Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Four different continents, performances in more than twelve countries, and a second South African Music Award – that’s how one of South Africa’s hardest working musicians spent his 2014. Guy Buttery has propelled his career far beyond the borders of his beloved South Africa. As an internationally recognized musician, this multi-instrumentalist enjoys invitations to play sell-out performances all over the globe. The USA, UK, Australia, France, Brazil, and Italy have all welcomed him back year after year. However, to brand Guy Buttery as one of South Africa’s musical phenoms would be an injustice. He has grown into so much more. His international role has surpassed merely playing shows to foreign audiences. It has evolved into one as an ambassador of South African music, inspiring people across the world with our homegrown style at the very heart of his talent and tenacity. Guy Buttery is our musical advocate for everything positive and beautiful about the place we call home. It’s no wonder he becomes so excited when asked about his tours throughout South Africa. He loves the unique experiences on his musical journey through our land. And this year is no different. 2015 has begun with the announcement of the ‘Gathering Fiction Tour’, which includes stops in every major city in SA with almost 20 concerts. When asked about the title Gathering Fiction, Guy explains, "Every tour over the last 14 years is fondly remembered, and quite often defined, by the stories from the road. The people, the accents, the calamities, the laughter, the technical melt-downs and the potholes." Guy continues to say, "The name identifies exactly what happens whilst travelling as a musician. These pieces of ‘raw material’ are spontaneously collected and somehow find their way into songs, on-stage anecdotes and most importantly into my everyday thought patterns. You always carry them with you. Considering the scale of this tour, I know it'll be one to remember with memories to share for years to come". Guy Buttery’s debut album in 2002, "When I Grow Up..." was nominated for ‘Best Instrumental’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ at the South African Music Awards (SAMA’s) making him the youngest nominee in the history of the event. He then went on to win a SAMA in 2010, for his album “Fox Hill Lane” and again in 2014, for his first live concert recording, “Live in KwaZulu”. He has also received other major National accolades including the “The Standard Bank Ovation Award‟ in 2010, 2012 and 2014 for his performances at the National Arts Festival. Guy was then invited to perform with the 52-piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, dubbed “Africa’s greatest ensemble” and was also voted “Top Live Show” by The Cape Times. The virtuoso's worldwide scope and recognition rose exponentially with a full international calendar after the release of his award winning album “Fox Hill Lane”. Guy was also invited to perform at the South African Music Awards where he was broadcast to an audience of over 4 million people in one of the country's most viewed television events. Guy then joined world-renowned guitar legends Preston Reed and Jon Gomm for a series of concerts with the touring event, ‘International Guitar Night’. The media cited him “as one of South Africa’s finest exponents of the acoustic guitar.” Expect high dynamics, deep grooves, delicate African inflections and mind-bending guitar playing of an entirely new order from Guy Buttery.
Awolnation have announced the release of their new studio album titled Run on March 17, the highly anticipated follow-up to their chart-topping debut Megalithic Symphony. AWOLNATION recently completed an official music video for “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” that can now be viewed online at http://youtu.be/i2PsXT88UeU. An extensive U.S. summer tour will be announced shortly, including a stop at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and the band will soon begin performing at select Stateside festival shows after a brief European tour this spring. A current itinerary is listed below. Following a whirlwind two-year world tour in support of Megalithic Symphony, 2014 saw AWOLNATION withdraw into the depths of the California coastline to construct the sophomore effort. A culmination of the years following the release of the debut album, the 14-track Run was written, performed and produced entirely by musical architect Aaron Bruno.
The end result is a finely tuned musical masterwork that is at times, and all at once, sprawling, atmospheric, exuberant, earnest and refined with moments of a signature aggressive unease. “There is not one second on the record that hasn’t been thoughtfully placed,” said Bruno. “Every single element serves a purpose.” Standout songs alongside the first single “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” include the cinematic “Jailbreak,” the soaring anthem “I Am,” the title track “Run,” the euphoric “Windows,” the painfully vulnerable “Headrest for My Soul,” and the atomic rebellion of “KOOKSEVERYWHERE!!!!” Released in 2011, the band’s gold-certified debut album Megalithic Symphony was an alternative music revelation that became an astonishing success resonating with fans around the world. The album holds a number of long-running Billboard chart positions including 146 weeks on the Independent Albums chart, 111 weeks on the Billboard Top 200, 105 weeks on the Top Rock Albums chart and has topped the Heatseekers Albums chart 8 separate times. Their hit single “Sail,” a redefining global anthem, is certified 6x platinum in the U.S. and is the second longest charting song in the Billboard Hot 100's 55-year history. It has amassed hundreds of millions of video views and streaming plays online, topping Billboard’s Rock Streaming Songs chart in 2014 and charting around the world: it is certified 10x platinum in Norway, 6x platinum in Canada, 3x platinum in Sweden, 2x platinum in Australia and New Zealand, platinum in Switzerland, gold in Austria, Germany and the UK. Following the success of “Sail,” the band would go on to chart two more alternative singles, “Not Your Fault” and “Kill Your Heroes,” having sold over a million downloads combined. In 2014 AWOLNATION remained prominent on numerous Billboard Year End charts closing out the year on Rock Streaming Songs Artists #4, Rock Digital Songs Artists #10, Hot Rock Songs Artists #14, Top Rock Artists #17, Independent Albums #40, and several more. Since the release of their debut album, AWOLNATION has performed countless shows to millions of fans across the globe, including Coachella, Voodoo Festival, Austin City Limits, Osheaga, Brazil’s Mix FM Fest and Austria’s Frequency Festival.
Monday, 26 January 2015
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
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
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.
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.
Hear “Hotel” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0g8AZA0p-o
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
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
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Monday, 19 January 2015
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
Photographer: Hayden Phipps
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.
Monday, 12 January 2015
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 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.
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
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)...