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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.

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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]

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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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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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Kojey

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Ones to watch: Kojey Radical

Editors Choice, Ones to Watch

16th August 2016

(Article originally published 10.05.2016. Updated 16.08.2016)

Kojey Radical’s words have meaning. Residing in East London and paving the way for his unique career in the already thriving UK Rap Scene, his sincere work speaks volumes about how he got to where he is now.

Arriving at the Speaking Sound studio with band and manager at his side, it’s clear that quality is high on the list of priorities for Kojey and his band. After an hour of soundcheck he’s ready to perform for TEAfilms Live Sessions with as much raw talent and commitment that you hear in his published tracks.

Kojey’s music speaks for itself. Find the videos of his session below:

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Article by Matt Goodwill

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Three Albums Every Teenager Should Have

Editors Choice, Rock

20th June 2016

I don’t think anyone appreciates music as much as teenagers. Whether it be because we’re young and easily influenced, or because our angst allows us to quickly associate with down trodden rockstars’ depressing thoughts, there are three albums which I think every teenager should have in their collection to help them get through those famously difficult years.

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I don’t understand how anyone could go through their teenage years without having a copy of Green Day’s “Dookie” somewhere. Sure, some Blink-182 albums would suffice, but no one really captured teenage angst and disaffection as well as Billie Joe could in “Burnout”, “Longview” and “Basket Case”. Every time I listen to this album my favourite song changes – “Basket Case” and “When I Come Around” may have been what captured the punk rockers into mainstream success, but hidden charms on the record such as “Having a Blast”, “She”, “Sassafras Roots” and “Coming Clean” root so deep into the teenage psyche that the insanely catchy three-chord musings are hands down some of the best Green Day has ever done.

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Probably the best debut album released in the past twenty years, The Strokes’ “Is This It” is so disaffected, disjointed and powerful that it transcends being an album for teenagers and has become the basis for virtually every single indie rock band to come onto the scene since its release. However, I don’t think anyone can quite appreciate Julian Casablancas’ Lou Reed impressions as much as someone who has never heard Lou Reed. “Is This It”, “Barely Legal”, “Someday” and “Hard to Explain” not only provide the musical basis for your favourite 2000s indie band, but also lyrically encapsulate everything being a young has to offer, and what it can’t offer…why won’t you wear your new trenchcoat??

Now for the real Lou Reed. The Velvet Undergound’s Andy Warhol -produced and banana-clad infamous record may not be specifically for teenagers, or at least most teenagers who don’t like listening to two-note musings about hard drugs, but it’s basically a staple for every music lover. Reed’s famous drawlings coupled with Nico’s soft charms, overtly simplistic music and melancholy tones all join to form the phenomenal “I’m Waiting for the Man”, “Venus in Furs” and “Heroin”, some of the best pieces to come out of the late 60s. Listening to this record makes you romanticise a bunch of things you really shouldn’t (like New York brownstones), but it’s one of the most important albums ever created and Music 101 for any teenager – plus, Lou Reed was probably the first emo.

Article by Amy Eskenazi

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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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Honne announce UK tour / new album ‘Warm On A Cold Night’

Breaking, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists

26th May 2016

breaking-article-logo-transPop electronica duo Honne have announced a new UK tour. After the success of their latest release, the EP ‘Gone Are The Days’, they’ve spent their time creating a debut album called ‘Warm On A Cold Night’ – due for release on July 22nd 2016 on iTunes, CD and Vinyl. These guys are brilliant. Here’s what we had to say about them in our 2016 Predictions:

‘The pop electronica duo Andy and James, origins from Somerset Wiltshire. After two EPs in 2014, they released both Coastal and Over Lover EPs all on their own through Tatemae Recordings. The soulful vibes and soft tunes cradle the sharp lyrical universe. Radio 1’s Annie Mac is a big fan, and a quick listen to a couple of their songs proves just how creative freedom does not have to negate radio friendly tunes. Their new EP Gone Are The Days comes out at the end of January.’

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You can buy tickets to their UK tour here: 

Pre-order the new album ‘Warm On A Cold Night':

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/WarmOnAColdNight
CD – http://smarturl.it/WarmOnAColdNightCD
Vinyl – http://smarturl.it/WarmOnAColdNightLP

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Article by Matt Goodwill

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Blossoms Band announce self titled debut album

Breaking, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists

23rd May 2016

Blossoms, the Stockport based band that we predict will make it big during 2016 (MusicDash Predictions) have announced the release of their self titled debut album, due out on Friday 5th August. In a post to Facebook, the group stated that it would be available on signed CD, signed limited edition gatefold vinyl and digital download.

If you pre-order a copy of the album via their official store, you’ll be entered into a competition to watch Blossoms perform a special home town show at Stockport Plaza, midnight, on the day of the album release. You can pre-order a copy here: http://po.st/BfbeC

Article by Matt Goodwill

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