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New Species Of Shrimp Named After Pink Floyd


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A newly discovered species of shrimp has been named after rock legends Pink Floyd thanks to a deal struck between scientists who are also prog-rock fans.

The ‘synalpheus pinkfloydi’ has a rather unusual but appropriate defence mechanism for its new name - it uses its claw to emit a noise so loud that it can kill small fish. Closing its enlarged claw at rapid speed, it is one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, reaching 210 decibels – louder than the majority of rock concerts!

The team of scientists that made the discovery promised each other years ago that if they ever found a new species of pink shrimp they would name it after Pink Floyd in order to “honour” them.

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Pink Floyd Retrospective Exhibition Announced At V&A Museum


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The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has announced an exhibition next year marking the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s iconic show in 1967, which changed the art of live pop music performances.

The retrospective exhibition follows the global success of the ‘David Bowie Is’ show, which started its run at the V&A in 2013. It is set to feature a laser light show and previously unseen concert footage, as well as more than 350 artefacts including instruments, handwritten lyrics, posters, architectural drawings and psychedelic sketches and drawings spanning the rock legends’ entire career.

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Pink Floyd To Release Huge 27xCD Box Set 'The Early Years 1965-1972'


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Pink Floyd have announced the release of a massive box set offering hardcore fans an in-depth retrospective of the band’s early career, a 27-disc set covering the years from their formation until 1972.

Billed by the band’s official website as a “comprehensive” collection that includes “much unreleased material” on top of a complete collection of everything already in the public domain, The Early Years 1965-1972 will be available from November 11th, at a price of $700.

Royal Mail To Release Pink Floyd Commemorative Stamps


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Royal Mail has announced a set of stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of Pink Floyd, one of Britain’s biggest-selling rock bands ever.

The limited run of ten stamps will be on pre-order sale from Thursday (May 26th) and released on July 7th 2016, and they are designed to mark five decades since the legendary prog-rock band turned professional in 1966.

Pink Floyd. "The Endless River." This November. It's Happening


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Stop everything that you’re doing right now. Pink Floyd have a new album coming out in November. No, seriously. The rock icons are releasing their first album in two decades in less than two months.

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Pink Floyd in concert - so does this mean there's a tour coming up?

The new record, bearing the title The Endless River is a tribute to Rick Wright, the band's keyboardist who died in 2008, the band said on its website. It’s made up of the leftovers from Wright’s recording sessions with guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason from 1993 for their last album, 1994’s The Division Bell.

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Pink Floyd Announce New Album 'The Endless River' Released 10th November 2014

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Pink Floyd Announce New Album 'The Endless River' Released 10th November 2014

Roger Waters Concedes 'The Wall' Is "Anti-War, Protest Movie"


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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters says his new movie Roger Waters: The Wall should be viewed as a protest against the growing spread of armed conflict, rather than a concert documentary. The movie - which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday (September 6, 2014) - documents Waters' three yearlong The Wall Live tour.

Roger WatersRoger Waters' movie received a standing ovation from the Toronto crowd

However, it also includes sections of Waters visiting war cemeteries, including the grave of his father, who died in World War I. The concert itself features projections of veterans and people who died in wars.

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Everything You Need To Know About Pink Floyd's New Album, 'The Endless River'


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Fans of the psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd are in for a promising fall. Apparently the iconic rockers have a new album on the way title The Endless River. Most interesting though, is how the news was announced. 

Roger WatersRoger Waters was not involved in 'The Endless River' [Getty/Neilson Barnard]

David Gilmour's wife Polly Samson leaked the news via Twitter. She stated: "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful." Presumably, by "based" she meant that recordings from the late keyboardist Rick Wright (who died of cancer in 2008 at age 65) were beefed up with overdubs by Gilmour and Nick Mason. Samson co-wrote many of the lyrics featured on the band's 1994 album The Division Bell, so it's very possible she contributed to the soon-to-be released album.  

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Call It A Comeback? Pink Floyd To Release A New Album In November


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Well, it took too decades, but Pink Floyd are definitely, for sure coming out with a new studio album. The announcement has been made, so fans can officially be excited. The new record, coming too decades after 1994’s The Division Bell, will be released in November.

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Pink Floyd in concert - the band might also have another tour coming up.

The reveal came from David Gilmour’s wife, who posted the announcement on Twitter. In addition to announcing the album's title and release date, she referred to the record as "Rick Wright's swansong".

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David Gilmour’s Wife Lets Slip Details Of Pink Floyd’s New Album ‘The Endless River’


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Pink Floyd will release a new album in October entitled The Endless River, according to David Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson who revealed the news on twitter.

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Samson tweeted on Saturday, 'Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called The Endless River. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful.’ Details of the album, the band’s first in 20 years, were being kept under wraps, but it seems Polly was unaware of the secrecy.

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Leaked Audio, Kanye West Rants About Taylor Swift In NY Bistro


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Remember Kanye West's famous rant at the 2009 Video Music Awards? Of course you do, he hopped up on-stage and told Taylor Swift she was rubbish and that Beyonce was really good. Of course you do. On Wednesday, MTV announced the nominees for this year's show, though Gawker.com has uncovered something far more interesting.

In an audio the website says features Kanye West, the rapper rants about Taylor Swift and pop artist Pink while frequenting the Corner Bistro in Manhattan's West Village, sometime after the 2009 drama. 

"I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn't say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I've, like, defended myself... I'm pushing the envelope! I wrote my fu**in' 'Run This Town' verse for a fu**in' month!" a man alleged to be Kanye is heard to say, "When I heard Eminem's verse on the Drake s**t, I went back and rewrote my s**t for two days.I canceled appointments to rewrite! I fu**in' care! You know what I'm saying? And that's what I'm saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé."

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How To Disappear Completely: Thom Yorke Yanks Songs From Spotify


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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has pulled both his solo songs and those made with group Atoms For Peace from music streaming service Spotify over the company's current royalties model. Yorke and his long-time producer Nigel Godrich took to Twitter this week to explain their reasoning for yanking the tracks.

"The numbers don't even add up for Spotify yet. But it's not about that. It's about establishing the model which will be extremely valuable," Godrich tweeted. "Meanwhile small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right."

He continued: "Streaming suits [back] catalogue. But [it] cannot work as a way of supporting new artists' work. Spotify and the like either have to address that fact and change the model for new releases or else all new music producers should be bold and vote with their feet. [Streaming services] have no power without new music."

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Beloved Stage Designer For The Rolling Stones, Mark Fisher, Dies At 66


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Mark Fisher OBE – the talented stage designer for bands like The Rolling Stones, U2 and Pink Floyd, passed away yesterday (Wednesday, June 26). He was 66. Fisher, who also worked with celebrities like Robbie Williams and Lady GaGa, reportedly died peacefully in his sleep, according to NME. It was the end of his long-standing battle with illness.

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Fisher had worked with The Stones for the past two decades.

Fisher – who was also an architect, had worked on the set design for Stones tours for the past twenty years. The rockers expressed their condolences in a statement, which read: "We are all extremely saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend Mark Fisher. The remarkable sets he designed for us over the last two decades played a major part in the success of all those tours. His passion, dedication and professionalism was infectious."

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Pink Floyd Lead Tributes To Late Artist Storm Thorgerson


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Legendary band Pink Floyd have been leading the tributes to the late Storm Thorgerson, who passed away yesterday (April 18, 2013,) aged 69.

Thorgerson designed many of Pink Floyd’s iconic album covers, including – most famously – the prism that adorns the front of Floyd’s seminal Dark Side Of The Moon LP. In a statement reported by the BBC, the band’s drummer Nick Mason commented "Two days before he passed away, and by then completely exhausted, he was still demanding approval for artwork and haranguing his loyal assistants." Continuing, he added that the artist was a "dear friend to all of us, our children, our wives (and the exes); endlessly intellectual and questioning; breathtakingly late for appointments and meetings, but once there, invaluable for his ideas, humour, and friendship".

Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmore also had reflections on the late artist, ruminating "We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed.” He added "He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will miss him." As well as Pink Floyd, Thorgerson designed artwork for the likes of The Cranberries, Biffy Clyro, The Mars Volta and many, many others. He died after a battle with cancer.

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'Pink Floyd' Artist Storm Thorgerson Dies Aged 69: His Greatest Album Covers


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Storm Thorgerson, the artist who famously designed the cover art for Pink Floyd's classic album 'The Dark Side of the Moon,' has died aged 69, the band's management confirmed to the BBC. A childhood friend of the rockers, Thorgerson became their designer-in-chief and fashioned a string of eye-catching creations.

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The Unmistakable Cover For Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' [L] and Peter Gabriel's 'Scratch' [R]

In a statement, Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour said, "We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed," adding, "He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will miss him."

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Tom Stoppard Pens Radio Play To Commemorate Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon


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The playwright Tom Stoppard was first asked to concoct a play based on Pink Floyd’s hit album Dark Side of the Moon but the 75 year-old claims he had no idea how to approach it, until recently, despite initially being attracted to the idea. The BBC reports that the radio play entitled Dark Side will be aired on BBC Radio 2 on August 26, 2013 and has been commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the band’s landmark album.

Starring in the radio play will be Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell, Iwan Rheon and Amala Okafor and it will incorporate music from the album in its “fantastical and psychedelic” story. Pink Floyd’s guitarist and vocalist, David Gilmour said that he found Stoppard’s script “fascinating” and added “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Dark Side Of The Moon’s 40-year anniversary.” Radio 2’s head of music, Jeff Smith, said that the play would be a “dramatic examination” of the themes of the album, which include “conflict, greed and madness.” A seasoned and talented playwright, Stoppard won an Oscar in 1999, for his play Shakespeare In Love.

The album, Dark Side Of The Moon, which was recently admitted to the US Library of Congress’ National Recording Register, has sold an estimated 50 million copies since its release 40 years ago. 

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David Bowie's Where Are We Now: Is The Old Master Bowing Out?


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That clattering sound you thought you heard this week? Yeah, that was a thousand music journalists collectively dropping their pens when David Bowie suddenly released a new single - Where Are We Now? - on his 66th birthday. The British icon, now settled in Manhattan, also announced his first album in 10 years - The Next Day - set for release on March. Bowie, a forward thinking songwriter, addresses mortality and the past on his latest single, fuelling speculation as to whether the singer's latest record could well be his last.

There were murmuring of Bowie's return to the fray in 2012, though most expected him to appear at the London Olympics opening ceremony, sing Heroes and hop back on a plane to the East Coast of America. It never happened, and fans of the superstar were left sighing as Danny Boyle instead screened filmed footage of Bowie during his whistle-stop tour of Britain's pop history. Reviews of Where Are We Now? have been wholly positive, with our own Simon Jay Catling musing "this is a track that maintains the hallmarks of its creator's canon - lyrical signposts, themes that are never fully decoded, questions that open up more questions." Luke Turner of The Quietus said, "The song itself, well, it's proper Bowie, but with a really gorgeous swell, and at times heart-rending reflective tone to it. Brilliant stuff. My word." The Daily Telegraph - who also offered a positive review - quoted a spokesman as saying the track came "from out of nowhere," adding, "Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary."

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Madonna The Highest Grossing Touring Artist Of 2012


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When it comes to the live tour, it’s the veteran artists of the music scene that are still leading the way on ticket sales. Billboard revealed the highest grossing tours of 2012 recently and it was perhaps no surprise that the ageing Queen of Pop Madonna came out top of the list – the 53 year-old seems to have been on tour constantly this year.

Reuters reports that the music chart and stat compiler had her earning an estimated $228.4 million from her 80 plus shows performed during the year. She’s not quite done yet either, with a couple more shows in South America due this week. She’ll be delighted to have beaten her rival Lady Gaga, who is in sixth spot with takings of $124.9 million from her Born This Way Tour; it’s worth pointing out though that Gaga is only midway through the jaunt at the moment, and won’t wrap up touring until finishing in the US in March 2013.

The rest of the top five is full of well-established names; Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were second with $199 million from 72 shows, whilst Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters was third with $186 million. Cirque De Soleil made an appearance in fourth with their homage to Michael Jackson taking $147.3 million from 183 shows, whilst Coldplay were fifth with $147.2 million from 67 shows. The list was compiled from estimated gross ticket sales.

10 Million Milestone For Adele's 21


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Just in case you were in any doubt over just how successful, talented, adored and, indeed, rich Adele was, the news broke today that the British singer has now sold 10 million copies of her second album, 21. Cue lots of pictures of her clutching her Brits statuettes and an armful of Grammy gongs...

She’s reached this incredible milestone less than two years since the album was released and 21 now has the honour of being the UK’s fifth biggest-selling album of all time, meaning that the album is now officially more popular than Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits as well as the Michael Jackson albums Bad and Thriller. That’s no mean feat for the singer, who’s now 24 and has just recently given birth to her first child. This news means that Adele is the third artist to have clocked up sales of 10 million from one album this year. Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory (2000) and Usher’s Confessions (2004) have also crossed that milestone though obviously Adele’s ascent was a far swifter one and all the more impressive for that.

Adding to this impressive list of accolades, 21 is also the most downloaded album in history. Since she gathered up that armful of Grammy awards at the start of the year, it has seemed that Adele’s second album shows no signs of abating, its associated success stories just keep on rolling in. Congratulations once more, Adele!

Roger Waters To Take Pink Floyd's The Wall On Stadium Tour


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Roger Waters has announced that he’ll be bringing a revised version of seminal Pink Floyd album The Wall to stadiums across Europe in the new year, admitting that his attitude towards playing such large venues had warmed somewhat since playing with the ‘Floyd back in their heyday.

Such was Waters' discontent with playing such large arenas in the '70s that The Wall’s live show was constructed partly as a way of protesting against live performance, the group finishing the set famously behind a wall that had been built during the show. Now though he’s a fan. "There's something about connecting with that many people outdoors, which is actually extremely gratifying," Waters said during the tour announcement, reports The Independent.

"When I was a kid, I did not get that experience, I didn't like it," he said. "Back in '75 and '77 when we were touring with Pink Floyd and we were playing soccer stadiums, I rather disliked it. It felt like we were very disconnected but I think that disconnection was actually a projection of the disconnection that existed in the band more than about us and the audience.”

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