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Taylor Swift is Having an Amazing 2015 | Celebrity News and Gossip

Posted by Matt Knight

Once again all the biggest news stories do not stand a chance against Taylor Swift. As many of you already know, the latest buzz surrounding Swift is in regard to her Tumblr post, “To Apple, Love Taylor”, where she expressed her extreme disappointment with Apple’s current decision not to pay musicians during Apple Music’s three-month launch period. Tremendous confidence and bravery was behind Taylor Swift’s words, as Apple, being one of the wealthiest companies in corporate history, is no small company to pick a fight against.

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Topics: taylor swift, pop music

The Origins of Classical Music Around The World

Posted by Matt Knight

In order to contextualise Western classical music, one must survey the music of ancient civilizations as well as the traditions of the non-Western world. From what is known of this music it was – and is – performed in a vast range of cultural environments and with many functions other than for entertainment in a concert hall.

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Topics: classical music

Matthew Bellamy: Ruler Of The Riff | Guitar Heroes

Posted by Matt Knight

The celebrate the release of Muse's new album (8th June here in the UK), we thought the time right for looking back at front man Matthew Bellamy's career.

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Topics: muse, Classic Guitars

Reading Fretboxes and Playing Chords | Play the Guitar Made Easy

Posted by Matt Knight

Starting to learn an instrument can seem like a daunting task when you are an absolute beginner. That's why here at Flame Tree we're dedicated to making to process as painless as possible with our range of helpful music books across a range of instruments and skillsets.

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Topics: how to play guitar

Addiction and Religion: Conflicts of Johnny Cash | Flame Tree Music

Posted by Catherine Taylor
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Topics: rock icons, 70s music, country music, 60s music, 50s music, Johnny Cash

Queen’s Freddie Mercury | Classic Rock Bands

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

This July will mark 30 years from Queen’s legendary Live Aid performance, which stole the show and was one of their finest moments. We’ve already blogged about Queen’s talented guitarist Brian May, and in today’s blog we’ll be taking a look at the front-man of the ground-breaking group. A true entertainer with an incredible voice, Freddie Mercury has become a rock'n'roll icon. His theatrical and charismatic persona onstage is infamous, and his impressive vocal range is almost unmatched in the history of rock'n'roll. Queen came together in 1971, and the energetic band has its ups and downs but produced a great number of best-selling hits and transformed the face of 70s music. Freddie wrote many of the most well-known Queen songs – 'Killer Queen', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Somebody to Love', 'Don’t Stop Me Now', 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', 'We Are the Champions' – many of which are instantly recognisable and remain much-loved. Mercury had an affinity with musicality and rhythm that set him apart, with his expressive performances and daring, confident and inventive work – such as combining opera with rock music – making him as much an intriguing character as a great musician.

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Topics: rock icons, 70s music, Queen

Johnny Cash - A Quick Look at the Man in Black | Flame Tree Music

Posted by Matt Knight

Both understated and complex, Johnny Cash survived a roller-coaster 50-year career and transcended his 1950s country-and-western roots to become a popular music icon continually appealing to new generations. He is remembered as a groundbreaking figure in a number of musical genres, from country through to gospel to rock’n’roll.

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Topics: rock icons, 70s music, country music, 60s music, 50s music, Johnny Cash

Brian May, Guitar Hero | Classic Rock Bands

Posted by Matt Knight
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Topics: rock icons, 70s music, 60s music, Queen

Pop Icon: Taylor Swift

Posted by Catherine Taylor

Taylor Swift is the name on everybody’s lips nowadays. She just dropped her fourth album, 1989, in October, and it sold more copies in its first week than any other album in the past 12 years. With this album, she moved away from her country roots, and she says that it’s her first true “pop” album. With this album, she hosted secret listening parties for her superfans at her homes in LA, NYC and her parents’ home in Nashville before it was released. She baked pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for her guests to enjoy, and when she was finished singing, she took Polaroid photos with every single person she invited. She even let them pose with her various awards and her cat, Olivia Benson. 

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Topics: taylor swift, pop music

Rock Music: Foo Fighters

Posted by Catherine Taylor

The new Foo Fighters album Sonic Highways is out in under a month now, as it is released on 10th November 2014, and its popularity is already sky rocketing. The band have done a lot to promote this album, including releasing the single 'Something From Nothing' earlier this month, spurring fans to send out adoring messages on Twitter, the anticipation is building.

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Topics: rock icons, Foo Fighters

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