Following your dreams is important. But never giving up on them is what makes them happen. This was very much the case for UK singer, songwriter, Jamie Lawson, who is the first artist to be signed by Ed Sheeran's new record label, Gingerbread Man. Here he shares how success is doing what you love.
Music is a great distraction for stress and helps with productivity in the work place. Here are five head nodding songs I believe will make your working week fly by, or at least, more bearable.
No one even seemed to get that drunk anymore. In fact, the most controversial thing to happen last year was Alex Turner dropping a mic and suggesting they invoice him for it. No rebellion ever started or ended with an invoice. But this year, Madonna fell.
There is a significant difference about this year's race however - an historic difference, truth be told. For 62 years, the Official Christmas number one has been decided on the basis of sales alone. This year, the race reflects the changing way that music fans are consuming music.
Usually nothing David Cameron says affects the music industry. This week he's shaken the whole UK scene up by announcing that from October, music videos will go through the same classification system as films and other video content, in an attempt to give parents more information to protect children from "graphic content".
We're well into the 21st Century - monogamy should no longer be the unspoken rule. Isn't it time for everyone to openly admit that not just men have sexual desires? Women who begin Tinder exchanges are probably more common than you think (it's not just straight white boys). What's the point in being coy and not saying what we really want to say?
Some incredible opportunities have opened up for me since I wrote One Direction's number one song Little Things with Ed Sheeran... But it's also highlighted to me the importance of articulating certain things that I need to say to the world, right now, and in an individual way that's musically faithful to myself.
Prepare to guffaw now when I suggest what the next wave of music and culture looks set to be. Are you ready? I believe it's prog rock ... (Okay, perhaps the headline spoilt the surprise). Yes, progressive rock. The kipper tie or puffball skirt of music.
After the star and her dancers took their final bow the curtains closed and the lights went up, drawing an end to an almost year long tour. It won't be too long to wait before we hear from her again as her new album is rumoured to be released this year following the two year cycle that her previous albums have followed.
Last week we got the chance to sit down with the 7 ft British rising rapper XO Man to find out exactly how well his musical career is going so far. Following on from the excitement of the newly released 'The Calm EP' we ask him about where he sees himself in the next few years and this is exactly what he had to say about it...
He's going from deadlines to headlines. 28 year old Shahid Khan, is the tall, big built, chubby cheeked, infectiously excitable new #TEAMUK music star that goes by the stage name Naughty Boy.
As he gears up for the release of his new forthcoming single 'Brand New Style' featuring none other than Ed Sheeran, I caught up one of my personal favourite UK artists to see how he is finding the heady heights of the mainstream music scene.
This fund is apparently available to aspiring acts and artists who need the much needed initial funding to get started on the road to success in the music industry. From what I understand the total fund amounts to £500,000 and is being hailed by its originators as, "a breakthrough moment for music in England".
At the end of the day you're head can mess you up sometimes, constantly planning and making fall back plans for your fall back plans. When it comes to making decisions for yourself, you can never go wrong listening to your heart.
Before your band can reach the heights of Coldplay or U2, you have to build your audience and that means playing as many gigs as possible.
Sadly another 12 months has gone by and the reality tv route and the 'half a slim chance in hell's' option of getting a slot on Later are still the only outlets for music artists on TV.