BBC Radio 1's weekend to start on Fridays with brand new schedule and new shows; Scott Mills to host The Official Chart
BBC Radio 1 has announced that Friday is now officially part of the weekend with a new schedule of shows including Dev & Alice, Maya Jama, Matt Edmondson & Mollie King, and Scott Mills.
For the first time in its history Radio 1 will be working a four day week, starting in June, with the breakfast show on a Friday (6:30am – 10am) to be known as Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast, hosted by Dev & Alice Levine. It’s been a big year for both presenters with Dev reaching the final of Celebrity MasterChef and Alice becoming an international sensation with the ‘My Dad Wrote A Porno’ podcast.
The Friday morning show (10am-1pm), will be called Radio 1’s Greatest Hits with Maya Jama, and will see Maya bring all the fun and energy of her Saturday show, to Fridays.
And talking about Saturdays, Mollie King will be partnering up with Matt Edmondson on Friday afternoons (1pm – 4pm) for her first ever permanent show on the station. If she can forgive Matt for his recent prank where Bryan Cranston pretended to be a HUGE Saturdays fan.
Scott Mills will be fulfilling a life-long dream by presenting The Official Chart at 4pm on Friday afternoons (4pm – 7pm), counting down to the most important moment in the pop week – The Official Number 1.
Dev & Alice said: “We cannot wait to get the weekend started for everyone – Fridays will never be the same again!”
Maya Jama said: “I'm so excited to continue the Greatest Hits on a Friday and get all our listeners ready for the weekend vibes! More bangers to come :)”
Mollie King said: “I’ve grown up listening to Radio 1 and I can’t wait to be one of the team. This is an absolute dream for me! The only person more excited than me is my mum - who is delighted I finally have a proper job! I’ve had so much fun working with Matt over the past few weeks, and I’m so glad I’m no longer just ‘Mollie From The Saturdays’ but Mollie from the ‘Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!”
Matt Edmondson said: “Radio 1 is known for its Big Weekends, but I never imagined the weekend would get THIS big. Mollie popped in to be a co-host a few weeks ago and was so bloody brilliant we couldn’t let her go! I can’t wait to get started, but I have warned Mollie that there’s only room for one fashion icon on the show, and it’s me.”
Scott Mills said: “I was sat with my Mum when I got this news, and she actually cried because I’ve been pretending to do the chart show on Radio 1 since I was 8 years old. I’ve filled in on the show so much over the years, and I can’t believe it’s actually mine. I’m beyond excited!”
Ben Cooper (Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network) said: “The weekend will start here at Radio 1 on a Friday morning giving our young audience that feel good factor a day early. It’s our job at Radio 1 to reinvent the way young people listen to the radio, to disrupt traditional thinking and to look for new ways in which to grow audiences.”
Radio 1’s new Friday schedule is:
6:30am-10am - Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast with Dev and Alice
10am-1pm - Radio 1’s Greatest Hits with Maya Jama
1pm-4pm - Matt and Mollie
4pm-7pm – The Official Chart with Scott Mills
Monday to Thursday on Radio 1 remains unchanged.
Norwegian pop singer Sigrid has been named 2018’s winner of the coveted BBC Music Sound Of, as chosen by a panel of more than 170 influential music experts including former winners and longlist nominees.
The 21 year old, born in Ålesund, Norway, only started making music four years ago when her brother – who’s also a musician – told her he needed a new song for a gig just two weeks later. Since then she has had a rapid rise to acclaim.
Her debut single 'Don't Kill My Vibe' premiered on Radio 1 in February 2017 when it was named ‘Hottest Record in the World’ and she performed her single Strangers live on BBC One’s ‘Sounds Like Friday Night’ in December. Her nervy, cutting-edge pop music is infused with natural humour and charisma and looks set to rule the charts in 2018.
All of the artists on the 16-strong longlist for Sound Of 2018 were championed by BBC Radio, with plays across Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music.
Sigrid said on winning, “It’s a lot to take in to have won something as prestigious as BBC Music Sound Of. I feel honoured as there are so many other artists I look up to who have won this before me, and honestly, I’m just really happy and proud of what my team and I have achieved together. I’m from a small town called Ålesund in Norway. I’m still 21 and it’s quite crazy to get this recognition. I’m very excited about the year ahead and sharing new music with everyone. I want to thank the panel for voting and the team involved in BBC Music Sound Of 2018.”
The BBC Sound Of 2018 longlist boasted one of the youngest ever line-ups when the top 16 was published last year. The top five, a mix of international, British, unsigned and signed acts was revealed each morning by Annie Mac on Clara Amfo’s Radio 1 show.
Two of the top acts came from Manchester with urban jazz artist IAMDDB and indie quartet Pale Waves coming third and fifth respectively. American R&B star Khalid came fourth, whilst singer-songwriter Rex Orange County was 2018’s runner up.
Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac said:-
“Sigrid is one of those really special artists making quality, exciting and feisty - yet fragile - pop songs that are an absolute pleasure to play on the radio. Sigrid is an incredibly talented performer and songwriter and so very deserving of the Sound Of 2018 crown. I’m really looking forward to watching her rise.”
Chris Price, Head of Music for BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, said:-
“I’m absolutely thrilled that Sigrid has been crowned BBC Music Sound Of 2018 winner, showing that taste-makers in the UK and internationally share the excitement that has lit up Radio 1 since ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ was made ‘Hottest Record in the World’ last February. Following Tunes of the Week from Annie Mac, MistaJam, Scott Mills and Greg James – not to mention a Piano Session for Huw Stephens last summer – Sigrid’s new single ‘Strangers’ sits on the Radio 1 ‘A’ list, her third playlist here. Sigrid is a captivating performer and I can’t wait to introduce BBC audiences to her incredible live show, starting today in the home of live music - the Radio 1 Live Lounge”
James Stirling, Head of Content Commissioning, BBC Music said:-
“Many congratulations to Sigrid and to all the artists on the BBC Music Sound Of 2018 list this year. The range of artists clearly demonstrates both the quality and breadth of music currently coming through. Half the artists on the long list of 16 have been supported by BBC Music Introducing - and helping these artists reach a wider audience is a key part of BBC Music’s mission”
The list, compiled annually by BBC News, started in 2003 and crowned 50 Cent as its inaugural winner. Last year, R&B singer Ray BLK became the first unsigned artist to top the list. Previous winners have included synth-pop trio Years & Years, global superstars Adele and Sam Smith, LA pop band HAIM and Ellie Goulding.
Profiles of all 16 artists are available on the Sound Of 2018 website.
The full top five:
2. Rex Orange County
5. Pale Waves
Also on the longlist (in alphabetical order):
· Billie Eilish
· Jade Bird
· Lewis Capaldi
· Nilüfer Yanya
· Sam Fender
· Tom Walker
· Yxng Bane
You can follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SoundOf2018
BBC Music Sound Of 2018 website.
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