He was selling out shows all over Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA. Nothing could hold him back. But with more money comes more problems... frankly the kid clearly had burnout and needed a break.
Grimes wrote, produced, engineered and practically crafted almost every note of her new album, 'Art Angels'. Having taught herself electronic production, Claire "Grimes" Boucher has mastered guitar, ukulele, and violin to stitch together this multi-verse of strikingly different sounds.
I don't find the concept of a cultural boycott easy. The arts (especially imported from outside, looking in) can be such a powerful tool to hold up a mirror to people wilfully overlooking schisms of injustice or brutality in their own societies.
I'm on the Fink tour bus, somewhere in Ukraine. Earlier today we were woken at 7am (having not crept into our bunks until about 3am after the show we played in Minsk, Belarus) and told to get dressed and ready, passports and vaguely sober expressions close at hand, for the border crossing.
This week came the news that the filmmakers behind Amy - the UK's highest-grossing documentary ever - would be turning their attention next to the story of Oasis. Focusing on their early years (Noel joining his brother's band in 1991 is the starting point), it promises to be an intriguing flip of the Winehouse narrative - swapping desperate descent for unstoppable rise.
A great songwriter who doesn't understand how to write a business plan, or has no grasp of contract law or copyright, will struggle on the journey to becoming a professional artist. We need upcoming musicians to be aware of what they are agreeing to or signing away.
The band's heavy groove and guitar led melody of the late 60s and 70s is a fine balancing act of Americana and modern polished rock n roll.
With Adele's new album '25' out, some critics have asked whether Adele has enough 'fodder' to fuel the heartfelt lyrics and emotion we've come to expect in her previous albums.
I'm beyond grateful for all the experiences I've had in the music industry, all the people I've met along the way and especially grateful for the lows for making me who I am today. I often look back and think I've wasted so much time, but I'd probably have nothing to say had I not spent the last 15 years falling in and out of love with the very thing that consumed me as a teenager.
All the signals were there that he could be the man to break the curse of the male X Factor winner, and succeed where the likes of Steve Brookstein, Joe McElderry, Matt Cardle and James Arthur had failed before him. But after Ben announced the first single to be taken from his album Second Hand Heart, things seemed to go downhill pretty quickly, as it became clear that he maybe wasn't his label's top priority.
Can it ever be OK to lose ourselves completely in a film, book or piece of music - and yet contribute nothing to those people who made that experience possible?
Adele's latest single came out today, and as expected, she's cut right through everyone's tough exterior, taken a flashlight to our communal solar ple...
Women are under-represented in lots of professions, but music and the arts are generally thought to be areas where there is at least a modicum of equality. In rock music, for instance, the battles have been fought -- and largely won -- over gender parity, a plethora of female musicians (guitarists, drummers etc) proving that women can rock just as well as men.
I would say that if you look behind the music itself, it's a bold reminder of how much the industry is still changing, a celebration of artists who are doing it their way and a sign that new approaches and public-private partnerships are being welcomed as one way of sustaining the impact and distinctive edge of music made in the UK.
It took me a long time to realise that by just thinking through what I was supposed be working on, I was somehow, vicariously, actually doing the work that I thought I wasn't. Counterintuitive, yes. Lazy, possibly, but it definitely works.
As a young woman in a band I was patronised by sound men, literally kicked by roadies who saw us sitting down in a corridor and assumed we were groupies when we were locked out of our dressing room at Brixton Academy. I was laughed at for being ugly in the music press. The NME said they would put our band, Kenickie, (three 18-year-old women and one guy) on the cover if we got naked and painted ourselves gold.