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International chart topper Rihanna has today announced that she will launch the British leg of her ‘Loud Tour’ next year in 2011. The tour will kick off in London next October, with the 22-year-old visiting Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and Birmingham! People are you ready to get ‘Loud’? I was hoping for a Cardiff date to be honest!
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Saturday (December 11th) and are priced at a reasonable £39.50 & £46.00 regionally. For London though, you’ll have to fork out that little bit extra (£40, £42.50 & £55).
‘Loud’ Tour 2011
Wednesday 05 – London 02 Arena
Friday 07 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Sunday 09 – Manchester Evening News Arena
Monday 10 – Glasgow SECC
Saturday 15 – Birmingham LG Arena
Sunday 16 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Fifteen of music’s most exciting rising stars have been named on the longlist for the BBC’s Sound of 2011.
The list was compiled using recommendations from more than 160 influential UK tastemakers, who were asked to name their favourite new acts.
The Sound of 2011 winner and top five will be unveiled in January.
SOUND OF 2011: THE LONGLIST
- James Blake
- Anna Calvi
- Esben & the Witch
- Jessie J
- Clare Maguire
- The Naked & Famous
- Jai Paul
- The Vaccines
- Jamie Woon
- Wretch 32
Who do you think is favourite to win…..?
After the hugely succesful Love The Way You Lie by Rihanna and Eminem, they’ve decided to go down the Empire State of Mind route with a broken down Part II. It’s pretty fantastic, its firmly on repeat on the iPod although im still unsure if it beats the original…? Initially a piano based broken down version of the track was recorded but then drums were added to give the song a new lease of life.
It’s being hailed as one of the UK’s biggest grime tunes to date. I’ve been pretty excited about this track for a while and now the video has now been unveiled for all to enjoy!!
GIGGS, DEVLIN, EXAMPLE, PROFESSOR GREEN, TINIE TEMPAH and CHIPMUNK all appear on the track. The fact that Tinchy has gathered ALL these UK artists is no mean feat and shows the strength of UK music at the moment. It’s huge!!
Game Over is taken from the Tinchy’s forthcoming album Third Strike.
Judging by the reaction so far, the track is destined for chart glory… The result is the UK urban scene at it’s finest really!!
Check the newly premiered video out below….!
You’ve got the long awaited reappearance of Mr Shayne Ward , The 2nd single by Olly Murs , & Alexandra Burke’s 6th single in a big ‘X FACTOR Extravaganza post’
So then Shayne Ward is finally back into the limelight with his brand new single “Gotta Be Somebody”. The video shot in L.A has in the last week been premiered. Gotta Be Somebody is the official lead single from the anticipated upcoming third album “Obsession” which will available from November 15th – The rockish feel to the song has now been replaced with synth beats and a nice dose of auto-tune as you might know. Its grown on me I’ll admit that. As for the new music video, it’s a blatent Trey Songs approach. There’s not really much of a concept behind the video , just Shayne Ward dressed in not very much at all. There’s not much else you can say about it. Shayne is appearing on the X Factor this coming weekend in a bid to kickstart the hype for the new single/album era.
You can check the video out below….
Next we have the new single from the beautiful Alexandra Burke whose record company have decided to release the ballad influenced track “The Silence” from her debut album. The track will serve as the new release from her repackage of her “Overcome” debut album. The single noticeably has a few little differences to the original album track with some new adlibs and a little choir feature towards the end.. The video has also been premiered for us, so you can check that brand new video out below. The video is a perfect type of the video for the track , it blends and fits perfectly well with the black and white theme. Simple but it does the job!
LAST but not least the new video for Olly Murs’ latest single has also been unveiled recently.
‘Thinking Of Me‘ is the second single from his upcoming debut self-titled album which is released November 29th. It will be interesting to see if Olly can bag a second #1 hit in the UK with the new Steve Robson-produced single. As for the new music video, it’s a simple but effective visual effort! I don’t know what it is but when the videos for some songs are released you seem to like the track a little bit more. I wasn’t overly keen on the track previously but I think its a grower.. In the newly premiered visuals you see Olly putting himself in some pretty ‘risky’ life-threatening situations, you can see it for yourself below…!
That’s it for the X Factor themed post. Hope you enjoyed…!
Right so I’ve been here for the last 5 minutes thinking of amazing journalistic terms to describe this new Jessie J song – Who You Are. And I’ve decided that journalistic terms won’t cover it, I could reel off so many superlatives to describe this amazing talent going by the name of J J J essie J! It’s just wow.. The lyrics , the voice , it all combines to blow my mind. I’m literally so excited about her music.
I’ve been waiting for this track to arrive online in its full entirety for a long while now and now it’s arrived…., has it been worth the wait…?
You betcha right it has!
Expect Jessie J to be one of the most talked about artists in 2011. She has arrived in full force.
She is currently getting ready to release her debut single Do It Like A Dude which is expected for release in December!!!
Make sure you check the track out below.
So then what about the actual music Shaheen has been recording…..? Shaheen is set to release the song titled “Last Train Home” with “Hip Teens” as the B side to the single. Both tracks present Shaheen in a completely contrasting light which shows off his amazing versatility as an artist. IMO I think Shaheen is a born star and could be one of this year’s brightest new recording acts without a doubt!
Since the signing to Island Records in May, Shaheen has been busy working on the record in the US with superstar producers including Jerry Wonda, Igloo & TC, who have worked with the likes of Ludacris, Whitney Houston, Black Eyed Peas, Backstreet Boys, Estelle and many more. In the UK, he has been working with big names such as Jimmy Hogarth and Martin Terefe, who have previously worked with Amy Winehouse, Duffy and James Morrison to name just a few. So big names he’s been working with then, thats impressive , you certainly get the impression that Island Records have extreme confidence in Shaheen to be the country’s next big star. I’m backing him all the way!
You can get a glimpse of his new music by checking the video out below...
For all the latest news follow Shaheen on twitter @shaheenofficial
Finally Pixie Lott/Jason Derulo “Coming Home” has surfaced online & Nicole Scherzinger’s new single “Poison” in full , Check Them Both Out!
OH MY GODDDD! This is what I call a feel good kind of tune! This is my kind of song. I’ve been waiting to listen to this collaboration ever since it was announced. But Pixie Lott‘s super-anticipated collaboration with Mr Derulo, “Coming Home” is finally here to my delight.! The duet will be included as well as other four new tracks on Pixie’s upcoming “Turn It Up Louder” CD which will be available in the UK from this Monday, October 18th.
I’m pretty sure that this song will get the full single material. So what makes Coming Home such a good feel good tune then….? Ok its a very cute midtempo tune, nice lyrics and there is a great amount of chemistry between the two singers. It’s just one of them songs that grows on you every time you listen to it. You can just jam along to it with ease and just have a good time! Love it!
Check out the track in full below…!
To be perfectly honest I’ve never really taken Nicole‘s bid for solo success that much seriously. She’s suffered a few setbacks thus far in her solo career and with her debut album being put back I feared she would never reach the heights of her Pussycat Dolls group!
But after she featured on the X Factor as a judge I suddenly found myself warming to Nicole more than ever before, so I just found myself rooting for her and hoping her solo career picks up! And boy am I happy to hear her latest planned song release. If this attempt doesn’t do it , I have no idea what will!! Now, Nicole’s second attempt at solo stardom is taking a step in the right direction with lead single Poison.
It’s a big dance club stomper and it comes as no real surprise that the track was produced by the hugely acclaimed producer Red One.
“Poison” ticks all the boxes and i mean every single box.Poison comes complete with a big killer beat and catchy and effective lyrics. And a strong hook. “I’ve got poison on my mind!!”, Nicole sings. And boy she kills it! I’m totally feeling this 100%. The beautiful Nicole Scherzinger is set to release this club-banger on November 29th. BOY I really cannot bloody wait!!!
Follow Nicole on twitter @NicoleScherzy for all the latest news and to make sure you keep updated on the video release!!
Following on from his debut number 1 single, Olly Murs releases “Thinking of You” as his follow up single….
Olly Murs premiered his new single “Thinking of Me” this week which set to be his second single. Especially after the huge success of his debut single it will be very interesting to see how the follow-up track will fare chartwise. I’m not a big fan of this track at the moment , is it a grower…? It could very well be. Only time will tell! What i will say though is that the style of the song is very similar to his 1st single , It’s just like a continuation, well if it aint broke well don’t fix it right….? I’m interested in hearing his album to see what else he has up his sleeve. Also the lyrics are a bit cringeworthy!
Olly co-wrote the single with Steve Robson (who he also worked with on Please Don’t Let Me Go), as well as JLS and Westlife collaborator Wayne Hector.
I think Olly could potentially have a number one with this track , as theres not really a huge amount of competition the same week this track gets its release. Obviously when you add in the power of X Factor then there’s lots of potential for the song.
The track is released 21’st November! The video has already been shot and should be released sometime in the next week I should imagine.
You can take a listen to the track below….!
You’ve got Duffy’s comeback single , The Saturdays Vid With Flo Rida, Example & Jason Derulo’s new videos , Katy Perry Teaser Video & Keri Hilson’s new song all in one big bumper post…
For some reason I’ve got a bit behind with all the latest music out there today, how very shocking of me, so I thought whats better than a big bumper post…? So yeah here it is.
Duffy has returned to the limelight with her brand new song and its a trademark Duffy song in every sense of the word. She’s made a name for herself with her signature pop soul like style!
The soul-pop uptempo track featuring The Roots serves as the lead single from the Welsh star’s upcoming sophomore album “Endlessly” . The album is out November 29th. The visuals are stunning. Wow Duffy is so beautiful. The video is FIERCE with Duffy delivering some impressive choreography. The new era is up and running impressively. You can get the new song on November 21st. Take a peep at the video below..!
The Saturdays have also unveiled the newer edit of their brand new single “Higher”. The second edit features the rapper Flo Rida! Besides adding Flo Rida’s scenes to the video, there isn’t much of a difference, except that they removed the part where Una and Vanessa sang near the end. Check the video out below!
Two Lives’ is the fifth single from Example’s debut album ‘Wont Go Quietly, The hits just keep on coming and coming. The new single is called “Two Lives”, and IMO is one of the best songs from the album with Example again hitting you with his beautiful, simple and stirring lyrics, he certainly has a way with words. The video shows the difficult side of being a rapper as it gets a little bit too much for him , instead of getting a lift on the tour bus, Elliot takes a time-out to walk home alone. Two Lives is released November 14!
Keri Hilson’s new single “Pretty Girl Rock” has recently premiered in its official entirety. The track is the 2nd release from “No Boys Allowed”. “Pretty Girl Rock” is very pop influenced but still keeping Keri’s renowned swagger like quality. The song ticks all the boxes , its radio friendly , It has a cool piano-driven melody and an infectious hook! Impressed with this song release from Keri ! Hope she does well with this!
American star Katy Perry has unveiled the teaser clip for her new single “Firework“. You can check it out below. She is set to perform the single on this week’s edition of the X Factor.
I don’t know what it is but with some songs i actually need the video to be released for me to take the song a bit seriously. This new video release is a pretty perfect example , I wasn’t crazy about Only Girl , Rihanna‘s first single to be lifted from the new “Loud” era but with the video being released i have suddenly found myself addicted to the track. I think it’s the type of song that sounds better and better each time you hear it and with a video to now accompany the track that just increases….!
The visuals for the track found their way onto the web earlier this week to the delight of Rihanna fans worldwide.In the 22-year-old singer’s new video, directed by longtime collaborator Anthony Mandler, Rihanna reveals the lengths she will go to get her guy to make her feel like the “Only Girl (In the World).” Rihanna has officially moved on from her edgy “Rated R” days and has taken on a more girly and upbeat look with her newly premiered music video “Only Girl”.
‘Only Girl (In The World)’ is the lead single from Rihanna’s forthcoming album ‘Loud!!
The wild array of colors and landscapes makes this video such a beautifully shot video. Rihanna shows off her beautiful to die for looks and continues to rock her “LOUD” and spirited red locks as we view her as the only girl in the world, through rose-colored glasses. If Rihanna was indeed the only girl in the world it would be such a beautiful world.
“It’s really, really beautifully shot in these crazy, crazy, crazy places,” the 22-year-old told Entertainment Weekly. “We shot landscapes that we found a couple of hours outside of LA It looks so unreal. It looks fake, like something out of a postcard with the beautiful hills: We had a lot of sunshine those couple of days, so it really worked with the whole essence of the video. But really, the video just shows this big landscape and the only person there is me.”
Ps. Rumour has it that Rihanna will perform on X Factor on Sunday 24th October…Can’t wait.
Check the oh so beautiful visuals out below..!
So then its time for the two members of Girls Aloud to launch their albums and so fittingly the cover art pictures have been released.Check them both out below….!
What do you think? Is it better than Cheryl’s offering or does the X Factor judge’s cover art get your vote.…? You decide!