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METAL HAMMER ARE RETURNING!

Not too long ago we were saying goodbye to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Prog Magazine as Team Rock were to be no more.

In a series of fortunate events however Metal Hammer has been bought, saved and will be returning to the shelves of your local retailer on the 10th of February. Their comeback issue will feature an interview of Ozzy Osbourne by M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold.

metal-hammerJust before Christmas when we found out that Team Rock was being shut down a JustGiving page was set up as the staff were left with little to no hope of redundancy. The page’s target was to be £20,000, enough to give each staff member a £1000. The completed total of the page came to £88,760 which is a massive 443% over target, well done to everyone that was able to give.

For Metal Hammer there was a light at the end of the tunnel and so from everyone at The Wave, welcome back and good luck!

Words by Jonny Page

The Sun Mugged Off By Cabbage

The Sun, you know that pathetic excuse for a news source? Well they decided to create a band and artist ‘top tip for 2017’ list, very similar to the BBCs.

To add to their accumulation of mistakes, they decided to put Manchester band Cabbage on their list, this was their response:

Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 23.26.58.pngI think their words say all that needs to be said and from everyone here at The Wave, we applaud you Cabbage.

Words By Jonny Page

FROM THE ROADS TO THE BILLBOARDS… SKEPTACULAR!

Hailing from the streets of Tottenham, Joseph Junior Adenuga, an English grime MC who goes by the stage name SKEPTA, has won this year’s mercury prize for his Konnichiwa album.

The first time I listened to SKEPTA’s music was in 2011. Driving in a car from the airport to a home in Dagenham, I heard Amnesia as his first grime song. I was hooked by his way and flow on the beat but also how I could vision his words.  That same year, 3 of his singles charted in the top 40 of UK single charts. Doing it again stayed for 3 weeks on the top 100 albums. As time went by, SKEPTA got better at his craft and decided to be done with the road life and drugs to fully concentrate on his music. In early 2014, he released That’s not me featuring his brother JME which has won the MOBO awards 2014 for best video.

SKEPTA, being the humble person he is, didn’t want to be a part of the mainstream and follow the dress code like everyone else. Thus, he came to the MOBOs in all black tracksuits with his whole crew BOY BETTER KNOW. This created an uproar towards the audience as it gave a bold look and saw it as violent and scary. He dressed bold and black because he wanted to show the world what Grime is – not only a couple of sick metaphors and catchy English slang, but showed that Grime was a part of who he is. Grime wasn’t a lifestyle, it is a way of life. People in the audience were shocked –  for what reason? The reason I feel was that he came real. It wasn’t fake, it wasn’t for an act or image. He just truly came as himself whilst a lot of Grime artists follow and imitate American rap.

SKEPTA, however, didn’t’ do this. He stuck to his roots coming from the streets. He showed the whole world that even though he is up there, he is still a part of something and from a place that people still stereotype. As part of LEVI’s Music Project, Levis and SKEPTA partnered together in creating a community youth music facility in his hometown of Tottenham, North London. The Levis music project has joined the V&A museum exhibition of “You say you want a revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970.” The project has educated participants in aspects of building a music career in the modern digital age – which is what I am currently into, studying music marketing and promotion in UCA. After the exhibition, SKEPTA and 12 young artists who have been working together have performed at the V&A as part of the “Revolution weekender”.

Check out SKEPTA and BOY BETTER KNOW perform at the Alexandra Palace, London on 2nd. December.

Words: Jamal St Hill

BBC Sound of 2017: longlist

­BBC Sound of 2017 longlist has been released.

‘Sound of..’ is an annual poll taken by industry figures in hope to find the most promising new musical talent for the upcoming year. Compiled by a panel of 170 international DJs, music critics and writers that were asked to name their top three favourite new artists from any genre.

Previous winners include Adele and Sam Smith who have gone on to become global megastars with Adele obtaining a total of eight Brit awards and ten US Grammy awards and Sam Smith with three Brit awards and four Grammy Awards.

2017’s longlist includes: socially-conscious indie pop artist Declan McKenna, bluesy soul artist Rag N Bone Man, West London’s MC AJ Tracey, singer songwriter Tom Grennan and rock band The Amazons.

Celebrating Grime’s move into mainstream, due to Skepta winning this year’s Mercury prize, it’s no wonder why Urban acts such as newcomers Ray BLK and Nadia Rose dominate the longlist and are predicted for success.

International artist Maggie Rogers who made the annual list, became known after a stunned video of Pharrell Williams watching her perform went viral.

Sound of 2017 longlist:

  • AJ Tracey
  • Anderson .Paak
  • Cabbage
  • Dave
  • Declan McKenna
  • Jorja Smith
  • Maggie Rogers
  • Nadia Rose
  • Rag N Bone Man
  • Ray BLK
  • Raye
  • Stefflon Don
  • The Amazons
  • The Japanese House
  • Tom Grennan

Radio 1 DJ Mistajam said: “From the driving rock of The Amazons to Dave’s 18-year-old inner city street tales. The list shows the breadth and quality of what we can all expect next year.”

Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Chris Brice said: “The BBC Music Sound Of panel, always the broadest and most objective list of new music tastemakers assembled each year – which now includes international voices too – has delivered yet another exciting and diverse list of new and emerging talent to look out for next year.”

The Sound of poll however has been criticised for creating a self fulfilling prophecy, Guardian critic Kitty Empire wrote: “Many of us are editors commissioning, and journalists writing, our own ones-to-watch forecasts. In order not to look like idiots, we tend to tip acts with records coming out rather than some lad with a tin whistle we found on MySpace”.

The top five acts will be announced by BBC Radio 1 DJ’s Huw Stephens and MistaJam live on Clara Amfo’s show from the 2nd of January. The winner of Sound of 2017 will be revealed on the 6th of January.

Words By Amy Codd

Prince’s Estate Sues Roc Nation For Copyright

Prince’s estate has sued Jay Z’s Roc Nation for a copyright infringement, claiming that streaming service Tidal has been illegally streaming the catalogue of Prince’s music.

According to Prince’s NPG Records, a deal was agreed with music and sports management company Roc Nation in June which gave them permission to stream his music for 90 days.  Tidal have been streaming 15 Prince records up to now and according to Prince’s estate they did so without authorisation.

The lawsuit states that “Roc Nation, through its Tidal service, is exploiting many copyrighted Prince works”.

This is a big blow to Tidal who pride themselves on being different to streaming service rivals such as Apple Music and Spotify due to them paying higher royalties – some reports suggest that Tidal will be paying double. This underlines the fact that Tidal is for the artists, created by artists as when Jay Z launched the streaming service he had strong support from Kanye West, Coldplay and Madonna.

Jay Z relaunched the streaming service last year after buying Swedish technology company Aspiro via his own company Project Panther LTD for $56 million, who run both Tidal and WiMP.

Roc Nation‘s roster includes artists such as Rihanna and J Cole as well as sports stars such as German international footballer Jerome Boateng and Puerto Rican former boxing World Champion, Miguel Cotto.

Tidal exclusively debuted Prince’s 38th studio album ‘HitnRun Phase One’ in September, just two months after the artist took all of his music down from other streaming services. Tidal also exclusively streamed Prince’s ‘Rally 4 Peace Concert’ in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. Despite these links with Tidal, NPG records say there was no further arrangement for the artists music to be used on the streaming site.

Earlier this month, Prince’s estate agreed a deal with Universal that gave them full rights to the late musicians music, which complicates the issue with Tidal even further considering the agreement gave Universal exclusive Worldwide publishing rights.

A spokesman for Tidal declined to comment on the story.

Words by Ben McQuaide

The Great Escape showcase its ‘First Fifty’

The Great Escape is a festival in Brighton and Hove which showcases the best in new music across a wide variety of genres. Taking place in May, around 300 bands play across 30 venues within the city. The first 50 artists have been confirmed to perform at the 2017 event and for the first time and a selected assortment of them performed across East London in one of ten shows over the past week.

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Photographs: Anna Straker, shot by Phoebe Fox.

After attending three days of the event, I spoke to Joe Hamm, lead singer of Indigo Husk who headlined Kamio on November 24.  He’s a fan of First Fifty. “It’s good because it allows people more time to get to know who’s playing and to get gassed for Brighton,” he says.

The First Fifty allows festival goers to get a head start on who they want to see in May, giving the keen individuals who attended a taster into what May has to offer. “Husky Loops’ enthralling studio sound enticed me to the First Ffty,”  says audience member Calum Cashin. “And I’ll almost certainly be there in Brighton following them around.”

There’s no doubting that six months before the event, there’s already a buzz surrounding The Great Escape 2017.

Photographs: Indigo Husk at Kamio, shot by Phoebe Fox.

Kevin Moore, Event Manager of The Great Escape, said: “TGE continues to break the mould and here we come again with the first fifty bands confirmed to play in 2017 that demonstrate what a unique and diverse festival we are…It’s our mission to give everyone the opportunity to discover their new favourite artist.”

Photographs: Indigo Husk at Kamio, shot by Phoebe Fox.

The fifty artists announced are: ABATTOIR BLUES / ALMA / ANNA STRAKER / BE CHARLOTTE / BRIAN DEADY / CABBAGE / CARYS SELVEY / CASI / CHERRY GLAZERR / CROOX / DRONES CLUB / EAT FAST / FIL BO RIVA / GOAT GIRL / GOLD CLASS / GOTHIC TROPIC / GURR / HANNAH GEORGAS / HUSKY LOOPS / IDER/ INDIGO HUSK / JACQUES / JAMES HERSEY / JAMESZOO / KLANGSTOF / L.A. SALAMI / LOWELL / MARTHAGUNN / MATT MAESON / MIDDLE KIDS / MILES FROM KINSHASA / MOSES / NILÜFER YANYA / PLAITUM / POTÉ / RAG’N’BONE MAN / RAY BLK / SAINT PHNX / SARATHY KORWAR / SHAME / SHELLS / SHITKID / SIGRID / SKOTT / SLØTFACE / SOPHIE HUNGER / STURLA ATLAS / THE AGE OF L.U.N.A / THE MOONLANDINGZ / TIGERTOWN / YONAKA

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Words By Phoebe Fox

Spotify Gives Swedish Artists Global Advantage

 

Playlists on streaming services have become increasingly popular and more powerful as a means of spreading new music. One of the biggest growing concerns of 2016 was that these playlists might increase the dominance of a rather small number of (mainly) North American artists, driven by their popularity in the U.S – the world’s largest market. Artists such as Justin Bieber, Drake, and The Chainsmokers having spent long runs at the top of the charts globally has further driven the discussion.

However, it is interesting note that Sweden has a different take on this. Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter has been examining the overseas success of local artists, fuelled by Spotify particularly. It notes that songs that become successful in the Nordic countries have a bigger chance of landing up on playlists that get spread globally.

Nordic tracks were listened to 1.4bn times globally on Spotify, with more than 60% of the listeners to Swedish artists coming from outside their homeland. Tove Lo and Zara Larsson are two of the biggest Swedish acts, being the 29th and 25th most popular artists on Spotify worldwide. Mike Perry whose ‘The Ocean’ track has been a global house hit with 313.3m streams is listed as another breakthrough example.

“The Nordic market is mature and has many users on streaming services, so when a song becomes a hit in the Nordic countries, it often gets on the global top charts, giving it a trampoline effect” says Eva Laegdsgaard Madsen, responsible for Scandinavian label collaboration on Spotify. Over the past three years, Swedish revenue from music played abroad has increased – from 31% to 36%, according to the Swedish music industry organization STIM. And between 2009 and 2015, revenues from the Swedish music exports increased by 1 billion crowns (around 87 million pounds).

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Photograph: Harper Smith (Zara Larsson)

 

Lukas Graham is another Nordic-turned-global success story. The Danish band had a massive breakout with their hit ‘7 Years’, which was the product of a carefully worked campaign by the their labels and Spotify. Dagens Nyheter acknowledges however, the tensions even in Sweden around the spoils of global success for local artists.

“Streaming still mainly benefits those with very large catalogues – like the major labels,” suggests Per Herrey from the Swedish Musicians Union. Nevertheless, Nordic up-and-coming artists have a great advantage in the streaming world, and the more Spotify grows in popularity, the more we will probably see new Swedish artists on the rise.

Words by Nina Vasu

Featured Photograph: Johannes Helje (Tove Lo)

The next step for music streaming?

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Newest streaming player, Electric Jukebox, has just hit the UK and is allowing users to stream ad-free music without a subscription cost. With nearly 30 million songs added to their library, the latest music platform lets you listen to music via your TV by plugging the Electric Jukebox TV stick into your HDMI port and then connecting to your Wi-Fi. You can use the controller to point and click on songs, as well as being able to use the microphone to deliver voice commands.

Available at Selfridges, Amazon and Argos with a UK RRP of £169 for the Electric Jukebox TV stick and controller, you can get a year’s ad free streaming before having to purchase another year’s worth of ad free membership for £52. With the option of streaming for free but with advertising, Electric Jukebox still works out cheaper than competitors Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music. Showing support from Stephen Fry, Alesha Dixon and Robbie Williams, as well as signing deals with Warner, Sony and Universal amongst others, should Spotify be worried? I don’t think so.

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A new survey has shown that on average, Britons are spending £144 a year on music streaming services, so it’s not a long shot to expect users to fork out £169. But with app usage on mobile phones/laptops/PC’s more than doubling since 2014, are users going to want to spend money on a service that is only available on their TV? Especially when this service doesn’t even provide the option to watch music videos. Pretty lame. You can just go onto YouTube for free.

The man behind the product, Robert Lewis, has said “Streaming is the future but today only 8% of UK consumers subscribe because it is expensive, difficult and complicated.” I’m not sure about you, but I feel a bit skeptical about this. Surely having to buy the product and then hook it up to your TV is a lot more complicated then streaming from your phone or laptop? I praise Electric Jukebox for their concept, but I can’t see this taking the UK by storm.

Tia Corquaye

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