The Music Mag: Unsigned UK Music News, Reviews & Promotion
UK Number 1, 6th October 2013: Jason Derulo was knocked from the number one top by OneRepublic, with their first ever UK Number 1. ‘Counting Stars’ by American pop-rock band OneRepublic is taken from their third studio album – Native. ‘Counting Stars’ was initially released on June 14th 2013 in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland – landing top 5 spots, as well as now getting that UK number 1.
The Official UK Top 10 – October 6th 2013
1/ OneRepublic – Counting Stars
2/ Vamps – Can We Dance
3/ Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty
4/ Katy Perry – Roar
5/ Chase & Status – Count On Me
6/ Avicii – You Make Me
7/ Demi Lovato – Skyscraper
8/ Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)
9/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love (ft. Mary Lambert)
10/ Dizzee Rascal – Something Really Bad (ft. Will.i.am)
Vamps missed out on the number 1 spot by an apparent mere 1,150 copies with ‘Can We Dance’ – the closest fought battle for the number 1 spot for the whole of 2013 so far. So Vamps fans, if you’re feeling bad for not buying the song, go ahead and slap yourself… now. Alright then, moving on.
Watch the UK Number one, OneRepublic – Counting Stars here:
Two new entries from Dizzee Rascal and Chase & Status entered at number 10 and number 5 – pushing out Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.
Demi Lovato was propelled back in to the top 10 with Skyscraper; most likely with the X-Factor effect having something to do with the well-used song pushing it’s way back in.
Ever wondered how to be a rock star on stage? How to become an icon? What it takes to be a rock legend? Read on for a few pieces of advice on how to maximise your performance on stage, mixed in with loads of cool pictures for inspiration – read on rockers!
Have a good look
Whether you make girls swoon with your beautiful looks, work out constantly, or just have something a bit different about you – stand out and have a look, a style, a je ne sais quoi. Take Kurt Cobain, Axl Rose and Till Lindemann as examples. Kurt was a good looking chap that had his grungy style locked down, Axl tried various things from impersonating John Lennon to stealing Dexter Holland’s hair-braid idea – but he had a presence to him. Now Till Lindemann offers the je ne sais quoi, just something different – a bit extreme – but boy you’re not going to forget him any time soon!
Be an evil motherf@#ker!
Muwahaha! If you want to summon all that is rock on stage, then a little bit of worshiping satan goes a long way. Ozzy Ozbourne bit the heads off bats, Marilyn Manson did a lot of things which are better left unwritten and many other bands portray metal as being evil. It’s written in to the rock & metal culture and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it! However, it’s definitely best done with a cheeky grin, rather than being all out serious!
Have a softer side
Whilst it pays to be heavy, a lot of the big rock and metal bands release softer, melodic songs that fans adore – ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘November Rain’ and ‘Snuff’ to name just a few tracks that stand out. Corey Taylor is a great example of how to have a softer side – he’s a nu-metal screamer when leading Slipknot, but he can be caught singing beautifully on acoustic pieces if you’re ever lucky enough to catch him in a smaller tent at a festival, just like this performance below:
Interact with the crowd
Whether you have fifty fans watching, or fifty thousand, if you don’t interact with the fans and get them involved, they will leave a little disappointed. One gig to name was The Distillers when they were big after ‘Drain the Blood’ hit. Their gig was basically song after song from the album with no interaction – you might as well just stand there and put on the album loud and not bother forking out for a ticket. So interact with the audience; get them raising their horns, chanting along, flipping you off, whatever it takes to make them feel a part of the show.
Respect the legends
When you see a band live, you’ll often hear them talk of their influences and who they look up to. This respect is a great asset and helps give you and your band a connection with the crowd. It also gives you a chance to rock out your own cover version of an all time classic!
And all served with a slice of humour
Unless you are the new-coming of Jesus with a guitar strapped to his chest, don’t take yourself too seriously. In keeping with the ‘how to be a rock star’ theme here are two of the funniest bands in recent time – Tenacious D and Foo Fighters:
Hopefully this random little slice of rock inspiration will help when it comes to perfecting your stage presence. Whether it be at a festival, in the local pub, or on guitar hero in your front room – may the rock God’s salute you!
On September 29th 2013 Jason Derulo remained at the top of the charts and claimed the UK number 1 spot for the 2nd week in a row. Derulo fought hard, selling over xxx amount of records in the space of xxx.
Watch ‘Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty’ here:
Last weeks UK Top 40 chart topper, Jason Derulo, stays there for the second week.
Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ remained at 2, the short haired Jessie J entered the chart at number 22 with her hit ‘Sexy Lady’. Whilst HAIM entered the chart at 16 with ‘The Wire’. The highest new entry was by Sub Focus, with ‘Turn it Around’, which entered the UK Top 40 at 14.
Here is the top 10 in full from September 29th 2013:
UK Number 1 September 29th
1/ Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty
2/ Katy Perry – Roar
3/ One Republic – Counting Stars
4/ Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)
5/ Avicii – You Make Me
6/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love (ft. Mary Lambert)
7/ Ben Price – What I Might Do
8/ Avicii – Wake Me Up
9/ Jessie J – It’s My Party
10/ Ellie Goulding – Burn
Ben Pearce breaks back in to the top ten and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis move up from 9th to 6th. Avicii does well in the charts again, with ‘Wake Me Up’ being in the chart for 11 weeks. Jessie J stays in the top 10 with ‘It’s My Party’ at 9, and Ellie Goulding grasps on to the top 10 spot after 7 weeks in the chart.
So takes the UK Number 1: September 29th. Remember to check back on The Music Mag for the latest on the UK Top 40.
Source: BBC UK Offical Top 40, UK Number 1 September 29th.
The Oxjam team are ready to take Islington by storm on the 19th October with a whole day of sensational music, all is in aid of global charity Oxfam. Whatever music you’re into – from folk to punk to rock and everything in between – there’ll be something for you across the venues.
“Oxjam Islington 2013: Camden Crawl meets Live Aid”
Oxjam Islington Takeover forms part of Oxjam Music Festival, which runs through the whole of October. Oxjam is a festival with a difference: thousands of fundraising music events are put on by ordinary people – from large-scale festivals to local sponsored busks – making it the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK. The Oxjam Islington Takeover will be showcasing the freshest musical talent of all styles and genres across a number of venues along Islington’s famous Upper Street, the festival aims to raise a record-breaking amount of money for globally renowned aid and development charity Oxfam. The Islington team have already ran a number of successful fundraisers in anticipation of the main event – find out more on the website, or find us on Twitter and Facebook and keep up to date with all the news and events over the next few months. Line up coming soon.
Tickets are £12 and available via WeGotTickets.com including the Super Earlybird ticket for £6!
Since 2006, Oxjam has raised over £2 million for Oxfam. This year around 3,000 musicians will perform in over 200 venues as part of the 50 Oxjam Takeover events taking place from The Shetland Islands to Cornwall. Each of these events is run by teams of local volunteers donating their time up to six months before the event and giving all proceeds to Oxfam.
Oxjam was created by Oxfam in 2006 as a way to involve local communities in fun fundraising. Previous events have taken place across the country and have included gigs in a local laundrette, church and even a telephone box! The one day festival idea of “Takeover” came about in 2009 – the idea is that you buy one wristband that will get you into multi-venue events. Help your community and raise money for charity.
“Oxjam is a fantastic live music event, with talented musicians and all for a good cause – Tell me a better way to spend an evening”
Craig Priestley, The Music Mag
“Oxjam Islington due to its location is uniquely placed to fuse the creative world of London’s West End, with the fashionable new media world of Shoreditch and Old Street. There is no doubt that it will be at the cutting edge of live entertainment in London.”
Keith Harris, Chairman of Music Tank and Director of Performer Affairs at PPL
“We want to encourage as many people as possible to come and join the party.”
Joe Goddard, Hot Chip
“Oxjam showcases the best local talent and brings together people who love music in aid of a brilliant cause”
Chris Austin, Official Charts Company
The Oxjam Islington team are inviting the local community to get involved in this worthy cause, either by attending fundraisers, donating gifts in kind to the Takeover or fundraisers, donating venue/performance spaces, performing music or simply buying a ticket and joining in the fun. Anyway you look at it, Oxjam Islington Takeover is a fantastic cause that is great to be a part of. For more information please visit oxjamislington.com
TeenStar is the UK’s first and only singing competition exclusively for teenagers. The competition is brought to you by Future Music; the company behind the discovery of artists such as Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas both of which are now signed to Sony Music.
TeenStar consists of a UK-wide search for the finest young talent the UK has to offer, with a spectacular National Grand Final within The O2 in London. The competition attracted over 9,000 entrants in its first year, but it was the uniquely talented Luke Friend who was crowned the winner in an impressive showcase of the nation’s future stars.
Head of Future Music, Chris Grayston can’t wait for the auditions to begin: ‘We are really excited about TeenStar 2014, there’s no other competition out there like it and we are eager to discover the country’s freshest young talent’.
TeenStar has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music as well as a chance to feature in top teen magazine Shout Mag. Contestants also have the chance to win prizes through-out the competition, such as recording studio time with some of the UK’s top producers, singing lessons and extensive promotion on YouTube.
As well as the fantastic opportunities TeenStar offers, top teen magazine Shout Mag and music charity Nordoff Robbins have partnered up with TeenStar in a thrilling collaboration that will help raise awareness as well as give contestants the chance to be featured in the Magazine. TeenStar will be aiding The Nordoff Robbins Charity, which is dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable people across the UK through the power of music; in their mission to raise awareness, and in addition to this TeenStar will be donating a percentage of the Grand Final profits to this very worthy charity!
The TeenStar competition takes place at some of the best venues in the UK including the Birmingham NEC, Sheffield City Hall and Dingwalls in Camden and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including DJs who work for Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Kiss FM, Choice FM, national & regional press, local studios and record labels. The Grand Final is the climax of the whole competition and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the country, within The O2 in London!
TeenStar is split into three age categories: ‘Late Teens’ (16-19), ‘Mid Teens’ (13-15) and a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow; the Pre-Teens! Whether it’s pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, TeenStar is ready to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.
Audition slots are available across the UK, so if you’re a teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, for more information and to enter go to http://www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk
Heavy rockers Hatebreed unveiled their new lyric video today for ‘Dead Man Breathing’. The video for ‘Dead Man Breathing’ was directed by Aaron March of Sons Of Nero. The song is taken from Hatebreed’s current studio album, ‘The Divinity of Purpose’.
But that’s enough talk for now. Just click play and enjoy:
‘Hatebreed – Dead Man Breathing Video’:
Jason Derulo knocks Katy Perry from the number 1 spot in the official UK top 40 this week.
September 22nd will be a day to remember for everyone behind ‘Talk Dirty’ as Jason Derulo (full name Jason Joel Desrouleaux) scored his third UK number 1. The song sold more than 150,000 copies in seven days since its release, making it the 4th fastest selling UK single of 2013 so far.
Watch ‘Talk Dirty’:
Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ slipped down to number two, and new entries from Linkin Park and Birdy placed at 34 and 16 respectively.
So will we see an advertising campaign kick off to help Perry back to the number 1 spot ahead of her new album release, or will Jason Derulo remain number one next week? Check back next week to find out!
Here is the top 10 in full from September 22nd 2013:
1/ Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty
2/ Katy Perry – Roar
3/ Jessie J – It’s My Party
4/ OneRepublic – Counting Stars
5/ Avicii – You Make Me
6/ Avicii – Wake Me Up
7/ Drake – Hold On…
8/ Ellie Goulding – Burn
9/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love
10/ Klangkarussel – Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)
Source: BBC UK Officla Top 40
Just over 3 years ago Hayley Williams’ ex-boyfriend Josh Farro, wrote a blog calling Paramore a ‘manufactured product of a major label’ – as well as adding that the three other members of the band weren’t treated as well as lead singer Hayley.
Recently the heralded lead singer of Paramore responded to Metro saying how she couldn’t respond online due to not wanting to appear like a ’14 year old writing bullet points rebutting everything he said’. She added ‘ it would have been immature and ridiculous for us to put the people who follow our band through that. We had to swallow our pride’.
Paramore’s latest single ‘Still in to you’ has been a massive success for the band. Their music style has developed, perhaps turned a bit more poppy, but keeping the edge that sets them apart. Another thing that sets them apart is the styling of Hayley Williams – 2013 fashion icon for the alternative crowd.
If you want to see more pictures of other music babes – on top of Paramore & Hayley Williams 2013 – take a look at our archive here.
It is best to remember that a healthy workspace can often be equivalent to a healthy working mind. A ‘home office’ can often be summarised as a desktop computer in the spare room, but in order to get the best out of your domestic work space there are a few things to remember for turning that spare room into the epicentre of your creative projects.
You can’t define your space as a ‘home office’ if it also happens to be the ‘home gymnasium’ and ‘storage cupboard’ as well.
Claim your space and clear out the clutter that is taking up the room. In order for your office to be an effective workspace you have to make sure it’s a space you’re comfortable in and which is conducive to working.
This is the next step in claiming your office space as your own. Make it an area that reflects your professional desires by re-papering, re-painting and turning a once forgotten space into a professional area.
Hang some cool prints from the walls and you’ll see yourself as a creative entrepreneur instead of a box room prisoner.
What practical office is complete without an area to sit and concentrate? If you’re lacking a desk for your study area then it’s not quite at office level just yet. Getting a desk and setting it up properly will create a working atmosphere to keep you focused, whereas lounging on a couch will leave you open to distraction.
Heavy clunky curtains will block out any signs of light on even the brightest days and a darkened room will no doubt have you ready to head back into hibernation. Lighting can play an important factor in your energy levels so make sure that you’re set up with blinds on the windows and a desktop lamp for when you have to work past the five o’ clock mark.
Just because this is your own personal office space, this does not mean that you don’t have to create some rules that would apply in any office. Nothing will affect your time management more than if you’re left to own devices and wander into mindless scrolling through social media sites.
Set yourself rules, working hours and scheduled break periods to make sure that your ‘cool’ office space does not just become another recreation room.
Following these tips is a good starter for taking the steps necessary to become your own creative director and it is best to remember that big dreams can only be realised in a positive work space with a positive work ethic.
God is an Astronaut, Ireland born and bread post rock icons, are back with their Seventh full length album ‘Origins’.
From start to finish the album is pure bliss. God is an Astronaut have matured their sound in to a better produced, fuller, richer sounding ambience compared with their previous albums.
As a huge fan of ‘Age of the Fifth Sun’ and ‘All is Violent All is Bright’ I have been highly anticipating the chance to listen to the album in full – and it definitely lives up to expectation. Each song flows beautifully in to the other, creating an experience when listening to the whole album.
But, in the same way other songs stand-alone, ‘Origins’ contains a few stella songs that demand to be replayed. Right from the beginning ‘The Last March’ sets the tone for the ablum with a beautifully melodic piece, more reminiscent of Japanese band Mono in parts.
The style involves a lot of heavily distorted guitars, bass, drums and loops, but piano is used in parts on the album beautifully. In ‘Reverse World’ the piano is used in a standard way as a primary instrument until the song reaches its crescendo, whereas in ‘Autumn Song’ it adds to the beauty of the track and is one of the highlights of the album.
Where this stands against their other albums is unclear, but God is an Astronaut just keep on delivering. ‘Origins’ is a soul-enchanting listen, worth every minute of the time you’ll spend listening to it on repeat.