Bruce Williamson, former Temptations frontman, has died from coronavirus

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Bruce Williamson, best known as the former frontman of legendary soul group The Temptations, has died aged 49.

The singer died on Sunday (September 6) at his home in Las Vegas after battling the coronavirus, TMZ reports.

Williamson’s death was confirmed by his son, who paid tribute to his father on social media.

“There’s no words in the world that can express how I feel right now,” Bruce Williamson Jr. wrote on Facebook. “I love you Daddy thank you for being awesome thank you for being loving thank you for being who you are I pray to God and we will meet again.”

Born on September 28, 1970, in Compton, California, Williamson joined The Temptations in 2006 and performed with the group until 2015, singing lead on their albums ‘Back To The Front’ and ‘Still Here’.

He was also a part of the group, known for their iconic hits ‘My Girl’, ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’ and ‘Get Ready’, when President George W. Bush invited them to perform at the White House for a celebration of Black History Month in February 2008.

Speaking in a 2013 interview, Williamson credited his background in the church for creating the foundation for him to become a member of The Temptations.

“After seven years as a Temptation I am still in awe,” he said at the time, “and I can remember the first time I performed with the group: at a millionaire’s private birthday party, on a small stage that was erected on his tennis courts.”

Thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this difficult time.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Rising star JayQ The Legend smashes through the charts

British Virgin Isles born and bred JayQ the Legend has smashed through the charts this week to snag the number 2 spot, leaving the big stars playing catch up to his recently released summer anthem ‘Amazing Girl’. 

Amazing Girl is a feel good single that’s been making waves for Afro-Pop star JayQ The Legend. The track has been an instant success, slowly climbing through the competitive charts to put JayQ in one of the top spots. He comments-

“I hoped this song would catch quickly”, says JayQ The Legend “it is time we celebrate and respect women, and show them how truly amazing they are!”

Listen to Amazing Girl now to soak up the last of the summer glory.

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Triller hits Number 1 on the App store, but should TikTok be worried?

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It wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that Los Angeles-based Triller, a company in the process of raising between $200m and $300m to fuel its expansion – having previously secured a roster of investors ranging from Snoop Dogg to Marshmello manager Moe Shalizi – might be spending a few dollars on marketing.

Especially so when you learn that the company issued a press release on Sunday (August 2), citing data from analytics firm Sensor Tower, to announce that its app has hit No.1 in all categories on the App store in 50 countries this week, including the United States, UK, Brazil, Germany, France and Australia.

Yet this feat, according to a LinkedIn post published by Triller CEO Mike Lu yesterday (August 4), was achieved “with $0 marketing spend”.

Triller also revealed in its press release that it seen its number of user downloads increase by over 20 times in the last week alone, reaching over 250 million downloads worldwide.

This news follows Triller’s significant growth in India after TikTok was banned the market, where Triller also claimed to have not spent “a dime” on marketing.

Triller’s growth in the US in particular follows several challenging weeks for its key rival TikTok, which is potentially facing a ban in the market by September 15.

Microsoft currently in talks to acquire the ByteDance-owned app, and US president Donald Trump is demanding a cut of those proceeds to be paid to the US Treasury.

In addition, Triller filed a lawsuit against TikTok last week for patent infringement.

Triller also announced last week that Josh Richards, a TikTok star with over 20m followers, has been appointed as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, and will be transitioning from TikTok to Triller, citing concerns about how the app manages user data.

This successful expansion from Triller begs the question, should TikTok be worried? Both platforms follow the same basic format, short form video to audio sharing.

With TikTok facing immense pressure from Trump, and undeniable threat to their US presence, could this be the perfect opportunity for Triller to swoop in and dominate the market?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

#LoveRecordStores makes over £1 Million in a single day

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Over £1m in revenue was generated by independent music retailers participating in the #loverecordstores event in the UK on Saturday (June 20), according to figures released by campaign organizers today.

The event was a day of online shopping for vinyl exclusives at record stores with a range of limited-edition releases being made available to music fans.

The aim of the event was to provide participating stores with a revenue boost in the absence of Record Store Day, which has been postponed until later this year.

Alongside the retail activity, the event was supported by online, ‘instore’ performances by a number of artists and DJs sets broadcast throughout the day.

A huge success for the physical format music market who have faced unprecedented challenge and change in recent years. May their success long continue!

Lui Krieg shares the power of crystal sound therapy in celebration of Men’s Health week

There is no debate that current world effects have had a knock on effect on our physical and mental health. The past months have been stressful for many, full of uncertainty and insecurity giving us sleepless nights and filling us with tension.

Lui Krieg has decades of experience working with sounds crystals and creating music to ease stress and take care of people’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, he explains-

‘I have helped many clients.. by getting them to work with the right minerals and to the time to meditate.. once people connect deeper to their spiritual selves they will automatically become more health conscious.. and will interact with their environment in a different way.’

Sound therapy is said to help us feel empowered, clear and activate our energy, something the world could greatly benefit from in these testing times.

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Supporting Life Through Music – A Truly Noble Cause

Every now again, a story comes my way that is so moving, and so inspiring, it completely changes my outlook on, well, pretty much everything… This is exactly what happened as I sat and read about The Celebration of Life, Demelza and a little boy called Jaden.
Sadly, Jaden suffers from a terminal brain disease, and his parents were initially told by doctors that he wouldn’t live long. However, to the complete delight of his family and everyone who knew his story, Jaden celebrated his 11th birthday in August, and the care he received at the hospice run by Demelza was instrumental to this.
Learn more about the work Demelza Hospice does here: https://www.demelza.org.uk/
A huge part of this care was music, and this is where the guys at the Celebration of Life come in.
Watch the documentary about the project here: https://youtu.be/fuXbDleb310
The Celebration of Life is a fundraising project started by a group of producers from the jungle, drum & bass, reggae and dance worlds (some of Jaden’s favourite genres) who were moved by his story; Potential Badboy; Demolition Man; Jr. Dangerous; Navigator; Tippa Irie; General Levy; Alaska MC and Cowboy Ranger. They have come together to produce a song, and music video called “Celebrate Life”. The track has been described as ”an uplifting, beat-heavy, furiously catchy song which is aimed at all those struggling in situations beyond their control and showcases some of the best in UK musical talent from the last twenty five years, in a completely unique coming together of genre.”
Watch the video to “Celebrate Life” here: https://youtu.be/ryNIeQ6AUh4
To promote the release of the track, the guys will be headlining Jungle Fever at the Ministry of Sound on the 22nd of September and all proceeds will go straight to Demelza and the hospices so they can continue their amazing, important work.
 
Keep up with the guys on social media here:
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-469116529/celebration-of-life/s-2wzva
Youtube: https://youtu.be/ryNIeQ6AUh4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CelebrationofLifeglobal/
Twitter: @celebratelifeuk
Instagram: celebrationoflifeglobal
Website: www.celebrationoflife.global
 
There was never a cause more worthy so please, get involved; it’s work like this that makes all the difference in our world!

Steampunk Records Hits The Road!

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If you’re looking to experience something new in September and October, Feline & Strange and friends have exactly what it is you’re looking for. Featuring live music and spectacular light shows, the Steam Punk Records Roadshow Tour is hitting venues around the UK and it really is something that can’t be missed. A spectacle of the weird, the wonderful and everything in between, there’s something new for everyone here.
The love child of Mad Max style visions of the future and Victorian fashion and culture, the steam punk movement has been gaining traction over the last few years and is one of the most interesting social movements to appear in the last few years. Let your curiosity get the better of you and indulge in the wonder that is steam punk, even if for just one night!
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Twinwood Festival set for August 2015

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Twinwood Festival set  for August 2015

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After its huge success last year, the UK’s largest vintage music and dance extravaganza, Twinwood Festival will return to Twinwood Arena in Clapham, Bedfordshire this summer. It will be the event’s 14th year, held over the weekend of 29th-31st August, and it’s set to be the biggest yet, with countless attractions for festival goers who visit from all over the world.

For a taste of what the weekend has in store, check out some clips from last year’s festival:

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As ever, the festival will be a haven for music lovers who have an appreciation for good popular retro music. With 60 live bands playing music through the decades over 11 venues, including the centrepiece outdoor arena, festivalgoers are spoilt for choice. The bands and artists will include the excellent Si Cranstoun, The London Swing Orchestra, 60s group The Overtures, Rock ‘n’ Roll band Joey and the Jivers, The Revolutionaires big band and many, many more class acts. From the classic days of Charlston, through the 40s to the rock and roll of the 50s and the music of the swinging 60s, the range of acts is vast – right the way through to electro-swing acts that blend tradition with modernity.

With so much choice, it’s just as well all the venues have acres of sprung dance floors which reverberate to the beat of the music, and after you’ve been to the retro dance lessons that will be available across the weekend, taking in swing dancing, modern jive, rock and roll, the jitterbug and plenty more besides, you’ll be on the floors as well.

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To help set the scene, Twinwood Festival Village will also be filled with over 100 vintage traders selling fabulous fashions and collectables, plus there will be flying displays, classic vehicles and museums to feast your eyes on. There will even be a choice of hair and beauty salons to make sure you look the part.

Other live entertainment will include comedy and vintage fashion shows, and a host of music bars and eclectic food outlets serving a great range of food and drink throughout.

Last but not least, 2015 sees the return, for only the second year, of the Mr and Miss Vintage UK competition, which will crown those who have most accurately captured the look and spirit of the festival. The contest is one of the centre pieces of the whole weekend, where the winners go home with exclusive prizes presented by Twinwood’s special guest star Anita Harris.

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Fantastic camping for caravans, motor homes and tents is provided next to the Festival Village and five nights stay, with good facilities, is available to 3 day ticket holders at a great price.

Also non camping festival goers will be able to buy tickets for individual days as well as 3-day weekend tickets.

Tickets on sale now from http://www.twinwoodevents.com/ or you can ring the ticket hotline on 01234 824773 or 07914 093552 or 07914 093553

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Candi Staton one of the greatest voices of the disco era is to perform’ In the Ghetto’, she’ll also be performing one of Elvis’s Peace in the Valley.  Candi’s new CD will make its debut in the UK this coming October.

Candi Staton has had 50 years in the music industry and overtimes has accumulated a great number of successful songs over the years. An ideal candidate then, to commemorate 60 Years of one of the most iconic men in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Staton and a few other name acts will be meeting up at the same studio in which the rock pop icon began his career to recreate some of his greatest hits, with their own vocal renditions.

ALBERT LEE’S 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ – March 1st and 2nd 2014, 7pm

Albert LeeALBERT LEE has played with pretty much everyone. No surprise as he’s just about one of the best guitarists…ever.

 

From Eric Clapton to Emmylou Harris, from Vince Gill to James Burton, from Jools Holland to Joe Bonanassa, everyone sings his praises.

 

As Clapton succinctly put it “he’s the greatest guitarist in the world…the ultimate virtuoso”….a sentiment endorsed by Vince Gill,  “he’s one of the finest guitar players who ever walked this earth.” The accolades are huge, many and extraordinary.

 

So no surprise to find the celebrations for Albert’s 70th Birthday crammed with top drawer musicians wanting to pay their respects.

 

Amongst those joining Albert on stage at London’s prestigious Cadogan Hall on March 1st and 2nd are the following:

 

Joe Brown, Chas and Dave, Gary US Bonds, Gary Brooker, Marty Wilde, Bruce Welch, Chris Farlowe, Brian Bennett, Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders, Shakin’ Stevens, Ralph McTell, Dave Edmunds, The Robert Wells Trio….just some of the artists scheduled to appear.

 

Partner for the concerts, Yamaha, will be providing many of the instruments on the night including piano and sound desk as well as ground breaking THR amplifiers for backstage.

 

The shows will be compered by DJs  Bob Harris on March 1st and Mike Read on March 2nd. The artist line-up varies each night. Although sold out immediately the promoters plan to release a further small allocation of £40 tickets just before the dates.

 

The 70th birthday celebrations will be followed by the release of a new single from Albert, “Spellbound” and an album , “Frettening Behaviour”, both out of March 3rd. A tour with his band, Hogan’s Heroes, kicks off around the UK on March 7th.

 

Albert Lee has spent the last 50 years making music. A double Grammy Award-winner, he has worked with many of the world’s top stars – Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, the Everly Brothers to name but a few. He played at George Harrison’s Memorial Concert and has featured on various occasions at Clapton’s Crossroads Festival. A member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, he has also been a member of Hogan’s Heroes, one of the best country rock bands in the world, since 1987.

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

 

March 1st and 2nd 2014, 7pm