Sam Smith | Get Familiar

You've probably heard of Sam Smith by now. This 21-year-old British singer's name has been on everyone's lips of late: the no-brainer of new music; President-elect for pop superstardom in 2014. 

You might've heard his star-making turns on Naughty Boy's "La La La" and Disclosure's "Latch" - the former remains one of the biggest selling singles of the last year whilst the latter is perhaps the best 'dance' song of the last ten. He can count Maxwell as one of his biggest fans, after the soul music titan spent the entire summer gushing about the Brit to his millions of fans online, and he's sold out shows in New York and LA; all without an album or even a proper single release to his name. Read more


Adele Tops Young Musicians Rich List

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British songstress Adele has been announced as number one on the young musicians rich list, with a fortune worth £30 million. Women have dominated the charts this year beating out the boys with only two male artists on the list this year. Read more


Academy Awards 2013: Oscar Winners

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Last night the 85th Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles with the biggest winners of the night being Life Of Pi and Ben Affleck's Argo, which took home the coveted Best Motion Picture Oscar .

Other notable winners included Adele who won the Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) for "Skyfall", Searching For Sugarman the incredible tale of Rodriguez which won Best Documentary Feature and Disney's enchanting Paperman which won Best Animated Short Film (watch it here). Check out the full winners' list below.

Best Motion Picture of the Year
“Amour”
“Argo” Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
“Django Unchained” Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
“Les Misérables” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
“Life of Pi” Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
“Lincoln” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
“Silver Linings Playbook” Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Zero Dark Thirty” Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers

Achievement in Directing
“Amour” Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” Ang Lee
“Lincoln” Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook” David O. Russell

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables”
Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”
Denzel Washington in “Flight”

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin in “Argo”
Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in “The Master”
Sally Field in “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables”
Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”
Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
“Brave” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
“Frankenweenie” Tim Burton
“ParaNorman” Sam Fell and Chris Butler
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits” Peter Lord
“Wreck-It Ralph” Rich Moore

Achievement in Cinematography
“Anna Karenina” Seamus McGarvey
“Django Unchained” Robert Richardson
“Life of Pi” Claudio Miranda
“Lincoln” Janusz Kaminski
“Skyfall” Roger Deakins

Achievement in Costume Design
“Anna Karenina” Jacqueline Durran
“Les Misérables” Paco Delgado
“Lincoln” Joanna Johnston
“Mirror Mirror” Eiko Ishioka
“Snow White and the Huntsman” Colleen Atwood

Best Documentary Feature
“5 Broken Cameras”
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
“The Gatekeepers”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War”
“Searching for Sugar Man”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Inocente”
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
“Kings Point”
Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
“Mondays at Racine”
Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
“Open Heart”
Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
“Redemption”
Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Achievement in Film Editing
“Argo” William Goldenberg
“Life of Pi” Tim Squyres
“Lincoln” Michael Kahn
“Silver Linings Playbook” Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
“Zero Dark Thirty” Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
“Amour” Austria
“Kon-Tiki” Norway
“No” Chile
“A Royal Affair” Denmark
“War Witch” Canada

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
“Hitchcock”
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
“Les Misérables”
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
“Anna Karenina” Dario Marianelli
“Argo” Alexandre Desplat
“Life of Pi” Mychael Danna
“Lincoln” John Williams
“Skyfall” Thomas Newman

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Achievement in Production Design
“Anna Karenina”
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
“Les Misérables”
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
“Life of Pi”
Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“Lincoln”
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Best Animated Short Film
“Adam and Dog” Minkyu Lee
“Fresh Guacamole” PES
“Head over Heels” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
“Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”” David Silverman
“Paperman” John Kahrs

Best Live Action Short Film
“Asad” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
“Buzkashi Boys” Sam French and Ariel Nasr
“Curfew” Shawn Christensen
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)” Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
“Henry” Yan England

Achievement in Sound Editing (TIE)
“Argo” Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
“Django Unchained” Wylie Stateman
“Life of Pi” Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
“Skyfall” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
“Zero Dark Thirty” Paul N.J. Ottosson

Achievement in Sound Mixing
“Argo”
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
“Les Misérables”
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
“Life of Pi”
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
“Lincoln”
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
“Skyfall”
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in Visual Effects
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
“Life of Pi”
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
“Prometheus”
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Adapted Screenplay
“Argo” Screenplay by Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” Screenplay by David Magee
“Lincoln” Screenplay by Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook” Screenplay by David O. Russell

Original Screenplay
“Amour” Written by Michael Haneke
“Django Unchained” Written by Quentin Tarantino
“Flight” Written by John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom” Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” Written by Mark Boal


Adele performs "Skyfall" at the 2013 Academy Awards | TV Catch-Up

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Adele continued her history making streak last night at the 85th annual Academy Awards.
Not only did she deliver a flawless show stopping performance of her James Bond theme song “Skyfall”, the commercially and critically acclaimed British singer-songwriter also took home the Oscar for Best Original Song, which was one for the history books as it was the first time ever that a theme song from the classic bond series had won the award.

Watch her Adele's performance of "Skyfall" below…


Adele crowned Billboard's top artist of 2012 | Music News

With six Grammys under her belt and her sophomore album 21 recently going diamond, Adele's incredible year continues, with the North London singer-songwriter being named Billboard's top artist of 2012 in the music magazine's annual review.Read more


John Legend - "Who Did That To You" | New Music

We recently heard Rick Ross' "100 Black Coffins", one of the tracks from the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained feature film, and, as you might have expected, it was big blast of murder music from MMG's main man.

Grammy Award-winning R&B artist John Legend takes it in a slightly different direction for "Who Did That To You", the latest track to be leaked from the OST. Whilst his lyrics continue the dark theme, "Who Did That To You" definitely sounds like the musical background for a new sort of American epic. For that reason, I'm not surprised to learn that it was co-written and produced by Paul Epworth, who helped lend the Bond franchise a stylish update with his composition for Adele's theme.

Legend himself was eager to be involved in Tarantino's project, which sees Jamie Foxx play the part of a former slave-turned-bounty hunter, trying to rescue his wife from the plantations. Speaking to the L.A. Times, Legend commented:

When I first learned that Quentin was making Django Unchained—a film set in the South two years before the Civil War—I felt a strong connection to the story. I knew that I wanted to compose a song for this film; a song that would not only give voice to Django, a man willing to stand up and fight for his lover’s honor, but also feel like a natural fit in a Tarantino film.”

The full soundtrack album will drop December 18th, with the film to follow on Christmas Day. Have a listen to "Who Did That To You" below:


The Brit Awards 2013 Critics' Choice shortlist announced | Music News


As the end of the year is looming, we already have things to be excited for next year as the nominees for the Brits Critics' Choice Award 2013 have now been announced with the hotly tipped acts AlunaGeorge, Tom Odell and Laura Mvula making up the shortlist.Read more


Adele's 21 album goes diamond | Music News

Less than two years since Adele released her Grammy Award-winning sophomore album 21, it has been revealed that the record-breaking LP has sold over 10 million copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.Read more


Jay Z x Adele - "THRT (The End)" (Urban Noize Remix) | New Music

To commemorate the anniversary of the release of their Jay-Z, Kanye West & Adele project Brooklyn. Chicago. London. the Florida hailing production/remix duo Urban Noize bring us a new Jay Z & Adele conceptual record titled "THRT (The End)".Read more


Rihanna tops UK Singles Chart with "Diamonds" | Music News

The first single from Rihanna's upcoming seventh album, titled Seven, upon entering the charts her new song "Diamonds" has been confirmed as this week's number one single in the UK. Read more


Adele - "Skyfall" (James Bond Theme) | Lyric Video


After getting a teaser a few days ago, the full version of Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Adele's soundtrack to the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall has arrived in it's full glory.Read more


Adele - James Bond 'Skyfall' theme (Snippet) | New Music

After all the speculation, a clip of Adele singing the theme to the new Bond movie Skyfall has surfaced. Read more


Carlos Serrano - "Something About the Fire" (Adele vs. Daft Punk) | Music Video

The inventive and innovative Carlos Serrano has created a modern-day masterpiece with the combination of Daft Punk's "Something About Us" and Adele's "Set Fire To the Rain." Read more


Adele to sing theme for upcoming Bond film, 'Skyfall' | Film News

With new James Bond film Skyfall hitting screens October 26 and, according to The Sun, Adele has been confirmed as the vocalist behind the theme song. Read more


Nas interview: "We don't chase pop, pop chases us" | SoulCulture TV


On the UK leg of NaS' recent tour, SoulCulture TV took a road trip up to Manchester to speak to the legendary emcee about his latest album, Life Is Good; out today (in the UK) through Def Jam. After performing for the Academy crowd, Nas discussed the energy behind the album and his hopes for it to inspire artists, shared his thoughts on commercial distractions in the rap game, Damian Marley's influence on his live shows and more. Read more


Frank Ocean debuts at No. 2 on UK chart, Lianne La Havas at 4 | Music News

Just as everyone anticipated, Odd Future crooner Frank Ocean's debut LP channel ORANGE debuts high on the charts, breaking in at No. 2 on the Top 40 UK Albums list. Read more