Fantastic and fun new digital single, taken from the brand-new, 52-part, BBC children’s animation series, launching on CBeebies 31st January 2011.
Based on the successful range of books by Michael De Souza and Genevieve Webster, the series follows the adventures music-making, skateboarding, crime-fighting Rastamouse and his crew!
Music – reggae, rap and hip-hop – is crucial to the series, and many of the stories have strong musical themes. Stories are fast paced, fun and the dialogue is a cool blend of English, Street and Patois, often interspersed with rhyming verse. The show has positive universal values and a philosophy of ‘Makin’ a bad ting good’.
Rastamouse features the voice and vocals of actor / presenter / DJ Reggie Yates. The music and songs are by writer Andy Kingslow (http://www.myspace.com/akingslow) who has worked with Mr Scruff, Lily Allen, Mia, Dizzee Rascal, Future Cut, Corrine Bailey Rae and others. The music is recorded using real instruments.
CBeebies will be promoting the release ‘on-air’ and as part of their channel launch. There will be various merchandise spin-offs, with a possible live show at some point in the future.
EMI will be releasing a CD and download soundtrack album in May featuring music from the series plus bonus material.
Katy Perry honoured at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year Awards 2010. Katy Perry and Gemma Arterton were among those honoured at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year Awards 2010 last night (02.11.10). The ‘Firework’ singer was named Ultimate International Music Star, while Gemma was given the Ultimate Film Actress accolade at the ceremony at London’s Banqueting House in Whitehall. Though the ceremony recognises the achievements of women, two men were also honoured. ‘Glee’ star Mark Salling was named Ultimate Hottie, while rapper Dizzee Rascal received the coveted Ultimate Man of the Year honour. Speaking at the event, Dizzee said: “There’s a lot of hotties here, Kelly Brook told me she was single, there’s a lot going on!” The ‘Dance Wiv Me’ rapper has earlier posed on the red carpet with ‘Piranha 3D’ actress, who also praised Dizzee for his dapper appearance. She said: ‘He does look good. He’s very handsome too and very sweet and charming.” Plus-sized model Crystal Renn was named Ultimate Catwalk Queen, while ‘Mad Men’ actress Christina Hendricks was named Ultimate US TV Actress. Taking home the Ultimate UK TV Actress gong was ‘Doctor Who’ star Karen Gillan, while ‘Bad Boys’ singer Alexandra Burke won Ultimate UK Music Star. Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts took home the Ultimate Fashionista title, and was joined at the star-studded ceremony by her bandmate Kimberley Walsh, who was one of the judges who selected the non=celebrity winners. She was joined on the panel by Cosmopolitan’s agony aunt, Irma Kurtz, businesswoman and TV star Karren Brady, radio presenter Reggie Yates and former Spice Girls singer Mel B. Cosmopolitan’s Editor Louise Court ‘ who headed the group of judges – said: ‘ have been honoured to once again celebrate the achievements of such deserving people. The women that have been recognised tonight are truly inspirational and all embody the ‘fun and fearless’ spirit of the magazine.’ Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year Awards 2010, list of celebrity winners:
Ultimate TV Presenter – Christine Bleakley
Ultimate Theatre Star – Sheridan Smith
Ultimate UK Music Star – Alexandra Burke
Ultimate UK TV Actress – Karen Gillan
Ultimate International Music Star – Katy Perry
Ultimate Fashionista – Nicola Roberts
Ultimate Catwalk Queen – Crystal Renn
Ultimate Celebrity Who Made Us Care – Fearne Cotton
Ultimate Man of the Year – Dizzee Rascal
Ultimate Film Actress – Gemma Arterton
Ultimate Hottie – Mark Salling
Ultimate US TV Actress – Christina Hendricks
Muse named Silver Clef Award award winners. Muse have been named as recipients of the Silver Clef Award at the 35th 02 Silver Clef Awards. The charity’s annual luncheon, which raises money for the charity. Muse said, ‘We are delighted to be presented this year’s Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef and join the ranks of such artistes as Robert Plant, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Elton John & The Who. Nordoff Robbins is an exceptional charity that has a positive impact on so many people’s lives, and we are very proud to be recognised by them in this way’. Nordoff Robbins’ O2 Silver Clef Awards celebrated its 35th anniversary in style with some of the biggest names in music from a plethora of genres and generations. Hosted by Sharon Osbourne the charity’s flagship annual music luncheon was again a massive success and honoured the following.
O2 Silver Clef Award Muse
Sony Ericsson Lifetime Achievement Award Tony Bennett
Investec Icon Award Dame Vera Lynn
Hard Rock Ambassador Of Rock Award Slash
TAG Newcomer Award JLS
PPL Classical Award Russell Watson
Royal Albert Hall Best British Band Award Scouting For Girls
American Express Digital Innovation Award Dizzee Rascal
Raymond Weil International Award Kelis
Chris Brown Breaks Down, Alicia Keys Wins At 2010 BET Awards. Chris Brown got to participate in the Michael Jackson tribute at the BET Awards after all. It was, however, a year later than the other stars. After his participation was refused at least year’s awards following the highly-publicized domestic “Disturbia” with Rihanna, Brown took the stage for a tribute to King of the Pop which left him, and audiences, in tears. Just two days after the anniversary of his death, brother Jermaine Jackson introduced Brown as he danced to MJ classics like “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Remember the Time,” “Billie Jean,” and “Smooth Criminal.” Brown made some of the biggest news of the night after falling to his knees for a reflective, tearful rendition of “Man in the Mirror.” The audience helped him finish the cover with a sing-along. Brown also picked up the Fandemonium Award later in the show. “I just want to say, I let you all down before and I won’t do it again,” he told the audience. Kanye West opened the show with an appropriately powerful performance of his new single, “Power.” Alicia Keys performed a medley of hits including “No One,” “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart,” and “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” before picking up awards for Best Female R&B Artist and for Best Collaboration with Jay-Z for “Empire State of Mind.”Nicki Minaj picked up two awards for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist. Beyonce and Lady Gaga took home the award for Video of the Year for “Video Phone,” while Rihanna took home the Viewer’s Choice Award” for her video “Hard” with Young Jeezy. John Legend was given this year’s Humanitarian Award, previously awarded to stars like Wyclef Jean, while Prince was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
BET Awards 2010 Winners:
•Best Female R&B Artist: Alicia Keys
•Best Male R&B Artist: Trey Songz
•Best Gospel: Marvin Sapp
•Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
•Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake
•Best New Artist: Nicki Minaj
•Best Collaboration: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind”
•Video of the Year: Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga “Video Phone”
•Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams
•Best Actress: Mo’Nique
•Best Actor: Idris Elba
•YoungStars Award: Keke Palmer
•Best Movie: Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
•Subway Sportwoman of the Year: Serena Williams
•Subway Sportman of the Year: LeBron James
•Centric Award: Monica
•Best International Act: Dizzee Rascal (UK)
•Humanitarian Award: John Legend
•Lifetime Achievement Award: Prince
•Viewers’ Choice Award: Rihanna featuring Young Jeezy “Hard”
•Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown
NME Breakthrough’s competition to find a new band to play the Main Stage at Lovebox festival alongside the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip and Mystery Jets is entering its final stages. The festival takes place in London’s Victoria Park on 16-18 July, and the competition to find an NME Breakthrough band to play it closes next Monday (June 7). To enter your band into the competition simply create an NME Breakthrough profile at Music.nme.com. NME Radar Editor Jaimie Hodgson, who is a competition judge, praised the calibre of acts who have entered so far.”We’ve so far seen a really diverse selection of really talented artists coming through the NME Breakthrough ranks, encouraged no doubt by the opportunity to be playing mainstage at one of the UK’s most acclaimed festivals,” he said. “Whittling down a final short list is going to be a tough task. ” Following the closing date of the competition, the judging panel will shortlist their favourite artists before the top five get put to the public vote on Lovebox’s Facebook page. NME Breakthrough is the new online community for bands and fans alike. The service allows users to upload their music for others to listen to. Head to Music.nme.com for more information.
Shakira Added To Glastonbury Festival Line-Up. Shakira will be adding her star power to the already star-studded lineup of Glastonbury Festival. The Colombian songstress has been announced to take the Pyramid Stage of the festival’s Saturday show. The 33-year-old “Hips Don’t Lie” singer will be appearing on June 26, and will be sharing the Pyramid stage with Muse, Scissor Sisters, Jackson Browne, Seasick Steve, and The Lightning Seeds. Organizer Emily Eavis said in a statement, “Shakira is not only an amazing pop star but also socially and politically forward thinking; she’s working incredibly hard for good causes around the world. We feel honored to have the she wolf herself come to Worthy Farm!” The feeling is mutual it seems. Shakira said that she’s “looking forward to playing Glastonbury this year and being part of their 40th anniversary.” “Glastonbury is famous for being one of the best festival crowds, so I’m sure I’ll have a great time.” Headliners for this year are U2, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Dizzee Rascal, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Slash, Norah Jones, Ray Davies, and Stevie Wonder among others. The festival will run from June 25 to 27.
Faithless to headline Selector Festival with other artist confirmed so far Boys Noize, Thievery Corporation, Metronomy and Uffie. Selector Festival will take place in Krakow, Poland on 4-5 June 2010. It’s a perfect way to start the festival summer in perfect location – Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. Although festival is situated in green fields of central part of the town, it’s the indoor event held in 2 big concert tents (with space for more than 15,000 people). First edition hosted: Franz Ferdinand, Orbital, Röyksopp, CSS, Fischerspooner, Dizzee Rascal, New Young Pony Club, Deadmau5, Erol Alkan, Busy P, DJ Mehdi, Agoria along with Polish top dj’s and live acts and multimedia vj`s.
2-day ticket costs 200 PLN (around 50 EUR),
1-day ticket costs 135 PLN (around 34 EUR).
Selector is promoted by festival specialists – Alter Art, responsible for two biggest Polish summer festivals: Heineken Open’er Festival – European Awards best Major Festival winner (Gdynia) and Coke Live Music Festival (Krakow) so you can expect a lot.
All the tickets for Selector Festival 2010 are available and on sale – www.selectorfestival.pl
Lady GaGa, Kasabian and Florence And The Machine where among the winners at this year’s Brit Awards 2010 lastnight (February 16). Lady GaGa was the big winner scooping three awards for International Female Solo Artist, International Album for ‘The Fame’ and International Breakthrough Act. Meanwhile, Kasabian took home the prize for British Group, Jay-Z was named International Male Solo Artist, Dizzee Rascal was crowned British Male Solo Artist and Florence And The Machine won the award for British Album for ‘Lungs’. Earlier in the night Liam Gallagher accepted the award for British Album Of 30 Years for Oasis’ ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ The full list of winners from the Brit Awards 2010 is as follows:
British Female Solo Artist – Lily Allen
International Female Solo Artist – Lady Gaga
British Breakthrough Act – JLS
International Male Solo Artist – Jay-Z
British Male Solo Artist – Dizzee Rascal
International Album – Lady Gaga ‘The Fame’
Brits Performance Of 30 Years – The Spice Girls ‘Wannabe / Who Do You Think You Are’ (1997)
British Group – Kasabian
Critics Choice – Ellie Goulding
International Breakthrough Act – Lady Gaga
British Single – JLS Beat Again
British Album Of 30 Years – Oasis ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’
British Album – Florence And The Machine ‘Lungs’
Outstanding Contribution To Music – Robbie Williams
JLS and Robbie to clean up at the REAL Brits. UK Music lovers show who they really want to win Brit Awards ahead of tonight’s event. JLS and Robbie Williams are the undisputed champions of the 2010 Brit awards – and the event hasn’t even happened yet. Music video streaming site MUZU.TV polled over 5,000 Britons all last week to find out which artists we most want to win. Despite critics claiming that this year’s awards will be dominated by the women, the public have voted otherwise. Every day last week, MUZU.TV put hot favourite Brit nominees up against each other, to battle it out for the public vote on its ‘Video Fight Club’. Fans voted for the artists they think deserve to win in each category. The results of the REAL Brits are: · The most popular artist of the entire poll was international heart-throb Robbie Williams. The cheeky northerner gave Calvin Harris, Dizzy Rascal and Paulo Nutini a run for their money, winning a staggering 98% of votes for the British Male Solo award.
· X-Factor stars, JLS, have clearly also won the hearts of the nation – 77% of those polled voted for the boy band to win British Breakthrough Act.
· Diva Leona Lewis stole 97% of the votes to win the Best Female Solo Artist, leaving Pixie Lott and Bat for Lashes in the shade
· According to British music fans, Florence and the Machine should be taking home the Best Album gong. The flame haired crooner had 51% of the public’s vote, beating Dizzee Rascal and Lily Allen.
· 73% of us want Tinchy Stryder to walk away with Best Single for his track ‘Number One’, featuring N-Dubz. The pint sized urban music star, who’s monocle is ‘Star in the Hood’, stomped all over competition from Alexandra Burke, Alesha Dixon and Cheryl Cole
· Indie and rock fans around the country showed support for Kasabian, who won 62% of all votes to win Best Group.
The Brits will take place on Tonight 16 February at London’s Earls Court Arena commemorating 30 shows of the best in British music
Muse, U2 and Stevie Wonder To Headline Glastonbury Festival. Muse, U2 and Stevie Wonder will headline this year’s Glastonbury. Muse will play the legendary pyramid stage on Saturday, June 26th with Motown star Stevie Wonder closing the event the following night. U2 had already been announced to open the festival on the Friday.
The Somerset located festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with 175,000 people attending the event that has now had its license to continue until 2016. Muse headlined the event in 2004 and described it as “very special.” Lead singer Matt Bellamy told BBC news, “When you go out to the countryside and look at some cows and breathe in some fresh air and watch some good music, I think everyone connects with something which has been missing from city life.” Glastonbury tickets have now sold out, but Muse will also be playing stadium shows in London and Manchester. The rock act is also nominated for best group at the Brit Awards, however Bellamy won’t be attending due to “personal reasons.” Other acts on the line up are Dizzee Rascal, Corinne Bailey Rae, Andy Williams and Jack Johnson. Also the organizers have promised a surprise big name performance to help celebrate the festival’s 40th anniversary
Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga and Kasabian to perform at BRITs. ’Angels’ singer Robbie – who has previously spoken of how his severe stage fright has halted his live performances – will perform a short set to commemorate recieiving a lifetime achievement award, with rumours rife that he will reunite with his former Take That bandmates for the second time since launching a solo career in 1996. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ‘Take That could reunite with Robbie to perform his second track. It’s the band’s 20th anniversary year and they and they are in talks about doing something spectacular.’ Robbie previously joined Take That and a host of other stars onstage for a rendition of Beatles song ‘Hey Jude’ at a concert in aid of charity Children in Need in November last year. Meanwhile, rap superstar Jay-Z is rumoured to be making an appearance at the show, and will possibly perform with ‘Viva La Vida’ hitmakers Coldplay, fronted by Chris Martin. A source said: ‘As well as bringing Alicia Keys on stage to do a rendition of their hit ‘Empire State of Mind’, he’s thinking of getting Coldplay involved too. Chris Martin and Jay have been pals for years.’ Meanwhile, Lady Gaga will not be able to realise her plan of performing alongside reality TV sensation Susan Boyle at the awards show – as the latter has reportedly been snubbed from nominations because she is ‘not cool’ enough. Susan– who rose to fame after appearing on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, one of media mogul Simon Cowell’s TV shows – is said to have missed out on a nod in any category, despite being the biggest selling female artist of 2009 in the UK. A source said: ‘She’s not even shortlisted for Best Female, even though that’s usually the weakest category. ‘And it’s not just an attack on Susan. It also shows how Simon Cowell is regarded by many in the record business.’ However, one collaboration which will definitely take place at the awards will be between Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine in a specially conceived track called ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’, a mash up of their tracks ‘You Got The Love’ and ‘Dirtee Cash’. ‘Beat Again’ hitmakers JLS have also been confirmed to sing at the ceremony, which takes place at London’s Earls Court on 16 February. The nominations for the BRIT Awards will be announced tonight (18.01.10).
The Rolling Stones have declared that they will not be playing at the Glastonbury festival this year, following rumours that they were set for a headline slot. The band addressed the issue directly, saying that the festival rumours were false and that they would not be touring at all in 2010. “Following recent UK media speculation, The Rolling Stones would like to make it clear there are no plans at the moment for the band to tour in 2010,” a spokesperson for the band told our source. Meanwhile, the band are set to release a reissue of their 1972 classic ‘Exile On Main Street’ in May featuring a host of unreleased songs including ‘Plunder My Soul’, ‘Following The River’ and ‘Sophia Loren’. U2 have been announced as one headliner for Glastonbury and a second unnamed act has also been confirmed for the Pyramid Stage top spot, while organiser Emily Eavis has said that Dizzee Rascal will probably be appearing at the festival too.