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!

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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.

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Charli XCX shares heartfelt tribute for friend and collaborator SOPHIE

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Charli XCX has offered up a heartbreaking tribute to her frequent collaborator SOPHIE.

The Grammy-nominated experimental pop star, also known as Sophie Xeon, passed away following an accident in Athens, Greece, on Saturday, and Charli paid tribute to her pal on social media on Tuesday, calling the 34-year-old “such an amazing person who completely changed my life”.

“There are so many memories, so many small details, so many different views and incredible feelings and stories,” Charli wrote. “It’s impossible to summarize the journey I went on with Sophie.

“Even the most insignificant things felt enormous. I can’t explain how I feel and I can’t encapsulate what a unique person she was in one small social media post. I will honor Sophie in my own time personally, in my grief, through my memories, through my work, through writing things only I will read.

“She taught me so much about myself without ever realizing. I wish I had told her more how special she was, not just her music, but her as a person. I love you and I will never forget you Sophie.”

A senior Athens police official recently confirmed to MailOnline that the Scottish musician fell from the rooftop of a three-storey building while trying to take a picture of the full moon.

A true loss for the music industry. Thoughts are with friends and family as they mourn the loss of talented Sophie.

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The 1975 cancel all shows for 2021 due to Covid-19

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British rockers The 1975 have cancelled all their 2021 shows due to ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Matt Healy and his bandmates made the announcement to fans on Tuesday, explaining they don’t want to put the health of their fans or crew at risk so they will be offering a refund on tickets.

“These are incredibly difficult times for a lot of people,” the statement said.

“Until we can be sure that we will be able to play shows in a way that is safe for our fans and crew, we have decided the best course of action is to cancel our touring so that, where possible, everyone can get their tickets refunded sooner rather than later.”

The band then offered some better news for fans by revealing plans to keep busy during 2021 by working on a new album.

A devastating but necessary decision taken by the band, fingers crossed we may still see some live music in 2021.

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Pa Salieu is BBC Music’s Sound of 2021

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Pa Salieu has been crowned the winner of BBC Music Sound of 2021.

The 23-year-old rapper was selected by a panel of 160 industry experts and alumni artists including Billie Eilish, Stormzy, Jorja Smith, Wolf Alice, AJ Tracey, YUNGBLUD, Foals, and Charli XCX.

Pa Salieu was born in Slough and spent his formative years in The Gambia before moving to Coventry at the age of 8. His new home later became the inspiration behind his breakout track Frontline and his debut mixtape Send Them To Coventry, which he dropped late in 2020 to widespread acclaim.

He began his journey with BBC Music back in the summer of 2019, with his track Dem A Lie premiering on BBC Radio 1Xtra for Target Embargo. He has since recorded freestyles for Toddla T and Tiffany Calver on 1Xtra, and joined the likes of Headie One, Ghetts and Burna Boy on the bill for 1Xtra Live 2020.

Pa Salieu says: “I was just really happy to even be included on the list alongside some amazing artists, a few of who I know personally. They’re all crazy talented, so to be the winner of something like this so early in my journey just feels mad.”

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Annual UK streaming volume grew by its biggest amount EVER in 2020

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Annual growth in music streaming volume in the United Kingdom was widely expected to slow down in 2020. Instead, driven by the pandemic lockdown, it sped up – in a big way.

According to new BPI statistics analyzed by Music Business Worldwide, the UK played host to 139.3bn audio streams across the 12 months of last year.

That was up by 25.1bn on the UK’s total audio streaming volume in 2019, which stood at 114.2bn.

2020, therefore, saw the UK’s biggest ever annual growth in audio streaming volume.

The reason many believed the UK’s total audio streaming volume growth would slow in 2020 is simple: it’s a mature streaming market, having welcomed Spotify’s back in 2009, two years before the US.

As a result, annual growth in streaming subscription revenue has been slowing in the UK of late: in 2019 – according to stats from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) – the UK’s total spend on streaming subscriptions grew by £190.9m year-on-year, which was down on the £210.1m annual growth seen in 2018, and down on the £195.3m growth seen in 2017.

Some positive news for the UK Music industry which has undoubtedly been shook by the global pandemic.

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S Club 7 in talks to reunite and make new music…

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S Club 7 are in talks to reunite and make new music as a seven-piece after being inspired by Steps’ successful comeback.

Band member Tina Barrett – who was joined by Jon Lee, Rachel Stevens, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearitt, Bradley McIntosh and Paul Cattermole in the classic lineup – has revealed she has discussed writing new music together with her former bandmates, 17 years after they split.

The reunion talks, she says, were inspired by their 90s rivals, who recently reached No2 in the Official UK Chart with their album, ‘What The Future Holds’.

Tina told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “We ­definitely want to do something new together.

“We’re all older now so we could do something that reflects how we are now — not such a teeny-bopper sound, something more credible.

“Looking at a band like Steps who are quite ­similar, they’ve done new music and they’ve done incredibly well. We’d be silly not to.

“Everyone really enjoyed the last reunion so this time around everyone’s more up for it.

“I’ve chatted to pretty much everyone and I think we’re all up for it. So it’s just about getting it in the diary. I’m pretty sure it will happen.”

The ‘Reach’ hitmakers last reunited in 2015 for their ‘Bring It All Back’ tour.

And despite Hannah and Paul previously being in a relationship together, Tina insisted that won’t cause any issues.
Tina added: “Obviously it’s life — you’re with someone and then you break up and some people still have to work with them.

Could a 90s band see success in a modern market? Let’s hope they give it a shot!

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Jesy Nelson announces departure from Little Mix after 9 years in the group

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Jesy Nelson has left Little Mix, saying being part of the pop group had “taken a toll on my mental health”.

She explained: “I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard.”

Writing on Instagram, the 29-year-old said being in the band had been “the most incredible time” but it was now time to “embark on a new chapter”.

Her former bandmates said it was “an incredibly sad time for all of us but we are fully supportive of Jesy”.

The news comes a month after Nelson said she was taking an “extended” break from the pop group for “private medical reasons”.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall performed as a trio on Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend.

In her statement, Nelson said she had made her decision “after much consideration and with a heavy heart”.

“I need to spend some time with the people I love, doing things that make me happy,” the singer continued.

The remaining members added: “We know that Jesy leaving the group is going to be really upsetting news for our fans.

“We love her very much and agree that it is so important that she does what is right for her mental health and well-being.”

A sad day for Little Mix fans but a decision that is hopefully the right one for Jesy Nelson. We wish her the very best!

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