1.Jess Glynne spills delicious music tea with The Independent…
If you haven’t gotten lost in the heavenly vocals provided by UK songstress Jess Glynne yet, you are absolutely missing out. For the past year-and-a-half, the rising songbird has dominated the overseas charts;earning number ones with Clean Bandit on “Rather Be,” (in which she won Grammy for earlier this year), with Route 94 on “My Love” and Tinie Tempah on “Not Letting Go.” She’s also achieved a solo number one with “Hold My Hand,” a disco-laced number that simply soars above the music clouds.
Recently, the angelic diva sipped music tea with UK’s The Independent, spilling about her sudden success, just how she makes that voice stay so damn perfect, and her which divas have inspired her musically through the years.
“I was just obsessed with soul singers who had these big powerful voices. I used to listen to Aretha, Whitney, Mariah and try and imitate them, note for note and riff for riff,” she says.
She’s certainly coming pretty damn close. For the whole spillage, get your click on here.
2.U.K. approves new ratings system for online music videos….
After a successful trial run, the British Government has just announced that overtly sexual, violent and explicit music videos distributed online overseas will carry advisory age ratings in the UK.
The plan was originally laid out late last year when the U.K. arms of Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music partnered with digital platforms Vevo and YouTube to put clearly identifiable age classifications on music videos that are deemed NSFC-not suitable for children.
Now that this plan is secure, with all three labels agreeing to submit content of an adult nature to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the goal is to classify the videos into 12, 15 or 18 age categories. So far, the introduction of age ratings has only applied to two digital platforms — YouTube and Vevo — which have both proven to be a success.
The sort of scenes and issues which the BBFC considers in classifying music videos will include: drug misuse; dangerous and sexual behavior, naughty language and nudity. Meaning, don’t expect to see Rihanna‘s clip for “Bitch Better Have My Money” on rotation for the UK kids anytime soon.
3.One Direction’s Liam Payne slams reports that he’s homophobic...
Last night, right before One Direction was set to perform their song “Girl Almighty” on their Columbus, Ohio tour stop, 1 D’r Liam Payne paused to comment on why it’s his favorite song from their Four set. Unfortunately for Mr. Payne, his favorite jingle has now declared him homophobic — at least according to the Internet, naturally.
While setting up the song and explaining its meaning, Payne stated, “It is about trying to find that number one woman of your life, which none of you can relate to, because most of you are girls. Except for the boys in here, you know what I’m talking about.” Within social media seconds, his remarks came under fire for being too heteronormative, and he was soon accused of being homophobic.
Ever the groovy gentleman, Payne initially responded with a lighthearted explanation for the comment on his Twitter later in the evening, writing, “lol think some people take things to literal these days not gunna comment on it anymore you guys know what I meant it was meant in general.” But it was then he addressed the accusation head-on: “I am in no way shape or form homophobic that’s a ridicules thing to say and I’m not here to offend people so take it as you will.”
4.Natalie Imbruglia is back….yes, you’re reading that correctly…
After a six-year music hiatus (#feltlonger), Natalie Imbruglia has returned with a covers album, Male, that is getting some great reviews. A sugary collection of stripped back renditions of songs by male singers and songwriters, Ms. Natalie takes on everything from Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” to Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush.” But of course the one element on the ravishing set that is getting the most attention is Natalie’s insatiably underrated voice. (Those that have butchered “Torn” at karaoke know that this girl can sing.)
In a recent music tea-and-krimpets spillage with Attitude mag, the singer gabbed about her return to music after a period of record label drama, and she also revealed details about her best gal pal in life-Ms. Kylie Minogue.
“I’m not gonna tell you! We’re really good friends; just two girls having a holiday, that’s all there is to tell. Obviously we have performing in common, and doing the same job over the years has brought us closer. It’s nice to have that friendship – I’m her biggest fan as well,” Ms. Imbruglia states.
Who would’ve thought? For the rest of the English Breakfast music tea, click up on up right here.
5.Rita Ora drops sexy video for new single “Body on Me.” And Chris Brown is there, too…
A must watch for your Wednesday…no matter how you feel about either of them.