Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen to star in Queen biopic

Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, has joined the cast of the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Recently Vanity Fair reported Aidan will play the part of former Queen manager John Reid.

Queen guitarist Brian May told Rolling Stone magazine, "We have our star. We have Rami Malek as our Freddie, who I think will be incredible. He has a great presence, and he's utterly dedicated to the project, which is wonderful. We've spent a little time with him. He's completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is just wonderful to see."

(Sources: RollingStone.com, Vanity Fair)

Cardi B makes history

Cardi B has made history as her breakthrough hit single, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” ascends to #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100.” Recently certified RIAA platinum for sales equivalents in excess of 1 million, “Bodak Yellow” is the highest charting single by any female rapper this year. Along with its current status as the #1 single in the country, “Bodak Yellow” is standing tall at #1 on Billboard’s “Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs” and “Hot Rap Songs” charts, the latter for six consecutive weeks and counting, as well as #1 at Rhythm radio. “Bodak Yellow” is available now at all digital music retailers and streaming services.

With more than 188 million total streams thus far, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” is also proving a historic streaming sensation, pulling an impressive 40 million streams in just one week alone, to reach #1 on Billboard’s “Streaming Songs” tally. The “Bodak Yellow” companion visual is equally popular, now with over 170 million videos via YouTube alone. Directed by Picture Perfect, the video “perfectly captures Cardi's status as she reels in the success that accompanies her moves as of late,” wrote HotNewHipHop, “cementing her ascent as a formidable force in hip-hop's current landscape.”

“Bodak Yellow” is also joined by a pair of acclaimed remixes, including “Bodak Yellow Latin Trap Mix Feat. Messiah” and the just released “Bodak Yellow (Feat. Kodak Black) [Remix],” both now available at all DSPs and streaming services. The latter track was greeted with wide ranging media attention, including Rap-Up, Billboard, Stereogum, HotNewHipHop, Pitchfork, XXL, Complex, Uproxx, and High Snobiety, which declared it “utterly fire.”

Named “the rap anthem of summer 2017” by the New York Times, “Bodak Yellow” has received critical applause to match its record-breaking popularity. Vulture affirmed Cardi B as “Undisputed Artist of the Summer,” adding “Bodak Yellow” is “the kind of hit typically designed to work for men like Drake, or New York rap guys like A$AP Rocky who’ve closed regional gaps with their Southern influence.” Complex decreed, “Cardi B is Cardi B 24/7, 365, this is why she resonates with people, and that same energy comes out in her music…’Bodak Yellow’ is a great, extraordinarily catchy record. The hook, the beat, her lyrics: it all works. Cardi sounds so sure of herself, it's difficult not to believe and rap along with every word.” Perhaps Stereogum summed it up best: “Bodak Yellow” is “a big, loud, brash, noisy song, and it’s perfect.”

Cardi B – who can also be heard on the recently released new single from G-Eazy, “No Limit (Ft. A$AP Rocky and Cardi B)” – has proven 2017’s greatest hip hop phenomenon, evidenced by the stunning set of nominations she has received for this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards. The NYC-based rapper was honored with a remarkable nine total nods, tied only with Kendrick Lamar for 2017’s most nominations. Cardi B received nominations including “Best New Hip Hop Artist,” “Hot Ticket Performer,” “MVP of the Year,” “Best Mixtape” (for “GANGSTA BITCH MUSIC, VOL. 2”), “Made-You-Look Award,” and “Hustler of the Year,” with “Bodak Yellow” named in the “Best Hip Hop Video,” “Single of the Year,” and “Impact Track” categories. The BET Hip Hop Awards will be presented live on Tuesday, October 10th, exclusively on BET (check local listings).

Indeed, Cardi B is quickly becoming an undeniable pop culture superstar, rising from internet icon and star of VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: New York to KSR/Atlantic recording artist and critically acclaimed, chart-topping rapper. The Bronx native made a series of increasingly popular musical efforts before unleashing her debut mixtape, “GANGSTA BITCH MUSIC, VOL. 1,” in 2016, followed the next year by the even-more-potent “GANGSTA BITCH MUSIC, VOL. 2.”

Signed to Atlantic Records in Fall 2016, Cardi B has followed June’s release of “Bodak Yellow” with a seemingly unstoppable series of appearances and live events including memorable performances of “Bodak Yellow” during the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show ceremonies and on the nationally syndicated Wendy Williams Show, and a cover-starring feature in The FADER’s best-selling “Summer Music Issue.” As if that weren’t enough, Cardi B received two top BET Awards nominations (for “Best New Artist” and “Best Female Hip Hop Artist”) and was among the highest profile celebrities seen at the recent New York Fashion Week, including visits to Rihanna’s Third Diamond Ball, a performance at the esteemed Alexander Wang’s WangFest party and Pat McGrath’s “Mothership” Vogue Ball.

DJ Speedsta Introduces you to VICKY

Serial hitmaker and Metro FM radio host, DJ Speedsta, returns with yet another hit single titled Vicky which features Jay Claude and Stogie T. The song follows right after the club banger I Don’t Know. Speaking on what the fan can expect on the new song, DJ Speedsta had the season in mind.

“I just wanted to make something nice for the summer, something easy on the ear with a vibe,” he said.

The song is an upbeat jam which speaks about young love from the perspective of a young man.

“Vicky is basically about a beautiful girl you have never met, you have an idea what she looks like, you don't know her from a bar of soap but she drives you crazy,” qualified Speedsta.

As usual with DJ Speedsta, all of his songs showcase the talents of South Africa’s finest rappers and singers. On Vicky he invited budding singer Jay Claude and Stogie T explained the reason behind choosing them.

“Jay Claude is one very talented individual I really hope people open up to him, I think he can do really well in this industry the talent is definitely there! Tumi - it's one of those bucket list things, always wanted to work with him & we finally found the right song,” he said.

The name Vicky is specific and some may wonder if the song if named after someone but DJ Speedsta refuted that sentiment.

“It’s named that because "Vicky" just sounds good,” he said.

“Vicky is going to be a smash! I'm on a roll right now, I am going to keep them coming,” he added, excitedly. 

Esjay Jones teams up with Alien Ant Farm for a brand new single and South African tour

South African born producer, songwriter and influencer, Esjay Jones will return to South Africa in October 2017 to join Multi-Platinum selling rockers, Alien Ant Farm, on the first 3 shows of their 5-date tour. Esjay also collaborated with Alien Ant Farm front man, Dryden Mitchell, on the brand new single ‘Bonfire’ which was released Friday 22 September across digital platforms worldwide.

In one sentence from Dryden, Bonfire is summed up as “When wood burns, it stays its shape but it will never be as it once was … the shell is there but it’s gone somehow.” 

As we get older, things change but there is always the ghost of the past that feels so young and tangible. A strong theme for a powerful track!

“Dryden was my date to the Grammy’s in 2014, we had an instant connection and have been great friends ever since our first label-introduced writing session.” Esjay continues, “We have written many songs together that have not been released, so when the South African tour was 100% locked in, we jumped on the opportunity to release our first proper collaboration. We wrote and recorded the song in the celebrity suite at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, California, which was a magical and unforgettable experience – I always have to pinch myself when I realize that I am writing music and am friends with people we used to watch on MTV in South Africa!”

Esjay has had over a decade of success in the music Industry and during the first part she cemented herself as one of SA’s top female rock vocalists fronting Durban-based rock band, Stealing Love Jones. The band achieved mainstream success with singles “Kicks”, “A Little Easier”, “Out There” and “Limozeen”, and shared the stage with major international bands such as Fall Out Boy, Violent Femmes, Jimmy Eat World and Groove Armada.

After the success of Stealing Love Jones, Esjay made the move to Los Angeles in 2009 where she was discovered by Tom Maffei of Primary Wave Management and introduced to Zach Katz (BMG) and JR Rotem who signed her to a Publishing deal with Beluga Heights.

Esjay has been a part of compositions for Sean Kingston, Jeffree Star, Disney, Netflix, Fabletics, TimeFlies, Escape The Fate, Mystery Skulls with Nile Rodgers and brandy, Alien Ant Farm, Cara Frew and many other Top 40 artists. Esjay co-wrote and produced the Locnville single “Grapevine” feat Sabi which was the first single from the duo’s current album ‘Taste The Weekend’ and one of the biggest single releases in SA of 2016.

Esjay has received praise for some of the biggest names in the music industry.

In 2014, Esjay teamed up with Gina Schock of the Go Go’s and Trey Vittetoe who have penned songs for Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and many other influential artists. "Esjay Jones is so very talented that I could go on forever. She blows my mind every time we work together. Her voice, her songwriting, her production skills, the list goes on and on. She is the real deal!" comments Schock.

Grammy nominated mixing engineer, Ariel Chobaz, who has worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and Drake, had great things to say about working with the talented Esjay. "Esjay lives and breathes music, it’s a part of her being and she brings that dedication to every project. She is an incredible producer and writer and I can't say enough about her!" 

Esjay is currently working alongside actress Taryn Manning (Orange Is The New Black, 8 Mile, Hustle&Flow) on her new record. Manning launched her solo singing career in 2009 and is the vocalist for the electronic duo Boomkat.

WITWARM-CD! Johan Anker - Hoop & Bid

'n Vars briesie in die Klassieke Musiekmark Johan Anker het aanhangers van The Voice SA van die eerste oomblik af beïndruk toe hy in 2016 aan die eerste reeks van hierdie realiteitsprogram deelgeneem en stoele laat draai het met sy hoendervleismooi weergawe van Hallelujah. Die video van sy eerste oudisie is nie net deur meer as 250 000 mense op YouTube gesien nie. Nou is hy weer in die kollig met sy debuut-enkelsnit, Hoop en Bid, wat pas bekendgestel is en beloof om luisteraars weer van vooraf te bekoor. Hierdie liedjie, uit die pen van Vaughan Gardiner, is ’n mengsel van roerende lirieke en ritmiese melodieë, wat nie net in jou kop kom vassteek nie, maar jou ook sal laat nadink. Hoop en Bid is ook die eerste amptelike vrystelling vanaf sy debuutalbum wat in Augustus 2017 uitgereik was. Die CD kan hoofsaaklik beskryf word as ’n mengsel ligte Klassieke en Geestelike Musiek.” Die CD bestaan uit elf snitte, wat spesiaal omskep is om sy strelende stem pragtig ten toon te stel. Die oorspronklike snitte is deur ’n sterk span skrywers, Niel Schoombie & Roux Cloete. Hoe Groot is U was die laaste lied wat ek gesing het op The Voice SA en dit is ook my pa se gunsteling-kerklied.”

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Thabsie Unveils Songs About You

The sensational New School R&B vocalist, Thabsie, makes a memorable debut today with her album Songs About You already in the Top 20 iTunes chart.

Earlier this week, the African Queen songstress struck a chord with a captivated audience at her exclusive album listening session (Wednesday, 20 September), which continued to trend throughout the evening and well into the next day.

Still basking in her post event glow, Thabsie expressed “I got chocked up during the session. It was such an exciting and surreal moment, I never thought this day would come. I was filled with butterflies and nerves. Finally my dream has come true”.

The event was well attended by media and the singer’s close friends and family as they were treated to personal insights, song by song, as well as performances by well-known rappers KiD X, Kwesta and JR who each in turn showed their support of Thabsie’s musical journey.

The singer who left her job in Finance, expressed that the album details her journey before and after she decided to focus only on making music.

“I started recording this album three years ago and it really reflects the journey that the personal experiences I have had. I wrote every single song on the album to ensure that my story was conveyed properly.”

Thabsie, who is elated about sharing her music with the world, says “I am extremely excited and equally nervous about my debut album. I feel very vulnerable with this body of work because I am exposing my emotions and my feelings and everything that I have gone through. I just hope that people will receive it well and connect to it.”

Mobi Dixon Returns Stronger with Live The Music Gold Edition

The multi-award winning, DJ Producer, Mobi Dixon is about to unveil the dance album of the season Live The Music Gold Edition - boasting several remixes and alternate versions of material off his gold selling album Live The Music -  scheduled for release on Friday 29 September and available to pre-order on iTunes and Google Play from today.

Mobi Dixon’s aim is to keep South African’s dancing throughout the Summer with his perfectly crafted remix album of Live The Music which not only earned him a Gold sales milestone, it also won the coveted Best Dance Album Award (Metro FM Music Awards) and Best Dance Album nomination (South African Music Awards) earlier this year. The offering includes recent works with Maxwell, Davido and Tinashe, in addition to his latest smash hit Bhutiza which has been heating up the airwaves.

“ It’s been a year since the release of Live The Music and my 10th anniversary in the industry. The Gold Edition is a celebration album of what we have achieved with this project and has given me the opportunity to showcase my remix capabilities by adding my touch to some great international and local works and breathing new life into my own works. Furthermore it has given me an opportunity to showcase some young local producers namely Mr Luu & MSK and Medium Points who have contributed to the album”

The Bhutiza hit maker said that he got inspiration for Live The Music Gold Edition before his award winning album Live The Music was certified Gold.

“I started working on the album near the end of 2016 with the Maxwell and Davido remixes. I then created a Trigger remix and this inspired me to create remixes for other songs on the album and to give other guys an opportunity to remix the songs,” he said.

Always one for a challenge, when asked about the inspiration behind the album, he said “It was really about pushing myself as a producer and showcasing how versatile I can be. I like challenging myself, I never want to be boxed to one particular sound or genre when I know I am capable of doing more. I want to start expressing that more in the future. Bhutiza may have shocked fans, but it shows that I am not predictable or monotonous.”

Bhutiza ft. Nichume is the lead single off of Live The Music Gold Edition that has been making waves on radio and the charts with the #BhutizaDanceChallenge dominating club dancefloors. Download or stream the single here: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/Bhutiza

The celebrated DJ was recently nominated for Best Artist or Group in the African Electro category at the All Africa Music Awards earlier this month and will be heading to Nigeria to represent the country in November.