Music

Lisa FullerLisa FullerFebruary 9, 2018
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Calum Scott is joined by vocal powerhouse and 3-time Grammy nominee Leona Lewis on a stirring rendition of his hit single, ‘You Are The Reason.’

Leona Lewis has sold over 20 million records worldwide and topped the charts in more than 35 countries with the single ‘Bleeding Love.’ With her debut album, Spirit, she became the first British female solo artist in more than 20 years to top the Billboard 200. She is currently back in the studio working on new music. A brilliant new video for ‘You Are The Reason’ with Leona and Calum to follow soon.

“Working with Leona was a dream come true,” says Calum.  “As a fan, I first remember watching her on TV before going on to grace the globe with her incredibly beautiful voice. Now having the honour of working with her on one of my own songs is completely surreal and the passion and raw emotion she brings to our duet makes it even more special to me. I can still hardly believe that we did it!”

Leona adds “I remember the day Calum sent me this track, I sat listening at home and had it on repeat. It’s one of those powerful songs that touches your heart and such a beautiful ballad, everyone knows I love singing them! Calum’s performance on it is stunning and I loved being able to join him to make this duet version.”

‘You Are The Reason’ is the follow up to the multi-platinum selling ‘Dancing On My Own’, which reached No.2 on the UK Chart. Streams of ‘You Are The Reason’ have surpassed 50 million worldwide while the official video has already racked up 40 Million YouTube views and amassing over 1M views/day.

April 2018 will see Scott play shows across the UK & Ireland, full dates below.

UK Tour April 2018:
Thursday 12th – The Academy – Dublin
Friday 13th – O2 ABC – Glasgow
Saturday 14th – University – Newcastle
Monday 16th – O2 Ritz – Manchester
Tuesday 17th – Hull City Hall – Hull
Wednesday 18th – Hull City Hall – Hull
Friday 20th – Rock City – Nottingham
Sunday 22nd – O2 Institute – Birmingham
Monday 23rd – O2 Academy – Bristol
Tuesday 24th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London


Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaApril 11, 2017
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International music producer challenges audiences to Make Your Mark in new Lexus campaign

Lexus is pleased to announce a creative collaboration with the multi-award-winning music producer for its new flagship coupe, the Lexus LC. The campaign, aptly named Make Your Mark, will help introduce the new model and a new era for the luxury brand.

Through working with Ronson, Lexus will continue to realise its ambition to create amazing experiences, in music, art and technology. Make Your Mark follows on from the successful 2015 international campaign The Life RX, which featured the celebrated actor Jude Law.

 

During the next six months Make Your Mark will deliver a range of exciting content and experiences for customers and fans.

Speaking about the campaign, Mark Ronson said: “I always like to work with collaborators who are innovative and unique in and out of the studio. When I was approached by Lexus with the concept of this campaign and saw the new LC, it felt fresh and exciting; I was drawn to the idea of using music to inspire and create an experience around this car.”

The LC is the figurehead of an evolving new vehicle development culture at Lexus in which design and engineering teams have worked in an unprecedented collaboration to produce a car that surpasses all expectations. The LC’s design is remarkably faithful to the radical styling of the original LF-LC concept car, and both are recipients of international EyesOn Design awards.

Alain Uyttenhoven, Head of Lexus Europe, said: “Mark Ronson is the iconic music producer behind some of the biggest hits of the decade and we couldn’t have thought of a better collaborator for the Make Your Mark campaign.

“The Lexus LC symbolises the beginning of a new phase for Lexus which is all about creating greater synergy between engineering and design. Who better to work with on this than Mark – a man who has made a significant contribution to the world of music through his incredible performances and collaborations.”

 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJuly 27, 2016
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British headphone brand, Phonaudio and National Media Group announce the launch of Phonaudio TV, a premier line-up of exclusive new music shows including coverage of the forthcoming On Blackheath festival with unique performances from Primal Scream, Hot Chip, Jazzy B, Roisin Murphy, and many more.

Phonaudio are a brand new entry to the market of high quality headphones. Their unique features boast of a distinctive sleek design, durable plastic titanium build and a multifunction button that provides a seamless switch between music and calls. More than just a product, Phonaudio is fast becoming a lifestyle, offering its customers amazing opportunities and exclusive ‘money can’t buy’ luxury experiences.

The launch of Phonaudio TV, provides a vehicle for the brand to achieve its core mission of connecting with consumers in a more exciting and engaging way. Phonaudio TV’s flagship show, ‘Guess that Track’ is a collaboration between planning and buying agency,National Media Group fronted by Television Presenter, Nikkita Punia.

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The fun game show, plays on the musical knowledge of the British public. Participants gain the possibility of winning discounted vouchers for Phonaudio headphones and exclusive VIP tickets for the prestigious 14th annual Urban Music Awards.  Phonaudio was officially announced last month as ‘Official Headphone sponsor’The show launches today (22nd of July).

The programme targets male and female music fans between the ages of 17 and 35,with Nikkita Punia tasked with uncovering consumers music tastes and discovering whether they can successfully spot a hit single that has appeared in the Top 40 charts.

Phonaudio aims to use online video content to help boost e-commerce sales, by developing a more “personal relationship” with customers and focusing on its “core values of trust, innovation, value, service and quality”.

Steven Arinze, Managing Director at Phonaudio, said: “By launching Phonaudio TV, with content closely integrated into the e-commerce mechanism, we can have a much higher level of engagement with our customers which is a very important ingredient in succeeding in todays marketplace”.

Watch the first episode of ‘Guess that Track’ here:

 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJuly 6, 2016
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Jess Glynne  rose to prominence as a featured artist on Clean Bandit’s single “Rather Be” and Route 94’s “My Love”, both of which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in 2014. Her debut solo single, “Right Here”, reached the top ten the same year.

In 2015, she became the second British female solo artist after Cheryl to have five number-one singles in the UK, following her solo releases “Hold My Hand” and “Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself” and her feature on Tinie Tempah’s “Not Letting Go”. Glynne’s debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, was released in 2015 and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. Chelsea Monthly caught up with the songstress as she announced her exclusive competition for a lucky reader to win an opportunity to review her gig next week.

You are donating a percentage of your fee to charity ‘ Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)’, which is being matched by the Jockey Club Live. Why did you pick this charity in particular?
Firstly I love horses and have loved riding from a young age.  When I was first approached about playing these dates at racecourses it made me think about what happens to the horses that get injured or just too old to race anymore so I did some research and found out about the charity and the work it does. So when I agreed to the dates I said I’d do them if I could donate some of my fee to the charity. The Jockey Club kindly agreed to match my donation too, which is great.

Are you looking forward to shows at the racecourses- I imagine the set up is a little bit different from your normal shows, as you’ll have horse racing essentially being your support act?
Yes, never had horses as an opening act before. Looking forward to it.

Will you be placing a bet?
I’ll have a look at the runners and riders and see if any names pop out.

You’ve had 5 No.1 singles and your debut album also headed straight in to the number 1 spot. For a debut artist, you’ve had an amazing couple of years; did you think it would happen this quickly, and this big for you?
No it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind and I didn’t expect any of it, I just hoped and prayed for people to enjoy the music I was making. Being able to take my music around the world, through Europe, down to Australia and across to America has been insane and a real a dream come true.

Speaking of which, you’re playing Sandown Park Racecourse with thousands of people snapping up your tickets in a few short weeks and other courses are following suit. Are you surprised with the reaction you have been getting, as we can’t imagine you get to visit Surrey often?
I am always surprised and overwhelmed when I hear things like that. It’s never a normal feeling. They are not regular stops on tour but I’m looking forward to all of them.

Have you ever visited racecourses before or followed any races growing up? Any experience of horses?
I loved horse riding when I was growing up and used to go all the time. I have been to Ascot a couple of times, which was a laugh with my friends but race wise that’s about it for me.

Your performance at the Brits was spectacular, did this give us an insight into what we expect from a large outdoor summer Jess Glynne show? Do you have anything special planned for these dates?

Yes, the Brits was fun. I’m just finishing rehearsals now for all the summer shows coming up and I’m super excited! We’ve made some changes to the show and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have planned.

Can you give us an idea of your set list- have you noticed any songs fans react particularly well too? 
You’re going to have to wait and see.. I’m sure there will be a fair few songs in there that you will know.

Are you working on album no.2 yet? Anything you can tell us, who you are writing or working with?
I’m always writing – I keep all these ideas on my phone-and I’ve started writing a bit but it’s early days yet. When I’m not touring this summer and afterwards I will be back in the studio.


JESS GLYNNE PLAYS SANDOWN PARK RACECOURSE ON 13TH JULY 2016


COMPETITION TIME:

Chelsea Monthly in association with Phonaudio are providing one lucky reader plus guest an opportunity to review next week’s Jess Glynne concert at Sandown for Chelsea Monthly. To be in with an opportunity to win a pair of review tickets for Chelsea Monthly. Answer the question below,

What was Jess Glynne’s first ever commercial top 10 single?
Send your answers, together with your full name, contact number and date of birth to;
David@chelseamonthly.com

Deadline for the competition is 12pm , Saturday, the 9th of July 2016

Disclaimer: All applicants have to be over 18 or accompanied by an Adult. Tickets are review tickets only, no additional travel/accommodation costs are included.


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJune 21, 2016
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Charity Hearts in Harmony this month hosts a classical music evening in London on Thursday 23rd June, to raise funds for a new heart defibrillator for children’s hospital Great Ormond Street Hospital. The evening, entitled Tasmin Little & Orpheus Sinfonia, will star Classic Brit Award- winning Tasmin Little OBE and will be held at grand concert venue St John’s Smiths Square in Westminster.
Tasmin Little will join critically acclaimed conductor Thomas Carroll, prize-winning pianist David Malusá and an orchestra of young musicians, to perform Orpheus Sinfonia. The evening begins with a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm. Mozart’s Don Giovanni is set to open the concert, followed by a Chopin piano showpiece. Tasmin Little will then give a performance of Vaughan Williams poignant The Lark Ascending – voted the nation’s favourite work, and for which Tasmin Little has received international critical acclaim.
The concert will then draw to a close with Beethoven’s magnificent fifth symphony.
Tickets start from £10.
 For more information click here

 


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonApril 5, 2016
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Last year, I received news that after over two years in Mayfair, the highly successful members’ club No.41 might be gone for good. I checked the calendar in the office to ensure that it wasn’t an April fools prank and as we entered 2016 I was literally getting ready to pack my dancing shoes neatly back into the top drawer when suddenly Suzanne Dickinson from No.41 finally broke the news that our favourite spot in London was in fact moving right close to us!  Yes, No.41 has moved to a new site in Kensington. So, not only do they move literally into my surname ‘Kensington’  but they are right bang in the centre of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Perfect!  So it’s fair to say that our previously distant Mayfair cousins are now close family members of Chelsea Monthly.The launch was scheduled  for the 2nd of April but I popped in a day earlier to see what was in store at the new location. I arrived to an after party by Miss USSR, and was  met by Floor Manager, Sebastian Banovic. Good to see that the old team is still alive and kicking. The new location has maintained  the high level of service, ambience and chic décor which we have grown to become accustomed to.

Based in The Kensington Close Hotel, a stone’s throw from High Street Kensington tube station, No.41 is back, bigger and better with its cutting-edge music policy and beautiful dancers who interrupt proceedings every now and then with a classier version of Coyote Ugly’s dance routine. Sexy, definitely…… Effortless, off course……. Elegance, you bet…..!!

The new No.41 exudes opulence and glamour with a 21st century twist. It is richly furnished with plush carpets, stately works of art and modern crystal chandeliers. Guests can book tables for bottle service or sample the extensive cocktail list at the bar whilst drinking in the vibrant atmosphere. There is also a rare twist to it’s entertainment courtesy of  Oktam Violini the resident violinist who was matching the DJ with his terrific violin skills all night. That is one of many experiences which you must witness to appreciate.

No.41 is open each and every Friday and Saturday nights until 3am, and will be available for private bookings.

If you are in the Borough and haven’t been yet? Check it out. It’s certainly going to be the place to be, this summer. As for my dancing shoes, well .. I can’t quite remember what happened the rest of the evening which is usually a sign of a good night!!

No.41

Kensington Close Hotel

Wrights Lane

Kensington

W8 5SP

0207 6294496

www.no41club.com


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongDecember 10, 2015
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Abi Jenaé is quite an eclectic name. Is there any meaning behind your name?

Thank you! ‘Abi’ is short for ‘Abisola’ which means ‘you were born in wealth’ in my Yoruba language and ‘Jenaé’ means ‘God has answered’ originating from ‘Janai’ in the Bible.

At what point did you decide that music is the career choice for you?

I completely love making music and it’s a passion I’ve always had. I decided to take my music career as an artist more seriously when I met up with an old friend JJC Skillz who headlined the Afrobeats Live show in May and is one of the pioneers behind the growth of Afrobeats. We had a long talk about the difference between being a music hobbyist and being a professional music artist. He advised me that I need to find a great producer who understands Afrobeats to make my first step and so I did.

I can admit finding a great producer was hard because I didn’t have a track record or anything to my name. I was just passionate about working on a song from scratch with someone who shared the same vision as myself. I was on a crazy search, and then I found Mictizzle on Twitter. He responded to my initial message which made life easy. We spoke and we started working on ‘Crazy Love’ the first time we met. I co-produced the song, he understood my vision and we executed it.

Often African parents might not be in full agreement when their kids decide to go down the music route. Where your parents supportive?

I agree that is very true. Initially my parents were not supportive because I was young the first time I wanted to be a professional music artist around the time I performed at the Glastonbury Festival and Underage Festival in 2008. They encouraged me to secure a degree first and then pursue a music career after as it will always be there so I did not need to rush it.

I’m happy I took their advice as I have their full support now! Studying Law made me so much smarter and I managed to combine my passion when I studied modules such as Intellectual Property Law, Media Law and Entertainment Law during my Law Degree (LLB), Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Masters in Law (LLM).

Your single ‘Crazy Love’ is a mixture of English and your local dialect? Can you explain why it is important for your authenticity to include your roots in your music? And what is the single actually about?

Yes it’s a mixture of English and Yoruba. I love my culture and it’s a part of my soul so incorporating it in everything I do is extremely important to me. To be true to your roots and authentic is a way of life. Especially in this day and age where culture can be easily be lost being born and raised in a Westernised society.

What are the top 5 artists who have inspired you growing up?

Fela Kuti

2Pac

Aaliyah

2Face

Lauryn Hill

What do you hope to achieve 5 years from now?

I want to inspire people and make a change in the world through my music. I would hope to achieve creative growth 5 years from now. My main goal is to deliver positive messages to the world using Afrobeats music and African inspired music through Afrotown Records. We aim to change people’s lives through the music that we release. It matters because the majority of music released these days does not deliver a positive message to the world. My main aim is to change the world through the music we release so we strive to do so by delivering artists capable of delivering our main goal and aim.

You are also an entrepreneur and own your own label Afrotown Records. Why do you think it’s imperative for artists to have their own label and would you be looking at signing other artists in the future?

That’s correct! I am the CEO of Afrotown Records. It’s imperative for artist to have their own label in order to get their foot in the door independently as self-releasing music is pretty straight forward. You need to be doing a lot yourself before getting any kind of deal which is no different to any career ladder. We get a lot of emails at Afrotown Records from upcoming artists and will be signing artists in the future.

To promoters looking forward to booking you for their shows. What would they expect from your performances?

They should expect a lot of genuine love and passion from my live performances. I will be performing live at the world famous Jazz Cafe on Sunday 29th November 2015. Come and see for yourself! Tickets can be purchased here: po.st/AJJazzCafe

Afrobeats has become really successful. Do you think the same will happen to several hundreds of genres that make up the African music scene?

Yes it has. Afrobeats is amazing! The African music scene is growing as a whole and being more excepted in the Western society as the exposure spans from national to global on all various platforms including press, TV, radio, blogs, the internet, social media, Youtube, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, and so on.

What can we expect from your EP and when will it be out?

Expect lovely African inspired music with an actual message. I’m very conscience of the material I’m putting out as well. I’m about quality over quantity. I have one song to my name and I have already set the bar quite high. My EP will be out in summer 2016. Watch out for it!

If anyone is interested in booking you. How should they proceed?

For bookings send an email to afrotowntownrecords@gmail.com.

For further details- follow the links below;

Music Video – http://po.st/AbiJenaeCrazyLoveVideo
iTunes – http://po.st/AbiJenaeCrazyLove
http://po.st/AJCL
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Connect with Abi Jenaé:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abijenae
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/abijenae
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/abijenae
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/abijenae


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongDecember 9, 2015

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multCIG were proud to have the opportunity to be involved with a fantastic night celebrating the best of urban musical talent at the 13th European Urban Music Awards in London on Saturday 21st November.
The Awards were a great opportunity to showcase the multiCIG and multiVAPE’s range, with many of the star-studded guest list enjoying the products on offer, including triple award-winner Lady Leshurr who deservedly won Best Female Act, Best Music Video, Best Hip Hop Act on the night.
The multiVAPE range currently includes a high quality kit that has been manufactured in partnership with Aspire and comes complete with a long lasting and powerful battery and a state of the art clearomizer. An award-winning selection of e-liquids are available in a variety of amazing flavours including Menthol, Caramel Silk, Orange Zest, Black Cherry and Tobacco Leaf to name but a few and of course a choice of nicotine strengths. All multiVAPE E-Liquids are exclusively manufactured right here in the UK using only pharmaceutical grade ingredients to ensure the highest quality and standards.

For more information and to buy, please visit: multiCIG
Visit the multiCIG multiCIG on Twitter and Multicig on Facebook.


Jade RatcliffeJade RatcliffeSeptember 21, 2015
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Vinyl bar, Turntable is trendy, swish and known for hosting unforgettable events with world famous DJs. On Thursday 24th September former Radio 1 DJ and Cream resident Seb Fontaine, will be performing at stylish central London bar and restaurant from 6.30pm-1.00am.

Over the summer Seb has been in high demand, being pulled back and forth between venues on the festival front. But it’s no wonder he’s the name on every ones lips! Last year he orchestrated after-parties in Singapore for Aerosmith and CeeLo Green, as well as recently playing at Twickenham to a record breaking 78,000 fans at the World Sevens.

Seb has held numerous high-profile House residencies at prestigious clubs including Hanover Grand, Ministry Of Sound and Cream. On top of releasing several best-selling compilation albums and over 50 hits, he opened for J-Lo in Dubai at the Meydan World Cup. You may remember him from presenting a weekly show on Radio One or DJing at ‘The Brits’ after party for Sony Music earlier this year.

His musical enthusiasm and knowledge blends a fabulous mix of styles both old and new, which makes his Turntable show a must-see. Dine on a succulent two-course masterpiece and quench your thirst with a delicious glass of wine, before discovering music to your ears with Seb’s world famous electric house grooves in a one off event.

Due to popular demand you’ll have to act fast! Tickets are on a first come first serve basis and are selling like hot cakes. Get yours now for just £39, which includes a two-course meal, glass of wine and night to remember.

Seb Fontaine is playing at Turntable 7-9 Norwich Street, EC4 1EJ on Thursday, September 24 from 8.30pm-10.30pm.

Turntable restaurant is open Tuesdays-Fridays noon-3pm and 6.30pm-11.30pm, with the bar open from 5pm-1am Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 5pm-3am Thursdays and Fridays.

For reservations please call 020 7112 9179 or email reservations@turntable.london

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerFebruary 27, 2015
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Next month in Chelsea , all roads lead to Baritone legend, Mark Llewelyn Evans as he has flown into London and chosen good old Chelsea specifically to entertain us at what will be a truly extraordinary show on the 28th of March.

Mark Llewelyn Evans is one of the UK’s most exciting classical cross-over performers appearing regularly on opera stages, concert platforms across the UK, Europe, the Far East and the USA. His rich, warm, Italianate baritone voice, acclaimed performances and charismatic blend of charm & Celtic humour mean he is very much in demand. Whether performing for a 2000 strong opera audience, singing to 75,000 fans before international rugby at the Wales Millennium Stadium with Katherine Jenkins, delivering an oratorio in an intimate venue or broadcasting on the BBC, wherever he is and whatever the audience, Mark is always at home!

He is a true entertainer who captivates all his audiences; from intimate performances to concert halls. They love his stage presence, funny stories, expansive repertoire and stunningly powerful voice. He was classically trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio in London but remain unconstrained by style or genre. Mark’s performances include both classical and popular songs from his albums, musical hits of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, scores from the movies, and intimate Celtic ballads.

After a sell out show last year, he is back and will be live on stage performing at The Pleasantry, Pizza Express . Doors open from 6.30pm with a show that starts at 7.45pm on the 28th of March 2015. 

Venue: The Pheasantry , Pizza Express , 152 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3

For more details. Call: 08457-027-017 or go to : www.pizzaexpresslive.com

and if you want to find out more on Mark  Llewelyn Evans , go to :  www.markllewelynevans.co.uk



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