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[Listen] Adele - "Skyfall"

The long-rumored and now fully realized Adele theme song for the next James Bond film Skyfall is now here, and damn is it ever good. Hearkening back to the themes of past films, Adele's "Skyfall" is a subdued yet rousing addition to the James Bond roste, with the songstress embracing a seductive yet menacing attitude. Stream it below.

Skyfall arrives in theatres on October 26th in the UK and November 9th in North America.

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[Listen] Preview Adele's James Bond Skyfall Theme Song

The James Bond franchise has been a staple of the UK film scene for decades, with the role being thought of as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's not only the role of James Bond himself that garners so much attention, but the unique theme songs associated with each film in the franchise as well. Jack White has done it. So has Duran Duran. Hell, even Sir Paul McCartney put his talents into the theme for Live and Let Die. After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that Adele will join the esteemed ranks of those artists. The songstress wrote the theme for Skyfall with the help of Paul Epstein, which was performed and recorded with a 77-piece orchestra at Abbey Road Studio in London. Here's what Adele said of the song:

I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no brainer to do it in the end. It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ll be back combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day I’m sure!"

The full song will premiere at 0:07 BST on Friday, October 5th (7:07 EST on October 4th), which marks the 50-year anniversary of the film franchise. Below, you can hear a 90-second snippet of the song, as well as a trailer for the upcoming movie.

Skyfall hits theatres on October 26th in the UK and November 9th in North America.

[Watch] Adele - "Rolling In The Deep" Live at the Brits 2012

So even though she ended the night on a mix of emotions after winning Album of the year and getting cut short with her acceptance speech, earlier in the night she was on top of the world. Adele performed her single "Rolling In The Deep" for the arena and the viewers at home and it's good to know her throat surgery went ok and she's fighting it. Watch her performance at the top.

[Watch] Blur Make Live Return With Brits Performance and Adele Gives ITV The Middle Finger

So last night The Brit Awards took place in London with the music industry sipping on buckets full of wine and a fair few bits of controversy to boot. We'll get to that in a little while though. The event was capped off with a performance from Blur who performed tracks from their back catalogue. "Girls & Boys", "Song 2" and "Parklife" were all performed during the main broadcast on ITV 1 before the show switched to ITV 2 for the band to continue their first performance in 3 years finishing up with "Tender" and "This Is A Low". This topped off the night after the band took home the Outstanding Contribution to Music award on which receiving Damon gave a lengthy speech leading to the show over-running and Adele being cut off by presenter James Corden after she won the biggest award of the night, Album Of The Year for 21, which was presented to her by a rather sozzled looking/sounding George Michael. Peep "Girls & Boys" & "Song 2" at the top with the rest of the performance being after the jump.

Right at the bottom too you can see the moment in which Adele flipped the bird to "the suits" for cutting her short. ITV have since offered an apology statement:

We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short this evening due to the live show over-running. We don't want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night's biggest award. It tops off what's been an incredible year for her.

After watching the ITV2 post event coverage presenter James Corden seemed rather pissed off and "upset" that he had to cut off Adele:

I was having the best night of my life and then I had to cut Adele off before she's even had chance to say thank you. She's the biggest star in the world. I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it.

From where I was sat, ITV chose to cut off Adele so the show wouldn't over-run which it did anyway due to Blur playing an 11 minute set prior to the show switching channels. Surely 2 minutes extra to let the biggest star in the world right now to say a few bits of thanks to people that have helped her get where she is wouldn't of harmed anyone. The news that was scheduled after surely wouldn't have been any different to the news 2 minutes earlier? Let us know your thought is the comment section. Also, as we mentioned yesterday, Blur will be performing a huge show at Hyde Park to finish of the Olympics. Details over here.

"Parklife"

"Tender"

"This Is A Low"

Adele's Acceptance Speech being cut off/Middle finger:

[Recap] The 54th Annual Grammy Awards: Pleasantly Boring

Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesLast night we witnessed a very safe ceremony for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The fact that I'm not as outraged about the performances and the results as I normally am has had me stewing on this all night and all morning. I'm always the one in my circle that cheers on The Recording Academy to make better decisions so they can be both relevant while not getting too caught up in The Long Tail looking for the year's very best, so why can't I feel better about last night's ceremony?  I want to say they're finally coming around, but why did the whole ordeal make me feel so "meh" afterwards?

The only two real "shockers" of the night in terms of awards were Skrillex and Bon Iver. Yes, Skrillex took home three awards for Best Dance/Electronic Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Remix during the pre-show so haters can put a Grammy in it for now. At least he didn't win Best New Artist so the rest of the world could start cracking Bonny Bear jokes after Bon Iver's second win of the night (the other was Best Alternative Music Album). Also, "Thanks for the sweet hookup", Justin Vernon? Really? Glad we know you didn't come with a prepared speech. Oh, and I don't understand how Bon Iver is a "New Artist" either. Supposedly if they've never won a Grammy before then technically they're still "new"? Okay....

The big winners of the night were Adele with six awards and Foo Fighters with five. Both also killed it during their perfromances. Anyone who wants to question how Adele managed to snatch up so many awards just needs to watch her as she destroyed "Rolling In The Deep" for the zillionth time. As for Foos, they rocked "Walk" most excellently. I could have done without the deadmau5 live remix thing they failed to pull off though. Probably one of my favorite quotes from the night was from Davie Grohl after Foos won Best Rock Album:

"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what's most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning your craft , that's the most important thing for people to do. It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here *points to heart* and it's about what goes on in here *points to head*".

Most of the other performances were pretty solid, minus maybe whatever the heck Nicki Minaj was trying to prove to everyone during her new single, "Roman Holiday". I think someone may be butthurt that she can't come off as cracked out as Lady Gaga. Either way, I wasn't a fan before last night and she certainly did not win me over after the short film and all the "Look at me! I'm so crazy!" The Beach Boys gave me "Good Vibrations". Paul McCartney gave The Recording Academy some Kisses On The Bottom so he got to perform twice, only to find out that America's youth doesn't know who the heck he is (yes, seriously). Jennifer Hudson's tribute to Whitney Houston made me hate her less for being in all those Weight Watchers commericals in addition to it finally sinking in that Whitney is really gone.

Also, can we talk for a second about Chris Brown? I can try to get over (and fail miserably) that even though he beat the snot out of Rihanna that he still got to perform and that he also won a Grammy last night. What I can't get over, is the outcry from #TeamBreezy that stupidly announced that they would let Brown "beat on them anytime". SERIOUSLY? Is this what we've become, the internet? Face. Palm.

At any rate, The Recording Academy must have done something right, considering last night's show ranked at #2 in all-time ratings with 39 million viewers. What did you think of last night's show?

In case you missed out, The Audio Perv has all the performances for you to check out. You can also check out a full listing of last night's winners over on The Grammy's website.

[Listen] Adele - 'Live at the Royal Albert Hall' (Full Album Stream)

Adele has had one hell of a year. We've mentioned it before but her album 21 has now sold over 12 millions copies since it was released earlier in the year. It may have cost her the voice that made her so popular for a while but after a successful surgery she's on the mend and fans will be delighted at her new release Live at The Royal Albert Hall is now being streamed in full to coincide with the release today! Give it a play below via The Guardian.

[News] Bob Dylan Tribute Album: 'Chimes of Freedom' Tracklist Feat. QOTSA, My Morning Jacket, Pete Townshend & More

In celebration of Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary, a collection of Bob Dylan covers has been put together and is set for release in January on the 24th to be precise. The full tracklist has appeared and it's frikkin' crazy! Like good crazy and absurd crazy, you know?! It'll be a 72 track monster compiling 4 discs and a host of talent from the world of music. It also throws a few weird number sin but hey, you gotta take the good with the bad. 

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International will include covers from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age who take on "Outlaw Blues" from 1965's Bringing It All Back Home. My Morning Jacket tackle "You’re A Big Girl Now", Mariachi El Bronx add their fine acoustic goodness to "Love Sick". The Who’s Pete Townshend tackles the crooner number "Corrina, Corrina" and Cage the Elephant do "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll". Now, thrown into the mix we have Miley Cyrus covering Blood on the Tracks' "You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go". The one I really don't want to see covered in glitter and crap is "Don't Think Twice it's Alright" but that's been taken up by none other than Ke$ha. KE$SHA!? But still, this compilation will definitely be worth a listen. The full track listing of pure awesome can be found after the jump via CoS.

 

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International Tracklist:
Disc 1
01. Raphael Saadiq – Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
02. Patti Smith – Drifter’s Escape
03. Rise Against – Ballad of Hollis Brown
04. Tom Morello The Nightwatchman – Blind Willie McTell
05. Pete Townshend – Corrina, Corrina
06. Bettye LaVette – Most of the Time
07. Charlie Winston – This Wheel’s On Fire
08. Diana Krall – Simple Twist of Fate
09. Brett Dennen – You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
10. Mariachi El Bronx – Love Sick
11. Ziggy Marley – Blowin’ in the Wind
12. The Gaslight Anthem – Changing of the Guards
13. Silversun Pickups – Not Dark Yet
14. My Morning Jacket – You’re A Big Girl Now
15. The Airborne Toxic Event – Boots of Spanish Leather
16. Sting – Girl from the North Country
17. Mark Knopfler – Restless Farewell

Disc 2
01. Queens Of The Stone Age – Outlaw Blues
02. Lenny Kravitz – Rainy Day Woman # 12 & 35
03. Steve Earle & Lucia Micarelli – One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
04. Blake Mills – Heart Of Mine
05. Miley Cyrus – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
06. Billy Bragg – Lay Down Your Weary Tune
07. Elvis Costello – License to Kill
08. Angelique Kidjo – Lay, Lady, Lay
09. Natasha Bedingfield – Ring Them Bells
10. Jackson Browne – Love Minus Zero/No Limit
11. Joan Baez – Seven Curses (Live)
12. The Belle Brigade – No Time To Think
13. Sugarland – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Live)
14. Jack’s Mannequin – Mr. Tambourine Man
15. Oren Lavie – 4th Time Around
16. Sussan Deyhim – All I Really Want To Do
17. Adele – Make You Feel My Love (Recorded Live at WXPN)

Disc 3
01. K’NAAN – With God On Our Side
02. Ximena Sariñana – I Want You
03. Neil Finn with Pajama Club – She Belongs to Me
04. Bryan Ferry – Bob Dylan’s Dream
05. Zee Avi – Tomorrow Is A Long Time
06. Carly Simon – Just Like a Woman
07. Flogging Molly – The Times They Are A-Changin’
08. Fistful Of Mercy – Buckets Of Rain
09. Joe Perry – Man Of Peace
10. Bad Religion – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
11. My Chemical Romance – Desolation Row (Live)
12. RedOne featuring Nabil Khayat – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
13. Paul Rodgers & Nils Lofgren – Abandoned Love
14. Darren Criss featuring Chuck Criss and Freelance Whales – New Morning
15. Cage the Elephant – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
16. Band of Skulls – It Ain’t Me, Babe
17. Sinéad O’Connor – Property of Jesus
18. Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project – Shelter From The Storm
19. Ke$ha – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
20. Kronos Quartet – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Disc 4
01. Maroon 5 – I Shall Be Released
02. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Political World
03. Seal & Jeff Beck – Like A Rolling Stone
04. Taj Mahal – Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
05. Dierks Bentley – Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Live)
06. Mick Hucknall – One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
07. Thea Gilmore – I’ll Remember You
08. State Radio – John Brown
09. Dave Matthews Band – All Along the Watchtower (Live)
10. Michael Franti – Subterranean Homesick Blues
11. We Are Augustines – Mama, You Been On My Mind
12. Lucinda Williams – Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
13. Kris Kristofferson – Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
14. Eric Burdon – Gotta Serve Somebody
15. Evan Rachel Wood – I’d Have You Anytime
16. Marianne Faithfull – Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Live)
17. Pete Seeger – Forever Young
18. Bob Dylan – Chimes Of Freedom

[Watch] Adele - "Turning Tables" Live at The Royal Albert Hall

I read an interesting article the other day that stated 1/10 records sold in 2011 has been Adele's. One in ten. Can you even begin to imagine how insane that is! She's even set a few Guinness world records this year which were previously set by The Beatles. Her broad appeal has conquered the world and her own brand of soul has touched the hearts of millions the world over, but it's also caused her to need throat surgery, which she says was a success! To celebrate how about we watch this clip of her performing "Turning Tables" live from her upcoming DVD recorded at The Royal Albert Hall. 

Live at the Royal Albert Hall will be available form the 29th of November.