Rick Rollin’ in Uptown

“Uptown Funk” is the song that refuses to die. The Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit has incredible legs, thanks to a seemingly endless stream of covers and Web videos. Rick Astley, best known for his hit “Never Gonna Give You Up,” became the latest artist to do a rendition of the popular tune.

The performance took place during Let’s Rock London, an ’80s concert festival. Astley’s voice still sounds pretty darn good and added a different flavor to the song.

Between Rick Rolling and cellphone commercials, Astley doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. Kinda like this song we’ve all come to know and love.

[ post by Jason Hasenohr ]

Happy Birthday to PRINCE !


June 7 is Prince’s Birthday! The young lad turns 57 today. What’s your favorite Prince tune? Let us know. We’ll play it!

Mark Ronson : Don’t believe it, Just Listen!

Ronson at the Decks

Mark Ronson’s track “Uptown Funk” entered our charts on Jan 11, 2015. It his number one on BangWave Radio in February. The track has been number one on the the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 straight weeks falling only this week.

So naturally we we thrilled to hear him being interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air this week. And we are happy to pass it on to the BangWave community. Enjoy the podcast!

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Prince’s Secret Tour in 2015

princeIt’s called HIT AND RUN and the title is perfect. Prince plans to play all across the USA this year but he will announce each date only a short time ahead.

Prince has a penchant for showing up at random gigs and playing a song or two with the band. He’s been doing it for years, sometimes rudely upstaging them in the process.

Now he’s made the Surprise Show a central theme for his 2015 tour.

Prince spent last year playing spontaneous shows across the UK and Europe supporting his recent albums; Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum.

The first date of the aptly titled Hit and Run tour is scheduled for March 14th in Louisville. No venue has been announced as I write this. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 9th through Live Nation.

[ article by Alex Velocity ]

Prince is Number ONE. InSoc Number TWO. Go Minnesota!


The BangWave New Music Countdown has revelead that this week it’s two artists from The Twin Cities Minnesota Area.  Prince first hit it big in the late 70s. InSoc in the late 80s. And now they compose a curious one-two punch on our humble little station, this week.

It’s not just a coincidence though, and based on how each act is doing lately, it may happen again in 2015.

If you haven’t heard the countdown, down worry you can tune in now! It’s repeating until midnight. But if you want to see the list in print, you’ll have to wait until Monday.  Subscribe to get each weekly list sent to your email in-box.