Posts tagged ‘Jessie J’

July 9, 2012

LIVE REVIEW: WIRELESS FESTIVAL – LONDON (7-8 JULY 2012)

This weekend was the one everyone was waiting for… Wireless Festival! On Saturday, I caught a few tracks from the beautiful Rita Ora, which included ‘How We Do (Party)’, ‘Hot Right Now’, and ‘RIP’. She looked every inch the Roc Nation princess in camouflage combat trousers, black crop top and black beanie hat…

I had to run to see the amazing UK act Clement Marfo + The Frontline, who sent everybody absolutely mental as one of the first acts on at the Pepsi Max Stage. Frontman rapper Clement and singer Kojo exuberated energy, gaining lots of new fans.

Tulisa was up next on the main stage after Rita, opening with N Dubz songs. She showed her ex what he was missing by wearing a black low cut bra style top, with her midriff bare and a high waisted, short black star print skirt. She then dedicated ‘Titanium’ to her ex, saying “this is to my d***head ex-boyfriend, Justin f****** Edwards!” She also performed a track from her new forthcoming album called ‘Leave Me Alone’.

I then ventured to Barclay’s Unwind Stage to catch Sneakbo, where I saw Political PeakSho Shallow and Ard Adz performing. Sneakbo then came out and the crowd went even wilder. He performed ‘Yo Sexy’, ‘Call Me A Naija’, as well as doing covers of ‘Imma Boss’, and ‘Oliver Twist’. Of course he then ended with ‘Show Me The Wave’, and recent release ‘Sing For Tomorrow’.

UK hip-hop’s savior Sway was next up on the Barclays Unwind Stage; again you could tell there were hardcore fans in the audience as he performed ‘Up Your Speed’. ‘Still Speeding’ was definitely a crowd pleaser and his latest single ‘Level Up’ left the crowd unable to control their high.

I then went to see Taylor Gang general Wiz Khalifa who looked very indie in a bowler hat, long t-shirt, black skinny jeans and denim jacket, performing his well-known tracks ‘Roll Up,’ ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ and closing on ‘Black & Yellow’.

Fans gathered early to see The Weeknd. From the ‘House Of Balloons’ mixtape he sang ‘The Morning’, ‘The Party & The After Party’ and ‘Wicked Games’.  He also played tracks from the infamous ‘Thursday’ mixtape, which the crowd enjoyed the most. His solo performance for me was the best of the night; his vocals were 100% and you could hear every word of his stunning voice.

Next up was Ms Nicki Minaj. She got carted to the stage kicking off her set with ‘Roman’s Revenge’, ‘Did It On Em’, and ‘Beez In The Trap’. When ‘Moment For Life’, and ‘Starships’ came on, everyone was singing along. Near the end she did a dancehall inspired set, singing and dancing to songs like ‘Who Am I’ by Beenie Man and Tony Matterhorn’s ‘Dutty Wine’, where she showed everyone how it was done by wining on stage. ‘Superbass’ and ‘Monster’ were the closing tracks for the first lady of YMCMB.

Despite the rain, it was then time to see the artist everyone was waiting for – Drake. Coming on looking every inch the superstar, he was dressed all in black with touches of gold. He opened with ‘Underground Kings’, and ‘Lord Knows’ before quickly moving onto ‘I’m On One’ and ‘Over’.

He then said: “London is like my second home, I don’t give a f**k about the rain tonight.” The Weeknd came out to join him on ‘Crew Love’ and ‘The Zone’. Drake almost brought tears to The Weeknd’s eyes when he put his arm around him and told him, “I remember when I met you in Toronto, I knew you were going to be the greatest musician alive.”

Nicki also came back on stage for ‘Proud Of You’. The crowd joined in with Drake for ‘Take Care’, filling in for the missing Rihanna. He made the females falling for him judging by their love struck eyes! Despite the bad sound quality from the main stage, Drake put on a brilliant performance and proved why he was the headliner for Saturday and no one else.

Sunday’s Wireless saw Hyde Park become a lethal mudbath. The day was an eventful one, with the ‘King Of Hearts’ Lloyd taking to the stage to wow the ladies in the afternoon. UK soulstress Cleo Sol also represented in the afternoon, performing her new smash ‘Never The Right Time’. Other memorable acts included rapper K-Koke, StooSheLabrinthFlux PavilionRizzle KicksJessie J and J Cole.

Rihanna headlined Sunday’s event, which unfortunately was impacted by the poor sound quality, as it was for Drake’s set. Kicking off her set late, the star demonstrated her love for Egypt with an Arabian themed stage. The singer performed tracks like ‘Hard’ ‘Live Your Life’ ‘What’s My Name’ ‘Where Have You Been’ ‘S&M’ and finished off with ‘Umbrella’, at which time it was actually raining.

The 24-year-old’s headlining set was finished off with fireworks and bouncy balls being thrown into the crowd, before she told her adoring crowd: “Thanks for staying to watch me in the rain… Only in London would you guys stay to watch this show.”

 

 

January 13, 2012

The Brit Award Nominations 2012

Last night was the Brit Awards nominations, so here they are for 2012

 

British Male Solo Artist
Ed Sheeran
James Blake
James Morrison
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Professor Green

British Female Solo Artist
Adele
Florence & the Machine
Jessie J
Kate Bush
Laura Marling

British Breakthrough Act
Anna Calvi
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sandé
Jessie J
The Vaccines

British Group
Arctic Monkeys
Chase & Status
Coldplay
Elbow
Kasabian

British Single
Adele – Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran – The A Team
Example – Changed The Way You Kissed Me
Jessie J ft Bob – Price Tag
JLS ft Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
Military Wives/Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
Olly Murs ft Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips A Beat
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Pixie Lott – All About Tonight
The Wanted – Glad You Came

International Female Solo Artist
Beyoncé
Bjork
Feist
Lady Gaga
Rihanna

International Group
Fleet Foxes
Foo Fighters
Jay Z/ Kanye West
Lady Antebellum
Maroon 5

International Breakthrough Act
Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Nicki Minaj

Outstanding Contribution to Music
WINNER:
Blur

Critics Choice
1st – Emeli Sandé
2nd – Maverick Sabre
3rd – Michael Kiwanuka

British Producer
Paul Epworth
Flood
Ethan Johes

November 15, 2011

Mobo Awards 2011 winners

My review of what happened when I attended the MOBO’s in Glasgow 2011…

Flavour magazine had a great time attending the MOBO awards 2011 in Glasgow SECC yesterday. The nominees were outstanding so the competition was tough. It was a great night of music and fashion, with the big winner being Jessie J who picked up 4 awards out of the 5 categories she was nominated in, including Best Album and Best Song.

Dionne Bromfield gave a stunning performance in tribute to late Godmother Amy Winehouse singing ‘Love is a Losing Game’ which gainned her a standing ovation.

The fans on the red carpet lined up and the biggest screams went to JLS, Dappy and Fazer, Rizzle Kicks and Tinchy Stryder who stayed signing autographs, taking pictures and talking to fans in the rain.

A lot of people were left disappointed that Wretch 32 did not win an award as Mann, Encore, and Dionne Bromfield were rooting for him before the awards took place. With Mann saying, ‘my homeboy Wretch 32 deserves to win, he has done amazing.’

Loick Essien who was up for Best Newcomer said before the awards took place, ‘I’m feeling great. I’m feeling amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone perform. Everyones got their best attire on and everyones got there game face on.’

When asked what is his favourite memory of the MOBO’s, Chipmunk said “winning one when I was 17!”

Boyz II Men closed the show with their sensational old school performance of their classic hits End of the Road and I’ll Make Love to You.

MOBO founder Kanya King told CMU: “The excitement and atmosphere of our second year here in Glasgow has shown the love that the whole country has for MOBO. We felt so welcome the first time we came here, we didn’t think it could be topped. This year has been a phenomenal success and we can’t wait to return in 2013. It’s been a great event that has welcomed some exciting new award winners to the MOBO roll of honour including the global superstar Adele, the UK’s hot talent Tinchy Stryder and of course the fantastic Jessie J walking away with four awards”.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best UK Act: Jessie J

Best Newcomer: Jessie J

Best Hip Hop/Grime Act: Tinie Tempah

Best Video: Tinchy Stryder feat Dappy – Spaceship

Best International Act: Rihanna

Best Song: Jessie J – Do It Like A Dude

Best Album: Jessie J – Who You Are

Best Reggae: Alborosie

Best Jazz Act: Kairos 4Tet

Best African Act: Wizkid

Best Gospel Act: Triple O

Best R&B/Soul Act: Adele

Outstanding Contribution To Music: Boyz II Men

BeMOBO Award: Youth Music

*published at Flavour Magazine

November 8, 2011

Khalia touches down…

You may recognize the name Khalia from the female reply she wrote to Wiz Khalifa’s, ‘Roll Up,’ which in the space of just a month received over 100,000 hits on YouTube.

Not bad for a seventeen year old who entered a management/production state with DMP at the tender age of fifteen. She may be one of the youngest urban female artists in the UK right now, but she does not compete with anyone else, only perfection. Her first single ‘Candy Rain,’ an ingenious cover of the Soul For Real hit, confirmed her talent and potential to the listening world, and this initial success was further cemented by ‘Climb’, the first single on her album, ‘Touch Down’.

Having already worked with some talented writers on her album such as Curtis Richardson (Rhianna/J-Lo) and Karl Gordon (Jessie J/Sugababes), Khalia has done a lot. ‘I’ve done three videos in the space of a year, and they’ve all been quite successful, they have been on Channel AKA.’ Khalia describes her sound as, ‘urban but quite catchy, it also has a commercial edge to it.’

The mixtape ‘Touch Down,’ co-written by Khalia and Darren Martyn, shows her progression and confidence as a writer. ‘When we were writing the mixtape that was the song that created the title and the concept. It’s basically about touching down onto the music scene, saying you know this is me, here I am.’ Khalia uses her life experiences to write some songs, ‘I think they do make the best songs. An example would be ‘Love Story,’ it’s on the mixtape as well. It’s about me meeting a boy in Jamaica on holiday and falling in love with him and having to go back home, because it was just a holiday. It’s reality; it’s a true story. We were writing on a bashment vibe and I thought that would be the best beat or vibe to tell that story.’ This is also one of her favourite songs, because it makes her feel good and reminisce.

Read the rest of the feature here http://www.flavourmag.co.uk/khalia-touches-down/