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.
    “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 and The tour continues:

  • 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 - / 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
“’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

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