TPP News: Phoebe Bridgers, Doja Cat and Saweetie All Slated For Billboard 2022 Women in Music Awards

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Modern music legends Phoebe Bridgers, Saweetie and Doja Cat will each be presented with honours at 2022’s Billboard Women in Music Awards.

Rap stars Doja and Saweetie are to reieve the Powerhouse and Game Changer Awards, respectively, whilst this year’s Trailblazer Award will go to the rising folk-pop icon Phoebe Bridgers.

The awards are to be bestowed during the upcoming presentation on 2nd March at the Youtube Theatre in L.A, hosted by R&B stalwart Ciara.

Billboard’s Editorial Director, Hannah Karp, released a statement saying: “We are once again thrilled to recognise a diverse group of incredibly powerful women driving the music business and shaping pop culture. From legendary acts to those just beginning to make a name for themselves, these are all women pushing the envelope and inspiring fans around the world with their musicality, determination, attitude and style.

“We are thrilled to bring these influencers together for a night of incredible performances and inspiring conversation about the future of music.”

Further honours will be presented to blues legend Bonnie Raitt who will receive the Icon Award, Latin star Karol G who will take home the Rule Breaker Award, Gabby Barrett who receives the Rising Star Award and Summer Walker who is slated for the 2022 Chartbreaker Award.

Julian Holguin, Billboard’s president, also commented: “Billboard’s Women in Music is an annual opportunity for us to celebrate undeniably influential women from across the industry. From Doja Cat to Karol G, Saweetie and Bonnie Raitt, we couldn’t be more thrilled to honor this diverse group of women pushing limits and breaking down boundaries with a show-stopping live event, and for the first time, invite fans to join in on the celebration in-person.”

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TPP News: The Newest Solution To Music Storage; Tunetables

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Vinyl enthusiasts, we may have just found your new favourite brand. If you’re one of those people who LOVE showing off your record collections and have music spinning all day, you need Tunetables in your life, there’s no question about it. No more heading to the storage room to grab your favourite Talking Heads album from the old school (and not in a good way) shelving unit, and no more feeling guilty about leaving your records in the storage room in the first place!

Nope, Tunetables is about to change your life. The UK-based company takes designs based on classic music-equipment flight cases and turns them into tables that can house your precious vinyl collection. Just imagine – you’ve got an insane-looking table that will definitely be the talking point of your living room that also doubles up as a forever home for your favourite music.

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Single Spotlight: Kiey – Sunday Sanctuary

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Despite the world of real estate not being the expected driving force for musical invention but Vietnamese electro-pop icon and real estate executive, Kiey, is not one to let such stereotypes hold him back. The artist’s lead single that borrows its namesake from his latest EP, ‘Sunday Sanctuary Part. 1’, is an eclectic journey through some of the year’s most enchanting pop music.

The track arrives as a lighter insight into the rising stars palette, especially when compared to the likes of the exec’s darker 2019 debut EP ‘Night To Myself’ with a focus on an assault of striking strings and beats that appear to swell and fade with each rising verse. It may mark a stylistic change but only proves to explore the artist’s versatility. It’s a soundscape that will be as easy to lose yourself in as is it is hard to get out of your mind; a true earworm incarnate.

What is, perhaps, most surprising about the track is its maturity and professional production value. I don’t think anyone would have batted an eyelid for a slightly wooden performance or sloppy mastering – considering Kiey’s drastic swap between his day job industry – but instead Kiey arrives on full form with no intention on letting his inexperience be anything other than a reason to heighten his ambition.

Overall, there is no better introduction to the shimmering and glistening world of Kiey, there is something here for those of any tastes. Plug in, take note and pay attention; Kiey is one to watch.

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Lana Del Rey teases song and album artwork for upcoming ‘Blue Banisters’

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The ‘Summertime Sadness’ singer has taken to Instagram to share little teasers for her forthcoming release ‘Blue Banisters’. She has set the tone for what will be her eighth studio album by sharing the artwork for the proposed album in an Instagram post on July 4th.

Whilst her 19.8 million followers were not given a release date; they were treated to a snippet of an unreleased song earlier that day. Accompanied with the caption “Album out later later… Single out soonish. Have a good fourth x”, the clip contains a melancholy piano piece and Lana singing the lyrics “my body is a map of LA”. The clip delivers what people can expect from the singer as her clear voice produces an emotional performance. Even just from this small snippet, fans should be excited for more of her trademark style so soon after her March 2021 release, ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’.

With three singles already released: ‘Wildflower wildfire’, ‘Text Book’ and the titular ‘Blue Banisters’ (all dropped May 20th), the music world should be gearing up for the album to be gifted soon. After a supposed release date of July 4th, which Del Rey gave in April of this year, who knows when it will see the light of day.

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Coldplay and Jorja Smith to join already impressive lineup for Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2021

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Taking place virtually for the second time, ‘Radio 1’s Big Weekend’ has just added more acts to its already exciting lineup. Due to Covid restrictions, the event will occur online May 28th-30th and broadcasted across BBC Radio 1, BBC Sounds, and BBC iPlayer.

Coldplay and Jorja Smith, who have just performed on the ‘Live at Worthy Farm’ Livestream on May 22nd, have been announced alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood, Anne-Marie and Wolf Alice in live sets, some of which have been recorded all around the country. In addition to the live sets, there will be ten new sets from some of the biggest names in dance music.

With over a hundred performances and easy access, this will be another chance for people to enjoy live music in the wake of lockdown letting up. After ‘Live At Worthy Farm’ had to compete with Eurovision and some technical difficulties with the initial streaming, hopefully, the ‘Big Weekend’ will run smoothly and keep music fans nourished until more live music venues and events open for business.

Watch some of the performances of last year’s Big Weekend here

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Viral star Olivia Rodrigo drops her debut album ‘Sour’

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‘Drivers License’ singer Oliva Rodrigo carries on storming the pop world with her debut album ‘Sour’. After the success of ‘good 4 u’, a single that dropped last week in preparation for the album release, which also showed off Rodrigo’s versatility in the pop genre, ‘Sour’ is a monumental addition to her story as an artist, and it doesn’t hurt that it sounds good too.

‘good 4 u’ music video

The eighteen-year-old singer, who got her start on Disney Channel, went viral with her track ‘Drivers License’ earlier this year and has gone from strength to strength, proving she is not a one-trick pony. ‘Sour’ has everything from pop ballads to spunky, 90s inspired alt tracks, giving Rodrigo depth far beyond a simple pop artist. The album is expertly stylised and explores the full scope of adolescent experiences, offering a highly energetic, relatable soundtrack to a post lockdown summer.

Do not underestimate ‘Sour’; it is a boiling pot of modern Gen Z culture presented in a raw and visceral way. Olivia Rodrigo has cracked the code, and I hope she reaps the benefits. Stream ‘Sour‘ now.

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Marina announces titular single for upcoming album and Livestream event

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Marina (previously Marina and the Diamonds) debuted the title track from her upcoming album, set to be released on June 11th, ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’.

This will be the artist’s fifth album, joining the likes of ‘Electra Heart’ (2012) and ‘Love + Fear’ (2019), and to celebrate, Marina is offering a live global one time concert stream. ‘ANCIENT DREAMS Live from the Desert’ will take place on June 13th showcasing the new album in full as well as featuring some all-time fan favourites, and as the name implies, it’s going to be taking place in a desert.

Fans can purchase tickets for the event itself and an afterparty invite, merchandise, and the potential for a virtual meet & greet from Moment House whilst listening to the freshly released single (which can be found above) to prepare them for what’s to come.

Alongside all this exciting news, the tracklist for the forthcoming album has also been released. It promises other great tracks alongside the titular single, ‘Purge The Poison’ and ‘Man’s World‘, which were previously dropped on April 14th.

Tracklist for ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’:

  1. Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land
  2. Venus Fly Trap
  3. Man’s World
  4. Purge The Poison
  5. Highly Emotional People
  6. New America
  7. Pandora’s Box
  8. I Love You But I Love Me More
  9. Flowers
  10. Goodbye

Make sure to grab your tickets whilst you can and don’t forget to stream ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’.

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K-Pop superstars BTS share photo teasers for newest single ‘Butter’

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With the original teaser photo appearing on May 9th from the BIGHIT music Twitter account, the BTS members have gone and released even more promotional content ranging from single-member shots to the latest release featuring all members together; see below.

The track itself, ‘Butter’, was initially shown on April 26th and is planned to be unveiled to the public on May 21st at 5 am BST (British Summer Time). The dance-pop song will be the second English language track from the group, the first being ‘Dynamite’ released in 2020, and is already being hailed as “brimming with the smooth yet charismatic charm of BTS”.

Dynamite music video

If you cannot wait until May 21st, the BIGHIT Twitter account is overflowing with lots of promotional content and photoshoots to tide you over until then.

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)

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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