Mumford & Sons

Mumford and Sons cancels remainder of U.S. tour

mumford-and-sons-babelMumford & Sons has canceled the remainder of the U.S. leg of their “Summer Stampede” tour Friday after bassist Ted Dwane was released from the hospital following brain surgery.

The British rock band said in a statement on their website that Dwane was on the road to a full recovery and the band based their decision on medical advice.

Dwane was hospitalized recently after a scan revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain. Doctors wanted to operate immediately.

“It is with great joy that we can announce that Ted has been discharged from hospital and is on the road to a full recovery,” the band said in a statement. “The surgery went well, and the excellent medical team helping him are very pleased with his progress.”

The remaining U.S. dates that have been canceled are the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee, the Telluride festival in Colorado and the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Kansas. This after the band canceled their performances in Louisiana and Texas on Tuesday after Dwane was admitted to the hospital for surgery.

The Grammy Awarding winning band said, “We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received.”

The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ted Dwane and Ben Lovett.

In February the group won Album of the Year for “Babel” at the Grammy Awards.

Below is their statement in its entirety.

Dear friends,

It is with great joy that we can announce that Ted has been discharged from hospital and is on the road to a full recovery. The surgery went well, and the excellent medical team helping him are very pleased with his progress. He has been nothing short of heroic in how he has handled the whole ordeal, and now it has been medically proved that he does indeed have a brain.

Today, however, also marks the end of our Summer Stampede Tour. We were hoping to have made it out by Bonnaroo this weekend. But it is with sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of our scheduled performances at both Bonnaroo and Telluride Festivals, and our show at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS. If we could’ve we would’ve, you know that about us. We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received.

On behalf of Ted and all of us really, we would like to thank every one for their compassion and support at this time and we are very excited to get back out on tour as soon as we can.

Ted, Ben, Marcus and Win Protection Status

Adele’s 21 tops in music sales for 2012

AdeleNielson Soundscan has reported that Adele has landed the #1 spot for the second year in a row for her album “21,” beating out Taylor Swift’s new album “Red.”

While everyone is clamoring to report Adele’s accomplishment, they are neglecting to inform their readers that Taylor Swift’s “Red” wasn’t released until October of 2012, while “21” was up for grabs for the entire year.

Breaking it down Adele gets the number one slot with “21,” selling 4.41 million records. The second place winner is Swift with “Red,” coming in second with 3.11 million records sold. “21” had 12 months of sales, while “Red” was released at the end of October, giving “Red” a tad over two months of sales.

Who’s the winner here?

Swift is kicking some major chords!

Adele’s numbers are impressive, especially when you consider the third place winner, One Direction’s “Up All Night,” which went on sale in March and only sold 1.62 million albums. That’s nine months of sales.

Again, comparing this to Taylor Swift’s “Red,” you have to agree Swift is #winning.Taylor Swift

The other winner is One Direction, who not only came in third place, but fifth place as well, just behind Mumford and Sons, giving them close to three million in sales.

Another item to note is the number of country artists appearing on the top 10 compared to past years. Is this due to American Idol churning out the likes of Carrie Underwood, and more recently Scotty McCreery?

So here’s how the last five years have looked according to Neilson Soundscan:


1. Adele, “21” – 4,410,000
2. Taylor Swift, “Red” – 3,110,000
3. One Direction, “Up All Night” – 1,620,000
4. Mumford & Sons’, “Babel” – 1,460,000
5. One Direction, “Take Me Home” – 1,340,000
6. Justin Bieber, “Believe” – 1,340,000
7. Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away” – 1,200,000
8. Luke Bryan, “Tailgates & Tanlines” – 1,100,000
9. Lionel Richie, “Tuskegee” – 1,070,000
10. Jason Aldean, “Night Train” – 1,020,000

1. Adele, “21” – 5,824,000
2. Michael Buble, “Christmas” – 2,452,000
3. Lady GaGa, “Born This Way” – 2,101,000
4. Lil Wayne, “Tha Carter IV” – 1,917,000
5.  Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party” – 1,576,000
6.  Mumford & Sons, “Sigh No More” – 1,420,000
7.  Drake, “Take Care” – 1,247,000
8.  Justin Bieber, “Under the Mistletoe” – 1,245,000
9.  Jay-Z & Kanye West, “Watch the Throne” – 1,232,000
10. Lady Antebellum, “Own the Night” – 1,204,000

1. Eminem, “Recovery” –  3,415,000
2. Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now” –  3,089,000
3. Taylor Swift, “Speak Now” – 2,960,000
4. Justin Bieber, “My World 2.0” – 2,319,000
5. Susan Boyle, “The Gift” – 1,852,000
6. Lady Gaga, “Fame” – 1,591,000
7. Sade, “Soldier of Love” – 1,300,000
8. Drake, “Thank Me Later” – 1,269,000
9. Usher, “Raymond V Raymond” – 1,143,000
10. Ke$ha, “Animal” – 1,143,000

1. Taylor Swift , “Fearless” – 3,217,000
2. Susan Boyle, “I Dreamed A Dream” – 3,103,828
3. Michael Jackson, “Number Ones” – 2,355,000
4. Lady Gaga, “Fame” – 2,238,000
5. Andrea Bocelli, “My Christmas” – 2,207,000
6. Hanna Montana, “Hannah Movie Soundtrack” – 1,823,000
7. Black Eyed Peas, “The E.N.D.“ – 1,786,852
8. Enimen, “Relapse” – 1,735,358
9. Jay-Z, “Blueprint 3“ – 1,514,800
10. Kings of Leon, “Only By the Night” – 1,398,000

1. Lil Wayne, “Tha Carter III” – 2,874,000
2. Coldplay, Viva La Vida” – 2,144,000
3. Taylor Swift, “Fearless” – 2,112,000
4. Kid Rock, “Rock N Roll Jesus” – 2,018,000
5. AC/DC, “Black Ice” – 1,915,000
6. Taylor Swift ”Taylor Swift” – 1,597,000
7. Metallica, “Death Magnetic” – 1,565,000
8. T.I., “Paper Trail” – 1,522,000
9. Jack Johnson, “Sleep Through the Static” – 1,492,000
10. Beyonce, “I Am…Sasha Fierce “ – 1,459,000


Pandora goes to the Grammys

Pandora, Pepsi and The Recording Academy® Provide Music Fans with Inside Look at Best New Artist GRAMMY® Nominees, via Video Series and Genre Stations

Pandora, PepsiCo Inc. and The Recording Academy announced an original content video series showcasing the 54th GRAMMY Best New Artist nominees.

The video series can be found at the GRAMMY genre stations are accessible at

The Best New Artist video series includes exclusive interviews with the Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Skrillex. During the interviews, the artists discuss the evolution of their careers, share their excitement surrounding their Best New Artist nomination and describe their anticipation for the awards show.

“To commemorate the excitement for Music’s Biggest Night with the launch of a dozen GRAMMY genre stations and the first-ever Best New Artist video series is exciting,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer, The Recording Academy. “We were pleased to extend this innovative program to Pandora users through our partnership with Pepsi.”

The partnership also offers music fans a GRAMMY mixtape, which can be found at includes songs from nominees and newcomers in various 54th GRAMMY Awards categories.

Pandora GRAMMY genre stations (see below) have been created in conjunction with the series, designed to help music fans celebrate and capture the excitement around the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

The GRAMMY genre stations are based on official GRAMMY categories, ranging from country to comedy, and spotlight current and past GRAMMY-nominated artists. The new GRAMMY genre stations include:

GRAMMY(®) Country: featuring artists such as Lady Antebellum, Toby
Keith, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood.

GRAMMY(®) Pop and Dance: featuring artists such as Adele, Black Eyed
Peas, Coldplay, and Maroon 5.

GRAMMY(®) Rock and Alternative: featuring artists such as the Black
Keys, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

GRAMMY(®) Rap: featuring artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kanye
West, and 50 Cent.

GRAMMY(®) R&B: featuring artists such as Beyonce, Chris Brown, Jennifer
Hudson, and John Legend.

GRAMMY(®) Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music: featuring artists
such as Kirk Franklin, Brandon Heath, Mary Mary, and Matthew West.

GRAMMY(®) Latin: featuring artists such as Calle 13, Intocable, Los
Tigres Del Norte, and Wisin Y Yandel.

GRAMMY(®) Jazz: featuring artists such as Karrin Allyson, Herbie
Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and Yellowjackets.

GRAMMY(®) World and Reggae: featuring artists such as Gilberto Gil,
Femi Kuti, Ziggy Marley, and Shaggy.

GRAMMY(®) American Roots Music: featuring artists such as the Civil
Wars, Emmylou Harris, Keb’ Mo’, and Ricky Skaggs.

GRAMMY(®) Classical: featuring artists such as those from the London
Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera, Paul Ruders, and Yo-Yo

GRAMMY(®) Comedy: featuring artists such as Lewis Black, Louis C.K.,
Flight Of The Conchords, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

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