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.
Composer and musician Marcel Khalife is an enormous figure, deeply loved and admired by millions who have been moved and inspired by his words of love and liberation in songs such as 'Walking Tall'. To have 'The Voice of Arabs' as Ambassador of Oxfam's #womenlead campaign means access to the millions of fans and to the media who follow and adore him.
Every 15 minutes, someone in the UK begins to lose their sight, that's almost 2million people in the UK. October 8 was World Sight Day, and in London this was celebrated with a very unique music event called Sound For Sight, at The Tabernacle, in Notting Hill, and on October 14 a similar event will take place at The Mint in LA.
As the fashion circus leaves town for another season it's a moment to reflect. The fall-out surrounding Kanye West's Spring Summer 2016 Yeezy presentation during New York Fashion Week in September has prompted me to once again comment on catwalk capers. Where to start?
It's a song that's famous across the English-speaking world, and undoubtedly the most performed song ever written.
It's the 'Bono Play 2000' - 16 yards of perspex tubing leading to a cozy plastic house filled with the finest bedding - look at Bono's little face - he's loving it: PRICE TBC