Saturday, 20 February 2010

Tinashe to guest on The Noisettes UK Tour

Tinashe 'Mayday' E.P. Released March 1st - Special Guest On The Noisettes UK TourHaving travailed from Zimbabwe to Hackney via a zig-zagging journey of displacement, new star Tinashé releases 'Mayday' - his scintillating, indispensable E.P, March 1st on Mango Records. Tinashé kicked off the New Year with a series of club shows including a 'New To Q Session', January 29th alongside Marina & The Diamonds. Tinashé was in imperious form throughout and further proof that he is one of the most impressive new live artists out there. Tinashé now plays a series of shows up and down the UK as special guest for The Noisettes. Written and produced by Tinashé, 'Mayday' signals the first glimpse of his charming, unique sound, with his forthcoming debut album set for an early summer release. Most musicians will tell you that they've struggled for their art, paid their dues. Living in Highfield, a place that gave birth to Robert Mugabe is one thing, living in a township of squalor without your mother or father in a 'house' stacked with 9 other relatives run on candle light not electricity, was 5,042 miles from being ideal. Tinashé has a wonderful gift for filtering his own life experiences into supremely addictive pop. The centrepiece is Tinashe's signature vocal, instantly recognisable and easily sliding from giddy to urgent. This 4-track collection comprises of smart pop songs from a star-in-waiting. From subtle strings and flashes of guitar on 'Mayday' to the tear-dropping sound of his native instrument, the mbira on 'Miss You' - all played by Tinashé it's the work of an artist who's fully formed and not learning the ropes. Featured on the E.P. is a collaboration with Kissy Sell Out on 'Come On Over (This Could Be Love)', who has been championing the track on Radio One. There is also a So Shifty remix of 'Mayday' - the German DJ has been topping the hype machine after recently working with Ezra from Vampire Weekend on the hit single 'Warm Heart Of Africa'.

Tinashé's UK dates

February
Thu 18th ABERDEEN, Music Hall with The Noisettes
Fri 19th EDINBURGH, Picture House with The Noisettes
Sat 20th SHEFFIELD, Academy with The Noisettes
Mon 22nd NOTTINGHAM, Rock City with The Noisettes
Tue 23rd CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange with The Noisettes
Wed 24th BOURNEMOUTH, Opera House with The Noisettes
Fri 26th BRIGHTON, Dome with The Noisettes
Sat 27th LONDON, Roundhouse with The Noisettes
Sun 28th LONDON, Roundhouse with The Noisettes
March
Tue 2nd MANCHESTER, Academy with The Noisettes
Wed 3rd NEWCASTLE, Academy with The Noisettes
Thu 4th LIVERPOOL, Academy with The Noisettes
Fri 5th BRISTOL, Academy with The Noisettes

Saturday, 13 February 2010

New Star Tinashé to release ‘Mayday’ EP

Tinashe‘Mayday’ E.P. Released on Mango Records March 1st - 12” & Download
Having travailed from the townships of Highfield, Zimbabwe to Hackney via a zig-zagging journey of displacement, new star Tinashé releases ‘Mayday’ – his scintillating, indispensable E.P, March 1st on the re-launched Mango Records.Written and produced by Tinashé, ‘Mayday’ signals the first glimpse of his charming, unique sound, with his forthcoming debut album set for an early summer release. Tinashé has a wonderful gift for filtering his own life experiences into supremely addictive pop. The centrepiece is Tinashe's signature vocal, instantly recognisable and easily sliding from giddy to urgent.This 4-track collection comprises of smart pop songs from a star-in-waiting. From subtle strings and flashes of guitar on ‘Mayday’ to the tear-dropping sound of his native instrument, the mbira on ‘Miss You’ - all played by Tinashé it’s the work of an artist who's fully formed and not learning the ropes. Featured on the E.P. is a collaboration with Kissy Sell Out on ‘Come On Over (This Could Be Love)', who has been championing the track on his Radio 1 show. There is also a So Shifty remix of ‘Mayday’ - the German DJ has been topping the hype machine after recently working with Ezra from Vampire Weekend on the hit single ‘Warm Heart Of Africa’.Tinashé has been sharpening his craft and stoking the fire with a handful of low-key acoustic performances at Lock Tavern (Young and Lost Club) and Dingwalls.
Tracklisting:
1. Mayday
2. Come On Over (This Could Be Love) with Kissy Sell Out
3. Miss You
4. May Day (So Shifty Remix)
www.myspace.com/tinashemusic

Friday, 12 February 2010

First Shakespears Sister album for over a decade

Shakespears Sister Album: Songs From The Red Room released on Cargo April 12
EP: It's A Trip - March 29
"I just want to make intelligent, exciting pop records and wrestle it back from what it's become, because in the last ten years it's been seen as this inferior thing that is associated with Pop Idol and X Factor. But my heroes were Bowie and Roxy - what are they if they are not pop music? It's a brilliant art form - it's the thing that excites me most in my life." - Siobhan Fahey
'Songs From The Red Room' is the first Shakespears Sister album for over a decade. Siobhan Fahey returns to a pop landscape that has dramatically changed during her career of more than 20 years, and yet this album represents a female pop icon at the top of her game, as effortlessly innovative and exciting as any of her contemporaries. 'Songs From The Red Room' features collaborations with Terry Hall ('Was It Worth It?') and Whitey ('Pulsatron'). Tracks like 'Bad Blood' channel Donna Summer via Goldfrapp, while 'It's A Trip' is a shining example of electro-disco, building the sounds of Dalston basement clubs into anthemic pop brilliance. One of the tracks, 'Bitter Pill', has been reworked by The Pussycat Dolls. Siobhan Fahey originally started Shakespears Sister in 1988, and by the early 90's they were a phenomenon. 1992's 'Stay' was number one for 8 weeks. Before this, as any student of pop will know, she was a member of pioneering girl band Bananarama. In recent years she has focused her efforts on being a songwriter, DJ and filmmaker. Siobhan takes Shakespears Sister on tour in April, for the first time in 15 years. The dates are:
Fri 16 Apr O2 Academy2 Liverpool
Sat 17 Apr O2 ABC2 Glasgow
Sun 18 Apr O2 Academy2 Newcastle
Tue 20 Apr O2 Academy Bristol
Wed 21 Apr O2 Academy2 Birmingham
Thu 22 Apr Bloomsbury Ballroom, London
Sat 24 Apr O2 Academy2 Sheffield
Sun 25 Apr Concorde 2, Brighton
'Songs From The Red Room' is preceded by an EP 'It's A Trip' on March 29. The EP includes mixes of 'It's a Trip' from Small Town Boy, Bis, Punx Soundcheck, Apollo 440, LorD and Master and Stems. It also includes 'C U Tonight' (demo), 'Dedication' and 'Heroine' (Gully's Ingestion Mix).
The full tracklisting for Songs From The Red Room is:
Pulsatron (Whitey Mix)
Bad Blood
Was It Worth It? (With Terry Hall)
It's A Trip
Hot Room
A Man In Uniform
You're Alone
Bitter Pill
Cold
You're Not Yourself
A Loaded Gun
Bonus Tracks:
Bad Blood (Jagz Kooner Mix)
Pulsatron (Gully Mix)
Cold (Death In Vegas Mix) The album was produced by Siobhan Fahey and Stephen Gallifent.
Find Tickets
www.shakespearssister.co.uk

Monday, 8 February 2010

Lil Wayne present Young Money - "We are Young Money"

The elite 11 who make up the Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown all-star roster are preparing to take over the game with the digital release of their debut album, We Are Young Money, on February 1st. Young Money Entertainment (YME), which was founded in 2005, is the brainchild of Lil Wayne, the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum, critically acclaimed President of Cash Money Records. YME is an imprint of Cash Money Records and will be distributed by Universal Motown Records. Lil Wayne and his childhood friend Mack Maine, who is both signed to YME as an artist and serves as the President of the company, handpicked the label’s talented roster, which includes hip hop’s newest superstar Drake, Jae Millz, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Gudda Gudda, Shanell, Lil Chuckee, Lil Twist, and T-Streetz, all of whom form the group Young Money. Young Money’s debut album, We Are Young Money, features many of today’s hottest producers, including Cool & Dre, Tha Bizness (Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg), KANE (Plies, Juelz Santana), David Banner, Infamous (Lil Wayne, Plies, LL Cool J), and Chase N. Cashe (Flo-Rida, Pussycat Dolls). Cash Money Co-CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams, Gucci Mane, and Short Dawg also lend their talent to the album. We Are Young Money features first US single “Bedrock,” featuring Lloyd, which is flying at US radio. Produced by KANE, the cheeky hit showcases the talents of Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga and Jae Millz. Young Money’s collective strengths are considerable; not only has Lil Wayne sold 10 million records and scored eight Grammy nominations, but Drake’s debut single, “Best I Ever Had,” claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s R&B and Hip-Hop Songs charts. Young Money’s diverse talent hails from North, South, East, and West; they range in age from pre-teen to their mid-twenties; but what they all share in common is genuine star quality and undisputed street credibility. Tracklisting as follows:
“WE ARE YOUNG MONEY” Sequence1. GOODER
2. EVERYGIRL IN THE WORLD
3. MS. PARKER
4. WIFE B**TER
5. NEW S***
6. PASS THE DUTCH feat. Shawt Dawg
7. PLAY IN MY BAND
8. F*** DA BULLS*** feat. Birdman
9. BEDROCK feat. Lloyd
10. GIRL I GOT YOU
11. STEADY MOBBIN feat. Gucci Mane
12. ROGER THAT
13. SHE IS GONE
14. STREETS IS WATCHIN
15. FINALE

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Mumford & Sons to release new single "The Cave"

Mumford & Sons release their new single, ‘The Cave’ through Gentlemen Of The Road / Island Records on the 1st March 2010. It is taken from the band’s critically acclaimed Top 10 debut album, ‘Sigh No More’. Mumford & Sons have begun this decade much as they ended the last, with word-of-mouth recommendations and a fearsome live reputation helping them to become one of the most significant (and unexpected) British success stories in recent years. After Sigh No More charted at Number 11 in the UK album chart in October 2009, the album has quietly kept on selling - rising to a new high of Number 7 in January and shifting over 200,000 copies in the process. Meanwhile, the folk-rockers have been taking their euphoric live shows across the globe. A unique tour of India at the close of December included sold-out performances in Pune, New Delhi and Hyderabad. While they were there, the band decamped to a studio in New Delhi to collaborate with a collective of Rajasthani musicians (the resulting recordings are due to appear sometime this year). The band's rapidly-expanding following is now set to grow further still, as they embark on their first tour of Australia (where Sigh No More rocketed into the album charts at Number4). That will be followed by a series of much-anticipated American shows, before they return to the UK and Ireland for a triumphant spring tour, which has already sold out completely. The Cave is the follow-up to Winter Winds, which attracted enormous radio airplay (including a place on the Radio 1 A-list), providing a timely soundtrack as Britain found itself blanketed in unrelenting snow. With The Cave's pounding tale of hope and defiance already looking set for similar success, 2010 is clearly shaping up to be Mumford & Sons' year.
Mumford & Sons Live:
January/February – Australia & New Zealand Tour
February – American Tour
3rd March – Glasgow O2 ABC  - SOLD OUT
4th March - Manchester Academy 1 – SOLD OUT
6th March - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – SOLD OUT
7th March - Newcastle University – SOLD OUT
9th March – Liverpool O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
10th March - Cambridge Junction – SOLD OUT
12th March - Brighton Corn Exchange – SOLD OUT
13th March - London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire – SOLD OUT
14th March – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – SOLD OUT
16th March – Edinburgh Queen’s Hall – SOLD OUT
18th March - Dublin The Academy – SOLD OUT
20th March - Belfast Mandela Hall – SOLD OUT
April – European Tour  
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“The success story of 2009” – NME
”2010’s new folk heroes” – Big Issue
“There is something rave-like about the Mumford live experience” – The Word
 “Barnstorming…their four voices sound as one unstoppable force, brushing aside anything in its path” – Evening Standard

Rebirth for Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne, the undisputed hottest rapper in the world, who recently slayed London audiences with three sold out shows at the Hammersmith Apollo, follows his 4 x Grammy winning multi-platinum masterpiece “Tha Carter III” with the release on February 1st of “Rebirth”, the most eagerly anticipated hip hop record in years. 2010 is proving a boon for Lil Wayne fans with the release on January 25th of Young Money Entertainment’s first release “We Are Young Money”, featuring all the hotly tipped artists on Weezy’s label including Drake and Nicki Minaj. A game-changing artist, Dwanye Michael Carter, Jr., aka Weezy F Baby, is one of the most prolific artists in music. Since establishing himself with the Hot Boys and his early solo albums, he became best known for the astonishing amount of music he released whether it be his acclaimed mixtapes, or special guest features on other artists work. The sheer breath, quality and volume of music featuring the New Orleans born rapper, made it difficult to argue against his self-proclaimed title of World’s Greatest Rapper. His position at the very top of the hip hop game was cemented last year. The year 2008 belonged to Lil Wayne, it was the year Tha Carter III entered the US Billboard chart at no. 1 selling over 1 million copies in its first week. It was the year Wayne was nominated for 8 Grammy’s, more nominations than any other artist including Coldplay and Jay-Z, and took home 4. It was the year he was named MTV Man of the Year, the year he created and released the biggest selling, most critically acclaimed, album in America across any genre, and the year where he went from Hip Hop Messiah to Global superstar. Since the success of Tha Carter III, Wayne has launched his own record label, Young Money Records and already one of his first signings the Canadian born rapper Drake, whose single “Best I Ever Had” topped the US charts for 5 weeks, is being talked about as THE most exciting new voice in hip hop. 

World Cup & Africa Inspired Song By Akon


“OH AFRICA” FEAT KERI HILSON
Senegalese born Global superstar Akon, has sold over 1.5 million albums and even more singles in the UK alone, and over 8 million albums world wide. It comes as no surprise that Akon was chosen to team up with Pepsi to sing the World Cup inspired song for this summer’s tournament in South Africa. ‘Oh Africa is a fitting ode to the nation hosting the World Cup, and sung patriotically by one of the continent’s most loved figures. Akon is joined by R&B’s woman of the moment, Keri Hilson, who shares vocals alongside him. The Soweto Gospel Choir, the thirty-plus member ensemble who memorably performed at the first of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concerts in Cape Town in 2003, also team up with Akon on the single. Not forgetting a group of fifteen specially picked young people from across the world, who sing with the choir to form the chorus, representing the unity of the World Cup. The video to accompany the song was directed by Gill Green, who has previously directed videos for Akon himself and Lil Wayne. The colourful and uplifting video features cameo appearances from two of the world’s greatest strikers Chelsea and the Ivory Coasts Didier Drogba and Liverpool and Spains Fernando Torres. ‘Oh Africa’ is released digitally on February 1st 2010, and all proceeds made from the single will be donated to Akon’s Konfidence Foundation.