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Get ready to rock! Our Artist Of The Week is Roxanne de Bastion, London based indie rock artist with Berlin roots. With a new album in the pipeline and extensive touring and industry support in her back pocket, this indie rocker is certainly an exiting artist to watch!
Listen to her latest single, Molecules here:
We love that crunchy tone riff, minimal percussion, the eerie strings. Although it has a full sound, it has a sensation of space. With just the right amount of guts and attitude, it is seriously a promising teaser to the new record.
And on that note! We’re so excited to announce that her new album, ‘You & Me, We Are the Same’ is set for release on September 3rd and you can pre-order it right now (digital, CD, Vinyl, Deluxe Vinyl + extras), and buy tickets for her headline show in London for October 12th right HERE.
The 3rd single from the album, Molecules comes with a super cool music video with the perfect amount of attitude to compliment the track. With lines drawn to White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army as well as a slight old school Golden Eye intro vibe, check out the music video here:
As we all are longing for blue skies, these are thrilling times for Roxanne de Bastion and we look forward to more live dates in the diary to promote her forthcoming album. Keep your eyes out for more announcements on her socials!
Here’s another edition of This Woman’s Work, a series of stories from Classic Album Sundays where we highlight classic albums by female musicians, women who continue to influence the world of pop culture and inspire others. This time, we’re looking at the debut album of a band that seems to have landed here from some groovy planet. Four decades ago, the B-52s arrived on the Athens, Georgia, party scene with killer guitar riffs, their silly but eerie lyrics, and their sky-high beehive wigs.
Colleen is joined by founding member Kate Pierson who talks about her memories of recording the album and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters who is an Uber fan and also reveals the B-52’s significance in the LGBT community.
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The Rolling Stones have joined Tom Gray’s #BrokenRecord campaign which is calling for better streaming revenues for artists.
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Back in April, over 150 artists – including Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Damon Albarn, Chris Martin, Noel Gallagher and Wolf Alice – signed an open letter to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking to help reform the streaming economy.
That letter reportedly received an “interested but non-committal reply” from a junior minister in the business department.
The campaign has now enlisted the help of the Stones, Tom Jones, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Emeli Sandé, Alison Goldfrapp and Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, as well as the estate of the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer, in the hope that they can effect change.
The addition of the new signatories means that four of the eight performers Johnson chose for his Desert Island Discs in 2005 are now urging him to take action: members of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Clash, as well as Van Morrison.
“For too long, streaming platforms, record labels and other internet giants have exploited performers and creators without rewarding them fairly,” the letter due to be sent to Downing Street today (June 7) reads. “We must put the value of music back where it belongs – in the hands of music makers.”
It continues: “By addressing these problems, we will make the UK the best place in the world to be a musician, producer or a songwriter, allow recording studios and the UK session scene to thrive once again, strengthen our world leading cultural sector, allow the market for recorded music to flourish for listeners and creators, and unearth a new generation of talent.
“We urge you to take these suggestions forward and ensure the music industry is part of your levelling- up agenda as we kickstart the post-Covid economic recovery.”
You can read the letter in full here.
Pressure continues to mount to mount following a recent government investigation. Run by the Department for Culture Media and Sport since November last year, Parliament’s Inquiry into the Economics of Music Streaming committee met seven times, hearing from representatives across the industry.
During the various hearings, artists told MPs that low streaming payments were “threatening the future of music” with emerging acts complaining that they faced “massive competition” from classic artists due to algorithms.
Spotify meanwhile, warned that raising subscription prices could push people to online piracy, while MPs accused one major label boss of “living in cloud cuckoo land” after he claimed that artists were happy with the existing music streaming model.
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