MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE WITH THE RAYS OF SUNSHINE CHILDREN’S  CHOIR & FRIENDS  RELEASE CHARITY SINGLE

MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE WITH THE RAYS OF SUNSHINE CHILDREN’S CHOIR & FRIENDS RELEASE CHARITY SINGLE

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FEATURING AN ALL-STAR CAST: Miranda Hart, Imelda Staunton, Jason Manford, Gareth Malone, Rays of Sunshine Children's Choir & many more…

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have rounded up some of the biggest names in showbiz to feature on their special charity single ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, to raise funds for children’s charity Rays of Sunshine. The song, originally by comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, will be released on Friday 15th December in conjunction with Decca Records and Universal Music UK, and will be in the running for the Christmas No.1 spot.

 

The all star group includes Miranda Hart, Imelda Staunton, Jason Manford, Gareth Malone, Mel Giedroyc, Gregory Porter, Seal, Angela Rippon, Kelsey Grammer and many more. They are joined by the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir, made up of a group of children all living with a serious illness.

 

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity grants wishes for seriously ill children and teenagers across the UK. After getting to know the charity, Michael and Alfie have been so moved by their work that they wanted to do more, and so reached out to bring sunshine into the lives of desperately ill children this Christmas.

 

Decca will donate 100% of all profits, whilst committing to a minimum donation of 50p from the sale of each permanent download to Rays of Sunshine (Registered Charity No. 1102529) (England and Wales). The artists and producers will forgo any royalties due to them in connection with this charity single.

 

‘Bring Me Sunshine’ features on Ball & Boe’s recent hit No.1 album ‘Together Again’, which has reached gold disc status, selling 100,000 copies after just 3 weeks in the UK album chart

 

The No.1 album follows the runaway success of the duo’s debut record ‘Together’, which was not only 2016’s best-selling album in the UK, but soared to the Christmas No.1 album slot last year and has reached double-platinum status, with over 600,000 copies sold in the UK.

 

Ball and Boe are currently embarking on another major arena tour across the country, which concludes at London’s O2 Arena tonight (14th December).

 

About Rays of Sunshine

 

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity grants wishes for seriously ill children and teenagers across the UK. The charity was founded in 2003 and has since granted more than 6,000 wishes for brave and deserving children. Our work provides hope and creates lasting and precious memories for thousands of families across the UK. The charity receives no government funding, so proceeds will enable us to help more children who greatly need our help. Visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk

 

 

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe with The Rays Of Sunshine Choir & Friends are:

 

Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Al Murray, Angela Rippon, Aston Merrygold, Bryn Terfel, Calum Scott, Collabro, Danny O’Donoghue (The Script), Gareth Malone, Gregory Porter, Imelda May, Imelda Staunton, Jason Manford, Kelsey Grammer, Lesley Joseph, Loose Women (Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha, Stacey Solomon, Linda Robson), Mark King, Mel Giedroyc, Miranda Hart, Ore Oduba, Pauline Quirke, Rick Wakeman, Seal, Shirley Ballas (Strictly Come Dancing), and the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir.

 

Text GET SUNSHINE to 84222 to order Michael Ball & Alfie Boe with The Rays Of Sunshine Children’s Choir & Friends  –  ‘Bring me Sunshine’ (T&Cs – Texts cost £1 + 1 standard rate msg. Help: 0333 0030 580. iPhone Compatible)”

 

To see the latest updates and videos from the duo please go to: ballandboe.com

ALFIE BOE | alfie-boe.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MICHAEL BALL | michaelball.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Links to album:

Signed Fan Edition | CD/DVD | CD

The Cure Live In Hyde Park

The Cure Live In Hyde Park

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The 40th Anniversary Celebration- 2018 European Exclusive

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 is proud to announce The Cure as our next headliner. An exclusive European concert for 2018, the band have chosen BST Hyde Park to celebrate their 40th anniversary at a very special show.

 

Formed in 1976 at school by a teenage Robert Smith in Crawley, Sussex, The Cure is one of Britain’s most influential and distinctive bands. They have helped shape the post punk musical landscape in the UK, bringing alternative rock to charts around the world. With more than 30 million combined sales of 13 studio albums and more than 40 singles, the band are both commercially and critically acclaimed.

 

At first called Easy Cure, they switched their name, played their first show and released their first single in 1978 as The Cure. Around 1,500 concerts later, 40 years of essential music making is a cause for great celebration at BST Hyde Park.

 

A reputation for melancholy, based on albums such as PornographyDisintegration and Bloodflowers, is belied by a remarkable catalogue of singles. Starting with ‘A Forest’ in 1980, the band has produced an astonishingly varied succession of pop hits, including among many others ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, ‘The Lovecats’, ‘Inbetween Days’ ‘Close To Me’, ‘Just Like Heaven’, ‘Lullaby’, ‘Lovesong’ and ‘Friday I’m In Love’.

 

The Cure has been credited as a seminal influence on whole musical genres, from post-punk to alternative rock, from gothic rock to emo, and the list of bands they have inspired is wide-ranging and far-reaching. Many of these bands will be joining Robert Smith (voice and guitars), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O’Donnell (Keyboards) and Reeves Gabrels (guitars) for the celebrations on July 7.

 

Interpol will be special guests at the show. The New Yorker’s blend of alternative rock and indie comes with a heavy dose of 80’s post-punk tinged darkness. The band have been celebrating this year, playing debut album ‘Turn On the Bright Lights’ in full at gigs to mark its 15th anniversary.  They also revealed new music for their next album due out in 2018.

 

The Cure will also be joined by fellow Brits Goldfrapp, the electro pop duo who have racked up five top ten albums since the early noughties, including ‘Ooh La La’, ‘Lovely Head’ and ‘A&E’.

 

With two platinum studio albums and several million combined sales of their five records to date, Editors have enjoyed chart and live success with dark indie guitar rock. The group has performed on some of the biggest stages across the world, from Glastonbury to Rock Werchter.

 

Ride made musical headlines this year when they released their first new material in 21 years with a brand new album ‘Weather Diaries’ charting in the UK Top 20. Via their sound and success, Ride paved the way for Britpop and were the first breakthrough for Alan McGee’s Creation Records, which subsequently spawned Primal Scream and Oasis.

 

Slowdive are honoured to join the bill, having previously cited The Cure as one of their influences when they formed in the late 1980s.  Slowdive reunited in 2014 and received a huge welcome for their return shows, resulting in a new album this year. Slowdive is their first in 22 years and a reminder of their own influence over a generation of artists.

 

Scottish trio The Twilight Sad was support band for all 76 dates on The Cure’s World Tour 2016. Robert Smith has long been a fan and supporter of the band, covering their song ‘There’s A Girl In The Corner’ for a 7-inch charity single release.

 

With five huge headliners announced for the 2018 event so far, music lovers can expect another phenomenal year from the award-winning festival, all in the heart of London.

 

On Friday 6th July, music icon Roger Waters will be bringing his Us + Them Tour to the UK for the first time ever. The Pink Floyd visionary is noted for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels and turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale. Waters will be showcasing highlights from his groundbreaking body of work, with songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals, Dark Side of The Moon), along with tracks from his critically acclaimed new album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”.

 

On Sunday 8th JulyEric Clapton is set to play a very special concert, continuing the legacy of all-time greats gracing the Great Oak Stage.

With a decades-long career and countless accolades to his name, Eric Clapton is also something of a local, having first played Hyde Park with Blind Faith on June 7th, 1969 alongside band mates Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech to a 120,000 strong audience – it was the band’s debut.

He returned to the Royal Park in 1996, recording a classic live concert that raised money for The Prince’s Trust, again in 2008 and has played over 200 times at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.  Amazing support comes from SantanaSteve Winwood and Gary Clark Jr. with more to be announced.

 

On Friday 13th July, Michael Bublé returns for his only show of 2018 and his biggest UK concert. The undisputed ‘King of Cool’ will be dazzling Hyde Park with his classic voice, endearing charm and sheer panache that has seen him compared with the great singers and entertainers. He has carved a unique place in the hearts of fans around the world and lit up pop charts since his debut album in 2005, bringing jazz standards to a new generation while scoring his own original hits including the unforgettable global smashes ‘Home’, ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’, ‘Everything’ and ‘Lost’.

 

On Saturday 14th July, Hawaiian troubadour Bruno Mars will be performing fresh off the back of his ‘24K Magic World Tour’, which spans over 172 shows across five continents in support of his 2x platinum-selling album 24K Magic. The UK leg of the tour included four critically acclaimed shows at London’s O2 Arena. Now, Mars is set to return to the UK, taking to the stage at in Hyde Park with a dazzling visual production and a set-list crammed full of his chart-topping hits.

 

Embarking on its 6th edition, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is now one of Britain’s biggest and best summer events, attracting some of the greatest names in music to the heart of London’s beautiful Hyde Park.

 

James King, Senior Vice President, AEG Presents comments: “The Cure playing at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park will be an incredible day where The Cure join the list of other global legends who have played the Great Oak Stage. On July 7th we celebrate the 40th anniversary of a truly iconic British band and it’s an honour that they have chosen to share this magical experience with us in Hyde Park.”

 

Roscoe Bowman, Senior Experiential Marketing & Partnerships Manager for Barclaycard, said: “We’re excited to welcome The Cure, one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. Over the past 40 years their music has helped to define countless musical genres from post punk to new wave, and we look forward to hearing their unique sound in what will surely be a great night in Hyde Park. General ticket sales will begin on 15th December but Barclaycard customers can get a head start with exclusive pre-sale ticket access from 9am on Tuesday 12th December.”

 

 

Alun MainwaringHead of Events, Filming and Commercial Development at The Royal Parks said: “The Cure choosing to play their exclusive 40th anniversary show here in Hyde Park tops off an outstanding first weekend for BST 2018. Flanked by Roger Waters and Eric Clapton, The Cure will play the Saturday night, making their Hyde Park return, having last played here in 2002. Since it began, BST Hyde Park has been attracting the biggest artists on the planet and delighting sell-out crowds – which in turn has helped us to maintain this precious park.”

 

 

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival:

Nominated for Best International Festival at the Pollstar Awards 2017

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017

Best Hospitality’ award at the UK Festival Awards 2017

AEG/ Goldenvoice (organisers of BST) ‘Best Promoter ‘ at the UK Festival Awards 2016

Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014

‘Festival of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2013

‘Best Use of New Technology’ at the Festival Awards 2013

 

 

Fanclub Presale:  Tuesday 12th December, 9am

Barclaycard presale:  Tuesday 12th December, 9am

BST / AXS / AEG Presale:  Thursday 14th December, 9am

General Sale:  Friday 15th December, 9am

 

Ticket Prices:

£62.95                   General Admission

£72.95                   Primary Entry – General Admission

£99.95                   Premium View

£149.95                 Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden

£199.95                 The Terrace

£299.00                 Ultimate Bar Experience VIP Summer Garden

£525.00 + VAT      Great Oak Premium VIP Hospitality – Terrace

 

 

*general on sale prices may differ

 

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Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall  in association with Aldi

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First two headliners for 2018 Announced The concert series turns 18

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall turns 18 in 2018, with the first two huge headliners announced to celebrate a special birthday.

 

Manchester’s Courteeners are having one the biggest years of their life and return as headliners after supporting Noel Gallagher in 2010. They will play their debut album St Jude.

 

And one of the world’s biggest rock bands, Leicester’s Kasabian will return for the fourth time to continue their incredible support for Teenage Cancer Trust.

 

Since 2000, over 235 artists and comedians have played Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £27 million for young people with cancer. These incredible shows have played a vital role in helping the charity to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK, making an incredible difference to young people diagnosed with cancer around the country. But for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t. Every penny they raise goes towards their goal of reaching every young person with cancer who needs them.

 

2018’s impressive line-up adds to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime performances like Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performing together for the first time ever in 2013, Sir Paul McCartney in 2012, plus everyone from Muse to The Cure, Tinie Tempah, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kasabian, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Sir Tom Jones and many more. And, of course, some of the greatest concerts of the past 20 years from The Who.

 

Last year hit new heights with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall show, performed, of course, by The Who.  There were also incredible performances by Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a night of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, plus surprise guest appearances by Michael McIntyre and Noel Gallagher.

 

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary frontman of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.

 

Roger Daltrey:

“I’m really pleased to announce the first shows for The Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall next March. This will be the 18th year of these concerts for the charity.

 

Courteeners will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their seminal album St Jude by performing the album in full. They are doing one show in Manchester and we can’t thank them enough for choosing Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall as their London show. It’s going to be a very special night

 

“It’s great to be welcoming back Kasabian, they have been fantastic supporters of this charity since they first headlined for us back in 2007.”

 

Courteeners are Manchester’s own, having built a huge fanbase in their home city and beyond.  They led the city’s response to the Manchester Arena terrorist attack this year by going ahead with a triumphant homecoming gig at Old Trafford to 50,000 fans a few days later.

 

And frontman Liam Fray has been selling out his own acoustic tour, exploring the band’s back catalogue. So for us, they are reliving their celebrated 2008 debut, St Jude, performing the album for an emotional night for its 10th anniversary, before releasing it as an unplugged record – ‘St Jude Re:Wired’ – in April.

 

It’s a great honour and privilege to perform for such a brilliant charity at such a legendary venue,” says Liam Fray, “This will be the first and last time we’ll ever perform our debut album St. Jude in full in London and we’re really pleased to be doing it for a such a great cause.”

 

Kasabian are currently on a 12 date UK Arena tour, playing their latest Number 1 album (their 5th overall) ‘For Crying Out Loud’ for their masses of fans.  Formed in Leicester in 1997, they have become one of Britain’s biggest rock bands, taking on the Britpop mantle into the noughties, fusing club beats with rock n roll over six pulsating albums.

 

Classic hits ‘Club Foot’, ‘Fire’, ‘Shoot The Runner’ and the rest are jostling with new hits like ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’, making a night out with Kasabian a true 2018 date in the diary.

 

Kasabian singer Tom Meighan says, We love playing the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust.  It is a show we have come back to throughout our career for the special atmosphere and the amazing cause.  Our fans love it and we do too, it will be a highlight of 2018 for us.” 

 

This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.

 

Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio, BuzzFeed, and Metro.

 

 

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SEAL AND FRANK SINATRA  DUET ON CHRISTMAS SINGLE  ‘SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN’

SEAL AND FRANK SINATRA DUET ON CHRISTMAS SINGLE ‘SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN’

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SEAL AND FRANK SINATRA DUET ON CHRISTMAS SINGLE ‘SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN’

British soul legend Seal has released a duet with one of the most iconic artists in history, Frank Sinatra. Performing the Christmas classic, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, the track will feature Seal and Frank, singing side by side, in perfect harmony, creating a unique, one-off single, just in time for the festive period.

The dream collaboration, granted by the Frank Sinatra Enterprises, is out today, ahead of Frank Sinatra’s birthday on 12th December. It will be accompanied by an exclusively commissioned video, showcasing both artists at their very best.

Seal said: “To play with Frank’s musicians on Standards was quite something, but to perform with the man himself is beyond words.”

Tina Sinatra said: “Dad’s Christmas recordings are as significant to his vast musical legacy as his signature saloon songs. The new Sinatra and Seal duet of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” is a joyous hoot and “sings” to the spirit of the season.”

Originally written by John Federick Coots and Haven Gillespie, the track was first performed in 1934 and over the years has been covered by over 200 artists, sold millions of copies, and gone on to become the archetypal Christmas standard, known the world over.

This single continues Seal’s recent affiliation with Ol’ Blue Eyes, following his album Standards, which featured legendary pianist Randy Waldman. The album also includes other legends, Chuck Berghofer (bass player with Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles) and Greg Fields (drummer with Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder).

The songs were recorded in the famous Capitol Records (the very studio where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and many others have recorded), and United Studios, which was established by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

It’s a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world. Standards hears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (such as Luck Be A Lady, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You). Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on Smile (Charlie Chaplin) and the Cole Porter gem, Love For Sale.

The sound of Seal’s new album is also shaped by three renowned collaborators: Grammy-nominated British producer Nick Patrick (who has worked with luminaries including Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye and enjoyed huge chart success with his pioneering Elvis orchestral albums), multi Grammy-nominated arranger Chris Walden, and legendary engineer Don Murray.

“Seal’s rich, luxurious voice remains a reliable thing of wonder” – LONDON EVENING STANDARD

“Seal sets new Standards with album of timeless classics” – DAILY TELEGRAPH

 

DELUXE EDITION TRACKLISTING:

 

  1. Luck Be A Lady
  2. Autumn Leaves
  3. I Put A Spell on You
  4. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  5. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
  6. Love For Sale
  7. My Funny Valentine
  8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  9. Smile
  10. I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
  11. It Was A Very Good Year
  12. The Nearness of You
  13. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  14. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)

 

SEAL “STANDARDS” UK TOUR DATES:

 

Saturday 10 February – Edinburgh Usher Hall

Sunday 11 February – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Tuesday 13 February – Gateshead The Sage

Wednesday 14 February – Manchester O2 Apollo

Saturday 17 February – Brighton Dome

Sunday 18 February – Bristol Colston Hall

Monday 19 February – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Wednesday 21 February – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Thursday 22 February – London Palladium [SOLD OUT]

Friday 23 February – London Palladium [NEW SHOW ADDED]

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Punk, Politics and Protest in New Video ‘Doom Or Destiny’  Starring Debbie Harry and Joan Jett

Punk, Politics and Protest in New Video ‘Doom Or Destiny’ Starring Debbie Harry and Joan Jett

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Punk, Politics and Protest in New Video ‘Doom Or Destiny’ Starring Debbie Harry and Joan Jett

As the opening track on Blondie‘s already legendary album, Pollinator, ‘Doom or Destiny’ sets an agenda in true Blondie style. And with two icons of music involved –  Debbie Harry on vocals, with backing by fellow punk legend, Joan Jett (The Runaways, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) – teaming them up for a video proved too good to resist.

 

And the results are both provocative and outrageously funny, Director Rob Roth produces not only a politically-charged music video, but also a fierce and fun, female driven ode to the punk era.

 

Inspired by the current political landscape and social turmoil across the globe, the film sees Debbie and Joan taking over a news broadcast, featuring apocalyptic weather reports, feminist statements and a presidential sock puppet receiving comeuppance.

 

Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry calls the creation “The most openly political video Blondie has ever done.” She adds, “We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political ‘idiocracy’ we are watching play out in real time and create our own news channel that dealt with current issues such as the environmental collapse, fossil fuels, bee population decline, global warming, sexism, patriarchy, Trump and Russia, feminism, consumerism, the marketing of war and more.”

 

Chris Stein, Blondie co-founder and guitarist adds, “The current landscape of music videos has so little to do with true protest or some kind of social message. It can be truthful, but irreverent, fun and funny. The punk style protest is somewhat removed from today’s modern music.”

 

A long-time creative collaborator with Debbie Harry, Roth first started working with Blondie on their No Exit album in 1999 and has collaborated on various album covers, photography, design, live stage design and direction with Blondie since, including the recent Pollinator tour.

 

Rob Roth elaborates, “I wanted to represent a spectrum of female fierceness in this video, the many over the years such as, Severely Mame and Macy Rodman, Roxanne Edwards as well as Kitty Boots who styled the video. Of course, this is in addition to Debbie, who’s a dear friend and Joan, a Rock n’ Roll icon.

 

“We wanted Debbie and Joan to have fun with the idea of taking over a news channel – reprogramming the daily ticker with what we want to see. It’s a ‘fuck you’ to what’s going on in the world and a call to arms for women everywhere.

 

“I see advertising, news, politics and entertainment have fused together in a haze, like a Frankenstein monster, all sewn together, we need to look harder, work harder to know what is truth and not be afraid to call out bullshit when we see it. Especially for people who dont necessarily have a platform or a voice.

 

Joan Jett says, “Blondie  — Debbie, Chris, Clem and everybody have been my friends for more decades than I care to admit. They have their own style and were pioneers of the modern age of punk and rock.  I am so proud to have been invited to contribute to ‘Doom or Destiny’, I love the music and I love the message.”

 

With Harry’s vocals sounding stronger than ever, Jett injects raw energy to ‘Doom or Destiny‘. The track was written solely by Blondie co-founders Chris Stein and Debbie Harry and is frequently handpicked by critics as a favourite.

 

The Times – “Doom or Destiny is a pop song by New York bohemians who were as at home in the company of William Burroughs as they were with Donna Summer.” The Daily Mail called it “a tough, new-wave rocker that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Plastic Letters.”

 

Their 11th studio album, Pollinator (released May 5th on BMG), soared to Number 4 in the UK charts, making it the group’s first Top 5 entry in over 18 years.

 

Last month the band completed a sold out UK tour, which was praised by critics and proved that the Blondie live show is still an experience in itself, with the classic hits like ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Atomic’, ‘Tide Is High’, ‘Maria’, ‘Sunday Girl’, ‘Rapture’ and ‘Call Me’ naturally blending with Pollinator’s treasure trove of new songs including singles ‘Too Much’, ‘Long Time’ and ‘Fun.’

DANCE POP HITMAKERS GALANTIS & THROTTLE DEBUT ‘TELL ME YOU LOVE ME’ VIDEO

DANCE POP HITMAKERS GALANTIS & THROTTLE DEBUT ‘TELL ME YOU LOVE ME’ VIDEO

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DANCE POP HITMAKERS GALANTIS & THROTTLE DEBUT ‘TELL ME YOU LOVE ME’ VIDEO

Swedish dance pop hitmakers Galantis and Throttle have released the music video for their infectious banger ‘Tell Me You Love Me’.

 

Speaking of the track, Galantis says: “’Tell Me You Love Me’ is continuing what we started with ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ and ‘Love On Me’… the trilogy ends with ‘Tell Me You Love Me’. It’s a full-on, Motown-sprinkled, Jackson 5 banger”.

 

Throttle says: “So excited about the release of “Tell Me You Love Me”. It’s such a perfect mix of the Throttle and Galantis styles!”

 

The feel good video featuring dancers lost in the music in three different cities reflects the truly global DNA of “The Aviary”, which was created over two years while Galantis was touring the world.

 

The track has been a front-running fan favourite from Galantis’ hugely popular album “The Aviary”, which has been streamed over 1 billion times, and debuted in the Top 10 album chart in 23 countries – including making #1 on the dance album chart in 17 countries. The ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ remix bundle featuring cuts by Toby Green, Michael Feiner, DropGun, Pat Lok and more will be released on 15 December.

 

With three platinum-selling UK Top 10 singles under their belts and a growing string of high-rotation airplay hits, it’s easy to see why Galantis are the go-to remixers for pop royals Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine and Selena Gomez.

 

Billboard praised the Grammy-nominated songwriter-producers’ album as “the perfect kind of pop dance”. “The Aviary is a bright, bubbly glass of champagne. It’s luxurious and celebratory, the perfect kind of pop dance, and exactly what makes Galantis one of the most skilled songwriting teams in the current electronic game”. Stream/purchase “The Aviary” here: https://BigBeat.lnk.to/theaviaryPR

 

Aside from being skilled hitmakers in the studio, Galantis are also a beast in the global touring circuit. 2017 has seen them performing to thousands in the UK alone at V Festival, Creamfields, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and a headlining show at the O2 Academy Brixton. Watch highlights from the Brixton Academy show here. Galantis are due to kick off the UK and European leg of “The Aviary” tour in February with special guests CID and Pat Lok.

 

Feb 1 – Austria, Vienna – Gasometer

Feb 2 – Germany, Munich – Tonhalle

Feb 3 – Switzerland, Zurich – Halle 622

Feb 4 – Germany, Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Hall

Feb 6 – Belgium, Brussels – Ancienne Belgique

Feb 7 – Germany, Hamburg – Mehr! Theatre

Feb 8 – Netherlands, Amsterdam – Paradiso

Feb 10 – France, Paris – Elysee Montmartre

Feb 11 – Belgium, Brussels – Ancienne Belgique

Feb 14 – UK, London – Roundhouse 

Feb 16 – Italy, Milan, Fabrique

Feb 17 – UK, Manchester – Victoria Warehouse

Feb 18 – UK, Glasgow – SSE Hydro Arena **** SOLD OUT ****

Feb 19 – Ireland, Dublin – Olympia

 

Tickets available now via www.wearegalantis.com

BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BUYS BERLIN BASED DJ BOOKING AGENCY

BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BUYS BERLIN BASED DJ BOOKING AGENCY

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BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BUYS BERLIN BASED DJ BOOKING AGENCY

Blue Raincoat Artists announced today the purchase of leading Berlin based  DJ and electronic music booking and management agency Spar-ks. As part of the deal, founder and CEO of Spar-ks Katrin Schlotfeldt will join the Blue Raincoat team, bringing with her the full Spar-ks roster including Sonja Moonear, Barac, Matthew Dear/Audion, and Martin Buttrich.

 

Blue Raincoat Artists has already established a strong pedigree in managing electronic artists. On their roster are the legendary The Belleville Three (consisting of techno pioneers Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins), as well as Kevin Saunderson as a solo artist and for his timeless Inner City project. Under the stewardship of manager Jamie Smithson, the electronic music division of Blue Raincoat Artists also includes the internationally renowned DJ/recording artist Francesca Lombardo, as well as Infinity Ink, Delano Smith and South London Ordnance.

 

Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar, Co-Founders of Blue Raincoat Artists say, “We made a commitment right at the start of Blue Raincoat to represent electronic artists and DJs and we have the perfect person to drive this activity in Jamie Smithson. It was a natural fit for us to branch out into the agency business, and having got to know Katrin during the time when we both worked with Luciano, she was our number one choice. She has great experience in the DJ and electronic music world, and has worked with some of the biggest names in this field and has built an enviable client roster with Spar-ks. We are thrilled now to have a presence in mainland Europe and we welcome her to our company.”

 

Jamie Smithson said: “Myself, Jeremy and Robin have been trying to find a way we can work more closely with Katrin since we first met her. We feel with the industry growing and evolving, there is an opportunity for management that addresses full career development. The addition of Spar-ks with Katrin’s wealth of experience and expertise will help us build on that.”

 

Katrin Schlotfeldt said “I feel very honoured to be working with Jeremy, Robin, Jamie, and the whole team at Blue Raincoat Music. After working with them on Luciano I have always wanted to find a way to continue the relationship and grow with them. The electronic music industry is changing with some new and very exciting opportunities and we are already starting to look at ways we can explore new avenues.”

Barclaycard presents  British Summer Time Hyde Park Eric Clapton Live In Hyde Park

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Eric Clapton Live In Hyde Park

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Eric Clapton Live In Hyde Park

One of music’s greatest artists is next in line for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018.

Eric Clapton is set to play a very special concert on July 8th 2018, continuing the legacy of all-time greats gracing the Great Oak Stage.

With a decades-long career and countless accolades to his name, Eric Clapton is also something of a local, having first played Hyde Park with Blind Faith on June 7th, 1969 alongside band mates Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech to a 120,000 strong audience – it was the band’s debut.

He returned to the Royal Park in 1996, recording a classic live concert that raised money for The Prince’s Trust, again in 2008 and has played over 200 times at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.

“I have happy memories of performing in Hyde Park in the past,” says Eric, “and I’m really looking forward to playing there again – the whole atmosphere is very special.”

He is the only person to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on three occasions – with The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist.

Eric Clapton truly stands alongside the likes of The Rolling Stones, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and other legends who have played Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park since its inception in 2013.

The first special guests for the day are also announced with fellow guitar legend Santana heading the pack, alongside Clapton’s friend and Blind Faith partner Steve Winwood.

Young guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr will also join the lineup, a master musician from a new generation.

When Eric Clapton was becoming a global recording artist in London, Carlos Santana was making a name for himself in San Francisco and forging a sound entirely his own; an Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion that has sold 200 million albums and played to 100 million fans. His 1999 album Supernatural took him to a whole new audience around the world spawning hits like ‘Smooth’ and ‘Maria Maria’, winning record of the year at the Grammy Awards.

Steve Winwood was a teenage prodigy, exploding out of Birmingham into the pop charts in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group at just 15 years of age with ‘Gimme Some Lovin’, ‘I’m A Man’ and ‘Keep on Running’.  He then formed Traffic in 1967 before joining Eric Clapton in Blind Faith in 1969 and then reforming Traffic for their classic albums. His solo career has produced global hits like ‘Higher Love’. He recently released his first ever solo live album ‘Winwood: Greatest Hits Live’ demonstrating his incredible and diverse career.

Gary Clark Jr was born in the music city of Austin, Texas and was inspired by a Michael Jackson concert to take up guitar when he was four years old. He has been hailed as the saviour of the blues, as well as channelling funk and soul influences through his vocals and virtuoso guitar playing. He is the young musician that the legends love and a natural addition to the line up, having also supported The Rolling Stones at the opening year of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time in 2013.

 

With four huge headliners announced for the 2018 event so far, music lovers can expect another phenomenal year from the award-winning festival, all in the heart of London.

On Friday 6th July, music icon Roger Waters will be bringing his Us + Them Tour to the UK for the first time ever. The Pink Floyd visionary is noted for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels and turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale. Waters will be showcasing highlights from his groundbreaking body of work, with songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals, Dark Side of The Moon), along with tracks from his critically acclaimed new album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”.

On Friday 13th July, Michael Bublé returns for his only show of 2018 and his biggest UK concert. The undisputed ‘King of Cool’ will be dazzling Hyde Park with his classic voice, endearing charm and sheer panache that has seen him compared with the great singers and entertainers. He has carved a unique place in the hearts of fans around the world and lit up pop charts since his debut album in 2005, bringing jazz standards to a new generation while scoring his own original hits including the unforgettable global smashes ‘Home’, ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’, ‘Everything’ and ‘Lost’.

On Saturday 14th July, Hawaiian troubadour Bruno Mars will be performing fresh off the back of his ‘24K Magic World Tour’, which spans over 172 shows across five continents in support of his 2x platinum-selling album 24K Magic. The UK leg of the tour included four critically acclaimed shows at London’s O2 Arena. Now, Mars is set to return to the UK, taking to the stage at in Hyde Park with a dazzling visual production and a set-list crammed full of his chart-topping hits.

Embarking on its 6th edition, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is now one of Britain’s biggest and best summer events, attracting some of the greatest names in music to the heart of London’s beautiful Hyde Park.

 

James King, Senior Vice President, AEG Presents comments: “Eric Clapton is in our fantasy line up every year for BST Hyde Park, a British great to stand alongside the legends that have graced our Great Oak Stage since 2013.  Add in Santana, Steve Winwood and Gary Clark JR and we absolutely cannot wait to bring this incredible show to the park.”

Roscoe Bowman, Senior Experiential Marketing & Partnerships Manager for Barclaycard, said: “We’re privileged to welcome Eric Clapton back to Hyde Park, this time on the Great Oak Stage. We look forward to a spectacular show from the only three-time inductee to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 1st of December but Barclaycard customers can get a head start with exclusive pre-sale ticket access from 9am on Monday 27th November.’

Alun MainwaringHead of Events, Filming and Commercial Development at The Royal Parks said: “Since 2013, BST Hyde Park has become the homecoming for the world’s greatest artists. First, it was The Rolling Stones and now, in 2018, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Eric Clapton will return to the park, nearly half a century after their famous 1969/70 performances. We can’t wait to welcome them back to this iconic park.”

 

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival:

Nominated for Best International Festival at the Pollstar Awards 2017

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017

AEG/ Goldenvoice (organisers of BST) ‘Best Promoter ‘ at the UK Festival Awards 2016

Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014

‘Festival of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2013

‘Best Use of New Technology’ at the Festival Awards 2013

 

Barclaycard Presale:  Monday 27th November, 9am

Amazon Presale:  Wednesday 29th November, 9am

General Sale:  Friday 1st December, 9am

 

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SEAL AND FRANK SINATRA DUET ON CHRISTMAS SINGLE  ‘SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN’

SEAL AND FRANK SINATRA DUET ON CHRISTMAS SINGLE ‘SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN’

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SEAL AND FRANK SINATRA DUET ON CHRISTMAS SINGLE ‘SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN’

British soul legend Seal has announced he will duet with one of the most iconic artists in history, Frank Sinatra. Performing the Christmas classic, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, the track will feature Seal and Frank, singing side by side, in perfect harmony, creating a unique, one-off single, just in time for the festive period.

The dream collaboration, granted by the Frank Sinatra Enterprises, will be released in the same week as Frank Sinatra’s birthday (12th December). It will be accompanied by an exclusively commissioned video, showcasing both artists at their very best.

Seal said“To play with Frank’s musicians on Standards was quite something, but to perform with the man himself is beyond words.”

Tina Sinatra said: “Dad’s Christmas recordings are as significant to his vast musical legacy as his signature saloon songs. The new Sinatra and Seal duet of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” is a joyous hoot and “sings” to the spirit of the season.”

Originally written by John Federick Coots and Haven Gillespie, the track was first performed in 1934 and over the years has been covered by over 200 artists, sold millions of copies, and gone on to become the archetypal Christmas standard, known the world over.

This single continues Seal’s recent affiliation with Ol’ Blue Eyes, following his album Standards, which featured legendary pianist Randy Waldman. The album also includes other legends, Chuck Berghofer (bass player with Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles) and Greg Fields (drummer with Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder).

The songs were recorded in the famous Capitol Records (the very studio where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and many others have recorded), and United Studios, which was established by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

It’s a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world. Standards hears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (such as Luck Be A LadyI’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You). Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on Smile (Charlie Chaplin) and the Cole Porter gem, Love For Sale.

The sound of Seal’s new album is also shaped by three renowned collaborators: Grammy-nominated British producer Nick Patrick (who has worked with luminaries including Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye and enjoyed huge chart success with his pioneering Elvis orchestral albums), multi Grammy-nominated arranger Chris Walden, and legendary engineer Don Murray.

“Seal’s rich, luxurious voice remains a reliable thing of wonder” – LONDON EVENING STANDARD

“Seal sets new Standards with album of timeless classics” – DAILY TELEGRAPH

 

DELUXE EDITION TRACKLISTING:

 

  1. Luck Be A Lady
  2. Autumn Leaves
  3. I Put A Spell on You
  4. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  5. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
  6. Love For Sale
  7. My Funny Valentine
  8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  9. Smile
  10. I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
  11. It Was A Very Good Year
  12. The Nearness of You
  13. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  14. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)

 

 

SEAL “STANDARDS” UK TOUR DATES:

 

Saturday 10 February – Edinburgh Usher Hall

Sunday 11 February – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Tuesday 13 February – Gateshead The Sage

Wednesday 14 February – Manchester O2 Apollo

Saturday 17 February – Brighton Dome

Sunday 18 February – Bristol Colston Hall

Monday 19 February – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Wednesday 21 February – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Thursday 22 February – London Palladium

SUPERSTAR PRESENTERS MARVIN HUMES AND MAYA JAMA TO HOST THE 2017 MOBO AWARDS IN LEEDS

SUPERSTAR PRESENTERS MARVIN HUMES AND MAYA JAMA TO HOST THE 2017 MOBO AWARDS IN LEEDS

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SUPERSTAR PRESENTERS MARVIN HUMES AND MAYA JAMA TO HOST THE 2017 MOBO AWARDS IN LEEDS

Superstar presenters Marvin Humes and Maya Jama are confirmed to host the 2017 MOBO Awards at First Direct Arena in Leeds on 29 November. The show will be broadcast on Channel 5 that evening at 11pm. Capital presenter Marvin Humes is the host of the Capital Late Show on the UKs no.1 hit music station and presents the Official Vodafone Big Top 40. At 23 years of age, Maya is the youngest person to ever host the MOBO Awards.

Marvin Humes said: The MOBOs have been a huge part of my life, Ive been lucky enough to attend, perform and win over the years so now to be back as a host alongside Maya Jama is a huge honour! I cant wait for next week, its gonna be a big night in Leeds!

Maya Jama said: I could not be more thrilled to announce that I will be hosting this years MOBO Awards in Leeds. Its an honour to be included as they celebrate their 22nd year its going to be massive. The night cant come soon enough! 

London-born pianist Tokio Myers, who won Britains Got Talent 2017, will be performing his stellar rendition of Ed Sheerans Bloodstream before introducing the B Positive Choir for a moving, world exclusive performance of Andra Days Rise Up. Following last years hugely successful Represent campaign headed up by the 2016 MOBO Awards Best Female winner Lady Leshurr, MOBO and NHS Blood and Transplant have teamed up for the second successive year this time creating the B Positive Choir. The 60-person strong choir comprises of individuals who either live with sickle cell or are families, friends and supporters of those who are affected by the disease. The choir members, who have come from all over England, will be led by Choir Master Colin Anderson.

The MOBO Awards continues to flex the diversity in urban music and culture in its 22nd year by locking in an electrifying line up of the best in British talent and international stars. Afrobeat music sensation and producer Davido will make his MOBO Awards stage debut next week. The Nigerian star, who is nominated for Best African Act, will top off a stellar year by taking on the UKs biggest urban music awards show following a historic double win at the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act and Best Worldwide Act the latter, marking the first time an African artist has won the award.

Urban musics night of nights will also include performances by chart-topping US rap sensation Cardi B, South London hip hop titans Krept & Konan, hotly tipped emcee Stefflon Don, and Bestie stars Yungen and Yxng Bane. Expect a spectacular night of surprise performances and very special appearances from some of the biggest names in music.

Stormzy leads the 2017 MOBO Awards nominations with a whopping five nominations for Best Male, Best Grime Act, Best Album for Gang Signs & Prayer, Best Song and Best Video for Big For Your Boots. East London rapper J Hus picked up four nominations for Best Male, Best Album for Common Sense, Best Song for Did You See and Best Video for Spirit. Elsewhere, hotly tipped R&B singer Jorja Smith picks up three prestigious nominations for Best Female, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Newcomer, and Sampha earns nods for Best Male, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Album for his critically acclaimed debut Process.

The MOBO Award winners for Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Jazz Act and Best Gospel Act were announced on Monday 20 November at the third annual Pre-MOBO Awards Show in London. Craig David won Best R&B/Soul Act marking his sixth MOBO Award win, Moses Boyd took home Best Jazz Act his second following 2015s win as part of duo Binker & Moses, and Volney Morgan & New-Ye won Best Gospel Act, topping off a triumphant ten years in the ministry. Earlier this month, top-selling jazz man Gregory Porter was honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to Music MOBO Award.

 

MOBO Awards arena tickets are on sale now from www.mobo.com and www.firstdirectarena.com  Prices are £22, £35 and £45 excluding handling charges.

VIP packages can be obtained via VIPtickets@mobo.com

WINNERS OF MOBO AWARDS 2017 BEST R&B/SOUL, BEST JAZZ AND BEST GOSPEL ACT ANNOUNCED!

WINNERS OF MOBO AWARDS 2017 BEST R&B/SOUL, BEST JAZZ AND BEST GOSPEL ACT ANNOUNCED!

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CRAIG DAVID WINS “BEST R&B/SOUL ACT”

MOSES BOYD WINS “BEST JAZZ ACT”

VOLNEY MORGAN & NEW-YE WIN “BEST GOSPEL ACT”

The MOBO Award winners for Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Jazz Act and Best Gospel Act were announced last night at the third annual Pre-MOBO Awards Show in Boisdale, Canary Wharf. The gala dinner event, hosted by YolanDa Brown and China Moses, featured killer performances that showcase the diversity and heart of music of black origin – including Natty, Floacist, Rachel Kerr, Kiko Bun, Cherri V, Triple O, Noel Robinson, Josh Daniel, Zara McFarlane, Tony Tixier, Manuscript, MiC Lowry and the B Positive choir.

 

Craig David took home the “Best R&B/Soul Act” Award (in association with Mi-Soul) last night. This is Craig David’s sixth MOBO Award win, previously scoring the prestigious Best Male Act last year, and winning Best UK Newcomer, Best R&B Act and Best UK Single of The Year in 2000, and Best UK Act in 2001. Craig David is due to release his seventh studio album The Time Is Now early next year, featuring collaborations with JP Cooper, Bastille and AJ Tracey.

 

Drummer, composer and producer Moses Boyd was awarded “Best Jazz Act” (in association with Jazz FM) last night, marking his second MOBO Award win. The first was in 2015 for the same category as part of drum-and-sax duo Binker & Moses. Moses represents a new breed of innovative and talented jazz musicians that defy tradition. Moses has collaborated with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Little Simz, Sampha, Zara McFarlane, and many more. His breakout hit ‘Rye Lane Shuffle’ combined elements from grime, jungle, bass and jazz into a beast of its own. Moses’ latest project Exodus unites a hugely skilled group of musicians, receiving nods from Gilles Pteterson, Four Tet and more.

 

Volney Morgan & New-Ye won “Best Gospel Act” (in association with Premier Gospel), marking their first MOBO Award win. This year marks their tenth year in the ministry. They are recognised in the gospel world for their dynamic stage presence and remembered for their unified voices, having previously won Choir of The Year at Premier Gospel Awards and performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2016 BBC Gospel Proms.

 

The award for Best Reggae Act will be presented at the MOBO Awards in First Direct Arena, Leeds, on 29 November. The UK’s biggest urban music awards night will feature roof raising performances by Cardi B, Krept & Konan, Stefflon Don, Yungen and Yxng Bane, and many more to be announced very soon.

WEST END SUPERGROUP LEADING LADIES’ “SONGS FROM THE STAGE” IS OUT NOW!

WEST END SUPERGROUP LEADING LADIES’ “SONGS FROM THE STAGE” IS OUT NOW!

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“SONGS FROM THE STAGE” IS OUT NOW!

West End’s most exciting new supergroup Leading Ladies – starring Amber Riley (“Dreamgirls”), Beverley Knight (“The Bodyguard”), and Cassidy Janson (“Beautiful”) – have released “Songs From The Stage”, an album of unforgettable songs from iconic musicals, through East West Records/Warner. The album features ‘One Night Only’ – the BBC Radio 2 A-list single – and ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’.

The trio of celebrated stage queens have been wowing audiences with their sublime harmonies and powerhouse vocals, earning rave reviews for their live performance on BBC Radio 2’s The Chris Evans Breakfast Show earlier this month (Listen on iPlayer HERE – 2’02 ‘I’m Every Woman’, 2’19 ‘One Night Only’, 2’47 ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ and 2’56 ‘Freedom’). Don’t miss show-stopping performances from the the Leading Ladies on Children in Need tonight, Strictly Come Dancing (3 December) and on The Royal Variety Show (17 December).

“Songs From The Stage” hears the Leading Ladies bring to life classics from musicals such as “Dreamgirls”, “The Bodyguard”, “Beautiful”, “Cats”, “Rent”, “Funny Girl”, “Memphis”, “Hamilton” and more. The album is produced by Grammy Award-winning British producer Brian Rawling, who has worked with chart-topping artists such as Cher, Tina Turner and Lionel Richie.

The Leading Ladies said: “We all knew we’d have so much fun making a record like this. Every track means something to us – whether it had been from a show one of us had done or from musicals we love. There were so many beautiful songs to choose from, it was near impossible to shortlist to one album.”

“Songs From The Stage” tracklisting

  1. One Night Only (“Dreamgirls”)
  2. Seasons of Love (“Rent”)
  3. I’m Every Woman (“The Bodyguard”)
  4. You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman (“Beautiful”)
  5. Wind Beneath My Wings (“Beaches”)
  6. Helpless (“Hamilton”)
  7. Memory (“Cats”)
  8. Somebody to Love (“We Will Rock You”)
  9. Falling Slowly (“Once”)
  10. Love Will Stand (“Memphis”)
  11. Raise The Roof (“The Wild Party”)
  12. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (“Beautiful”)
  13. Don’t Rain On My Parade (“Funny Girl”)
  14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (“Meet Me in St. Louis”)

 

“A force to be reckoned with” – MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW

 “Expect big, BIG voices and many a sing-a-long moments  – OFFICIAL CHARTS

 

Each of the Leading Ladies are accomplished stars of stage, music and screen in their own right.

Amber Riley – already a globally-renowned star from her six-year stint in the hit TV musical series “Glee” – made her transformation into a bonafide theatre star in November last year with her West End debut. Her portrayal of Effie White in “Dreamgirls” earned her Olivier and What’s On Stage awards for Best Actress in a Musical this year. Amber also has a Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones in “Glee” and has starred in stage productions of “Hair” and “Cotton Club Parade”.

Beverley Knight, Britain’s Queen of Soul is a three-time MOBO Award-winning recording artist with platinum and gold-selling albums under her belt. Over the past four years, Beverley has locked down the West End with headlining roles in “The Bodyguard”, “Memphis The Musical” – which earned her an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in A Musical in 2015 – and “Cats”, playing Grizabella. Beverley made her journey back to Memphis last year to record her eighth studio album “Soulsville”, which went straight into the Top 10 of the album charts last summer and celebrates the sounds and legacy of the city that gave us music greats like Al Green and Aretha Franklin.

Cassidy Janson is no stranger to the West End having recently wrapped her glorious two-year stint playing Carole King in the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning musical based on her life: “Beautiful”. The leading role also earned Cassidy a chance to duet with Carole King on stage at the legendary songsmith’s sold-out show at British Summer Time Hyde Park in 2016. Prior to that, Cassidy had played the iconic Elphaba with the original London cast of “Wicked”.

MOBO PARTNERS WITH NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT FOR 2ND SUCCESSIVE CAMPAIGN

MOBO PARTNERS WITH NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT FOR 2ND SUCCESSIVE CAMPAIGN

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“B POSITIVE” – A 60 STRONG CHOIR PROMOTES BLOOD DONATION TO RECRUIT YOUNGER DONORS AND THOSE FROM THE BLACK COMMUNITY

MOBO announced today the launch of “B Positive”, a ground breaking national campaign with a 60 strong choir at its focus, in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant as part of the MOBOvation Season countdown to this year’s MOBO Awards on 29th November.

 

The “B Positive” campaign, so named after a blood type that is more common in the black population, aims to drive registrations of much needed, lifesaving new blood donors, in particular targeting 17-35 year olds and those from Black communities, who are more likely to have genetic blood conditions, such as sickle cell disease, which requires regular blood transfusions.

 

Following last year’s hugely successful ‘Represent’ campaign headed up by MOBO 2016 Best Female winner Lady Leshurr, MOBO and NHS Blood and Transplant have teamed up for the second successive year. This time creating “B Positive” choir , a 60 strong choir comprised of individuals who either live with sickle cell or families, friends and supporters of those who are affected by the disease. The choir’s members have come from all over England and are led by Choir Master, Colin Anderson.

 

MOBO Founder and CEO, Kanya King MBE said “MOBO has always had a social and cultural responsibility to drive positive change, so we are proud to team up with NHS Blood and Transplant again to launch this vital campaign. “B Positive” has been created to raise awareness and encourage blood donation through the power of music and motivate a new generation to take action and get involved. We need more new donors from younger audiences and black communities to help ensure that patients can get the best possible treatment. “B Positive” is a positive rallying cry that we hope will win the hearts and minds of MOBO’s heartland audience, it really is about donating blood and saving lives.”

 

Those from the Black communities are more likely to have less common blood types such as B Positive and rarer subtypes such as Ro, and typically blood donations from those with a similar ethnic background are the best match. NHS Blood and Transplant desperately needs more donors and the aim is to get younger generations to sign up, so future patients have access to the blood they need, when they need it. NHS Blood and Transplant needs 200,000 new blood donors a year. Donating blood only takes an hour and can save up to three lives per donation.”

 

The choir will make their debut with an exclusive performance on the 20th November at the MOBO Pre Awards Show at Boisdale Canary Wharf, London, as well as performing at various events and locations, culminating in a rousing performance at the 22nd MOBO Awards itself, which will be held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 29th November. Music is no longer seen as just a form of entertainment but it is a driver for creative activities and social endeavours and its power should not be underestimated.  “B Positive” aims to harness this power to create a call to action: Give blood, Save lives.

 

 

Visit www.blood.co.uk to book an appointment to give blood or download the app by searching ‘NHS Give Blood’. 

 

The 22nd MOBO Awards 2017 will take place at the First Direct Arena, Leeds on Wednesday 29th November www.mobo.com

 

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The Facts:

  • 900,000 donors donate 1.6million units of blood to hospitals in England each year.
  • 6,000 donors are needed each day to treat patients in England.
  • Blood from donors with a similar ethnic background gives the best match.
  • The NHS urgently need 40,000 new black donors.
  • Sickle Cell is more common in Black communities.
  • Around 15,000 people in the UK have Sickle Cell Disease.
  • Each month hospitals in England request 3-4,000 units of red cells to treat patients with Sickle Cell.
  • Some blood groups such as B positive and RO are more common in black communities.
  • Non-fully matched blood in transfusions risks antibody production and can have long term negative effects on the recipient’s health.
BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS MICHAEL BUBLÈ AT BRITISH SUMMER TIME

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Barclaycard presents Michael Bublé at British Summer Time Hyde Park

Michael Bublé one of the globe’s biggest stars, multiple Grammy and Juno award winner in his only UK performance. 

The undisputed ‘King of Cool’ will be dazzling Hyde Park at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on Friday 13th July.

Michael Bublé’s classic voice, endearing charm and sheer panache have seen him compared with the great singers and entertainers.  He has carved a unique place in the hearts of fans around the world and lit up pop charts since his debut album in 2005, bringing jazz standards to a new generation while scoring his own original hits including the unforgettable global smashes ‘Home’, ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’, ‘Everything’ and ‘Lost’.

 

Michael Bublé says ‘I can’t wait to come over to see my fans in London and play BST Hyde Park for my largest ever UK show!  You guys have been patient and I can’t thank you enough for all your support. And for those of you that haven’t seen me live, well… I just haven’t met you yet!’

 

With 3 UK Number 1 albums and a classic ‘Christmas’ album to his name, he is an artist welcomed in every household.

 

Nobody But Me, his seventh major label studio album, was released in October 2016. The record debuted at #2 on the UK charts and went platinum in the UK in January.

 

Michael has toured the globe 5 times and his last trip in 2013 was witnessed by over 2 millions fans, including an amazing run of 12 sold out shows at London’s O2 Arena.

 

Now, Hyde Park proudly hosts one the world’s favourite entertainers, adding another legend to its roll of honour.

 

With three huge headliners announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 so far, music lovers can expect another phenomenal year from the award-winning festival, all in the heart of London.

 

On Friday 6th July, music icon Roger Waters will be bringing his Us + Them Tour to the UK for the first time ever. The Pink Floyd visionary is noted for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels and turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale. Waters will be showcasing highlights from his groundbreaking body of work, with songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals, Dark Side of The Moon), along with tracks from his critically acclaimed new album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”.

 

On Saturday 14th July, Hawaiian troubadour Bruno Mars will be performing fresh off the back of his ‘24K Magic World Tour’, which spans over 172 shows across five continents in support of his 2x platinum-selling album 24K Magic. The UK leg of the tour included four critically acclaimed shows at London’s O2 Arena. Now, Mars is set to return to the UK, taking to the stage at in Hyde Park with a dazzling visual production and a set-list crammed full of his chart-topping hits.

 

Embarking on its 6th edition, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is now one of Britain’s biggest and best summer events, attracting some of the greatest names in music to the heart of London’s beautiful Hyde Park.

 

James King, Senior Vice President, AEG Presents comments: ‘I am thrilled to be able to welcome Michael Bublé to the Great Oak stage next year. July 13 is going to an amazing night for his fans.’

 

Roscoe Bowman, VP Senior Experiential Marketing & Partnerships Manager for Barclaycard, said: ‘We’re really excited to announce Michael Bublé as our third headliner at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018. With his charismatic stage presence and catalogue of hits, his only show in the UK next year will surely be one to remember. Barclaycard customers can get a head start with exclusive pre-sale ticket access from 9am on Monday 13th of November.’

 

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events, Filming and Commercial Development at The Royal Parks said: ‘We are very excited to welcome Michael Bublé to Hyde Park in what promises to be another unforgettable evening from a world class act. Since it began, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has been attracting the biggest artists on the planet and delighting sell-out crowds – which in turn has helped us to maintain this precious park.’

 

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival:

 

Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017

AEG/ Goldenvoice (organisers of BST) ‘Best Promoter ‘ at the UK Festival Awards 2016

Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014

‘Festival of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2013

‘Best Use of New Technology’ at the Festival Awards 2013

 

Barclaycard Presale: Monday 13th November 9am

Amazon Presale: Wednesday 15th November 9am

General Sale: Friday 17th November 9am

 

Ticket Prices

£65.00 Child 2-9yrs / Guardian Ticket (selling in pairs, 1 adult + 1 child)

£67.95 General Admission

£79.95 Primary Entry

£129.95 Gold Circle

£179.95 Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden

£229.95 The Terrace

£229.95 Diamond Circle

*general on sale prices may differ

 

 

 

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BILLBOARD’S NO.1 U.S. STAR CARDI B, KREPT & KONAN, STEFFLON DON and YUNGEN ARE PERFORMING AT 2017 MOBO AWARDS

BILLBOARD’S NO.1 U.S. STAR CARDI B, KREPT & KONAN, STEFFLON DON and YUNGEN ARE PERFORMING AT 2017 MOBO AWARDS

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BILLBOARD’S NO.1 U.S. STAR CARDI B, KREPT & KONAN, STEFFLON DON and YUNGEN ARE PERFORMING AT 2017 MOBO AWARDS

Get ready for the MOBO Awards, the UKs biggest celebration of urban music and culture. International music sensation Cardi B is amongst the first names to be announced as a 2017 MOBO Award performer. The Bronx rap star became the first female rapper in 19 years to top the Billboard Hot 100 with a solo hit. Her breakout smash Bodak Yellow is the unmistakable rap anthem of the summer. This will be Cardi Bs first ever UK awards show performance. She is nominated for Best International Act alongside DJ Khaled, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Solange and Sza. 

Fresh from sending both their mixtapes 7 Days and 7 Nights straight into the UK Top 10, Krept & Konan are now set for a major return to the MOBO Awards stage in Leeds on 29 November. It was here at the First Direct Arena two years ago that the South London rap duo were crowned Best Hip Hop Act, the first of many career-defining milestones. Krept & Konan, who took home Best Newcomer at the 2013 MOBO Awards, recently peaked at #6 (for 7 Days) and #8 (for 7 Nights) on the UK Albums Chart, marking their simultaneous second and third Top 10 entry since 2015s monster UK #2 hit debut The Long Way Home.

One of the UKs most exciting new emcees, Stefflon Don, will be unleashing her sickening flow on the MOBO stage in less than three weeks. The Hurtin Me star, who just signed a million pound deal with Universal, is one of the most nominated talent in this years awards, up for the big gongs: Best Female, Best Hip Hop and Best Newcomer. Stefflon Don was tipped by Complex UK and BBC Music Sound of 2017 as one to watch and in the past few months alone, she has racked up a UK Top 10 hit with Hurtin Me and a Top 20 hit on Jax Jones Instruction with Demi Lovato.  

Yungens infectious hit Bestie with Yxng Bane, topped the Official Charts Official Trending Chart last month and has clocked over 25 million streams on Spotify to date  there is no stopping this multi-faceted star. The South London sensation will be bringing his blend of rap and R&B to the stage with Yxng Bane to cap off a hugely successful year that will no doubt leave listeners watching his next steps intently. Many more performers to be announced. Watch this space.

Stormzy leads the 2017 MOBO Awards nominations with a whopping five nominations for Best Male, Best Grime Act, Best Album for Gang Signs & Prayer, Best Song and Best Video for Big For Your Boots. East London rapper J Hus picked up four nominations for Best Male, Best Album for Common Sense, Best Song for Did You See and Best Video for Spirit. Elsewhere, hotly tipped R&B singer Jorja Smith picks up three prestigious nominations for Best Female, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Newcomer, and Sampha earns nods for Best Male, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Album for his critically acclaimed debut Process.

MOBO Awards arena tickets are on sale now from www.mobo.com and www.firstdirectarena.com  Prices are £22, £35 and £45 excluding handling charges.

VIP packages can be obtained via VIPtickets@mobo.com

SEAL’S NEW ALBUM “STANDARDS” IS OUT NOW

SEAL’S NEW ALBUM “STANDARDS” IS OUT NOW

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THE ICONIC SINGER’S NEW ALBUM OF SWING CLASSICS IS OUT NOW

British soul legend Seal is back with his new album, “Standards”, out today through Decca Records / Virgin EMI. The album combines his unique voice with some of the greatest jazz standards and swing classics ever written. The Grammy and Ivor Novello award-winning singer will be performing at the London Jazz Festival’s Jazz Voice – Festival Opening Gala tonight at the Royal Festival Hall, with Guy Baker’s 42-piece orchestra alongside an esteemed line-up of musicians such as Angélique Kidjo, Liane Carroll, and Mica Paris.

 

Seal will also be supporting the album with special performances on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing this Sunday and on The Royal Variety Performance on 17 December. Do not miss the opportunity to catch the remarkable singer live in concert in February 2018, with a full big band performing songs from “Standards” alongside his classic hits ‘Killer’ and ‘Kiss From A Rose’. Tickets are now on sale.

 

An artist who’s been at the top of his game throughout his 30-year career, Seal’s 10th studio album breathes life into iconic hits, paying tribute to legends including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone.

 

Seal said: “This is the album I have always wanted to make. I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream. It was a true honour to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favourite artists, in the very same studios where the magic was first made – it was one of the greatest days of my recording career.”

 

Seal’s new album brings the glamour of Old Hollywood straight to the present. It is a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world. ‘Standards’ hears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (such as Luck Be A Lady, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You). Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on Smile (Charlie Chaplin) and the Cole Porter gem, Love For Sale.

 

The unmistakeable richness of ‘Standards’ is largely down to Seal’s choice to collaborate with the very same, legendary musicians who have performed with Frank Sinatra: Randy Waldman (pianist who toured with Sinatra and Paul Anka), Chuck Berghofer (bass player, who had performed with Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles) and Greg Fields (drummer who also performed with Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder).

 

The sound of Seal’s new album is also shaped by three renowned collaborators: Grammy-nominated British producer Nick Patrick (who has worked with luminaries including Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye and enjoyed huge chart success with his pioneering Elvis orchestral albums), multi Grammy-nominated arranger Chris Walden, and legendary engineer Don Murray.

 

The making of ‘Standards’ became a real pilgrimage for the Grammy Award-winning artist. The songs were recorded in the famous Capitol Records in Los Angeles (the very studio where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and many others have created some of the most treasured music of our time), and United Studios, which was established by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, where the latter recorded It Was A Very Good Year.

 

In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million records sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars. His new album is full of musical gems which glisten when brought to life with his stunning voice.

 

“Seal’s rich, luxurious voice remains a reliable thing of wonder” – LONDON EVENING STANDARD

 

STANDARD EDITION TRACKLISTING:

 

  1. Luck Be A Lady
  2. Autumn Leaves
  3. I Put A Spell on You
  4. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  5. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
  6. Love For Sale
  7. My Funny Valentine
  8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  9. Smile
  10. I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
  11. It Was A Very Good Year

 

 

DELUXE EDITION TRACKLISTING:

 

  1. Luck Be A Lady
  2. Autumn Leaves
  3. I Put A Spell on You
  4. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  5. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
  6. Love For Sale
  7. My Funny Valentine
  8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  9. Smile
  10. I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
  11. It Was A Very Good Year
  12. The Nearness of You
  13. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  14. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)

 

SEAL “STANDARDS” UK TOUR DATES:

 

Saturday 10 February – Edinburgh Usher Hall

Sunday 11 February – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Tuesday 13 February – Gateshead The Sage

Wednesday 14 February – Manchester O2 Apollo

Saturday 17 February – Brighton Dome

Sunday 18 February – Bristol Colston Hall

Monday 19 February – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Wednesday 21 February – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Thursday 22 February – London Palladium

 

Tickets are available from GIGSANDTOUR.COM and TICKETMASTER.CO.UK

The Pre-MOBO Awards Show

The Pre-MOBO Awards Show

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The Pre-MOBO Awards Show

The third annual Pre-MOBO Awards Show will be held in London on Monday 20 November. The red carpet gala event, hosted by YolanDa Brown and China Moses, will be taking place at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, this year. A limited amount of tickets are now on sale through the Boisdale website. Ticket price includes a three-course meal. To book, please visit: http://bit.ly/2zp1R8V .

 

World-class performers confirmed to perform on the night include: neo-soul singer Floacist (one-half of Grammy-nominated duo Floetry), reggae artist Kiko Bun, award-winning French jazz pianist Tony Tixier, jazz/soul singer Zara McFarlane (who won Best Jazz Act in the 2014 MOBO Awards), R&B/soul singer Rachel Kerr (former MOBO Award winner for Best Gospel Act) and soul singer Josh Daniel (who appeared on the 2015 X Factor).

 

Rapidly establishing itself as one of the most eagerly anticipated nights in the calendar for fans of R&B, soul, jazz, blues, gospel music and reggae – The Pre-MOBO Awards Show, last year hosted by Lemar and China Moses, saw unforgettable performances by Ayanna Witter Johnson, Bill Laurance & Mike Aremu, Rumer, Guvna B, Moelogo, Temi Dollface, Volney Morgan & New Ye, and Shaun Escoffery. Highlights include Grammy Award-winning soul music legend Maxwell presenting the Best R&B/Soul Act award to Shakka.

 

The inaugural event in 2015 saw legendary artists like Courtney Pine, Mica Paris and Omar taking the stage. It is, quite unmistakably, an unmissable night for music lovers.

 

Winners for the 2017 MOBO Awards for Best R&B/Soul, Best Jazz, Best Gospel and Best Reggae acts will be announced in the evening.

 

This year’s nominees are:

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT

Supported by Mi-Soul

Craig David

Jorja Smith

NAO

Ray BLK

Sampha

 

BEST JAZZ ACT

Supported by Jazz FM

Cleveland Watkiss

Daymé Arocena

Moses Boyd

Mr Jukes

Terrace Martin

 

BEST GOSPEL ACT

Supported by Premier Gospel

Lurine Cato

Mali Music

S.O.

Triple O

Volney Morgan & New-Ye

 

BEST REGGAE ACT

Aidonia

Alkaline

Chronixx

Damian Marley

Popcaan

 

This year’s Best R&B/Soul Act category (supported by Mi-Soul) is teeming with outstanding world-class British talent. All eyes are on hotly-tipped R&B singer Jorja Smith, who is up for three prestigious nominations including Best Female and Best Newcomer; and Mercury Prize-winner Sampha who is also up for Best Male and Best Album for “Process”. As well as claiming a stake in this highly-coveted category, both Nao and Ray BLK are also nominated for Best Female Act. This is comeback king Craig David’s third nomination in this category – he won Best R&B Act in 2000.

 

This year’s Best Jazz Act category (supported by Jazz FM) is represented by a diverse set of innovative musicians. Critically acclaimed British vocalist and actor Cleveland Watkiss, who has performed with everyone from The Who to Stevie Wonder and Björk, earns his first MOBO nomination. Cuban pianist and singer Daymé Arocena, American producer/multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin, and Mr Jukes (aka Jack Steadman – frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club) also receive a nod. This is London-born Moses Boyd’s second nomination for Best Jazz Act – he previously won the award in 2015 as part of the drum-and-sax duo Binker & Moses.

 

The Best Gospel Act category (supported by Premier Gospel) sees strong competition from London-based vocalist Lurine Cato (who took home this award in 2013), Grammy-nominated singer Mali Music, Nigerian Christian rapper S.O, East London gospel rapper Triple O (who won this award in 2011), and the vibrant group Volney Morgan & New-Ye.

 

This year’s Best Reggae Act category sees strong competition from Aidonia, Alkaline and Chronixx battling it out against Damian Marley and Popcaan, who walked away with the coveted prize last year.

GREGORY PORTER PRESENTED WITH  MOBO OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD

GREGORY PORTER PRESENTED WITH MOBO OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD

Gregory Porter at the Gresham Centre

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GREGORY PORTER PRESENTED WITH MOBO OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD

Critically acclaimed, American jazz singer-songwriter Gregory Porter has become the first MOBO Award winner of 2017, taking home the MOBO Outstanding Contribution to Music Award last night in front of an intimate audience at London’s Gresham Centre.

 

Gregory Porter said, “I am truly privileged to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award from the MOBOs. It is a great honour and I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my career so far. Nat King Cole was my earliest musical inspiration so it seems fitting that I dedicate this award to him.”

 

Widely recognised as one of this generation’s best male jazz vocalists, the California-born singer and adopted British national treasure has released five studio albums – three of which have been UK Top 10 hits. He won Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2013’s Liquid Spirit as well as his critically lauded album Take Me To The Alley, which became the first jazz record to break into the UK Top 5 in over 10 years in 2016.

 

Porter’s latest album Nat “King” Cole & Me is his highest charting success yet – debuting at No.3 on the UK Album Charts last week to become his third consecutive Top 10 smash in the UK. He was also announced as the biggest selling jazz artist of 2017.

 

He soon launches his new BBC Four TV series Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices with the first episode airing on Friday 17 November and focusing on his favourite vocal showstoppers, celebrating Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Prince, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey and featuring conversations with artists including Dave Grohl, Beck and Adam Lambert.

 

Ever since his debut in 2010, Porter has attracted a loyal and diverse range of admirers from the late Sir Terry Wogan to Disclosure, who collaborated with the singer on their 2015 chart-topping dance hit ‘Holding On’.

MORRISSEY ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE AND NEW LONDON SHOW

MORRISSEY ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE AND NEW LONDON SHOW

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MORRISSEY ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE , EXTRA TOUR DATE AT LONDON PALLADIUM AND FURTHER POP UP SHOP DETAILS REVEALED INCLUDING SIGNED TEST PRESSINGS

Morrissey is proud to announce the release of the second single to be taken from Low in High School. Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up On The Stage is available now on all DSPs and as an Instant Grat.

The 7” version of the single will feature a cover of the classic Elvis Presley track ‘You’ll Be Gone’, which Morrissey has been performing live on his current US tour.

The 7” is available to pre order via HMV and independent record stores.

It can also be revealed today, the previously announced 100 Test Pressings available at the album launch pop up shows, will be signed by Morrissey. They will be available on a first come, first served basis each day. (40 on Friday and 30 on Saturday and Sunday).

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Due to overwhelming demand, a new London has been announced at the London Palladium on 10th March. Tickets go on sale 10am, Friday 10th Nov

February 2018

16th – Aberdeen               BHGE Arena

17th – Glasgow                The SSE Hydro

20th – Dublin                   3Arena

23rd – Newcastle             Metro Arena Arena

24th – Leeds                   First Direct Arena

27th – Birmingham            Genting Arena

 

March 2018 

3rd – Brighton                  Brighton Centre SOLD OUT

7th – London                   Royal Albert Hall SOLD OUT

9th – London                   Alexandra Palace SOLD OUT

10th – London                  London Palladium

 

Tickets on sale here http://gigst.rs/morrissey

The two shops will be in London at Provender Building, Camden Market, NW1 8AH and will open at 8am on Friday 17th  Nov. Los Angeles will be at 8250 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

The shops will be the one of the only physical stores stocking all of the Language Edition coloured LPs and the 7” limited edition boxset. There will also be photo opportunities with special artwork backdrops.

Low in High School will be released digitally and in physical formats: CD, coloured vinyl and limited edition cassette.

Low in High School will be Morrissey’s first studio album since 2014 and his debut for BMG. The album will see BMG partnering with Morrissey on the new release and on the launch of his new label, Etienne Records. Low in High School was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios. The record is produced by Joe Chiccarelli (who has worked with Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck and The White Stripes to name a few).

Rising to prominence as frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey went on to forge an even more successful career as a solo artist, with all ten of his solo efforts landing in the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including 3 entries at the #1 position. Releasing his debut solo album Viva Hate back in 1988, he has since released a number of critically acclaimed follow-ups including Kill Uncle and Your Arsenal, and hugely successful comeback album You Are the Quarry after a five year hiatus in 2004.

In 2013, Morrissey published his record-breaking autobiography on Penguin Classics, immediately topping the best-seller list with literary reviewers hailing it a masterpiece in writing and prose.

ROB STRINGER, CEO SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, RECEIVES THE 2017 MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD

ROB STRINGER, CEO SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, RECEIVES THE 2017 MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD

Music Industry Trusts Award 2017 - Rob Stringer,
Grosvenor House Hotel, London,
Monday, 6, November, 2017,
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ROB STRINGER, CEO SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, RECEIVES THE 2017 MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD

Rob Stringer, global CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, last night (Monday November 6th) became the 2017 recipient of the highly prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award. Stringer, one of the most well-regarded, respected and successful executives in the worldwide music business, joined the ranks of previous honourees including Roger Daltrey CBE, Sir Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Sir George Martin, Simon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE and Annie Lennox OBE.

 

In a London ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, hosted by BBC radio and television personality Jo Whiley, Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers – an artist and band Stringer signed in 1991 as they were starting out – presented Rob with the award. During the evening, the audience enjoyed performances by Harry Styles, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, George Ezra and Camila Cabello, all chart-topping artists who have worked with the executive during his career.

 

The esteem in which Stringer is held by the biggest names in music was further emphasised as guests viewed a unique tribute film, featuring contributions from such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Celine Dion, John Legend, Pharrell, Solange and Sade.

 

Attendees on the night included Simon Cowell, Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode), Ian Broudie (The Lightning Seeds), Kirsty Young, Steve Norman, Gary Kemp, Paloma Faith, Bring Me The Horizon, Mark Ronson, Laura Whitmore, The Script, Hozier, London Grammar, Damon Hill, Jeff Lynne, Manic Street Preachers.

 

Celebrating its 26th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business, and continues to benefit great causes year after year. The MITS Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by Ingenious, PPL, SJM and Spotify.

 

A lifelong Luton Town Football Club fanatic, Rob started his career in London at CBS Records as a graduate trainee in 1985. Quickly rising through the ranks, he became Managing Director of Epic Records in 1992, and Chairman of Sony Music UK in 2001. During this time, he worked closely with top UK artists including The Clash, Manic Street Preachers, Jamiroquai, Sade and the late George Michael.

 

Stringer went on to be appointed Chairman of Sony Music Entertainment’s Columbia Records in the US in 2008, and can be credited with the label’s recent stratospheric rise. With a label roster boasting some of the world’s most iconic artists, notably AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Pharrell Williams and Bruce Springsteen, Stringer has overseen a number of the most ground-breaking releases of the last decade, including the record-shattering “25” by Adele, Beyoncé’s cutting-edge visual album “Lemonade” Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” and “Blackstar”, the final studio album by David Bowie, with whom Rob personally worked very closely.

 

Stringer’s most recent accomplishments include contributing to the monumental mainstream success of EDM-pop duo The Chainsmokers and, more recently, nurturing Harry Styles’ breakout solo career. Rob was promoted to CEO of Sony Music Entertainment worldwide in October last year.