Jesy Nelson taking a ‘temporary break’ from Little Mix

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Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson is to take an “extended” break from the pop group for “private medical reasons”, their publicist has said.

A statement didn’t give any further details about the 29-year-old’s condition.

It comes after Nelson recently missed the final of the girl group’s BBC One talent show, and their hosting of the MTV European Music Awards.

Little Mix’s latest album entered the UK chart at number two on Friday.

All six of the studio albums they have released since forming on The X Factor in 2011 have gone into the top five, and they have had four UK number one singles.

In a statement, the group’s publicist said: “Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons. We will not be issuing any further comment”

Thoughts are with Jesy and the band, and we wish her a speedy recovery.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Our Artist of the Month for August- The talented Vicky T

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It’s time to share our Artist of the Month for August where we highlight the best new talent we heard last month.

August was a month full of fierce competition and incredible releases in the industry but for the Pop Playlister team there was one standout artist.

Vicky T brought us her debut single ‘Lie’ on the 14th August, a soulful R&B single that instantly caught our attention.

The London based singer-songwriter is talented beyond her years, an emotive songstress and vivid storyteller, Vicky T is one of the most exciting R&B stars emerging on to the scene.

We caught up with the young talent to find out a little more about her artist debut and what’s next for the rising star.

You first started entering Music at just 15 with your Instagram covers, at the time did you think it would kick start a career or were they just for fun?

“Many people didn’t know I could actually sing so posting my first cover for me was terrifying because I was a very shy girl growing up.

I honestly had no idea what would come out of posting covers- I did it because I love singing, I love music and I wanted and still want to inspire people my age to post and share with the world what they love to do.

Most importantly an amazing person came into my life who pushed me to post consistently which then resulted into being able to work in a studio and live my dream.”

What do you think your 15 year old self would say if she could see you now having released your first single ‘Lie’?

“My 15 year old self wouldn’t believe what my 17 year old self is doing right now. Working with an incredible producer who’s produced for incredible artists blows my mind.

Having a manager who’s practically my big brother is just a dream so I am so grateful and thankful. My hard work and dedication has definitely played a big part in getting to where I am now, we still have a long way to go!”

What do you want people to think/feel when they listen to your music?

‘I want people to feel inspired just how I did/do when I listened to other artists music. I want people to know they’re not alone when they hear a song they can relate to and I want people to dream big. Anyone can achieve if you believe.’

Bursting at the seams with talent and potential, there is so much more to come from this young artist.

Listen to her debut single ‘Lie’ now

Find, Follow and Support Vicky T!



Written By: Jessica Rowe

The fight to #SaveOurVenues continues


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Music venues in the UK still have a long road to safety, despite a recent £1.57billion arts bailout from the government.

Last month, more than 1,500 artists and industry figures came together to call on the government to stop “catastrophic damage” to live music amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the launch of the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign.

However, Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd is keen to stress that the #SaveOurVenues campaign is still ongoing and many of the UK’s grassroots gig spaces are still in need.

“Basically, at the moment we still need to take all of the venues through to the end of September,” Davyd told NME. “We’ve had some who were not successful in acquiring the Emergency Grassroots Music Venue Fund, we have some who weren’t eligible, and the other problem we have is that not every grassroots music venue is going to get funded. People need to be realistic. That’s going to be a big problem. We still have around 200 venues who aren’t eligible and we need to Crowdfund them until we can open them safely.

“We also have problems in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland because we’ll have to step in and help financially before their funding is released. There’s still work to do.”

Small live venues form a huge part of the UK music scene and are near and dear to many fan’s hearts. We hope support for the #SaveOurVenues campaign continues.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Rapper Dave and THE David Attenborough collaborating on a wildlife special


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Sir David Attenborough and rapper Dave are set collaborate on a new BBC wildlife special.

Entitled Planet Earth: A Celebration, the musical special will also feature input from acclaimed film composer Hans Zimmer.

The programme, which will include sequences from the previous Attenborough-fronted shows Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, is “designed to lift viewers’ spirits during a time of international uncertainty,” according to the BBC.

Attenborough has recorded new voiceover narration for the special, while Zimmer (along with a number of other composers) has reworked the original score and added a series of new compositions.

The special will see Dave perform on a grand piano while the BBC Concert Orchestra takes on the string section of the score.

Exciting news and a collaboration we truly never thought would happen.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Drake goes Drill, Headie One shares their collaboration single Only You Freestyle

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UK drill rapper Headie One has released a new track with Drake.

The North London MC tweeted (July 19) that his collaboration with the multi-platinum artist, titled ‘Only You Freestyle’, would be released at 9pm BST on Tuesday. The track will mark the first time the two have worked on a song together – listen below now.

‘Only You Freestyle’ will be the first new music from Headie One since the release of ‘Rose Gold’ in May.

The rapper also released a mixtape with Fred Again, ‘GANG,’ earlier in the year. It featured contributions from FKA twigs, Jamie xx and Slowthai, among others. ‘Told’, a track from the mixtape, was later remixed by Brian Eno.

Last week saw Drake also release two new tracks with long-time collaborator DJ Khaled. The tracks will feature on Khaled’s upcoming 12th studio album, ‘Khaled Khaled.’

Drake is on a roll with his recent releases, collaborating with two artists who could not be more different, he is arguably one of the most diverse talents in the current Rap game.

An artist heavily inspired by UK Rap, first riding the Grime wave and now jumping on the Drill bandwagon, it’s interesting to see an across the pond talent jumping on the UK sound.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Fresh Music Friday Playlist- Let us create the soundtrack to your weekend

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It’s time for the Pop Playlister team to share our ‘Fresh Music Friday’ playlist, a collection of the best tracks we’ve found this week that you need to hear. The perfect way to end your working week and get the weekend started.

First up is Lohrd Snohw, with her track ‘I Don’t Know’. A soulful ballad featuring Lohrd’s truly mesmerising vocals. The UK based singer-songwriter creates powerful and emotive tracks, an independent musician full of raw talent and prowess. With musical elements reminiscent of indie, electro-pop and R&B Lohrd Snohw is a diverse talent and definitely one-to-watch for 2020.

Next is the punchy new single ‘Please’ from Foust. A guitar driven, rock infused track to get you pumped and ready for the weekend. ‘Please’ is a powerful first release for new band Foust, who formed in 2019 to combine their high energy, talent and unpredictability into an unstoppable force. With all the best elements of classic Rock, meshed together with modern influence, and some cracking falsetto Foust have given us one of the best rock releases this year so far.

Thirdly comes Grace Can’t Play Guitar, with tune ‘Narcotica’. This band oozes their Britishness, reminiscent of Brit-Pop’s glory days and bringing those warm nostalgic feelings. Grace Can’t Play Guitar conform to no genre, priding themselves on their fusion style and diverse influences. A feel good, easy listening tune to pop on your playlist.

Next we have Quincy with ‘No Stress’, a grooving R&B track with elements of Soul and Pop. Quincy is descendent from musical greatness, the biological son of Al B. Sure! And godson of Quincy Jones. Since 2015 Quincy has collaborated with stars including Tyga, French Montana and G-Eazy. ‘No Stress’ is a solo track for Quincy, demonstrating his talent and potential as a star in his own right. 

Happy Listening!

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Reported By: Jessica Rowe

UK Music is failing women in the industry- Here’s how


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Another UK music gender pay gap report has been published, and it isn’t looking good. 

Since 2017, companies in the UK with more than 250 employees have been legally required to publish their gender pay gap stats by April 4 each year.

Last year, MBW revealed that the average gender pay gap (as of April 5, 2018) across all three major record companies in the UK was 29.6% – with 29.1% at Universal Music, 20.9% at Sony Music and 38.7% at Warner Music.

This year, due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, enforcement of gender pay gap reporting deadlines did not apply to UK-based companies for the latest reporting year.

However, at the height of the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown in April, two out of three of the major music companies, Sony and Warner, did file their UK gender pay gap reports, as did a run of other top music companies, including Spotify and Live Nation.

The main headline: the average gender pay gap as of April 5, 2019 at Sony Music UK was 26.0%, while at Warner Music UK, it was 31.5%.

At Spotify UK, it was 9.9%, and at Live Nation UK it was 44.5%.

This unfortunate pattern was seen across major labels, tech giants and live industry’s major players. Particularly alarming numbers came from Apple UK, whose top-earning quartile of employees are 87% male and just 13% female.

We hope this transparency will lead to some accountability, and help the industry strive towards a more level playing field.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

AJ Tracey and Mabel tease their new collaboration single

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AJ Tracey and Mabel appear to be readying a brand new collaborative single.

The two artists last appeared on a song together when Tracey featured on Cadenza’s remix of Mabel’s 2016 track ‘Thinking Of You’.

Tracey first teased this upcoming new collaboration last week by sharing an animated clip of him playing Pac-Man along with an unidentified companion, writing in the caption: “Can you guess who this is playing games with me? We just made a banger and wanna share it with you lot.”

The track was co-written with songwriters Steve Mac and Kamille, who previously collaborated with Mabel on her hits ‘Mad Love’ and ‘Don’t Call Me Up’. 

A collaboration from two of the UK’s best and freshest talents? Sounds like a number one hit to us. 

The latest singles hotter than this week’s great British heatwave

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With temperatures set to soar this week in the UK, reaching highs of 30 degrees, we’ve put together a list of tracks even hotter than this week’s temperatures. Sit back, enjoy, and let us put together a soundtrack for your sunny weekend.

First up it’s Krankhead with their debut single ‘No Luck’. The track has already played on DJ Target’s 1Extra show as well as Kiss Fresh, so we just know you’re going to love it. ‘No Luck’ is a bouncy, catchy, trap-infused single with an infectious vibe. A striking start for duo Krankhead and one of the hottest UK Rap tracks we’ve heard so far in 2020.

Next up is Anderson .Paak’s ‘Lockdown’, a quarantine inspired tune with all the groove, flow and vibe imaginable. The single makes important political commentary on the tragic killing of George Floyd and consequent Black Lives Matter protests. A powerful statement from the talented Anderson .Paak and a must listen for us all.

Thirdly we bring you a new release from talented songstress Tiana Major9 with track ‘Lucky’. Soulful, ethereal and effortless the track is a perfect song to blast whilst you laze in the sunshine. ‘Lucky’ is a personal favourite of the Pop Playlister team and places Tiana Major9 on our ones-to-watch for 2020.

Last but by no means least is Etta Bond and Avelino’s ‘On A Beach’, a fitting title for the summery track. A slow, sultry single with Etta’s dreamy vocals and an effortlessly flowing beat. ‘On A Beach’ is the stuff of dreams, a heavenly mix of R&B, Soul and Pop-Rap. With the relaxing bars of Avelino and groovy brass feature ‘On A Beach’ has a firm place on our soundtrack to the summer.

We hope you love these tracks as much as the Pop Playlister team, enjoy the weather and stay well!