VIDEO: Viktoria Modesta “Only You”

The past few years have really seen a rise in dominance of the female solo artist. For every new artist released come a horde of comparatives, but we feel many of these are unjustified or awarded to acts who can’t quite compete on their own terms. Viktoria Modesta falls into the former category. While she may be hailed Shirley Bassey meets Kylie, with a little Dita Von Teese thrown in for good measure, here at The Kaje we feel her strong image and defining sound allow her to escape the seemingly compulsory correlations. If like us you want to simply be blown away by a powerful but playful artist then open your ears and press play…

VIDEO: Woman E “Few And Far Between”

Who has had enough of the 80s?  I sure as heck have! Roll on the 90s I say! And it appears I am not alone…. London based duo Woman E have clearly taken a look at the records that made them tick when they were growing up and have come up with this mix of cool Kylie, Baby D and Dee-Lite….

NEWS: Westlife Announce 2011 Tour

After a hugely successful UK tour earlier this year, Kings of the charts Westlife have today announced that they will be hitting the road once again in March 2011 to wow audiences up and down the country.
 
Revered for their spectacular live shows, created with visionary William Baker (Kylie, Leona, Bjork), the band will be visiting arenas in 9 cities throughout March 2011. The shows will include the band’s biggest hits as well as tracks off their 2009 double platinum album ‘Where We Are’ and from the brand new album they are currently in the studio working on, due for release in November this year.  
 
Westlife are among the world’s most prolific touring acts, with nine sell out tours already under their belts, including playing to a sell out crowd at the legendary Croke Park in Dublin. They have sold more tickets at London’s Wembley Arena than any other act and have played a record number of dates there, an amazing 25.
 
No pop band can compare to Westlife’s extraordinary success, having been certified by the BPI as the biggest selling band of the past decade. During their 11 years at the top of pop’s hierarchy, the band has sold over 43 million records globally. In the UK alone they have scored ten multi-platinum albums and a record breaking 14 No.1 hits (behind only Elvis and The Beatles). They have also picked up innumerable awards and appeared on hundreds of magazine covers around the world.  They are the only recording artists to win the prestigious ‘Record Of The Year’ an incredible four times (other top awards include two BRITS and an MTV Europe Award).
 
MARCH 2011
 
MONDAY                      07         CARDIFF CIA
FRIDAY                        11         LONDON O2 ARENA
MONDAY                      14         NEWCASTLE METRO RADIO ARENA
WEDNESDAY                16         NOTTINGHAM TRENT FM ARENA
FRIDAY                        18         LIVERPOOL     ECHO ARENA
SATURDAY                   19         GLASGOW SECC
TUESDAY                     22         MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS ARENA
FRIDAY                        25         BIRMINGHAM LG ARENA
SUNDAY                       27         LONDON WEMBLEY ARENA
MONDAY                      28         SHEFFIELD      MOTORPOINT ARENA
 
Tickets go onsale 9am on Friday 10th September 2010 priced at £40.50 regionally and £43.00 and 37.50 London (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

NEWS: The Q Awards turns 21, Al Murray confirmed to host for the second year & 3 new awards categories!

For the second year running, the inimitable Al Murray – The Pub Landlord will take on hosting duties of what has become one of the most prestigious and raucous events on the music calendar. 
 
Speaking of his eagerly awaited return to Q Awards duty, The Pub Landlord says:
“This is the music event of the year, everyone wants a Q Award, and if they’re truly lucky, like Muse last year, they might win a frozen chicken too”
 
The 2010 event will mark the 21st anniversary of The Q Awards. Throughout its history The Q Awards have welcomed and celebrated the biggest stars in music – with the likes of Oasis, U2, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Kylie, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Damon Albarn, Lily Allen, Kate Bush, Elton John, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Take That and Muse among the glittering names to have attended the event.
 
This year the Q Awards will add 3 new categories to its roll of an honour. Two new categories – Best Female Artist and Best Male Artist – will be added to the 7 existing awards that are voted for by the public. The third new award will be for Next Big Thing, which will highlight the single most exciting musical talent of the year ahead and will be hand-picked by a specially selected panel of music industry experts and Q Magazine.
 
The much coveted award of Best Act In The World Today is presented by Russian Standard Vodka.
 
The always hotly contested Best Track is presented by Barclaycard Unwind.
 
Q Editor-In-Chief Paul Rees says: “Q firmly believes that music now is as exciting and vital as it’s ever been and that it continues to be consistently refreshed by new talent. The extra awards this year recognise Q’s ongoing commitment to the best things in music right now and in the future.
 
“In addition, Q has also always been about celebrating music’s great success stories. And, as ever, our collection of merit awards will recognise the heroic achievements and ongoing influence of music’s true icons.”
The Q Awards are unlike any other UK music ceremony – with only 450 guests, the event is a unique and intimate celebration that attracts arguably the world’s highest concentration of musical talent and fame.
 
Fans can vote for their favourite acts online at www.Qthemusic.com
The Q Awards with Russian Standard Vodka’s chosen charity is YOUYOU
 
YOUYOU’s aim is to provide practical mentoring help to young people who are disadvantaged due to their circumstance or disability, to enable them to gain invaluable experience and succeed in the turning their interests into a career.
 
YOUYOU’s approach is practical and focuses on getting young people further along their chosen career paths, with the mentoring experiences leading to further education or training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities. It creates a valuable piece of work to add to their CV or portfolio – a soundtrack, review of a music gig, recipe or menu for example, which they can present alongside the important personal selling point of having worked with a renowned name in their chosen industry
 
Brenda Ramsey, CEO of YOUYOU Mentoring commented “We are grateful to Q magazine for choosing to support YOUYOU Mentoring and our work in helping disadvantaged young people, especially those who are not in education, employment or training to realise their career dreams, by connecting them with  inspired mentors, individuals who will help develop their potential and aspirations in their chosen career industry.  We would personally like to thank Paul Rees, Editor in Chief of Q magazine for his generous support and becoming a YOUYOU mentor.”

ALBUM REVIEW: Kylie “Aphrodite”

File:Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite.jpgRecord Label: Parlophone
Release Date: 5th July 2010

Everyone’s favourite Australian pop princess is back with her eleventh studio album “Aphrodite”.

The album sees Kylie go back to what she does best “dancey pop music”, and the result is twelve catchy dance floor fillers, which are pure Kylie.

Executive producer Stuart Price is the mastermind behind the musical development of “Aphrodite” and was heavily involved in the track listing, leaving a number of recorded ballads out in favour of the twelve up tempo numbers.

The single “All The Lovers” is pure electro pop delight, and proves that Kylie is not scared of the likes of Lady Gaga, who has been wearing her crown while she has been away.

“Too Much” co-written by Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) and Calvin Harris, has instant hit written all over it. Catchy, synthetic, and  fun, with a hooky melody and beat, it is a dance floor classic.

Other more surprising contributors to her latest release include Nerina Pallot “Aphrodite”, and Tim Rice-Oxley “Everything is Beautiful”. I say surprising only because they seem unlikely electro pop contributors, but the title track especially is one of the gems on the album.

Kylie has come so far since the “I Should Be So Lucky” days. She is an artist who can continually re-invent herself, and slot perfectly into the musical niche of the current times. Die-hard fans will not be disappointed by her latest release, and my only criticism is the lack of surprises, even if it was just in the form of a hidden track of one of the left out ballads. But Kylie doing what Kylie does best is still a treat to behold, and this release is definitely another must have for your definitive Kylie collection!

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Kim Harrell

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