Mixtape Music News/UK Edition

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. 





5 Reasons Why the Rita Ora American Music Struggle Will Always Be Real

I like to think that I’m a decent little observant music monkey, and sometimes when I put my headphones on and have a closer look at things, I just have to address my funkdafied findings. Take for instance last year, when one of my observations for the year in music was that UK diva Jessie J tries really, really hard to get recognition in the American music market. Let’s face it, you didn’t buy her album,’Sweet Talker,’ when it came out last fall, and the only reason you liked her penned hit, “Bang Bang,” with Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande….was because of Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. (you know it’s true.) So, in fact, Jessie J does indeed try really, really hard for our stateside music love…and we have yet to give it back to her.

Today, I have to bring another UK diva into the American-music-struggle-is -real category, Ms.Rita Ora. Since signing to Jay Z’s Roc-a-Fella records in 2009, Ms. Ora has had much trouble gaining music heat stateside. Her singles, “How We Do,” “I Will Never Let You Down,” “Radioactive” and “R.I.P” are all delectable pop ditties…..that barely cracked the top 30 on the Billoard singles charts. Overseas, however, she’s delivered hit-after-hit and even landed a swivel chair last year on ‘The Voice’ UK edition. Here, well, all she’s got are a few mediocre charting singles and a torrid break up with Rob Kardashian. Upon further investigation, I feel that at this point, the American music struggle will always be real for Ms. Ora….and I have 5 Reasons Why….dive in.

1.She performed at the Oscars….and no one said a word about it….

So, if you were an overseas artist not named Sam Smith, Adele or Sia and were trying to (finally) make it in America, a dazzling performance at a high caliber awards show like the Oscars should’ve done the trick, right? For Rita Ora, who performed the ballad “Grateful”  from ‘Beyond the Lights,’ well it worked the exact opposite. Not only was she overshadowed by Lady Gaga’s show-stopping ‘Sound of Music’ tribute (hell, even Best Actress Julianne Moore was overshadowed by THAT performance.), but it seemed as if was no one was talking about her performance the next day….at all. In fact, when I told my friend Jaiye that she performed at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, all he said was, “She was there??” I rest my Lady Gaga red dishwashing gloves. Oh, and that dress you wore, Ms. Ora? No. You sounded great, though!

“How We Do(Party)”

2.Last year’s massive Twitter fail did some damage….

Last year, Rita not only had a highly public and epic Twitter fail, but she also caused a major hate-wave among other Twitter birds. On Halloween, the singer tweeted that she would release new music if she got 100,000 retweets bearing this fabulous news. Sadly – LOL – she only received 2,000 retweets, and soon the announcement was magically deleted.

That’s when the backlash began. One twitter hater said, “where her 3.9 followers at when you need them smh.” Adding more salt to the wound, Ora decided to retweet her fan’s sentiments but ultimately removed the tweet from her account. Making matters even worse, Ora claimed that her Twitter was hacked: “by the way my Twitter got hacked somebody is threatening to release new music I’ve worked hard on. Nothing comes until I’m ready.”

WTF? Without going into all the responses that people tweeted out, the one that pretty much sums up this debacle is the one that said, “bitch, stop lying.” On further bespectacled observation, this just seems like a classic case of another celebrity buying Twitter followers to get their names out there.

Hey, we get it, you need some recognition. You buy those followers, boo – just don’t make it seem like you actually purchased them …

“I Will Never Let You Down”

3.Her biggest U.S. hit was on an Iggy Azalea track…as a featured artist.

Another case of putting yourself on a track with a big named female artist….and have it do nothing for your music career. On Iggy’s summer smash single, “Black Widow,” Ms. Ora sung the web slinging hook with pride, all the while catapulting the song, along with Iggy’s mediocre raps,to the top 5 of the Billboard singles charts. While for a certain time, Rita seemed like she was finally getting some U.S. recognition, but alas, she has yet to follow up “Widow” with another hit single. The same can also be said for Iggy’s other hook partner in crime, Charli XCX of “Fancy” fame, with the exception of summery single, “Boom Clap,” she, too hasn’t caused too much chart damage since she linked up with Iggy. Hmmm…maybe it’s not Rita OR Charli’s fault for this one…who’s left?

“Black Widow”

4.She was in ’50 Shades of Grey’….and still….no one cared…

While ’50 Shades of Grey’ was laced with bad reviews and U.S. box office disappointment (overseas though…get it!), you can’t deny that the buzz leading up to the film was gigantic-and should’ve done wonders for all of the, ahem, actors involved. I have a feeling that a lot of you might not have even known that Rita Ora was even in the movie. Although it was a small part for the diva, it should’ve done at least something for her career, right? Sigh….I rest my music spanking bench.


5.She couldn’t make it work with Calvin Harris…

How could you not make it work with THIS? Something is seriously wrong here, right?