UK Music

UK MUSIC NEWS: WILEY SAYS CHIPMUNK AND TINCHY STRYDER HAVE SOLD OUT

Check it out! Some hot UK “beef” to take us in to the new year….. Via Digital Spy Grime star Wiley has claimed that fellow artists including Tinchy Stryder and Chipmunk have abandoned their roots. The rapper, who reached number two with single ‘Wearing My Rolex’ last year, claimed that underground movements in other genres have been more commercially successful without selling out. “If we’d all stayed together we could have seen a bit more power,” he told the Daily Star. “Hip-hop and drum []

UK MUSIC: CHOONG FAMILY – ‘GOODBYE GIRL’

I thought that this group had split up some years ago. Anyway check out Choong Family’s new track Goodbye Girl. Goodbye Girl is pleasant enough but it also sounds quite dated.   Like the folk over at Ragggs.com I find myself asking the question, “are they still living in 2004???” The video – Standard video model of choice in the UK and the ending confused me. Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

UK MUSIC: BIG NARSTIE – ‘SHOTTA’

So this is Big Narstie… Hmmmmm… I keep hearing the name but never bothered to check out his music until now. Anyway on this track Big Narstie talks about life on the streets, jail, death, drugs, and wanting to turn his life around. It’s all very emotional. The video was shot in front of a council estate in London. Yes I know – original! But all in all ‘Shotta’ isn’t a bad track. I mean I’ve heard worse…. Your thoughts please. Hit []

UK NEWS: TAIO CRUZ AND CHRIS BROWN POSSIBLE LINK CAUSES CONCERN / CRUZ’S MANAGEMENT WORRY IT COULD DAMAGE HIS ATTEMPTS TO BREAK THE US

The Daily Star reports that  ‘equal opportunities employer’ / singer Taio Cruz, has revealed that he was asked to write a number of songs that were going to be offered to Chris Brown. Cruz revealed that his management decided not to give the tracks away because it could damage his attempts to break the US. Really Taio??? Your management thinks that could damage your attempts to break the US??? Not THIS??? Ha ha ha! Good luck with breaking the US Taio. You’re going to need it!

UK NEWS: MERCURY WINNER SPEECH DEBELLE LEAVES LABEL BECAUSE OF POOR ALBUM SALES

Via BBC News Speech Debelle is quitting her record label, saying the company were to blame for disappointing sales of her Mercury-winning debut album. Debelle told 6 Music that sales of Speech Therapy suffered because of poor distribution by Big Dada records. Prior to her win, the album had sold around 3,000 copies with sales increasing to just below 10,000. “The Mercury Prize was on Tuesday, and on Friday there were no more physical albums in the shops,” she said. “So, on []

PRODUCER DAVINCHE RELEASES ‘HOW TO’ PRODUCTION GUIDE VIDEOS

This is for all you budding producers out there and music fans who are interested in gaining some studio knowledge…. UK Production Maestro DaVinChe has today released a 3-Step Guide to Tracking Vocals in the studio and a 5-Step Guide to Sampling. DaVinChe offers relaxed guides to relatively simple production techniques that are just as simple to get wrong. The guest vocalist featured in the 3-Step Vocal tracking guide is UK songstress Shola Ama.

UK TV: SINGER JAMELIA SHAMES FORMER BOYFRIEND

Singer Jamelia shamed her former boyfriend Pay As You Go group member Maxwell D, during a taping of music quiz Never Mind The Buzz Cocks, which aired last week. The singer shouted “I recognise him. He screwed me over.” when the rapper came on stage among a group of men in the identity parade round. Jamelia and Maxwell dated back in 2004. He later went on to sell stories about their relationship to the newspapers. Footage spotted @ The Punch Bowl Blog Lawd….Oh the []

JLS PERFORM LIVE SET AT G-A-Y

Boyband JLS performed at G-A-Y at London’s Heaven nightclub on Saturday (November 7th). JLS have also gone straight in at number 1 with their new single Everybody In Love. Click here to view more pics.

UK MUSIC NEWS: RAPPER SWAY DASAFO ‘I WANT TO RETURN TO THE OLD ME’

UK Rapper Sway Dasafo went from being a successful independent artist to moving up in the world and signing to Akon’s label Konvict Music. But since signing to Konvict, Sway’s music/image seems to have gone down a different route. Pre-Konvict Post-Konvict I guess Akon’s attempts to turn him in to the UK’s “Mr Lover Man” bothered Sway judging from this message he posted on his Twitter page today..  after careful consideration and observation of the current UK music industry, I’ve decided, to return to the old me. Watch. Hmmmmm…interesting…..  i’ll be watching Sway! Silver & Gold sounds like the type of []