Love it! Out very soon!
Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me
Gorgeous minimal house track destined to be an Ibiza anthem this summer.
Demi Lovato – Heart Attack
Brand new single from US X Factor judge Demi Lovato.
Afrojack ft. Chris Brown – As Your Friend
Slated for an early June release in the UK, Afrojack’s new single will no doubt be a summer hit.
Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky (Coachella teaser)
Preview of Daft Punk’s new track via video at the Californian event Coachella.
Dido – End of Night
Second official single from Dido’s new album sees her take a different direction.
Jessie Ware – Imagine It Was Us
Stunning new single from Jessie Ware, produced by Julio Bashmore.
AlunaGeorge – Your Love, Your Drums (Duke Dumont Remix)
Single from emerging Brit duo remixed by the DJ currently at the top of the UK charts.
Avicii vs. Lana Del Rey – Dancing In The Water
Unclear how legit this track is, but it appeared online last week.
A*M*E ft. Righteous Mic – Find A Boy
This track is actually over a year old, but was sorely overlooked due to A*M*E being unknown. Fans of Need U (100%) should enjoy this.
will.i.am ft. Justin Bieber – #thatPOWER
Love of hate these artists, will.i.am has once again provided a ridiculously catchy club track sure to send him to the upper regions of the chart again.
He only went and actually had his legs waxed for Comic Relief. Unbelievable Jeff
I feel a little bit guilty if truth be told (not that much though). But it’s probably down to me that Gareth Sweeney offa Bro Radio is getting his legs waxed for Comic Relief. He just posted on social media that he was thinking about it… so I jumped on board, and tweeted a mini campaign.
Four weeks later, and the day is nearly upon us, he’s already raised over £218.
Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t contribute to Comic Relief, but if you are considering it, even just a £1 – go to; http://my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/broradio and sponsor Gareth. We’ll get the leg waxing filmed and you’ll be a part of the 40 Year Old Virgin scene where he’s waxed… kind of.
It’s the fifth time of seeing him (supporting Lily Allen and as part of the Summertime Ball last year), so I kind of get what he’s about. He’s like a mini rave in a can and there’s no doubt that the worshippers to the throne of EG get their money’s worth.
Kicking it off with “Kickstarts”, all the way through the big hitters of his three hit albums, there can be little doubt that there’s a lot of love in that room on a Monday night. Maybe from time to time I get slightly cynical when an artist says “you’re the best we’ve had on this tour”, well okay that might be to do with the amount of gigs I’ve been to, and to his credit, he never uttered those words all night. Instead we were “raving on a Monday night” (I’ve paraphrased that slightly).
It’s been brilliant to watch him develop as an artist & performer too. Back when he supported Lily Allen in the very same room he commanded it the same way then as now. The main difference is the quality of the song writing/producing. From “Watch the sun come up” to “Say nothing” the difference is palpable. From small venues, to arenas, to festivals, you get an air of confidence he’s comfortable anywhere – although it’s interesting to note the way the staging how small an area it was – plus the first time he’s had big screens in the arena – someone’s making a bit of cash now
Stand out moments of the night have to be “Playing in the Shadows”, “See the sea”, “We’ll be coming back” (although I did think he was a bit flat at this point… or was it the acoustics…), “Say nothing”, which if you’ve ever seen Coldplay live and the audience participation of Viva La Vida, you’ll understand why I love this so much now. Not forgetting his biggest song to date, and one I can get 9765 on Singstar on, “Changed the way you kiss me”.
Whatever happened in between “Kickstarts” and “Changed the way you kiss me”, proves that it doesn’t matter the size of the venue or the staging, all that matters is that there’s a connection between you and the song, and for the 5,000 plus people within Motorpoint Arena Cardiff last night, that connection was a strong as ever.
Elliot – you’re a shining example of how it should be done!
Setlist (as much as I can recall)
Won’t Go Quietly
See the Sea
Come Taste the Rainbow
Playing in the Shadows
Under the Influence
Shot Yourself in the Foot Again
Let’s Be F**king Stupid
Watch the Sun Come Up
We’ll Be Coming Back Again
Changed the Way You Kiss Me
As a footnote, can I thank the person in St Davids 2 Carpark who lent me 10p. I’d kept enough change for the machine, put it all in, but was 10p short (machine missed a coin maybe?). Went to pay with a £10 note, found the note bit not working, was about to put in my debit card – yes for 10p – when the guy behind offered me 10p to pay… so thank you. And the lesson is… make sure you have enough change!
Patrick Downes is a former head of music, producer, and commercial radio presenter with 16 years airtime, and is now part of the community radio station at Bro Radio in Vale of Glamorgan, UK. Check out his facebook page at www.soof.co.uk
Soundnet have released new chart data that shares the most played artists, songs and the most chosen search categories – which unsurprisingly sees Chart & New Releases right at the top.
Soundnet have even shared their predictions for 2013, saying that they think Biffy Clyro and Azealia Banks will be top choices this year, along with Lady Gaga, Tom Odell and Bon Jovi: World Tour.