London’s extraordinary Poppy Ajudha has shared new single ‘White Water’ – tune in now.
Playing a show at North London’s Jazz Cafe that same evening, these are bold times for the songwriter, whose deft fusion of jazz and neo-soul is rendered in a highly personal style.
New song ‘White Water’ is online now, and it explores facets of the immigrant experience, the manner in which they are often forced to strip back aspects of their own heritage and identity to fit in with Western culture.
Poppy explains: “They are taught that this is the only way they will be accepted and while doing so the bar is set higher each time, disabling them from ever being able to keep their heads above water…”
Of course, the musicality of ‘White Water’ is just as rich as Poppy’s previous work; the rhythmic flurries echo broken beat, while her surging, impassioned vocal retains that velvet edge.
EA Sports and adidas have unveiled all new custom kits for Manchester United, Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich for use on FIFA 19 Ultimate Team.
The jerseys are all fresh, creative takes on these four giants’ existing designs, providing a unique experience for fans. And, to add to the excitement, fans can also buy each of these shirts in real life via their club’s stores.
The bold new designs were announced through a video with Paulo Dybala, Marcelo, David Alaba and Jesse Lingard all sporting their respective threads.
United‘s is perhaps the most off-piste of the designs, utilising a lime green/yellow leopard print on a black background. According to the developers: “The limited-edition kit was born from fashion and inspired by street trends right from the heart of Manchester.
“The leopard print design is as progressive, innovative and bold as the Manchester United squad and allows players to be a game changer on the pitch or online.”
I Bianconeri‘s on the other hand, is the most simple of the creations, although it does belie that nickname by opting for an all white top, with the only black to be seen on the collar.
For both, the badges are centralised, as is the case with Bayern‘s. The Bundesliga team are represented with a much more ‘out there’ pattern, and was conceived as “a celebration of FC Bayern’s team of stars and their status as ‘Stern des Südens’.”
In a similar fashion, and living up to their ‘Galactico’ associations, Real Madrid have these same stars dotted around their’s, imposed on a dark blue background “reflecting the Madrid night sky, paying homage to a club which is full of stars that are blessed with skills from another planet.”
All four of the tops have the adidas logo imprinted at the centre of the collar, and are available on each of the club’s online stores now, as well as on the adidas website.
The digital versions are available on the game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC customers on November 29th , while Nintendo Switch users will have to wait until December 14th.
Tom Hiddleston, why are you crying in a tunnel?” was the question on Twitter’s lips after the star shared a mysterious video of himself doing just that.
Posting only his second tweet of 2018, the Thor: Ragnarok star shared a cryptic clip of himself slowly walking through a tunnel looking very serious indeed, which ended with the word “Betrayal” appearing on the screen.
And it’s fair to say fans were pretty keen to find out what on earth a one-minute video of Hiddleston’s eyes brimming with tears in a metal tube really meant.
But the panic is now over – and as many had speculated, the actor is confirmed to be working on a version of Harold Pinter’s 1978 play Betrayal.
Hiddleston will play Robert in Jamie Lloyd’s new production at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5th March 2019 for a limited season ending on 1st June.
The announcement comes 40 years to the day after the first ever performance of Betrayal on 15th November 1978 which starred Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton.
Betrayal tells the story of a seven-year romance in reverse chronological order and has been described as the “most moving” of Pinter’s plays. It is inspired by the playwright’s extramarital affair with BBC TV presenter Joan Bakewell, which spanned seven years.
Tom Hiddleston said: “Betrayal is a masterpiece. Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter season is terrific and I am so pleased that he’s asked me to be part of it.”
The production forms the culmination of the Pinter at the Pinter season marking ten years since the Nobel Prize winner’s death.
Tickets for Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre will go on sale at 9am on 30th November, with priority on sale to all previous The Jamie Lloyd Company ticket bookers, ATG Theatre Card members and Pinter at the Pinter ticket holders at 9am on 29th November.
Running across multiple TV channels in the UK and Ireland, the campaign celebrates the company’s commitment to offering a no-nonsense, permanent commission of just 2% on all sports and all markets. This is part of the ongoing ‘Changing for the Bettor’ promise of improving the BETDAQ product and betting exchange experience for punters.
Shot on location at The Valley stadium, London, home of BETDAQ-sponsored Charlton Athletic Football Club, the complex night shoot was executed entirely in a single take with Ineson delivering his monologue straight to camera. “It is a pleasure to join BETDAQ in spreading its #ChangingfortheBettor message,” says Ineson.
“As a passionate football fan, it was an exciting night time stadium shoot and I was attracted by the clear, straightforward nature of the campaign, which shows BETDAQ is committed to improving its product and customer experience.” BETDAQ Managing Director Shane McLaughlin says: “We wanted the campaign to signal a new dawn for the brand and showcase our pledge to exchange bettors.
Our introduction of a permanently low 2% commission on all exchange bets is the first of many ways we’re creating a positive impact across the market. In Ralph we have an instantly recognisable presence, full of gravitas and approachability, who is a perfect fit for our brand and helps to spread the news about our long term commitment to change.”
From the training ground to the stadium, Chelsea F.C. and Beats Studio3 Wireless are Made To Stay Locked In. Beats provide Chelsea and Chelsea Women players with headphones to help prepare for matches, producing a number of special edition pieces over the past two years, including a golden pair as we became Premier League champions in 2017.
Eden Hazard, who is a Beats ambassador, said: ‘I am a big fan of Beats. Music is important to me and the way I get ready for games, especially as we travel and are away a lot. All the Chelsea players enjoy the Beats products and it’s great that this is set to continue, for us and for the Chelsea fans.’
Chris Townsend OBE, Chelsea FC commercial director, added: ‘We are very pleased to announce our extended partnership with Beats. They are a fantastic brand who truly understand sport and the role music can play in preparing our players for the biggest matches throughout the season.
‘We have collaborated on some exciting and unique campaigns with Beats to date and look forward to new and innovative ways to celebrate their products and our on-going relationship over the coming three years.’
The Ditch Labels, Ditch Bullying campaign challenges guys to ditch the words they’ve personally been labelled with. In three 30’ films, we see Locke, Not3s and Michael Dapaah (Big Shaq) destroy the words that represent the labels they’ve been given and that have held them back: overrated (Not3s), fag (Locker), trash (Michael Dapaah). Each of these influencers talk about how these words have impacted them and chose powerful ways of disposing of these labels, instilling a powerful message and encouraging them to not let words defined them. The campaign launches today on social media and includes three 30-second films and 10-second cutdowns.
Recent research from LYNX‘s partners, Ditch the Label and Promundo, discovered that harmful masculine labels have a direct connection with bullying and a negative impact on how young people express themselves. In the UK, nearly a quarter (22%) of young adults have been the subject of bullying, with over half (57%) believing they were bullied due to their appearance and 40%, due to their interests or hobbies*. In the US, 50% of guys often think about changing their appearance to avoid bullying, 1 in 3 guys admit to bullying their peers, and 3 in 4 have been the victims of those bullies themselves.
The new campaign created by 72andSunny Amsterdam for LYNX, ‘Ditch Labels, Ditch Bullying’, stars influencers such as TV personality Ollie Locke, Not3s and rapper Michael Dapaah – all of whom have found themselves the target of harmful labels. As part of the campaign, LYNX has launched a limited-edition Unlabelled kit, where the brand has removed its own label to promote the Ditch The Label charity and message.
The work rate is undeniable, and UK rising star, Jevon, is back with more content for us as he delivers a brand new music video for his popular single ‘Paranoia’.
The London based talent has been injecting the scene with some dope material, and with ‘Paranoia’ proving to be a hit with the fans it was only right that he teamed up with Ebeneza Blanche who directs this epic production.
Don’t sleep on this one, and be sure to get yourself familiar with Jevon as he prepares to take the game by storm!Jevon has followed up the release of his single “Paranoia” by releasing a sick set of visuals for the track.
As well as being a cold spitter, Jevon is nice with the vocals too and on “Paranoia”, the artist showcases the latter on a jaunty but laid-back instrumental. The video for the single is bright and colourful and ends with a scene showing Jevon being stopped and arrested by the police.
The Brighton-raised singer-songwriter’s arresting, piano-led pop exists on a sliding scale between strength and vulnerability, each track hinged on the 20-year-old’s robust and emotionally bracing vocals.
Carter started making music when she was 13 after her stepfather, also a musician, gave her a guitar and encouraged her to start writing. A self-professed “angry child”, music allowed her to express her frustration and feelings of confusion growing up with her single mother. Now, though, her songwriting has dual ambitions: in addition to exploring her own feelings she wants to help others express themselves emotionally.
Thankfully, Carter succeeds in terms of relatability, her music exposing the universality of emotions as they veer from lovelorn to irate. Debut single Silence boils with exasperation at ineffectual communication. Likewise, her debut EP, Saving Grace, is a fervent meditation on life, family and heartache. Ashes, produced by frequent Beyoncé collaborator Mike Dean, creaks with longing and pin-sharp R&B beats, and Saving Grace throbs with reverence for the singer’s mother. Grace Carter’s music isn’t rewriting the rules; it’s so good it doesn’t have to.
Rina Sawayama – “Cherry,” an exclusive live performance for Vevo DSCVR, the channel for the best in new music. It’s been fun watching Rina Sawayama craft her career path these last few years. The singer, who was born in Japan, moved to the UK as a kid, and spent her university days studying politics at Cambridge, was part of a university hip-hop outfit that also featured Wolf Alice’s Theo Ellis.
But soon enough, the music-making bug bit her hard enough to venture on her own, and those who heard early efforts, like “Sleeping in Waking,” realized there was something valuable about her approach. 2015’s “Where Are U” proved that the fun she had growing up with pop heroes like Britney and P!nk in her head could be spun her own way. The poise of a techno poem like “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome” was equally seductive, and the fact that the young artist also spent time modeling for some key brands helped expand her horizons.
Last year’s ‘RINA’ EP made it plain, and this summer’s fashiontastic video for “Ordinary Superstar” underscored it: she has a great pop sensibility. Sawayama performed a couple of tracks for us at Britain’s The Great Escape earlier this year, and we knew we wanted more. Her DSCVR performances of “Take Me As I Am” and “Cherry,” complete with a pair of dancers, are total fun.
Critically acclaimed German born pop iconoclast bülow will release her brand new EP, Damaged Vol. 2 [Republic Records/ Wax Records], on next Friday June 8, 2018. Of the song, she comments, “I was imaging myself trapped in a metaphorical cage of my own boredom. Duckworth’s voice and lyrics helped bring those visuals to life.”
SAD AND BORED,” the EP will boast the stark and soulful “You & Jennifer” as well as the shimmering and vulnerable “Honor Roll”, full track listing below. This summer, she takes this enigmatic sound on the road, launching a full-scale European festival takeover. Check out the confirmed dates below.
After releasing her powerful debut Damaged Vol. 1, bülow has instantly resonated with critics and new fans alike. The tracks “Like This Guy”, “Lines”, and “Not A Love Song” have clocked over 30 million streams, reaching the Spotify Global Viral chart. A child of the globe, the bright-eyed young singer has grown up in five countries including Canada, Germany, the UK, the US, and is currently finishing high-school in The Netherlands. Although bülow has only just begun her musical journey with these three sentimental, playful, and haunting tracks, “Damaged Vol 1” stands tall as an impressive flag-bearer for things to come.