Monday, 27 December 2010

Upbeat new single, ‘Fell Into The River’ from Pete Lawrie

Pete Lawrie releases a new single, ‘Fell Into The River’, on the 31st January 2011 through Island Records. It is taken from the debut album, ‘A Little Brighter’ released on the 4th April 2011. The obvious pressure of being a hotly-tipped young artist for the coming year is something that Pete Lawrie hasn’t even considered. Confident and assured, the young Welshman soaks up the pressure and volleys it back in the shape of another soulful pop lament. The success of Pete’s limited edition EP at the tail-end of 2010, with lead-track ‘In The End’ being playlisted at national radio, and press acclaim suggesting that the next twelve months were Pete’s for the taking, has primed the now-London-resident for an exciting 2011. It’s not just these early recordings that have raised his profile so significantly, but a hefty touring schedule which started out at 2010’s festivals (Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Radio 1’s One Big Weekend, Hop Farm, Belladrum, and Cardiff’s SWN), and has seen Pete perform to thousands of potential fans as support to Paolo Nutini, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rumer, and Amy Macdonald. It has led to his recent London headline shows selling-out, and the anticipation of a debut headline tour in the Spring almost palpable. Pete blames his parents for his idiosyncratic tastes in music and for the strength of passion in his songwriting. His mother plays the oboe in the Welsh opera, his father makes woodwind instruments, and his grandfather played on the original recording of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ by The Beatles. ‘Fell Into The River’ is Pete Lawrie’s first single proper, and a joyous, acoustic-pop scorcher. It’s upbeat and jaunty in contrast with his gravel-toned, husky rasp of a voice, and it’s another expertly crafted indication of what to expect from Pete’s debut album, ‘A Little Brighter’ in April 2011.
Pete Lawrie UK Live Dates: Headline tour to be announced shortly
Pete Lawrie Single: ‘Fell Into The River’ Release Date: 31st January 2011 Label: Island Records

“Commercial ubiquity is assured” – The Guardian
“world-weary, raw-throated strum–along from the much-touted Welsh troubadour…Predicted to make waves.” – The Mirror
“The boy most likely to” – The Fly

Friday, 17 December 2010

Taio Cruz & Kylie Gonna Take You "Higher" February 14th 2011

Taio Cruz who has been dominating the UK and US singles charts with his two No.1 smashes “Break Your Heart” and “Dynamite”, joins forces with the undisputed first lady of pop Kylie Minogue on his new single “HIGHER”. The single will be released through 4th & Broadway Records on February 14th. Taio and Kylie recently met at a party in Paris hosted by legendary designer Roberto Cavalli. Both being huge fans of each other’s work, they started talking about doing a song together. Taio had been working on a brand new song called “Higher” and played it to Kylie on his iPhone. Within a matter of minutes they had booked a studio and recorded the track the very next day. This soon to be smash, as well as “Break Your Heart” and “Dynamite”, are featured on Taio’s new greatest hits album ”The Rokstarr Collection”. Following Taio’s staggering US success and due to the fact that his debut album “Departure” was never released Stateside, Universal combined the biggest hits from “Departure”, and recent album “Rokstarr”, to bring together in one hit-packed album the biggest smashes of Taio’s career. The sheer weight of hits on “The Rokstarr Collection” offers further proof that pound for pound Taio Cruz is right up there as one of the handful of guaranteed hit maker/ writer/artist/producers currently working in pop music.
The staggering US success is being mirrored across the globe with the success of both “Break Your Heart” and ”Dynamite” establishing Cruz as a bona-fide popstar in France, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Finland, Belgium and Australia. This phenomenal achievement offers further proof, if proof were needed, that in Taio Cruz, the UK has its very own top–drawer artist/songwriter/producer who can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best that the world has to offer.
“Cruz is a huge talent” - The Sun
“Taio Cruz could be Britain’s answer to P Diddy” - The Sunday Times
“Taio Cruz can play with the big boys… the finesse of Timberlake or Timberland. This man knows his way around a hit…Cruz has got it all locked down” Time Out
“a hit-maker with the midas touch, his fingerprints are all over some of the biggest and best British records of the last 12 months.” Daily Mail

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Tinchy Stryder new single ‘Gangsta?’ and ‘Let It Rain’

Following on from the phenomenon that is ‘Game Over’ Tinchy Stryder is gearing up for the release of his new single, double A-side, ‘Gangsta?’ and ‘Let It Rain’ scheduled for release on 24th January 2011. When Tinchy Stryder went into the studio with his friends to record ‘Game Over’ he knew it would be big. The album track, featuring a who’s who in the UK urban scene: Tinie Tempah, Chipmunk, Devlin, Giggs, Example and Professor Green, exploded with its exclusive first play on Tim Westwood’s Radio 1 Extra show, Zane Lowe followed crowning it Record of the Week on Radio 1 and the video amassed over a million views in under a week. Tinchy Stryder is now set for the next release, the double whammy, ‘Gangsta?/Let It Rain’. ‘Gangsta?’ showcases a harder edge to Stryder’s lyrical prowess and sound. Produced by Tinchy’s long term production partners TMS, the track plays on the difference between what it means to be ‘a gangsta’ and to be ‘gangster’. In contrast, uplifting ‘Let it Rain’, produced by Mancunian producer Nathan Retro (Giggs, JLS, Wiley) features Grammy nominated, Island Records label mate, Melanie Fiona. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Melanie Fiona has toured with Kanye West and supported Alicia Keys on her 2010 Freedom Tour. On the single ‘Let It Rain’ Melanie’s soulful vocals soar alongside Tinchy’s tight lyrical delivery all underlined by a heavy bass, machine-gun drum sets, atmospheric chords and strings. 24-year old Ghanaian born and East London raised Kwasi Danqua aka Tinchy Stryder has come a long way since the 2007 release of his independently funded debut ‘Star In the Hood’. This year alone has seen Tinchy Stryder complete a second sold out headline tour in the UK, open the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, launch the new range of his ever-expanding clothing label in JD Sports stores across the UK and start up Take Over Roc Nation with hip hop mogul Jay-Z, a 360 degree world-wide joint venture. Tinchy Stryder’s story continues to grow from strength to strength, chart topping artist, fashion entrepreneur and music industry mogul. ‘Gangsta?/Let It Rain’ will be his first single release of 2011.

Tinchy Stryder ‘Gangsta?/Let It Rain’ featuring Melanie Fiona Release date: 24th January 2011
“He came from grime, now he’s in the mainstream and thriving on LP three” 4Stars – Mojo
“They say the third album is the trickiest; luckily in Tinchy’s case, album number three completely breaks the myth” – RWD
“This guest star-studded third album adds several more extensions to his (Tinchy Stryder’s) power base” – The Mirror: The Ticket
“…an album of monster hooks” - The Times: Playlist

Devlin announces February UK Dates 2011

Devlin, Dagenham’s 21-year-old lyrical prodigy, whose universally feted debut album “bud, sweat & beers” has established him as one of the breakthrough artists of 2010, has announced 5 UK dates for the new year. The dates follow the release of Devlin’s new Island single “Let It Go” produced by and featuring Labrinth, on January 31st. As these dates are announced, Devlin’s debut album has been classified silver in the UK for sales in excess of 60,000.
The full list of dates is as follows :

Thursday Feb 24th Manchester Club Academy
Friday February 25th Glasgow 02 ABC2
Sunday February 27th Birmingham HMV Institute (The Library)
Monday February 28th Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday March 1st London 02 Academy Islington

Tickets will be available to pre-order exclusively from Devlin’s website from 9.30am on Friday December 17th and will go on general sale from Monday December 20th and will be available from & With over 18 million Devlin related views on YouTube, the country is fast discovering the grime scene’s most thoughtful spitter one line, one video view at a time and these tickets are expected to sell out quickly.


Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Download Annie Lennox new single "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" from 20th December

Taken from Lennox’s acclaimed festive album ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’ available now through Island Records. Annie Lennox, one of the most successful, iconic and talented artists of the late 20th century releases the single ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ just in time for Christmas on 20th December. ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ is accompanied by a glorious video, which is a beautiful and magical illustration of the song and the Dickensian feel that is synonymous with it. Annie Lennox oversaw the creative of the video, using the iconic Angel outfit worn in the Eurythmics unforgettable ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) video from 1985. The video is available here to view:
One of the many highlights of the brand new festival album, ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’, this powerful rendition of the mid 18th Century traditional Christmas classic will fill our hearts and minds with joyful festive spirit as we all prepare ourselves for the inevitable last minute preparations for the big day. While many version of ‘God Rest Ye…’ exist, Lennox’s version is definitely one of the most charging and uplifting with it’s heavy use of percussion and world music instruments accompanying Lennox’s distinctive and powerful voice - it’s clear that Lennox’s version will be enjoyed for many Christmas’s to come. The new Annie Lennox album ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’ features 11 traditional Christmas songs alongside a new composition, the beautiful ‘Universal Child’. The Christmas themed songs include the classics, ‘ The First Noel’ and ‘Silent Night’, while also featuring the more rarer ‘Il Est Ne Le Devin Enfant’ and Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol)’. In making the new album Annie Lennox wanted to reboot and re-energize these songs – some sacred, some secular, and all special. To strip away the varnish, the iconography, the (for want of a better word) religiosity. To restore the hymnal heart and soulful sentiment, in a manner that will appeal to listeners of all faiths, creeds and cultures. “Compassion, respect, understanding and tolerance should be at the heart of every religious faith. All too often it’s completely the opposite”. With her voice, with such sentiments, and with that passion and vision, Lennox has achieved her goal. It’s an album and idea she was, you might say, born to do – Annie Lennox’s birthday is 25th December!
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY"...there's a very different feeling expressed in this collection, with absolutely no corny sentiment or 'baby it's cold outside' warm-blanket platitudes found in most Christmas collections. " – Mojo
"Lennox's "Christmas Cornucopia" far from an exploitation item, it's one of the most deeply felt works of her career” NY Daily News
"often deeply touching" - The Guardian

Monday, 6 December 2010

Macy Grey joins SIMPLY RED on December Farewell Tour

Grammy award winning, 15 million album selling, singer-songwriter Macy Gray, one of the most unique and original artists to emerge in recent times, has been announced as the special guest on Simply Red’s Farewell tour in December. In addition, for the duration of the tour, an exclusive version of ‘The Sellout’, featuring a brand new live recording of ‘I Try’, recorded Live from Leicester Square earlier this year, will be released on iTunes for £4.99.

The full list of dates are as follows:
8th Dec London 02 Arena
9th Dec Nottingham Arena
10th Dec Glasgow SECC
12th Dec Manchester MEN Arena
14th Dec Birmingham NIA
15th Dec Birmingham NIA
16th Dec Sheffield Arena
18th Dec London 02 Arena
19th Dec London 02 Arena

Macy and full band will performing material from her recently released snd critically acclaimed album “The Sellout” as well as many of her best-loved classics from her illustrious career. The Sellout features 12 new songs and was co-written and executive produced by Gray in Los Angeles throughout 2009. Collaborators include Bobby Brown, The Bodyrockers’ Kaz James and Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum formerly of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver. “The Sellout” tells the story of how I found my salvation in just being myself instead of who other people thought I should be,” says the striking singer. “I had got to a place in my career where I tried everything that was asked of me and in doing so I lost sight of who Macy Gray really is. I spent over a year making this album without any pressure or opinions and being able to choose the co-writers, producers and artists that felt good to me. As a result, it really reflects my true identity. I feel like I have finally made the album I was capable of and that my fans wanted. These are some of my favorite songs that I’ve written.” Macy Gray first burst onto the music scene with her debut album On How Life Is and the massive hit single “I Try" both of which went number 1 all over the world. The album went on to sell 7 million copies worldwide with Gray winning a Grammy and an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. Macy Gray has gone on to sell more than 15,000,000 albums worldwide and has been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards and 6 MTV Video Music Awards. She has collaborated on stage and in the recording studio with some of music’s greatest artists including Justin Timberlake, Common, Outkast, Rick Rubin, Carlos Santana, Erykah Badu, Fergie,, John Frusciante (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nas, Mos Def and Natalie Cole, among many others. She has also appeared in numerous films including Training Day, Spider Man, Idlewild and the award winning HBO Film Lackawanna Blues
Macy Grey joins SIMPLY RED on their farewell tour & NEW EXCLUSIVE ALBUM TRACK
“The Sellout is packed with killer, soul-pop stompers” 7/10 - NME
“Ace” 4* Glamour
“The wonderfully off kilter Macy is back to put all those soul diva pretenders in their place...a classic” Marie Claire

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Devlin ‘Let It Go’ ft Labrinth Monday 23rd January 2011

‘Let It Go’ brings together two of the most potent forces in UK urban music to create an explosive future music single. Devlin is Dagenham’s 21-year-old lyrical prodigy. A lightening quick flow peppered with one-liners, cathartic street stories and fevered imagery. His fĂȘted debut ‘bud, sweat & beers’ peaked at #5 in the iTunes Chart on its release in November 2010. ‘Let It Go’ is his follow up single to the Top 20 hit ‘Runaway’. With a UK headline tour planned for February and over 18 million Devlin related views on Youtube, the country is discovering the grime scene’s most thoughtful spitter one line, one video view at a time. Producer and vocalist on this single is 21-year-old Labrinth. In the brave new world where UK hip hop talent is receiving the attention it deserves, Labrinth has emerged as a star producer. He is the man behind Tinie Tempah’s #1 single ‘Pass Out’. ‘Let It Go’ documents a relationship in turbulence. Labrinth weaves together hyperactive guitar parts, internal-organ rumbling sub bass, a half-step snare and a soaring R&B chorus into an addictive whole. Devlin commands the track, sketching the enraged back and forth of a relationship with writerly skill.
Devlin Video Clip
‘this year’s absolute must-have; conceptual, clever and conscious’ i-D
‘dazzling verbal dexterity’ Vogue
‘one of the few MCs daring to say something different’ Dazed & Confused
‘biting and intelligent…all eyes are on Devlin’ The Sun
‘highly complex and poetic’ Drowned in Sound
‘scabrously witty and precociously talented’ The Observer New Review
‘whip-smart Eminem of Essex…caustic urban realism…undeniable strife-born brilliance’ Q

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Mona ‘Trouble On The Way’ in December, new single & UK Tour

On December 13th Mona release their thunderous second single ‘Trouble On The Way’. The Nashville based band who recently signed to Island Records in the UK will make the track available through their own imprint ZionNoiz Recordings. ‘Trouble On The Way’ will be released as a digital download. A limited edition 7-inch with the b-side ‘Brick Shoes’ will also be made available through Rough Trade and other Independent Stores. ‘Trouble On The Way’ is a statement of intent from a band who looking to take 2011 by storm. The track is an unrelenting, fearless, out and out vintage rock song. The single is the follow up to Mona’s unyielding debut single ‘Listen To Your Love’ which was released in early September. Since the band’s debut release they have played their first London shows, to rave reviews, and have announced a UK tour in December. Mona will also returned to the capital in November to make their exclusive first UK t.v appearance in the last of the current series of Later with Jools Holland. Mona will play all the major cities in December. The tour will begin in London on December 7th and take in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham and Brighton. Check out their Jools Holland performance if you haven’t had the chance:
Mona have made it on to the BBC Sound of 2011 Long List, which was announced today.The Sound of 2011 winner and top five will be revealed in January.

7 December London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen 15/10 08444 771 000
9 December Glasgow Captains Rest 15/10 0844 847 2487
10 December Manchester Night & Day 15/10 0161 832 1111
11 December Birmingham The Flapper 15/10 0871 230 0010
13 December Bristol The Cooler 25/10 0845 413 4444
17 December Nottingham Bodega Social 25/10 0845 413 4444
18 December Brighton Audio 25/10 01273 709 709

Mona ‘Trouble On The Way’ new single released December 13th (Limited 7-inch and download only)
MONA: Q Magazine's 10 New Faces of 2011
“Mona are an act armed armed with an arsenal of power riff and rip-roaring choruses” The Fly
“In a time when few bands have very little to say, it’s refreshing to finally hear a fearless star in waiting telling us how it is and more importantly actually having the epic tunes to back it up” Clash
“it appears that in Mona we may have found a big-sounding, big hearted rock’n’roll band to believe in again” NME

Pearl Jam kickstart their 20th year with live compilation album

Pearl Jam release ‘Live on Ten Legs’, a classic-packed new live compilation album, January 17th on Island Records. Kicking off the band’s twentieth anniversary year and ensuing celebrations in style, the album features 18 captivating versions of Pearl Jam’s landmark tracks. ‘Live on Ten Legs’ was recorded over the course of the band’s 2003-2010 world tours by engineer John Burton. Newly remixed by longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason and remastered, the material on the record spans Pearl Jam’s 60 million selling career. The release follows Pearl Jam's victorious Hyde Park show this summer, which cemented the band’s status as one of the best live acts in the world. Included on the album are live versions of classic songs ‘Jeremy’, ‘Alive’ and ‘Spin The Black Circle’ as well as ‘Just Breathe’ and ‘The Fixer’ from their most recent album, the acclaimed ‘Backspacer’. ‘Live on Ten Legs’ will be available in CD, digital and deluxe versions. The deluxe box set version will include a CD, double LP package, four mini poster reprints, five live photos and a tour laminate. The deluxe version of 'Live on Ten Legs' can be pre-ordered at: Pearl Jam’s ‘Live on Ten Legs’ is a follow up to their 1998 live release, ‘Live on Two Legs’, which consisted of performances recorded during the band’s summer 1998 North American tour. ‘Live on Two Legs’ was certified platinum in the United States.

‘Live on Ten Legs’ Tracklisting:
1. Arms Aloft
2. World Wide Suicide
3. Animal
4. Got Some
5. State of Love And Trust
6. I Am Mine
7. Unthought Known
8. Rearview Mirror
9. The Fixer
10. Nothing As It Seems
11. In Hiding
12. Just Breathe
13. Jeremy
14. Public Image
15. Spin the Black Circle
16. Porch
17. Alive
18. Yellow Ledbetter

For a live video of "Unthought Known", visit:
Pearl Jam is Eddie Vedder/Mike McCready/Stone Gossard/ Jeff Ament/Matt Cameron
Pearl Jam kickstart their 20th year with live compilation album ‘Live on Ten Legs’ out January 17th