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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. Arcade Fire – Founded in 2001 by friends and classmates Win Butler and Josh Deu, the band came to prominence in 2004 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Funeral. Their second studio album, Neon Bible, won them the 2008 Meteor Music Award for Best International Album and their third studio album, The Suburbs, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and commercial success. It received many accolades, including the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, the 2011 Juno Award for Album of the Year, Win Butler and Josh Deu founded Arcade Fire in Montreal around 2001, having first met at Phillips Exeter Academy as high school students. Both attended Concordia University, where their musical ideas began to develop, the duo began rehearsing their material at McGill University where they met Régine Chassagne, a music student whom they asked to join them. Deu recalls, Win and I played guitar and we had no music to show her, but she ended up saying yes to joining us, and I don’t know why. Maybe there was a spark with Win. The trio recorded a set of demos and began performing live in the half of 2001. The initial Montreal structure of the band began to dissolve in the summer of 2002, tension between Butler and bassist Myles Broscoe led the latter to exit the band following the recording session. Richard Reed Parry, who had enlisted to help the band record, began to collaborate with them during the sessions. Around the same time, Joshua Deu left the band to continue his studies, in the winter of 2003, the band celebrated the release of its EP with a show at Montreals Casa del Popolo. Before a crowd packed beyond capacity, the set ended with an argument between Butler and Reed, who quit the band on-stage. Mills told gathered friends in the crowd immediately thereafter that he considered the band to have broken up, the eponymous release was sold at early shows. After the band achieved fame, the EP was subsequently remastered, the promise shown by the new band in its early live shows allowed them to land a record contract with the independent record label, Merge Records, before the end of its first year together. When asked about the rumour that the name refers to a fire in an arcade, Win Butler replied, Its not a rumour. Its not an event, but one that I took to be real. I would say that its something that the kid made up. Funeral was released in September 2004 in Canada and February 2005 in Great Britain, the title of the debut album referred to the deaths of several relatives of band members during its recording. These events created an atmosphere that influenced songs such as Une année sans lumière, In the BackseatArcade Fire – Arcade Fire in 2010
5. 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
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. Matt Bellamy – Matthew James Matt Bellamy is an English musician best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist and principal songwriter of rock band Muse. He is often recognised for his stage persona, wide tenor vocal range. Matt Bellamys father, George Bellamy, was rhythm guitarist in the 1960s pop group The Tornados, Bellamys mother, Marilyn, was born in Belfast, and moved to England in the 1970s. On her first day in England she met George, who was at the working as a taxi driver in London. They later moved to Cambridge, where Matthews older brother Paul was born, in the mid-1980s, the family moved to Teignmouth, Devon. After the divorce of Bellamys parents, he lived with his mother and brother, Bellamy started playing the piano at the age of 6 and guitar when he was 11. His first musical performance was in June 1991, aged 12, when members of Gothic Plague left because of other interests, Bellamy and Howard asked Wolstenholme to join. In 1994, using the name Rocket Baby Dolls, they won the schools Battle of the Bands which led them to take the more seriously. They decided to change their name to a professional one. The band consisted of Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard, Muse struggled to establish itself during their early years, but have since gone on to enjoy worldwide success. Muse blends alternative, art rock, experimental rock, progressive rock, classical music, electronica, the band is also well known for its energetic and visually dazzling live performances. On 16–17 June 2007, Muse became the first band to out the newly built Wembley Stadium in London. Muse has released seven albums, Showbiz, Origin of Symmetry, Absolution, Black Holes and Revelations, The Resistance, The 2nd Law. Muse has also released two albums, HAARP and Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, and a compilation album. The compilation Hullabaloo consisted of two discs and was designed to accompany the Hullabaloo DVD, the first disc contains a collection of 10 B-sides recorded between March 1999 and October 2001. The second disc features 11 live songs recorded on 28–29 October 2001 at Le Zenith in Paris, the bands latest album, Drones, was released in June 2015. Bellamy was ranked No.19 on Gigwises list of The 50 Greatest Guitarists Ever, Total Guitar readers voted Bellamy No.29 on a list of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time. Bellamys riff from Plug in Baby was No.13 in Total Guitars poll of the Top 100 Riffs of All Time, Magazine ranked him No.28 in their 50 Sexiest People in Rock pollMatt Bellamy – Bellamy performing with Muse at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on 12 December 2009
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. Blur (band) – Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and their debut album Leisure incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change influenced by English guitar pop groups such as the Kinks, in the process, the band helped establish the Britpop genre and achieved mass popularity in the UK, aided by a chart battle with rivals Oasis in 1995 dubbed the Battle of Britpop. In recording their follow-up, Blur, the band underwent another reinvention, the bands third UK number one album, Blur included the Song 2 single, which brought them mainstream success in the US. Their next album,13 saw the band experimenting with electronic and gospel music. In May 2002, Coxon left Blur during the recording of their seventh album Think Tank, containing electronic sounds and more minimal guitar work, the album was marked by Albarns growing interest in hip hop and African music. After a 2003 tour without Coxon, Blur did no work or touring as a band. Blur reunited, with Coxon back in the fold, for a series of concerts in 2009, in the following years they released several singles and retrospective compilations, and toured internationally. In 2012, the received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Their first major release in years, The Magic Whip. Childhood friends Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon met Alex James when they began studying at Londons Goldsmiths College in 1988, Albarn was in a group named Circus, who were joined by drummer Dave Rowntree that October. Circus requested the services of Coxon after the departure of their guitarist and that December, Circus fired two members and James joined as the groups bassist. This new group named themselves Seymour in December 1988, inspired by J. D. Salingers Seymour, the group performed live for the first time in summer 1989. In November, Food Records A&R representative Andy Ross attended a Seymour performance that convinced him to court the group for his label, the only concern held by Ross and Food was that they disliked the bands name. Food drew up a list of alternatives, from which the decided on Blur. Food Records finally signed the newly christened band in March 1990, from March to July 1990, Blur toured Britain, opening for the Cramps, and testing out new songs. In October 1990, after their tour was over, Blur released the Shes So High single, the band had trouble creating a follow-up single, but they made progress when paired with producer Stephen Street. The resulting single release, Theres No Other Way, became a hit, as a result of the singles success, Blur became pop stars and were accepted into a clique of bands who frequented the Syndrome club in London dubbed The Scene That Celebrates ItselfBlur (band) – Blur's Britpop rivals of the 1990s, Suede (top) and Oasis
12. 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
13. 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
14. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. His self-titled debut album, some of which was co-written with songwriter Iain Archer, was released in October 2012 and his second album, Shangri La, was released in November 2013 and his third, largely self-produced album On My One, in June 2016. His 2012 single Trouble Town is the theme for the BBC TV series Happy Valley broadcast in 2014 and 2016, Jake Bugg was born in Nottingham to musical parents who separated when he was young. His father, whose last name was Bugg, was a nurse and he grew up in the Clifton council estate of Nottingham and started playing guitar at the age of 12 after being introduced to the instrument by his uncle Mark. He attended Farnborough school technology college in Clifton and he also states that his formative musical moment was hearing Don McLeans Vincent on an episode of The Simpsons. His main influences are Don McLean, Oasis, Donovan, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, and the Everly Brothers. In an interview with Absolute Radio in 2014 he also mentioned that the American heavy metal band Metallica was an influence to him when he first picked up the guitar as a 12-year-old. He was enrolled in a music technology course but, by the age of 16, Bugg was selected to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival at age 17 after submitting material to their website, and subsequently signed to Mercury Records. His songs were placed on various BBC Radio playlists, with Country Song being used in a national TV beer commercial for Greene King IPA. Buggs self-titled debut album was released on 15 October 2012, talking about Bugg and his debut, Clash hailed the precocious talent fusing retro folk with blistering contemporary rock riffs. On 21 October 2012 the song Two Fingers charted at 28 in the UK while the album reached number one in the UK charts, the album has sold 604,100 copies in the United Kingdom and is the 57th best selling album of the 2010 decade. Buggs touring band drummer Jack Atherton and bassist Tom Robbo Robertson performed on five songs on the album, on 22 May 2012, Bugg appeared on the BBC music programme Later. In August 2012 Bugg was an act for Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds at Belsonic Music Festival. On 1 October 2012, he performed live on the BBC Radio 6 Music programme Live at Maida Vale, on 8 September 2013, Bugg tweeted, 2nd album done. On 23 September 2013, Bugg announced his new album, Shangri La, along with a new single, Shangri La was released on 18 November 2013. This album is named after the studio Bugg recorded it in, Shangri La includes Elvis Costellos drummer Pete Thomas, and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The album has received positive reviews from the music community. Bugg was one of five nominees for the 2013 Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act, the award was won by Ben HowardJake Bugg – Bugg in November 2012
15. 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
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. The Cribs – The Cribs are an English indie rock band originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The band consists of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger brother Ross Jarman and they were subsequently joined by ex-The Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr who was made a formal member of the group in 2008. Marr would remain as part of the band until 2011, his departure was announced on 11 April through the bands website. They had outgrown this tag by the time of the success of their third LP. In 2008, Q magazine described the band as The biggest cult band in the UK, in 2012, the bands 10th anniversary year, they were honoured with the Spirit of Independence award at the annual Q Awards. Several months later, they received the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the annual NME Awards, as of 2015, their last 3 albums have charted in the UK Top 10. The Cribs were formed in late 2001 as a project for the three brothers. They also released a split 7 single on Leeds based garage/riot grrrl/punk label Squirrel Records during this period with former Shove/Boyskout member Jen Schande, limited to 300 copies on blue vinyl the record is now a rarity that sells for upwards of $150 on eBay. According to Mojo magazine, On the strength of one demo and we went to see them at the Metro on Oxford Street and completely fell in love with them. They seemed like such a pop band. Every song sounded like a single - Mark Bowen, Wichita Recordings, after signing with Wichita Recordings, the band began re-recording many of the songs from the original demo, as well as several new tracks for what would be their debut record. I tried handclaps, they were not sure about handclaps and it was all Keep it real - Bobby Conn. Then sessions moved to Toe Rag Studios in Hackney with the band self-producing, the album was completed in 7 days, live to 8-track tape, with Ed Deegan engineering. Released on 8 March 2004, the album found early supporters in the NME, who commented on its pop melodies. Lo-fi would be a term that would follow the band around for the few years. Again, from the NME in 2011, Recorded in a week, Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq was also an early champion. What About Me was the third and final single from the album, the Cribs toured extensively throughout 2004 and into 2005, both as headliners as well as supporting artists like old friend Bobby Conn, Death Cab For Cutie and The Libertines. After concluding touring duties for the first record, the band were taken off the road to start writing the follow upThe Cribs – The Cribs performing live. Apollo Theater, Manchester, 2012
18. 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
19. 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.
20. Pete Doherty – Peter Pete Doherty is an English musician, songwriter, actor, poet, writer, and artist. He is best known for being co-frontman of the Libertines, which he formed with Carl Barât in 1997 and his other musical projects are indie band Babyshambles and Peter Doherty and the Puta Madres. Doherty was born in Hexham, Northumberland, to a military family and his father, Peter John Doherty, was a Major in the Royal Signals, while his mother, Jacqueline Michels, was a lance-corporal in Queen Alexandras Royal Army Nursing Corps. His paternal grandfather was an Irish immigrant from Cheekpoint in County Waterford, his grandfather was Jewish. He grew up at a number of army garrisons across Britain and Europe, with his sisters Amy Jo, Doherty was the second of the three children. It was while living in Dorset, aged 11, that Doherty began playing guitar, originally in an attempt to impress a female classmate, Emily Baker. He achieved 11 GCSEs,7 of which were A* grades, at Nicholas Chamberlaine Comprehensive School in Bedworth, North Warwickshire, at the age of 16, he won a poetry competition and embarked on a tour of Russia organised by the British Council. In a clip later made famous by YouTube, an eighteen-year-old Doherty can be seen in an interview with MTV and he attended Queen Mary, a college of the University of London, to study English literature, but left the course after his first year. After leaving university, he moved into a London flat with friend and fellow musician Carl Barât, however, Dohertys increasing drug problems led to his estrangement from the band. In 2003, he was jailed for burgling Barâts flat, the two initially fell out over this incident, but made amends whilst Doherty was in prison. He was originally sentenced to 6 months, but his sentence was cut to 2 months. Upon his release, Doherty immediately reunited with Barât and the rest of the band to play a gig in the Tap n Tin pub in Chatham, Kent, following his rejoining of the band, Doherty sought treatment for his drug addiction. He attended the alternative detox centre Wat Tham Krabok, a temple in Thailand, famous for its program for crack. He left after three days and returned to England, as a consequence of this, The Libertines cancelled appearances that they were due to make at the Isle of Wight and Glastonbury festivals. However, while work was taking place on the second Libertines album in June 2004. The band cited Dohertys continuing drug addiction as the reason for his dismissal, although Barât had previously stated that the Libertines were merely on hiatus, pending Dohertys recovery, the group effectively disbanded with Dohertys departure at the end of 2004. The remaining members became involved in other projects, on 12 April 2007, Pete Doherty and Carl Barât played 13 songs together at the second of Dohertys An Evening with Pete Doherty gigs at the Hackney Empire, London. In 2010 The Libertines reformed for appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals and they performed on 27 August at Leeds Festival and on 28 August at Reading FestivalPete Doherty – Pete Doherty
21. Drenge (band) – Drenge are an English three-piece alternative rock band made up of Eoin Loveless, on guitar and vocals, his younger brother Rory, on drums, and Rob Graham on bass. The brothers grew up in Castleton, Derbyshire, where they formed the band in 2011, the band take their name from something that would sound like a noise that we would be playing onstage. Their name also translates into Boys in Danish and they have released two albums, Drenge and Undertow. And if you want to see a band, I recommend Drenge. However, they had a following and had been picked up by national media at least some seven months previously. Drenge have toured extensively in the UK, and have appeared at Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival and they have also toured with Californian duo Deap Vally, including an appearance close to their hometown at Sheffields Queens Social Club. They also toured with British band Peace in late 2013 and they played a headline tour in the first half of 2014, as well as playing at many festivals over the summer of 2014, including Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury and T in the Park. In recent activity Drenge have toured the UK alongside American punk rock band Radkey, with Jools Holland, and their single Bloodsports was used for an advert for British TV show Misfits, fitting the crude, aggressive nature of the show. They were also nominated for Zane Lowes top 100 hottest records of 2013 with the single Bloodsports and their self-titled album was released on 19 August 2013 on Infectious Records. The artwork for the features a photograph of Wardsend Cemetery in Sheffield. On 27 January 2015, they made their US network television début on the Late Show with David Letterman, on 6 April 2015, the bands second album, Undertow, was released, debuting at number 14 on the UK Albums Chart. For their tour in 2015 the band included a bassist in their live line-up as well as in their new single We Can Do What We Want, dogmeat Backwaters on Infectious Records 1. Necromance is Dead Face Like a Skull on Infectious Records 1, done Thing We Can Do What We Want on Infectious Records 1. We Can Do What We Want Drenge on Infectious Records Undertow on Infectious Records iTunes Festival 20131Drenge (band) – Drenge
22. 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
23. Noel Fielding – Noel Fielding is an English comedian, writer, actor, artist, and musician. Fielding is best known for playing Vince Noir and numerous characters, such as Old Gregg, in The Mighty Boosh. From 2009, he was a captain on BBC Two music/comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks until it was cancelled in 2015. He also writes and appears as the character in Noel Fieldings Luxury Comedy. Fielding portrayed Richmond Avenal in The IT Crowd and he is the founder of the band Loose Tapestries, formed with Kasabians Sergio Pizzorno. Fielding performed regularly as a comedian during the late 1990s. His highly animated stand-up routine included surreal stories, physical comedy, characters, in 2010, Fielding was to perform a solo tour across the country. It was cancelled, however, so he could concentrate on writing The Mighty Boosh film with Julian Barratt, Fielding announced via Twitter that he was too busy to do the tour. In 2015, Fielding told the Guardian that the film was something he talked about writing with Barratt, the album was released in June 2016. In 2010, Fielding took part in Channel 4s Comedy Gala, Fielding is best known for playing the role of Vince Noir, a childlike eccentric, opposite Julian Barratt in the cult comedy series The Mighty Boosh. Fielding met Barratt when he was performing a gig, impressed by Fieldings skill, Barratt offered him a place to perform, and the two went on to form a partnership. Vince can talk to animals, earning him the nickname Mowgli in Flares, Vince is vibrant and flamboyant, contrasting with his friend Howard, who is more like a geography teacher from Leeds. The Mighty Boosh has won the Shockwaves NME Best TV Award three times, in 2007,2008, and 2010 and he also appeared in 1998 sketch show Unnatural Acts. In February 2007, Fielding appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks as a panellist, Fielding also made a short appearance in the film Plunkett & Macleane as a bystander to Robert Carlyles scuffle in a brothel. Fielding appeared on The Charlotte Church Show as a special guest, at Bill Baileys request, Fielding stood in as a team captain for three episodes during Season 21 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He also achieved a record for the highest team score ever on the show, when Bailey returned, presenter Simon Amstell made various jokes about Fieldings departure. In 2009, Bailey left the show and Fielding became one of the team captains. According to Neil Gaimans blog, Fielding was scheduled to appear in the film Stardust and he also participated twice with Russell Brand in 2006 and 2007 on the annual quiz show The Big Fat Quiz of the YearNoel Fielding – Noel Fielding performing at The Mighty Boosh Live
24. 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
25. 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
26. 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.
27. 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
28. 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).
29. 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
30. Noel Gallagher – Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the English rock band Oasis, raised in Burnage, Manchester, Gallagher began learning guitar at the age of thirteen. After a series of odd jobs in construction, he worked for local Manchester band Inspiral Carpets as a roadie and technician in 1988. Whilst touring with them, he learned that his brother Liam Gallagher had formed a band of his own, known as The Rain, after Gallagher returned to England, he was invited by his brother to join Oasis as songwriter and guitarist. Oasis debut album, Definitely Maybe, marked the beginning of the rise to fame as part of the Britpop movement. Oasis second album, Morning Glory. reached the top of the charts in many countries and their third studio album, Be Here Now. Britpop eventually declined in popularity and Oasis next two failed to revive it. However, the final two albums, Dont Believe the Truth and Dig Out Your Soul, were hailed as its best efforts in over a decade. On 28 August 2009, following an altercation with Liam prior to a gig in Paris, Noel Gallagher announced his departure from Oasis and on 23 October 2009, Gallagher would go on to form Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds. Gallagher also shared a rivalry with fellow Britpop band Blur. However, he was regarded as the spear-head of the Britpop movement. Many have praised Gallaghers songwriting, with George Martin claiming him to be the finest songwriter of his generation, 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, Gallagher was born in Longsight, Manchester, the son of Irish Catholic parents Peggy and Thomas Gallagher. He was the second child, after the birth of Paul Anthony Gallagher. Soon after the birth of younger brother Liam in 1972, the Gallaghers moved to Ashburn Avenue in the Manchester suburb of Burnage and he and his brothers were often beaten by their father, who was an alcoholic, and he was often reclusive. Liam described him as the weirdo in the family, due to their unease around their father, he and Paul both developed stammers. As the oldest child, Paul was given a room to himself, Peggy Gallagher acquired a legal notice of separation from her husband in 1976. Six years later, she left him, taking the three boys with herNoel Gallagher – Gallagher performing in 2012.
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. Haim (band) – Haim is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles. The band consists of three sisters, Este Haim, Danielle Haim, and Alana Haim, who are joined on stage by drummer Dash Hutton, in addition to their primary instruments, each member is also proficient in several others. The groups pop sound on their studio work stands in contrast to the more rock-based music of their live shows. The sisters grew up in a family, and began playing instruments from an early age in the cover band Rockinhaim, fronted by their mother and father, Moti. The sisters began performing with the group Valli Girls in 2005 and they formed Haim in initially in 2007, but did not seriously consider a professional career for some years. After Danielle became a touring guitarist, first with Jenny Lewis and later with Julian Casablancas. The band began recording material for their first album, Days Are Gone, the album charted in the top ten in several countries, including the number one-spot in the UK, and the group had won several best of awards by the end of 2013. The group was nominated for Best New Artist at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and is recording an album set to be released in mid-2017. The three sisters, Este Arielle Haim, Danielle Sari Haim and Alana Mychal Haim were born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California. While Danielle showed an aptitude for the guitar at an age, Moti made the decision that Este would be more suited to the bass. Danielle and Este were members of the group the Valli Girls. As they grew older, the became more interested in incorporating pop and contemporary R&B into their music. For their first gig, the played at a Jewish deli in Hollywood and were paid in matzah ball soup. Early gigs were sparsely populated, Danielle recalled we were bottom of the bill at 50 capacity venues, for the next five years, Haim played local venues but did not consider music as a professional career, since all three sisters were busy with other projects. Este was studying at UCLA and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Ethnomusicology, after graduating from high school, Danielle was spotted by musician Jenny Lewis at a jam session in Laurel Canyon, which led to Danielle joining Lewis touring band. The Strokes singer Julian Casablancas came to see one of Lewiss shows on tour, Danielle rehearsed with Casablancas band every day for two months, which she later described as an eye-opening experience. Following working with Casablancas, she toured as part of Scarlet Fever, while Danielle enjoyed touring, she decided she would prefer to perform her own music alongside her sisters, turning down a lucrative tour deal with Green. Casablancas advised Danielle to write material and focus on recordingHaim (band) – Haim at the Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden in 2013. L to R: Alana, Danielle, Este Haim
33. 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
34. The Horrors – Their music has been classified as garage rock, garage punk, gothic rock, shoegazing and post-punk revival. The band have released four albums, Strange House, Primary Colours, Skying and Luminous. In the early 2000s, the Horrors coalesced around shared interests in obscure vinyl, in 2005, the three formed a band with Hayward and Spurgeon. The band was centred around Junkclub, a club founded by Webb. Their first rehearsal consisted of two covers, the Sonics The Witch and Screaming Lord Sutchs Jack the Ripper, the latter rendition was later rerecorded as the opening track of their debut album, Strange House. The Horrors made their first live performance at The Spread Eagle on Kingsland Road in London on 16 August 2005, the Horrors drew the attention of critics and the public with their debut single, Sheena Is a Parasite. Their second release, Death at the Chapel, a show at Londons 100 Club in July 2006. The band played the NME Awards Indie Rock Tour in early 2007 along with Mumm-Ra, the View and the Automatic, after the release of Strange House in March 2007, the Horrors embarked on an 18-month promotional world tour. A slot supporting Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in the United States in summer 2007 was cancelled because of lack of funds and their setlists throughout that summer included a cover of No Love Lost by Joy Division. In December 2007, they featured in the All Tomorrows Parties festival curated by Geoff Barrow of Portishead, the band played an NME Awards show in 2008 with Crystal Castles, Ulterior and These New Puritans, and supported the Sonics on 23 March. Another London show followed at Bethnal Greens Rich Mix Cultural Foundation on 23 May of the following year, on 18 January 2008, Counting in Fives, a documentary of the bands 2007 US tour, was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival. Eventually, Strange House reached No.37 on the UK Albums Chart, at the end of 2007, the Horrors announced the forthcoming recording of a new album, which was produced by the band, Craig Silvey, Barrow and music video director Chris Cunningham. Recording took place in Bath during the summer of 2008, barrows influence brought the use of keyboards and electronics. The band were forced to out of their planned appearance at the Underage Festival due to recording schedule conflicts. After they left Loog Records in 2007, the band signed to XL Recordings, a number of songs from the new album were leaked a few weeks before the albums release. Their second album, Primary Colours, was released on 4 May 2009 to critical acclaim. The single Who Can Say was released on 7 vinyl one week later, Primary Colours was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize. NME later awarded the album first place in the 50 Best Albums of 2009, after headlining Londons Offset Festival and touring for Primary Colours, the Horrors indicated a desire to build their own studio to record at obscure hoursThe Horrors – The Horrors, 2007
35. 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
36. Kasabian – Kasabian are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The bands original members consisted of vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist Chris Karloff, the bands line-up was completed by drummer Ian Matthews in 2004 after a string of session drummers. Karloff left the band in 2006 and founded a new band called Black Onassis, Jay Mehler joined as touring lead guitarist in 2006. Mehler left the band for Liam Gallaghers Beady Eye in 2013, in 2010 and 2014, Kasabian won the Q Awards for Best Act in the World Today, while they were also named Best Live Act at the 2014 Q Awards and the 2007 NME Awards. The bands music is described as indie rock, but Pizzorno has said he hates indie bands. Kasabian have released five studio albums – Kasabian, Empire, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum and they are due to release their sixth album, For Crying Out Loud, in 2017. The bands music has been described as a mix between The Stone Roses and Primal Scream with the swagger of Oasis, the band was formerly called Saracuse and started recording at Bedrock Studios in Leicester where Chris Edwards worked as an engineer. The original band members all hailed from Countesthorpe and Blaby, the first demo EP was produced by Scott Gilbert and handed to the band late on 24 December 1998. Three songs were recorded live, Whats Going On, Life of Luxury and their first public appearance was at the Vipers Rugby Club to celebrate Edwards 18th birthday with family and friends. The band was signed to BMG by London DJ and producer Sam Young and changed their name to Kasabian, after Linda Kasabian. In an interview with Ukula, bassist Chris Edwards explained how former guitarist Chris Karloff picked the name, Reading up on Charles Manson, the Kasabian name stuck with Karloff. He just thought the word was cool, it took about a minute after the rest of us heard it. So it was decided, says Edwards, Kasabian is a common Armenian surname, from the dialectal Armenian ղասաբ ġasab taken from Arabic butcher and the patronymic ending յան -yan. Sam Young had been working at small independent label Concept Music when the bands manager dropped the Saracuse demo on his desk, EMI were interested in the band as well. The band and Sam Young fell out and their eponymous debut album was released in the UK on 13 September 2004, receiving good sales and generally positive reviews. During the recording, the band lived in a farmhouse near Rutland Water to avoid being disturbed, Kasabian featured at Glastonbury Festival 2005 on the Other Stage. During this period, various drummers played with Kasabian, including current keyboard player Ben Kealey, DJ Dan Ralph Martin, brothers Mitch and Ryan Glovers and some others. While recording in Bristol, the band met Ian Matthews, who plays on Processed Beats, Butcher Blues, Beneficial Herbs and possibly some other songs on the debut album and he was asked to tour with them in 2004 and became a permanent member in April 2005Kasabian – Kasabian performing at The O2 Arena in 2011
37. 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
38. Lady Gaga – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She performed initially in theater, appearing in school plays. From there, Akon noticed her vocal abilities and helped her to sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and her debut album The Fame was a critical and commercial success that produced international chart-topping singles such as Just Dance and Poker Face. A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster, was met with a reception and Bad Romance, Telephone. Her second full-length album Born This Way was released in 2011, topping the charts in more than 20 countries, including the United States, the album produced the number-one single Born This Way. Her third album Artpop, released in 2013, topped the US charts, in 2014, Gaga released a collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek, which became her third consecutive number one in the United States. For her work in the television series American Horror Story, Hotel, with her fifth studio album Joanne, she became the first woman to have four US number one albums in the 2010s. In February 2017, Gaga headlined the Super Bowl LI halftime show which had an audience of over 150 million across various platforms worldwide. With global album and single sales of 27 million and 146 million respectively, as of January 2016 and her achievements include twelve Guinness World Records, three Brit Awards, and six Grammy Awards. She is also the first artist to win the Songwriters Hall of Fames Contemporary Icon Award, in 2013, Gaga finished second on Times readers poll of the most influential people of the past ten years, while in 2015, she was named Billboards Woman of the Year. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28,1986 and she is the elder daughter of Cynthia Louise Cindy and Internet entrepreneur Joseph Joe Germanotta. Gaga has three Italian grandparents and one American grandparent, as well as French Canadian ancestry, Gagas sister Natali is a fashion student. From age 11, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart and she described her academic life in high school as very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined but also a bit insecure. I used to get made fun of for being too provocative or too eccentric. I didnt fit in, and I felt like a freak, in 2014, Gaga said she was raped at the age of 19. She stated, I went through some things that Im able to laugh now, because Ive gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy. Gaga later said that she suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder because of the rape, and that support from doctors, family, and friends really saved my life. Gaga began playing the piano at the age of four, wrote her first piano ballad at 13 and she performed lead roles in high school productions, including Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumLady Gaga – Gaga performing at the Cheek to Cheek Tour in June 2015
39. 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
40. Jared Leto – Jared Joseph Leto is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and director. After starting his career with appearances in the early 1990s. He made his debut in How to Make an American Quilt. He later began focusing increasingly on his career, returning to acting with Panic Room, Alexander, Lord of War, Lonely Hearts, Chapter 27. In 2012, he directed the documentary film Artifact, in 2016, he played the DC Comics supervillain Joker in the DC Extended Universe film Suicide Squad. Letos performance as a woman in Dallas Buyers Club earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award. Leto is considered to be an actor, known for his constant devotion to. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the schedules of his films. He is also known to be selective about his film roles, Leto is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter for Thirty Seconds to Mars, a band he formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, with his older brother Shannon Leto. Their debut album,30 Seconds to Mars, was released to positive reviews, the band achieved worldwide fame with the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie. Their following releases, This Is War and Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, as of September 2014, the band has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Leto has also directed videos, including the MTV Video Music Award–winning The Kill, Kings and Queens. Jared Joseph Leto was born on December 26,1971, in Bossier City, Louisiana, Leto is the surname of his stepfather. His parents divorced when he was a child, and he and his brother, Shannon Leto, lived with their mother and their maternal grandparents, Ruby. His father remarried, and committed suicide when Jared was eight, Leto moved frequently with his family from his native Louisiana to different cities around the country. My moms father was in the Air Force, Leto has explained, Leto has two younger half-brothers from his fathers second marriage. Constance joined the movement and encouraged her sons to get involved in the arts. We celebrated creative experience and creative expression and we didnt try and curtail it and stunt any of that kind of growthJared Leto – Leto performing in Padova, Italy in July 2013
41. John Lydon – John Joseph Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician. He is best known as the singer of the late 1970s punk band the Sex Pistols, which lasted from 1975 until 1978. He is also the singer of post-punk band Public Image Ltd, which he founded and fronted from 1978 until 1993. Lydons rebellious image and fashion style led to him being asked to become the singer of the Sex Pistols by their manager, with the Sex Pistols, he penned singles including Anarchy in the U. K. God Save the Queen, and Holidays in the Sun, the content of which precipitated what one called the last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium in Britain. The band caused an uproar in much of the media. Despite the negative reaction that they provoked, they are now regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music. In subsequent years, Lydon has hosted shows in the UK, US. In 2005, he released an album, The Best of British £1 Notes. A prominent figure in British popular culture for four decades, Q Magazine remarked that somehow hes assumed the status of national treasure, in 2002, he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide vote. John Joseph Lydon was born in London on 31 January 1956 and his parents, Eileen Lydia and John Christopher Lydon, were working-class emigrants from Ireland who moved into a two-room Victorian flat in Benwell Road, in the Holloway area of north London. The flat is adjacent to the Emirates Stadium, the current home of Premier League football club Arsenal F. C. of which Lydon has been a fan since the age of four. At the time, the area was impoverished, with a high crime rate. John, the eldest of four brothers, had to look after his siblings due to his mothers regular illnesses, as a child, he lived on the edge of an industrial estate and would often play with friends in the factories when they were closed. It was more like yelling, shouting, throwing stones, maybe the reality was coloured by my youth. Id sit there in a load of poo all day long. At age seven he contracted meningitis and spent a year in St Anns Hospital in Haringey. The meningitis was also responsible for giving him what he would describe as the Lydon stareJohn Lydon – Lydon performing with Public Image Ltd in 2010.
42. 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
43. 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.
44. 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
45. 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
46. 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
47. Metallica – Metallica is an American heavy metal band based in San Rafael, California. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper, Metallicas current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band, the bands fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding big four bands of thrash metal, alongside Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer. The band expanded its musical direction and achieved commercial success with its eponymous fifth album Metallica. The album was also their first to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, in 2000, Metallica joined with other artists who filed a lawsuit against Napster for sharing the bands copyright-protected material without consent from the band. A settlement was reached and Napster became a pay-to-use service, the band returned to its original musical style with the release of Death Magnetic, and in 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Metallica has released ten albums, four live albums, five extended plays,26 music videos. The band has won eight Grammy Awards and six of its albums have debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The bands eponymous 1991 album has sold over 16 million copies in the United States, Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 110 million records worldwide. Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, in 2012, Metallica formed the independent record label Blackened Recordings and took full ownership of its albums and videos. The band is currently promoting Hardwired. to Self-Destruct, which was released on November 18,2016, guitarists James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner of Leather Charm answered the advertisement. Although he had not formed a band, Ulrich asked Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel if he could record a song for the upcoming compilation album Metal Massacre. Slagel accepted and Ulrich recruited Hetfield to sing and play rhythm guitar, the band was officially formed in October 1981, five months after Ulrich and Hetfield first met. Ulrich talked to his friend Ron Quintana, who was brainstorming names for a fanzine, Quintana had proposed the names MetalMania and Metallica. A second advertisement was placed in The Recycler for a position as lead guitarist, Dave Mustaine answered, Ulrich and Hetfield recruited him after seeing his expensive guitar equipment. In early 1982, Metallica recorded its first original song Hit the Lights for the Metal Massacre I compilation, Hetfield played bass on the song and Lloyd Grant was credited with a guitar solo. Metal Massacre I was released on June 14,1982, early pressings listed the band incorrectly as Mettallica, the bands first taste of live success came early, they were chosen to open for British heavy metal band Saxon at one gig of their 1982 US tour. Metallica recorded its first demo, Power Metal, an inspired by Quintanas early business cards in early 1982Metallica – Metallica in London in 2008. From left to right: Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo.
48. 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
49. 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
50. Kylie Minogue – Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. She achieved recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson, since then, Minogue has been a recording artist and has achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in the entertainment industry. Minogue has been recognised with several nicknames including Princess of Pop. She is recognised as the highest-selling Australian artist of all time by the Australian Recording Industry Association, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Minogue has for many years worked and lived in London. She signed to PWL in 1987 and released her first studio album Kylie the next year, in 1992, she left PWL and signed with Deconstruction Records and where she created her self-titled studio album and Impossible Princess, both of which received positive reviews from critics. Returning to more mainstream dance-oriented music, Minogue signed to Parlophone and her 2001 single Cant Get You Out of My Head became one of the most successful singles during the 2000s, selling over ten million units. It is recognised as her song and was named the catchiest song ever by Yahoo. Her album Fever was a hit in countries, including the United States. In 2005, while Minogue was on her Showgirl, The Greatest Hits Tour, after treatment, she resumed the tour under the title Showgirl, The Homecoming Tour, which critics viewed as a triumph. Minogue resumed work as an actress and appeared in the films Moulin Rouge, Jack & Diane, and Holy Motors. In 2014, she appeared as a judge on the series of The Voice UK. Her other ventures include product endorsements, children books and fashion, as of 2015, Minogue has had worldwide record sales of more than 80 million. She has mounted several successful and critically acclaimed concert world tours and she was appointed OBE by Charles, Prince of Wales in 2008. She was appointed by the French government as a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture, Minogue was awarded an honorary Doctor of Health Science degree by Anglia Ruskin University for her work in raising awareness for breast cancer. In November 2011, on the 25th anniversary of the ARIA Music Awards, in December 2016, Billboard ranked her as the 18th most successful dance artist of all-time. Kylie was born to Ronald Charles Minogue and Carol Ann Jones in Melbourne, Australia and her father is a fifth generation Australian, and has Irish ancestry, while her mother came from Maesteg, Wales. Jones had lived in Wales until age ten when her mother and father, Millie and Denis Jones, just before Kylies birth, Ron qualified as an accountant and worked through several jobs while Carol worked as a professional dancer. Kylies younger brother, Brendan, is a cameraman in Australia, while her younger sister Dannii Minogue is also a singerKylie Minogue – Minogue at an amfAR event, 2015
51. 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.
52. 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.
53. My Chemical Romance – My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. The bands best-known lineup consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way and drummer Bob Bryar. Founded by Gerard, Mikey, Toro, Matt Pelissier, and later joined by Iero and they signed with Reprise Records the next year and released their major label debut Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge in 2004. Shortly after the release, Pelissier was replaced by Bob Bryar. A commercial success, the album was awarded platinum status over a year later, after the bands split, a greatest hits album entitled May Death Never Stop You was released in March 2014. A tenth anniversary reissue of The Black Parade was released in September 2016 titled The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts, the band was formed by frontman Gerard Way and drummer Matt Pelissier soon after the September 11 attacks. Witnessing the World Trade Center towers fall influenced Ways life to the extent that he decided to start a band, the first recording sessions were undertaken in Pelissiers attic, where the songs Our Lady of Sorrows and Cubicles were recorded. The band refers to those sessions as The Attic Demos, after hearing the demo and dropping out of college, Mikey Way decided to join the band. While with Eyeball Records, the band met Frank Iero, the lead vocalist and guitarist for Pencey Prep, following Pencey Preps split in 2002, Iero became a member of My Chemical Romance, just days prior to the recording of the bands debut album. They recorded their album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. The album was produced by Thursday frontman Geoff Rickley after the band became friends with him while playing shows in New Jersey, Iero played guitar on two of the tracks, one of which was Early Sunsets Over Monroeville. During this time, the band was booked at the venue, Big Daddys. My Chemical Romance offered free downloads through PureVolume and the social networking website MySpace, in 2003, the band signed a deal with Reprise Records. Following a tour with Avenged Sevenfold, the band working on their second album. Released in 2004, the album went platinum in just over a year, the band released four singles from the album, Im Not Okay, Thank You for the Venom, Helena, and The Ghost of You. After returning from a tour of Japan in July 2004, the band replaced Matt Pelissier with Bob Bryar. At the beginning of 2005, the band was featured on the first Taste of Chaos tour and they then co-headlined Warped Tour 2005 with Fall Out Boy and co-headlined a tour with Alkaline Trio and Reggie and the Full Effect around the US. In March 2006, the album Life on the Murder Scene was released, incorporating a CD and it included one documentary DVD chronicling the bands history, and a second DVD with music videos, the making of their videos and live performancesMy Chemical Romance – From left to right: Frank Iero, Mikey Way, Gerard Way, Michael Pedicone, Ray Toro
54. 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
55. 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
56. Oasis (band) – Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from a group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher, Paul Bonehead Arthurs, Paul Guigsy McGuigan. They were later joined by Liams older brother Noel Gallagher as a fifth member, Oasis signed to independent record label Creation Records in 1993 and released their record-setting debut album Definitely Maybe. The following year the band recorded Morning Glory. with drummer Alan White, formerly of Starclub, McGuigan and Arthurs left Oasis in 1999 as the band went on to record and release Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. Their fifth studio album Heathen Chemistry saw Noel Gallaghers releasing strict creative control in the output with all members contributing songs. Following the recording of the seventh album Dig Out Your Soul in May 2008, Starkey departed the band and with Chris Sharrock as touring member. Liam Gallagher will release his debut album As You Were in 2017, by 2009, Oasis had sold over 70 million records worldwide. The band were listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2010 for Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run by a Group after a run of 22 top 10 hits in the UK. The band also holds the Guinness World Record for being the most successful act in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the top 75 singles and albums charts. Oasis evolved from a band called the Rain, composed of Paul McGuigan, Paul Arthurs, Tony McCarroll. Unsatisfied with Hutton, Arthurs invited and auditioned acquaintance Liam Gallagher as a replacement, Liam suggested that the band name be changed to Oasis. This change was inspired by an Inspiral Carpets tour poster that hung in the Gallagher brothers bedroom, one of the venues the poster listed was the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon, Wiltshire. Oasis played their first ever gig on 18 August 1991 at the Boardwalk club in Manchester. Liams brother Noel Gallagher, who was a roadie for Inspiral Carpets, Noel approached the group about joining with the proviso that he would become the bands sole songwriter and leader, and that they would commit to an earnest pursuit of commercial success. He had loads of stuff written, Arthurs recalled, when he walked in, we were a band making a racket with four tunes. All of a sudden, there were loads of ideas, after over a year of live shows, rehearsals and a recording of a proper demo, the bands big break came in May 1993 when they were spotted by Creation Records co-owner Alan McGee. Oasis were invited to play a gig at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut club in Glasgow, Scotland, by a band called Sister Lovers, Oasis, along with a group of friends, found the money to hire a van and make the journey to Glasgow. When they arrived, they were refused entry to the club as they were not on that nights set list and they were given the opening slot and impressed McGee, who was there to see 18 Wheeler, one of his own bands, that nightOasis (band) – Vocalist Liam Gallagher and guitarist Noel Gallagher performing in San Diego, California on 18 September 2005
57. 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
58. 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
59. Palma Violets – Palma Violets were an English band from Lambeth, London. The band formed in 2011, based on the partnership of frontmen Samuel Fryer. The bands musical output is primarily in the rock genre, with some garage rock. Palma Violets first single, Best of Friends, was voted NMEs song of the year for 2012, much like The Libertines, the band gained a substantial fan base online before the release of their first single - with multiple live videos of their gigs being uploaded by fans. The band are signed to Rough Trade Records, palma Violets appeared on the 2013 NME Awards Tour, along with Miles Kane, Django Django and Peace. Since that time they have been promoted by NME and have appeared in numerous magazine editions. On 9 December 2012, the BBC announced that the band had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll, palma Violets were formed by bassist/vocalist Alexander Chilli Jesson, guitarist/vocalist Samuel Thomas Fryer, keyboardist Jeffrey Peter Mayhew and drummer William Martin Doyle. On 10 January, the band premièred their track, Step Up for the Cool Cats on BBC Radio 1, on February 16th, the band premiered the track Danger in the Club on BBC Radio 1. The next day announced the release of their new album Danger in the ClubPalma Violets – Palma Violets
60. 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
61. Pet Shop Boys – Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, Other hit songs include a cover of Go West, Opportunities and What Have I Done to Deserve This. in a duet with Dusty Springfield. At the 2009 Brit Awards in London, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, in 2016, Billboard magazine named Pet Shop Boys the No.1 Billboard Dance duo/group over the 40 years since the charts inception in 1976. In 2017 the duo received NMEs Godlike Genius Award, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe met in an electronics shop on Kings Road in Chelsea, London, in August 1981. Recognising a mutual interest in music, they began to work together on material, first in Tennants flat in Chelsea and from 1982. It was during early years that several future hit songs were created, including Its a Sin, West End Girls, Rent. Their big break came in August 1983, when Tennant was assigned by Smash Hits to interview The Police in New York, the duo were obsessed with a stream of Hi-NRG records made by New York producer Bobby Orlando, simply known as Bobby O. According to Tennant, I thought, well, if Ive got to go and see The Police play, in April 1984, the Orlando-produced West End Girls was released, becoming a club hit in Los Angeles and San Francisco. On 2 November, it was voted Screamer of the Week by listeners of Long Island and it was a minor dance hit in Belgium and France, but was only available in the United Kingdom as a 12 import. In March 1985, after negotiations, Pet Shop Boys cut their contractual ties with Bobby O. Hiring manager Tom Watkins, they signed with the London-based Parlophone label, in April, Tennant left Smash Hits and in July, a new single, Opportunities, was released, reaching number 116 in the UK. The B-side to this single, In the Night, later resurfaced, in a remixed version, as the opening track to the duos first remix album, Disco. This version was used as the theme for the UK television series The Clothes Show. Unperturbed by the low position, the band returned to the studio in August to re-record West End Girls with producer Stephen Hague. Released in October 1985, this new version entered the charts at a similarly low position. It was subsequently number one in the United States, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Israel, New Zealand and Norway and it remains the most-heard Pet Shop Boys song to date. After the success of West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys released a single, Love Comes Quickly. The single reached number 19 in the UK Singles Chart and was followed by their album, PleasePet Shop Boys – Performing in Turku, Finland in 1997
62. Primal Scream – Primal Scream are a British rock band originally formed in 1982 in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie and Jim Beattie. The current lineup consists of Gillespie, Andrew Innes, Martin Duffy, Simone Butler, Barrie Cadogan has toured and recorded with the band since 2006 as a replacement after the departure of guitarist Robert Throb Young. The band performed throughout 1982–1984, but their career did not take off until Gillespie left his position as drummer of The Jesus and their 1991 album Screamadelica broke the band into the mainstream. Their latest album Chaosmosis was released on 18 March 2016, Bobby Gillespie moved to Mount Florida, in southeastern Glasgow. There he attended Kings Park Secondary School, where he first met Robert Young, another schoolfriend was Alan McGee, who took Gillespie to his first gig, a Thin Lizzy concert. McGee and Gillespie were heavily influenced by rock, and they joined a local punk band, The Drains. The Drains guitarist was a 15-year-old Andrew Innes, the band was short-lived, and Innes and McGee moved to London while Gillespie chose to remain in Glasgow. After the punk movement ended, Gillespie became disenchanted with mainstream new wave music and he met up with another schoolfriend who shared his outlook, Jim Beattie, and recorded elemental noise tapes, in which Gillespie would bang two dustbin lids together and Beattie played fuzz-guitar. They soon moved on to Velvet Underground and Byrds cover songs before starting to write their own songs, based on Jah Wobble, Gillespie later said that the band didnt really exist, but we did it every night for something to do. They named themselves Primal Scream, a term for a type of cry heard in primal therapy, still essentially a partnership, Primal Scream first played live in 1982. Their first recording session, for McGees independent label Essential Records, was a track entitled The Orchard. Beattie later claimed that they burned the master tape, after the aborted recording, Gillespie joined The Jesus and Mary Chain as their drummer, and alternated between both bands. This lineup was signed to Creation Records, an independent record label founded by Alan McGee, and recorded the debut single, All Fall Down. After the release of the single, Gillespie was told by Mary Chain leaders William, Gillespie chose to remain with Primal Scream. Stuart May was replaced by Paul Harte, and the then released a new single. The b-side, Velocity Girl, was released on the C86 compilation, the band strongly disliked this, with Gillespie saying that they cant play their instruments and they cant write songs. The band toured throughout 1986, and Gillespie became disenchanted with the quality of their performances and he said that there was always something missing, musically or in attitude. The band switched to McGees newly set-up Warner Bros. subsidiary Elevation Records, before the band entered Rockfield Studios in Wales to record their debut album, McGurk was asked to leave the bandPrimal Scream – Primal Scream performing in Southampton on 29 November 2006.
63. Professor Green – Stephen Paul Manderson, better known by his stage name Professor Green or simply Pro Green, is an English rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and television personality from London. He is the co-host of Lip Sync Battle UK on Channel 5, in 2006 he released his first mixtape, Lecture #1. After his first record label, The Beats, went under he produced on his own an EP called The Green EP. After he toured with Lily Allen he was signed to Virgin Records and released I Need You Tonight featuring Ed Drewett and he also joined up with Allen on his second single Just Be Good to Green, which is based on The SOS Bands Just Be Good to Me. Pro Green was signed to The Beats, a label run by Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem, until 12 February 2008. He rose to success upon winning the inaugural JumpOff MySpace £50,000 battle rap tournament in July 2008, following this in 2009, he worked with Lily Allen on her 2009 concert tour. In July 2010, Green released his album, Alive Till Im Dead. The first single off the album was produced by The ThundaCatz and called I Need You Tonight, which was released on 12 April 2010 and it peaked at #3 in the UK, and #15 in Ireland, and was also certificated silver status in the United Kingdom. He released his second single Just Be Good to Green, on 11 July 2010 in the UK and it became a top 5 hit in the UK, a top 20 hit in Ireland and on the European Hot 100 Singles. It also peaked at #32 in New Zealand and #49 in Australia, the song samples Just Be Good To Me by the SOS Band. His album was released a later, and peaked at #2 in the UK. He released Monster on 3 October 2010 as the single from the album. The single became a top 30 hit on the UK Singles Chart, on 10 September 2010, Green joined Lily Allen on stage at Wembley Stadium whilst supporting Muse, to perform her number one hit Smile, and Just Be Good To Green. On 19 October 2010, Green released the video for his next single Jungle and it was released on 3 January 2011 and reached #31 in the UK Singles Chart. In retribution Green responded by saying I will always be a fan and its not a problem for me. This then escalated into an argument before Professor Green attempted to defuse the situation. Green appeared on Soccer AM, where he was challenged to a rap battle by Tubes. After several starting spits, Green said, Im the Professor, the one that you dont wanna test, Tubes is about as smart as the Soccerette, which drew a big reaction from everyone in the studioProfessor Green – Professor Green in 2012
64. 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
65. 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
66. 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)
67. 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
68. Royal Blood (band) – Royal Blood are an English rock duo formed in Brighton in 2013. The bands sound is reminiscent of and rooted in blues rock, hard rock, garage rock, stoner rock. Their first album Royal Blood was released in August 2014, Royal Blood is bass guitarist/singer Mike Kerr, born 19 June 1989, and drummer Ben Thatcher, born 12 February 1988. The pair are from West Sussex, Kerr grew up in Worthing and they first met around 2005 when they were teenagers, and for a brief period they were part of the same four-piece band called Flavour Country in which Kerr played keyboards and the keytar. Royal Blood formed at the beginning of 2013 after Kerrs return to England from a sabbatical in Australia, Kerr had previously used the name Royal Blood whilst in Australia, working with a drummer called Matt Swan. When Kerr returned to England, Thatcher picked him up from airport, initially Royal Blood couldn’t get a gig in Worthing for months, and according to Kerr we ended up just playing a lot of open-mic nights with acoustic singer-songwriters. The band developed their music in the studios of Brighton Electric, the band joined the same management company as the band Arctic Monkeys. During the summer of 2013, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders was seen wearing a shirt supporting Royal Blood during Arctic Monkeys Glastonbury Festival concert in July 2013. On 11 November 2013, Royal Blood released their single, Out of the Black. In November 2013, it was announced that Royal Blood would be supporting Arctic Monkeys for two Finsbury Park shows in May 2014, in December 2013 Royal Blood were nominated for BBC Sound of 2014. Royal Blood released their single, Little Monster, on 11 February 2014. The band also released a four-track EP, featuring Out of the Black, Little Monster, Come On Over and their debut album, Royal Blood, was released on 25 August 2014 to commercial success & was well received by critics. Royal Blood was verified by the Official Charts Company as the fastest-selling British rock debut album in three years in the UK. They performed at T in the Park festival in July, and at Reading Festival, but got cut short at their Leeds Festival show, as well as Osheaga in August 2014. In 2013, when asked by an Australian radio station Triple M Sydney 104.9 who his main influence was, Mike Kerr answered Steven Hamblin from the rock band Graces Collide, hes so good it hurts. In October 2014, Royal Blood announced details of their biggest European tour to date, starting in Germany on 10 January, on 10 November 2014, Howard Stern said on his radio show that he was a fan of the band. He had watched them on a MTV Awards Show and was impressed at the coming from only a two-piece band. Also in November 2014, Led Zeppelins guitarist, Jimmy Page said I went to them in New YorkRoyal Blood (band) – Royal Blood at SXSW 2014
69. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels, also known by the initialism RTJ, is an American hip hop supergroup formed in 2013 by rapper/producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike. They released their debut studio album, Run the Jewels. The album was followed by Run the Jewels 2 in 2014 and their third album, Run the Jewels 3, was released digitally on December 24,2016, while a physical release appeared on January 13,2017. Killer Mike was first introduced to El-P by Cartoon Network executive Jason DeMarco, the following year, El-P produced Killer Mikes album, R. A. P. Music, which was followed by Killer Mikes appearance on the track Tougher Colder Killer from El-Ps Cancer 4 Cure. Music and Cancer 4 Cure were released within weeks of each other, the success of the tour eventually led to the decision to form Run the Jewels. On June 26,2013, Run the Jewels released their debut, Run The Jewels. Their follow-up record, Run The Jewels 2, was released through Mass Appeal Records on October 24,2014, a light-hearted remix album composed entirely of cat sounds titled Meow the Jewels was released on September 25,2015. It features guest production from the likes of Prince Paul, Boots, Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, The Alchemist, Just Blaze, proceeds from the album will go entirely to charity. They also announced the release of a remix album of Run the Jewels 2. Killer Mike revealed that the duo would work on Run the Jewels 3 in January 2015. Run the Jewels released an exclusive 12-inch on April 18,2015 in conjunction with Record Store Day, the record included a new track in addition to three previously-released songs. The duo has released a track as part of the yearly Adult Swim Singles Program every year since 2013. 2014 saw the release of the single from Run the Jewels 2, Oh My Darling Dont Cry. In 2016, the program was again used to release the lead single from an upcoming album. Run the Jewels supported Jack White on January 30,2015 at Madison Square Garden, in early 2015, it was announced that the band would perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June. Trackstar the DJ served as Run the Jewels DJ during their RTJ2 tour, Run the Jewels 3 was digitally released on December 24,2016, three weeks prior to its previously announced release date of January 13,2017. Physical release of the album appeared on January 13 in the United States,30 artists were invited to participate in the movement, creating large murals on six continentsRun the Jewels – Killer Mike (left) and El-P (right) as Run the Jewels at Treefort Music Fest.
70. 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
71. The Smiths – The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke, critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. The NME named the Smiths the most influential artist ever in a 2002 poll, four of their albums appeared on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They have also released several compilations, and numerous non-LP singles, the Smiths had several singles reach the UK top twenty and all four of their studio albums reached the UK top five, including one which topped the charts. They won a significant following and remain cult favourites, although they had limited success outside the UK while they were still together. The band broke up in 1987 and have turned down offers to reunite. The bands focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound, Marrs guitar-playing on his Rickenbacker often had a jangly sound reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds. Marrs guitar-playing influenced later Manchester bands, including the Stone Roses, Morrissey and Marrs songs combined themes about ordinary people with complex, literate lyrics delivered by Morrissey with a mordant sense of humour. In 2014 and 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock, on 31 August 1978, Morrissey was briefly introduced to the 14-year-old Johnny Marr by mutual acquaintances Billy Duffy and Howard Bates at a Patti Smith gig held at Manchesters Apollo Theatre. According to Morrissey, We got on absolutely famously and we were very similar in drive. Conversing, the two found that they were fans of many of the same bands, the next day, Morrissey phoned Marr to confirm that he would be interested in forming a band with him. A few days later, Morrissey and Marr held their first rehearsal in Marrs rented attic room in Bowdon, the next song that they worked on was titled The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, which again was based on lyrics produced by Morrissey. Marr included a tempo which was based on the Patti Smith song Kimberly, the third track that the duo worked on was Suffer Little Children. Around the time of the formation, Morrissey decided that he would be publicly known only by his surname. In 1983 he forbade those around him using the name of Steven. After remaining with the band for rehearsals, Pomfret departed un-amicably. He was replaced by the bass player Dale Hibbert, who worked at Manchesters Decibel Studios and it was through Hibbert that the Smiths were able to record their first demo at Decibel, doing so one night in August 1982. Aided by drummer Simon Wolstencroft, whom Marr had worked with in Freak Party, meanwhile, Morrissey took the demo recording to Factory Records, but Factorys Tony Wilson wasnt interestedThe Smiths – The Smiths in 1985. Left to right: Andy Rourke, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce
72. 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
73. 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
74. 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.
75. 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
76. 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
77. 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
78. 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.
79. 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.
80. 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