LadBaby break Beatles’ record to score fifth Christmas No 1 single – The Guardian

YouTubers land fifth festive chart-topper in a row with Food Aid, a sausage roll-themed rewrite of the Band Aid classic
LadBaby have broken the chart record they previously shared with the Beatles to score their fifth No 1 Christmas single in a row.
The YouTubers Mark and Roxanne Hoyle covered the Band Aid classic Do They Know It’s Christmas? in collaboration with MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis, rewriting the lyrics around their traditional theme of sausage rolls – with the blessing of original songwriters Midge Ure and Bob Geldof – and retitling it Food Aid.
“We want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us for the last five years,” the duo told the Official Charts Company. “A massive apology to the Beatles, and to all Beatles fans … The charity wins. The Trussell Trust gets Christmas No 1 again!
“Thank you to all the people who have downloaded, all the people who believed in us and brought a bit of Christmas magic. We love you all. Yes mate!”
As with all of LadBaby’s Christmas singles, the proceeds from the song benefit the Trussell Trust, which works to stop hunger and poverty in the UK and operates a network of food banks.
“We never intended to release a fifth Christmas single but as ambassadors of the Trussell Trust we were not prepared to sit back and do nothing in a year when people are struggling more than ever,” the Hoyles said when they announced the single.
With five Christmas No 1 singles to their name, the couple have now surpassed the Beatles; the duo already held the record for the most consecutive Christmas No 1s. Food Aid follows LadBaby’s previous singles Sausage Rolls for Everyone, featuring Ed Sheeran and Elton John, Don’t Stop Me Eatin’, I Love Sausage Rolls and We Built This City.
The Beatles achieved three back-to-back Christmas No 1s – I Want to Hold Your Hand in 1963, I Feel Fine in 1964 and Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out in 1965. Their fourth overall, Hello, Goodbye, came in 1967.
LadBaby’s success meant Wham! took the No 2 spot, although Last Christmas was the most-streamed song of the week, with 12.9m plays.
LadBaby’s closest competition from a new song came from their fellow YouTube stars the Sidemen – KSI, Vik and Tobi – on Christmas Drillings, which features rapper JME and rose from No 41 last week to chart at No 3. Their song also raised money for the charity network FareShare, which aims to reduce food poverty and UK food waste.
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Essex punk band the Kunts also made their third attempt at bagging the Christmas No 1 with their song Fuck the Tories, which charted at No 7.
There were also festive streaming perennials from Mariah Carey, whose All I Want for Christmas Is You dropped two places to No 4, and Brenda Lee, who reached No 8 with Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Ed Sheeran and Elton John’s 2021 collaboration Merry Christmas is No 5.
Taylor Swift’s Midnights has returned to the top of the albums chart, beating Cliff Richard’s Christmas with Cliff to become the No 1 Christmas album.

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Artist Amari Noelle’s Career Started From Recording Music On Her iPhone — Now, She’s Backed By YouTube Music – Yahoo News

Music has always been in Amari Noelle’s blood. 
Raised in Gary, IN, and having a mother who is a singer, the rising R&B singer found herself gravitating to the art. Although Noelle was initially focused on basketball, she joined a singing group she met during gym class at her performing arts high school.
From there, Noelle found herself exploring music more on her own.
However, without money for studio time and transportation, she was on a tight budget. Initially, she bought studio equipment but found it to be too challenging to learn. The dilemma turned Noelle to leverage what she had — her iPhone. 
She remembered making movies via iMovie in high school and figured that she could also use the editing program to make music.
“I looked it up on YouTube and saw Steve Lacy and a whole bunch of other people and they taught me what to do,” Noelle recalled to AfroTech. “I tried it and uploaded it to SoundCloud, and it ended up getting 5,000 plays. And they were like, ‘What studio do you go to?’ And I’m just like, ‘I make this on my phone.’”
After officially making the pivot from basketball to music, Noelle would record for hours on end after work both at home and in the car.
“I knew I wanted to do music after I graduated from college,” she said. “I got kicked off the basketball team in college. I went on a scholarship, got kicked off, and I’m the type of person, if I can’t be successful in one thing, I’ll be successful in another. I had picked up [music] as a hobby in high school. So, I’m familiar with it and people liked me. I was doing it a little, but then when I graduated college, I’m like, ‘I can’t find [any] jobs. I can’t do anything.’ I was working at Papa Johns, and Dollar General, but always working on my music.”
Although Noelle quickly found her groove, thanks to utilizing her phone — she admits that in the early stages of her musical journey she struggled with caring about others’ opinions.
“I can say at first, I was uncomfortable because I’m a perfectionist. I didn’t know how people would really take to me recording on a phone. When I used to say it, they would be like ‘Oh that’s cool, but are you going to get in the studio?’”
Thankfully, Noelle stuck to her “unorthodox” way of recording music because it led her to meet her team at LVTRRAW, a production, and management company.
In addition to securing a team, Noelle landed the support of YouTube after becoming a part of the YouTube Music Foundry Class of 2022.
As previously reported by AfroTech, the program provides independent artists with seed funding to develop their content and partner support to grow.
“YouTube has taken a weight off my shoulders,” Noelle expressed.
“The most rewarding thing to me is the funding that they put behind it because it gives me an opportunity to just freely express myself creatively without worrying about how I’m going to do [things],” she continued. “The wild visions that I have, because of YouTube and the Foundry program, I’m able to still put those into play and I don’t have to just put them on the back burner.”
In November, Noelle released her project “Love Is My Religion.”
What’s more, she is set to tour with Kaash Paige in February 2023.
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Vinyls records increasing in value, Cedar City record store confirms – KSL NewsRadio

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Vinyl records were outmoded by CDs in the late 1980s. Most of us traded in our LPs or donated them. But now they may be round black gold.
The sound of a needle hitting a record groove is known by 18 year-old Jonathan Maldonado.
“I have a record player with big old speakers in my room,” said Maldonado. “I have a bunch of vinyls, and they’re really fun to put it on while I’m doing homework.”

Vinyl sales have been climbing since 1986, but Speakergy.com says they spiked 51% last year,

when CDs went up one percent. Vinyl doubles digital downloads, bought by as many 25 yearolds as 55 yearolds.
Fourteen year old Brianna Maldonado also buys records at Groovacious Records in Cedar City.

“It’s really cool, I like coming in and seeing all the music stuff,” she said. 

Groovacious carries new and used records. “We’ve been here in Cedar since 2000,”
said owner Lisa Cretsinger, who lost her husband and business partner to cancer in 2016.

But she’s still selling the hundreds of CDs and thousands of records he amassed.
She finds buyers all over the world. 


“I don’t know if I should disclose this but I did sell a Radiohead record, an original, to someone in Japan for $1,300. And I had a Kate Bush 45 that I sold for $1,000. It was an Irish pressing and was really rare.” said Cretsinger. 
To millenials like Nick Anderson from Logan, “It just sounds better. I love to put the record on when we’re having dinner and hanging out afterwards.”
“This is starting to be an elite format,” said Cretsinger. 
If your attic has the original “Oingo Boingo” EP, that’s worth $6000 on eBay, “Introducing the Beatles” for $10,000 or Greek rockers “Naxatras’” limited new album for $15,000 Cretsinger said it may be worth digging in your attic.
“I think it’s worth looking at your vinyl. I think you can sell it for a lot if it’s in good shape and it’s rare and it’s in demand,” Cretsinger concluded. 
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Oliver Tree releases deluxe version of 'Cowboy Tears' album – KWLM (Willmar Radio)

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Sia is a major fan of Survivor and, as she does each year, awarded cash prizes to the contestants she wishes had won the $1 million prize.
Every year the singer doles out The Sia Award. Mike Gabler won season 43 of the long-running reality show, but the “Cheap Thrills” singer thinks Jesse LopezRyan Medrano and Owen Knight shouldn’t have gone home empty-handed — so she gave them some cold, hard cash.
Sia awarded Lopez, who finished in fourth place, $100,000 because she was “devastated” that he didn’t win, reports Entertainment Weekly. “I just think you played the most epic, sneaky, wonderful game in the whole world. It was the most epic move I’ve ever seen,” she told Lopez in a video call.
Sia also vowed to do what she can to get Lopez cast as a returning player in the future.
After gifting $50,000 to Knight and Medrano, she explained in a video call how they made an impact on her.
She told third-place finisher Knight she loved his personality and that she knows what it’s like to be the underdog. As for Medrano, Sia praised his decision to avoid any drama and instead help his fellow contestants with whatever they needed.
“You’re a totally beautiful, beautiful person,” she lauded the ninth-place finisher, adding she thinks Medrano is a hero.
Survivor airs on CBS.
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Oliver Tree has released a deluxe version of his latest album, Cowboy Tears.
The expanded collection, dubbed Cowboy Tears Drown the World in a Swimming Pool of Sorrow, includes a total of 11 bonus tracks, some of which were co-produced by Travis Barker. You can listen to it now via digital outlets.
Tree has also premiered the video for the Cowboy Tears track “Suitcase Full of Cash,” which is streaming now on YouTube.
The original Cowboy Tears, Tree’s sophomore follow-up to 2020’s Ugly Is Beautiful, was released in February. Tree followed the album with the single “Miss You” featuring Robin Schulz.
Here’s the track list for Cowboy Tears Drown the World in a Swimming Pool of Sorrow:
“I Hate You”
“Placeholder”
“Mind Control”
“Wasteland”
“Battleship”
“Sunshine”
“Replacement”
“Oxymoron”
“Crash Test Dummy”
“The Exploding Man”
“A-Okay”
“Cowboys Don’t Cry”
“Swing & a Miss”
“Freaks & Geeks”
“Doormat”
“Suitcase Full of Cash”
“Cigarettes”
“Balloon Boy’
“Things We Used to Do”
“California”
“Get Well Soon”
“Playing with Fire”
“The Villain”
“Cowboy Tears”

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Luke Combs Reveals A Long-Running List Of Country Music … – CMT.com

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Country music sensation Luke Combs is paving his own path, but he credits the hitmakers that have come before him and industry peers for inspiring his artistry.
The “Forever After All” singer recently (Dec. 21) jumped on social media to share a long-running list of albums that have “changed” his life or influenced his craft. Combs’ idea was sparked by a popular Twitter thread that raked in 374.2K views and caught the attention of the country community.
“What’s a country album that changed your life or had a major influence on you,” read the tweet by radio personality, Chris Owen.
The multi-platinum artist was quick to respond. While the roundup includes multiple legends, it also features modern-country musicians significantly shifting the genre.
Combs’ hot picks include:
Randy Travis – “Storms of Life”
Randy Travis released “Storms of life” in 1986. The country crooner has sold three million copies of the multi-platinum collection. The 10-song tracklist includes timeless tunes such as – “On The Other Hand” featuring Keith Whitley, “1982,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “Reasons I Cheat,” and “There’ll Always Be A Honky Tonk Somewhere.” On The 35th anniversary of the project, Travis dropped a deluxe edition that includes several remastered versions and unreleased tracks from his “vault.”
Garth Brooks – “No Fences”
Country music icon Garth Brooks dropped “No Fences” in 1990 with Capitol Nashville. The Allen Reynolds-produced project graced the top of Billboard’s Country Albums chart upon release and scored No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. To date, “No Fences” is Brooks’ best-selling record. The world-renowned collection includes some of his biggest hits like “Friends in Low Places,” “The Thunder Rolls,” and “Unanswered Prayers.”
Vince Gill – “I Still Believe In You”
Esteemed singer-songwriter Vince Gill has left an ever-lasting impression on Luke Combs. “I Still Believe In You” scored third on Combs’ all-time favorite list. Gill released his fifth studio album in 1992. The icon recorded the project in Nashville’s legendary Masterfonics and sound stage studios alongside producer Tony Brown. The must-listen collection contains his chart-topping track “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away.”
Brooks & Dunn – “Hard Workin’ Man”
Brooks & Dunn’s second studio album, “Hard Workin’ Man” became available to the public in 1993. The collection, chock-full of honk-tonk tracks made waves at the time and changed the trajectory of their music career. Within the same year, the country-rock collection scored the duo a nomination for Album of the Year at the ACM Awards and a GRAMMY for Best Country performance. The project includes “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “We’ll Burn That Bridge,” and “Rock My World.”
Eric Church – “Sinners Like Me”
The chief has secured a spot on Combs’ ultimate roundup. “Sinners Like Me” served as Erich Church’s debut studio album. The Jay Joyce-produced tracklist arrived in 2006 and foreshadowed his bright future in country music. Upon release, the North Carolina native graced the top of the hot Country Songs chart. The music video for the fan-favorite track “Lightning” became his first appearance on CMT.
Jason Isbell – “Southeastern”
“Southeastern” did not just mark a massive milestone for Alabama singer-songwriter Jason Isbell but shook the alternative country community. On the heels of leaving his band, The Drive-By Truckers – the vocalist released his first full-length solo project. The independent collection that showcases his vulnerable songwriting and infectious sound include – “Cover Me Up,” “Elephant,” “Live Oak,” Songs That She Sang in the Shower,” and more. Upon release, the album broke into the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart and scored No.7 on the Rock Albums chart. The project proves that Isbell is far from a surface-level artist, as it conveys heart-wrenching narratives about sexual misconduct, sickness, and substance abuse.
Kip Moore – “Wild Ones”
“Wild Ones” serves as Kip Moore’s second studio album. The 2015 record followed his major label debut “Up All Night.” The vocalist joined forces with world-renowned artists Brett James and Chris DeStefano to cultivate the collection, which leans more toward rock than country. Moore coiled all 13 tracks on the project, including chart-topping singles “I’m to Blame” and “Running For You.”
Jon Pardi – “California Sunrise”
Country-pop star Jon Pardi placed his name on radars nationwide with his second studio album, “California Sunrise.” The hitmaker released his well-rounded collection in 2016 and instantly garnered a devoted fan base by striking a fine balance between modern and traditional country. The made-for-radio record debuted at No.11 on the US Billboard 200 chart and claimed No.1 on the Country Albums chart upon release.
Miranda Lambert – “Weight of These Wings”
Long before the country trailblazer Miranda Lambert joined forces with Combs on “Outrunnin’ Your Memory” which lives on his latest album “Growin’ Up,” she released “The Weight of These Wings.” Lambert’s sixth studio record was released in 2016 and scored top placement on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Lambert split the collection into two parts – “The Nerve” and “The Heart.” The award-winning project touches upon her divorce from Blake Shelton and has songwriting credits from some of the biggest names on Music Row – Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Luke Dick, and more. “Weight of These Wings” received Album of The Year at the 2017 ACM Awards.
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Dolly Parton teases her rock album and collaborations for 2023 … – Entertainment Weekly News

Dolly Parton is, of course, a country star. And now she's hoping to be a Rock Star.
That's the name of her upcoming 2023 rock album, an endeavor she first teased in November when she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to some original songs she's writing now, Parton tells EW she's also going to enlist several "iconic" singers to join her.
"I'm not one to miss a great opportunity," Parton said earlier this month while promoting her new NBC holiday special, Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas. "My husband's a huge rock & roll fan, and he's often said, 'You ought to make a rock album sometime in your career.' And then when that all happened and they went ahead and put me in anyway, I thought, 'Well, I'm not gonna miss this chance, so I am doing a rock album.'"
Among the classics slated for the project: Prince's "Purple Rain," The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird," as she revealed to Jimmy Fallon in a recent appearance on The Tonight Show. She also told Access Hollywood that she'll cover an Elton John track and that Journey's Steve Perry will team up with her for "Open Arms," and that she's hoping Aerosmith's Steven Tyler will show up on the album.
The original song "Rockin' It," which she wrote for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022 Induction Ceremony, might even make the final cut. "That one's not as rock & roll as a lot of the others on the album… it was more of a rockabilly song than hard rock," she says. "But I just wanted to have something fun to accept that award with dignity, being humble about it."
You can watch her performance of "Rockin' It" below.
Rock Star is due out in fall 2023.
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A Lowell record store took on the fight against cancer. Then it was robbed. – Boston.com

By Christopher Gavin
Dave Perry didn’t plan on any of it.
The former Lowell Sun veteran reporter never planned on co-owning a record store in the Mill City, but alas, he has one now. Vinyl Destination, which he owns with his son, Dan, opened in 2013.
Nor did his family plan on the heartbreak of losing Perry’s daughter-in-law — the wife of his other son, Ben — to a specific kind of cancer in the digestive system, better known as GIST, in 2020. Nor how, now, every December, the vinyl shop transforms into “Cupcake Records” to raise money to help support patients going through the same as she did.
Nor how, early last Friday morning, amid the month of charity, someone waltzed into the shop and lifted from its cash box.
And certainly not what happened next.
“I swear to God, this is the weirdest thing, but that break-in was one of the best things that ever happened to my spirit in terms of being a business owner,” Perry told Boston.com earlier this week. “It’s very strange, but what’s come of it is amazing.”
Perry was one of the first to set up shop inside Lowell’s Mill Building No. 5, over on Jackson Street. The store was too good to pass up, and after casually selling records at shows every other month or so, Perry decided to go all in.
And his customers did, too.
Simply put, Vinyl Destination has done well.
Perry strives to keep the store’s focus on music not money. Whatever comes in for the latter generally goes back to the former — keeping his bins well stocked with a little bit of everything, from reggae and world music to hip-hop and country.
The shop was even able to survive a four-month closure during the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns in 2020.
Last year, as fans itched for live music to return to stages, Perry said many brought their fandom to stores like his.
“Ask any record store, I’m sure they’ll tell you their sales were up,” he said. “It was really good.”
But if there is one number Perry watches more than others, it may well be what happens every December.
For the last two holiday seasons, and again this year, Vinyl Destination — working under its alias, Cupcake Records — has raised $5,000 for the Life Raft Group, a New Jersey-based nonprofit providing support to patients with the rare cancer known as gastrointestinal stromal tumor, or GIST.
It was also around this time of year, in November 2020, when the Perrys lost Lorie Skelton Perry, his son Ben’s wife, only months after her GIST diagnosis took that final turn.
Ben, a former U.S. Army Ranger, and Lorie met online.
Before long, Ben, as Perry put it, knew “this one’s amazing,” and the family did, too.
“She ran the Boston Marathon, was surrounded by a great troupe of friends, and baked cupcakes like no one’s business,” Perry said. “We loved her immediately.”
The couple found a place in Ayer and moved in together.
“He had hit the send button on his master’s thesis and about 10 minutes later got a call from Lorie,” Perry recalled. “She said, ‘They just told me I’m, you know, I’m terminal.’”
“There began a thing of odd beauty — to watch your son care for someone like that. … They were very kindred souls,” Perry said.
That was July 2020. They got married in September (by Perry’s wife, at Lorie’s mom’s backyard in New Hampshire). Despite her illness, they were able to go on a little honeymoon in early October.
And on Veterans Day, Lorie died. She was 39.
Before that, not long after Lorie’s diagnosis, Perry and Dan wanted to do something — something good for others in Lorie’s name. In a nod to her incredible baking talents, they thought of this: of turning the shop into Cupcake Records, an-alter ego of sorts, for the entirety of December.
They got a logo made — and approved by Ben and Lorie — for their would-be record label and put it on T-shirts and tote bags, and whatever they made would go to the Life Raft Group, which had helped Lorie through her own experience with GIST.
“We always looked at the store as not like some big record (shop),” Perry said. “It was like a hangout and it was a fun place and it was everybody could go there and find whatever they want, and we wanted to do some good, too.”
And they have. The first year brought in $5,000, and last December played out just the same.
“It meant a ton,” Perry remembered of seeing that impact that first December. “It meant a ton because for Ben, he was still going through sort of the grieving process. He was able to see something good come of it. We did, too.”
Lorie’s mom comes in every year to buy bundles of shirts and bags.
“She just loves it,” Perry said. “It’s her way of telling her daughter’s story, too.”
Last Thursday was quite something for Perry.
He, his wife, and his son, Dan, got to go to a party in Framingham, with a special guest in attendance: the legendary Steven Van Zandt, E Street Band member and Sopranos star.
On the shop’s Facebook page, Perry wrote of a merry scene: “The walls were lined with guitars and the air was thick and redolent. Steven worked the room, mugged for pics or held court in a corner like a pro. Everyone was nice. Wine flowed. The food was better than it should have been.”
And the next morning was also something else.
As he woke up, Perry learned someone had broken into the store and lifted some cash, he said. Whoever it was got $185, and also got into a few of the mill’s other businesses, according to Perry, who had flashbacks to when the store was robbed a couple years back.
“I heard the guy who kicked in the door was captured on video and was fully masked and wore gloves,” Perry said. “I haven’t seen the video. I can’t.”
Interesting enough, as Perry is quick to point out, the thief didn’t even take any merchandise. Not the Mars Volta box set retailing for $525, and not even the signed Taylor Swift “Midnights” LP the shop was auctioning off for the Cupcake Records effort.
“They didn’t touch any of the good stuff,” said Perry, whose sense of humor is clearly among those things untaken. “I felt almost insulted.”
Perry isn’t down about what happened. He commiserated with the other community of business owners in the mill that day and felt better.
In that same Facebook post, Perry noted it wasn’t just the valuable records the thief overlooked.
“You can’t steal the bonds we’ve forged over nearly a decade, either inside that building or with customers near and far,” he wrote. “We’re fine.”
And as the shop entered that final shopping weekend before Christmas last week, those customers saw that story. And they showed up. Big time.
Vinyl Destination/Cupcake Records had one of its biggest weekends ever.
It felt alive, Perry said. It felt essential.
There was the person who brought cake. Another brought records to donate.
“My customers are freaking amazing,” he said. “They are just unreal.”
Perry said someone drew a parallel to “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Coincidentally, the 1946 masterpiece flickered away at the same time last weekend inside the mill’s in-house theater.
On the screen, undoubtedly, all of Bedford Falls came rushing in to help a man trying to do good, with Clarence’s bell ringing bright, making for that gooey-in-the-heart sense of community still desperately needed but dumbfoundedly hard to put into words, still, even in 2022.
“I don’t know,” Perry said, grasping at a description as he tried to recall it all this week. “It erased all that stuff.”
And if the old Bailey Building and Loan muddled through, so too will Cupcake Records in their annual push for the Life Raft Group this year.
Actually, make that a bit more than simply muddling through.
Perry, assuredly, said the effort will once again donate $5,000 this December — money raised through shirts and tote bag sales, yes, but also from the generously hefty donations they also receive, as well as whatever needs to come out of the shop’s cashflow to get them there.
For anyone who wants to help out, there’s still time, as the Cupcake Records efforts continue through Dec. 31.
In the meantime, Perry, perhaps a bit like George Bailey, knows just how much his cup runneth over and that love, holiday kinship, and the music — yes, the music, of course — plays on in the Mill City.
“You know, Lowell, for all its issues, can be a pretty supportive community,” he said. “It really can.”
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"World's smallest record" engraved with part of a Christmas song – New Atlas

Last year, scientists at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) got in a festive mood and created “the world’s thinnest Christmas tree.” This time, they’ve produced what they claim is the world’s smallest record, complete with a Christmas tune engraved into it.
Measuring just 40 microns (thousands of a millimeter) in diameter, the polymer record contains the first 25 seconds of the song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” It was created using a commercial device known as the NanoFrazor, which removes minuscule amounts of material from a solid piece at precise locations, eventually leaving the desired shape behind.
Not only did the NanoFrazor create the flat record disc and the graphics in its center, but it also carved an actual record-like spiraled groove into its surface, which incorporates the music signal … in stereo, no less. The lateral (side-to-side) “wriggles” of the groove represents the left audio channel, while variations in the depth of the groove represent the right channel.
Needless to say, you couldn’t play the record on a conventional turntable. “To read the groove, you need a rather costly atomic force microscope or the NanoFrazor, but it is definitely doable,” said the lead scientist, Prof. Peter Bøggild.
And while there isn’t much practical use for such tiny records, the exercise does illustrate how adept the NanoFrazor is at quickly and inexpensively producing highly detailed nanostructures – and those nanostructures could have a lot of valuable applications.
“The fact that we can now accurately shape the surfaces with nanoscale precision at pretty much the speed of imagination is a game changer for us,” said Assoc. Prof. Tim Booth. “We have many ideas for what to do next and believe that this machine will significantly speed up the prototyping of new structures. Our main goal is to develop novel magnetic sensors for detecting currents in the living brain […] We also look forward to creating precisely sculpted potential landscapes with which we can better control electron waves.”
Source: Technical University of Denmark

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