The Brits Recap: Winners Addition

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The Brits 2021 took place on May 11th at London’s O2 Arena with an in-person crowd of 4000 people, particularly revolutionary in these socially distancing times. Hosted by Jack Whitehall, who has maintained the hosting role since 2018, and chock full of performances from the likes of Dua Lipa and Coldplay, the night was a success, especially as a government COVID piolt event.

It was a big night for firsts as Taylor Swift became the first female to receive the ‘Icon’ award. Little Mix became the first all-female band to win the ‘Best British Group’ Award, proving that girl power is still very much alive by winning an otherwise all-male category.

The Brits 2021 Highlights

A true highlight of the night was a joint performance from Sir Elton John and Years & Years, who honoured the TV smash hit ‘It’s a Sin’ with the Pet Shops Boys classic of the same name.

Overall, the night was a triumph and a reminder that music not only survived but thrived even during a global pandemic.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

Global Icon – Taylor Swift

Rising Star – Griff

Breakthrough Artist – Arlo Parks

Male Solo Artist – J Hus

Female Solo Artist – Dua Lipa

British Single – Harry Styles (Watermelon Sugar)

British Group – Little Mix

International Group – Haim

International Female Solo Artist – Billie Eilish

International Male Solo Artist – The Weeknd

Mastercard Album Of The Year – Dua Lipa (Future Nostalgia)

Words by Ellen Oakley

Pink to be the youngest recipient of The Billboard Music Icon Award

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As reported by Billboard, American singer Pink is to be the next recipient of their Icon awardThe award has had nine legendary previous recipients: Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Garth Brooks, with Pink becoming the tenth.

The award itself was established in 2011 to recognise an artists contribution to the world of music, not only to give them acknowledgement but also guaranteeing them a performance spot at the award show. There has been a winner every year, bar 2015, since its formulation.

At 41, Pink will be the youngest artist to be honoured with the award as well as it cementing her first performance on the Billboard Music Award stage in 5 years.

Pink’s last BBMA performance in 2015

This award is one of several that highlight Pink’s contribution to the music world at large, as in the past, she has picked up the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award (2017 – VMAs) and the Woman Of The Year award (2013 – Billboard).

“I feel so honored to join the ranks of music idols like Cher, Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder. It’s a true ‘pinch me’ moment and I feel humbled and blessed.” – Pink

Make sure to catch Pink on the Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Nick Jonas, on May 23rd.

Words by Ellen Oakley

Jade Moss brings the world of retro glamour to the masses with her upcoming single ‘Only U’

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Dropping May 14th, ‘Only U’ is a beautiful collection of retro pop and contemporary R&B nuances all tied together with Jade Moss’ smooth vocal performance. Moss, whose brand is nostalgic charm topped up with a distinct style and sense of self, croons through the tale of a female character fighting against the waves of love at first sight whilst creating a rich, charismatic track.

The track, taken from Moss’ upcoming debut EP, is sleek and sophisticated from the word go. With a real Amy Winehouse-Esq feel, the song is full of addictive harmonies that highlight Moss’ voice perfectly without overshadowing it and an upbeat instrumental with a level of class present throughout. ‘Only U’ never feels aged; it utilises retro styling in a way that keeps it grounded in a modern setting, avoiding over saturating the listener with overplayed cliches. The overall result is a soulful pop bop that fits Jade Moss to a ‘T’.

“The music that I write is about my experiences with love, joy, strength and the importance of self-worth”Jade Moss

‘Only U’ is Jade Moss in her element. The song is a showcase of her style and her ability to connect through her lyrics and voice, allowing Moss to give the nod to her influences (Etta James, Grace Jones and Lauren Hill) whilst simultaneously carving her own distinctive path in a musical landscape that seems to be missing a bit of retro glamour. Make sure to keep an eye (and ear) out for ‘Only U’ dropping May 14th.

Check out Jade Moss at these internet places:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jademossmusic/

Website: http://www.jademoss.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jademossmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jademossmusic

Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/user-789899991 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4hsVMOWHuptQXh34KCOEsi

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdat_o2sz115bl7WRXzt7Pg/videos

Words by Ellen Oakley

Billie Eilish tugs at heart strings (and tear ducts) with latest single ‘Your Power’

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In the week in which the 19-year-old announces her upcoming album title ‘Happier Than Ever’, Billie Eilish has dropped the single ‘Your Power’ (April 29th) which strips back the singer to the raw emotion listener’s were introduced to back in 2017 with her debut EP ‘dont smile at me’.

The track itself is a soft yet forceful call out to those who use their power to take advantage of others. Combining Eilish’s ethereal vocals with a delicate acoustic backing, the song does not shy away from directly confronting the situation with questions of “Will you only feel bad when they find out?“. 

Eilish again proves her talents as she creates an intimate space for listener’s to absorb her story without overwhelming them. The track has a melancholic beauty with a sobering grounding in reality, a style the singer has perfected over the years. Simple yet effective, ‘Your Power’ lives up to everything people expect from Eilish and is an incredible sign of what’s to come.

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The future will be live streamed thanks to Brite Spires’ upcoming track ‘Futurist’

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Electro-pop rich, female-fronted Brite Spires takes listeners to the future with their upcoming release ‘Futurist’. Taking inspiration from Gill Scott-Heron’s piece ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, the four-piece reimagine the narrative into a refreshing synth-heavy track. Complete with ethereal harmonies, bouncy backing and a lively energy that keeps it grounded in modern-day pop, Brite Spires bring a wave of contemporary nostalgia that works effortlessly.

Following on from the success of their February 2021 release ‘Crystalize’, Brite Spires channel all things New Wave and 80s pop, but rather than sound like a cliched ode, ‘Futurist’ elevates the nuances through a driving beat and a dynamic performance. The vibrant instrumental, full of sleek synths, compliments the combination of sung and spoken word featured throughout the song, creating a musical landscape akin to a fast-paced sci-fi tale. The vocal performance itself is soft but never lacks emotion; taking on the role of the narrator through a story of modern technology, it guides the listener from start to finish, never coming across as passive but instead fully immersed into the world Brite Spires have built. Singer Bella Glanville nails the airy pop vocal, which acts as another driving force behind the track.

Being compared to artists such as Blondie and Madonna (courtesy of NIGHTSHIFT) is an example of how slick both the production and performance Brite Spires generate are. They are a pop literate experience, taking inspiration from the likes of New Order and La Roux and reworking them into a refreshing mixing pot of modernised electronic pop.

Overall, ‘Futurist’ is clean, full of life and a good time all around. Whilst feeding into the growing trend of nostalgic pop, Brite Spires stand out with their synth-pop stylings due to how genuine it feels. The joy that spills from the track is palpable and should not be missed out on.

Make sure to check out Brite Spires on Spotify.

Words by Ellen Oakley

A dose of new Music for your Friday, Pop Playlister’s Fresh Hit Radar

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We’re back once again to bring you a striking line-up of new Music with our Fresh Hit Radar.

Today we’ve got some power-packed tracks to help you get in to the feel-good Friday spirit.

First up it’s Mildflower with gorgeous Synth-Pop track ‘Just a Boy’. This single is bedroom Pop at its very best, subtly groovy and electro infused ‘Just a Boy’ is a total ear worm of a track. Packed full with innovative instrumental elements Mildflower creates a truly curious and other-worldly soundscape. Listen below-

Next up is a power packed single from Motion Sickness ‘Ether’. Ethereal vocals sit over punchy pianos chords and a steady beat. ‘Ether’ feels full of mystery and just a hint of darkness, softly sweet vocals are contrasted by the track’s lurking and leering synths to create a threatening yet freeing soundscape. ‘Ether’ wouldn’t be misplaced in a James Bond film, intense and anthemic Motion Sickness establishes himself as a producer powerhouse.

If you’re feeling a little more angsty we’ve got a track for you. ‘Better off Meditating’ is a grungy single from Tamar Berk. Full of attitude and resentment ‘Better off Meditating’ has us feeling like we could take on the world and everyone in it. If you reminisce over the golden days of Pop-Punk you’ll love this one!

Ending on a sultry and soulful note we have Pavit Sanghera’s R&B single ‘Fake Love’. Pavit’s pure toned vocals will have you well and truly in your feels, not to mention those gorgeous runs! ‘Fake Love’ is just great R&B, reminding us of the soulful divas from the 90s, Pavit Sanghera has that nostalgic R&B style.

Happy Listening!

Ariana Grande, Saweetie & more to feature on Demi Lovato’s upcoming album

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As reported in NME Demi Lovato has revealed that artists like Ariana Grande, Saweetie and more will appear on her forthcoming album ‘Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over’.

Over the weekend, Lovato revealed a string of featured artist on Twitter by posting snippets of various pieces of music. In addition to Grande and Saweetie, the album will also feature appearances from Noah Cyrus and Sam Fischer.

In an interview with PAPER, Lovato also revealed the title of a few of these collaborations. Her song with Grande is titled ‘Met Him Last Night’ and her song with Saweetie is titled ‘My GFs are My BFs’.

The collab with Sam Fischer is one fans have already heard, ‘What Other People Say’. The track, penned by Fischer, was released early last month.

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Griff named as the BRITS Rising Star for 2021

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As reported in NME Griff has been announced as the winner of this year’s BRITS Rising Star Award, after fending off competition from the likes of Pa Salieu and Rina Sawayama.

The 20-year-old, who was nominated for the prestigious honour earlier this month, now follows in the hallowed footsteps of other artists who have won the prize – including the likes of Adele, Celeste, Florence & The Machine, Sam Fender and Ellie Goulding.

“In my head I’m still screaming from the phone call when I found out,” Griff said of the honour.

“It’s honestly such a miracle: how on earth did we manage to win a BRIT and break through during a pandemic?”

Griff, who is originally from Hertfordshire, signed to Warner Records in 2019 and received initial acclaim with tracks such as ‘Black Hole’ – which saw her exploring the trickiest parts of teenage life such as mental health and family ties.

Congratulations to Griff! We look forward to seeing her performance this year at the Brits…

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

History made last night at the Grammy Awards

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As reported in BBC News Beyoncé has set a new record at the Grammy Awards with her 28th win.

The star is now the most-awarded woman in Grammys history, overtaking bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

“I am so honoured, I’m so excited,” she said while accepting her record-breaking trophy, for best R&B performance.

Taylor Swift also made history at Sunday’s ceremony, by becoming the first female artist ever to win album of the year three times.

The star was rewarded for her lockdown album Folklore – after previously winning with Fearless in 2010 and the pop opus 1989 in 2016.

Only three other artists have ever won the album of the year prize three times: Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

Main winners from last night included:

Album of the year: Taylor Swift – Folklore
Record of the year: Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted
Song of the year: H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe
Best new artist: Megan Thee Stallion

It’s wonderful to see women dominating this year’s Grammy winners list.

Congratulations to all winners at last night’s Grammy awards!

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Can’t wait for the weekend to begin? We’ve got you covered with our Fresh Hit Radar Feature!

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It’s the best part of the week and time to share with the world our Fresh Hit Radar line-up!

The Fresh Hit Radar is that end of the week pick me up we all need, a collection of striking singles to get you into the weekend spirit.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for your chance to submit every week.

Let’s start with a dose of fearless feminine flair with track ‘Move Me’ from EMME & Rabbi Recc. ‘Move Me’ is a rhythmic Alt-R&B track from Memphis born EMME ,whose sound is infused by that warming Southern style and a generous mix of genres. The track comes packed full of mesmerising beats, softly grooving melodies and EMME’s sugary sweet vocal runs. ‘Move Me’ has an infectious groove, full of vibrancy and warmth EMME‘s style is pure good vibes.

Following up with a generous taste of Indie-Pop perfection courtesy of Tom Shawcroft. ‘I Don’t Care, Never Mind’ is a glossy yet gloomy single from Shawcroft. Glittering guitars are contrasted perfectly by Tom’s beautifully sad lyricism and a punching beat. Softly gritty vocals and some gorgeous falsetto make this single a lullaby worthy number. A total earworm of a track ‘I Don’t Care, Never Mind’ is a soothing soundscape of subtle sadness. Don’t blame us when your eyes start leaking…

Slowing it down just a tad we bring you Harriet Rose’s acoustic single ‘Love Me Like That’. Finding a perfect blend of Country and Folk ‘Love Me Like That’ is a catchy track full of melodic hooks, lusciously layered guitars and wonderfully emotive word-smithery. Multi-instrumentalist Harriet may be UK born and raised but the young talent oozes that enviable Nashville-style. Pouring true passion into her singles ‘Love Me Like That‘ is full of feeling. We’re strangely drawn to Harriet Rose, her warm energy and bright toned vocals have an addictive nature that leaves us wanting more. We’ll be keeping a firm eye on this one.

Rounding up our list with some raw Pop goodness from Cassandra. ‘Like You’ is an energetic single from Pop Princess Cassandra, infused with feminine flair and power-packed lyricism. ‘Like You’ is the definition of feel-good, a gloriously catchy chorus and some grooving melodies make this a striking Pop single. Cassandra’s vibrant personality is truly enchanting, an infectious cheer that pours from her sound in abundance. We can’t get enough!

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe