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Bishat Releases Debut EP ‘Q417 (Mixtape)’

With roots in both Ethiopia and Eritrea, Swedish artist/songwriter/producer Bishat writes and performs dark soulful pop, with a deep influence from modern R&B. She has released her debut EP today, 20 April – ‘Q 147 (Mixtape)’, with the title representing the 4th quarter of 2017 – when the EP was written – a dark period of her life.

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STING & SHAGGY’S NEW ALBUM – ’44/876′ – OUT NOW

Sting and Shaggy’s new, island-inspired collaborative album ’44/876′ is available now at all retailers and digital platforms on A&M/Interscope Records.

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Eponymous Debut Album ‘Arkansas Dave’ Out Today From Austin-Based Blues Singer

Last month we reviewed the brilliant self-titled debut by Austin based blues singer, Arkansas Dave. The artist, who has drawn comparisons to Chris Stapleton, Black Stone Cherry and Luke Combs, has been a long time coming with this album, having cut his teeth in dive bars and honky tonks in his home state of Arkansas, and in Texas, where he was given his nickname by band mates.

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BST Hyde Park: Special Guests Announced For Paul Simon, Michael Buble And Bruno Mars

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park builds its sensational second weekend line up as very special guests for Paul Simon (15th July), Bruno Mars (14th July) and Michael Bublé (13th July) are announced.

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Tears For Fears Forced To Postpone UK & Ireland Arena Tour Dates Rescheduled for Early 2019

Tears for Fears have been forced to postpone their forthcoming sold out UK & Ireland arena tour due to unforeseen health concerns and on doctor’s orders. The tour, due to start April 27th in Leeds, and finish May 12th in Brighton has been rescheduled for early 2019.

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Josh Taerk Releases New Single ‘Anywhere Love Took Us’ From ‘Stages’ EP

‘Anywhere Love Took Us’ is the new single from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk’s spring EP ‘Stages’. On this new track, Josh has perfectly blended a summery Americana ballad about young love with Springteen-esque rock licks and solos – conjuring images of driving down the freeway with the roof down sitting next to a special someone.

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The Shires – Stetsons On Statues!

If you were walking around London today, you may have noticed some of the city’s most recognised statues sporting pink cowboy hats. That might have something to do with The Shires, the biggest-selling UK Country act of all time, who release their new album ‘Accidentally On Purpose’ on Friday April 20th.

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NAHKO RELEASES VIDEO FOR ‘HAMAKUA’

Singer/Songwriter Nahko has released the official music video for ‘Hamakua’. The single is the third from his debut solo album, ‘My Name Is Bear’, following the release of ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘Be Here Now’, and is the title track from his upcoming acoustic EP.

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The Tailormade – ‘Primrose Hill’

Already an up and coming favourite in the indie pop music circuit, The Tailormade served as the Radio 1 Breakfast Show house band having been head hunted for their ‘Secret Busker’ feature to perform with The Vamps and James Arthur. They have supported names such as Olly Murs, Louisa Johnson, CeeLo Green, Busted, Jess Glynne and Mullally as well as the legend that is Tom Jones and are now back with their second release of the year, another masterpiece, entitled ‘Primrose Hill.’

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Dr. Snizz – ‘Stand Tall’

UK based singer songwriter and rapper DR SNIZZ has big plans not just for his personal music but also for the industry altogether. An actual doctor, he’s created a label, SNIZZ Records and a music career, alongside his medical practice. DR SNIZZ combines R&B style with rap, and Afro-pop elements, influenced by his Nigerian heritage. The result is an original sound flooded with positivity.

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Black & White Stripes Are In: Take A Behind The Scenes Look At In And Out Fashion With Netflix Original ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ Malina Weissman And Cynthia Summers

Based on the internationally best selling series of books, season 2 of the Netflix Original series, ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ plunges the Baudelaire family further into their darkly comedic world.

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‘The Life Tour’ – Boy George & Culture Club, Belinda Carlisle, And Tom Bailey From The Thompson Twins To Do 11 Date UK Arena Tour

November is looking pretty hot with tickets now on sale for ‘The Life Tour’. Commencing on the 9th of that month at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, […]

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Mitch Myers Debuts ‘Fairweather Friendship Bracelet’ Single & Music Video for New Band Sreym Hctim

Brooklyn based Mitch Myers from the bands Hear Hums & Peace Arrow has just started a new band Sreym Hctim. After touring consistently for five years and the release of Peace Arrow’s sophomore album ‘Out Of’, Mitch took a two year hiatus from touring and playing shows. Mitch spent free time elaborating on the sound created on Hear Hums’ fourth record, ‘Malaise’, released in 2014. While guitar was his primary instrument for a decade and a half, he committed to dropping it entirely in hopes of discovering new melodic sensibilities on piano with a new sound palette.

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Americana Pop Artist Mitch Bradford Releases New Single ‘Love Is Kind’

Growing up in the small town of Brownsville, TX, Mitch Bradford discovered music at a young age and immersed himself in the sounds of Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell and others. The simplistic, warm nature of their lyrical styles and composition eventually inspired him to start writing his own material about 15 years ago.

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WATCH ICELANDIC ARTIST HILDUR’S EMOTIVE PERFORMANCE OF SINGLE ‘WATER’

Hildur is a multi-faceted rising female pop star from Iceland. Her competitive nature drove her forward from sports through band life and finally to a promising solo career that is spiked with an Icelandic Music Award for Pop Song of the Year 2017 in her homeland.

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