Lady Gaga: top of the UK radio pops in 2010. Photograph © Dave Hogan/Getty Images
❚ LADY GAGA WAS OFFICIALLY the most played artist on UK radio last year. Bad Romance, the first single from her album The Fame Monster, topped the annual airplay chart compiled by music licensing company PPL, with Alejandro at number three. The previous year’s chart was topped by Lily Allen, who has since retired from the music business.
➢ International music revenues grew by nearly half
last year — Full report at Guardian online
UK’s top 10 most played songs in 2010
1 — Lady Gaga: Bad Romance
2 — Alicia Keys: Empire State of Mind
3 — Lady Gaga: Alejandro
4 — Plan B: She Said
5 — Kylie Minogue: All the Lovers
6 — Olly Murs: Please Don’t Let Me Go
7 — Ke$ha: Tik Tok
8 — Florence and the Machine: Rabbit Heart
9 — Train: Hey, Soul Sister
10 — Kings of Leon: Sex on Fire
❚ SHOT ON TOUR somewhere in Europe last year for Jonny Kline’s video tour diary. Spandau Ballet’s bass player Martin Kemp clamped a camera to his guitar to grab this down-the-neck lesson in fingerwork…
➢ VIEW ♫ Kemp’s nine-minute clip recently posted at Vimeo
Somewhere in the background Tony Hadley’s unmistakable voice is giving us Fight For Ourselves. In the opening shots Steve Norman introduces the band members — and yes, that’s his saxophone trying to steal the limelight later.
Ever the showman: Martin Kemp clad in PX at Spandau's Heaven concert, 1980, bass held high in anti-rock pose. Photographed by © Shapersofthe80s
Kemp’s instrument of choice is a British Wal bass and it’s surprising to recall that right from the start he maintained: “I learnt to play bass in order to get into the group, not because I liked music.” These days, as he grooves away onstage Martin steers his bass fondly like an old jalopy, nicely improvising and developing themes of his own, where many bassists think all they have to do is underline a thumping beat.
Back in the early 80s he said: “I hate bass players — most of them just blend in and don’t add anything. I’m a showman. Some bass lines I’ve written are really catchy: I’m proud of Lifeline because you hear people humming it, not the hookline! The essence of the Spandau sound is melody, Tony’s voice obviously, Steve’s sax lines, Gary’s top line, my bass lines. We all think in terms of melodies.”
➢ Jonny Kline’s video tour diary in Amsterdam
➢ How Roman Kemp helped his dad Martin to pick up the bass again
The hatmaker’s Blue Peter moment: Stephen Jones conducts a masterclass online today at ShowStudio.com
❚ HERE IS BRITAIN’S LEADING MILLINER, captured within his first hour online creating a unique piece for the ShowStudio shop’s latest exhibition, Florist. The live stream for two hours today amounted to a millinery masterclass by following Stephen Jones’s creative process through to conclusion. The finished hat will be exhibited and available for sale.
Wielding a wooden poupée head, he reveals: “The main thing about millinery is that you’re trying to make a 2D fabric 3D. So you’re moulding it over a form like a wooden block… and stretching it and it’s staying in that shape. Hat blocks are the same thing as shoe lasts and you can get them from lots of different places.”
On his theme of Glamour on a Budget, Jones has been offering handy hints and taking questions through the Livestudio web page where he informed us that the patron saint of millinery is St Catherine (martyred c AD305 on the notorious breaking wheel, known since as the Catherine wheel, from which of course we derive the firework of that name). Next stop: Blue Peter?
Princess Julia was in the studio and playing: ♫ Doing the Lambeth Walk, oi! ♫
The result: Jones with the first of today’s hats on his theme of Glamour on a Budget at ShowStudio.com
Second Jones creation today: a beret festooned with fresh flowers, thistles and seasonal fruit. Video captured from ShowStudio.com