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Ray Davies is one of the finest songwriters this country has produced, but when I try to say so he holds up a hand in protest. “I know myself. I’m not very good at what I do.” That’s not false modesty. Even after five decades of fame and fortune, he suffers from melancholy and self-doubt. But it is absurd, coming from a man chosen to star in the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Read more at telegraph.co.uk.

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The Top 2000 is a radio program on the Dutch radio station Radio 2, and has been broadcast since 1999. It is broadcast annually at the end of the year. The top 2000 was created in 1999 as part of activities surrounding the passing into the new millennium. The idea was to finish the year 1999, and enter the year 2000, with the 2000 best songs ever made. From the start of 1999, the listeners of Radio 2 were asked to select a song along with any special memories attached to the song, and send it to Radio 2 via mail or email. At the start of November 1999, these songs were placed on a website, and the voting was started. This led to the Top 2000. In 2002 a television show was added to the Top 2000, called the Top 2000 a Go-Go, which shows clips of parts of the list, along with interviews and other items. Since 2003, Radio 2, along with NPS, a public TV-broadcaster, has been organizing the Top 2000 in concert, where famous Dutch artists are invited to sing one of their favorite songs, along with one of their own songs. The concert is usually broadcast on New Year’s Eve, right after the top 2000 has ended.

The Dutch band The Hype recently launched a new initiative called hyped Sessions. A series of videos showing the band in a pop classics “hyped jacket” sticks to show where the band gets its inspiration. In this second video hyped the band plays the beautiful Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks.

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