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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

March 1, 2020

Fantastic chart-toppers, literally Oscar-winning performances and landmark releases – it’s This Week In Rock…

#OnThisDay February 24, 1982
‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ by Adam and the Ants wins the Brit Award for Best British Album at the first annual awards event. Check out this incredible live version of the album’s title track!

#OnThisDay February 25, 1984
You want it smooth and sophisticated? You got it! ‘Your Love Is King’ by Sade is released as ‘Diamond Life’s lead single and was a success in European territories charting at No. 7 in Ireland and No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

#OnThisDay February 26, 2001
‘Found That Soul’ is one of two singles released on the same day by Manic Street Preachers to herald the forthcoming release of their sixth studio album, ‘Know Your Enemy’. They both go Top 10.

#OnThisDay February 27, 1986
Appearing as a guest on TV show Aspel & Company, George Michael explains that Wham!’s demise is the most amicable split in pop history.

#OnThisDay February 28, 1976
Both of Paul Simon’s hands are full when ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ wins the Grammys for ‘Best Pop Vocal Performance’ and Album Of The Year. And as evidenced by this live clip from 1991, its still sounds great after all these years!

#OnThisDay February 29, 2004
The incredibly talented Annie Lennox wins an Oscar for her part in the song ‘Into The West’ from ‘The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King’.

#OnThisDay March 1, 1986
Mr Mister begin a two-week residency at the top of the US charts with ‘Kyrie’ – their second US chart-topper. Over on this side of the Atlantic, the single reaches No. 11.

Sade, Mariah Carey & Ozzy Osbourne, Among 2024 Nominees For Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

Sade, Mariah Carey & Ozzy Osbourne, Among 2024 Nominees For Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

Congratulations to the 2024 nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

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WHAM! Re-Release Their Iconic Albums ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Make It Big’

WHAM! Re-Release Their Iconic Albums ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Make It Big’

We’re delighted to announce that WHAM!’s ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Make It Big’ albums will be released on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years! Pressed on both limited edition colour and black vinyl. Available everywhere on 22nd March. Pre-order now

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Spotlight in Stereo – Motivational Special!

Spotlight in Stereo – Motivational Special!

It’s the middle of January and the vibes are low. But don’t despair – here in the Spotlight office we’ve been cranking up the stereo and endorphins with these big hits that’ll get you through to Feb. It’s all daffodils from here. 

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WHAM! Make history as ‘Last Christmas’ claims its first ever UK Christmas No.1!

WHAM! Make history as ‘Last Christmas’ claims its first ever UK Christmas No.1!

Britain’s much-loved duo WHAM! have claimed the Official UK Christmas Number 1 with ‘Last Christmas’ for the first time since the song was released nearly 40 years ago!

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Spotlight in Stereo – The Office Christmas Party!

Spotlight in Stereo – The Office Christmas Party!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so make sure you’re accompanying your festive spirit with some gift-wrapped classics and press play on these Spotlight Stereo Christmas gifts! 

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‘Last Christmas’ hits No1 for second week running!

‘Last Christmas’ hits No1 for second week running!

Britain’s best-loved duo WHAM! have claimed the Official UK Number 1 chart position with ‘Last Christmas’ for the second consecutive weeka chart first for ‘Last Christmas’. 

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Let Whamageddon Commence!

Let Whamageddon Commence!

Let Whamageddon commence! Are you playing?

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Spotlight in Stereo

Spotlight in Stereo

It may not have been the hottest of summers here in the UK, but we’re still holding out for a sizzling September and enough of a vitamin D boost to see us into Christmas smiling.

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Artist Spotlight: WHAM!

Artist Spotlight: WHAM!

Celebrating forty years of their debut album with a heartwarming Netflix documentary and new The Singles: Echoes from the Edge of Heaven release, this month’s Artist Spotlight lands on WHAM!

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Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin