UK Music

UK MUSIC: JLS – BEAT AGAIN

Former X-Factor contestents JLS have released the video to their highly anticipated debut single Beat Again In my opinion JLS as a group have always been incredibly WEAK and Beat Again just sounds like a track that NSYNC would have recorded back in 2000.  But it will probably go down a storm with the teeny boppers…. What do you all think? Hit or Miss?

UK NEWS: THE METRO FEATURES EDITOR RESPONDS TO BASHY CRITICISM / THREATENS TO BAN INTERVIEWS WITH ‘MINORITY SUBJECTS’

I reported earlier on that a journalist working for The Metro newspaper faced a wave of criticism today, after he asked UK rapper Bashy if he thought “music was a way out for young black people now, like boxing used to be”, during an interview. Since then the newspaper has received a wave of complaint emails and reader Susan Younis has kindly forwarded me the response email she received from The Metro’s Feature Editor Kieran Meeke. Hi Susan Thank you for your letter and my apologies that you found the question []

UK NEWS: RAPPER BASHY SEEKS OUT RISING YOUNG TALENT

Photograph: Via Bashy.com The The Mercury Newspaper reports that rapper Bashy will be visiting Greenwich to seek out the talents of rising young stars, as part of the Olympic legacy programme. The rapper will be at the Greenwich Heritage Centre on The Royal Arsenal site from Tuesday to Friday (July 14th – July 17th), as part of the CREATE09 Festival. Youngsters aged between 14 and 25 will receive professional mentoring and the chance to work with established artists. Bashy’s new album ‘Catch []

UK MUSIC: MZ BRATT – ‘WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?’

This is the official video for Mz Bratt’s debut single ‘Who Do You Think You Are’. The video has a number of featured cameo’s, but as most of you already know, I don’t really pay that much attention to what goes on within the world of UK ‘urban’ entertainment, so I only recognise one or two faces… and Mz Bratt. (lol) I actually like this track. I think it’s really catchy, and something that I would play in the summer while sitting []

DIZZEE RASCAL KNOCKS THE BLACK EYED PEAS OFF THE TOP OF THE UK CHART

Rapper Dizzee Rascal has knocked The Black Eyed Peas off the top of the UK singles chart. His single Bonkers a collaboration with DJ Armand Van Helden, debuted at number one after becoming the fastest-selling single of the year so far earlier this week. I don’t really understand why Bonkers is so popular BUT congratulations Dizzee.

UK MUSIC: GIGGS FT THE STREETS – SLOW SONGS

Several days ago UK rapper/BET Best UK Hip Hop winner Giggs crossed my mind. I wondered what had happened to him because all had gone quiet on the music front, and I hadn’t received any more emails attacking me for not being one of his biggest supporters. But then the new track ‘Slow Songs’ featuring The Streets was brought to my attention [Thanks Melissa]. Mike Skinner (The Streets) also produced the track, which will officially drop later on in the year. I []

UK MUSIC NEWS: DIZZEE RASCAL UNVEILS UK TOUR DATES

Dizzee Rascal’s UK tour will kick off in October. See tour date information below.  October 6 – Newcastle, O2 Academy October 7 – Manchester, Apollo October 9 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange October 10 – Exeter, University Great Hall October 11 – Bristol, O2 Academy October 13 – Nottingham, Rock City October 14 – Bournemouth, Opera House October 16 – Norwich, UEA October 17 – Birmingham, Opera House October 24 – Liverpool, University October 25 – Sheffield, O2 Academy October 26 – Leeds, O2 Academy []

UK MUSIC NEWS: DIZZEE RASCALS ‘BONKERS’ EXPECTED TO BECOME ‘BEST SELLING SINGLE OF THE YEAR’

Via Digital Spy Dizzee Rascal’s new single ‘Bonkers’ is expected to become the best-selling single of the year so far. The track, which is a collaboration with dance DJ Armand Van Helden, shifted 46,000 units on its first day of release. With continuing high sales, the song will easily overtake first week sales of previous number ones. Comic Relief charity single ‘Islands In The Stream’ shifted 87,000 in its first seven days, while Calvin Harris’s ‘I’m Not Alone’ sold 66,000 copies. Tinchy []