Monday, 26 January 2015

CELEBRATE! 25 Years of Texas


TEXAS celebrate their 25th Anniversary in style with the release of their latest album ‘Texas 25’ which contains brand new songs along with the very best of the multi-million selling (over 38 million album sales so far), multi-platinum, Ivor Novello Award winning band. The first single to be taken from ‘Texas 25’ is a brand new song, ‘Start A Family’ which is released on the same day as the album – Monday 16 February 2015. ‘Start A Family’ is written by Texas stalwarts Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny McElhone along with newcomers Karen-Anne and Jack Townes. The track was recorded by Texas in Glasgow and New York. The song is is classic Texas – beautiful soulful pop with a stunning melody built around Sharleen’s powerful and evocative vocal.  ‘Start A Family’ will come with a cinematic video starring longtime Texas fan Alan Rickman, who memorably danced the tango with Sharleen in the video for ‘In Demand’ back in 2000. Meanwhile ‘Texas 25’ contains three further brand new songs and highlights from the bands greatest hits completely re-recorded and re-worked for 2015 with acclaimed NYC soul outfit Truth & Soul (Amy Winehouse, Adele). Recorded in the Queens studio of Truth & Soul and mixed at The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach’s Nashville studios, working on ‘Texas 25’ was a chance for Sharleen Spiteri and the boys to hear Black Eyed Boy, Halo, I Don’t Want a Lover, Say What You Want, Summer Son, The Conversation with new ears. 'It was incredible to be able to reflect on our body of work after 25 years and rework the tracks in a way that somehow is the very essence of what we've always been about, soul music.' says Sharleen. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

AKA to conquer Africa one beat at a time

Multi-award winning Hip Hop artist AKA will be embarking on a West African tour as early as next week. AKA will be undertaking a radio and promo tour in Nigeria and Ghana, aimed to connect with his fans and the music industry in Accra and Lagos where he has already received much love for his latest single ‘All Eyes On Me’ featuring Nigeria’s Burna Boy. The single is currently at No 1 position across major music and video channels across the continent. AKA has made a passionate statement about his debut performance in West Africa and how he views himself as a differentiated artist on the African continent. “It’s time that we as Africans connect and tell our own story. This West African tour is the beginning of a long awaited story; I believe that the rest of the world is ready to hear”. Commencing the two-legged tour at the legendary Industry Nites in Lagos on Wednesday 28 January, AKA then hits Accra’s Rockstone’s Django on 31 January for an outrageously fun and electrifying live music experience. AKA anticipates spending 4 nights in Lagos and 3 in Accra to give him an opportunity to touch base with local fans and media and spend time in studio with some of Nigeria’s biggest names in music. Mathew Ohio, head of Industry Nite Lagos had this to say “We are very excited to host AKA for the first time in Lagos, Nigeria. Industry Nite is all about cultural exchanges within Africa, from our national and international tours to our African All Star series. Looking forward to a wonderful show.!!!” AKA’s manager and label MD at Vth Season, Benza comments: “AKA is an exceptional performer. His music and videos have already garnered him millions of fans and followers in the last year. Now at the top of his game in South Africa after winning numerous awards, its only fit for AKA to share his gift with his fans in Nigeria, Ghana and the rest of Africa. After last year being named by Dj Edu of BBC 1 Xtra as the 1 of 5 African music star to make it big in the UK, we have calculated the right time to commence this tour.” In the last couple of months AKA has earned the coveted Channel O African Most Gifted Music Video Award, add to that four SA Hip Hop Awards and a slew of Metro Fm Award 2014 Nominations announced at a spectacular event last night.  Having shared stages with the likes of Kanye West, D’banj, Rick Ross, Big Sean and more internationally known artists in addition to multiple nominations and awards, AKA continues to receive the highest accolades and is no doubt one of Africa’s most celebrated entertainers.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Giorgio Moroder feat. Kylie Minogue 'Right Here, Right Now'

The founder of disco and electronic music trailblazer, Giorgio Moroder released his brand new single “Right Here, Right Now” featuring Kylie Minogue. The single will be featured on Giorgio Moroder’s upcoming album (title still to be announced) – his first solo album in over 30 years, scheduled for a Spring release -which will also feature a superstar line up of other collaborators including Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Matthew Koma and many more. Giorgio made his mark as an influential Italian producer, songwriter, performer and DJ. At 74 years-old, Moroder still has his hands in the centre of EDM culture, swinging back into the spotlight as a guest collaborator on the GRAMMY Award-winning Daft Punk album Random Access Memories (“Album Of the Year”), remixing Lady Gaga’s and Tony Bennett’s “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” Coldplay’s “Magic,” along with remixes for Donna Summer, Haim and his Scarface motion picture soundtrack. He has a newfound station as a live DJ which included major festival slots in Japan, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, the HARD’s Day Of The Dead in Los Angeles, and at the Pitchfork Music Festival earlier this year. Over the course of his career, Mr. Moroder has worked with some of the most famous names in music including Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Donna Summer, Cher, Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Freddie Mercury, Blondie, and David Bowie to name a few. He is heavily noted for being the key player in the Queen of Disco Donna Summer‘s rise to fame throughout the 1970s, collaborating with her on her biggest hits including “Love To Love You Baby,” “Hot Stuff” and “I Feel Love.” In 1997, Moroder and Summer won the Grammy Award for “Best Dance Recording” for the song "Carry On.” He recently teamed with Verve records to honor Summer with Love To Love You Donna, a collection of her most notable hits remixed by Afrojack, Hot Chip, Laidback Luke. Masters at Work, and others. Giorgio Moroder’s music charted success everywhere the disco craze touched down but he is also responsible for some of the most classic film scores to date including Scarface and Midnight Express, as well as timeless soundtrack numbers like “Take My Breath Away” (Top Gun), Irene Cara’s “Flashdance,” Blondie’s “Call Me” (American Gigolo), as well as compositions on films such as The Never Ending Story, Superman III, Rambo III and Beverly Hills Cop II. From these, Moroder has accumulated three Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, four Grammys and more than 100 gold and platinum records. Giorgio Moroder was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2004.


Hot on the radio

Sia – “Elastic Heart”

“Chandelier” hitmaker and multi-2015 Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Sia returns with a brand new single from her latest album ‘1000 Forms of Fear’. “Elastic Heart” was produced by Greg Kurstin and was first featured as part of the ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ soundtrack in 2013. The music video for the song – featuring Shia LaBeouf & Maddie Ziegler – is on a whopping 60 million views already!

Watch the explosive music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWZGAExj-es

G.R.L – “Lighthouse”

G.R.L’s “Ugly Heart” was one of the biggest hits of 2014 in South Africa and in September of last year the girls suffered a great tragedy with the passing of one of their members, Simone Battle. “Lighthouse” – produced by Dr. Luke – serves as a tribute track to her and shows the girls coming together again after four months to do what they do best and to share a bit of their experience with the tragedy with their loyal fans.

Check out the touching tribute video to Simone here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ9AGuG59i8

Kid Ink – “Hotel” Ft Chris Brown

Kid Ink’s new album ‘Full Speed’ is due in the first week of February and the L.A based rapper has already teased the project through the release of “Body Language” with Usher & Tinashe as well as iTunes IG tracks “Blunted” and “Like a Hott Boyy”. “Hotel” featuring Chris Brown is the official new single from the project and it is the perfect new reference as to what fans can expect from this exciting new album from him.


Magic! – “Let Your Hair Down” (2015 mix)

Canadian band Magic! had an incredible run with “Rude” over the past twelve months and the guys are ready to start promoting a brand new single worldwide. “Let Your Hair Down” is the official follow-up single and the track being serviced to radio at the moment is a brand new 2015 mix of the song.

Music video at 8.5 million views already: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5YP_oLcgpg

Back To The 80s!

If you are a child of the 80s/90s, like myself, and you live in South Africa, then get ready for the KIA 80s Rewind Festival. This kick-ass 100% pure 80s/90s show is hitting JHB on Saturday 31 January at the Carnival City Lawns, Cape Town on Thursday 5 February at the Grand Arena and Saturday 7 February at Growthpoint Kings in Durban. The line-up is impressive: Billy Ocean, Hazell Dean (Not in JHB), Go West, Wang Chung, Heather Small from M-People, Nik Kershaw, Cutting Crew, Katrina (from Katrina And The Waves), Cinema (Not in Cape Town) and Face To Face (Not in Cape Town). Tickets are for sale now.


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

HOT! Toya Delazy releases ‘My City’ ft Cassper Nyovest

Toya Delazy starts 2015 with a bang as the SAMA award winning artist launches the video & radio version of ‘My City’ ft Cassper Nyovest - the 2nd single off her sophomore album ‘Ascension’. Toya explains: "My City is a song that celebrates where we are from, those places that brought us up to be who we are today. I decided to collaborate with Cassper Nyovest as he is also very proud of where he is from and how he got to where he is now." Nearly four years in the making Toya began writing ‘My City’ in Durban in 2011, when things “were starting to happen in my career… I felt so grateful to have stepped outside my comfort zone and moved to the "big city". That's where it all started, I will never forget that," said the artist. Kyle Lewis from Dirty Soul Productions, who shot Toya’s acclaimed “Forbidden Fruit” video – nominated recently at the Out Awards London - was the director & vision behind the playful treatment that was done almost entirely against a green screen backdrop. After walking away with three South African Music Awards in 2013 for her gold selling debut album Due Drop and a 2013 BET Nomination for Best International Act (Africa), Toya Delazy announced the release of her brand new album ‘Ascension’. Ascension is characterised by a crystal clear artistic vision and was formed through Toya’s unique writing process & significant production collaborations, both local & international. Craig Massiv & Troydon Murisan, Shane Cooper, Ross Jack & Toya herself formed the heart of the production team, with US based Fresco Kane & Jazziel Sommers adding an international flavour to the collab credits. The anthemic ‘My City’ is the key artistic collaboration (with Cassper Nyovest) from the album ‘Ascension’ released in October 2014. 

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Curious Incident (UK) new EP release: Penny Lonesome

UK based alternative pop band The Curious Incident toured SA in November and December 2014 to promote their new EP “Penny Lonesome”.  The band`s vocalist Cavey Roberts says: "The tour was an absolute blast! We overcame loadshedding, wildlife on the highways and e-tolls to meet some of our favourite people in the world at our gigs. We played by candlelight, we played under electric lights, and have fallen head over heels for SA. We hope that our love be reciprocated!"

The official iTunes release date for the EP is 26 January 2015. Pre orders are now open: http://bit.ly/PennyLonesomeSA

The EP consists of 4 news songs: The first single Money hit the SA radio waves in October last year: Tongue-in-cheek teasing of the lyrics of some of the band`s favourite modern artists Aloe Blacc and Sam Smith. The Hunt: An eclectic and somewhat unexpected style mash with a positive blow-out chorus best suited to a Caribbean jump around; Diane: A Tale of youthful love in a school-time crush that's bloomed into an Elvis-approved marriage; Please Don't Say: Perfect for telling that special someone (lover, friend, politician) to shut the hell up.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Willow Smith's "Interdimensional Tesseract" EP

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Willow Smith is all grown up. No any catchy Whip My Hair to find on "Interdimensional Tesseract" EP. Instead, it's something more spiritual. But what does the title of the EP means? I have NO idea, but here is what Willow says, “Healing human light bodies with vibrational melody within the chaos of society. – Just for ambient vibes – Oe Ngati Kameie to our fellow Indigos. Virä atan nd tam tam". The songs are interesting to say the least. Track 1 and 2 are like a Buddhist on a LSD trip. It's actually good and nice to hear Willow break away from the conformity of what defines pop music. She sounds like a young Rihanna on some of the tracks. Track 3, See U Dance is a funky tune that is sure to have your head bopping and your foot tapping. So, congrats Willow, you sure know how surprise us so early in 2015!

2015 is FRANCOIS VAN COKE’s Year


Photographer: Hayden Phipps
The countdown begins. We have eight weeks to go to until one of the most anticipated South African music releases of 2015.  Francois van Coke will release his debut solo album in the beginning of April. “I think it’s definitely different from Van Coke Kartel and Fokofpolisiekar. I wanted to do something that is true to myself, very personal and not be restricted to a certain style of music.” Francois teamed-up with old and new friends to bring this album into being. They are Jedd Kossew, Karen Zoid, Laudo Liebenberg, Hunter Kennedy and Arno Carstens.  The album will be released by Supra Familias and will be launched at KKNK in Oudtshoorn, followed by a national tour. His first single, Moontlik Nooit, will be released from his website as a free download on February 20th.  Francois teamed up with Permanent Record to release a limited edition 7” vinyl with this single and an exclusive B-Side that will be released on the same day. The single, Moontlik Nooit, shows Francois' growth and maturity as a writer and musician. This song further cements his place as the leader of the South African rock 'n roll royal family. The B-side of the single is a vinyl exclusive acoustic track called Skree. The acoustic version of the Skree was specifically recorded for the 7" vinyl and will be found on this release only.

Jack Parow: Stuck in Limbo – A behind-the-scenes music video


Jack Parow kicks off 2015 with a music video for his hit single, Stuck in Limbo featuring Nonku. The footage for Stuck in Limbo was captured by Paul Ward in May and June of 2014 during Parow’s Benelux launch tour to promote his album, Nag Van Die Lang Pette.  This music video offers viewers intimate behind-the-scenes visuals of Jack Parow and his band on tour. 

Industrial Metal Godfathers Ministry live in South Africa

Industrial Metal Godfathers Ministry are set to tear the faces off Johannesburg on 4 March 2015. The band are playing a once-off show as part of their current world tour at Carfax in Newtown Johannesburg and will be supported by South Africa’s very own Terminatryx and The Slash Dogs. With a pioneering history spanning over 30 years the band was formed in 1981 by lead singer Al Jourgensen, originally as a new wave synthpop outfit. They subsequently changed their style to industrial metal in the late 80s. Ministry found mainstream success in the early 1990s with their most successful album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992) and touring as part of the Lollapalooza festival. After 27 years of performing, Jourgensen decided to end the band in 2008, claiming a reunion would never happen. However, in August 2011, a reunion was announced when Ministry confirmed they would play one of their first shows in four years at the Wacken Open Air Festival in August 2012. Ministry released a new album titled Relapse in March 2012, that was followed by a world tour. Following the death of long time guitarist Mike Scaccia, Ministry released their last album From Beer to Eternity in September 2013. Tickets are R480 and available through www.witchdoctorproductions.com and www.computicket.com


Monday, 12 January 2015

DATE CHANGE! The Script date changed for Cape Town

Due to logistical reasons, the date for The Script and Phillip Phillips concert in Cape Town has changed. The new itinerary will be Sunday 8th February 2015 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest. All tickets purchased for the previous itinerary will be valid for this new itinerary. Any ticket holders that are unable to make the new itinerary may obtain a refund before Friday 30th January 2015 by contacting either Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or Big Concerts on 011 759 7215. The Script have scored a huge amount of success globally by selling over 20 million records world-wide with all 3 albums going multi-platinum throughout the world. Their latest single ‘Superheroes’ from their fourth album ‘No Sound Without Silence’ is currently in the Top 20 of the Kia Top 40 SA with iTunes on KFM and 947. The music video for ‘Superheroes’, directed by Vaughan Arnell, was shot in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Fans will be treated to an evening of all their hit songs including ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’, ‘Breakeven’, ‘For The First Time’, ‘Nothing’, ‘Hall Of Fame’ and more. 

THE PRODIGY IS BACK! New CD ‘The Day Is My Enemy’

The city at night talks through drones and chaos. The hidden city that lives in the shadows of the anaesthetized and over-stylized urban landscape. The night time heart that pounds to the rush of different drums: a subverted militaristic snare, a distorted break, a glitched dub attack, a middle eastern refrain, a cacophony of in-car dissonance, a symphony of random noise soundtracking life at the edge of the night. Where humanity lurks in darkened corners, hoods up, eyes down and communicating through clandestine gestures. Where the urban fox hunts in the darkness of the city’s suffocating ghost life, ransacking the daytime waste, taking what it wants - unafraid, unchallenged, untethered, untouchable… Like The Prodigy. The Prodigy today announce their new album ‘The Day is My Enemy’, due for release on March 30th via the bands own label Take Me To The Hospital through Cooking Vinyl. It’s an album that takes you on a journey through the unchartered underbelly of urban nightlife where anger is an ever-present energy lurking just beneath the surface of an edgy calm. “I can’t tell you why this record came out so angry, I think it’s just inbuilt in me, ” says Liam Howlett “It’s more about what I like music to do. I’ve always seen music I like as a form of attack. That’s what I use music for, it’s an attack. I didn’t plan this album to sound violent, it’s just the sound that came out of the studio, a kind of build up over the last 4 years. ‘Anger is an energy’, that’s a lyric which always resonated with me. The tension is buried deep in the music right from the first drop. It’s all about the sound having that sense of danger. That’s what The Prodigy sound is about.” Uncompromising first single ‘Nasty’ fires out of the cannons like a ferocious statement of intent and finds Keith Flint at his snarling best. Premiering as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World tonight on BBC Radio 1, it sets the tone perfectly for the new album. By rights Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim shouldn’t be angry at all. The Prodigy have always cut a solitary path through the noise-scapes of electronic dance music. They’ve dropped five epoch defining studio albums, including 2009’s world dominating Invaders Must Die, and delivered unforgettable live performances that have taken electronic beats into unchartered territories. Throughout this time they’ve remained resolutely focused on their own vision, inspiring legions of artists along the way. The Day Is My Enemy is probably the most British sounding album you’ll hear this year. Not British in the flag waving jingoistic sense, but in a way that understands that the night time spaces of urban Britain are a multi-hued cacophony of cultures. If Invaders Must Die was the sound of the rusted urban sprawl decaying like an open wound in the British countryside, then The Day is My Enemy is about the angry humanity existing in the decay of the urban nightmare.

Meghan Trainor debut CD - Title

Meghan Trainor continues her breakout year with the release of her debut album ‘Title’. ‘Title’ has been released today (Monday 12 January) exclusively on local digital platforms and will be available in stores from 19 January 2015. After the enormous success achieved with AATB in 2014, “Lips Are Moving” is already showing clear indications of another global hit, affirming Meghan’s position as a solid hit maker . “All About That Bass” was the #3 most downloaded iTunes single of 2014 with 7 million singles sold to date after having peaked at #1 in 79 international markets while still holding top 10 place in 18 countries. The track has accumulated 180 MM Spotify streams to date of which 120 MM ex-US. All About That Bass spent 8 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart and conquered the #1 position on the Spotify and Shazam Global charts,  making Meghan a global pop-phenomenon.   The video for “All About That Bass” has nearly 500,000,000 views and counting. Meghan closed 2014 with 2 Grammy nominations for “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year”.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Top 5 albums for 2015

Ah, the smell of the new year. Fresh, crisp with dollops of new music on the way. And of course at The Beat headquarters, there is nothing that says Happy New Year than new music....

Madonna - Rebel Heart
Her Madgesty's 13th studio album is going to be a hot commodity. With 6 songs already officially released (after 13 non completed songs were leaked last year), Rebel Heart is gearing up to be a dance-banger. The CD features A-list producers including Diplo, Avicii, Kanye West, Ryan Tedder, and more.

Radiohead - Title To Be Announced
If rumours are true, rockers Radiohead are gearing up for their 1st release since their 2011 CD, King Of Limbs. Back in 2014 guitarist Jonny Greenwood spilled the beans on the new recording sessions, “We’re going to start up in September, playing, rehearsing and recording and see how it’s sounding.”

Adele - Title To Be Announced
Ok, we're HOPING Adele will grace us with a new CD this year. It's about time! Her last CD, 21, was released in 2011. Adele, we miss you! collaborator Ryan Tedder has dropped snippets on the CD, "I know that with the amount of insanely good songs she has to pick from - 'cause I've heard most of 'em - this album's gonna be crazy."

Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
I wasn't impress with Ghost Stories. Seriously. It was depressing. I wanted to slit my wrists. So here's hoping Chris and the boys will bring is something we can wiggle our toes to. Oh, and the downside? Rumoured it could be their "final album". Sad.



Muse - Title To Be Announced
Matt Bellamy and his band has dabbled in some experimentation on their last album, but don't expect any of that on album number 7. Oh no. Matt said that the CD might be a bit more raw and a bit more rock. After all, they are working with Robert 'Mutt' Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard, Maroon 5)...