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One Love Manchester event will go ahead following London Bridge attack

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4th June 2017

Ariana Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, has confirmed that the One Love event held in memory of the victims of the Manchester terror attack two weeks ago, will still take place this evening. He said that the show will go on “with greater purpose” after the terrorist attack last night in London which left 7 dead and 48 injured.

In an Instagram post this morning he said “After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected. We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose. We must not be afraid, and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly. I am pleased to say we have the full support of Greater Manchester police and the government and are assured the safety of all those attending is the highest priority. All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show. We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win. Today we stand together. Thank you.”

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Ariana Grande will perform with other big names including Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber after having visited children in hospital injured by the Manchester attack earlier this week. 

View the One Love Manchester benefit concert on BBC One between 6pm and 9pm (if you live in the UK) or on BBC Radio/Capitol Radio Networks.

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China Lane

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China Lane release video to new single ‘In Motion’

Breaking, Emerging Artists, Ones to Watch, Pop

27th February 2017

article-logo Manchester’s own electro-pop band, China Lane, has released the colourful and energetic music video to their second single ‘In Motion’. The song follows huge coverage of the groups debut single ‘Marco Polo’, which was published during 2016. ‘Marco Polo’ received recognition from BBC Radio 6, BBC Introducing as well as streaming services including Spotify, who featured the single on influential playlists. With over 125,000 streams on Spotify alone, China Lane’s debut shows the outstanding potential this young band has in their hands, with an already substantially growing audience. Check it out:

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Siboney + Andy // Secret

Breaking, Emerging Artists, Ones to Watch, Pop

1st December 2016

After years of toil in the studio and on the live circuit, Australian-born London locals Siboney & Andy have finally released their debut EP. ‘Secret’ is the perfect bite-sized introduction to this duo who have earned their stripes as veterans of the live scene and are now aiming to truly make their mark as recording artists. Both handle song-writing duties while Siboney takes the lead on vocals and Andy helms the production and instrumentals; an approach that works well.

Each song brings an entirely new flavour to the equation, creating within the space of only 4 tracks a surprisingly compatible blend of genres. The underlying (or perhaps overlying) theme is well-crafted, good-for-your-ears pop music. But it’s a pop comprised of everything from indie, electronica and at times even a touch of folk, just for good measure.

Standout track ‘See Me Through The Night’ is a great example of their ability to come together to write a genuinely beautiful song. It serves as a great opener and really gives Siboney the opportunity to show her chops as a singer.

Their first single ‘Secret’ sees them sharing vocal duties, using the opportunity to delve into deeper, more emotive territory. As they both sing of betrayal and a forbidden love, piercing guitars both acoustic and electric give it a distinct edge. It stands in stark opposition to the following track ‘Mexico’ which immediately switches mood and brings the fun. Built around a breezy instrumental, this track was made for carefree days of sunshine and road trips.

Their first recorded outing as a duo brings a lot to the table, but it’s the marriage of their crisp, unfaltering production and Siboney’s standout vocal performances that really make this an essential release and a stellar debut effort. Watch this space!

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MTV may change VMA broadcast after further ratings drop

Breaking, Business, Editors Choice, Videos

2nd September 2016

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The MTV Video Music Awards have been around since 1984 – originally created as an alternative to The Grammy Awards, the show has for a long time now been considered one of the biggest players in the music award scene. But their audience’s habits are changing.

The latest award show, held on Sunday 28th August managed to attract 6.5 million viewers across Viacoms 11 television networks (including MTV). This compared to 2015 where the VMA’s pulled in over 10 million viewers on broadcast night – the ceremony is losing a lot of eyes on screens, and MTV knows why.

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Traditionally, MTV broadcasts the show live at 9pm on the east coast, and then at 9pm in other time zones via tape delay. This is down to the fact that advertisers will pay more for prime time television slots.

But two days after the VMA’s, MTV have announced that they will consider airing the show live across the US in one go. This, to create a bigger buzz around the event but also because MTV is coming to understand that their audience is now online – and they need to bring the television event to them.

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Theo Wargo/Getty Images for MTV

Sean Atkins, MTV President told Billboard: “In a world where you are multi-platforming, when I can experience it on my feed from my friends on Facebook who are in New York, are you better off just going live?” he asked. “You give everyone essentially equal access to every platform at the same time.”

Viacom announced on Monday that in total there were 149 million streams of VMA content across the Sunday event and Monday afterwards. This was a combination of live stream through the MTV.com website and video marketing on social networks like Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube.

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Black Eyed Peas reunite to spread important message about gun violence [video]

Breaking, Dance/Electronic, Editors Choice, Pop

1st September 2016

American music legends the Black Eyed Peas have reunited to spread an important message about gun violence during the US Presidential Election. After five years apart the band have come back together to release a rendition of their song ‘Where Is The Love?’.

Originally released in 2003 for their third album Elephunk, Where Is The Love? was written by Will.i.am, Justin Timberlake, Taboo, apl.de.ap, Printz Board, Michael Fratantuno and George Pajon, Jr. The track topped the charts in both Australia and the UK.

A statement from a spokesperson for the band said that #WHERESTHELOVE “calls for calm, asking citizens of the world to stop the hate and violence that has resulted in many lives lost.” Proceeds from the song will go to Will.i.am’s own foundation i.am.angel – funding educational programs and college scholarships.

The remake features new names including Justin Timerblake (who sang and wrote on the original but wasn’t credited), Mary J. Blige, Tori Kelly, Usher and others. Find it exclusively on Apple Music, [here]

Black Eyed Peas.

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Flume

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Flume has had quite a year. [video]

Breaking, Dance/Electronic, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Tour, Videos

31st August 2016

Atmospheric Dance music artist Flume has had quite a year.

During 2016 he released his second studio album Skin, featuring the lead single ‘Never Be Like You’. The single securing Platinum in the US and Australia. And he’s now on a bold tour exploring the West Coast of America. Listening to his music, you’ll recognise hit after hit, not just from the album Skin but stretching all the way back to his self-titled debut album released in 2013, featuring Chet Faker, Jezzabell Doran, Moon Holiday and others.

He’s toured the US with Disclosure, released a collaborative EP with Chet Faker called ‘Lockjaw EP’, won several ARIA awards including Producer of the Year, Breakthrough Artist, and Best Dance Release, as well as releasing the single Some Minds, in collaboration with Andrew Wyatt from the band Miike Snow – all in the 4 years he’s been active in the music scene.

Watch the video Flume released while on tour on the West Coast ->

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Fall Out Boy will return with new music

Breaking, Editors Choice, News, Rock

30th August 2016

Playing the Reading Festival main stage on Sunday evening, Fall Out Boy’s bassist Pete Wentz announced that the rock band will be returning with new music. Though no dates were released, Fall Out Boy is approaching the two year mark since their sixth and latest studio album, ‘AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO’, which was released on 20th January 2015.

‘AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO’ proved a phenomenal hit, reaching 4x Platinum with help from singles ‘Centuries’ and ‘Uma Therman’. It debuted at the number 1 position on the Billboard Top 200 chart and reached the number 1 position on Apple’s iTunes chart in 22 countries.

Fall Out Boy, Reading Festival 2016. // @FallOutBoy

Fall Out Boy, Reading Festival 2016. // @FallOutBoy

We’re excited to see what’s next.

 

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Report: Spotify hitting back at artists who sign exclusives elsewhere

Breaking, Business

27th August 2016

Rumours have been building from the world of music streaming.

According to a report by Bloomberg released yesterday, music service Spotify has been hitting back at music artists who sign exclusive streaming deals with it’s two biggest rivals Apple Music and Tidal.

The report suggests that Spotify has been making it harder for its users to find the music of artists who have launched their albums elsewhere. People familiar with Spotify’s strategy reported that artists who have given Apple exclusive access to their new music have been told their songs won’t get included in Spotify’s Featured Playlists. This drastically decreases their presence on the platform and ability to make income from streams.

Read the full report here: Bloomberg | Spotify is burying musicians for their Apple deals

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Kaiser Chiefs announce UK Tour

Breaking, Editors Choice, News, Pop, Rock

26th August 2016

Last week the Kaiser Chiefs announced that they will be going on a UK headline tour next year – following the news of their latest album ‘Stay Together’, due out on October 7th 2016. This album succeeds ‘Education, Education, Education and War’ released in 2014. It will be the 7th record in total since the band formed in 2003.

Tickets are already on general sale for all 8 venues, commencing at Llandudno, Venue Cymru Arena on Wednesday 22nd February 2017, and ending in their hometown of Leeds at the First Direct Arena on Saturday 4th March.

Kaiser Chiefs Tour

Tickets:

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AmazonTicketsUK: po.st/KCAMZT 

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Music Manager Scooter Braun weighs in on US gun control

Breaking, Business, Editors Choice, News

13th June 2016

Scooter Braun, manager to some of the biggest artists in the music industry, has just joined the conversation on gun control in the US. He gave his thoughts via an Instagram post featuring an image with the text ‘WE CAN DO MORE’ – this is following the Orlando night club shooting this week, the deadliest shooting in US history which left 50 people dead and 53 injured.

He said:

“Last night I was thinking about our nation…my son…this world…what I am contributing to it.. And I posted this…and today I post it again. I’m not asking Americans to lose rights..I’m not asking everyone to turn in their guns. I’m asking my fellow Americans to acknowledge we need a system to protect our future and the freedoms we claim to hold so dear.”

“We need gun control laws to add to our freedoms not take away. We need to make the right decisions for the next generation. I have so much more to say but for now all I will say is how many more speeches and tragedies will it take? We only get a certain amount of time on this earth and our responsibility is to our kids.”

“How can we look our sons and daughters in the eye with all we have now seen and not try? Not try to better this world for THEM!? We are better than this. God bless America.. But God isn’t going to change this… He gave us free choice. Let’s choose to make a difference.”

Last night I was thinking about our nation…my son…this world…what I am contributing to it.. And I posted this…and today I post it again. I’m not asking Americans to lose rights..I’m not asking everyone to turn in their guns. I’m asking my fellow Americans to acknowledge we need a system to protect our future and the freedoms we claim to hold so dear. We need gun control laws to add to our freedoms not take away. We need to make the right decisions for the next generation. I have so much more to say but for now all I will say is how many more speeches and tragedies will it take? We only get a certain amount of time on this earth and our responsibility is to our kids. How can we look our sons and daughters in the eye with all we have now seen and not try? Not try to better this world for THEM!? We are better than this. God bless America.. But God isn’t going to change this… He gave us free choice. Let’s choose to make a difference.

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Article by Matt Goodwill

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