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The Jacksons Bring The FUNK to Glasgow!

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Motown legends The Jacksons recently celebrated 50 years since their debut as The Jackson 5 touring the UK at a number of different events including the highly anticipated Glastonbury Festival. Brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon alongside the late Michael Jackson made musical history as The Jackson 5 and have dominated the charts as a band and solo artists in the years following creating a lasting legacy. Stopping by for a one-off Scottish show as part of Glasgow’s West End Fiesta which saw a number of big time names perform in the city including Chic & Nile Rogers alongside Kool & The Gang, The Jackson’s took to the stage at Glasgow’s O2 Academy for one night only!

Being a Jackson family fan since the age of 9 I saw the brothers perform live during their previous UK tour in early 2013 so undoubtably catching them this time round was an absolute must! Adding to the fun of the evening they had guest DJ ‘The Reflex‘ who played a mix of 70s/80s disco numbers followed by BBC radio presenter and Coronation Street star Craig Charles with his fabulous Funk & Soul Show. Having seen other DJs open other gigs I’ve attended this was much more appealing to me personally and so refreshing to hear DJ playing genres such as disco/funk and soul!

Those of you have seen The Jacksons live in past will agree that there is nothing quite as magical as the opening of number of their gigs. As darkness descends upon the stage and a video of old footage from as far back as the days of The Jackson 5 alongside clips of fans sharing their love for the band, it really sends a tingle up your spine! Opening the show with Can You Feel It standing still like statues soaking up the lively atmosphere for a few moments they proceed to slowly remove their signature black aviator sunglasses in unison before bursting into song. Words can’t quite describe it but the impression is lasting.

No sooner than Can You Feel It ends, Blame It On The Boogie a personal favourite of mine begins. This was followed by a cover of Michael’s 1979 hit song Rock With You alongside other classic Jackson hits including Show You The Way To Go and Lovely One filled with impressive energy from each of the brothers!

Exiting the stage for a short break, a video was shown featuring commentary from Joe and Katherine Jackson as well the founder of Motown Berry Gordy telling their accounts of the brothers incredible journey to stardom. Footage of the brothers visiting their old house in Gary, Indiana ironically located on Jackson Street was also shown as they reminisced of their childhood. It was a special and personal touch that warms the heart.

Of course, this served as the perfect introduction to the early Motown classics such as I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save and I’ll Be There done ‘the old fashioned way’. Notably these were the groups first singles, all of which reached No.1 in the charts. Hearing those classics is what can only be described as a ‘pinch me’ moment. It’s like being transported back in time to an era that I wish I could have experienced. The brothers recreation of their early performances are on-point as they bring just as much enthusiasm to the stage today, as they did back in the 70s! Amongst the mix of oldies was also hit songs Never Can Say Goodbye and Dancing Machine; famous for Michael’s incredible dance move ‘The Robot’.

Taking a few moments to reflect on their brother Michael, Jermaine performed Gone To Soon in a breathtaking tribute. It proved an emotional song for both the brothers and audience alike as together we celebrated the life and music of a true musical legend.

Taking centre stage, Tito performed two songs from his solo releases; a song called When The Magic Happens followed by another named Get It Baby. Remarkably, despite having been in the music industry for a whopping 50 years he was the only Jackson sibling not to have released solo music. The new releases sounded great live and carried that infectious upbeat and funky sound made famous by the Jackson family.

As the set reached its final few songs The Jacksons introduced their band who helped keep the Glasgow grooving during a jam to brother Michael’s 1991 song I Cant Let Her Get Away. Before long the first notes of what I thought was the final song the ever so popular Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) began to play. Over the years this has proved a fitting closing number and I must admit after seeing them live back in 2013 I always feel a sense of nostalgia upon hearing it. Despite being a pernament fixture in the groups setlist over the years, they continue to perform it with just as much love, perfection and enthusiams as they did in the 80s.

Leaving the stage after what appeared to be one last bow the Glasgow crowd went completely wild. Let’s face it! There’s nothing quite like a Jackson party! Following a few moments of what can only be described as complete Jacksonmania, the brothers reappeared for an unexpected encore of another hit song; State Of Shock a 1984 collaboration between the band and Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger. Never in a million years did I expect to hear it live and it certainly didn’t dissapoint!

When I first became a fan almost 10 years ago I never dreamt it would be possible to see The Jacksons live even once yet alone twice and I’m only 18 years old! That’s an experience I will forever be grateful for and will truly treasure forever and more! Their stage presence is captivating as is their music and dance. The Jackson legacy is iconic and to have been apart of the magic is pretty darn cool! 

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Hit Glasgow’s SSE Hydro!

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Recently, I was lucky enough to catch the legendary Jeff Lynne’s ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) as they stopped by at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena on 28th June 2017. Following their first tour in 30 years last year and the release of a brand new album ‘Alone In The Universe‘ the band are back and better than ever! Unfortunately I missed out on tickets last year but successfully managed to bag tickets this time round ticking off another band in my list of dream gigs!

Opening the evening’s show was Tom Chaplin of British band Keane performing a number of songs from his solo career as well a number of songs from his days with Keane. An impressive performer indeed, with an excellent voice and equally as great songs. Aside from the odd Keane song this was my first introduction Tom’s music and I left the show intrigued to check out more of his music and would definitely be keen to see him live at a headline show. Definitely an artist to keep a close eye on!

Before long ELO had hit the stage and immediately had the Glasgow audience in the palm of their hands. Kicking the set off with Standin’ In The Rain; a spectacular opening both musically and visually complete with immersive and captivating imagery on the screens behind the band. I remember sitting there in awe of the music and the fact that I was lucky enough to see a legendary artist like Jeff Lynne who’s made such an impact on music and I’m only 18 years old!

The setlist was filled with countless iconic numbers from the very word ‘go’ including Evil Woman, All Over The World and Livin’ Thing to name just a few. But that’s the thing; bands like ELO have made so much of an impact on music that every song is a hit! For me personally, I was most excited to hear one of ELO’s most recent releases When I Was A Boy a song in which I’d fallen in love after hearing it on the radio following its release a few years ago and have since played it countless time on my weekly radio show. Hearing it live was an absolutely phenomenal experience, it’s serene yet powerful Beatle-esque sound brought to life in the arena was truly incredible!

Taking a turn for some upbeat disco inspired tracks came Last Train To London with a fabulous funky groove and a pungent bass riff! Following suit was Xandau the title track for the Olivia Newton John that ELO contributed a number of songs to. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head displayed a stunning vocal performance illuminated by the face of a full dreamy full moon. Need I say any more?

A colourful display of laser lighting illuminated the room during Twilight. It’s amazing to think just how simple things like lighting and video can really bring to life a piece of music and ELO is prime example of this! They don’t need props, fireworks, glitz and glam to create a dramatic and spellbinding performance; the music certainly speaks volumes on its own. Combine that with some lights and the right back drop and the show is complete! Honestly, I can’t begin to describe just how magical a sight it was!

Towards the end of the show came a selection of songs from the band’s most iconic album Out Of The Blue; the songs that made history, the songs that everyone loves! We’re talking songs like Wild West Hero, Sweet Talking Woman and Turn To Stone with the few exceptions of Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down; both of which are equally as iconic. But the highlight was without doubt Mr Blue Sky, a song I never dreamt I’d be lucky enough to hear live but somehow as I’ve learned in recent years even my wildest dreams can come true! I first fell in love with the song 10 years ago, aged 8 when I heard it in the Disney film ‘The Game Plan‘ it was a song that really stuck out at me as something very unique and extremely special. Hearing it live proved beyond expectations sounding just as incredible as the original recording with that magical flare that never fails to strike me when listening to that song.

Following a quick selfie to commemorate the evening with the Glasgow audience the band left the stage leaving room in darkness. Progressively the audience became more lively until ELO returned once again for one more song; a cover of Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven which went down a real treat with the crowd! An upbeat and vibrant ending to the show in true rock n’ roll style!

All in all an incredible performance from ELO, I love the array of musical genres in which they bring to their music! ELO need no dramatic production to shine, their music truly speaks on its own and evidently it continues to reign!

GOT7 Return With The Release Of ‘Never Ever’

K-pop group Got7 return to the music scene with their latest comeback; ‘Flightlog: Arrival’, a brand new mini album in the much-anticipated Flightlog series. Alongside Monday’s album release, came the group’s latest music video which accompanies a track titled ‘Never Ever’.

If you’ve been following the ‘Flightlog’ series since the release of the first mini album early last year, you’ll be aware of the series’ unique and developing storyline. The accompanying music videos serves as a visual insight into the story and has evidently caught fans of the groups’ attention as they attempt to piece the story together and search for conclusion. As a UK listener the concept of the trilogy is extremely diverse in comparison to anything I’ve seen over here; the storyline is gripping and leaves you searching for clues amongst the tiniest of details. It’s like combining a good book with music and in my opinion; you can’t get any better than that!

Without giving away too much about the trilogy’s concept as I urge you to go back in time and watch the videos; ‘Never Ever’ has a slightly different outlook to the previous videos. ‘Departure’ was notably lighter in both sound and image whereas ‘Turbulence’ much like its title was remarkably darker and more dramatic. From first glance ‘Arrival’ has seemingly familiar elements to its predecessor ‘Turbulence’ yet perhaps not quite as heavy?

The video is an exciting visual illustration of the albums opening track ‘Never Ever’ written by JYP Entertainment’s and Got7’s founder Park Jin-young. Looking at the song itself, it’s a catchy number with a unique sound that perfectly fits Got7’s image and style.

Serving as the final chapter, the video provides closure as it resolves unanswered questions from the previous instalments. Although not overpowering, the video’s setting  is effective and undeniably striking featuring a number of scenes situated in museum, underwater, hospital and industrial like locations.

As dancers ‘Never Ever’ allows each members Got7 to really shine. Despite having no professional knowledge on the subject, I have however been immersed into the world of dance as an onlooker at various events throughout my life and can certainly spot a good dancer when I see one. In my opinion one of Got7’s strongest points is without a doubt their dancing abilities which is apparent throughout the MV. The perfection in each move is impeccable as is the synchronisation of the group as they effortlessly bring the routine to life.

Never Ever proves to be a popular comeback with fans and feedback is positive across social media as listeners enjoy Got7’s latest release. Here in the UK the album is ranking in the iTunes charts and meanwhile Got7 were seen to be trending on the site. As a radio presenter I plan on airing the new track on my show later this week and look forward to hearing listeners feedback on the song!

What’s your thoughts on Got7s latest comeback and the brand new music video? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to show you support by checking out the new video and purchasing the new album!

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:

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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:

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iTunes/Apple Music