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Bloc Party
BLOC PARTY are an English indie rock band, currently composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, sampler), Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards), Justin Harris (bass guitar, keyboards, saxophones, backing vocals) and Louise Bartle (drums, percussion). Former members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music . The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack. They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party
Bloc Party
in 2003. Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in NME
NME
magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition
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Franz Ferdinand (band)
FRANZ FERDINAND are a Scottish rock band, formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow
Glasgow
. The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals). Dino Bardot (guitar) and Julian Corrie (guitar, keyboards and synthesiser) are also currently members of the band. The band has been known for being one of the most popular post-punk revival bands, garnering multiple UK top 20 hits and selling over 3 million albums worldwide, as reported during late 2009. They have been nominated for several Grammy Awards and have received two Brit Awards —winning one for Best British Group, as well as one NME Award . The band began by releasing their debut extended play, Darts of Pleasure , in 2003, under Domino Records
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Alex Kapranos
ALEXANDER PAUL KAPRANOS HUNTLEY (born 20 March 1972) is a Scottish musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and author. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 2.1 Performing * 2.2 Producing * 3 Other work * 3.1 Writing * 3.2 Narration * 3.3 Film * 4 Personal life * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFEAlexander Paul Kapranos Huntley was born on 20 March 1972 in Almondsbury, Gloucestershire , the son of an English mother and Greek father. He moved to Scotland at the age of seven, attending Blackhall primary school in Edinburgh
Edinburgh
and high school in Bearsden
Bearsden
. He attended the University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen
to study Theology
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Indie Music
INDEPENDENT MUSIC (often shortened to INDIE MUSIC or INDIE) is music produced independently from major commercial record labels or their subsidiaries, a process that may include an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing. The term indie is sometimes also used to describe a genre (such as indie rock and indie pop ); as a genre term, "indie" may include music that is not independently produced, and most independent music artists do not fall into a single, defined musical style or genre, and usually create music that can be categorized into other genres
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Steve Lamacq
STEPHEN PAUL "STEVE" LAMACQ (born 16 October 1964), sometimes known by his nickname LAMMO (given to him by John Peel ), is an English disc jockey , currently working with the BBC radio station BBC Radio 6 Music . CONTENTS * 1 Early career * 2 BBC Radio * 3 Weekenders * 3.1 Track listing * 3.2 Alternate track listing * 4 References * 5 External links EARLY CAREERLamacq was born in Islington , London and grew up in Colne Engaine , Essex . His career in journalism began as a junior reporter at the West Essex Gazette after studying Journalism at Harlow College , Essex. In similar fashion to other music journalists who started fanzines during their teenage years, Lamacq started one called A Pack of Lies. It was during his time at NME that he began DJing on XFM , when it was still a pirate radio station
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BBC Radio 1
HTTP STREAMS * Worldwide stream (Shoutcast, 128 Kbps MP3)HLS STREAMS * Worldwide stream (48 Kbps AAC+) * Worldwide stream (96 Kbps AAC+) * UK-only stream (128 Kbps AAC) * UK-only stream (320 Kbps AAC)MPEG DASH STREAMS * Worldwide stream (48 Kbps AAC+ * UK-only stream (128 Kbps AAC) WEBSITE * Official Homepage * Playlist BBC
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RADIO 1 is a British radio station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation which also broadcasts internationally, specialising in modern and current popular music and chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7:00 pm, including electronic dance, hip hop, rock, indie or interviews. It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for music generated by pirate radio stations, when the average age of the UK population was 27
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Electronica
ELECTRONICA is an umbrella term that encompasses a broad group of electronic -based styles such as techno , house , ambient , drum and bass , jungle , and industrial dance , among others. It has been used to describe the rise of electronic music styles intended not just for dancing but also concentrated listening
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House Music
HOUSE MUSIC is a genre of electronic music created by club DJs and music producers in Chicago
Chicago
in the early 1980s. Early house music was generally characterized by repetitive 4/4 beats, rhythms mainly provided by drum machines , off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized basslines . While house displayed several characteristics similar to disco music, it was more electronic and minimalistic, and the repetitive rhythm of house was more important than the song itself. House music
House music
became popular in Chicago
Chicago
clubs in 1984. It was pioneered by figures such as Frankie Knuckles , Phuture , Kym Mazelle
Kym Mazelle
, and Mr. Fingers , and was associated with African-American
African-American
and gay subcultures
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Platinum Record
MUSIC RECORDING SALES CERTIFICATION is a system of certifying that a music recording has shipped or sold a certain number of copies. The threshold quantity varies by type (such as album, single , music video ) and by nation or territory (see List of music recording certifications ). Almost all countries follow variations of the RIAA certification categories, which are named after precious materials (gold , platinum and diamond ). The number of sales or shipments required for these awards depends upon the population of the territory in which the recording is released. Typically, they are awarded only to international releases and are awarded individually for each country in which the album is sold. Different sales levels, some perhaps 10 times lower than others, may exist for different music media (for example: videos versus albums , singles, or downloads)
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UK Albums Chart
The UNITED KINGDOM ALBUMS CHART (2001-2016) (currently called the OFFICIAL ALBUMS CHART) is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and (from March 2015) audio streaming in the United Kingdom. It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company
Official Charts Company
(OCC) on Fridays (previously Sundays). It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
(top 5) and published in Music Week magazine (top 75), and on the OCC website (top 100). To qualify for the Official Albums Chart the album must be the correct length and price. It must be more than three tracks or 20 minutes long and not be classed as a budget album. A budget album costs between £0.50 and £3.75
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Eastern Bloc
The EASTERN BLOC was the group of socialist states of Central and Eastern Europe , generally the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and the countries of the Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
. The terms COMMUNIST BLOC and SOVIET BLOC were also used to denote groupings of states aligned with the Soviet Union, although these terms might include states outside Central and Eastern Europe
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Bloc Québécois
The BLOC QUéBéCOIS (BQ) (French pronunciation: ​ ) is a federal political party in Canada devoted to Quebec nationalism and the promotion of Quebec sovereignty . The Bloc was formed by Members of Parliament who defected from the federal Progressive Conservative Party and Liberal Party during the collapse of the Meech Lake Accord . Founder Lucien Bouchard was a cabinet minister in the federal Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney . The party seeks to create the conditions necessary for the political secession of Quebec from Canada and campaigns actively only within the province during federal elections. The party has been described as social-democratic and separatist
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Block Party
A BLOCK PARTY or STREET PARTY is a crowded party in which many members of a single community congregate, either to observe an event of some importance or simply for mutual enjoyment. The name comes from the form of the party, which often involves closing an entire city block to vehicle traffic. Many times, there will be a celebration in the form of playing music and dance and activities like pony rides, inflatable slides, pop corn machines and barbecues . As a form of activism street parties are festive and/or artistic efforts to reclaim roadways as public space by large groups of people. They were made known in Western Europe and North America by the actions of Reclaim the Streets , a widespread "dis-organization" dedicated to reclaiming public space from automobiles and consumerism
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Sixth Form
In the education systems of England , Northern Ireland , Wales and some other Commonwealth countries, SIXTH FORM (sometimes referred to as Key Stage 5 ) represents the final 1-3 years of secondary education (high school), where students (typically between 16 and 18 years of age) prepare for their A-level (or equivalent) examinations. CONTENTS * 1 England and Wales * 2 Northern Ireland * 3 Scotland
Scotland
* 4 Other countries * 5 See also * 6 Notes ENGLAND AND WALESThe term sixth form describes the school years numbered 12 and 13, which are called the Lower Sixth (L6) and Upper Sixth (U6) by many schools. The term survives from an earlier system when the first five years of English secondary schooling were known as forms (which would originally have been long backless benches on which rows of pupils sat in the classroom)
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Billboard 200
The BILLBOARD 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States
United States
. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones ", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart is based mostly on sales (both at retail and digital ) of albums in the United States. The weekly sales period was originally Monday to Sunday when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but since July 2015, tracking week begins on Friday (to coincide with the Global Release Date of the music industry ) and ends on Thursday. A new chart is published the following Tuesday with an issue post-dated to the Saturday of the following week. The chart's streaming schedule is also tracked from Friday to Thursday
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Side Project
In popular music , a SIDE PROJECT is a project undertaken by one or more people already known for their involvement in another band. It can also be an artist or a band temporarily switching to a different style. Usually these projects emphasize a different aspect of that person's or that band's musical interests that they feel they cannot explore within the boundaries established by their main project. Side projects can later become full-time endeavours, but should not be confused with quitting a band for a solo career or another band. Peter Hartlaub of San Francisco Chronicle called the solo side project "the biggest longshot bet in mainstream music". The New York Times described the side project as "a break from the other band members, a chance to toy with different genres and recording methods, a fling with no long-term commitment". There can be aesthetic reasons to pursue side projects, and side projects can have the benefit of protecting indie credibility
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