Tuesday 28 February 2012


Multiple Grammy-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne joins forces with fellow US superstar Bruno Mars for the release of his brand new Young Money/Cash Money single “Mirrors”. The video for the single has already racked up an astonishing 30 million views and looks set to give Weezy his biggest UK hit single to date. “Mirrors” is taken from Wayne’s current no. 1 album “Tha Carter IV”, the follow-up to his game-changing 2008 set “Tha Carter III”. “THA CARTER IV” is Wayne’s 10th album in all, and sees the New Orleans rapper returning to his hip hop roots and cementing his reputation as the greatest rapper alive. The last decade has seen Weezy establish himself as arguably the most influential artist hip hop has seen in years, with more than 10 million records sold, a staggering eight Grammy nominations for the seminal Tha Carter III, and shattering records by selling over one million copies in its first week of release.
LIL WAYNE FT. BRUNO MARS MIRRORS New Single out 5th March 

Sunday 26 February 2012

Tinchy Stryder new track ‘Bright Lights’ Feat. Pixie Lott out 27th February

Tinchy Stryder has teamed up with Brit Pop Princess Pixie Lott to releases the brand new track ‘Bright Lights (feat. Pixie Lott)’ on 27th February 2012. This is the third single to be taken from his fourth full length album, ‘Full Tank’ due out in the Spring of 2012. ‘Bright Lights’ features two of UK’s most well known solo artists teaming up for this piece of wave your hands in the air power pop. The upbeat track showcases Tinchy’s signature well-crafted lyrical flow, which is complimented by Pixie’s powerful and distinctive vocals, creating a fantastic duet that really hits the right spots.
‘Bright Lights’ Feat. Pixie Lott Released by 4th & Broadway/ Island Records on 27th February 2012 - Watch the video myspace/tinchystrydermusic

Tuesday 14 February 2012


LADYHAWKE release her new single ‘Black, White & Blue’ on February 19th 2012 on Modular through Island Records. The track is taken from her new album ‘Anxiety’ due out on March 19th 2012. ‘Black, White & Blue’ written and produced by Ladyhawke, aka Pip Brown, alongside long time collaborator Pascal Gabriel. Ladyhawke also played the lead guitar, bass and drums on the single as well as performing vocal duties. The single will be released digitally at all usual retailers and features remixes from, Nile Delta, Punks Jump Up and The Big Pink. Fans will be able to hear the track for the first time in the Zane Lowe ‘Hottest Track In The World’ on January 23rd.
‘Black, White & Blue’ is released on February 19th
‘Anxiety’ is released on March 19th

Friday 3 February 2012

Kelly Rowland ...sets pulses racing with new single "Lay it On Me"

The X Factor may be over but Kelly Rowland is back, empowered and more assertive than ever with new single, ‘Lay It On Me’, released on February 6th through Island Records. The up-tempo, feel good track is the perfect fusion of old school feel with a modern twist and just the right amount of sexy. ‘Lay It On Me’, taken from Kelly’s third studio album, ‘Here I Am’, was produced by American Grammy Award nominated producer, Hit-Boy and features US rapper, Big Sean. The video sees Kelly unleash her inner naughty as she glistens in a sea of sparsely-clad male dancers and features a cameo from baby elephant Susie. Kelly oozes sex appeal - if there was ever a video that was ‘classy, dirty’, this is it. ‘Lay it On Me’ sees Kelly come into her own as a solo star. With lyrics that will leave you hot under the collar, it’s clear that Kelly is in a confident and sassy place and the sexiest we’ve ever seen her. 2011 was a defining year for Kelly - debuting as a new judge on ITV1's The X Factor, a brand new management, a new record label and a worldwide hit ‘When Love Takes Over’ (with acclaimed French dance producer David Guetta and the track that gave Kelly her second Grammy Award as a solo artist) under her belt – the world is her oyster. In addition to Kelly’s five Grammy Awards, she’s also taken home honors from Billboard, American Music Awards, World Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, MTV, BET Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, a prestigious BRIT Award, and more. Kelly released ‘Motivation’ featuring Lil Wayne on guest vocals from her latest album ‘Here I Am’ in the US in April, a fitting reintroduction to Rowland,  the solo star. The song went down a storm, peaking at number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and staying there for seven weeks in a row - also reaching number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rowland's highest performing single as a solo artist and first US Top 20 hit as lead singer to date.
About Kelly Roland. Kelly achieved global pop stardom as a member of Destiny’s Child, one of the biggest-selling groups of all time. Kelly has sold an awe-inspiring 82 million records worldwide. Her latest album, ‘Here I Am’ is the long-awaited follow-up to her two successful solo albums: 2002’s RIAA gold-certified Simply Deep - which reached number 12 on the Billboard chart - and 2007’s Ms. Kelly which went on to sell 1.2 million copies worldwide.

Ben Howard Single: ‘The Wolves’ Release Date: 27th February 2012

Ben Howard releases his new single, ‘The Wolves’ on the 27th February 2012 through Island Records. It is taken from Ben’s top 10 debut album, ‘Every Kingdom’. 2011 was a hugely successful introduction to the music of Ben Howard. The young Devonshire singer-songwriter wrote his own story based on twelve months of relentless European and British touring, a string of radio-friendly, folk-informed singles, and an acclaimed debut album. Where his peers have become very British successes, Ben has been building a solid, fanatical fanbase across Europe, appearing on France’s hugely respected Taratata television programme alongside Coldplay, and selling out every show announced (including venue upgrades). In 2012 Ben will launch his music in America with ‘Every Kingdom’ finding a release in the Spring through Communion Records, with appearances at SXSW in Texas and a US tour already confirmed. Regularly compared to the likes of John Martyn, Donovan, and Bon Iver, Every Kingdom (produced by the band’s bassist and drummer Chris Bond), captures the rawness and intimacy of Ben’s live performance. The deftness of touch, the spellbinding nature of those six strings carefully finger-plucked, and Ben’s otherworldly vocal cries are spun and woven sublimely. ‘The Wolves’ was one of the songs that introduced Ben to the British public in early 2011, and finds a full single release in February 2012. Prior to Ben’s US live dates, he will headline an already sold-out European & UK tour across in February, which includes two nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. Another UK tour is expected later in the year.
Ben Howard UK Tour:
13th February – Truro, Hall For Cornwall (SOLD OUT)
14th February – Portsmouth, Pyramids (SOLD OUT)
15th February – Brighton, Concorde 2 (SOLD OUT)
17th February – Manchester, Ritz (SOLD OUT)
18th February – Edinburgh, Queens Hall (SOLD OUT)
19th February - Glasgow, ABC (SOLD OUT)
20th February – Newcastle, Northumbria University (SOLD OUT)
22nd February – Norwich, UEA (SOLD OUT)
23rd February – London, Shepherds Bush Empire (SOLD OUT)
24th February – London, Shepherds Bush Empire (SOLD OUT)
25th February – Oxford, Academy (SOLD OUT)
27th February – Leeds, MET (SOLD OUT)
28th February – Birmingham, HMV Institute (SOLD OUT)
29th February – Bristol, Academy (SOLD OUT)
Ben Howard Single: ‘The Wolves’ Release Date: 27th February 2012 Label: Island RecordsWHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“A debut album of beauty and vigour.”—Sunday Times
“Full of hard-won wisdom that belie his age…He’ll make listening to acoustic folk-tinged music feel like the first time.” —The Guardian
“Extraordinary”—The Independent
"An unusually poetic songwriter revelling in his proximity to nature" - Uncut
"Howard is a YouTube phenomenon with a modern voice, an acoustic guitar and an original way of blending the two...Properly new music" - Word Magazine
"Every Kingdom has been one of the surprise hits of the year. A showcase for his earthy vocal grain and tingling guitar picking." - The Mirror
"Howard's effortless vocal sets him apart from everyone else taking a whack at the folk genre" - The Sun

Gotye Single, Album "Making Mirrors"& Live Dates

Having already topped the charts in 5 countries and with nearly 40 million hits and counting on YouTube, Gotye will release the much anticipated single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ in the UK on 6th February via Communion / Island Records. 2012 looks set to be a very exciting year for hotly tipped Belgium born Melbourne based multi-instrumentalist and producer, Gotye. Following two sold out London shows in October, his album launch show at Wiltons Music Hall has sold out and his newly announced show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire looks set to do the same, proving that the current swell of worldwide support has its sights set firmly on the UK. Upon its online release in June the video for the stunning track Somebody That I Used To Know triggered an overwhelming worldwide response. Just three weeks after Gotye posted it on YouTube the song had received nearly four million hits (this number has now nearly reached 40 million, currently averaging more than 1 million hits a day), topped the charts in 5 countries (Germany, Australia, Holland, Belgium and New Zealand) and made it to No.1 on the Hype Machine Twitter chart. Hear it once and you’ll be haunted by it for weeks. It will be released in the UK on 6th February, a week ahead of the album Making Mirrors. Ask Gotye about Making Mirrors and he’ll speak not of songs, but of sounds. He’ll describe the various valves through which strings and choirs cycle on his Lowrey Cotillion, a vintage organ bought for 100 bucks in a second-hand shop that features on the record. Or how he constructed a bassline by sampling the Winton Musical Fence, an unlikely instrument he discovered in the outback of Queensland, Australia, comprised of five large metal strings attached to wooden fence posts and a resonant chamber. He may mention the horn break from a traditional Taiwanese folk song he discovered on a 1970s Cathay Pacific promotional record, which he sampled, sped up and dubbed out, before introducing it to some Turkish drum sounds. Or the unique, virtual versions of acoustic instruments - among them a chromaharp and an mbira - he created by painstakingly multisampling every note. Listen to Making Mirrors and you’ll be drawn in by the details, transported to a world where every moment matters. This is pop at its most precise, but also electronic music at its most emotional. The record delves into dub, Detroit-era Motown soul, stadium-size politipop, synth-folk and world music on glorious, sprawling, huge-hearted songs. Gotye first found attention with his second album, 2006’s Like Drawing Blood. Influential Australian radio station Triple J named it their album of the year, as did iTunes on its release in the UK in 2008. In Britain, Like Drawing Blood became a cult hit while in the States, it made waves after Drew Barrymore fell in love with single Learnalilgivinanlovin’ and used it in several of her films. Making Mirrors, its extraordinary follow-up, was more than two and a half years in the making. To write and record its dozen sumptuous songs, Gotye moved from Melbourne to a barn on his parents’ remote five hectare block on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. There, he had the space to permanently set up his growing array of instruments and recording equipment, and found the isolation that allowed for sonic experimentation and recording at any time of the day. After Like Drawing Blood, which was constructed almost entirely from samples of old vinyl, Gotye set about making an album using more physical and acoustic instruments. “I ended up sampling a lot of them note-by-note and turning them into virtual instruments,” he explains. “It’s a slow and sometimes laborious process, but it can completely change the sound of the instrument and how you approach playing it. I found a beautiful old chromaharp at an antique shop, and ‘virtualised’ it in this way. It ended up sounding more like an unusual hammer dulcimer when played on a midi keyboard or programmed with software.” Meanwhile, Gotye continued to raid local second-hand shops for obscure vinyl to sample. “For Bronte, the closing track on the new record, I used a sample of ‘60s orchestrator Leo Addeo. He made an exotica record called Calypso which featured lots of wildly out-of-tune steel drums. I pitched some grabs of these around, really messing with the overtones of the samples, and it became a gentle, beautiful loop, while still being quite odd sonically.” On Eyes Wide Open, the first song recorded for Making Mirrors, he sampled some unusual field recordings. “The most obvious field recording is of the Winton Musical Fence,” Gotye says. “I played the fence strings one windy night in the outback and recorded it on a portable stereo. That became the bassline for Eyes Wide Open. I even included the ambience of the barn in the background of Don’t Worry, We’ll Be Watching You.” The dubby State Of The Art, with its spooky, pitch-shifted, sci-fi vocals, is an ode to the Lowrey Cotillion, with lyrics that mention its keys and functions. In contrast, the joyous, uptempo I Feel Better revisits the Motown sound of Like Drawing Blood’s breakthrough single Leanalilgivinanlovin. Gotye launched Making Mirrors in Australia – where he picked up 6 ARIA Awards at the end of last year - last August with two visually explosive gigs at Sydney Opera House and a full Australian tour - all of which were sold out. He will return to the UK for an intimate album launch show at Wiltons Music Hall on 13th February, followed by the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 29th February.
Album Track Listing:
Making Mirrors
Easy Way Out
Somebody That I Used To Know
Eyes Wide Open
Smoke And Mirrors
I Feel Better
In Your Light
State Of The Art
Don’t Worry, We’ll Be Watching You
Giving Me A Chance
Save Me
Artist: Gotye Single: Somebody That I Used To Know – released 6th February
Album: Making Mirrors - released 13th February
Label: Communion / Island RecordENCORELIVE:
Wiltons Music Hall on 13th February – SOLD OUT
Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – 29th February
Ritz, Manchester – 2nd March / Oran Mor, Glasgow – 4th March
Website: www.gotye.com / http://soundcloud.com/gotye /
'In his native Australia, Gotye is an award-winning, chart-topping star. By early next year he could be just as big in Britain.' – The Times
‘Great video, powerful lyrics and a stunning voice.’ - Q
'a beautiful duet with an impressive video' – NME
‘this breathtaking tale of heartache is now starting to turn heads internationally.’ – Music Week
'if you like your technical brilliance mixed with some heartfelt vocals, you need Gotye in your life.' – Loud & Quiet
‘Somebody That I Used To Know is an impassioned piece of songwriting… could well be the song that finally helps Gotye receive the international acclaim he deserves.’ – Record of the Day
‘Gotye's exemplary pop sense may be the big revelation of Making Mirrors, yet it's his arty restlessness that will continue to keep him interesting’ - Pitchfork

Encore Brand New Single: Fun Last Night Released: 26th February

Fresh from supporting Jessie J, Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz on tour, hot new urban-pop sensations Encore release their brand new single 'Fun Last Night' on February 26th via Island Records. 'Fun Last Night' is a melodic pop smash, featuring razor sharp rhymes, an electro bassline and smooth vocals, all topped off with an infectious anthemic chorus. Encore are made up of rapper Pierre (23) and vocalists Cairo (22) and Mark (22). Initially three solo artists who were already making waves in their own right on the urban music scene, the boys met at an open mic night in early 2009. Fast forward a few months and a preliminary collaboration session in the studio eventually led to the creation of Encore. Mark is an accomplished singer/ songwriter and has already written with acts such as Tinie Tempah and Chipmunk. Pierre comes from East London and went to school with Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder. Before he entered the band, Cairo was a name on the acoustic soul live scene and learnt his production skills from his musician father. An urban boy band with a unique flavour, the Encore sound stems from mixing varied musical styles including R&B, soul, rap and grime with dance and pop elements. The 'Encore blend,' certainly showcases the group's musical diversity. Pierre remarks "we mix up a lot of sounds and write songs from our experiences. There is something for everybody". The boys are currently working on their debut album, due out in 2012, with Wayne Hector (JLS, Pussycat Dolls), Red One (Lady GaGa, Jennifer Lopez), Chuck Harmony (Ne-Yo, Rihanna) and Ed Drewitt (Professor Green). Dappy is currently writing a future single with the band this month after being impressed by the trio on the NDubz tour. After putting in the groundwork throughout 2011, Encore are here to grab their place in the spotlight in early 2012. Get ready for a standing ovation.
 ‘Fun Last Night is released February 26th on Universal/Island’ http://www.myspace.com/wantmoreencore
‘A Brit trio to take over N-Dubz reins’ -Mirror OTW 2012
‘One of the hottest new pop/ R&B acts around’-HEAT Hotlist 2012
‘The new boyband making pop music with grit’-Attitude ‘
‘A musical feast on the ears’-Top Of The Pops