Get ready to groove, The Fresh Hit Radar is back!

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The end of yet another week means it’s once again time to bring you some great new music.

A highlight in our diaries, there’s nothing we love more than bringing you some of the very best new sounds we’ve stumbled on this week.

Today we’re feeling the funk, and pulling together a line-up of energetic and grooving tracks to give you that Friday feeling.

Kicking off the list it’s familiar faces and talented sister group, Trio Minutes. This power-packed group of sisters have been on our radar for some time, carving out a name for themselves in the Electro-Pop scene. Combining a sound both modern and nostalgic the trio make a sound that’s truly innovative, intriguing and catchy. Latest release from Trio Minutes ‘Vampire Boy’ is another effortlessly grooving, ear-worm of a track. A punchy beat, bright harmonies and innovative electronic elements make for another stunning single. Trio Minutes continue to impress.

Summer may feel very far away right now, but Motion Sickness’ track Proselyte has us feeling the warmth of sunny days may not be so far away. Driving and atmospheric, this track is full of punchy hits, rising synths and bright as the sun vocals. Proselyte is a striking release that reminds us of huge names and summer anthem makers The Chainsmokers. Creating an Electro sound that’s heavy yet freeing, Motion Sickness is a truly talented producer. We can’t wait to see what he brings us next.

Next on our lineup is Synth-Pop mavericks Screams From The Sun with track Keep on Running. 80s inspired with a modern pop-punk twist, this London based duo are true masters of synths. Combining hefty drums with a softly gritty vocal style and nostalgia-inducing synth elements. Screams From The Sun truly bring something new to the table, emo meets 80s, pop-punk meets synth-pop, and we are HERE for it!

We’re rounding up our list with something a little smoother, Redwood’s Honey Sauce. Don’t be fooled, this Singer-songwriter still packs an absolute punch. Combining elements of Rock, Indie and Acoustic-Pop Redwood creates an eclectic soundscape of acoustic guitars and rolling drums. Redwood’s sultry and deep vocals are a true stand out in the world of singer-songwriters, an intense sense of power and drive oozes from track ‘Honey Sauce’. Motivating and moving, this track is a true stand-out number from Redwood.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Jesy Nelson opens up about her battle with body image

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Jesy Nelson bravely took to Instagram to share her struggles with body image and self love.

The former Little Mix member has become increasingly vocal about her mental health, her BBC documentary Odd One Out was a brutally honest look at the effects of online bullying and body shaming.

Although no longer a member of group Little Mix, having made the decision to leave last year, Jesy Nelson continues speaking up and sharing her experience.

The star took to instagram to get real about her struggles to love her body.

Jesy states-

“I remember going to the gym with my manager and I stood in the mirror and I said, ‘god I’m so fat I just want my legs to be like this’ and I pulled my skin around to try and create a thigh gap because I genuinely believed that being skinny would make me happier. And even when I got to a size 8 from starving myself, I still wasn’t happy. I mentally bullied myself everyday to try to please other people.”

She continues

“It’s taken me 10 years to realise that I’m the only person I need to please. As humans we find it so easy to pay other people compliments but yet we find it so hard to be kind to ourselves because it’s so much easier to pick ourselves apart than to find the things we love about ourselves.”

Jesy Nelson’s openness about such difficult topics is a brave and commendable attribute.

We wish her the best of luck as she focuses on herself and her mental health.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Daft Punk retire after nearly 30 years

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French electronic music duo Daft Punk have called it quits after nearly 30 years.

Releasing a video titled “Epilogue” (an excerpt from their wordless 2006 film “Electroma”) to announce their retirement on Monday, the group’s longtime publicist confirms the split. No reason for the split was announced.

Formed in 1993, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have long hidden their identities behind robot helmets while performing. In their final, eight-minute farewell video, the duo wander the desert wearing their familiar robot helmets and leather jackets. One of the group removes his jacket to reveal an energy pack, which is pressed by the other member. The first member walks away and then explodes before the shot cuts to a sunset and Daft Punk’s “Touch” plays.

The duo’s debut 1997 album Homework was an international success with dance hits “Around The World” and “Da Funk”. By 2001, Daft Punk had donned their signature robot helmets, releasing more electronic dance, hits including “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”.

Daft Punk’s last album was 2013’s Random Access Memories, which featured the hit track “Get Lucky” and won a Grammy for Best Album in 2014. Since then, the group have worked with the Weeknd on two songs on his Starboy album, in addition to “I Feel It Coming”.

Fresh Hit Radar is back to soundtrack your weekend

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We’re back to showcase some of the very best new music released this week.

This week’s edit is full of grooving tracks to get you and moving and motivated ahead of another lockdown weekend.

Let’s kick off with Friends From Enemies from Arcade Skies. This utterly funky track has an old-school feel, electro infused and full of movement Friends From Enemies has an 80s Electro-Pop style to it. Punchy percussion, rhythmic synths and some innovative vocal samples make for a truly atmospheric track from Arcade Skies. This one is guaranteed to give you that weekend feel, energetic and bouncy Friends From Enemies has us feeling like we could conquer the world.

Next up it’s Time Machine from Riley Whittaker. At just 16 years old Riley might just be the youngest artist EVER to make it on to our Fresh Hit Radar list. Time Machine is a grooving Alt-Pop track, heavenly vocals complimented perfectly by sharp guitars and rising synths make for a hell of a track. Riley Whittaker is a singer-songwriter bursting with talent, her smooth vocal delivery of emotive lyricism making for power packed singles. The talent of Riley Whittaker is comparable to a huge name in music, Taylor Swift. Keep your eye on the rising star that is Riley Whittaker.

Third on the line-up is guitar driven track ‘Monsters’ from Andrew Bradley. This track has a truly feel-good vibe, bright guitars, gentle percussion and some effortlessly smooth vocals from talented Andrew. ‘Monsters‘ has a soothing and soft sense of groove, moving fluidly like a lullaby to the listener. With heartwarming word-smithery ‘Monsters’ is a truly perfect and subtly beautiful Acoustic-Pop single.

Rounding up the list it’s Annie Elise with single Open Eyes. Ambient and charming, Open Eyes is a truly anthemic Electro-Pop single. Something about Annie Elise is intriguing, her deeply texture and layered instrumentality is contrasted perfectly by her stripped back yet stunning vocals. Open Eyes is a genre-bending track combining elements of Pop, Electro and even a hint of R&B. The single draws us into the curious musical world of Anna Elise, and we never want to leave.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Demi Lovato suffered three strokes and a heart attack after her 2018 overdose

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Demi Lovatos near-fatal 2018 drug overdose caused her to suffer three strokes and a heart attack as doctors fought to save her life.

The Confident hitmaker will lay out her personal struggles in the new YouTube docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, and in the trailer, which was released on Wednesday, the singer revealed just how close she came to death after suffering a setback in her battle with sobriety.

In the teaser, Demi suggested keeping her issues bottled up caused her to act out and put her life at risk.

“Any time that you suppress a part of yourself, it’s gonna overflow,” she said, later confessing: “I crossed a line that I had never crossed… I snapped.”

Recalling her near-death experience, Demi shared: “I had three strokes, I had a heart attack. My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes (to live).”

The footage is soundtracked by an as-yet-unreleased song, which the lyrics suggest shares the same title as the docuseries.

“I’m rebirthing, I’m starting over,” Demi declared.

“I’ve had a lot of lives, like my cat; I’m on my ninth life. I’m ready to get back to doing what I love, which is making music. I’m not living my life for other people, or their headlines, or their Twitter comments,” she went on.

The hard-hitting four-part series, which chronicles the events which led up to her medical emergency, will also feature appearances by her family and close friends, as well as Christina Aguilera and Sir Elton John, who admitted: “When you’re young and you’re famous, my god, it’s tough.”

Best of luck to the star in her sobriety, and a brave move to share her story to publicly.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty brand now valued at $1 Billion

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Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty is now worth $1billion (£719m), it has been reported.

The pop star launched the line in 2018. It is one of several businesses started by the singer, including her Fenty clothing line, makeup range Fenty Beauty and skincare line Fenty Skin.

A round of Series B funding was recently completed for Savage X Fenty, raising $115million (£82.7m). The money will support the company’s growth and further expansion into retail.

One of the investors to put money into the brand during the funding round was L Catterton, a private equity firm that fashion house LVMH has a stake in.

In a joint statement given to WWD, LVMH and Rihanna said: “Following the completion of the fundraising round where L Catterton took a stake in Savage X Fenty, LVMH and Rihanna reaffirmed their ambition to concentrate on the growth and the long-term development of Fenty ecosystem focusing on cosmetics, skincare, and lingerie.”

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Mahalia and Rico Nasty bringing us a new collab single this week!

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Mahalia and Rico Nasty have announced the forthcoming release of their collaborative single, ‘Jealous’, out later this week.

Announced on both artists’ social media overnight, the single will be released this Wednesday (February 17). It will mark the first release this year from Mahalia and the second from Rico, following ‘Lil Bitch’ with Chillpill and Soleima.

Both artists released records in 2020, Mahalia with her three-track EP ‘Isolation Tapes’ and Rico with her debut album, ‘Nightmare Vacation’. ‘Isolation Tapes’ won Mahalia the Best Female Act and Best R&B/Soul Act categories at the 2020 MOBO Awards.

We can’t wait for this one! The track is due to drop this Wednesday, keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Nicki Minaj’s father has passed after hit-and-run incident

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Nicki Minaj’s father Robert Maraj has been killed in a hit-and-run incident, police have confirmed.

The 64-year-old was hit by a car while he was walking between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue in Mineola on Long Island, New York around 6:15pm on Friday (February 12).

According to Nassau County Police, the driver left the scene of the accident immediately after they hit Maraj. The authorities said Minaj’s father was in a critical condition when he arrived at the hospital. He was pronounced dead on Saturday (February 13), according to the Associated Press.

At present, no suspect has been identified. Police are seeking any witnesses with information on the crash.

Thoughts are with Nicki and family during this difficult time.

Pink’s daughter proves the vocal talent runs in the family with new TikTok

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Popstar Pink has proved her daughter has inherited her musical talents after showing off the nine-year-old’s vocals in her first video on TikTok.

The Just Give Me a Reason singer gave fans a glimpse at Willow’s star potential, as she shared video footage of the youngster belting out part of a track called, Cover Me In Sunshine.

Willow even displayed her sassy nature by snapping her fingers at the end of the cameo, as Pink turned the camera on herself as she smiled and laughed, “OK!”

Fans were quick to applaud the budding star for her efforts, with the clip picking up more than one million views.

“So vocals run in the family i see (sic),” remarked one follower, as another posted, “The Next Pink is born”.

Pink shares Willow and son Jameson, four, with her husband Carey Hart.

New Music Mondays, let’s kick off the week with some fresh hits

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Lacking that Monday motivation? We’re here to bring you some new music guaranteed to get you moving this morning!

We’ve got a line-up of fresh hits and new releases from across the boundaries of genres. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to never miss a post!

Kicking off the list it’s Raihanna Estrada with track June. Summer may feel far away but this track brings with it a sense of sunshine; bright and flowing June is a freeing Indie-Country track. Rolling drums, lively guitars and some soft yet powerful vocals make for an accomplished single. June has real movement to it, an energetic feel that will bring a little light into your day. Raihanna brings with her that feel-good vibe, radiant and glowing we truly can’t get enough of this track.

Next up it’s new single from duo Gefahrgeist titled Nukular. This track is dark and atmospheric, with some hauntingly beautiful vocals, sweetly sad lyricism and intricate production. Scottish duo Gefahrgeist are the definition of unique, their innovative instrumentals, experimental electronic elements and mysterious, melodic harmonies make the group a real stand out. Not to be limited by genre, Gefahrgeist create dark Ballads that have a strangely comforting feel, like a warm hug that brings tears to your eyes. The duo pull you in with their soundscapes, taking you into a musical space you won’t want to leave.

Third on our list is single Sunshine from Shawn Mathews. Just like its title this single is bright, warm and care-free. Sunshine is a grooving Alt-Pop single from multi-instrumentalist Shawn Mathews. Punchy beats, smooth harmonies and softly driving guitars make for one STUNNING track. Produced to perfection Sunshine is full of good vibes, a sense of freedom and the promise of better days. A real mood booster, Sunshine is one of the best tracks we’ve heard so far this year.

Rounding up our list it’s Indie Rockers Waiting for Winry with their outstanding track Find That Feeling. The south Wales duo have a soulful feel to their music, infusing raw emotion into lamenting lyricism to create vivid stories through sound. Some wonderfully soft harmonies coupled with nimble guitars make Find That Feeling a polished single. Waiting for Winry have really captured our attention.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe