Alicia Keys is to mark the 10-year anniversary of her ‘Songs in A Minor’ album with a special London concert. The ‘Empire State of Mind’ hitmaker is to celebrate a decade since the release of her debut LP by performing at the historic Royal Albert Hall on June 13. The intimate show, entitled ‘Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys’, will see the singer perform tracks from the album, as well as some of her other classic hits, accompanied just by her piano.
She told BBC Radio 1′s Newsbeat: “It’s incredible that I’ve been able to make it 10 years and here we are celebrating that.
“London is so good to me. I want to show my gratitude.”
In addition to the concert, Alicia – who will also tell stories about her career during the show – is releasing deluxe and collectors’ editions of ‘Songs in A Minor’ on June 27.
The new reworking of the album will also feature 10 tracks penned by the singer at the time she was first writing the album.
She said: “I think back to a time when I barely thought an album would be able to come out just because there were so many trials and tribulations.
“When the record did finally come out and was able to be heard and people fell in love with it, it was a testament to doing great music and not allowing people’s negativity stop you from what you dream.”
The Strokes album currently being mixed. The Strokes are currently mixing their fourth album and plan to have it out by March. The band regrouped after a song time working with other people. ‘We didn’t really break up,’ bassist Nikolai Fraiture told BBC Radio 1. ‘But we didn’t see each other for a long time. When you get back together there was a lot of weird energy flowing around. There are different dynamics in the group in different ways.’ The band, who recently played a string of festivals around the world didn’t play any new material because they didn’t want people’s first impressions to be through a mobile phone camera. ‘We didn’t really want to play anything new because in the age of the internet we didn’t want the new songs to be heard in a crappy way,’ Fraiture said. The Strokes currently have no dates planned, but no doubt will head out on the road later this year.
Coldplay banned children’s choirs from their Christmas record. The band have just released single ‘Christmas Lights’ and made a list of the predictable festive pop sounds they didn’t want on the track. In an interview with British station BBC Radio 1, guitarist Johnny Buckland said: ‘Funnily enough when we were writing this song we thought about all the things that take a song from being a great Christmas song to being a huge Christmas song, and we had a long list of things that we would absolutely not put in our Christmas track.’ Singer Chris Martin interjected to add: ‘You threw all my lyrics out didn’t you?’ Johnny continued, saying: ‘About the reindeer and stuff? It’s been done before. A children’s choir, that’s a no-go, and sleigh bells. There is a fine line between good and cheese.’ Although Chris is pleased with the group’s foray into festive music, the singer insists he isn’t going to worry about what the reaction is to ‘Christmas Lights’ ‘ which has already charted in over 10 countries. He said: ”m not going to get all paranoid about it. It’s Christmas! Start worrying in January.’
Adele and Bullet For My Valentine line-up for Radio 1′s Festive Festival 2010. Nick Grimshaw announces the line up for Radio 1′s Festive Festival 2010. BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has announced the line up for Radio 1′s annual Festive Festival returning again to the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios, Monday 20th December. The artists confirmed for the festive celebrations are: Adele, Bullet For My Valentine James Blake, Katy B, Wretch 32, The Vaccines and Yuck. Each act is set to perform three live tracks from the studios between 7-10pm. For the last hour from 10pm, Radio 1 DJs Toddla T, Benji B and Jaymo and Andy George take over with special mixes to get listeners into the party spirit. Hosted by Zane Lowe and Nick Grimshaw, Radio 1′s Festive Festival will be broadcast live 7pm- 11pm.2011′s FF line-up continues Radio 1′s tradition of bringing together a mix of established acts and rising stars tipped for big things in 2011. Previous years have featured performances from: Plan B, The Hoosiers, Kate Nash Glasvegas, Marina and The Diamonds, The XX, Chipmunk, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the machine, Friendly Fires and Chase & Status.
Justin Bieber finds England ‘depressing’. The Canadian teen singing sensation is presently in the UK to promote his new album ‘My Worlds Acoustic’, but doesn’t get on so well with the cold winter weather or food. He said: ‘ couldn’t live here because the weather is very depressing. But I like the girls! The food I don’t like really.’ However, the 16-year-old star enjoys hearing English accents, and thinks they lend themselves particularly well to festive songs. He explained: ”Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer’ sounds better in an English accent though.’ As he is currently in Britain, the ‘Baby’ hitmaker stayed up until the early hours of this morning (02.12.10)) in order to hear the Grammy Awards nominations be announced in the US, but after learning he will compete for Best New Artist and Best Pop Album for ‘My World’, he insists his decision to sacrifice sleep was the right one. He told BBC Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton: ‘ was up until about 5am this morning, straight through. I found out in the middle of the night, at around 3.30am that I’m nominated for two Grammys. ‘t’s amazing, I’m so excited. Last night I was just freaking out, because my whole life I’ve just wanted to win a Grammy, now that I have that opportunity it is crazy. I have a good feeling about it, never say never.’
Katy Perry added to BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards. International singing superstar Katy Perry is set to join chart-topping acts JLS, The Wanted, Taylor Swift and Professor Green on the line-up for the first ever BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards. The event, taking place at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, London on Sunday 14th November 2010, celebrates the achievements of inspirational teens alongside awards for top stars from the music and entertainment world. Katy will also present the award for Teen Hero to one inspiring young worthy winner. Other awards up for grabs in the Teen Award categories include Teen Community Hero and Teen Entrepreneur. Radio 1 listeners were able to nominate teenagers who they felt should be recognised in these categories, with the winners selected by a panel of industry insiders, experts and celebrities. BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards is presented by Radio 1 DJ’s Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw. The event will air on BBC Radio 1, BBC Three and extensive coverage will be featured on bbc.co.uk/radio1. These very special teen awards will be presented alongside awards for top stars from the music and entertainment world in 2010, as voted for by Radio 1 listeners, and will form the centrepiece of the whole ceremony. The categories include Best Song, Best Actor/Actress and Young Sporting Hero. The announcement was made during The 5:19 Show with Tom Deacon on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday 31st October (7-9pm). BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 with a special hour-long programme airing on BBC Three on Wednesday 17th November. For further details about BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards, including interview requests and accreditation for the event, please contact Elin Rees, BBC Radio 1, 020 7765 2527 / firstname.lastname@example.org
N-Dubz to headline 1Xtra Live 2010. Some of the biggest names in urban music have been confirmed to perform at the third ever BBC Radio 1Xtra Live, which this year takes place at London’s Wembley Arena on Saturday 25th September 2010. N-Dubz will headline the concert, which is the UK’s biggest free urban music event*. Tulisa from the band said: ‘We can’t wait for 1Xtra Live. It’s going to be one of the best gigs of the year. I hope everyone is ready to party!’ The band will be joined by fellow British No.1 acts Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder and Roll Deep and US chart-toppers Jason Derulo and B.o.B. The exciting line-up also includes exciting new and emerging artists including Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian, grime lyricist Devlin and Katy B and Labrinth, who are bursting on to the scene at the moment. The artists will be performing to over 10,000 people and the event will be broadcast live on a special simulcast show on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra. Ben Cooper, Deputy Controller, BBC Radio 1Xtra says: ‘As a station we’re committed to bringing the very best live music to our audience and supporting both established and emerging artists. This incredible line-up reflects what has already been a great year for urban music and for 1Xtra’. The event was announced in Trevor Nelson’s Radio 1 and 1Xtra simulcast show on Saturday 28th of August. The full line up is as follows: N-Dubz Tinie Tempah Jason Derulo B.o.B Tinchy Stryder Roll Deep Gyptian Katy B Devlin Labrinth The event will be co-hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Breakfast Show presenters Trevor Nelson and Gemma Cairney. Tim Westwood and MistaJam will be DJing between sets. * Tickets will be available nationally from 7.30pm on Saturday 11th September. Entrance is free but ticket handling charges apply. See BBC 1xtra for further details.
Annie Nightingale’s to celebrate 40 years at BBC Radio 1. Annie Nightingale’s four decades at the station with night programmes dedicated to her outstanding broadcasting career. Since becoming BBC Radio 1′s first female DJ in 1970 Annie has been at the forefront of new and groundbreaking music in the UK, with a rare ability to move with the times and appeal to new audiences throughout the years. From Punk rock and New wave to Acid House and modern Breaks, Bassline and Drum & Bass, Annie has brought the music of hundreds of artists and bands to millions of listeners ‘ in her own irreverent style. Along with her status as BBC Radio 1′s longest serving presenter, Annie’s career has taken her on the road with some of the most iconic bands in history, including The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Police. She continues to travel all over the world to DJ at international clubs and festivals, and is known as Queen of the Breaks for her championing of breaks, bass, beats and mixes in her current weekly BBC Radio 1 show and beyond.
Pete and The Pirates sign up for Nozstock Festival. Pete and The Pirates, gaggle, Louis Barrabas, Jack Beats and DJ Gammer have just been confirmed for Nozstock Festival 2010, With their eagerly anticipated second album due for release in the summer, NME favourites Pete and The Pirates are set to bring their raucous breed of indie-pop to the mainstage at this years Nozstock Festival. Also just announced are 20 piece all girl phenomenon Gaggle, remixer du jour Jack Beats (having recently torn the essential mix apart for BBC Radio 1, Louis Barabbas and global hardcore superstar DJ Gammer with many more soon to be announced. All weekend tickets include camping
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Noisia starts a new label and releases online game. Besides finishing three albums in 2009: Hadouken’s ‘For the Masses’, Krause’s ‘No Guts, No Glory’, and their own album ‘Split the Atom’, Noisia have also started a new label: ‘Invisible Recordings’. Invisible is intended as an outlet for Noisia’s deeper and more experimental productions. It will also release tracks from other producers. The first release, in production now, has a scheduled release date early in March and will feature tracks from Noisia & Phace, Subterra & Dekko, Icicle and Engage. The band has also decided to release an online game called Noisia Infection. Level One of this was put online this month, with further levels coming available with the release of the album of the same name in April. The game is put together in collaboration with Dutch game developer Flavour, and took 1 ½ years to make. According to the band, games are a good way to make up for lost sales as it connects people with the band in an interactive way, and will introduce new people to the band’s music.
Noisia BIO: After a few fruitful collaborations with Martijn, who had been involved in music (hip hop production/classical piano) for quite a while before he hooked up with Nik and Thijs, Martijn was added to the Noisia team. After a while the Internet was discovered as a great way to acquire musical knowledge and to get feedback on productions. Also, the first Noisia tune that received interest from a real label (Mayhem’s Shadow Law Recordings) was found on a production message board, this interest was a big motivation to improve the sound of Noisia’s productions. An investment in studio-equipment and a dedication to sound design, mixdown and arrangement got things moving, and February 2003 saw the birth of the recording that was going to be the first released Noisia tune; “Tomahawk” by Noisia & Mayhem on Paul Reset’s Nerve Recordings imprint. The flip of that was Silicon, which was written in the hangover-days after Mayhem’s short but productive stay. Silicon/tomahawk was released in August 2003, and after that things gradually started rolling. For a time between 2005 and 2009, Noisia also released tracks under the name “Drifter”, encompassing the lighter side of Drum and Bass known as Liquid Funk, as well as releasing a Breaks EP under the name “Hustle Athletics”. They later decided to go back to releasing all their music under the name “Noisia” so as to not confuse the audience and to avoid being “pigeon holed” into different genres with different names. Noisia have released music on major Drum & Bass labels such as Teebee’s Subtitles, Rob Playford’s Moving Shadow, Ram Records, Virus Recordings and Renegade Hardware. They have also collaborated with well-known drum and bass artists Cause 4 Concern, Teebee, Phace, Black Sun Empire and Bad Company UK. They have remixed Konflict’s Messiah, Pendulum and The Freestylers’ Painkiller and have been remixed by artists like Teebee and Matrix. The Dutch collective has also received extensive airplay on BBC Radio 1, a notable example being their House/Breaks track Gutterpump (released on Passenger Records). Eventually Robbie Williams showed interest in working with Noisia, asking them to remix his cover of Manu Chao’s Bongo Bong and Je Ne T’Aime Plus, which they turned into a hard-hitting House track soon to be released on the major record label EMI. A Drum and Bass remix of Moby’s ‘Alice’ has also been released to critical acclaim and to a good reception from Moby himself – “We’ve had some really good remixes done for ‘Alice’ one of my favourites is the drum and bass remix done by Noisia.” Early 2007 saw the release of Tasha Baxter’s Colour of Me, an album entirely produced by Noisia. They met Baxter and bandmate Andre Scheepers on the internet, and after conjoined efforts on the first demo’s, the two-member band was signed to EMI South Africa. It took more than a year to complete the project, the end product being a pop flavoured album carrying many different musical influences, like Reggae, Drum & Bass, or regular Pop. In June 2008, they released FabricLive.40, a mix CD on the fabric label that includes many of their own tracks. The mix spans several genres and tempos. Noisia recently completed a remix of ‘Omen’ for The Prodigy to accompany its release in February 2009. In Summer 2009, Noisia produced Hadouken!’s second album, For the Masses, due for release in 2010. Noisia have also written music for short films as well as various video games, including Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition, Wipeout Pulse, Wipeout HD, and Wipeout HD Fury. They also produced “The Tide”, which was featured on Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2. Their song Groundhog was featured twice in DJ Hero, first as a Mashup with Motorhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 then later as a beat juggle by the Scratch Perverts. A remixed version of Groundhog can also be found in the soundtrack of MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. Noisia own three record labels: Vision Recordings is intended for their Drum & Bass work, including collaborations with other producers in the genre, such as Teebee, Mayhem, or MC Verse. The first release on this label contained the popular track The Tide, which instantly gave the label a sturdy foothold in the scene. The fourth release was a collaboration with Mayhem featuring hip-hop legend KRS-One, entitled Exodus. Vision’s sister label Division Recordings is an outlet for their output in other genres. The first release featured the Electro/House tune Yellow Brick and the Breaks/House/Electro tune Raar. They have announced the launch of a 3rd record label in March 2010, called Invisible Recordings. Invisible Recordings will focus on the deeper and more experimental side of drum and bass (think their output for Metalheadz – “Strange Owl Experiment” for starters). The labels debut EP features producers such as Engage, Subterra & Dekko, Icicle and Phace. Split The Atom
Noisia’s debut album, Split The Atom, is set for release on 5 April 2010; the first single from this album, “Machine Gun”, is due out on 8 March 2010. Performances Every week, Noisia DJ in several major European cities, such as Manchester, Amsterdam, London, Moscow, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Budapest, Vienna, Oslo, Athens, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, St. Petersburg, Kraków, Zürich, Lisbon, Belfast, Rome, Ljubljana, Prague, Brussels, Marseille, Edinburgh, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Helsinki. They have done six US tours, two Australian tours and have visited Israel and South Africa for a single performance. In 2010, Noisia are planning a live tour.
JET, the Australian rockers, will release their third studio album Shaka Rock on their newly created Real Horrorshow Records/Five Seven Music. Shaka Rock was recorded between Miami, Brooklyn, Austin, Sydney and Melbourne, with the band working side by side as co-producers with Chris ‘Frenchie’ Smith to create what Nic Cester calls the band’s ‘most honest so far.’ In its first weeks,’She’s A Genius,’ the first Continue reading →
EMI Music Arabia is proud to announce the signing of UK based artist Ramzi for release in the Middle East. His strong talent for melody making is soon to seduce the airwaves of Arabia! Based in London, UK, Ramzi will be revisiting his Middle Eastern roots and is excited to bring his music home. Anticipated to capture the hearts of his homeland, Ramzi’s debut album “Chapter One” is set to release on the 25th April 2009 by EMI Music Arabia. Fans and new lovers of his music will shortly be singing the unforgettable words of the first single ‘Love Is Blind’ that fuses English, Arabic and Hindi lyrics into a hit track, bridging the gap between World music and RnB. The album is packed with smash hit singles that stir emotions, ooze instrumental intelligence and deliver articulate lyrics. Late April 2009, Ramzi will visit Dubai to promote the release of his album. Every once in a while we come across a genuine talent and a master in music making. A talented individual that brings a breath of ‘fresh air’ and excitement to a stale business filled with manufactured ‘one-hit’ wonders and ‘one-trick’ ponies so to speak. Ramzi is that talented individual – an accomplished Singer, Musician, Performer, Songwriter and Producer. With his dulcet vocal tones, catchy melodies and slick production Ramzi continues to capture hundreds of new fans across the world everyday. Ramzi, 26 was born in the UK to Lebanese parents, however spending much of his childhood in Africa and the Middle East. Growing up as part of a musical family with his mother a classical pianist, and father an avid music lover, Ramzi began singing and playing the guitar from the young age of nine. From being classically trained on the piano, writing and producing his first songs at the mere age of twelve, Ramzi’s natural talent, development and growth as an artist has led him to be dubbed by many as the UK’s answer to Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ne-yo. Indeed, as a Songwriter/ Producer Ramzi has already worked with the likes of worldwide chart stars such as Taio Cruz, T2, Westlife, The Gipsy Kings, Misteeq and Lexington Bridge. Ramzi has recently been featured on radio networks in the UK such as BBC Radio 1, BBC 1xtra, Choice FM and Kiss FM, as well as a vast number of radio networks outside the UK. His music videos have been on heavy rotation on channels such as MTV, Chart Show TV, Channel U, Fizz and Bubble Hits. On the live circuit Ramzi has already performed at venues across the UK and Europe including a sell out show at the renowned Jazz Cafe in London. Soon to be a hit in the Middle East – Ramzi is coming home!