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Melanie C Releases Self-Titled, Eighth Studio Album

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Melanie C’s highly-anticipated self-titled eighth studio album is out today. The record was launched alongside four, hugely successful full-band global live stream events this week – ‘Colour And Light – and continues a whirlwind of activity for the legendary Sporty Spice. LISTEN ‘MELANIE C’

The album contains the acclaimed singles ‘In And Out Of Love’, ‘Blame It On Me’, ‘Who I Am’, a recent collaboration with U.K rapper and rising star Nadia Rose (‘Fearless’), and more future-classics from an artist undoubtedly reaching a new peak of her pop powers, easily making this her most life-affirming, attitude-packed album to date. Sonically inspired by spending several months last year touring Pride parades with the LGBTQ+ club collective Sink The Pink, ‘Melanie C’ is a celebration of self, an album of arms-aloft anthems of self-acceptance.

“It’s only after I’ve finished a record that I can step back and see what I’ve written about,” says Melanie. “A lot of these songs are me looking back over my life, both personal and professional. We’re always so busy striving to achieve that we rarely take the time to reflect on what we’ve already done. I don’t just mean celebrating the successes, but also all of the shit we’ve overcome.”

The album kicks off with a burst of euphoria in “Who I Am,” co-penned with Biff Stannard and produced by Ten Ven and hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “a catchy, synth dance number…that favors self-empowerment over codependency,” with MTV calling it a “sparkling synth-pop confessional.” Check out the Sylvie Weber-directed video HERE and catch her very special live debut of the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden HERE.

Melanie follows up the introspective “Who I Am” with “Blame It On Me,” which Melanie calls “an absolute banger,” about “a toxic relationship and standing up for yourself,” which is paired with a kick-ass Mortal Kombat/Street Fighter-inspired Sylvie Weber-directed video (WATCH). These two songs, in addition to the 90s-inspired third track, “Good Enough,” which Melanie penned alongside Shuraand Future Cut sets the club-friendly tone of the album.

Standouts on the album include the soulful, uplifting and defiant, ‘Fearless’ is a 21st century Girl Power anthem of self-acceptance, which E! Online called “empowering” and certain to have “everyone reaching for their own crown.”

Overload,” the vibrant album focus track was produced by George Reid (1/2 of the UK duo AlunaGeorge) and written with Jonny Lattimer was “definitely influenced by my DJ’ing,” Melanie says. “It was one of the first songs completed for the album. It’s a warning song, aimed at someone who has pushed you too far. Keep at it and I’m gone is the message,” she explains.

Other highlights include the self-affirming “Here I Am,” which Melanie says was inspired by a dream. “I read it as one of those situations where you hit rock bottom and have to dust yourself off and start again. It’s relevant to this album because it feels like a new chapter for me. I’m not trying to please anyone anymore. I’ve finally realised that I am enough,” and the dark and edgy “Nowhere To Run,” which was partly inspired by nonother than Billie Eilish“I wrote it with Biff in Brighton and we’re both obsessed with Billie and Finneas and everything they do. Sonically the darkness comes from them. Lyrically, it’s about the panic attacks I suffer from. Right before I wrote the second verse, I had my first ever panic attack in a public place. I was thinking about how much I had coming up and was overwhelmed. With a panic attack, you can see the way out but you can’t get to it. But in a strange way, you’re never more in the present than when you’re gasping for breath.”

The penultimate track on the record, ‘In And Out Of Love,’ takes us back to the dancefloor. “It’s a flighty, party, 70s disco song. I love the bonkers sounds,” Melanie explains. “It was written with Biff and One Bit, young London producers who he introduced me to. Basically the song is about going out on the pull, being footloose and fancy free, with no responsibilities,” she continues. “It’s so brilliant to release a pure pop, up-beat, positive fun tune. I think it’s exactly what the world needs right now!” Watch the Graham Cruz-directed music video, shot in the legendary Alexandra Palace, HERE.

The album closer slows things down in the form of a beautiful ballad, “End Of Everything.” Talking about the inspiration behind the song, Melanie explains, Between 2016 and 2019 my life has totally changed. I rebuilt my team, signed with a new label and worked with loads of new musicians. Often I’m petrified of change, but I took a leap of faith and know I’ve no regrets. It’s a moving-on song, a closer that marks a fresh start.”

Key to the project was working with a host of young artists, among them Rae MorrisFryarsLittle BootsShura and Nadia Rose and emerging dance producers including One Bit and Billen Ted“I love working with younger writers and young female artists in particular,”says Melanie. “Their influences growing up were so different to mine and they have a more adventurous approach when it comes to melodies. The energy they bring is incredible. They’ve taught me to hear music differently. I am in awe of all of them.”

The album also features established producers and long-term collaborators including Johnny Lattimer (Ellie Goulding, Rag’n’Bone Man), Future Cut (Little Mix, Lily Allen), Tom Neville (Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris), George Reid (AlunaGeorge) and Biff Stannard, best known for co-writing the Spice Girls biggest hits.

Melanie C‘ is available digitally, on CD and on vinyl both in standard edition and as x2 deluxe CD edition with bonus tracks, exclusive colored vinyl, and special limited deluxe vinyl with exclusive 12” singles. All live shows and album formats are available now via  https://melaniec.net

‘MELANIE C’ – LP TRACKLISTING
‘Who I Am’
‘Blame It On Me’
‘Good Enough’
‘Escape’
‘Overload’
‘Fearless’
‘Here I Am’
‘Nowhere To Run’
‘In And Out Of Love’
‘End Of Everything’
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Rapper Pope Nst Releases Debut Album “C.I.T.I.Z.E.N.”

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Bishop Benedict Marfo, better known by his stage name Pope Nst, is a Ghanaian hip-hop singer and composer who hails from Nsuta, a tiny town in the Ashanti region of the country. Because Benedict is a Pope, and Nst is an acronym for Nsuta, his stage name arouses interest. He attended St Peter’s Junior Secondary School for his primary education and Kumasi Academy for his secondary education, both of which were located in the Ashanti area of Ghana. The University of Ghana Medical School, Korle-Bu campus, is where he is now studying for his medical degree.

He found his musical ability when still in junior high school, according to Pope Nst. He does a performance of his own songs in front of his peers. He was also well-known for rapping over the likes of Reggie Rockstone and Okyeame Kwame, among others. Sarkodie and Stonebowy served as inspiration for him to pursue a career in music. It should also be noted that he stutters, however, this is not noticeable while listening to his “flow.” In 2013, he was the winner of the Solid FM and subsequently K FM freestyle Saturday competitions. In addition, he writes songs in both English and Twi, the indigenous language of Ghana. He has one studio album, two EPs, about five singles, and more than seventy freestyle songs to his credit. Ghanaians adore him for the messages he conveys via his songs.

“I decided to pursue medicine at the University so that in the future I can help people, especially children with such a speech disorder. Medical school admission is very competitive, but after three years of intensive studies, written exams, and interviews, I was admitted into the first medical school in Ghana and one of the best in Africa, the University of Ghana Medical School. All along I was still recording mixtapes and releasing singles. I am currently in my fifth year of the six-year medical school training” – Pope Nst

He is a fictitious rapper who raps about the realities of life in order to enlighten his audience. He has two studio albums and eleven singles to his credit. When he joined high school in 2010, he grew fascinated with hip-hop/rap music and culture. Pope Nst has previously released one Mixtape Album and two Extended Plays, which are also available on iTunes (EPs). He collaborates with Ipappi, who is widely regarded as one of Ghana’s top music producers. In the opinion of Pope Nst, the Ghanaian hip-hop/rap scene is the most developed on the African continent.

“I get inspiration from almost everything around me. I have decided to write at least a verse every week, so anything I see in my environment is a rap to me. It takes me at least a day to write a 16- bar verse, but it can take me at least a month to write a full song.” – He added

The album title of his most recent release, “C.I.T.I.Z.E.N.,” relates to his great devotion to Ghana’s history and culture, which is reflected in the album’s title. According to the 26-year-old “The album cover includes a picture of my elementary school class teacher and his students. He is the second from the teacher’s left. The record has a special meaning for him. During the recording of the album “CITIZEN,” Pope Nst made no mention of medical school. A new album chronicling his six-year experience through medical school, which began in 2017, is now being written by him.

“Music has been a part of me long before I even decided to study medicine. I study every day, and I write lyrics every day too. I am going to be a neurosurgeon. I believe music is my primary purpose on earth, so I will never quit rapping.” – Pope Nst

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2GB6RHhT9EKxkks5PYYyxO

Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/pope-nst/album/citizen

Apple Music: https://geo.music.apple.com/album/citizen-ep/1604236297?app=music

Boomplay: https://www.boomplay.com/share/album/38521478?

Youtube: https://youtu.be/Os6ZAn7Mh18

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GH Drill offers inspiration on new single ‘De3 Obr3 na 3di3’

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GH Drills’s music was never going to be one of simplicity, that was defined by rigid genre boundaries. Hailing from Ghana, GH Drill has quickly established himself as the face of Ghanaian Drill in an international market. Starting out in church choir to national radio success, GH Drill understands the hard work and perseverance it takes to be an artist who is going to make it.

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GH Drill believes that you can always find light in the dark. ‘’Although the inspiration for ‘De3 Obr3 na 3di3′ was picked up from other people’s struggles and stories, I am an artist full of vibes and positive energy’’. The dance/drill track is enough to get anyone on the dance floor. It was a long writing process, working to perfect the track and to detail GH Drill’s raw emotion and depth of feelings.

‘De3 Obr3 na 3di3’ demonstrates an artist with a real voice, putting their heart on the line and finding good in the bad. We have no doubt that GH Drill is crafting out his own lane in a competitive scene.

‘De3 Obr3 na 3di3’ is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here: https://ditto.fm/de3-obr3-na-3di3

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Sad Girlz Luv Money hitmaker Amaarae joins Spotify EQUAL Music Programme

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Spotify today announced that Ghanaian breakout star, Amaarae, has joined its EQUAL Music Programme as January’s Artist of the Month. The red-gold-green nation’s global sensation is the cover of Spotify’s EQUAL Africa playlist, which compiles music from “the fiercest African women making waves”.

 

Spotify EQUAL is a pledge to amplify the voices of women in the music industry, as only 25% of artistes on the charts are female, according to a study by Spotify-funded USC Annenberg.

 

The EQUAL programme spans seven categories, which include the EQUAL Artists of the Month and the EQUAL local playlists, where Amaarae represents the January 2022 selection.

 

“I’m incredibly proud to be EQUAL’s Artist of the Month in recognition of all the barriers my creative work looks to break. It’s a win for Ghanaian and African female creators,” says Amaarae.

 

New York-born Ama Serwah Genfi is creating R&B, Soul, and Afropop fusions that have global appeal. Amaarae, who is a strong advocate of gender equality, is fast achieving fame. The rise of “The Angel You Don’t Know” album maker on Spotify is phenomenal, with more than 10 million monthly listeners, and over 116 million streams for her “Sad Girlz Luv Money” remix alone.

 

With this viral hit, which features Kali Uchis and Moliy and which debuted at #80 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 2021, Amaarae became the second Ghanaian to break into the Billboard charts – 50 years after Ghanaian-English Afro rock band Osibisa first paved the way.

 

Today, the entertainer known to her social media fans as “Fountain Baby” follows in the footsteps of fellow Ghanaian female star Gyakie who, with her selection in April last year, became the first African woman to partner with Spotify for EQUAL.

 

Other African artistes to have been featured on EQUAL include Kenya’s SSARU and Muthoni Drummer Queen, Nigeria’s Ayra Starr, and South Africa’s DBN Gogo.

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Emeli Sandé Unveils New Song and Music Video, ‘Brighter Days’

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Internationally-renowned British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé returns with a brand-new song, the uplifting “Brighter Days,” and its accompanying video, available to stream and download now via Chrysalis Records.

Speaking of the new single, Emeli reveals: “‘Brighter Days’ is inspired by the truth that even in the darkest moments, there is always hope. We might have to dig deeper to feel it, but hope is always there. Staying anchored in hope and faith is our victory and defeat only comes when we lose sight of this power. ‘Brighter Days’ is an affirmation – it’s a reminder of our collective power to make a choice and create our reality.”

“The power of the collective mind is remarkable, and I believe that no matter the external circumstances forced upon us, we have dominion over the mind and spirit. Brighter days are coming. Stepping out of the darkness is within our control. Fear is not ours; pessimism does not belong to us; defeat is not our choice. We choose brighter days, and this song is the voice of hope, faith and love.”

“Brighter Days” is out everywhere now

Brighter Days” follows the singles Look What You’ve Done” and Family” – Emeli’s triumphant first tastes of fresh music in two years, introducing a new era, which she describes as “an ode to resilience, rebirth, and renewal”, as well as recent collaborations with UK rap and grime giants including Bugzy Malone’s ‘Welcome to the Hood’ and Ghetts’ ‘Sonya’, featured on his Mercury Prize-nominated record Conflict of Interest. Other collaborations that span Emeli’s career include Kendrick Lamar, Giggs, Loski, Wretch 32, Wiley, Jools Holland, Nile Rodgers and many more.

Last month saw the release of ‘Acoustic,’ featuring two new, stripped-back versions of “Look What You’ve Done” and “Family,” beautifully showcasing the emotional and honest songwriting she has become known for. ‘Acoustic’ arrived alongside a video for “Look What You’ve Done (Acoustic Version)”, which finds Emeli performing the song solo at the piano, where the self-produced song began to take shape.

Listen to Emeli Sandé’s ‘Acoustic’ HERE. Watch the video for “Look What You’ve Done (Acoustic Version)” HERE.

Stay tuned for new music and announcements from Emeli Sandé coming soon.

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Listen UP: Sadiq Technic feat. Mega Mix – Ogadima

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Abubakar Sadiq Popularly known as Technic ,Your favorite afro pop-music star finally set to release first official single from his long-awaited EP Album ? That’s a big question for fans of everyone from Ghana to Nigeria and across Africa.
The pined-for album—a perennial problem for music listeners—is evolving in the era of streaming. Today, most artists pump out music frequently to stay in the public consciousness, industry analysts say, yet music’s biggest stars have been stingier about major releases in recent years.
Here are seven tracks EP  that would blow your mind away with new vibes  in 2022—
The waiting longer jam titles OGADIMA  is set to be release on 5th January on all music streaming platforms and also it video will be premiere on same day on major entertainment channels across Africa and beyond
Technic promises his fans and music lovers nothing but the best in 2022
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MrrrDaisy Announces New Single “Hunny” Featuring Kudjoe Daze

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In the wake of a fantastic start to the year, which included a new single featuring one of Ghana’s most talented male singers Kudjoe Daze. MrrrDaisy is back with a brand new track to kick off the New Year with. Aiming to promote undiscovered talents, the renowned award-winning blogger and publicist began working with a select group of musicians in 2021, during which time he produced his debut song, “The One,” which featured Jessy Gh, perhaps Ghana’s greatest rapper from the Volta Region, and was certified platinum as a result of the endeavour. This worldwide approval has resulted in the song’s airing on BBC Radio Nottingham, Amazing Radio UK and the United States, as well as on Wigwam radio in the United Kingdom. To cap it all, the song has garnered over 200,000 streams across a variety of different digital platforms.

This feature also provided him and his business with an endless number of possibilities as a result of it. The list of noteworthy clientele included Newton Faulkner, British pair Ferris & Sylvester, North London artist Biyi, who is also a rugby union player, Indonesian yoga queen Wai Lana, Aliana Lohan, Miraa May, Jessica Braithwaite, Sam Tompkins, Da Beatfreakz, Bomberjak, Demarco, and many more.

Hunny is an afro-fusion song that narrates the narrative of a young guy who falls in love with a girl who is out of his grasp since she is from another country. The artist seeks to regain the adoration and affection he has lost from his ex-girlfriend by his actions and words, while also revealing his underlying desire for her through his work. Three different dialects of English, Pidgin English, and Ewe are all spoken and written in the course of three minutes and eleven seconds (a local Ghanaian language).

 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/586xxYL5TJGp5e42ksf0bA?si=c028b0b718bb4db8

Apple Music: https://geo.music.apple.com/gb/album/_/1599958881?i=1599958882&mt=1&app=music&ls=1

Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/mrrrdaisy/song/hunny-feat-kudjoe-daze

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