George Ezra to play one-off gig in aid of mental health charity ‘Mind’

George Ezra to play one-off gig in aid of mental health charity ‘Mind’

George Ezra has stated that he will dedicate a performance in aid of the mental health charity ‘Mind’, at London’s Union Chapel in December. The British born 24-year-old singer/songwriter has announced that there will be a slew of special guests to accompany him on stage. He has been amassing donations from fans since a tour earlier on in 2017 and Ezra was pleasantly surprised at the amount collected at each show. With such a positive…

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Ed Sheeran returns to stage following bicycle accident

Ed Sheeran returns to stage following bicycle accident

Ed Sheeran returned to the stage in Singapore over the weekend (11-12 Nov 2017) following what he described as a “depressing” six-week touring break“ due to his bicycle accident. The singer was forced to stop his worldwide tour after he suffered fractures in his right wrist and left elbow by falling off his bike in October. A string of dates on the Asian leg of the Tour had to be cancelled and rescheduled for April…

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Stars including Ed Sheeran and Lorde are selling their shoes in the name of charity

Stars including Ed Sheeran and Lorde are selling their shoes in the name of charity

Small Steps Project is a UK non-profit organisation that provides emergency aid to people living on landfills and dump environments and makes documentary films and organises campaigns, such as Celebrity Shoe Auctions, to increase awareness and raise funds for this tragic global situation that is often overlooked. The organization will benefit from an auction set up by Charity Stars who aim to “dream big and create greater change for causes worldwide”. Ed Sheeran and Lorde…

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Live Review: Don Broco at Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review: Don Broco at Alexandra Palace, London

Don Broco | Alexandra Palace, London | 11/11/2017 Review by Philip Marsden On Saturday Night (11th November 2017), alt-rockers Don Broco played their first ever headline arena show to a sold out Alexandra Palace. Don Broco are a band who are right at the top of the alternative music scene, but are hovering just below the threshold of becoming a household name. Their musical style can be hard to pin down, ranging from the hard rock vibes of…

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Did you know? ☆4 Keane

Did you know? ☆4 Keane

DID YOU KNOW? Member Tim Rice-Oxley was invited by Chris Martin of Coldplay to join the band in 1997 after hearing him play the piano. Tim politely declined as he did not want to leave Keane. Keane are an English rock band from East Sussex who were formed in 1995. They achieved mainstream and international success with the release of their debut album, “Hopes and fears” in 2004. There are five members of the band…

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Did you know? ☆3 Emeli Sande

Did you know? ☆3 Emeli Sande

DID YOU KNOW? Emeli Sande’s real name is ‘Adele Emily Sande’ but decided against using the name due to the singer Adele’s growing success. Emelie Sande is a Scottish singer/songwriter who first became prominent after featuring on the track “Diamond Rings” by the rapper Chipmunk in 2009 and was her first top ten single on the UK Singles Chart. Initially, born in Sunderland to a Zambian father and English mother, Sande wrote her first song…

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Did you know? ☆2 NAUGHTY BOY

Did you know? ☆2 NAUGHTY BOY

DID YOU KNOW? Naughty Boy paid to set up a recording studio in his parents shed after winning £40,000 on Channel 4’s hit day-time gameshow ‘Deal or No Deal’. Shahid Khan known by his stage name naughty boy is an English DJ, record producer, songwriter, musician and rapper. Originally from Watford, his variety of different genres (UK garage, breakbeat, hip-hop, pop) as a producer is notably admired. Initially he studied business and Marketing at London…

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Did you know? ☆1 Sam Smith

Did you know? ☆1 Sam Smith

DID YOU KNOW? Sam Smith is the third cousin of singer, Lilly Allen. Sam Smith is an English singer-songwriter who rose to fame in October 2012 when featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough song “Latch” which peaked at number 11 on UK Singles Chart. His style of music is melodic and blues with soulful falsettos and a soft contemporary jazz, velvety feel to his voice. This has made him enormously successful by singing emotional ballads that connect…

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Taryn Southern and artificial intelligence

Taryn Southern and artificial intelligence

American YouTube personality and digital strategist, Taryn Southern, has made headlines after releasing a song that was created with the assistance of artificial intelligence software, called ‘Al’. The song is titled ‘Break Free’ and was formed in collaboration with an algorithm that helped produce the backing track and video art. The 31-year-old programmed the settings for the song’s tempo, instrumentation and mood on her laptop and the result was a moody ballad filled with a…

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Under Rated Albums ☆3 – “Paranoid Cocoon” by Cotton Jones

Under Rated Albums ☆3 – “Paranoid Cocoon” by Cotton Jones

Formerly known as the Cotton Jones Basket Ride, singer-songwriter Michael Nau released music he made with Whitney McGraw as “Cotton Jones” for several years. One of the best releases among the many great albums Nau has produced over his career is the 2009 Cotton Jones album “Paranoid Cocoon” — a set of beautifully harmonized folk tunes with cohesive themes and haunting atmospherics. The duo of Nau and McGraw is the foundation upon which this album was thoughtfully built upon. The lyrics of…

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