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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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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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A session with Sophia Gripari

Emerging Artists, Ones to Watch, TEAfilms Live Sessions, Videos

10th May 2016

Ten past four at the Speaking Sound studio in North London and singer songwriter Sophia Gripari is warmly welcomed by the TEAfilms Live Sessions team. Strumming the chords to Justin Biebers Sorry during rehearsal like she’s being playing the song her whole life, Sophia’s experience and comfort being in front of the camera shines through despite her younger age compared to most artists with her level of musical aptitude. Her dedication to the craft is apparent in the videos published. Check them out:

Article by Matt Goodwill

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Ones To Watch: Get to Know BANNERS

Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Ones to Watch, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

16th March 2016

Mike Nelson, better known to the masses as BANNERS, is a singer-songwriter with a unique sound who is making his mark in the world of indie music. MusicDash caught up with BANNERS as he finished off his first Canadian tour to chat about music and his time in Canada.

MusicDash: What did it feel like when you got signed to Island Records?

BANNERS: It’s an absolute on and a privilege to be signed to Island. It’s funny with major labels. I think in signing to a record label you are always aware of it’s legacy, of the amazing artists and music that are or have been involved with that label. It becomes your responsibility to extend that legacy and that is what I try to always keep in mind.
I think there’s a generally perceived wisdom that the record industry is run by suits and businessmen who are interested exclusively in making money, and the greatest pleasure for me was discovering that that is simply not true, that, actually, these labels are full of people that are intensely passionate about music, and about creating it. It’s been amazing to be so supported and Im working hard to repay that faith.

MusicDash: What made you decide to contact Sephen Kozmeniuk to work on your sound?

BANNERS: Like so much in music, like in life, an opportunity arrises and you have to grasp that opportunity and see where it goes. I was in Canada to do some songwriting with a couple of writers and he was interested in meeting up. I liked him so we tried a couple of sessions and it went from there. There was the opportunity to work with a few other producers but I realised pretty quickly that he was my guy! We have so many similar musical influences and we both want to make music that means something to people!

MusicDash: What have been some of your favourite memories from your time living in Toronto? (It’s pretty far from Liverpool to say the least!)

BANNERS: I really like Toronto. I’ve met so many great people there. My band are all from Toronto too. Truthfully though my life in Toronto has revolved around music so it’s just a pleasure to be in a place where I can just immerse myself into that creative headspace. St Lawrence Market is amazing too.

MusicDash: What has been your favourite show from the Canadian tour?

BANNERS: It’d be unfair to pick one! They’ve all had their moments. Playing these songs live is such a new thing for me that every live experience, good or bad, is important because it gives you the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and figure out how to make the next show better.

MusicDash: “Shine a Light” has really taken the world by storm. Why do you think people like the song so much? How does it feel to have people respond to your sound?

BANNERS: I’ve always believed that if you want a song to mean something to people you have to make sure it means something to you first. And Shine a light means a lot to me, so maybe that’s what helps it resonate. It’s hard to say why people like it, but after spending so much time writing and recording it its amazing to hear that people do like it. That’s one of the pleasures of playing live really. Having the opportunity to meet people and let them tell you their experiences with the songs you’ve created. After the gig last night a guy told me it was the first song he sent to his new girlfriend on a mixtape so it means a lot to him. It’s things like that that make it worthwhile.

MusicDash: What was the recording and songwriting process like for your EP?

BANNERS: The stressful part is writing really, it’s ultimately very rewarding but there are certainly days where you worry you’re never going to be able to write ever again. In terms of the EP i already had “Ghosts” written from a long time ago, but all the other songs Stephen and I, along with a guy called Todd Clark, devoted a chunk of time to writing and the EP is the result. Once the songs were written we built the tracks up into a demo form so we could sit with them for a while. It’s important to give yourself time away from a song because it can be hard to analyze it properly otherwise. And then once we were happy with them we built the tracks up with session musicians.

MusicDash: As you’ve spent so much time in Canada this year, are you exited to step up to play large festival crowds like at WayHome and Osheaga?

BANNERS: I can’t wait. Both festivals sound brilliant and the line-ups are amazing. I love LCD Soundsystem, the Killers, Arcade Fire and Radiohead so I think it’s gonna be a pretty fun summer!

MusicDash: How did it feel to perform on Jimmy Kimmel?

BANNERS: It was great, obviously. Again, it was an absolute honour to be asked to play and from that point on I was just determined to give a good performance. Which is easy because they’re all so professional there that they give you the tools to do as well as you possibly can. I had great faith in myself and my band to do a good job so we all really enjoyed it!

MusicDash: Who are some of your favourite up and coming artists right now?

BANNERS: There’s a few bands back in Liverpool that I really love. Married to the Sea, Silent Sleep and a really cool band called Ex Easter Island head. I’m really proud of my home town and the music that comes out of there and I can’t wait to play there in may.

MusicDash: You recorded the song “Half Light” for the TV show The Royals. What made you decide to do that?

BANNERS: Well, The Royals had been really kind to me, they’d played two of my songs, “Start a Riot” and “Firefly”, on there already and needed some music for their end of season episode. They had a demo that Dan from Bastille has made and asked me to record. Which I was really happy to do because I think it’s a great song!

 

MusicDash: What are some fun facts about yourself? 

BANNERS: When I’m not thinking about music I’m thinking about football, and specifically Liverpool Football Club. I was home for christmas when they played my song over the tannoy in the stadium which was probably my musical high point so far! I can’t imagine what would have to happen to top it!

MusicDash: What is your favourite part about performing?

BANNERS: Like I say these songs mean a lot to me, so to get to play them to people is just brilliant. The guys in my band are brilliant and are my best mates so to get to do that with your best friends is an indescribable feeling. As shine a light has been on the radio a lot seeing people sing it back to me is so much fun!

MusicDash: As you’re heading out on your first American tour at the end of the month, what can your fans expect from those shows?

BANNERS: Well I’ll be in America with all that American food so they can probably expect a slightly larger version of me as the tour goes on. But really they can expect an English boy with songs that mean loads to him playing with people that mean loads to him desperately trying to be anywhere near as cool as Jeff Buckley. The other bands I’m playing with “The Moth and the Flame” and “Pop Etc” are great so everyone should check them out!

Follow along with BANNERS at listentobanners.com!

His self-titled EP is available to download now.

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Ones to Watch: Borns Releases New Track “Fool”

Dance/Electronic, Emerging Artists, News, Ones to Watch, Pop, Videos

2nd October 2015

Let’s let 2015 be the birth of Borns.

The instant I heard 10,000 Emerald Pools by Borns aka singer-songwriter Garret Borns, I knew it was a hit. In fact, since receiving a shoutout from Taylor Swift, I’m surprised he isn’t bigger.

But I’m not worried. I know his time will come. 

Now he has released his newest single, “Fool” an upbeat disco-electronica song.

There is a certain magic quality to this track, and the fact that Borns used to be a magician only proves what I already know: his haunting electronic track is sheer enchantment. It’s the kind of song I didn’t have to finish listening to the first time around to know I liked it.

In an interview with Beat Magazine, Borns explained his artist name: “I think the O with the stoke looks like a zero and I like that because it goes along with the concept of ‘borns’ and re-birth and zero as a number of no resistance. That’s something as an artist you always have to battle with, that sense of resistance.”

Borns is revving up for the release of his debut album “Dopamine” which is due out October 16th.

Article By Natalie Harmsen

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Rudimental and Ed Sheeran Drop Track Together

News, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

26th September 2015

Rudimental’s new single dropped this week and you need to hear it. They have teamed up with Ed Sheeran to create “Lay It All On Me” and I want this track to be laid all over everywhere for as long as possible.

In general I am a Rudimental fan, but they have got it going on lately. From the first listen this song had me in love. Not only does it have a great dance beat and is super catchy, but it’s got Ed Sheeran. I think I pretty speak for much everyone under the sun when I say that he could make almost any song better than it may have already been.

In true Ed Sheeran style this song, no matter its beat and synth is still very romantic. The lyrics speak to helping a loved one with struggle and overcoming hardship but all while making you want to dance and sing. Is there anything he can’t do? (I’m going to go with no, there isn’t). This pairing is amazing and it close to the likes of the much loved pair of Sam Smith and Disclosure.

If this song does nearly as well as anything Sam Smith and Disclosure have brought us, I can only hope there are so many more collaborations like this between Rudimental and Ed.

Rudimental hasn’t just limited themselves to one great collaboration lately either, they have also done some amazing work with both Will Heard and Mahalia on similar electronic tracks.

At the end of the day this song is going to be on repeat all over the world today from both Ed and Rudimental fans. Dropping this track made my day and I’m sure it made a great deal of other peoples as well. The full single is available now for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify.

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Album Review: Carly Ray Jepsen // E-mo-tion

News, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

7th September 2015

This past Friday Carly Ray Jepsen released her third album “E-mo-tion”, and shes has changed her own game with this one. It’s been said that Jepsen has been having somewhat of and identity crisis lately when it comes to her music, but if this album is the result of that crisis, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that light is elctro-pop heaven.

Carly has really done something amazing with this album. She has broken out of her regular mould of annoying teen-pop and emerged into a new sound all together. She has brought something really dynamic and comprehensive to the table with ‘E-mo-tion’. This album has changed my perception of Carly and her ability to produce something that is energetic and progressive but without the aggravating pre-teen sensibility that came with her two previous albums.

Although the track ‘I Really Like You’ was included in the compilation, which is basically the albums version of ‘Call Me Maybe’, I still can’t help but love the song. Many people where sceptical about what ‘E-mo-tion’ would bring when she released this song back in March. But, she managed to get the ball rolling again when she released ‘Run Away With Me’ which could quite possibly be one of the best songs of the summer.

The theme of the album is quite obviously love. With songs about crushes, unrequited love, falling in and out of love everything and anything connected to the emotion that is love. The great thing about this album is that there is a song for everyone included on this album; seriously I dare you to try and say there isn’t one song you don’t at least like a little bit.

‘E-mo-tion’ is definitely a step in the right direction for Carly Ray Jepsen and I am not the only person who feels that way. She currently has a 4.5/5 rating on iTunes and has been receiving rave reviews across the board. One article even went as far as saying this album might just be better than Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, and even as a pretty big T Swift supporter, I might have to agree. This is the kind of music Canada needs to be producing and as a fellow Canuck like Carly, I can say she has done out music industry a solid with this album and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Article By Emily D’Orazio

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Review: Robin Thicke ft. Nicki Minaj // Back Together

Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Videos

5th September 2015

I know I’m not the first person to jump on the “I hate Robin Thicke Bandwagon”. Yet, when he continues to make awful music I have no choice but to succumb to what the general public knows: he’s annoyingly untalented.

Mr. Thicke is back (unfortunately) and trying to squeeze any last drops of hope from “Blurred Lines” (which in case you missed it: newsflash- he got sued over for ripping off Marvin Gaye).

Armed with his newest track “Back Together”, he brings along rapper Nicki Minaj, probably in hopes of tricking her loyal army of fans into liking his music.

As to be expected, it didn’t work.

The song is a true funky flop. Disco is dead for a reason, and funk is only still alive because of Pharrell.

It’s like something out of the 70’s that should have stayed there.

And I still can’t seem to decipher which confuses me more: the music video (the beginning where Thicke floats on his back belting “Put me back together” with a martini balanced on his stomach??? ) or Nicki Minaj’s verse.

On the track, Minaj has some stand out lines such as the following:

“It’s popping / I’m Mary Poppins” Only to be outdone by: “I said, “ring, ring, ring, ring, ra-ring, ring /
Put a ring on it or ding, da-ding, ding”

Not only does the verse not do Nicki any justice as a rapper whatsoever, it does not work with the song. There is no cohesion, and there isn’t any lyrical flow. The rapping awkwardly does not mesh with the disco and feels like the two should be separate entities.

Thicke has revealed that the song is more about learning to trust other people again. But I can’t trust him after he plagiarizes another artist’s work and then proceeds to make bad music.

Can we follow Paula Patton’s lead and dump Robin Thicke already?

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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Ones to Watch: MisterWives Release Video for ‘Our Own House’

Dance/Electronic, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, News, Ones to Watch, Pop, Videos

28th August 2015

MisterWives are an indie pop wonder in their music video for ‘Our Own House’. The track, which is from their debut album Our Own House is a polished disco-infused dance party.

The band, comprised of Mandy Lee, William Hehir, Etienne Bowler, Marc Campbell, Jesse Blum, and Mike Murphy, brings a quirkily electric sound to the world of pop music. Fresh, funky, and fun are only a few words to describe MisterWives, who have been making a name for themselves since the release of their first EP, Reflections, back in 2014.

 

Over the past few years, they have been on tour, delighting crowds with their bubbly energy while opening for artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Half Moon Run, Bleachers, American Authors and more.

Their album Our Own House was released back in February of this year and boasts a collection of glittering pop jewels such as ‘Reflections‘, and one of my personal favourites ‘Imagination Infatuation‘. With such a strong debut, MisterWives are positioning themselves to be the next indie pop pioneers.

They manage to transcend different genres with ease, making for songs that are a blend of pop, dance, disco, singer-songwriter, reggae, and funk. Not only does it work, it makes one question how they pull it off with such ease and vivacity.

From defining themselves as a musical family to recording songs in a treehouse, they may very well be the most fun band you’ve listened to in awhile.

If that isn’t enough, they’ve even put their own folky twist on popular songs such as Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’.

A colorful anthemic debut album, striking in its soaring vocals and jangly guitar riffs, MisterWives are the band you need in your life to brighten your day or dance the night away.

You can catch them on their Scrapbook tour in North America this fall:

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Throwback: Why Aly and AJ Need To Make a Comeback

Pop, Uncategorised, Videos

21st August 2015

If, like me, you grew up watching Disney Channel, it was pretty much guaranteed that you were a fan of Aly & AJ. The pop-rock sister duo dominated movies like Cow Belles, shows like Phil of the Future and so on.

I loved all of their songs and albums. Normally, looking back on some of the music I listened to while in my early tween years, songs by The Cheetah Girls come to mind and I cringe with embarrassment and question my musical choices.

However, when I reminisce about my Aly & AJ days its different. I’m surprised at how good their music still sounds. In particular, their album ‘Insomniatic’. If they’d released this album in 2015, I dare to say critics would eat it up just as much as they did back then.

At the time, Sputnikmusic wrote positively about the album, declaring it “an underrated pop-rock album with solid songwriting, stellar production, and first-rate vocals.” Journalist Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian rated the album an A, praising “the effect of which is to leave the listener suspended between hyped-up delight and despair at the micro-produced perfection of it all.”

Often the past has a way of creeping up on us. It’s lurking in a movie from our childhoods, the frozen faded smiles in a photograph, or in this case, a smash pop/electro-rock album from 2007.

2007 was a magical milestone of a year to say the least.

The first iPhone was released, President Obama announced his candidacy for the White House, and the final Harry Potter book was released. It marked the beginning of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and was also the time when Nelly Furtado and Rihanna ruled the charts.

It was also the year when I became a true Aly & AJ fan. Of course being in sixth grade at the time, all the girls in my class were fans of them. It was a no-brainer to listen to their music.

But I still remember everything about that album.

I remember loving the edgy guitar riffs and head-banging drums on ‘Insomniatic’. Everything about the song was cool, and looking back it probably set the tone for my love of rock music today. (Okay that’s a slight exaggeration, I did grow up listening to The Rolling Stones 24/7- but that’s beside the point.)

I remember jamming to the dance-ready ‘Like Whoa’ with its upbeat energy. Reviewer Todd Sterling had accurately described ‘Like Whoaas “a penetrating, bass driven cut compares the sensation of falling in love with a rollercoaster ride. The song, lathered in slippery keyboard effects and programmed drums, is a melodically layered chunk of pop candy.”

And I distinctly recall loving the track ‘Closure’ in all its glossy pop glory. Well, I loved it as much as any eleven-year-old could have, without understanding the meaning of the word closure.

So this is a PSA to Aly and AJ, who have changed their name to 78Violet and since released a beautiful folky single back in 2013:

Now as pretty as this song was, I want to see some edgy pop-rock again.

It’s time for Aly and AJ to get back to being the pop princesses we love and remember. Eleven-year-old me would appreciate it.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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