This week in Musical Notes find information on Eric Church and his scalper fight, winners of the annual NME Awards, and new releases from Pink Floyd.
Ever since entertainment venues and concert promoters have moved away from the person to person ticket sales – remember the long lines at the concert arena to get tickets for that favourite artist? – and have turned to the computer to sell tickets, the scalper bots have been the bane of artists and fans alike.
Award winning Country music star Eric Church has long been an advocate for deterring scalpers from selling tickets.
Church’s most recent attempt to circumvent the scalpers and their ticket buying bots was to cancel out some 25,000 concert tickets for his upcoming tour. Speaking on the ticket cancellations, Church said, “we’re getting better at identifying who the scalpers are. Every artist can do this, but some of them don’t. Some of them don’t feel the way I feel or are as passionate.”
The new tickets are now available for honest fans to purchase.
The British music magazine NME held their annual awards presentation at the O2 Arena.
Christine and the Queens and Oasis topped the award winners for the night with two awards each.
The biggest event of the night was the presentation of the Godlike Genius Award which went to Synth Pop pioneers the Pet Shop Boys. The duo have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years. The Boys took the stage to perform a medley of their hits including “It’s a Sin”,”West End Girls”, and “Always on My Mind”.
Winners of the 2017 NME Awards are:
Best British Band: Biffy Clyro
Best International Band: Metallica
Best British Male: Skepta
Best International Male: Frank Ocean
Best British Female: MIA
Best International Female: Christine and the Queens
Best New Artist: Duo Lipa
Best Album: “Wild World” by Bastille
Best Track: “Tilted” by Christine and the Queens
Best Live Band: The 1975
Best Video: “Consume or Be Consumed” by the Slaves
Best Festival: Glastonbury
Best Music Film: “Oasis: Supersonic”
Best TV Series: “Fleabag”
Best Film: “My Scientology Movie”
Best Music Moment: The Viola Beach Tribute by Coldplay at the Glastonbury Festival
Best Festival Headliner: Adele
Best Small Festival: End of the Road
Villian: Nigel Farage
Worst Band: 5 Seconds of Summer
Best Reissue: “Be Here Now” by Oasis
Last year Pink Floyd released a massive volume of their early music albums – “The Early Years 1965-1972”; on March 24 those albums are being released as individual pieces.
The 130 song package is being divided into smaller segments by year.
A two CD highlight album is also being offered title “The Early Years – Cre/ation”.
The first album covers 1965-1967 with the remaining albums covering only one year each…
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