Mark Ronson thinks his new album is “a grown-man record”. The British DJ and music producer released his fourth studio album Uptown Special last month. The record has been well received on both sides of the Atlantic, which is a relief to the 39-year-old as he was keen to take a different approach to his previous work. “Uptown Special is like a grown-man record. It’s maybe the first time where I decided to divorce the DJ element from my name and just make a record I’d want to listen to, and worry later about how people might categorise it,” he explained to British newspaper Metro. It’s been five years since Mark’s last album, Record Collection, and he admits he was acutely aware of how much music can change in a short space of time. It left him wondering if there would even be any demand for his music any more, despite his past successes. “It had been a while since my last record and people’s tastes change even quicker now, so I was looking around and thinking, what kind of record am I supposed to make? Do people even care if I make a record?” he said. “It took me […]
Music legends CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers today announce the first time they will tour the UK to support ‘I’ll Be There’, their first single in 23 years. With an amazing live show from the greatest dance band in the world, CHIC is guaranteed to get the party going and have audiences up on their feet. The tour will start in London on March 20th and continue through to Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester before finishing in Birmingham on March 25th. Nile Rodgers said: ‘Our fans in the UK are some of the greatest in the world so we’re really excited to bring them our new single first…and that’s why we’re coming over to play these live shows next month! See you there!” FULL TOUR DATES MARCH 20 – Roundhouse – London 22 – O2 Academy – Leeds 23 – Academy – Glasgow 24 – O2 Apollo – Manchester 25 – O2 Academy – Birmingham
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British soul singer Sam Smith has won four Grammy Awards in the US, including the prestigious prizes for record and song of the year and best new artist. Smith was rewarded for being the only solo artist to sell more than a million albums in both the UK and US in 2014. Pharrell Williams, Beyonce and Rosanne Cash, daughter of country legend Johnny, won three awards each. Beck won two, including best album. Other British winners included Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne and Aphex Twin. Madonna, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney were among those performing at the Los Angeles ceremony. But the night belonged to Sam Smith, who has cemented his place as one of pop’s biggest stars just nine months after the release of his debut album In the Lonely Hour.