bass, and George Barlett. They self-released an EP called Wolf Alice that year, with three songs - Every Cloud, Wednesday, and Destroy Me - as well as a video for Wednesday. When their drummer broke his wrist in 2012, Joel Amey joined the band as a temporary replacement, in that same year, Cleary left to focus on her studies. Theo Ellis was then recruited as their bassist in late 2012 and they released the song Leaving You online on Soundcloud as a free download which gained airplay from BBC Radio 1 and featured in NMEs Radar section. After the song was released, they toured with Peace, and they released their first physical single Fluffy in February 2013 on the Chess Club label. The band released their second single Bros in May on Chess Club, in October 2013, Wolf Alice released their first official EP called Blush, and official video of the single She. In December 2013, they were chosen as the single most blogged about artist in the UK in that year by BBC Radio 6 Music, in 2014 they signed to Dirty Hit Records, and released their second EP Creature Songs in May. In December 2014 the band were named Best Breakthrough Artist at the UK Festival Awards, in late February 2015, Wolf Alice announced their debut album My Love Is Cool, and released the first single from the album, Giant Peach. In April 2015 Wolf Alice released a version of fan favourite Bros as the second single from their debut album. On 10 June 2015 Wolf Alice shared album track Youre a Germ via Soundcloud, Wolf Alice released Freazy as a single in late 2015. They have toured extensively as an act for The 1975. In June 2016, Wolf Alice announced that they have started working on writing for their second album. While the groups material was folk-tinged pop, they became more rock-oriented after the rhythm section joined. Clash described the band as the lovechild of folk and grunge, the Fluffy single saw the band compared to Elastica and Hole, while the singles B-side, White Leather, saw comparisons to The xxWolf Alice – Wolf Alice live at Heaven in 2014. From left to right: Joff Oddie, Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis.
73. The Wombats – The Wombats are an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 2003. The band comprises native Liverpudlians Matthew Murphy, Daniel Haggis and Norwegian-born Tord Øverland Knudsen, the band is signed to 14th Floor Records in the United Kingdom and Bright Antenna in the United States. The Wombats have sold over 1 million copies worldwide, Matthew Murph Murphy attended Liverpool College, then moved on to LIPA. The three band members met in 2003 at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, soon becoming friends, over the course of 2004 to 2005 the band released many EPs such as The Hangover Sessions, No.3 and The Daring Adventures of Sgt. In 2006, the released their debut album Girls, Boys. This was followed by then bands first full single Kill the Director in late July. Their debut album, entitled A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, coincided with the release of Lets Dance to Joy Division in October 2007 and it was followed by a European tour ending with a thanksgiving party at Liverpool Academy. The band started 2008 as the act at the opening ceremony of Liverpool. Moving to New York was re-released on 14 January 2008 and reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart, on 28 February 2008 the band was awarded Best Dancefloor Filler for their single Lets Dance to Joy Division at the NME Awards. In April 2008 the band put out their first US release on Bright Antenna, following this release the band went on a full UK tour, as well as playing dates in Europe and Japan. The band also played for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1 where they covered the Take That song Patience, as well as the Postman Pat theme tune, which Tord sang in his native Norwegian language. The summer of 2008 saw the band live at a number of major festivals including Glastonbury Festival in June and T in the Park in July. They also played Reading and Leeds Festival on the Saturday and Friday respectively on the Radio 1/NME Stage supporting Babyshambles, in September 2008 the band were filmed for a cameo appearance on Australian soap Neighbours. The band also announced via their MySpace blog that they would be releasing two singles, a seasonal Anti-Christmas themed Is This Christmas, on 15 December 2008, followed by a track titled My Circuitboard City on 3 March 2009. In September 2010, the announced they were near to completing their second studio album, This Modern Glitch in the MRG Recording Studio in Los Angeles. The band worked with producers Eric Valentine and Jackknife Lee, the accompanying music video was shot in Los Angeles, CA during August 2010 and was directed by The General Assembly. Following the rumoured release of Techno Fan as the single from the album. Anti-D was the single, with the album following two weeks laterThe Wombats – The Wombats pictured at a gig