Thursday 20 January 2011

Next Big thing Lauren Pritchard new single "Stuck" and February live dates

Hugely acclaimed Jackson Tennessee born, London based singer-songwriter Lauren Pritchard, whose 2010 debut album “Wasted In Jackson” introduced an artist with a remarkable voice and a song-writing talent to match, has her new single “ Stuck” released on February 28th through Spilt Milk/ Island Records. Lauren has also been confirmed as the headlining act on one of HMV’s Next Big thing tours. Support comes from Gabrielle Alpin and Natalie McColl. The dates are as follows: 2nd Feb – Birmingham Glee Club
3rd Feb – Manchester Day and Night
5th Feb – Glasgow King Tuts
8th Feb – LONDON Borderline - Headline HMV Next Big Thing Festival
9th Feb – Bristol Louisiana
Lauren Pritchard was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee and played piano from an early age. When she reached the age of 16, she headed, alone, to LA where she sang in a band, fell in love, broke up, ran out of money and was on her way back to Jackson, dream in tatters, when one of her close friends, insisted she move in with them. The friend was Riley Keogh whose mum is Lisa Marie Presley. Lauren lived with them for 8 months during which time she landed a starring role in the highly acclaimed, hard-hitting contemporary musical ‘Spring Awakening’. The show hit the big-time and soon Lauren was re-locating to New York where she performed on Broadway for two years. With the phenomenal success of “Spring Awakening” Lauren landed a record deal. Unfortunately things didn’t work out with the label and they went their separate ways. A chance meeting with Ivor Novello-winning songwriter Eg White, who had heard and been blown away by Lauren’s demos, lead to her decision to once again up sticks and move, alone again, to her third big city, London. Her collaborations with Eg were soon producing a batch of incredible songs and Island Records, aware that they has found a serious talent, wasted no time in securing Lauren’s signature. Work on the debut album started in earnest and just a year after arriving in England, to make the record she had long dreamed of making, “Wasted In Jackson” was finished. Audiences have had plenty of opportunities to see Lauren performing live in the last year including festival appearances at Glastonbury and Latitude, shows with Paul Weller, Professor Green, James Morrison and Florence & The Machine to name but a few.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY“Her songs will give you goosebumps” GRAZIA
“One of the most remarkable voices you’ll hear all year...mesmerising” ELLE
“Wonderful, brooding, strung-out soul from the Tennesseean”. SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE
“Lauren Pritchard’s got a hell of a lot of soul” THE FADER

Wednesday 19 January 2011

“Stomp Stomp", Jessie J’s arrived

“Stomp Stomp, I’ve arrived!” struts the opening lyric of Jessie J’s debut single, ‘Do It Like A Dude’ – a heavy urban-pop tune set to juddering beats and laced with her own brand of ghetto-fabulous, sordid swagger. The instantaneous skank-inducing debut is getting incredible airplay support from the likes of Kiss (B-list), 1Xtra (A-list) and Radio 1. The white hot remix from man-of-the-moment and good pal Labrinth rocketed Jessie J straight to the top of the HypeMachine chart in under 24 hours an impressive 3 months ahead of release. Last year saw Jessie J give a highly applauded performance on the legendary TV show ‘Later.. with Jools Holland’ while the ‘Do it Like a Dude’ video (currently the VIP video across the Box, 4 Music and The Hits) has become an internet phenomenon receiving a staggering 2 million YouTube views in just one week. The unbelievable demand for Jessie J’s live shows has seen her sell out three London dates in as many weeks. The 22-year old, Essex-born songwriter has penned tunes for the likes of Alicia Keyes, toured with Chris Brown and notably wrote Miley Cyrus’s Number One billboard smash ‘Party In The USA!’’ While her multi-octave voice and self-made attitude has earned Jessie J the respect of music’s glitterati; from Justin Timberlake commenting ‘Who is the best singer? Jessie J!’, to Cyndi Lauper pulling her on stage at Shepherds Bush to sing her legendary anthem ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ alongside her. ‘Do It Like A Dude’ is a ghetto-chic, crotch-grabbing, urban-pop diamond amongst the rough which cements Jessie J’s debut album (out in March) firmly in place as one of the most anticipated releases of 2011.
Click to shop Jessie J Do it LIke a Dude Download Tracks 

Thursday 13 January 2011

MONA kick off 2011 with thunderous new single..‘Teenager’

Having recently been certified as Nashville’s newest and hottest export, Mona return to the UK (for the third time in six months) to perform a series of live shows that coincide with the release of their first single of 2011. ‘Teenager’ will be released on February 28th through the band’s own imprint Zion Noiz Recordings/Island Records on digital download and limited edition 7-inch. ‘Teenager’ is the soundtrack for a new generation, an angst driven anthem with vintage roots. Passion, obsession, longing and desire are the backdrop to this gigantic juggernaut of a song. “All people have desire and need more than just themselves, you love love but can’t find a love” says frontman Nick Brown on the theme of the song. Mona finished 2010 on a high after appearing on Later...With Jools Holland, being tipped by all key music press including the BBC Sound Poll and being selected for MTV’s Brand New For 2011. This is not to mention ‘Trouble On The Way’ being record of the week on BBC Radio 1. The band also recorded a session with The Guardian which you can see here. Following a sell out regional UK tour in December, Mona return to the UK in January / February for a string of live shows. The band have also been confirmed for one of NME’s Award shows at London’s Relentless Garage, a Q Live show and a free show in association with Channel 4 drama ‘Skins’. Mona will be supporting The Walkmen in January and February on tour. Full tour listings below.

January 17th - London - Q Live - Concrete
January 19th - Glasgow - Oran Mor
January 20th - Manchester - Central Methodist Hall
January 21st - Bristol - Trinity
January 22nd - Oxford - O2 Academy
January 26th - London - MTV Brand New - Koko
January 27th - London - Skins Show - Brixton The Coronet

February 16th - Belfast - Auntie Annie’s
February 17th - Dublin - Whelan’s
February 19th - Lancaster - Lancaster Library
February 20th - Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
February 21st - London - NME Awards Show - Relentless Garage

March 7th - Stoke-On-Trent - Sugarmill
March 8th - Liverpool - O2 Academy 2
March 9th - Glasgow - King Tut’s
March 11th - Leeds - Cockpit
March 12th - Oxford - O2 Academy 2

MONA kick off 2011 with thunderous new single..‘Teenager’ out February 28th
“it appears that in Mona we may have found a big-sounding, big hearted rock’n’roll band to believe in again” NME
“Mona are very much rock’n’roll’s great white hopes” The Guardian
“Mona are an act armed with an arsenal of power riff and rip-roaring choruses” The Fly

Monday 10 January 2011

CocknBullKid is poised and ready to take on 2011

CocknBullKid is poised and ready to take on 2011 and what better way to kick things off than with the massive single ‘Hold On to Your Misery’?  We all know and cherish Miss Anita Blay – from early one off 7”’s exciting the senses, her potential to grow from coolness of the underground to a true pop sensation has always been huge. Now she’s up there with the new crop of truly exciting and talented British girls and boy, has it been worth the wait. Where 2010 was all about the planning, the writing, the studio, the touring (with Marina & Kele just lately to name but a couple), this year holds big things for CocknBullKid. Following ‘One Eye Closed’ which enjoyed superb radio support at R1, 6 Music, XFM, NME and Q, ‘Hold On To Your Misery’ is an out and out smash of a pop song, whilst retaining that distinctive cool and sassy CocknBullKid sound. It’s what Blay calls 'an anti-anthem'. "It's about stopping putting so much value on being happy. When I'm happy, things start to drop. Sometimes you have to go back to that point when you're 14 and you think everyone hates you." Her debut album ‘Adulthood’ is due in April and no–one could even begin to deny that she’s completely nailed it. Co-written by Chilly Gonzales and produced by Liam Howe, it’s fast becoming apparent that CocknBullKid is in possession of the most interesting, credible pop record of  2011.
Hold On To Your Misery Moshi Moshi / Island Records February 20th

‘The deal-clincher in Blay’s talent bank is her ability to convey relish, menace, a desire to experiment and the sense that her work is always teetering on the edge of chaos, all set to melodies to die for. Watch her go.’ Sunday Times Culture
‘CocknBullKid is the Candi Staton for the MacBook generation…standout track ‘Misery’ is a mixture of self-doubt and ambition set to a storming disco beat.’ NME
‘ – a serious one to watch’ The Sun

Friday 7 January 2011

A new PJ Harvey single, The Words That Maketh Murder

A new PJ Harvey single, The Words That Maketh Murder, will be released digitally by Island Records on 17th January 2011. It will be the first release from Harvey's forthcoming album Let England Shake due out February. Following the digital release on 17th January, The Words That Maketh Murder will be released on 7" vinyl on 7th February 2011 backed with an exclusive track The Guns Called Me Back Again, recorded during the Let England Shake album session. Award-winning war photographer Seamus Murphy has produced a series of short films - containing reportage footage shot around England and performance footage of Harvey - for each song on the album. His film for The Last Living Rose is currently on Let England Shake, scheduled for release on 14th February, is Harvey's eighth studio album. The record received a 5 star review in the current issue of Q magazine and Mojo writes ‘…of all her many guises – this may be her most powerful… more than ever, Polly Harvey was made for these times’ In addition to a run of already sold-out shows planned for February, PJ Harvey has confirmed an appearance at the Portishead curated All Tomorrow’s Parties event on July 23rd at Alexandra Palace in London. 2011 will also see a return to the festival circuit for Harvey.