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  1. #GrandmasterFlash6Music - join the DJ legend for a special Tweet In and live mix

    Thursday 14 August 2014, 14:52

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    Turntable legend Grandmaster Flash is our latest Tweet In guest as he curates a unique playlist selected from the tracks you suggest live during the show (Sunday 17 August, 6-8pm).  

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    The pioneer of scratch and cut and backspin mixing will be live on Twitter, chatting with you and sifting through suggestions sent in via #GrandmasterFlash6Music for the first 90 minutes of this unmissable Now Playing show.

    Then from 7.30-8pm, Flash will then live mix some of his all-time favourite tracks to showcase his infamous turntable skills and end the show with a bang.

    Watch this special video blog Flash has recorded for us to find out more:  

    Flash - real name Joseph Saddler - is one the pioneers of hip hop DJing and mixing, first starting out in the 1970s. In 2007 his group Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five became the first hip hop/rap act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in The States. Their track, ‘The Message’, is often hailed as one of the most important social commentary hip-hop records of all time.

    His new album The Grandmaster Flash Collection (out 18 August) is a 4 CD and download compilation featuring some of the most seminal hip hop and rap artists...

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  2. #6MusicXL - help create an XL Recordings inspired playlist

    Thursday 7 August 2014, 13:20

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    With the news online this week that independent record label XL Recordings are releasing a compilation album to mark 25 years in the business, this Sunday's themed playlist (10 Aug, 6-8pm) is an XL one. Extra Large.

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    In the sleeve notes to the album, XL owner Richard Russell writes: "XL Recordings is a collaborative endeavour, and many people have contributed to its evolution”. Gil Scott Heron also once said to not even consider XL an "independent" because everything is connected.

    But that's just it, it is an Independent record label, which is incredible when you look at the vast and varied array of artists they have had on their books over the last 25 years.

    So, what should we play?

    • Tracks released on the label by artists such as Basement Jaxx, Beck, Electric Six, FKA Twigs, The Horrors. Jack White, SBTRKT, Radiohead…? We really could go on.
    • The original samples on records such as Max Romeo’s ‘Chase The Devil’ & ‘Critical Breakdown’ by Ultramagnetic MC’s which both featured on The Prodigy's ‘Out of Space?
    • Anything released on XL's imprint labels Young Turks and Hot Charity Records?

    Or any other interesting music connections you can make to the label?

    Send in...

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  3. #TomFoolery6Music - what should make our alternative silly season playlist?

    Friday 1 August 2014, 13:27

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    With this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival kicking off and raft of daft stories creating a buzz online this week, this Sunday's themed playlist (3 August, 6-8pm) has its tongue firmly in its cheek.

     

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    As the comedy world began descending on the Scottish capital for the annual giggle-fest, Twitter was already amusing itself with news of 6 Music's very own Jarvis Cocker hosting a Pulp covers karaoke competition in The States and of ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic topping the US charts with his own daft covers album, Mandatory Fun. Even Spotify was having a giggle to itself by announcing the UK’s most streamed ‘guilty pleasures’ tracks.

     

    So with the annual summer silly season well and truly here, we want you to help us to compile a playlist celebrating this playful spirit in music.

    And, with Tom Robinson as Now Playing’s presenter, of course the hashtag has to be #TomFoolery6Music.

    So what should we play? Being the dedicated alternative music lovers that you are, we don't just want you to give us novelty songs (although some Mighty Boosh crimping would be rather marvellous). 

    We're thinking:

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  4. #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...

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  5. #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.

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  6. #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...

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  7. #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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  8. #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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  9. #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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  10. #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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