Friday, 22 November 2013

From Dundee to Nashville. Laura McGhee and the best of Americana

Introducing Laura McGhee, the Scottish/Americana singer/songwriter/fiddler/guitarist who hails from Dundee and has now made her home in Nashville. She was raised on Celtic roots, folk and country music and has been hailed by the London Times as the "Musical Heroine of the Y Generation". She first hit the American roots scene while performing with Pete Seeger in New York. Since that time, she has performed with the great Odetta, Ricky Skaggs, Jim Lauderdale, the Pogues & Shane McGowan, Oscar Brand, Ian Hunter, Josh White, Jr., David Amram, and Runrig. Her album Celticana, recorded in Nashville, garnered rave reviews and strong airplay on both sides of the ocean and stayed for ten solid weeks on the Americana Top 40 Chart from May to July of 2010 (unprecedented for a Scottish artist). Laura recently toured with John Carter Cash & John McEuen of  Nitty Gritty Dirt band on the 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken Tour-songs of the Carter family', to pay homage to their place in country music history. From the famous 1927 Bristol sessions when they made their first recordings the Carter family became the first commercial vocal group in country and made a profound impact on American music.

http://www.lauramcghee.com/

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Melodic. Debut Album “Effra Parade"/US Tour Dates

The Melodic are an English afro-folk-pop ensemble, their debut album Effra Parade is the follow up to the band's acclaimed EP On My Way. The Observer described The Melodic as "Incredibly beautiful, with harmonies and rich instrumentation that make you want to dance and cry at the same time," while in the US the band has drawn comparisons to indie darlings Beirut and The Decemberists. The group's members came of age in the South London neighborhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of musics from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. As band member Huw Williams explains, “Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music, there was South American and African music around us all the time, as well as reggae and dub music.” Check out the video to "On My Way" which was filmed during their time in LA at the end of the West Coast tour they have recently completed. The Melodic are currently on the 2nd leg of their US Tour. Scroll down for the "Effra Parade Album Tour" dates

“Effra Parade Album Tour”
NOVEMBER
11-7 - Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA w/ Keller Williams
        11-12 - Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
11-13 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
      11-14 - Café Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
11-20 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
11-25 - Local 508, Chapel Hill (nr Raleigh), NC
11-26 - The Earl, Atlanta, GA
1-27- Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
11-29, Cincinnati, MOTR, OH
11-30- Louisville, Zanzabar, KY
DECEMBER 
12-1 - Asheville, The Mothlight, NC
12-2 Richmond, Strange Matter VA
12-3 - Iota, Arlington, VA
12-4 -Astbury Park, The Saint, NJ
       12-5 - North Star, Philadelphia, PA
       12-6 - Café Nine, New Haven, CT
         10-7 - TT The Bears, Cambridge, MA
12-8 - Burlington, Higher Ground Showcase VT
The Melodic will be back in the UK in time for Xmas and winter touring!!!!
"Effra Parade" is available to pre-order UK from ANTI- Records
 
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
"Employing such worldly instruments as the charango, kora, and melodica, the band's sound is one filled with globe-bouncing catchiness, young spirited harmonies, and melodically whimsical rhythms." - No Depression
“Think Beirut meets The Decemberists meets The Magnetic Fields meets Paul Simon. Yes that interesting and perfect of a sound." - Daniyrselfclean.com
"With their bright melodies and bouncy, bare-boned instrumentation, The Melodic couldn't be more aptly named. Percussion shuffles along as the group's harmonies intertwine, coaleascing into a soft yet poignant timbre that evokes shimmering memories of careless days." - Paste Magazine 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

John Newman new single ”Cheating” and Debut Album, Tribute coming 14th October

23 year old rising star John Newman follows his massive number 1 single “Love Me Again”, and equally rousing follow-up “Cheating” with the release on October 14th of his hotly anticipated debut album ”Tribute”. The album, co-produced by Newman, confirms his class as a songwriter, peerless power as a vocalist and offers conclusive proof that the UK has a singular new talent in its midst. “Love Me Again” which has achieved Gold Status in the UK for sales in excess of 500,000, has hit the No1 spot on iTunes in a staggering 16 countries across the globe and follows John’s previous anthem and chart-topper “Feel The Love”, which he co-wrote and fronted with Rudimental. October is going to be a very busy month for the young Yorkshireman who releases his new Island Records single ”Cheating” on October 7th, and played a special homecoming show at the Grade 2 listed Victorian Music Hall in Settle, on October 3rd. The Settle gig, which sold out in less than 2 minutes, will be a taster of what’s to come on his UK tour which has already completely sold out and kicks off at the end of October. Speaking about the inspiration behind his debut album and the title in particular Newman says “I was going through a pretty bad break up, while I was making the album, and I felt the title really needed to resonate. This record is a culmination of my life to this point, it’s who I am and I wanted to thank everyone who has helped, supported, loved me and been an inspiration to me. And then it hit me “Tribute”, a tribute to all the family and friends, the relationships, the people involved in being part of my musical life, and also a tribute to all the amazing musical influences who have inspired me, and continue to inspire me since I was a kid. I’m so proud of this album, it expresses me as a producer, as a songwriter and an artist, and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”
The track listing is as follows :
  1. Tribute
  2. Love Me Again
  3. Losing Sleep
  4. Easy
  5. Try
  6. Out Of My Head
  7. Cheating
  8. Running
  9. Gold Dust
  10. Goodnight Goodbye
  11. All I Need Is You
     
Fans of Rudimental have already borne witness to the power of John Newman live when he wowed audiences across the country as both special guest, and featured singer, on the band’s sell-out UK tour earlier this year. Newman also wrote and was featured vocalist on Rudimental’s follow up hit “Not Giving In”. The list of dates is as follows:
    • Thurs 3 Oct - Settle - Victoria Hall SOLD OUT
    • Mon 28 Oct – Glasgow - The Arches SOLD OUT
    • Tue 29 Oct – Manchester - Academy 2 SOLD OUT
    • Fri 01 Nov – Birmingham - HMV Institute Temple SOLD OUT
    • Sun 03 Nov – Leeds - Cockpit SOLD OUT
    • Mon 04 Nov – Nottingham - Rescue Rooms SOLD OUT
    • Wed 06 Nov – London - Electric Brixton SOLD OUT
    • Thu 07 Nov – Brighton - Coalition SOLD OUT
Hailing from Settle in the Yorkshire Dales, and possessing a voice that has been compared to some of the soul greats, Newman began playing guitar and writing his own songs aged just 14 and soon learned how to record and produce himself, making his own house tracks and DJing. A few years later and all the influences start to stack up to form the basis of John’s sound. Think the pure soul and groove of early Stax and Motown, add a dash of James Brown and Prince, a smattering of Black Keys, and mix it all together with a bit of Dangermouse. It’s all in there, it’s all great, but what really hits you is the voice. That Voice. This collection of eleven self-penned songs illustrates that behind that amazing voice lies a rare and exciting artist who is ready to claim his place at the top table.

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    WHAT THE PAPER'S SAY
    “Superb debut from the voice of Rudimental’s ‘Feel The Love’” Sunday Times Culture
    “Northern Soul meets piano house meets dubstep meets socking-great-joy-giver “ Independent On Sunday 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Guitar Legends and the Fender Stratocaster

The 3rd February 2009, marked the 50th Anniversary of rock 'n' roll legend Buddy Holly's death in a plane crash. Fellow performers Ritchie Valens and "The Big Bopper", J P Richardson also died on the flight which took off from Clear Lake, Iowa to Fargo, North Dakota on that freezing night in 1959. Buddy Holly & the Crickets' first international hit was "That'll Be the Day" in 1957, Buddy was the first musician in his home town of Lubbock, Texas USA to have a red Fender Stratocaster. Back in the UK, Cliff Richard was the first rock 'n' roller to buy this most coveted item for Shadows' guitarist Hank Marvin. Hank Marvin and his red Stratocaster was an inspiration to 60s guitar legends such as Dire Strait's Mark Knopfler, Pink Floyds' Dave Gilmour and Pete Townsend of the Who. Buddy Holly's song-writing and great guitar riffs also influenced The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Today you can still get hold of an iconic Fender Stratocaster. The Fender Telecaster debuted in February 1951, it's simple design has hardly changed. The Telecaster was important in the evolution of music including country, electric blues, funk and rock and roll and has been played by some of the most notable guitar legends through the decades including Waylon Jennings, Ricky Nelson, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Merle Haggard, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards,  Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Summers,  Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Joe Strummer and Dave Knopfler.

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Friday, 4 October 2013

Mac Miller "( Am Who Am (Killin’ Time)” featuring Niki Randa/Tour

Mac Miller’s new album “Watching Movies With The Sound Off” made an impressive debut at No.3 in the US charts, after going head-to-head with new albums from Kanye West and J. Cole in the same week. Mac releases his amazing new single “I Am Who Am (Killin’ Time)” featuring Niki Randa on October 7th, and the video has already clocked up over a millon views on YouTube. Mac recently collaborated with singing sensation Ariana Grande, on her platinum selling hit single ‘The Way’, which saw them perform together on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon andThe Ellen DeGeneres Show. Mac exclusively played a sold out one-off show in London back in June, backed by the Odd Future/OFWGKTA affiliate band The Internet, playing his new album “WMWTSO” for the first time anywhere in the world. Mac returned to tour the UK this autumn, with support from Maybach Music Group’s Rockie Fresh and Pittsburgh hailing singer songwriter Dylan Reynold, check them out at www.rockiefresh.com and soundcloud.com/dylan-reynolds. The tour continues:

OCTOBER
  • Wednesday 2nd Bristol O2 Academy
  • Thursday 3rd London The Forum
  • Saturday 5th Leeds O2 Academy
  • Sunday 6th Manchester Academy 1
Tickets are priced £17.50 (£18.50 London) available from - www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051

 “Watching Movies With The Sound Off” is the critically acclaimed follow up to Mac’s 2011 debut “Blue Slide Park”. Mac pulls in features from the cream of the most talked about hip hop artists of the moment, including Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator, Action Bronson and more. Brainfeeder’s Flying Lotus produced “S.D.S.”, and further production duties come from the legendary Pharrell Williams, Diplo and Clams Casino. Mac has just completed a huge tour in the US which ran throughout the summer, with support from Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper, The Internet and more. Mac returns to Europe once again in October, touring with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. Look out for Mac Miller continuing his rise to dominance in the international music world in 2013 and beyond. 
“…one of hip-hop’s biggest new names” – NME 
“Watching Movies with the Sound Off is a quantum leap in artistry…” – Pitchfork 
“…young hip-hop fans already adore him” – The Times
“...it’s only a matter of time before this young contender starts to really rival some of hip hop’s heavy players” – Clash

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Music Books and more "Back to School" offers

"Back to School" period is still underway so now is the time to take advantage of the special offers at Musicroom. This  is a great voucher offer on selected products if you shop via the following links
Code: LEARN1
Offer: 20% Off Tuition Books, DVDs and CDs
Expiry Date: 31/10/13


Friday, 27 September 2013

Nelly releases brand new album "M.O." on September 30th

Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum superstar, entrepreneur, actor, and philanthropist, NELLY, who has sold almost 100 million albums and singles in his 13 year career, releases his brand new album, “M.O.” on September 30th. The album, Nelly’s 7th, includes his hot new single “Get Like Me” where the St Louis superstar joins forces with two of the world’s hottest stars Nicki Minaj and Pharrell. The single is the follow up to Nelly’s recent major hit “Hey Porsche" and his current US megahit "Cruise" (Remix), recorded with his friends, the country duo, Florida Georgia Line. “Hey Porsche” incredibly gave Nelly his 22nd charted Top 40 song, making him tied for 11th most charted Top 40 hits artist of all-time. 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Drake new album “Nothing Was The Same” out today

Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum hip-hop superstar Drake who recently returned with his sumptuous new single “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (#5 in the UK chart), follows up with the release on September 29th of his feverishly anticipated new album “Nothing Was The Same”. Nothing Was The Same is released on Young Money/Cash Money Records/Island Records and promises to be one of the biggest releases of the year. Drake recently also featured on friend, and fellow Toronto native, The Weeknd’s single “Live For“. The album was produced by long time musical partner Noah “40” Shebib and Jay Z features on the track “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” which contains elements of Ellie Goulding’s “Don’t Say A Word.” Other featured tracks include Started From The Bottom”, “Tuscan Leather”, “Worst Behaviour”, “305 To My City” and “Wu-Tang Forever”.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Drake is “the genre’s stylistic standard-bearer and its most reliable and versatile hit maker”…
“Yeezus” is the only hip-hop album of the year that gives “Nothing Was the Same” a run for its money” NEW YORK TIMES

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Debut Album from The Melodic "Effra Parade" available now

Just had news in from The Melodic that their debut album "Effra Parade" is now available to pre-order from ANTI- Records, home of Tom Waits and Calexicos. It's been a long long journey for them getting to the point of being able to release this record so they are thrilled to be able to unleash it so soon. Check out the new video to "On My Way" which was filmed during their time in LA at the end of the West Coast tour they have recently completed.

Currently touring the East Coast including New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with the fantastic Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, they are also trying to raise money to put towards buying a band van which will keep them touring. By teaming up with Pledge Music they are offering personalised Cd's and Tee's, videos, album listening sessions, studio time and private gigs etc, they we will be donating 5% of funds raised to the ABC trust charity. Check the remaining dates below and do let people know they are on their way if you know people in the area.
18th September - Philadelphia - PA - World Cafe
19th September - Pittsburgh - PA - Club Cafe
23rd Se7tember Williamsburg Music Hall Brooklyn, NY
On top of these dates there will be a special show in New York with friends Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit on 23rd September at the Williamsburg Hall of Music. They will be based in New York until October so keep checking theirr dates on facebook as we will be announcing many more shows there in the coming weeks.The Melodic will be back in the UK in time for xmas and winter touring!!!!
 

ABOUT THE MELODIC. English afro-folk-pop ensemble, their debut album Effra Parade is the follow up to the band's acclaimed EP On My Way. The Observer described The Melodic as "Incredibly beautiful, with harmonies and rich instrumentation that make you want to dance and cry at the same time," while in the US the band has drawn comparisons to indie darlings Beirut and The Decemberists. The group's members came of age in the South London neighborhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of musics from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. As band member Huw Williams explains, “Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music, there was South American and African music around us all the time, as well as reggae and dub music.”
Track Listing for Effra Parade:
Last Thing You Said (intro)
On My Way
Imperfect Time
Plunge
Honey Bee (interlude)
Roots
Runaway
Ode to Victor Jara
Willow (interlude)
Come Outside
Lost You
Dreams of Air
Watch the World Turn Blue
Piece Me Back Together
Effra Parade (outro)
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
"Employing such worldly instruments as the charango, kora, and melodica, the band's sound is one filled with globe-bouncing catchiness, young spirited harmonies, and melodically whimsical rhythms." - No Depression
“Think Beirut meets The Decemberists meets The Magnetic Fields meets Paul Simon. Yes that interesting and perfect of a sound." - Daniyrselfclean.com
"With their bright melodies and bouncy, bare-boned instrumentation, The Melodic couldn't be more aptly named. Percussion shuffles along as the group's harmonies intertwine, coaleascing into a soft yet poignant timbre that evokes shimmering memories of careless days." - Paste Magazine  

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

FILTH, the Original Soundtrack album. A collection of established hits and classic songs....

FILTH, the Original Soundtrack album for the eagerly anticipated film adaptation for the novel of the same name written by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), is released through Island Records on September 23rd. The album is packed with all-time classics featuring among others, The Shirelles, Billy Ocean, Tom Jones and Wilson Pickett, plus original music by Grammy nominated composer Clint Mansell (Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream). The 12-track album is a collection of established hits and classic songs, which play a memorable and integral role in the film. “Filth” is filled with a stellar cast of British actors, starring Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class), BAFTA winning Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) and Imogen Poots (Fright Night). “Filth” will be released in Scottish cinemas on September 27th, and a week later for the rest of UK.

The full album tracklisting is as follows:
1. Robbo’s Theme – Clint Mansell
2. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
3. Love Really Hurts Without You – Billy Ocean
4. Silver Lady – David Soul
5. It’s All Over Me – Otis Blackwell
6. Born To Be Wild – Wilson Pickett
7. Supermarket Emptiness – Clint Mansell
8. Creep – Clint Mansell & Coco Sumner
9. Dr Love – Tom Jones
10. Mercy – The Third Degree
11. Backdoor Santa – Clarence Carter
Written by Jon S. Baird who also directs, “Filth” is produced by Ken Marshall, Will Clarke and Irvine Welsh. James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) gives the performance of his career and he is joined by a fantastic cast, including Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Oscar winning actor, Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Joanne Froggatt (‘Downton Abbey’), Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting), Eddie Marsan (The Illusionist), Emun Elliott (Prometheus), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen), Shauna Macdonald (The Descent) and Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York). Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth?
Check out the Official Trailer: http://po.st/FilthTrailer
Pre-order  Filth Original Soundtrack  



 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Ray Foxx returns with his new single ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’

Ray Foxx released his seminal debut single ‘The Trumpeter’ in 2011, which like many underground house hits, began life as an instrumental. When R&B songstress Lovelle added her vocals, it became ‘La Musica (The Trumpeter), and went on to get an official release, fast becoming a huge summer dancefloor smash and kickstarting a revival of house music to mainstream ears. Now, Ray Foxx returns with his new single ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’ on August 12th, a joyful and uplifting club track, featuring the luscious vocals of London based singer and Wookie collaborator Rachel K Collier. Already gaining strong radio support across Radio 1, 1Xtra Capital FM and with remixes from Crazibiza, Taiki & Nulight, Rivaz, L Plus and Ray himself ‘Boom Boom (Heartbeat)’ looks set to be another summer anthem.
Boom Boom (Heartbeat) [feat. Rachel K Collier] - EP - Ray Foxx available on iTunes
 Watch Boom Boom
Watch Musica (The Trumpeter)

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

ROBBIE WILLIAMS LIVE AT KNEBWORTH – 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

A decade since his incredible live performances at Knebworth, the biggest UK pop concert ever, Robbie Williams releases ‘Live At Knebworth – 10th Anniversary Edition’ on 29th July 2013.  The remixed and remastered DVD commemorates ten years since this monumental three-day live experience, drawing crowds of over 375,000 and a further 3.5 million who watched live on television and online. It will be available in HD and Blu-Ray for the first time and includes two never-seen-before performances. A Deluxe Box Set will also be available with a 60-page book containing a new Robbie Williams interview and commentary by Chris heath and iconic images from the three shows.
Live At Knebworth – 10th Anniversary Edition
Remixed and Remastered and available in HD on Blu-Ray for the first time.  Includes:

• 2 never-seen-before performances
• ‘Back for Good’ with Mark Owen
• The full show, remixed and remastered in Stereo and 5.1
• The 2003 Documentary ‘Moments of Mass Distraction’
The Deluxe Box Set contains: • 60 page book including new Robbie Williams interview and commentary by Chris Heath and iconic images from the 3 shows.
Live At Knebworth 10th Anniversary Edition [DVD]  is available to preorder now. Robbie has just begun his ‘Take The Crown’ World Tour in the UK of which The Sun reported he is “One of the best showmen in the business” and his performance was “World class.”
 

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Disclosure 'F For You' taken from No 1 album 'Settle. New Video/Tour Dates

Picking the next single off their critically acclaimed #1 debut album ‘Settle’ was likely a bit of a headache forDisclosure. With a wealth of captivatingly slick cuts to choose from, including collaborations with some of the country’s most unique vocalists, the Lawrence brothers have decided to keep their latest release a truly family affair - ‘F For You’, released August 18th on PMR Records, features Howard Lawrence on vocals, the first time either of the duo has assumed full singing duties on a track. In another first, the accompanying video steps away from the character-led narratives of previous singles like ‘You & Me’ and ‘White Noise’ to bring Disclosure themselves on to our screens. Lending an up-close glimpse at the pair’s exceptional live set-up, ‘F For You’ provides the soundtrack as we witness the kind of performance that has entranced audiences across the planet over the past year or so. Upon release, ‘Settle’ has wasted no time in becoming a global sensation, and has already become certified Gold in the UK within the space of two weeks on sale, as well as drawing praise from all quarters. Disclosure have already embarked on an extensive lap of honour which sees them take in no fewer than 39 festival appearances around the world this summer, ahead of a return to the UK in November for their biggest headline tour to date, kicking off in Bristol on the 16th and drawing to a triumphant close on the 28/29th for a double-header at the O2 Academy Brixton. Several shows have already sold out, but remaining tickets can be purchased through the band’s website: http://disclosureofficial.com/live/
Watch the ‘F For You’ video here
 
Disclosure UK November Tour Dates:
  • 16/11 - O2 Academy - Bristol (SOLD OUT)
  • 18/11 - O2 Academy - Leeds
  • 19/11 - O2 Academy - Newcastle
  • 22/11 - The Warehouse Project - Manchester
  • 23/11 - O2 Academy, Sheffield (SOLD OUT)
  • 24/11 - Rock City - Nottingham (SOLD OUT)
  • 25/11 - Brighton Dome
  • 27/11 - O2 Academy - Birmingham (SOLD OUT)
  • 28/11 - O2 Academy Brixton - London (SOLD OUT)
  • 29/11 - O2 Academy Brixton - London (9pm - 4am)
Disclosure ‘F For You’ (PMR Records) Single - August 18th
 WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“Surrey siblings nail the dancefloor sound of 2013” - Q ****
“One of the most assured, confident debuts from any genre in recent memory” - Pitchfork, 9.1 [Best New Music]

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

KELLY ROWLAND FOURTH ALBUM “TALK A GOOD GAME” OUT NOW

Kelly Rowland released her hotly anticipated fourth full-length solo album, “Talk A Good Game” on June 17th, the follow up to 2011’s “Here I Am”. In order to prepare audiences for what's to come on the album, Kelly recently unleashed the seductive and sultry hit "Kisses down Low", its video has accumulated over 11 million views on http://youtu.be/V0DJUTgkUIA. Kelly has invited a bevy of heavy hitters to join her on “Talk A Good Game”. Wiz Khalifa's breezy flow punctuates "Gone" with smoky elegance, while Pharrell Williams heats up the incendiary "Feet to the Fire". "You Changed" see’s Kelly once again collaborate with her former group members Beyonce and Michelle Williams. Production comes courtesy of Mike Will, Harmony, The Runners, Pharrell Williams, The-Dream, and more. As a founding member of Destiny's Child, Kelly has cumulatively sold over 20 million albums worldwide. The former X-Factor UK host has been honored with a total of 5 Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 15 Soul Train Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, 1 BRIT Award, 1 BET Award, a Star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame", and more. However, Kelly’s primed for even bigger things on the horizon. Be prepared to “Talk a Good Game” with Kelly Rowland.

available on iTunes

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Jamie Cullum new single "Edge of Something"/Tour Dates

Jamie Cullum today announced that ‘Edge Of Something’ is to be the second single to be released from his new album ‘Momentum’. The song will be released on July 15th through Island Records. Momentum’ is a confident departure from Jamie’s previous work, hailed by critics as some of his best work to date, experimenting with a more accessible sound; big songs with lots of interesting shades, whilst still managing to inject what Jamie does best as a jazz pianist. ‘Edge Of Something’ epitomises the spirit of adventure and infectious nature of ‘Momentum’; it’s the sound of an artist on a creative roll, bursting with ideas and inspirations. An autumn tour has just been confirmed that will begin on October 14th at the Olympia in Dublin and will take in 16 UK dates including; Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and the Roundhouse in London. Jamie has also been confirmed to play at Radio 2’s Live In Hyde Park Festival on September 8th.

Tour Dates:
  • 14/10/13 Dublin, Olympia
  • 15/10/13 Belfast, Waterfront
  • 17/10/13 Edinburgh, Usher Hall
  • 18/10/13 Gateshead, Sage
  • 19/10/13 Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
  • 21/10/13 Birmingham. Symphony Hall
  • 22/10/13 London, Roundhouse
  • 25/10/13 Cambridge, Corn Exchange
  • 26/10/13 Bristol, Colston Hall
  • 27/10/13 Manchester, Lowry
  • 29/10/13 Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
  • 30/10/13 Torquay, Princess Theatre
  • 31/10/13 Cardiff, St Davids Hall
  • 2/11/13 Sheffield, City Hall
  • 3/11/13 Portsmouth, Guildhall
  • 4/11/13 Brighton, Dome 
Tickets will be available via the box offices or gigsandtours.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, gigsinscotland.com
Momentum - Jamie Cullum Available on iTunes
Edge of Something - Momentum

Friday, 21 June 2013

‘THE WACK ALBUM’ from Lonely Island out now

The Lonely Island, the Grammy nominated rap trio comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, released the highly anticipated ‘The Wack Album’ on June 10th. The group’s third studio effort will include new songs featuring Pharrell Williams, T-Pain, Billie Joe Armstrong, Solange, and more special guests. These artists join previously announced collaborators Adam Levine, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga. The group have kicked off ‘Wack Wednesdays’ on their YouTube Channel. Every Wednesday leading up to the release of ‘The Wack Album’, they will debut new content including music videos, exclusive announcements, and world premieres of tracks. These videos will also be distributed on twitter via @thelonelyisland with #wackwednesdays. The Lonely Island recently released the album’s lead single, ‘YOLO’ (feat. Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar), which has garnered over 40 million views on YouTube in only three months. The trio also boasts a staggering 1.2 billion overall views on their YouTube Channel. Their 2011 album ‘Turtleneck & Chain’, has been recognised as a commercial success, debuting at #3 in the Billboard chart, and #26 in the UK album chart. The album was also nominated at the prestigious Grammy Awards in the ‘Best Comedy Album’ category, and featured talents such as Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Santigold, and Beck. The album’s first smash single ‘I Just Had Sex’ (feat. Akon) was certified platinum in the US. The second single, ‘The Creep’ (feat. Nicki Minaj and John Waters) has over 74 million YouTube views. Additional singles, ‘Jack Sparrow’ (feat. Michael Bolton) has 105 million views and ‘Threw It on the Ground’ has 52 million views on YouTube. Their 2009 debut album, ‘Incredibad’, included Emmy® winning sensation ‘D*** In a Box’, featuring superstar Justin Timberlake. The album also featured the follow-up gold records ‘J**z In My Pants’ and ‘Like a Boss’ which have over 234 million views combined on YouTube. The Grammy® nominated third single ‘I’m On A Boat’ (feat. T-Pain) went platinum and catapulted the album into over 430,000 copies sold making it the #1 selling comedy album in 2009 and 2010 in the US. The trio established themselves with the enormously popular series of corresponding Digital Shorts for their singles, which were frequently featured on Saturday Night Live beginning with the debut of the pop culture sensation ‘Lazy Sunday’ in 2005. Originally from Berkeley, California, the group splits their time between Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about The Lonely Island, visit www.thelonelyisland.com, https://twitter.com/thelonelyisland and www.youtube.com/thelonelyisland

 
Album tracklist
1. Dramatic Intro
2. Go Kindergarten (feat. Robyn)
3. Hugs (feat. Pharrell Williams)
4. Diaper Money
5. YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar)
6. Spell It Out
7. Semicolon (feat. Solange)
8. Where Brooklyn At? (Interlude)
9. You’ve Got The Look (feat. Hugh Jackman & Kristen Wiig)
10. I’m A Hustler (Song?)
11. Spring Break Anthem
12. I Run NY (feat. Billie Joe Armstrong)
13. I Don’t Give A Honk
14. 3-Way (The Golden Rule) (feat. Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga)
15. Meet The Crew
16. I F****d My Aunt (feat. T-Pain)
17. We Are A Crowd
18. The Compliments (feat. Too $hort)
19. We Need Love
20. Perfect Saturday

Friday, 7 June 2013

Half Moon Run will release their debut album this Summer/Live Dates

The Montreal quartet will release ‘Dark Eyes’ through Glassnote/Communion/Island Records on the 1st July 2013. It will be preceded by a new single, ‘Call Me In The Afternoon’, on the 24th June. Recorded in Montreal, the album was produced by the band alongside Nygel Asselin, Daniel Legace, and Jim Eno. Its release will be surrounded by a handful of UK live shows including two performances at the Glastonbury Festival, and a headline show at Village Underground in London.
‘Dark Eyes’ Tracklisting: Full Circle, Call Me In The Afternoon, No More Losing The War, She Wants To Know, Need It, Give Up, Judgement, Unofferable, Drug You, Nerve, Fire Escape, 21 Gun Salute.
Watch the video to ‘Call Me In The Afternoon’ here:  
Half Moon Run Live:
25th June – Village Underground, London
26th June – The Haunt, Brighton
28th June – Glastonbury Festival
29th June – Glastonbury Festival
2nd July – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
18th July – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
21st July – Longitude Festival, Dublin
18th August – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
23rd August – Reading Festival, Reading
24th August – Leeds Festival, Leeds

www.halfmoonrun.com 

Dark Eyes - Half Moon Run available pre-order on iTunes

YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE Single “We Come Running” /Live Dates July

Sam Martin, one half of the songwriting team behind Youngblood Hawke’s debut album ‘Wake Up’, which charted at #11 on the iTunes album chart in the US (it was Editors Choice) – describes their sound the best: "It has elements of pop, rock, indie and dance." The band’s first single to be taken from the album ‘We Come Running’ - which will also be released on 5th August, already has a string of accolades behind it including over 1.8 million YouTube video hits, a Top 25 in Billboard’s Hot AC chart, a Gold sales status in Australia and features in an international Coke commercial due to hit the UK this summer, encapsulates that sentiment. A propulsive beat builds alongside shimmering bells as Martin's massive refrain soars. "It's like a personal message to the band," the vocalist reveals. "It announces that if we work our asses off, they're going to hear the sound when we come running. We're going to get our chance." Alongside his longtime friend and multi-instrumentalist Simon Katz, the duo, who saw critical acclaim and worldwide success as founding members of Iglu & Hartly and had a Top 5 hit in the UK with ‘In This City’ in 2010 before the group dissolved, spent the following summer feverishly penning songs in Katz’s Los Angeles studio for what would become Youngblood Hawke’s debut album. Galvanized and reinvigorated, they emerged with over one-hundred ideas and a fresh perspective altogether. Martin admits, "We didn't begin by saying, “We're going to start a new band'. It was more of an outlet to express ourselves. It was the most natural thing I've ever done. There was no plan." There didn't need to be a plan because their songs were so anthemic and uplifting. In early 2011, with Katz's childhood best friend Tasso on guitar, Alice on backup vocals and live percussion, and Iglu & Hartly touring drummer Nik, they began booking local gigs and releasing material. Based on the strength of the tunes and a completely organic buzz they sold out a string of nights at Silverlake hotspot, Satellite. Soon, Universal Republic Records contacted them and offered a deal. The quintet's moniker also reflects the glorious serendipity at the heart of its journey. Nodding to the Herman Wouk novel of the same name, it's utterly a propos. "I was looking for a new book to read," remembers Martin. "My dad called me out of the blue, and he was like, 'Your uncle's favourite book is Youngblood Hawke. You have to read it'. It really resonated with us as a story about an artist finding his way." At the end of the day, these artists have found their way in Youngblood Hawke, and the path is brighter than ever. "We've seen the bottom and the top," concludes Katz. "Things get bad, and then they get good again. The music is about being hopeful and never giving up." Youngblood Hawke kicked off 2013 supporting Keane on the US leg of their Strangeland Tour, followed by a Passion Pit tour and a series of shows at SXSW including an exclusive Spotify live stream event alongside Kendrick Lamar. This summer they will embark on a headline US tour before heading to the UK in July.
Tracklisting: 1. Rootless 2. We Come Running 3. Dreams 4. Danny Boy 5. Stars (Hold On) 6. Glacier 7. Sleepless Streets 8. Say Say 9. Blackbeak 10. Forever 11. Live & Die 12.Last Time
As support builds across the globe, LA’s Youngblood Hawke release their debut album ‘Wake Up’ on 5th August
Live Dates: 
5th July – Club NME, Koko
6th July – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
9th July – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London