Good morning! It’s the start of a new week and we’re getting back into the swing of things after an eventful weekend. Today’s news includes the Super Bowl halftime show, Calvin Harris, Radio One’s Hackney Big Weekend, & Maya Jane Coles. Please read on after the jump.
Super Bowl Half-time Show: Madonna w/ LMFAO, M.I.A., Cee Lo, Nicki Minaj
If you’re one of the people quietly hoping for LMFAO to quietly fade away…don’t hold your breath. The dance-pop outfit’s ringleaders SkyBlu and Redfoo last night took the stage at the Super Bowl XLVI as part of Madonna’s half-time show…for an estimated audience of over 100 million people (okay, not all of them would’ve been glued to the screen at this exact moment). Now we have all been treated to the sight of the 53-year-old pop star ‘shuffling’ with the Party Rockers in front of America’s biggest TV audience.
The appearance of LMFAO in a kind of Gladiators-meets-Village People garb wasn’t deemed the most offensive sight at half-time, though. That (dis)honour went to cult favourite M.I.A., who flipped the middle finger to the camera during her guest appearance during Madonna’s new single, Give Me All Your Luvin’. Why won’t she think of the children? “The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologise to our fans,” said NBC Spokesman Brian McCarthy.
Perhaps the most insane aspect of the whole affair, however, was the extravagant stage set-up for Madonna’s 13 minutes at centre field. We’d like to see that kind of budget funnelled towards a 2012 Daft Punk tour…
Calvin Harris named top hitmaker in Music Week
Pop star Calvin Harris was the most successful songwriter in the UK singles chart in 2011, according to research from trade magazine Music Week.
Harris wrote Rihanna’s number one track We Found Love as well as having hits of his own with Bounce and Feel So Close.
He also gained a songwriting credit on US star Chris Brown’s song Yeah 3X after complaining that it copied his 2009 single I’m Not Alone.
The Smeezingtons, who wrote for Bruno Mars and Cee Lo, were in second place.
Singer-songwriter Adele was in third place thanks to her enormous success last year, with fellow chart star Ed Sheeran in fourth.
Music Week head of business analysis Paul Williams said: “2011 was a great year for British songwriters, reflected by high positions on this chart for Calvin Harris, Adele and Ed Sheeran.”
British writers also enjoyed a good year in the US, he added, with We Found Love spending 10 weeks at the top of the US singles chart, while Adele had three chart-topping songs in America.
Norwegian duo Stargate were in fifth place on the list after penning tracks for Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Wiz Khalifa and Alexis Jordan, while their songwriting partner Ester Dean was in sixth.
Lady Gaga was seventh in the top ten, followed by Claude Kelly, who co-wrote tracks including Jessie J’s Price Tag.
In ninth was Welsh composer Paul Mealor, who wrote the Military Wives’ Christmas number one Wherever You Are.
American writer-producer Dr Luke, who won Billboard’s songwriter of the year in 2010 and 2011, rounded off in the list in tenth position.
Radio One Hackney Big Weekend Lineup Revealed
Radio One have announced the line up for their Hackney Big Weekend, with a smattering of the biggest names in dance music in there.
Lining up for the two day festival, which takes place at Hackney Marshes, will be David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5 and Chase & Status.
Other acts on the bill include Magnetic Man, Labrinth, Nero, Will.i.am, Andy C and Sub Focus.
The event takes place between June 23-24 and has been organised to coincide with the London Olympic Games.
The festival is a free ticketed event with a 100,000 capacity and applications for tickets open on Monday (February 6).
For more details click here.
Maya Jane Coles mixes DJ-Kicks
Maya Jane Coles has mixed the next edition of DJ-Kicks, due for release in April.
Coles has been one of house music’s most popular new artists ever since her breakthrough single, What They Say, came out on Real Tone Records in 2010. At just 24 years old, the London-based DJ and producer is now a hot commodity at clubs and festivals around the world, and last year slipped into the top 10 of your favorite DJs of 2011. DJ-Kicks will be her first commercial mix CD, and according to Coles, shows her at her most diverse.
“I don’t just do one thing and I wanted [the mix] to reflect that,” she says. “Most of the mixes I’ve put out there so far have been house based, but I also produce stuff under the Nocturnal Sunshine moniker, which is more two-step/bass influenced stuff. This mix evolved into something that wasn’t just four-to-the-floor.”
Like every edition of DJ-Kicks, the mix features exclusive tracks from the curator: one is “Not Listening,” and the other is “Meant To Be,” a track from Coles’ more two-step influenced alter-ego, Nocturnal Sunshine.
01. Deft – Loqux & Past
02. Kris Wadsworth – Mainline (Jimmy Edgar Remix)
03. Chasing Kurt – Money
04. Bozzwell – In My Cocoon
05. Larse – Karoo
06. Milscot feat. Angela Sheik – All Alone (Domyan Just Slow Remix)
07. Adam Stacks – Hey Love
08. Phil Kieran & White Noise Sound – Never Believed
09. Sigward – Nuerd
10. Maya Jane Coles – Not Listening
11. Virgo Four – It’s a Crime (Caribou Remix)
12. Roberto Bardini – Hate Me (Muteoscillator Fairy Tall Remix)
13. Tripmastaz – Guess Who
14. Standard Fair – Little Helper 16-3
15. Nocturnal Sunshine – Meant to Be
16. Zenker Brothers – Berg 10
17. Last Magpie – No More Stories
18. Zoe Zoe – Church
19. Gerry Read – Roomland (Youandewan Remix)
20. T. Williams – Analog Tour
21. Marcel Dettmann – Translation Two
22. Claro Intelecto – Hunter’s Rocket to the Sky
!K7 will release Maya Jane Coles’ DJ-Kicks in April 2012.
(via Resident Advisor)