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The 1975, Yungblud and many more UK artists unite to fight racism and intolerance

NME reports:

The 1975YungbludLittle Mix, and Jessie Ware are just a few of the key players from the UK music scene who have come together to co-sign an urgent call to speak out against racism and intolerance.

Read more: How to support Black Lives Matter and anti-racist organisations if you can’t protest

A letter, supported by artists, managers, producers and UK record labels such as Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony Music, was released last night (August 1) along with a call-to-action hashtag, #NoSilenceInMusic.

Other artists who have co-signed the letter include: Lily AllenNile RodgersSports TeamMabelElla EyreTwo Door Cinema ClubJames ArthurClean BanditNAOMNEKGoldieYears & YearsJess GlynneNaughty BoyRita OraTom MischCirca Waves, and DJ Yoda.

You can read it in full below:

“We, representatives from the music industry, write to demonstrate and express our determination, that love, unity and friendship, not division and hatred, must and will always be our common cause.

“In recent months through a series of events and incidents, the anti-black racists and antisemites, plus those who advocate islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, have repeatedly demonstrated that they clearly want us all to fail. Whether it be systemic racism and racial inequality highlighted by continued police brutality in America or anti-Jewish racism promulgated through online attacks, the result is the same: suspicion, hatred and division. We are at our worst when we attack one another.

“Minorities from all backgrounds and faiths have struggled and suffered. From slavery to the Holocaust we have painful collective memories. All forms of racism have the same roots – ignorance, lack of education and scapegoating. We, the British music industry are proudly uniting to amplify our voices, to take responsibility, to speak out and stand together in solidarity. Silence is not an option.

“There is a global love for music, irrespective of race, religion, sexuality and gender. Music brings joy and hope and connects us all. Through music, education and empathy we can find unity. We stand together, to educate and wipe out racism now and for our future generations.”

You can see a full list of people who co-signed the letter here.

As reported in NME.

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Pop, rock, Uncategorized

All Things Covered – 3 famous female songs you didn’t know were covers!

We often assume that any smash hit we hear must have been the artists’ original version, right? Well, as we’ve found out, that isn’t always the case.

Whether a cover only makes minor adjustments to the song, or goes above and beyond what the original artist intended, there is clearly an art to taking what someone else has created and turning it into even more of a masterpiece. As the name suggests, in this series we will be exploring all things in the world of covers. So lets’ kick off with 3 songs by female artists that you probably thought were originals, but were actually first recorded by someone else!

1.) Natalie Imbruglia – Torn

Can you believe it? This worldwide hit was actually not an original by Natalie herself. It was in fact written in 1993 by the alternative rock band Ednaswap. It was then covered in Danish by Lis Sørensen, and by the American-Norwegen singer Trine Rein, before finally falling into the hands of the Australian pop artist. It may not be her original, but I think you’ll agree, she totally made it HER song.

Listen to the original:

2.) Toni Basil – Mickey

Not only was this iconic 80s hit not an original, but it also had a different title! Written by the British pop quartet Racey in 1979, the song was named after a girl called ‘Kitty’. However, it was then changed to ‘Mickey’ by the American singer Toni Basil in 1981 and her version became a substantial UK hit. Kitty who?

Listen to the original:

3.) Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

You might be shocked to hear that this feminist attitude anthem was originally written by a man, yes a MAN. It was first recorded by the American musician Robert Hazard in 1979, but four years later Cyndi’s version was released, blowing the original out the water and becoming one of her signature songs. Oh Cyndi, dear, you know you’re still number one.

Listen to the original:

Can you think of any more famous female covers? Let us know!

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See ya next week 🙂

Written by: Kate Parry

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Prolific Italian Producer, Marco Dalla Villa, Churns Out Another Dance Classic

“Sympathy, self-irony and an overwhelming rhythm are the distinctive traits of an artist not to lose sight of.”
– Cogito Et Volo

Following the success of his Game of Thrones inspired track ‘I Drink and I Know Things’, Marco continues to dish out the dance anthems.

Check out the video for his latest track ‘Pisqui Biscuit’ below – it’s not one to miss.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘PISQUI BISCUIT’ HERE!
(C) Yee Music International Guest Star: Alcy

Having studied piano since when he was 4 before studying music theory and composition, Italian producer Marco Dalla Villa has the musical talent to match his production prowess. Having been captured by the allure of Dance music and found a passion for making upbeat dance music, Marco has already amassed over 500K streams on Spotify and 400K on Youtube.

Social Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcodallavilla27/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marco_dalla_villa/?hl=en

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/marcodallavilla

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7qeqGRTVPCYCXwepajll4A

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7KPdADPwc8dIb8GVpwezmp

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Italy’s Answer to Sam Smith Aims to Show LGBTQ+ and Spirituality Do Mix

Already with a huge following in his native Italy, Marco Gray is launching his latest single, Ten More Times, in England, his new home in London giving him the freedom to truly express himself as never before. Although his fans in Italy have already shown so much love for his music, he always felt that as a gay man he was expected to act in a stereotypical way for the media, something which he never felt comfortable with. Ten More Times is the unfiltered Marco Gray – spiritual, passionate, funny and loving.

Marco explains the message behind Ten More Times:

“Ten More Times takes inspiration from one of those typical loves that all genders have in modern era: love with somebody who is maybe busy…who doesn’t have a free frame of mind. So, song one side sings, “if you don’t set your mind free, there’s no chance for us to be” and “ten more times I’ll say I love you”. It’s one of those moments that you impose on yourself: the rule not to follow the other person’s needs and put a limit to this uncertain state of affairs that otherwise would last forever, bringing you down”.

“Many think that these kinds of things are only typical of the straight world, but often behind the image of fun, these kinds of things also happen to gay people (who, yes have normal feelings too) or Bi, or trans identities”.

LISTEN TO TEN MORE TIMES ON SPOTIFY NOW

Though not an overtly religious person, Marco is happy that his own spirituality can exist perfectly well alongside his life as a gay man. Ten More Times is a timely reminder that relationships in the LGBTQ+ community are every bit as complex and often frustrating as the straight community. Although proud to be gay, Marco’s experience with elements of the Italian media, who were often eager to accentuate the camper and more outrageous elements, has often left him frustrated that this does more to pigeonhole him than show him as an artist who wants to relate to all people, whatever their background.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR TEN MORE TIMES HERE

Shot in London, the video to Ten More Times shows Marco comfortable in a city he now calls ‘home’, a place he is comfortable being himself and which has always opened doors to him since his arrival (despite his self-consciousness about his accent!) and which has led to his passions for tea, cake and gin!

Social Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcograyofficial/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealMarcoGray

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialmarcogray

Website: www.marcogray.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/marcograyofficial

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7ISvf2NC4h5VVIitx7xYNw?si=thrKkp4RS8mgElcZtY0zog

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/marcogray

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Young Darlington music artists invited to Sony HQ and studio
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Young Darlington music artists invited to Sony HQ and studio

YOUNG musicians from a North-East community arts hub enjoyed an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to one of the music industry’s most important locations.

Four members from The Forum Song Club Sessions, in Darlington, visited Sony Music Entertainment’s London headquarters to see for themselves how the industry takes talented people and helps share their music with the world.

Click here to read the complete news.

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Lunachicks Announce First Concert in 15 Years
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Lunachicks Announce First Concert in 15 Years

New York punk band Lunachicks have announced their first concert in 15 years, as BrooklynVegan notes. The group returned today (November 18) with an Instagram post announcing an April 11 show at NYC’s Webster Hall. “Cue the trumpet! IT’S HAPPENING!!!!!” the band wrote. Tickets for the gig go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10 a.m. EST. Find Lunachicks’ post below.

Click here to read the complete new.

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Apple Music Slots Jessie Reyez as Their Latest ‘Up Next’ Artist
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Apple Music Slots Jessie Reyez as Their Latest ‘Up Next’ Artist

Apple Music has announced that Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez will be the latest artist to be featured in its monthly Up Next program, which is an initiative aimed at identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.


Reyez is the first Canadian female singer to become an Up Next artist. As part of the program, she will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on November 21. It’s all part of an Apple Music initiative designed to outshine Spotify, Amazon Music, and other streaming competitors with a torrent of curated music content.

Click here to read the complete news.

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Nu-jazz band, Cécile Nordegg/No-Ce, releases new single Les Maux D'Amour
Features

No-Ce Celebrates the Art of the French Chanson with their New Album!

No-Ce has just released their new album, ‘Jazz Proclamation Vol. 1&2’! Having a unique impact on the music industry, they are bringing a new experience with French jazz. No-Ce is fronted by Cécile Nordegg who was previously a successful film and TV actor in Vienna, Austria. Her band is packed with talented musicians who have already gained a known name for themselves: JP Chiche (who has had a background with successes such as Aeromsmith and Fats Domino), Andreas Pirringer, Walter Bass and Grammy Award-winning rock guitarist, Jamie Kime (rhythm guitarist for Dweezil Zappa).

The lead track for their new album is ‘Les Maux D’Amour’ and it has many rock riffs and the song is sung in an unexpectedly deep tone from Cécile. Along with how the whole song is sung beautifully in French, the track transcends language and genre. There is no doubt that No-Ce is a completely unique mix of talents all combing to create an outstanding experience that is worth seeing at the festival this year.

This year they are appearing at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, celebrating the art of the French chanson with a hint of rock n roll. The band contains a variety of instruments creating a cheery atmosphere to the music, containing the guitar, sax, flute, clarinet and piano. The combination is intriguing and creates a quite unique style of Jazz.

Follow Cécile Nordegg here:

Website: www.cecilenordegg.eu

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5EQSN87PpFKyMHeeJEsBlc

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4nmntt4rvUIgjtdBplnhg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cecilenordeggjazz/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cecile_nordegg/

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Ricardo Bacelar recording piano for his Brazillian fusion album 'Sebastiana'
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Ricardo Bacelar and Elena Rose present sultry rendition of ‘Somewhere in the Hills’

Brazilian jazz pianist, Ricardo Bacelar, has unveiled a rendition of ‘Somewhere in the Hills’ by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

The cover sees him enlist Venezuelan torch singer Elena Rose to croon the sultry and wistful melody of the moonlit romance, while dancer Isabelle Dubois adds fire in the video with her impassioned movement and balletic choreography.

‘Somewhere In The Hill’ is the fifth video spawned from Bacelar’s recent album ‘Sebastiana’. The record is an ode to the works of Brazilian composers and a celebration of the Latin music diaspora.

‘Sebastiana’ is available to stream and buy as MP3/CD/Vinyl here.

The deluxe LP and CD packages features a booklet containing imagery from the studio sessions, landscapes which inspired some of the tracks and the distinctive artwork of Emiliano Di Cavalcanti.

 

Follow Ricardo Bacelar:

Spotify: http://bit.ly/Sebastiana-Spotify

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ricbacelar/videos

Facebook: https://facebook.com/ricbacelar

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ricardo_bacelar

Website: http://bit.ly/RicardoBacelar-Sebastiana-en

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