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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. Iggy Azalea – Iggy Azalea is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, model and director. Born in Sydney and raised in Mullumbimby, Azalea moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a career in hip hop music and she earned public recognition after releasing music videos for her songs Pu$$y and Two Times on YouTube. She signed a contract with American rapper T. I. s Grand Hustle Records imprint in 2012, after gaining attention from her first full-length project. Azaleas debut studio album, The New Classic, peaked among the top five of charts worldwide. It topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums making Azalea the first non-American female rapper to reach the summit of the chart, the album was preceded by her debut single Work, and generated the U. S. She also went on to three top ten hits simultaneously on the Hot 100 with the aforementioned songs along with the fifth single from the album, Black Widow. Azaleas second studio album Digital Distortion is due in early 2017 and its lead single, Team, was released on 18 March 2016. Amethyst Amelia Kelly was born in Sydney and brought up in Mullumbimby and her father, Brendan Kelly, was a European-Australian painter and comic artist, while her mother, Tanya, cleaned holiday houses and hotels. Azalea lived in a house that her father built by hand from mud-bricks, according to Azalea, she has some Aboriginal ancestry, My family came to Australia on the First Fleet. My familys been in country for a long time, over 100 years. If your familys lived in Australia for a time, everyone has a little bit of. I know my family does because we have an eye condition that only Aboriginal people have, Azalea has also said that her father made her look at as a teenager, which has always influenced her life and work. She began rapping at age 14, before embarking on a solo career, Azalea formed a group with two other girls from her neighbourhood, I was like, I could be the rapper. Azalea eventually decided to disband the group because the girls werent taking it seriously. In pursuit of her desire to move to America, Azalea dropped out of high school and she worked and saved the money she earned by cleaning hotel rooms and holiday houses with her mother. She claims to have hated school, which, apart from art class and she also said she had no friends and was teased for her homemade outfits. Azalea travelled to the United States in 2006, shortly before she turned 16 and she recalled, My mum was crying, saying, Just be safe. I was thinking, Im going by myself, after her arrival in the U. S. she received her GED, and resided in the country on a visa waiver for six years, returning to Australia every three months to renew itIggy Azalea – Azalea in Sydney; Australia, August 2015
7. Katy B – Kathleen Anne Brien, better known as Katy B, is an English singer and songwriter. She released her studio album, On a Mission, in 2011. In 2014 she released her studio album, Little Red. She was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize, kathleen Anne Brien was born on 8 May 1989, in Peckham, London, where she attended at Lyndhurst Primary School, Haberdashers Askes Hatcham College, and the BRIT School. Katy also attended at the Glenlyn Academy in South London, where she took dance classes, Katys father was a member of the Les Humphries Singers, who represented Germany at Eurovision 1976, with the song Sing Sang Song. Katy B possesses a vocal range. Katy has guested on many tracks, both before and during her album release campaign, DJ NGs song Tell Me, on which she featured as Baby Katy, was initially released on a white label and then later signed to Ministry of Sound. She also provided vocals on the track Hold Me for The Count & Sindens debut album Mega Mega Mega, Katy B has also collaborated with Rinse FM DJ Geeneus to cover the Kevin Saunderson produced Good Life and the track As I. The single reached number five on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the UK Indie Chart and her third single Broken Record was released in March 2011, and peaked at number eight. The fourth single Easy Please Me was released on 3 June 2011 and her fifth single Witches Brew was released on 28 August 2011. Katys debut album On a Mission was released on 4 April 2011, Katy B supported Tinie Tempah on his tour during Spring of 2011, and on 30 April 2011 she embarked on her own debut concert tour throughout Europe until September, then the UK in October. On 1 October 2013, Katy announced that her studio album would be titled Little Red. Lead single 5 AM was released on 4 November 2013, charting at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, Crying for No Reason was released on 10 February 2014, reaching the Top 5 of the singles chart. Little Red topped the UK Albums Chart on 19 February 2014, still was released as the third and final single from the album. On 18 February 2014, Katys video for the ongoing Rinse Sessions x Metropolis project was revealed, in February, she also appeared on the BBC One show The Voice as Ricky Wilsons team mentor. She performed at Birmingham Pride in May 2014, in October 2015, Katy provided vocals, along with Tinie Tempah on Turn the Music Louder, a re-worked version of British DJ KDAs track Rumble. It topped the UK charts becoming Katys first UK number one single, in December 2015, Katy confirmed in a backstage interview at Capital FMs Jingle Bell Ball that her third studio album would be called Honey and would be released sometime in 2016. It was also confirmed that a track of the name would featureKaty B – At Argos digital store launch in London, October 2014
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
11. Belle and Sebastian – Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish band formed in Glasgow in January 1996. Led by Stuart Murdoch, the band has released 9 albums to date, much of their work had been released on Jeepster Records, but they are now signed to Rough Trade Records in the United Kingdom and Matador Records in the United States. Though often praised by critics, Belle and Sebastian have enjoyed limited commercial success. Belle and Sebastian were formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1996 by Stuart Murdoch, as the band had a number of songs already and the label was extremely impressed with the demos, Belle and Sebastian were allowed to record a full-length album, which was titled Tigermilk. Murdoch once described the band as a product of botched capitalism, the band took their name from the television adaptation of the French novel Belle et Sébastien. Tigermilk was recorded in three days and originally only one thousand copies were pressed on vinyl and these original copies now sell for up to £400. After the success of the album, Belle and Sebastian were signed to Jeepster Records in August 1996 and If Youre Feeling Sinister. The album was named by Spin as one of the 100 greatest albums between 1985 and 2005, and is considered the bands masterpiece. Just before the recording of Sinister, Sarah Martin joined the band, following this a series of EPs were released in 1997. The first of these was Dog on Wheels, which contained four tracks recorded before the real formation of the band. In fact, the only band members to play on the songs were Murdoch, David, and Mick Cooke. It charted at No.59 in the UK singles chart, the Lazy Line Painter Jane EP followed in July. The track was recorded in the church where Murdoch lived and features vocals from Monica Queen, the EP narrowly missed out on the UK top 40, peaking at No.41. The last of the 1997 EPs was Octobers 3, the EP was made Single of the Week in both the NME and Melody Maker and reached No.32 in the charts, thus becoming the bands first top 40 single. The band released their third LP, The Boy with the Arab Strap in 1998, during the recording of the album, long-time studio trumpet-player Mick Cooke was asked to join the band as a full member. The This Is Just a Modern Rock Song EP followed later that year, in 1999 the band was awarded with Best Newcomer at the BRIT Awards, upsetting better-known acts such as Steps and 5ive. That same year, the band hosted their own festival, the Bowlie Weekender, Tigermilk was also given a full release by Jeepster before the band started work on their next LP. The result was Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant, a stand-alone single, Legal Man, reached No.15 and gave them their first appearance on Top of the PopsBelle and Sebastian – Left to right: Mick Cooke, Richard Colburn, Bobby Kildea, Chris Geddes, Stevie Jackson, Sarah Martin, Stuart Murdoch
12. 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
13. The Big Pink – The Big Pink are an English electronic rock band from London, consisting of multi-instrumentalists Robertson Robbie Furze, Mary Charteris, Nicole Emery and Bradford Lee Conroy. Initially a duo, they signed to independent record label 4AD in 2009, to date, they have released five singles, with their debut album A Brief History of Love released in September 2009 and its follow-up, Future This released in January 2012. Robertson Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell started working together as The Big Pink in 2008, Furze used to play guitar for Alec Empire and run the record label Hate Channel with Cordell. Cordell had also been releasing records through his own label Merok Records, which featured early noise rock releases by Klaxons, Titus Andronicus, and Crystal Castles. After joining forces in mid-2007, the band issued their first single Too Young to Love on 7 vinyl in October 2008 on the House Anxiety label, the single was limited to 500 copies worldwide, and features a homoerotic photograph by Dennis Cooper as its cover. Similarly, a limited edition 12 single for Too Young to Love released only in Japan features more of Coopers photography as its cover, the Big Pink signed with British record label 4AD in February 2009. On 25 February 2009, The Big Pink won the prestigious Philip Hall Radar Award for best new act at the NME Shockwave Awards, the duo were presented the award by James Allan and Caroline McKay of Glasvegas, who had won the award in 2008. The single was produced by the band and mixed by Alan Moulder. A 7-minute remix of Velvet by Gang Gang Dance followed as an online-streaming single. The Big Pink provided a cover of Lovesong for The Cure tribute album Pictures of You, A Tribute to Godlike Geniuses The Cure, following the releases, the duo opened for TV on the Radio in Europe before embarking on their first headlining UK tour. A second single on 4AD, the non-album track Stop the World, was released as a limited edition 7 single on 29 June 2009 and it was co-produced with Paul Epworth. The Big Pinks debut album A Brief History of Love was released on 14 September 2009, the band produced the album themselves at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, and it was mixed by Rich Costey. Cordell told BBC6 Music that the album encompasses every different aspect of love, the good, the bad, the boring, the exciting, the dreams, the nightmares, the whole thing. Nationwide tours of Europe, Japan, and the United States occurred August through the end of 2009, with dates in Australia and a second North American tour set for spring 2010. They also supported Muse on their UK arena tour in November, and in turn, provided a remix of Muses song Undisclosed Desires, on 24 February 2010, Dominos won Best Track at the NME Awards. The Big Pink appeared at the 2010 Coachella Festival in April, in an interview with NME, Robbie Furze noted a strong hip-hop influence for the recording of the bands second album. However, he retracted this statement regarding the bands musical direction in a further NME interview in October 2011 in which he wishes he hadnt made such a claim. He also stated that the band has approached Nick Launay and Dave Fridmann as possible producers, the first single Stay Gold came out in October 2011, and was featured in SSXThe Big Pink – Robbie Furze of The Big Pink performing at the Brixton Academy in London, 6 October 2009
14. 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.
15. 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
16. 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
17. 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
18. 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
19. Charli XCX – Charlotte Emma Aitchison, better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is a British singer, songwriter, and actress. She released her debut single independently in 2008 and initially performed at raves in London. She signed to Asylum Records with producer Tim Gonzalez in 2010, Charli XCXs major label debut album, True Romance, was released in 2013, accompanied by singles including You and Nuclear Seasons. She rose to prominence during 2013 and 2014 when she was featured on two singles, Icona Pops I Love It and Iggy Azaleas Fancy. Her 2014 single Boom Clap from the album of The Fault in Our Stars became a top ten single in a number of countries. It also preceded the release of her album, Sucker. In 2016, she released the extended play Vroom Vroom, in March 2017, she released the mixtape Number 1 Angel. Her upcoming third album is expected to be released in late 2017. Charlotte Emma Aitchison was born on 2 August 1992, in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, to a Scottish father, Jon Aitchison, and a Gujarati Indian mother, Shameera and her father is an entrepreneur and former show-booker and her mother is a former nurse and air hostess. Aitchison grew up in Start Hill, near Bishops Stortford, and attended Bishops Stortford College, Aitchison also studied at UCLs Slade School of Fine Art in London, but left during the second year of her degree course. Aitchison started writing songs when she was 14 years old and began recording an album on a loan granted by her parents, in early 2008, she began posting songs from the album, as well as numerous other demos, on her official MySpace page. This caught the attention of a promoter running numerous illegal warehouse raves and parties in east London, Aitchison was billed on flyers under the stage name Charli XCX, her MSN Messenger display name when she was younger. Despite the illicit nature of the gigs, her parents were supportive of her career and she released two singles. Franchesckaar. and double A-side Emelline/Art Bitch, in late 2008 under Orgy Music. The album she recorded at this time,14, was never released, although several promotional copies were issued. After being signed to Asylum Records in 2010, she took a break from music in what she describes as a lost period, early in 2011, Alex Metric released the single End of the World which featured her vocals. When the song appeared on BBCs Radio One, her age, success, in May 2011, she released the single Stay Away, followed by Nuclear Seasons in November. Both tracks were produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and released exclusively in the United Kingdom, the singles gained attention from music website Pitchfork Media, where she earned Best New Track accolades for both, the former was eventually named to the sites Best Tracks of 2011 list. In May 2012, Charli XCX released her first mixtape, Heartbreaks and Earthquakes and she supported Santigold and Coldplay on tour during that yearCharli XCX – Charli XCX in 2014.
20. 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
21. Alexa Chung – Alexa Chung television presenter, and contributing editor at British Vogue. Born in Privett, Hampshire, Chung is the daughter of Gillian and her father is of three quarters Chinese ancestry, while her mother is of English descent. Chung attended secondary school at the local Perins School and spent sixth form at Peter Symonds College and she was accepted at Kings College London to read English, but was scouted by a modelling agency before attending. Chung was scouted by London-based Storm Model Management after being seen in the tent at the Reading Festival at age 16. She modelled for teen magazines, such as Elle Girl and CosmoGIRL. and worked for companies including Fanta, Sony Ericsson, Sunsilk, Urban Outfitters, after four years, Chung quit modelling with the intention of beginning an art foundation or fashion journalism course, having become disillusioned. She had developed a body image and low self-esteem through modelling. After becoming a TV personality, Chung made a return to occasional modelling, in 2008, she was the face of Australian fashion label Antipodiums SS2008 collection and Oxfams ethical fashion range, Revamped. In September 2008, Chung walked the catwalk as part of the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2009 show at London Fashion Week, in early 2009, she became the face of British High Street giant New Look. Chung then joined London-based modelling agency Select Model Management and, in April 2009, she modeled Wrens Holiday 2009 collection, in July 2009, Chung moved to NEXT Model Management and became the face of DKNY Jeans. Chung was the face of South Korean brand MOGGs Spring/Summer 2010 campaign, in January 2010, she became the main model of the Spring/Summer 2010 Pepe Jeans London campaign and reprised her role for the Fall/Winter 2010 campaign. She was announced as the first celebrity face of Lacoste in June 2010, in January 2011, Chung was announced as the face of Italian sneaker brand Superga, in a campaign to mark their 100th anniversary. Chung worked with Tommy Hilfiger as a guest editor for their Fall 2014 collection, Chung became the face of Longchamp in 2013 and, by 2015, she had appeared in her fourth campaign for the fashion brand. In April 2006, the then-model Chung was offered the job of co‑host on Popworld on Channel 4, Chung and co‑host Alex Zane also presented a weekly radio show called Popworld Radio. The last show aired in July 2007, after Channel 4 decided not to recommission the programme, following this, Chung signed a year-long golden handcuffs deal with Channel 4 in August 2007. As part of deal, she guest presented Big Brothers Big Mouth. She hosted a number of T4 Movie Specials, 4Music Specials, in January 2008, Chung became one of the four anchor T4 presenters. She hosted T4’s Vanity Lair, a reality show investigating the concept of beauty, when the show was mentioned in a later interview, Chung raise her eyebrows, indicating embarrassment. As well as her work on T4, she became a long-time host of Channel 4’s early morning music programme Freshly Squeezed beginning in September 2007, in addition to her Channel 4 commitments, Chung presented the ITV1 series Get a Grip and BBC Threes The WallAlexa Chung – Chung in London in 2009
22. 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
23. 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
24. 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
25. 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.
26. Disclosure (band) – Disclosure are an English electronic music duo consisting of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence. The siblings grew up in Reigate, Surrey and their debut studio album, Settle, released on 3 June 2013, by PMR Records, was nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. They released a studio album, Caracal, on 25 September 2015 which was also nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. In January 2017, they announced they would be going on hiatus, Guy started playing the drums at the age of three, and Howard started playing the bass at the age of eight. Both also learned to play the guitar and the piano and Howard to sing and they both attended the Reigate College. During this period, the boys studied music and music technology, whilst Guy was attending at the Reigate College, he enjoyed studying classical music, especially the likes of Bach and Claude Debussy. The duos first single Offline Dexterity was released on 29 August 2010 and they signed to the new PMR record label on its formation in January 2011, and released their second single Carnival/I Love. That You Know on 13 June 2011. This got them a management deal with Sam Evitt and Jack Streets Method Management who they are managed by. Disclosure picked up their first significant national radio support upon the release of the Tenderly / Flow single in January 2012, the single led to significant interest in the subsequent June 2012 EP The Face, released on Greco-Roman. The group maintained their momentum into 2013 – they were voted into the BBC Radio 1xtra Hot Ten For 2013 and these three singles were collected on an EP, The Singles.1 score on Pitchfork. They performed twice at Glastonbury Festival 2013 and appeared on Later, the album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Album. The same year, they established the record label Method Records, its roster includes Friend Within, Karen Harding, Lxury, a sub label was introduced in February 2015, called Method White, releasing more underground tracks through it. The first release was Wolfsbane by Jonas Rathsman, since then M. J. Cole and Eats Everything have released tracks through the label. The week of its release, Caracal earned the group their second number one album in the UK Albums Chart. The music videos for singles from the album published on YouTube are interconnected and follow a story line. The videos follow a woman in a sci-fi, dystopian world who is, for some unknown reason. Three singles were released prior to the album, Omen, Holding On, two promotional singles were also released, Willing and Able and Hourglass. The album was released on 25 September 2015, by PMR Records, the album was also nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2016 Grammy AwardsDisclosure (band) – Disclosure performing in 2013
27. 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
28. 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
29. 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
30. Eagulls – Eagulls are an English rock band, formed in Leeds in 2010. The band consists of Mark Goldsworthy, Henry Ruddel, Liam Matthews, Tom Kelly, eagulls were formed in 2010 and released their first single Council Flat Blues on Moshi Moshi imprint Not Even Records. The bands 2012 self-titled EP, recorded by MJ of Hookworms, was released on both Londons Sexbeat label and Canadian label Deranged Records. In 2013 the band signed to Partisan Records, releasing 7 single Nerve Endings with a cover of Killing Jokes Requiem and their self-titled debut album has been released in March 2014. They were BBC Radio 6s Steve Lamacqs New Favourite Band in 2013, in 2014 they appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing their song Possessed for Bill Murray. The band were chosen as the support for Franz Ferdinands 2014 UK tour. In May 2016, the released their second album, Ullages. Produced by Matt Peel, the title is an anagram of the bands nameEagulls – Eagulls (2011)
31. Idris Elba – Idrissa Akuna Idris Elba, OBE is an English actor, musician, and DJ. He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award. Elba has appeared in such as Ridley Scotts American Gangster, Takers, Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Thor, The Dark World and Beasts of No Nation. In 2016, he also voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book and he will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley. In addition to his work, Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis. In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World, an only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born on 6 September 1972 in Hackney. His father, Winston, was a Sierra Leonean and worked in the Ford motor factory at Dagenham, while his mother, Elbas parents were married in Sierra Leone and later moved to London. Elba himself was brought up in Hackney and East Ham, and shortened his first name from Idrissa to Idris at school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He credits The Stage with giving him his first big break, having seen an advertisement for a play in the newspaper, Elba auditioned and met his first agent while performing in the role. In 1986, he began helping an uncle with his wedding DJ business, within a year, Elba left school in 1988 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre, thanks to a £1,500 Princes Trust grant. His first roles were in Crimewatch murder reconstructions, to support himself between roles in Crimewatch reconstructions, he worked in jobs such as tyre-fitting, cold call advertising sales, and the night shift at Ford Dagenham. He was working in nightclubs, under the DJ nickname Big Driis, at age 19, in 1995, Elba landed his first significant role on a series called Bramwell, a medical drama set in 1890s England. He played a character in an episode of Season 1, an African petty thief named Charlie Carter. His first named role arrived earlier in 1995, cast as a gigolo on the Sex episode of Absolutely Fabulous, many supporting roles on British television followed, including series such as The Bill and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. He joined the cast of the soap opera Family Affairs and went on to appear on the television serial Ultraviolet and he decided to move to New York City soon after. He returned to England occasionally for a role, such as a part in one of the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. In 2001, Elba played Achilles in a production of Troilus. After a supporting turn on a 2001 episode of Law & Order, from 2002 to 2004, Elba portrayed Russell Stringer Bell in the series, perhaps his best-known role in the United StatesIdris Elba – Elba in October 2014
32. Elbow (band) – Elbow are an English rock band consisting of Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner. They have played together since 1990, adopting the Elbow band name in 1997, the band have released seven studio albums, Asleep in the Back, Cast of Thousands, Leaders of the Free World, The Seldom Seen Kid, Build a Rocket Boys. The Take Off and Landing of Everything, and Little Fictions and their studio albums, as well as their B-sides compilation Dead in the Boot, all reached the top 15 of the British album chart. Seven of their singles placed in the top 40 of the British singles chart and their most recent album, Little Fictions, was released on February 3rd,2017. In 2008, Elbow won the Mercury Music Prize for their album The Seldom Seen Kid, in 2012, they released First Steps, the BBC theme for the 2012 London Olympics. Garvey, then aged 16, met Mark Potter in 1990, Potter asked Garvey to sing in a band he was in with drummer Richard Jupp and bassist Pete Turner. Together, the four formed the band Mr Soft, potters brother Craig then joined the band on keyboards. That year the band played their first gig together at the Corner Pin pub in Ramsbottom, after winning a local battle of the bands, the band signed with Island Records and recorded their first album with producer Steve Osborne at Real World Studios. However, Island sold out to major label Universal, the band was dropped in a mass cull and the album was not released. Elbow continued to record with independent label Ugly Man Records and released The Noisebox EP, The Newborn EP and these releases garnered extensive airplay on BBC Radio 1. Elbows debut album Asleep in the Back was released in May 2001 on V2 Records, the album was written over the course of six years, and contains six rerecorded tracks from the Real World Studios sessions. Asleep in the Back was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize, the bands second album Cast of Thousands was released in August 2003. The title of the album is a reference to their performance at the 2002 Glastonbury Festival, the recording is featured on the song Grace Under Pressure. In 2004 Elbow toured Cuba, playing songs from Asleep in the Back and Cast of Thousands at venues in, British documentary maker Irshad Ashraf filmed a large portion of the tour. The resulting short film was shown at festivals in 2004. Their third album, Leaders of the Free World, was released in 2005 and it was self-produced at Blueprint Studios in Salford, a studio the band hired for the sessions. They teamed up with video artists The Soup Collective to produce an integrated music, in mid-2006, Elbow headlined the Ukula Bright Lights Festival in Torontos Distillery District. In 2006 the band moved to Fiction Records and completed their studio album The Seldom Seen Kid in late 2007Elbow (band) – The band Elbow performing at Manchester Arena on 11th April 2014.
33. The Enemy (UK rock band) – The Enemy were an English indie rock band formed in Coventry in 2006. The bands debut album Well Live and Die in These Towns went straight to Number 1 in the UK Albums Chart on release and their second album Music for the People went to Number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. Streets in the Sky, their studio album, was released on 21 May 2012 and was also their third UK top 10 album. Their fourth studio album, Its Automatic, was released on 9 October 2015, bass player Andy Hopkins and drummer Liam Watts originate from Coventry, while frontman and multi-instrumentalist Tom Clarke is originally from Birmingham, later moving to Coventry. The Enemy met their manager, John Dawkins, because Watts aunt worked with one of Dawkins family members. Dawkins asked producer Matt Terry to do him a favour and give the band cheap studio time, Terry then produced their first set of three songs, Heart Attack, Had Enough and 40 Days and 40 Nights. Dawkins then forwarded the demos to David Bianchi at A&R Warner, in 2006 the band were the opening act at Coventrys Godiva Festival, an event they would play for the next 2 years, making their way to the headline slot. They first gained acclaim when they were mentioned in NME as the act most likely to break your windows for 2007 and they supported Oasis, The Fratellis, Kasabian, The Paddingtons, Ash, Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics on their UK tours. In June 2007, The Enemy played twice at Glastonbury Festival, first in the Guardian Lounge on Saturday and they also headlined on the Saturday night of T in the Park in the Futures tent on 7 July 2007. Their single, Away From Here entered the charts at number 8 and they also supported The Rolling Stones on the last night of their European tour at the O2 Arena. In September 2007, Alex Zane, presenter of the Xfm Breakfast Show broadcast a statement declaring that the band would not be played on his show again. After playing their single Youre Not Alone for seven seconds, he reasoned that altercations between himself and the band over a television interview meant that they would no longer be played by him. However, during the Xfm Review of 2008, the presenters Sunta Templeton and Matt Dyson commented on the band, March 2008 saw the band start production on their second album and playing six nights in a row at the London Astoria. In April 2008 the band played at Coventrys Ricoh Arena, selling out two nights, the next month they supported Kaiser Chiefs at Elland Road Stadium. They then headlined the Godiva Festival on 5 July 2008, a 30,000 capacity free gig in Coventrys War Memorial Park and they played Reading & Leeds Festivals on the main stage in August. Along with Kasabian and Twisted Wheel, The Enemy supported Oasis on their 2009 Dig Out Your Soul Tour, which included the Ricoh Arena gig in The Enemys hometown of Coventry. In March and April 2009 the band embarked on their own UK & Ireland tour, playing to 70,000 people, Birmingham singer Emma Skipp joined them on No Time for Tears. The Enemy were forced to out of Oasiss Heaton Park concert on 4 June due to lead singer/guitarist Tom Clarke suffering from food poisoningThe Enemy (UK rock band) – The Enemy live at Wembley Stadium in July 2009
34. 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
35. 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
36. 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
37. 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.
38. 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
39. 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).
40. 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
41. 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.
42. 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
43. 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
44. 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
45. PJ Harvey – Polly Jean Harvey, MBE, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is proficient with a wide range of instruments. Harvey began her career in 1988 when she joined local band Automatic Dlamini as a vocalist, guitarist, the bands frontman, John Parish, would become her long-term collaborator. In 1991, she formed a trio and subsequently began her professional career. The trio released two albums, Dry and Rid of Me before disbanding, after which Harvey continued as a solo artist. In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME Awards, in June 2013, she was awarded an MBE for services to music. Harvey was born on 9 October 1969 in Bridport, Dorset, as the child of Ray and Eva Harvey, who owned a stone quarrying business. As a teenager, Harvey began learning saxophone and joined an instrumental group Bologne. She was also a guitarist with folk duo the Polekats, with whom she wrote some of her earliest material, after finishing school, Harvey attended Yeovil College and attended a visual arts foundation course. In July 1988, Harvey became a member of Automatic Dlamini, formed by John Parish in 1983, the band consisted of a rotating line-up that at various times included Rob Ellis and Ian Oliver. Harvey had met Parish in 1987 through mutual friend Jeremy Hogg, a second European tour took place throughout June and July 1989. Following the tour, the band recorded Here Catch, Shouted His Father, their studio album. This is the only Automatic Dlamini material to feature Harvey, but remains unreleased, Parish would subsequently contribute to, and sometimes co-produce, Harveys solo studio albums and has toured with her a number of times. As a duo, Parish and Harvey have recorded two albums where Parish composed the music and Harvey penned the lyrics. Additionally, Parishs girlfriend in the late 1980s was photographer Maria Mochnacz and she and Harvey became close friends and Mochnacz went on to shoot and design most of Harveys album artwork and music videos, contributing significantly to her public image. Harvey has said of her time with Automatic Dlamini, I ended up not singing very much, I wrote a lot during the time I was with them but my first songs were crap. I was listening to a lot of Irish folk music at the time, so the songs were folky and full of penny whistles and it was ages before I felt ready to perform my own songs in front of other people. In January 1991, following her departure from Automatic Dlamini, Harvey formed her own band with former bandmates Rob Ellis and Ian OliverPJ Harvey – PJ Harvey performing live in September 2007.
46. 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
47. 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
48. 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
49. 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
50. Kings of Leon – Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, the bands early music was a blend of Southern rock and blues influences, but it has gradually expanded throughout the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound. Their third album, Because of the Times, also reached the one spot. After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008 the band achieved success in the United States. The singles Sex on Fire, Use Somebody, and Notion all peaked at one on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album was their first Platinum-selling album in the United States, the bands fifth album, Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18,2010. Their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, was released on September 24,2013, the seventh studio album, WALLS, was released on October 14,2016. The group has 12 Grammy Award nominations, including 4 wins, the three Followill brothers grew up in Oklahoma and Tennessee with their father, Ivan Leon Followill, a United Pentecostal Church preacher, and their mother, Betty-Ann. Matthew and Nathan were born in Oklahoma, and Jared and Caleb were born in and around Memphis, Jared attended Mount Juliet High School, while Matthew was born and reared in Mississippi. They were either home-schooled by their mother, or enrolled in parochial schools at this time. When the boys father resigned from preaching and their parents divorced in 1997, Nathan and Caleb relocated to outside Nashville and their youngest brother, Jared, who had briefly attended public school, was more influenced by the music of the Pixies and The Velvet Underground. When he and their cousin Matthew also moved to Nashville in 1999 and they named the band after their grandfather Leon, who died in January 2014. By 2002, Nathan and Caleb had received interest from a number of labels and eventually signed with RCA Records. In an interview with Billboard, however, Nathan outlined how they told RCA, We dont want to be Evan, were going to buy our little brother a bass, hes a freshman in high school. Caleb will teach himself the guitar, Matthew played guitar when he was 10 and they said, All right, well come down in one month and see you guys. Later in the interview Caleb admitted to the brothers kidnapping their cousin Matthew from his hometown in Mississippi for him to join the band and they told his mother that he was only going to be staying for a week but never allowed him to return home. We locked ourselves in the basement with an ounce of marijuana and my mom would bring us food down, added Nathan. And at the end of month the label people came and we had Mollys Chambers, California Waiting, Wicker ChairKings of Leon – Kings of Leon in concert at Festival Internacional de Benicàssim. From left to right, Matthew, Caleb and Nathan.