Demon Music Group has completed a long-term licensing deal for Belinda Carlisle’s catalogue.
The Carlisle catalogue has been with Virgin/EMI to date and runs out in May. It contains four original studio albums, all which went Top 10 with 15 Top 40 hit singles – seven of which were Top 20.
Highlights include No.1 hit Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Circle In The Sand (No.4), Leave A Light On (No.4), We Want The Same Thing (No.6) and I Get Weak (No.10).
“We are proud to have secured this deal,” said Demon Music Group’s commercial director Adrian Sear. “It will add to our strong artist roster.”
Bluff City icons W.C. Handy, Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Al Green, were among the names announced as part of the first class of inductees to the new Memphis Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
The initiative, part of the Smithsonian-connected Rock 'n' Soul Museum, was launched with an event at downtown's The Warehouse. City of Memphis mayor AC Wharton, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.; Rock 'n' Soul executive director John Doyle, and Memphis Convention and Visitor's Bureau President Kevin Kane, as well as various local music notables, were on hand to confirm the first class of 25 inductees, who will be honored with a ceremony on 29th November at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. The event will be open to the public.
Others set to be honored as part of the 2012 class include R&B great Bobby "Blue" Bland, blues singers Howlin' Wolf and Memphis Minnie, big band leader Jimmie Lunceford, and producer Jim Dickinson.
Memphis' significant labels are well represented among the first class with Sun Records (Sam Phillips, Presley, Lewis), Stax Records (founders Estelle Axton and Jim Stewart, Rufus Thomas, Booker T. & the MGs, Isaac Hayes) and Hi Records (Green, producer Willie Mitchell) all getting multiple nods.
The list of names reaches beyond rock and R&B, with figures from the world of jazz (trumpeter George Coleman) hip-hop (Academy Award winners Three 6 Mafia) and gospel (spiritual composer Lucie Campbell) being recognized.
Several other artists, hailing from areas other than Memphis but who made a significant contribution to the city's musical reputation, will also be inducted; this group includes Otis Redding, the Staples Singers and ZZ Top.
The inductees were chosen earlier this year by the Hall of Fame's nominating committee, which includes a cross section of music industry professionals, cultural historians and authors, and museum and foundation directors.
Daniel O’Donnell is preparing to commence his 2013 tour on 10th February 2013, on an exclusive Caribbean Cruise.
The tour will run until 21st October at a variety of venues across the UK.
The tour dates are as follows:
10 February 2013 - 17 February 2013 Caribbean Cruise
6 August 2013 - Bundoran Gt Northern Hotel
7 August 2013 - Bundoran Gt Northern Hotel
9 August 2013 - Cork Opera House
10 August 2013 - Cork Opera House
12 August 2013 - Wexford Opera House
14 August 2013 - Drogheda The Tlt
15 August 2013 - Belfast Waterfront Hall
17 August 2013 - Galway Leisureland
19 August 2013 - Ballyconnell Slieve Russell Hotel
20 August 2013 - Kilkenny Lyrath Hotel
22 August 2013 - Derry Millenium Forum
24 August 2013 - Castlebar Royal Theatre
25 August 2013 - Limerick U.C.H
5 October 2013 - Inverness Eden Court
6 October 2013 - Inverness Eden Court
8 October 2013 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
9 October 2013 - Gateshead The Sage
10 October 2013 - Harrogate International Centre
11 October 2013 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
13 October 2013 - Norwich Theatre Royal
14 October 2013 - Norwich Theatre Royal
15 October 2013 - Croydon Fairfields Hall
16 October 2013 - Eastbourne Congress Theatre
18 October 2013 - Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
19 October 2013 - Cardiff St David's Hall
20 October 2013 Manchester Lowry Theatre
21 October 2013 - Llandudno Venue Cymru
Daniel is also planning the release of a new DVD, ‘Daniel At 50’, due for release later this year.
BBC Four's Chas & Dave documentary will be aired on Friday October 26th at 9PM.
The show will feature contributions from Jools Holland, Phill Jupitus, and Pete Doherty among others, plus tons of unseen footage and is not to be missed.
The duo will be playing a Christmas special gig at London's indigo2 on December 8th where they'll be playing side one from 1983's Jamboree Bag 2 album (as featured on the 100 Hits boxset) live for the first and only time.
The legendary Scottish brothers of Pat & Greg Kane, formally known as Hue & Cry remain one of the shining pop lights to come out of the 80’s.
The due are now back; after a recent UK tour, with a further tour of Scotland in October, a new album, ‘Hot Wire’ and also a brand new 2CD collection by Music Club Deluxe.
The new collection, ‘A’s and B’s’ features the 10 UK chart Top 50 singles including the legendary “Labour Of Love” (#6) and their first 2CD collection also highlights key album tracks, rare mixes and 12” cuts.
Scottish tour dates –
Fri 12th Oct Fat Sams, Dundee
Sat 13th Oct The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Sun 14th Oct The Ironworks, Inverness
Fri 19th Oct Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Sat 20th Oct The Town House, Hamilton
Sun 21st Oct Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Click here to buy tickets
Having sold in excess of 18 Million albums worldwide, with over 1 million UK album sales and three gold albums, Foster & Allen are now taking things a stage further with their own brand new TV show ‘The Foster and Allen Show’.
The show, due to air on Showcase TV, SKY Channel 191, commences on the 24th September from 7-8 pm and will be a 1 hour show packed with music, entertainment and featured artists, kicking off with the late great Joe Dolan and footage from a special Gay Byrne Radio Show, never before broadcast. Other guest artists featured on the first few weeks include Daniel O’Donnell and The Irish Rovers.
The launch of the Irish duo’s TV show perfectly coincides with the release of their new album ‘The Ultimate Collection’, due for release on Monday 12th November. This new album is a 2CD collection of all their hit songs plus 12 new recordings.
Further to this, Foster& Allen are due to start a 26 date UK Tour on the 30th October with their new Show. A full list of dates and ticket information can be found here.
This month sees The Beat start their three month tour across the UK.
Starting off in Devon on 22nd September, The Beat will perform gigs up and down the country all the way up to Christmas, coming to a close on the 23rd December in Brighton.
Tour dates as follows:
Sep 22 Tavistock Wharf, Devon
Sep 29 Kingsmeadow, Kingston
Oct 05 Eric's, Liverpool
Oct 12 Islington Assembly Hall, London
Oct 14 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Nov 01 Empire, Middlesbrough
Nov 02 York Duchess, York
Nov 10 Brook, Southampton
Nov 11 O2 Academy 2, Oxford
Nov 22 Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Nov 24 HMV Picture House, Edinburgh
Dec 01 Roadmender, Northampton
Dec 07 Trinity Arts Centre, Bristol
Dec 09 Guild Hall, Gloucester
Dec 14 Globe, Cardiff
Dec 15 Town Hall, Birmingham
Dec 20 Manchester Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Dec 21 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Dec 23 Concorde 2, Brighton
The tour coincides with the recent reissue programme of all three of the band’s albums, each in Deluxe 2 CD + DVD digipaks, featuring the original albums along with all the non-album A- and B-sides, the many 12” mixes and live tracks, as well as the best of their BBC radio sessions from John Peel, Mike Read and David Jensen’s shows. The DVDs feature the singles promo videos, Top Of The Pops performances and bonus appearances from ITV shows and documentaries.
Click here for The Beat gig tickets
Ian McCulloch will be performing songs from all the Echo & The Bunnymen albums and highlights from his four solo records, live across the UK in September, October and November.
The shows will be in support of the Bunnymen frontman’s first three solo albums that are being reissued on the Eddel label in expanded collectors’ editions, packed with bonus tracks including non-album singles, B-sides, live cuts and remixes. They will be released to coincide with the singer’s forthcoming UK acoustic tour.
The deluxe reissue series will include 1989’s 'Candleland' and 1992’s 'Mysterio' in two CD editions with 22 and 18 bonus tracks respectively. 'Slideling', originally released in 2003, will get a single-disc reissue, with the original album supplemented with seven bonus tracks.
The fourth solo album 'Pro Patria Mori' will be released by Demon in early 2013, alongside a live album of Ian’s stunning solo show recorded at the Union Chapel earlier this year and mixed by Youth.
Among the bonus material 'Candleland' features McCulloch’s debut solo single, a cover of Kurt Weil’s 'September Song' that was released in 1984, plus all of the album’s B-sides, including seven remixes of 'Faith and Healing'. 'Mysterio' includes 'Return to Sender', previously found on the NME cassette 'The Last Temptation of Elvis', plus the unreleased tracks 'History Chimes', 'Honey Drip', [Early Version] and 'On One'. And finally, the 'Slideling' reissue features covers of David Bowie’s 'Prettiest Star' and John Lennon’s 'Jealous Guy'.
Accompanying Ian will be Ian Broudie making these intimate evenings an event not to be missed!
The dates are as follows and on sale now via www.ents24.com
15/09/12 Coventry - Kasbah
16/09/12 Cardiff - The Globe
20/09/12 Manchester - Factory 251
21/09/12 Hull - Tokyo
23/09/12 Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
28/09/12 Newcastle - O2 Academy2
06/10/12 Preston - 53 Degrees
07/10/12 Wrexham - Central Station
19t/10/12 Stockton – The Arc
01/11/12 Stoke – The Sugarmill
08/11/12 Brighton - Concorde 2
22/11/12 Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
23/11/12 Sheffield – Leadmill
Those who were watching the Paralympics Opening Ceremony last night may have noticed the use of a couple of Demon tracks throughout the proceedings.
To start, the lyrics to The Blockheads “Spasticus Autisticus” filled the Olympic Stadium just prior to the flame being lit. A live version of the track appears on the ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful - The Best Of Ian Dury’ album, available now for purchase or download.
To finish the show, Beverley Knight led the finale with an incredible performance of “I Am What I Am”, taken from the recent Music Club Deluxe release ‘Beverley Knight – The Collection 1995 – 2007’. This album is out now.
Demon would like to wish the Team GB Paralympians the best of luck throughout the games.
Click here to view ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful - The Best Of Ian Dury’ album details
Sunday 9th September will see London’s Hyde Park play host to BBC Radio 2’s Live In Hyde Park for another ‘Festival in a Day’.
Following on from the huge success of last year’s event, Radio 2 will once again transfer the station from the studio to Hyde Park in an amazing day-long concert, headlined by Tom Jones, with performances from other artists such as Jessie J, Status Quo, Mick Hucknall, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sande and Average White Band.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music Radio 2 and 6 Music said “Music is at the heart of Radio 2's output, and with more incredible artists to be announced in the coming weeks, there will be something for everyone at this year's Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park. What better way to end the summer than with a truly British celebration of music?”
Click here for more details about the event.
2012 sees the long-awaited release of ‘The Hipsters’, the first studio album for eleven years by multi-platinum selling band Deacon Blue and marks the bands 25th Anniversary since their debut album ‘Raintown’ was released.
The release of the new album, on 24th September, coincides with a 15-date tour from 4th - 22nd October, with two additional concerts in Scotland in December.
Further to this, Edsel will soon be embarking on the reissue project of all six of the band’s albums; “Raintown”, “When The World Knows Your Name”, “Fellow Hoodlums”, “Whatever You Say, Say Nothing”, “The Rest”, “Homesick…plus”. Each album will include all the non-album a- and b-sides, remixes and live tracks, as well as the promo videos in usual Edsel fashion.
Also, as part of a larger PR campaign, Deacon Blue will play a special show for Radio 2 featuring performances of ‘When The World Knows Your Name’ in full for the first time at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. The show will be broadcast on September 24th and will also feature tracks from their new album ‘The Hipsters’.
The Soldiers, made up of Corporal Ryan Idzi, Sergeants Richie Maddocks and Gulf War veteran Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, made history by becoming the first group of serving members of the armed forces to hit the British pop charts.
The guys are now touring throughout August, dates below, and will be supported on some of their dates by Demon’s latest signing, The Ukuleles.
Tour dates are as follows:
16th Fleetwood: Marine Hall
17th Fareham: Ferneham Hall
18th Eastbourne: Congress Theatre
20th Bournemouth: Pavillion Theatre
21st Plymouth: Plymouth Pavilions
22nd Worthing: Pavilion Theatre
23rd St. Albans; The Alban Arena
28th Southend-on-Sea: Cliffs Pavilion
Last year The Soldiers released their album “Message To You” and are currently working on another, due for release at the end of the year.
Click here to visit The Soldiers website.
On Saturday 15th September friends and fans of Marc Bolan will take to the stage of the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to pay tribute to the legend and celebrate his musical legacy.
The line-up includes T.Rex producer Tony Visconti, John's Children band-mate Andy Ellison, T.Rex saxophonist Howie Casey, glam-rock contemporaries Alvin Stardust and Steve Harley, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Linda Lewis and T.Rex fan Boy George. Many more acts are also soon to be announced. Official Marc Bolan tribute band T.Rextasy with Danielz will also be performing to support the acts.
The latest line-up and ticket details can be found here.
Demon is currently in production of the DVD for the last Marc Bolan “The Celebration Concert”. This new release, due out on 17th September, captures the event which took place five years ago, on 15th September 2007, also at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. This event marked sixty years after the birth of Marc Bolan and thirty years after his death. T. Rextasy and a whole host of guests performed thirty of Bolan’s songs and Marc Almond duetted with Gloria Jones on “Tainted Love”. This is a true must-have for any Marc Bolan fan.
90’s pop star and Doctor Who star, Billie Piper is set to make her debut at the National Theatre in a new play by Enron playwright Lucy Prebble, called “The Effect”.
Also starring Jonjo O'Neill, Tom Goodman-Hill and Anastasia Hille, the play will explore questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine. It is due to open at the Cottesloe in the autumn.
With a wealth of successes under her belt, including several awards for her portrayal of the Doctor's companion Rose Tyler and acclaim for ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl, in which she played the high-class London escort Belle de Jour, Billie’s career has gone from strength to strength.
Now, over a decade since the release of her first album “Honey to the B” Music Club Deluxe gives a nod to the musical start of Billie’s path to stardom with a greatest hits album, due for release later this year.
The album will be the first ever 2CD collection featuring alternate mixes – b-sides and more and will feature all of the massive chart singles including ‘Because We Want To’ and ‘Girlfriend’.
Demon is pleased to announce that we have agreed a long license to represent the Tabu label; a legendary USA label owned by Clarence Avante.
The catalogue contains 33 hits by Alexander O Neal, SOS Band and Cherrelle among many others, featuring highlight hits such as`Criticize` ( No4) and `Fake `88( no 16) by Alex O Neal , `Just be good to me ` (No13) and `The Finest `( No 17) by the SOS Band and `Saturday love`( No 6) and `Never knew Love like this` (No 26) from Cherrelle .
Our rights will include CD and Digital and all Licensing rights.
DMG TV is proud to announce the release of this summer’s most exciting duo, The Ukuleles, debut album released August 20th.
A new Ukulele phenomenon has taken the world’s schools, University campuses, beaches and homes by storm. This small 4-string guitar has been riding high on a wave of popularity of late and has become a symbol of laid back, relaxed and good will vibes.
The Ukuleles are a fresh new young and exciting band who are capturing this musical moment in history.
Logan, a self taught player discovered his love of the instrument at a very early age when he lived in Hawaii, met 24 year old Martha at the site of Brighton’s Great Escape Festival as she floated through a beautiful set on the ACM stage. A few beach jams later combining their exquisite playing and stunning harmonies and The Ukuleles were born.
Their self-titled debut features a cracking collection of beautiful Ukulele reimagining’s of some of today’s chart-toppers including “Rolling in the Deep”, “Call Me Maybe”, “A-Team” and “I’m Yours” as well as some catchy originals written by some greats of the UK industry.
To celebrate the forthcoming Olympics, a series of events will be held in Hyde Park, with two sister events running in Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square.
London Live in Hyde Park will provide unparalleled viewings of the Olympic games with a series of large screens, including the UK’s largest. Each evening the main screen will transform into a live music stage bringing huge headliner performances to Hyde Park from around the world.
The early evening events start at 5:40PM with more live music from 9PM, with two incredible celebration concerts on 27th July and 12 August for the Opening and Closing ceremonies.
London Live in Hyde Park will be free to access from 28th July – 11th August, although the Opening and Closing ceremony concerts will be commercially ticketed.
Demon artists The Beat will be joined by The Levellers to perform on Wednesday 1st August at 06:40PM and the full line-up can be found here.
Click here for ticket information.
Tatton Park is gearing up for their annual ‘Back To The 80’s Picnic Party’ on Sunday 29th July.
The event will see a host of sensational 80’s acts celebrating the era, featuring artists and songs such as Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) - True, Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up, Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy, Heaven 17 – Temptation and Altered Images - Don’t Talk to Me About Love.
The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.
80s favourites Bananarama have released an album to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
‘30 Years of Bananarama’ brings together, for the first time on DVD, the group’s music videos, a total of 35 in this set, and also includes 22 of their greatest hits such as “Venus”, “Cruel Summer”, “Help” and “Robert De Niro’s Waiting”.
Music Club Deluxe have also released a Bananarama compilation, ‘Bananarama - The Collection’, which includes 31 of the band’s hits. This album is beautifully packaged with sleeve notes by Michael Heatley and is out now!
Click here to visit the Bananarama website
On 7th and 8th July, Harewood House in Leeds will be heaving with music and food lovers for MFest: a feast of British music and food!
Headliners including Texas, The Human League, Scouting For Girls and Cher Lloyd will be joined by Demon artists The Farm, Heaven 17 and Beverley Knight.
The festival, produced by Superchannel Live and with curators Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) and Bruce Foxton (The Jam), brings together the finest musical acts, chefs, comedians and sports personalities from across the country to celebrate the best of British.
Popular children’s TV presenter, Justin Fletcher MBE, is to take to the stage in a brand new arena tour, Justin Fletcher & Friends which is set to tour throughout the UK over Easter 2013.
The tour, presented by BBC Worldwide, will bring together Justin’s most-loved characters in one incredible show, bought to the fans by the team who created the hit production CBeebies Live! Reach to the Stars which performed to rave reviews from parents in Easter 2012.
Justin said: "I am so excited. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring together all of my favourite characters into one special live show, and I cannot wait to get on the road again".
Justin will be joined by some of the biggest stars from the CBeebies channel to sing and dance and perform brilliant comedy sketches, which will have the entire audience on its feet joining in!
The tour will visit nine cities around the UK over the Easter Holidays in 2013 and will debut in Newcastle on 31st May.
Click here for ticket details.
On 15th July British Reggae recording artist, Maxi Priest, will be performing at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Reggae-themed concert will see Tuff Gong Worldwide and Ziggy Marley salute the legends of Reggae, alongside Maxi Priest, Toots and the Maytals, Freddie McGregor and Bob Andy, with Jeremy Sole hosting the event.
The Bowl will be rocked with the very best roots reggae artists from Jamaica and beyond!
Click here to view details of the Hollywood Bowl concert.
This year marks Jamaica’s 50 years of independence and their Golden Jubilee.
To celebrate, countries all over the world are getting involved and are arranging events to mark this historic occasion.
In London, indigoO2 will play host to the Jamaica 50 Festival with some of the most iconic reggae, ska and dub artists appearing together on stage.
The artists due to appear are as follows:
25 July: Lee Scratch Perry / Junior Murvin / Mad Professor
26 July: Damian Jr. Gong Marley
28 July: Tappa Zukie / U-Roy / Yellowman / Dennis Alcapone & Winston Reedy / Ras Lawi With Reggae Vibes
29 July: Jamaican Legends Band: Ernest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare & Monty Alexander
30 July: Mutabaruka Live With The Lloyd Parks Band / The Abyssinians / Jah9 / Benjamin Zephaniah
31 July: John Holt / Mighty Diamonds / Leroy Heptones Sibbles
1 August: Freddie Mcgregor / Marcia Griffiths / Maxi Priest / Johnny Osbourne
2 August: Tarrus Riley / Gyptian / Nomadz / Natty
3 August: Toots & The Maytals / Junior Toots / Chantelle Ernandez / Followed By Sir Lloyd Coxsone & Fatman Hi Fi Until Late
4 August: Horace Andy / Johnny Clarke / Michael Prophet With The Dub Asante Band / Followed By Jah Shaka Sound System Until Late
5 August: Morgan Heritage / Shaggy / Raging Fyah
6 August: Jimmy Cliff & Oneness / Derrick Morgan / Max Romeo / Gaylads / Bob Andy / Followed By David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan Until Late
Nascente will also be celebrating with the release of the brand new series “Bass Culture”; a collection of four albums each showcasing tracks from different periods, due for release on the 16th and 30th July.
Click here to view the Bass Culture series.
Ska revival band The Beat have signed a long-term global deal with EMI Music Publishing ahead of the reissue of their entire recording catalogue.
EMI Music Publishing A&R & catalogue SVP Fran Malyan said: “We’re thrilled to be working with The Beat. They’re one of the bands that truly define their genre and their era. The upcoming reissue campaign will delight all the band’s long-time fans as well as enable them to reach out to an entirely new generation.”
The reissue programme will be rolled out by Edsel Records and the three releases, ‘I Just Can’t Get Enough’ ‘Wha’ppen?’ and ‘Special Beat Service’ will be available from Monday 25th June. The albums will be packaged in deluxe two-CD and DVD digipacks, which will include both the original album plus bonus material such as B sides, 12-inch mixes, live tracks and BBC sessions. The DVDs will include singles promos, Top Of The Pops performances and other TV appearances.
This weekend music fans will converge en masse to London’s Victoria Park to celebrate “A Decade of Love” at the 10 year anniversary of the festival Lovebox.
The festival runs from Friday 15th – Sunday 17th June and headliners include Hot Chip, Friendly Fires and Grace Jones, as well as Demon artists Chaka Khan and Chic (feat. Nile Rogers).
Lovebox is described as being “London’s biggest disco” and will have 12 stage soundsytems under the trees, which may be beneficial to the festival-go’ers if the weather continues as it has been!
Information about the festival can be found here.
Father’s Day is just a few days away (Sunday 17th June) but, don't worry, there's still time to order the perfect gift for Dad!
As ever, Demon have a fantastic range of albums as an ideal gift to say thank you to all the Dads out there.The ever-popular 100 Hits label offers up “100 Hits: Dad”, featuring artists including Chris Rea, Alice Cooper, The Stooges, The Darkness, The Smiths, New Order and many more. The Red Box have two key titles; “No. 1 Dad” with 16 songs perfect for Father’s Day, including tracks from Jimmy Page, Santana, Starship and Johnny Ramone; and “Songs For Dad”, featuring favourites from Frank Sinatra, Fats Domino, Little Richard and Chuck Berry on a great 18 track CD.
Crimson also have a title to bring to the mix – “My Dad Rocks” – featuring hits from Primal Scream, The Stone Roses and The Jam, for the more rock ‘n’ roll Dads out there. Albums from classic artist are also available. From Ian Dury, T.Rex, Gillan, and Don McLean to Blancmange, Echo And The Bunnymen, John Foxx and Average White Band, Demon can provide the perfect gift for every Dad. Happy Father’s Day!
Football fans will be eagerly anticipating the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012, which kicks off on Friday 8th June.
Hosted by Poland and Ukraine between the 8th June and the 1st July, the first matches are between Poland vs. Greece and Czech Republic vs. Russia. England will play France on 11th June.
To get you in the mood, why not download one of two offerings from Demon Digital. First up is the 15-track compilation ‘Euro Football Classics’, featuring classic football anthems such as Fat Les’ “Vindaloo”, “Hey England” by Showaddywaddy and Bell & Spurling’s “Living For Football”.
There is also a shorter version of the album, called “Best Euro Football Hits”; a 5-track sampler, just perfect for a taste of the full album.
Click here to view the full Euro 2012 fixtures.
Click here to view the albums in iTunes.
Demon Music Group are delighted to announce a brand new album of T.Rex’s Top 40 hit singles exclusively with the personalised CD website, MixPixie.
T.Rex and Marc Bolan fans can not only get the “T Rex - The Hits (Top 40 Hit singles from 1972-1977)” album for the first time on CD but they can also personalise the album making it a truly unique keepsake.
With the ability to write your own text and upload photos, this T Rex album is the perfect gift for every fan and, with Father’s Day rapidly approaching, make sure you give Dad something he really wants this year.
Click here to visit the MixPixie website for more information.
Across the country masses of people are eagerly planning their extended weekend of street parties and celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Crimson has produced the perfect soundtrack to accompany this momentous event!
As Her Majesty prepares to mark her 60th anniversary on the throne join in the festivities with tracks such as “Welcome The Queen”, “State Occasion” and, of course, “The National Anthem – God Save The Queen”, all played beautifully by Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards and Her Majesty’s Welsh Guards.
If you are not planning your own Diamond Jubilee street party, why not take a look at all of the events that are taking place this weekend, here.
Bob Mould fans will be pleased to hear that the singer will be performing at a free in-store acoustic gig at Rough Trade East on Thursday 31st May.
The gig will takes place at 1PM at the store on Brick Lane and wristbands are not required, fans just need to turn up on the day. Full details can be found here.
For those who are unable to make the lunchtime session, Mould will also be signing copies of the recent Edsel reissue “Copper Blue” at Fopp Covent Garden, 1 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LL. A Facebook event has been created with more details here. Once again, tickets are not required, just turn up on the day.
“Copper Blue”, due for release on Monday 28th May, is the first in a series of Bob Mould / Sugar reissues from Edsel. Following on from this will be the release of “Beaster” on 4th June, “F.U.E.L” on 11th June and Bob’s “Bob Mould & Last Dog And Pony Show” on 18th June.
Harmless Label Manager Ian Dewhirst was joined by the legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founder Kenny Gamble and Philly expert and compiler of the Philadelphia International 40th Anniversary Box Set, Ralph Tee, to discuss the history of the label.
Due to be released just in time to coincide with the ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations, which sees Jamaica celebrate 50 years of independence, the brand new Bass Culture range from Nascente is sure to provide the perfect celebratory soundtrack.
The new series presents a mix of much-loved classics & tracks considered pivotal to the genre plus tracks that haven’t appeared on many compilations, underground sound system hits and tracks that are becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to find on CD.
Whilst the biggest names in Jamaican music are regularly represented, Nascente have opted for less-exposed material, such as b-sides, album tracks or 45s that were only ever released in Jamaica. The new series is split into four periods – ‘This Town Is Too Hot!’ featuring tracks from the 1960’s, ‘Boss Sounds’ from 1968 – 1972, ‘When Reggae Was King’ containing songs from 1970 – 1980, and finally ‘Mash You Down’ showcasing tracks from 1978 – 1985.
The albums feature rarities including Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Love (ska version), Big Youth – Love We A Deal With, Peter Tosh – Get Up, Stand Up (acoustic version) and Early B – History Of Jamaica and are due for release in mid – late July.
British singer-songwriter and Bee Gees star Robin Gibb lost his long-running battle with cancer last night.
A statement released by relatives said: "The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."
The announcement of his death prompted an outpouring of grief and tributes to the star by friends and fans.
Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini described the musician as "talented beyond even his own understanding" and "one of the important figures in the history of British music", while stars including Bryan Adams and Mick Hucknall also paid emotional tributes.
Gibb was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and subsequently of the liver after the tumor was discovered during surgery on his bowel for an unrelated condition 18 months ago. He then fell into a coma last month after contracting pneumonia and was given 10 per cent chance of survival but astounded loved-ones with his recovery, “beating the odds" just days after doctors said he "was in God's hands".
Last year Robin joined forces with The Soldiers to release the charity single “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You”, which was the official Poppy Appeal single for 2011. Robin Gibb spearheaded the campaign for the Bomber Command Memorial which will be unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen this year.
Fans of Little Feat will be happy to know that they are playing a show on Monday 2nd July at the Islington Assembly Hall in London.
First formed in 1969, Little Feat’s sound is a mix of rock and roll, blues, R&B, boogie, country, folk, gospel, soul, funk and jazz.
Edsel has released a 2CD compilation of Little Feat’s last two studio albums with Lowell George; Time Loves A Hero and Down On The Farm.
Ticket information can be found here.
Click here for ‘Time Loves A Hero & Down On The Farm’ album details.
It’s arrived! The first copy of the 10CD state-of-the-art ‘Philadelphia International: The 40th Anniversary Box Set’ unveiled for the first time. This is an item of rare beauty which includes a 60 page book with the complete Philadelphia International Records and related labels full discography for the very first time in print.
Out on the 21st May, watch out for the forthcoming promo-clips of an exclusive interview with Philadelphia International Records co-founder and creative genius Kenny Gamble.
Over this past weekend, Engelbert Humperdinck performed on The Graham Norton Show. Humperdinck sang the ballad, Love Will Set You Free, his entry for the UK in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Other guests on the show chatting with Graham Norton were Twilight star, Kristen Stewart; U.S. comedian Chris Rock; and actor Stephan Mangan.
In case you missed it, you can watch Engelbert’s performance here.
Eurovision is being held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26th May.
Music Club Deluxe has just released a 2CD collection of titled, The Incomparable.
For ‘The Incomparable’ album details, click here.
English electric folk band, Fairport Convention is gearing up for the start of their 20-date Spring 2012 Tour.
The tour will start off on the 4th May, when Fairport Convention play at the Montgomery Hall, Wath Festival in Wath Upon Dearne.
Dates are as follows:
· 4th May : Montgomery Hall, Wath Festival, Wath Upon Dearne
· 5th May : The Pavilion, Hailsham
· 6th May : Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury
· 7th May : David Hall Arts Centre, South Petherton
· 9th May : The Platform, Morcambe
· 10th May : The Ferry, Glasgow
· 11th May : The Birnam Institute, Birnam
· 12th May : The Subscription Rooms, Stroud
· 13th May : The Festival Theatre, Hever
· 14th May : The Village Clube, Nettlebed
· 16th May : The Borderline, London
· 17th May : The Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
· 18th May : The Little Theatre, Chipping Norton
· 19th May : The Waterside Theatre, Sale
· 20th May : The Gala Theatre, Durham
· 21st May : Forest Folk, Trampers Lane, North Boarhunt
· 23rd May : Colston Hall 2, Bristol
· 24th May : The Cornerstone, Didcot
· 26th May : The Watermark, Ivybridge, Devon
· 27th May : The Arts Centre, Lichfield
Demon has released the album “Encore, Encore”, originally called “Farewell, Farewell”, which was Fairport Convention’s ‘final’ album before they reformed in 1985.
Click here for ‘Encore, Encore’ album details.
One of the UK’s leading ladies of soul music, Jaki Graham will be doing a live show on Friday 18th May. Jaki, along with Dune FM’s top Soul and Motown DJ Jon Jessop , will be performing at the Pontins Southport Holiday Park in Southport for a Soul & Motown Night.
In the 80s and 90s, Jaki Graham scored some Top 20 UK hits such as her most known ‘Set Me Free’, ‘Breaking Away’, and ‘Round And Around’.
Music Club Deluxe have released a very special 2CD Greatest Hits collection album entitled ‘Absolute Essentials-The Very Best of Jaki Graham’, featuring Jaki’s biggest hits from the 80s and 90s.
Click here for ‘Absolute Essentials- The Very Best of Jaki Graham’ album details.
One of the great bands from the 70s, Showaddywaddy are playing a few shows this May and June. With their 50’s throwback rockabilly sound, Showaddywaddy had 10 Top Ten hits including ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ and ‘Three Steps To Heaven’; not to forget about their #1 single ‘Under The Moon Of Love’.
Tour dates in the UK are as follows:
· Sat 5th May: Elgiva Theatre, Chesham
· Sat 12th May: Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
· Fri 25th May: The Platform Theatre, Morecambe
· Sat 26th May: Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer
· Fri 1st June: Glastonbudget Music Festival, Turnpost Farm, Wymeswold
· Sat 2nd June: Whitehaven Music Festival, Harbourside, Whitehaven
· Sat 14th Jul: Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay
Click here to view all Demon released Showaddywaddy albums.
For this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the UK’s entry will be sung by Engelbert Humperdinck.
Engelbert is hoping to get the win for the UK with his performance of the ballad, Love Will Set You Free.
The 75-year-old singer has sold more than 150 million records worldwide and is best known for his 1967 hit Release Me.
As Humperdinck told The Sun newspaper “I have been in the business for 45 years and with my experience and the amount of countries I have visited in Europe, I can bring this home.”
This year’s 57th annual Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26th May.
Music Club Deluxe is set to release a 2CD collection titled, The Incomparable, on 14th May. This set showcases Engelbert’s talent and will tell you why Britain turned to him as their Eurovision champion.
Click here for ‘The Incomparable’ album details.
Tonight is the night of the prestigious Music Week Awards, which is to be hosted at The Brewery in central London.
The categories include:
Live Music Venue• Music & Brand Partnership• A&R Award• Manager of the Year• Publisher of the Year - Singles• Publisher of the Year - Albums• Independent Publisher• High Street Retail Brand• Online Retail Brand• Independent Retailer• Non-Retail Digital Music Service• Radio Station
• Radio Show• TV Show Featuring Music• Promotions Team• Sales Team• Distribution Team• Catalogue Marketing Campaign• Artist Marketing Campaign• PR Campaign• Independent Record Company• Record Company• The Strat
Demon Music Group has been nominated for the Catalogue Marketing Campaign for the Suede Re-issues that were released on the Edsel label in 2011. The other nominations in this category were:
The Smiths Complete (Rhino)
Steps: The Ultimate Collection (RCA/Sony)
Why Pink Floyd? (EMI)
The Who: Quadrophenia (Universal)
Nirvana: Nevermind (Universal)
Keep an eye on the Demon Music Group website, Facebook and Twitter for the results!
XL Recordings have released a video which documents the making of Bobby Womack’s comeback album “The Bravest Man In The Universe”, which is co-produced by Damon Albarn and XL boss Richard Russell.
Womack calls the recording "the best sessions I've ever been in" - as he says Albarn and Russell "gave me back the confidence I used to have... they let me be me".
The album is due for release on 11th June but Bobby Womack fans can enjoy the choicest cuts from Womack’s greatest period in the 70’s and 80’s on the Music Club Deluxe 40-track collection “Check It Out: The Best Of Bobby Womack”, which features tracks originally recorded for the Minit, United Artists and Beverly Glen labels along with some of his late-60’s sides.
The Beat was formed in Birmingham in 1978, with members Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (vocals, toasting), Andy Cox (guitar), Everett Morton (drums), veteran Jamaican saxophonist Saxa, and David Steele on bass. The band was part of the West Midlands ska revival scene that also produced The Specials and The Selecter, whilst London saw the formation of Madness and The Bodysnatchers. The Beat’s first single was an arresting version of Smokey Robinson’s “Tears Of A Clown”, given a completely new feel, and was backed with their own composition “Ranking Full Stop”. Released in a one-off deal on Jerry Dammers’ Chrysalis-backed 2-Tone label, the single stormed into the Top 10 in December 1979, and saw the band appear twice on Top Of The Pops. Backed by Arista, the band formed their own label Go-Feet Records. The first release in February 1980 was another Top 10 hit, “Hands Off... She’s Mine”, and was the first of twelve chart singles for the band on Go-Feet.
Edsel Records is proud to announce its reissue programme of all three of the band albums, each in Deluxe 2 CD + DVD digipaks, featuring the original albums along with all the non-album A- and B-sides, the many 12” mixes and live tracks, as well as the best of their BBC radio sessions from John Peel, Mike Read and David Jensen’s shows. The DVDs feature the singles promo videos, Top Of The Pops performances and bonus appearances from ITV shows and documentaries.
The first album “I Just Can’t Stop It” (1980, # 3) features the hits “Tears Of A Clown”, “Hands Off... She’s Mine”, “Mirror In The Bathroom”, “Best Friend” and “Stand Down Margaret” as well as 19 bonus tracks, including nine previously unreleased BBC radio sessions. The DVD features three promo videos, five TOTP appearances and a live performance recorded for ITV’s “Alright Now”.
The booklet features an individual note especially written by Rhoda Dakar of The Bodysnatchers, along with the lyrics and photos, memorabilia and ephemera from the band’s own collection.
First there was the phenomenally successful Disco Discharge series, next up is Disco Recharge.
Disco Recharge is a brand new series which will highlight individual artists and producers and provide further depth to the world of serious Disco music. Each will be compiled by MrPinks with sleeve notes by the co author of the best selling book ‘Saturday Night Forever’, Alan Jones.
The first of the Disco Recharge series to be released by Harmless is a 2CD special edition of the 1977French Disco classic ‘Voyage’ by Voyage. This edition includes the original album as well as a first volume of the ‘Special Instrumental’ album which includes instrumental versions of tracks from ‘Voyage’ and the follow up album ‘Fly Away’.
Disc 2 of the set is full of alternative mixes and edits including pre Voyage rare grooves ‘West Coast Drive’ and ‘Please Love Me Again’ by V.I.P. Connection.
Disco Recharge: Voyage-Special Edition is set to be released on 28th May.
Click here for ‘Disco Recharge: Voyage-Special Edition’ album details.
Vocal quartet, The Manhattan Transfer, will play at Ronnie Scotts in London on Monday 21st May with Ronnie Scott’s All Stars.
In the mid-to-late 70s, Manhattan Transfer scored six UK chart singles, including the #1 “Chanson D’ Amour”.
Originally released in 1976 and 1978, Edsel has released a reissue of Manhattan Transfer’s second and third albums, ‘Coming Out’ and ‘Pastiche’, all in one package. Similarly, Music Club Deluxe released a 2CD ‘best-of’ album entitled “Chanson D’amour: The Very Best of Manhattan Transfer”.
For more information about the show- go here.
Click here for ‘Coming Out & Pastiche’ album details.
Click here for “Chanson D’amour: The Very Best of Manhattan Transfer”
Former member of the band ‘Yes’ and now solo artist, Rick Wakeman will be hosting a night of chat with Ian Lavender on Sunday 27th May at the Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds.
The pair will be reminiscing about their careers and David Croft’s longest creation, Dad’s Army with favourite clips, memories, and stories.
Money raised at this fundraising event will help support the Theatre Royal’s community and education programme.
Ticket information for the show is available here.
After Wakeman took some time off from Yes, rock’s most celebrated keyboard player, released the album “Cirque Surreal”. Released on Demon’s Edsel, the album is a mixture of instrumentals and songs featuring some vocals by Chrissie Hammond.
Click here for “Cirque Surreal” album details.
Eighties pop band, China Crisis will be performing at Cox’s Yard in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 16th November.
Well-known China Crisis hits include ‘Christian’, ‘Wishful Thinking’, and ‘African And White’.
Music Club Deluxe have recently released a ‘best-of’ album entitled ‘Ultimate Crisis’, featuring a 34-track compilation that follows China Crisis’ story from 1982’s ‘African And White’ –the first release on the local Inevitable label- throughout their singles chart career.
Ticket information for the show can be found here.
Click here for ‘Ultimate Crisis’ album details.
Fans of the hugely popular Crimson 3/60 range will be pleased to hear that five new titles have been added to the range, with further releases due later on in the year!
The new titles include ‘Rock n Roll Jukebox’, featuring artists such as Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, ‘Magical Musicals’, which includes classics tracks from musicals including Grease, Singin’ In The Rain, Starlight Express, Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera, ‘Northern Soul’, which features hits from artists such as Freda Payne, Just Brothers, Willie Mitchell and Chairmen Of The Board, ‘Reggae Greats’ which showcases a range of tracks by artists including Chaka Demus & Pliers, Aswad, Gregory Isaacs, Donna Marie and John Holt and finally, ‘Legends Of Soul’, including top tracks from artists including Ike & Tina Turner, Al Green, Etta James, Bobby Womack and Average White Band.
The five new additions will be released on the 14th May and are available for pre-order now.
Edsel is proud to announce the re-issued ‘Copper Blue’; the classic 1992 debut album by Sugar, on 28th May.
Sugar was front-man Bob Mould’s opportunity to reclaim an alternative rock legacy that he helped to create after being openly acknowledged by the likes of Nirvana and The Pixies as a huge influence when he played in former band Hüsker Dü. Bob and Sugar’s debut ‘Copper Blue’ entered the UK album chart at #10 and was NME’s Album Of The Year.
Twenty years on, the album has been lovingly remastered from the original tapes, and is presented in improved fidelity. Remastering engineer Jim Wilson comments: “Just in terms of the size and power and
clarity of it all, the effect of this 2012 remastering is going to be immediately obvious to anybody.”
The new deluxe expanded edition includes all the non-album b-sides, a BBC radio session and a full length 1992 live concert. The concert, a favourite of Bob Mould’s, was recorded by Chicago college radio station WXRT and has been much bootlegged, however, this is the first legitimate release, with pristine sound quality, and features the only recorded versions of Sugar covering “Armenia City In The Sky” by The Who and “Dum Dum Boys” by Iggy Pop.
This new package also includes a DVD, which features all the promo videos from Copper Blue alongside TV appearances from the BBC and MTV archives.
Harmless are produce to announce the long-awaited release of the ‘Philadelphia International: The 40th Anniversary Box Set’ – the most complete and comprehensive study of the Philadelphia International catalogue to date.
Following on from the recent Top 40 album ‘Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits’ and the amazing ‘Philadelphia International Classics: The Tom Moulton Remixes’, this new box set contains over 13 ½ hours of pure quality music from one of the greatest labels of all time.
Compiled by world acknowledged Philadelphia International expert Ralph Tee, the package also includes a 60 page full-size booklet containing full sleeve notes and track details and also a number of archive photos and key album scans as well as a fully comprehensive complete discography of all U.S. Philadelphia International and related labels.
The ‘Philadelphia International: The 40th Anniversary Box Set’ is due for release on 21st May.
British indie pop duo Everything But The Girl are back with four two-disc set reissued albums, including rare and previously unreleased tracks.
All four albums; Eden, Love Not Money, Baby, The Stars Shine Bright and Idlewild, will be presented as a beautiful 2CD case bound book sets put together with the full involvement of Ben and Tracey, and each one featuring a newly-written note by the couple, and all the lyrics.
The first package contains their debut album, 1984’s ‘Eden’, featuring seventeen bonus tracks: 8 non-album single A- and B-sides (including hits “Mine and “Native Land”), 5 previously unreleased home demos and 4 contemporary previously unreleased BBC radio session recordings, personally selected by Ben.
This is followed by ‘Love Not Money’, which was originally released in 1985, which features eleven bonus tracks: 5 non-album single B-sides, 3 previously unreleased home demos and 3 contemporary previously unreleased BBC radio session recordings, personally selected by Ben.
1986 originally bought ‘Baby, The Stars Shine Bright’, and the new 2CD set features twelve bonus tracks: 7 non-album single B-sides, and 5 previously unreleased home demos.
And finally, in 1988, the duo released ‘Idlewild’, who’s reissue features eighteen bonus tracks: 10 non-album single A- and B-sides, and 7 previously unreleased home demos, and a previously unreleased version of “Apron Strings”, recorded for, but not used in the John Hughes film “She’s Having A Baby”.
These albums will be available at the end of May.
Click here for ‘Eden’ album details
Click here for ‘Love Not Money’ album details
Click here for ‘Baby, The Stars Shine Bright’ album details
Click here for ‘Idlewild’ album details
Sarah Joyce, better known by her stage name Rumer, is getting ready for the release of her latest album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, on the 28th May.
Following her debut album ‘Seasons Of My Soul’, Rumer’s new release is a cover album featuring songs from the 1970s that are not as well known and that were all originally sung by men.
The two-time BRIT nominee will cover the fairly obscure Todd Rundgren song “Be Nice To Me”, and tracks by other artists including Townes Van Zandt, Ronnie Lane, Issac Hayes and Bob Marley.
Fans of the original artist, Todd Rundgren, can find the track “Be Nice To Me” on his recently re-issued album ‘Runt + The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren’. Other Rundgren albums that have been reissued on the Edsel label include ‘A Cappella & Nearly Human & Second Wind’, ‘A Wizard, A True Star + Todd...Plus’, ‘Hermit Of Mink Hollow + Healing + The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect’ and many more.
Click here for ‘Runt + The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren’ album details.
Click here to view all Todd Rundgren albums currently available.
The Drifters are getting ready to embark on their 62-date Masquerade Tour of the UK starting Sunday 1st April at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch.
Sun 1st April Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
Mon 2nd April Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
Sat 21st April Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Sun 22nd April Hippodrome, Bristol
Fri 27th April Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Fri 4th May Theatre Royal, St Helens
Fri 18th May Mansfield Palace Theatre, Mansfield
Sun 20th May Kings Theatre, Southsea
Sat 26th May Embassy Theatre, Skegness
Fri 1st June Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
Sat 2nd June The Spa, Bridlington
Thurs 7th June Empire, Sunderland
Fri 8th June Grand Opera House, York
Sat 9th June Auditorium, Grimsby
Fri 15th June Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, Southport
Sat 23rd June Linlithgow Festival, Linlithgow
Thurs 28th June Princess Theatre, Falmouth
Fri 29th June Regent Centre, Christchurch
Click here to take a look at the rest of the 2012 The Drifters Masquerade Tour.
The Music Club Deluxe label will be releasing The Drifters & Ben E. King “Their Greatest Hits” album on the 16th April. This two-disc 50 track collection includes their best known hits from the 50s, through to their sting of 70s hits, with some solo recordings from lead singer Ben E. King included as well.
Click here to view The Drifters & Ben E. King “Their Greatest Hits” album details.
Suede have confirmed their attendance at this year’s Hop Farm Festival, a UK festival exclusive, and will be the closing headline act.
The headline acts consist of folk legend Bob Dylan (another UK exclusive) and iconic singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel And The New Blood Orchestra. Other acts include Damian Rice, Primal Scream, My Morning Jacket, Maximo Park, Patti Smith And Her Band, The Stranglers, Dr John And The Lower 911, Joan Armatrading, Billy Ocean, The Psychedelic Furs, Lianne Le Havas, The Jezabels, Slow Club, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Frightened Rabbit, Tom Vek, White Denim, Ben Kweller, Lucy Rose, FiN, Dog Is Dead, Race Horses, Steve Smyth, Sian Sanderson, Ligers with many more to follow.
Alongside the main music stage there will be a further three stages, including a comedy stage, a Camp Acoustic stage and Buskers Boulevard stage.
The festival takes place on Friday 29th June – Sunday 1st July at Hop Farm Paddock Wood in Kent and will, once again, maintain its ‘no sponsorship, no branding’ ethos and will also stick to its low price ticketing, with weekend tickets costing £150 (first 10,000 tickets only). This price includes the three day festival ticket, four nights of camping and parking. Children under 12 go free.
Click here for Hop Farm ticket information
Record Store Day 2012 was launched at a secret London location last night, with performances by PiL and Orbital, in front of a crowd of invited journalists and was also streamed live via a Boiler Room TV stream.
Record Store Day's UK coordinator Spencer Hickman said of the event: "The support of artists and labels and music fans for this annual celebration of the indie record shop has been amazing and is really appreciated. To have PiL and Orbital play at our launch is not only a real honour, but it's a sign of how much Record Store Day has developed".
This year 350 exclusive releases are being made available on 21st April, including three releases by Demon. Demon are planning to offer three different 7” singles each pressed onto coloured vinyl for Record Store Day, featuring a 7” single by T. Rex (A – Telegram Sam, AA – Metal Guru), another 7” single by The Beat (A – Mirror In The Bathroom, AA – Too Nice To Talk To) and lastly, a third 7” single by Sugar (A – If I Can’t Change Your Mind, AA – Clownmaster). There will be 750 copies of each of the singles up for grabs at the 180 independent record stores across the UK
Other artists who have announced their plans for special RSD releases include Coldplay, Gorillaz, Florence And The Machine, Bat For Lashes, Common, 2manydjs, Belle & Sebastian, Blondie, Morrissey, Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, Metronomy, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Cure, The Kinks, The Velvet Underground, The White Stripes, Bruce Springsteen and many more.
Hickman continued: "Record Store Day has now become an established part of the music calendar and what makes it special is the character and individuality of record stores. There's nothing to beat the enthusiasm and atmosphere of a great record shop. The reason great indie stores succeed is that they love music as much as their customers do. Record Store Day is like one huge festival taking place in every part of the UK. It's primarily about the record stores and the events, not just the products available".
A succession of pop stars, including Rick Astley, Jason Donovan and Bananarama, are to join forces for a one-off gig in London’s Hyde Park on 11th July for the “Hit Factory Live” gig. The show is being billed as a celebration of the SAW team (Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman), the songwriting team who are one of the most successful pop production outfits of all time.
Pete Waterman said: "I've been saying no for years to a Hit Factory concert but now, 25 years on, the timing feels right. It's time to celebrate the hit single and we have a tremendous lineup of our classic artists confirmed to play … it's set to be the biggest and best ever celebration of SAW and PWL!"
Recently reformed Steps will be headlining the bill, and will be joined by other acts including Pepsi & Shirlie, Sinitta, Princess, Hazell Dean, Sonia, Sybil, 2 Unlimited, Lonnie Gordon and Brother Beyond, as well as Dead or Alive – the act who gave SAW their first No 1 in March 1985 with You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).
Mother’s Day is fast approaching (Sunday 18th March) but there's still time to order the perfect gift for the special woman in your life!
The hugely successful 100 Hits label boasts the fantastic 5 CD boxset 100 Hits Mum, which has been expertly put together to include all Mum’s favourites. It includes classic tracks from the likes of Jamie Cullum, Eva Cassidy, The Corrs, Simply Red, All Saints, Sugababes, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Sister Sledge, Carly Simon and many more.
Songs For Mum from The Red Box is a great value gift, featuring Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole among others. I Love You Mum and The No. 1 Woman Album are also great selections of songs perfect for Mums everywhere.Another option is a selection of classic compilation albums from the 100 Hits – Legends range. With a great variety of artists to choose from, these beautifully packaged boxsets are sure to please any Mother. Other great artist albums are available from the likes of Nina Simone, Daniel O’Donnell, Elaine Paige, Rick Astley, Al Green, Cliff Richard, Michael Bolton and the late, great Teddy Pendergrass.Have a happy Mother’s Day!
Australian pop star, Jason Donovan, is back with a brand new album, “Sign Of Your Love”, which was released this week.
The album was inspired by some of Jason’s musical icons, including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, and features big-band covers of ‘That’s Life’, and ‘Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart’, as well as reinterpretations of ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ and ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’.
Fans of Jason Donovan’s earlier tracks can find two of his most popular albums which currently available on the Edsel label – ‘Ten Good Reasons’, featuring the Number One hit duet with Kylie Minogue ‘Especially For You’, ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ and ‘Nothing Can Divide Us’ – and ‘Between The Lines’, including ‘When You Come Back To Me’, ‘Hang On To Your Love’ and ‘Another Night’.
Click here to view ‘Ten Good Reasons’ album details
Demon Music Group are proud to announce that the recent Suede reissues have been nominated as a finalist in the Catalogue Marketing Campaign category of the Music Week Awards 2012.
The finalists in the category are as follows:
Suede Re-issues (Demon)
The awards are due to take place on Thursday 26th April at The Brewery in London, tickets for the event are still available on the Music Week Awards website.
Click here to visit the Music Week Awards website
This year Fairport Convention are once again curating the Fairport's Cropredy Convention, featuring acts including Squeeze, Joan Armatrading and Bellowhead. Click here for the full line-up.
The annual event takes place on Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th August and is held in Cropredy. Fairport Convention & friends will headline the Saturday night show.
This year also marks Fairport Convention's forty-five years together as a band. To celebrate, a BBC4 documentary will focus around the band and they will also be releasing two new albums; "By Special Request", a studio album featuring brand new versions of Fairport's most popular songs as chosen by the band's fans, as well as a second anniversary CD.
This second release revives one of Fairport Conventions most popular musical projects. 2011 saw the fortieth anniversary of "Babbacombe Lee", the band's 1971 'folk rock opera' and, to mark the occasion, Fairport performed the work in ite entirety at each gig on the 2011 winter tour. These performances were recorded and will be released in a new, live version of the original concept album.
The album “Encore Encore” by Fairport Convention is currently available for Digital Download.
Go West will be performing at the “Back to the 80’s Ball” for Boot Out Breast Cancer on Saturday 10th March at The Point, Lancashire Cricket Ground, Old Trafford, Manchester.
Along with fellow Music Club Deluxe artist Heaven 17, Go West will be the night’s entertainment to aid in fundraising.
Later this year, Go West will be performing at The iExplore Ball at the Indigo 2 in the O2 Arena in London on Thursday 19th April along with The Wanted and Escala. They are also due to perform on Saturday 12th May at the Let’s Rock The Moor festival in Berkshire alongside Billy Ocean, Heaven 17, Boney M, Toyah and China Crisis.
Go West are set to release their newest album, “The Very Best Of Go West” this March.
Stiff Little Fingers’ latest album, “The Very Best of Stiff Little Fingers” is set for release in March.
Their new album ties in perfectly with the start of Stiff Little Fingers’ UK March Tour. The tour starts Wednesday 14th March in Aberdeen and comes to a close in Manchester on Saturday 31st March, after fourteen dates across the whole of the country.
The March tour will be in celebration of the band’s 35th anniversary and each gig will have an appearance by special guests, Spear of Destiny.
Wednesday 14th March Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Friday 16th March Fat Sam’s, Dundee
Saturday 17th March Barrowland, Glasgow
Sunday 18th March O2 Academy, Newcastle
Monday 19th March Robin 2, Wolverhampton
Wednesday 21st March The Waterfront, Norwich
Thursday 22nd March The Junction, Cambridge
Friday 23rd March 53 Degrees, Preston
Saturday 24th March O2 Academy, Leeds
Monday 26th March Rock City, Nottingham
Tuesday 27th March The Assembly, Leamington Spa
Thursday 29th March O2 Academy, Bristol
Friday 30th March HMV Forum, London
Saturday 31st March HMV Ritz, Manchester
Click here to go to the Stiff Little Finger’s website to buy tickets.
Eighties pop band, China Crisis will be performing at the Let’s Rock The Moor on Saturday 12th May.
The festival, returning for its 4th year, will be held in the village of Cookham in Berkshire and is an action packed day of live music at this boutique, family friendly, 80's festival with live music, a small circus, and rides.
The line-up includes Billy Ocean, Boney M with Maizie Williams, Toyah, Nick Heyward, China Crisis, Modern Romance, along with fellow Music Club Deluxe artists Go West and Heaven 17.
Ticket information for the gig can be found here.
China Crisis are also set to release a new best-of album, “Ultimate Crisis” this March.
“Demon Music Group are thrilled to announce a deal to represent The Beat for all rights” – Adrian Sear, Commercial Director.
This iconic 80`s band had 4 Top 10 albums and 7 Top Forty singles; 4 of which were Top 10, including classics such as “Tears of a Clown” (#6) , “Hands off she`s Mine” (#9), “Mirror in the Bathroom” (#4) and “Can`t get used to losing you” (#3).
We will be re releasing these albums in “boutique” packages with extra material over the next few months. The Beat will also be announcing tour dates in the near future.
DMG’s Music Club Deluxe label already has a compilation album by The Beat: ‘You Just Can't Beat It: The Best Of The Beat’, containing many of the band’s greatest hits which has sold in excess of 50K copies.
90’s boy band, East 17, are back with a new album and a totally new sound.
The new album, Dark Light; the band’s first LP since 1999, is due for release on 2nd April and, according to the band’s press release, the LP “showcases the band’s new transatlantic rock sound, reminiscent of bands like Kings Of Leon and U2 and even artists like Brian Adams and Billy Joel”.
It adds: “It’s a brave move and one that’s paid off on a record that’s as catchy as Summer of ’69 and as soft rock and big sounding as it gets.”
Songwriter Mortimer said: “I think everyone is subconsciously inspired by American music and rock ‘n’ roll and this time around we wanted to do something more live with less tricks.”
The band currently consists of three of the original members; Tony Mortimer, John Hendy and Terry Caldwell but Brian Harvey has not returned to the band.
Fans of the band’s original material can find a collection of the greatest hits on the Music Club Deluxe release Stay Another Day: The Very Best Of East 17.
The Farm will reform to play their Number One album ‘Spartacus’ from start to finish in a series of intimate dates across the UK in April and May this year, 21 years since the album was first released.
Kicking off in Edinburgh in April, and closing at the Club Academy in Manchester in May, the band will be returning to the stage to perform some of their classic hits, including the top ten singles 'Groovy Train' and 'All Together Now'.
Tour dates include:
· 28th April: The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
· 4th May: The Tivoli, Buckley
· 5th May: The Picture House, Holmfrith
· 6th May: Guild Hall, Gloucester
· 10th May: 02 Academy, Newcastle
· 11th May: Queens Hall, Nuneaton
· 12th May: King Georges Hall, Blackburn
· 13th May: The Venue, Derby
· 17th May: Robin 2, Wolverhampton
· 19th May: Academy, London
· 20th May: The Brook, Southampton
· 25th May: Club Academy, Manchester
Peter Hooton lead singer of The Farm commented 'we played a few festivals in the summer and the reaction was absolutely tremendous with lots of people saying they had forgotten how great our live shows were. Playing the recent Justice Tonight tour made us realise just how much we have missed playing live.'
The critically acclaimed album which went straight in at No 1in March 1991 has never been performed live in it's entirety, in the UK.
The album “Spartacus” is available via the Demon website and is also available for digital download.
Click here to view the ‘Spartacus’ album details
Lesley Garrett will be releasing a new album, ‘A North Country Lass’, on the 23rd April.
“In the folk- inspired, classical tradition of Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and Benjamin Britten, Lesley returns to her north country, folk music roots to record an inspired collection of British and Irish songs, with powerful authentic instrumentation providing a dramatic contemporary sound.”
With a 23-date UK tour starting on 22nd February at the Wyllotts Centre in Potters Bar and running through until 8th September, where it will come to a close at the Scarborough Spa Orchestra Anniversary Concert, Lesley’s tour will span the country and will include numerous dates to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Gala.
Fans of Lesley can find a collection of 32 tracks, including outstanding renditions of favourites from stage and screen on the Music Club Deluxe release ‘Songs To Sing’. This album is also the perfect introduction to Lesley Garrett bringing together some of the most famous pieces of all time.
Terrorvision burst onto the scene in early 1992, with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard calling them “possibly the best band I’ve heard to come out of England in the last 12 years.”
They are now back with a three-date tour; dates as follows:
03/03/2012 Tattoo Tea Party, Manchester
18/05/2012 Bearded Theory Festival, Derby
08/06/2012 Download Festival, Midlands
This coincides with the release of “Essential Terrorvision”, a collection of the band’s hits, on the Music Club Deluxe label, due for release on 12th March.
International Soul Sensation Jaki Graham has teamed up with Manchester based producer/ DJ Nick Shaw (AKA Nine Lives) to create the new single entitled ‘1985’, influenced by Jaki’s 1985 smash ‘Round and Around’ (to be released on Vendition Records).
Jaki will be releasing her brand new studio album (the first since her 1998 release ‘My Life’) on 16th February, which will contain Jaki’s own unique interpretation on some of the classic soul and jazz standards on which she was raised.
Filming is also underway for her documentary which should be commissioned to air in October to tie in with Black History Month and the release of her Autobiography Absolute Essentials - The Very Best of Jaki Graham, detailing her personal struggles alongside her ongoing successes to date.
Jaki Graham fans should get their hands on her Greatest Hits collection, ‘Absolute Essentials - The Very Best of Jaki Graham’, a special 2CD set containing all Jaki’s 80s hits from EMI on one CD and all her Avex 90s hits on the other for one truly original collection.
The 100 Hits label is celebrating today after the 100 Hits Legends range passed the 300,000 over-the-counter sales milestone!
The range has achieved strong sales across a number of titles, specifically The Rat Pack (32k), Foster & Allen (41k) and Otis Redding (21k).
Launched in October 2007, 100 Hits has sold over 3.5 million units to date. In October 2009 two new ranges were launched under the 100 Hits banner – 100 Hits Legends, and 100 Hits Presents.
100 Hits Legends offers 100 tracks from some of the most successful recording acts in history including Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Doris Day. Presented in a 5CD set along with a slipcase, the package also includes a full biography of the artist.
Click here to view the full 100 Hits Legends range
Don't forget that next Tuesday is Valentine's Day (Tuesday 14th February)!
Make sure you get your orders in for our fantastic range of love albums. They would make a perfect gift for your partner, or could be played to create a perfect ambience for a romantic dinner or night in.
The six titles include three from the hugely popular 100 Hits range – ‘80’s Love’, ‘Rock’n’Roll Love Songs’ and ‘Love Karaoke’. The remaining three, ‘Love Hits’, ‘Rock’n’Roll Love Songs The Collection’ and ‘Love Songs The Collection’ make for an excellent range of albums to cover a variety of tastes.
Artists featured among these albums include Jason Donovan, The Everley Brothers and Luther Vandross.
On Saturday 11th February Dionne Warwick will be joining Jonathan Ross on his famous sofa to chat about her career and also her involvement in The Hunger Project.
The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organisation committed to the sustainable end of world hunger and on Monday 28th May, Dionne Warwick will be joined by an international star cast and will perform a spectacular celebration of her music and more with a full orchestra in order to raise money for the charity.
The aim of the concert is to raise significant awareness of the very first World Hunger Day and the inspiring work of the Hunger Project to bring an end to hunger and poverty. It is also hoped that significant funds will be raised to enable the project to continue to work in 13 countries across Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
Also appearing on the Jonathan Ross show will be Denzel Washington, Keira Knightly and Tom Hardy.
Demon control two Dionne Warwick albums – ‘All The Love In The World: The Dionne Warwick Collection’ and ‘Sings Bacharach & David’. We also control the ‘Sweet Memories’ album by Elaine Paige.
Click here for more information about World Hunger Day and the Gala Concert.
Chris Rea is gearing up to embark on his 14-date tour of the UK in March / April this year.
The tour will kick off on the 16th March 2012, when Chris will be taking over Belfast’s Ulster Hall. Dates as follows:
16.03.12 Belfast, Ulster Hall
20.03.12 Bournemouth, BIC
21.03.12 Oxford, New Theatre
22.03.12 Brighton, Brighton Centre
24.03.12 Harrogate, International Centre
25.03.12 Manchester, Manchester Apollo
26.03.12 Sheffield, City Hall
28.03.12 Edinburgh, Usher Hall
29.03.12 Glasgow, Clyde Hall
31.03.12 Newcastle, Newcastle Arena
01.04.12 Birmingham, NIA
02.04.12 Nottingham, RCH
04.04.12 Plymouth, Plymouth Pavillions
05.04.12 London, Hammersmith Apollo
The Music Club Deluxe label have recently released a new ‘Best Of’ album of Chris Rea’s hits; a double CD collection titled ‘The Journey 1978-2009’, including such enduring Rea’s smash hits as The Road To Hell, Let’s Dance, On the Beach, Fool (If You Think Its Over) and Auberge, as well as choice album tracks and rarities such as Saudade, his soulful tribute to the late Formula One racer Ayrton Senna.
Click here for tour ticket details
To celebrate the launch of the 'World Routes: On The Road' compilation, catch two extraordinary live performances by Gochaq Askarov & Hari Vrndavn Sivanesan, and also a conversation between presenter Lucy Duran and producer James Parkin.
The event takes place TONIGHT (Friday 3rd February), at 17:30 – 20:00, at the Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London.
World Routes is the BBC's flagship world-music show listened to by hundreds of thousands of radio listeners in the UK on BBC Radio 3, and millions across the globe via the World Service. 'On the road' is a 30 track compilation of previously unreleased material recorded on location by the programme over the last ten years, featuring some of the most thrilling artists from across the world.
Gochaq Askarov is Azerbaijan's finest exponent of the classical art form the mugham vocal style. The drama and virtuosity of Gochaq's voice, combined with his simplicity and modesty as a performer make him, without doubt, one of the finest voices in the world today. Gochaq's inclusion in this event has been made possible by The European Azerbaijan Society
A young veena player from the UK who was the recipient of the BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy scholarship in 2011, Hari Vrndavn Sivanesan has toured with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and was chosen by him to perform on the Chants of India album produced by Ravi and George Harrison.
Lucy Duran and James Parkin will talk about some of the highlights of their travels over the last decade as well as signing copies of the album which will be on sale.
'World Routes' is OUT NOW!
English heavy metal and hard rock band UFO are planning on embarking on a 16-date UK tour.
15th March The Junction, Cambridge
16th March HMV Picture House, Edinburgh
17th March 02 Academy, Newcastle
18th March 02 Academy, Leeds
20th March Academy, Dublin
21st March Spring & Airbrake, Belfast
23rd March The Stables, Milton Keynes
24th March The Wharf, Tavistock
25th March 02 Academy, Bristol
27th March Rock City, Nottingham
28th March Waterfront, Norwich
30th March HMV Ritz, Manchester
31st March Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
1st April The Brook, Southampton
3rd April Concorde 2, Brighton
4th April Forum, London
The band will be playing many of their greatest hits, many of which can be found on the latest Music Club Deluxe UFO release “Too Hot To Handle: The Very Best Of UFO”.
On Monday 28th May, the legendary Dionne Warwick will be joined by an international star cast and will perform a spectacular celebration of her music and more with a full orchestra in aid of International Development Charity, The Hunger Project.
As a major highlight of her 50th Anniversary World Tour, Dionne will be joined by a stunning line-up of her peers from around the globe and will perform many of the classic songs that have secured her place as one of the greatest voices in the history of popular music.
President Barack Obama paid homage to Al Green on Thursday night at the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem during a fundraiser event.
Obama broke out into song during his speech, with the opening line of the hit “Let’s Stay Together” by Rev. Al Green.
“I…I’m…soooo in love with you,” Mr. Obama sang.
In a message to the watching crowds of “Let’s Stay Together”, the response was one of huge cheers and roaring applause. Obama continued with his admiration of the singer:
"Don't worry Rev, I cannot sing like you, but I just wanted to show my appreciation,” the president said.
The fundraiser was Obama’s fourth campaign event of the night in New York City. It was filled with music performances, including one by soul singer Green earlier in the night.
“Let’s Stay Together” can be found on the Al Green Greatest Hits collection available on the Edsel label.
Daniel O’Donnell fans will be pleased to hear that the second part of his ‘Live From Nashville’ DVD will be available from 5th March 2012.
Filmed at The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, the one-time home of the Grand Ole Opry, the DVD is the second part to his 3 hour sell-out show and which features his special guests, long-term singing partner Mary Duff and Country legend, Charley Pride.
Uplifting, jaunty and full of country favourites, ‘Live From Nashville-Part 2’, is a spectacular musical event featuring favourites chosen by Daniel. Songs such as ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’, ‘He’ll Have To Go’ and ‘Crystal Chandeliers’, sit alongside the country ‘Green Grass To Bluegrass Medley’ and old favourites such as ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘I Just Want To Dance With You’.
Also included in this package is a 23-track ‘Live From Nashville’ concert highlights CD, which features songs from across the entire concert.
Full details and tracklistings will be available shortly.
An Exclusive Limited Edition DVD Book Set of Suede’s legendary comeback concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 24th March 2010 is now available to pre-order from the Suede Official Store only.
This Strictly Limited Edition Set contains
· A DVD of the entire concert, featuring twenty-one songs
· Stereo and 5.1 audio mixes
· An exclusive DVD of backstage footage produced and edited by Simon Gilbert, a film of Brett Anderson’s visit to the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Oasis Centre in Cambridge, and a Paul Khera photo gallery
· Two CDs of the audio of the entire concert
· A 48 page booklet, featuring specially-written individual notes by all five band members, and Paul Khera’s amazing photos
What the press said about this concert:
"Suede have never sounded this brutal, so determined; the best British punk, rock ‘n’ roll, sex-pop-glam band of the past 20 years. Many of the diehards present proclaimed this to be the best Suede gig they've ever seen." - NME
"Hugely influential... they sound better than they did at their commercial peak" – The Guardian
"Astonishing return to the spotlight" – Independent on Sunday
"Sensational" – The Times
"Suede had lost none of its energy 17 years on... a timeless slice of euphoric indie rock" – Evening Standard
£40.00 + P&P, only from www.suede.co.uk
This item will ship on 24th March 2012, the second anniversary of the concert.
Midem, the world’s largest music industry trade fair, is fast approaching and the Demon guys are getting ready to jet off to Cannes! Starting on Saturday 28th January and running through until Tuesday 31st, Demon Music Group will be hosting a stall, number R07.04, at the event.
This year the main Midem event will be accompanied by a festival, which will take place in a specially-constructed 3,500 capacity venue set up on the Croisette with acts including the Ting Tings, 2 Many DJs, OrelSan and 21-year-old Belgian singer Selah Sue. French rock band Shaka Ponk, French folk duo Brigitte, Parisian indie rock band Stuck In The Sound and Lille’s Skip The Use will also be performing at the event.
The festival will be open to Midem attendees and the general public – the first time that Midem has opened up to the general public in this way.
Demon are pleased to announce that we have signed the world rights (excluding Japan and the USA) to the Sugar/ Bob Mould catalogue.
The catalogue includes the iconic album ‘Copper Blue’ which sold over 300,000 copies, and was a 1992 album of the year. ‘Copper Blue’ and the other albums in the catalogue, ‘Beaster’ (which reached #3) and ‘File Under Easy Listening’ (#7) all charted Top Ten. Demon will also control a live album from Sugar and two of Bob`s solo material. Bob Mould’s first band, Husker Du, was a huge influence on bands such as Nirvana and the Pixies.
Demon will re-issue these albums in the same types of format as our successful re-issues of both Suede and Jesus and Mary Chain with extra tracks and lush packaging, we will also have exclusive licensing and digital rights.
Bob Mould will also be touring the ‘Copper Blue’ album during 2012 to sold out shows.
Doris Day has released her first album in 17 years this month. The new album, “My Heart”, includes 13 never-before-heard renditions of songs including ‘Daydream’ and ‘Stewball’ and was produced by her son Terry Melcher, the producer of the Beach Boys and the Byrds who died in 2004 at 62.
Sales of the record will support the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
An interview with the star can be found here.
Doris Day fans can get all of her classic tracks on the 5 CD “100 Hits Legends – Doris Day” album.
Click here to view 100 Hits Legends – Doris Day
Fans of The Soldiers will be pleased to hear that they will be touring throughout January and February next year. The dates are as follows:
Sun 8th Jan 2012 Potters Leisure Resort, Great Yarmouth
Thu 12th Jan 2012 St David's Hall, Cardiff
Fri 13th Jan 2012 Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar
Sat 14th Jan 2012 The Camberley Theatre, Camberley
Sun 15th Jan 2012 The Capitol Theatre, Horsham
Wed 18th Jan 2012 Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thu 19th Jan 2012 Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
Fri 20th Jan 2012 Horsecross (Perth Theatre & Concert Hall), Perth
Sat 21st Jan 2012 Motherwell Civic Centre (Concert Hall & Theatre), Motherwell
Sun 22nd Jan 2012 Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen
Tue 24th Jan 2012 Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham
Wed 25th Jan 2012 Hall For Cornwall (HFC), Truro
Thu 26th Jan 2012 Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Fri 27th Jan 2012 Buxton Opera House, Buxton
Sat 28th Jan 2012 Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage
Sun 29th Jan 2012 Billingham Forum Theatre, Billingham
Mon 30th Jan 2012 Theatre Royal, Norwich
Thu 2nd Feb 2012 Central Theatre, Chatham
Fri 3rd Feb 2012 Towngate Theatre & Conference Centre, Basildon
Sat 4th Feb 2012 Embassy Theatre, Skegness
Sun 5th Feb 2012 Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Click here to visit The Soldiers website
It’s been a great year for the Edsel label, with an array of awards and nominations under their belt for the 2011 reissues.
MOJO magazine voted Suede’s “Dog Man Star” at #6 and Jesus And Mary Chain’s “Psychocandy” at #8 in their ‘Reissue Of The Year’ category.
NME also rated Suede’s “Dog Man Star” and placed the album at #8 and Jesus And Mary Chain’s “Psychocandy” at #9 ‘Reissue Of The Year’.
Uncut put Jesus And Mary Chain’s “Darklands” at #5 and Suede’s “Suede” at #30 in the category of ‘Reissues, Compilations And Box Sets’.
Art Rocker nominated John Foxx & Harold Budd’s “Nighthawks + Translucence + Drift Music” as the ‘Reissue Of The Year’ but was beaten by another Edsel title, Jesus And Mary Chain’s “Psychocandy”.
Finally, Rolling Stone magazine voted Suede’s “Suede” at #9 in the “10 Best Reissues Of The Year”.
Click here for all the Suede reissues
Click here for all the Jesus And Mary Chain reissues
The final on Saturday night favorite, the X Factor has contributed to a surge in popularity of vintage girl band En Vogue and also Jackie Wilson.
The winners, Little Mix, chose to sing En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go” for a second time during the series, explaining their decision to do so because it would mean a lot to their fans.
The original song “Don’t Let Go” can be found on the recent Music Club Deluxe release ‘Don't Let Go: The Very Best Of En Vogue’. The single has benefited from the show, climbing to number 27 from last week's 89.
Also on the same night, runner-up Marcus Collins reprised his performance of Jackie Wilson’s “Higher And Higher”. Marcus believed that it was his best performance of the series, a thought that was echoed by judge Tulisa: “That definitely was your best song of the series and it was better this time! I predict a very bright future for you.”
The original Jackie Wilson track can be found on the Music Club Deluxe album Best Of The Original Soul Brother.
Click here to view ‘Best Of The Original Soul Brother’ album details
Harmless is proud to announce the release of the third set of 10 albums in the Backbeats series to add to the existing 20 titles on catalogue:
Backbeats - Soul A La Mode – 1970’s Modern Soul
Backbeats - What’s The Word? – Socially Conscious Soul Music
Backbeats - Smooth Grooves – Sophisticated 80’s Philly Soul
Backbeats - Phillybusters – Underground Philly Dance Floor Gems
Backbeats – Bustin’ Out – Ghetto Grooves from Dusty Cellars
Backbeats -2 Steps To Soul Heaven – More 70’s & 80’s Steppers
Backbeats - They Call It Crossover – More Mid-Tempo Soul
Backbeats - Mod Life Crisis – 60’s Mod Anthems
Backbeats - Lost In Time –More Northern Soul Treasures
Backbeats - The Pain Goes Deep – More Deep Soul Gems
Backbeats continues to widen the net of Backbeats collaborators, so joining the core team of Ian Dewhirst, Dean Rudland and Sean Hampsey, we’re delighted to welcome two more veterans of the Soul Music scene – Ralph Tee and Kev Roberts. Ralph Tee runs Expansion Records and continues to be an all-round authority on Soul music, whilst Kev Roberts adds to his rich history in the Soul Music business by currently being the hardest working promoter on the Northern Soul scene. A big Backbeats welcome to both of these experts!
The Backbeats series specialises in releasing material which is either impossible or hard to find elsewhere and for which there is substantial core demand. The third series continues to scour the vaults from such iconic labels as G.S.F., Sound Stage 7, Hi, Paula, Curtom, Brunswick, Chi-Sound, Dynamite, Sound Plus, Metromedia, Sansu, Instant, Philadelphia International, Douglas, Invictus, Strata East, Hot Wax, House Of The Fox, Toddlin’ Town, T.S.O.P., Soul Power, Ronn, Jet Stream, Gemigo, Cream, Alaska, Mayfield, SSS International, Seventy 7, Canyon, Dakar, Deesu, Share, Philly Groove, Soulville, Nola, Pameline, Vee-Jay, Tollie, One-Derful!, Thomas, Audio Arts, Jewel, Mar-V-Lus, Constellation, Blue Cat and numerous others - all music which may not otherwise be heard or commercially available these days.
Two Demon titles have featured in MOJO magazine’s ‘The Best of 2011’ lists in the Reissue of the Year category.
At number 6 is the recent Suede ‘Dog Man Star’ release and at number 8, ‘Psychocandy’ by The Jesus And Mary Chain, both on the Edsel label.
The first place spot went to Mickey Newbury’s ‘An American Trilogy’, followed by The Beach Boy’s ‘The Smile Sessions’, The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ and ‘Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham’.
The Demon reissues beat other huge albums, such as Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ in the list which is great news for both the Edsel label and Demon.
Click here to view Suede – Dog Man Star album details
American singer-songwriter, Don McLean, has announced the details of his UK and European tour in October 2012. The tour also celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the “American Pie” European tour.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Fri 19th Oct Bristol Colston Hall
Sat 20th Oct Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Sun 21st Oct Gateshead The Sage
Tues 23rd Oct Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Thurs 25th Oct London Royal Albert Hall
Sat 27th Oct Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sun 28th Oct Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wed 31st Oct Basingstoke Anvil
Tues 6th Nov Amsterdam Carre
Thurs 8th Nov Düsseldorf Tonhalle
Following the UK tour Don travels to mainland Europe for additional concerts and more dates are expected to be added.
Don McLean fans can purchase some great albums in preparation for the tour on the Demon website, with titles including ‘Live Greatest Hits And For The Memories’ and ‘Prime Time And Chain Lightning And Believers’ as well as some other digital download albums also available.
Click here to view Don McLean tour details
The En Vogue track “Don’t Let Go” has re-entered the charts after being covered by the last remaining group on the X Factor, Little Mix.
The girls performed the track on the 7th live show of the series, as part of ‘Movie Week’. The single was a 1996 Grammy-nominated track from the Set It Off soundtrack, appearing on the band’s third album ‘EV3’. It also features as the first track on the Music Club Deluxe’s ‘Don't Let Go: The Very Best Of’ album.
Click here to view the Don't Let Go: The Very Best Of album details
A brand new compilation of Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits, entitled ‘Sinatra – Best of the Best’, has been released by EMI.
Frank’s greatest recordings for Capitol Records and his own Reprise Records have been gathered into one collection and are now available in single-disc and deluxe 2CD packages, with track notes written by Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Many of Sinatra’s tracks can also be found on a range of Frank Sinatra albums available in the Demon Catalogue, with releases including ‘100 Hits Legends: Frank Sinatra’, a fantastic 5CD, 100 track set, ‘The Early Years’, ‘The Essential Collection’, and, perfect for the festive season, ‘The Christmas Collection’.
Click here to view the Best of the Best album
The nominees for the 26th annual fRoots Critics Poll Albums Of The Year have been announced and a Nascente title is a contender!
fRoots world music magazine has polled experts in the UK and internationally every year since 1986 to decide the Album Of The Year in folk, roots & world music. This is the most extensively researched and prestigious annual poll of its kind, with over 300 writers, broadcasters and activists worldwide invited to vote. It's "The best researched guide to the key world roots albums of the year" (BBC Radio 3).
At 11PM on Friday 2nd December this year’s winners will be revealed exclusively in a special edition of BBC 3’s World On 3, hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy. Full winner’s details will also be available on the fRoots website and in a dedicated Amazon.co.uk section from 3rd December, and in the Jan/Feb 2012 double issue of fRoots published in mid-December.
Nominees for the Re-issue Or Compilation Of 2011:
Home Service: Live 1986 (Fledg’ling)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Tell My Sister (Nonesuch)
Hedy West: Ballads And Songs From The Appalachians (Fellside)
Various: Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound Of Burkina Faso 1974-1979 (Analog Africa)
Various: 80s World Music Classics: When The World Was Young (Nascente)
All the winners to date can be found here.
Click here to visit the fRoots website
Click here to view 80s World Music Classics: When The World Was Young album details
Fans of popular children’s TV entertainer Justin Fletcher headed to Belfast on Saturday to watch the star switch-on the city’s Christmas lights.
A 20,000 strong crowd turned up to the event at City Hall for the annual event, 10,000 people more than expected. A Belfast City Council spokesman said:
“This was the biggest crowd we have had at the event since President Clinton performed the switch-on.”
“It was almost three times the number who attended last year, and more than attended the Snow Patrol concert as part of the MTV EMA awards two weeks earlier.”
Justin Fletcher performed his new single “Hands Up” to the crowd, which was taken from his forthcoming album “Hands Up…The Album”, due for release in March 2012.
Click here to view Hands Up…The Single details
Today, Monday 21st November, is set to be the busiest online shopping day of the year with people rushing to buy their Christmas presents to ensure they receive them in time for the big day!
It is anticipated that millions of British and worldwide consumers will take to the internet searching for Christmas gifts, with UK sales expected to reach around£424 million throughout the day and an average spending of about £300,000 per minute, it’s not dubbed ‘Mega Monday’ for nothing!
This year marks a change in trend as it is usually the Monday closest to December, after the last monthly pay packet, that the shoppers hit the internet. But, according to research by shopping comparison website Kelkoo, people are stocking up early to avoid the issues called by severe weather conditions last year, preventing the delivery of post and presents.
Also, with the increasing number of Smart phones making it easier to access the internet and online retailers, it is expected that online sales will rise this year. A spokesperson from Kelkoo said:
“In particular, we were interested to see that this year, shopping on mobile phones is set to increase significantly, opening up more opportunities for retailers to sell any place, any time.”
Online retailers are being urged to prepare their stock supplies ready for a surge in demand for items, especially if they are offering particularly attractive offers and prices.
It is believed 33.7 per cent of online spending will be on gifts, 24.5 per cent on Christmas travel, 20.6 per cent on decorations and 6.7 per cent on food and drink and people revealed convenience, reduced stress and cheaper prices as reasons for buying gifts on the internet.
All of the Demon products shown on the website are available for purchase at online retailers including Amazon, HMV and Play.
Fans of The Blockheads will be pleased to hear that the band will be performing at Ronnie Scott’s this week on the eve of their 35th anniversary for a 3 night residency, from Monday 21st until Thursday 24th November.
The line-up of the band due to perform at Ronnie Scott’s features:
Gilad Atzmon - Saxophones
Mick Gallagher – Organ, Piano and Synths
Derek Hussey – Vocals and Ambience Co-ordination
Chaz Jankel – Guitars and Keyboards
John Roberts - Drums
John Turnbull - Guitars
Norman Watt-Roy – Bass
The release of an album of new material in 2009, and also “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (the recent biopic of their erstwhile front man and lyricist Ian Dury) resulted in a resurgence in the bands popularity. Many of the classics from the illustrious back catalogue, as well as some new material , will be played at the gigs and can also be found, available for purchase, on the Demon website.
Click here to view the Ronnie Scotts website
The recent reissue of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s ‘Psychocandy: Special Edition’ has been nominated as a contender for the ‘Reissue Of The Year’ category by Artrocker magazine.
The first ever Artrocker Awards will take place on the 2 December 2011 at XOYO venue in Shoreditch, London and will be hosted by Radio 1's Jen Long.
Other nominees include:
Can ‘Tago Mago: 40th Anniversary Edition’The Fall ‘The Nation’s Saving Grace: Omnibus Edition’John Foxx & Harold Budd featuring Ruben Garcia ‘Nighthawks’Nirvana ‘Nevermind: 20th Anniversary Edition’
Although the awards show is VIP only, XOYO will be opening its doors to the public between 8pm and 3am for the Artrocker Awards Live Show, with Gruff Rhys, The Jim Jones Revue and more performing live, plus DJ sets by Gary Numan, Tim Burgess, Is Tropical, Tribes and Heavenly Jukebox.
Marc Sallis, Editor of Artrocker said:
“A lot of awards these days are made to fill up time on TV and fill pages in glossy magazines spreads, Artrocker aims to make its first-ever awards about the music, the bands and giving the public a great gig with a line-up that will recall the heady days of The Brats and inject some much needed drunken fun and rock'n'roll back into the industry. The inaugural Artrocker Awards are cutting back the ever-expanding gloss and going for the true spirit of music; there will be no fireworks, stage tricks and countless re-takes, it's quite simple Rock'n'Roll in its simplest and rawest form."
Click here to visit the Artrocker website
The Soldiers will be performing their official Poppy Appeal single “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” live on the pitch at half-time during the England vs Spain match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 12th November.
Click here to view the I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You single
One of the most successful acts of the acid jazz scene, The Brand New Heavies, are returning to the stage to play two pre-Christmas party nights celebrating 20 years of bringing wholesome soul grooves to the world.
The Brand New Heavies are best known for their hits including ‘Never Stop’ and ‘Dream Come True’ and also for their reinterpretations of tracks such as ‘Midnight At The Oasis’, Carole King’s ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ and the Stevie Wonder classic ‘I Don’t Know Why (I Love You)’.
The Heavies will be playing these intimate gigs at Under The Bridge in Fulham on the 13th and 14th December 2011; a great Christmas present for their fans!
For the two special nights at Under The Bridge, the sassy and gifted singer Honey Larochelle will be the latest phenomenon to front the funk.
The release of a brand new Music Club Deluxe album, The Brand New Heavies ‘The Best of 20 Years’, is perfectly timed to prepare The Heavies fans for these gigs. Featuring all the classics, this album was approved and sequenced by the band and gives the fullest picture yet of a British music institution whose unique mix of jazz, funk and soul has lit up the dance scene for well over two decades, and continues to do so.
Suede front man, Brett Anderson, appeared on BBC show “Later With Jools Holland” last week.
Brett joined Jools in the studio along with Florence and the Machine, Pete Townshend, My Morning Jacket, Bombino and Al Spx.
Brett performed “Brittle Heart” and “Crash About To Happen” from his new album, ‘Black Rainbows’.
With Justin Fletcher’s new single “Hands Up” due for release on the 20th November, it is thought that the UK’s most popular children’s performer may be in with a chance of nabbing the Christmas No.1 top spot!
The single, from Justin’s forth-coming album ‘Hands Up…The Album’, due for release on the 26th March 2012, has already had great feedback from everyone who has heard it and is accompanied on the album by other kid’s classics including “The Hokey Cokey”, “Music Man” and “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic”.
The video for “Hands Up” is also available to watch on YouTube now:
Click here for Hands Up The Single details
Fans of the fantastic 100 Hits series will be pleased to know that we are releasing a new batch of 8 titles on Monday 21st November and a further 2 titles on 5th December.
The titles include ‘100 Hits Classic 60s’, ‘100 Hits Super 70s’, ‘100 Hits 80s Classics’, ‘100 Hits The New Romantics’, ‘100 Hits Ladies Nights’, ‘100 Hits Driving Rock’, ‘100 Hits Punk And New Wave’ and ‘100 Hits New Years Party’, followed by ‘100 Hits 90s Anthems’ and ‘100 Hits Dance Classics’ on 5th December.
These new titles span a range of genres and feature artists such as The Beach Boys, Duran Duran, Lily Allen, Supergrass, Blondie and Leo Sayer.
Welsh rock and roll singer, Shakin’ “Shaky” Stevens is about to embark on a huge 26-date tour throughout November and December.
Kicking off in the Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells, on Wednesday 9th November, and coming to a close at the Theatre Royal in Brighton on Sunday 11th December, the tour spans the whole of the UK.
09/11/2011 Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
10/11/2011 Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
11/11/2011 Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon
12/11/2011 G Live, Guildford
13/11/2011 IndigO2 at the O2, London
15/11/2011 The Hawth, Crawley
17/11/2011 The Assembly, Leamington Spa
18/11/2011 Fairfield Halls, Croydon
19/11/2011 Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
21/11/2011 Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
22/11/2011 Hall for Cornwall, Truro
23/11/2011 The Anvil, Basingstoke
25/11/2011 Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
26/11/2011 New Theatre, Hull
27/11/2011 The Forum, Malvern
28/11/2011 Southport Theatre, Southport
29/11/2011 O2 ABC, Glasgow
02/12/2011 St George’s Hall, Bradford
03/12/2011 Charter Hall, Colchester
04/12/2011 Colosseum, Watford
05/12/2011 Winter Gardens, Margate
06/12/2011 O2 Academy, Sheffield
08/12/2011 Grand Theatre, Swansea
09/12/2011 Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham
10/12/2011 Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
11/12/2011 Theatre Royal, Brighton
Shakin’ Stevens fans can now enjoy a collection of his top tracks, including 24 UK Top 20’s, 7 Top 5’s and 4 Number 1’s, in a comprehensive 2CD set available from the Music Club Deluxe label, complete with artwork, compilation and sleevenotes by Shakin’ Steven’s himself.
Click here to visit the Shakin’ Stevens website for more tour information
The Soldiers have scored their third consecutive chart album, with ‘Message To You’, which entered the Artist Albums Chart at #11.
‘Message To You’ is the fifth highest New Entry in this week’s chart, behind Coldplay, Michael Buble’s Christmas album, Kelly Clarkson and Tom Waits.
The Soldiers will be promoting this new album with special appearances, including the ‘Silence In The Square’ performance, where they will be performing live at Trafalgar Square to an audience of 8-12000 people on the 11th November.
The Soldiers and Robin will also be performing the Poppy Appeal single, “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” on the ‘Songs Of Praise Remembrance Sunday’ programme, to be aired on the 13th November.
With Halloween just days away, party preparations are clearly well on the way and the 100 Hits Halloween album is flying up the charts, currently sitting quite comfortably at #9 in the Midweek Compilation Chart!
This 4CD collection features original chart hits, including Ray Parker Jr’s Ghostbusters, I Put A Spell On You from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Alice Cooper’s Feed My Frankenstein, Hunting For Witches by Bloc Party and more, plus a 20 track movie theme disc featuring tracks from classic horror films. The boxset also contains a fifth disc - a Karaoke DVD, featuring 20 sing-along versions of Halloween classics, including Thriller, Somebody’s Watching Me, Monster Mash and The Time Warp. The perfect package for any ghostly gathering! Happy Halloween!
Daniel O’Donnell, one of the most popular artists of a generation, has achieved yet another Top 10 album with his newest release ‘The Ultimate Collection’.
The album entered the charts at #7 and is the third highest New Entry in this week’s chart, which sees former Oasis co-founder Noel Gallagher and current X Factor Winner Matt Cardle at #1 and #2 respectively. Daniel also overtook Katy Perry at the weekend, who benefited from appearing on last Sunday’s X-Factor.
Daniel has an incredible track record and this new album has given him his third chart album in 11 months and his second Top 10 album of 2011.
Click here to view ‘The Ultimate Collection’ album details
Children’s favourite Justin Fletcher, of Something Special and Gigglebiz fame, is back with a brand new album.
The album features 20 classic children’s songs along with a few brand new songs – covering everything from “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic” and “The laughing Policeman” to the great new single “Hands Up”.
Justin Fletcher has been involved in many of the biggest children’s TV shows over recent years, including Tweenies, Timmy Time, Fun Song Factory and Shaun The Sheep. Justin has also starred in many incredibly popular shows, including Something Special, Tikkabilla, Higgledy House, Gigglebiz and the newest show Justin’s House.
Justin was awarded an MBE in 2008 for his services to children's broadcasting and also won a BAFTA in 2010 for his performance in Gigglebiz on the BBC’s CBeebies channel.
The album will be released on 26th March 2012, and the digital single "Hands Up" will be out in 4th December 2011.
Click here to view ‘Hands Up…The Album’ album details
On Friday 21st October at 21:10 Janis Ian, Neil Finn and Ryan Adams will be performing on the final concert of the current series of the Songwriters’ Circle.
Neil Finn guides the proceedings with songs from different stages of his career - Crowded House favourites Distant Sun and Don't Dream It's Over are mixed with Split Enz's She Will Have Her Way and Golden Child, a new song written with his wife Sharon about their children growing up and leaving home.
Janis Ian has been a song writer from the tender age of 12 and is still very much at the top of her game. Janis’ introspective, socially-engaged and intelligent lyrics are complemented by beautiful melodies and delightful guitar playing by Janis herself. Her performance features classic tracks such as the jazzy Bright Lights and Promises to her evergreen classic At Seventeen.
Ryan Adams delivers a series of exquisitely mournful songs, from his debut solo album Heartbreaker's Oh My Sweet Carolina to Invisible Riverside from his album Ashes and Fire.
Janis Ian fans should check out Edsel’s huge range of albums currently available (also as digital downloads), including the news release ‘Best Of Janis Ian - The Autobiography Collection’.
Click here to visit the BBC 4 Songwriter’s Circle website
Click here to view ‘Best Of Janis Ian - The Autobiography Collection’ album details
“Different Drum” by Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt, has been used in the new Lynx Excite TV advert. This track features on our most recent Music Club Deluxe Linda Ronstadt compilation; ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Collection’.
The advert follows the lines of the recent ad campaign “Even Angels Will Fall”, which shows angels falling from the sky when they smell the Lynx fragrance.
“Different Drum” was written by Michael Nesmith, and a liver version by him features on our Nesmith release ‘Live At The Britt Festival’.
Click here to view ‘Live At The Britt Festival’ album details
The Christmas single to be released by the X Factor contestants has been revealed! The final 16 will release a cover of Rose Royce’s “Wishing On A Star”, with proceeds to be donated to ACT & Children’s Hospices UK.
X Factor boss Simon Cowell said: “I’ve seen the amazing work they do for kids and their families who need help and support.
“I am thrilled that the X Factor charity single this year will benefit this charity.”
The single, featuring all of this year’s finalists, will be released on the 19th November and the contestants are said to be very excited of the prospect of releasing their first ever single.
Finalist Frankie Cocozza said it was a “brilliant thing to be doing for a brilliant charity”.
Charity spokeswoman Barbara Gelb said: “The money raised from this single gives us the opportunity to improve the lives of these children and families.
“Every single bought, either online or through the High Street, will make such a difference.”
It is thought that “Wishing On A Star” will be performed by finalists on the show.
Fans of the original artist, Rose Royce, can get hold of copies of their reissued albums ‘Golden Touch & Jump Street’ and ‘Strikes Again & Rainbow Connection’ on the Edsel label.
Click here for ‘Golden Touch & Jump Street’ album details
As The Soldiers and Robin Gibb are the artists who are releasing this year’s Official Poppy Appeal single, many of the guy’s performances will focus around the Remembrance Sunday.
For the ‘Silence In The Square’ performance, Robin and The Soldiers will be performing live at Trafalgar Square to an audience of 8-12000 people on the 11th November. The performance will be aired on The Royal British Legion’s Facebook page.
Further TV appearances can be seen below:
18/10 BBC BREAKFAST (BBC) Interview and performances
24/10 SUNRISE WITH EAMONN HOLMES (Sky) Interview
24/10 THE ALAN TITCHMARSH SHOW (ITV1) Live interview and performances
25/10 QVC (Sky) Live interview and performances
11/11 LORRAINE (ITV) Live interview and performances
11/11 SILENCE IN THE SQUARE (Online) Performance
13/11 STRICTLY COME DANCING (BBC1) Performance
13/11 SONGS OF PRAISE Interview and performances
More details about special TV / radio appearances will be available on the Demon website and Facebook pages as they are confirmed.
Chris de Burgh fans may want to make a note of the following TV appearances:
17/10 QVC (Sky/Freeview) Live interview with performances
17/10 THE ALAN TITCHMARSH SHOW (ITV1) Interview and performances
20/10 BBC BREAKFAST (BBC1) Live interview
21/10 STRICTLY, IT TAKES TWO (BBC2) Live panellist and interview
25/12 SONGS OF PRAISE (BBC1) Performances
The ‘Songs Of Praise’ show will see Chris performing “On A Christmas Night” from his new album ‘Footsteps 2’. He will also be performing “A Spaceman Came Travelling”.
Further details about special TV / radio appearances will be available on the Demon website and Facebook pages as they are confirmed.
Daniel O’Donnell fans may want to make a note of the following TV/Radio appearances:
13/10 QVC (Sky/Freeview) Interview with performances
18/10 LOOSE WOMEN (ITV1) Live interview and performances
18/10 REVELATION TV (Sky/Freeview) Live interview and performances
24/12 NORTH ONE TV (C5) Interview
TBC VINTAGE TV Mike Read hour-long interview
20/10 Five Live (BBC Radio) - Richard Bacon Interview
“Beginner's Guide To Bellydance: Oriental and Tribal Fusion” has been compiled by Ava Fleming and Samantha Emanuel; two of the bellydance scene's brightest and most glamorous stars.
Ava is a former "Belly Dancer Of The Universe" winner, and currently teaches Raqs Sharqi (the classical Egyptian style of belly dance) at Arizona State University. She selected the music for CD1 and is a highly sought after teacher who appeals to both Cabaret and Tribal Fusion dancers because of her wide ranging musical tastes and ability to incorporate various styles into her performances.
Sam has selected the music for CD’s 2 and 3 - the Improvisational Tribal Style and Tribal Fusion CDs. She is a UK-based former Bellydance Superstar (a globetrotting troupe formed by ex-Police and Sting manager Miles Copeland), who's considered an authority in these styles. She is highly sought after both as a teacher and performer.
This compilation has been done in collaboration with regular Nascente compiler and bellydance DJ Phil Meadley, who compiled the first Beginner’s Guide To Bellydance. Phil has DJ’ed at all of the UK’s biggest belly dance events, as well as DJ’ing global fusion and other club beats at various festivals and venues over the past ten years.
The Jesus And Mary Chain’ Jim Reid will be a guest of Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie on their BBC 6 Music show on Friday 7th October at 2.30pm.
Jim will be talking about the recent studio album reissue, as well as the band’s career and will be available to listen online here.
All six studio albums have recently been released on the Edsel label - ‘Psychocandy’ and ‘Darklands’ were released on 19th September, followed by ‘Automatic’ and ‘Honey’s Dead ‘on 26th September and rounded off with ‘Stoned And Dethroned’ and ‘Munki’ most recently on 3rd October.
The albums have been receiving rave reviews – an example from the Subba Cultcha can be found here. They are also running a competition to win the full set of albums.
Todd Rundgren was in the BBC London Radio studio with Danny Baker on Tuesday 4th October.
Prior to Todd’s arrival Danny had compiled a 22 track CD-R of songs of Todd Rundgren’s recordings and also his productions, including songs by XTC and The Band. Todd then called out track numbers at random, Danny played the track and the two discussed each one after play.
The show lasted for an hour and can be seen again here.
This coincides with the reissue of Todd’s studio albums this week – ‘Runt & The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren’, ‘Something/ Anything’, ‘A Wizard, A True Star & Todd’ and ‘Initiation & Faithful’.
We’re now in October and that can only mean one thing – Halloween!!
For all those thinking of throwing a gruesome get-together or a petrifying party, the most important thing is having the right music and, as usual, 100 Hits have come up with the perfect soundtrack.
‘100 Hits Halloween’ is 4CD+DVD boxset featuring classic theme tunes from freaky films such as Ghostbusters, The Addams Family, Psycho and A Nightmare On Elm Street, as well as great tracks from Bloc Party, Frank Sinatra, Super Furry Animals, Alice Cooper, Run DMC and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, an additional karaoke DVD features sing-along versions of 20 classics tunes, including Thriller, The Time Warp, Bat Out Of Hell, Hungry Like The Wolf, Highway To Hell and Wild Thing, is sure to make any Halloween party a spooky success!
BBC Radio Scotland’s Tom Morton will be speaking to Janis Ian about her writing and recording career from the 1960's to the present on Sunday 9th October at 10:30AM.
The 30 minute show, from the ‘Musical Legends’ programme, will also show Janis giving an insight into her extraordinary life.
As a singer her song 'Society's child', written when she was only 14, dealt with the issue of interracial relationships was banned by some radio stations as being subversive.
Janis's best known and most successful song 'At Seventeen', dealing with teenage angst, won her two Grammy's and led to appearances on some of the top rated TV shows at the time.
Janis Ian has also written songs for some of the best known artists in the business, including Glen Campbell, Nanci Griffith, Bette Middler, Dusty Springfield and Nina Simone.
Edsel have released numerous Janis Ian albums, most recently ‘Best Of Janis Ian - The Autobiography Collection’; a collection of thirty-one tracks, including several rarities, such as her first demo which she recorded as a 13 year old, a lo-fi version of ‘Hair of Spun Gold’, ‘Jesse’, which was a Top 30 hit for Roberta Flack, along with Sesame Street’s ‘Ginny the Flying Girl’.
Also included in the package is a twelve-track DVD filmed during her peak period in 1979 in Japan and Australia.
Click here to visit the BBC Radio Scotland website
Click here to view all Janis Ian albums currently available
The recently announced ‘The Cars’ reissues have now been put on hold until further notice.
As soon as more details are received we will update the website and Facebook page but there is no further information at present.
For everyone who wanted to enter the competition advertised on the Demon newsletter – the competition closes at midday TODAY!
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The Official Poppy Appeal Single for 2011 is the poignant ‘I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You’, performed by The Soldiers with Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb, it was announced today.
To be released on 23rd October 2011, The Soldiers’ royalties will go to The Royal British Legion’s annual fundraising drive which will be launched nationally on October 27th. It is the first time serving soldiers have released the Official Single for the Poppy Appeal, which will focus this year on the Legion’s assistance in the recovery of injured Armed Forces personnel.
The track has been produced by the renowned Nick Patrick (Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson) and Jeff Chegwin. Robin Gibb wrote the song with his brothers Barry and Maurice and it was originally recorded by the Bee Gees in 1968, becoming their second number one single on the UK singles chart.
Robin Gibb said:
“Although not written all those years back about soldiers, it can represent the human emotions of servicemen – or in this case, a single soldier. It’s about being trapped in a corner far from home, brave but scared and thinking of loved ones. These men deserve our respect and we need to remind ourselves that they – including of course Ryan, Gary and Richie – are prepared to lay down their lives for our freedoms.”
Russell Thompson, Director of Fundraising for The Royal British Legion, said:
“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You is part of the soundtrack to our lives, and it’s incredibly moving to hear it performed by serving soldiers thinking of those on operations in Afghanistan. We’re proud to be associated with The Soldiers and to have this song as the official tune of the Poppy Appeal in our 90th anniversary year.”
The Soldiers – Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks and Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi – were aware of Robin Gibb’s charitable work for the Armed Forces and big fans of The Bee Gees when they approached Robin and asked if he would be up for a duet with them – they were over the moon when he agreed.
The song is taken from The Soldiers second album, “Message To You”, due for release on 24th October. The album features fifteen new songs, all of which were carefully selected for their poignancy and meaning to the armed Forces and their Families and include some absolute classics such as ‘Right Here Waiting’, ‘Desperado’, ‘Pipes Of Peace’ and ends with a rousing version of the anthemic evergreen ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
Click here to view the Poppy Appeal website
Long-running BBC1 series ‘Songs Of Praise’ is 50 years old this year.
The show has been commended by the Queen and she has offered her congratulations on the programme’s longevity, stating that it was a "remarkable achievement" and called it "a traditional and much-loved part of our Sundays".
The special 50th birthday edition of Songs Of Praise, hosted by Aled Jones, is being recorded at London's Alexandra Palace and is due to feature LeAnn Rimes, tenor Andrea Bocelli and Katherine Jenkins.
The Queen has written her message to recognise the milestone in a printed programme given to the audience for the concert, which will be broadcast on October 2 at 5.30pm.
In it she says: "I congratulate all those involved in bringing Songs of Praise into our homes over the past 50 years during which it has delivered hope, comfort and joy to many millions of viewers and become a traditional and much-loved part of our Sundays.
"In a changing world, the programme's enduring appeal has been its mixture of inspirational music and uplifting human stories, which bring together congregations from far and wide to share timeless hymns and the experiences of fellow Christians whose faith is at the centre of their lives."
The programme will feature hymns such as “Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer”, “Angel-Voices Ever Singing” and “Jerusalem”.
The Queen's message concludes: "For Songs of Praise to celebrate 50 years without a break is a remarkable achievement and reflects the central role which Christian faith and worship continue to play in the life of communities and the nation.
"I very much hope that this evening's concert will be a great occasion and wish the programme well in the years to come."
American pop singer Tony Bennett’s new album, ‘Duets II’ has entered the charts at #5.
Featuring guest appearances from artists including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse, the album sold almost 20000 copies in the first week of its release.
“Duets II” includes an album containing 17 great tracks and a video of a first look at the k.d lang duet. The album is also available for digital download.
For a collection of Tony Bennett’s greatest hits, ‘Tony Bennett – The Essential Collection’ is currently available and contains classics hits including “Give Me The Simple Life”, “Stranger In Paradise” and “It Had To Be You”.
BBC 6 Music presenters Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie will be joined in the studio by Ex-Ultravox singer and electronic pioneer John Foxx next week.
The artists will be joining the duo at 1PM on the 3rd October to talk about his UK tour with John Foxx And The Maths, during which he'll be performing material from new album Interplay as well as classic songs from early Ultravox and his solo career.
Jason Donovan has been revealed as one of the contestants on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The married father of three has also admitted to having a crush on his dance partner, Kristina Rihanoff, but is quick to add that his wife Angela does not mind.
He said: 'I'm secure enough in my relationship to flirt with Kristina as a professional but not take it any further. My wife is used to seeing me on stage with other women.'
Jason will be competing against footballer Robbie Savage, former Neighbours actress Holly Valance, singer Lulu and McFly drummer Harry Judd on the primetime BBC1 show.
Two of Jason Donovan’s most popular albums are currently available on the Edsel label – ‘Ten Good Reasons’, featuring the Number One hit duet with Kylie Minogue ‘Especially For You’, ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ and ‘Nothing Can Divide Us’ – and ‘Between The Lines’, including ‘When You Come Back To Me’, ‘Hang On To Your Love’ and ‘Another Night’.
Middlesborough-born singer-songwriter Chris Rea has enjoyed a massively successful musical career for over thirty years now and is planning a European tour for 2012.
The tour will kick off in Hamburg on the 3rd February 2012 and will come to the UK on the 18th March 2012, when Chris will be taking over Dublin’s Grand Canal Theatre. UK dates as follows:
18.03.12 Dublin, Ireland Grand Canal Theatre
Chris has just released a new studio album out now – ‘Santa Spirito Blues’ – a special edition 3 CD and 2 DVD boxset.
Music Club Deluxe are also releasing a new ‘Best Of’ album; a double CD collection titled ‘The Journey 1978-2009’, including such enduring Rea’s smash hits as The Road To Hell, Let’s Dance, On the Beach, Fool (If You Think Its Over) and Auberge, as well as choice album tracks and rarities such as Saudade, his soulful tribute to the late Formula One racer Ayrton Senna.
Singer / songwriter / musician / columnist and author Janis Ian is preparing to embark on a 28 date tour of the UK, The Netherland and Belgium.
The tour begins on the 28th September in Belgium and travels across The Netherlands throughout October before coming to Scotland on 27th October:
27 Oct Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Scotland
28 Oct Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer
30 Oct Queens Hall Edinburgh Edinburgh
31 Oct Sage Gateshead Gateshead
1 Nov ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton on Tees
3 Nov The Lowry Salford Quays
4 Nov The Haymarket Hampshire
5 Nov Cadogan Hall London
9 Nov Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
13 Nov Town Hall Birmingham Birmingham
14 Nov Varieties Music Hall Leeds
To coincide with this tour Edsel are releasing a ‘Best Of’ album containing thirty-one of Janis Ian’s most popular tracks, including her signature song ‘At Seventeen’, which was originally released in 1975, ‘Fly Too High’ and rarities such as her first demo which she recorded as a 13 year old. It also includes a lo-fi version of ‘Hair of Spun Gold’, ‘Jesse’, which was a Top 30 hit for Roberta Flack, along with Sesame Street’s ‘Ginny the Flying Girl’.
Also included in this package is a twelve-track DVD filmed during her peak period in 1979 in Japan and Australia.
Hungarian folk group Muzsikás and singer Márta Sebestyén are two of the most important names in European folk music and are back on the scene with a new album.
Established in 1973, the group recorded Máramaros - The Lost Jewish Music of Transylvania, bring back previously unknown music that had been lost in the Holocaust. The group has recorded many other albums and, since 1978, has toured regularly around the world.
Three of the band’s songs are famously used in the Studio Ghibli anime film "Only Yesterday"; "Teremtés" ("Genesis"), "Hajnali Nóta" ("Morning Song"), and "Fuvom Azénekem" ("I Sing My Song”). The name of the group is mentioned by the main protagonists, while the songs play in the background, in a prolonged dialog about the benefits of a natural environment and rural life.
Muzsikás and Márta Sebestyén are now back with the first ‘Best Of’ album of their work ever to be released. Compiled by Joe Boyd, ‘Fly Bird, Fly – The Very Best Of’ is a 2CD set featuring highlights from the band’s forty-year career including tracks from Hannibal Records, recorded live and two previously unreleased.
This collection features the best of their work with Márta Sebestyén with whom they collaborated since their beginnings – Márta rose to worldwide fame after she was featured in the film The English Patient (it is her voice that Ralph Fiennes plays to Kirstin Scott Thomas on the gramophone).
Muzsikás and Márta Sebestyén became a leading force in the traditional music scene during the early ‘70s fast becoming Hungary’s most popular traditional music group. By the 80s with a string of records released on Joe Boyd’s Hannibal label they performed in concert halls all over the world from London’s Royal Albert Hall, Paris’s Théatre de la Ville, the Santa Cecila Academy in Rome and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
The album is due for release in early November.
‘World Routes’ is the BBC’s flagship world music show listened to by around 100,000 radio listeners in the UK on BBC Radio 3, and millions across the globe via the World Service.
World music label Nascente and BBC Radio 3 have collaborated to produce ‘On The Road’; a 2CD set of previously unreleased material recorded by the programme on location over the last 10 years. The album featured some of the biggest names in world music including Grammy Award winner Toumani Diabate, Tito Paris and Ilham Al Madfai.
‘On The Road’ was co-produced by World Routes presenter Lucy Duran – a Grammy-award winning record producer responsible for “Segu Blue” (2007) and “I Speak Fula” (2009) by the acclaimed award-winning Malian ngoni virtuoso, Bassekou Kouyate – and is presented as a deluxe 2CD digipack with 44 page booklet featuring notes & photographs from Lucy Duran and the production team.
World Routes is on a mission to travel to the most far-flung corners of the planet to document and preserve endangered musical traditions. To date, the programme has visited some 53 countries, including 15 in Africa, 15 in Asia, and 9 in the Americas. Artists from countries as diverse as Mali, India, Iraq, Georgia, China, Madagascar and Cape Verde all have tracks featured on the CD set.
Click here to listen to the ‘World Routes’ programme on BBC Radio 3
For all the rugby fans out there firmly in the grip of the game since it’s kick off at the start of the month, Crimson have released an album of rugby anthems perfect for stirring up some fighting spirit!
The CD features 18 rousing rugby anthems, with tracks from all of the key nations, and also includes a DVD containing an hour long exploration of the ‘Legends Of World Rugby’ – featuring footage of the greatest players the game has ever seen.
After winning both their matches so far, England are playing Romania on Sunday so there’s just enough time to go out and get the album in preparation of (hopefully) another win!
Staying strong towards the top of the charts is ‘My Heart’; Doris Day’s first new album in almost two decades!
The album is a compilation of previously unreleased recordings produced by Terry Melcher, Day’s son, prior to his death in 2004. Featuring tracks such as ‘You Are So Beautiful (To Me)’ and ‘My Buddy’, from the 1951 film ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’ – a song that is dedicated to her son.
"I was asked to choose the songs I preferred for the album, these are the tunes that reflect my love of animals, my love for my son. They're the dearest things to My Heart."
While Doris Day has not performed in over 25 years, she is very excited about this new release - "I'm so thrilled My Heart is generating a stir," Day said. "It's a delightful thing to give this to my fans after so many years."
Fans can also enjoy a larger collection of her most loved hits on a variety of Demon albums, including ‘100 Hits Legends; Doris Day’, ‘Doris Day: The Essential Collection’’ and ‘It’s Magic’.
Click here to view all Doris day album details.
Soul Diva Aretha Franklin is in the final stages of plans to make a movie about her life, based upon her bestselling 1999 autobiography Aretha: From These Roots.
't will be a chronological depiction of my advent from Detroit to New York as a young, aspiring singer... It's going to be pretty straight-up. People who have followed my career from A to Z, they already know some of the things, but there will be other things that are not known," she recently told Billboard.com.
The project, which has been in the pipeline for several years, has been no secret, with the star previously revealing draft scripts and now it seems that the final details are being collated before filming starts:
'We're hammering out the last details,' Aretha revealed this week.
Aretha is currently searching for a star to play her in the film after Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry reportedly turned down the part due to concerns about her singing voice. However, Aretha is still keen for the actress to take the part, stating:
'Halle Berry,' she said. 'think Halle Berry's gonna get it.'
Aretha also spoke of her desire for Denzel Washington and Terrence Howard to appear in the film; with Denzel playing her father C.L. Franklin - who was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader - and she believes Terrence would be perfect for the role of Smokey Robinson..
When Aretha is not dedicating her time to the movie she is also busy with her singing career, with a duet with Tony Bennett at the Metropolitan Opera House planned for later this month.
Aretha Franklin fans can get a great collection of her hits on two great Demon albums: 100 Hits Legends - Aretha Franklin and Unforgettable: Tribute To Dinah Washington/Runnin' Out Of...
Click here to view all Aretha Franklin albums currently available
African American disco and R&B 70’s band Chic are performing two dates in London and Manchester on Thursday 10th (London HMV Forum) and Saturday 12th (The Warehouse Project, Manchester) of November.
Founded by Nile Rogers, Chic are one of the most successful bands of the disco era. They produced a truly unmistakeable sound that has inspired and influenced many recording artists and producers over the last 30 years. They were also the catalyst to rap’s first real crossover hit in The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight’ via their heavily sampled hit ‘Good Times’.
Those preparing to attend one of the gigs can expect to hear some of their greatest hits, including Le Freak, Good Times, Everybody Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah), I Want Your Love, My Feet Keep Dancing and My Forbidden Lover.
Many of Chic’s biggest hits can also be found on a new ‘Best Of’ release by Music Club Deluxe, titled ‘Magnifique!’. This new album contains 37 huge tracks, including all of those mentioned above.
The 1989 album ‘Apples’, the soundtrack to Ian Dury’s short-lived stage show of the same name, is to be reissued by Edsel next month.
The album contains twelve of the twenty tracks from the show and, until now, has only ever been available on CD in Japan. The songs were co-written with Mickey Gallagher of the Blockheads, although ’Apples’ and ‘England’s Glory’ actually date back to Dury’s Kilburn and The High Roads days, and the players on the album include Paul Weller’s drummer Steve White, Blockhead Davey Payne on sax and Wreckless Eric and famed musical actress Frances Ruffelle (mother of singer Eliza Doolittle) on vocals.
The album cover is adorned with a painting by Peter Blake, ‘Apples’ and the internal booklet illustrated with ephemera and a note by Alan Robinson.
Click here for ‘Apples’ album details
British 90’s act Morcheeba is back on the music scene, after a three year break, with a new album called ‘Blood Like Lemonade’. This is the first album featuring lead singer Skye Edwards since ‘Charango’ in 2002.
Band founder Paul Godfrey says: ’This is the record we should have made after Big Calm but we had to travel treacherous terrains to get back to our natural habitat.’ Lead vocalist Skye adds: ‘Friends have been asking, “What does the new Morcheeba record sound like?” My answer? “It sounds like Morcheeba” Of course!’
In celebration of this, Music Club Deluxe are also releasing a “Best Of” album titled, ‘The Best of 1995 – 2003’, featuring hits including Part Of The Process, Fragments Of Freedom, Charango, Big Calm and Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day. The album is due for release on 3rd October.
The band is also performing a one-off gig at KOKO in Camden on Friday 21st October – ticket details can be found here.
Confectionary giant Cadbury have licensed Demon-controlled track, Steve Miller Band’s ‘Abracadabra’ for their new TV, radio and online advertisements.
Click here to view the advert on YouTube.
The iconic glasses of milk are shown spilling their contents across the screen to the sound of Steve Miller Band as the milk and chocolate swirls “round and round” to combines together to create one of the nations’ best loved sweets.
Cadbury’s have been known for their exciting and engaging TV adverts, including the drumming gorilla from 2007 and the dancing clothes of earlier this year.
The track from the advert can be found on the ‘Abracadabra’ album.
Electronic progressive rock band ‘Yes’ will be performing for one night only at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, on Thursday 17th November.
The current line-up features Benoît David, Steve Howe, Oliver Wakeman, Chris Squire and Alan White but originally featured Jon Anderson, Peter Banks, Tony Kaye, Chris Squire, Bill Bruford. Other members have included Rick Wakeman (on-and-off), Patrick Moraz, Trevor Horn and more.
Key ‘Yes’ albums include "Time and a Word", "Close To The Edge", "Relayer" and "90125", the latter of which provided them with a rare single hit, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" (co-written with Trevor Horn).
Ticket information for the gig is available here.
Music Club Deluxe have recently released a ‘best of’ album entitled ‘Wonderous Stories - The Best Of Yes’, featuring a panoramic sweep from their early days in the late 1960s, through such classics as the rapturous ‘And You And I’ and on into the late seventies and early eighties, when the band scored global hit singles with classics such as ‘Wonderous Stories’ ‘Going For The One’ and ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’. This collection also shows the band at their most innovative and inventive best, with epics such as ‘Siberian Khatru’ and ‘Close To The Edge’ featured in their entirety.
Daniel O’Donnell has been celebrating 30 years in the ‘business’ in 2011 and with another Top 10 album under his belt earlier this year, he still remains one of the most consistent and popular recording artists of a generation. Daniel is one of a select few recording artists who can lay claim to having sold more than 3.5 MILLION albums in the UK this millennium.
Having now amassed fifteen Top 30 albums – eleven of them Top 10 – since January 2000, a feat not achieved by ANY other recording Artist in the UK Album Chart, Daniel is now planning to release his first ‘best of’ since 1998 in a 40-track 2CD collection entitled ‘The Ultimate Collection’.
The songs on the album were personally selected by Daniel and feature five of his Top 40 hits, many fan favourites from his enormous back-catalogue, as well as ten brand new songs, two of which were recorded live in Nashville in 2011 and a brand new version of his favourite song, ‘My Donegal Shore’.
Daniel’s continuing run of charting albums has meant that he is the only artist to have charted at least one album every year since 1988 and as such breaks his own record of achievements.
Veteran crooner Johnny Mathis is due to release a new 23-track album with Sony, entitled ‘The Ultimate Collection’ on 10th October, featuring classic hits such as ‘Misty’, ‘The Twelfth Of Never’ and ‘I’m Stone In Love With You’. Also included is a pair of previously unreleased cuts – ‘Something To Sing About’ and ‘I Love My Lady’; both produced by the CHIC team, from an album that was never released.
The release of the album coincides with a three show mini tour in October:
12th October O2 Arena, London
14th October LG Arena, Birmingham
16th October Manchester Evening News Arena
For the Johnny Mathis fans desperate for a piece of the pop star before the new album release, the Music Club Deluxe and The Red Box labels have something to bridge the gap.
‘Misty: The Best Of’ boasts 36 classic studio recordings including 4 UK top 20 and 18 US Billboard top 30 hit singles plus key album tracks and the No.1 ‘When A Child Is Born’ (perfect for Christmas!) and ‘The Collection’ - Johnny Mathis’ (also available for digital download) contains 18 classic tracks perfect for any Johnny fanatic.
After months of rumors of having a music service in the pipeline, Reuters has reported that Facebook is to announce partnerships with existing music services such as Spotify, MOG, Rhapsody, Slacker and Rdio at the F8 conference on 22 September 2011.
There is already a partnership with Spotify in existence; allowing users to share songs and playlists with friends.
This is just another string to add to Zuckerberg’s bow and another step for Facebook towards world domination!
Speaking at the announcement of Skype video chat in July Zuckerberg said Facebook plans to work with “companies that are best in class in their industry, producing apps on a social infrastucture” (nma.co.uk 6 July 2011).
American pop singer Tony Bennett is due to release a new album of duets, called ‘Duets II’, featuring guest appearances from artists including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse.
Tony was a close friend of the recently deceased Amy Winehouse and paid tribute to the singer at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, adding that he wished he had given Amy some advice before she died:
"What I wanted to do, I wanted to stop her, I wanted to tell her that many years ago I was naughty also with some drugs." But, Bennett revealed, a quote from a friend stuck with him for life.
"Woody Allen's manager at the time [Jack Rollins] said he knew Lenny Bruce," Bennett explained, recalling a conversation about the boundary-breaking comedian and satirist who died young of a drug overdose. "[Rollins] said one sentence that changed my life: He said, 'He sinned against his talent.' I wanted to tell her that and I had to leave because we were touring all over the world making this album, and I never got a chance to do it”.
The proceeds of the Bennett / Winehouse collaboration will be donated to the foundation set up by Winehouse's father that will help people fight addiction.
“Duets II” will be released on 20th September and includes an album containing 17 great tracks and a video of a first look at the k.d lang duet. The album is also available for digital download.
BBC Radio 6 DJ Dave Pearce returned to his soul-boy roots on Sunday as he celebrated Philadelphia International Records 40th Anniversary with a 2 hour set dedicated to the record label.
Founded by writing and production duo Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971, the label became known for its trademark soulful disco sound, producing hits for The Three Degrees, McFadden & Whitehead and Teddy Pendergrass. Its catalogue became a staple of the British rare groove scene during the early 1980s and it also played an important role in the creation of house music, with DJs like Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles spinning their tunes in the legendary Paradise Garage.
Dave was joined by journalist Ralph Tee, compiler of 'The Philadelphia International Box Set' as they journeyed through four decades worth of incredible tracks, featuring artists such as The O'Jays, MFSB, Lou Rawls, Dexter Wansel and Archie Bell & The Dells.
Click here to listen to the full programme.
Harmless are due to release three Philadelphia International themed albums over the coming months; starting off with ‘Philly International – Re-Edits & Remixes’ at the end of October, the long awaited ‘Philadelphia International 40th Anniversary Box-Set’ in early November and followed up by ‘Philadelphia International Classics – The Tom Moulton Remixes’ early next year.
Click here to view albUms by Philadelphia International All-Stars
Kanye West has recently teamed up with Jay-Z to release a new album, “Watch The Throne”, which features a track entitled “Otis”; a track showing the two high-profile rappers trading verses over a soulful track and samples Otis Redding's classic "Try a Little Tenderness".
"Watch the Throne" was released earlier this month and includes a variety of guest appearances from other artists including Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All's member Frank Ocean, Kanye's protege Mr. Hudson, R&B/funk artist Curtis Mayfield and Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce Knowles, who has just announced her pregnancy.
The original track “Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding can be found on the new Music Club Deluxe release “Soul Legend: The Best Of Otis Redding”, available now.
Click here for “Soul Legend: The Best Of Otis Redding” album details
The first batch of the long-awaited Jesus And Mary Chain reissues are only a few weeks away from being released and are already receiving rave reviews. ‘Psychocandy’ and ‘Darklands’ come first , on 19th September, followed by ‘Automatic’ and ‘Honey’s Dead ‘on 26th September and rounded off with ‘Stoned And Dethroned’ and ‘Munki’ on 3rd October.
Right now, on the band's Facebook page, you can preview all of the reissues in three dimensions, by way of 3DiCD, an interactive system that allows you stream audio snippets and flip through virtual reconstructions of each re-issue's liner notes.
After the release of a ‘Best Of’ album, the recent studio album reissues and the reforming of the band to play at the Albert Hall, O2 Arena and the Brixton Academy gigs, it may come as no surprise that Suede are going to make a new album.
Front-man Brett Anderson is just preparing for the release of his solo album, Black Rainbows, on September 26, but once that is out of the way he plans to focus on getting the band back in the studio.
Speaking to Xfm, Anderson says "after I've promoted this solo album I'm intent to be writing a new Suede album. I think it's all about keeping yourself interested as a musician, once it gets to this stage in your career it's very much about doing things that keep you excited and making a new Suede record will be exciting and then making another solo record after this will be exciting. It's just about trying to keep yourself interested the whole time."
'Brittle Heart' - Brett Anderson:
Just a quick reminder that on Saturday 27th August 2011 the HMV Forum will be packed to the brim full of fans wanting to see three fantastic acts – Sister Sledge, Rose Royce and Jaki Graham, all Demon-controlled artists.
Sister Sledge are back in the UK, with full band, for the first time since 2009 and they will be performing classic tracks such as: ‘We Are Family’, ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’ and their massive 1985 UK number 1 ‘Frankie’.
Rose Royce feat Gwen Dickey will be performing classics such as ‘Wishing On A Star’, ‘Car Wash’ and ‘Love Don’t Live Her Anymore’.
Jaki Graham will be performing classic tracks including ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’, ‘Set Me Free’ and ‘I Want To Thank You’.
Ticket prices range from £25 - £75 and are available from the following outlets: Ticketmaster, TicketLine, See Tickets.
Click here to view We Are Family: The Essential Sister Sledge album details
Click here to view all Rose Royce albums available
Click here to view Absolute Essentials - The Very Best of Jaki Graham album details
Having been nominated for a Classic Brit Award in 2011, Demon artist Aled Jones is back with a brand new album, ‘Forever’.
Featuring hits such as ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, Hushabye Mountain and ‘I Will’, as well as more contemporary repertoire such as ‘Footprints’, ‘That’ll Do’ and the title track ‘Forever’, which Aled co-wrote with Marcella Detroit, this new album is a must-have for any true Aled fan.
The album also features an array of songs by accomplished writers Randy Newman, Lennon & McCartney, Gilbert Becaud and Paul Simon and the track ‘Forever’ also features a duet with Beth Nielson Chapman on the song ‘A Living Prayer’.
The album is due for released at the end of September.
Click here for ‘Forever’ album details
A new compilation album by American singer/songwriter, John Denver, who sadly was killed in a plane crash in 1997, has been released by Sony to replace ‘A Song’s Best Friend: The Very Best of John Denver’, which has sold almost 124000 copies since its release in 2004.
This new album, ‘The Ultimate Collection’, includes 15 of Denver’s US hits among its 19 tracks, including all four number ones, with highlights including ‘Rocky Mountain High’, ‘Calypso’ and ‘Fly Away’. Also included is John’s own version of ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’, an early composition that prospered when covered by Peter, Paul and Mary.
Of course, the Music Club Deluxe label also has titles by this admired artist, including ‘Annie's Song - A Collection Of His Finest Recordings’ and ‘The Collection’. Both albums contain a wealth of hits and also include classic versions of all Denver’s biggest hits, including ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’, ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders’, ‘Eagle & The Hawk’ and ‘Annie’s Song’.
The Doobie Brothers’ John McFee made a special appearance at the Comic Con 2011 event, appearing at the Captain America Military Salute at the LMT Music Lodge in San Diego.
“Overwhelmed” by the occasion and opportunity to be involved, John made a brief speech on behalf of the Doobie Brothers and acknowledged the band’s long term and ongoing commitment to supporting the men and women of the U.S. military. He then provided the event finale with a performance of a composition of his specially written for the occasion entitled “Age of Innocence”.
John said “I was grateful for the opportunity to be part of this event, and to have a chance to mention the role that our late drummer, Keith Knudsen, played in getting the Doobies back together all those years ago for a truly worthy cause. Keith was inspired by Shad Meshad’s (founder of the National Veterans Foundation) work, and from my perspective our efforts with benefit concerts, charity auctions, and appearances to help our service people really amount to the least we can do.”
The Edsel label is due to reissue all the classic Doobie Brothers albums, including Doobie Bros & Toulouse Street, The Captain And Me & What Were Once Vices, Stampede & Takin’ It To The Streets, and Livin’ On The Fault Line & Minute By Minute.
American music magazine Billboard has celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Adult Contemporary Chart and named Demon artists Chicago the #6 and Dionne Warwick the #11 AC act of all-time.
Since its inception on 17th July 1961, Billboard magazine has generated a weekly song chart of the Adult Contemporary top artists, based on actual performance. The songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower rankings on the chart earning less.
The Billboard’s Top 20 Biggest Adult Contemporary Artists Ever is as follows:
1. Elton John
2. Neil Diamond
3. Barbara Streisand
4. Barry Manilow
5. Kenny Rogers
7. Billy Joel
9. Lionel Richie
10. Anne Murray
11. Dionne Warwick
12. Phil Collins
13. Elvis Presley
14. Gloria Estefan
15. Whitney Houston
16. Olivia Newton-John
17. Herp Alpert
18. Michael Bolton
19. Celine Dion
20. Andy Williams
The full Top 50 list can be viewed on the Billboard website.
The Music Club Deluxe label is also releasing Chicago – The Ultimate Collection and Dionne Warwick – The Essential Collection later this month.
Click here to view Chicago – The Ultimate Collection album details.
Click here to view Dionne Warwick – The Essential Collection album details.
‘Is This The Way To Amarillo’ singer Tony Christie will be performing a handful of UK dates later this year.
Sunday 23rd October The Forum, Hertfordshire
Sunday 30th October 02 Academy, Sheffield
Sunday 6th November 02 Academy, Bournemouth
Sunday 20th November 02 Academy, Oxford
Click here to book tickets.
Tony Christie – The Essential Collection is currently available to buy on The Red Box label, and is also available for download via Demon Digital.
The soundtrack to BBC3 comedy series Angry Boys has reached the top spot in the iTunes Soundtrack Chart, smashing in at #1!
Starring Chris Lilley in a number of hilarious guises, Angry Boys tells a tale of teenage life in Australia via several unforgettable, often offensive and politically incorrect characters who somehow still manage to convey their warmth and humanity and the soundtrack has certainly hit a cord with its fans, propelling it to the top of the Soundtrack Chart. The album is also doing well in the main chart, at a respectable #40.
In addition to this, individual tracks are also doing very well – ‘Squashed N***a’ is currently the #1 Soundtrack Song and #151 in the Main iTunes Song Chart and ‘Slap My Elbow’ is charting at #3 and #75 in the Soundtrack and main iTunes charts.
The Angry Boys Digital-Only album features 18 songs and 19 bonus Music Videos and the chart positions reflect its popularity.
Record labels and the music industry are in high spirits and feeling hopeful that the end of music piracy may be in sight as Motion Picture Association has won its High Court battle to force BT to block access to pirate website Newzbin 2.
In what is hoped to be a key turning point in the fight against piracy, Justice Arnold has ruled that the site will no longer be able to use BT’s internet service for further copyright infringement.
He said, “It follows that BT has actual knowledge of other persons using its service to infringe copyright: it knows that the users and operators of Newbin2 infringe copyright on a large scale…it knows that the users of Newzbin2 include BT subscribers, and it knows those users use its service to receive infringing copies of copyright works made available to them by Newzbin2.”
BT have argued that they have no responsibility to act against what their “pipes” are used for, that it was a passive recipient of infringing activity and that it had no actual knowledge of infringement and shouldn’t be required to act beyond taking steps to prevent a particular infringement by a particular use. The judge disagreed.
Newzbin 2 is currently used by its 700,000 members to download illegal copies of films and TV shows, as well as other content from games, publisher and music and so the move has been welcomed from the whole creative sector.
To further their plans of global domination, Facebook have now developed a platform aimed at small business and offers advice and tips on how to create pages, ads, plug-ins and apps, called Facebook For Business.
This new initiative is just the latest instalment in a series of websites and pages launched in order to help companies to understand the benefits of the world’s largest social networking site, and runs alongside pre-existing Facebook pages covering a range of categories, including music, media and marketing.
A spokesperson from Facebook describes their aim: “Facebook allows small businesses to create rich social experiences, build lasting relationships and amplify the most powerful type of marketing - word of mouth. We created Facebook.com/business to make it even easier for people to reach these objectives and grow.”
Earlier this year the social network launched an online resource showcasing creative campaigns that have been successful using Facebook for brand activity, named Facebook Studio.
It is thought that this avenue of business has been developed to compete with the new Google+ social network, which is also planning on launching a full Google+ business site later this year.
Colombian salsa star, Joe Arroyo, has died at the age of 55, after being treated in hospital for heart, lung and kidney problems.
Arroyo, whose most famous hit was La Rebelion, began singing in brothels in the Caribbean city of Cartagena at the age of eight and went on to sing with a number of Colombia's most famous salsa groups. He also drew on a rich heritage of other Afro-Colombian rhythms during his career, and composed over 100 songs.
Rising to fame in the 1970’s as part of the band ‘Fruko y Sus Tesos’, later forming his own band ‘La Verdad’, Arroyo, born Alvaro Jose Arroyo Gonzalez, had a colourful life, including problems with drugs, all of which provided material for his music.
His wife said Arroyo died "peacefully" in Barranquilla, another Colombian city on the Caribbean coast and the country’s president, Juan Manual Santos, described his death as "a great loss for music and for Colombia" on the social network, Twitter.
Joe was due to be awarded a lifetime achievement award at this year's Latin Grammy celebrations.
This year Fairport Convention are once again curating the Fairport's Cropredy Convention, featuring acts including Badly Dawn Boy, The Coral and UB40. Click here for the full line-up.
The annual event takes place on Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th August and is held in Cropredy. Fairport Convention will headline the Saturday night show.
The band are also performing warm-up gigs in Banbury at The Mills Art Centre on the 8th and 9th of August.
Click here to buy tickets for the Fairport Cropredy Convention.
Chris Lilley, the award-winning comedian and creator of We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High, ramps up his acutely observed character-based comedy in the highly acclaimed mockumentary series Angry Boys.
Released on DVD 15th August, Angry Boys will contain all 12 episodes and an additional 6 hours of outstanding extras and, to coincide with the DVD release and digital downloadable series pass, Demon Digital are proud to release a digital single of S.Mouse “Slap My Elbow” & the Angry Boys – Official Soundtrack Album.
Angry Boys tells a tale of teenage life in Australia via several unforgettable, often offensive and politically incorrect characters who somehow still manage to convey their warmth and humanity.
The S.Mouse character, also portrayed by Lilley, describes himself as “a legend in hip hop, the king of hip hop, and the voice of my generation”, released the biggest selling hip-hop single of all time, but although the kid-friendly song was a huge success, S.Mouse craves the recognition of his edgier peers.
On its Australian release “Slap My Elbow” entered the ARIA Singles Chart and the ARIA Urban Singles Chart; it peaked at numbers thirty-seven and thirteen, respectively. The single peaked at number one on the iTunes Australian Hip-Hop chart and its still charting in the Top 20.
This must have comedy Soundtrack Album features 18 songs and 19 bonus Music Videos.
Re-energised by the latest Suede reunion shows and studio album reissues, frontman Brett Anderson is to release his first rock record in six years with EMI.
After a brief stint in the band The Tears after Suede disbanded in 2003, Brett released three solo albums consisting of mostly acoustic-based tracks, each selling 5000 – 10000 copies to mostly die-hard fans. But this time around, with EMI Label Services backing him, Brett hopes to appeal to a more mainstream audience with his new release “Black Rainbows”, due for release on 26 September.
“Black Rainbows” has a modern upbeat, electric sound and, inspired by his recent performances with Suede at the Brixton shows and most recently at the Latitude festival , has “rediscovered his rockier side”, according to his manager Ian Grenfell of Quietus Management.
The full story can be read in the most recent edition of Music Week or on their website.
Platinum selling Welsh rocker Shakin’ Stevens, also known as ‘Shaky’, is planning to release a brand new album entitled ‘Now Listen’.
This new 12-track album marks a distinct progression in his Stevens’ career and displays his famous gutsy vocals, together with strong country rock and blues influences allowing his to appeal to both old fans and new audiences.
Shakin’ Stevens fans may also want to experiences some of the classic hits by the singer and Music Club Deluxe has a comprehensive 2 CD collection of tracks, including twenty four top 20’s, 7 top 5’s and 4 number 1’s entitled Chronology - The Hit Epic Singles.
The artwork, compilation and sleevenotes to the album were all produced by ‘Shaky’ himself, and include hits such as “Green Door”, “This Ole House” and “Oh Julie”.
Click here to view Now Listen album details
This is the trailer for the DVD release of “Brighton Rock”, a remake of the Boulting Brothers' 1947 classic.
This new film, directed by Rown Joffe, updates Graeme Greene's novel from a new perspective and is set in the ages of 1960's Mods and Rockers Brighton. It's a moment in history when the youth began to flex their muscles so it well befits the story of Pinkie, a young and ruthless gangster with ambitions as high as the sky. Pinkie rises up from nowhere within his small-time Brighton gang to take control of the operation.
The Demon track used at the start of the trailer is by The Creation “Biff Bang Pow”, a hit in 1966. The track is taken from the Demon album The Creation – “Our music is red – with purple flashes”.
Click here to visit the Brighton Rock website
As Suede mania continues, the band have been incredibly busy appearing all over the place on an endless tour of promotional interviews.
Kicking off this week, Suede were playing live with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 MUSIC this morning at 11.30 AM.
Throughout next week the band will be on Absolute Radio talking about how they are looking forward to playing at Latitude. There will then be live tracks and an interview from Latitude on Sunday 17th July. There will also be a series of live tracks from the recent Brixton Academy gigs and an 'in depth' interview about the album re-issues will be running on Absolute and Absolute 90's in the coming weeks.
Future appearances to watch out for include an interview on XFM with Steve Harris next week, TX date to follow, and Brett and Mat are also due to be interviewed for NME TV as part of a “Suede Night” (date TBC).
To keep up-to-date with all the latest Suede news, ‘Like’ the Demon Music Group and Suede Facebook pages.
· Musical Vision – Salsoul’s music has always been the coolest in town because they made a point of keeping on top of musical trends and only using the best producers, musicians, mixers and artists, which is why Salsoul records are still being sampled and remixed some 35 years later.
· Innovation – Salsoul Records was the first record company to allow DJ’s to remix the original master tapes and the first company to release a commercially available 12” single. Their contribution to dance music culture has shaped the dance music industry for the last 35 years.
· Disco Music – When Quentin Tarrantino used the term “dead as disco” in Pulp Fiction he certainly wasn’t talking about Salsoul! Salsoul is arguably more popular now then it was in its 70’s heyday and has since had several million-selling records and numerous hits based on Salsoul samples over the last 20 years alone.
· 1970’s/80’s Dance Culture – Salsoul records was truly at the centre of U.S. club culture throughout the early 1970’s to the mid 1980’s. For further detail on this great period and Salsoul’s rich seam of history, please read Tim Lawrence’s definitive book “Love Saves The Day”.
· The Remix – Salsoul was there right from the word go and has the world’s best catalogue of truly innovative remixes from 1974 to present.
· The 12” Single – Salsoul records released the first-ever commercially released 12” single - Double Exposure’s “Ten Percent” which sold 110,000 copies in a single week upon it’s release.
· Great Artists – Loleatta Holloway, First Choice, Instant Funk, Double Exposure, Inner Life, Love Committee, Moment Of Truth, Joe Bataan, Candido, Carol Williams, Leroy Burgess, Ripple, The Salsoul Orchestra, Skyy, Aurra, Jimmy Castor, Eddie Holman Etc, Etc Now Being Bought By A New Generation
· Great Producers – Norman Harris, Ron Kersey, Ron Baker, Earl Young, Floyd Smith, Patrick Adams, Greg Carmichael, Stan Lucas, Leroy Burgess, Bunny Sigler, Vince Montana Jnr Etc, Etc. Productions that have stood the test of time!
· Great Remixers – Tom Moulton, Walter Gibbons, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, Shep Pettibone, Tee Scott, Danny Tenaglia, Joey Negro, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Todd Terry, David Morales, Freddy Bastone, Tommy Musto, Masters At Work Etc, Etc. The world’s greatest mixers of all time didn’t work for slouches!
· Sample City – Salsoul records is one of the most sampled labels of all time – Spiller’s “Groovejet”, Black Box’s “Ride On Time”, Narcotic Thrust’s “Safe From Harm” and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch’s “”Good Vibrations” are just a few of the million-selling international hit records which sampled Salsoul.
David Rodigan, a renowned British Reggae DJ, starts a new 10-part series on Radio 2 next week which will outline the history of the genre from 60’s Ska to the present days styles.
The series kicks off next Thursday (July 14) at 11pm. In part one, Rodigan will introduce himself to Radio 2 listeners and play reggae from his archive and will feature a mixture of records, stories and live studio sessions.
Reggae is very much back in vogue and Demon have a great range of titles to suit all tastes.
Demon is delighted to announce that Chris de Burgh has been signed for the UK/Eire, for the TV advertised release of his new album ‘Footsteps 2’, which will be released across Europe by his recording partners.
This is the true follow-up to his 2009 ‘Footsteps’, which reached #4 in the Artist Albums Chart in 2009 and has sold more than 60,000 copies.
The new album has a couple of new songs as well as his interpretations of some classic tunes, which include Steve Winwood’s ‘While You See A Chance’, Roy Orbison’s ‘Blue Bayou’, Mike & The Mechanics ‘The Living Years’ and Abba’s S.O.S.
Chris’s recording career has resulted in millions of record sales and he performs to sell-out concerts worldwide including his recent Royal Albert Hall concert.
With the Facebook f8 developer conference due to take place next month, the company’s CEO and president Mark Zuckerberg is due to make an announcement about the direction the company is due to go in – an announcement that he has described as “something awesome”.
Rumours imply that the social network is planning to integrate streaming music services, but the tech press is expecting the announcement to focus on a Skype-style video system to expand from the basic instant messaging service already in existence.
With an estimated 750 million worldwide user, Facebook is surely a force to be reckoned with and the company has the scale and momentum to make a significant impact on the attempt to weave music into the ever-expanding world of social networking.
According to information leaked to Evolver.fm, it is rumored that features in Facebook's imminent music offering include a “persistent play button” (meaning users can play music wherever they are on the site), a play history, real-time feeds of what friends are playing as well as what acts, tracks and albums are currently trending.
It is clear that music is a huge focus for Facebook this year, a trend sure to be followed by the other big names in social networking, including Twitter and Google+.
The full story can be read in Music Week.
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The influential synthesizer innovator (and 80s hitmaker) John Foxx is planning to embark on a new UK tour in October:
Thu 13th Oct 2011 Leamington Spa - Warwickshire
20th Oct 2011 Thekla - Bristol
21st Oct 2011 Academy [1, 2, 3 and Club Academy] - Manchester
Sat 22nd Oct 2011 Liverpool Guild of Students/ Stanley Theatre/ Mountford Hall
23rd Oct 2011 The Arches - Glasgow
Mon 24th Oct 2011 The Duchess - York
Tue 25th Oct 2011 XOYO - London
Thu 27th Oct 2011 XOYO - London
Fri 28th Oct 2011 Holmfirth Picturedrome - West Yorkshire
Foxx has recently released two new albums on the Edsel label; ‘Torn Sunset’, a link-up between Foxx and Soft Machine’s saxophonist Theo Travis, and ‘Nighthawks & Translucence & Drift Music’, a collaboration between John Foxx and arguably the world’s most famous ambient / avant garde music composer Harold Budd, along with minimalist composer Ruben Garcia.
Click here to view Torn Sunset album details
On Saturday 27th August 2011 the HMV Forum will be packed to the brim full of fans wanting to see three fantastic acts – Sister Sledge, Rose Royce and Jaki Graham, all Demon-controlled artists.
Sister Sledge, from Philadelphia, have been performing together since the early 1970s as teenagers but it wasn't until 1979, when Chic leaders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards produced the album "We Are Family" that they really exploded commercially. ‘He's The Greatest Dancer’ and ‘We Are Family’ both became hits in the USA and internationally and the band went on to record double platinum success on their next several albums.
Lead singer Kathy Sledge brings the group back to the UK, with full band, for the first time since 2009 and they will be performing classic tracks such as: ‘We Are Family’, ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’ and their massive 1985 UK number 1 ‘Frankie’.In 1998 Gwen Dickey, lead singer of soul/funk/disco band Rose Royce, teamed up with international rap artist Jay-Z for a brand new version of the Rose Royce hit ‘Wishing On A Star’, which gave Gwen her first solo UK top 10 hit, reviving the band’s popularity. The band are also well known for their soundtrack for the film “Car Wash”, released in 1976, which resulted in the group achieving national and international fame.
Jaki Graham, one of the most appealing Soul entertainers to emerge from the UK, will also be performing. Her track ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?’ reached No.5 in the British charts in March 1985 and Jaki also achieved a Guiness World record as the first black British female solo artist to have 6 consecutive Top 10/20 hits, a feat unheard of by a black British female at that time.
Demon artist Aled Jones will be appearing on Daybreak tomorrow (30th June) to talk about his forthcoming tour and his new album, due out in September.
Aled will start a leg of live shows next month, including shows in Swanage, Leeds and Oxford:
28th July 2011 - St Mary's Church, Swanage
30th July 2011 - Opera on the Park, Leeds
17th September – Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury
21st September – Fairfield Hall, Croydon
22nd September – Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl
23rd September – Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
6th October 2011 - Le Festival aux Quat'Saisons 2011, Oxford
It appears that the hottest new trend for this Autumn is to be “raving”. And contributing to this trend is the new British film Weekender due for release in September.
A nostalgic nod to the 90’s rave scene, this film is joining current acts, such as Chase and Status, in creating a revival of this type of music and social scene.
A trailer for the film shows the theme of the story:
Channel 4 News has covered the story of “rave revival” and the Weekender film is this news bulletin:
Harmless will be releasing an album to accompany the film, also due for release in September.
Scottish alternative rock band ‘The Jesus And Mary Chain’ are due to reissue two of their greatest albums – Psychocandy and Darklands – on the Edsel label this September.
Since its first release in November 1985, Psychocandy has received a massive amount of critical acclaim and is now widely regarded as a classic. Regularly featured in articles on classic albums, it has recently appeared on the NME’s list of the Top 50 Greatest Debut Album Ever and Q Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest British Albums, and continues to exert a considerable influence on contemporary bands.
A deluxe expanded edition, featuring all the non-album b-sides, as well as previously unreleased demos, rare outtakes including the controversial early track “Jesus Fuck” which the pressing plant refused to manufacture at the time due to the blasphemous lyrics, will be released on the 19th September.
It will also feature a DVD showing all of the promo videos for the singles released from the album alongside seminal and previously unreleased TV appearances, including their jaw-dropping live TV debut on the Old Grey Whistle Test, a performance of two songs on The Tube, a studio performance and interview from Belgian TV, and never before seen footage of the infamous riot at North London Polytechnic.
This release will be joined by Darklands, a more subtle and understated album, containing their biggest chart hit “April Skies” and several of the Reid brothers’ most loved songs. This release will also take the deluxe expanded edition format, including DVD, and will feature all the non-album b-sides, the pre-Darklands Some Candy Talking EP, outtakes, the complete BBC Radio Sessions the band recorded in this period, previously unreleased material includes a much sought-after Janice Long session from 1986, an alternate version of the “Some Candy Talking” single recorded for the NME, a recently unearthed version of the track “Darklands” with strings, and a BBC audio interview with Jim and William Reid from 1987.
The DVD features the promo videos for all the singles, a first time on DVD for the band-made film for b-side “Kill Surf City”, and previously unreleased archival TV appearances, including their only appearance on Top Of The Pops, alongside performances on Belgian TV and ITV’s short-lived TOTP rival The Roxy.
Click here for Psychocandy album details
Click here for Psychocandy album details
An instrumental fanfare and a 15 minute wait is what it took to introduce B.B. King, the “king of Blues” to the stage at Glastonbury this weekend.
King, 85, fulfilled this year’s “living legend” slot on the Pyramid stage and the blues veteran had no problems straddling the generation gap, actually shining brightest without the sax solos and slap-bas of his backing band, proving that he is still very much a legend.
At times, his playing is staccato and stripped-back, punctuating songs with curlicues of melody, at others it's mellifluous and masterful, showcasing shimmering vibrato. And his voice has not diminished with age either. “I Need You” summoned the spirit of Al Green, while “The Thrill is Gone” channeled Muddy Waters.
With eyes closed and head raised heavenwards, Kind was blissfully absorbed in his blues throughout his set and, when he announced, "I wish we could just go on and on and on...", there was no doubting his conviction.
A tale of public feuds and private grief, set against a backdrop of civil war, ‘Simon Boccanegra’ is revered as one of Verdi's most sublime and mature masterpieces.
The opera is conducted by ENO's Olivier Award-winning music director Edward Gardner and marks the ENO debut of the award-winning young Russian director/designer Dmitri Tcherniakov.
Leading Verdi baritone Bruno Caproni (ENO's magisterial Nabucco) sings the title role of the privateer-turned-politician, with Brindley Sherratt as Fiesco, the implacable foe who discovers, too late, the bonds of love that bind them.
The production will run until 9th July at the London Coliseum, and tickets are available via the English National Opera website. Time Out is also running a promotion for cheaper tickets on their website, giving a whopping 75% discount until midnight tonight.
For those unable to make it to the production, Crimson has a 4CD album of Verdi compositions as part of The Composers range currently available (also available for digital download).
Click here to view the full Composers range
There’s no other voice in soul music quite like Bobby Womack’s. It’s rough, raw and raspy – a sound that most singers could only achieve it they’d gargled with razor blades – and oozes gospel-fuelled soul power in abundance. And when he utters one of his blood-curdling falsetto screams it sounds like he’s directly channelling the Holy Ghost. In just one short vocal phrase, Bobby Womack can convey more emotion than most singers can muster in an entire song.
Not only is he a terrific, one-of-a-kind vocalist, Bobby Womack is also an accomplished guitarist and, more significantly, he’s a great songwriter who has penned some of the soul genre’s most enduring masterpieces. In 2010 at the age of 66, he’s still musically active, having just contributed his trademark vocals to the Gorillaz latest album, ‘Plastic Beach.’ Womack’s music has also featured very heavily in the movies through the years, predominantly in Tarntino’s Jackie Brown, Fish Tank, Ali, Meet The Parents and American Gangster.
And this week he starts a four-day run at the Jazz Cafe in London (Monday 20th – Thursday 23rd June) before moving onto Blackburn on the 25th June.
The Music Club Deluxe label have released a 40-track collection, which features the choicest Womack cuts from the 1970 and ‘80’s, thought to be Bobby’s most productive period, as well as some of his late-’60s sides – including tracks originally recorded for the Minit, United Artists and Beverly Glen labels.
Click here to view Bobby Womack gig details.
On Friday 8th July the Royal Albert Hall will be rocking along with music legends Rick Wakeman, Jon Lord, Joe Bonamassa, Newton Faulkner, Thunder's Danny Bowes and Deep Purple to raise money for charity The Sunflower Jam, hosted by Master of Ceremonies Jeremy Irons.
The Sunflower Jam was set up in 2006 by Jacky Paice and came about in order to raise awareness and fundraise for integrated and functional medicine, and does so by supporting initiatives set up to bridge the gap between integrated, functional and conventional medicine.
Super Jam 2011, tipped to be the charity's biggest event to date, will help to increase the already raised funds from past events - which have included guest performances by the likes of Status Quo, Paul Weller, Robert Plant, Ray Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Suggs and the late Gary Moore.
Jon Lord of Deep Purple, one of many active supporters of the charity, said: 'The Sunflower Jam has become an established event for two reasons: because it’s such a great cause and because it’s such huge fun!'
Tickets are available from the Royal Albert hall website.
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Almost 40 years after his untimely death in an aeroplane crash (in September 1973, aged just 30), singer-songwriter Jim Croce is still remembered by the millions of fans he made through his music and Edsel are pleased to represent his three albums, as well as sixteen recordings, issued on a posthumous 2CD compilation due for release on the 25th July 2011.
Jim Croce’s emergence to global prominence came in the early 1970’s, an era dominated by the confessional singer-songwriter – albums such as Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’, James Taylor’s ‘Sweet Baby James’ and Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ sold in their multi-millions.
After travelling the folk circuit and a couple of false starts, Croce released “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” in July 1972. The title track reached # 8 and “Operator” reached # 17 in the US when issued as singles, and the album eventually got to # 1. “Life And Times” was issued in February 1973, a # 7 album which featured the # 1 hit “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”.
The title track of “I Got A Name” had been issued as a single, but the album wasn’t issued until after Croce’s tragic death. The album subsequently sold millions, as did single issues of two of his best-known songs, “Time In A Bottle” and “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song”.
His unfortunate death came at a point in his career when he seemed set for a lengthy and rewarding career, but fans are now able to remember the magic of this aspiring artist with this new album.
Click here for The Original Albums...Plus album details
Following on from the Music Club Deluxe release, ‘Chanson D’amour: The Very Best Of Manhattan Transfer’, earlier this year, Edsel is following suit and are planning to reissue Manhattan Transfer’s second and third albums, originally released in 1976 and 1978, together in one package.
During this period, the band were even more popular in the UK than at home in the US. Following the UK number one single ‘Chanson D’Amour’ in February 1977, ‘Coming Out’, the album on which it featured, rose to number 12 in the UK albums chart. The album was produced by Richard Perry (Carly Simon, Nilsson, Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr) with the cream of the US’s session musicians. The following year ‘Pastiche’ reached the Top Ten of the UK album chart, and featured four hit singles: ‘Walk In Love’, ‘On A Little Street In Singapore’, ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ and ‘Who, What, When, Where, Why’.
The album is due for release on the 25th July and contains a booklet featuring a 3000 word note by Man Tran authority Tony Rounce, which tells the story of the group in great detail, as well as examining the background history of every song.
The band is currently touring across America.
Click here for Coming Out & Pastiche album details.
Click here for Coming Out & Pastiche album details.
Fresh from winning the Music Icon Award at the "TV Land Awards 2011” in April this year, Daryl Hall and John Oates are back with John Oates’ new album "Mississippi Mile" and also a great reissue from Edsel.
The new album, ‘The Atlantic Albums: Whole Oats + Abandoned Luncheonette…Plus + War Babies’, is the first time Hall & Oates’ first three albums, all recorded for the Atlantic label between 1972 and 1974, have been reissued together. The 2CD album will be released on the 25th July.
The album also features four bonus tracks: one song from the “Whole Oats” sessions and three songs exclusive to “No Goodbyes”, a compilation issued after the duo’s departure from Atlantic. These three songs were recorded after the “War Babies” album.
Legendary producer Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, the Bee Gees, Chaka Khan and many more) took the controls for debut album “Whole Oats” in 1972, as well as 1973’s “Abandoned Luncheonette”. Considered by both Hall and Oates to be their best album, it features the slow-burning hit, the absolute classic “She’s Gone”, still the duo’s best-known song.
For “War Babies”, they recruited fellow Philadelphian Todd Rundgren, eclectic solo act and producer extraordinaire (“Bat Out Of Hell”, XTC, Psychedelic Furs, Patti Smith, The Tubes, Sparks and many more). Resultantly, the trio experimented with a darker, edgy sound, which Rundgren refers to as the first “Daryl Hall solo album”. Their next move was to the RCA label, and eventual massive global success in the late 70s/early 80s, but these albums are where it all started.
The band is touring across America from 15th June to 11th September.
As we finally have a break from the rain and enjoy a glimpse of sunshine, Demon aims to add to the cheer with a great range of summer music to hopefully entice the sun to stick around for a little while!
Titles include 100 Hits Summer, 100 Hits Summer Reggae and 100 Hits Summer Karaoke, each with 100 fantastic summery tunes by artists including Gnarls Barkley, The Beach Boys, Bob Marley and Aswad.
There are also titles from other labels, including 100% Summer Anthems and 100% Summer Dance from Decadance and Summer Chillout, Summer Days And Summer Nights, Summer BBQ and Summer Party from The Red Box label, all with an impressive range of tracks to get you in the summer mood.
Recording commitments mean that 90’s boy-band EAST 17 have had to reschedule their impending UK tour, originally due to start in Glasgow on the 15th July. The tour will instead commence proceedings in Brighton on the 31st August.
Tour Dates are as follows:
Wednesday 31st August Brighton Concorde 2Thursday 1st September Bristol O2 Academy2Friday 2nd September Oxford O2 AcademySunday 4th September Liverpool O2 Academy2Monday 5th September Glasgow O2 ABC2Tuesday 6th September Newcastle O2 AcademyThursday 8th September London O2 Academy IslingtonFriday 9th September Birmingham O2 Academy2Saturday 10th September Sheffield O2 Academy2
The band who achieved 18 Top Twenty hits (including House Of Love, Deep and Christmas No.1 Stay Another Day) as well as four Top Ten albums and sales of over twenty million records, were recently re-united under the auspices of principal songwriter Tony Mortimer who won an Ivor Novello Songwriter Award for Stay Another Day, the song he wrote for his brother Ollie who committed suicide.
The current line-up includes original members Mortimer, John Hendy and Terry Caldwell, along with a new recruit, singer Blair Dreelan. The band recently signed to FOD Records and have a new single entitled Secret Of My Life due for release at the end of July. A new album is still being recorded and is being brought forward for September release.
Music Club Deluxe recently released Stay Another Day: The Very Best Of East 17; a comprehensive Greatest Hits from one of the most successful pop groups in British history
Music Club Deluxe recently released Stay Another Day: The Very Best Of East 17; a comprehensive Greatest Hits from one of the most successful pop groups in British history
For all the clubbers out there, you will be well aware that the infamous Ibiza season is fast approaching, with many of the clubs already throwing their opening parties.
World-famous Pacha opened the proceedings with their ‘ International Music Summit 2011 Edition Opening Party’, with DJ’s Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones and Damian Lazarus on the 25th May and the “All Gone Pete Tong’s Opening Party”, with 2 Many DJs, Sander Kleinenberg and Angel Linde on the 27th May.
Es Paradis were also one of the first to open with their ‘Fiesta del Agua’ water party on the 27th May, closely followed by more opening parties at Space, Circo Loco and Eden.
Amnesia are holding their opening party this Saturday, 11th June, with DJs Paul Kalkbrenner, Davide Squillace, Mar-T and Brian Cross, and parties will continue to run throughout the summer months until October, closing with the Space Closing Party with Carl Cox on 2nd October.
For those wanting to get into the Ibiza mood, or others unable to make it out to the clubbers paradise, we have a great new release to please all. 100% Ibiza Anthems brings you 60 mega anthems set for any party featuring Armand Van Helden, Axwell, Bob Sinclar, Freemasons, Freemasons, Deepest Blue, Utah Saints, Mark Knight & Funkagenda, Todd Terry and many more.
Click here for information about the Ibiza Party Calendar 2011
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After the successful re-introduction of single-composers nights with Beethoven last year, this year two nights will be devoted to Brahms at the Proms.
The schedule is to run as follows:
4th August Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Brahms Symphony No. 2.
11th August Dejan Lazi's fresh take on Brahms's Violin Concerto with the UK premiere of his own arrangement for piano.
19th / 20th August Bernard Haitink and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe lead the Brahms Nights with two concerts in which Emanuel Ax performs both of Brahms's piano concertos alongside Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4.
19th August Angela Hewitt and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Manze in Late Night Prom, which places Brahms alongside his contemporary, Schumann, and gives audiences a chance to hear Schoenberg's arrangement of Brahms's Piano Quartet in G minor.
22nd August The Brahms symphony cycle is completed by Jirí Belohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Symphony No. 1.
Proms Plus also offers a range of introductions to Brahms's music. The musicians performing his work give Proms Plus Intros (19 July, 4 August & 11 August), while musicologists Kenneth Hamilton and Stephen Johnson discuss "the real Brahms" with Tom Service (19 August).
The BBC Symphony Orchestra will also be performing “Brahms and Suk” (Violin Concerto in D major) at the Barbican, London, on Thursday 24th May at 7:30pm.
The great works of Brahms can also be heard on a new album from the Crimson label as part of the new “Composers” range.
There are currently 13 indie albums in the midweek top 40, with releases from Suede, Battles, Status Quo, Prodigy and Fleet Foxes, between number 10 and 40, reflecting the strong start to the year for the indies.
According to the OCC midweek sales flashes, indie labels currently occupy five of the top 10 slots in the albums charts, with Arctic Monkeys way out in front. The new album “Suck It And See”, on Domino, has already sold more than 38000 copies, placing it well ahead of Adele’s “21”, on indie label XL.
Example’s “Changed The Way You Kiss” on Ministry of Sound, another indie label, also looks set to top the single charts on Sunday, which would show the new artist beating veteran chart-toppers Coldplay and outselling its nearest competitor, Pitbbull’s “Give Me Everything” (on J) by more than two to one.
Managing director of PIAS UK, Peter Thompson, which distributes all of the indie releases in the midweek top 10, said the reason for this recent indie-based success was down to “the quality of artists” in question.
“Seeing a top ten containing such diverse artists such as Frank Turner, Arctic Monkeys, Seasick Steve and, obviously, Adele is exciting to look at and just shows the strength and breadth of the independent sector,” he said.