21 Feb 2010

Artists choose their albums of the decade - part one

Florence Welch (Florence And The Machine) picks...

Arcade Fire - Funeral

It's maybe not defined the decade, but for me on hearing that it just choked me in some way.

It really kind of opened up my idea that pop music or contemporary music could be - so orchestral and grand, but at the same time tough. It was all kinds of things.

I remember sitting on my bed having to listen to it all the way through, you can't just have it on in the background. I was really swept away by it.

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Florence says she's working on 'chemical' songs

Florence Welch has described sessions for her forthcoming second album as "a step forward" and "heavier in sound".

After receiving three nominations for this year's Brit Awards the singer returned to the studio last week with producer Paul Epworth to begin working on new material.

She said: "It sounds a bit more fuzzy, a bit harder. If the first album was animal and anatomical I think this one is chemical and elemental."

Debut Lungs is still at number one in the UK album chart after selling more than 700,000 copies since being released in July 2009.

Meanwhile, Welch has also unveiled details of her forthcoming Cosmic Tour.

Tickets for the gigs go on sale on Friday 29 January.

The dates in full are:
Dublin Olympia Theatre - 2 and 3 May

Edinburgh Corn Exchange - 5 and 6

Blackpool Empress Ballroom - 7 and 9

Wolverhampton Civic Theatre - 10 and 11

London Hammersmith Apollo - 13, 14 and 15

Florence added to Isle Of Wight line-up

N-Dubz and Florence and the Machine have been added to the line-up for this year's Isle Of Wight festival.

La Roux, The Hold Steady and Biffy Clyro will also play the event which takes place at Seaclose Park, Newport, between 11-13 June.

As previously reported Jay-Z, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend and Friendly Fires have already been confirmed for the festival.

The 2009 event was headlined by Stereophonics and The Prodigy.

Florence and the Machine producer wins Brit Award

Paul Epworth, who co-produced Florence and the Machine's album, has won the top prize at the Music Producers' Guild Awards, which also doubles as a Brit.

Epworth was named producer of the year by the MPG, meaning he was also handed the Brit Award for best producer.

It is the second year the two prizes have been awarded together. The main Brits ceremony will be held on Tuesday.

As well as Florence, Epworth has also worked with Friendly Fires, Bloc Party, Jack Penate, The Big Pink and Plan B.

Singer Florence Welch was at the MPG ceremony in London on Thursday to present him with the two trophies.

Epworth started his career working in a council-funded recording studio in Harlow, Essex, before becoming a tea boy at Sir George Martin's Air Studios.

Dizzee Rascal and producer Nick Denton won best UK album
"I wouldn't be here without the freedom that the digital revolution has given me creatively," he said.

"But also I know I'm lucky to have had that old tuition from people who worked with The Beatles, The Doors, The Beach Boys."

He is now working on new Florence material, as well as working on his own album and writing with Adele.

Florence wants Radiohead collaboration

Florence Welch has revealed that she'd like to sign up Radiohead's Thom Yorke to work on her forthcoming second album.

Speaking to Newsbeat the singer said: "I think that he's a really amazing musician - I'd like to do something with him in the future."

Nominated for three Brit Awards in 2010, she is currently working on the follow-up to her number one album Lungs released last year.

She added: "I've never met him but I'm a big fan of his work. I think it could work - I haven't done anything about it though."

Last month, describing the sound of the new songs she's currently working on with producer Paul Epworth she explained: "It sounds a bit more fuzzy, a bit harder.

"If the first album was animal and anatomical, I think this one is chemical and elemental."

18 Feb 2010

BRIT pics

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Tom Beard Photos

Drumming Song Outfits

Here are pictures of some of the outfits seen in Drumming Song.

Dress by Hannah Marshall

Mask by Manish Arora

Video Info

Florence & The Machine
Rabbit Heart
Prod co: Partizan
Director: Tom & Tabitha
Producer: Josh Davies
PM: Kristyna Podolska
DoP: Will Bex
Costumes: Aldene Johnson
Hair & Make Up: Lica Fensome
Editor: Jamie Roberts
Telecine: Aubrey Woodiwiss
Online: Gareth Brannan

Florence & The Machine
You Got The Love (Island)
Director: Tom & Tabitha
Prod co: Partizan
Producer: Paul Weston
PM: Leanne Stott
DoP: Tom Townend
Art Director: Sam Tidman
Stylist: Aldene Johnson
Editor: Darren Baldwin at Final Cut
Telecine: James Bamford at The Mill
Flame: Byron Wooffindin at Finish
Commissioner: Ailsa Robertson

Flo pics

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Rabbit Heart Cover

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Flo + JLS Backstage at the BRITS

You've Got The Dirtee Love Lyrics

Here is the lyrics by yours truly >_<

Everybody wants to be famous,
Nobody wants to be nameless, aimless,
People act shameless
Tryna live like entertainers,
Want a fat crib with the acres,
So they spend money that they ain’t made yet,
Got a benz on tik that they ain’t paid yet,
Spend their pay cheque
In the west end on the weekend
Got no money by the end of the weekend.
But they don’t care cos their life is a movie,
Starring Louis V, paid for by yours truly,
Truthfully, its a joke, like a bad episode of hollyoaks,
Can’t keep up with the cover notes,
So they got bad credit livin’ on direct debit,
In debt but they still don’t get
Cos they too busy livin’ the high life, the night life
Huggin’ the high way, livin’ large
And they all say

Sometimes it seems that the going is just too rough
And things go wrong no matter what I do
Now and then it seems that life is just too much
But you've got the love I need to see me through

Let me take you down to London city
Where the attitudes bad and the weather is shitty
Everybody’s on the paper chase, its one big rat race
Everybody got a screw face
So many too fake
Checking the height, they say they ready to ride
Im on the inside looking at the outside
So its a accurate reflection
City wide north east west and the south side
Everywhere I go there’s a girl on the corner
Guns and drugs got the city like a sauna,
And its getting warmer and out of order
Trying to put a struggling mother to a morner
Mr politician can you tell me the solution
Whats the answer whats the conclusion
Is it an illusion.
Is it a mirage.
I see youngers dieing coz their tryna live large??
And they all say

Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying "Lord I just don't care"
But you've got the love I need to see me through

You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love

We are livin in the days of the credit crunch
Give me the doh
Im trying have a bunch
But I cant have rice for lunch
its not there aint enough to share
Ain’t fair never dreamed that he could be rare
Who cares who dares to make a change
Everybody in the club trying to make it rain
But not for famine just for the sake of habit
15 minutes of fame and everything’s the same
Again and again I see the same thing
Everybody acting like they their plane sailin’
I see rough seas ahead maybe a recession
And then a depression in whatever profession
This is my confession I cant fight im in the forefront
Living for money ready to start like a bungee jump
With no rope but I ain’t trying to see the bottom
Because that’s were I came from, I ain’t forgotten

You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love

Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying "Lord I just don't care"
But you've got the love I need to see me through

Pap/Press Pictures

Leaving BBC Radio One Studios

Leaving GMTV Studios

BRIT Awards

You've Got The Dirtee Love

" Wow! Florence and Dizzee are no1 in Itunes today! If this keeps up they'll make the official singles chart on Sunday!"

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BRIT news

Florence's Brit Awards Triumph
Wed 17 Feb, 2010

Florence had a fantastic evening at last night's BRIT Awards where she was victorious in the Best Album category.

She also performed live at the awards - sharing the stage with Dizzee Rascal for a house-shaking rendition their forthcoming single 'You Got The Dirtee Love' – a mash up of 'You Got The Love' and 'Dirtee Cash'. Get more details right here.

Big congratulations go out to Florence and a big thank to all the fans who got behind her and voted.

Download 'You've Got The Dirtee Love'
Wed 17 Feb, 2010

Following Florence's triumphant return to the Brits last night - where she scooped the Best Album award - you can now download her show-stopping duet with Dizzee Rascal from iTunes.

The pair played a mash-up of Florence's 'You've Got The Love' and Dizzee's 'Dirtee Cash' - head to iTunes.com/TheBrits to download 'You've Got The Dirtee Love'.

Profits from the single will go to the Brits nominated charities: Warchild and the Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

16 Feb 2010

Full F+TM Gig on Youtube

Sorry don't know which order they were originally played in.

BRIT Awards Tonight!!

700,000 albums, three Brit nominations, one #1 debut album and numerous brilliant sold out shows later, Florence and her mighty machine look set to surpass their outstanding 2009 achievements already, in 2010.

After a productive stint in the studio early in the year, Florence has set off on a jaunt across the globe to Australia, Japan and back to Europe on tour over the coming months.

She’ll be back in town briefly to perform her ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’ duet with Dizzee Rascal at the Brits on February 16 (and hopefully sweeping the board for Best Female, Best Album & Breakthrough Artist).

Spring will bear witness to the release of the massive ‘Dog Days Are Over’ in March (already #11 in the itunes chart), more American shows, Miami Winter Music Conference, Coachella and back home for her Cosmic Love UK Tour in May.

10 Feb 2010

Vote Flo @ Glamour

F+TM has been nominated for two catgeories in the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year awards.
The categories she has been nominated for are:
Sheer Infusion Newcomer, and Band.

you can also nominate Florence in the 'Special Awards' categories, for categories such as 'inspiration' and 'woman of the year'

To support F+TM, all you have to follow the link below!:

Vote Flo @ The BRITS

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