Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Chilean band ILLAPU returns to Australia for tour



Chilean band ILLAPU returns to Australia for tour; Music telling stories of love, life, justice and social issues...

The promotion was accurate to a T - Listening to Illapu’s songs is like hearing the whisper of the wind from the Andes.

For those don't know, Illapu means "Lighting Bolt". There's no doubt that the group has facilitated a lighting bolt or two in their motherland over the years - especially of the political nature.

Today we had the pleasure to meet and interview Roberto Márquez Bugueño and Alejandro Vargas at the beautiful Sebel Hotel, Surry Hills, Sydney.

Alejandro kindly assisted with English translation, while Roberto was able to provide excellent insight as to what the group was all about, and what Australian audiences can expect on this tour.

Many fans (and soon fans to be) may be a touch surprised to learn that the group has been to Australia six times now. This can be explained by the beautiful sound of their voices, instruments and the positive energy that resonates.  It doesn't appear to matter if an Australian audience member can understand Chilean or not - as it has been said through the ages of humanity - music is the universal language.

With the bands considerable 40 years plus experience, they are able to articulate through their music, the tales of those 40 years of love, life, justice and social issues - with a good amount of political content thrown in their for good measure.

1991 was a key year for Illapu where they feel that achieved considerable success on not only a spiritual level, but also of a commercial nature, where one of their songs 'Lejos del amor' would spend 46 weeks at number 1 in the charts.

It is very apparent that this group loves life and loves their music with deep passion, and is very much looking forward to sharing their gifts with Australians who love beautiful music.

Tickets are priced from just $89, with some concessions available, and this represents tremendous value and helps make the opportunity to experience world class performing artists more accessible than you would expect.

If you are already a fan - you know how great they are, and if your a newbie to the group, you can expect to have a wonderful time experiencing their musical and vocal genius in the flesh.

We thank them for once again visiting our shores and wish their continues success and happiness on their extraordinary journey.


ILLAPU RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA IN MARCH 2013 FOR THEIR SIXTH TOUR...

Headlining Womadelaide and performing in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane...

Listening to Illapu’s songs is like hearing the whisper of the wind from the Andes…as they create music with songs about love, life, justice and social issues.

ILLAPU was founded in 1971 by four brothers from Antofagasta in northern Chile. As freedom advocates they became well-known for their cultivated rendering of Andean folklore and Bolivian rhythms, a fusion that later developed into the Nueva Canción movement. ILLAPU produce folkloric, explorative music with songs about love, life, justice and current social issues. They have.

ILLAPU have played throughout Latin America, Europe, Australia, Asia, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Olympia Theatre in Paris and the Sydney Opera House.  In March 2013 they return to Australia for their sixth tour headlining WOMADELAIDE with concerts on both the opening and closing nights. ILLAPU will visit Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane playing in Sydney for one night only on Friday 1 March Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

In 1976 ILLAPU released what was to become a huge radio hit in both Argentina and Chile, and subsequently rose to fame for their guitar-based songs featuring strong vocals, pan flutes and enrapturing rhythms.

Exiled from their beloved Chile by the Pinochet Dictatorship, they lived in France and Mexico until their return in 1988 where they were cheered by throngs of fans, and performed to over 100,000 people. Since then, Illapu have continued to produce folkloric explorative music with songs about love, life and justice and have played all over the world from Latin America, Europe, Australia, Asia, New York to Paris.

“Their voices are wonderful without exception, with perfect harmony they give us words of love… these musicians give themselves to the music with endless happiness”… La Depeche

ILLAPU return to Australia for their sixth tour in March 2013 headlining Womadelaide and performing in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

TOUR DATES:
Sydney, Lyric Theatre   Friday 1 March
Tickets:                $89 (Concessions available)
Bookings:               Ticketmaster

Melbourne, Dallas Brooks Hall   Saturday 2 March      
Tickets:                       $89 (Concessions available)
Bookings:                      Ticketek

Brisbane, Tivoli Theatre       Thursday 7 March
Tickets:                       $89 (Concessions available)
Bookings:                      Ticketek
                       
Womadelaide                    Friday 8 to Monday 11 March

Profile...

Illapu are a Chilean folk and andean musical ensemble that was formed in 1971 in Antofagasta, in northern Chile, by the brothers José Miguel, Jaime, Andrés and Roberto Márquez Bugueño. A later addition to the group was Osvaldo Torres. Illapu comes from the Quechua word meaning "Lightning Bolt". Their music was Andean folk. In 1981, because of the repression under the Pinochet regime, they were forced into exile - going first to France and later Mexico City. In 1988, due to the improved political climate, they returned to Chile. Their 1993 album (En Estos Días), which contained the hit single "Lejos del Amor", won 7 platinum records.

Profile (in Spanish)...

Illapu es un reconocido grupo chileno de música de raíz folclórica fundado en 1971 en la ciudad de Antofagasta, Región de Antofagasta.

El nombre Illapu viene del idioma quechua y significa «relámpago». En sus primeros discos el grupo se caracterizaba por el rescate de instrumentos, melodías y líricas relacionadas con la cultura andina.

Discography...

Música Andina (1972)
Chungará (1975)
Despedida del pueblo (1976)
Raza Brava (1977)
Canto vivo (1978)
Grito de la raza (1979)
Theatre de la Ville (1980)
El canto de Illapu (1981)
Y es nuestra (1983)
De libertad y amor (1984)
Para seguir viviendo (1986)
Divagaciones (1988)
En vivo: Parque La Bandera (1988)
Vuelvo amor... vuelvo vida (1991)
En estos días (1993)
De sueños y esperanzas (1994)
Sereno (1994 or 95)
Multitudes (1995)
Morena esperanza (1998)
Mementos vividos (2000)
Antología 1971-1982 (2001)
Illapu (2002)
Vivir es mucho mas (2006)

Press Release:

ILLAPU Australian Tour March 2013...

Listening to Illapu’s songs is like hearing the whisper of the wind from the Andes. The ensemble, founded in 1971 by four brothers from Antofagasta in northern Chile, became well-known for their cultivated rendering of Andean folklore and Bolivian rhythms, a fusion that later developed into the Nueva Canción movement.

In 1976 they released what was to become a huge radio hit in both Argentina and Chile, and they subsequently rose to fame for their guitar-based songs featuring strong vocals, pan flutes and enrapturing rhythms.

Exiled form their beloved Chile by the Pinochet dictatorship, they lived in France and Mexico till their return in 1988 where they were cheered by throngs of fans, and performed to over 100,000 people. Since then, Illapu have continued to produce folkloric explorative music with songs about love, life and justice.

“Their voices are wonderful without exception, with perfect harmony they give us words of love… these musicians give themselves to the music with endless happiness”… La Depeche

ILLAPU returns to Australia for their sixth tour in March 2013 headlining Womadelaide and performing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.







Websites

Illapu official website

Illapu tour official website

Womadelaide - WOMAD - The World's Festival - Illapu

Music News Australia

BRIT Award winning English folk singer BETH ORTON, returns to Australia for HEAVENLY SOUNDS!




HEAVENLY SOUNDS is proud to announce BETH ORTON’s first Australian tour since the release of her acclaimed album ‘Sugaring Season’. Taking place in May, tickets for this brief tour of churches and cathedrals are available through Ticketek, www.ticketek.com.au and are on sale on March 4th except in Perth where tickets go on sale on Tuesday March 5th.

Beth Orton is a BRIT Award-winner and two-time Mercury Prize nominee who is well-renowned for her collaborations with other artists, as well as being regarded as a pioneer of the folktronica movement. Her collaborations have seen her work with artists such as Bert Jansch, Emmylou Harris, The Chemical Brothers, Beck, Jim O’Rourke, and Ryan Adams among others.

Since its release in September, Beth’s latest album ‘Sugaring Season’ has been embraced by audiences and media around the world. After a six year hiatus from touring and recording as she raised a family, Beth has stripped back her music to its folk roots and delivered her comeback album, heralded as her ‘masterpiece’ (Mojo Magazine).

On this very special HEAVENLY SOUNDS tour, presented in beautiful churches and cathedrals around Australia, Beth will be performing songs from ‘Sugaring Season’ in intimate duo mode, as well as tracks from her classic recordings ‘Trailer Park’, ‘Central Reservation’ and ‘Daybreaker’.

Expect nothing short of a spellbinding evening of the most enchanting sounds from Beth Orton as she tours for Heavenly Sounds in May.

What the media are saying about Beth Orton’s new album ‘Sugaring Season’
The bliss of simplicity is the key to this remarkable album’s beauty” 4 stars – Rolling Stone Australia

“Sugaring Season doesn’t take long to prove that a six year absence has not dulled the talent of Beth Orton. There hasn’t been anything this year quite as gently beautiful or completely captivating. Quite lovely. “ 4 stars - Sydney Morning Herald

“The combination of her angelic, lilting voice and a shimmering string section makes Sugaring Season a truly transcending experience. Beth is back” 4 stars - Sunday Herald Sun

“If you like Claire Bowditch, Sarah Blasko, Julia Stone or Jen Cloher, take a listen to Sugaring Season and discover the songstress they all took their lead from. Welcome back Ms. Orton, we’ve missed you” Album Of The Week – Drum Media Sydney

BETH ORTON Heavenly Sounds Tour Dates
All Ages show with special guests to be announced
Tickets on sale Monday 4th March through www.ticketek.com.au except in Perth where tickets go on sale on Tuesday March 5th

MONDAY MAY 6th 2013 - PERTH / St Joseph's Church, WA
3 Salvado Road, Subiaco WA

WEDNESDAY MAY 8TH 2013 - MELBOURNE / St Michael's Church, VIC
120 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC

FRIDAY MAY 10th 2013 - BRISBANE / St John's Cathedral, QLD
373 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD

TUESDAY MAY 14th 2013 - SYDNEY / St Stephen's Uniting Church, NSW
197 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW


Beth Orton’s new album ‘Sugaring Season’ is out now through Warner Music

www.bethortonofficial.com                                                       www.heavenlysounds.com.au

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

AEROSMITH CONFIRMED TO TOUR AUSTRALIA IN 2013 STELLAR SYDNEY SHOW FEATURING WOLFMOTHER, GRINSPOON, SPIDERBAIT AND THE DEAD DAISIES



April’s about to get a whole lot louder with the news that Aerosmith are returning to Australia for the first time in 24 years! McManus Entertainment is excited to announce that legendary rockers Aerosmith will play Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Sunday 28th April with a stellar line-up of special guests, including Wolfmother, Grinspoon, Spiderbait, The Dead Daisies, Kingswood and Diva Demolition.

Aerosmith will also play shows in Brisbane and Melbourne in May. All tickets go on sale from 12 noon on Monday 4th March, 2013.

Promoter Andrew McManus says; “I’m thrilled to bring Aerosmith back to Australia. They are one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world and I can’t wait for them to rock out with their loyal Aussie fans. We have created a super show in Sydney to celebrate their first gig, with a cracking line-up of Australian bands joining Aerosmith on stage! You really don’t wanna miss a thing! ” 

Legends. Icons. Idols. These are the words used to describe those rare bands that have been adored for a lifetime and immortalised as distinct creators of rock and roll. The band members are legends, icons and idols, dynamic in the present; as cool and innovative now as they were thirty years ago. They are a phenomenon, a force of nature, trail-blazing, unstoppable and show no signs of slowing down.

With Steven Tyler on vocals, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford on guitars, Tom Hamilton on bass, and Joey Kramer on drums, they’ve outdone the trends and fads of rock and roll to become one of the most powerful and electrifying forces in popular music.

Aerosmith emerged in the early ‘70s with a sexy swagger and thrusts of metal and glam, creating quintessential power ballads such as Dream On. A string of gold and platinum albums followed including Get Your Wings, Toys In The Attic and Rocks.

In 1986 Steven Tyler and Joe Perry appeared on Run DMC’s cover of Walk This Way introducing the band to a new generation of fans. Aerosmith returned to the charts in the late ‘80s with smash hits like Dude Looks Like a Lady, Rag Doll, Angel, Love In An Elevator and Grammy Award-winning Janie’s Got a Gun. The band were a driving force of the video medium, leading the look, style and attitude of the ‘80s MTV generation. Their videos are classics and Aerosmith continued to make cutting edge videos throughout their career.

1993’s Get a Grip was the band’s first album to debut at number one on the Billboard charts and reached number three on the Australian album chart. The album featured two Grammy Award-winning singles, Livin’ On The Edge and Crazy. This was followed up by another number one album in 1997, Nine Lives, featuring the hit single Pink which saw them win their fourth Grammy Award. In 1998 Aerosmith released the huge worldwide smash hit I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing from the film Armageddon starring Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv. This reached number one all over the world including the US and Australia. The song was nominated for an Academy Award and opened the band up to another new generation of fans.

In 2001 Aerosmith were inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” and were included in both Rolling Stone’s and VH1’s lists of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

The band continued to release albums and tour throughout the 2000’s as well as release solo albums and pursue solo projects. In 2012, Aerosmith released their 15th studio album, Music From Another Dimension! and kicked off their “Global Warming” tour which will see them play to Australian fans in April and May.

Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, won more than 30 awards including four Grammy Awards and are the best-selling American rock band of all time. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group. With such an unstoppable passion for creating great music, a unique creative vision and an unyielding appreciation for their fans, there are no limits to what the future holds for Aerosmith.

Joining Aerosmith in Sydney is Grammy, ARIA, APRA & Triple J album of the year award winners, Wolfmother. They are coming out of recording hiatus to perform exclusively with Aerosmith. Forming in the early noughties, Wolfmother released their self-titled debut album in October 2005 resulting in close to two million sales worldwide, shows all over the world, multiple ARIA Awards and a Grammy including numerous performance accolades with icons including Jimmy Page & AC/DC to Lenny Kravitz requesting Wolfmother as guests.

Following a brief hiatus, the band returned in 2009 with a fresh line-up and the band’s sophomore album “Cosmic Egg” debuting in the upper echelons of charts in over 13 countries including Australia, USA, UK, Canada and Denmark. "Cosmic Egg” also saw the inclusion of many of its songs included within a variety of major films. Wolfmother recently completed a sold out headline and festival tour across Europe and the UK and have since been hard at work writing and recording their third album due for release in 2013.

Grinspoon join the line up for the Sydney show. Following a massively successful Big Day Out run, the Aussie rockers are heading off on their own national “Black Rabbits” tour. Grinspoon’s latest singles Passerby and Branded from current album “Black Rabbits” have now joined classics like Chemical Heart, Ready One and Champion, a set described as ‘all killer no filler’.

Spiderbait also feature in Sydney.  With three talented songwriters, Spiderbait have never been confined by genre or the expectations of others.  Combining their punk rock roots with an appreciation of pop song craftsmanship, Spiderbait have put together Greatest Hits, featuring 22 of the greatest tunes such as Buy Me A Pony, Black Betty and new single On My Way

Australian rock band The Dead Daisies will also join Aerosmith on tour in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The Dead Daisies feature Jon Stevens, Charley Drayton, Richard Fortus, Jim Hilbun and David Lowy. Jon and David first met in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2012 that they started writing songs together. With a mutual love of classic late ‘70s and early ‘80s rock and soul, The Dead Daisies were born. Jon Stevens is one of Australia’s most popular and respected singers. He has had a remarkable career; from lead singer of rock bands Noiseworks and INXS to successful solo artist. Charley Drayton, an American multi-instrumentalist, musician and producer, has played as a drummer and bass guitarist for many bands including Keith Richards project X-pensive Winos, The Cult and Australian bands The Divinyls and Cold Chisel. Guitarist Richard Fortus is currently touring with legendary band Guns N’ Roses, and previously with Thin Lizzy. David Lowy on guitar is best known in Mink, Red Phoenix and The Angels and Jim Hilbun as bassist, saxophone player and melodic vocalist for The Angels and the Divinyls.

transKingswood and Diva Demolition complete the super Sydney line-up.

Get in quick, coz you don’t want to miss a thing …

New album Music From Another Dimension! out now through Sony Music Australia.


Proudly presented by Empire Touring, Virgin, Amex, MAX, Triple M and FasterLouder

All tickets go on sale from 12 noon on Monday 4th March from the below outlets. 
Exclusive premium tickets & packages are available from 9am on Monday 25th February from http://www.showbiz.com.au

                                               

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TOUR DATES: AEROSMITH
Sunday 28 April                                    Sydney ANZ Stadium, SYDNEY  ticketek.com.au    132 849
Wednesday 1 May                               Brisbane Entertainment Centre, BRISBANE ticketek.com.au    132 849
Saturday 4 May                                     Rod Laver Arena, MELBOURNE                        

IT’S A MARDI GRAS DELTA



ARIA Artist of the Decade, TV coach and multi award winning singer, songwriter and Aussie darling, Delta Goodrem is set to sparkle live on stage with her debut Mardi Gras megamix performance at Mardigrasland, the official Sydney Mardi Gras party on this Saturday 2 March.

Delta’s Mardigrasland set is a pumping, dance anthem version of some of her greatest and best loved hits.
Details of her performance are being tightly held, but it can be revealed that this will be a never to be seen before, specially created, Sydney Mardi Gras exclusive.

Along with a 16 strong dance troupe, Delta is this week locked in intensive rehearsals to produce an intense, 15 minute show unlike any she has even staged before.

Delta and Sydney Mardi Gras are collaborating with the team who produced the show for Kylie at last year’s party and the creative minds working with Delta for her upcoming performance include:
Squared Division, Choreography and show design, the Choreographers and creative team behind Ke$ha, Kylie, Flo Rida, Taylor Swift and Wynter Gordon.

Steve Anderson (UK) in conjunction with Delta’s long time collaborator producer Vince Pizzinga (USA), Musical Direction and Remix, Steve is the musical director for Kylie Minogue and Leona Lewis
Fourthwall Events, Associate Producer and Production team, producers of the AACTA awards and ARIA awards, producers of six Mardi Gras and Sleaze Ball parties.

Richard Neville, Lighting, Stage and Visual Designer, a major Mardi Gras party designer, flying on immediately to Miami where he is the lighting designer for UltARIA Artist of the Decade, TV coach and multi award winning singer, songwriter and Aussie darling, Delta Goodrem is set to sparkle live on stage with her debut Mardi Gras megamix performance at Mardigrasland, the official Sydney Mardi Gras party on this Saturday 2 March.

Delta’s Mardigrasland set is a pumping, dance anthem version of some of her greatest and best loved hits.
Details of her performance are being tightly held, but it can be revealed that this will be a never to be seen before, specially created, Sydney Mardi Gras exclusive.

Along with a 16 strong dance troupe, Delta is this week locked in intensive rehearsals to produce an intense, 15 minute show unlike any she has even staged before.

Delta and Sydney Mardi Gras are collaborating with the team who produced the show for Kylie at last year’s party and the creative minds working with Delta for her upcoming performance include:

Squared Division, Choreography and show design, the Choreographers and creative team behind Ke$ha, Kylie, Flo Rida, Taylor Swift and Wynter Gordon.

Steve Anderson (UK) in conjunction with Delta’s long time collaborator producer Vince Pizzinga (USA), Musical Direction and Remix, Steve is the musical director for Kylie Minogue and Leona Lewis

Fourthwall Events, Associate Producer and Production team, producers of the AACTA awards and ARIA awards, producers of six Mardi Gras and Sleaze Ball parties.

Richard Neville, Lighting, Stage and Visual Designer, a major Mardi Gras party designer, flying on immediately to Miami where he is the lighting designer for Ultra Music Festival – the biggest dance music festival in North America.

MarcoMarco, Costume Designer, a celebrity Designer based in LA who works with the likes of Fergie, Ke$ha, Cee lo Green and Nicki Minaj.


Coinciding with his national tour, Ed Sheeran performs for Channel Seven's morning program Sunrise and Nova969 in Sydney














At the age of 21, Ed Sheeran has achieved what many performers could hope to achieve in a lifetime. In the formative stages of his career, Sheeran came to the attention of singer and producer Jamie Foxx and was invited by Foxx to perform in LA, where he later secured a deal with Elton John's management company and supported Example on his UK tour.

Since dropping out of school at the age of 16, Sheeran has gigged persistently and in 2009 alone, he performed 312 gigs throughout the UK and Ireland. This perseverance and determination also translates into Sheeran's prolific songwriting. The industrious performer wrote his first EP at the ripe age of 14 with more following before the release of his debut studio album +, released in 2011, which has produced hits including You Need me, I Don't Need You, Lego House and the 3x platinum ARIA selling debut single The A Team.

Sheeran will perform for fans at Challenge Stadium in Perth on Saturday, February 23; Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide on Tuesday, February 26; WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong on Thursday, February 28; Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney on Friday, March 1; Riverstage in Brisbane on Saturday, March 2; and Festival Hall in Melbourne on Monday, March 4, Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6.






  

Monday, 25 February 2013

AMALI WARD TO ‘KNOCK YOU OUT’ WITH NEW SINGLE & TOUR




Tasmanian raised, now Sydney based pop and soul songstress Amali Ward today releases her brand new single Knock You Out. Amali will hit the road this March playing in Melbourne, Sydney, Launceston and Hobart on her Knock You Out tour to launch the single and preview her debut album Back In Time.
                                                                         
With Amali’s soulful sound and tracks from her yet to be released debut album to be performed, fans are in for a great show. “I'm really looking forward to getting on the road and showcasing these songs I’ve worked so hard on to everyone out there. It’s going to be a lot of fun!” said Amali.
                                                              
2012 was a busy and successful year for Amali, supporting UK superstar Seal at his Sydney shows, and her single Knock You Out won the International John Lennon Song Writing Contest, an annual competition open to songwriters from around the world and presented by Yoko Ono herself.
                                                   
“Knock You Out is about people who make offhand, divisive comments about sexuality, religion or race without thinking of the consequences. Thankfully we are progressing to a place where these attitudes aren’t accepted anymore, but we still aren’t treating all members of society equally”, said Amali of the timely subject matter of her single. “Winning the John Lennon Song Writing Contest award was definitely one of my proudest moments”, said Amali.
                                                                  
Before winning the International John Lennon Song Writing Contest, Amali honed her song writing skills in America working with the teams behind Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Rihanna and Beyonce. Amali then came home to write her debut album in Australia before returning to LA to collaborate with producer David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, Lupe Fiasco, India.Arie) and John Mayer’s touring band for Back In Time, set for release later this year.
                           
I was lucky enough to have most of John Mayer’s touring band play on the entire album, these guys are incredible musicians who have played for pretty much every big name artist you can think of! So it was just insane to have them all jamming in a room in LA to songs I had written back home”, said Amali.
                     
Amali first grabbed the nation’s attention back in 2007 as one of the youngest contestants and sole Tasmanian to reach the Top 10 on the hit show Australian Idol. Following her time on the show, Amali released a self-written/produced independent EP which was well received by fans and critics alike and saw her play at Bluesfest (the first idol alumni to do so), the Southern Roots Festival, and open for the likes of The Bamboos, Paris Wells and US group Naturally 7 at just 18 years of age.
                                                                                                                                                    
Knock You Out available now on iTunes.

For tour details and ticketing information please see www.amaliward.com.au 


                                                                                                                                                                                               
                          
TOUR DATES: AMALI WARD


Thursday 14th March 2013 – The Workers Club, MELBOURNE, VIC
Tickets at the door


Saturday 16th March 2013 – Fbi Social, SYDNEY, NSW


Thursday 21st March 2013 – Irish Murphys, LAUNCESTON, TAS
Tickets at the door


Friday 22nd March 2013 – The Republic Bar, HOBART, TAS
Phone: 03 6234 6954 

Sunday, 24 February 2013

BRITS Nominee DJ Fresh Gives His Hot Tip For The Next Big Thing Hip hop artist Iggy Azalea touted as star of the future

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Fresh off the back of the BRITS, DJ Fresh has thrown his support behind up-and-coming hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea as the industry’s ‘next big thing’.

The BRITS nominee gave his seal of approval to Iggy ahead of her performance at the Universal Music BRITS party, hosted by BACARDÍ at the Soho House pop-up in London.  The event provided a stage for Iggy to showcase her talent and was attended by some of the music industry’s biggest names, including: Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, Emeli Sandé, Paloma Faith, Jessie J, Frank Ocean and many more.

Double BRIT Award nomineeJessie Ware, who took part in a BACARDÍ initiative which supports emerging artists in the music industry, expressed her support for such platforms that provide exposure for new artists.  

This exclusive web video features interviews with DJ Fresh, Jessie Ware and Iggy Azalea, as well as exclusive behind the scenes footage from the Universal Music BRITS after-party.
 http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/the-brit-awards-2013-full-winners-list/story-e6frfn09-1226582457383  







Thursday, 21 February 2013

GOO GOO DOLLS ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF MAGNETIC NEW ALBUM LANDS ON MAY 3




Goo Goo Dolls are set to release their new album, Magnetic, on May 3. The first single from the record, Rebel Beat, is already making waves ahead of the upcoming release from the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band.
Singer-guitarist John Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin recorded in New York, London and LA with Gregg Wattenberg (Train), Rob Cavallo (Green Day),  John Shanks (Bon Jovi),  and Greg Wells (Katy Perry).  Magnetic is the tenth studio release from the Buffalo, NY trio.
I'm so proud of our new albumI've had such a great time and learned so much from the amazingly talented people who worked on it with me,” says Rzeznik . "I think that positive energy comes across on the songs. Writing and recording Magnetic changed my thinking about making music and doing it in a fun way,” he explains.
Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. They are the only artist to have three songs on Billboard’s Top 100 Songs from 1992-2012, including #1 for Iris. Rzeznik has been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award and they have shared the stage with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift, who recently covered Iris with Rzeznik onstage. Most recently, Goo Goo Dolls honoured President Barack Obama in Washington, DC.

MICHAEL BUBLÉ TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM TO BE LOVED



MICHAEL BUBLÉ TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM TO BE LOVED ON APRIL 12
Sixth Studio Album for Multi Grammy & Juno Award Winning Canadian And Follow Up to Multi-Platinum Christmas CD
New single It’s A Beautiful Day at Australian radio on Monday 25 February

Michael Bublé’s highly anticipated new studio album To Be Loved is scheduled for release on Friday 12 April  it was announced today by Reprise Records. The first single, It’s A Beautiful Day, co-written by Bublé, will be at Australian radio on Monday 25 February and will be available digitally from Tuesday 26 February.  

To Be Loved, Bublé’s sixth studio album follows his Christmas CD which sold seven million copies internationally.  In Australia, Christmas has sold over 8 x platinum and held the #1 position for five weeks in 2011 and for four weeks in 2012. 

To Be Loved produced by Bob Rock, was recorded in Vancouver and Los Angeles and includes a mix of standards as well as four original songs all co-written by Bublé. After All one of the four originals was co-written and performed by fellow Canadian Bryan Adams.  The new album also includes hits previously recorded by some of Buble’s musical heroes including the Bee Gees hit To Love Somebody,  Dean Martin’s Nevertheless (I’m In Love With You), the Jackson 5 early ‘70’s smash Who’s Loving You, Jackie Wilson’s To Be Loved and the Elvis Presley classic Have I Told You Lately.  Bublé is joined by actress Reese Witherspoon on the classic Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet Something Stupid.

“My new record is about love, happiness, fun and yummy things. Getting to work with my friend and long-time collaborator Bob Rock (Call Me Irresponsible, Crazy Love and Christmas) who produced the entire album was very exciting.  We’re a good team. I love the songs we selected this time out. It was also terrific working once again with my song-writing partners” commented Bublé.

Later this year, Bublé is scheduled to perform ten sellout shows at London’s 02 Arena beginning June 30th.