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UK MUSIC: ANGHA FT DELE – FOR YOU

May 31, 2010 5 comments

Check out British Hip Hop duo Angha and their debut single For You, featuring Dele.

For You is a well produced track, but it sounds very familiar, and has that late 90s / early noughties American R&B/Hip Hop saccharine sweat fusion going on.

It actually reminds me of Jennifer Lopez’s 2001 hit featuring Nas, I’m Gonna Be Alright. Click HERE to watch. And for some reason Ja Rule’s 2004 track New York. Click HERE to watch.

Duo Angha sound okay, but for me it’s featured artist Dele who really stands out.

I also feel that the track would have worked better had it just featured his singing vocals and no rapping.

For You is released on the 31st May.

Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

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DEATHS AS ISRAELI FORCES STORM GAZA SHIP

May 31, 2010 2 comments

Via BBC News

More than 10 people have been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army says.

Armed forces boarded the largest vessel overnight, clashing with some of the 500 people on board.

It happened about 40 miles (64 km) out to sea, in international waters.

Israel says its soldiers were shot at and attacked with weapons; the activists say Israeli troops came on board shooting.

There has been widespread condemnation of the violence, with several countries summoning the Israeli ambassadors serving there. Continue Reading….

I wonder where America stands on this….

Today microblogging site  Twitter has been accused of censoring discussions about this incident.

Then when I tuned in to morning talk show The Wright Stuff (Channel Five), the panel chose their words carefully when discussing the situation.

And on ITV News a British politician was quickly shut down mid-sentence when she condemned Israel’s actions.

I think we all know who controls the media, so none of this should come as a surprise.

Anyway mark my words this will all be eventually swept under the carpet.

May those who lost their lives Rest In Peace.

UK MUSIC NEWS: TY AND AKALA OFFICIAL SUPPORT ACTS FOR NAS AND DAMIEN MARLEY ‘DISTANT RELATIVES’ UK TOUR

May 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Rappers Ty and Akala will support Damien Marley and  Nas in concert, when they tour the UK in July.

Click HERE for ticket information.

*Please note that the timings for the Manchester show are slightly different, as doors opens at 8pm, and curfew is 2am, therefore the set times will definitely be later than normal.  Support acts may begin around 10pm (TBC)*

Ty’s Album Launch Party will take place tonight (May 31st) at the Jazz Cafe in London.

Click HERE for more information.

GERMANY WINS EUROVISION SONG CONTEST / UK COMES LAST

May 30, 2010 2 comments

UK entrant Josh Dubovie

The cheesy but watchable Eurovision Song Contest took place last night and Germany won, while the United Kingdom only scored 10 points and came in last.

Via BBC News

Germany has emerged triumphant at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest as the UK limped home in last place.

Teenager Josh Dubovie, representing the UK with a song penned by Pete Waterman, scored just 10 points.

Speaking after her win, 19-year-old Lena, who scored 246 points with her song Satellite, said: “I’m so happy and so thankful and so grateful.”

Acts from 25 countries took to the stage during the event, hoping to impress voters from across Europe. Continue Reading…

I really don’t understand why they invited Pete Waterman on board to write the song. The song sounded like something that would have been released back in his songwriting heyday (late 80s) alongside song writing partners Stock and Aitken.

Back then That Sounds Good To Me would have stormed the UK single chart. But we are now in 2010 Pete!!!

It wouldn’t surprise me if he went back in to the Stock, Aitken and Waterman vault, picked this track, dusted it off and presented it to poor Josh Dubovie as being something fresh and new.

Awful.

The winning song (below) was awful too.  Why is she singing like Kate Nash / Lilly Allen?

The Turkish entry should have won.

MALAWI PARDONS JAILED GAY COUPLE

May 29, 2010 4 comments

Via BBC News

A gay couple jailed in Malawi after getting engaged have been pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Mr Mutharika, speaking as UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited his country, said he had ordered their immediate release.

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were given 14-year jail terms earlier this month after being convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts.

The case has sparked international condemnation and a debate about homosexuality in the country. Continue Reading….

Aid donors put pressure on the government to free the pair.

“Free them or we will stop sending aid” – Hmmmm I saw that coming….

Still, I didn’t think the sentence was fair and I’m happy to hear that the couple will be freed soon.

But I don’t understand why they decided to openly throw an engagement party in a country that fiercely opposes homosexuality and dishes out severe punishments.

What was the thinking behind that?

ACTOR DENNIS HOPPER DIES

May 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Veteran actor Dennis Hopper

Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper has died at age 74.

The veteran actor lost his long battle with prostate cancer this morning, surrounded by friends and family.

Rest In Peace Dennis Hopper.

UK MUSIC: TINCHY STRYDER – GANGSTA? (GAME OVER FT TINIE TEMPAH)

May 29, 2010 1 comment

Have UK rappers been sipping on Jay-Z juice?

This is Tinchy Stryder’s new track Gangsta? and once again we have another rapper who wants to be the ‘Jigga Man’.

Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

DIFF’RENT STROKES STAR GARY COLEMAN DIES

May 29, 2010 4 comments
Diff'rent Strokes cast

Gary Coleman (top right) with Diff'rent Strokes co-stars Dana Plato (R.I.P), Conrad Bain and Todd Bridges.

Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman who played Arnold in the hit 80s sitcom, died last night (28th May) after falling at his home and hitting his head.

Click HERE to read more.

Rest In Peace Gary Coleman.

NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE WRITER’S PROFILE ON ‘SINGER’ M.I.A CAUSES UPSET

May 28, 2010 13 comments

M.I.A

This article has given me my first big laugh of the day.

New York Times Magazine contributor Lynn Hirschberg has written an article about British “artist” M.I.A (real name Maya Arulpragasam), which has hilariously forced the grossly over-rated star to retaliate via her Twitter account, by childishly posting Hirschberg’s mobile number to her adoring followers.

I doubt Hirschberg gives a toss Maya.

Click here to read extracts from the article, and if you have time to spare the article in it’s entirety HERE.

Maya you seriously need to get over herself luv. You really do believe your own hype.

I’ve never bought in to this woman’s image/clap trap and never will.

ALICIA KEYS AND PRODUCER SWIZZ BEATZ EXPECTING BABY / DUE TO WED IN THE SUMMER

May 28, 2010 24 comments

It’s been officially announced that singer Alicia Keys is expecting her first child, and will marry her lover producer Swizz Beatz in the summer.

Congratulations to them both.  I wish them both the best of luck.

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