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!
Introducing Alexis Kings, a new London based band who have recently received a wave of attention through some of their new releases.
Alexis Kings are soon to release their first EP ‘1972’ featuring the first single ‘1972’ which is not yet released, but is currently is the process of being mastered.
The EP also features their viral track ‘Brothers’ along with AK’s first track ‘Get Set Go Home’ which both have had music videos made for them. Alexis Kings have also been lucky enough to headline BBC Introducing Beds Herts and Bucks recent gig at the Hat Factory in Luton.
Listen to ‘Get Set Home’ here:
More from Alexis Kings:
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/AlexisKingsMusic
Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/user/alexiskingsmusic/videos
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':
This is the introduction of a skinny lone wanderer between France, Tokyo and Montreal, equipped with nothing else but a wisp of what many others call talent – but SNDS prefer to call folly, as it is surprising how often brilliance and madness coincides.
Inspired by the Smiths, moved by the Stone Roses and blessed by Primal Scream (with a dash of electro-pop music), the sound of the SNDS was born into this very fortunate world – if you put things into perspective anyway.
Raised in Aix-en-Provence where he studied classical guitar at the Darius Milhaud conservatory, he started writing and recording when he moved to Montreal in 2007. After 5 years in the (514), with the collaboration of his two brothers, still living across the ocean, he auto produced his first 5-track EP “On the side”, now available for sale on Bandcamp.
SNDS are and up-and-coming band to keep an eye on. Their EP available on soundcloud, released two years ago, shows great promise. If they can gain momentum with another hit track to follow up with the one above, they will gain some real momentum.
Visit SNDS on facebook here.
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
Vendettas are a 3-piece indie rock band hailing from north-west London. They draw from an array of influences from 60s pop and jazz, to post-hardcore and soul, creating an eclectic blend of accessible and catchy songs, whilst managing to showcase their technical capabilities and passion for innovation and uniqueness. They have amassed a dedicated following on the underground live circuit and have channelled the vibrant energy of their live shows into their debut LP. From the hard-hitting opener ‘Future Adventures’ and the dark-pop of their first single ‘Dance With Me’, through to the light-hearted fun of ‘New Summer’ or the anthemic chants of ‘Crime Scene’, Vendettas are emblematic of a thriving new wave of fresh British music, carving out their path in original and exciting ways.
Dance With Me is the first single from Vendettas’ eponymous debut album. The song balances dark and light textures both musically and lyrically, exploring the powerful energies that emerge from the feeling of love at first sight. Dance With Me is wrought with urgency and passion from the outset, which is reflected through the song’s lyrical imagery that echoes the qualities of film noir or pulp literature. Dance With Me is exemplary of the sophisticated and eclectic sound that Vendettas have been developing over the last couple of years and provides an exciting introduction to their outstanding full-length record.
Frankie Torpey – Vocals / Guitar
Rob Turnbridge – Bass / Backing Vocals
Dean Valentine Smith – Drums / Backing Vocals
Single: Dance With Me – ©2013 Moonshine Records
Release Date: 11 Sep 2013
Additional guitars / backing vocals provided by Ian Rees
Produced by Vendettas
Engineered and mixed by Peter Miles
Recorded at Middle Farm Studios, Devon