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24th September 2013 1.12pm
We’ve come to the end of an era, and there will no longer be a CBBC Music Blog…
16th September 2013 2.53pm
I love Arctic Monkeys. I still remember buying their 1st album in 2006 when it became, at the time, the fastest selling debut album in British history. Some wondered if it could be a ‘one hit wonder’ but again they’ve gone on to break records.
Their new album AM has taken the top spot in the charts which means all 5 of their albums have gone to No.1. This is the first time a band signed to an independent record label has done this. It shows that you don’t need a massive company like Simon Cowell’s Syco records to be successful. However – you do need brilliant music and Arctic Monkeys have got plenty of that!
11th September 2013 2.53pm
So pop princess Katy Perry has nabbed her fourth UK number one record with the amazing track Roar!
After being told by Radio 1's Jameela Jamil about her latest success, Perry told listeners: "I love the UK!" And I think it's safe to say the UK loves Katy.
The only bad thing about this is Katy ended Ellie Goulding's three-week reign at the top of the singles chart with Burn, which slid into second place, but I'm sure Ellie won't mind.
To be honest I think Ellie and Katy should collaborate and come up with a pop hit together and then they can both be number one!
2nd September 2013 3.00pm
Four judges, thousands of hopefuls and one top pop prize… The X Factor has hit our screens again.
It’s the 10th year for the show so music mogul Simon Cowell had to pull out all the stops to make sure people watched. The good, the bad and the ugly auditioned in front of a new judging line-up but with an added twist: this year it’s back with the old style, with hopefuls performing for the judges on Saturday, then singing to the big audience-filled arena on Sunday… They have to pass both auditions to get through to the next round. We will have to wait and see what kind of talented and talentless performers make it through.
27th August 2013 12.30pm
On the same day 1D were at the UK premiere of their new movie, I had the privilege of meeting another top boyband from the X Factor stage. Union J’s Josh, JJ, Jaymi and George spent the day at a summer camp for young kids, whose parents and loved ones are serving their country abroad, in the armed forces.
The lads took part in a range of outdoor activities, including a muddy assault course.
I’m not usually a big fan of boy bands, but I like the Union J guys because they are so down-to-earth, they took the time to have fun and make a certain group of kids very happy. They get my vote!
21st August 2013 5.56pm
You’ve sold millions of records. You’ve had a few number ones and you’ve reached the dizzy heights of success all over the planet. So…what’s next? A movie of course!
One Direction have jumped onto the big screen with ‘This Is Us.’ The documentary takes a closer look at what it’s like to be a member of the biggest boy band in town.
On Tuesday, thousands of 1D fans camped outside Leicester Square in London for the world premiere.
And eagle eyed 1D fans noticed that Zayn’s girlfriend, Perrie from Little Mix, was wearing an engagement ring. So it looks like the next big 1D event will be a wedding! I’d better brush off my favourite suit.
13th August 2013 2.00pm
And guess what? She hasn't exactly re-entered the pop arena quietly… No surprise there then!
Gaga released her latest single Applause this week in what she called a “pop emergency”. It came only days after reports saying the song had been leaked online by hackers. Angry that her next-big-thing was out there, she rush released the new tune.
Applause is an electro-pop kind of track that has a few familiar sounds in it to some of her older music. Her award-winning, debut album The Fame featured some great songs and this new single reminds me of them. It’s certainly not the best track she’s released.
No doubt it’ll be a huge success though…with Lady Gaga, it always is!
5th August 2013 4.42pm
So it looks like that egg throwing interruption hasn’t harmed the success of Britain’s Got Talent’s Richard and Adam Johnson who have scored a number one album with The Impossible Dream. The Welsh brothers have come a long way since making sandwiches for a living because they’ve managed to knock Simon Cowell’s other act X Factor’s Jahmene Douglas off the number one spot! Richard and Adam finished in third place on BGT but their final performance was overshadowed by a musician who interrupted their performance to pelt eggs at Simon Cowell. So while Simon may have had egg on his face he’s certainly got lots to smile with his chart success today.
29th July 2013 4.07pm
Cast your minds back to December last year. The final of The X Factor to be precise. While James Arthur was crowned the viewer’s champion, I think we all knew that big things would happen for Jahmene.
Today, the 22 year-old from Birmingham must be very happy. His debut album featuring cover tracks has topped the UK albums chart. ‘Love Never Fails’ went straight in at number one, proving that you don’t have to win The X Factor to have a number one hit.
Jahmene, who used to work in Asda, is still in contact with his X Factor mentor Nicole Sherzinger. Let’s hope we get to see him perform when the ITV series returns next month.
24th July 2013 11.24am
When Avicii releases a tune it doesn’t just hit the charts…it smashes it!
For the second time, the Swedish DJ (aka Tim Bergling) has rocketed to the top spot and in record time – ‘Wake Me Up’ went to Number 1 on Sunday, now the fastest-selling single of 2013.
It sold 267,000 copies in its first week, knocking arguably the song of the summer, Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ off its pedestal.
I was a massive fan of his first Number 1 ‘I Could Be The One’ earlier this year and, being only 23, this DJ’s got a bright future of banging tunes ahead of him!
16th July 2013 1.03pm
Hip-hop icon Jay-Z has been making top tunes for ages! He’s headlined huge music festivals, launched his own record label and fashion brand, but our Jay-z has never topped the UK album chart. Until now.
It’s 15th time lucky for the US rapper with his latest offering Magna Carta Holy Grail. This new release features collaborations with his wife, Beyoncé as well as pop’s smoothest crooner Justin Timberlake.
Jay-Z flew into London to appear at the Wireless Festival over the weekend. His performed alongside his pop sidekick Justin Timberlake.
Beyoncé has topped the UK album chart twice. I wonder if Jay-Z’s planning to follow up Magna Carta Holy Grail and equalise with Mrs Jay-Z?!
8th July 2013 2.27pm
I was shocked to hear Jessie J won’t be returning for The Voice next year. She’s my favourite judge on the show as I like her crazy outfits and the honest things she says to her acts.
It got me thinking though that it’s a shame she didn’t have any of her acts win. She’s one of the most original, and successful, acts in British pop but maybe that doesn’t mean she’s automatically a good judge?
Look at X Factor, Simon Cowell has mentored 2 winning acts, which is the same amount as Cheryl Cole, and more than anyone else. Maybe winning talent shows isn’t about how successful the judges are themselves?
Joe Tidy (Newsround)
1st July 2013 4.20pm
Glastonbury - whether you love festivals or not it’s hard to avoid, especially this year as the BBC’s coverage was bigger than ever before.
Without having to pack, get my wellies on or sleep in a field I got to enjoy some of my fave bands, all from the comfort of my own house.
Mumford & Sons, who have played at Glastonbury five times, closed the show to massive cheers from the crowds.
But there was someone else who got the crowds going wild too! Strictly host Bruce Forsyth! Around 2,500 people witnessed him tap dance, sing and play the piano! What an absolute legend!
12th June 2013 4.32pm
I Will Survive - a classic which I’m sure many of you have your parents dance to at a family party – but move over Gloria Gaynor (the lady who sang the hit way back in the 1970s) because now it’s all about Leah McFall!
The Voice starlet, from Northern Ireland, hit no16 in the official top 20 singles chart after fans rushed online to buy her single.
She’s tipped to win the show but in my opinion, Leah is like nobody else we’ve seen on these kind of shows before, so if she doesn’t survive the semi-finals, she’s still a winner in my eyes!
3rd June 2013 11.58am
I was shocked to hear that Leanne Mitchell - who won The Voice last year - has failed to break into the Top 100 with her debut album.
It’s ranked at 134 in this week's chart and a lot of people are saying this shows The Voice isn’t a great place for artists to start out. I disagree. Tyler James, a fellow finalist, got to 47th in the charts last year and Bo Bruce, the runner-up got into the Top 10 with her album.
For me this is another case of the runners-up beating the winners where it really counts. After all, One Direction and JLS were runners-up weren’t they?
13th May 2013 12.35pm
So Louis Walsh wants to build a band bigger than One Direction? One Direction are without doubt the world’s biggest boyband - and with JLS hanging up their mics at the end of the year, the road to the top of the charts is wide open for the boys.
But Louis has a history of finding chart-topping boybands. He hasn’t had much success mentoring the groups on The X Factor over the years, but it was Mr Walsh who launched Ireland’s biggest-selling boybands Boyzone and Westlife in the 90s and 00s. It won’t be easy knocking 1D off their perch but if one man can, Louis can!
7th May 2013 5.11pm
I’s feeling a little more like summer and the sun is making an effort to come out…. And what does that mean? Festival season! Music lovers across the UK will be flocking to as many music festivals as they can and one of the biggest this year will be Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Londonderry. All types of music, from folk to rap will be on from the likes of Labrinth, Little Mix, Paramore and more! You can listen to the whole thing online, and see it on BBC Three and red button. I know I’ll be watching!
29th April 2013 2.34pm
If this was the year you thought you might hear less of Emeli Sandé…then think again!
Earlier this year she announced that she’d be taking time out in 2013 to work on a new album. But it’s her debut album that’s making headlines again. ‘Our Version of Events’ was released in February last year and, well, it never left! The album has now broken the record for the longest debut run in the UK Album Chart’s Top Ten.
It’s spent 63 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts, breaking the record set by The Beatles back in the sixties - a phenomenal achievement that goes to show just how popular a performer Emeli Sandé really is.
(Ore - Newsround)
24th April 2013 5.08pm
Rocking Robots, The Voice and more! Catch up with the latest music news with Bo Bruce...
22nd April 2013 5.52pm
Weird robots and futuristic helmets - to look at them you’d think Daft Punk were straight out of a sci-fi movie. In fact they were – in 2010’s Tron Legacy!
But these guys are French DJ legends. Their latest single ‘Get Lucky’, from the album Random Access Memories, has broken the record for the most listened to song in a day on Spotify.
It’s their first single in 8 years and experts think the album could be the biggest of the year! Daft Punk then, aren’t so daft after all.
Joe Tidy (Newsround)