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SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR RIGHT NOW – APRIL 2013

Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me
Gorgeous minimal house track destined to be an Ibiza anthem this summer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrMl32cuC2A

Demi Lovato – Heart Attack

Brand new single from US X Factor judge Demi Lovato.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AByfaYcOm4A

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stV2UD_vmxY

Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky (Coachella teaser)
Preview of Daft Punk’s new track via video at the Californian event Coachella.
https://soundcloud.com/iamgael/daft-punk-get-lucky-feat#play

Dido – End of Night
Second official single from Dido’s new album sees her take a different direction.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfWDBJ_LeP0

Jessie Ware – Imagine It Was Us
Stunning new single from Jessie Ware, produced by Julio Bashmore.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u03f5Wnwff0

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.
https://soundcloud.com/alunageorge/your-drums-your-love-duke-dumont

Avicii vs. Lana Del Rey – Dancing In The Water
Unclear how legit this track is, but it appeared online last week.
https://soundcloud.com/active-melody/avicii-feat-lana-del-rey-dance

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.
https://soundcloud.com/ameofficial/a-m-e-find-a-boy

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO_3JB-QIKk

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REVIEW: @example @motorpointdiff 25/2/13

Back in April 2012, I reviewed Example at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, so it’s only fitting I review the latest visit of Elliot Gleave to the capital city of Wales.

Example Cardiff 2013
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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

example cardiffStand 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)

Kickstarts
Won’t Go Quietly
See the Sea
Stay Awake
Come Taste the Rainbow
Midnight Run
Playing in the Shadows
Under the Influence
Shot Yourself in the Foot Again
Close Enemies
Let’s Be F**king Stupid
Hooligans
Watch the Sun Come Up
We’ll Be Coming Back Again
Say Nothing

Encore:
Natural Disaster
The Way
Perfect Replacement
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

Top artists and songs from the world of the jukebox in 2012

Oasis were the artist most played on jukeboxes in 2012, according to Soundnet – which is the UK’s most successful jukebox service.

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.

TOP ARTISTS

1. Oasis
2. Rihanna
3. Flo Rida
4. Elvis Presley
5. Beatles
6. Ed Sheeran
7. Nicki Minaj
8. AC/DC
9. Carly Rae Jepsen
10. David Guetta feat. Sia
TOP SONGS
1. ‘Call Me Maybe’ – Carly Rae Jepsen
2. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ – Goyte
3. ‘Titanium’ – David Guetta feat. Sia
4. ‘Starships’ – Nicki Minaj
5. ‘Whistle’ – Flo Rida
6. ‘We Are Young’ – Fun
7. ‘Wild Ones’ – Flo Rida feat. Sia
8. ‘Gangnam Style’ – PSY
9. ‘Feel The Love’ – Rudimental feat. John Newman
10. ‘Next To Me’ – Emeli Sande
TOP SEARCH CATEGORIES
1. Chart & New Releases
2. Album Of The Month
3. Juke Classics
4. Rock
5. 70s
6. 80s
7. Indie
8. 60s
9. 90s
10. Battle Of The Bands
TOP 5 BACK CATALOGUE TRACKS
‘The Gambler’ – Kenny Rogers
‘Sweet Child O Mine’ – Guns N Roses
‘Wonderwall’ – Oasis
‘Fast Car’ – Tracy Chapman
‘Hotel California’ – The Eagles

REVIEW & SETLIST: @officialcapital Summertime Ball 2012 #capitalstb @cherylcole @edsheeran @jessiej

Back in the day, radio stations used to have roadshows for where the stars of the day could come out and promote their latest single and sing to a backing track. That kind of ended in the 90’s when Radio 1’s fabled Summer roadshow tour ceased to be. At the same time, Capital Radio in London were holding  Party in the Park. Moving to the present, PITP has long gone, and taking an idea from Z100’s Jingle Ball – have now evolved into a big mini festival of pop. Yes, there is also T4 on the Beach, but in terms of artist quality, this year’s Summertime Ball pulled a few biggies out of the bag.

In the order they were on;

Coldplay
Should’ve and could’ve headlined quite easily – except they had their own gig in the Etihad in Manchester  – Damn you Chris Martin! Seen them in December at the MEN Arena, just wished they could’ve done more than the 5 tracks they did (9/10 – Should’ve been 10 if it was longer)

Kelly Clarkson
She’s been at the STB previously, and loved her line thanking Coldplay for “being my warmup”.  (7/10)

Flo Rida
Didn’t expect much at the start, how wrong I was. Had the Wembley crowd in the palm of his hand – especially when he took his shirt off. Proper showman – 8/10

Example
The fourth time of me seeing Elliot Gleave, and every time it’s a treat. Didn’t disappoint with Changed the way you kiss me, Stay awake or Kickstarts. Although I’d have loved to have heard the new single We’ll be coming back, produced by Calvin Harris – 9/10

Pitbull
Another “don’t really expect much set”. Again, I was wrong. You forget how many collaborations he’s  be part of. Faultless – 8/10

Cover Drive
Part of the breakers  section. One song, Twlight, and that was it – went down a storm with the  crowd – majority obviously the core demographic for Capital’s radio stations – Female’s 15-24, for me though, 6/10 – Audio levels were all over the place

Conor Maynard
Another “breaker” and the UK’s equivalent of Justin Bieber, with god knows how many views on Youtube, so many thousand followers on Twitter, and probably millions of little hearts breaking when he announces he’s got a girlfriend (he hasn’t I’m just making a point…possibly) Catchy song 7/10

Lawson (band)
Final part of the breakers section. I’ve seen them previously supporting the Wanted earlier this year, just the one song – When you were mine. Good 8/10

Usher
Initial sound problems with his mic seem to be overcome, although he was better just singing. Burn was outstanding 8/10

Rita Ora
Two songs from the new queen of UK D&B. Loads of energy 8/10

Dizzee Rascal (Surprise Act)
Seeing Dizzy was awesome. New single “The Power” is going to be massive 8/10

Cheryl (Surprise Act)
Another surprise act – Didn’t disappoint 8/10

The Wanted
Third time I’ve seen the boys in the past 12 months – again, a faultess performance. 9/10

Jessie J joined on stage by Rizzle Kicks for Price Tag
Missed out seeing Jessie on her UK tour at the back end of 2011, but had heard there were tuning issues (she was flat – that’s my friend the music teacher with that nugget for the review). Couldn’t hear any problems with her voice. All the “licks” were fine, and her performance of “Who you are” was spine tingling. 9/10

Ed Sheeran
It just goes to prove you don’t need any fancy stage show. Just a guitar, loop pedal, and one of the best male singer songwriters  the UK has produced in many years. 10/10

Justin Bieber with special guest Carly Rae Jepsen
Hmmmm, Justin. What can I write about Justin. We’ll for the majority he was the headlining act – not Katy Perry. The Beliebers in the crowd loved every second, and when he brought one lucky girl onto the stage for “One less lonely girl” and hugged her – you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d killed her with the amount of screaming girls that surrounded me – the hearing has returned now. You can’t fail to appreciate how popular the guy is, and probably if someone else was singing the sings, you’d like them? Maybe?  9/10

Katy Perry
Another person I get a hat rick out of. Third time of seeing Katy, and again wasn’t disappointed. Sad part of her set was most people were leaving after seeing Bieber – if you did, you missed out on a fab performance from the California Gurl herself. Nice touch too for her interpolating one of her songs with Queen’s We are the Champions, a slight nod to Queen’s huge concert back in 1986 – and her first time playing “this historic place” 10/10

Also, thanks go to our bus driver of National Express/Mainline of the W14 – he had a a bit of a handful dealing with some of our fellow passengers – but he managed really well, so hats off to Dave – and I do wonder whether that girl’s partner will ever work and not buy from Tesco anymore – if he’s spending the majority of his wages from Tesco IN Tesco – a side issue I know. Loved Wembley, although the “getting out of there” was a bit mad – about an hour or so, so if you are planning on making a quick get away from an event there, forget it.  I will be back one day though, just depends who’s playing

Overall, a proper quality gig – maybe they could’ve put Justin Bieber on earlier. And put Example on a bit later – and don’t get me started about Coldplay – damn you lucky Mancunians and everyone else who saw them at the Etihad.

Full setlist
Coldplay
‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’
‘Yellow’
‘Princess Of China’
‘Viva La Vida’
‘Charlie Brown’
‘Paradise’

Kelly Clarkson
‘Since U Been Gone’
‘Dark Side’
‘Mr. Know It All’
‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’
‘My Life Would Suck Without You’

Flo Rida
‘Club Can’t Handle Me’
‘Whistle’
‘Wild Ones’
‘Good Feeling’
‘Low’

Example
‘Stay Awake’
‘Won’t Go Quietly’
‘Kickstarts’
‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’

Cover Drive
‘Twilight’

Conor Maynard
‘Can’t say no’

Lawson
‘When she was mine’

Usher
‘OMG’
‘Yeah’
‘DJ Got US Fallin’ In Love’
‘Burn’
‘Climax
‘Without You’
‘Scream’

Rita Ora
‘RIP’
‘Hot right now’

Dizzy Rascal
‘The Power’

Cheryl
‘Call my name’

The Wanted
‘All Time Low’
‘Lighting’
‘Gold Forever’
‘Chasing The Sun’
‘Glad You Came’

Jessie J
‘Do It Like A Dude’
‘Price Tag’ (w/Rizzle Kicks)
‘Who You Are’
‘LaserLight’
‘Domino’

Ed Sheeran
‘Drunk’
‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’
‘Small Bump’
‘Lego House’
‘The A Team’

Justin Bieber
‘Somebody To Love’
‘Baby’
‘All Around The World’
‘Die In Your Arms’
‘Turn To You’
‘One Less Lonely Girl’
Carly Rae Jepson
‘Call me maybe’
Justin Bieber
‘Never Say Never’
‘Boyfriend’

Katy Perry

‘Hot N Cold’
‘Teenage Dream’
‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’
‘Part Of Me’
‘Wide Awake’
‘The One The Got Away’
‘We Are The Champions’
‘Firework’
‘California Gurls’

Review by Patrick Downes (@officialpoptart)