Introducing… Fifth Harmony

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“I can feel a wave beginning behind this group,” said The X Factor creator and judge Simon Cowell before Fifth Harmony performed their version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” on the show last year. The music mogul knows talent and chemistry when he sees it. (This is, after all, the man who assembled One Direction.) Cowell decided that individual contestants Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, and Camila Cabello were too special to let go, so at the end of the show’s Boot Camp week, the five young women became Fifth Harmony. With their show-stopping vocals, undeniable charisma, and genuine sisterly bond, the “fearsome fivesome” (as they became known) endeared themselves to viewers across the country. Fifth Harmony delivered electrifying versions of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Can Happen,” and Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart A Break,” and revealed their personal journeys to audiences week after week.

 

“I knew from the girls’ first performance at judges’ homes in Miami that we’d done the right thing,” Cowell says. “The chemistry between the Fifth Harmony girls both on and off stage is fantastic. They are really great girls who have become best friends. They’re fun to be around and most importantly, they are all incredibly talented.” Continue reading

Introducing… Neon Jungle

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Think you know girlbands? Think again. Neon Jungle are about to rip up the rulebook. Forget synchronised dance routines and matching dresses – these four girls from London, Suffolk and Scotland are blazing a trail of their own. Aged between 16 and 20, Shereen, Asami, Jess and Amira are like the girls at school making all the noise on the bus.

 

‘Trouble’, their debut single will be released through RCA on 1st September and is 2 minutes 32 seconds of punky, infectious music – with a shout-along chorus that’s guaranteed to play on a loop round your head. Chaotic and contagious at the same time, it dabbles with rap, dance and pop – all tied together with a lot of attitude and teenage spirit.  Produced and written by CockNBullkid and Fear of Tigers, it’s raw and smart – the perfectly formed modern pop single that leaves you thinking “what just happened?” Continue reading

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Introducing… Valerie June

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If Valerie June had been a roots artist in America 80 years ago, and she often sings as if she was, she might have been a principle influence on today’s myriad retro troubadours, hers a stunningly emotive amalgamation of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including irresistible banjo). She exists, however, today, an artist as modern as an iPod Shuffle, a musician for the generation which carries the entire history of recorded music so casually inside its phone.

Like a potent distillation bubbling on a Prohibition-era porch, Valerie June makes self-styled “organic moonshine roots music”, music for the porch parties of today, a party where she strums her guitar, plucks her banjo, opens her mouth and delta-blues-country stridently sashays out, a stunning peal somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday. Or is it more Wanda Jackson and Shirley Goodman, you know, from Shirley & Co, who sang Shame Shame Shame so disco friskily in 1974? Valerie June does this to you: reaches inside your musical brain and shakes it, unleashing ghosts, emotions and memories, all fluttering like countless musical flakes inside the snowglobe of your mind. Continue reading