Late last year Jedward began offering their critically acclaimed 4th album, ‘Voice Of A Rebel’ in CD format. The demand for CDs, which were initially available for a limited time only with delivery before Christmas, was so high that the Dublin twins were compelled to offer a second wave, with a January delivery.
Now they’ve added a bonus package, in the form of a signed CD, plus two Polaroids, shot exclusively for each order.
Show business is a fickle industry that would try and tell us that musical artists are only as good as their last song, that fame is fleeting, they have a sell-by date. So if you’ve managed to forge a career for 10 years, you own the right to call yourself a star; 20 years you’re a bona fide legend – 30 years – you’re immortal. If you somehow are able to transcend that, then you become the sort of person whose name is mentioned with a quiet awe – like some mythical being whose due reverence is more than warranted, it’s demanded.
It’s hard to believe, but Keenan Willard only started writing songs at the start of 2019. His debut single, ‘Like You Do’, released ahead of an EP set to come out in the summer, sees him drawing on his North Carolina roots, and infusing his sound with the inspirations served by his surroundings in El Paso, where he is based, and works as a TV reporter.
The first thing you notice about the music video for Justin Bieber’s latest single, ‘Yummy’, is the colour. From Bieber himself, bedecked in the faintest of pinks Drew hoodie, with candy floss coloured hair, to the rest of his crew, who could have walked straight off the pages of a Pantone colour guide.
Dennis J. Leise had spent the bulk of his music career playing in the clubs of Chicago, but got tired of having to pay through the nose for the privilege of performing, despite pulling in large enough crowds. He decided enough was enough and upped sticks and moved 25 miles away – to Gary, Indiana, famous for being the hometown of the Jackson Family.
We’ve had The Essential Advent Calendar for a few years now and usually when it comes to December 25 we summarise the songs we’ve featured over advent. This year is going to be different. It’s the end of the decade. When we go back to reality after the Christmas/New Year period, and work out how to remember how to write the date, it’s no longer going to be the 20-teens, we’ll have entered the 2020s. And ultimately, it’s up to us to decide whether it’s going to be a time of prosperity and positivity or not: will we have a Roaring 2020s, or will we just go along with whatever is given to us, accepting it as our lot in life, no matter how miserable it makes us feel?
Mexican-American actress, singer, songwriter, composer, and dancer, Giselle Torres, started her entertainment career at 2 years old. Unsurprisingly when you realise that the mother of the Miami-raised artist had a theatre company. At the age of 10, Giselle was one of the top 6 finalists on the X Factor, and from then she has garnered more than 900 million views – and more than 2 million subscribers – on her YouTube channel.
For Katmaz’s latest single, ‘Alone (with me)’, the music video was shot in the middle of McCarren Park, in the middle of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighbourhood in the centre of New York City’s independent rock music scene. Seems only fitting for someone who is building up for himself a reputation as one of New York’s most enterprising young independent artists.
Although there are an absolute shedload of bands to get your teeth into in Southern California, not many of them hook into the absolute weirdness of the area; the geographical juxtapositions – sea and mountains in close proximity; pine forests looming over city scapes; the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, filled with cars and people and yet coyotes and mountain lions also call the sprawling metropolis home.