Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Trey Songz touring South Africa in August

Ladies, get ready to be swoon. RnB sensation Trey Songz is on his way to South Africa. He is set to perform in Durban on 8 August at People's Park and in Johannesburg on 9 August at Ticketpro Dome. 'Trigga' fans can expect to be serenaded with hits like Say Ahh, Bottoms Up, Can't Help But Wait and Foreign. Tickets are priced between R595 and R1 195. Visit www.ticketpro.co.za

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Eros Ramazzotti - Perfetto

Explaining his choice of title, Eros Ramazzotti says: “When you finish working on a project, or anything else, you look at it, give it a final touch and then say Perfetto! So there, I decided to call my album like that, with an expression that is understood and used all over the world”. “Perfetto” includes 14 new songs recorded in Los Angeles, Milan and Rome and produced by Eros Ramazzotti and long-time partner Claudio Guidetti , with collaborations of high standard musicians such as drummer Vinnie Colaiuta ( Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Leonard Cohen,…) and guitar player Michael Landau (Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Miles Davis,…) who have also worked with Eros on many other occasions. This record marks a great return for Eros to a truly musical experience, with a lot of accomplished musicians playing on his new songs and far less electronic sounds than most records of nowadays. “Perfetto” follows the worldwide success of “Noi”, certified 4xPlatinum in Italy, Platinum in Spain and Switzerland, Gold in Germany, France, Russia, Belgium , Austria, Romania , Hungary, Czech Republic and Venezuela.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Will Young - 85% Proof

The proof is in the pudding! '85% Proof' is the sixth album from the multi-million selling Brit Award winning singer-songwriter Will Young and represents his most accomplished work to date. The record is an eclectic, hugely confident and startlingly human record lead by the joyous, clap-heavy old school R&B strut of lead single 'Love Revolution'. 'Love Revolution' comes with a brilliant high-technicolor video, shot in a hyper-realistic futuristic fantasy world, directed by Chino Moya (St Vincent 'Digital Witness' video). '85% Proof' follows up Will's No 1 album 'Echoes' released in 2011 which has sold over half a million copies. In the intervening years Will moved back to theatre staring as The Emcee in Cabaret (for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award); presented an ITV documentary on surrealist artist Magritte; filtered his passion for politics via blogs for the likes of Huffington Post; wrote a best-selling biography and fronted a campaign for Stonewall. He also started teaching and mentoring other singer-songwriters. Produced by previous collaborator Jim Eliot (Mikky Ekko, Ellie Goulding), '85% Proof' is a creative reflection of Will's extracurricular activities post-Echoes and his most personal/honest song writing to date.

Rixton - Let The Road

Rixton's album was predominantly co-written and produced by Benny Blanco, with additional production from the likes of ROBOPOP, Ross Golan, Steve Mac, Daniel Wilkin and Chris Sclafani. Band members Roche, Wilkin, Morgan and Bagnall only have a co-writing credit on one song on the entire album, "Whole". Ed Sheeran, Mike Posner and Rob Thomas all have co-writing credits on the album. The Sheeran-penned "Hotel Ceiling" was the first song written for the album". Lead singer Jake Roche said of the album: "Let The Road is something we're incredibly proud of. Songs have survived 6 years to make it on this album, back when me and Danny were writing in the caravan having no idea where they would end up. We feel incredibly humbled to be able to share this with our fans, and we hope you enjoy listening to it, just as much as we enjoyed making it."

Friday, 26 June 2015

MIKA - No Place In Heaven

Multi-platinum pop-star Mika has announced the release of his much anticipated new album ‘No Place In Heaven’. Following on from his multi-million selling worldwide debut ‘Life In Cartoon Motion’ and subsequent releases ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’ and ‘The Origin of Love’, Mika’s fourth album ‘No Place In Heaven’ is a striking record that has been crafted by Mika over the past two years. Mika enlisted long-time collaborator and Grammy nominated producer Gregg Wells (Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Adele, Rufus Wainwright) to produce the new album. The pair creating a mature new record that exhibits Mika’s incredible song writing talents and breath-taking vocals, evoking memories of classic 70s pop albums created by acclaimed song writers Billy Joel, Todd Rundgren, Elton John etc. Mika has spent the past couple of years conquering the hearts of audiences across Europe, appearing as a judge on the X Factor Italy, a coach on The Voice France and topping the charts in France with the release of “Boum Boum Boum”. In addition to his musical achievements, Mika has been working closely with global watch company, Swatch, as their creative ambassador to create some unique designs for their collections. More recently Mika has been collaborating with renowned Italian fashion house, Valentino, producing bespoke suits with their creative directors. To celebrate the announcement of his new album, Mika is gifting ‘Last Party’ as an instant grat track to fans when the album is pre-ordered through iTunes. ‘Last Party’, an ode to Freddie Mercury, will be accompanied by a simple yet stunning , shot by celebrated fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, the first time Peter has ever collaborated with a music artist.

UK rock band Livingston touring South Africa in August

UK rock band Livingston will be coming to South Africa in August 2015. Their tour will kick off at Oppikoppi The Fantastic Mr Vos Vos and show dates for Cape Town, Johannesburg has just been announced:

14 August - Arcade Empire, Pretoria.
15 August - Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg
22 August - The Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth
27 August – Aces & Spades, Cape Town.

The band will also spend time on a farm in Newcastle to write and record their next album. Having formed in the multi-cultural hub of London, Livingston searched high and low to find their collective musical feet. With singer Beukes Willemse and a guitarist/keyboardist Chris van Niekerk from South Africa, guitarist/percussionist Jakob Nebel from Germany and bassist Phil Magee from the UK, it seemed almost impossible that their paths would cross. However fate took hold when Beukes was re-united with Chris in London to find the missing pieces to the Livingston puzzle. The band has since also set up roots in Berlin and currently operates between the UK and Germany. Finding their feet with 2008’s debut Sign Language and 2012’s Fire To Fire (Universal Music Germany), the band achieved numerous successes including Top 20 in the German Sales Charts and Number 1 Amazon & iTunes Rock Charts. Their single “Broken” went to Top 20 and their second single “Go” was the official song for German national broadcaster ZDF during the winter Olympics of 2010. The Band also collaborated with Hugh Masekela and Till Brunner for a song for the Football World Cup in South Africa (2010). The Band and their Music where also featured in the international blockbuster movie Chalet Girl featuring Bill Nighy, Felicity Jones, Brooke Shields and Ed Westwick. Retreating to a hunter’s cabin in the woods just outside Berlin, an unorthodox location for a band who had previously recorded at the hallowed grounds of Abbey Road and Sonic Ranch with producers such as David Botrill .(Muse, Tool, Placebo) The band wrote, produced, recorded and mixed Animal entirely on their own. The result? Animal is Livingston at their purest. Livingston released Animal in the UK, Benelux and GSA in Autumn 2014, followed by successful tour where the band displayed their best and most dynamic live shows to date. Listen to the single “Chemicals” off the album (submitted to SA Radio in June 2015) here: https://soundcloud.com/livingstonmusic/livingston-chemicals-radio-edit

Use #MTVbump to get on MTV

Everyone’s doing it – Shawn Mendes, Grumpy Cat, Rixton, Tori Kelly, Martin Garrix, The Brothers Green and more have started using #MTVbump and their awesome videos are already on air. “Being on MTV is going to be awful. I can’t wait.” – said Grumpy Cat. “We love the internet, we love TV, we love #MTVbump. Bump it up!” – said the Brothers Green. Videos can be up to 15 seconds long and should be as creative, weird and wonderful as you like. Think party tricks, cat videos, your breakfast, parkour, playing the trombone – whatever you’re feeling. Visit www.mtvbump.com to view videos that have already been shared around the world, and to check out a full list of the dos and don’ts for getting your work on MTV. Oh, and another thing – your social media handle will be shown with your video, so you’ll probably get some new fans along the way, too.

Robin Thicke, Common, Jonathan Butler and Nile Rodgers to Perform at the Legacy of Hope Foundation Concert

The Legacy of Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization working to support the building of the Nelson Mandela's Children's Hospital (NMCH) in Johannesburg, South Africa, announces a streamed concert and worldwide media event to take place on Wednesday, 15 July, 2015, at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, NY. Artists Robin Thicke, Common, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Grammy Award winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, and South African musical legend Jonathan Butler are performing, with more to be announced. Tickets to the show will go on sale Monday, June 29 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online by visiting http://www.barclayscenter.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Tuesday, June 30 at noon (if tickets are still available).

Artists and celebrities will join together celebrating Nelson Mandela's love of children and his wish to create the NMCH. The NMCH will be only the 5(th) dedicated children's hospital on the entire continent of Africa, home to 450 million children. This event will be streamed live worldwide, enabling people across the globe to support healthcare reform for children through micro-donations.

Concert performances will be streamed in real time through the Legacy of Hope website. Tickets for the live stream are available now at http://legacyofhope.cleeng.com/legacy-of-hope-nelson-mandela-children-s-hospital-concert/E646130548_US. There will also be a VIP option, allowing viewers to have access to an exclusive stream of the special VIP room as well as the rest of the concert. The audience in the VIP room will be children from selected charities from the five boroughs, as children are always the VIPs of this valued campaign. This section will feature backstage performances, interviews, special content, and features from artists and presenters before they take the stage. The NMCH will provide access to high-quality medical care for the children of Southern Africa, regardless of their ability to pay. This facility will have a profound, transformative effect on healthcare in the region.

About Legacy of Hope
Legacy of Hope was inspired by Nelson Mandela's life and work and seeks to honour his legacy of furthering healthcare reform for children worldwide. It aims to achieve this through its collaborative relationships across the medical, music, entertainment, and philanthropic communities. Legacy of Hope also represents a larger, sustained campaign with a cornerstone of education, utilizing positive messaging and universal learning to reach a younger generation. Legacy of Hope will not be involved in the operation or management of this facility.

About the Hospital
The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital will be located adjacent to Wits University's Medical School in Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa. This hospital will be only the 5(th) dedicated children's hospital on the entire continent, which is home to 450 million children. Please visit www.legacyofhope.org for more information.

*Source: PR Newswire for Journalists/ Legacy of Hope Foundation

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Ne-Yo heading to South Africa for MTV MAMAs 2015

RnB superstar Ne-Yo is on his way to South Africa to headline the 2015 MTV MAMAs. The event will take place in Durban on 18 July. Ne-Yo is the first international act to be announced for this big event. Last year saw the likes of Trey Songz, Miguel, French Montana and Marlon Wayans and Khloe Kardashian.

Friday, 19 June 2015

NEW! Iron Maiden CD out 4 September

IRON MAIDEN’s eagerly awaited new studio album 'The Book Of Souls' will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year.  However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch. The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson, who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11-track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is IRON MAIDEN’s first ever double studio album.  There’s a broader split on the songwriting compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; 6 of them with Maiden’s guitarists and one sole composition.  This is also the first time since 1984’s Powerslave  that an IRON MAIDEN studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson,  one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! And also two Dickinson/Smith collaborations. Steve comments, “We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously.  A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them, I think. I’m very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!” Bruce continues, “We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!” The Book Of Souls is the band’s 16th studio album since their eponymous debut in 1980 charted at #4 in the UK, in a career achieving sales of over 90 million albums worldwide. Their previous album, 2010’s The Final Frontier was Maiden’s most successful chart-wise to date, reaching Number One in 28 countries and was their highest chart debut in the U.S reaching #4 in the Billboard 200. Due to Bruce’s illness the band had to delay touring plans but promise to be out on the road again early next year, giving time for Bruce to make a full physical recovery to be ready for the rigours of Maiden live performances.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Die Heuwels Fantasties back with new video featuring Riana Nel

Afrikaans alternative pop group, DIE HEUWELS FANTASTIES, is back with a brand new music video from their Ja.Nee.Lekker. Deluxe album. They teamed up with Riana Nel to present Doen Net Wat Ons Wil (We Do What We Want). “This song is a dialogue between a man and a woman.  I believe the message is that when people disagree about things, it is mostly best to let it go, because if you think about it the next day, you fought about something that doesn’t really matter all that much… #DoenNetWatOnsWil.” Pierre Greeff, lead singer of Die Heuwels Fantasties.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Former Live front man Ed Kowalczyk bringing Throwing Copper Unplugged 20th Anniversary Tour to South Africa

Ed Kowalczyk the legendary songwriter and former lead singer of the multi-platinum rock band, Live, announces the South African leg of his Throwing Copper Unplugged 20th Anniversary Tour. Stripped back, intimate and disarming. Ed Kowalczyk will appear onstage with a new unplugged production of some of rock’s most profound anthems and the voice that has attracted legions of fans for more than two decades. Kowalczyk has built one of rock’s most impressive resumes. His band, Live, became one of the most successful and enduring alternative bands of the last twenty years, with more than 20 million albums sold worldwide. Among this catalogue are some of alternative rock’s most iconic hits, including “Lightning Crashes”, “I Alone”, “Selling the Drama”, “The Dolphin’s Cry”, “Overcome” and “Heaven” many of which have been responsible for shaping the musical landscape for alternative rock around the globe. In 2010, Kowalczyk released his first solo album Alive which spawned the hit single “Grace”, which was followed in 2013 by The Flood and Thee Mercy which featured the hit song, “Seven”. For his newest creative offering, the Throwing Copper Unplugged 20th Anniversary Tour Kowalczyk returns to South Africa to perform a breathtaking acoustic set that celebrates the 20th anniversary of this seminal Live album, playing it in its entirety, along with a handful of other Live hits and surprises. “I’m so excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Throwing Copper in this new unplugged production” Ed says. “Fans can expect to see and hear me like never before! “An Evening with Ed Kowalczyk - Throwing Copper Unplugged 20th Anniversary Tour”  is proudly presented by POLO Jeans Co. in association with AMP Events. Tickets on sale at Computicket from 09h00 on Friday 12th June 2015. For complete tour and ticketing details, visit www.computicket.com

Venue:           Big Top Arena, Carnival City 
Date:              23 September 2015
Cost:               R295 – R495
Tickets:          www.computicket.com

Cape Town
Venue:           Grand Arena, GrandWest                        
Date:              25 September 2015
Cost:               R375 – R495
Tickets:          www.computicket.com