Bollywood Star Kumar Sanu releases album ‘Hum-Tum’

Album out now!
A true Bollywood legend who now has designs on the UK music industry, Kumar Sanu is an artist who has always seemed destined to find a career in music.
His father Shri Pashupati Bhattacharjee was prominent classical singer who, after a long career, found his place in Bollywood movies – setting the tone for his son’s career to follow.
Walking in his father’s footsteps, Kumar Sanu inevitably went on to sing for Bollywood films, eventually outshining the achievements of his predecessor. Sanu made his own way, winning an unprecedented collection of awards including the Filmfare Award for the Best Playback Singer in 1990, ‘91,’92, ‘93 and ’94 – a consecutive record that still stands in the Bollywood industry to this day.
In fact, Kumar Sanu has now won a total of 69 awards over a glittering career including 64 in his native India (from Filmfare, Zee Cine, Kishore Kumarand more) plus 5 internationally (from Sunrise Radio-London, West Indian Academy, Grammy-West Indies, Bollywood Music-U.S.A. and Radio Lotus-South Africa).
His success and his undoubtable vocal talent has made him one of the highest profile names in the industry, a standing which he has also used for good causes.
With charity work that includes Tsunami Victims Support, Cancer Research donations and school & orphanage development programmes, Sanu certainly can’t be accused of resting on his laurels. In fact, in 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shri award – the 4th largest civilian award it is possible to receive from the Government in India. There’s even a Mumbai hospital using one of his songs in their treatment of cancer patients!
And now, having enjoyed unparalleled success in his home environment and the USA (he is so well loved in Dayton, Ohio that they have an annual Kumar Sanu day on March 31st), Kumar Sanu is hoping to carry that success to the UK, where he is set to release new album Hum-Tum. As a teaser here is a new track and video recorded alongside fellow Bollywood artist Princess Almas Noor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBrr5leFZX0
The video, set in and around London, shows the pair taking in the city sights before eventually meeting on the Millennium Bridge. The sound, which blends the Bollywood sensibilities with more standard pop tropes, is an excellent crossover introduction to one of Bollywood’s top stars.

R ‘N’ B/Soul singer Monica Azull releases debut single ‘I Like It’, May 12th

Half Ugandan half Congolese, Monica came to England aged eight. She is now living in London, signed to QH Music and is a star in the making.
On her first performance at performing arts school, an overwhelming audience response confirmed what she had known since writing her first song – music and performing was her true passion and a career she felt she had to pursue.
Her debut release ‘I Like It’ is about a man, ambitions and fantasies…
“At the time, there was this guy that was pursuing me, I also happened to think he was cute but didn’t want to tell him how I felt towards him. I feared that a relationship would interfere with my ambitions… I’m sure every woman has their fantasies!” -Monica Azull
Musically speaking the track has a very soulful R’N’B vibe to it. There is a strong beat that really drives the song which is topped off by Azull’s impeccable vocal skill.
Check out ‘I Like It’ here: https://soundcloud.com/monica_azull/i-like-it/s-jJ5Ji
For a debut release Monica has already had an overwhelming positive response to her track, this is one artist to listen out for and is sure to be making big waves in the music industry.
Links:
Twitter – @Monica_Azull
Instagram – Monica_Azull
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Monica.Azull
http://www.qhmusic.co.uk/

NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS – TEENSTAR ANNOUNCE SECOND LONDON DATE

TeenstarNational singing competition for teenagers TeenStar have announced that due to massive demand for auditions in London, they have had to add an addition London date. The additional London date will take place on Saturday 8th March at Dingwalls in Camden.
 
TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music.
 
A national singing competition for teenagers, TeenStar is a one-of-a-kind singing contest looking to find the UK’s best teen singer, duo, vocal group or rapper to be crowned the UK’s Best TeenStar! With the addition of an extra London date due to popular demand, the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is already anticipated to attract over 10,000 entrants and with auditions taking place across the UK, now is the time to enter.
 
NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS – TEENSTAR
 
TeenStar has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music. Contestants in the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar also have the chance to win prizes along the entire course of the contest, such as recording studio time with some of the country’s top producers.
 
The contest is open to all with the auditions split into three age categories. There will be the late-teens, mid-teens and then a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow, the pre-teens.
 
TeenStar takes place at some of the best venues in the UK such as the Birmingham NEC and Sheffield City Hall and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including judges who work for BBC Radio, Kiss FM and Choice FM, regional press and record labels, with the judges getting more prestigious as the singing contest progress. The Grand Final of the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is the climax of the whole contest and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the UK – with last year’s Grand Final being held at The O2 in London!
 
The competition champion will be crowned winner in front of a capacity crowd, including industry insiders, celebrity guests, national press, A&R from record labels, industry and media representatives who have the capacity to change the winner’s music career forever!
 
NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS TEENSTAR – Enter Now!
 
Whether it’s a pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is ready to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.
 
The national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is open to anyone aged 19 and under. Audition slots are available across the UK, so if you’re a teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, enter TeenStar now!

It’s A Bright Future for ‘ShoDem ENT’

The future is certainly looking bright for Samson, aka ‘Sose’, of ShoDem Ent/SMG. A young and flourishing entrepreneur from London who has big plans for the future, Sose’s vision for ShoDem is to work with a variety of UK artists and deliver original, raw and exciting UK talent and music.
Sose wants to prove to people that it is possible to become a young businessman within the music industry without conforming to a stereotype. He has always had an entrepreneurial instinct, even from a young age when he used to sell sweets for a profit. Providing for his family and supporting his mother from an early age has taught Sose to dream big, and that with hard work you can achieve anything.
Now however his dreams are bigger – running ShoDem Ent whilst also working as a manager and publisher with the objective to eventually find artists whom they can sign and develop. Sose has a versatile music taste, and this is reflected in the music that ShoDem produce. ShoDem SMG have collaborated with Beluga Ice – A well known MC from West London – to produce and release their brand new debut track ‘#ChequeMe’. The song has an extremely catchy hook and the lyrics are current and relatable – depicting a talented man who could have it all, as long as he stops being lazy and works for it. It’s due for release on the 28th January, you can watch the video for it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0fiRM8EOg4
You can also catch ShoDem SMG at their first event in Great Portland Street in London on the 29th January.
Links:
Twitter: @ShoDemSMG
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/shodement-1
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SHODEM-ENTERTAINMENT/105247702849407?sk=info

HADAR MANOR: The Year and Now

ImageCounting Ed Sheeran amongst her many fans and having supported the likes of Beth Rowley and Ehud Banai, and winning the ‘Queen Of The Underground’ title, are only a few of the things along the journey Hadar embarked on since leaving the Negev Desert in Israel, after completing a compulsory service as a medical officer at the age of 20, and moving to London in the early 00’s to pursue her dream of performing. 

Crowned ‘Queen of The Underground’ by the London Underground’s licensed buskers, singing songs of the life of an ‘urban gypsy’ with a voice not dissimilar to that of Joni Mitchell’s, Hadar Manor certainly knew how to brighten up the dull monotonous commute of many London workers. 

With previous experience collaborating with award-winning producer Youth, DJ Sandy Riviera and experimental band ‘Oi Va Voi’, and no stranger to performing at Glastonbury, Hadar has already made an impact on the music industry, even performing on Radio 2 and being asked to tea at number 10 Downing Street.

When her son was born in 2011, she took all her busking earnings and innovatively built her own home studio, so she could still follow her passion for music. Despite not knowing how to produce records, Hadar took her first step to becoming a completely independent musician by deciding to teach herself, and vowed to write, record and produce a song for each month of her life, starting with the January Song.

Judging by the success and phenomenal reviews for her last album, Crossing London, Hadar’s next album, The Year And Now, is highly anticipated by her fans and the media, from whom she has already gained glowing reviews:

A Prodigy’ – The Observer

An Outstanding Talent’ – Melvyn Bragg

We thoroughly recommend listening to her album, ‘Crossing London, to soak in her storytelling lyrics recounting busking journeys from the Judas mountains to Charing Cross station’ – Recognise Magazine

Hadar has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise funds towards completing her brand new album, The Year And Now which will be released in January, following up her latest single My Wish. You can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/hadar-manor/my-wish-hadar-manor

Join Hadar’s journey and help make her album possible: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hadar-manor-the-year-now-album

Social Media/Websites:

https://twitter.com/HadarManor
https://www.facebook.com/hadarmanormusic

http://instagram.com/hadarmanor

http://www.reverbnation.com/hadarmanor

https://soundcloud.com/hadar-manor

http://www.hadarmanor.com

DEPARTMENT M – Self-titled mini album due Monday 16th December on Fierce Panda Records

DEPTMDepartment M announce the release of their self-titled mini album through fierce panda on Monday 16th December. The Leeds-based quartet fully explore the expansive indie/electronic sound present on their acclaimed previous singles ‘I’ll Fax You An Apoogy’ (Black Boutique) and ‘The Second Prize’ (Too Pure).
The Truth: DEPARTMENT M come from Leeds in the North of Englandshire. Ostensibly a creative vehicle for one Owen Brinley, they have spent the past year cautiously, yet crunchingly, developing a fascinating, fizzing sound which combines the heroic synths of yesteryear with a cutting contemporary electro sensibility. Depeche Mode, Air, Talk Talk, Cabaret Voltaire and – of course – ELO are just some of the names referenced in their company, and fair play too – Owen Brinley is decidedly not a man afraid of a saxophone solo. Bolstered by a four person-strong live line-up this is an act which can straddle the divide between the shiny retro-obsessed Classic Pop magazine and the cool dark alleyways of modern East London.
They have previous, do Department M: in March they released the ‘I’ll Fax You An Apology’ / ‘Black Boutique’ single on local label Hide & Seek. In June they released the ‘The Second Prize’ / ‘Absentia’ single through Too Pure. This handy Department M mini-album brings together most of the songs on those first two releases, throws in future single ‘Miscellany’ – due out in January 2014 – adds a couple more toweringly sombre tunes and waits for the light to come pouring out of the sky. It is being released on the monumentally illogical date of December 16th because a) a similar version of the EP is being released on Rallye Records in Japan in November, b) because we could and c) because it’s a timely way to end the first chapter in the Department M story.
So how did we get here? Legend already has it that Owen’s career took a completely different turn when he put down his guitar and picked up a Roland Juno-60, the classic keyboard that defined the sound of the likes of ’80s hair bears A Flock Of Seagulls, and all of a sudden his nascent electronic influences burst to the forefront of his writing. No less interestingly, his career as DJ and binge drinker in several Leeds nightclubs had him suffering from the onset of Hyperacusis, an acute over-sensitivity to certain frequency ranges. Something to keep his well-developed tinnitus company, but not something to keep him out of the studio.
These conditions over time created a tension which arguably informed the lyrical and musical elements which saw Owen mould the Department M sound alongside local long term collaborator James Kenosha. Unsurprisingly, phrases like “abrasive beauty” and “brutalist pop economy” tend to be bandied about Department M’s music, for theirs is a world of overdriven hip-hop drum loops crashing against smooth swathes of analogue synthesiser, where the beefiest of rhythms collide with the sweetest of vocals.
‘THE SECOND PRIZE’ video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjRNtMsIi_w
TRACKLISTING:
1. Visitor
2. pHARMACY
3. I’ll Fax You An Apology
4. J-Hop
5. The Second Prize
6. Miscellany
7. Absentia
8. SleepWalker
LIVE:
Sat 2nd Nov @ Belgrave Hall, Leeds
Tue 5th Nov @ The Shacklewell Arms, London
Thu 5th Dec @ Head Of Steam (Rattled By The Rush Club), Newcastle
Sat 7th Dec @ Eiger Studios (Symposium Festival), Leeds
LINKS:
www.deptm.co.uk
www.soundcloud.com/departmentm
www.facebook.com/departmentmband
www.fiercepanda.co.uk

Coco DeParis set to release debut single ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’

Coco De ParisPop-rock singer-songwriter Coco DeParis has put the sensitive emotions of her childhood memories and life experience into her music. The results have received high praise, and her upcoming debut single “I don’t love you anymore” is highly anticipated.
Born in France to french/ Hispanic and African parentage, Coco DeParis is now based in London where she regularly gigs. With an original, distinctive sound and great song-writing skills, Coco DeParis is steadily building up a strong fan base, both locally and further afield.
Inspired by a genuine relationship that recently disintegrated, “I don’t love you anymore” is heartbreakingly honest in both the lyrics and the delivery. Opening with gentle piano and strings the song is immediately reminiscent of classic, dramatic film scores; indeed coco admits that she draws most inspiration from the music she hears in films: “music is critical to the success of a movie because it forces you to feel an emotion and then amplifies it”.
Coco’s tremendous vocal ability is often the source of great praise. With a tone that has been compared to the likes of Amy Lee (evanescence), coco makes use of her stunning range in the emotionally fuelled single. With an EP that will follow shortly after (“love never dies”) this is only a small taste of things to come from the hotly tipped singer-songwriter.

You can see coco perform at Oxjam music festival on 19th October and at The Troubadour on November 14th

https://soundcloud.com/coco_deparis
www.facebook.com/cocodeparis.now
www.twitter.com/coco_deparis
www.youtube.com/cocodeparisnow