I wish that I could say that I was in a “better place” when I found out the news. It would make for a far more polished and respectable story.
But I think back to that night: praying on the floor at 2am as Tricia went to the bathroom to take the pregnancy test I’d just purchased from Walgreens.
I was scared. Scared to start working on new music. Scared of trying again and failing. Scared of the process of staring at myself through a page and seeing someone that I wasn’t proud of.
Someone that I didn’t like. Someone that wasn’t ready to be a dad.
I’ve always had some make-believe image in my head of who I would be as a father.
I held on to clear expectations of where I wanted be in my career, my age, my level of self-care, and my maturity.
I basically assumed that I’d have it all together. But in actuality the hypothetical “dad” version of me looked completely different than the man whose heart was beating out of his chest on the carpet, praying to a god or spirit I hadn’t talked to in months.
When Tricia walked out of the bathroom, I knew. And I knew I had to change.
5 months later we were recording in a remote cabin away from the density that is Seattle.
I was finally having fun in the studio for the first time in years. Songs were getting made, finally.
I was going back to the city once a week to attend a birthing class with Tricia.
When I got back to the cabin the next day, Ryan had made a new beat that would eventually become the song you’re listening to.
Half of it is advice about growing up. The other half is trying to figure out how to grow up myself.
When you try to escape yourself, life has an interesting way of creating situations that force you to come back.
To look at who you are. This is why “Growing up” felt like the right song to re-emerge with. It’s where I’ve been the last year, through all the ups and downs.
We didn’t want to do a big campaign or anything over the top with this. We just wanted to put out good music, directly to the people that have been here since the beginning.
Thank you for your patience.
Hope you enjoy.
And if you’re wondering…
Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born 2 months ago on May 29th.
There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe.
She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible.
She is the love of my life.
This song is for her.
GAVIN JAMES E.P. LAUNCH
Whelans, Wexford St, Saturday July 25th
It’s a big week for Gavin James – He kicked off a U.S. Tour in support of Sam Smith at the weekend and returns to Ireland this Friday where he supports his good friend, Ed Sheeran at the first of the sold-out Croke Park shows.
Gavin James is on stage at Croke Park at 6.00pm.
Then on Saturday, July 25th, Gavin celebrates the physical release of his new “For You” EP with a special fan event at Whelans, Wexford St Dublin at 2.00pm.
Fans can get access to the event now by pre-ordering the physical EP exclusively from The Warner Music Ireland Shop at www.Warnermusicirelandstore.com
Anyone who pre-orders the EP will receive a wristband for the event and are guaranteed entry.
Wristbands will be available for collection at Whelan’s from 1.00pm.
Following this weekend’s shows, Gavin returns to the U.S. to re-join Sam Smith’s Tour until August 17th.
PLAYED TO OVER 175,000 PEOPLE ON TOUR WITH ED SHEERAN IN 2015 SO FAR
SUPPORTS ED AT CROKE PARK ON SATURDAY JULY 25TH.
SOLO HEADLINE SHOW ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 30TH
British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson has been unveiled as the first ever signing to multi-platinum, international superstar Ed Sheeran’s own label Gingerbread Man Records. The debut major label release of his self-titled album, alongside that of his international smash Wasn’t Expecting That will come in October 2015, alongside a full UK tour including a date at London’s Scala on 4th November. Enigmatic and soulful, Jamie first drew Ed’s attention with an early version of his international juggernaut hit Wasn’t Expecting That, which drew the ginger-haired superstar to tears.
Ed says of the signing:
“I first became aware of Jamie Lawson a few years ago, after hearing his track “Wasn’t Expecting That”. I very rarely get emotional over a track, but that song stopped me dead. He manages to put across such raw emotion within his work, and I knew immediately that I wanted to work with this guy in some way. Having decided to start my own label ‘Gingerbread Man Records’ with my label Atlantic Records, the first artist I had to sign was Jamie. Starting Gingerbread Man Records means I can put music I love out there on a huge platform, and Jamie seemed like the perfect choice for my first release”
Jamie originally hails from Plymouth, and his journey can only be explained as an epic one. It took time for him to find his voice, even longer for him to hone his songs in the sparse, poetic language he has made very much his own. Though he has maintained a core, loyal following who have supported him throughout, only now is that starting to blossom into something far bigger. A chance meeting with a young singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran a few years ago, just as he himself had signed to Atlantic, seemed to affect very little at the time. Jamie has this to say about the meeting: ‘He’d been doing the same circuit and we had mutual friends, so although we hadn’t met before, we’d heard of each other. His songs were great, and he was a nice guy. We exchanged numbers, but just after that he took off and became massively famous, and I just watched, thinking, “There’s another one gone!”’
A year or so down the line, Ed noticed Jamie’s poster in an Irish pub and remembered their earlier meeting – playing the prestigious Ruby Sessions in Dublin the following week, he asked the promoter to invite Jamie to play too. Subsequently, Jamie has jumped from a few hundred capacity venues to the 10,000 capacity venue in Dublin with Ed, to touring the world with him through the beginning of 2015. Recent months have seen Jamie playing to over 175,000 people in Australia (where Wasn’t Expecting That hit #2 and has subsequently hit double Platinum) and New Zealand. In the past few weeks he has also supported Ed on his mammoth stadium tour and will be playing two nights with him at Dublin’s Croke Park.
His debut release on Gingerbread Man Records was produced by Ed’s long-time collaborator Will Hicks (Lily Allen, Plan B, Bastille) and mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons ‘Babel’, Ed Sheeran ‘+’ & ‘X’). The album reflects a writer and singer who is confidently, comfortably and completely himself. Full track-listing below:
1. Wasn’t Expecting That
2. Someone For Everyone
3. Cold In Ohio
4. The Only Conclusion
5. Still Yours
6. All Is Beauty
7. Don’t Let Me Let You Go
8. Ahead Of Myself
9. In Our Own Worlds
10. Sometimes It’s Hard
11. Let Love Hold You Now Ireland Tour
30th Oct Dublin, Whelan’s
Pleased to announce that Ryan Sheridan’s new album ‘Here And Now’ will be released here before anywhere else in the world. The album will hit the shops on Friday 28th August too and Ryan will be out and about around the country to play it for you!
If you pre-order the album on iTunes now, you will receive ‘Here And Now’, ‘Hearsay’, ‘Home’ and ‘2 Back To 1’ straightaway, with two more brand new tracks to be delivered to you before the album release date.
1. Here And Now
2. A Minute Changes Everything
4. I’m Alive
5. Someone Like You
7. Burn Down
8. Fight For Life
9. She Says
10. This Is Our World
12. Worlds Apart
13. 2 Back To 1
15. Jigsaw (Live)
16. Stand Up Tall (Live)
17. Take It All Back (Live)
18. The Dreamer (Live)
19. Upside Down (Live)
If you want to pre-order a signed CD, you can pre-order here, and that will shipped to you on day of release.
CD Track Listing
1. Here And Now
2. A Minute Changes Everything
4. I’m Alive
5. Someone Like You
7. Burn Down
8. Fight For Life
9. She Says
10. This Is Our World
12. Worlds Apart
The CD also includes a download code to access five live tracks of songs from ‘The Day You Live Forever’.
These are also available to ship overseas.
Led Zeppelin Official fans this evening July 13 at 6.30pm , you’ll get the unique opportunity to reach out with your questions to Jimmy Page!
To join, download the Periscope app from the app store (Android/iOS). Then follow the user name Warner Music Germany directly at Periscope in order to attend the video live chat via http://twitter.com/warnermusicde & Periscope.
From Duran Duran: Learning about this last minute, unexpected news tonight, the band confirmed their commitment to return as soon as possible to perform for their Irish fans. They could not be more disappointed at this news – knowing that many people were planning to travel from far and wide to see the show.
For the past couple of days we have been working to accommodate changes to the circumstances surrounding the band’s appearance on Sunday at the Killarney festival, in Ireland – learning first that there had been an unexpected move to a new location and then this evening that the event had in fact been cancelled completely.
In a statement issued to us by the promoter just prior to 10 pm GMT tonight the band were told:
The organizers of the Killarney Festival of Music & Food regretfully announce that the festival will not go ahead this weekend at Killarney Racecourse due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control.
A spokeswomen for the festival said “We are devastated that the festival has been cancelled – we did everything in our power to make it happen this weekend.”
“We would like to extend our sincere apologies to all the festival goers who were planning to attend the event in Killarney and we would like to thank all the local businesses and statutory agencies for their help and support.”
The band had been really looking forward to the show on Sunday – and were planning to fly in from the Dutch festival they are headlining the day before. This would have been their first appearance in Ireland for some time and one of only a handful of dates in the lead up to the release of their new album, Paper Gods, on September 11.
Learning about this last minute, unexpected news tonight, the band confirmed their commitment to return as soon as possible to perform for their Irish fans. They could not be more disappointed at this news – knowing that many people were planning to travel from far and wide to see the show.
Pre-Order the bands brand new album Paper Gods on iTunes here: Standard or Deluxe.
Already verified as the most-followed artist on Spotify with 6.8 million followers, David Guetta has become only the third musician in history to reach two billion streams on the music streaming service.
“I want to thank you so much for helping me reach this incredible milestone, 2 billion streams on Spotify! Wow, mind blowing!” – David Guetta
Guetta, who follows Eminem and Ed Sheeran into the history books, has helped to pave the way for dance music becoming a defining part of contemporary music culture across the world. His latest album, ‘Listen’, released in November 2014, already boasts four international chart hits, while his most recent single ‘Hey Mama’ feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and long-term collaborator Afrojack has had 95 million global streams and is currently #6 on the Global Spotify charts.
“It is amazing to see David add his name to the very select “2 billion streams” club. He is the first DJ to reach this milestone which is an amazing achievement but looking at how dance is exploding at the moment as a genre, I hope he will be followed by others very soon. A big thank you to Spotify for working with us to make all this happen, and massive thanks to David who keeps making amazing music that people love! “- Bart Cools, EVP Global Marketing and A&R Dance Music, Warner Music Group
Will Hope, Spotify’s Director of label relations, commented: “David Guetta is obviously one of the most popular artists on Spotify globally, so him smashing the 2 billion plays milestone should come as no surprise. But it is worth also noting that he achieved this landmark thanks to his huge fan base of over 15 million fans on Spotify who listen to his music every month, and who together helped him hit this landmark in record time.”
You can listen to the smash hit along with David’s latest influences and club favorites on The David Guetta Selection, updated weekly and an essential listen for dance music lovers.
As a thank you to his fans on the platform, David Guetta has released a brand new and exclusive remix by up and coming Dutch DJ/producer Boaz Van De Beats of his current hit single “Hey Mama”. Listen to it here.
RUDIMENTAL PREMIERE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEVER LET YOU GO
AVAILABLE NOW AS AN INSTANT DOWNLOAD FROM NEW ALBUM
WE THE GENERATION
OUT 18 SEPTEMBER THROUGH MAJOR TOMS/ASYLUM RECORDS
Marlay Park with Avicci on Friday July 3rd, 2015.
Global platinum-selling four piece RUDIMENTAL have premiered the official video for their new single, Never Let You Go.
The uplifting track is brought to life in glorious multicolour as we soar across the globe, witnessing people of all ages and all cultures painted in vivid hues. Crossing deserts, lush fields, mountains and inner cities, both the good and the bad sides of humanity are exposed, with the ultimate message of unity conveyed in a harmonious melding of colours. These themes have always been key to the Rudimental story and the new video provides the first hint of how We The Generation is set to take this message global. It was shot by director Nez, who previously worked with the band on the Waiting All Night video (now on 114 million views) and was shot in multiple locations around the world, including the UK, Morocco, Ukraine and LA.
Never Let You Go is the first track to be taken from the new album and is available now as an instant download when pre-ordering the album, as well as on streaming services. We The Generation marks a progressive Rudimental, a genre-defying collective that will continue to change the face of electronic music, not just within the UK music scene but globally. Always imbuing soul and musicianship in everything they do, Never Let You Go updates the much-loved style fans have come to expect from these musical pioneers; a huge euphoric anthem that will undoubtedly be a global summer smash.
The new 14-track album follows their 2013 critically-acclaimed debut Home, which made them one of the only British bands to breakthrough on their debut that year. Home earned them a Mercury Prize nomination and landed the band their first BRIT Award for British Single for Waiting All Night ft. Ella Eyre (a singer that up until then was a virtual unknown and who is back for round two on this record!) Rudimental have become renowned for discovering and nurturing the hottest new up-and-coming talent and We The Generation continues this. On this record, we see them championing incredible new young UK singers, such as Mahalia on title track ‘We The Generation’, Anne-Marie (who has signed to the bands brand new record label Major Toms) and Will Heard. Of course there are also a few household names such as Lianne La Havas who wanted to get in on the act. Rudimental’s extended family is one of the most dynamic musical collectives out there with every vocalist naturally immersing themselves in the melting pot. There are special moments in abundance on We The Generation, one particular moment comes in the form of ‘New Day Coming’, a standout future-soul classic in waiting that features vocals by the late Bobby Womack – one of the last tracks he recorded vocals for before he passed away. They have once again struck musical gold: sound-clashing live instruments, progressive beats and soulful voices. This is what sets Rudimental light years ahead of their contemporaries.
To mark this as an even more monumental moment for the band, they have announced their very own record label, aptly named Major Toms after their Hackney HQ, out of which the band was born. Their first signing to the label is up-and-coming UK singer, Anne-Marie, who has been an invaluable part of the Rudimental family in their live set up, having toured with them for the last couple of years.
Rewinding to the beginning of this amazing journey in 2012, ‘Feel The Love’ had taken its place firmly at the No. 1 spot, selling over 90,000 copies in its first week. They were the name on everyone’s lips…Who were these four guys from Hackney? How did they craft a song so huge it was an instant hit and one that resonated with all sorts of music fans from all walks of life, but also which maintained such a sense of musicality – a rare and exceptional combination these days. And that’s the thing about Rudimental; they are a collective with a strong musical heart that inject soul into everything they do. With influences ranging from Sly and the Family Stone to Bobby Womack, George Clinton and Steely Dan, We The Generation exemplifies that message and musicality.
Their talents exceed most hit-makers out there; theirs is a sound that is limitless. Collectively they have gone on to sell over 5 million singles worldwide, a true testament to how important and relevant this band is. The upbeat and euphoric feeling that is their trademark permeates everything, whether it’s a huge drum and bass lead track like ‘Never Let You Go’ or a classy house track like ‘Rumour Mill’ (a track the band describe as ‘Spoons Part Two’) – positivity is the key.
Rudimental have never been just a drum and bass or electronic act, there’s always been precision and skill behind everything they do. This has been demonstrated in their award-winning videos that have now racked up an impressive 244 million views across their YouTube channel. But their live set up is where they come into their own, taking these huge songs and translating them on stage and making every single person in the audience feel like they are part of something – no easy feat. Their live achievements to date are something pretty spectacular, from headlining three nights at Brixton Academy in October 2014 (selling out within a week) to supporting Ed Sheeran on his recent US arena tour and a monumental performance at Glastonbury last year on The Pyramid Stage. But it doesn’t stop there – this year alone they are confirmed to headline The Other Stage at Glastonbury, Lovebox, plus their very own Wild Life Festival on 6 June, amongst festival appearances around the world. Furthermore they have been invited back to support Ed Sheeran at his upcoming Wembley Stadium show on 11 July and appear at Marlay Park with Aviici on Friday July 3rd.
As you can tell from the band’s Facebook and Twitter, their fans are always central to the Rudimental journey. So, today the band have asked them to join the revolution and be part of their generation – to create their own bespoke versions of the new album cover. Fans can upload an image at http://rudimental.co.uk and create their own personal artwork for We The Generation, share it online and be in with the chance of winning their own personalised version of the vinyl album, signed by the band.
Rudimental are a band to bet on. We The Generation will be the album you can rely on to soundtrack the summer, be a huge global success and propel them into international stardom. There is no ceiling to this band, they keep growing and striving for more and rightly so. They are about to take the ‘Made In Hackney’ stamp and make it global.
We The Generation Track Listing
1 I Will For Love (feat. Will Heard)
2 Never Let You Go (feat. Foy Vance)
3 We The Generation (feat. Mahalia)
4 Love Ain’t Just A Word
5 Rumour Mill (feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard)
6 Common Emotion (feat. MNEK)
7 Go Far (feat. Will Heard)
8 Foreign World (feat. Anne-Marie)
9 Too Cool (feat. Ella Eyre)
11 All That Love
12 Needn’t Speak (feat. Lianne La Havas)
13 Lay It All On Me
14 New Day (feat. Bobby Womack)
15 Treading On Water (feat. Sinead Harnett & Will Heard)
16 Run (feat. Will Heard)
17 Breath (feat. Lianne La Havas)
18 System (feat. Max Romeo, Earl 16 & Spee)
Pre-order WE THE GENERATION (and get Never Let You Go) instantly here: CDDeluxe CDiTunes
“Ong Ong will be the new song lapped up at Hyde Park this summer.” – NME
“A three-chord wonder.” – Q Magazine
*“A warm-hearted chant-along declaration of fidelity.” – Mojo
Tony Hung, the award-winning British-born Chinese artist, has directed the video for blur’s latest track, the *‘warm-hearted chant-along declaration of fidelity’ which is Ong Ong, taken from the group’s latest chart-topping album The Magic Whip.
The track triggered Hung’s memories of 80’s gaming, with references including Mario, Popeye, Dig Dug, Ms Pac Man, Circus Charlie, Fantasy Zone, Kirby’s Adventure, Mickey Mouse, Ghostbusters Stay Puft, Reservoir Dogs and of course, Atari. The narrative is torn straight from a classic platform game and features Mr OK, the hero who rescues his beloved from the clutches of evils bosses.
Along the way, he meets Mr Cream (Damon), Mr Brown (Graham), Mr Red (Alex) and Mr Black (Dave) as they continue their adventures in the vibrant video game world.
The video release follows blur’s recent triumphant return to the US, which included a live performance of Ong Ong on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show and a packed out fan show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg described by Rolling Stone as ‘glorious’.
New album ‘The Magic Whip’ out now. Album available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.
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