Filed under: Music News | Tags: Brit Awards, Brit Awards 2013, Music News
Last night was the Brit Awards 2013, held at the 02 Arena in London and hosted by James Corden. Whilst most ‘music industry types’ were watching either at the 02 or at home, I was munching on BBQ ribs and chips in a resturant so I missed the show. Naturally, Twitter kept me up to date with the winners, losers and the general cringe TV moments.
After catching up on the show today, I have to say that it was a bit “meh.” There wasn’t ONE, not ONE scandal involing swearing, nakedness or outrageous behaviour from a popstar – what’s that all about? Instead the show ran smoothly without any noticeable hitches, it was a boring watch though – even JT’s performance of Mirrors was a tad on the boring side.
The winners were:
Best British Female
** WINNER! Emeli Sandé **
Bat For Lashes
Best British Group
** WINNER! Mumford and Sons **
Best British Breakthrough
** WINNER! Ben Howard**
Best British Male
** WINNER! Ben Howard**
Best International Female
** WINNER! Lana Del Rey**
Best British Single
** WINNER! Adele – ‘Skyfall’**
Alex Clare – ‘Too Close’
Coldplay and Rihanna – ‘Princess of China’
DJ Fresh feat. Rita Ora – ‘Hot Right Now’
Emeli Sandé – ‘Next To Me’
Florence + the Machine – ‘Spectrum’
James Arthur – ‘Impossible’
Jessie J – ‘Domino’
Rizzle Kicks – ‘Mama Do the Hump’
Labrinth and Emeli Sandé – ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’
Robbie Williams – ‘Candy’
Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida – ‘Troublemaker’
Rita Ora feat. Tine Tempah – ‘RIP’
Stooshe – ‘Black Heart’
Rudimental feat. John Newman – ‘Feel the Love’
Best International Group
** WINNER! The Black Keys’**
Best International Male
** WINNER! Frank Ocean’**
Mastercard British Album of the Year
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
** WINNER! Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events’**
Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace
Plan B – iLL Manors
Mumford and Sons – Babel
Global Success Award
** WINNER! One Direction’**
The woman of the night was Emeli Sande, I think I actually suffered from a rather mild Emeli Sande overload. She won British Album Of The Year award for Our Version of Events as well as the British Female Solo Artist award. Not only that but there was an interview with her, a performance from her, and most of the nominations were her or featured her – she is after all an amazing talent!
Filed under: Music News | Tags: Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Music News, Wireless Festival, Wireless Festival 2013
Oh my word, this is one hell of a line up! The two day Wireless Festival returns this year, it does however have a new home – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park!
Performing on Friday 12th July is Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Miguel, Frank Ocean with more to be announced, Saturday 13th includes Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z – no biggie.
This is such an impressive list of names, I’m going to try and get down for the Friday if I can!
Tickets start from £57.50 and two day tickets are £110.
Buy yours at www.wirelessfestival.co.uk from Feb 22nd.
Filed under: Music News, Performance | Tags: Beyoncé Superbowl, Beyonce, Music News, Performance, Superbowl 2013, The Mrs. Carter Show
The world has gone Beyoncé mad after last nights INSANE performance at The Superbowl. A performance which saw Destinys Child back on stage, and one which got every mans eyes melting from the heat.
Highlights for me included Beyoncé saying “Dutty Wine” and her legs.
So after all of that insanity, Beyoncé had more for us – the announcement of a new world tour, “The Mrs. Carter Show,” her first tour in 3 years.
The show kicks off in Europe on April 15th and North America at the beginning of June 28th.
Filed under: Music News | Tags: Ebony Day, MTV, MTV Brand New for 2013, Music News
Do you know what I love dear website readers across the world?! I’ll tell you – talent shining through and getting the spotlight they deserve, and that’s exactly what’s happened with 19 year old Ebony Day.
I’ve featured loads of Ebony’s YouTube videos on the site before, she’s a super talented singer and through the votes of her dedicated fans, she’s been named MTV’s Brand New for 2013 artist – the first time ever an unsigned artist has won!
Here’s her amazing cover of Superbass by Nicki Minaj
and Rihanna’s Stay:
From MTVs site:
With over 260,000 votes and our nominees running massive social media voting drives, this year’s Brand New campaign has been the most successful to date.
Here’s who made the Brand New For 2013 Top 5:
1 – Ebony Day
2 – Gabrielle Aplin
3 – K Koke
4 – Kodaline
5 – Rascals
I want to say a huge congratulations to Ebony, keep the goodness coming!
Filed under: Music News, Podcast | Tags: Music News, Podcast, The Will Manning Podcast, Will Manning
There’s less than two days to go until my free bi-weekly iTunes Podcast returns to your ears.
For 2013 I want to make the Podcast as big as I can, I want to bring my long time listeners together with newcomers.
If you fancy joining the family then subscribe for FREE HERE.
The show showcases an hours worth of Hip Hop, R&B, House, Bass and everything inbetween.
See you on Saturday :)
One of my favourite UK rappers PW, is all set to perform at his first headline show on Feb 26th in London.
If you listen to my Podcast you’ll already know about PW, the very talented 20 year old rapper from North London. If not, here’s a little reminder:
1) He’s toured with the likes of Mindless Behaviour, Dappy and Conor Maynard
2) His debut mixtape, New Kid On The Block gained PW some loyal fans and the attention of all those important music industry types
3) His track Sensible was one of my fave songs of 2011
4) He’s bloody good at rapping
So as well as the headline show and the free music giveaways, PW’s also releasing a Valentines EP on Feb 14th – something for the ladies!
I sat down for a little chat with the man himself back in 2011:
Tickets for his headline show can be booked now, right here.
This morning my Twitter feed was going stir crazy after a Tweet from Mr JT. The Tweet which simply said:
“Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST…”
This got everyone excited and thinking that tonight, he would release a new single, reportedly produced by Timbaland, and featuring Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Well that didn’t happen. But then he Tweeted this:
“To whom it may concern…I think I’M READY! #JT2013″
with a link to this trailer teaser.
I for one cannot wait for this. I’m a huge JT fan and Justified is still one of my favourite albums of all time.
Justin, I’m also ready!
Filed under: Blog | Tags: Blog, Music News, Podcast, The Will Manning Podcast, Will Manning
Episode 136 left 2012 with a bang, I mixed two hours worth of the years biggest tracks to celebrate what had been a brilliant year in music, well now there’s a new year and the Podcast is back.
On January 19th Episode 137 will be released on iTunes. If you’ve never heard the show before then I urge you to subscribe, here’s 5 reasons why:
1) It’s free
2) There’s an hours worth of brand new music from the world of Hip Hop, R&B, House, Electro, Drum & Bass, Dubstep & everything inbetween
3) There’s a mix from myself in every show
4) I often have special guests on the phone for a chat
5) It’s free
There are 5 really good reasons to CLICK HERE to subscribe for FREE on iTunes. Every two weeks the show will download automatically into your iTunes and BANG, you just need to click that play button.
On Episode 137 I’ll be playing some brand new music, mixing up some classics in the mix, and also playing the artists you need to listen out for in 2013. It’s going to be a big show and a sign of things to come for this year!
I hope to see you join the Podcast family if you aren’t already a member.
I’m a little bit shocked at this news, this is Rhi’s FIRST EVER US number 1 with an album? Seeing as she’s now on her 7th album I’m a bit surprised, I guess I just assumed that most of her albums go to number 1 – there’s a lesson there, never assume.
After finishing up a hard slogging 7 day tour in 7 countries in 7 days it has to be said that this is well deserved, the album itself is actually really good. Unapologetic offers her fans some really good R&B records, something which has been seriously lacking since the discovery of David Guetta!
Last night Rihanna Tweeted:
Wait!!!!! What the FUCK?!!!! #UNAPOLOGETIC just debuted at #1 in AMERICA!!!!! My first number 1 album there!!! Thank you Navy, u deserve it
Drake has officially taken over Hip Hop God Jay-Z in the running for a Hip Hop artists most number 1′s.
Drake recently appeared on the 2 Chainz single No Lie (which went to number 1) and thus making it Drake’s 10th number 1. This means he has officially beaten Jay-Z who only has 9.
I didn’t see this one coming. RedOne the man behind hits such as Lady GaGa’s Just Dance, JLo’s On The Floor and Nicki Minaj’s Starships has signed up with Cash Money.
Cash Money are not only the home to some of the biggest rap artists in the world (and Limp Bizkit?) they also hunt for the hottest talent and RedOne has ticked all the right boxes.
Slim aka Ronald Williams is the Co-Founder of Cash Money and also the brother of rapper and fellow Cash Money big wig Birdman. This is what he had to say about the RedOne signing:
“We consider Cash Money a family, and Red One fits right in. He is a world-class producer, songwriter, musician, and now record executive who just adds to what we have built here, and look forward to expanding in the years ahead.”
First off sorry for the lack in posting over the last few days, it’s been non stop for me recently. In other news Ellie Goulding is back in full force and has announced some exciting news!
On Twitter this morning Ellie tweeted that her new album Halycon will be released in the UK on October 8th and the US the following day. The album will be co produced by her with the help of
This is the news I’ve been waiting for ever since the release of her amazing debut Lights back in 2009. Since the day I brought it the album hasn’t left my car and I’m fairly certain it will be a similar story 3 years on.
After performing a very nice live version of his new single So Good for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge yesterday morning, Mr Bobby Ray has announced a UK tour.
With tickets going on sale from Friday 22nd June the tour will see B.o.B performing tracks from his first album and his 2nd, Strange Clouds.
Get your tickets HERE from Friday!
Filed under: Download, Listen, Music News, New Music | Tags: channel ORANGE, Download, Frank Ocean, Listen, Music News, New Music, Pyramids
A double wammy right here. Frank Ocean has announced plans for channel ORANGE – what is this I hear you ask, well, no one really knows, it’s either a mixtape, album or EP but whatever it is it’s Frank Ocean and we will love it.
Soon after this announcement was made via Franks Twitter he released a track from the channel ORANGE project entitled Pyramids as a free download, thanks Frank!
Filed under: Blog, Music News | Tags: Blog, Music News, The Will Manning DJ Academy, Will Manning
Today is the day, I’m very excitd to announce the launch of my brand new DJ Academy.
DJing is where my career in the media started off, at the age of 12 with two CD players and my Dad’s old amplifier with a hall of school girls and myself playing S Club 7. I’d like to think that since then I’ve developed into a professional DJ who’s had experiences at small parties as the one described as well as clubs, on big artist tours in arenas and theatres as well as on TV shows. Each of these experiences has helped me develop as a DJ and I feel that now is the right time to help the next generation get their head start.
I taught myself all the skills and techniques I know today through listening to mixes on the radio and copying them on my first set of decks but, there are some people who prefer to be helped and told “this does this and this does that” and that is what this Academy can offer in a fun, interactive and informative way.
Please take a few minutes to check out the new website and if you feel like it make a booking for a workshop or one-to-one tuition! It’s fun and I promise you will love it. Oh and there’s a huge 20% off all bookings from now until August 1st!
Please also follow the Twitter account: @WillMDJAcademy
Thanks for all the continued support you guys show me, this is an exciting new chapter which I’m looking forward to getting started on.