Pink Floyd break Endless River of records

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Pink Floyd have broken yet another record following the release of their album The Endless River.

This time the progressive rock legends have become ‘the most viral’ artist on music streaming service Spotify with their track “Allons-y”.

In a statement revealing the news, Spotify also noted the remarkably young age of the audience:

“The band has never been more popular with us – which is saying a lot, because fans unlocked their entire catalogue by listening to Wish You Were Here over a million times on a single weekend.”

“Who’s doing all this listening and sharing? We found that Floyd skews remarkably young globally, with over 60% of its audience under 35, its strongest listening among 18-22 year-olds, and 80% of its playlisters under 34. Pink Floyd appears to be reaching a really young crowd through Spotify.”

The Endless River was crowned the most pre-ordered album in their history by Amazon UK earlier this year, and shot straight to number 1 on the UK album chart upon its release last week.

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The Birds Of Satan release new track, “Be The Bird”

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Fans of The Birds Of Satan rejoice! The band have sneakily released a new song, “Be The Bird”!

The track appeared calmly on Spotify and iTunes today with very little fanfare.

Meanwhile, over on the website of the UK’s Rhythm Magazine, the following popped up:

“What would a song featuring Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Stewart Copeland, Zak Starkey, Stephen Perkins, Matt Cameron, Mark Brzezicki, Kenny Aronoff, Drew Hester and Butch Vig sound like? Pick up the new issue of Rhythm and you’ll find out!”

“Yes, there is an extra special treat for you in this month’s Rhythm – you’ll find an exclusive Birds of Satan track on your disc!”

“The song, Be The Bird, is no normal ditty either. No, it features the A-list drummers mentioned above solo-ing as if their lives depended on it.”

It’s safe to say that drummers – and those who love listening to them play – will get slightly excited around the 4 minute mark of this 7 minute plus firebrand of a song.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out our 5/5 review of The Birds Of Satan’s debut album. Just click here to find out why we said “It’s a boundary-hopping, rule-breaking, category-defying rock n’ roll masterpiece!”

As well as Hawkins’ drumming, you’ll find some exceptional guitar work from his regular Birds Of Satan bandmates, Mick Murphy (also of My Ruin and Neanderthal fame) and Wiley Hodgden (also of Chevy Metal.)

The track was produced by John Lousteau at Studio 606 and mixed by Drew Hester. The startling list of other contributors is as follows:

John Lousteau: Vocals
Chris Chaney: Keyboards
Stephen Perkins: Drums
Dave Grohl: Drums
Drew Hester: Drums
Stewart Copeland: Drums
Zak Starkey: Drums
Matt Cameron: Drums
Mark Brzezicki: Drums
Butch Vig: Drums
Kenny Aronoff: Drums

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The Skin Back Alley Sonisphere playlist!

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Glastonbury Schmastonbury! Tour De Who?! Metalheads’ sights are now firmly set on this this weekend’s Sonisphere festival!

The show at Knebworth Park is set to see performances from a raging horde of metal’s finest, including Glastonbury conquerors Metallica with their By Request set, UK new wave legends Iron Maiden, thrash merchants Anthrax and Slayer and whole bunch more!

So what better way to get yourself into the metal mood (like you needed an excuse!) than with Skin Back Alley’s very own Sonisphere Spotify playlist?!

Click through below to get your metal mosh on!



Find out more about this weekend’s Sonisphere festival at their official website, and check out the full line up below!

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Led Zeppelin in Talks to Stream Catalogue

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin have revealed that they are in talks to stream their back catalogue via online music services. The move would represent a rare foray into the digital arena for the band who had waited until 2007 to make their music available via iTunes.

Zeppelin are looking at giving services such as Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody the right to put their music online.

The move follows Metallica making their back catalogue available to Spotify in recent weeks. The band has previously been very cautious about putting their music into the digital domain.