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February 2020

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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: February 2020

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As we approach the end of another month at KVH Studios, Head of Music Nick Bewes looks back at some of the new music that we have added in February to our in-store music services.

Let’s be honest, the only place to start our review of music in February is with Eilish, Billie Eilish. She released the theme song from the new Bond movie, No Time to Die. After 90,000 equivalent chart sales in its first week, including 10.6 million streams. It became only the second 007 song to go to Number One, in the UK Charts.

Elsewhere, Noel Gallagher continued having fun with new music, since leaving Oasis. He has produced some great tunes with his High Flying Birds band.

The first couple of albums were very much what you would expect, but with his last album, Who Built the Moon, he began experimenting with different styles of music with the help of legendary producer David Holmes. In 2019, he began releasing EPs which continue with the adventurous theme with the latest called Blue Moon Rising.

Dua Lipa is gearing for the release of her second album, Future Nostalgia, with Physical being another perfect pop song. If the first three songs from the album are anything to go by, the new album is going to be a cracker.

As well as playing the big acts, we love supporting new talent here at KVH Studios. And this month, we are pleased to give exposure to Leeds artist Sfven. His latest single Flower Beds is a great song, it deserves to be heard by many more people. One to watch this year.

And finally, this week we added the fabulous new track from Shaun Escoffery called River. It’s a big catchy pop song with an even bigger chorus. It’s taken from new album Strong Enough which is out in April on Decca Records. This is the first time that a massively talented singer that we have been supporting since 2014, has been on a major label.

You can keep up to date with our main new additions on our Spotify playlist here.

Brit Awards 2020

The Brit Awards 2020 Roundup

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Last night saw the biggest night in British music. No not the Voice UK final, it was The Brit Awards! It was the show’s 40th anniversary, however the only real nod to the history of the event was the sketch at the beginning of the show with host Jack Whitehall trying on several classic outfits worn by people of the past including Liam Gallagher’s duffle coat and Geri’s Union Jack dress! Then it was time for the music to begin with Mabel performing her hit Don’t Call Me Up. A performance that included lots of dancers and big phones!

In contrast, the next performance was so simple, just Lewis Capaldi & a bloke playing a piano, performing the biggest selling single of 2019, Someone You Loved. Straight after he won the Best New Artist. Obviously, he was a bit fruity with his acceptance speech, because the sound was muted!

Mabel was then back on stage to accept the Best Female Artist, after getting a huge hug from mum Neneh when she was announced as the winner. 30 years ago, Neneh was on stage performing and accepting Best International Breakthrough and Solo Artist. How is that 30 years ago?

Next up was Harry Styles, who continues to morph into David Bowie. He didn’t perform any of the three singles from his latest album, instead opting to do album track Falling, while standing in a pool of water, and water was also coming out of the pianos behind him. Looked simple but rather nice. You can tell that the artists have had more say in their performances this year, as they are more in line with their styles.

Next up was the amazing Lizzo, who performed a medley of her songs, with a little bit of help from the Brits crowd. Lizzo and Harry were the stars of the show, more for the interviews with Jack Whitehall than anything else. People on Twitter have been asking for a Harry & Lizzo TV show, which is something that we can certainly get on board with. It would be brilliant.

Next up Ronnie Wood (and his gloves) introduced Stormzy as British Male Solo Artist and Tyler the Creator won Best International Male Solo Artist. In a surprise decision, Foals won Group of the Year. International Female Solo Artist was Billie Eilish who not only received a lot of love from the crowd, but also from Melanie C who presented the award to her, who is obviously a massive fan. Billie had already performed the new Bond theme No Time to Die, featuring her brother Finneas, The Smiths legend Johnny Marr, composer extraordinaire Hans Zimmer and an orchestra! All very good!

The performances kept coming with Brits Rising Star Celeste and the amazing Strange, another simple presentation. That can’t be used to describe Stormzy’s, well storming medley. Song of the year went to Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved, which is apparently is about his Grandma who sadly passed away, and not a former girlfriend, as many thought.

And then there’s Dave. He won the Mastercard album of the year for his number one album Psychodrama, which also won the Mercury Prize last year. This is only the second time that’s happened, and the first since Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Dave also produced the best performance of the night, with the lyrically and visually stunning Black.

All that was left was for Sir Rod Stewart to sing a song for Jack Whitehall’s mum Hilary and then reunite with former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones for a rousing finale of Stay with Me. Rod was, well Rod!

I thought Jack Whitehall did a good job presenting the show for the third time, here are some of his highlights.

Please, please, can we have a Jack, Harry and Lizzo show sometime soon!

Until next year, thank you Brits 2020. Now, when is the Voice UK final?

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For the Love of Music!

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Roses are red, violets are blue, so here are some love songs, just for you!

Yes, it’s that time of year again where love and romance is the air. This year for our Valentine’s Day selection, we have taken a different approach, one that includes heartfelt lyrics as always, but includes more perms than normal! The 1980’s & early 1990’s was a time when male rock bands went chasing hit singles to try and prove they were in touch with their feelings by releasing ‘power ballads’.

The key time for this was around 1987/88, led by three of the biggest rock bands around at the time.

Bon Jovi were the band of the time with massive record sales, huge sell out tours and video after video on MTV. One of the biggest songs was this cracker of a ballad from their New Jersey album in 1988, reaching number one in America.

Whitesnake were formed in the 1970’s in the UK and the band played a mix of Blues and Hard Rock. However, by the mid-eighties, band leader David Coverdale realised that things needed to change if the band were going to be included on the new, hit-making MTV. So out went the rest of the band, denim and leather outfits and scruffy hair to be replaced by a much more ‘glam’ look. Their 1987 album was huge, selling over 8 million copies in America. The key to that success was the videos for the singles – Still of the Night, Here I Go Again and Is This Love, which have been described by Loudersound.com/Classic Rock Magazine as the ultimate power ballad.

And to complete the trio, we head to 1988 which was prime ‘rock ballad’ time, when Sheffield’s Def Leppard scored a big hit in America with their only number one single Love Bites. The band had been popular in the States for a few years while still waiting for a British breakthrough. That came when their 1987 album Hysteria sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

And that’s the top three! Here’s the rest of our alternative Valentine’s Day music playlist. Air guitars and mobile phone lights at the ready!

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Fallen Out of Love with Your Music Supplier?

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February – The month of ‘love’! Makes us think about relationships and we wonder how many partnerships are still delivering on the promises made years ago?

If you are in a long-term relationship with your music supplier, it’s worth asking the questions…

“Do they still provide me with the best value for money?”

“Do they take a proactive and creative approach by presenting new ideas?”

“Do they offer me cost reductions when available?”

Long term relationships can often get into a rut, become boring, same old same old, taken for granted etc – not always of course, but if you think you might benefit from new eyes, new energy, new ideas and a bit of pizazz, it’s time to give KVH Studios a call to see what we can offer.

We’ve listed some of our best ongoing qualities and if we were to partner with you, we promise that our qualities will always be the same, perhaps even stronger.

  • We listen! Oh boy do we listen! One of our greatest strengths. Understanding our partners requirements, how they feel and what they want.
  • We’re here for you! Always accessible and available when our partner needs us, for whatever it is that they need.
  • We’re responsive! Our turnaround times are impressive. Whether its new creative scripts, a technical issue or simply an information request, we won’t keep you waiting!
  • We’re focussed! Our Account Managers are here to make sure you get everything you need. We believe in attention to detail. Everything we do at KVH Studios is unique to your brand, curating a bespoke music profile and content programming aligned with your listener demographic and footfall. All whilst ensuring we meet your brief and budget!
  • We’re honest! We won’t over promise, but we often over deliver! If it can’t be done, we’ll tell you. With KVH Studios, you’ll always be kept informed.
  • We value you! We never take any client for granted. We will always work hard for you, trying to add value and going that extra mile when possible
  • And we’re really passionate! Passionate about our music and passionate about what we create for our clients. We just love what we do!

Of course, it’s easy to say all the above and we know that most relationships start off on the premise of such good intentions. You only really get to know your partner once the relationship begins. But, at KVH Studios, we have a high retention rate and fantastic client testimonials. So, we know we deliver on our promises, and so do our clients.

So, if you’ve fallen out of love with your music supplier and your contract is due for renewal this year, give us a call on 0113 233 7800 today.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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