South African singer-songwriter Kaien Cruz releases her brand new single, the alluring ‘Dangerous’, via Platoon.
Seamlessly fusing pop and nu-soul elements with an infectious electronic beat, ‘Dangerous’ radiates flickers of summer melodies, lyrically echoing the sentiment of ‘Maneater’ (both Hall & Oates, and Nelly Furtado versions).
“I wrote ‘Dangerous’ during a very frustrating time in my life. I’d just realised that a lot of people in this industry that I thought had my back, actually didn’t. So this song is about those people and and other things in my life that I thought were good for me, but were only holding me back. The chords I started with gave me a Michael Jackson kind of vibe which my dad absolutely loved! I built on this to give it more of a pop feeling.”
‘Dangerous’ is the first new music to come from the Durban-born artist, following the release of her 8-track debut EP ‘Mansion Mind’ last year.
Kaien Cruz has played guitar since she was 8 years old. By the time she had reached 16, having written and performed songs to her family, her sister suggested that she uploaded her music to Soundcloud. It was around this time that she began to put a voice to her creations.
The singer-songwriter’s big break came when she was discovered on Instagram by Durban-based producer Aewon Wolf of the Wolfpack. “Aewon gave me my introduction to the music industry and I have met a few people through him who have taught me a lot of things, good and bad. I’m a lot wiser since meeting Aewon and I definitely believe everything happens for a reason” she says.
At the tender age of 19, Kaien has already opened for Justin Bieber on the South African lef of the global megastar’s Purpose Tour; collaborated with Kyle Deutsch (of ‘Back to the Beach’ fame) and South Africa’s top rapping sensation Nasty C, and had her collaboration with producer Sketchy Bongy, ‘Love Me In The Dark’, nominated for the South African Music Award.
Kaien Cruz is currently working on a brand new EP out in LA.
19 year-old South Coast newcomer Megan Bird releases her infectious debut single 'Affirmation' today.
Having worked closely with GRAMMY and Ivor Novello award winning songwriter Eliot Kennedy (Spice Girls, Bryan Adams, Gary Barlow), Megan proves herself to be a surefire one to watch, possessing an infectious sound that shines through more so than ever in ‘Affirmation’, her first official musical offering.
Much like female figureheads Pink, Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovato who Megan considers hugely influential in her musical journey, lyrically they share similar running themes of self-assurance and empowerment. Growing up on pop-rock royalty Paramore and All Time Low have also played an important role in moulding her sound over the years.
On both the making and meaning behind the debut single, Megan says of ‘Affirmation’ -
“This song was the very start of my debut album, the first song I wrote up in Sheffield with Eliot and Jim, and it made me excited about writing music again. I had just started college and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, I was doing a music course but wasn’t that interested and couldn’t find something that I could fully relate to. I was 16 when we first wrote it, and hearing the change in my voice and confidence over the past three years is crazy.“
On the meaning of the song -
“Within these last few years there’s been different situations in my life where I can really relate to the lyrics, and that’s something I always want to achieve with songwriting - that you can always relate in some way to what’s being said, and I love the timeline within the song itself. It’s based on a one sided relationship, which can also reflect on friendships. This has been a recurring theme for me and is the best way to let that frustration out, through music and especially lyrics.”
Bursting at the seams with energy and attitude, ‘Affirmation’ boasts the perfect blend of cinematic chords and anthemic drums, all brought together by Megan’s sharp melodies.
Alongside her full band, Megan presents the opportunity to experience the new music live with a headline homecoming show in Winchester on October 12th.
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Amy Macdonald has today shared the official video for her current single Woman Of The World. A beautifully shot video featuring strong, empowered women from across the globe, the track is the lead single to be released from Amy’s upcoming album ‘Woman Of The World: The Best Of 2007 – 2018’.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Amy recently performed as part of BBC’s Music Day on September 28. Her performance at Glasgow Central Station saw her sing new single ‘Woman Of The World’, as well as her classic track ‘This Is The Life’, backed by the all female, award-winning choir SoundSational.
Following an incredibly busy couple of years which has seen Amy tour Europe playing to live audiences totalling more than half a million people, she has recently announced two new UK shows for March 2019. Amy will play a headline London show at Hammersmith Apollo on the 21st and Manchester’s O2 Apollo on the 22nd. The acoustic shows will see her play a set of her greatest hits, accompanied by a special musical set up, including a string section.
Amy’s last studio album Under Stars was released in February 2017, going on to chart at number 2 in the UK album chart, making it Amy’s fourth Top 5 record in the UK, a feat she has equalled internationally. The album debuted at number 2 in Germany and number 1 in the Swiss album charts.
Amy has sold 13,000,000 records globally since first breaking through with her debut album This Is The Life in 2007. The record went on to sell over 900,000 units in the UK alone.
UK March Tour Dates:
21st March - London - Hammersmith Apollo
22nd March - Manchester – 02 Apollo
Mariah Carey is the best‐selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self‐penned), more than any solo artist in history. Mariah is a singer/songwriter/producer recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award, the World Music Award for "World's Best‐Selling Female Artist of the Millennium," and BMI's "Icon Award" for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few – with her distinct five‐octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah is truly the template of the modern pop performance. Mariah's ongoing impact has transcended the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large.
She made her entry into the world of independent film with her landmark performance in "WiseGirls" starring alongside Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters. In 2009, Mariah was recognized with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Spring International Film Festival for her critically acclaimed role in Lee Daniels' "Precious." Mariah went on to appear in Daniels' stellar ensemble piece "The Butler" (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make‐A‐Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children' charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.
Groundbreaking Norwegian pop star Sigrid releases the highly-anticipated new single Sucker Punch, following her critically acclaimed RAW EP and incredible festival performances at Reading & Leeds and Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend. Highlighting the breadth of Sigrid’s maturing talent and aptitude for song writing, Sucker Punch cements the 22-year-old’s rise to pop prominence. Sigrid also drops an augmented reality lyric video using new technology, which has a ‘smartphone’ aesthetic mirroring the masses of social content that populates our life every day, with the augmented reality twist.
“Sucker Punch is one of my favourite songs so far and I’ve been so excited for release day! Emily Warren, Martin Sjølie and I made it when we were in Ocean Sound Recordings in my home town a while ago. The song is just a result of our usual way of working: talking, cooking, strolling, singing, dancing, experimenting...! Ugh it was so fun - just like the track itself.” Says Sigrid
LISTEN TO ‘SUCKER PUNCH’ HERE: https://Sigrid.lnk.to/SuckerPunchPR
WATCH AUGMENTED REALITY LYRIC VIDEO: https://sigrid.lnk.to/SuckerPunch_LyricPR
With the colossal A-List record ‘High Five’, the certified-Gold Strangers, and zeitgeist defining Don’t Kill My Vibe – which catapulted Sigrid into the public consciousness last year – the pop star will play her biggest headline to date on 12 November, as she takes on O2 Brixton Academy. Sigrid will also support George Ezra in March on his arena tour, as well as Maroon 5 in June.
From winning the BBC Sound of 2018, to moving Helen Mirren on the Graham Norton Show and storming the stage at her Shepherds Bush Empire headline, Sigrid’s unforgettably impassioned live performances have sparked mass appreciation and defiant, rebellious pop songs. With her Spotify following tripling since the start of the year, and streaming numbers reaching almost 400M globally, Sigrid is undoubtedly set to continue her ascent with non-conformist and progressive attitudes to femininity with ‘Sucker Punch’.
04 November 2018 Birmingham O2 Birmingham Academy
05 November 2018 Dublin Olympia
07 November 2018 Glasgow O2 Glasgow Academy
09 November 2018 Manchester Manchester Albert Hall
02 November 2018 London O2 Brixton Academy
15 November 2018 Paris Gaite Lyrique
19 November 2018 Amsterdam Melkweg
20 November 2018 Brussels La Madeleine
George Ezra Support
07 March 2019 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
08 March 2019 Leeds First Direct Arena
09 March 2019 Liverpool Echo Arena
11 March 2019 Brighton Brighton Centre
12 March 2019 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
13 March 2019 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
15 March 2019 Glasgow SSE Hydro
16 March 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
17 March 2019 Birmingham Genting Arena
19 March 2019 London O2
20 March 2019 London O2
22 March 2019 Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
23 March 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
Sigrid - Maroon 5 Support
01 June 2019 Aalborg Molleparken
03 June 2019 Cologne Lanxess Arena
05 June 2019 Prague O2 Arena
06 June 2019 Krakow Tauron Arena
10 June 2019 Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
11 June 2019 Paris Accors Hotel Arena
Sucker Punch is out now on Island Records.
Swedish rising pop artist AmwinN has released her new single ‘DeLorean’, out now via Universal Music Sweden. She is outspoken on the track - lamenting on the men of today, wishing she could go back in time to visit her ideal men of the past.
Of the track, Amwin says:
“Making this song, we kind of just wanted to play around with how much I dislike the dudes in this day and age. I often go back in time and think ‘shit, if only I could get on Leonardo Dicaprio circa Romeo and Juliet or Kurt Cobain around when 'Nevermind' came out”. These Instagram models and YouTube dudes nowadays do absolutely nothing for me. Just makes me wish I had a time machine so I could head back and get what I really want.”
Listen to the track here here: https://AMWIN.lnk.to/DeLorean
“Wish I had a machine to go back in time,
’Cos future boys are lames, can’t get nothing right
I’d take that b*tch way back, back to ’99
And f*ck Leo DiCaprio in his prime…
DeLorean” - Lyrics from ‘DeLorean’
Amwin - real name Amanda Winberg - has been making her mark on the international music scene recently, with her previous big single ‘Uber’ which earned her over 1 million online streams alone.
Critically too, Amwin has already attracted the attention of tastemaker press, with Clash commenting that she “inhabits a world daubed in vivid colour, with those fluro tones used to craft a deeply personal spell”, and PopDust noting that “her lyrics are an authentic portrayal of the (often unsaid) thoughts that bounce around our heads”. The Interns remarked that she is “another Swedish newcomer that you need to be paying attention to”.
Today Irish electro-folk duo Saint Sister release their debut album ‘Shape of Silence’. The album is inspired by the connections between people, and the conversations borne from figuring yourself out in relation to another person.
Of the album, Saint Sister say:-
“This record is the culmination of the past 4 years of making music together and navigating our 20s in Dublin. ‘Shape of Silence’ comes from an interest in the power and weight of silence - how heavy it can feel. It is a nod towards the use of space in our music; what can be said and felt in between the gaps.”
Saint Sister’s debut brilliantly presents their ability to create a unique blend of electronic, folk and pop. Exploration of the capabilities of the Irish harp - experimenting with effects and loops pedals and blending with subtle electronica - opened up the pathway to the sonic palette of this record. It opens with ‘The Beginning’; an elegant and ethereal track that celebrates the freedom and conspiratorial magic of a brand-new relationship (which we follow over the arc of the record). Next is ‘Twin Peaks’, a soundscape of luscious vocals and glistening Wurlizter, showcasing the bands skill in crafting relatable and honest lyrics. The start of the album feels more whimsical, optimistic and inquisitive but that atmosphere starts to change, and the songs begin to fracture becoming a little darker; more self-aware and lonelier while the relationship, which began with all the hope and promise of something new, becomes undone.
Tracks like ‘You Never Call’ and ‘Causing Trouble’ touch on themes of nostalgia and longing. The band embrace their Celtic roots with the stripped-back ‘Tir Eile’, meaning ‘Other Land’ in Irish, which powerfully displays their incredibly haunting vocals. ‘Steady’, one of their more electronically-influenced tracks sets extracts from author Kevin Breathnach’s ‘Tunnel Vision’ against a trip-hop infused breakbeat. The last track on the record, ‘The Mater’, offers a searing account of the pain and self-realisation that comes at the end of a relationship and the final act of self-isolation.
‘Shape of Silence’ was recorded with long term co-producer Alex Ryan of Hozier. Of the collaboration, the band says:
“We found a really good energy between the three of us, and over the course of the last three years have started trusting each other’s instincts a lot more and getting comfortable pushing the boundaries.”
‘Shape of Silence’ follows Saint Sister’s well-received debut EP ‘Madrid’, released in 2015. Title track ‘Madrid’ reached over 2 million streams and was playlisted through ‘Introducing’ on BBC Radio 1. The EP drew the attention of Lisa Hannigan who invited the band to open for her on the 20 date ‘At Swim’ European tour.
Saint Sister is Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre, hailing from the North of Ireland (Derry and Belfast respectively). The timing of their collaboration was key; having met in Dublin just after graduating from college, it became clear very early on that they were looking for the same thing. Bonding over their shared journey from north to south and a passion for music and words, teamed with the post-college confusion, they channelled all of their energy into the makings of a band.
To date, Saint Sister have amassed over 6 million streams combined.
Saint Sister are currently on tour around the US, Europe, Australia and UK. The band will be supporting Hozier on a number of his European tour dates included below:
Wednesday 21st November – Gasometer – Vienna, AT
Friday 23rd November – Verti Music Hall, Berlin, DE
Sunday 25th November – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NO
Monday 26th November – Annexet – Stockholm, SE
Full tour dates can be found here
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