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Rastamouse releases video for debut Ice Popp single


Rastamouse releases video for debut Ice Popp single

Rastamouse releases video for debut Ice Popp single

Fantastic and fun new digital single, taken from the brand-new, 52-part, BBC children’s animation series, launching on CBeebies 31st January 2011.

Based on the successful range of books by Michael De Souza and Genevieve Webster, the series follows the adventures music-making, skateboarding, crime-fighting Rastamouse and his crew!

Music – reggae, rap and hip-hop – is crucial to the series, and many of the stories have strong musical themes. Stories are fast paced, fun and the dialogue is a cool blend of English, Street and Patois, often interspersed with rhyming verse. The show has positive universal values and a philosophy of ‘Makin’ a bad ting good’.

Rastamouse features the voice and vocals of actor / presenter / DJ Reggie Yates. The music and songs are by writer Andy Kingslow (http://www.myspace.com/akingslow) who has worked with Mr Scruff, Lily Allen, Mia, Dizzee Rascal, Future Cut, Corrine Bailey Rae and others. The music is recorded using real instruments.

CBeebies will be promoting the release ‘on-air’ and as part of their channel launch. There will be various merchandise spin-offs, with a possible live show at some point in the future.

EMI will be releasing a CD and download soundtrack album in May featuring music from the series plus bonus material.

Florence And The Machine are to start record their album in ‘April or May’



The ‘Dog Days Are Over’ group have been writing their second album since autumn last year, and guitarist Rob Ackroyd said the group are now poised to enter the famous Abbey Road studio in London where The Beatles recorded much of their material. He said: “Work on the second album has begun with producer Paul Epworth and there is talk of booking out Abbey Road for a month in April or May to record. Which is nice.”

The musician also revealed that while he and group leader Florence Welch see eye to eye on most musical genres, but finds himself at odds when it comes to her taste in mainstream songs.

He added to Gibson.com: “Florence’s and my taste in music often overlap in harmonious fashion; we’re both big fans of hip-hop and American indie.

“But she’s also a big fan of unadulterated pop music, which cuts through me like a knife.”

The guitarist – who has also recently been working with Pixie Geldof, daughter of former Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof on her new band Violet – also told how he had managed to meet his rock guitar hero through playing with the machine.

He added: “I think people like Guns n’ Roses guitarists Izzy Stradlin and Slash really glamorised the guitar for me when I was a kid. In the early ’90s it seemed like every weekend was Guns N’ Roses weekend on MTV and I was galvanized by Slash.

“I kind of fulfilled my dream of meeting Slash last summer when Florence And The Machine shared a festival bill with him.”

Debut album Locnville Sun In My Pocket’



For twin brothers Andrew and Brian Chaplin, Locnville is a place where their multiple musical influences and mixed backgrounds come together. Born in New York and raised in South Africa, they were exposed to a wide diversity of cultures and people from a very early age. Having spent the better part of their lives immersed in the music creation, the recorded their first song ‘Amnesia’ at the age of 7; By the age of 11 they recorded their first full set of rock songs written by themselves and inspired by rock acts such as AC/DC, Kiss, Staind, Nirvana and Limp Bizkit.  While in their teenage years Andrew and Brian moved back to the US where they became fans of Hip Hop creating connections with the local scene and performing their own music. Back in South Africa they became exposed to electronic music, which was exploding locally. All these different experiences and musical influences added up to what Locnville is today. The title track and first single from the newly incarnated Locnville, the contagious and hypnotic ‘Sun In My Pocket’ shot to the top of the radio charts in South Africa, becoming an instant hit and kick starting their career locally to rave reviews from fans and top celebrities alike. ‘Sun In My Pocket’ was named ‘Song Of The Year’ and ‘Jam Of The Summer’ in South Africa. Locnville became the fastest trending buzzword for local media, soon to be South Africa’s new proud export. “We wanted to make the kind of music we enjoyed listening to, that’s what inspired Locnville and the album. We combined elements of the music we like and altered it to make it our own” – Brian comments. Andrew shares – “Sun In My Pocket is actually a pretty funny story, I wrote the chorus without my brother and he didn’t like it at first. The inspiration for the song didn’t really come from anything specific, more the world as a whole. We’re basically saying that you control your world by metaphorically having the sun in your pocket and the moon in your hands. I think a lot of people get that on some level, and that’s why they enjoy listening to it!” Their second single ‘6 Second Poison’ hit the airwaves right after the album was released, surpassing the record set by Sun In My Pocket’ and reaching an even broader audience by becoming a club hit. Says Andrew: “ It was inspired by a moment after a show we did a few years back with a previous project. We were speaking to this girl when our producer at the time took us aside and basically told us not to mess around with her because she was ‘poison’. We thought that would be great for a track, so we wrote the song”. Debut album ‘Sun In My Pocket’ was entirely written and produced by Andrew and Brian recorded LMX Studios in Cape Town and mastered in the UK by Wez Clarke. Originally released in South Africa in February of 2010 the album went on to surpass Platinum status within the first month of release.

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Far East Movement Kicks Off Their “Up In The Air” Tour

Far East Movement

Far East Movement

Far East Movement Kicks Off Their “Up In The Air” Tour. Far East Movement, a band also known by the name of just FM, will kick off their “Up In The Air” tour on September 13th in Anaheim, CA with Mike Posner. The group’s first single “Like A G6″ is currently #12 overall on iTunes Top Songs and #5 on iTunes Top Pop Songs. The song is also still climbing on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart(last placed at #41) and is #25 on the country’s digital song sales chart. FM’s members Kev Nish, Prohgress, J Splif and DJ Virman started the band in Los Angeles where they’ve already had a #1 song at radio with the hit “Girls On The Dance Floor.” Their music bridges the gap between underground club and mainstream hip-hop and pop music. They’ve coined the term ‘Free Wired’ to describe their lifestyle and sound that blends elements of Hip-Hop, Pop, Electro and Dance. “We want people at our shows to feel free to let loose and ‘geek out’ however the feel comfortable. Our music and lifestyle is about making sure everyone is having a good time,” states Kev Nish. Far East Movement have already taken the Los Angeles club scene global; they’ve already done two world tours, including recent stints with Lady Gaga, N*E*R*D, Robyn/Kelis and LMFAO. The ‘Free Wired’ debut album will also feature appearances from Ryan Tedder, Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson, Pitbull and Lil’ Jon.

Drake Cancels European Tour To Take Care Of Ailing Mom



Drake Cancels European Tour To Take Care Of Ailing Mom. Drake has been forced to cancel his European tour after his mom has taken ill. The Grammy nominated hip-hop artist will be taking care of his mom while she recovers from surgery. The 23-year-old “So Far Gone” star was due to play in European cities and perform at festivals, including Oxegen and T in the Park festivals. However, he opted to stay home to tend to his mother who will be undergoing surgery. He said in a statement, “Despite my best hopes, it is apparent that my mother will need surgery earlier than anticipated. In light of this news, I have made the difficult decision to cancel my European tour in order to support her during her recovery, just as she supported me through the years.”  “I cannot thank my European fans enough and look forward to performing abroad soon. I ask everyone to please respect my family’s privacy during this time.”His headline show in London has been rescheduled for November, but his festival appearances won’t be rescheduled.   Drake recently won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards this weekend.

Jack Penate joins Eclectricity Festival

JackPenateThroughout the months of October and November 2009, Eclectricity; one of Birmingham’s most respected and credible music institutions present 8 weeks of full on parties covering all aspects of contemporary music.   The eight week program of events vary from Warehouse parties, the first allnighter in a £5m purpose built music venue, a rave up in Grade 2 listed former Methodist Chapel, an Inner City Festival across an entire Arts and Media Quarter amongst others. Each event and its surroundings are completely unique and we are installing our own sound systems, visual setups and lighting to make a completely fresh club experience which will never be witnessed at these venues again.

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The Upward Rise of Women in the Music industry

Wilhelmina ModelingThe Founder and President, Rose Green of Unlimited Services, has initiated a list of varied Entrepreneurial services based on her job experiences, equipped with an associated group of highly-experienced like-minded career professionals, who share the same enthusiasm for tackling life greatest challenges and being able to exhibit their professional transformations, as she does.  Unlimited Services specialize in the management of musical artists, is of a worldwide extension and boasts an inclusion of various musicians within different music genre; ranging from Hip-Hop, Reggae, R&B, Continue reading →

Book a Band, Musician or DJ with Gigleader!

joshuaGigleader is the easiest way to book a band for your big event, wedding, private party, bar, club, or venue. Search for the perfect band, musician like (Josiah Leming see photo) or DJ. Browse all of our listings by genre, location, song list, price range and more. Easily book the band for your next big event! Sign up for your account now and be sure that you have the best entertainment available for your next party. Gigleader is recognized as the Internet’s leading Musician booking service and Band booking service. With audio samples, song lists, genre type, pictures and more available, you can make the best decision on what band or musician is right for your wedding reception, business party, venue, or whatever event you have planned or in wich state:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,  California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida,  Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,Maine,  Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan , Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington,  West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

DJ Yoda’s National Video Vacation

dj-yoda1DJ Yoda is busting out of the studio and heading back onto the road this October with his latest breathtaking spectacular, DJ Yoda’s National Video Vacation.  Twisting the visual and manipulating the musical into a 90-minute non-stop blast of astounding good time spontaneity, DJ Yoda, AKA Duncan Beiny, follows up last year’s acclaimed Magic Cinema Show with a 100% brand new selection of magnificent manoeuvres that will see him shaking you to the core with unbelievable optical chicanery and deck wizardry. Armed to the teeth with his trusty Pioneer SVM1000, some choice cutting edge beats and the rarest footage harvested from the deepest depths of YouTube all augmented with his own extensive archives, Yoda has taken his unique abilities to the next level, slipping underground grooves next to Sesame Street rave and mixing up Alan Sugar with electro, hip-hop and dubstep beats and always rocking the floor.  With his How to Cut & Paste Country & Western Edition leading a Country revival, DJ Yoda has already got the series’ next groundbreaking instalment in the bag and is working on his latest artist album that will feature some high profile collaborations. Until they see the light of day, be sure to catch DJ Yoda’s National Video Vacation.


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Dance4Life welcomes Fedde le Grand as ambassador

fedde-le-grandDuring the Winter Music Conference in Miami, Fedde le Grand announced that he joined the dance4life family and as of April he will become a worldwide ambassador for the organization. Drawing inspiration from hip-hop, funk and electronic dance the Dutch artist has been on the party scene in the Netherlands since 1998. The DJ and producer has gained global recognition in recent years as his career has seen him collaborate with artists including Grammy Award-winning Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am and Madonna who used le Grand’s 2006 No. 1 hit ‘Put Your hands up for Detroit’ to promote her sticky and sweet tour. 2009 brings the release of Fedde le Grand’s first artist album ‘Output’.  During an intimate Q&A with dance4life in Miami, Fedde explained what inspired him to join “As an artist I see what dance4life does for young people and it is so close to what I do, so I feel very connected to dance4life already and see endless possibilities to strengthen their organization. We will start by donating a percentage of the ticket prize to dance4life of my Scandinavian concerts in September of this year.”  Dance4Life uses the universal language of music and dance as well as youth icons to connect with young people across the globe. Ambassadorship from artists such as Fedde le grand is invaluable to support dance4life in its aim of empowering  youth to push back the spread of HIV and AIDS. Wessel van Eeden, global music and media manager at dance4life says “We’re delighted that Fedde le Grand, as one of the biggest rising stars of the international dance music scene, has decided to join dance4life, we welcome him and look forward to developing the global partnership.”

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