Set to be released early next year (2015) This action packed clever thriller is based on the original comic book, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Safe to say it falls under the brilliant genre of spy thrillers. Definitely a favourite as genres go. Perhaps we’ll be seeing undertones of James Bond and Johnny English?
The plot is, in a nutshell; trouble-causing street kids recruited, and put under the most brutal of tests by a classified spy organization. Sort of like an elite army training. But much much cooler. The timing of these particular recruits is on par with an emerging global threat from a twisted tech genius. What could possibly wrong?
Awesome plot aside, it’s the cast members that have us eager to see this film. To name but a few legends: Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, and Colin Firth.
Eminem and Sia come together for their second collaboration in this empowering rap song. The chorus showcases Sias’ unique, forceful vocals. As for the versus, Eminem’s endless magic on the mic takes us deep into his personal experiences.
The song debuted at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 134,328 copies in it’s first-week sales. Previews of this song first premiered in the trailer for the much anticipated film ”The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington. The song was officially released to iTunes on August 25, 2014. The same day Eminem announced his plans to release a new album titled Shady XV. Presumably named in honour of The Slim Shady LP’s 15 year anniversary.
There’s not an official music video released yet, but this lyric video is perfect. We’re just thrilled that Eminem and Sia decided to work together again, and we hope this won’t be their last time.
“In Performance at the White House: Country Music” is a PBS music special taped in the East Room of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama hosted the event in celebration of Country music, whose roots run deep throughout American history. The concert includes performances by Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Mickey, Darius Rucker and James Taylor. The show honors the rich history and resilience of this uniquely American musical form with performances tracing the history of Country music.
Harlan Howard, who wrote many Country music songs that are now classics, said, “Country music is three chords and the truth.”
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In Performance at the White House: Country Music 2011
01.Intro [President’s speech] 02. Dierks Bentley – Home 03. Lye Lovett – Cowboy Man 04. Kris Kristofferson & Darius Rucker – Pancho & Lefty 05. The Band Perry – If I Die Young 06. Alison Krauss – When You Say Nothing at All 07. James Taylor – Riding on a Railroad 08. Darius Rucker – I Got Nothin’ 09. Dierks Bentley & Lauren Alaina – Always on My Mind 10. Mickey – Crazy 11. James Taylor – Wichita Lineman 12. Lauren Alaina – Coal Miner’s Daughter 13. Lyle Lovett – Funny How Time Slips Away 14. The Band Perry – I Will Always Love You 15. Full Cast – Me And Bobby McGee
The Vamps have invited Tyler Oakley and the rest of YouTube’s talent to sing for charity. We loved their rework of Simon & Garfunkel’s Cecilia already, but this is way better…and it’s for a good cause, Teenage Cancer Trust.
The video stars Tyler Oakley, Sam Pepper, Joe Sugg, Jim Chapman, Alexa Losey, Ebony Day, Benjamin Cook, Caspar Lee, Doug Armstrong, Patty Walters, Harrison Webb, Mazzi Maz, Sam King, Jake Boys, Chip Daddy, BriBry, Luke Cutforth, NikiNSammy, and Laura Bubble. Some of these stars are far better at singing than the others – (Patty Walters, Ebony Day) – but it doesn’t seem to matter, it all sounds great and makes you feel good!
The whole thing is in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that focuses on helping young people get proper treatment. Click here for more info. So please consider buying the track now on iTunes and support The Vamps valiant efforts to do something worthwhile.
The new remix of Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) is the fifth single off their debut album Meet The Vamps. The song borrows the chorus from the 1970 Simon & Garfunkel song Cecilia which includes, “Celia, you’re breaking my heart / You’re shaking my confidence daily / Oh Cecilia, I’m down on my knees / I’m begging you please to come home.”
The Vamps – Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) ft. Shawn Mendes
Today Google marked the first day of Autumn, the September equinox – with a great doodle. We’re marking it with a playlist – a collection of classic songs that give you a sense of the changing seasons.
There are two equinoxes every year, in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of the day and night are more or less equal. This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year. Of course as we enjoy the first day of Autumn some of you reading this might be on the other side of the world enjoying the first day of Spring, the Vernal Equinox!
It’s true to say that all seasons inspire artists in different ways, but this colourful, poignant time of year has inspired some of the greatest tracks of all time. So grab your pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks, stick your headphones on and enjoy the year’s last, loveliest smile.
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
Click here to open it in Creation 5 1. The White Stripes – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground 2. The Kinks – Autumn Almanac 3. Ed Sheeran – Autumn Leaves 4. The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’ 5. Jack Johnson – Constellations 6. Jon Foreman – Southbound Train 7. Guns N’ Roses – November Rain 8. One Direction – Fireproof 9. Ella & Louis – Autumn in New York 10. Mumford & Sons – Reminder 11. Oh No! Oh My! – Walk In The Park 12. The Moody Blues – Forever Autumn 13. The Beatles – Blackbird
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Kartik Pillai is gearing up for a hectic end to 2014. The Delhi-based multi-instrumentalist has just released a fantastic debut album with his experimental dream-pop act Begum, and is all set to release a solo EP next week under his JAMBLU moniker. There’s also another album in the works with gypsy/cabaret punk act Peter Cat Recording Co. Add in his studio work and video production house The Hundredth Initiative and it’s easy to imagine Pillai and his bandmates as the epicentre of a small, self-sufficient scene headquartered in New Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village – a scene that is producing some of the best music to come out of the country. We talk to Pillai about his recently released album, his influences, and his plans for the future.
Begum [Urdu word for a Muslim lady of high rank] is an interesting name for a band with three guys. What’s the story behind it? The name is homage to the honorable Begum, we hope to be in her loving shade for as long as possible and spread word of her benevolence and kindness till when we are called back to our lives.
How did the guys in Begum start playing together? Kshitij [Dhyani, bassist] and I have been collaborating since 2007 when we met each other on a thread on the Rock Street Journal Forums. We’ve been in metal, funk and blues bands together and started composing by ourselves in early 2009. One day (in 2012) we called Karan [Singh, drummer] for an impromptu jam, there were 15 minutes of brilliance in that 2 hour jam and we latched onto it. After writing a dozen songs or more we ended up being a band.
In an interview, you mentioned that Begum is influenced by Tame Impala. What are your other influences? Various musical acts come to mind, a lot of the influences for me at least have been visual so far. One major influence on my playing ethos has been Kaki King (her more recent material). Also the Kinks, the Beatles, Elliot Smith, Jandek’s tape machine and The Sea… all these acts influenced me to a much greater degree than Tame Impala.
You recorded Begum’s debut album Bagh rather unconventionally, doing the whole record in one live take. What prompted you to take that approach? We recorded the album twice before on a metronome but it didn’t sound right. Finally we had one day before Kshitij left for Bombay for his masters. So we hauled everything into Karan’s room and just hit record. We left a couple of the songs off the album because we got tired and because Kshitij had to pack.
There’s a distinct old Delhi/Mughal flavour to the band’s general aesthetic. Is the capital city a major influence for you guys? Yes the city of Delhi has definitely been a major influence on our aesthetic in terms of artwork and imagery. But musically i think we try to create paradoxes with our current situations, most of the songs stem from our love for dying civilizations, pale winter suns and the sea.
There was a lot of buzz around the music video for lead single Chinbein, which features a surreal and sepia-tinged montage of videos and imagery. Where did the concept for the video come from?
The concept is completely [ video director ] Samridhi Thapliyal’s. We just sent her the song and she took it from there. I think she was trying to portray a sort of cycle, the constant creation existence and eventual destruction of all things.
How was the response to Bagh been so far? Any plans for a tour? The response has been great, a lot of kind words and a lot of interest which we’re very grateful for. We have a tour lined up starting with The New Wave Festival In Goa, we’re gonna drive down from Delhi and plan on hitting all the major cities including some others like Jaipur, Cochin, etc.
Apart from Begum, you also play guitars in Peter Cat Recording Co. and have a solo electronica project called JAMBLU. Is it difficult to juggle three distinct musical identities? I really don’t find it difficult because i think we all have to manage a multitude of personalities in public and in life. I have different approaches to all these projects which are generally just spurts of creation in various directions. For me all these personalities are completely natural so there’s no real effort put into solidifying them, over the years I’ve learnt which reality of mine to take inspiration from and when…. for the mind is a toy.
You call JAMBLU ‘post-dance’ on your bandcamp page. What’s post-dance? A friend of mine once summarized it visually as a group of people standing around like mindful zombies swaying slowly. The idea is that once the physical section of a release (dancing which is intensely spiritual) is over, Depth Training would then be used to sink into oneself and surrender to one’s own ticks and unconscious tremors in utter decadence eventually allowing one to just exist rather than react or act.
The JAMBLU debut ‘Depth Training’ is a very immersive and melancholy album. What’s the inspiration behind that project? The album is my abstract version of the birth of the universe, the earth and evolution on it , starting with a vacuum, the big bang, growth of life on earth, nature and its various tangents such as the industrial revolution, the accidental enlightenment of poultry, and quaint cottages in the forest.
When can we expect the long-awaited Peter Cat Recording Co. album? How has the pcrc sound evolved since the last album? We’re hoping for a november release for Peter Cat, the sound has definitely evolved from the first album. Once we settled into being a band (after I joined pcrc), we started exploring new sounds and methods of playing other than the gypsy/cabaret sound. In terms of grooves, styles and intention we’re definitely going towards a much more ambient sound. The instrumentation is also slowly evolving.
Any other plans for the future? pcrc, Begum, Lifafa and Jamblu tours for India, and quite possibly abroad as well.
The production company (Hundredth Monkey Initiative) that I’m a part of will also start producing short films soon, we’re pretty much just finalizing on scripts at this point and an animated series tentatively called Beevision.
I’ll be releasing the new Jamblu EP come Sept 23rd on the Equinox. There are also music videos to come soon after for Depth Training and the new EP. We have one more music video coming up for Begum which we’re making with my brother Sachin Pillai and we’ve also started work on the next Begum album and the subsequent Opera that we plan to produce. The album should be out middle of next year and the Opera hopefully by the end of next year.
We’ve been counting down the days til’ our favourite TV programmes are back on the air. Let’s not kid ourselves… we’re addicted!
With last week’s new season premieres of Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy, New Girl and The Good Wife, there’s tonnes more TV to look forward to for the run of autumn. It’s a great week ahead, with so many exciting new season premieres to watch; there’s even enough for two shows a night! So put your jammies on and get cosy!
The Big Bang Theory and The Voice are your main callings tonight (Monday). NCIS airs on Tuesday, Wednesday offers you Law & Order: SVU, Modern Family and Nashville, Thursday premieres Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and, unless you have a social life on Friday nights, you can have your eye’s glued to the screen with the new season of Hawaii Five-O. Next week also premieres The Simpsons, Family Guy and Revenge, and October has Criminal Minds, The Vampire Diaries, Homeland, The Walking Dead and Two and a Half Men on the cards for us, amongst many, many, many more.
We look at TV’s upcoming fall releases, including new shows and highly anticipated season premieres.
Most Anticipated (click any title to play the video in Creation 5):
Boardwalk Empire is coming to a not so happy conclusion in its last season, seeing as it’s tagline reads “all empires must fall”. The show’s attraction is partly (mostly!) due to its stellar A-list movie-worthy cast of Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Michael K. Williams, Kelly Macdonald, Gretchen Mol, Jeffrey Wright, Stephen Graham, Shea Whigham, and a whole bunch more.
Even the guys who run and write the show are bloody fantastic. They include Terence Winter – the oh-so-brilliant scriptwriter who wrote The Wolf of Wall Street– Denis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone) and Pulitzer Prize nominee Howard Korder. Let’s not forget that the show was co-created by the man himself, Martin Scorsese, who directed the show’s pilot and is still the Executive Producer.
Although the show’s been accused of being “slow, repetitive” and drags on to get to its main narrative hook, there’s a reason the show’s been nominated for four Golden Globe since it first aired (winning best series in 2011). It’s also been nominated for 40 Primetime Emmys (40?!) and three WGA awards. With only seven episodes left, you might as well hang in there to find out what happens to Nucky Thompson (Buscemi).
One of cable’s biggest shows, Sons of Anarchy, has reached its final season. We expect a heavy load of bullets and blood in the seventh season of Kurt Sutter’s biker-gang drama, starring Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, as well as recurring appearances from the likes of Jimmy Smits, Peter Weller and CCH Pounder.
It’s hard to compete with SOAs out-and-out quantity of action and crazy plot twists, with overwhelming machismo and its Shakespearian coming-book vibe when it comes to blood, rape, violence and gore. While the show doesn’t tickle everyone’s fancy (at least not mine), millions of loyal fans keep coming back for more.
The Good Wife is smart, funny, sexy, exciting and consistent. Starring Julianna Marguelies, Chris Noth, Mathew Goode and welcoming a new regular, David Hyde Pierce, amongst others, the CBS show has been one of the best dramas on TV. Last season kicked ass and was by far the best run in its history, “gleefully tearing up the status quo, proving increasingly formally experimental (the direction throughout was beautiful), giving its cast members more to do than before and being wildly entertaining at every moment.” There isn’t much out there to compete with this.
The Good Wife is perhaps the most underrated TV show on television. It’s “unapologetically feminist”, has one of the best love triangles on television, has top quality guest stars and gets better with every season. I’d give it five stars, without a shadow of a doubt.
Gotham premieres for the first time today on FOX. The show is set in Gotham City, in the early days of Detective James Gordon (played by Ben Mckenzie of Southland/The O.C) and a pile of familiar heroes and villains. Tonight’s pilot is what one might call “ridiculously opulent – an over-the-top opera of tragedy and revenge”. Directed by Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd), developed by Bruno Heller (creator of Rome) and with wonderful music by Greame Revell, the show also has an insanely good cast, including Jada Pinkett Smith and Donal Logue. The show features various elements of the Batman mythology as well as a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).
Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad meets David Tennant from Doctor Who in a murder drama to uncover the murder mystery of a child in a small seaside town. Written/created by Chris Chibnall and directed by James Strong, Gracepoint is based on the British series Broadchurch. The American re-adaptation of the show includes Michael Pena, Nick Nolte, and Jacki Weaver as exceptional characters from the original show and takes on strong creative principles that are to differentiate it from the original series (at least let’s hope they do!).
With last season’s myriad of twists and turns, it’s hard to describe what we’re in for this season. Let’s just say: “we’re in for a hefty load of more crazy stuff”. The political thriller, directed by Howard Gordon (24) and starring Claire Daines (CIA officer Carrie), Damian Lewis (ex-U.S. Marine-Sargeant-turned-terrorist, Sft. Brody) and Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson), sure does have us tuning in for more, with it’s action-thriller-packed storyline – you’d be rather silly not to… it’s brilliant!
The Affair is a new series about a married man and woman who begin an affair that ends in tragedy and is told from both perspectives (interesting, right?). Produced by some of the people behind In Treatment and the incredible House of Cards, The Affair takes a novelistic approach to its storytelling, with a flashback/mystery structure side-by-side and with an Eleanor-Rigby-style dual perspective narcissism. What’s more, its cast involves Dominic West and Ruth Wilson as the starring duo, and Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson as their respective spouses. Although Showtime doesn’t have a 5-star track record (apart from Masters of Sex, Dexter and Homeland), The Affair looks really promising.
The smashing adaptation of Robert Kirkaman’s zombie-themed comic book returns for yet another season. The Walking Dead is the biggest show on TV, has captivated a wider audience season after season, and is rumoured to have an even more action-packed and eventful storyline for our entertainment this season. For you zombie enthusiasts out there, this one’s for you!
Peaky Blinders is set in the aftermath of WW1 and focuses on the Shelby family, who returns to Birmingham to set up their criminal enterprise. While the show is essentially a UK take on Boardwalk Empire, it’s managed to find its own path on television, without hiding behind the US TV hit about the rise of the criminal empire in the aftermath of WW1.
The show continues to stay true to its lavish production values and solid writing (created and written by Steven Knight, screenwriter of Eastern Promises and director of Locke). It also features an A-list movie-level cast, with Cillian Murphy taking the lead role, Paul Anderson, Joe Cole, Helen McCrory, Annabelle Wallis and Sam Neill. Plus a few new actors in season 2, including Noah Taylor, Charlotte Riley and, most impressively, the oh-so-beautiful Tom Hardy!!
Viola Davis plays a law professor at a university in Philadelphia who teaches a class called How To Get Away With Murder. Both she and her class get involved in a murder mystery. Produced by Peter Norwalk with Shona Rhimes as the show’s executive producer, mostly known for her involvement in the brilliant series Scandal and the long-running TV hit Grey’s Anatomy, we’re in for an interesting ride of “thrills, chills and spills”. This one might just be on the cards for our “latest addiction” this autumn…
Calling all TV-watching machines, the TV menu this fall offers an even wider selection of delicious delights, including Bedtime Stories, Twilight Zone, Sleepy Hollow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mulaney, Kingdom, The Newsroom, The Casual Vacancy and so many more!
Prepare to hibernate in front of the telly with a warm cuppa tea!
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All the biggest names in music were at the 4th iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas at the weekend. Meghan Trainor was there, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Paramore, One Direction, Coldplay and many more. Ryan Seacrest, the weekend’s host said: “You can’t believe they’re all in one arena, it just doesn’t happen.”
The iHeartRadio Music Festival is a two-day festival held each September (since 2011) by iHeartRadio. According to Billboard magazine, the main festival has “quickly established itself as a home to a who’s who of every major artist across virtually every format on radio.”
We’ve collected together some of our favourite performances – Click on the video titles to open them in Creation 5:
Taylor Swift performed an epic medley of her hit songs. She started her set with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together before launching into 22, I Knew You Were Trouble, Love Story and finishing with Shake It Off — of course!
We loved her introduction to Shake it Off: “I think that you have things going on in your lives. You’ve got deadlines, you’ve got things stressing you out, you’ve got people saying things about you that aren’t true. You have frenemies, and liars, and dirty, dirty cheats. What do you do about all those things, well, you shake ‘em off, of course.”
Calvin Harris was Saturday night’s headliner and he really got things going with a fantastic set and an amazing light show. Two of the songs he performed were his chart-topper Summer and his new song, Blame, sung by UK sou-singer John Newman. It was the first time they had performed the song live.
Iggy Azaleagave a fantastic performance, wearing a pink, black and purple outfit, matching the black and white outfits of the sexy background dancers. DJ Whiz Kid lent a hand with background vocals to the songs – and Iggy rapped her heart out. Fancy that! Watch her entire set below.
Ed Sheeran’s set was yet another highlight during an entire night of highlights. The best part being special guest Macklemore joining Sheeran onstage during a performance of The Heist. They also sang Same Love together. Sheeran went on to perform a mix of Loyal (Chris Brown) and a couple of songs by Blackstreet, Don’t and No Diggity. Of course, he sang The A Team and Sing. Check out the entire set below!
Nicki Minaj goes well with the bright lights of Vegas and her magnetic stage presence was impossible to ignore. She had quite a challenge following on from Taylor Swift and Coldplay but with an Ariana Grande cameo for Bang Bang, plenty of booty-popping on Super Bass and Anaconda, and an amazing a cappella version of her Flawless (Remix) Minaj got people talking hours after her performance..
Pixie Lott and her boyfriend, model-of-the-moment Oliver Cheshire, get hot and steamy in the new video for her single Break Up Song. It’s a beautiful ballad with bittersweet lyrics – Pixie says it’s her favourite from her new album.
Don’t you just love it when music videos are right on target and capture the song? Well this one does exactly that – the chemistry between the two of them is perfect, naturally. It’s not the first time they have worked together either – he invited her into his world when they recently collaborated on a photo shoot for the agency Select Model Management.
Directed by Nick Bartlett and filmed at London’s Waldorf Hotel, the video tells the story of a couple having a passionate relationship – with all the trials and intensity that goes with young love. Break Up Song is the third single to be lifted from Pixie’s self-titled album, which was released in August this year.
Back in the real world, Oliver and Pixie have been dating for 4 years now – and neither are in a rush to tie the knot. Speaking to Attitude magazine, Oliver said: “We’re both still young, she’s 23, I’m 26. I think a lot of people rush in crazy to stuff, which is fine, you can do, if that suits you. But why change it, if we’re happy at the moment? We are both very career driven at the moment. Pixie’s got her new album out and I’m busy flying about everywhere. We’re both happy with the way things are! We live together, we see our friends a lot, I think it’s important to see your friends a lot, we’re always going out for dates and nice dinners.”
Victoria Louise Lott was nicknamed Pixie for being such a tiny baby, she is one of the 15 celebs who are competing in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Can anyone watch Pitbull’s new video for Fireball and honestly say they don’t want to join the party? It’s a Latin Dance Explosion, tinged with Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Brilliant! Join Mr Worldwide as he travels to a fun-filled Havana night club.
Yesterday (September 19) the Miami rapper released his new music video and it fits perfectly with the vibe of the song. The party atmosphere is heightened with guest artist Ryan Tender on the guitar. Set in a latin-themed night club the clip starts off in black and white and turns to colour when a gorgeous girl in a stunning red dress appears on the scene. It’s at this point that the Who Framed Roger Rabbit ode comes into play. Men’s hearts beat out of their chests, their eyes pop out and their tongues drop to the floor. But of course, the beauty only has eyes for Mr Worldwide. A cool trio of celebrities make brief cameo appearances – watch out for Jenna Marbles, Bart Baker and Brittany Furlan.
Fireball is the first single from Pitbull’s upcoming album Globalization – due out later this year.
Last night was the grand finale of America’s Got Talent, held at Radio City Music Hall. Pitbull, along with the Rockettes, New York’s most talented dancing divas, performed live and brought the house down.