The BBC are determined to make an end to their not so glorious track record in the annual Eurovision Song Contest.
The broadcaster confirmed the news today, it is working with partners who are to select acts and songs, suitable to the contest and present those later next year in a national final format in which the public has a say in who will fly the flag in Stockholm, Sweden in May.
Showing the BBC are heavily interested in the contest, they have appointed Hugh Goldsmith, the former MD of RCA and founder of Innocent Records as their Music Consultant. His role will be primarily to focus on communication with established record labels, publishers, managers, writers and producers, in order to encourage high-level music industry into the competition.
Singers, whether amateurs or professionals, over the age of 18, are able to submit a video of their original song, until November 20. the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) are also involved this year, and are set to launch a a song-writing competition amongst its members.
The official Eurovision fan club, OGAE, will also be playing a part.
The full statement can be read here
Last year, the UK were represented by Electro Velvet, who finished 24th, with Still in Love With You.
Adam & Theo from Hurts continue the album campaign for their upcoming new album ‘Surrender’, which is to be released October 9.
The album, preceded by its lead single “Some Kind of Heaven, sees Hurts work together with Swedish producer Jonas Quant, Ariel Rechtshaid and Grammy Award winning producer Stuart Price (Madonna, the Killers). The style and musical direction of the new era can be described as Hurts most commercial sounding yet, with their signature dark electro sound being the red wire of the album.
So far, Hurts have premiered four tracks on the album playlist. ‘Some Kind of Heaven’ was released as the lead single, while ‘Lights’ is set to be released as the second. ‘Rolling Stone’, and ‘Slow’ are currently, alongside the two official singles, offered as instant grat tracks when pre-ordering ‘Surrender’. Check the post below for the official videos and lyric videos:
Hurts, also announced a 24 date European tour in support of their upcoming album. Tickets are already on sale. More information about the tour can be found on http://www.informationhurts.com/
– Some Kind of Heaven
– Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us
– Rolling Stone
Weight of the World
Double Brit Award nominee John Newman is set to release his second studio album ‘Revolve’ October 16.
The successor to Newman’s platinum selling Number One album, Tribute, was produced by John and recorded in Los Angeles, London and Miami, alongside a crack team of musicians and producers including Greg Kurstin, (Sia, Beyoncé, Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry & Lana Del Ray), Charlie Wilson (featured on the single “Tiring Game”), Jack Splash and Jerry Hey’s brass section (Michael Jackson’s‘ Thriller, Quincy Jones).
Though a tracklist is not yet available, Newman has released and confirmed the following three tracks to be part of ‘Revolve’. ‘Come and Get It’ served as the first single of the album, while ‘Lights Down’ is currently offered for free when preordering the new album. The current retro-sounding ‘Tiring Game’ featuring Charlie Wilson, is the second official single. Watch the videos below:
Come and Get It:
Now here’s a nice little treat, which I happened to come across tonight when watching the National Lottery show.
31 year old singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti has just re-released his latest album, Written in The Scars. From that, is this absolute gem; his latest single, the funky-sounding ‘Back Where I Belong’.
Jack’s been in the industry for quite some time, having released four albums since 2007 with his folksy piano pop. ‘Back Where I Belong’ has got us started, so if you like the sound of it, make sure you check out this Italian-English heartthrob’s new album, which is available right now:
We’re staying in Sweden a little bit longer, because Zara Larsson isn’t the only one proving to be one of Sweden’s most successful acts; Erik Hassle is another example.
Now Erik’s been active in the music industry for quite some time. In 2008, the singer released his debut ‘Hurtful’, alongside his debut album, which also got a release in the UK in 2009. It did pretty well, but then things got a little quiet, until he popped back up last year as the singer songwriter behind Shakira and Rihanna’s ‘Cant Remember To Forget You’.
Luckily, Hassle’s love for music hasn’t restricted him to just writing for others. Erik’s in fact working on a brand new album, and already gotten us very exciting for what’s to come with the release of the funky eighties pop single ‘No Words’. New single, ‘Natural Born Lover’s, is equally impressive, even if it’s feel is completely opposite and produced much as much darker eighties pop.
‘Natural Born Lovers’ is already, the video follows later this week.