Music

Alberto ArnaudJuly 25, 2017
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Wonderbooms

The Wonderboom is compact, fully waterproof, plays very loud for its size with a good amount of bass for its small size. It also floats in water, is shock resistant and has decent battery life. You can pair two Wonderbooms together to augment the sound. (89,00£)

 

Hp sprocket

HP’s Sprocket Photo Printer lets you show your work to the world quickly, easily and with a little fun. Its small enough to carry in a bag, you don’t have to hassle with ink cartridges and the internal battery lets you print anywhere for immediate photo gratification. (99,00£)

 

Insta360 Nano

Insta360 Nano is a small add-on that turns an iPhone 6 or 7 into a fully-fledged 360-degree camera. It clips onto the iPhone via the Lightning port, and with a dedicated app users can share their moments in 360-degree images on Facebook or YouTube. (123,99£)

 

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse

The NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Or Amazing Dry Gold Oil is a multi-usage dry oil that gives a golden shimmer to your face, body and hair. The NUXE Amazing Dry Gold Oil has a super-activated formula that combines 30% of precious plant oils and vitamin E to nourish, repair and soften face, body and hair in a single gesture. This oil leaves your face and body soft and velvety, thanks to its small golden particles, your skin glitters and reveals its beauty whenever you move. (34,00£)

 

 

 


Jeff 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.


Annie 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


Kristina FosterJuly 8, 2014
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We caught up with one of London’s hottest up and coming club DJs, DJ Vik Toreus.

 

CM: At what stage in your life did you realise that you had a passion for playing music?

DJ Vik Toreus: At about seven or eight years old I started learning guitar and piano and I’ve always been interested in music, which slowly led to where I am today

 

CM: What inspires you?

DJ Vik Toreus: There were no DJ’s that particularly excited me but more the experience of the nightlife and seeing people perform, but when I started getting into it and practicing and doing gigs, I started following DJ’s more and more.

 

CM: I listened to your Blueberry Nation compilation mix, sound cloud, very eclectic, how would you describe your musical style.

DJ Vik Toreus: A mishmash of different genres, I play a bit of everything so it’s hard to narrow it down to one particular style, but generally I like to play happy, uplifting music. It’s a combination of house, RnB, old skool hip-hop, things that make people happy.

 

CM: The name ‘DJ Vik Toreus’…how did you come up with it?

DJ Vik Toreus: My real name is Vik. I’d been DJing for years with HV entertainment, a mobile disco company that I run with a business partner. I never really had a DJ title but when I started getting more into clubs I needed to make more of a brand name for myself. DJ Vick was a bit too clichéd, it wasn’t something that stood out. I went a bit back and forth over it because I didn’t want to make something completely fake. I wanted a cool name that had a part of me in it. I stuck with DJ Vik Toreus and I think it rolls off the tongue quite easily! Now all my friends are calling me DJ Vik Toreus, so it was the right choice.

 

CM: The name almost sounds like an alter ego, would you say that playing music makes you act different than in every day life?

DJ Vik Toreus: I don’t think it’s an alter ego but when I DJ it’s quite similar to how I am in person. They the way I dress, my image it’s how I am in person when I go out. It’s not like I’m quiet in the day or crazy in the night!

 

CM: Okay so your Blueberry nation mix CD is out on the 31st of July, can you tell us what people should expect? 

DJ Vik Toreus: It’s being presented at the National Luxury & Lifestyle awards poll winners party so it’s being launched on that day. We’ll be handing out copies at the event. It’s going to be similar to the usual stuff, commercial deep-house, RnB, still very eclectic, very easy listening, something you can pop in to your car and listen too while you’re driving or at the gym.

 

CM: Top 3 venues you’ve played at?

DJ Vik Toreus: Home House London, Shaka Zulu in Camden, and a tie between Pacha London and the O2

 

CM: What are you’re top three international destinations to play at in the future?

DJ Vik Toreus: Las Vegas, Ibiza and…China.

 

CM: China?? That’s very interesting…

I’ve been there a few times on vacation and there’s a market out there which a lot of people don’t realise, but they are very into the same kind of music that we’re into like hip-hop, RnB and house music. They have a lot of energy, they want to party and there’s a lot of talent out there.

 

CM: What are you listening to on your Ipod at this present moment?

DJ Vik Toreus: Jeremiah, Don’t tell ‘em,

 

CM: Worst songs of all time?

DJ Vik Toreus: Aqua- Barbie girl and Bob the builder

 

CM: Let’s play the “either/or” game?

CM: Beach or city?

City

CM: Tina Turner or Lana del Rey?

Tina Turner

CM: Mac or PC?

Mac

CM: Ketchup or Mayonnaise?

Ketchup

 

DJ Vik Toreus’s Blueberry Nation mix CD is out on the 31st of July . Catch Vik Toreus live at the National Luxury Lifestyle Awards Poll winners party on the 31st of July 2014 @ No.41 , Mayfair. W1

https://soundcloud.com/viktoreus/viktoreus-secret-radio-show-3


Emilien PerrotJune 25, 2014
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This summer, Hyde Park is hosting an exciting programme of music and entertainment at Barclaycard British Summer Time.

The event will take place over ten days : from 4 July 2014 to 13 July 2014

Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath, The Libertines, McBustedNeil Young & Crazy Horse, Tim Minchin and Tom Jones are set to play headline sets.

As well as live music on the main stage during the weekends, there will be a programme of midweek entertainment available for everyone to enjoy. From Monday to Thursday, visitors will be able to get involved with intimate events across the whole of the the entire Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park site (barring the main stage). These activities will bring together the worlds of film, music, literature, and sport.

For the latest news and event information visit: www.bst-hydepark.com and www.visitlondon.com


Kristina FosterJune 16, 2014
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Models, actors, comedians and rock-stars graced the pitches of the Hurtwood Polo Club on Saturday,  June the 14th as they rallied together at the Rock ‘N’ Horsepower event in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Sponsored by Opera Jet, Kenney Jones hosted the event to raise awareness for prostate cancer after being diagnosed in Summer 2013. Celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Paul Young, Penny Smith and Ruby Wax all added to the dazzling display of the day. It was a glamorous affair entailing a champagne reception, lunch and a riveting polo match. But horsepower was revved up here in more ways than one. As well as some word-class polo there was also a chocolate box of super cars on display, ranging from a 275 GTB Spider to a 360 Modena.

After a day of sport and sports cars, the guests were treated to an amazing live concert with Kenney Jones’ rock-star friends rallying to the cause. Huge acts such as The Who, Mick Hucknal (Simply Red), Procul Harum and of course Kenney Jones himself finished the energy-filled day with a bang. ‘Shooting Stars’ Vic Reeves and Angelous Epithemou hosted the show and kept a steady pulse of comedy going through out the evening whilst also underlining the more serious message of cancer awareness.

Overall, the day was an exhilarating celebration of sport, music and fast cars, all great components to attract a lively and A-list crowd. Added to that, a charity auction took place and raised an astounding 10,000 pounds for Prostate Cancer UK.


Jordan KensingtonJune 6, 2014
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Prince Brings UK Tour To A Close With Exclusive Show at The Hippodrome
Prince performed a secret late-night show at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square last night, bringing to a close his recent run of sold-out UK dates. The 55-year-old pop superstar, who has recently been whipping crowds across the country into a frenzy with a series of incredible concerts, performed a stunning, 2-hour hit-laden set in the venue’s intimate 180-seat cabaret theatre, with celebrities such as Kate Moss, Alesha Dixon, Paolo Nutini, Bryan Ferry & The XX in attendance.
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 Having earlier attended an after-party for the hotly-tipped British drama Belle, directed by Amma Asante and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Prince took to the stage with his regular band 3rdEyeGirl at around midnight and treated the small crowd to a set packed with classic hits including Raspberry Beret, Diamonds & Pearls and 1999.

 Since kicking off his acclaimed Hit and Run tour back in February, Prince has performed a string of last-minute shows in venues across London including the Electric Ballroom, KOKO and The Roundhouse but The Hippodrome’s cabaret theatre, which launched in 2012 with a performance from Grammy-winning legend Dionne Warwick, is one of the most intimate venues he has chosen to perform at thus far. The tour continues in Vienna on June 7th.

 

For more information about The Hippodrome’s live entertainment programme, please visit www.hippodromecasino.com/events


Katja KaufmannApril 25, 2014
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It takes listening to precisely five seconds of Paloma Faith’s comeback single to realise that you are already in the company of one of the best pop tracks that you are going to hear all year. By the time it gets to the chorus of Can’t Rely on You, with its defiant stomp and backing vocals from the songs’ creator, hit-maker-in-chief Pharrell Williams, it also becomes patently clear that Faith, reinvigorated and buoyant, is set to enjoy a bumper year.

 

Can’t Rely on You is the lead track of her forthcoming third album A Perfect Contradiction, and her best yet: as equally upbeat and sassy as it is soulful, and with a positivity that’s impossible to resist.

 

The inspiration, Faith says, came from not wanting to make a record as downbeat as its predecessor Fall to Grace, which documented failed relationships to mostly melancholy, ballad-like fare.

 

“When I was touring the last album I got a bit bored of being upset,” Faith says. “I think sometimes when you write sad songs you write them in a moment when it’s like therapy, but then when you’re singing them 18 months later it’s like picking off a scab. This time I knew I needed to inject some hope. There’s some heartache, but it’s got a hopeful vibe to it. And I’ve returned to my soul roots, working with people I’ve admired for a long time.”

 

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A Perfect Contradiction is an evocative title – where did that come from?

 

“I mean perfect contradiction in terms of the last album, because that was melancholic, but also in everyday life. You can’t have real joy without real sadness. It extends to a conversation I had with Pharrell. He was asking me about myself and I said I feel an affinity with people who are a perfect mix of contradictions. And he said ‘do you think you are?’ and I said ‘yeah’ and then he told me I should call my album that. I went home and mulled it over; I decided it was a really good title, because it meant a lot of things. It’s to do with accepting difference within ourselves as well as other people and our experiences.”

 

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Faith worked with a host of names on A Perfect Contradiction (Raphael Saadiq, John Legend, Diane Warren) but it is inevitably the collaboration with Pharrell that is of most intrigue.

 

“He approached me at a party to work with me and we wrote a couple of songs together, and as we got to know each other through that time he said that he had this song that he’d written that he’d been sitting on for ages. He said he thought it would suit me, and did I want to hear it. I was like ‘of course’, and I loved it. It totally has my name on it.

 

“Pharrell is very nice, humble, and so likeable. He works very hard and throws a lot away, because he only wants the best to come out.” He is certainly is a happy fellow, and the go-to man for a smash hit, isn’t he? “Yes, but you want to hear the ones that don’t make it, though!”

 

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Faith is arguably as well known for her sense of style than she is for her music, and her appearance is a vital component of the entire songstress/fashion icon package.

 

“For as long as I can remember I’ve had it drummed into me that presentation is important. My family is full of women who really make an effort. I’ve never been around people who just wear jeans and t-shirt.

 

“In fact, the other day I was walking around Brick Lane with my mum, my aunt and my cousin. This girl came up and said ‘you four look like brilliantly dressed women; can I take a picture for my art project?’ She later wrote to me on Twitter later to say ‘sorry, I had no idea it was you!’ It was so funny.”

 

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But getting stopped in the street was partly what made Faith head across the Atlantic to make A Perfect Contradiction.

 

“I do get stopped a lot – it’s flattering but it’s difficult to detach yourself. Ultimately, I wanted to write an album that was down to earth and about real issues, and I didn’t feel that my life was conducive to that over here. It’s not a realistic lifestyle to have being stopped by people all the time; it doesn’t promote a realistic attitude of life. People can’t relate to it.”

 

After A Perfect Contradiction hits the shops in March, Faith says she can’t wait to get on the road and reinterpret the new songs for a live audience.

 

“We haven’t planned it yet but we’ll hopefully be touring towards the end of the year. I am looking forward to going out and touring it – it’s a musician’s album. My band love it; they can’t wait to show off, and nor can I!”

 

 

Paloma Faith’s new album A Perfect Contradiction is out now on RCA Records.

 

(Check out Paloma on Youtube)


Jeff ArmstrongJanuary 10, 2014
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Award winning, chart topper Lily Allen, most recently back at the top of the charts with her latest release ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, after taking a break, is to perform at a major one-off concert, City Rocks at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 April 2014 in support of Coram, the World’s oldest children’s charity which is celebrating its 275th birthday this year.

Tickets go on sale at the Royal Albert Hall box office at 9am, tomorrow Friday 10 January.

Lily will be joined on the night by additional guests – including Maverick Sabre, who has been championed by BBC 1 and 1Xtra’s MistaJam’s ‘Ones to Watch’ and whose debut album charted at No.2 in the UK chart; and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, most recently a finalist on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and due to launch her new album later this month.

More performers will be announced shortly.

City Rocks at the Royal Albert Hall is being produced by leading impresario Harvey Goldsmith CBE, world class lyricist, Don Black OBE and Rocket Music Entertainment.

Coram, the charity for whom this spectacular concert is being held, and which has been helping vulnerable children to have better chances in life since it was first established as the Foundling Hospital in 1739, has been selected by the Royal Albert Hall as its first ever Charity of the Year for this event.

Coram has had a long and unique history linked to music and the arts ever since distinguished artists such as Handel, who was one of its first Governors, gave fundraising musical performances in support
of the charity and even donated a manuscript of his famous music ‘Messiah’.

City Rocks has been created to celebrate this unique history with the support and performances of top musical artists of today.

The first City Rocks event was held in 2011 as the first ever rock concert in the City of London. Headlining Bryan Adams, it was an outstanding success, held at the Guildhall and the largest event in its 900 year
history. It was the lead event of the Lord Mayor of London’s Charity Appeal and Sir Michael Bear was the Lord Mayor at that time. He is now President of Coram.


Jeff ArmstrongMay 18, 2013
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Chart topping girl band, Stooshe, Matt Cardle, Debra Debs, Sway, were just a few musicians who attended the launch of the Official European Charts last night at JuJu London in Chelsea.

The Official European Charts launch is set to revolutionise the music industry as the biggest and only weekly countdown of the best selling singles and albums across Europe.
The ever changing state of the music industry calls for bold inventors, digital creatives who think outside the box and an infusion of investment to drive ideas into reality.

Chart Nation, the multi-million pound global research and charts company behind OEC invested heavily into the research and development of the Official European Charts platform from as far back as 2009. With offices and partners across 15 European cities including ; London, Paris, Amsterdam, Zurich, and many more. The OEC has restructured the dated mechanics of the charts industry inline with the new digital , interactive and social media age.

PR Manager for the Official European Charts, Steve Campbell commented; It is a great day for music, and a greater day for European musicians worldwide. Europe has an amazing array of talent and often because there has never been a destination for European music. It made it impossible to fully appreciate the great music and talent of musicians across Europe. The Official European Charts will provide the essential and only destination to find out what the biggest selling singles and albums are and in the same light provide a gateway for music fans to discover new music through our digital album and singles charts.

The Official European Charts , digital singles and album platform will provide independent artists, record labels and professional musicians with the opportunity to register their release date and release their singles directly into the chart nation platform, with the top 100 countdown from the Official European Digital Singles Charts and Official European Digital Album Charts determined jointly by the amount of unique streams and unique downloads on the OEC site
( www.officialeuropeancharts.com)

Users can quickly and simply set up a profile, add their music and release directly into the chartnation shopping platform. Once registered, they can also share their Youtube, Twitter and Facebook profiles and have access to their accounts to be in complete control of 100% of their music sales and present/future releases.

Chart topping girl group, Stooshe have branded the charts revolutionary . They commented; The Official European Charts will bring our music closer to Europe connecting us with new European fans which is what every artist wants. We are so proud to be involved at the inception.

Since, the soft launch, the OEC site ( www.officialeuropeancharts.com ) has attracted over 145,000 + European music fans, booking agents and festival organisers whilst the Twitter account (@europeancharts) has seen an increase of over 10,000 followers and this set to increase.

Hollywood actress, and Billboard chart topping artist Amy Webber who has over 1 million followers on Twitter who released her single into the European digital charts last month commented This year we have topped our Billboard hit with a No.1 on the European Digital Singles Charts. I am so excited to be part of the Official European Charts. As a US artist, our dream is always to break into Europe and tour the continent. The Official European Charts has provided me with the outlet to plan, market and release my music directly to my fans in Europe connecting my single to radio stations, media and booking agents across Europe.

Pop star Matt Cardle commented We need a way for people across Europe to discover new music and the Official European Charts is the perfect vehicle to understand our counterparts across Europe.

As well as syndicating, the weekly charts across media, bookings agents and music fans via weekly newsletter. Chart nation in partnership with IEG Global will also produce a weekly Television and Radio show which will be broadcast on Sky channel 191 each and every Saturday at 6.30pm. The weekly show will feature interviews, live performances and a Top 20 countdown of the biggest selling European singles.

The event was sponsored by Zuricom , the tablet PC manufacturer who are currently promoting the Zuricom Z3 Tablet phone which is a firm favorite with pop star, Matt Cardell.

For More Information on the Official European Charts:
Visit: www.officialeuropeancharts.com
Follow OEC on Twitter:
@europeancharts



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