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  1. 10 Best-Selling Hardcover Fiction Books in 2006

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    horus music turns 10As we continue to look at the many delights that came out of 2006, we look at some of the best-sellers of the year, including the 10 Best-Selling Paperback Books.

    1. Mitch Albom – For One More Day

    For One More Day is a philosophical novel. As with his previous books, it features mortality as a central theme. The book tells the story of a troubled man and his mother, and explores how people might use the opportunity to spend a day with a lost relative.

    2. James Patterson – Cross

    Cross is James Patterson’s 12th novel featuring his most famous character, Alex Cross. Cross gains the chance at last to capture the psychopath who murdered Alex’s wife, Maria. Patterson also goes back in time to answer the questions fans have been asking since the first Alex Cross appearance in Along Came A Spider.

    3. Nicholas Sparks – Dear John

    An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life–until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart.

    4. Michael Crichton – Next

    Next takes place in the present world, where both the government and private investors spend billions of dollars every year on genetic research. The novel follows many characters, including transgenic animals, in the quest to survive in a world dominated by genetic research, corporate greed, and legal interventions.

    5. Thomas Harris – Hannibal Rising

    It is a prequel to his three previous books featuring his most famous character, the cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.

    6. Stephen King – Lisey’s Story

    Lisey’s Story is a novel by Stephen King that combines the elements of psychological horror and romance. It is the story of Lisey Landon, the widow of a famous and wildly successful novelist, Scott Landon. The book tells two stories—Lisey’s story in the present, and the story of her dead husband’s life, as remembered by Lisey during the course of the novel.

    7. Janet Evanovich – Twelve Sharp

    Twelve Sharp, published in 2006, is the 12th novel by Janet Evanovich featuring the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. While chasing down the usual cast of miscreants and weirdos Stephanie discovers that a crazed woman is stalking her. The woman dresses in black, carries a 9mm Glock, and has a bad attitude and a mysterious connection to dark and dangerous Carlos Manoso …street name, Ranger.

    8. Stephen King – Cell

    Cell is an apocalyptic horror novel  which follows a New England artist struggling to reunite with his young son after a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network turns the majority of his fellow humans into mindless vicious animals.

    9. James Patterson and Peter de Jonge – Beach Road

    Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His principal clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and mega-celebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll.

    10. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro – The 5th Horseman

    An angel of death is stalking the halls of a San Francisco hospital. Recuperating patients on the verge of release are suddenly stricken and die. Nobody can identify the cause — or the culprit. In their most gripping case yet, James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club convenes to track down a killer who hides among healers. A powerful hospital and courtroom thriller.

  2. Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016

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    Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is taking place across six days from April 27th – May 2nd. The festival is hosted in a tented festival village in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens, featuring a Big Top stage, the Jazz Arena, a new Family Tent featuring workshops, performances and sing-alongs and a food and drink area surrounding the Free Stage.

    Horus Music is one of the proud sponsors and will also be sponsoring the Free Stage.

    Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016

    The 2016 Cheltenham Jazz Festival will once again deliver a hugely diverse programme that combines established stars with up and coming talent from across the worlds of jazz, blues, pop and soul and will also see the initiation of an expanded ‘…around town’ programme featuring pop up gigs and performances in various indoor and outdoor spaces across Cheltenham.

    In what is arguably its most star-studded line-up to date, this year’s festival will feature performances from Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lianne La Havas, the queen of UK soul Beverley Knight, Elbow front man Guy Garvey performing tracks from his 2015 album Courting The Squall, a show by popular UK songstress Corinne Bailey Rae ahead of the release of her hotly-tipped third album, a special Quincy Jones-themed concert featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra & Guy Barker Big Band with guest appearances from Liv Warfield and Madeline Bell, and a closing night concert from the festival’s Artistic Curator Jamie Cullum.

    These names join the long list of more international artists that includes US vocalist José James, Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanborn, visionary US trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Meadow performing a tribute to pianist John Taylor, prodigious multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, Australian future-soul band Hiatus Kaiyote, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, the Becca Stevens Band, Ibibio Sound Machine, the UK premiere of  saxophonist Julian Argüelles’ Let It Be Told project, Giovanni Guidi Trio, Omar Sosa’s Quarteto AfroCubano and Rom Schaerer Eberle.

    Tickets are available from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz or on 01242 850 270.

     

  3. Nikki’s Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

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    horus music turns 10Digital Marketing Manager Nikki is the latest team member to give us her guilty pleasures, there’s a bit of all sorts on this list, but it makes for fun listening.

    Listen along with us on Spotify.

    1. Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart

    I don’t care that he hasn’t had much musical success since, or whatever the hell his daughter is up to this week (seriously, what is she doing?!), if this comes on I’ll be singing and dancing along! Achy Breaky Heart was the debut single of the man who made the mullet famous, along with the phrase “Business at the front, party at the back”. The music video shows Cyrus playing the song live and clearly having the time of his life!

    2. Rebecca Black – Friday

    Is it possible for a song to be so bad that it becomes good? Everyone knew this song for all the wrong reasons and it is a real ear-worm. The music video first gained popularity after comedian Michael J. Nelson called it “the worst video ever made” and the rest is history. The original video was removed from YouTube due to legal issues, by which point it had 167 million+ views with over 3.1 million dislikes, however it has since been re-uploaded and currently has 1.6 million dislikes. Rebecca was able to laugh at herself in the end though and produced a sequel to this gem – get ready for Saturday.

    3. Toni Basil – Mickey

    There are many reasons why I love this song, and these lyrics are just one of them “So come on and give it to me anyway you can / Anyway you want to do it, I’ll take it like a man.” Says it all really. Random fact of the day: Toni changed the original name of the song from ‘Kitty’ to ‘Mickey’ to make the song about a man.

    4. Aqua – Barbie Girl

    It is definitely possible to sing both male and female parts of this song on your own, but it is even better in a group. Let’s be honest, we’ve all done it. Besides, have you seen the music video to this? It’s typical 90s cheese and I love it, the resulting music video is, quite frankly, hilarious.  “Come on Barbie, let’s go party …”

    5. Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time

    Taking it all the way back to Britney’s debut single, it’s pretty hard not to at least sing along to this, and it is another 90s classic. Most 90s pop songs could make my ultimate guilty pleasures really, it really was a golden era of music ;) ‘…Baby One More Time’ was originally an unused song from Toni Braxton that Britney recorded as the demo that ultimately got her the record deal, so basically we have Toni to thank for Britney’s later hits that included ‘Oops! … I Did it Again’, ‘If You Seek Amy’ and ‘Circus’.

    6. A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place – Dolly Parton and Theresa Merrit 

    This is from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas which is the first film Dolly’s I Will Always Love You was used in (way before Whitney Houston covered it). As the name of the film suggests, it is a musical about a brothel in Texas whose nickname is the “Chicken Ranch”, a local news reporter tries to get the Chicken Ranch shut down and the Sheriff intervenes in an attempt to save it. There are a bunch of songs in the film but this one has to be up there as one of my favourites, it’s just all kinds of great!

    7. Scissor Sisters – Lets Have A Kiki

    There’s no guilt here, I just wanted an excuse to listen to this song again, it’s just one of those songs that never fails to get you in a good mood. Afterall, how can you be sad when you’re having a kiki? FYI “A kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves / where spilling tea, and dishing just desserts one may deserve.” I’ll refrain from doing the dance this time though. Or maybe the fact that I know the dance could be the reason for the guilt.

    8. Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 – Your Makeup is Terrible

    This song is terrible and the video is in a world of its own, but it gets in your head and you feel like it will never ever leave you. It’s amazing. The video does get rather weird for a minute or so in the middle, but it does improve again if you have the will power to stick with it.

    9. Steps – Tragedy

    The theme song for almost every childhood party I attended, and yet another song with dance moves attached – there’s definitely a theme here. Tragedy was originally a hit song for the Bee Gees, but it is much more well known as a hit for Steps (especially for people my age). It was a sad, sad day when they broke up, and although they have reformed once or twice, it just isn’t the same.

    10. RuPaul – Sissy That Walk

    As much as some of us complain about this song, when it comes on in a bar/club you basically have no option but to join in, strut down that dance floor like it’s a catwalk and Sissy That Walk! Tip: when watching the music video, keep an eye on Victoria “Pork Chop” Parker (the one on the right), she’s great!