THIS WEEK IN ROCK
March 1, 2020
Fantastic chart-toppers, literally Oscar-winning performances and landmark releases – it’s This Week In Rock…
#OnThisDay February 24, 1982
‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ by Adam and the Ants wins the Brit Award for Best British Album at the first annual awards event. Check out this incredible live version of the album’s title track!
#OnThisDay February 25, 1984
You want it smooth and sophisticated? You got it! ‘Your Love Is King’ by Sade is released as ‘Diamond Life’s lead single and was a success in European territories charting at No. 7 in Ireland and No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart.
#OnThisDay February 26, 2001
‘Found That Soul’ is one of two singles released on the same day by Manic Street Preachers to herald the forthcoming release of their sixth studio album, ‘Know Your Enemy’. They both go Top 10.
#OnThisDay February 27, 1986
Appearing as a guest on TV show Aspel & Company, George Michael explains that Wham!’s demise is the most amicable split in pop history.
#OnThisDay February 28, 1976
Both of Paul Simon’s hands are full when ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ wins the Grammys for ‘Best Pop Vocal Performance’ and Album Of The Year. And as evidenced by this live clip from 1991, its still sounds great after all these years!
#OnThisDay February 29, 2004
The incredibly talented Annie Lennox wins an Oscar for her part in the song ‘Into The West’ from ‘The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King’.
#OnThisDay March 1, 1986
Mr Mister begin a two-week residency at the top of the US charts with ‘Kyrie’ – their second US chart-topper. Over on this side of the Atlantic, the single reaches No. 11.
Leonard Cohen’s poetry recital, Eddie Vedder’s sea rescue, Rick Astley’s internet prank – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
ELO release an entire album on betamax, Elvis leaves the army and goes right back in the studio, Ray Davies gets a gong and more. It’s this week in rock.Read more
From charts to shows, record releases to record-setters – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
We’re excited to announce the deluxe reissue of Manic Street Preachers’ 1993 second album ‘Gold Against The Soul’ on 12th June 2020.Read more
A week of lyrical landmarks, timeless trivia and record-breaking record releases, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
It’s that time of year again as we join the annual celebration of independent record stores up and down the country that is Record Store Day, with a whole host of releases exclusively available from your local music emporium on Saturday, June 20.Read more
Fantastic chart-toppers, literally Oscar-winning performances and landmark releases – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Epic careers are launched, coveted awards are won and charts are topped – it’s this week in rock…Read more
Landmark releases, fascinating trivia and chart topping hits – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Many happy return to a certain Mr Astley, groundbreaking albums and record setting chart performances – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
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
History-making meetings, career-defining releases, epoch-engendering live shows and more – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Elvis! Sabbath! AC/DC! Elvis again! It’s this week in rock…Read more
‘Ant Music’ was as much a call to arms as it was the consolidation of years of work from the band…Read more
Happy New Year with Bowie, Billy Joel, AC/DC and more – 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
Ever wondered what history’s biggest rock stars were up to over the festive period? Wonder no longer, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Unprecedented chart successes, the dearly departed and The King joining the Narcotics Bureau?! 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
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 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
David Essex, George Michael, The King, Dylan meets The Beatles and more – 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
Ozzy in the USSR, The Clash’s live London debut, many happy returns to David Crosby, the legendary Woodstock festival and more. It’s the week in rock 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
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
There are few bands to have taken the reins of the early 80s nascent video age with quite the same degree of gusto as Adam & The Ants.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
Innovative inventions, ground breaking releases, landmark interviews, legendary live shows and timeless tours – follow rock history as it happened.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
Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…Read 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
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
Although the song originally appeared on Paul Simon’s eponymous 1972 album, the video for ‘Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard’ wasn’t actually made until 1988.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
Undoubtedly one of our all-time greatest songwriters and Paul Simon’s poetry has embedded itself in the culture like few others. From crystal clear lyrical imagery to phrases that ring so true it’s like you’ve known them all your life, we collect five of the best.Read more
Paul Simon – our Artist of the Month and one of the greatest authors of the American songbook – today releases ‘In The Blue Light’.Read more
With ‘In The Blue Light’ released this month, and with his final tour coming to a close, our Artist of the Month for September is perhaps the greatest contributor to the American Songbook, Paul Simon.Read more
As Paul Simon gears up to say goodbye at Hyde Park this summer, it’s worth considering his monumental journey.Read more
We’re pleased to announce that the first two beloved solo records from Annie Lennox – one half of our Artists of the Month Eurythmics as well as legendary singer songwriter, activist and icon – today receive a long-awaited re-release on 12″ vinyl.Read more
For teaching a generation that ridicule is nothing to be scared of. Ladies & Gentlemen. Our December Artist of the Month. Adam Ant.Read more
Still, for many, the definitive signature tune from the Manic Street Preachers early period.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
“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...
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...
Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!Read more
Legendary albums are available for a special price on iTunes…Read more
Discover more about the super deluxe reissue!Read more
Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.Read more
- Me and Julio dpwn by the school yardPaul Simon
- 50 ways to leave your loverPaul Simon
- AmericaSimon & Garfunkel
- GracelandPaul Simon
- Father and daughterPaul Simon
- and lots more...
- Wake me up before you go-goWham!
- Club tropicanaWham!
- Everything she wantsWham!
- Last christmasWham!
- I'm your manWham!
- and lots more!...
- By your sideSade
- No ordinary loveSade
- Smooth operatorSade
- Soldier of loveSade
- The sweetest tabooSade
- and lots more!!...
- WhyAnnie Lennox
- Walking on broken glassAnnie Lennox
- No more "I Love You's"Annie Lennox
- Little birdAnnie Lennox
- A White shade of paleAnnie Lennox
- and lots more!...
In our new feature we look back at what was happening in the Official UK Albums Chart, just about 44 years agoRead more
Discover more about the new reissue…Read more
9 songs to pull at those heartstrings…Read more
This week in 1941, the extraordinary singer songwriter Paul Simon was born.Read more
Take a look at some of our Father’s Day deals…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
…with Paul Simon: The Ultimate CollectionRead more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more