Eminem discusses fame, overcoming drug addiction and more in Zane Lowe interview part 2 [Video]

After discussing the follow up to "Stan", working with Rick Rubin, live performances and other subjects in part one of his hour long pow wow with Zane Lowe, we now get a bit more insight into the creative and personal side of Eminem.
In this segment they discuss his work production side of things, unintentionally becoming a pop star, the ups and downs of life in the spotlight, overcoming his drug addiction and more. Press play below...

Watch: Eminem discusses fame, overcoming drug addiction and more in Zane Lowe interview part 2

Kanye West talks Yeezus, challenging mainstream, being a "Rock Star" with Zane Lowe [Full Interview]

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Fresh from his performance on Later… With Jools Holland Kanye West passes by the Abbey Road studios for an in-depth chat with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe.

In the first part of the interview we see the Chi-town rapper discuss the cultural impact of his latest album Yeezus, the sonical direction he wanted to go in with the record as well as challenging the current sound of commercial mainstream radio. Yeezy also shares how he works with G.O.O.D. Music artists such as John Legend and Pusha T, before bounding into a passionate, trademark 'rant' stating:

We culture! Rap is the new Rock & Roll! We the rock stars!

We the real rockstars, and I'm the biggest of all of 'em!

Watch Part 1 of the interview below, and also stream the audio of the full hour-long chat below.

Arctic Monkeys cover Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" [Video]

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Not only did the Arctic Monkeys have their fifth studio album AM nominated for a Mercury Music Prize andd hit the number one stop this week, they also stopped into the BBC Radio One Live Lounge to deliver a cover of the Canadian OVO rapper/singer Drake's single "Hold On We're Going Home", taken from his forthcoming third solo album Nothing Was The Same (set for release on September 24th).
The British indie band gives the track a unique and energetic take and you can watch the full performance below...


BBC Radio 1 x 1Xtra say bye to Tim Westwood, new Sat night schedule + Clara Amfo added to line-up

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From September 21st BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra will be kicking off a fresh new line-up for Saturday nights - with new shows for MistaJam, Charlie Sloth and DJ Target during the weekly 12-hour simulcast. This new line up unfortunately means veteran DJ and Hip Hop personality Tim Westwood will no longer be on broadcast on either Radio 1 or Radio 1xtra.

Following the cutting down of his shows earlier this year the UK hip-hop staple, who joined Radio 1 in 1994 to present the station's first rap show, unfortunately will not be bringing his unique presenting style to our homes via the BBC anymore.

Speaking about Westwood, Controller of BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra, Ben Cooper wished the 'Big Dawg' the best of luck stating, “I’d like to thank Tim for the last 20 years on Radio 1 - his passion for hip-hop is legendary - I wish him all the very best.”

The new Saturday night line-up will start with MistaJam at 7pm, followed by Charlie Sloth at 9pm and DJ Target at 11pm. The Radio 1Xtra simulcast will then continue as usual with shows from Diplo and Friends; Friction and Seani B until 7am.

But one of the most exciting pieces of news on the Radio 1xtra front (for me anyway) is the signing of presenter and DJ Clara Amfo who will become the host of the Weekend Breakfast Show (weekends, 7-10am) on he network.

The former Kiss FM UK presenter expressed her sheer joy in a statement,“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Radio 1Xtra. I have been a fan of the station since its inception. I respect and admire all of its DJs and presenters and I can’t wait to be a part of the BBC family.”

Salute to Clara! Onwards and upwards.

George The Poet refixes Maverick Sabre's "I Need" for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge [Video]

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Enigmatic London wordsmith George the Poet recently gave an stunning remake of Maverick Sabre's "I Need" for the BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.Read more

Frank Ocean talks Bora Bora, new album & Grammy win with Zane Lowe [Audio]


Grammy winner Frank Ocean recently sat down with Zane Lowe at BBC Radio 1 to discuss a number of interesting news tidbits. Read more

The Neighbourhood mash-up Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" x Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River"

Get Familiar alum The Neighbourhood dropped into Radio 1's Late Live Lounge on Thursday (January 24th) to perform their single "Let It Go" as well as an out the box cover.

For their cover segment, the California based quintet, whose blend of indie, hip hop, r&b and moody pop music has had tastemakers and a growing legion of fans in a frenzy, delivered a very impressive smokey mash-up of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" and Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River". A perfectly timed choice with the current buzz surrounding the return of DC and JT. Press play below.

Flux Pavilion - "Blow The Roof" | New Music

Flux Pavilion brings us something for our collective party playlists this holiday season with his new song "Blow The Roof" which was premiered Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show.Read more

Melé discusses his love for The Neptunes on BBC Radio 1 [Audio]

Quickly-rising UK producer Melé, who is scheduled to play at Creamfields this weekend, stopped by Toddla T's BBC Radio 1 spot recently, where he professed his love for the production duo of Pharrell and Chad Hugo, a.k.a. The Neptunes. Mele spoke on the influence the hitmakers have had on him, and selected his three favourite tunes by the 'Tunes. Snoop Dogg's "It Blows My Mind", Diddy's "D.I.D.D.Y." and Jay-Z's "Blue Magic" all rocked the rotation.Read more

Flying Lotus f/ Erykah Badu – 'See Thru To U' [Snippet] | New Music

Having momentarily broken off schedule to release an absolute gem with "Between Friends" featuring Earl Sweatshirt, beatsmith Flying Lotus returns to normal programming and tends to his upcoming album, Until the Quiet Comes (out October 2nd). Having shared details on the record last month, FlyLo, by way of a J Rocc blessing, leaked a preview of the first cut to BBC Radio 1's Benji B yesterday with the Erykah Badu-assisted "See Thru To U" - perhaps the most appetising item on the recently-unveiled tracklist.Read more

Lana Del Rey performs 'Video Games' at Radio 1′s Hackney Weekend 2012 [Video]

As Radio 1's Hackney Weekend came to a close - a thrilling one at that; Azealia Banks, Rihanna and Nas were were all on the bill - last night (Sunday), singing sensation Lana Del Rey graced the In New Music We Trust Stage with her presence and gave brilliant live renditions of a number of her hits.Read more

Jay-Z live at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend | Full Concert Video

Jay-Z and Kanye West may have brought their grandiose Watch The Throne European tour to an end in Birmingham on Friday night, but the Jigga man still had shows to steal across the pond. On the bill for Radio 1's Hackney Weekend last night (Saturday), Hov treated the masses to another night of classic hip-hop hits, bringing out Rihanna, M.I.A. and his WTT accomplice Kanye as his VIP guests.Read more

B.o.B performs "So Good" + Coldplay's "Paradise" for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge [Audio]

B.o.B stopped by London’s famous Maida Vale studios on Tuesday for an appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Read more

Usher covers Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks" for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge [Video]

Following the unveiling of his "Scream" music video in the early hours, multi award winning singer and songwriter Usher dropped into the BBC Maida Vale studios for a special performance for an intimate collective of fans.Read more

Radio legend John Peel to have music festival named in his honour | Music News

Celebrating the life and career of famed journalist, record producer, radio host and deejay John Peel, organisers of this year's Norwich Sound and Vision conference will host a festival dedicated to the late disc jockey; the longest-serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs.

Fifty British bands will perform as part of the first John Peel Festival of New Music from 11 to 13 October in venues across Norwich.

Organisers emphasise the festival's focus will be on emerging bands. "The festival is making a statement for new music," Stuart Hobday - the Norwich Arts Centre director - said. "Each of these acts that we all liked from the past were a new band at some point trying to elbow their way in, and that is what John Peel represented – getting new music through to people."

Coordinated with Sound and Vision's industry panels and workshops, the festival will take place across 10 venues, with a major headliner to be announced imminently.

Peel's widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, said of the festival: "I'm very pleased that an organisation like [festival backers] Norwich Arts Centre is keeping the spirit and legacy of John's passion alive."

Adrian Cooke, director of the Sound and Vision festival, stated: "John was always interested in hearing something new and I like to think he would have felt at home at our gigs, helping people to discover new bands."

Revered as one of the greatest British DJs of all time, Peel was a broadcasting pioneer, one of the very first deejays to play psychedelic and progressive rock records on British radio. Peel embraced a variety of sounds and genres, supporting dance, punk and British Hip-Hop acts.

Peel was also noted for the quality of his Radio 1 shows, with his "Peel Sessions" proving most popular. In addition to hosting BBC Radio 4's Home Truths, the native Merseysider was also a frequent Top of the Pops presenter in the '80s.

Akala spits the realness in his new 'Fire in The Booth' freestyle [Video]

London rapper Akala linked up with Charlie Sloth on his weekly Monday night hip hop show on BBC Radio 1 for his second "Fire In The Booth" freestyle. In this 14-minute freestyle, Akala first puts a hurting over the beat for Nas' "What Goes Around," showcasing a variety of flows and giving us his standard schooling whilst adding some personal touches by taking it back to his childhood; then he mellows out and performs the meaningful track "Absolute Power" from his upcoming Knowledge Is Power Vol 1 mixtape.

Check it out after the jump. Read more