John Grimes of Jedward has tonight released an acoustic cover of ‘Lonely’, originally by Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco. Singing as he plays his acoustic guitar, John faces the camera directly, making the verses and choruses his own. Like Justin Bieber, John and his twin brother Edward, started their music careers as teenagers, and know only too well how it feels to be a household name, trapped, as it were, in a gilded cage, always watched, and not knowing who to turn to, who to trust.
The Rodgers And Hammerstein classic, ‘There Is Nothing Like A Dame’ was written to be sung by four male voices. We think it’s high time that was rewritten, as three Dames of the Realm, Dame Vera Lynn, Dame Shirley Bassey, Dame Helen Mirren – and Olivia Colman CBE – are pitted against each other in a chart battle like no other, this November!
Based in the Philippines, Kikoman Antonio – aka DJ Kikoman – is a professional DJ with over 30 years experience in the music industry. He got his start out in California back in the 80s, and returned to his homeland to open up the electronic scene there. His latest single, ‘Where You From?!’ is a fast pace track with a high energy that will get you up on the dance floor – wherever that might be.
Lorne Vincent is the solo project of electro-indie pop artist and songwriter, Matt Burke. Based in Perth, Western Australia, he’s perhaps best known for his work with previous project, Foreign Architects. The artist uses the project for music he feels aren’t in line with Foreign Architects’ sound, and he draws influence from the likes of Flume, Bon Iver, and other electro indie artists. His new single, ‘Couldn’t Stay’, is released in collaboration with fellow Perth Artist Boox Kid.
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Trap Montego studied Recording Arts and Sciences in Arizona, and his ambition led him to learn about production, film direction, and TV production (the latter via Roderick Giles, of Clarendon Entertainment). He describes himself as a “CEO, songwriter, dancer, director, producer, recording artist, with Reggae vibes, hip hop beats, and a Caribbean heart”, and he’s been recording music since 2012. Trap Montego’s latest single, ‘Clarks’, is about all things luxurious, and was inspired by an Italian shoe brand.
First listen of ‘American Avenue’, from Oberon Rose and you instinctively think of early Fleetwood Mac. This is for good reason, as the songwriting team, built around Tommy Oberon and Rebecca Rose, draw from influences which include the blues guitar playing of the recently departed Peter Green, who founded the band.
The music video for The Orange Apples. track ‘Naked Love’ opens with a shot of two young women and a young man, similarly dressed, all very attractive, together in a field, with their backs against a tree. The grasses are swaying in the wind, and it’s both idyllic and slightly unsettling. The unease continues when another man approaches the trio; it’s all very intriguing and confusing, deliberately ambiguous.
Formerly known as Maxxy From The Trap, Atlanta based R&B singer MaxKaella launched her new persona in August, with ‘In My Bag’, a soulful and buoyant, yet uproarious duet with Dasia Gray. Her new single, ‘Money Dance’, keeps the momentum going – she previously showed she’s got it, now she’s gonna flaunt it.
Stacy Gabel has made the step from behind the scenes to centre stage, moving from her position as a promo producer and writer at Nickelodeon, to in front of the camera as a creative. A native of Eastern Pennsylvania, Stacy is a bit of a local icon, and has won two Global Music Awards for Lyricist, Song, and Musician, and the Lehigh Valley Music Awards of Fans Choice Award, Discovered Artist, Outstanding Female Artist, All-Around Performer, and Best Song, in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Phew! Seems like Stacy made the right choice to move to the front of the stage!
The lyric video for Keldamuzik’s latest single, ‘Can’t Keep Up’, was directed by Rob Fitzgerald, who’s matched it to the upbeat pop track. Keldamuzik’s attitude is empowering; she exudes pride and confidence, and we are encouraged to do the same. She will never tolerate time wasters, and that much is made clear with the assertive words on screen, appearing as she sings them.
‘Disaster’, by Ultra Major, harks back to those days when all you needed was a few friends, a few chords, and an earworm of a song to have a hit. There’s no gimmicks with these guys though, it’s straight up fuzzed-out rock guitars reminiscent of the 90s, the sort of thing that you listen to for years after.
2020 is a year that has proven, and continues to prove, to be one which saps our strength and test our positivity. Every day is another day filled with headlines and news stories that in turn fill us with worry and despair. Even the most positive people find their thoughts are taking a more negative bent.