The new series of America’s Next Top Model will award the winning model with a contract with LA Models + NY Models, a fashion spread in Vogue Italia, the face of ANTM perfume ‘Dream Come True’…+ a record single?
Cycle 18 Britain invasion, Tyra Banks announced that the winner will produce a single with CBS Records which has sparked an outrage with fans of the show. Fans took to the forums claiming the long running series has ‘gotten stupid’ + ‘running out of ideas.’
What does that say about today’s music when anyone who might get a little bit of fame + limelight will automatically get given a chance to work in the studio to record a single, when there’s many aspiring singers trying to make their big break into the scene.
Here’s a glimpse what you can look forward for, as the contestants were set a challenge of singing in a music video:
It’s fair to say that local DJ Mad Hatta (Nathan Pape) has had his share of success lately, playing at various UKF shows over the past few weeks and starting his own events company- not bad for a 21-year-old! So it didn’t come as a shock to hear that he’s been trying his hand at producing his own tracks.
“I’ve always liked the idea of being able to make my own music” he told me, “but it’s so hard when you don’t have the right tools for the job! Y’know I have this idea of how my track will sound when it’s finished, but it just isn’t quite up there yet”.
Personally, I don’t think his songs are bad for a first attempt, but it’s so hard to get noticed in the dnb world these days with so many talented DJ’s.
So, being the generous soul I am, I want to help out a friend.What do you think? We need your opinion!
Line-Up – O2 Academy Leeds: Lostprophets + Modestep
Lostprophets have announced the release of their brand new album ‘Weapons’ and their first headline UK tour in two years.
After triumphant tours across the UK and Europe on which they played in front of tens of thousands of people, Kerrang! Magazine awarded them with ‘Classic Songwriters Award’ , + now Lostprophets are making their way to O2 Academy to remind us why they deserved that honour.
Modestep is a 4-piece pop-rock band from North London. Their sound clearly takes influence from of electro + dubstep. The music video for their second single, Sunlight, passed 1 million views within 4 days when released on YouTube, to which debuted at 16 on the UK singles chart when released from Polydor Records.
You might recognise Miles Kane from the bands The Rascals + The Little Flames, well now he’s going to tackle going solo . He is best known for sharing lead responsibilities + writing with Alex Turner in their side-project The Last Shadow Puppets.
Eugene McGuinness is a singer/songwriter + frontman of Eugene + the Lizards. He was signed to Domino Records in 2008 when he released his album The Early Learnings of Eugene McGuinness to which it received nothing but positive reviews.
Professor Green might be making the magazines for his love-life to MIC star Millie Mackintosh recently, but he’ll show O2 Academy that’s not the reason he should be making Headlines. The rapper should be performing some of his hits ‘Read All About It,’ ‘Jungle’ + ‘Never Be A Right Time.’
Chiddy Bang are an alternative hip hop duo from Philadelphia. There debut single released in 2010 ‘Opposite of Adults’ peaked in the Top 20 on various singles charts worldwide including the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Belgium.
Edan is an independent DJ + producer based in Boston, USA. His mix-tape “Sound of the Funky Drummer” collects hip hop tracks sampling James Brown’s “Funky Drummer”, which has been called the most-sampled record of all time.
Mr Lif is an American hip hop artist from Boston. In 2000 and 2001 he won the Kahlua Boston Music Awards for Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop Act.
A rare opportunity to see the international DJ in an up close and personal environment.
Annie currently hosts a number of shows on Radio 1. Her main show, Annie Mac’s Mash Up, airs 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday nights. But you don’t have to listen to her on air…you can go and see the lady herself.
Annie’s Friday night Radio1 show goes out to over a million people in the iconic role of ‘officially starting the weekend’, and on Friday 20th April, Annie will be keeping the weekend party antics rolling in Leeds by playing a one off show in the very intimate Mint Club. …This is a rare opportunity to see the international DJ, better known for spinning tracks in-front of sold-out arenas and festivals, in an up close and personal environment. See you there!
We Are The In Crowd formed in 2009 + was signed by Hopeless Records. They have a combo of male + female vocals who are out to make there music fun + their “in crowd” is for anyone who wants to enjoy + relate to their music in any way they see fit.
Every Avenue are a 5 piece rock pop band giving their sound a “slicker edge.” Every Avenue explores themes of lust, temptation + self-acceptance on their new album Bad Habits.
Tribes are a London-based indie band. Their 4-track debut EP, We Were Children, was released on 17 April 2011. Their debut single, “Sappho,” was made available for download on 11 July 2011
The Brute Chorus sound combines with garage, blues + folk music. The band been busy doing live shows on the road with a host of festival appearances including Glastonbury (BBC Introducing stage), Camden Crawl, Great Escape +Secret Garden Party.
King Charles is a singer-songwriter who’s sound has been described as everything from psychedelic rock to folk-pop. Raised in London he is currently recording his debut album to be released in the 7th May 2012.
There has been a significant drop in CD sales since the start of the year according to the BPI, the company that represents the music industry.
Sales have fell a massive “25% from 20.5 million in 2011 to 15 million this year”. CD sales were at their best in 2004, with “163 million cd’s sold in the UK”, showing how significant the drop has been.
Digital sales continue to be on the rise, with nearly a third of all music now being brought digitally. However the industry is struggling to cope and loosing hundreds of millions of pounds due to illegal downloads.
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Lisa Duggan, 24, from Leeds says “I haven’t brought a CD for a very long time. I just download all my music now through Itunes. Something needs to be done to make them more appealing”.
Vinyl’s on the other hand, are making a comeback, with many people realising they represent a part of history. For many, a vinyl can be seen as the true version of a song, with amazing artwork and sound quality making it an easy choice for music lovers everywhere.
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Loz Sadler, 25 says “I buy all my music on vinyl. I must have over 200 records. The music quality just isn’t the same on CD’s”.
This said, CD’s still remain the favourite way to get music, accounting for 76% of the total sales according to the BPI. However with the authenticity of vinyls and the ability to download songs at the click of a button, create playlists of your favourite song on your ipod, or just hit shuffle and let it decide what to play, this trend may well continue. Perhaps it wont be long before we say goodbye to the CD.
Here’s a run down of the music stats so far for 2012:
Gotye is the biggest selling single of the year so far
Adele’s 21 is the biggest selling single of the year so far
According to figures released by the Official Charts Company recently, pop albums outsold rock albums for the first time in 7 years in 2011.
This might not come to much as a shock after Adele’s 18 weeks marathon of being in the top spot with 21. But only 2 guitar albums landed in the year-end top 20 list, which in total sales shares have dropped from 31.2% to 29.4%. Which is somewhat shocking when rock music used to rule the charts once upon a time.
Over the last couple of years Gun’s + Roses hit ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ + Biffy Clyro’s ‘Many Of Horror’ have made it into the single’s chart. But that was only by the influence of musical drama show Glee + reality TV competition X Factor with Matt Cardle winning with covering ‘When We Collide.’ Rather interestingly there have been many guitar acts who have “gone electro” recently; Editors, Kele from the Bloc Party + Beth Ditto from The Gossip to name a few.
So are artists giving up on rock + letting pop music take over? Or will it be a repeat of what happened 10 years ago, with The Strokes + The White Stripes saving guitar music? What do you think?
Here’ s the full list of album sales 2011: 1. 21 – ADELE 3,772,000 2. CHRISTMAS – MICHAEL BUBLE 1,292,000 3. DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS – Bruno Mars 1,214,420 4. 19 – ADELE 1,210,410 5. MYLO XYLOTO – COLDPLAY 907,000 6. LOUD – RIHANNA 876,000 7. BORN THIS WAY – Lady Gaga 821,000 8. WHO YOU ARE – Jessie J 805,000 9. + – ED SHEERAN 791,000 10. TALK THAT TALK – RIHANNA 655,000 11. LIONESS: HIDDEN TREASURES – AMY WINEHOUSE 638,000 12. IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW – OLLY MURS 597,000 13. THE LADY KILLER – CEE LO GREEN 560,000 14. NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – NOEL GALLAGHER 492,000 15. PROGRESS – TAKE THAT 484,000 16. UP ALL NIGHT – ONE DIRECTION 468,000 17. NO MORE IDOLS – CHASE & STATUS 461,000 18. 4 – BEYONCE 451,000 19. GREATEST HITS – WESTLIFE 423,000 20. CRAZY LOVE – MICHAEL BUBLE 410,000