Olly Alexander to release first solo Years & Years song

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As reported by Music News Olly Alexander has announced his first solo Years & Years song, ‘Starstruck’.

The pop trio – which originally formed as a five-piece in 2010 – revealed last week that the 30-year-old singer will continue to front Years & Years, but as a solo project, without Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkmen.

And now the ‘Desire’ hitmaker has confirmed his first solo Years & Years single will be released on April 8.

Olly captioned the artwork for the song on Twitter: “S T A R S T R U C K april 8th i’m really really excited. (sic)”

The group – whose debut album ‘Communion’ was released in 2015 – said of their future in their statement last week: “Dear Y&Y fans… There’s been some changes that we want to fill you in on.

“This upcoming new album has been an Olly endeavour and we’ve decided that Years & Years will continue as an Olly solo project.

“The three of us are still good friends. Mikey will be part of the Y&Y family and play with us live and Emre will focus on being a writer/producer.

“These past 12 months have been crazy for us all and we want to thank you for the love and support you’ve given us over the years (& years).

“New Y&Y music will be coming this spring.”

Best of luck to Olly as he turns Years & Years into a solo project!

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

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.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

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…

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Jesy Nelson signs solo deal with management company YMU

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As reported in Music News Jesy Nelson has signed a solo deal with global management firm YMU.

The 29-year-old singer announced in December she was leaving Little Mix because of the impact being in the band was having on her mental health, and it has now been confirmed she’s set to launch a solo career under YMU, whose clients already include Take That, Steve Aoki, Ant and Dec, and Fearne Cotton.

In a statement, Jesy said: “I am so excited to join YMU and can’t wait to start my next chapter.”

Whilst Mary Bekhait, group CEO of YMU, added: “Jesy has enjoyed incredible success as a recording artist and performer and is well placed to further her remarkable career. She is a hugely talented, versatile and authentic artist with a strong creative vision, and we are looking forward to helping her realise that.”

Jesy previously hinted she was set to release solo music last month when she posted mirror selfies on Instagram with the caption: “Let’s go”, along with some musical notes emojis.

And when a fan asked: “Are we getting JN1?”, Jesy liked the comment and sent her followers into a frenzy.

Best of luck to Jesy as she begins a new chapter in her music career.

Celeste receives Oscar nomination for track ‘Hear My Voice’

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As reported in Music News Celeste received an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song for “Hear My Voice” which she co-wrote with composer Daniel Pemberton for the Netflix film The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Celeste and Pemberton said:
“What an amazing journey a song can have…
From being in lockdown, stuck at home, yet somehow still managing to write, collaborate and record over phone calls, text messages and video chats to create something from nothing that is now nominated for an Oscar is just, well, mind-blowing!”

‘Hear My Voice’ is a song written in the spirit of protest and we wrote this song with the intention to in-still hope and belief into those who feel they aren’t heard, to know that one day they will be. We are so lucky to have had such a powerful film from Aaron Sorkin to inspire the song and great collaborators in each other to complete it. To the Academy: a huge thank you we are both truly honoured.”

Celeste’s debut album Not Your Muse entered the UK Official Artist Albums Chart at No 1. It features twelve songs, including nine brand new tracks alongside acclaimed singles “Strange,” “A Little Love” and “Stop This Flame.” The deluxe edition contains an additional ten tracks, including “Hear My Voice.”

Congratulations to the soulful star!

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

Beyoncé voices support for Meghan Markle

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As reported in NME Beyoncé has shared a public message of support for Meghan Markle days after the Duchess of Sussex’s revelatory interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The singer, who previously met Meghan at the London premiere of The Lion King in 2019, shared a message of support last night (March 9).

“Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership. We are all strengthened and inspired by you,” Beyoncé wrote on her website, under an image that showed the pair at the 2019 premiere.

The individual message of support comes after Beyoncé shared a separate post to mark International Women’s Day, which praised 12 women she deemed to be “rule breakers”.

Meghan was one of the dozen women to be highlighted, alongside the likes of Democratic politicians Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Stacey Abrams.

It’s great to see prominent women supporting and championing each other publicly.

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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

New Music Fridays with The Pop Playlister

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Happy Friday Pop Playlister people! We hope it’s been a great week, trust us it’s about to get even better, as our Fresh Hit Radar feature is here!

Today’s feature is a mood booster, a select line-up of free flowing and grooving singles to brighten your day.

Kicking off our list is Samuel Slater with track ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. A follow up to his successful and summery single ‘So Far,Gone’ Slater is back with another Funky tune. ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is a striking Indie-Pop tune full of relentlessly rolling drums and beachy guitar riffs. Samuel’s sound has all the warmth and cheer of a sunny afternoon, bright and breezy the soft sense of groove in his sound is unapologetically addictive. We can’t fault this one, honestly. Take a listen below.

Next up it’s BrunchBox (what a name!) with track ‘Palace.’ Vibrant and energetic, ‘Palace’ is a hyper Indie-Pop track full of catchy hooks, bright vocals and glowing guitars. The striking single brings with it a wave of happiness, a carefree energy that sweeps over you in the form of groovy riffs and and light lyricism. This three piece are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, full of cheek and charm, BrunchBox are the mood booster we all need right now.

There was ‘No Question’ about adding Jessica Jolia’s latest release to the lineup. This Electro-Pop track is the definition of glossy, Jessica’s ethereal vocals, heavenly harmonies and easy sitting beat create a lullaby-like soundscape. Produced to perfection ‘No Question’ is a heavily textured and melodically layered track from the talented Jessica Jolia. Electro infused without losing the soothing nature of Jessica’s vocal tone, ‘No Question’ is true easy listening. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Rounding up the list it’s alternative powerhouses Cherry Fuzz Club with gritty single ‘Hot Bath’. Cherry Fuzz Club have all the guts and gore of a traditional Rock and Roll band, distorted and driving their hefty guitars are enough to wake you up from the deepest slumber. This group have a deliciously DIY feel, raw and authentic their sound has a relentless energy. Cherry Fuzz Club remind me of a once well known fact, Brit bands know how to Rock harder than any other.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe