Pop singer Katy B has teamed with super-producer Mark Ronson and corporate giant Coca-Cola to record “Anywhere In The World,” for the 2012 Olympics. On the tune, the always casual pop star, who made noise with her dancefloor heavy debut album, continues on pace by giving listeners something fun to vibe with. Katy B recently describe her music as, “probably a combination of different sounds from U.K. bass music going back to the 1990s all the way to the present, all mashed up into one.” She credits her sound to influences from R&B, grime and garage, house and jungle and drum & bass. [Source]
“Slave to Love” is the first single released from Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry’s 1985 release, Boys and Girls, and is one of his most popular solo hits. The single was released on 28 April 1985 and spent 9 weeks in the UK charts in 1985, peaking at number 10. The song was used in the episode Junk Love of Miami Vice.
“Could It Be Magic” is written by Adrienne Anderson and Barry Manilow. It was included on Manilow’s 1973 debut album, Barry Manilow. Due to its popularity, it was released as a single in 1975, two years after it had originally been recorded, where it reached #6 in the United States. Manilow’s recording begins and ends with an excerpt of Frédéric Chopin’s Prelude in C Minor, Opus 28, Number 20. The whole song is based on the harmonic scheme of Chopin’s prelude. The “sweet Melissa” is a nod to singer Melissa Manchester. The song has been covered by a number of other artists over the years, most successfully by Donna Summer in 1976.
Agnetha sings her second song on “The Heat Is On” Special from April 1983. This show was part of a promotional tour to publicise her first solo album after Abba, which was called “Wrap Your Arms Around Me”. The album reached No.1 in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium and Denmark. Here she sings the title track from the album. This song had limited release as a single, but still reached No.1 in Belgium and No.3 in Holland. Her whispering technique here is as hot as anything you will ever see in a song. She censors it herself by turning her back completely to the audience. As always Agnetha does not hold back in her performances. This will set your temperatures rising alright! Lyrics: Mike Chapman, Holly Knight.
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Eclectic Halifax popsmith Rich Aucoin’s recent opus We’re All Dying to Live is one of the most ambitious albums we’ve ever encountered, as it features a legitimately insane 500-plus guests in its epic 22-track song suite. Now, he’s unveiled the project’s first music video, “It,” and it has a fittingly innovative concept. [Source]
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Jackie Leven, who has died of cancer aged 61, was a brilliant outsider, a remarkably prolific Scottish singer-songwriter who built up a devoted cult following during his lengthy, wildly varied and often turbulent career, but never achieved the level of success that he deserved. An intense, passionate giant of a man, he first came to attention in the late 1970s and early 80s, as leader of the highly praised but commercially unsuccessful band Doll By Doll. He went on to found a successful charity, the Core Trust, which treats “addicts of any sort”, before continuing his musical career as a soloist – still acquiring devoted fans, but never selling many albums. [Source]
This is a project that initially started when Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore asked German electronica icon Claudia Brucken to perform some songs at a party. She set to work with Andrew Poppy – one of the UK’s foremost avant-garde composers by day, but a dab hand at guitar-wielding by night. The party idea has long since passed but between them they have conjured a daring set of duets. [Source]