According to Steckler, the EP represents the love, pain, excitement, and longing that comes with being an ocean away from someone or something dear to you; and was written between New York & London.
Happy New Year. 2014 saw Raised by Wolves PR gain support for our clients from the likes of Paste Magazine, Record of the Day, Drowned in Sound, Clash and BBC Radio to name a few. Even these past few days saw MuzuTV profile Antix as their final MuzuUnveils artist of 2014, and Indie Music Nation naming Detachments’ EndGame in their Top 100 of 2014. We’re looking forward to a new year with lots of new music to come – bring it on!
The biggest-selling artist albums of 2014 in the UK so far has been revealed by Official Charts Company and top of the pile is… Ed Sheeran’s X. Sheeran has overtaken Coldplay’s Ghost Stories as the biggest selling artist album of 2014 so far, the acclaimed album has now been certified 2x Platinum by the BPI. Hmmm ok, so things are looking pretty wet so far then?
Well Sam Smith, who was tipped for success from the outset as the winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice award and BBC Sound Of 2014 poll, takes second place with his debut album In The Lonely Hour. Although Smith looks a little like a ventriloquist dummy come-to-life, as CMU so aptly put it, the man’s got some good tunes under his belt. He has a talent for writing original songs that feel strangely classic and familiar, kind of like of a modern-day Bill Withers.
The list is littered with other such artists that appeal to both mainstream music and some indie lovers alike; including Paloma Faith, Paolo Nutini and Bastille. It also highlights the popularity of British music so far in 2014, with 90% of the Top 10 best sellers of the year being UK acts, and only one international act, Pharrell Williams, making the cut. For me, the best two albums on there are Arctic Monkey’s AM and London Grammar’s If You Wait. Great to see two albums released in 2013 still doing so well. See the full list below, but don’t necessarily rule out this list changing by the end of the year. George Ezra, for example, was new at Number 15 with Wanted On Voyage and during the Q3 period, which runs from July to end of September, his record is the third best-seller behind Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.
1. X – Ed Sheeran
2. In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
3. Ghost Stories – Coldplay
4. Caustic Love – Paolo Nutini
5. A Perfect Contradiction – Paloma Faith
6. Halcyon – Ellie Goulding
7. GIRL – Pharrell Williams
8. If You Wait – London Grammar
9. AM – Arctic Monkeys
10. Bad Blood – Bastille
Wow, Jools Holland has been amazing so far! Two shows in and there’s already been FKA Twigs, Jungle, Alt-J, First Aid Kit, Hozier, Vance Joy and more. Here’s a taster of the highlight acts –
What do you mean you’ve never heard the term? Your mum’s a rubbishy slut. Na I’m joking, she’s not really but Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are. That has been confirmed by Marianne Faithfull; one of the original wild child ‘It’ girls of the Sixties known for her hedonistic excess, rock star boyfriends (Mick Jagger) and drug-dealing exes. She had some strong words on the subject of modern pop stars and the way they present themselves to the world.
“I think they are complete rubbishy sluts actually,” she told ITV when asked what she thinks about young stars like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna and the way they dress. She went on – “I’ve no idea what they think. I cannot understand that way of thinking… That they want to be so much in the music business that they’re prepared to make complete fools of themselves. I’m amazed.” Faithful was promoting her new album, Give My Love To London, which will be released on 29 September.