Smith’s guitarist Johnny Marr is to rockaway on the beach report Music Mirror

Rockaway Beach, a brand new eclectic music festival, has confirmed the first wave of acts appearing at the three-day indoor event.These include former Smiths man Johnny Marr, space rock icons Spiritualized, Liverpool legends Echo & The Bunnymen and a Mercury Prize winning band to be confirmed shortly.The Fall and The Monochrome Set are among the many legendary rockers appearing at the hotly anticipated festival, while stellar new talent will come in the form of GhostPoet, Public Service Broadcasting and James Holden (Live).Rockaway Beach is set to become a destination festival for those who truly love new music, and want to discover the legendary musicians of the future.Taking place from 9-12 October at Butlin’s Bognor Regis, the event will give festival- lovers the chance to feed their love of music outside of the summer festival season and allow them to forget the usual mud and tents. Each set will take place in fantastic indoor venues that boast exceptional sound quality and the resort will give guests the best possible festival experience with great accommodation and food and drink choices close to the music.‘Of course, many festival-goers are buying tickets because of the legends playing. Johnny Marr is a god-like genius in […]

Music Mirror checks out new duo Alchemia’s forthcoming releases

A brother and sister from Mauritius formed a band called Alchemia in 2014 and they are Summer on lead vocals and her younger brother Yahska on vocals, synths, Djembe, drums and guitar. Alchemia took their name from alchemy, the science of aiming to achieve perfection. Alchemy was a practice by occult scientists to transmute base metals into noble metals such as gold or silver and develop an elixir of life to give longevity. In this spirit, Alchemia want to create a perfect blend of vibes and sounds to be elixir to listeners’ ears. Their influences and inspirations come from French acoustic trance band Hilight Tribe, Swedish reggae band Kultiration, Grammy nominee Anoushka Shankar and British Indian musician Susheela Raman. The album “Mandala” features guest musicians Yantra on guitar, Yatsa on guitar and vocals, Tyaga playing synth, Dholak, shaker, Mantra on Tabla, Djembe and vocals and Raaga providing synths, guitar and vocals. Alchemia have recently featured in magazines including Le Matinal, Kozé, Air Mauritius’ inflight magazine Islander, UK Music Times and Lifestyle magazine. Alchemia have been on Radio One (Mauritius), Music FM, Radio Plus, Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation’s Music FM “Culture Box” and on MBC TV such as their “Morning Show” plus […]

Music Mirror reflects on Aleisha Lee’s latest musical offerings

A new singer-songwriter with a gritty and soulful hip-hop edge has sprung up from London’s East End in the form of Aleisha Lee, or A.L. Last year, Aleisha’s releases won national and regional radio play and a decent amount of other press coverage. Her latest single TBYB was premiered by Ace on BBC 1XTra on 30th April 2015. Having worked with artists such as Ghetts, Lethal B and Scratcha DVA, Aleisha has earned peer respect as well a growing legion of fans. Performed Aleisha has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena and The Jazz Cafe and also in Austria, Istanbul and Barcelona. American singer-songwriter, dancer and actor Ginuwine, plus Calvin Richardson and Jesse Boykins III are among current top acts who have enjoyed Aleisha’s support in recordings and live performances. Fans anywhere can expect Aleisha’s confident, charismatic and outgoing style coupled with her energetic and enchanting performances. Infuse After the success of the release of A.L vs J. Dilla – The LB EP, Aleisha has released her latest body of work titled ‘Two 0 1 5’, which will infuse energy into UK sound and place Aleisha amongst the UK’s leading female artists. ‘Two 0 1 5’ is an […]

Pandora now owns Next Big Sound

Pandora has been busy in court attempting to fight off higher royalty rates. Meanwhile, they’ve had their eye on more than just small radio stations… Pandora has purchased music analytics service Next Big Sound. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. NBS says they will continue to operate as usual, but the service will be added to Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform. Pandora wants the AMP to be a leading tool for artists, labels, managers, publishers, and brands. Tim Westergren says Pandora is giving “talented working artists a shot at lifelong careers“. read more

Music Mirror hot rock gossip The Stones to play warm up shows in LA

The Rolling Stones have played a warm-up show at LA’s 1200 capacity Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.The Stones promised to play every song from the Sticky Fingers album and they did as well as a tribute to BB King with ‘Rock Me Baby’.‘We’re gonna do a bit of a tribute to BB King who was a hero of ours. He was a lovely guy & who was so influential on us,’ Mick Jagger said introducing the song.Two songs from Sticky Fingers, ‘Moonlight Mile’ and ‘Sister Morphine’ had not been played since the 90s. ‘You Gotta Move’, had not been played live by The Stones since 1976.‘This one is by Mississippi Fred McDowell, with a 12string & Keith’s gonna do the 12string tonight YOU GOTTA MOVE,’ Mick announced.Rolling Stones, May 20, Los Angeles setlistStart Me Up (from Tattoo You, 1981)When The Whip Comes Down (from Some Girls, 1978)All Down The Line (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)Sway (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Dead Flowers (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Wild Horses (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Sister Morphine (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)You Gotta Move (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Bitch (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)I Got The Blues (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Moonlight Mile […]

Music Mirror looks forward to Kyla’s new single Beautiful U

An accomplished singer-songwriter and producer based in Sheffield called Kyla will release her latest single “Beautiful U” on KYPO Records on 29th June. DJs and producers including Liquid, Klubfiller, Andy Whitby, Andy Littlewood and Max Porcelli have used songs written by Kyla, who also provided the vocals. For Max Porcelli, she wrote and featured on Give Us Thunder, released on 12 inch vinyl and digitally by 989 Records. Kyla’s track Under Your Spell was on The Sound of Hardcore in 2009, which reached number 4 in the compilation chart. Amongst other writing and session work for other artists, Kyla wrote and featured on Klubfiller’s track On A Cloud, which featured on Clubland Extreme Hardcore and also Summer of Love for Fretman & Darwin, which featured on Hardcore Underground 4. She also features on Liquid Vs Billy Daniel Bunter and Sparky’s Movin’ To The Beat and Everything’s Alright, named on the track alongside Andy Whitby, Klubfiller and Cally Gage. Having travelled the world as a session musician and providing songs for other artists, Kyla’s own recordings are touching, melodic and uplifting, while sometimes edgy and dark. Kyla’s new single “Beautiful U” was produced by Glenn Boulton of Creative Studios and features […]

Music Mirror announces new release from Michael Push

Michael Push is a London based pop dance house DJ, producer and music artist who grew up in a small town in Sardinia, Italy. As a child, Michael took up singing and playing keyboards, which lead to him being accepted into Italy’s biggest music school. The release of “Freeze” featuring Moonfish on Restylers Records in 2012 saw Michael enter the mainstream. DJ Mag Italia featured Michael on their DJ’s Got Talent Page. Michael writes and produces his own music and is influenced by current pop and club music. His energetic tracks combine romantic lyrics and choruses with powerful beats in the pop-house, tech-house and minimal techno dance genres. “Freeze” reached number 3 in MTV’s Top 10 Dance Chart, between J.Lo and Madonna. The single was later licensed to the Disco Wax label in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Then his single “Above The Clouds” featuring X-Factor contestant Allie Phalc, was released by Restylers Records and licensed to the Spanish independent label, Roster Music. The latest single from Michael Push, “Falling Down” feat. Semih, will be released by White Lips on 1 June and will be available via digital music retail online including iTunes. Here is Falling Down on YouTube   […]

Music Mirror hot news – Gaurika to support Status Quo, Katrina and the Waves on 15th and 16th May ! Get tickets

Gaurika will be performing live for 2 nights supporting legends Status Quo and Katrina and the Waves at the Blue Bell in Bridlington on the 15th and 16th May. Get tickets here: http://bluebellhotel.net/index.php/status-quo-tickets  Gaurika Hayer is a London based pop-rock singer-songwriter, most similar to Pink, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. Michael Jackson, Madonna and Elton John are also inspirations. Gaurika has worked with some of the music industry’s leading producers such as David Frangioni, known for his work with Santana, Rolling Stones and Elton John among others, and Pete Wallace whose production roster includes Pink, Jessica Simpson and Julio Iglesias. Respected musicians have also played alongside Gaurika such as Mark Hudson (Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Boyzone and Leann Rimes) and Rudy Perez (Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Il Divo, Michael Bolton). Solo artist Jon Secada provided backing vocals on Gaurika’s song “Stronger”. London gigs include Madam Jojo’s cabaret club in Soho, the Roundhouse in Camden, the Cedar Room in London’s Islington, plus private gigs at Kensington Hotel and St James’ Hotel, Jermyn Street, London. Gaurika managed to secure herself a showcase at Selfridges during December, a previously unheard of accomplishment for a new independent artist. Gaurika has […]

Music Mirror sad to hear about Hot Chocolate legend Errol Brown passing away

Errol Brown has passed away at the age of 71. The musician is best known as the frontman of British soul band Hot Chocolate, which produced hits such as You Sexy Thing, So You Win Again and Brother Louie. Errol battled liver cancer and perished from the disease at his home, his manager Phil Dale informed BBC News. “Errol Brown MBE passed away in The Bahamas this morning with his wife Ginette and daughters Colette and Leonie by his side of liver cancer,” Phil informed the outlet. “Errol was a lover of life and obviously ‘music!’ I never went into his home, car or a hotel room without music playing. “Errol was a ‘Gentle Man’ and was a personal friend of mine who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. His greatest legacy is that his music will live on!” Since Hot Chocolate’s inception in 1969, the group has climbed the charts in over 50 countries with their singles. Errol was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but he moved to the United Kingdom when he was just 12 years old. His band Hot Chocolate took off after John Lennon gave the group a huge break by allowing them to […]

Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones team up with Nick Mason of Pink Floyd to raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims.

Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones has teamed with Nick Mason of Pink Floyd for the song ‘Listen Into Your Heart’ to raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims.The lead vocal for the song is soul singer Beverly Knight with Mick and Ronnie on backing vocals. The song was produced by Matt Clifford, produced by Nick Mason and recorded at Abbey Road Studios. In a statement Beverly Knight said, ‘The terrible events in Nepal show just how vulnerable our fellow man can be in the face of nature. My hope is that the proceeds of this song will go some way to help raise urgently needed funds to repair homes and restore lives.’Proceeds from ‘Listen Into Your Heart’ will go to Save The Children’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal. The Rolling Stones website has appealed to fans to buy the song. ‘Save the Children is scaling up its response to meet the urgent needs of children in Nepal, many of whom are injured, without shelter and basic items. A UK government-funded emergency medical team, managed Save the Children, is assessing needs and supporting local medical staff by providing surgery to those who need it most and our teams are delivering […]

Bad Boy Ace launches official single on Music MIrror

Real names Adedoyin Adekoya, was born on July 26th 1992 in Lagos, but originally a native of ogun state. Badboy Ace fell in love with music at a very tender age of 11, Listening to King Sunny Ade, Sir Shina peters & Fela Kuti in his early days increased his passion & love for music. But professionally started his music career 3 years ago with Difference Entertainment playing as hype man & performing back up’s for Pop singing sensation Sean Tizzle. Badboy Ace is out with his 1st official singles Titled Polongo & Gimme Dat songs produced by Award winning producer Dtunes. Download, Listen & Share:- Gimme Dat – http://hu.lk/uxkj3vm1h3pc Polongo – http://hu.lk/v7ky6gxaderk

Music Mirror celebrity news – Jessie J reduces followers !

Jessie J doesn’t think being unfollowed is a ‘battle to fight’.The Domino singer decided to have a Twitter cull on Tuesday, reducing the number of people she follows by half, down to just 400. Her decision was met with uproar by a number of her supporters, but the 27-year-old doesn’t understand why they have taken it so personally.‘I find it insane that some people take being unfollowed like a personal attack,’ she wrote in a now deleted tweet. ‘If I punched you in the face fair enough. But I didn’t… Meh. Pick your battles in life. Being unfollowed by anyone is not a battle to fight. Or feel any way about. It’s Twitter (sic)’.But her fans on the receiving end of the cull didn’t agree. One called the singer ‘rude’ and ‘ungrateful’, while another said it was a bad thing to do because her fanbase helped her get where she is today. However, never one to be afraid of speaking her mind, Jessie was quick to respond.‘Stop making me out to be something I’m not,’ she wrote. ‘My emotions made me the artist I am today. And the artist I am today is emotional.(sic)’The star then seemed to head off […]

Music Mirror reflects on Amy Lerie’s new folk pop EP

Amy Lerie is a French singer songwriter who is based in London and delivers a catchy melodic pop folk sound. She has been writing songs for seven years, since was given a guitar and played it for three hours every day. Although born in France, Amy’s roots are from Madagascar, from where people have singing, music and rhythm in their veins. Amy says: “Malagasy music is really rousing, using a djembe (an African percussion instrument), with lots of guitars, some maracas etc.” Amy met her guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Arias when he listened to her songwriting via a link Amy posted to Facebook. Alex and Amy embarked on live gigs including her first appearance at a Malagasy event at currently popular venue, Proud Camden. Recordings At Westfield Presents in White City, Amy played for an hour with her EP producer Maxime, who performs all the instruments except the lead guitar on her recordings. Next, Amy and Alex will be live at the Troubadour on 6 May 2015. Amy’s real name is Valerie and she describes how she put together her artist name: “My first name is Valerie and my middle name is a Malagasy name which means lovely or […]

Vaccines new track unleashed

The Vaccines have unleashed a new song from their upcoming third album.The band have already shared lead single ‘Dream Lover’ and showcased album cut ’20/20′ live, now they’ve released this new number ‘Minimal Affection’. The Vaccines’ forthcoming album ‘English Graffiti’ will be available to download from May 18 and is out physically a week later on May 25. The record was produced by the band themselves, Dave Fridmann and Cole MGN, who has also produced records for Ariel Pink and Beck. In a recent video interview with NME Magazine, frontman Justin Hayward-Young revealed that the third album “sounds more like a rock record than an indie record – which was one of the big aims… I think it’s an ambitious record as well”. He also says the album is “quite eclectic sounding in terms of song style”. The ‘English Graffiti’ tracklisting is : ‘Handsome’‘Dream Lover’‘Minimal Affection’’20/20′‘(All Afternoon) In Love’‘Denial’‘Want U So Bad’‘Radio Bikini’‘Maybe I Could Hold You’‘Give Me A Sign’‘Undercover’ The band recently announced a UK tour for later this year, with shows scheduled in support of ‘English Graffiti’ for November. The Vaccines will play:Blackpool Empress Ballroom (November 10)Plymouth Pavilions (12)Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (13)Bournemouth BIC (15)Bridlington Spa (16)Wolverhampton Civic Hall […]

Music Mirror UK Pop News – Sam Smith

Sam Smith has cancelled his Australian tour. The British singer was due to perform in Sydney on Tuesday, having taken to the stage in the city on Monday night. However, not long before he was due to entertain fans he confirmed he was unable to sing on doctors’ orders. ‘I am deeply, deeply saddened to tell my Australian fans, I have to cancel my Australian tour. I have been vocally exhausted for a while now however last night in Sydney I had a small haemorrhage on my vocal chords,” he said in a statement issued by Frontier Touring. It means the 22-year-old star has no option but to rest or he could makes things worse. As well as missing shows, the star has been forced to pull out of the 57th TV Week Logie Awards too. “The doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal chords have healed, otherwise this could become a huge long-term issue. I am so sorry to all who have bought tickets, I truly am. This kills me,” he added. The statement was posted on the Frontier Touring website, where it was also confirmed there are plans for Sam to complete tour […]

Kamikaze Test Pilots’ forthcoming album reflected in Music Mirror

Kamikaze Test Pilots are an alternative rock band, originating from Zimbabwe where brothers Ryan and Wes Niemandt grew up. Relocated The band was formed in 2005 in Zimbabwe but relocated to the United Kingdom where they were joined by bassist Simon Buckett in 2009. The line up now consists of Simon Buckett (Bass/guitar), Wes Niemandt (Drums/vox) and Ryan Niemandt (Lead vox/guitar). Kamikaze Test Pilots draw their influences from bands like System of A Down, Soundgarden, Clutch, The Melvins and Alice in Chains and have recently supported Nick Oliveri of Queens of the stone age. Entertaining The band’s sound is entertaining with a hard rock edge or, in their own words: “Kamikaze Test Pilots is, as the name suggests, a contradiction: a no-rules, non-conforming suicidal mesh of influences and a sound that reinvents itself with each new song”. Kamikaze Test Pilots deliver a powerful rock sound with melodic vocals, chugging rhythm, guitars and searing solos that have already been played on BBC Introducing, Total Rock, Rock Radio Germany and Amazing Rock. What the press say: Metal Hammer – “A grooving and soulful approach to hard rock that’s aggressive and odd”. Big Chees – “Totally bat shit crazy and I love it” […]

Music Mirror reflects on She Don’t Like Rock n Roll

Blues rock, psychedelic fusion group The Freddy James Band formed in August 2013, fronted by vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, Freddy James. The band have gigged at London’s top venues and now release their first single She Don’t Like Rock n Roll. The band contains Freddy James on vocals and guitar, Neil Cox on drums and Jim Harrison on bass. Aged 5, inspired by his father’s music collection, Freddy James stood on some old boards in the garden pretending to be on stage and playing a guitar. Surrounded by the music of Duane Eddy, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, Harvey Mandell and Jimi Hendrix, it was no surprise Freddy got into music, especially when his parents gave him a guitar for his eighth birthday. Neil Cox started playing drums at 14 and took up lessons from Bob Armstrong, whose own drumming and tuition career make him one of the best. Inspired by his favourites such as Weather Report, Parliament, The Police, Led Zepplin and Jamiroquai, Neil took up the drums after watching Stuart Copeland in The Police and drummer Buddy Rich, who toured with his orchestra in the 70s and 80s. Jim Harrison started playing music at school when he took up […]

Music Mirror UK on Texan, Candy’s single “You Call This Love”

Texas USA has unleashed a new pop hopeful in the form of Candy, a singer-songwriter who crafts pop songs on acoustic guitar and piano, before readying them for the world of club and radio DJs with dance arrangements and remixes. Established Candy developed her vocal performance as a studio and live backing singer for various established artists before reminding us of the delights of a pure pop tune with her first single “You Call This Love”. “You Call This Love” is an upbeat pop dance record with a witty, narrative video. Candy combines her song writing and musicianship with her inspirations from within the dance music arena to create a winning sound. Award winners “You Call This Love” is reproduced and remixed by three times Grammy Award winners Klubjumpers, who have worked with Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Madonna and many more. Preview on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/paul-di-matteo/candy-you-call-this-love-klubjumpers-new-radio-edit-master

Music Mirror UK previews mixes of Annick’s “Wonder”

An International Roster of Clubland Names Remix Annick’s Wonder. Annick follows last summer’s dance-floor pumper “Give It To Me” with a new single “Wonder” remixed by clubland’s big names from Europe, America and Canada. Approach Ontario, Canada’s romping songstress Annick has taken a more commercial approach this year by getting her new single re-spun in a variety of styles such as EDM, disco, techno, NRG and house, so that no club-goers need miss out on Wonder. We kick off the party with 3 times Grammy Award winners the Klubjumpers, known for mixes of Madonna, Maria Carey and Britney Spears, a video mix by Majik Boys (Whitney Houston and Rhianna) followed by React from Canada. DJ-producers flocked from far and wide to put their take on “Wonder” with the United Kingdom well represented. From Britain came Bushboy, returning with their exciting, heated electro madness, and Danny Lee who works his distinctive brand of electronic magic. Newcomers Emerging talent was not overlooked with newcomers from Hungary Plasticboys Vs. Adriano with their “Hands Up” edit. Next on the decks are Nivek Tek Vs. Dirty-Z, blending styles including pop dance, techno, house, bubblegum and Eurodance for their “Retro Rewind” mix and last but not […]

Music Mirror reflects on new EP by acoustic-duo The Zacas

The Zacas is an acoustic folk duo originating from South Africa’s capital Pretoria, consisting of brothers Luigi on vocals with Salva Zaca on guitar. Their new E.P entitled “I me” was recorded at Undahouse Studios in South Africa and features the acoustic single “Bored With Me”. These recordings harness the melodic and instrumental beauty of an acoustic arrangement and suit the personal nature of the songs. Passion The Zacas describe their music as “…going back to the roots of acoustic music, representing who we are, our identity and our passion for a raw acoustic singer-songwriter style music”. Salva studied classical music at Pro Arte Alphen Park and became a renowned classical guitarist in South Africa. His influences include Miles Davis who he grew to love while studying Jazz at Tshwane University of Technology. Design Luigi studied Architecture and design and was trained for Opera before discovering a passion for jazz and rock through his biggest influence, Myles Kennedy. The Zaca brothers have played a lot of shows in South Africa including the well-known Barnyard Theater but have since moved to Indianapolis in America where they are currently based. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeiZ3oh4_Qc Social media:     And their music for purchase:

Ellie Goulding remains at the top of the UK singles

Ellie Goulding remains at the top of the UK singles chart for the second week running. ‘Love Me Like You Do’, taken from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, racked up chart sales of 118,000 and 2.25 million audio streams to remain in the top spot. Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’ claims number two, while ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars takes third place. ‘Uptown Funk’ also becomes one of the biggest-selling UK singles of all time, after reaching one million sales. “I can’t believe it, it’s insane.” Ronson said. “It’s definitely an amazing milestone to be in this club with all these massive superstars.”

Music Mirror reflects on Gram Holli and the Berries’ release “The Woods”

Gram Holli and the Berries with Cornershop’s Drummer Andy Return from Tour to Release Album These lads from Lancashire say they are “born in Leigh, not On Sea, but on a navigation, absconded to Atherton, biked to Bolton, and were produced in Preston.” They’re fresh off a tour through Europe having played gigs in such places as Manchester, Milan and Munich. The British Invasion is not over, boys and girls. Get ready for the second wave! Lancashire Lads ” Gram Holli and the Berries” are on the way. This Brit band was “born in Leigh, not On Sea, but on a navigation, absconded to Atherton, biked to Bolton, and were produced in Preston.” They’re fresh off a tour through Europe having played gigs in such places as Manchester, Milan and Munich. Who are these Lancastrian lads? The Lancashire Lads are: “Gram Holli” (lead vocals, guitar, bass and keyboard), Cornershop’s Andy Flynn (drums), Richard (“bowing” strings), Steve (“blowing” brass) and Alan Gregson of West Orange Studios (“perfecting” production and background vocals). Their melodic and catchy new album “The Woods” is a fine example of the band’s current musical musings. The album features the single “True Love” and is out now on […]

Hot Chip will release their sixth album

Hot Chip will release their sixth album and second for Domino, Why Make Sense?, on 18th May 2015. Recorded in Oxfordshire and London and produced by Hot Chip with Mark Ralph, Why Make Sense? is the band’s follow up to 2012’s critically acclaimed In Our Heads. Watch the accompanying video for the Why Make Sense? album opener, Huarache Lights, based around a light installation by artist Robert Bell and filmed in one take by Andy Knowles below. Why Make Sense? will be available on all standard formats as well as a Special Edition available for a limited time only, featuring a bonus Separate EP with 4 new tracks recorded during the album sessions. Why Make Sense? tracklisting is as follows: 1. Huarache Lights 2. Love Is The Future 3. Cry For You 4. Started Right 5. White Wine and Fried Chicken 6. Dark Night 7. Easy To Get 8. Need You Now 9. So Much Further To Go 10. Why Make Sense? Separate EP: 1. Burning up 2. Separate 3. Move With Me 4. Re-harmonize

Sam Smith caught in between the “worst hate sandwich in pop.’

Music execs were apparently worried Sam Smith would be caught in between the “worst hate sandwich in pop.’ The British singer stormed the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, walking away with four awards and cementing his status as one of the world’s biggest music stars. Many of his A-list friends were on hand on show their support, including alleged feuding pop stars Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. At an after show party it was Katy who was on hand to help Sam Smith celebrate his mammoth evening, with Taylor said to be noticeably absent. ‘Katy hugged and toasted Sam’s success with pals. They stayed together for about 45 minutes. Katy seemed delighted with his wins and kept hugging him,” a source divulged to New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l. ‘Taylor was expected at the bash but ducked away. Execs worried that Sam could get caught in the worst hate sandwich in pop.’ Katy’s on-off boyfriend John Mayer recently brought Taylor, who he also previously dated, up in an interview, saying the blonde star would be avoiding him at the Grammys. This apparently added even more fuel to the spat, with Taylor reportedly feeling bullied. However Sam isn’t letting his friends’ feud […]

Mark Ronson New Album news

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 UK Tour

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

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.

Music Mirror UK gives “Rise” by Madam Voodoo a whirl

Madam Voodoo consists of Cass, 7even and Dr G, whose influences stem from electronica from 1990s including psychedelic trance (psytrance), grunge and punk. One of lead vocalist Cass’s earliest memories is using her grandparent’s dining table as a stage for her rendition of ‘Tits and Ass” from the musical A Chorus Line. Emerging In the early 2000’s Cass became a pioneer of the Melbourne shuffle after her all-consuming love of dance and trance music drew her into the emerging underground rave scene. Songwriter 7Even draws inspiration from the depths of his social conscience to create lyrics and melodies that bring Madam Voodoo’s songs vividly to life. Dr G previously featured in the down-tempo trip hop duo Aventine and, in the late 90s, appeared in a Coke ad shot from a helicopter above the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Electronic Madam Voodoo’s sound, a thumping electronic music with a strong pop sensibility, is composed, recorded and mixed in their own studio. The new single “Rise” has already been play-listed on Australia’s Triple J, Matchbox Radio 24, Pop Shop FM, London FM, Radio ZA Africa and Discover80s.fm. The song was described by Noise Porn Magazine at the Miami Winter Music Conference as an “exciting […]

Boy From the Crowd’s forthcoming EP

Anyone who fears that London’s bold musical heartbeat is faltering could be reassured by the recent arrival of The Boy From the Crowd on the scene. Inclinations The London-based rock duo comprises Vinny Piana and Vegas Ivy who formed The Boy From The Crowd when their musical inclinations collided in 2013. The pair shared musical influences from Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf, Captain Beefheart and Jon Spencer. Vinny, born in the south of France, toured Europe and the UK with various bands and composed soundtracks for films, including a Sundance favourite LoveSexy. Then Vegas added his pounding voodoo drums to Vinny’s long-cherished new musical venture. Imperfections Summing up his take on their approach, Vinny says: “One of the things that makes rock ’n’ roll great is its little imperfections and riding on the edge of disaster, knowing full well that any second it could all just fall apart.” Their EP ‘Where the Bees Come to Die’, produced by Vinny and recorded in Maako studios, London, contains their first single Revelator, which is already receiving enthusiasm from the music press. Future FM Magazine wrote: “The so-called “two-man team that’s putting the boot back into blues” seem to have recorded a winner of […]

Anadean Sky’s new single Bad Dream

A classical pianist accomplished in percussion, drums and contemporary vocals from Sofia in Bulgaria called Nadya Nedyalkova went on to become the singer-songwriter and producer known today as Anadean Sky. Still known as Nadya, Anadean Sky won talent competitions in Bulgaria with her band No Way before she moved to London to become the March 2012 winner of Snowdance’s Melange Factor. Anadean Sky then went on to compete in the Melange Factor final in November 2012, hosted by Channel 5 presenter Bryan Lucas. Previously as a part of a three-piece girl band called Vantage, Anadean Sky had attracted the attention of Kevin Best of Best of London Music, who selected her to be showcased to music industry professionals. Alongside her burgeoning music career, Anadean Sky works as a model in campaigns for Rimmel London, Reebok and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. Anadean Sky will be releasing her E.P “Battle” and the single “Bad Dream” on 24 November 2014 with distribution from Universal Music Operations. Her single comes with dance remixes by Mikey Gallagher, a DJ and producer with Hed Kandi and Ministry of Sound. Anadean Sky produced her single Bad Dream with the assistance of Denis Gadjetic at Gadget Studios and Ash […]

Nigerian Artist Ray D to Launch Peace and Unity to World

Chukwuba Raymond Nnamdi is known for his music as Ray D. He grew up in Nigeria with his widowed father and one of his sisters. Ray D started in music by joining the church choir at the age of 12. In November 2013 he released his first single London Girl, recorded with Imo State producer Freelance, and the song took Ray D to musical prominence in the eastern part of Nigeria. Ray D was named Artist of the Year 2014 for Dancehall at the E-sure Celebrity Awards, which celebrates talent in the Nigerian entertainment industry, with Freelance scooping the next best producer award in 2013. Overseas He releases his first international single Peace & Unity with Vintess Innovation Entertainment (Glints Label France). The song has already had radio play in the UK and overseas. True to the message in his new single, Ray D spends time as a peace Ambassador at Vintess Innovation Organization in France. The song promotes peace and unity amongst the youth in Africa and everywhere else. He is working towards a much more compassionate world through his music. His philosophy is to work hard or, as he says, ‘big dream today, reality tomorrow.’ Opportunities Ray D […]

New Pop Rock Artist Inspired by Music, Literary and Entrepreneurial Greats

Creating hits armed with a Dictaphone for melodies, iPod for inspiration and pen and notebook for lyrics, Gaurika Hayer is a pop-rock singer-songwriter, most similar to Pink, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. Michael Jackson, Madonna and Elton John are also inspirations. Gaurika has worked with some of the music industry’s leading producers such as David Frangioni, known for his work with Santana, Rolling Stones and Elton John among others, and Pete Wallace whose production roster includes Pink, Jessica Simpson and Julio Iglesias. Alongside Great musicians have also played alongside Gaurika such as Mark Hudson (Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Boyzone and Leann Rimes) and Rudy Perez (Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Il Divo, Michael Bolton). Solo artist Jon Secada provided backing vocals on Gaurika’s song “Stronger”. London gigs include Madam Jojo’s cabaret club in Soho, the Roundhouse in Camden, the Cedar Room in London’s Islington, plus private gigs at Kensington Hotel and St James’ Hotel, Jermyn Street, London. Gaurika managed to secure herself a showcase at Selfridges during December, a previously unheard of accomplishment for a new independent artist. Position Gaurika has had plays on BBC radio and made charity appearances in Chelmsford and Meadowhall, Sheffield, alongside X […]

Songstress’s Voice Wows BBC Radio and Releases First Single

Samantha Durnan from the North East of England releases her first single, already praised by BBC Introducing and Radio 1 for her voice, acoustic and alternative rock band arrangements. Samantha worked on her self-titled EP containing her forthcoming single Who Would Have Thought, while on tour supporting Ed Sheeran, Kate Nash, the Hooziers and Beverley Knight. Samantha Durnan, living in the UK’s North East, started writing and playing her own songs on guitar before she knew about eye-liner. INSTRUMENTS Although she works with a backing band, Samantha is one of those people who accomplished all the instruments she wanted in her songs, which she has been writing and performing as much as she can from the earliest age. Encouraged to work hard by responses to her talent, Samantha was praised by Jen and Ally from Radio One who gave her airplay and commented “Wow, what a voice”. Inspired by current and classic alternative rock artists alike including Stevie Nicks, KT Tunstall and Michelle Branch, Samantha is moving to London to further progress her burgeoning music career. In 2013 she quit her day job to focus on music full time. PERFORMED Samantha has performed extensively across venues in the North East […]

Music Star Emerges from Musicals to Release Soul Rock Pop Single

Raised in London’s East End, making it through the BRIT school with Jessie J, then featuring in high profile musicals and theatre productions; Donna HineZ releases a soul, rock and pop album with her first single Ice Cream out in November. Donna HineZ, 26, was the born in Greenwich, south east London, the youngest of 3 sisters to Jamaican parents and raised nearby in Catford. In between ballet, tap and jazz classes, Donna got her singing practice in early by recording herself on a tape recorder and the sounds of RnB, soul, jazz, pop and reggae emanated from the family living room. Surrounded Surrounded by music and inspired by it, Donna cottoned-on early to the importance of stage presence and learned to have fun while singing by pretending to be on stage. This led to regular showcases for friends and relatives, performing with her two older sisters. Also important in the formation of a future music star were Donna’s rebellious teenage years at school when faced with the ravages of peer pressure. Music again was her escape as she started writing songs and producing them in the music rooms at her secondary school. Donna says: “It felt like home to […]

DJs Remix Queen Unleashes Own R&B Pop Single to Anticipated Hit Success

Devyn Rose, previously known as Tanya T6 for her remixes, which earned her the nickname the Remix Queen from various top DJs, unleashes her eccentric, new generation mix of pop, R&B, hip hop and island fusions, with a single entitled Falling 4 U. Dance Having first sung as a child for her church choir, at the age of 16, Devyn Rose moved downstate from Mount Vernon to New York City to master various forms of dance at Broadway Dance Center. As a result of a performance at a BMI Open Mic, Devyn was discovered by multi-platinum producer Dame Grease. As Tanya T6, Devyn had released a mixtape for her fanbase entitled “Move Over Paris Hilton, There’s a New It Girl in Town”, which was hosted by New York’s POWER 105.1 radio station’s DJ Suss One. Then she released “Work My Body” which premiered on the DJ Wrexx show on WZMX Hartford’s Hot 93.7 and its popularity spread from there. Gift Bag This year, Falling 4 U is featured as a give-away in the 5th Annual Emmy Awards Pre-Party Bash Gift Bag and the track has just been accepted amongst 50 selected artists and tracks to appear on the Next Big […]

Squeeze headline Saturday at Looe Music Festival 2014

Formed in London, Squeeze exploded onto the music scene with their second album ‘Cool For Cats’, in 1979, cementing their place as one of Britain’s most important young bands of the time. Featuring the classic single ‘Up The Junction’ as well as the title track, it was many listeners’ first introduction to the witty kitchen-sink lyricism and new-wave guitar music that has become the band’s trademark. With albums ‘Argybargy’ and the Elvis Costello-produced ‘East Side Story’, Squeeze made waves across the pond, with Paul Carrack later replacing Jools Holland, going on to lend his unmistakeable vocals to the smash hit ‘Tempted’. Here’s Cool for Cats: Today Squeeze are still making their mark with top popsters including Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Supergrass, Lily Allen, The Feeling and Razorlight citing them as amongst their biggest influences. And on Saturday 20th September they’ll join the other 89 bands across five stages for three days of ‘Slap and Tickle’ Cornish party style. To book tickets for Looe Music Festival follow this link For camping in comfort and transport to and from festival: Tregoad Park

Singer-songwriter works with top 10 MC and DJ on single

“Emotions” is the new single by Kayla and her first collaboration with MC Neat. The song was produced by The Next Room and re-mixed by Andy Whitmore with lyrics by Dominic Daniel. MC Neat is from London with two decades in the music industry behind him. He won a MOBO Award for their song “With a little bit of luck” with DJ Luck. The Garage and House pair have had a string of top 10 hits including “With a Little Bit of Luck”, below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcxjNQxf0Uo MC Neat tours the UK and at international music destinations including Ayia Napa, Malia, Zante, Kos, Falaraki and Cyprus. MC Neat and DJ Luck performed some of their greatest hits at Wembley Arena on May 31st 2014. Kayla is a singer-songwriter originally from Swansea, South Wales who now lives in London. “Emotions” will be released on the Matchbox Recordings record label in the U.K on 30 June 2014 and comes bundled with both a drum and bass and a pop remix. Hear Emotions here on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/mirmymir/emotions-master-v1

The Datsuns launch sixth album this October

Published on 3 Aug 2014 The Datsuns new song from the forthcoming album “Deep Sleep” out this October. Available as a free download from their Bandcamp page Here’s the story from Music News The Datsuns will return with their sixth album ‘Deep Sleep’ in October. ‘Deep Sleep’ was recorded during a 10 day plunge into Roundhead Studios in Auckland over summer. The album will run 34 minutes from start to finish. ‘We’re not fucking around,’ said singer Dolf de Borst. ‘We’re all conscious of the fact that we don’t live close to each other and we’re getting older and people have families, so if we’re together, we’re going to make records.’ The Datsuns are: Dolf De Borst ‘ vocals / bass Christian Livingstone ‘ guitar Phil Somervell ‘ guitar Ben Cole ‘ drums The Datsuns were the ‘next big thing’ of 2002 when they released their debut record ‘The Datsuns’. Their derivative rock sound predated the latter international successes from Jet and Wolfmother. On the new record The Datsuns continue to source from the past with sounds of Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult and Deep Purple evident throughout this record. Listen to Caught In The Silver from ‘Deep Sleep’. The […]

Experimental duo release album and single together

London based Azrock and Pogo are an experimental duo. Azrock, a songwriter, musician and producer, also writes fiction, is a graphic artist and software programmer. He wanted to combine all his talents and when he first heard the voice of Pogo he was blown away by her vocals and the recording project was born. Together, Azrock and Pogo are driven to produce timeless music across all the genres. Azrock and Pogo were one of the original artists to reach the Hall of Fame on artist funding website SliceThePie and were selected as a winner for the £15,000 prize due to the interest generated from thousands of reviewers. Another song of theirs ‘I’ll Wait Here’ was a top 5 finalist for ‘Song of the Year’ competition. The new album “ For You” features 14 tracks including the soulful and funky single “ Wha’Cha Gonna Do” to be released on 1 October via A&P Records. Here’s the single on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OixyaEtDEsY

Very British Folk Pop Musician gives Prince some Competition with his band’s musical arrangements

Until 2008, Boz Hayward was a punk musician who once rehearsed in rooms next door to the Happy Mondays and Oasis in the basement of Manchester’s famous Boardwalk nightclub, back in its heyday. When his bassist and close friend died, Boz turned to folk and acoustic pop to focus on his songwriting. The Bozchestra is the affectionate name for Boz’s band who accompany him on an array of instruments combining guitar, mariachi bass, violins, trumpets, keyboards, glockenspiel, the Russian domra, mandolin, dulcimer and slide guitar with percussion and drums. Frequent line-up The most frequent Bozchestra line-up are Phil Robinson on ‘guitarron’ bass, Mark Greer on slide guitar, Rick Burrows on brass, Dan Bridgwood-Hill on strings and keys and Rob Haynes on percussion and drums. Born in Hereford, Boz’s family moved around with his father’s RAF work. Boz went to Manchester Poly and based his musical operations from Manchester’s thriving Boardwalk basement rehearsal studios. Not one to refuse a “crooner” set with a piano, Boz also composes instrumentals and film music, which lead to his Shortscores album in 2013. Boz composes for himself with the Bozchestra, although his creative output is constant and he has song material to spare for other performers. […]

The Script – Superheroes

Published on 21 Jul 2014 ‘Superheroes’ is the first single from the new album ‘No Sound Without Silence’ which will be released in September 2014. For more information visit: http://smarturl.it/ScriptOfficial Sign up to The Script’s newsletter here: http://smarturl.it/TheScriptnl Subscribe to The Script on YouTube: http://smarturl.it/TheScriptyts Stream The Script’s music: http://smarturl.it/ScriptStream ————– Follow The Script online: Facebook – http://smarturl.it/ScriptFB Twitter – http://smarturl.it/ScriptTwitter Instagram — http://smarturl.it/ScriptInstagram Google+ – http://smarturl.it/TheScriptgplus Music video by The Script performing Superheroes. (C) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Live Musician Finds Unlimited Possibilities for Creating Music through Synths and his Digital Audio Workstation

After playing guitar in bands as a student, Sevenski’s music was unleashed by working with producers in digital studios and now he launches a single with 5 club mixes from his own studio. Sevenski is a dance music producer of Russian descent, who was raised in Hampshire, with his own studio in Essex which gives him quick access to London’s mastering studios and clubs. SOUNDTRACKS With a passion for a strong melody, Sevenski’s influences range from film soundtracks to various dance genres, producers like Paul Van Dyke and Ferry Corsten‘s remix of Barbers Adagio For Strings. Axwell, Alesso, Ingrosso, Hardwell, Arty, deadmau5 and Above & Beyond. Comparing the process of creating dance music to playing his material on stage with a band, Sevenski says: “I discovered that apart from some essential technical detail it’s down to personal self-expression….a bit like an artist with a colour palette”. OBSESSION As a student, Sevenski played in live bands before he developed an obsession with Virus synths and computer digital audio workstations (DAW) and proceeded to set up his own production studio. Sevenski says: “I’ve learned a great deal from working with other producers both technically and creatively and Interacting and recording with live vocalists and writing […]

Scottish Producer Pools Extensive Experience To Launch His New Album

Reole, with jazz and the Creole of his youth in Louisiana at his roots, likes to keep it real for his jazzy, soulful and funky productions by discovering underground singer songwriters to complete his unique sound of digital processing, using tubes and valves and his own secret ingredients. Texture The in-house producer for audio company Zendell, who create TV commercials for clients including Sony, Suzuki, Yahoo and FIFA, has sought underground singers and songwriters to bring texture and flavour to tracks on his forthcoming album. Reole, a Scottish music producer who lived for a short time in New Zealand, takes his name from Creole, a music style based on folk, which originated in his childhood New Orleans in the 18th Century. Born in Scotland and raised in New Orleans, Reole started his musical life playing brass in the Mardi Gras parades. Reole then joined Ritchie Ruftone on pirate radio and today he produces for Ruftone, who has won both the UK DMC Championships and UK Battle for World Supremacy heats two years running Reole is cutting vinyl to prepare Ruftone to defend his title this year at the O2 in Greenwich. Mainland In March 2013, Reole unleashed his first album Ya […]

Marathon Running Ex-Mod Grandfather Realises Musical Dream after Brain Tumour

James Pearce, 63, wastes no more time to launch his own career as a singer-songwriter after successful surgery to remove a brain tumour. James Pearce was once an apprentice upholsterer before becoming a Mod, riding a Lambretta Zoo SXSpecial and absorbing the music of the 60s and 70s, especially Johnny Duncan and The Blue Grass Boys. Singer Although a self-declared failed guitarist, James took to singing and ran a karaoke night with his brother John, whom James claims is the better singer. This resulted in James recording an album of covers of his favourite songs such as Johnny Duncan’s ‘Last Train to San Fernando’. In 2009 James penned his first song: “She Came Walking”. Happily married with two children, James is now a grandfather, which seems to be all the rage amongst Glastonbury’s headline performers. Dramatically   James’ life changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with a large brain tumour in the base of his skull, but this was successfully removed in 2011 by his hero and surgeon Richard Kerr. While in hospital, James first heard about Headway Oxfordshire, which supports change to people’s lives after a brain injury. As a passionate marathon runner, Headway Oxfordshire inspired James to regain […]

Glastonbury 2014 – independent weekend review

2014 festival shows how diverse cultural roots are inspiring pop mainstream With 200,000 people, or a veritable city, airdropped into a huge farm in Somerset, promising performers of all persuasions were going to attract a crowd. Acknowledged As acknowledged by Sophie Ellis Bextor, pop and disco have once again found their places at Glastonbury, allowing audiences and acts to bond over some classics to sing along and dance to. Eager faces of all ages could be seen lip-synching to every word along with Ellie Goulding, Bryan Ferry, Caro Emerald and Dolly Parton. It was wonderful to see the return of lighter mainstream genres, popular for good reason that they are great to let your hair down to, singing and dancing along, rekindling happy memories. Fans can be themselves Compared to some harder dance genres that have dominated the charts, pop and disco say “I like this whatever you think” and are free of the occasional self-consciousness of rap or hip-hop while leaving fans to be themselves without prescription dress, moves and lingo. Evident this year was the rise of the DJ to rock star stats, as Sasha, DJ Pierre, David Morales, Shy FX, Above and Beyond and many more entertained […]