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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.

Sade ‘This Far’

Sade ‘This Far’

Multiple award winning, multi platinum selling Sade will be presenting their six studio albums to date in a luscious, remastered heavy vinyl collection. ‘This Far’ will be released on October 9 and is available to pre-order now.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘THIS IS THE DAY’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘THIS IS THE DAY’

Appearing at the end of ‘National Treasures – The Complete Single’ compilation album, the video for Manic Street Preachers’ idiosyncratic and heartfelt cover version of The The’s classic 1983 single, ‘This Is The Day’, is an emotiional montage of the band’s career.

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Manic Street Preachers – ‘Gold Against The Soul’ Remastered – Out Now.

Manic Street Preachers – ‘Gold Against The Soul’ Remastered – Out Now.

We’re excited to announce the deluxe reissue of Manic Street Preachers’ 1993 second album ‘Gold Against The Soul’, out now.

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH: MANIC STREET PREACHERS

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: MANIC STREET PREACHERS

With a new deluxe edition of seminal second album ‘Gold Against The Soul’ on its way this month, our Artists of the Month for June are the Manic Street Preachers.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: PAUL SIMON – ‘THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: PAUL SIMON – ‘THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE’

As befits one of Paul Simon’s most creative and fecund periods, the video for ‘The Boy In The Bubble’ is a glorious representation of the celebrated singer-songwriter’s weightier themes.

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#LEGACYLIVESERIES

#LEGACYLIVESERIES

Sit back and enjoy the latest gem from the #LegacyLiveSeries archives. Today we’re turning the clock back to 2011 and Sade’s ‘Bring Me Home: Live’.

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#LegacyLiveSeries

#LegacyLiveSeries

The #LegacyLiveSeries continues with another classic show from our archives. Head back to the turn of the Millennium and Manic Street Preachers live at Cardiff Millennium Stadium – Leaving The 20th Century.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK:  WHAM! – ‘I’M YOUR MAN’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAM! – ‘I’M YOUR MAN’

Shot at the legendary Marquee venue in London’s Soho by director Andy Morahan, Wham! knew they were in safe hands.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Leonard Cohen’s poetry recital, Eddie Vedder’s sea rescue, Rick Astley’s internet prank – it’s This Week In Rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

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.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

From charts to shows, record releases to record-setters – it’s This Week In Rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

A week of lyrical landmarks, timeless trivia and record-breaking record releases, it’s This Week In Rock…

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RECORD STORE DAY 2020

RECORD STORE DAY 2020

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.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Fantastic chart-toppers, literally Oscar-winning performances and landmark releases – it’s This Week In Rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Epic careers are launched, coveted awards are won and charts are topped – it’s this week in rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Landmark releases, fascinating trivia and chart topping hits – it’s This Week In Rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Many happy return to a certain Mr Astley, groundbreaking albums and record setting chart performances – it’s This Week In Rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

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!

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Many happy returns, TV debuts, landmark record deals and more. It’s This Week In Rock.

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This Week In Rock

This Week In Rock

History-making meetings, career-defining releases, epoch-engendering live shows and more – it’s This Week In Rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Elvis! Sabbath! AC/DC! Elvis again! It’s this week in rock…

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK:  ADAM AND THE ANTS – ‘ANT MUSIC’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: ADAM AND THE ANTS – ‘ANT MUSIC’

‘Ant Music’ was as much a call to arms as it was the consolidation of years of work from the band…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Happy New Year with Bowie, Billy Joel, AC/DC and more – it’s This Week In Rock…

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK:  WHAM! – ‘EVERYTHING SHE WANTS’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAM! – ‘EVERYTHING SHE WANTS’

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.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Ever wondered what history’s biggest rock stars were up to over the festive period? Wonder no longer, it’s This Week In Rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Unprecedented chart successes, the dearly departed and The King joining the Narcotics Bureau?! It’s this week in rock…

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‘Last Christmas’ – Remastered 4k Video

‘Last Christmas’ – Remastered 4k Video

What better way to celebrate the festive season than with that perennial favourite from our Artists of the Month, Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’?

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This Week In Rock

This Week In Rock

Charity bonanzas and rocket-fuelled chart rises – it’s This Week In Rock, including the Final Countdown!

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH: WHAM!

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: WHAM!

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!

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

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’.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK:  MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘LITTLE BABY NOTHING’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘LITTLE BABY NOTHING’

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.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

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.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Mae Boren Axton makes history, chart climaxes, birthdays and more – it’s This Week In Rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

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.

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This Week In Rock

This Week In Rock

All star shows, landmark releases, the rise and fall of legendary venues, it’s This Week In Rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

From David Cassidy to Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Tyler to the Bay City Rollers, it’s this week in rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Who did MTV declare the Best Act Ever in 2008? The answer may shock you…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Many happy returns, legendary performances and landmark releases. It’s this week in rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

David Essex, George Michael, The King, Dylan meets The Beatles and more – it’s This Week In Rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history as it happened.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

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…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

The Manics, Paul Simon, Elvis, Snap!, Scott McKenzie, The Ronettes and Ghostbusters! It’s the week in rock and history as it happened…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Classic hits, seminal singles, infectious smashes and idiosyncratic sensations. This week in rock history as it happened…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: ADAM & THE ANTS – ‘STAND AND DELIVER’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: ADAM & THE ANTS – ‘STAND AND DELIVER’

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.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAM! – ‘CLUB TROPICANA’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAM! – ‘CLUB TROPICANA’

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.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Innovative inventions, ground breaking releases, landmark interviews, legendary live shows and timeless tours – follow rock history as it happened.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘LA TRISTESSE DURERA (SCREAM TO A SIGH)’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘LA TRISTESSE DURERA (SCREAM TO A SIGH)’

A quiet highlight from the oft-overlooked second album, this haunting video sees the Manics at their poetic best.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDay

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘A DESIGN FOR LIFE’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘A DESIGN FOR LIFE’

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.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ‘THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES’

Released in January 2000, Manic Street Preachers’ non-album single ‘The Masses Against The Classes’ peaked at number one on the UK singles chart.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAM! – ‘LAST CHRISTMAS’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAM! – ‘LAST CHRISTMAS’

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.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: PAUL SIMON – ‘ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: PAUL SIMON – ‘ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD’

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.

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THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS 20 YEAR COLLECTORS’ EDITION OUT NOW

THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS 20 YEAR COLLECTORS’ EDITION OUT NOW

‘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.

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Artist of the Month: Manic Street Preachers

Artist of the Month: Manic Street Preachers

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.

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THE GREATEST LINES OF… PAUL SIMON

THE GREATEST LINES OF… PAUL SIMON

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.

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PAUL SIMON – ‘IN THE BLUE LIGHT’ – OUT NOW

PAUL SIMON – ‘IN THE BLUE LIGHT’ – OUT NOW

Paul Simon – our Artist of the Month and one of the greatest authors of the American songbook – today releases ‘In The Blue Light’.

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH: PAUL SIMON

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: PAUL SIMON

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.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Paul Simon – ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Paul Simon – ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’

As Paul Simon gears up to say goodbye at Hyde Park this summer, it’s worth considering his monumental journey.

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‘DIVA’ & ‘MEDUSA’ RE-RELEASED TODAY

‘DIVA’ & ‘MEDUSA’ RE-RELEASED TODAY

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.

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Artist of the Month: Adam Ant

Artist of the Month: Adam Ant

For teaching a generation that ridicule is nothing to be scared of. Ladies & Gentlemen. Our December Artist of the Month. Adam Ant.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Manic Street Preachers ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Manic Street Preachers ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’

Still, for many, the definitive signature tune from the Manic Street Preachers early period.

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‘Send Away The Tigers’ 10 Year Collectors’ Edition, Out Now

‘Send Away The Tigers’ 10 Year Collectors’ Edition, Out Now

‘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.

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS: A LOVE STORY

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: A LOVE STORY

“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.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Manic Street Preachers – ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Manic Street Preachers – ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’

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.

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Manic Street Preachers: Escape From History

Manic Street Preachers: Escape From History

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.

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Artist of the Month: Manic Street Preachers

Artist of the Month: Manic Street Preachers

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.

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‘Send Away The Tigers’ – Ten Year Collectors’ Edition

‘Send Away The Tigers’ – Ten Year Collectors’ Edition

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 12

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2016 BOX SET ROUND-UP

2016 BOX SET ROUND-UP

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.

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Mistletoe & Whine – The Xmas Number 1 Through History

Mistletoe & Whine – The Xmas Number 1 Through History

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…

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LEGACY READER DIGEST: AUGUST

LEGACY READER DIGEST: AUGUST

What to read and watch on the web this month!

Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!

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50 Legendary British Albums

50 Legendary British Albums

Legendary albums are available for a special price on iTunes…

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Adam and The Ants – ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’

Adam and The Ants – ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’

Discover more about the super deluxe reissue!

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Iconic photographs mapped around London

Iconic photographs mapped around London

Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.

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Paul Simon – Top tracks playlist

Paul Simon – Top tracks playlist
Show tracks
  1. Me and Julio dpwn by the school yard
    Paul Simon
  2. 50 ways to leave your lover
    Paul Simon
  3. America
    Simon & Garfunkel
  4. Graceland
    Paul Simon
  5. Father and daughter
    Paul Simon
  6. and lots more
    ...

Wham – Top tracks

Wham – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Wake me up before you go-go
    Wham!
  2. Club tropicana
    Wham!
  3. Everything she wants
    Wham!
  4. Last christmas
    Wham!
  5. I'm your man
    Wham!
  6. and lots more!
    ...

Sade – Top tracks

Sade – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. By your side
    Sade
  2. No ordinary love
    Sade
  3. Smooth operator
    Sade
  4. Soldier of love
    Sade
  5. The sweetest taboo
    Sade
  6. and lots more!!
    ...

Annie Lennox – Top tracks

Annie Lennox – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Why
    Annie Lennox
  2. Walking on broken glass
    Annie Lennox
  3. No more "I Love You's"
    Annie Lennox
  4. Little bird
    Annie Lennox
  5. A White shade of pale
    Annie Lennox
  6. and lots more!
    ...
THIS WEEK IN CHART HISTORY – March 1972

THIS WEEK IN CHART HISTORY – March 1972

In our new feature we look back at what was happening in the Official UK Albums Chart, just about 44 years ago

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Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go 20th Anniversary

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go 20th Anniversary

Discover more about the new reissue…

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9 Heartbreak Songs For Valentine’s Day

9 Heartbreak Songs For Valentine’s Day

9 songs to pull at those heartstrings…

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Video of the week: Paul Simon

Video of the week: Paul Simon

This week in 1941, the extraordinary singer songwriter Paul Simon was born.

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Video of the week: Sade Live in San Diego

Video of the week: Sade Live in San Diego

I Put A Spell On You

Annie Lennox

Father’s Day Deals

Father’s Day Deals

Take a look at some of our Father’s Day deals…

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Video of the week: Wham!

Video of the week: Wham!

31 years ago today, this track was Wham!’s first UK No.1.

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The Holy Bible Tour

The Holy Bible Tour

Catch the Manic Street Preachers on their few remaining dates of The Holy Bible tour.

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We Are…No.1

We Are…No.1

…with Paul Simon: The Ultimate Collection

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Motorcycle Emptiness

Manic Street Preachers

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Wham!

Smooth Operator

Sade

You Can Call Me Al

Paul Simon

Manic Street Preachers

Motorcycle Emptiness

Guilty pleasures

Guilty pleasures
Including Dirty Dancing, Belinda Carlisle, The Bangles, Bonnie Tyler, Rick Astley, a-ha, Earth Wind and Fire, Boney M, Billy Ocean and more