Welcome to GeekyNews’ weekly music round-up! Sundays are all about what’s been happening in the music world. From festivals to awards, videos to albums, and big releases to all around going-ons, we’ll have it all. Plus, the end of each round-up will feature my top 5 must-listen songs of the week.
Leading Ladies: BBC Music Award Nominees Announced
The second annual BBC Music Awards are this Thursday, and the nominees for the night’s three top awards have been announced. It is no surprise that Adele leads the pack after her record-breaking 25 wowed the world. Florence + the Machine are tied with the singer, earning two nods in the shortlist for British Artist of the Year and BBC Live Performance of the Year as well. The ceremony’s performers will include Ellie Goulding, Hozier, Jack Garratt, Jame Bay, Jess Glynne, OMI, One Direction, and others. The show will take place on December 10 and will be hosted by Chris Evans (not Captain America Evans, the British presenter Evans) and Fearne Cotton.
British Artist of the Year
- Ed Sheeran
- Jamie XX
- Florence + The Machine
- Years & Years
International Artist of the Year
- Foo Fighters
- Major Lazer
- Taylor Swift
- The Weeknd
BBC Live Performance of the Year
- Adele at the BBC (BBC One Special)
- Florence + The Machine (Glastonbury)
- Jeff Lynne’s ELO (Radio 2 In Concert)
- Lionel Richie (Glastonbury)
- Radio 1 Ibiza Prom (BBC Proms)
- 1Xtra Grime Prom (BBC Proms)
Coldplay To Play 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Show
The 2016 Super Bowl is right around the corner, which means there is equal excitement shared by sports fanatics and music fans across the country. While many are waiting to see what teams will be playing in the annual showdown, music fans were satisfied this week with the first announcement of what artist will be playing the Halftime show. Coldplay is set to headline the 50th anniversary set, but they won’t be the only ones hitting the field. According a Pepsi press release, frontman Chris Martin “…is designing a show that will echo elements of the NFL’s On the Fifty campaign — honoring the past, recognizing the present and looking ahead to the next 50 years, including other special artists.” Now for the question on everyone’s mind: Will left shark make a comeback? Anything is possible.
Spread Like ‘Wildfire’: Rachel Platten Announces New Album
Singer Rachel Platten announced her third full length album this week on social media. Wildfire will feature her hits “Fight Song” and “Stand By You” along with ten new tracks. And what would an album be without a special guest? Andy Grammer, who Platten recently toured with, is featured on the album’s second track, “Hey Hey Hallelujah.” You can listen to three new songs now, all of which showcase Platten’s powerful voice and lyrics. We won’t have to wait long to hear the whole thing because the album drops on January 1. It’ll definitely be a good start to the 2016 year in music.
See What Else We’re Excited About:
- Festival news never stops for anything, even the cold weather. Lollapalooza made a big announcement this week, saying that the Chicago festival will take place over four days (instead of three) for its 25th anniversary in 2016. British Summer Time Hyde Park festival announced its first headliner this week, Florence + the Machine, who will play alongside Kendrick Lamar, Jamie xx, and Blood Orange.
- What singles should you be listening to? “Too Late to Say Goodbye” by Cage the Elephant, “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree/Winter Wonderland” by Straight No Chaser, and “Under the Stars” by John Legend.
- New releases this week included: A Head Full of Dreams by Coldplay, Blue Neighbourhood by Troye Sivan, The 21 Project by Hunter Hayes, and Different Colors EP by Walk the Moon.
Songs of the Week:
5. “Beat It” – Michael Jackson
4. “DKLA” (ft. Tkay Maidza) – Troye Sivan
3. “Hymn For The Weekend” – Coldplay
2. “My Shot” – Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
1. “The Schuyler Sisters” – Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton