MUSIC BOX: Rihanna Shines With 'Diamonds', Mumford And Sons Break The Beatles' Record, Plus Gigs To Look Out For


It seems even One Direction's millions of teenage fans can't stop Rihanna reaching the top spot when she releases a new single.

The We Found Love singer beat the boyband's song Live While We're Young to number one with her latest track Diamonds, knocking the insanely catchy Gangnam Style by rapper Psy and its silly horsey dance, to number two.

And one of the most anticipated songs in what seems like a long time - the James Bond Skyfall theme - entered the charts in fourth place, despite only going on sale on Friday.

Adele's big, brassy and soulful tune, which finally surfaced after over a year of speculation and which fits perfectly alongside the work of Shirley Bassey in the oeuvre of 007 title tracks, went to number one on the iTunes chart within just 10 hours of being released.

Meanwhile, folk band Mumford & Sons have reportedly matched a US chart record set by The Beatles with the release of their second album, Babel.

Earlier in the week, it was announced they had smashed Justin Bieber's record for best first-week album sales of 2012 and now NME reports the band have equalled The Beatles' record of placing six singles simultaneously in the Billboard Hot 100.


If, like thousands of other music fans you spent your Sunday morning scrambling for Glastonbury 2013 tickets, only to find that they had sold out in record time, then mark down April in your diaries when there will be a resale of any cancelled tickets.

If, however, you're looking for a smaller gig to attend The Barclaycard Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year Live’ gig series continues on Wednesday 17 October with special performances from joint headliners Only Love singer Ben Howard and young Leeds Jazz group Roller Trio.

Ben Howard at Bestival 2012

The shortlisted artists will be playing the event at LSO Luke’s in London to help raise money for War Child and fans can apply for tickets through a special ballot system, which will be open for 48 hours from 10am on Monday 8 October.

Entry to the gig will be free, although a donation of £10 will need to be made to War Child in order to secure each pair of tickets. Fans can apply for tickets at: https://www.theticketfactory.com


And if you fancy hearing some dusky, enchanting vocals, after a summer of playing pretty much all the festivals, Ellen and The Escapades are about to head off on a little tour to support the release of their new single Without You on 21 October.

You can catch them at the below locations and book tickets via their website:

Thu 25 Oct - The Wilmington Arms, London

Sun 28 Oct - Pocktoberfest, Pocklington

Mon 29 Oct - The Cluny 2, Newcastle

Wed 31 Oct - Louisiana, Bristol

Thur 1 Nov - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

LISTEN: Ellen and The Escapades Can't Make It So