Music

Check out the latest highlights video from Red Bull Bedroom Jam’s live webcast last week featuring Attack! Attack! and 13 riots.

Next up the Red Bull Bedroom Jam tour bus heads west to Worcester- home of apples, beef, sauce and, of course, Dan Scotty. Described by some as “a one man electronic emo machine”, 19-year-old Dan Scotty comes to us fresh off the road from his first UK tour, where he got busy turning rock shows into dance parties.

Dan has earned himself a large fanbase thanks to his infectious live shows, and boasts an impressive 300,000 hits on his Myspace page.

Point your browser towards www.redbullbedroomjam.com on Monday, March 16th, where Dan (plus a full band) will be playing live for your listening pleasure.

As ever, Red Bull Bedroom Jam presenters Goldierocks and Richie T will get the party started from Red Bull HQ where they’ll be chatting to the leisure wear-loving Goldie Lookin Chain.

And with a group like that, who knows what’s going to happen, so make sure you tune in at 5pm on Monday – you knows it.

Red Bull Bedroom Jam have launched a competition to find the ultimate Red Bull Bedroom Jam band of the season.

Every two weeks Red Bull choose a band or an artist to perform a live Jam from their bedroom which streams through to the Red Bull Bedroom Jam site. Once they have chosen their lucky 6 winners, in December they will open the competition for YOU to vote which band or artist you think deserves to win a day in the studio as well as having your single pressed professionally!

See more here:www.redbullbedroomjam.com/lucky6

What is Red Bull Bedroom Jam?

Red Bull Bedroom Jam aims to give wiiings to new musical talent, of any genre, aged 19 years or younger. Every two weeks the Red Bull Bedroom Jam panel of experts choose one band to be the focus of a LIVE webcast. Then, with the help of local young promoters, Red Bull produced marketing materials are distributed around the local area in order to raise awareness ready for show time!

Can you make Music using only a Red Bull Can????

On October 1st 2008 Red Bull re-launches ‘Red Bull Can Make Music’, a creativity contest that challenges students to make and build a unique piece of music using only a Red Bull Can. A competition to create the most individual and cleverly constructed piece of music, tracks can be made, recorded and uploaded from scratch or created by arranging the pre-programmed can sounds on the online sequencer at www.redbullcanmakemusic.com.
Whether you flick it, crush it, bend it or tear it the possibilities are endless just release your inner creativity and let your imagination do the work.
Supported and judged by music heavyweights and Red Bull Music Academy Alumni DJ Zinc, Zed Bias and Tony Nwachukwu entries will be scored on creative concept: individuality and ingenuity and conceptual execution: composition and construction. The creator of the winning track will be invited along to an all expenses paid party for them and their mates in a Central London venue.

To enter go visit www.redbullcanmakemusic.com

To get some inspiration check out last year’s winning track by clicking on this link: http://88.208.206.174/videos/cmm/intro_med.wmv

To meet the Judges and watch them judging last year’s entries watch: http://88.208.206.174/videos/cmm/judge_med.wmv

Five Culture, the partnership between Five and Arts Council England, has commissioned an exclusive series of documentaries exploring the musical influences of four of the most successful artists in contemporary folk music, it was announced today (THURS).

Produced by the Proudfoot Company, My Music consists of four, hour-long programmes which, for the first time, gets under the skin of musicians; Seth Lakeman, Kate Rusby, Eliza Carthy and Athena.

The series launches on Five in the Spring and is the latest in the Five Culture initiative which sees Five and Arts Council England encourage viewers to engage in the arts.

Tom Ravenscroft, son of legendary Radio One DJ John Peel, narrates the programmes that focus on a separate artist in each episode. Meanwhile high profile contributors including Billy Bragg, Jennifer Saunders, Stewart Lee and Willy Russell comment on the artists and their contribution to popular culture.

Executive producer Michael Proudfoot has secured exclusive behind the scenes access to all artists – as well as in-depth interviews that reveal the highs, the lows, the history and aspirations of these influential musicians. Michael said: “We wanted to get under the creative skins of these artists. The songs they write and the music they make are products of the places in England that they live in, so the My Music documentaries are not just music shows, they are about the English landscape, or in Athena’s case the Greek landscape.

“We wanted to show how music gets created, how songs are written and how it can be done these days without being part of a major record label, if you’ve got Garage Band on your Mac you can make a record.”

Five Culture consultant, Kim Peat, said: “This series is superb. The quality of the music, the passion that is projected, the testimonies from so many people make it a joy to watch.

“My Music will not only give people within the scene a reason to celebrate what they love about modern folk music, but also introduce a new audience to a diverse and influential part of our culture.”

Five Culture follows on from the successful three-year project, Fivearts Cities and is designed to encourage viewers to participate in the additional features planned alongside its forthcoming music projects.

Arts Council England Head of Broadcasting, Gill Johnson, said: “We’re delighted that the relationship with Five – now in it’s fifth successful year – has evolved to encompass an area of the arts that is supported so passionately and which reflects a diverse range of regional talent. We hope this series will inspire more young musicians and singers across the country.”

The series is overseen by Five’s Head of Factual, Ralph Lee.

The Westlife Show Live
Saturday 15 December 2007 6:15pm – 7:15pm on ITV1.

After 14 UK number ones and 36 million record sales worldwide, the biggest selling pop act of the last nine years, Westlife, are treating their fans to a one-off musical extravaganza, The Westlife Show: Live, exclusively for ITV1

The Westlife Show: Live is a colourful celebration of the band’s hits spanning their record-breaking career. Of the tracks Shane, Kian, Mark and Nicky sing on the night, five will be the top tracks voted for online ahead of the show from a selection of Westlife’s classic number ones.

Which of their classic hits will make the top 5? Flying Without Wings, Mandy, World Of Our Own, My Love, Unbreakable, You Raise Me Up…?

This live show is to be hosted by Holly Willoughby and in addition to the classics Westlife will be performing exclusive material from their new No.1 album, Back Home, and there’ll also be some extra special guests, as well as some surprises in store.

Westlife member Shane says: “We’re very excited and thrilled to have our own TV special. We’ve seen so many amazing TV specials over the years on ITV1 so it’s an honour to finally have our own”.

Kian continues: “There’ll be lots of our biggest hits plus new songs from the new album Back Home. Also, there’ll be a couple of really good surprises which we can’t reveal yet. Fans will also have had chance to choose some of the songs we perform, which is best bit about the show really”.

When asked if they still get a buzz from performing in front of an audience, Shane says: “Yes, especially if it’s a live TV show like this one, it’s even more exciting then.”

Kian continues, “The audience is going to be made up of our biggest fans, so it’s going to be quite a spectacle”.

If they had to pick one of their number 1 hits to perform on the night, Shane plumps for “You Raise Me Up. Every time we sing it we never get sick of it”.

Kian says that the highlight of his career so far is “still being together after nearly ten years. We are very proud of that”.

Shane puts the key to Westlife’s success down to “Great songs, hard work and honesty within the band and the people we work with”.

South Bank Show – Eric Clapton
Sunday 2 December 2007 11:10pm – 12:10am on ITV1.

Eric Clapton last spoke to The South Bank Show exactly twenty years ago, near the end of a long spiral of addiction and alcoholism, just before going in to rehab. Now, 20 years later – and still one of the great guitarists of our time – we pick up the story again with the 62-year-old Clapton talking exclusively to Melvyn Bragg.

They discuss conquering his demons, the drugs, the drink, the death of his son, his troubled family background, the intensity of his relationships with other great guitarists and with women, and his influences and his most moving songs. Clapton speaks openly about the music – the one constant in a life of emotional turmoil – and how he has finally found peace.

It would be difficult to find a rock star that has experienced more ecstatic highs or despairing lows than Eric Clapton. As one of the greatest rock musicians this country has ever produced, his career has spanned over 40 years from being the fresh faced guitarist of the Yardbirds, to the spaced out solo artist of the 70s, to the reformed, prolific performer of today.

Far more than a rock star Clapton is an icon and a living legend. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as ‘God’ and his tracks such as Layla, Sunshine Of Your Love, Wonderful Tonight and Tears In Heaven have become anthems for generations of music fans.

The South Bank Show is illustrated with previously unseen performance footage and rare, revealing archive. This is Clapton at his most candid ever.

Still leading the way, The South Bank Show is the first ITV1 programme to be available on the internet in both podcast (audio) and vodcast (video) format at www.itv.com/southbank .

South Bank Show – Annie Lennox
Sunday 25 November 2007 10:45pm – 11:45pm on ITV1.

Annie Lennox gives us exclusive access to an exciting and intimate rehearsal with her band, and gives an insight into the thrill of preparing for a live performance, which enables her to re-interpret her recordings to give the audience something completely unique. We see her mesmerising performance at a peace concert, showcasing an artist not afraid of pushing boundaries, with a voice that shines and soars.

Melvyn Bragg talks to Annie Lennox, providing a rare and exclusive insight into this very private star. She talks candidly about her life, from her sheltered upbringing in Aberdeen to her arrival at the Royal Academy Of Music where, on her first day, she realised she would never make it as a flautist. Also covered is her decision at 21 to become a singer, and her “hell of a journey” with Dave Stewart, through to launching her solo career.

Annie talks about her fourth solo album, Songs Of Mass Destruction, which lends her voice to how she feels about the world and the human race, and how writing music saw her through her devastating marriage break up.

In a career that has spanned over 25 years, including the 15 years since Annie released her first solo album, Diva, no other British female artist has achieved as much. Over 78 million sales across the globe, and 33 hit singles, complement the four Grammies, 11 BRITS, five Ivor Novellos, an Oscar, and two Golden Globes amongst other accolades. In addition to her artistic achievements, Annie is a celebrated activist and humanitarian.

Still leading the way, The South Bank Show is the first ITV1 programme to be available on the internet in both podcast (audio) and vodcast (video) format at www.itv.com/southbank .

1Xtra announced today a series of changes to the mainstream and specialist schedule, as DJs Trevor Nelson and Tim Westwood joined the digital radio revolution with new shows on the network.

In further news, UK hip hop specialist MistaJam takes over a new five-day slot.

The refreshed schedule reflects an evolution of 1Xtra’s music priorities and has been designed to ensure the station continues to champion the most important black music.

The changes kick off on 10 September with the specialist schedule:

MistaJam hosts a new cross genre show featuring the best in underground flavours plus the big hits, mixes, live music and charts.

House DJ Footloose and hip hop specialist Sarah Love will be joining the station for new mix shows.

From 10 each night, 1Xtra will have the big hitters in specialist music – Ronnie Herel, Robbo Ranx, Bailey, Target and Semtex – representing the very best in RnB, Dancehall, Drum & Bass, UKG and hip hop.

Crissy Criss is promoted to an earlier slot on Monday nights, midnight-2am.

On 8 October the daytime and weekend schedules change:

Trevor Nelson hosts a brand new breakfast show. Trevor will be joined by new signing Zena, as the show shifts to an 8-11am slot. Great music, big entertainment and the best celebrity guests will all be in the mix.

Westwood presents a new hip hop show exclusive to 1Xtra, Sunday nights, 10pm-midnight. Both Westwood and Nelson will continue to present their shows on sister station BBC Radio 1.

Dev is promoted from his weekend show to the early breakfast show, 6-8am weekdays.

Max takes over a new afternoon show, 2-4pm, mixing news, music, entertainment and debate.

Twin B gains two new shows on Saturday and Sunday mornings, 6-9am.

Ronnie Herel gains a new Saturday chart show (1-4pm) and a Sunday show (1-4pm).

Andy Parfitt, Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: “This is chapter two for 1Xtra as we continue to grow the station. We have the cream of DJ talent showcasing the best black music around and in Trevor and Tim Westwood, the two biggest players in RnB and hip hop.

“It is important that UK digital radio grows for all audiences, including the young – this evolution of the station is a critical part of building awareness and audiences to digital. It’s key that the schedule is as easy as possible for our audience to navigate so they can find the music they love and I believe we have achieved that.”

Lorna Clarke, Head of Programmes, 1Xtra, said: “Over the past five years 1Xtra has demonstrated that there is a huge appetite for UK and international black music. We’ve continued in our commitment to delivering the best content to our listeners and our refreshed schedule reflects this.

“We’re excited that Trevor Nelson and Tim Westwood, two of the UK’s leaders in bringing black music to a mainstream audience, will be joining us appealing to an even wider audience. I’d like to thank the DJs leaving the station for all their hard work and wish them well for the future.”

Trevor Nelson said: “It makes total sense for me to be joining 1Xtra. I’ve been at the forefront of black music at Radio 1 and this opportunity was too good for me to pass up. It’s the flagship breakfast show on the BBC’s dedicated black music station. I’m looking forward to being a permanent part of the 1Xtra team.”

Tim Westwood said: “1Xtra have made a tremendous contribution to black music over the last five years. I’m very proud and excited to be part of such a great station.”

MistaJam said: “I’m really looking forward to moving to five days a week with my new show on the greatest black music station on the planet – 1Xtra – and while it will be different to my previous shows on the network, I’ll be able to build on my two years being a part of the 1Xtra family with the new show.

“I’ll be spotlighting a blend of some of the freshest black music around from all of 1Xtra’s key genres from both sides of the Atlantic – some you’ll know, some you’ll get to know. It will also be a guide to everything that’s hot in the 1Xtra universe: music, gadgets, film, TV, club nights, clothes!

“I’m honoured that 1Xtra has offered me the show and am humbled to be a key part of the next phase of 1Xtra. It’s gonna be big!!”

7 July 2007 – Live Earth – a date for the history books.
And for anyone not lucky enough to get tickets to the concerts the BBC has lined up some of its top presenters to front its coverage of what promises to be the year’s biggest music event.

Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton and Edith Bowman will host coverage of Live Earth, which features a sensational line up of international artists, including performances from Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and James Blunt amongst many others.

And with TV and radio coverage of Live Earth from London and right around the globe, the BBC continues to be the place to enjoy huge scale live music events.

Jonathan Ross will present live coverage of the London concert on BBC One and BBC Two. From a special studio at Wembley, he will provide his own unique brand of commentary as well as speaking to a host of international superstars and special guests about the day’s music and the environmental issues behind the concerts.

Making sure that viewers don’t miss out on any of the day’s must see moments, Graham Norton will be based in another special location within the stadium, catching up with more of the event’s performers and special guests.

While Edith Bowman will be in the thick of things by the stage, keeping viewers up to date with all the action as it happens and chatting with the bands.

In the build up to the concert Jonathan will also be hosting his BBC Radio 2 show live from Wembley in the morning, while later in the day Radio 2’s coverage continues with a special show hosted by Russell Brand, featuring live coverage and highlights of the concerts.

Coverage of Live Earth will also appear across BBC Radio 1 and the BBC World Service.

Jonathan Ross says: “I am delighted to be hosting the BBC’s coverage of the Live Earth event as I am passionate about saving the planet. After all, I am the man who put the ‘W’s in rainforests.”

Artists performing live on stage at Wembley include: Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Blunt, Snow Patrol, Razorlight, Keane, Damien Rice, Corinne Bailey Rae, David Gray, Duran Duran, Genesis, Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Paolo Nutini.

With Live Earth concerts spanning all seven continents in locations including: New York, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Kyoto, Sydney, Hamburg, Shanghai and Istanbul, the BBC will also feature highlights from the best of the international shows.

Created by former United States Vice-President Al Gore and Live 8’s organiser Kevin Wall, the Live Earth concerts aim to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Providing context and analysis on the day the BBC’s environment correspondent David Shukman will explore these issues along with other experts in the field.

The Live Earth concerts will take place across the globe on 7 July.

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