Month: September 2016

X Factor Star Returns With ‘Turn Me On’

Cast your mind back a few years when the X Factor produced great pop acts and it was all about fun. Did you do that?

If you did, then one of the first people to pop back into your mind should have been this guy, Sean Smith. You will remember him from brother/sister duo Same Difference who brought High School Musical style performances to the show each week and entertained millions. They even went on to release the super catchy ‘We R One’ which I will admit, I choreographed a stage performance to for a group of young students in Dublin.

However, this article is not about the duo as the focus has shifted and is now firmly on the solo career of Sean Smith (but I will just mention that Sarah, his sister is doing great as well, incase you were wondering).

‘Turn Me On’ is the brand new single from the X Factor star which will drop on September 23rd from Energise Records. The same record company represent and have released music from club legend Rozalla, female powerhouse’s The Three Degree’s and X Factor leaf legend Sinitta, so Sean is in good hands.

The track is full of club beats and even catchier lyrics with a very steamy video to follow I hear. But for now I have a small clip of the remix of the single and if this is anything to go by, it is going to be a sure fire chart smash.

Get the single from September 23rd or pre-order at www.energiserecords.com now.

Feature by @Kenneth_Giles

NEW TALENT: Metaxas

Today I bring you a new voice (to me anyway) and it’s a great one. Metaxas would give Ed Sheeran, James Bay and Passenger a run for their money.

‘Timezones’ is the second single from singer/songwriter Metaxas. His first single ‘Selene’ was supported by London Live TV, Reload Sessions, Promo News (where it was video of the month), winner on VOTD.tv and Metaxas performed the single at an exclusive Wired event and at Busk The Box in Shoreditch.

Timezones is taken from Metaxas’s debut EP, due for release this Autumn.

Timezones is about the difficulties of a long distance relationship. It’s a theme that resonates with me since I had to leave my partner in the US last year to pursue my music career here in London. The song is actually a duet that we co-wrote from opposite sides of the ocean.” Metaxas

Born in New York to Cypriot parents, Metaxas now calls London his home. Metaxas’s determination and love of music was rewarded by a place at the internationally recognized Berklee College of Music in Boston where he honed his skills. His raw, expressive lyrics and his graveled, warm voice have a powerful effect. He will be releasing his 5 track EP this Autumn.

He will also be the tour support for Ronan Keating’s nationwide tour this September/October.

NEW TALENT: Nessi Gomes

‘These Walls’ is the debut single by the British-Portuguese musician Nessi Gomes, a composer and lyricist of rare invention and beauty. Born on the tiny Island of Guernsey to a family of immigrants from Portugal, Gomes channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity, blending the essence of the traditional, ‘larger than life’ Fado folk music with progressive British inspiration.

I wrote the song at a time of great pressure. It was the beginning of something new and it felt extremely frightening. ‘These Walls’ are inside of me, inside of us. It is the imagined expectations we project onto ourselves and the outside world.” Nessi Gomes

‘These Walls’ is the first offering from Diamonds & Demons, Nessi’s debut album out October 14th. For almost two years, Nessi and her producer Duncan Bridgeman (Grammy nominee, ‘1 Giant Leap’) together dug an uncharted tunnel into the artist’s turbulent heart and soul. The album was recorded (on a small boat on Regent’s canal) following a fundraising campaign in April 2015 during which more than $50,000 was raised. Nessi toured in the wake of the campaign, playing in 15 European countries from July to October 2015 to her growing fanbase.

She also played 3 sets at Glastonbury this year and was supported by BBC Introducing (that’s big for new acts, trust me).

#NewVideo – One Republic – Kids

One of the biggest bands on the planet are back with a brand new chart smash.

One Republic, who brought us the anthem that is ‘Apologize’ feat Timbaland as their first release a number of years ago now, are back with a brand new song called ‘Kids’. I am tipping this for the Top Ten around the world following up their chart Number 1 with ‘Counting Stars’.

‘Kids’ is released this month and the brand new video see’s the band travel through a cool city until they reach their true destination, a stage of course.

JoJo Is back With Wiz Khalifa

The female singer who gave us one of the most memorable pop songs of all time at the age of 16 is back after a break from music.

JoJo brought us her debut single ‘Leave (Get Out)’ quite a number of years ago now but it still rings in my ears as the hook was SOOOO catchy. She is back now with a bit more of a grown up feel and even uses curse words now (children block your ears now) and if that wasn’t enough she has teamed up with king of the dirty raps Wiz Khalifa.

F**k Apologies is the brand new single from the pair and I am tipping it for big things when released later this month.

#WhereIsTheLove – Black Eyed Peas ft. The World

The chart topping quartet return with a remake of their biggest hit to raise awareness about all the problems currently facing the world and bring along a whole host of famous faces to help out.

The remake is one of the best charity singles I have heard, taking a classic pop song and creating something even more special out of it. The video features many clips and pictures from recent news stories including the young dead Syrian boy washed up on the beach and overhead jets dropping bombs on undeserving people.

The song now features vocals from not only the original Black Eyed Peas members but also Mary J Blige, Jessie J, Nicole Scherzinger and Justin Timberlake to name a few.

Check out and share the brand new video below:

 

Ariana Is At It Again #SuperHotVideo

Ariana Grande has once again produced one of the sexiest video’s of the year with her new collaboration with rap superstar Nicki Minaj.

‘Side To Side’ got it’s first live performance at last week’s MTV VMA’s and the video has just set pulses racing with the gym inspired shoot.

Ever taken a cycle class? You may after this video!

Laid Back Monday: Home Free Cover

I came across this really cool laid back track last week and had to feature it and let you all hear it.

I am going to keep to post very brief as you need to get straight to the music. Coupled with a nice video, Home Free are an American band who have covered Thomas Rhett’s ‘Die A Happy Man’.

Check out Home Free on all social media and on YouTube, here is their cover of ‘Die A Happy Man’:

Michael Buble Is Back!

The Canadian crooner is about to step back onto the music scene after a small break following the birth of his new best mini-me.

Michael Buble is set to release his new album of the same name this coming October and to tease us that little bit more he has dropped the first single ‘Nobody But Me’ featuring Black Thought of The Roots.

Although it is only a lyric video at the moment it is the perfect song to get us over the summer slump feeling as it mixing a mature sound and some cool summer sounds into a classic Buble hit.

Buble is set for a world tour in 2017 and I am pretty sure we will have some TV performances coming up too, he has to appear on The X Factor at some point, it’s tradition at his stage!

Check out his new single now:

X Factor’s Cher L Returns With New Music!

X factor kicked off last weekend with a brand new series and some amazing and not so amazing singers taking to the small room auditions.

However, rewind a few years to the Live Shows when a mini Cheryl popped up on our screens by the name of Cher Lloyd. She was eliminated after a number of weeks in what people called a fix at the time and thought she should have made the Final. But it wasn’t meant to be and she was set to release her own music and become a star in her own right both here and in the States.

After a year break from the music scene, Cher returns with new single ‘Activated’ which is a mellow pop anthem with her unique singing style wrapped around it. Along with her distinctive vocals and looks, Cher Lloyd has become one of the biggest selling exports from the UK X Factor over the pond with her debut single ‘Swagger Jagger’ becoming a Top Ten hit on the billboard charts.

Here is the brand new video from Cher Lloyd: