Rage Against the Machine singer swears on radio, BBC apologises

The Guardian reports that the BBC have issued an apology following Rage Against the Machine’s live performance of this years probable Christmas No. 1 Killing in the Name.

Rage Against The Machine were guests on the morning show, hosted by Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty, and invited to play a live version of their song, Killing in the Name.

The band had been asked not to sing the final refrain, “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!” but singer Zack de la Rocha sang it anyway.

It was not until the fourth repetition that the breakfast show production team faded out the microphone and returned to the studio.

Call me cynical but this had to be set up to stir up a little controversy. What were the chances that Zack de la Rocha would not sing those particular lyrics after having been asked not to? Even if there was no collusion between the band and the BBC producers I’m sure the producers expected this to happen.

Lucie Jones shock exit from the X-Factor

A lot of people are shocked by the result of this week’s show and are angry at Simon Cowell’s decision to keep John and Edward despite his harsh criticism of them for the past couple of months.

I’m shocked that Lucie was even in the bottom two as she is clearly the best girl in the competition and I think in the top 3 of all the contestants. However I wasn’t surprised with Cowell’s vote once she was in the bottom two because in spite of what people think this is a popularity contest not a talent contest.

Cowell knows this and this is why in situation like this he always votes to cause a deadlock so that it comes down to the public vote. He’s in the business of selling records and the person that sells the most isn’t necessarily the most talented person in the competition it is the most popular.

I don’t think that it really as simple as that though as previous years have shown that the winner will not be consistently

Finally I think Simon Cowell has his eyes on John and Edward releasing a massive selling novelty Christmas record.

Spotify approved for the iPhone

BBC News: Spotify represents the future of music and now it’s on iphone

I really do think that the streaming model typified by Spotify is the future of the recording industry. This will almost certainly mean that there is less income for the record companies in comparison to CD sales or MP3 downloads, but I think that companies that do not embrace the change will get left behind.

Glastonbury Festival

This is Glastonbury Festival weekend and for the first time in years I would dearly like to be going. I’d been thinking that I was getting too old to be camping in a rain-soaked tent in a field but then decided that with legendary headliners like Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Blur that it would have been worth it.

I shall have to keep track on Twitter and will be watching and listening to the ever excellent coverage of the festival by the BBC.

The weather is not entirely favourable looking according to the Met Office.

Good luck staying dry and have an awesome time at the festival to Jess, Maria, Ruaidhri, Becky and Matt and every one of the 180 000 other people expected to attend this year.

Amazon.com launches DRM-free music download service

It has been on the cards for quite a long time, but Amazon.com have finally launched their drm-free MP3 music download service.

Amazon MP3 offers over 2 Million songs from more than 180,000 artists and over 20,000 Labels, including EMI Music and Universal Music Group.

“Amazon MP3 is an all-MP3, DRM-free catalog of a la carte music from major labels and independent labels, playable on any device, in high-quality audio, at low prices,” said Bill Carr, Amazon.com Vice President for Digital Music.

You can navigate to the relevant section of the site via a link from the Amazon.com homepage or use the direct link http://www.amazonmp3.com.

This could well be the iTunes-killer that the record companies have been looking for. By insisting on the implementation of DRM before they licensed their catalogues to Apple the major labels basically shot themselves in the foot because they thereby gave Apple control over the music and allowed their consumers to become locked in to using Apple iPods.

Apple became the distribution channel for downloadable music and could then set the terms by which music would be sold online.

With the arrival of what is probably the largest online retailer of music on CD in to the arena of music downloads the future looks interesting.