NEWS: Cheryl Cole Announces ‘A Million Lights’ Tour

Today, Cheryl announces her first solo nationwide arena tour. With dates up and down the UK, the announcement comes as her latest single looks set to top the charts this week. Cheryl Cole tickets go on-sale on Friday 15th June and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Cheryl released her new single Call My Name this week which went straight to #1 within hours of release on iTunes, clocking up record breaking sales. Her third album ‘A Million Lights’ will be released 8th July.

The album follows Cheryl’s previous solo albums ‘3 Words’ and ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ both of which hit #1 in the charts. Cheryl will be performing songs from all three albums on the tour as well as some surprises.

Although this will be Cheryl’s first headline arena tour, she is certainly no stranger to the live circuit. She opened as special guest on the Black Eyed Peas European tour in 2010 and also played four sold-out arena tours as part of Girls Aloud.

CHERYL COLE TOUR

6 Oct Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
7 Oct 02, London
9 Oct Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
11 Oct Echo Arena, Liverpool
12 Oct LG Arena, Brimingham
13 Oct Manchester Arena, Manchester
15 Oct SECC, Glasgow
17 Oct Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

www.cherylcole.com

Tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 15th June priced at London £40.00 / £35.00 London and £35.00 regionally (subject to booking fee) and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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ALBUM REVIEW: LZ7 “Light”

Record Label: Fierce
Release Date: 25.10.2010

Forget the X Factor, Manchester  based hip-hop inspired pop collective LZ7 are just what the UK music industry are missing. Whilst comparisons to everything from Black Eyed Peas to N Dubz are inevitable, this upbeat quartet have enough of their own sound to defy soundalike status. Their upbeat message of positivity could have so easily gone wrong, but it is delivered in a manner that wreaks authenticity.

Opening with lead single “This Little Light” the tone for the record is set immediately. Their no frills approach delivers a burst of pure but credible pop. The universal sound perfect radio fodder that will get bodies moving from the car to the dance floor. However, “This Little Light” is just the introduction and “Light” goes from strength to strength as the album grows.

To say that “Ditto” is the albums strongest track almost seems too bold a statement as with each listen another song comes to the fore. However, “Ditto” will, in my opinion, be the song that breaks the group into the commercial mainstream. Having already made a name for themselves on the internet, they need a crossover radio hit and “Ditto” is perfect for the terrain.

Perhaps the most surprisingly infectious turn comes in the form of their “Oh Happy Day” reworking “Four Points”. The subtle use of a gospel refrain in the dancefloor stomp is a perfect example of how LZ7 stand out from the crowd. The use is ingenious and makes for unforgettable listening.

“Light” is without doubt one of the strongest pop albums of 2010. LZ7 have spent years perfecting their craft and now it is time for them to reap the rewards.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

NEWS: John Legend & The Roots Announced Debut UK Show

Musical powerhouses John Legend & The Roots have announced their first ever UK Show together at HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London on November 27th.

Tickets go on sale 9am on 15th October priced at £35 (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

Pre-order the new album from HMV before October 11th for a chance to be eligible for pre-sale tickets.

http://hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=4757

The upcoming album Wake Up is being released on October 18th and will feature soulful music from the 60’s and 70’s all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and consciousness— effectively telling listeners to Wake Up!

After being inspired by the recent historical Presidential election campaign of 2008, the R&B singer Legend and hip-hop band The Roots felt a need to enter the action.  What started as plans for a single quickly developed into a passionate album representing change, hope and activism— not only referencing one particular moment in time, but on a larger scale, holding true no matter what the political climate may be.

Bringing John Legend & The Roots together is an inspired pairing, so logical that it’s a little surprising they haven’t teamed up in a proper collaboration before. John Legend is a six-time Grammy winner whose three albums have all hit Number One on the Billboard R’n’B charts, and have sold over 600,000 copies in the UK alone. He has previously collaborated with such artists as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and the Black Eyed Peas. The Roots—currently visible nightly as the stupendously versatile house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—have released nine acclaimed studio albums (including the recent How I Got Over) and redefined the relationship between live instruments and hip-hop.

Tickets go onsale now priced at £35.00 (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

VIDEO: LZ7 “This Little Light”

Get ready to smile and bop as this Mancunian crew are about to brighten up your day bigtime! Being hailed as the authentic British answer to Black Eyed Peas, their feelgood beats are set to lighten everyone’s moods as we enter yet another rainy Autumn! However, the obvious BEP comparisons do not do the sextet full justice – with blatant comparisons their own distinct flavours are truly missed… I won’t try influence your thoughts any further as I think you should just enjoy for yourself…

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go7jbArIivA

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