Behind the music

By Sarah Wiggerham 07/05/2013 14:14

Treating the crowd to tracks from their now number one album Home, Hackney-based quartet Rudimental proved there’s much more to them than just drum 'n' bass at their sold out gig at Electric Brixton.

The four-piece is made up of Piers Agget, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and the hugely charismatic DJ Locksmith. The group set up in front of live drums, trumpet, guitar, keyboards and synths to belt out crowd pleasers Hell Could Freeze (featuring US rap newcomer Angel Haze), Not Giving In, Spoons and Baby.


Rudimental - credit Paul Hampartsoumian

Rudimental excel at an upbeat and old-fashioned, all-action show, which judging by the size of the mosh pit, was exactly what their fans were after. Last year’s summer smash Feel The Love featuring John Newman delivered the show-stealing finale and ended with the crowd singing in unison, arms waving and hands clapping. An encore followed shortly after with a cover of Paramore’s NOW and number one hit Waiting All Night.  

Funky retro-soul mixed with jubilant drum ‘n’ bass on a warm early summer’s evening made this writer very happy.  Bring on festival season!


John Newman, famous for his vocals on Rudimental's Feel The Love and Not Giving In warmed up the lively crowd with tracks Running, Try, Cheating, Golddust, Out Of My Head and Losing Sleep. At the tender age of 23 the Yorkshire lad added a soulful groove to the night closing with Love Me Again.


MSN went to watch the famous five at London's O2 Arena, and we weren't disappointed...

By Lucy Mapstone 25/02/2013 16:52

By guest writer Christy Chung


One Direction


If there's anything to be said about the boys from One Direction, it's that they know exactly how to please their fans. Not that they had to do much other than turn up donning their boy band uniform of super low cut V-necks, skinny jeans, and strategically gelled locks. From the start, they did nothing but entertain, interact and hype up the painfully loud London audience. From a cheeky wave to the crowd to soaring across the arena (on what can only be described as an electronic magic carpet) the boys made every fan feel loved and left no corner of the 25,000 capacity O2 arena un-touched by hysteria.


What I found particularly 'cool' (dare I say it) was the interactive board which displayed tweets from members of the audience, asking questions to their beloved band members such as, “what’s your favourite sandwich filler?” and “who’s the best dancer in the group?” etc.


The inclusion of seat location in the tweets meant that they were again able to rile up their adoring fans, block by block and give away even more than just their vocal prowess.


Our view of One Direction!


1D proved that they could not only get the crowd pumping with their upbeat chart toppers What Makes You Beautiful and Kiss You, but they could also cast silence with the moving acoustic ballad Little Things, during which, Zayn had asked fans to sway mobile phones and glow sticks.


Towards the end, 1D displayed their slightly edgier (but still cute) American rock influence; illustrating why they just won the coveted Global Success Brit Award and channelling their inner Rolling Stones vibe with song cover choices such as, Rock Me, Teenage Dirtbag and this year’s Comic Relief single One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks).


Singing live (and doing it well), high energy performances, and really involving their audience… that’s the key to winning over the hearts of a million teenage girls - and a few slightly older ones :).


I'll bet Simon Cowell is feeling very smug right about now.



Country-pop star adopts English accent during performance

By james_hurley 11/02/2013 12:28

Taylor Swift is well known for writing songs about her exes but it seems she's not averse to mocking them in public either.


Performing at last night's Grammys, the 23 year-old adopted what sounded like an English accent for the spoken part of her hit We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, leading to speculation she was impersonating her recent squeeze Harry Styles.


"So he calls me up and he's like 'Ah still love yoo'", says Taylor (at 2:15 if you don't fancy watching it all) doing the sort of voice you take the mickey out of your little brother with.


"And I'm like 'I'm sorry, I'm busy opening up the Grammys… and we are never getting back together!'", she continues, twisting the knife further.


Taylor and Harry split up early in the New Year following a blazing row while on holiday in the Caribbean.


As soon as her performance was over, director Judd Apatow tweeted: "Did Taylor Swift just do an English accent?", echoing the suspicions of many watching.


It's not the first time Ms Swift has used a live TV appearance to call out an ex-boyfriend.

In 2009, she referenced her split from singer Joe Jonas during an appearing on Saturday Night Live with the words, "Hey Joe. I'm doing real well. I'm hosting SNL."


What do you think about Taylor Swift impersonating Harry Styles? Let us know in the comments below...


Is there a tour in the works for 2013?

By james_hurley 23/01/2013 13:06

Prince has posted what appears to be a new single on his official website.

A snippet of the track, called Screw Driver, first appeared via a mysterious Twitter account in the name of @3rdeyegirl. It's unclear whether the account is part of a viral marketing campaign or is run by someone genuinely leaking Prince tracks.


A funk jam called Chapter & Verse was tweeted three days ago but Screw Driver sounds more like a single. 


The release of new music plus reports that Prince has been auditioning for a new drummer suggests the Purple One may be heading out on tour some time soon, although no live dates are currently scheduled.


What do you think of the new Prince song? Let us know in the comments below...


It’s silly o’clock in the morning and we’re up for the premiere of his new song – was it worth the early morning alarm call though?

By Ed_Holden 14/01/2013 08:26

By Tina Hart


So Justin Timberlake’s been a right old tease for the last few days, suddenly dropping hints about new music, complete with a website countdown and whatnot, and the goods have finally arrived, so what’s the deal?

10 things about the new Justin Timberlake single Suit And Tie and related shenanigans

- The intro is a bit naff, then once you soon hear the horns we promise it gets better
- Producer Timbaland says ‘Are you ready JT?’ and the song secends into floaty, slightly funky mid-tempo R&B
- After a few bars you’ll be singing the repeated line ‘She’s so fi-i-ine’
- The catchy chorus rolls around and the rhymes are simple and sexy, grown-up-I’m-in-love stylee a la Robin Thicke
- At this point you’ll be singing ‘Let me show you a few thaaangs / a-bout lo-o-ve’
- A dark bassy note drops and ‘Get out your seat Hov’ marks the introduction of Mr Jay-Z… who, to be honest, I could go without on the track
- It’s not mind-blowing but it’s a good, solid statement track from JT. We expect the amazingness levels to be cranked up for singles 2 and 3 and we’re excited about the album but there was a bit of a sense of anti-climax upon the first listen, considering the hype…
- Saying that, it’s DEFINITELY a grower/track  1 on the tracklisting kind of material.
- Suit And Tie is out on iTunes now and is taken from JT’s new album, due out later this year, called The 20/20 Experience.

More details about the album and his sneaky recording of it last summer is in his open letter to fans below…


An Open Letter to you (the fans):
I hope this gets to you the right way. It’s the only way I know to do it. Some people may criticize me for the last 3 days. But it was fun, right?? Right?!?! Besides, I’d rather speak directly to all of you. And, who can knock me for having a little bit of fun with it?

Well… No more teasing. Although, it was A LOT of fun. (Did I mention that I’m having fun with this?? Ha!)

*Makes a serious face*

So, here goes:
This year is an exciting one for me. As you probably have heard through the “grapevine,” I’m gearing up for a big 2013.

Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.

The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn’t expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I’ve had in my career… Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process.

What I came up with is something I couldn’t be more excited about! It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I’ve discovered along the way.

I’m calling it “The 20/20 Experience,” and it’s coming out this year.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.

That’s all I’m giving you for now… I know, I know! Again, with the teasing!!!

Get ready. This is going to be fun (well, at least it is for me). JT.


What did you think of the track? Post your comments below


Cryptic tweet hints new track will drop at 5pm today

By james_hurley 10/01/2013 11:40

Twitter is ablaze with speculation that Justin Timberlake will release a collaboration with Jay-Z at 5pm today (UK time).

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z

Florida's Radio Now 97.9 first reported that the new track would drop next Monday but a tweet from Timberlake this morning saying "Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST..." suggests it will be today.

30 year-old Timberlake has previously spoken of his attempt to work with rap maestro Jay-Z on his 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, he said: "Look, Jay-Z has put out 11 albums, and I was talking about doing a collaboration with him, and he said, 'I can't do it right now, but I'll get you on the next album.' I was like, 'No, man, I don't work like that.


"This sounded good to me for you and me to do together, and if it doesn't work, then I totally get it, but I won't be putting an album out next year; these aren't a dime a dozen to me.'"


Needless to say, we'll be posting our thoughts as soon as the track sees the light of day.


The boys dress as sailors for Kiss You

By james_hurley 04/01/2013 12:58

One Direction have released a teaser for their new video which shows the boys dressed as sailors.

The video, for new single Kiss Me, has been described by Zayn as "bigger than anything we've done before". Asked by MTV to explain the concept, Louis admitted it's "pure stupidity", so you can rest assured it'll be the usual larking about looking cute, just with a bigger budget.


The full version premieres on Monday January 7th on Vevo.


We need YOUR help!

By james_hurley 02/01/2013 13:32

Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur has been named the most requested music artist in UK prisons, according to reports.

That's all well and good but which songs make up the ultimate prison playlist?


You know, if we're being silly?

  • Dazed and CON-fused - Led Zeppelin
  • Ring My Cell - Anita Ward
  • Handcuff In My Pocket - Alanis Morissette
  • Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
  • Prisoner - Mariah Carey
  • Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
  • Borstal Boys - The Faces
  • Chains - Tina Arena
  • Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
  • Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
  • Behind Bars - The Wanted
  • I Want To Break Free - Queen
  • Screw You - Cheryl
  • The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani
  • Highway To Cell - AC/DC
  • Jailbait - Motorhead

Anyway, that's quite enough from us.


Let us know your suggestions in the comments below...

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