All U2 and Apple needed to do was ask - to invite people to opt in. Then what turned out to be a PR nightmare for Apple could have been a coup. Thanks, U2 fans would have said. The rest of us meanwhile would have nodded in appreciation at the idea, hoping that it would be followed by a similar deal from Megadeath or Michael Buble depending on our tastes.
I remember Elaine saying to me 'You look like John Clarke' and thinking ' what is she talking about?' Then she continued to explain that she had been writing a film, for the last 10 years about a coming of age story in which John Clarke was the lead. The film was called Northern Soul.
There is a fine line between drawing upon things in the past, as indeed anything creative does, and moving so much into an era where everything is a pseudo version of something else. Whoever straddles that balance remains something truly original.
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim teamed up to create their version of Evita, only with Imelda Marcos the rags to corrupted riches hero. The show debuted last year in New York and has transferred to London as the debut show for the National's brand new Dorfman Theatre.
Soprano Laura Wright is used to combining her two passions, sport and music and in fact, her new album is the result of those two passions.
The Stamford born singer/songwriter's music exists in a place between the introspective acoustic pop of Ben Marwood, and the punkish folk of acts like Jim Lockey and Beans on Toast.
This weekend saw Steadfast, the new classical single written by Howard Goodall, help Global make history to raise more than £1 million for their brand new charity, Make Some Noise.
MTH have risen to mainstream success in their native country thanks to their insane live shows and avant garde approach to song writing and western audiences are finally taking note.
I have witnessed him perform to local crowds and key influencers in the music world, and there are whisperings behind the scenes akin to him being the new coming, with his return to a more ''conscious, positive'' moment for hip hop content. Talking about his first official release, his EP The Chicken and the Egg (released on 20th October) he explains his musical philosophy.
Set in 1974 and shot on location in Burnley, Blackburn, Bury and Bolton, Northern Soul is Elaine Constantine's directorial film debut and comprises a British cast who share her fond remembrance.
For years, failing was solely based on how I thought others saw me and how I felt I should be acting in accordance to how others were acting. "I haven't been photographed like this person has", "why don't I get in magazines like that person"... These thoughts were rife. What was missing actually was a concentration on what I actually wanted and thought was important.
Having finished on the 29 September, Recon included a range of newly commissioned artworks that fostered collaboration between artists and musicians.
A quick look at the comments under Adam Levine's 'Animals' video will leave you in no doubt about how 'sexy' the stalker look is perceived to be. In it, Levine is playing a butcher who doubles as a stalker, secretly following an unsuspecting customer's every move (Behati Prinsloo, played by his wife).
His voice improved as the nearly 90-minute set went on, about half of which he retired to the keyboards sitting on the raised platform to the right of the drummer, when he wasn't centre stage holding court.
Which is superior - the undeniable beauty and grandeur of (say) Bach's Cantatas or the awe-inspiring grindcore histrionics of fellow German musicians Afterlife Kids? Answer: they're both good
Mr Bigz London's rap supremo returns to the music scene with his latest S.U.M.M.E.R EP which aims to brighten your mood throughout the forthcoming autumn months. Pulsating with nothing but good vibes for all seasons, we caught up with the man himself to get the low down on his latest offering.