No. Meghan Trainor
21 July 2014, 07:33
The world-famous iTunes Festival is back for 2014, presenting 30 nights of incredible live shows from the biggest names in music!
The iTunes Festival 2014 is back at the iconic Roundhouse in London’s Camden. Fans will be able to win tickets her on Capital and watch events via the official iTunes Festival app.
French-born DJ and dance luminary David Guetta has been instrumental in reintroducing EDM to the international pop landscape—crafting pulsating, innately buoyant backdrops for artists as disparate as Sia, Lil Wayne, and Black Eyed Peas. The result—an ecstatic mix of heavy, house-inflected rhythms, searing synths, and spine-tingling pop—has made Guetta a unifying force, not just among artists, but among those that fill dance floors.
After a handful of wildly popular viral videos and a supporting tour with One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer were elevated to the highest echelon of pop stardom before they released a debut full-length album. The girl-crazy power pop of the Australian quartet is propelled by crunchy guitars and skyscraping choruses of songs like “She Looks so Perfect.”
A visionary R&B/pop/soul renaissance man and studio innovator, Pharrell Williams lent his magic touch and sugared falsetto to two of last year’s defining singles—Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s retro-futurist delight “Get Lucky.” But in 2014, Williams’ titanic G I R L further established him as a disarming solo artist, offering the insanely catchy, Oscar-nominated neo-soul centerpiece, “Happy.”
Maroon 5 return to the UK ready to launch their fifth studio album 'V' which features latest single 'Maps'. The award-winning four-piece have had a string of UK hits throughout their career including 'Moves Like Jagger', 'Payphone', 'One More Night' and 'This Love'.
All producers and songwriters in their own right, the trio of Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power have sold out arenas around the world, performed for Queen Elizabeth and crafted platinum-selling albums. The Script’s polished, hook-laden, anthemic rock is filled with sing-along choruses and uplifting melodies. A perfect example is the ultra-catchy “Superheroes”, the debut single from the group’s fourth album, No Sound Without Silence.
Calvin Harris had already earned a place among the most successful DJ/producer/ songwriters on the planet through a string of massive club hits and remixes, but 2012’s 18 Months made history when it sent a record-setting nine singles into the Top 10. Frequently calling on luminary guest vocalists, Harris’ magnetic touch as a producer playfully mixes elements of trance, house, ’80s electro-funk, and rock into a euphoric, dance floor-filling package.
Using classical strings, shrewd samples and laser-cut synths, Cambridge-based electro-pop crew Clean Bandit moved into the mainstream when their dance anthem, “Mozart’s House”, scaled charts in 2013. The quartet—cellist Grace Chatto, violinist Neil Amin-Smith, multi- instrumentalist/producer Jack Patterson and drummer Luke Patterson—have since become a global phenomenon on the strength of massive singles like “Rather Be”. Picture: Gobinder Jhutta
Even before Sam Smith released a full-length debut, he was on his way to pop stardom— the singer/songwriter topped charts as the guest vocalist on Disclosure's “Latch” and Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” and took top honors at both the BBC Sound Of poll and the BRITs. Still, the parade of soul-inflected pop and smoldering ballads on Smith's first album, In the Lonely Hour, soared above the stratospheric expectations, offering one of 2014’s most impressive debuts.
After a stint in the Canadian navy and studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, this prodigiously gifted vocalist/songwriter (and trained ballerina) conquered European dance floors with the hard-hitting house beat and acrobatic melody of “Hideaway.” In addition to a kaleidoscopic, dance-inflected debut EP, Kiesza has scored high-profile writing credits for the likes of Rihanna, Kylie, and Icona Pop.
This BRIT Award-winning British quartet ascended UK singles charts in late 2012 with the sizzling drum ’n’ bass groove, joyous refrain and funky organ riff of “Feel the Love”. Rudimental’s platinum full-length debut, Home, brims with similarly radiant singles that channel ’90s pop/dance alchemists like Massive Attack and Soul II Soul. Picture: PA
Through a series of vivid transformations—coquettish starlet, electro-dance diva, pop provocateur—Kylie has become one of pop music's most enduring figures. She scored her breakthrough with a sparkling cover of Little Eva's “The Loco-Motion” in the late ’80s. Since then, the Australian-born singer has issued a series of platinum releases, become a stalwart presence on the charts, and picked up ARIAs, BRITs, and GRAMMYs.
Once known primarily through his ‘90s anti-anthem, “Loser,” Beck Hansen has evolved from scruffy sonic collagist to funk-and-soul revivalist to one of popular music’s most esteemed and vital singer/songwriters. After a six-year break between solo releases, this year marked the arrival of one of his finest moments, Morning Phase. The glittering, expertly crafted folk opus is—as Beck has been from the very beginning—singularly hypnotic.
With their high-volume assault of stadium-filling guitars and the rockstar swagger of frontman Tom Meighan, Kasabian are proud torchbearers of British rock ’n’ roll’s boldest traditions. After forming in Leicester in 1997, Kasabian ascended rock charts with jagged guitars, propulsive dance beats, and infectious, sing-along choruses. The group’s past four albums have all debuted at the top UK rock charts, including their latest, 48:13.
Led by Debbie Harry’s insouciant wail, Blondie bridged the gap between the artfully trashy punk and new wave of mid-’70s New York and mainstream disco. They stormed charts on both sides of the Atlantic with an eclectic array of songs, including the shout-along chorus of “Call Me,” the seductive coo (and visionary rap) of “Rapture,” and the reggae lilt of "The Tide Is High." Forty years after forming, Blondie remains one of rock’s most exciting live acts.
As the voice of the Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde has been a colossal presence in rock ’n’ roll since the early ‘80s. Hynde’s intelligent songcraft brought the nervy angles of new wave and raw aggression of punk into the pop mainstream with elegant melodies that, decades later, are still hallmarks of her work. Hynde's 2014 solo album, Stockholm, serves as a salient reminder of her considerable gifts as a songwriter and performer.