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

Taylor Swift, BTS and Harry Styles to perform at the Grammy Awards this year

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As reported in Music News The ‘Cardigan’ hitmaker, the 27-year-old singer, and the K-Pop megastars will all take to the virtual stage at the annual music awards ceremony, which is set to take place next week on March 14.

The full list of performers for this year’s ceremony – which will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles but will not feature any in-person attendance due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – was announced by the Recording Academy on Sunday (07.03.21), and also includes the likes of Billie Eilish, Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Other stars set to perform their biggest hits from the past year are Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Mickey Guyton, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Maren Morris, Post Malone, and Roddy Ricch.

Part of the Recording Academy’s announcement reads: “Artists will be coming together, while still safely apart, to play music for each other as a community and celebrate the music that unites us all.”

This year, the Grammys audience will consist of performers, nominees, and a small number of guests, whilst some performers – including Korean-based band BTS – will take to remote stages.

That’s one hell of a line-up for this year’s Grammy awards, but who do you think will shine the brightest on stage?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

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

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

Toby & Pip ring in the ‘New Year’ with stunning single

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Husband and wife duo Toby & Pip have released a melodic new acoustic single titled ‘New Year’.

Having been together for 11 years, the musical couple discovered they had spent every single New Year’s Eve together since their first meeting through mutual friends.

Filled with nostalgia and pride, the couple used their touching commitment to one another as inspiration to bring us the soft and mellow single ‘New Year’.

The uplifting track is packed full with bright guitar, heavenly harmonies and delicate lyricism.

Toby & Pip proudly declare they wish to start every New Year together, no matter the circumstances, making for a soulful and heartwarming festive love song from the talented duo.

The Folk-Pop couple have long been honing their musical skills, with multi-instrumentalist Pip obtaining a Music degree and vocalist Toby writing and making musical magic since 2002.

Together they bring a wealth of experience, soul and spirit into the Folk-Pop genre. Pouring their love for each other into their music making process to create touching, heartening tracks.

Their endeavours in Folk-Pop have taken Toby & Pip on a journey that’s seen them release 3 EPs, play some of London’s best music venues, and share the stage with talents such as The Dunwells, Tom Chaplin and Philippa Hanna.

Their catalogue, entirely self written, is a thoughtful and passionate soundscape of acoustic elements, gentle vocals and perfectly blended harmonies, that together showcases immense musical talent.

With a stunning music video on its way, filmed in their hometown of London, New Year is the perfect song to cheer you up in these dreary times.

Bringing hope and light at a time when the world needs it most, Toby & Pip are an inspirational and soul-stirring musical duo.

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The song was written & recorded by Toby & Pip with good friend (+ legendary jazz artist) Anthony Strong producing the song, providing piano & other instrumentation & arrangements.

Credits:
Acoustic Guitar & Vocals: Toby
Ukulele & Vocals: Pip
Electric Guitar & Bass Guitar: Phil Ward
Drums: Joel Stumbaugh
Piano & other instruments: Anthony Strong
Arranged and Produced by Anthony Strong

Written By: Jessica Rowe


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Fresh Hit Radar, the smooth edit

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We’re back with another line-up of great new music releases to soundtrack your weekend.

This time we’ve gone down the ‘easy-listening’ route, a collection of smooth and sultry tracks to calm the soul.

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

First up it’s Delusions of Grandeur from Granny Smith. This track is a wonderland of sound, a single that transcends all genre by throwing Indie, Alt, Electro, Jazz and more into the mix. Rising synths, some pure toned vocals and a flowing beat make for a curious yet calm track from Granny Smith. A single to soothe your mind, and peak your musical curiosity all at the same time. Take a listen below-

Next up is Katana with her smooth R&B tune Bad Timing. Fusing a 00s R&B influence, with some JoJo-esque vocals Katana’s sound is pure old-school brilliance. Some gorgeous runs ,coupled with pianos pads and a punchy beat, make for a stunning and sultry R&B single from Katana. Bad Timing reminds me of some of the absolute R&B-Pop classics from the 00s, Get Out (JoJo), Foolish (Ashanti), you name it Katana oozes all the potential and prowess of some of music’s top R&B divas.

Third on our list is the talented Paige Keiner with Alt-Pop single Inside My Mind. Paige Keiner’s vocals are bright toned perfection, smooth and light sounding guaranteed to make you relax. Inside My Mind is a soft Alt-Pop single, with some heavenly harmonies provided by Paige, and a guitar-infused instrumental to compliment. A stunning introduction to Paige Keiner for the Pop Playlister team, we can’t wait to hear more.

Last but by no means least it’s Fine Wine from Olivia Thom. This acoustic single is as gentle as a lullaby, light and pure Fine Wine is a feel-good Folk-Pop single from the talented Olivia Thom. Perfected harmonies sit over the foundations of bright guitar picking and gentle strums. A witty wordsmith and effortlessly good vocalist, Olivia Thom’s sound is the definition of relaxation (with just a hint of groove.) Listen below.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Another kick of Fresh Hits you need on your Radar

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Our favourite time of the week! We’re back to share with you another round-up of this week’s best new releases.

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First up is Amie Huckstep with grooving acoustic track Butter Could Melt. This single is pure guitar goodness, a smooth yet funky single from the talented singer-songwriter. With elements of Jazz, Folk and Pop Butter Could Melt is a seamless blend of influence, inspiration and sound. Amie’s soft runs and riffs are the perfect compliment to a smoothly grooving instrumental. Listen below.

Next on the list it’s Pop-Rock songstress Sally Rose with track Illusion. This Rock inspired Pop ballad is a stunning single from the talented Sally Rose. Featuring her sultry vocals, gritty guitars and a rolling beat that creates a perfect blend between Pop and Rock. Illusion is the perfect song to soundtrack your weekend, rocking and uplifting Sally Rose proves herself a talented singer-songwriter.

Third on our list is Charlotte Young with acoustic track Praying for Rain. Emotive and smooth, this Indie-Pop single features bright guitars, pure toned vocals and some darkly beautiful lyricism. Combining some of the best elements of Indie, Country and Pop Charlotte Young creates a seamless and distinct blend of genre and style. Unique and authentic, Charlotte Young is not one to be missed.

Last but by no means least it’s James Reidy with track I Love You, I Do. This moving Alt-Pop track is a sad love song, an emotive ballad fused with innovative beats and some haunting guitar sections. Atmospheric and accomplished I Love You, I Do is a stunning single from James Reidy. Get the tissues at the ready as you listen to this sadly beautiful track.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Fresh Hit Radar, the sultry edit

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We’re back with another instalment of our Fresh Hit Radar feature. This week we’re really slowing it down with a collection of sultry, R&B infused tracks from some incredible artists.

First up it’s sibling duo Skelly with track Sentiment. This Jazz-inspired single is the perfect blend of old and new, fusing classic Jazz elements with modern R&B flair. Grooving brass sections and some stunningly smooth vocals make track Sentiment a stand-out debut release from Skelly, we can’t wait to see what they do next. Listen below.

Next up it’s familiar face Eiza Murphy. This Irish songstress made it on to our Fresh Hit Radar feature with previous track Blackhole. Now she’s back and better than ever with moody single Taxi. Heavenly harmonies and a dark instrumental make Taxi a dark-pop wonder-track. Full of vocal prowess and some witty lyricism Taxi maintains Eiza’s reputation as one of the most exciting new artists in 2020.

Next on the lineup it’s Crying Beauty Queens with their single Blackbird. Atmospheric and intriguing this track has a sultry yet dark tone to it. A combination of lush guitars, rolling drums and soft yet driving vocals make Blackbird an accomplished track from Crying Beauty Queens. Listen to this track if you need some motivation for your weekend workouts!

Last but not least it’s Myla Vie with her soulful R&B track Real Love. This single has an effortlessly good old school vibe, combining all the best elements of classic R&B with Myla’s smooth vocals and an easy yet grooving beat. A stunning introduction to Myla for the Pop Playlister team, we can’t wait to see what else she will bring to the table.

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Written By: Jessica Rowe

Taylor Swift masters sold to unknown investment fund

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Original Article

Scooter Braun has reportedly sold Taylor Swift’s Big Machine masters in a deal believed to be worth more than $300 million.

According to Variety, the music manager and entrepreneur has sold the master rights to Swift’s first six albums. The buyer is said to be an as yet unknown investment fund who closed the deal sometime in the last two weeks.

Swift has since responded to the news, sharing a post on Twitter with the caption: “Been getting a lot of questions about the recent sale of my old masters. I hope this clears things up.”

Swift said her masters were sold to a private equity company called Shamrock Holdings, and that she’d been contacted by them and was informed that her music was sold to them without her knowledge.

“The letter told me that they wanted to reach out before the sale to let me know, but that Scooter Braun had required that they make no contact with me or my team, or the deal would be off,” she wrote.

The letter claimed that Braun will continue to profit from her catalogue “for many years,” so while she was hopeful about partnering with Shamrock, Swift said that “Scooter’s participation is a non-starter for me.”

A sad turn of events for the Pop star who has been battling against Braun for years. Yet this situation teaches an important lesson to artists and reaffirms the need for smart contracts and even smarter musicians.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Fill your boots with some new music from our Fresh Hit radar!

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How do the weeks fly by so fast? We’re once again back to share some great new music with the world.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for your chance to submit and see the full lineup on our Spotify Playlist!

First up it’s Roveena with her power ballad Fly. This smooth yet atmospheric track is pure soulful pop brilliance. With huge vocals, haunting harmonies and soft piano Fly will have you feeling unstoppable. Fly is a cinematic soundscape you won’t want to miss, get ready to be motivated and ready to take on the world after a listen.

Switching it up it’s In The Forest with their Indie-folk track On the Run. This four piece acoustic band harmonises effortlessly to create a vocal blend that is naturally beautiful and purely instinctive. On the Run will have you feeling free as a bird, and ultra relaxed on your weekend. Listen below.

Tacking it up a notch it’s Four Crooks with their stand-out single Black Magic. This track is a driving yet grooving indie-rock track from the four piece. Deep vocals, gritty guitars and a rocking beat leaves us wanting more from this talented foursome. Listen below-

Switching it up for the final track by bringing you a stunning video! These Streets is an accomplished Pop-Rock from Killing Kenny. Accompanied by an emotive and powerful video These Streets is a heartwarming track to soundtrack your weekend. As the UK goes back into lockdown for a second time, Killing Kenny is back to lift our spirits and warm our hearts.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe