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After the two million debut albums sold for 'We Started Nothing' in 2008, the four million singles sold via 'Great DJ', 'That's Not My Name' and 'Shut Up And Let Me Go', the 'Best Album' Ivor Novello Award in May 2009, the Grammy nomination for 'Best New Artist' in December 2009, their music and songs sound-tracking contemporary culture itself from 'Gossip Girl' to 'One Tree Hill' to 'Slumdog Millionaire' and the now iconic 2008 iPod commercial which saw 'Shut Up And Let Me Go' storm non stop around the planet, the Ting Tings, naturally, felt insane.
In two rollercoaster years, the Manchester DIY pop-art titans had a brace of global No.1 singles and appeared on the planet's live stages as the world's most dynamic duo: an inscrutable man called Jules De Martino giving his all on the drums, while their vocal powerhouse Katie White, armed with giant bass drum and a guitar hanging down her back, shouted out their punk-pop anthems.
The Ting Tings are that rarest of pop phenomena: a globally successful pop band with the heart of the art-school punks. Formed in Salford in 2007, Katie is the Mancunian â€high street pop headâ€ (vocals, bass drum, guitar, cowbell, lyrics, melodies) to Jules' avant-garde sensibility (drums, loop pedals, bass, piano, keyboards, songs, backing vocals, a Londoner of Italian extraction with a degree in Fine Art). Acquaintances since around 2002, they forged a friendship and musical relationship in Manchester through a mutual appreciation of Talking Heads and great songs. They became total DIY purists who not only wrote, played and produced the music themselves but created their own art-work, video concepts, stage-shows, styled themselves and oversaw their websites.
We have a pair of tickets to The Ting Tings at The Academy on Wednesday 20th June to give away,. Simply answer the question correctly to be entered into the draw. Competition closes Monday 18th June.