Pink Sunshine: May 2014
Life is notably poorer since the BBC killed off The Radio 1 Roadshow, that regular slice of summer cheese that saw the channel's brightest and best pull up in our seaside towns, play some tunes and engage with the great British public in a variety of uncomfortable situations. Someone, somewhere is still dining out on the fact they won 'Smiley Miley's Mileage Game' in Clacton in 1983 or got a hug from Gary 'Oo' Davies.
The Big Weekend is no replacement, what with its relentless diet of thumping music and Edith Bowman. This year's BW in Glasgow features the likes of Katy B, XO, ALX and Kari - who barely have enough letters between them to be considered proper musical acts - and a notable absence of t-shirt competitions. It's enough to make you long for the glory days of Simon Bates.
Anyway, let's see if there's anything happening on planet pop to cheer us up.
Peter Andre's new album Big Night is due for release on 26th May. He follows up the album with a 23 date UK nationwide tour which starts on September 26th in Folkestone.
Sharon Corr will release a new album, The Same Sun, on 8th September. It's preceded by a single, 'Take A Minute' on 16th June.
Speaking of the release, Sharon said: "When The Corrs stopped, I knew I had so much more to do. I never wanted to stop singing, writing and performing, and achieving more as a musician. I was eager to pursue my own journey to find out what I would become musically on my own, because it’s a very different journey on your own – especially taking centre stage. But I love it up there. It’s like magic."
Alcopop! Records have announced a 15th anniversary re-issue of Len’s 'Steal My Sunshine' as their 100th release. Check out the various format options over on the label shop.
Jetta's debut EP 'Crescendo' is set for release on 24th June via Polydor. The title track was produced by Pharrell, his first production for a British artist’s debut release. The EP features remixes by Icarus and Infinity Ink.
Sinéad O’Connor has signed with Nettwerk Records, and will release a new album, The Vishnu Room on 11th August.
‘Let Me Down Easy’ will be the new single from Paolo Nutini, due for release on 16th June. His new album, ‘Caustic Love’, has already sold over 200,000 copies to become the biggest selling new album of the year.
17 time Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett has announced four UK shows for September.
4th & 5th - Royal Festival Hall, London
9th - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
11th - Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tickets start from £45.
Joel and Benji Madden — best known for Good Charlotte — have formed a new band, The Madden Brothers and will release their debut album Greetings From California… via Capitol Records on 6th October. The first single 'We Are Done' will be released 21st September. The album is split into two, with the first filled with "upbeat, sunny pop-rock" (produced by their long-time collaborator Eric Valentine) while side two is "an earthy blend of folk, Southern rock, and ’70s-era FM pop" (produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli, known for his work with The White Stripes, The Strokes and The Shins).
Clean Bandit will play:
12 October Newcastle O2 Academy
15 October Leeds O2 Academy
16 October Liverpool O2 Academy
17 October Manchester O2 Academy
18 October Sheffield O2 Academy
20 October Norwich UEA
21 October Nottingham Rock City
22 October Birmingham O2 Academy
23 October Bristol O2 Academy
25 October Cardiff The Great Hall (Cardiff Uni)
26 October Exeter Great Hall
28 October Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
29 October London O2 Brixton Academy
1 November Belfast Ulster Hall
Their album New Eyes is released on 2nd June.
Christina Perri has announced the second single from the album. ‘Burning Gold' is set for release on 9th June. Her album Head Or Heart debuted at #8 in the UK and reached #4 in the Billboard chart.
Pussycat Dolls creator Robert Anton has put a new group together, G.R.L., and they'll be launching a single early this summer. They currently make a guest appearance on Pitbull's 'Wild Wild Love' single.
We guess they might get corporate names, so Sk8r Grls x2, a Scary Grl and Hula Grls x2?
James Blunt plays the following dates in November and December:
20 DUBLIN O2
22 NOTTINGHAM NOTTS ARENA
23 BIRMINGHAM NIA
24 LEEDS ARENA
26 LIVERPOOL ECHO 2
27 BOURNEMOUTH BIC
28 BRIGHTON CENTRE
1 LONDON, EVENTIM APOLLO, HAMMERSMITH
He released his new single, 'Postcards' on 19th May.
The ABCs of Pop
Molly Beanland's new EP, Night Dreams was released earlier this month and anyone lucky enough to have heard it will almost certainly have been won over by its ambitious, 80s-style trappings and confident air. The title track is straight out of the John Hughes movie of your dreams, suggesting a young artist who understands that if you're going to do it like this, might as well go big. If I could quote Mr Bueller for a moment: "Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive."
We think with a few more tracks like 'Night Dreams' under her big red plastic belt, Miss Beanland could well survive, so sat her down with three Qs ('cos we know you kids have short attention spans), all with the vague notion of finding out where her head was at.
A is for ... Album. Tell us what the debut Molly Beanland album sounds like in your head - and what your plans are for the rest of 2014.
Retro-futuristic pop stylings, 80s influenced but produced in a modern way. As many hooks as I can come up with and cram in there, like a Kylie Minogue and Washed Out love child who grew up on Duran Duran. Plans for 2014? Next stop Isle of Wight Festival.
B is for ... Best Day Ever. What kind of stuff would you want to do on your Best Day Ever?
Hot-tub on a roof sushi picnic party followed by an Adventure Time-themed dance off with intense costumes and tropical cocktails. Then a snooze in a giant bed with loads of kittens, a Lord Of The Rings marathon and all you can eat Pinkberry.
C is for ... Character. If you could be a Disney character for a day, who would you be - and why?
I was obsessed with Ariel as a child but I'm really not a fan of deep water (figuratively or literally) so that might not work out too well. Can I go off piste and have Sailor Moon? Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight...
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