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Summer Sounds from Spring King as the band release second track 'I Hum' from forthcoming sophomore album 'A Better Life' + Annie Mac 'Hottest Record' - OUT NOW
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:03:00 +0000
Today Spring King share ‘The Hum’, the massive new single from their forthcoming album A Better Life. Taking the bands trademark choruses to the next level, ‘The Hum’ is a raucous chant-along roar of fight-for-your life invincibility. The track was premiered last night by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and can be streamed/purchased now.

Of the track, Spring King’s James Green says: “"The Hum’ is a song about returning to old haunts and old memories, and attempting to relive those visceral experiences and emotions, whilst realising that you've allowed yourself to slip into a life that wasn't necessarily what you'd planned. It also came to encompass all the broader themes that the album touches on - self-reflection, overcoming adversity and negativity, and a constant striving for something better.”

A Better Life is released August 31 via Island Records. A stunning evolution from their 2016 debut, Tell Me If You Like To, the new album is a primal, joyous demand for no less than a better world. A Better Life finds the Manchester four-piece fully collaborating; the result is an astounding volcanic flare of musical energy, born of an equally collective confidence from Tarek and his bandmates Pete Darlington (guitar), Andy Morton (guitar) and James Green (bass).

A Better Life is produced once again by Tarek, who won the Self-Producing Artist of the Year at the Music Producer’s Guild Awards 2017 for his work on Spring King’s debut Tell Me If You Like To. Musically, however, A Better Life is a triumphant advancement of their previous material and the sound of the band truly understanding their own power.

Spring King recently announced their biggest ever UK tour for this September - culminating in shows at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town and Manchester’s O2 Ritz. This weekend they play Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival and will also make appearances at RiZe and Reading and Leeds Festivals. Tickets for all dates are available now.

Spring King festival dates
  • 22nd July Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
  • 18th August RiZe Festival, Cheltenham
  • 25th August Reading Festival, Reading
  • 26th August Leeds Festival, Bramham Park
  • 1st September Bingley Music Live, Bingley
Headline tour dates
  • 19th September St Lukes, Glasgow
  • 20th September The Cluny, Newcastle
  • 21st September Plug 2, Sheffield
  • 22nd September O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
  • 25th September Thekla, Bristol
  • 26th September Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
  • 27th September O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
  • 28th September O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
  • 29th September O2 Ritz, Manchester
Spring King Band release track 'I Hum' from forthcoming sophomore album 'A Better Life'- Photo copyright Hollie Fernando (All rights reserved)
Spring King (Tarek Musa, Peter Darlington, James Green, Andrew Morton) Photo copyright Hollie Fernando (All rights reserved)
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out August 31 via Island Records
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Steve Burns - Mighty Little Man (Official Audio)
Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:40:00 +0000
Kai Jack gives New Bohemians & Edie Brickell’s classic ‘What I Am’ nostalgia-inducing remix treatment
Fri, 11 May 2018 15:35:00 +0000
Set to soundtrack the summer across the UK and beyond, London's Kai Jack gives Edie Brickell and the New Bohemian's nostalgia-inducing classic 'What I Am' a fresh spin for 2018.
 
When Kai Jack plays, everyone is welcome to the party. Kai Jack captures the essence of the dance scene at its inception to create fun, accessible rhythmic music that works as well in your car as it does on the dance-floor. What I Am marks the beginning of a fun and friendly project, a push back at dance music that takes itself too seriously.
 
Kai Jack says "having been obsessed with MTV while at school, the original "What I Am" was a track that got played stacks. It was even featured in an episode of Beavis and Butthead which must have been on about 1000 times! The original has such an amazing groove to it, and Kai Jack is all about capturing the essence of quality music and delivering it to today's dance music loving audience."

What I Am

Kai Jack - What I Am Released May 11th
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Watch lyric video for 'What I Am' here
What I Am is out now on Island Records.
Sean Paul releases the Major Lazer produced "Tip Pon It" Video
Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:14:00 +0000
Dancehall legend, Grammy Award winner, and maker of some of the most memorable videos in pop, Sean Paul, unleashes the video for his brand new Major Lazer produced Island single “Tip Pon It”.  The video, shot on location in Paris, was directed by legendary French artist and director Alex Courtes, who also appears in the video, and who has worked with the likes of Daft Punk, Kylie Minogue and The White Stripes. 
Tip Pon It comes hot in the heels of Sean’s latest single the David Guetta produced Mad Love which features rising Mexican / American star Becky G who has been enjoying massive success in the US with her huge hit single “Mayores”.

Sean Paul, who was recently presented with a plaque from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling a staggering 26 million records, has been enjoying an unbroken string of massive hit singles in the 2 years, most recently with the single Body featuring Atlanta superstars Migos which was the follow up to the worldwide hit No Lie featuring Dua Lipa. Add Tek Weh Yuh Heart with Tory Lanez, and the Clean Bandit collaboration Rockabye, which spent nine weeks at number one in the UK charts and, of course, his Grammy nominated Number 1 Billboard, global smash with Sia on Cheap Thrills, and it is fair to say that the reggae superstar has rarely been away from the higher reaches of the charts.

Sean Paul is without doubt one of the most instantly recognisable voices in music and he has continued his remarkable strike rate over the last year with a string of hits. In 2002 “Dutty Rock” (fuelled by the massive hit singles “Gimme The Light “ and “Get Busy”) went double Platinum in US & UK  while 2006’s “Temperature” reached x4 Platinum in US with sales of over 4m. Over the span of his career, Sean Paul has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists including Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Sia, Kelly Rowland, Enrique Iglesias and 2Chainz, and has also partnered with reggae and dancehall acts such as Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Chi Chi Ching, Mr. Vegas, Beenie Man, Ding Dong, Future Fambo, and Tami Chynn. Aside from being a top-notch performer, Sean Paul is a much sought after music producer and has created music with a number of top Jamaican artistes.

Sean Paul will be taking his wildly acclaimed live show on tour in Europe this summer, stay tuned for 
tour dates.



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Sean Paul releases the Major Lazer produced "Tip Pon It" Video
ARIANA GRANDE RELEASES “NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY”
Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:13:00 +0000
Grammy Award®-nominated, multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar ARIANA GRANDE returns with her brand new single “No Tears Left To Cry” via Republic Records & Island Records. Get it HERE.

Produced by Max Martin and ILYA, written by Ariana, Max Martin, ILYA, and Savan Kotecha, “No Tears Left To Cry” is the first single from her upcoming highly anticipated full-length album.

In addition, she simultaneously unveiled the song’s music video, directed by Grammy Award®-winning director Dave Meyers, on VEVO this morning. Watch it HERE

With her powerful vocals and astonishing range, Ariana Grande has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. At age 24 she’s delivered three platinum-selling albums and surpassed 18 billion streams, in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With her most recent album — 2016’s critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman — Grande both boldly defies expectation and reveals the full force of her voice (recently hailed as an “extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument” upon Grande’s appearance on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list).

Since making her full-length debut with 2013’s Yours Truly (featuring the game-changing, triple-platinum smash “The Way”), Grande has brought her striking vocal presence to a genre-blurring breed of pop, taking on R&B, soul, and electronic music with equal nuance and assurance. Arriving in 2014, her sophomore effort, My Everything, garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned the 6x-platinum hits “Problem” and “Bang Bang” (a Grammy nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). Through the years, the longtime actress and former Broadway star has proven the scope of her talent by appearing on Scream Queens and Hairspray Live! and showcased her comedic chops by hosting Saturday Night Live. With her social media following now surging past 200 million, Grande has also earned numerous accolades from the MTV Video Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and American Music Awards (including the highly coveted Artist of the Year prize).

The first artist in music history to see the lead single from her first three albums debut on the Billboard Hot 100, Grande embraced a more uncompromising vision than ever before in the making of Dangerous Woman. With People noting that the album “celebrates feminine might,” Entertainment Weekly praised Grande for “having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice — one of the most exquisite in pop today.” Grande wrapped up her widely lauded Dangerous Woman Tour in support of the album, performing 85 arena shows worldwide.

ARIANA GRANDE RELEASES “NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY”

ARIANA GRANDE RELEASES “NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY”




Discover the new clip from M.I.L.K. - Slow Emotions
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:55:00 +0000
Discover Copenhagen's rising talent, M.I.L.K's new clip. With its summery vibes, 'Slow Emotions' is resolutely more pop while retaining M.I.L.K.'s captivating singularity and unique voice, "Slow Emotions" (+700k Streams) is a taste of what's to come from his inaugural EP. "A memory of a memory of a postcard". Scroll down for video clip
Discover the new clip from M.I.L.K. - Slow Emotions


Following his online hype single "If We Want To" (+2.5M streams) and debut EP "Memory of a Postcard" last year (+6M streams), Danish indie-pop artist M.I.L.K. is back with new track 'Slow Emotions'.
Listen to 'Slow Emotions' here
M.I.L.K. new single « Slow Emotions »
out now via Capitol France/Island Records UK
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"Some sweet summer vibes and tropical guitars" – NME

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"A Boat to an Island on the Wall" with Ben Howard taken from new album "Noonday Dream" plus tour dates
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:29:00 +0000
"A Boat To An Island On The Wall" is the first new music that Ben and his band have shared since the release of his number 1 charting second album, "I Forget Where We Were", in October 2014. It welcomes in a new full length record, "Noonday Dream".

"Noonday Dream" was recorded in numerous studios between South West France and South West England, including Sawmills. It was produced by Ben.

"A Boat To An Island On The Wall" is a typically uncompromising, richly textured epic of an introduction to Ben’s next body of work. Tap here to listen to "A Boat To An Island On The Wall"

The transformation and development in Ben’s writing from his hugely successful debut LP back in 2011, to the immersive darkness of 2014’s I Forget Where We Were, and now on the cusp of another new sonic phase in Noonday Dream, could and should cement his status as one of the UK’s most gifted and unpredictable of artists.

Ben will perform live throughout 2018 with his sprawling six piece band. Dates listed below.

Pre-Order Ben Howards's new album "Noonday Dream" here
Pre-order "Noonday Dream" HERE
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Noonday Dream Tracklisting//
Nica Libres
The Towing Of The Line
A Boat To An Island On The Wall
What The Moon Does
Someone In The Doorway
All Down The Mines (interlude)
The Defeat
A Boat To An Island, Part II / Agatha’s Song
There’s Your Man
Murmurations
 See Ben Howard Live. Tickets will go on sale from Ben’s website on Friday 13th April:
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See Ben Howard Live:

27th May – Coliseu, Lisbon
28th May – Teatro Sa Da Bandeira, Porto
29th May – Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastian
1st June – E-Werk, Cologne
3rd June – Sentrum Scene, Oslo
4th June – Cirkus, Stockholm
6th June – Admiralpalast, Berlin
8th June – Stodola, Warsaw
9th June – Divadlo Archa, Prague
11th June – Salle Pleyel, Paris
13th June – Eventim Apollo, London
14th June – Eventim Apollo, London
28th June – Playhouse, Edinburgh
29th June – Albert Hall, Manchester
30th June – The Eden Sessions, Cornwall
3rd July – Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon
4th July – Anfiteatro del Vittoriale, Gardone Riviera
6th July – Rock Wertcher, Belgium
7th July – AFAS, Amsterdam
9th July – Rockhal, Luxembourg
13th July – Mad Cool Festival, Madrid
14th July – Cruilla Festival, Barcelona
1st September – Stradbally, Electric Picnic
8th September – Lollapalooza, Berlin
Tickets on sale from Ben’s website on Friday 13th April: www.benhowardofficial.co.uk  
Fans should ensure they are only buying tickets via official outlets.

Ben Howard "A Boat To An Island On The Wall"
Taken From The Forthcoming Album, 
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“Noonday Dream” - Released 1st June 2018 via Island Records.
Sigrid "I Don't Want to Know" premieres as Zane Lowe's World Record plus Tour and Festival Dates
Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:06:00 +0000
‘I Don’t Want To Know’ is the second in a collection of brand new material from BBC Sound of 2018 winner and the most exceptional breakout star of the year, Sigrid. The beautifully poignant track follows the unadulterated ‘Raw’, which was accompanied by a hybrid live video directed by Ivana Bobic (Strangers), portraying the incredible power of the 21-year-old’s A Capella vocal. ‘I Don’t Want To Know’ now premieres as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats, “It’s exciting for me to release I Don’t Want To Know as it shows another side of my music. Jamie Hartman and I wrote this song reflecting on growing up, drawing inspiration from what we believe many young people experience,” says Sigrid. Earlier this week Sigrid sold-out her Somerset House headline on 11 July within minutes, the first to sell out in the Summer Series, which includes Jorja Smith, De La Soul and MGMT.

Listen to ‘I Don’t Want To Know’ here: https://Sigrid.lnk.to/IDontWantToKnowPR

Watch the hybrid live video for ‘Raw’ here: https://youtu.be/BkpwPKZb_Zo

The last few months have been remarkable for the Norwegian pop sensation, having stormed a sold-out Shepherds Bush Empire and a knock-out UK tour, to moving Helen Mirren on the Graham Norton Show, and reaching the top 10 in the UK charts with A-list single ‘Strangers’. Sigrid now has a global reach of 185M streams and 2M sales with the mood-defining Don’t Kill My Vibe EP and brutally honest ‘Strangers’. The pop star has won over fans in every territory with her incredible live performance, defiant pop songs and non-conformist attitude to femininity.

From the tiny town of Ålesund in Norway, which sits at the entrance of a UNESCO-protected fjord surrounded by sea and mountains, Sigrid has been creating a world which emboldens her followers, displaying outstanding song writing ability with hard-hitting and empowering words, laced over unexpected and daring melodies. Sigrid was chosen by 170 influential music experts to win the BBC Sound of 2018, the first non-American or non-British winner in the poll’s 16-year history (previous winners including Adele and Florence and the Machine). With 5.2M monthly Spotify listeners, Sigrid burst into the public consciousness in February 2017, with the “song of the summer” Don’t Kill My Vibe (The Times & The Telegraph), which caught the attention of Lorde and Elton John and captured the imagination of a generation.

Performing on Later with Jools, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Glastonbury, and selling out two London Scalas, it was Sigrid’s Nobel Peace Prize performance in front of representatives from the 2017 laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and an 85-year-old survivor of Hiroshima that was “So, so much bigger than a career thing,” Sigrid told the Observer. The breakout pop star continues her live ascent with a completely sold out UK tour and US tour, also performing at Coachella.

TOUR
Wed 11 Apr                          Toronto                                  Velvet Underground
Sat 14 Apr                             Indio, CA                              Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Mon 16  Apr                         Los Angeles                           El Rey
Tues 17 Apr                          San Francisco, CA                 The Independent
Sat 21 Apr                             Indio, CA                               Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Tues 24 Apr                          New York                               Promo, Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon
Wed 25  Apr                         New York                               Bowery Ballroom
FESTIVALS
Sun 10 Jun                             Manchester                            Parklife
Sun 17 Jun                             Landsgraaf                             Pinkpop
Fri 29 Jun                               Clermont-Ferrand                 Europavox
Sat 30 Jun                              St Gallen                                Openair St. Gallen
Sun 01 Jul                              Glasgow                                 TRNSMT
Sat 07 Jul                               Roskilde                                 Roskilde
Sun 08 Jul                              Werchter                                Rock Werchter

Wed 11Jul                            London                                    Somerset House SOLD OUT
Fri 10 Aug                              Finland                                   Helsinki  Flow                       
Sat 25 Aug                             Reading                                  Reading Festival
Sun 26 Aug                            Leeds                                      Leeds Festival
“Pop sensation” - Vogue
 https://sigrid.lnk.to/IDontWantToKnowPR
‘Raw’ & ‘ I Don’t Want To Know’ is out now on Island Records
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BBC Sound Of 2018 winner new song "Raw" out now/Live Dates
Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:12:00 +0000
BBC Sound Of 2018 winner and the most exceptional breakout star of the last year Sigrid, releases ‘Raw’, the first in a collection of brand new material, set to drop every week. The last few months have been remarkable for the Norwegian pop sensation. From a blisteringly beautiful Nobel Peace Prize performance, moving Helen Mirren on the Graham Norton Show, to reaching the top 10 in the UK charts with A-list single ‘Strangers’. Sigrid now has a global reach of 185M streams and 2M sales with the mood-defining Don’t Kill My Vibe EP and brutally honest ‘Strangers’. The 21-year-old has won over fans in every territory with her incredible live performance, defiant pop songs and non-conformist attitude to femininity. Just returning from a momentous tour in Australia and storming the stage at Shepherds Bush Empire last night, Sigrid begins her UK tour, selling out every show date.

From the tiny town of Ålesund in Norway, which sits at the entrance of a UNESCO-protected fjord surrounded by sea and mountains, Sigrid has been creating a world which emboldens her followers, displaying outstanding song writing ability with hard-hitting and empowering words, laced over unexpected and daring melodies. Sigrid was chosen by 170 influential music experts to win the BBC Sound of 2018, the first non-American or non-British winner in the poll’s 16-year history (previous winners including Adele and Florence and the Machine). With 5.2M monthly Spotify listeners, Sigrid burst into the public consciousness in February 2017, with the “song of the summer” Don’t Kill My Vibe (The Times & The Telegraph), which caught the attention of Lorde and Elton John and captured the imagination of a generation.

Performing on Later with Jools, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Glastonbury, and selling out two London Scalas, it was Sigrid’s Nobel Peace Prize performance in front of representatives from the 2017 laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and an 85-year-old survivor of Hiroshima that was “So, so much bigger than a career thing,” Sigrid told the Observer. The breakout pop star continues her live ascent with a completely sold out UK tour and US tour, also performing at Coachella.

LIVE DATES
  • Wed 11 Apr Toronto Velvet Underground
  • Sat 14 Apr Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
  • Mon 16 Apr Los Angeles El Rey
  • Tues 17 Apr San Francisco, CA The Independent
  • Sat 21 Apr Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
  • Tues 24 Apr New York Promo, Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon
  • Wed 25 Apr New York Bowery Ballroom

    ‘Raw’ is out now on Island Records TAP HERE to Listen to ‘Raw’
    “An icon in the making” - Grazia
    “Pop sensation” - Vogue
    “Sigrid’s future looks blindingly bright” - Evening Standard
    https://sigrid.lnk.to/RawPR
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    John Newman returns with brand new single "Fire in Me" via Island Records
    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:47:00 +0000
    John Newman, owner of one of the most distinctive voices, writer and performer of some of the biggest anthems including 3 number 1  singles -  Feel The Love, Love Me Again & Blame, and one of the major breakthrough artists in the UK in recent years, marks his very welcome return with the release of his brand new single “Fire In Me”. Released on Island Records, “Fire In Me”, co-produced by John and Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit, Jax Jones, Alma), finds Yorkshire’s finest doing what he does best, belting out a bona fide banger that is guaranteed to light up dancefloors and airwaves for months to come.

    Lyrically the song sees John reclaiming the spotlight and reminding his fans that he’s back bigger, stronger and making those classic pop anthems that elevate the form and uplift the soul. 

    Following the release of 2015’s acclaimed “Revolve” album, which was the follow-up to his platinum selling no. 1 debut album “Tribute”, John took a well-earned break to take stock, recover from a health issue and re-examine what it was he wanted to say and how he would say it. “Revolve” was largely recorded in Los Angeles where Newman had been spending a lot of time, including a headlining performance at Coachella alongside friend and collaborator Calvin Harris (& Rihanna) where they performed their number 1 hit “Blame”.
    It quickly became clear that his heart and soul belonged in the UK and John relocated to the Kent countryside where he has been busy in the studio writing and recording new music. 

    It was the global no. 1 smash ”Love Me Again” and subsequent debut album, “Tribute” which also spawned the huge hit single “Come & Get It”,  that established the Yorkshire-man  as one of the UK’s most singular talents and consistently successful  artists. Global monster “Blame”, which sold over 4 million worldwide, gave John his third UK no. 1 single following Rudimental’s “Feel The Love” and his own chart-topping debut ”Love Me Again”. Indeed Newman has sold over 6 million singles world-wide to date.

    John has also found time to record and feature alongside Sigala and the legendary Nile Rodgers on the massive hit “Give Me Your Love” and remains very much in demand as a songwriter having penned singles for Paloma Faith, Kungs, & Jacob Banks to name but a few.

     
    Flyte release new songs "Moon Unit" and "Victory Girls" - US Tour with SXSW Dates
    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:39:00 +0000
    Last week, Flyte performed to a packed Heath Street Baptist Church, using string quartet accompaniment to reimagine their critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Loved Ones’. Reminiscent of an MTV unplugged session, the night further established their reputation as a remarkable live experience. Having reached the end of seven months of touring, the band took a break on the Isle of Wight, to write and produce two completely new songs. The result was ‘Moon Unit’ - a nod to Frank Zappa’s daughter and an ode to the songs their parents would listen to on cassette during long drives- and ‘Victory Girls’ - a simple, melodic piece, which crosses history both lyrically and stylistically. The two tracks are produced and mixed by longtime friend and collaborator, Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett).


    Flyte began to form when Will Taylor (vocals, guitar) and Jon Supran (drums, vocals) started playing together age 11 at their local comprehensive school. Later Nick Hill (bass, vocals) joined and finally Sam Berridge (keys, vocals) who they discovered singing down in the London Underground. Will’s parents were both English teachers and unavoidably, many a literary influence can be found in the music with the band taking its name from Sebastian Flyte of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. After a video of Will and Sam covering Joni Mitchell's took in millions of views and following the band's highly successful monthly night at the Moth Club in Hackney, the band signed a deal with Island Records.

    In Autumn 2017, the band released their debut album The Loved Ones to acclaim. They have since been touring the UK and Europe extensively, with a headline sold-out show at Scala, and tour supports with the likes of The Lemon Twigs and Lord Huron. Now Flyte travel to America for the first time, taking their road-trip-worthy catalogue to SXSW, New York and LA.

    US TOUR DATES:

    Killing Moon & Reverb Nation w/ Metro UK       SXSW              13 March
    Central Presbyterian Church                            SXSW              14 March
    British Music                                                     SXSW              16 March
    "Best Lil’ Big Fest”                                             SXSW              17 March
    School Night @ Bardot                                      LA                    19 March
    Mercury Lounge                                                NY                    21 March
    Flyte release new songs "Moon Unit" and "Victory Girls" - US Tour with SXSW Dates
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    British star Arjun presents debut album ‘Closer to Home’ - Out now via Dcypha/Island Records UK
    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:22:00 +0000
    Following on from global hits 'Alone' and 'Vaadi', British singer, songwriter and producer Arjun released his much-anticipated debut album 'Closer To Home', on 2nd March via Island Records/Universal.

    Listen to 'Closer To Home' here

    Effortlessly straddling two cultures, Arjun's first LP showcases his versatile talent as a very modern triple-threat as he bridges the gap between his two worlds, seamlessly marrying R&B and trap with his South Asian roots.  Arjun says, "Collaborating with a talented team of creatives, including my mentor Sway, we have put together an album that instinctively fuses contemporary Pop/R&B melodies, big bass drops and ethno-infused sounds from the subcontinent, which we hope will resonate with music fans around the world.".

    Since signing to Island Records via their Dcypha Productions imprint, Arjun has been developing a unique, contemporary sound true to his mixed musical influences. Initially spotted by legendary UK rapper Sway, Arjun is one of the most exciting musical prospects to emerge from the UK. With a global fan following and having toured the world over, Arjun boasts over 450 million YouTube views and 1.5 million Facebook fans and appeals to an ever-growing international audience.
    'Closer To Home' Tracklist
    1. Vaadi
    2. Catch Up
    3. In Your Head
    4. Alone
    5. Represent
    6. SOS
    7. Shoulda Met Me First
    8. Love & War
    9. On The Way
    10. Closer To Home
    British star Arjun presents debut album 'Closer to Home'
     via Dcypha/Island Records UK
     'Vaadi' has already surpassed 1m YouTube views
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    M.I.L.K. releases his new single "Slow Emotions "
    Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:32:00 +0000
    Following his online hype single "If We Want To" (+2.5M streams) and debut EP "Memory of a Postcard" last year (+6M streams), Danish indie-pop artist M.I.L.K. is back with new track 'Slow Emotions'.

    Listen to 'Slow Emotions' here

    With its summery vibes, 'Slow Emotions' is resolutely more pop while retaining M.I.L.K.'s captivating singularity and unique voice, giving a taste of what's to come ahead of the release of his second EP this April.

    M.I.L.K. releases his new single  "Slow Emotions "


    M.I.L.K. new single « Slow Emotions »
    out now via Capitol France/Island Records UK
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    "Some sweet summer vibes and tropical guitars" – NME

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    Meet Sigrid, winner of BBC Music Sound of 2018
    Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:23:00 +0000


    First appearance in on BBC 2 Later with Jools Holland the May 2017
    Sigrid winner of BBC Sound of 2018
    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:52:00 +0000
    Sigrid has been named BBC Sound of 2018, chosen by a panel of more than 170 influential music experts including former winners and longlist nominees. The 21-year-old Norwegian pop sensation has gone from unknown to the most exceptional breakout star in the past year. From releasing her acclaimed debut Don’t Kill My Vibe EP last summer – which has amassed over 100M global streams – selling out her entire UK March headline tour, to the brutally honest A-List new single ‘Strangers’, now Sigrid joins Sam Smith, Haim, Years & Years and Jack Garratt as winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2018.

    Sigrid said to the BBC, “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.”

    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 tastemakers 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”

    LISTEN TO ‘STRANGERS’ HERE: https://Sigrid.lnk.to/StrangersPR

    From the tiny town of Ålesund in Norway, which sits at the entrance of a UNESCO-protected fjord surrounded by sea and mountains, Sigrid has been quietly creating a world which emboldens her followers, displaying outstanding song writing ability with hard-hitting and empowering words, laced over unexpected and daring melodies. Sigrid is the voice of 2018.

    LIVE DATES
    • Wed 17 Jan NE Groningen Stadsschouwburg
    • Thu 18 Jan NE Groningen Grand Theatre
    • Sun 21 Jan SWE Stockholm Debaser
    • Mon 22 Jan DK Copenhagen Vega (small room)
    • Mon 12 Mar UK Brighton Concorde 2 SOLD OUT
    • Wed 14 Mar UK London Shepherd's Bush Empire SOLD OUT
    • Sat 17 Mar UK Bristol Motion SOLD OUT
    • Sun 18 Mar UK Birmingham Institute 2 SOLD OUT
      • Tue 20 Mar UK Leeds Leeds University SOLD OUT 
      • Wed 21 Mar UK Glasgow St Lukes SOLD OUT 
      • Fri 23 Mar IRE Dublin The Academy SOLD OUT 
      • Sat 24 Mar UK Manchester Academy 2 SOLD OUT
        SIGRID WINNER OF BBC SOUND OF 2018
        SIGRID WINNER OF BBC SOUND OF 2018
        STRANGERS OUT NOW WATCH HERE
        ‘Strangers’ is out now on Island Records
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        “This year’s hottest new popstar” – Guardian Guide
        “Norwegian superstar is set to define music in 2018” – Line of Best Fit
        “Witnessing a pop phenomenon” –The Times
        FLYTE RELEASE PART 2 OF DOCUMENTARY MINI SERIES SUPPORT LORD HURON ON TOUR IN JANUARY
        Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:27:00 +0000
        Never the kind of band to act in uncertain haste when it comes to their music, each song off Flyte’s debut album "The Loved Ones" feels like something to relish, to mull over, with a deeper, unfolding resonance. The same goes for their visual identity, and today the London four-piece offer a glimpse into life over the past year and early recording sessions, with the second instalment of ‘Behind Sliding Doors’, created by good friend Balan Evans. Flyte also released the remarkable ‘Faithless’ video earlier this month, directed by Femke Huurdeman and CANADA (Tame Impala, Beck), the only band to work consecutively with the legendary production company. The London four-piece continue their live dexterity with a 14-date Lord Huron tour in January, following their Lemon Twigs support and sold out Scala-headline this year.

        Watch ‘Behind Sliding Doors Part 2 here’: https://Flyte.lnk.to/Part2FP
        Flyte separately admit that as early as age ten, a career in music was their only ambition. Drummer Jon Supran and bassist Nick Hill met guitarist Will Taylor at their local comprehensive school, where Will’s parents both taught English. They later came upon keys player Sam Berridge busking at Tottenham Court Road station after moving to Hackney in their late teens. Accomplished songwriters who quickly earned a reputation for their trademark vocal arrangements and live show, the band released a flurry of alternative singles before pairing up with Courtney Barnett producer Burke Reid to create their first full length record. The Loved Ones is the result of years of enlightenment and friendship.
        FLYTE TOUR DATES
        Lord Huron
        Friday 19th January - Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
        Saturday 20th January - Leeds, UK - Stylus
        Sunday 21st January - Bristol, UK - SWX
        Tuesday 23rd January - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
        Wednesday 24th January - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
        Friday 26th January - Dublin, UK - Vicar Street
        Saturday 27th January - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
        Monday 29th January - Paris, France -  Le Point Ephémère
        Tuesday 30th January - Luxembourg - Rockhal Club
        Wednesday 31st January - Ronda, Utrecht - TivoliVredenburg
        Thursday 1st February - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Hall
        Saturday 3rd February - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Small Hall
        Sunday 4th February - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall
        Monday 5th February - Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan
        Wednesday 7th February - Häkken - Hamburg
        Flyte Debut Album "The Love Ones" is out now. Photo credit Sequoia Ziff
        FLYTE DEBUT ALBUM THE LOVED ONES OUT NOW
        "British debut album of the year" The Sunday Times
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        British star Arjun unveils video for debut single 'Alone' Debut album 'Closer To Home' pre-order 15th December
        Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:28:00 +0000
        Off the back of the release of his remarkable debut single, British singer, songwriter and producer Arjun reveals the video for 'Alone' today via Island Records. Directed by Luke Biggins, who most recently put out Stefflon Don's 'Hurtin' Me', 'Alone' emulates the explosive fusion of Arjun's strong Urban and Asian influences. Together, the exotic visuals see Arjun and The PropheC turn up the heat in the desert. The collaboration sets 'Alone' up to be one of the UK's most exciting Asian music releases in years, leading to Arjun's debut album 'Closer To Home', due for release in early 2018 via Island/Universal Records. Listen to 'Alone' here

        Since signing to Island Records via their Dcypha Productions imprint, Arjun has been developing a unique, contemporary sound true to his mixed musical influences and South Asian heritage. The first teaser of this new body of work, 'Alone' combines discernible R&B, Hip Hop & trap influences, with a strong concurrent Punjabi hook and verse from The PropheC, who also produced the song.

        Arjun says: "Signing with Island / Universal Records last year was one of the proudest moments in my career so far. Having spent the last few months working with some amazing producers alongside Sway and Dcypha Productions we have put together my debut album 'Closer To Home', which brings together the best of the Urban and Asian influences that have featured in my sound so far. "Alone" is the first teaser from my album, and working with The PropheC on the forthcoming single was a great experience. I'm looking forward to sharing even more music in the coming months."
        Initially spotted by legendary UK rapper Sway, Arjun is one of the most exciting musical prospects to emerge from the UK. Having collaborated with the rapper on an independent release last year with 'Frozen', Arjun was taken in by the Dcypha Productions team to begin work on his forthcoming album 'Closer To Home'. With a global fan following and having toured the world over, Arjun boasts over 350 million YouTube views and 1.5 million Facebook fans and appeals to an ever-growing international audience
        Watch 'Alone' here    
         
        'Alone', a collaboration with Canadian Punjabi singer The PropheC, is out now
        Debut album 'Closer To Home' pre-order 15th December
        British singer, songwriter and producer Arjun reveals the video for 'Alone' today via Island Records.
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        Sigrid, one of the BBC Sound of 2018 artists releases "Strangers" Video. Check out 2018 Tour dates
        Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:32:00 +0000
        Chosen as one of the BBC Sound of 2018 artists, Sigrid has gone from unknown to one of the most exceptional breakout stars, in less than a year. Now the Norwegian pop sensation drops the video for ‘Strangers’, directed by Ivana Bobic (Stella McCartney, Bloc Party), which captures Sigrid’s effervescent performance with the camera following her around a surrealist set, which constantly spirals and reforms. “It was a joy making it. We wanted to take this feeling of seeing things differently to what they really are. The one thing that is realistic is me dancing around in my usual way,” Sigrid tells i-D. 

        WATCH STRANGERS VIDEO HERE: https://Sigrid.lnk.to/StrangersOfficialVideo

          
        Sigrid’s rise has been unrivalled; from releasing her acclaimed debut Don’t Kill My Vibe EP, which has amassed over 100M global streams - to playing Hoxton Kitchen, two sold-out Scala’s and announcing a Shepherds Bush Empire headline, all in ten months. ‘Strangers’ is Sigrid’s arresting new single, produced by Martin Sjolie, the dream pairing behind ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’, with lyrics of steel, meandering melodies and stark honesty, which embodies the natural, sincere talent Sigrid has become renowned for. At only 21-years-old, Sigrid has also given her vocals to the epic action adventure Justice League, with a powerful, haunting take on Leonard Cohen’s ‘Everybody Knows’, in cinemas now. From the tiny town of Ålesund in Norway, which sits at the entrance of a UNESCO-protected fjord surrounded by sea and mountains, Sigrid has been quietly creating a world which emboldens her followers, displaying outstanding song writing ability with hard-hitting and empowering words, laced over unexpected and daring melodies. Gracing almost every festival stage this summer, Sigrid has been dotted across the globe, from the furthest edges of Norway, to Iceland and the US, and tipped by the BBC with a stand out performance at Glastonbury. From Latitude, Wilderness, Lollapalooza and Pitchfork Paris, the constant has been masses of crowds, building with each new performance, to the point where Roskilde Festival had to upgrade the stage size as over five thousand people clicked attending on the festival app. 2018 is waiting. 
         LIVE DATES 
        Wed 17 Jan NE Groningen Stadsschouwburg 
        Thu 18 Jan NE Groningen Grand Theatre 
        Sun 21 Jan SWE Stockholm Debaser 
        Mon 22 Jan DK Copenhagen Vega (small room) 
        Mon 12 Mar UK Brighton Concorde 2 
        Wed 14 Mar UK London Shepherd's Bush Empire 
         Sat 17 Mar UK Bristol Motion Sun 18 Mar UK Birmingham Institute 2 
        Tue 20 Mar UK Leeds Leeds University 
        Wed 21 Mar UK Glasgow St Lukes 
        Fri 23 Mar IRE Dublin The Academy 
        Sat 24 Mar UK Manchester Academy 2
        Sigrid ‘Strangers’ is out now on Island Records
        Strangers’ is out now on Island Records 
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        Who said What
        “continuing her ascent into pop stardom” i-D
        “probably 2017’s best new pop star” Pop Justice
         “Picking up where Robyn left off” - Guardian Guide
        “on the cusp of greatness.. one of the biggest songs of the year" [DKMV] – NME
        “Name on everyone’s lips..a massive step forward” Line of Best Fit
        Flyte release "Faithless" Video in collaboration with Canada. Tour Dates, Debut Album "The Loved Ones" out now
        Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:44:00 +0000
        Never the kind of band to act in uncertain haste when it comes to their music, each song off Flyte's debut album The Loved Ones feels like something to relish, to mull over, with a deeper, unfolding resonance. The same goes for their visual identity, and following the release of their critically lauded debut album, Flyte reveal the 'Faithless' video, a remarkable collaboration with Femke Huurdeman and CANADA (Tame Impala, Beck), the only band to work consecutively with the legendary production company. Flyte have also spent the last month supporting Lemon Twigs on tour, concluding at Kentish Town Forum, and will play at Communions Christmas Party at Notting Hill Arts Club on December 3, as well as supporting Lord Huron on their European tour early next year. 

        "It felt great to go back and work with Canada for a second time. We knew the 'Holy Mountain' and 'Paris, Texas' references were going to lead to something grandiose, and the director Femke's visual influences were spookily in sync with ours. Zoe - who played the girl - was hyper intelligent and totally got what we were going for. The African Raven was also a magnificent thing to behold in the flesh," says Flyte.

        Flyte separately admit that as early as age ten, a career in music was their only ambition. Drummer Jon Supran and bassist Nick Hill met guitarist Will Taylor at their local comprehensive school, where Will's parents both taught English. They later came upon keys player Sam Berridge busking at Tottenham Court Road station after moving to Hackney in their late teens. Accomplished songwriters who quickly earned a reputation for their trademark vocal arrangements and live show, the band released a flurry of alternative singles before pairing up with Courtney Barnett producer Burke Reid to create their first full length record. The Loved Ones is the result of years of enlightenment and friendship.
        FLYTE TOUR DATES
        • Sunday 3rd December – London – Communion Christmas at Notting Hill Arts club
        Lord Huron
        • Friday 19th January - Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
        • Saturday 20th January - Leeds, UK - Stylus
        • Sunday 21st January - Bristol, UK - SWX
        • Tuesday 23rd January - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
        • Wednesday 24th January - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
        • Friday 26th January - Dublin, UK - Vicar Street
        • Saturday 27th January - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
        • Monday 29th January - Paris, France - Le Point Ephémère
        • Tuesday 30th January - Luxembourg - Rockhal Club
        • Wednesday 31st January - Ronda, Utrecht - TivoliVredenburg
        • Thursday 1st February - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Hall
        • Saturday 3rd February - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Small Hall
        • Sunday 4th February - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall
        • Monday 5th February - Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan
        Flyte release "Faithless" Video in collaboration with Canada.
        WATCH 'FAITHLESS' HERE: https://Flyte.lnk.to/faithlessvideoPR 
        "British debut album of the year" The Sunday Times
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        Top 100 Most LIKED Songs Of All Time (November 2017) #3
        Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:58:00 +0000

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