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  1. The Best Albums of August 2012

    Friday 31 August 2012, 14:04

    Mike Diver Mike Diver

    The music industry's summertime release schedule is rarely graced by excellence - but the 10 albums below are well worth spending a little time with.

    Album of the Month…

    Jessie Ware - Devotion

    (Island/PMR; released 20 August)

    Recommended by: 6 Music Album of the Day, MistaJam, Annie Mac

    "Ware...

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  2. Album Reviews Q&A: Rita Ora

    Friday 31 August 2012, 00:35

    Mike Diver Mike Diver

    Artist: Rita Ora
    Album: ORA
    Recommended by: Fearne Cotton

Rita Ora has had a tremendous 2012. As lead vocalist on DJ Fresh's Hot Right Now, she scored a first number one in February; and the 21-year-old singer has followed that with two solo chart-toppers: How We Do (Party) in March, and Mays...

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  • Friday Roundup

    Thursday 23 August 2012, 13:29

    Elisha Sessions Elisha Sessions

    Last week...

    On Monday we told you that Jessie Ware was in Maida Vale studios to record live versions of some of the standout tracks on her new record, Devotion, for Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank, including 110% and Wildest Moments. The show expires on Saturday but we've got highlights that will be up for the...

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  • Friday Roundup

    Friday 17 August 2012, 14:05

    Elisha Sessions Elisha Sessions

    During the week, we tweet about programmes across the BBC we'd like to draw your attention to. But not everyone's on Twitter of course, and those who are won't necessarily see every tweet that comes in.

    So each Friday we'll aim to recap what's caught our ears (and sometimes eyes) over the last five days...

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  • Mercury Prize 2012: Shortlist Predictions

    Wednesday 15 August 2012, 17:21

    Mike Diver Mike Diver

    The shortlist of the 12 albums that will contest this year's Mercury Prize (for Album of the Year) will be announced in roughly a month's time, on 12 September. For this year's prize, the eligibility period runs from 12 July 2011 to 10 September 2012 - which means last year's SBTRKT album can't make...

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  • BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates... 50 Years of Jamaican Independence

    Monday 6 August 2012, 15:05

    Frank Wilson (6 Music) Frank Wilson (6 Music)

    For such a small island, Jamaica's musical influence has been immense. In 1962, when it gained its independence and first flew the distinctive gold, green and black flag, its singers, musicians and their producers declared musical independence too.

    Over the past fifty years, the island's bass-heavy...

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