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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! 

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5 Prince Songs You Might Not Know

A year ago today the world lost one of its most iconic and influential performers; the legendary and extremely talented Prince. Best known for hit songs including Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret, 1999 and Kiss to name a few, there is no denying just how much of an impact Prince’s music has made in music history. Despite the endless number of hits residing in Prince’s music catalogue there is equally just as many unknown gems that somehow have gone unnoticed by the world.

So today in tribute to Prince let’s celebrate some of the incredible songs that you might not know. Perhaps one might even be your new favourite!

Starfish & Coffee (Sign ‘O’ The Times)

A track from the 1987 album Sign O The Times, Starfish & Coffee can only be described as complete and utter genius. Despite not being counted as one of Prince’s most popular recordings it is an underrated gem. Proving that inspiration for a good song can come from the simplest of things Starfish & Coffee shows just how unique, quirky and fun Prince was!

Breakdown (Art Official Age)

When asked in a rare interview with Arsenio Hall back in 2014 what was his favourite of all his songs Prince answered that usually he’d always say the next one but instead spoke of a newly written song titled Breakdown. This the very song later appeared on his  2014 album release Art Official Age which came as a surprise to fans alongside the release of the highly anticipated 3rd Eye Girl PLECTRUMELECTRUM.

She’s Always In My Hair

An incredible B side from the Around The World In A Day album era She’s Always In My Hair somehow went unnoticed by the world? The track exhibits a much rockier sound in comparision to many of Prince’s releases from around this time which often featured that iconic funk/pop sound that dominated some of his biggest hits throughout the decades. A psychedelic funk rock number with a slight Jimi Hendrix flare; this song is a must!

Sometimes It Snows In April (Parade)

A fitting yet beautiful ballad for today as it marks a year since Prince’s tragic passing. When planning my recent Prince radio special one song that was requested from fans time and time again was Sometimes It Snows In April yet this incredible piece of work is often forgotten about. The emotions within the song are raw and simply stunning to listen to!

Funk n’ Roll (PLECTRUMELECTRUM)

One of Prince’s newer numbers released on the 2014 PLECTRUMELECTRUM album alongside his fabulous band 3rd Eye Girl who Prince worked extensively with in recent years in both the studio and out on the road touring. A groovy funk number that soon became a personal favourite of mine! Alternatively Prince released the same track on his Art Official Age album with what can only be described as a more modern hip-hop track. It’s interesting to compare both versions of the track and how different they are in style.

What’s your favourite underrated Prince songs that you think everyone should listen? Let me know in the comments section below!

Introducing Spencer Ludwig’s ‘Diggy’

Forever on the look out for new music, I absolutely love coming across an exciting new artist! One of my recent discoveries is Spencer Ludwig, an up and coming artist based in Los Angeles, California who’s bound to go far in the music industry! In a couple of years time I’m pretty sure his music will be everywhere with those catchy grooves.

Today I want to share with you a track titled ‘Diggy’ released by Spencer last year and was featured in a Fall Fashion campaign for popular US supermarket chain Target. It’s both fresh and unique and already going down a treat judging by music lover’s reactions on YouTube.

Infectiously funky with a seriously good groove, Spencer channels that funk disco sound made famous by a number of iconic artists back in the 70s and 80s. Vocally, I was instantly struck by Spencer’s reminiscent tones of the late great Prince-have a listen and you’ll see what I mean! Instrumentally the track also reminds me a little of Prince’s extensive performances/recordings with The New Power Generation who were known for their musicianship; in comparison ‘Diggy’ features strong brass backing throughout the track taking on a similar sound. Yet it has that same charm and charisma as the likes of current artists such as Pharrel Williams as well as tracks produced by the incredible Mark Ronson. It’s got that perfect sound for the radio; all it takes is one listen and you’re bound to fall in love!

To find out more about Spencer Ludwig and to purchase his music be sure to visit one of the following links:

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Bruno Mars 24k Magic Review

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Released late last year (2016) Bruno Mars returned with his first album in four years titled 24K Magic. Until now, I’ve never been much of a Bruno Mars fans solely down to the fact that I wasn’t into his music style however after the release of his collaboration with famous producer Mark Ronson on ‘Uptown Funk’ my opinions drastically changed. Uptown Funk is without doubt a modern classic, I love its throwback feel and infectious groove! Curious to see if the new album would continue down a similar path, I was delighted to discover a 80s funk and disco vibe to the music yet still very current to today’s music. After listening to the album on a number of occasions since I purchased it, I can honestly say that there isn’t a single track that I don’t like!

The album kicks off with its first single and title track 24K Magic; a track that oozes the same charisma and funky groove that we all loved Uptown Funk for! This is closely followed by ‘Chunky’ which reminds me of song named ‘Baby Be Mine’ from the classic Michael Jackson album ‘Thriller’; go listen to both tracks and you’ll see what I mean! ‘Perm’ goes a little further into time sampling that classic 60s soul sound made famous by the legendary James Brown. The further into the album you dive it becomes evident that Bruno has been heavily influenced by a number of iconic artists from across the decades and incorporated it into his own music.

Up until just a few weeks ago I’d been a stranger to the albums most recent single; a song named ‘That’s What I Like’ and I must say it’s become one of my favourite numbers from the album. A catchy number that’s proved extremely popular across UK radio; it’s perfect to jam along to in the car with its fun and infectious groove.

Thrown into the mix is a selection of slower to mid tempo numbers creating a perfect balance all of which feature that fabulous 70s and 80s sound which travels throughout the album. There’s some cool and calming ballad-esque numbers such as ‘Versace On The Floor’ and ‘Straight Up & Down’ in which Bruno performs to perfection. Completing the track listing is ‘Too Good To Say Goodbye’ which easily could have found itself amongst Mars’ chart topping releases in one of his earlier albums.

24k Magic has received mix reviews since its release; some love it others aren’t as enthusiastic, personally speaking it’s by far my favourite amongst the 3 albums released by Mars. One word that comes to mind when describing the album is a popular expression in today’s society and that is ‘throwback’. The influence of 70s/80s funk works well with a modern twist; it’s fun, it’s different and has great groove! So all in all it’s a winner in my book!

 

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Olly Murs Kicks Off UK Tour in Glasgow!

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Former X Factor contestant, Olly Murs kicked off his 2017 UK tour at The SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow last Friday night. The first of two sold out shows in Glasgow, I was lucky enough to bag a couple of tickets for opening night which both my Mum and I were extremely excited about! Having loved Olly’s music since day one we’d always wanted to see him live and thanks to SSE we finally had the opportunity!

Supported by a DJ set from Clyde 1’s George Bowie to kick off the evening, Olly took to the stage around half past 8. The show started off with a bang as the house lights faded and a countdown appeared on two large screens, seconds later Olly emerged to warm reception from an adoring crowd. Greeting the excitable Glasgow crowd, he immediately  broke into the hit single You Don’t Know Love which served as great opening to the show.

Throughout the evening Olly preformed a number of songs from his recent album ’24 Hrs’ including one of my personal favourites; the extremely upbeat and cheerful Grow Up which features that much-loved ‘Olly Murs’ sound. This was followed by a selection of other tracks from the new album including Back Around, Years & Years as well as a ballad called Flaws which saw the arena illuminated with phone torchlights resembling twinkling stars in the night sky.

As well as new additions from Olly’s latest album, there’s no forget the old favourites; the crowd pleasers. The set list featured everything from Dear Darlin’, which Olly reckons would fit perfectly into the ’24 Hrs’ album had the song be written today; Heart Skips A Beat, Troublemaker and Up the duet feel good duet featuring american pop star Demi Lovato which one just can’t help but fall in love with! However, my very favourite performance of the night was without a doubt one of his earliest hits Dance With Me Tonight, a fabulous pop song with a real swing vibe. The fun-loving atmosphere during this one was infectious, not that I really need any encouragement!

An exciting surprise for a first timer like myself was the medley of disco pop hits including covers of That’s The Way I Like It by The KC Sunshine Band as well as Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling. Being such a big fan of the disco genre myself, this was without a doubt another highlight for me! At this stage everyone was asked to put their phones away and just enjoy themselves; it was truly wonderful to look around the room and see that almost everyone had obliged besides a few exceptions. A refreshing sight indeed! It was a fun and vibrant performance; everyone was up on their feet dancing and evidently having a blast! It was apparent that Olly was loving it just as much as the audience as he spent the duration of the medley energetically dancing his way around the stage.

The show on a whole was filled to the brim with energy and made for a great night out for those on in attendance. It was great to see a full band complete with a brass section playing tirelessly alongside Olly; something that is extremely important to me as an onlooker. Olly himself is without a doubt a true entertainer; his renowned charisma shines as he performs and is evident in how he connects with the audience. Everything from the jokes, to the dancing and at one stage he bravely exited the safety curtain of the stage parading through the audience and greeting fans in the process; it’s clear that he genuinely loves what he does! A feel good night for all ages, one can’t help but leave the arena with a smile upon their face!


If you’re heading out to one of Olly shows in the coming weeks or plan on catching him later this year as he embarks on a Summer tour be sure to let me know down below in the comments section! And why not let me know what’s your favourite Olly Murs track!

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!

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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!

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