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  1. Paul Potts counters Cowell split snub

    Wednesday 4 August 2010, 15:21

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Paul Potts, Port Talbot's opera-singing Britain's Got Talent winner, has split from Simon Cowell's record label.

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    Syco Records, a subdivision of Sony, had worked with Potts since the 2007 competition, but the parties have separated prior to the release of his third album, Cinema Paradiso.

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  2. Bethan Elfyn and James Dean Bradfield

    Wednesday 4 August 2010, 11:19

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Bethan Elfyn's show on Radio Wales is always an interesting mix of old and new, good interviews and ephemera, but on Saturday 14 August at 6pm it's shaping up to be a superb two hours of Welsh music, and I've been given a sneak preview of what has to be one of this year's Welsh radio highlights.

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  3. Richey Edwards inspires novel

    Wednesday 4 August 2010, 10:04

    James McLaren James McLaren

    MIssing Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards is to be the subject of a novel out in October.

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    Photo: Dave Hardacre

    Written by music journalist Ben Myers, Richard is a fictional story of Edwards' life based on events from his life. Myers told NME, "A lot has been written about Richey Edwards...

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  4. McFly on Radio Wales

    Wednesday 4 August 2010, 09:47

    James McLaren James McLaren

    McFly came into Radio Wales yesterday, greeted by a crowd of teenage fans, to talk to Alan Thompson on the Evening Show.

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    You can listen to the full interview here, but only until 4 September!

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    The guys talk about their new album, working with top pop producer Dallas Austin, meeting their fans and...

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  5. Sheen to star in new Manics video

    Tuesday 3 August 2010, 14:07

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Welsh actor Michael Sheen will reportedly be starring in the short promo film for Manic Street Preachers' forthcoming single (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love.

    Sheen, famous for his representations of figures such as Tony Blair, David Frost, Brian Clough and Kenneth Williams, could star as Boris Spassky...

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  6. Sir Tom Jones waits for chart record

    Monday 2 August 2010, 11:58

    James McLaren James McLaren

    So after much anticipation and speculation, Sir Tom Jones has failed in his bid to become the oldest male ever to have a UK Number One album.

    His album Praise And Blame was beaten to the top spot yesterday by Eminem, who'll be a mere 38 this year, with Recovery. Unless Praise And Blame can rise up the...

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  7. Feeder, The Blackout, Los Campesinos!, Pete Lawrie - Cardiff Big Weekend 2010

    Monday 2 August 2010, 10:33

    James McLaren James McLaren

    It's the Friday of Cardiff Big Weekend. It must be raining.

    The omens were, paradoxically, good. This time last year, as the rain streamed down, Kids in Glass Houses played a stormer in the gathering gloom of a Cardiff summer evening. The Blackout had nothing to worry about. The drizzle, now incessant...

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  8. Bullet For My Valentine claim trio of Best Band awards

    Friday 30 July 2010, 10:59

    James McLaren James McLaren

    For the third year running, Porthcawl's Bullet For My Valentine have scooped the prestigious Best British Band award at the Kerrang! awards.

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    Read the BBC News story here.

    The band, who released their third album, Fever, earlier this year, also scooped the Best Live Band award. Lostprophets won the...

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  9. Welsh unsigned acts for Reading and Leeds festivals

    Thursday 29 July 2010, 14:45

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The BBC Introducing stage at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals will feature a headline set from Gallops and sets from another two Welsh bands.

    Exit International (Cardiff's dual-bass noise terrorists) and Reaper In Sicily (Aberdare power-pop fivesome) will join Wrexham's Gallops on the same bill...

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  10. Gwyl Gardd Goll, Faenol Estate - Sunday 25 July 2010

    Tuesday 27 July 2010, 14:43

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    I've been very impressed with the way fellow Welsh music blogger, Bethan Elfyn, manages to go to sprawling festivals like Sonar and Latitude and blog about them succinctly. These are some of the most dazzling music festivals on earth. Bethan rarely wastes a syllable. I - however - stumble across a half...

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  11. Newport State Of Mind for single release?

    Tuesday 27 July 2010, 11:09

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The YouTube phenomenon Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind), which at the time of writing has had over 1.5 million views, may be released as a single next month, with some proceeds going to charity.

    Speaking to The Western Mail, Terema Wainwright, who took the Alicia Keys role in the spoof of Empire...

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  12. Ian Watkins' Personal Playlist

    Tuesday 27 July 2010, 09:31

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins joined Bethan Elfyn on her radio show last Saturday and played tracks from his Personal Playlist.

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    In an entertaining, engaging and honest interview, Ian talked about 10 years of the band, their hits, starting out and the lost album. Alongside the interview, Ian played...

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  13. Manic Street Preachers (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love

    Monday 26 July 2010, 14:01

    James McLaren James McLaren

    I've just sat here at my desk, headphones on, for the last 30 minutes, listening to the new Manic Street Preachers single on repeat. (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love is the first track to be released from their 10th studio album, Postcards From A Young Man.

    The single will be released on 13 September...

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  14. Tom Jones Praise And Blame reviews

    Monday 26 July 2010, 11:57

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Sir Tom Jones releases his album Praise and Blame today. We've had a scan around the web for a flavour of what reviewers are saying. Largely positive, critics are praising Tom's use of his voice with stripped-down instrumentation. Have a read and make your own comment below.

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  15. Killing For Company release Stuart Cable tribute today

    Monday 26 July 2010, 11:14

    James McLaren James McLaren

    As previously reported on this blog, Stuart Cable's former bandmates are releasing their tribute single to the late sticksman today.

    Former Mining Town is available through all the usual digital outlets and is in aid of Stuart's favourite charities, The Teenage Cancer Trust and Ty Hafan Children's Hospital...

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  16. Sir Tom, Sex Pistols and Ian Watkins on Bethan's show

    Friday 23 July 2010, 16:02

    James McLaren James McLaren

    This morning I spent a nerve-wracking 15 minutes pre-recording some waffle about The Sex Pistols' famous 1976 gig in Caerphilly. It was for Bethan Elfyn's Radio Wales show, which you can listen to from 6pm tomorrow, 24 July.

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    View a gallery of photos from the Sex Pistols' gig.

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  17. Newport (Ymerodraeth State Of Mind)

    Thursday 22 July 2010, 15:08

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind) YouTube sensation of the last 24 hours has today become the UK's most-favourited clip on the video-sharing site, and the second most-favourited in the whole world.

    Watch the video on YouTube (contains strong language).

    Writer Leo Sloley appeared this morning...

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  18. Latitude Festival

    Wednesday 21 July 2010, 11:25

    Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn

    After another long drive through the night, I'm back from Latitude Festival in Suffolk, with many a pleasant memory of lost afternoons in the baking heat, of dusty walks throughout the woods, dancing till dawn, and - gulp - meeting SIR TOM JONES!

    Latitude has grown in stature in the last five years...

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  19. Video: OK cover Motorcycle Emptiness

    Tuesday 20 July 2010, 10:57

    James McLaren James McLaren

    We've been dipping into our extensive backlog of videos from Wales Music Day, held on 1 March this year by BBC Radio Wales to celebrate the best of Welsh music.

    New Cardiff band OK came into the studio to perform an utter classic, Manic Street Preachers' Motorcycle Emptiness. You can watch it here:

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  20. Video: Pete Lawrie's How Could I Complain?

    Tuesday 20 July 2010, 10:50

    James McLaren James McLaren

    We've been dipping into our extensive backlog of videos from Wales Music Day, held on 1 March this year by BBC Radio Wales to celebrate the best of Welsh music.

    Pete Lawrie, signed to Universal Island and with a growing reputation, performed his song How Could I Complain?, which you can watch here.

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