Bruno Mars brands Adele a "diva with attitude"

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Bruno Mars has labelled collaborator Adele a "diva with attitude".

The pair teamed up on song All I Ask for Adele’s most recent album 25. While the tune was a hit with fans, Bruno opened up about the challenging recording process during an interview on WTKU radio show Cubby and Carolina in the Morning on Tuesday (25Oct16).

“She walks into the studio, she’s got all this attitude, she’s a diva, she’s like, ‘I don’t want to do this. I don’t like that,’” Bruno shared. “And then as soon as we hit a couple chords that she liked, we started rolling, and that’s where we got that song from."

Bruno was quick to clarify his comments, insisting that working with the 28-year-old singer was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“She was singing in the booth and I’m not exaggerating at all, and the water was vibrating – like that scene in Jurassic Park,” he gushed. "She’s got some pipes on her, and she’s just a superstar."

As well as being a successful singer in his own right, Bruno has written a huge amount of songs for his peers – including CeeLo Green’s F**k (Forget) You and Justin Bieber’s Love Me.

He may have joined forces with some of the music industry’s biggest names but there are still some stars he would like to team up with in the future.

“I haven’t done a song with Beyonce,” he mused, before revealing Rihanna and Britney Spears as dream duet partners, adding: "Anyone who wants to work, come on down!"

One of the first times Adele performed All I Ask was during a taped concert in New York in December (15). However, she struggled to sing the track to her usual standard, telling the audience the recent surgery on her vocal cords had altered her vocal range.

"It is, it’s f***ing, it’s really hard to sing. I had vocal surgery and then suddenly I could sing higher, I could sing lower, I could do whatever you wanted me to do," she said. "As soon as I’m in front of you lot, I just f**k myself."

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Mon Frere – Shadows

 

‘Mon Frere’ are the U.K. based electro pop producers based in Brighton.  Mon Frere consists of brothers Paul and Matt Lennox. 

Paul is the songwriter and producer  Matt provides the lyrics and the brothers source talented young vocalists to complete the line up. 

Mon Frere have worked with some of the most talented up and coming singers in the business  like Joell Fender who has worked with the likes of Kwabs  Sigala and Wilkinson and Kate Wild who is a lead vocalist on many recent EDM records across the globe. 

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After the release of their debut album ‘Urban Glow’ in the summer of 2015  the two brothers who form Mon Frere have been working hard to develop their sound and create a unique identity.  Drawing from influences such as The Cinematic Orchestra  Massive Attack and Naughty Boy  the brothers are set on fusing modern electro pop production  with the musical depth of the aforementioned artists to create a refreshing new sound for the masses.  

With the pending release of a brand new E.P. in early 2017  Mon Frere will be hitting the road in the summer. 

Their latest single "Shadows"  ft. Joell Fender will be released worldwide on 2 December 2016.

Check out the Mon Frere online at www.monfrere.co.uk

Wills and the Willing–Dream in Colour

 

Ian Wills has always had somewhat of a ‘revolving door policy’ on his critically acclaimed band Wills & The Willing. Each of his first two albums featured an almost entirely different line-up, including Jessie Wood (Reef), Rachel Wood (Cirque de Soleil), and guest vocals from the likes of Tom McRae., Harry Collier, & Liane Carrol. Now with a brand new line-up and a bigger, more accessible sound for his third album ‘Dream In Colour’; Wills finally believes that he has settled on a definitive band line-up and has an inspiring set of new songs that will help take the band to a much wider audience.

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“BUTTERFLIES”

Inspired by the town of Wotton Bassett and the tearful repatriations, the first single ‘Butterflies’ relies heavily on the musical skills of new full-time ‘Willing’ members Sean Genockey , Charlie Morton and John Hogg (Moke, Rich Robinson, Roger Daltrey). You can not fail to be moved by the cinematic tear stained lyrics that comes from the sword like pen of Wills, coupled with its soaring chorus and emotive production.

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In September of 2012, Ian , Sean , Charlie & John started working on the third Wills & The Willing album, "Dream In Colour", which was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios, Wales and at South London’s Black Dog Studios. The album was engineered and recorded by Sean, who also mixed seven of the tracks, along with additional mixes by Ruadhri Cushnan, and was produced by Wills & The Willing.

Ruadhri who co- wrote and performed on the tracks  "Amazing" and "Patience" with ( George Michael), is also  acknowledged as being one of the UK’s leading mixing enginners. Over the past  six years, he has mixed for (U2, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, The Guillemots , Seth Lakeman, The Maccabees, Ed Sheeran) in between doing the mixes for “ Dream In Colour” he mixed (“ Babel” Mumford and Sons) much anticipated second album.

Sean is very much on the cutting edge of Indie music , in the past decade he has produced some of the best new music to come out of the UK-his guitar playing skills are in high demand- Sean has just finished playing and recording guitars on the new album by (Roger Daltrey)

John spent the late Summer and Autumn of 2015 touring with (Rich Robinson- ex Black Crowes) – culminating in John sharing a stage in Seattle with ( Rich, Jimmy Page and members of Nirvana, Soundgarden & Paul Rodgers)

Ian’s forthcoming book "Nothing To Lose", published by New Haven Publishing, is scheduled for Worldwide release on September 26th, 2016.

THE STORY

Ian Wills released his first commercial recording in 2004, when he collaborated with the legendary drummer and producer (Trevor Morais), under the name of "Hundred & 3" – Ian released the track "HIV" on One Little Indian, (Bjork) label. "HIV" featured the late (Alvin Lee) playing guitar riffs, and

(Jean Alain Roussel),  who is  renowned for his work with ( Cat Stevens, Bob Marley, Sting, Vangelis) on keyboards.

In late 2004 Ian formed Wills & The Willing and it was in October of 2005 that Janice Long started to champion the band, when she  played the single "21st Century Love Song" on her highly regarded and popular Radio 2 program. By the Summer of 2006, the band was enjoying strong national radio and media support, and was playing at festivals across the UK, including the much loved and highly respected Guilfest. The highlight for Ian, whilst on the second series of gigs, was in New York, when he had the privilege of sharing a radio show with the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Legend ( Les Paul), who announced, live on air, that the lyrics of "21st Century Love Song" were among his favourite in recent times.

In 2007, Ian reformed his band, Wills & The Willing, bringing in musicians and friends that he had long admired to record the second album “Heroes & Villains”- the new line up consisted of Ian, Sean Genockey and Charlie Morton, plus part time members The Adj & John Tills, ex Kubb. They released their first single "Skin", which featured Didier Drogba and Michael Essien. "Skin" was used as part of the football anti racist "Kick It Out" Campaign. Wills & The Willing went on to release the second single "Lipstick" to critical acclaim in 2008, featuring the Mercury Prize nominated (Tom McRae) .

Wills & The Willing went back on the road with the new line up in anticipation of the release of "Heroes And Villains"- they played Guilfest, the Isle of Wight music Festival, The Royal Albert Hall and live sessions at Radio 2. Sadly, just as they were due to embark on a full UK tour, calamity struck as Ian was rushed to hospital and spent two years in  and out of hospital during his recovery process – which resulted in "Heroes And Villains" not being commercially released.

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The brand new album “ Dream in Colour” is out on 31 October 2016 with distribution from Universal Music Operations and featuring the incredible new single  “ Butterflies”.

Tony Shaw–Take me away–Hot new single from rising singer/songwriter

Born in Northamptonshire (United Kingdom) Tony comes from a musical family.  His own musical talents are purely self taught.

Tony has appeared on national television in programmes such ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ in which he performed a song by Star Sailor.

He also reached the finals of Mic UK competition at the NEC Centre in Birmingham.

He has performed in venues around the United Kingdom such as 02 Birmingham, BMF Festival Peterborough, The Roadmender Northampton including the famous Camden Roundhouse music venue and Chandos Arms in Colindale London.

Tony’s influences are Oasis, The Verve and Stereophonics in addition he likes blues music and brit pop.

His repertoire of songs include over 30 of his own compositions and his aspirations would be to co-write with Noel Gallagher and Ed Sheeran.

Tony’s new song Take Me Away is about a personal experience in his life.  This track was recorded at Vigilante Studio in London.

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His current project is recording and completing a new album.  Tony will be embarking upon a series of media interviews which includes performing at venues across the United Kingdom

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Instagram : http://www.imgrum.net/user/tonyshawmusic/3596792154

Take Me Away is available on iTunes.

Hot New Music From Around The Globe: Tkinzy – Shake Ikebe Music Video

Gallo Records South Africa, signee “TKinzy” one of the very few Nigerian artistes to be signed to a South African record label drops a new hot music video featuring Rands and Naira crooner “Emmy Gee“.
 

The tune titled “Shake Ikebe” is definitely approved to get him listed as one of the big acts out of Nigeria in no time.

 

THE BRAND NEW VIDEO HAS JUST DROPPED 

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Tkinzy  who was born Anthony Felix is a super talented African musician who is very versatile in his music.

Tkinzy is currently working on his first studio Album featuring some big names in the game, due to his sensational voice he has been featured in  live gigs, concerts as well as private shows.

On our stereo now – Blake Bastion’s haunting debut single “Hummingbird”

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Debut E.P from Blake Bastion “Hummingbird” 

Rob Blake A.K.A Blake Bastion, is an English singer, songwriter, musician and producer from Brighton.
Combining intricate guitar playing, eclectic rhythms and lively melodies, with deep bass and rich vocals, Blake Bastion creates timeless sounding songs in a modern style.
His heartfelt, soul searching lyrics seek to find purpose in our fast paced and ever changing world. Influences of Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell and Sting can be heard in his voice, and as often found with guitarists that grew up listening to their parent’s records, he played along with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton from an early age.

Blake began working in recording studios at 17 years old after moving to London. As a session guitarist and studio hand he met and worked with many established artists, whilst writing his own songs and honing his production skills.
Blake entered the music industry with the release of an electronic crossover album on Distinctive Records, titled ‘Know No Boundaries’, under the collective moniker ‘iLL AUDiO’. The LP featured collaborations with Roots Manuva, Skunk Anansie, The Dub Pistols, Alex Vargas, Bluey Robinson and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

The first track, titled ‘Nibiru’, is currently the introduction to the Arcadia Spectacular Metamorphosis show, winners of the TPI ‘Live Production of the year 2016’ award.
Blake recently composed music for and performed on the Glastonbury Arcadia ‘Spider’ stage this year, with the Mechanical Orchestra, a new 21 piece band.

Having refined his solo material performing around the UK, and touring East Africa earlier in 2016, Blake embarks on his first self release with the ‘Hummingbird E.P’ and will also be performing live at the Sonne über Festival, Berlin on 11th September 2016.
The brand new single “Hummingbird” was recorded and produced at Monumental Rocks Studio in Brighton and will be released on 24 October 2016 on Monumental Music.

Online:
www.facebook.com/blakebastion 

www.soundcloud.com/blakebastion 

www.youtube.com/blakebastion 

www.instagram.com/blakebastion 

http://www.twitter.com/Blake_Bastion  

Sally Caitlin delivers real pop that sticks in your head

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Sally Caitlin is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist with a passion for music from Manchester UK.

She has been writing and performing since she was a schoolgirl and in 2015 released her debut single Stuck in Limbo (supported by EDM Network  Reload Sessions  Female First  Jesse Hazen  Vents Magazine and Popshock) which has received 4k plays on SoundCloud and over 13k Youtube views.

Sally has been cultivating an online fan base by releasing cover tracks on her Official YouTube  some of which have received over 5k views.

She recorded an acoustic performance for Reload Sessions which has received excellent feedback and Sally has now been asked to perform in live venues across the country.

Her second single  Falling Back Together  was featured on Deep Sounds’ Soundcloud account  receiving over 65k plays.  She also played at iLuvLive Manchester in April 2014.

The brand new E.P from Sally Caitlin is called ” Not stupid Anymore” and features the singles ” Not stupid Anymore” and “Call me whatever you want.

Online:

https://www.youtube.com/c/sallycaitlin

https://soundcloud.com/sally-caitlin

https://www.facebook.com/Sally.Caitlin17

https://twitter.com/SallyCaitlin17

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https://www.instagram.com/sally.caitlin

Jay Elle – Twelve on Sunday gives us a lump in the throat–Beautiful single

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Jay Elle is a singer  songwriter  and guitar player currently residing in New York City.

Jay Elle has a soothing and passionate voice blending perfectly with unique guitar arrangements.

Ja Elle’s songs bring together lyrics and music in a singular fashion.

The brand new single " Twelve on Sunday" from Jay Elle was recorded at Varick Studios in New York.

Online:

http://www.jayelle222.com/

https://www.facebook.com/jayelle2222

“Chasing the Half Moon” is the wonderful new melodic album from Soul Chatter

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Soul Chatter are a rock/Indie/folk band based in Cleveland, Ohio at the southern shore of Lake Erie.

The band consists of: Brian Stepien ( Song writer lyricist, vocals, piano ), Dale Schmitt ( Keyboards, horns, strings, bass ) , Jim Monica ( Guitars ), George Hart ( Drums ) and Mike Docy taking care of Sound engineering and production.

The Core members of Soul Chatter formed in the early 80’s under the name Progress In April but later changed their name to Soul Chatter. Frontman Brian Stepien says “ We were always an original band, keeping the core members and floating it players for instrumental needs like cello, trumpet, percussion etc”.

Soul Chatter are influenced by artists like Van Morrison, early Rolling Stones, early Elton John, CCR, Dire Straits, Jason Isbell and Counting Crows. 

Soul Chatter’s music delivers movement, melody, dynamics, soul and lyrics that matter. Singer Brian Stepien says “ we lean heavily on real song structure, something that folks will get stuck in their heads and remember”. Soul Chatter’s music has been described as sophisticated, like Steely Dan by Geffen Records.

Their new album “Chasing The Half Moon” was produced by Mike Docy in Ohio and unleashes 9 new songs crafted in 2015/6.  In their own words “These are songs dealing with the world that we all live in.  There is both romance and isolation, caution and optimism, the stuff of the soul are all well-represented.  The music is an energetic mix of traditional rock and roll with modern production values.  We have taken the standard instrumentation and tossed in trumpet, cello, organ, even pizzicato strings”.

The melodic new single “ Chasing the Half Moon” is out now worldwide.

Online:

https://soulchattermusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/soulchattermusic

https://www.soundcloud.com/soulchattermusic

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Plugging Music recommends My Place in the Sun by Reevox

Reevox is a multifaceted band lead by composer Umberto de Martino accompanied by a team of friends including musicians, singers, graphic designers and producers known as Purple Age.

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 11.38.43Mainly influenced by 70’s rock, America’s West Coast radio sound and the 80 ‘s new wave sound from the UK, Reevox music combines a retro feel with contemporary electro pop.

Reevox’s multi-faceted sound inherits a soulful and elegant pop inspired by greats such as Bowie, Pink Floyd, Prefab Sprout, Beck, ELO and Roxy Music, Neil Young, Steely Dan and Depeche Mode, which they infuse with a modern vision, inspired by MGMT, Phoenix, Boz Scaggs, Air, Archive, Radiohead, Fink and Air.

Umberto was born in Belgium to a Russian mother and an Italian father. He grew up in Paris and as a teenager, he starts moving between NY and L.A, where he has lived for the last two years.

The vast musical culture of the United States of America has led to Umberto to becoming a cosmopolitan musician and composer who adds his own brand of multi-cultural soul to his love of Anglo-Saxon pop.

My Place In The Sun is out now in the U.K with distribution from Universal Music Operations.

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Buy My Place in the Sun by Reevox now on iTunes

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