BTS Breaks Personal Record With ‘Not Today’


Just over a week ago Kpop band BTS made their big return to the music scene with Spring Day the first music video release from their new album ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. A success within hours of release Spring Day proved to be popular with fans of the group. I for one love the track and have played it on my radio show in hope of introducing it to a few new listeners. Days later, Big Hit have released yet another music video by the group to accompany a brand new track titled Not Today.

Not Today is remarkably different in style to Spring Day, something that others have noted across social media. It’s notably upbeat and heavier in comparison to Spring Day which much like its name is more gentle and serene. If you’re a fan of BTS tracks such as Dope, War of Hormones and Fire to name just a few; then I can guarantee you’ll love Not Today!

Focusing on the accompanying music video for Not Today which I believe has already broken Spring Days’ record by becoming the fastest rising K-Pop video in history. Within just 12 hours the video had been viewed an incredible 6 million times and by the 24 hour mark had gained over 10 million views on YouTube! What an achievement for the group! It proves that there’s growing interest in the K-Pop genre and the fact that it’s beginning to gain widespread success.

Completely different from last weeks music video release; Not Today has a much edgier and modern vibe. It’s features an impressive dance sequence showcasing the Bangtan Boys impeccable talents. Pay close attention to the dance routines as you watch; everything from the timings, the way the group moves in unison to the standard and creative flare within each move is worthy of praise.

Not Todays’ video has that unique and striking flare that one has come to expect from each of BTS’ videos. Their videos never fail to capture the audience’s attention through their intriguing and dramatic concepts illustrating each tracks story. The colour scheme in Not Today is equally as interesting as Spring Day; this time round the tones are both darker and warmer which again adds to the overall result of the video and depicts the songs emotion.

Overall, BTS have outdone themselves yet again! The records they’ve broken during the past week or so is enough to justify this. I sincerely hope that they continue to receive such success towards their music. It is truly fantastic to discover something that little bit different, unfortunately the industry lacks unique artists at present so when a group like BTS makes a breakthrough we should hold onto them and support their music.

If you haven’t already checked out Not Today make sure to click on the video above and let me know your thoughts on the new song/MV! Get your copy of Not Today and the new album You’ll Never Walk Alone via one of the links below.

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Take That Returns With New Single Giants!

After much anticipation the return of one of the UK’s favourites bands Take That is finally upon us as they celebrate the release of their brand new single Giants! Giants is the first release from the bands latest album ‘Wonderland’ which is set to be released next month ahead of the band’s UK tour in May and June which I’ve managed to get tickets for and will be writing about following the show here on Jukebox Rhapsody!

Having preordered the single from the bands official website I received my signed copy in the mail this morning which included some added bonuses including live recordings from Take That’s gig at Hyde Park in London last year as well as another new song titled ‘Loving or Leaving’. So does the new release live up to Take That’s usual standards? Will it be another hit for the band? There really isn’t a doubt about it; of course it’s a hit song! Would you really expect anything less?

It’s got that classic and distinctive sound that when you hear it for the first time, you’ll just know it’s Take That. It’s upbeat and extremely catchy coming with the guarantee that the lyrics will be stuck in your head after just a few listens. What I absolutely love about Take That is that although they started out in the 90s they’re still producing music that’s relevant and appeals to all ages.

If you loved ‘Let In The Sun’ from the bands previous album released back in 2015, then you’re bound to love Giants! Both tracks have a similar sound which I’m sure you’ll recognise after listening. Giants is without a doubt made to be performed live, you just know it’ll like up the arena and get everyone up on their feet and singing along – isn’t that what all good music’s about after all?

Yet again Take That continue to reign the world of pop with their latest release and it won’t be long until it’s blasting out on car radios and in homes up and down the country-I for one will be playing on my radio this Thursday evening! It’s a great introduction to everything that’s yet to come in the band’s new album; if Giants is anything to go by it’s gonna be great!

Get your copy of the single/Preorder the new album via:

Take That Official Website

Amazon

iTunes

Spotify

BTS Make Kpop History With Latest Release ‘Spring Day’


Upon celebrating the release of Korean pop sensations BTS’ latest album titled ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’; the follow-up to last years ‘Wings’ album which made history as the ever first Kpop album to enter the UK charts, comes the new hit song Spring Day. Released just a few days ago, I’ve already listened to the new track on a number of occasions to give me a feel of the music and an insight into the group’s latest release before sharing my thoughts with you guys out there.

Spring Day has a much lighter, gentler and ultimately a more colourful tone summing up the new album’s concept in comparison to its predeceasing album ‘Wings’ which notably was more serious, darker and dramatic. The concept of Wings was undeniably unique and extremely clever; the accompanying videos pieced together to illustrate a haunting story. Yet on first glance of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ I somehow get the impression that latest release from BTS is about to take a new turn. After all, everything from the album artwork to the song title of the MV/single seems much more serene.

Spring Day’s accompanying music video follows suit and captures the essence of You’ll Never Walk Alone’s concept submerging the viewer into what I’d describe as a pastel throwback. The video’s notable colour scheme is aesthetically pleasing on the eye and features a number of  spectacular scenic based shots. The video on a whole has a sentimental vintage feel to it, something that instantly caught my attention on first viewing. It creates a sense of comfort and I feel helps depict the songs emotion. The video is extremely different in comparison to the Blood, Sweat and Tears video yet is equally as artistic, striking and thought-provoking.

Spring Day is an uplifting and heartwarming number showcasing BTS’ stunning vocal abilities. There’s familiar elements particularly in the background of music towards the end of the track that remind me of UK/American bands such as Coldplay. At the same time there’s also hints of pervious releases from BTS empathizing the bands signature sound. Having only been released just a short while ago, the song is already a massive success for the group becoming the fastest video by a Kpop group to reach 10 million views! From what I can see, it’s already soaring up the UK iTunes charts and fans are now waiting in sheer anticipation to see the songs fate in this week’s official charts-best of luck boys!

BTS’ new album ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is now available for purchase or to listen to via streaming services linked below. Be sure to check out Spring Day and let me know your thoughts on the track! 

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Got7 Flightlog: Turbulence Review


In recent months my younger Sister has submerged me into unfamiliar territory within the world of music by introducing me to the world of Kpop. A genre that I never imagined that I’d actually enjoy but I must admit that so far I can’t help but find myself humming the tunes and even picking up the Korean language. One of my introductions was to a group named Got7. Got7 are a group consisting of seven members; 3 rapper and vocalists from Korea, China, Thailand and America formed by JYP Entertainment. My Sister recently purchased a couple of their recent albums and has kindly allowed me to borrow them to write about on my blog.

So first of all I’ve decided to begin with an album named ‘Flightlog: Turbulence’ released just a few months ago in September and is actually the sequel to a previous release ‘Flightlog: Departure’. Interestingly, there’s a running theme of flying between both albums which follows suit in both the packaging and the accompanying music video. The idea of having a theme is completely refreshing and in my opinion much more creative in comparison to the vast majority of UK music. As far as I’m aware Got7 are due to make another comeback in the not so distant future and I can’t help but wonder whether the next album will be continuation of the Flightlog series or something completely different. Somehow, I think most things come in sets of three so perhaps my guess will be correct-we’ll see!

My thoughts on the music? As I touched upon it earlier, never in a million years did I ever imagine myself listening to Kpop music; as you all know I’ve always been a bit of a rock chick yet surprisingly I can’t help but like it. The songs are rather catchy and despite the initial language barrier, I’ve quickly picked up on the lyrics rather quickly. So although there’s the musical aspect; it also encourages the love of learning a new language which makes me sound a little geeky. Moving on……

The album starts off with a track titled Skyway, which gives a fitting introduction to the album; an insight of everything that is yet to come. This is followed by the albums hit single Hard Carry, a firm favourite of Got7 fans. The singles accompanying music video illustrates the Flightlog series’ theme of flying with a new direction in album series; dark and dramatic yet somewhat enticing?

Moving on through its 13 tracks I find myself slipping more and more into the music. Listening to the backing tracks in a number of the songs I feel reminded of Michael Jackson. There’s elements within the music that has a similar vibe to MJ whom I am a big fan of; something that instantly caught my attention on first listen. As a listener I’m immersed in a variety of upbeat numbers as well as number serene ballads. The upbeat numbers are both vibrant and fun perfectly imitating the groups aura and personality. On the other hand it shows a more maturer side to the band featuring a much darker and edgier vibe compared to previous releases. The ballads on the other hand, create a nice balance throughout the album sperodically placed between the more energetic numbers.

Up until now I’ve had little knowledge about Hip-Hop, rap and R&B and probably would never counted myself as fan of such genres. However I can genuinely say that I really love what I’ve heard throughout the entire album and like the balance of both elements; singing and rapping. Each member are given an equal opportunity to shine in each track and unlike in UK bands, each member is celebrated for having their own unique style and stands out for doing so-it’s refreshing!  After browsing through the the album’s accompanying photo book/album notes I was extremely impressed by just how much input Got7 members had in their music. A selection of the songs were personally written by members of the group who were just as actively involved in the production of the album; producing an impressive 11 out of the 13 tracks!

Overall, my first impression of Got7 was most definitely a positive one and I can’t wait to see what they have lined up for their next album! If this one is anything to by, it’s bound to be great! And of course I’ll be taking to ‘Jukebox Rhapsody’ to share my thoughts on it as well as any other future releases. If you’re looking for something a bit different listen to I would totally recommend adding this one to your list! Links on where to purchase a copy are listed below.

As always, let me know your thoughts on the album and what Kpop groups or artists I should check out next and review on my blog!

‘Flightlog: Turbulence’ available from:

Amazon

iTunes/Apple Music

She Rocks: Orianthi’s ‘Transmogrify’


Slightly old news for those of you who like me are fans of Australian guitar great Orianthi Panagaris who is due to debut a new album with Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora; but it came as a slight surprise a few days ago as I woke up to the news of a brand new solo track from Ori. Transmogrify is an instrumental track with a Steve Vai esque featuring Ori’s incredible guitar licks and soloing skills.

Transmogrify is due to released as part of the brand new ‘She Rocks: Vol 1’ compliation album featuring a number of incredible female artist and musicians in the world of rock and roll. The entire prospect of the compilation is exciting for an avid music lover like myself particularly as it features Orianthi; one of my biggest musical inspirations. As a young female musician, I feel excited about an album filled with a number of talented women and think it’s a must have for any young music enthusiast.

Having followed Orianthi’s music for a number of years now, I’ve seen her live in various settings over the years, seen the release of her previous album ‘Heaven In This Hell’ and have been waiting in sheer anticipation for any new musical releases. Transmogrify was a great introduction to all of the new music is yet to come and I know for a fact will be played on repeat for weeks on end. I believe that Orianthi’s debut album ‘Violet Journey’ released at just 15 years old featured numerous instrumental based tracks and although I haven’t yet been able to get my hands on a copy, I love the fact that she’s revisited her musical roots and enchanted her fans with this gem.

Haven’t heard any of Orianthi’s music? Well ‘Transmogrify’ is most definitely a wonderful introduction! Love Steve Vai? Love Jimi Hendrix? Love rock and psychedelia? Then you’re are most definitely gonna love this!

Check it out and let me know what you think!

The Big ReLaunch

Welcome to the relaunch of Jukebox Rhapsody a music blog that I previously ran for a short period to share my love for music with the world. Throughout my time blogging on both the earlier edition of Jukebox Rhapsody and my personal blog The Hat Hippie I have always expressed my love and passion for music and this has only grown over the years. 

I have learnt a lot about the power of music and as well as the music industry which at the present day is somewhat in a state of turmoil. As mentioned before, I’ve spoken to many people on this subject and read many articles about it. I wanted to do something about it from my little corner on the internet so I felt it only right that I take a new path and relaunch an old project which at the time I couldn’t give the time to. Today it feels right and I feel ready to move forward with it. 

This time around I want to focus more on what’s going on in the music industry, gig guides , hopefully album reviews and I particularly want to promote unknown, indie artists. I want Jukebox Rhapsody to become the home of up and coming artists and way of letting the world hear amazing music. 

Unfortunately, the music industry is stuck in a rut. In my opinion there is the odd few that really stand out from the crowd. We need music that is unique and different and there are so many artists out there fighting for a chance; fighting to be noticed. How many incredible artists are there that have simply slipped through the loop hole? Perhaps they could have been the next big thing but just not given the chance. I want to give as many bands and singers a chance and although I’m starting small I hope that it’ll grow over time and might help make an impact in the industry. Well at least that’s my aim anyway.

That’s why I need your help! I need you guys to help me share these posts and help get the word out about the artists I share with you. We’re all in this together aren’t we? 

If you’re a band, singer or musicain looking to get your music out there please do get in touch as I’d love to feature you on the site. Please include links to your music so that I can have a listen, social media accounts/website and any necessary information about your music career. You can find all contact details via the contact page above.

I also would love to feature any new artists on my radio show on 3TFM so if you’d like to send in any music to play live on air please do get in contact with any music files you’d like me to play via email. Please bear in mind that all music played live on radio must be appropriate for all ages as I try to cater to a varied audience. So please be aware on strong language and mild themes that may be featured in your music as unfortunately I won’t be able to play it.

Anyway, I look forward to moving on with Jukebox Rhapsody and hope that together we can make a change in today’s music industry. I genuinely believe there’s still hope to break through the mould and bring back good music! 

Celebrating the world of music & discovering new artists!