English Indie Pop group Blossoms unveil live version of latest single 'If You Think This Is Real Life'
Blossoms have revealed a live version of their latest single If You Think This Is Real Life. The track is taken from the band’s 11th February Stockport Plaza show that was also streamed in full on YouTube. The band will be releasing a new track from the set each week, following the order of the show’s setlist. These songs will make up a full live album, Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport which will be released in full on the 3rd July. Physical copies of the album will be available later in the year.
The band have rescheduled their headline UK tour dates that were postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic until this August. The new, August dates are listed below.
4th August - London - 02 Forum Kentish Town
5th August - London - 02 Forum Kentish Town
6th August - London - 02 Forum Kentish Town
15th August - Leeds - 02 Academy
19th August - Glasgow - 02 Academy
21st August - Hull - Bonus Arena
22nd August - Manchester - Manchester Arena
25th August - Newcastle - 02 Academy
26th August - Birmingham - 02 Academy
Blossoms current album Foolish Loving Spaces went to Number 1 album in the UK album charts on its release in January and features singles The Keeper and Your Girlfriend.
Since forming in 2013, Blossoms have enjoyed widespread success and acclaim. Their 2016 debut full length topped the album charts for two consecutive weeks and went on to earn the band BRIT Award and Mercury Prize nominations, while 2018’s Cool Like You charted at number 4 in the UK album chart, spawning the anthemic singles I Can’t Stand It, There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls) and How Long Will This Last
Platinum selling singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding and platinum selling artist Juice WRLD release the video for their new single ‘Hate Me’. Watch here
Directed by Saam Farahmand, the dark and ominous video mirrors the singles lyrics elegantly playing on the concept of the negative side of social media at the end of a relationship. The video sees Juice WRLD surrounded by smoke and Ellie in stunning outfits. Since its release two weeks ago the new single has already amassed over 26 million streams.
Ellie recently celebrated 10 million subscribers on YouTube, amassing over 5 billion views globally. Ellie joins only a handful of British artists to celebrate this achievement including Coldplay, Adele, Little Mix, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa. This month also saw Ellie wow the crowds at the Capital FM’s Summertime Ball at London’s Wembley Stadium where she performed recent singles ‘Sixteen’ and ‘Close To Me’ alongside fan favourites ‘I Need Your Love’ and ‘On My Mind’.
Ellie was enlisted by composer Steven Price to provide vocals for “In This Together”, one of the songs that soundtracked Netflix’s “Our Planet” nature documentary series with David Attenborough. June saw Ellie launch an exclusive curated playlist on Apple Music. One of the first artists to do so, Ellie’s playlist ‘Ellie Goulding: Pushing Limits’ is a fitness playlist made up of motivational bangers.
Ellie’s incredible career to date has seen her celebrate two #1 albums, two BRIT Awards, sell over 15 million albums and 102 million singles, amass 13 billion streams worldwide and surpass over 14 million Instagram followers. The track ‘Love Me Like You Do’ broke the record for the most streamed song in 1 week worldwide. Off stage, Ellie continues her work with the UN as a global environmental ambassador and is involved in many other philanthropic ventures, including being a patron of The Marylebone Project and fundraising for Streets Of London.
In May 2018, Juice WRLD released his debut full length project, Goodbye & Good Riddance, (Grade A Productions/ Interscope Records,) which has since spent over 50 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at #4. “Lucid Dreams,” featured on the album, is now certified five-times-platinum by the RIAA, and has surpassed one billion overall streams in the U.S. Six months into 2019 and Juice WRLD’s year has already been a whirlwind – in addition to his album Death Race For Love debuting at #1 in March, Juice opened for Nicki Minaj on her European tour, performed at Coachella for the first time, and won Top New Artist at the Billboard Music Awards.
Iconic pop pioneer Charli XCX teams up with French pop phenomenon Christine and the Queens to release new track Gone, and its electrifying music video; the co-written Gone is taken from XCX’s upcoming album Charli - out September 13th.
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STREAM 'GONE' HERE
A highly anticipated collaboration between two pop sensations, Gone is a dynamic, pulsating and hard-hitting ode to the complexities of falling prey to others’ opinions. A perfect pop harmony between XCX and Chris, Gone has already been scouted by Annie Mac for the Hottest Record in the World title.
Following the track’s live debut at Primavera Sound Festival, today Gone officially releases with an incredible accompanying music video, featuring Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens intensely bound on opposite ends of a car. As the song unfolds, Chris frees herself and Charli from their ties, leading the pair to reunite in an explosive and charged performance.
The release of Gone follows Charli XCX’s announcement of her new album Charli to release on September 13th and her transatlantic tour Charli LIVE for Autumn, and is Chris’ first new song since releasing her critically acclaimed album Chris last year.
The art of collaboration is at the heart of the album, a verified saviour of pop, Charli seamlessly binds musical genres from the vast pop spectrum. With Executive Production by Charli XCX and A. G. Cook, collaborators include Lizzo, Christine and the Queens, Haim, Troye Sivan, Brooke Candy, CupcakKe, Big Freedia, Sky Ferreira, Clairo and Yaeji. Charli teamed with AR makeup artist Ines Alpha to design her artworks with a goal of dismantling classic beauty ideals, a pairing which resulted in her striking album cover.
Global superstar Sam Smith has released his new single “How Do You Sleep?” alongside accompanying video – out now via Capitol Records.
Teaming up with world renowned songwriter/producer Max Martin as well as Savan Kotecha and ILYA, Sam Smith delivers another slice of pop perfection. “How Do You Sleep?” sees Sam’s signature vocals soar above the dreamlike production from ILYA (for MXM Productions) before the song explodes into the dance fuelled chorus. The stunning video which was also released today is directed by Grant Singer and choreographed by Parris Goebel.
Speaking about the new single, Sam Smith explains “This year, both personally and musically, I feel so free. More than ever I have had so much fun making this record and this video. Time to dance darlings x”
This latest release follows on from recent single “Dancing with a Stranger”, a joint release by Sam Smith and Normani which saw the pair amass over 6M copies with over 1BN streams, become the #1 airplay in the US & UK and achieve platinum status in 15 countries. Last summer also saw Smith release his global hit with Calvin Harris “Promises” which the pair performed at the BRIT Awards earlier this year. This week also saw Sam Smith reach 10 million YouTube subscribers – one of only 8 UK artists to achieve this accolade.
During his career Sam has sold over 22 million albums worldwide and notched up seven UK No. 1 records to date including ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ – the first Bond theme to reach the position, gaining him a Guinness World Record. In addition, he has also received four Grammy Awards, three BRITs and an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song (Writing’s On The Wall).
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Indiana, the British singer, songwriter and social media provocateur, has announced and released a new EP titled ‘I Like Drinking’. The title track, an uplifting pop anthem dedicated to the art of boozing, is lifted from Indiana’s current album ‘Not Girlfriend Material’, which was released in August. The EP also includes a remix by fast-rising UK producer Adam Turner, an acoustic version of the song, and a brand new track ‘Wasted On You’
“I was drinking heavily at the time of writing it and didn’t give a fuck what people thought. I genuinely like drinking. In fact, I love drinking and that’s OK as far as I’m concerned. There are millions out there that feel the same. It’s a song for them.”
Indiana’s album ‘Not Girlfriend Material’, like it’s creator, is sultry, heartfelt, eclectic and sometimes controversial. The album was recorded at a time of significant change in Indiana’s life - the end of a relationship and a moment of self discovery.
"Entering the dating scene was a wake-up call. It never satisfied me…. guys are attracted to me, and want to f*ck me…. but in terms of continuing a relationship, they have issues with who I am, and why they were attracted to me in the first place."
And so came the life-changing revelation: “I’m not girlfriend material, but I’m OK with it.”
The revelation became a life statement and since then, has become a mantra. Indiana has created a clothing line called ‘Sex Leisure’, which sells a range of t-shirts bearing the slogan ‘Not Girlfriend Material’. In what has now become a signature look for the artist, an oversized t-shirt coupled with sports socks and trainers, she says it is “a cute exterior but with a bit of filth.”
Having previously released an acclaimed album via Sony, since leaving the label Indiana has become a social media provocateur in her own right - her instagram account @indianathegirl has thousands of followers who signed up for her sultry yet artistic selfies, tongue-in-cheek commentary and controversial moments.
‘I Like Drinking’ EP Track Listing:
1 - I Like Drinking
2 - I Like Drinking (Adam Turner Remix)
3 - Wasted On You
4 - I Like Drinking acoustic
'I Like Drinking' is available here: http://smarturl.it/ILikeDrinking
Robbie Williams has released a trailer video to give fans a glimpse of what to expect from his first ever Las Vegas residency next year. Watch the video here.
The global music superstar will perform a run of spectacular must-see shows in March and June 2019 at Wynn Las Vegas on the city’s famous strip. Fresh from his 2017/2018 world stadium tour, the UK’s best-selling solo artist will perform his biggest hits, some swing songs and a few special surprises in the shows.
After the March dates sold out in just a couple of hours once they went on general sale last week, Robbie yesterday announced six more shows to take place in June 2019 due to overwhelming demand.
The full ‘Robbie Williams Live in Las Vegas’ dates are:
Wednesday 6th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Friday 8th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Saturday 9th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Wednesday 13th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Friday 15th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Saturday 16th March 2019 SOLD OUT
Wednesday 19th June 2019
Friday 21st June 2019
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Wednesday 26th June 2019
Friday 28th June 2019
Saturday 29th June 2019
Tickets for all June 2019 shows go on general sale on Tuesday 20th November at 15.00 GMT/07.00 PT, with prices starting at $59.50 and official VIP packages available from robbiewilliams.com/tickets.
The Las Vegas residency follows another successful year for record-breaking 18-time BRIT Award winner Robbie. This summer he performed at the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow and on Saturday he played his final show of ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour’ playing to 85,000 adoring fans in Mexico City – he has played to more than 1.4 million people on this sell-out tour.
Robbie has just landed back in the UK to return to our screens this weekend as a judge on this year’s The X Factor alongside wife Ayda Williams. This week he’ll be working hard to help his last remaining act, Acacia & Aaliyah, get to the final.
For further information on artist pre-sale and general on-sale, and official VIP, please visit robbiewilliams.com/tickets. For travel and VIP packages for Las Vegas please visit eventtravel.com or call +44 (0) 1223 506560.
Ellie Goulding announces 'Streets Of London' charity concert at the Wembley SSE Arena on 20th December
Ellie Goulding has announced her annual charity concert to raise money for London homeless charity “Streets of London”. This year Goulding, who is an ambassador for the charity, will be joined by the likes of Dua Lipa, Bastille, Sigrid, Mabel, Grace Carter, Jax Jones, Dermot Kennedy and many more on stage at Wembley SSE Arena on 20th December. Pre-order tickets here: https://ellie.lnk.to/SOL
Since 2014, Global UN Ambassador Ellie Goulding's annual Christmas gig for Streets of London has raised more than £300,000, which has helped the charity to fund dozens of projects that are helping homeless people turn their lives around.
Speaking about the concert and her work with Streets of London, Ellie Goulding explains:-
“Every year the event we’ve done for Streets of London has been absolutely magical and moving, I know this year will be the greatest yet.”
Homelessness is a major problem in London today. On any given night in London, there are likely to be more than 1,000 people sleeping out on the streets (nearly treble the number there were in 2010) many more are in hostels or temporary accommodation and don't have a home to call their own. This can be incredibly damaging, and the average life expectancy of a homeless rough sleeper is just 47 years old.
Streets of London are currently funding twelve projects providing specialist support to get people off the streets and make a fresh start. Projects include a winter night shelter for vulnerable rough sleepers, a rehab hostel for people recovering from addictions, also several employment support projects, which help homeless people to look for jobs and then find and keep work.
People end up homeless for many different reasons and many need specialist help to get back on their feet and find a secure home. Those who have been homeless can require a lot of different types of support beyond help with securing housing, such as with mental health and addiction issues, understanding their rights, and with building their employability, skills and self-confidence.
With the right support, people who are homeless can turn their lives around. There are lots of great charities throughout London that work hard to provide these services; many of them are small and not very well-known and funding can be hard to secure.
The UK is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and London one of the wealthiest cities - no one should be spending night after night sleeping on the street. By working together we can make a real difference and help support those who are struggling to get off the streets for good.
The involvement of Ellie, and the many stars who have generously supported Streets of London by giving their time and talents, also helps raise awareness about homelessness, particularly among young people, engaging them in the issue and the need to work for change.
For more information on Streets Of London: http://www.streetsoflondon.org.uk/
Following on from the critical and commercial success of their Grammy® nominated 2015 album, ‘Born In The Echoes’, the band’s 6th consecutive UK number 1, The Chemical Brothers today announce their ninth studio album, No Geography.
No Geography is set for a Spring 2019 release and includes the latest single ‘Free Yourself’, a favourite of the band’s spectacular new live show experienced at festivals across Europe this Summer, and dubbed “a euphoric, multi-faceted odyssey of blistering synths and deep grooves” by Rolling Stone. Free Yourself is accompanied by a groundbreaking video directed by long time creative collaborators, Dom&Nic. Watch the video here.
Following the recent announcement of a headline slot at London’s All Points East Festival and hot on the heels of two sold out shows at Alexandra Palace (their fastest ever selling tickets), The Chemical Brothers today also announce details of their biggest UK Arena tour to date scheduled for November 2019 with shows in Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and Birmingham. Further dates have also been announced for North America in May 2019.
UK fans can pre-order a copy of the album No Geography via The Chemical Brothers official store now to get exclusive access to a UK ticket pre-sale: https://TheChemicalBrothers.lnk.to/NoGeography
Additional details for No Geography including artwork, track list and U.S. album pre-order are forthcoming.
In 2015, the legendary duo – comprising Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons – released their GRAMMY® nominated album, Born In The Echoes, which featured collaborations with such artists as Q-Tip, St. Vincent and Beck, videos from the Oscar-winning director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, The Green Hornet) and award winning director duo Dom&Nic (Oasis, David Bowie & Trent Reznor, Supergrass), plus experimentation in virtual reality with Chris Milk. Pitchfork praised Born In The Echoes as “some of the best pure pop songs Rowlands and Simons have ever made” while NME declared it “a bold reinvention of the Chemical Brothers’ sound”. The Chemical Brothers have sold more than 12 million albums and six million singles worldwide. They have had six No. 1 albums in the U.K. and were the first electronic act ever to receive a GRAMMY, winning in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ – the first of their four GRAMMY wins.
The Chemical Brothers UK Tour Dates:
24th May 2019 Headline slot at All Points East Festival, Victoria Park, London Tickets
21st November 2019 Leeds First Direct Arena
22nd November 2019 Manchester Arena
23rd November 2019 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
28th November 2019 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
29th November 2019 Birmingham Arena
WATCH THE UK TOUR TRAILER: https://TheChemicalBrothers.lnk.to/2019UKTourTrailer
UK fan pre-sale: 9am GMT Tuesday 27th November 2018.
UK tickets go on general sale at 9am GMT on Friday 30th November 2018.
The Chemical Brothers North American Tour Dates:
12th May 2019 Mexico City, MX – Pepsi Center WTC
15th May 2019 Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall *
16th May 2019 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre *
17th May 2019 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
*With The Black Madonna
US fan pre-sale: 10am PST Tuesday 4th December 2018.
US tickets go on general sale at 10am PST on Friday 7th December 2018.
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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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You Me At Six have announced a week-long run of UK in store performances and signings, beginning October 4th, to mark the celebrations of their forthcoming new album, ‘VI’, due for release this October 5th via Underdog Records/AWAL.
With new single ‘Back Again’, and album standouts ‘IOU’ and ‘3AM’, You Me At Six are showcasing a multi-dimensional evolution with their forthcoming sixth album. Replacing what was once distortion and big rock riffs, for indie-pop prowess and a set of explosive new live favourites.
The band have notched up a list of considerable achievements since forming as teenagers in Weybridge, Surrey, including four UK Gold Records, four Top Ten albums in the UK including Number One album ‘Cavalier Youth’, three sold out arena shows, sold out UK headline arena tours, an unparalleled 15 consecutive A-List singles on BBC Radio One, multiple sold-out US headline tours, a Number One rock song in the UK & Australia and Top Five Rock Radio track in North America in ‘Room To Breathe’.
You Me At Six have also set out plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’. Due to phenomenal demand, the band added seven additional dates to the initial three that sold out in just twenty minutes. These special one-off events will see the acclaimed five piece play their seminal genre-classic ‘Take Off Your Colours’ in its entirety. Alongside the anniversary shows, the band are playing five UK headline shows.
After selling over 65,000 tickets in the UK this year, You Me At Six are undoubted heavyweights in the live arena. Their phenomenal career speaks for itself, having sold out arena tours in the UK, headlining both the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading & Leeds in 2017 and the second stage at Download Festival this year. These upcoming sold-out shows give You Me At Six the chance to road test their explosive new set, creating a new batch of future live classics for fans in the process.
Catch them live in store, and on tour, at the dates below.
UK OCTOBER IN STORE PERFORMANCES & SIGNINGS
Oct 4th - New Slang at Przym, Kingston-Upon-Thames. All ages and 18+ show's. (Full band)
Oct 6th - London, Rough Trade East (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 7th - Marlborough, Sound Knowledge (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 8th - Birmingham, HMV (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 8th - Liverpool, Jacaranda (Phase One) (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 9th - Manchester, HMV (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 9th - Preston, Action (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 10th - Leeds, Jumbo (Signing + Acoustic)
Oct 11th - Glasgow, HMV (Signing + Acoustic)
UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
Nov 21st - Leeds, O2 Academy (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Nov 22nd - Birmingham, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
Nov 23rd - Manchester, Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)
Nov 24th - Manchester, Victoria Warehouse (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Nov 26th - Newcastle, O2 Academy (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Nov 27th - Glasgow, Barrowland (SOLD OUT)
Nov 28th - Glasgow, Barrowland (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Nov 30th - London, O2 Academy Brixton (SOLD OUT)
Dec 1st - Cardiff, University Great Hall (SOLD OUT)
Dec 2nd - London, O2 Academy Brixton (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Dec 3rd - London, O2 Academy Brixton (TOYC)
Dec 6th - Bournemouth, O2 Academy (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Dec 7th - Sheffield, O2 Academy (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Dec 8th - Norwich, UEA (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
Dec 9th - Nottingham, Rock City (TOYC - SOLD OUT)
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