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.
"Mjøen melts the glacial pop vibes fellow Nordic names do so well, with sweet and addictive vocals washing against balmy tropicalia to create something that begs for beaches and sun-smooched boulevards" - Line of Best Fit
Hanne Mjøen reveals her new video ‘Vanilla’, out now via Norwegian independent label Sailor Music. The video is directed by Mira Wickman.
In short time, Oslo’s Hanne Mjøen has established herself as a fast-rising one-to-watch. The hard-working artist and songwriter has released a handful singles, earning her acclaim from local media as well as international press including The FADER (who named her as one of the top Scandinavian artists to watch this year) and Billboard. In the latter part of 2017, Mjøen toured her home country with Astrid S, as well as at festivals such as Slottsfjell, Findings, Vill Vill Vest and Trondheim Calling.
“‘Vanilla’ is in many waysa synonym for something ordinary and boring", Hanne explains, "So the song is really about wishing for more of what's good and exciting".
Hanne Mjøen makes energetic pop music, boasting bombastic melody lines, emotional and sensitive lyrics and a fresh Scandinavian production sound. During the past year, she also made a name for herself writing songs for R3hab, Matisse & Sadko and Future Duper, with further exciting collaborations coming in 2018.
‘Vanilla’ is co-written and produced by Hanne, with Elsa Søllesvik (Elsa & Emilie), Sebastian "ÅSN" Aasen & Jim Bergsted.
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.
Big news as the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is taking shape. During a press conference in Lisbon, where the upcoming contest will take place, the list of participating countries was released and the slogan and theme artwork was officially unveiled. Drum roll..!
All aboard! for Eurovision 2018
Portugal as a country has always connected Europe to the rest of the world through the ocean, and 500 years ago Lisbon was the centre of many of the world’s most important sea routes. Today, Lisbon is using the ocean’s connectivity as inspiration with the slogan All Aboard!, inviting you and the international community to come together for this year’s competition.
More about theme and artwork for Lisbon 2018
Lisbon 2018: These countries will participate!
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will see 42 countries participate:
"We fall hard for the confident strut of Hanne Mjøen, who does Scandi-pop precision with joyful effervescence.” - The Independent
Hanne Mjøen releases her new single 'Future' today. Hailing from Oppdal, Norway, the singer-songwriter has already made an impact on the music scene in her home country, having scored playlist spots for three of her songs on NRK P3 Radio.
Hanne's writing credentials speak for themselves. She was recently behind R3hab’s smash hit ’You Could Be,’ which has clocked up almost 10 million Spotify plays and counting.
She has performed at prestigious festivals such as Vill Vill Vest, Slottsfjell and Findings Festival, and is currently supporting Astrid S on the Norwegian dates of her sold-out world tour.
Hanne says: ”Being invited to join Astrid on tour is a great honour. Astrid is one of the artists who inspires me the most these days, and I’m looking forward to be sharing a stage with her this fall.”
'Future' is available now on all platforms: http://phonofile.link/hannemjoenfuture
Gorillaz share a surprise new track, Garage Palace featuring Little Simz. The song has already been raucously received at their live shows and now it comes accompanied by a brilliantly retro 8-bit video game visualiser. Collaborating with Little Simz’ illustrator McKay Felt and director Noah Harris, this video adds to their long run of innovative and ground-breaking work, with the game ingeniously following Simz through dark alleys and cloudy skies on a series of combats, missions and obstacles to reach the top of a tower block for her final battle, but not without the collective muscle of Gorillaz behind her. Level UP!
Even more excitingly, Little Simz will be supporting Gorillaz on the Humanz tour across European and U.K. dates this Autumn/Winter. European dates commence in November which will lead to their homecoming gigs in London’s O2 Arena on December 4th and 5th, with their usual line up of surprise special guests.
The Super Deluxe Vinyl Boxset consists of Gorillaz’ new album Humanz, presented across 14 individual pieces of 12-inch different coloured vinyl, packaged in individually art-worked sleeves. All tracks on Humanz are backed with a non-album bonus track, most of which are previously unreleased. The Boxset also Includes a 54-page, cloth-bound, foil-blocked, hardback book of Gorillaz artwork by Jamie Hewlett and a download card, all housed in a bespoke 12-inch vinyl carrying case.
A1. Intro: I Switched My Robot Off
A2. Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)
B1. Long Beach
A1. Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)
A1. Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)
A1. Momentz (feat. De La Soul)
B2. Midnite Float (feat. Azekel)
A1. Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath
A2. Submission (feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
B1. Grilling With His Face
A1. Charger (feat. Grace Jones)
B1. Charger (Alternative Version feat. Pauline Black)
A1. Interlude: Elevator Going Up
A2. Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)
B1. Andromeda (D.R.A.M. Special)
A1. Busted and Blue
B1. Busted and Blue (Faia Younan Special)
A1. Interlude: Talk Radio
A2. Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
B1. Carnival (2D Special feat. Anthony Hamilton)
A1. Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
B1. Five Whales In A Dream
A1. Interlude: Penthouse
A2. Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
B1. Garage Palace (feat. Little Simz)
A1. She's My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
B1. She's My Collar (Kali Uchis Spanish Special)
A1. Interlude: The Elephant
A2. Halleujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)
B1. Phoenix On The Hill (feat. Sidiki Diabaté)
A1. We Got The Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)
Gorillaz live shows – which all sold out in record time - have already been met with a rapturous response. The band headlined the inaugural Demon Dayz festival in Margate earlier this summer and most recently continued their Humanz world tour across dates in the US. They will return to UK shores later this year for headline shows in November and December, be sure not to miss out.
The full list of EU/UK dates on the Humanz Tour:
1 ESCH SUR ALZETTE, LUXEMBOURG – Rockhal
2 VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Wiener Stadthalle
4 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Royal Arena
5 OSLO, NORWAY – Oslo Spectrum
6 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Hovet
8 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND – Samsung Hall
9 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Arena de Geneve
11 MUNICH, GERMANY – Zenith
13 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Arena
14 PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – 02 Arena
17 BERLIN, GERMANY – Max-Schmeling-Halle
18 DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
19 HAMBURG, GERMANY – Sporthalle Hamburg
21 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – Ziggo Dome
22 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – Forest National/Vorst Nationaal
24 PARIS, FRANCE – Zénith de Paris
25 PARIS, FRANCE – Zénith de Paris
27 BRIGHTON, UK – Brighton Centre
29 GLASGOW, UK – The SSE Hydro
1 BIRMINGHAM, UK – Arena Birmingham
4 LONDON, UK – The 02 Arena
5 LONDON, UK – The 02 Arena
13 MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – Vélodromo Municipal
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