THIS WEEK IN ROCK
June 30, 2019
Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDay
#OnThisDay June 24, 1984
Alison Moyet’s debut solo single, ‘Love Resurrection’, enters the UK Top 30 at No. 28, and is the first single to be lifted from her album, ‘Alf’. Did you know that two versions of the music were made? One was shot especially for the US, but here’s the first one that was made for worldwide release.
#OnThisDay June 25, 2004
Spiritualized headline The New Tent at the Glastonbury Festival with a 12-song set that includes selections from their then-current album ‘Amazing Grace’ as well as this haunting reading of ‘Broken Heart’, that originally appeared on 1997’s ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’.
#OnThisDay June 26, 1999
Manic Street Preachers headline the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. The band enters a war of words with Billy Bragg after the he berates them for bringing their own Portlaloo for the own personal use. Playing T In The Park a few months later, Nicky Wire retaliated saying: “I wouldn’t let him piss in my toilet for all the money in the world.”
#OnThisDay June 27, 1968
Elvis Presley begins filming what becomes known as the ’68 Comeback Special’. The show is later aired on NBC on December 3. Did you know that it was watched by an incredible 42% to the total TV audience in the US, this making it the most watched show of the holiday season?
#OnThisDay June 28, 1986
Wham! are at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their fourth and final UK No.1, ‘The Edge Of Heaven’. On this same day, Wham! play their farewell concert in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London. Tell us about it if you were there!
#OnThisDay June 29, 1968: Small Faces begin a six-week residency at the top of the UK album charts with their concept album, ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake’. Side 2 of the album featured the narration of Stanley Unwin, famed for his gobbledegook “Unwinese” language.
#OnThisDay June 30, 1949
A happy 70th birthday to The Sweet’s guitar slinger Andy Scott. The band scored a UK No. 1 single with ‘Blockbuster’ plus 14 other Top 40 singles including the stack-heeled stomping ‘Teenage Rampage’. Turn this one right up!
The Manics win big, Bruce Springsteen, Hall & Oates and Edison Lighthouse all hit the top spot and Jimi Hendrix has the promoters excited. It’s This Week In Rock!Read more
Many happy returns, TV debuts, landmark record deals and more. It’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Elvis! Sabbath! AC/DC! Elvis again! It’s this week in rock…Read more
So while this single’s flipside – that’ll be ‘Last Christmas’ – gets the most plaudits, it’s worth remembering that ‘Everything She Wants’ is every bit as good.Read more
A UK Christmas No.1 for Elvis Presley in 1962, this single bears a number of distinctions.Read more
Unprecedented chart successes, the dearly departed and The King joining the Narcotics Bureau?! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Legendary shows, groundbreaking album anniversaries, eye watering memorabilia auctions and more – it’s this week in rock.Read more
What better way to celebrate the festive season than with that perennial favourite from our Artists of the Month, Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’?Read more
Charity bonanzas and rocket-fuelled chart rises – it’s This Week In Rock, including the Final Countdown!Read more
From Jimi Hendrix to Elvis Presley, The Stone Roses to Bonnie Tyler and more, we run down the history of your favourite artists – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
With the new RomCom ‘Last Christmas’ out now in theaters, our Artist of the Month for the Yuletide season; the pop colossus that is Wham!Read more
Wham! hit number one (again), Elvis hits the big screen (again) Billy Joel hits the top of the US charts (for the very first time) and more. It’s This Week In Rock’.Read more
The sixth and final single to be taken from their debut album, ‘Generation Terrorists’, ‘Little Baby Nothing’ finds Manic Street Preachers nailing their feminist flag to the mast.Read more
Wham! bestride the Atlantic, Ozzy announces his retirement, Eurythmics join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and more – it’s this week in rock.Read more
Mae Boren Axton makes history, chart climaxes, birthdays and more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Elvis tops the charts, George Michael takes on the American establishment, AC/DC get a statue and lots lots more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
All star shows, landmark releases, the rise and fall of legendary venues, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
From the unveiling of The King’s own set of postage stamps, to Bay City Rollers ruling the charts to The Clash bringing punk to NYC, it’s rock history as it happened with this week in rock.Read more
From David Cassidy to Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Tyler to the Bay City Rollers, it’s this week in rock.Read more
Who did MTV declare the Best Act Ever in 2008? The answer may shock you…Read more
Many happy returns, legendary performances and landmark releases. It’s this week in rock…Read more
Record breaking releases, turbo-charged chart positions and hugely expensive birthday presents – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history as it happened.Read more
The Manics, Paul Simon, Elvis, Snap!, Scott McKenzie, The Ronettes and Ghostbusters! It’s the week in rock and history as it happened…Read more
We’re marking the 50th anniversary of what is arguably The King’s pivotal year with ‘Live 1969’, a deluxe 11 CD box set available now.Read more
Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…Read more
Classic hits, seminal singles, infectious smashes and idiosyncratic sensations. This week in rock history as it happened…Read more
Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…Read more
Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.Read more
The early 80s were a golden period for pioneering videos and this one for Wham!’s 1983 No.4 single, ‘Club Tropicana’, is no exception.Read more
A quiet highlight from the oft-overlooked second album, this haunting video sees the Manics at their poetic best.Read more
Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDayRead more
Twenty-three years to the week since its release as the first single from Manic Street Preachers’ ‘Everything Must Go’, ‘A Design For Life’ remains every bit as potent as it did then.Read more
As a whole host of stars prepare to honour The King in the ‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’, we’re proud to announce the companion album, ‘The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special’, out now.Read more
Exploding from the dark days of power cuts and the three-day week was this utterly irresistible blast of glam rock.Read more
Released in January 2000, Manic Street Preachers’ non-album single ‘The Masses Against The Classes’ peaked at number one on the UK singles chart.Read more
One of the most evergreen Christmas singles to have ever been released, ‘Last Christmas is also the biggest-selling festive single to have never reached No. 1 in the UK.Read more
From ‘The First Noel’ to ‘Blue Christmas’, no-one does festive like Elvis…Read more
Still short a few gifts? Don’t panic. We’ve got some great Xmas box set suggestions for you…Read more
‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition is out now on 3CD bookset – featuring the remastered album, a disc of demos and rehearsals and a disc featuring all the b-sides and remixes – and 2LP, featuring the remastered album.Read more
With the ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition released on December 7th, our final Artist of the Month of 2018 is Manic Street Preachers.Read more
On December 3rd, 1968 Elvis Presley performed live for the first time in seven years. Broadcast on NBC, it would become known as the ’68 Comeback Special’ and one of the most vital live performances of all time. Half a century later, we’re proud to present the ’50th Anniversary Edition’, available now.Read more
‘Fox On The Run’ was The Sweet’s 14th single but the first that was actually written and produced by the band.Read more
The new album, featuring a brand new duet with Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, and 13 other inspirational performances from gospel legends who performed with the King, out now.Read more
It’s fifty years since the comeback to end them all – the Elvis Presley ’68 Comeback Special – and we’re celebrating with special film screenings across the UK and Ireland. Read on….Read more
Presenting the complete, unabridged story of Elvis Presley – ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ is a two-part three-hour film presentation airing on HBO, 8pm April 14. The superb soundtrack is available now.Read more
As Christmas approaches we’re proud to present the brand new album ‘Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’, as The King meets The Strings for the finest of festive fanfares.Read more
Recently shot into the atmosphere thanks to soundtracking Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ with their smash hit ‘Fox On The Run’, seventies glam-stompers The Sweet today release ‘The Sensational Sweet (Chapter One: The Wild Bunch)’ – a comprehensive retrospective of their incredible career.Read more
Still, for many, the definitive signature tune from the Manic Street Preachers early period.Read more
“What other name roars?”
Elvis Presley defined and redefined music and touched countless lives in the process.
Here are some of your stories of how The King helped you live.Read more
As the world celebrates the music & life of Elvis Aaron Presley, we’re proud to present an enduring, fan-favourite collection of his finest music – ‘Elvis Presley: The 50 Greatest Hits’.Read more
Let’s celebrate The King – tell us what kind of Elvis fan you are and we’ll make a playlist just for you…Read more
Elvis is – to so, so many – the most iconic artist of all time, defining genres, eras and even stardom itself. Forty years ago this month he tragically passed away, now we want your stories of how how Elvis Aaron Presley touched your life.Read more
This month, we join the world in celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley. The King is our Artist of the Month.Read more
We’re proud to announce that on Friday July 28, Sony Legacy will be releasing the most comprehensive early Elvis library ever assembled.Read more
‘Send Away The Tigers’ 10 Year Collectors’ Edition, a very special collection marking the tenth anniversary of the Manic Street Preachers eighth studio album, is out now.Read more
We’re giving you the chance to win one of our CD Book Sets – take your pick from Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991, Elvis Presley’s Platinum A Life In Music or AC/DC’s Black Tracks.Read more
“Thank Christ they exist.”
As the Manics’ tenure as our Artist of the Month come to a close, we present just a few of the comments from fans whose lives they’ve touched.
What? Can it really be 10 years since this was released? And it still sounds just as good now as it did back then. Possibly even better.Read more
This Saturday, April 15, Sky ARTS will screen a new Documentary on the Manic Street Preachers, looking back at the time of their most intense artistic and commercial pressures.Read more
Is it really 10 years since the release of Manic Street Preachers’ eighth studio album and muscular return to form, ‘Send Away The Tigers’? The Manics are our Artist of the Month for April.Read more
Studio album number 8 from the Manic Street Preachers, ‘Send Away The Tigers’ turns ten years old this May. We’re celebrating with a very special edition containing demos, b-sides, rarities and a special DVD, released May 12Read more
Over the last 12 months, we at Sony Legacy have been proud to assemble some truly comprehensive compendiums of the most innovative and influential artists of all time. Here’s a look back at some of the greatest.Read The Rundown...
Kate Moss channels her love of rock and roll (and her own inner Elvis) in a brand new music video for “The Wonder of You”!Read more
The chase for a festive chart-topper is revving up again, so let’s look back at years past. Terry Staunton is reading a list and checking it twice…Read More...
Elvis Presley has today become the most successful solo artist in UK chart history as he scores his 13th number one album with ‘The Wonder of You’.Read More...
‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ is out now. Get more info, including tour dates, and watch some album previews here…Read More...
Read more about the follow up album to the #1 selling ‘If I Can Dream’, out now…Read more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!Read more
Read more about the definitive new 2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings…Read more
Watch Sweet perform at The Rainbow Theatre in London!Read more
- Love resurrectionAlison Moyet
- For you onlyAlison Moyet
- All cried outAlison Moyet
- Is this love?Alison Moyet
- Windmills of your mindAlison Moyet
- and lots more!!...
Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.Read more
Here are this year’s much anticipated releases!Read more
- Heartbreak hotelElvis Presley
- G.I. bluesElvis Presley
- Don't be cruelElvis Presley
- Can't help falling in loveElvis Presley
- If I can dreamElvis Presley
- and lots more!!...
- Wake me up before you go-goWham!
- Club tropicanaWham!
- Everything she wantsWham!
- Last christmasWham!
- I'm your manWham!
- and lots more!...
Discover more about the new reissue…Read more
Today we celebrate Elvis’ 81st Birthday!Read more
The definitive Elvis Presley Box Set collection featuring 60 CDs!Read more
You can go for a special price with Legacy…Read more
‘If I Can Dream’ – Out now.Read more
Take a look at what happened at the UK’s first official playback of Elvis: If I Can Dream with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra…Read more
More info on ‘If I Can Dream’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.Read more
31 years ago today, this track was Wham!’s first UK No.1.Read more
Catch the Manic Street Preachers on their few remaining dates of The Holy Bible tour.Read more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more