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You can watch the Closing Ceremony performances from the Who, Muse, and the Kinks’ Ray Davies over at Gawker.


Via NME, a Spotify playlist of the songs performed during the Closing Ceremony – shared while asking ‘WTF was that?’


Kate Bush, who didn’t perform at the Ceremony whose “performance” (they played her song while people rearranged boxes) was cut from U.S. broadcasts, released a single last night and, of course, got a sales boost because of it:

Last night’s Olympic closing ceremony has given a number of artists a huge sales boost today, with Emeli Sande and Kate Bush the artists to benefit most from their participation in the show.


You can watch Bush’s performance over at Gawker.


Bush said the show was…

“Brilliant.”


On that footage of ‘Imagine’:

The BBC‘s announcers said the footage was “exclusively remastered” by Yoko Ono for the event. The late Beatle appeared on an ethereal all-white background and worked through a good portion of the legendary song. His recording was immediately preceded by a snippet of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”


Blur ended:

‘It’s over, I knew it would end this way,’ sang Albarn and one wondered whether to think of Rebecca Adlington in slo-mo or the end of Blur.


Liam Gallagher, the Spice Girls, and Muse’s drummer Dominic Howard partied together:

Liam Gallagher, Muse drummer Dominic Howard and three members of The Spice Girls clearly partied long into the night after the Olympics closing ceremony last night (August 12).


NBC really, really pissed people off:

NBC was pummeled by viewers who took to social media after the network cut away early from the closing ceremonies of the London Games on Sunday to air a new television show, drawing outrage from those who tuned in for the highly anticipated musical spectacle.


Fact reviewed the dang thing:

Below, we offer our impressions of the performances heard and seen as part of the ceremony, recordings of which are naturally being hawked on iTunes as we speak, in the shape of a compilation called A Symphony of British Music. The message couldn’t be clearer: the party’s over, get back to work.




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