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  1. #Glasgow6Music - help create a playlist celebrating the musical heritage of the city

    Friday 25 July 2014, 16:29

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    With the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow kicking off this week, we’re inviting you to create a playlist celebrating the city’s rich music heritage (Sunday 27 July, 6-8pm).

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    Twitter was abuzz with comments from those watching the opening ceremony on Wednesday night (23 July) which featured live performances from artists such as Rod Stewart (who has Scottish ancestry) to Glaswegian band and 6 Music favourites Primal Scream.

    Sir Chris Hoy tweeted: “What an atmosphere!! Just Amazing!” Plus there were the inevitable music requests such as “BIFFY CLYRO AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY PLEASE #glasgow2014” and “I hope Simple Minds, Franz Ferdinand and Paolo Nutini all perform in the opening ceremony cause they're all great bands and from Glasgow!”

    This Sunday we want to celebrate the rich musical heritage of this city. So on that note what bands or musicians past and present would you liked to have seen perform? You could pick:

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  2. #Blog6Music - BANKS is named 2014's most blogged artist in the world

    Sunday 20 July 2014, 19:47

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    Now Playing exclusively revealed BANKS as The World's Most Blogged Artist of 2014 so far (Sunday 20 July). 

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    Thanks to data gathered for the first six months of the year by Hype Machine – a website that indexes over 800 of the worlds most influential music blogs – BANKS beat off stiff competition from the likes of London Grammar and Little Dragon, really strong come back campaigns from La Roux and Caribou, plus commercial heavyweights like Drake, Lorde and Lana Del Rey.

    We spoke to BANKS to get her reaction to this latest accolade bestowed upon her.

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    BANKS on what it's like to be the most blogged artist in the world.

    Listen to the show again here – & listen to this Spotify playlist of the Top 20.  

    1. BANKS

    2. Little Dragon

    3. Chromeo

    4. Caribou

    5. London Grammar

    6. SBTRKT

    7. Mac DeMarco

    8. Todd Terje

    9. Yumi Zouma

    10. Sharon Van Etten

    11. Sylvan Esso

    12. Tycho

    13. Lorde

    14. Chet Faker

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    16. Cloud Nothings

    17. Drake

    18. Sam Smith

    19. Lana Del Rey

    20. Glass Animals

     

    And if you want to see who bloggers named as the under-hyped artists of the year then head here.  

    Plus Hype Machine put a top 20 playlist up.

  3. #Ramones6Music - What Should Be On Our Ramones Tribute Playlist?

    Saturday 12 July 2014, 13:08

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    Following the sad news of Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone, second from left below, passing away, we at Now Playing invite you to put together a special playlist celebrating the punk visionaries and their music, this Sunday - (13 July 6-8pm).

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    Online tributes poured in after this tweet from the band's official Twitter account this morning (12 July): "We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone. #RIP Tommy Ramone". He was 65 and had reportedly been receiving treatment for cancer. 6 Music's very own Lauren Laverne tweeted "Incredibly sad to hear of the death of Tommy Ramone. My band were lucky enough to support the Ramones at their last London gig when we were 16…RIP Tommy, thanks for the music". Further tributes ranged from comedian Noel Fielding to actor/director Paddy Considine and My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way.

    Tommy played drums on and co-produced the band’s first three albums: ‘Ramones’, ‘Leave Home’ and ‘Rocket to Russia’. He remained the band's drummer between 1974 and 1978 but returned in 1984 to co-produce the album ‘Too Tough to Die’. The...

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  4. #Blog6Music - we reveal the Most Blogged Artists in the World of 2014 so far

    Friday 11 July 2014, 12:16

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    This Sunday’s Now Playing (20 July) we’re celebrating some of the best new music over the last six months - with your help, of course.

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    And it’s a show of two halves: in the first hour we exclusively countdown The World’s Most Blogged Artists of the Year so far - thanks to our friends Hype Machine. And then in the second hour we hand the reigns over to you to suggest which artists you reckon should have made the list.

    Hype Machine is a website which indexes over 800 of the world’s most influential music blogs and tracks their coverage of difference artists. Last year we exclusively...

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  5. #6MusicCycles - help create a cycling playlist

    Thursday 3 July 2014, 14:38

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    With the Tour de France starting in Leeds this weekend (Saturday 5 July), us at Now Playing Towers are joining in the 6 Music Cycles season of celebrations by inviting you to help us create a cycling-inspired playlist.

    The race event will be the 101st Tour, and the first to start in the UK since 2007. From the start in Leeds to the finish in Paris on 27 July the riders would have cycled 3,500km. Ouch. I hope they’re wearing those padded lycra things.

    So what should be in the playlist? We'll be hearing from some well-known cycling-loving names plus hooking up with online cycling communities...

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  6. #BobbyWomack6Music - What Would Be On The Ultimate Bobby Womack Tribute Playlist?

    Saturday 28 June 2014, 16:40

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    Following the sad news of soul legend Bobby Womack’s passing (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28067878) , we’re inviting you to put together a special playlist celebrating the man and his music (29 June, 6-8pm).
    Online tributes poured in after confirmation late on Friday evening of his death at the age of 70. Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood Tweeted (https://twitter.com/ronniewood/status/482679170552836096): "I'm so sad to hear about my friend Bobby Womack ~ the man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes with his passing.” Meanwhile Damon Alban (https://twitter...

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  7. #BBCGlasto - help create a Glastonbury themed playlist

    Thursday 26 June 2014, 16:05

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    Glastonbury, Glastonbury, Glastonbury. Anyone would think there was something happening there this weekend. Joking aside it is the live music event/festival/chaos of the year, and still is after over 40 years since its inception in 1970, the year T-Rex headlined… it’s now 2014 and this year we have Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian.

    How things have changed, in more ways than one.  For one thing the coverage of the festival - the BBC will be bringing the festival to you on all platforms for those who are not going. Which, if you’re reading this, is most likely YOU.

    But...

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  8. #JoyDivision6Music - help create a Joy Division inspired playlist

    Friday 20 June 2014, 14:17

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    With their debut album Unknown Pleasures celebrating its 35th birthday this month, we thought all of two seconds (maybe one) before deciding on a Joy Division themed playlist this week (22 June, 6-8pm).

    Released on 15 June 2014, this trailblazing slice of post punk from Curtis, Sumner, Hook and Morris regularly features in the Greatest / Most Influential / Just Bloomin' Amazing Album lists of all time.

    Music journo Jon Savage declared in the Melody Maker at the time that leaving "the twentieth century is difficult; most people prefer to go back and nostalgize, Oh boy. Joy Division at least...

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  9. #James6Music – take part in a very special James Tweet In

    Monday 9 June 2014, 10:48

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    Drum roll. We’re very excited as - in a Now Playing first - James will be performing LIVE in the studio as they to create a very special playlist with YOUR help (Sunday 15 June, 6-8pm).  

    But not only will Tim Booth and co. be playing tracks from their back catalogue, picked entirely by YOU. They will also be live on Twitter, chatting with you and sifting through suggestions sent in via #James6Music for additional non-live tracks you want them to play by other artists thematically linked to band, as part of this unique Now Playing event.

    Watch this video blog the band have recorded especially...

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  10. #SouthAmerica6Music - help create a South America playlist

    Friday 6 June 2014, 14:15

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    6 Music is gearing up for a series of shows and specials celebrating South America, so we at Now Playing thought, “let’s make a South American inspired playlist”. It was a no brainer at NP Towers.

    So where do you even start with this when there are so many places to go? Well...

    Artists from the continent like Choquibtown from Columbia, Caetano Veloso from Brazil, Susana Baca from Peru or the Uruguayan Jorge Drexler who won an Academy Award for his song ” Al Otro Lado del Rio” from the movie, The Motorcycle Diaries.

    Those influenced by South American music; Quantic, Beck, Thievery Cooperation, Manu Chao, Basement Jaxx, Cat Empire and Stevie Wonder

    Or any music that falls into the vast array of genres from Salsa to Tejano via Latin Ballad to Reggaeton. Also there is always Shakira…forever, wherever…etc*

    Get your song suggestions and the all-important reason to us via Twitter with the hashtag #SouthAmerica6Music, post under here or the 6 Music and Now Playing Facebook pages, drag tracks into the collaborative Spotify and Rdio playlists, AND via text or email us. Phew.

    *joke

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