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[NEWS] Brit Awards 2011 Winners List by wearesme

The winners have been announced and the awards presented at the 2011 Brit Awards. Front runners on the night were Tinie Tempah and Arcade fire who picked up 2 awards each.

There were performances on the night from the likes of Rihanna, Plan B, Tinie Tempah and Mumford & Sons which we will be posting videos of shortly.

Check out the full winners list below.

Best British Male Solo Artist: Plan B

Best British Breakthrough Artist: Tinie Tempah

Best International Album: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Critics Choice: Jessie J

Best International Male Solo Artist: Cee Lo Green

Best British Single: Tinie Tempah

Best International Group: Arcade Fire

Best International Breakthrough Act: Justin Beiber

Best British Solo Female Artist: Laura Marling

Best International Female Artist: Rihanna

Best British Group: Take That

Best British Album: Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More


[VIDEO] Grammy Awards 2011 – Performances by wearesme

The awards are under way so keep checking as we constantly update this post with the performances as they become available!

Christina Aguilera, Florence Welsh, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams – Aretha Franklin tribute:

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Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Bruno Mars, B.o.B & Janelle Monae – ‘Nothing On You’ / ‘Grenade’
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[SME MEETS] Freddie Cowan from The Vaccines *Exclusive Interview* by wearesme

If you haven’t heard about The Vaccines, you must reside under a rock. Coming third in the recently announced BBC Sound Of 2011 Poll, with their single ‘Post Break Up Sex’ released this week and a debut album on the way; The Vaccines are the band on everyone’s lips right now. An incredible achievement from a band who only formed officially in June 2010. Their rise to fame has been a rapid one to say the least.

The London based band was initially formed by Justin Young (vocals) and Freddie Cowan (guitar) with a third member who soon left. They were soon joined by Árni Hjörvar (bass) and Pete Robertson (drums) and named themselves The Vaccines in June 2010.

They released their demo “If You Wanna” in the Summer of 2010 and were immediately championed by Zane Lowe, who awarded it his ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on 18 August 2010.

After playing their first gig in Leicester they embarked on their first UK tour. Their popularity continued to rise and they sold out their first London show, having to turn away 200+ people at the door after reaching capacity at The Flowerpot in October 2010. The likes of Alex Kapranos, Marcus Mumford, and members of White Lies and The Maccabees were all in the audience.

The band then released their debut single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” (only one minute and 24 seconds long) on 29 November 2010 which reached number 157 in the UK Singles Chart.

After securing a contract with Columbia Records, they were signed to play on the 2011 NME Awards Tour, joining the likes of Magnetic Man, Crystal Castles and Everything Everything.

The band released their second single “Post Break-Up Sex” this week which was sat at #19 in the mid week chart.

When presented with the opportunity to speak to Freddie Cowan from the band, naturally we jumped at the chance. We couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say about the bands incredible rise from obscurity and everything that has come with their newfound popularity.

Fresh from a week long trip to America where the band caused a massive stir selling out venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Toronto, we spoke to a jet lagged Freddie and here’s what he had to say:


NME & AMAZON Top Festival Acts 2010 – £1 Album Download’s by wearesme

Amazon have teamed up with legendary music publication NME to bring you 10 great albums from 10 great artists who, by all accounts, did the business on this year’s summer festival circuit for the grand total of £1. Yes, one British pound!

All you have to do is pick up a copy of this weeks NME magazine, and in it you will find a code which you must enter at the Amazon checkout to get the reduction.

There are some brilliant albums in there, our favourite and recommendation is Foals – Total Life Forever.

Heres the full list:

Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die (Special Edition)
Foals – Total Life Forever
Weezer – Hurley
Pendulum – Immersion
Rage Against the Machine – S/T
The Cribs – Ignore the Ignorant
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Mumford & Sons – Sign No More
The Strokes – Is This It


VIDEOS: Mumford & Sons and Friends – BBC RADIO 1 by wearesme

Video’s of this brilliant gig have now been released via the iPlayer on the BBC website. There’s footage from all of the acts (The Maccabees, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling & Bombay Bicycle Club) including the finale collaborations.

Quite annoyingly they’ve cut off the brand new and untitled Maccabees song they ended their set on, but hopefully there will be a rip of that floating around the internet somewhere.

Check out the videos here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/events/mumfordandsons/



Don’t forget to tune into Radio 1 tonight if you’re a fan of the Mumford & Sons. Or Laura Marling, The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club for that matter. All of the aforementioned have been invited to perform live in celebration of the new wave of British acoustic artists making a musical impact in 2010.

“The night kicks off at 7pm with a live three-hour Radio 1 concert curated by new acoustic heroes Mumford & Sons, performing alongside their contemporaries Laura Marling, The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club.

The electrifying evening finishes at 10pm with a BBC Radio 1’s Stories one-hour documentary The Folklore of Mumford & Sons, which delves into how the band – alongside some of their friends – have brought folk music back to the masses.”


SME will definitely be tuning in. x


If you missed it, check out the video of the Mumford and Sons headline set here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00bk75b

And listen to the rest of the show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00v4srp

[SME Introducing] Jamie Ley by wearesme

Who? Jamie, Matt, Jack, Elena & Bobby
Yard? London
Signed? D & L Music Productions
Sounds Like? A mash-up of Paolo Nutini, Mumford & Sons and Slow Club but more soulful and melodic
Big Tune? Suzy Sang

Jamie’s frist live show was back in December 2008 and since then he has made some very steady progress having featured on XFM’s Xposure and in magazines Dazed and Confused and The Fly. All this without having released any material. Quite a feat.

His wonderful sound could be placed in the Folk genre, but its more like Alt-Folk. With a range of talents such as playing piano, ukulele and guitar all to go with his beautiful soulful voice, we certainly think Jamie is going to be a future star.

Check out his MySpace for yourself.

Enjoy x

Mumford & Sons set to release new E.P. by wearesme
April 23, 2010, 6:42 pm
Filed under: Music | Tags: ,

Everyones favourite Banjo-plucking Indie Folk Band, Mumford & Sons have announced that they will be releasing a new E.P. later on this year.

“The idea is just to let our hair down a little, have a bit more of a country wig-out. Two of them [songs] were written before the album [2009’s ‘Sigh No More’], but we felt like they just didn’t belong there, and a few of them have been written since. But then there’s one where half of it is a really old song of ours that we’re going to try out.” Said lead singer Marcus Mumford.

SME will be looking forward to hearing this new record as much as the next guy.

You can catch Mumford & Sons this summer at Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds festivals.

Always Love x

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