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Queen, The Script, Fraser T. Smith & More Honored at 2011 BMI London Awards

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on October 6, 2011

Queen, The Script, Fraser T. Smith & More Honored
at 2011 BMI London Awards
American performing right organization Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) celebrated Europe and Asia’s premier songwriters, composers and music publishers during its annual BMI London Awards held on Tuesday, October 4. Guests filled London’s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane to toast the past year’s most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television.
Songwriters and composers honored at the event are members of European and Asian performing right societies and are represented in the U.S. by BMI. 
Legendary rock band Queen were honored as BMI Icons. All songwriters, vocalist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon join a list of previous honorees that includes Donovan, Peter Gabriel, Don Black, Bryan Ferry, Ray Davies, Van Morrison and more.
The Script’s “Breakeven” earned the BMI Robert S. Musel Award for Song of the Year. Andrew Frampton (PRS) and band members Daniel O’Donoghue (PRS/IMRO) and Mark Sheehan (PRS/IMRO) co-wrote the song, which was published by BMG Chrysalis (PRS). “Breakeven” is from the Irish band’s top-selling eponymous album.
Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart,” co-written by Fraser T. Smith and published by BMG Chrysalis (PRS), garnered the College Song of the Year win. “Stereo Love, written and recorded by Romanian musician Edward Maya (PRS/UCMR-ADA) and Vika Jigulina (PRS), claimed Dance Song of the Year. The infectious club hit is published by Media Services International (UCMR-ADA).

In addition to celebrating the writers of most-performed songs in the U.S. during the past year, BMI presented awards to the composers of the most-watched and highest-grossing television programs and films; and the songwriters behind hits that have generated more than three million U.S. radio and television performances. For a complete list of 2011 BMI London Awards winners, visit
Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO; Phil Graham, BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations; and Brandon Bakshi, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia hosted the ceremony.
Photo and video footage, including interviews, performances and the Icon acceptance speech can be accessed via the official EPKlink:

R.E.M. Release Animated GIF Album Cover For First-Ever Definitive Greatest Hits Album, Due From Warner Bros. Records on November 15th

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on October 6, 2011


40-Song Retrospective — R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011 — Includes Tracks From Both the IRS and Warner Years Plus Three Brand-New Songs


Album Trailer Premieres On R.E.M. Website Today


 R.E.M. shocked the world with the news that they had decided to “call it a day as a band” via a statement on their website, and the beloved band announced that they will release their final album, R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011, on Warner Bros. Records on November 15th, 2011. The album is a 40-song career-spanning retrospective that for the first time ever collects songs from R.E.M.’s entire back catalog, including the band’s early years on the IRS label in addition to their Warner Bros. Records catalog, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon here.


The greatest hits album trailer premiered today on the official R.E.M. website and can be seen here. R.E.M. have led the way musically for nearly 30 years, and with this final release they also usher in a new era of album artwork by releasing an animated GIF album cover for their greatest hits collection.


R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011 album trailer:

R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011 animated album cover:


R.E.M. formed in 1980 when singer Michael Stipe met guitarist Peter Buck in an Athens, GA, record store where Buck worked. After recruiting bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, R.E.M. released its first single, “Radio Free Europe,” in 1981, followed by 1982’s Chronic Town EP. Widely credited with inventing the college-rock genre, R.E.M. became the most influential American alternative rock band in history — inspiring such artists as Sonic Youth, Pavement, Nirvana, and Radiohead — for achieving multi-platinum mainstream success while maintaining their distinct identity. Over the course of its career, the band has released 15 studio albums and has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide.


R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011 features three new songs that R.E.M. finished after they completed their last album, Collapse Into Now: the single “We All Go Back To Where We Belong,” which goes to radio and will be available for sale on October 18th, “A Month of Saturdays,” and “Hallelujah.” All three songs were recorded over the summer in Athens with Accelerate and Collapse Into Now producer, the estimable Jacknife Lee. The band came roaring back with those two albums in the last two years, achieving some of the best reviews of their career and enabling them to go out at the top of their game.


The track-listing for R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011 is as follows:


Disc 1:
Gardening At Night
Radio Free Europe
Talk About The Passion
Sitting Still
So. Central Rain
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
Driver 8
Life And How To Live It
Begin The Begin
Fall On Me
Finest Worksong
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
The One I Love
Pop Song 89
Get Up
Orange Crush
Losing My Religion
Country Feedback
Shiny Happy People


Disc 2:
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Everybody Hurts
Man On The Moon
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
New Test Leper
At My Most Beautiful
The Great Beyond
Imitation Of Life
Bad Day
Leaving New York
Living Well Is The Best Revenge
Supernatural Superserious
Oh My Heart
A Month of Saturdays
We All Go Back To Where We Belong


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Morrissey’s 2011 North American Tour

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on October 6, 2011

Following a sold out tour of Europe and the UK, Morrissey recently announced a North American tour. The show at Puebla, Mexico’s Auditorio del Complejo Cultural Universitario has become the fastest selling pop concert in the city’s history and his two nights at Mexico City’s Plaza Condesa are sold out. Many of the US dates have also already sold out including his date at the legendary Shrine Auditorium which sold out in twenty minutes, his fastest selling Los Angeles concert in twelve years. The performance at Pomona’s Fox Theater also sold out in twenty minutes. The tour begins November 10 in Chicago and concludes December 13 in Guadalajara, Mexico. He will be performing songs from throughout his unparalleled catalog including new unreleased tracks. Morrissey will also do two major US television appearances while in November.
Morrissey is often recognized as the most important British musician of his generation. The New York Times recently stated, ”Morrissey isn’t just any singer: he has become one of the defining rock stars of the past few decades by virtue of his grand voice, his grander songs, and his charming habit of playing with melodrama”.His influence is felt worldwide through the countless artists that cite him as their primary inspiration.
Morrissey 2011 US Dates
11/10 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
11/14 San Antonio TX @ Majestic Theater
11/15 Austin,TX @ Bass Concert Hall
11/17 Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
11/19 Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Center
11/20 Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
11/22 Escondido, CA @ California Center for the Arts
11/25 Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Chelsea Ballroom
11/26 Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
11/28 Pomona, CA Fox Theater
12/01 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Morrissey 2011 Mexico Dates
12/05 Monterrey @ Arena
12/07 Mexico City @ Plaza Condesa
12/08 Mexico City @ Plaza Condesa
12/10 Puebla @ Auditorio del Complejo Cultural Universitario
12/12 Guadalajara @ Diana
12/13 Guadalajara @ Diana