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Breakage & Jess Mills
Fighting Fire new single 28 February 2011
Yes I like this, top vocal idea and words, nice keyboards, great atmosphere... big potential, well intriquing!
Cage The Elephant
Shake You Down new single 13 March 2011
Love this band... hoping they crack it this time, on this showing again they deserve too! Hit. Here's the PR...
Raucous Kentucky rockers, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, return to the fray with the eagerly-awaited release of their second album ‘THANK YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ on March 21st 2011. Produced by Jay Joyce, the album is the band’s follow up to their 2009 self-titled debut, which has now sold over 500,000 copies worldwide (and remained on the Billboard 200 Chart for 73 consecutive weeks). The album will be preceded with the release of lead single ‘Shake Me Down’ on
March 13th .Described by Rolling Stone as a ‘Pixies-to-the-max jam’, the single showcases an album heavily influenced by 90’s grunge and is packed with
explosive loud-quiet-loud moments. Other stand-out tracks include ‘Aberdeen’. ‘Sell Yourself’, ‘Around my Head’’ and the beautiful ‘Flow’. Currently at #3 on the
Billboard Modern Rock chart, ‘Shake Me Down’ is on course to be the band’s third US #1. The young five-piece from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass), Lincoln Parish (guitar) and Jared Champion (drums), accumulated over 80 songs worth of ideas during a 2-year period touring around the globe and living here in the UK supporting their eponymous debut!
The Last Dance new single 28 February 2011
Sugar and spice ain't in it... dangerous... jailbait! A fine debut, catchy song, sexy vid, a hit!
PR.. This massive new sing-a-long-at-the-top-of-your-voice single sets the bar seriously high for any newcomers hoping to take the pop crown. It comes a week prior to her incredible debut album ‘Light After Dark’ released on February 28.
Currently sitting at #1 on youtube - watch the video here:
And if you haven’t seen the voice live as yet – make it a New Years resolution. Clare has recently announced her first headline tour, for full listings go to -
Katy Perry & Kanye West
ET - MCH Remix new single release date to be confirmed
Well some great stereo interplay and Katy & Kanye.. Brandy bollox better watch his Mrs... Kanye's probing...
Top top track!!!
Ace Of Hz new single 14 March 2011
One of the top indie electro bands of recent times with a top new track to go with their new chronology CD... hope this top forty's.. top track
Here's the PR..... Ladytron releases an EP around their latest single “Ace Of Hz,” with featured remixes of the track by Tiësto, Punks Jump Up and NYCPARTYINFO. Known for creating celebrated remixes for the likes of Blondie, Nine Inch Nails, Simian Disco Club, Bloc Party, Gang Of Four and more, Ladytron procured a few of their most admired remixers to retouch their current single. Enlisting the talents of Tiësto, Punks Jump Up and newcomer NYCPARTYINFO, the EP offers three unique and classic takes on the track. Punks Jump Up (Miike Snow, Crystal Castles, Lykke Li, Kele, Robyn) fashion a DIY style, providing a hypnotic, upbeat, disco/club rendition that stays true to general vibe of the original song. Tiësto (Madonna, Kanye West, Muse, Delerium, Lady
Gaga) delivers his authentic and credible voice to create an atmospheric, yet pulsating version that mixes house, trance and techno. Relative neophytes, NYCPARTYINFO transforms the track into a distinct, soulful subject best described as ‘technorganic haunted house.’
Formed in the summer of 1998, the members of Ladytron (Daniel Hunt, Helen Marnie, Mira Aroyo, Reuben Wu), have spent the last decade fashioning albums of deliriously buzzing, whip-smart music that have kept them ahead of the curve, apart from the fads and in a league of their own. Currently, the band is hard at work on their as yet untitled fifth album—the follow-up to 2008’s Velocifero.
Ladytron will release a decade-spanning ‘Best Of’ compilation in March; ‘Ace Of Hz’ will appear on both albums.
Berlin / Low release to be confirmed
When you think of all the great bands that have originated from the UK - Clash, Duran, Beatles, Stones, Libertines is poushing it a bit, although nothing of the Oasis status they aspired to - they were kind of there in the last decade... and now traditional rock bands are really struggling (even KOL's last album took a knockdown). Why?? I think there may have been a trend towards being to arty rather than straight down the middle like 'Sex On Fire'. 'Berlin' is another clever track as is 'Low'... i'm finding it hard to imagine many of the new bands have songs that could rock stadiums... unlike many of the 80bpm grime artists like Wretch 32 and Tempah man... I don't know, it's becoming more and more noticeable but hopefully if one band like The Tunics can make a big breakthrough, get one big hit song the landscape may change. hope so. Here's the PR...
"Fiery, urgent tunes with a brutal honesty and earnestness..." NME
“Fully expect The Tunics to outsell everyone” – Guardian band Of The Day
"Listen to the music. Invade the stage. And go love The Tunics as much as we do..." BBC
From the suburbs of Croydon to the industrial bloc of former East Berlin, The Tunics have been quietly making a name for themselves as well as an album. The Tunics are Joe Costello (vocals/guitar), Scott Shepherd (bass), James Booth (keyboards) and Simon Hargreaves (drums). With a following that sees them packing German tours and gigs from Madrid to St. Petersburg, and debuting high into the German college charts with their first single ‘Low’, it only seems fitting to bring these boys back to the place where they began.
Being your typical British teenager, Joe Costello, grew up listening to The Libertines and decided to make his dream of “doing what The Libertines do” become a reality. At 16 years of age, and with his best mates in tow, Joe formed The Tunics in 2006 and started gigging all over their London town. Their first tentative release was a single, ‘Cost of Living’, back in 2008 and to their surprise the notoriously hard-to-please press were pleased. The Tunics found themselves in the maelstrom that is known to the more cynical amongst us as “the hot new band for the next five minutes” syndrome. It was a whirlpool of label offers and TheTunics felt they were being rinsed harder than a hot wash set to 90. On spin.
Wisely, the boys opted to get outta this place and recognised that BMG could offer them more than just a record deal. They found themselves, not unlike another fab’ young foursome, on a plane to Germany and that is where their story really starts.
Their sound is a mix of influences; The Libertines, Cast and Oasis. The album is a melody-heavy, heart-on-the-sleeve affair, reminiscent of the greats from the Britpop era, when guitar bands were ruling the charts. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in the songs that we’re writing and the album that we have,” says frontman Joe. “Not to be too overblown about the whole thing but we’re ready for a proper f**king guitar band with actual songs. I think that’s what the world needs.”
The album opens with the dance-like-you’re-a-teenager-again track entitled ‘Berlin’ - an ode to the city of their rebirth. ‘Help Is On It’s Way’ is next up. Bass heavy, it drives the song forward like speeding traffic, barrelling up the westway. Third up ‘I’m Broke You’re Bored’ will be the second single release from the album: A poignant sentiment with the gently spiralling guitar and keyboards of Costello and Booth providing the soundtrack to it. ‘Stolen Hearts’ is the ballad of
the album and a stand-out track complete with slide guitars that shine a western infused sunset light on the song. Next up is ‘Radio’, a beautiful string-laden piece of music that comes with one of the band’s sharpest-tongued lyrics. “I think the song is about everything on the radio being rubbish basically and just saying ‘I can’t bear this any longer, I need an outlet for myself.” Debut single ‘Low’ has a killer hook with layers of piano and guitar sounds. A soft interlude marks the half way point of the album and leads into the second half of the record: ‘Slaves Ride On These Waves’ is again haunted by a western air. The
gently plucked guitar and folky balladry places it firmly in the desert, a lost Morricone. ‘You Already Knew’ picks up the tempo and from here on in the album is hitting the backbeat hard. ‘Shadows’ is a jaunty and upbeat psychedelic groover with a political stab. ‘Wit and Acid Tongue’, largely instrumental skiffles by with an undeniable and sometimes abstract sixties’ vibe. ‘A Moment of Clarity’ is the penultimate track on Dabblers Handbook and is a moment in time, an expansive breath and a gently rocking precursor to album closer ‘Dear God’, an epic and beautifully composed prayer of a track. The anthemic strings wrap the closing number into a gift of a finale
2011 is the year the guitar bands come back fighting to reclaim the land the synths stole momentarily. And The Tunics ‘Dabblers Handbook’ will be a heavy weight contender.
Edit Me release to be confirmed
Top new band with a great new track - hope it sees the light of day and the top forty soon... Here's the PR
Never a band to rest on their laurels, hotly-tipped Glasgow natives Twin Atlantic hit the ground running this year with their first headline tour & new single of 2011. ‘Edit Me’ had its first spin on The Rock Show on BBC Radio 1 to huge fan response. Twin Atlantic immediately began trending on Twitter & the Internet was a flurry of excitement that there is new music hitting the streets. ‘Edit Me’ will be available for download on February 14th & will include an exclusive B-Side of ‘Running From Money’. The band recently finished recording their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Free’ at Red Bull Studio in Santa Monica with über producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies).
Wretch 32 & Example
Unorthodox new single 18 April 2011
Top move to sound like 'Fools Gold'... v clever... A quite superb follow-up, people love the sex in it... top five... maybe a Tinie-a-like and the first of three number ones. And young Jermaine is at the Great Hall, Cardiff Uni on 10 March 2011. Top-oh. Here's the PR...
25 year-old Jermaine Scott, aka Wretch 32 has had an incredible start to the year. After being earmarked by the BBC as a one to watch for their Sound of 2011 list, along with being hotly tipped by NME, MTV and HMV, as a rising music star he has gone on to achieve a Top 5 debut smash with his first commercial single release,‘Traktor’, and was confirmed as the main support on Example’s forthcoming nationwide Spring tour, (see dates below).
Wretch 32 is the UK rapper’s rapper. ‘The Metaphor Man’ – as Devlin likes to call him – he has a way with words that has earned him a reputation as the best lyricist on the scene with everyone from Tinie Tempahthrough to Professor Green singing his praises.
Before signing a record deal, Wretch 32 was already well known on the underground. Not only did he sell over 15,000 copies of his mixtapes in and around Tottenham where he grew up on the Tiverton estate and collaborate with the likes of Chipmunk, Mike Skinner and Wiley (to name a few), but he also received awards acknowledging his dazzling lyricism from BBC 1Xtra, Touch Magazine and the Official Mixtape Awards. In addition to signing to Levels Recordings/Ministry of Sound last year also saw Wretch 32supporting Professor Green, Tinie Tempah and Chipmunk on tour and appearing live at major festivals including Glastonbury and BBC Weekender.
Now, following on from the resounding commercial success of his first single release proper, ‘Traktor’,Wretch 32 is gearing up to release ‘Unorthodox’, the second track from his forthcoming album, while also embarking on Example’s forthcoming full nationwide tour. Featuring Example and sampling the Stone Roses classic ‘Fools Gold’, the infectious sounding ‘Unorthodox’ is the perfect follow up to ‘Traktor’. An up tempo track featuring witty wordplay, innovative beats and a killer hook for a chorus, ‘Unorthodox’ will sit as comfortably on mainstream radio airwaves as it will on the grimiest of dance floors.
‘Unorthodox’ featuring Example, will be released by Levels Recordings/ Ministry of Sound on 18thApril 2010. Wretch 32 will be supporting Example on his UK tour throughout February and March 2011:
07/03/11 - Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa
08/03/11 - O2 Academy, Leicester
10/03/11 - University Great Hall, Cardiff
11/03/11 - Academy, Manchester
12/03/11- Academy, Manchester
14/03/11 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
15/03/11 - Westlands, Yeovil
16/03/11 - Guildhall, Southampton
17/03/11 - Dome, Brighton
UK Top 40Sun 27 Feb 11
In America Lady GaGa's 'Born This Way' and Mumford & Sons 'Sigh No More' are still topping the Hot 100 Singles & Albums while Adele holds on to the UK's Number One Single and Album position with 'Someone Like You' and '21' respectively.
6 new – 8 up, 18 down, 8 non-movers Top Ten… 6 USA… 4 UK... 1 Barbados
This Week ... Last Wk ... Wks In ... Artist ... Title ... Origin
1 1 4 ADELE Someone Like You UK
2 2 4 JESSIE J & B.o.B. Price Tag UK
3 6 4 RIHANNA S&M (Come On) Barbados
4 4 6 ADELE Rollin' In The Deep UK
5 5 3 CHIPMUNK & CHRIS BROWN Champion UK & USA
6 new 1 ALEXIS JORDAN Good Girl USA
7 7 7 BRUNO MARS Grenade USA
8 3 3 LADY GAGA Born This Way USA
9 9 5 CHRIS BROWN Year 3x USA
10 13 5 P!NK Perfect USA
America's Hot 100
This Week ... Last Week ... Weeks In ... Artist ... Title
1 1 2 LADY GAGA Born This Way
2 7 26 CEE LO GREEN Forget You
3 3 21 BRUNO MARS Grenade
4 32 3 Dr DRE I Need A Doctor
5 2 18 KATY PERRY Firework
6 5 8 P!NK F*ckin' Perfect
7 8 6 RIHANNA S & M