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May 2021


New Music This Month: May 2021

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While the weather hasn’t been the best this month, we have added some great new music to our services . Here’s KVH Studios’ Head of Music, Nick Bewes, with some highlights…

It’s been quite a month for Little Mix. They became the first female group to win Best British Group at the Brits, Leigh-Anne & Perrie announced they were pregnant, and they released their first single as a three piece, a re-worked version of ‘Confetti’ featuring Saweetie.

While we are talking about The Brits 2021, Coldplay opened the show with a special performance of their new single ‘Higher Power’. The track is the band’s first material that they have released in 18 months, and was produced by Max Martin, the man behind some of pop’s biggest songs of the last 20 years.

Holly Humberstone might be a new name to some. She only released her debut single in January 2020 but supported Lewis Capaldi at Wembley before Lockdown last year. She’s back with her best single, in my opinion, ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’. She has described her music as dark, wonky, brutally-honest pop. And I like it!

One of the biggest bands in the world are BTS, with some amazing fans who love their music. So much so that new single ‘Butter’ was played 20.9 million times on Spotify on the day of release, while the video had been viewed nearly 206 million times at the time of writing!

And finally, the man who says he will reunite his old band (Oasis) for £100million! However, Noel Gallagher is looking back at the first decade of his latest project High Flying Birds. ‘A best of’ is due later in the year and this is one of two new tracks to be included, and its classic Noel. The video features an actor who has played a Timelord and a Duke!

That’s just a small selection of the tracks added to the KVH Studios playlists in the last few weeks. You can keep up to date with our playlist additions by following us on Twitter @kvhstudiosmusic.


What’s the story with audiobooks?

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Audiobooks are on the rise, and with Audiobook Month coming up in June, we thought we’d take a look at why this is and how you can get started with yours…

Over the past year with the worldwide pandemic, people have found new ways to relax and take their mind off the uncertainties of current life. The popularity of audiobooks was already on the rise with global sales growing at 25-30% per annum for the past three years according to Deloitte Insights, so this period of ‘finding ways to pass the time’ has only intensified the demand. With people spending more time at home and sometimes in isolation, they have taken comfort from the spoken word with a feeling of human connection in a scary time.

Of course, there is also the convenience of being able to simply download a book in a matter of seconds which is a huge benefit in normal life, not just lockdown when bookshops have been closed for long periods. And this has had an impact on learning as well, with many students choosing to consume their usual reading material in audio form, that they may have usually visited their university library for.

Whether for pleasure or learning there’s no doubt that audio is an effective and efficient way to consume content. If you’re travelling or driving yourself, working or simply doing other tasks at home, exercising or walking (which we’ve done plenty of in the last 12 months!), you can listen to an audiobook with ease. It allows you to fill your time with entertainment or education, or simply for escapism and to increase positivity for improved mental health. A study by The Publisher’s Association found 54% of UK audiobook buyers listen to them for their convenience, while 41 per cent choose the format because it allows them to consumer books when reading print isn’t possible.

With more and more authors and publishing houses recording audio versions of their books, KVH Studios have been supporting the likes of Penguin Random House, Harper Collins and Audible with the recording and editing of their projects. Our experienced producers know what it takes to bring the words on paper to life through audio, with an extensive bank of voiceovers and the ideal studio set-up for lengthy recordings. Plus, with our state-of-the-art editing suite, we will package your audio ready for your listeners.

Find out more about our audiobook recordings here and if you have any questions, just give us a call on 0113 233 7800 or email



Hospitality fully reopens! That’s music to our ears!

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Ready for a hug? A catch up at the pub with your best mates? Or maybe a relaxing getaway at a hotel? The government guidelines have changed once again with step 3 seeing the full re-opening of hospitality and leisure across England. A welcome change for the industry as with the uncertain weather across the last month, outdoor dining has been a bit hit and miss!

As we restart the music at the remainder of our client’s sites that have been closed this past month, we look at how we can help other businesses to create an inviting and comfortable atmosphere to welcome customers back in after a long period of staying at home.


Music is a very powerful neurological tool that helps to change our mindset and mood. When you hear music, your brain releases a chemical call dopamine that has a positive effect on your mood. Maybe the most significant benefit in a hospitality setting and under the current circumstances is that it can help people to feel at ease and relaxed with a certain level of comfort as they step back into society.

Whether it’s low tempo, soothing tracks to help you relax or upbeat pop music to put a smile on your face, it all helps in easing your mind and allows customers to enjoy their visit to your pub, restaurant, bar or hotel even more, increasing the chances of return visits.


Hospitality and leisure businesses are going to get a mixture of customers throughout the day, so it’s important to have a music strategy that caters for everyone. For example, a bar could be quiet early afternoon, and liven up as soon as it gets to happy hour, so you therefore want music styles that reflect the change in atmosphere. Music programming strategies such as day parting, time segmenting and rich mixing of various genres by style, artists or date etc., help to target music to precisely the right audience, so the music is always appropriate and effective, whatever time of day.


Our studio team of experienced musicologists are amongst the very best in the business. Our relationships with record companies, independent labels and emerging artists give KVH Studios the edge when curating music profiles, and thus we are in the best possible position to help you create ‘the sound of your brand’. Teamed with our extensive licensing knowledge and market-leading technology, we are so passionate and emotionally invested in music and customer satisfaction so it’s not surprising that our customers benefit time and time again.

Increase your customer’s confidence and alleviate any uncertainties they may feel about returning to a social setting with a bespoke music profile for your brand and environment. Give us a call today on 0113 233 7800 or email to find out more.

Brit Awards

Brit Awards 2021 Preview

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Quite a lot has happened since the last Brit Awards on 18th February 2020. As the artists and crowds gather at The O2 tonight for the delayed 2021 awards, we are emerging from something very few who attended or watched the show last year could have predicted…Less than a month later all live performances were canceled and just over a month later the country was in lockdown.

Here we are, 15 months later, at a very important stage. The event is part of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme, using enhanced testing approaches to examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing. The Brit Awards is also the first live music show at The O2 in over a year and the audience will include 2500 frontline workers.

That’s the serious stuff out of the way, let’s get on with the glitz and glamour. It’s time for some predictions! Well kind of. Rather than predict who will win the newly designed Brits trophy in each category, we will pick our own winners. They might be the same as the eventual winners, they might not!

It’s time for the KVH Studios Brit Awards 2021!

International Female Solo Artist

Nominees: Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift.

For us, there’s only winner in this category, despite all of them having successes, it’s Taylor Swift. She has released 3 albums since the last ceremony, which have all reached number one here in the UK. Taylor will also receive the, already announced, Global Icon award.

International Male Solo Artist

Nominees: Bruce Springsteen, Burna Boy, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, The Weeknd.

Another easy one for us, well done The Weeknd. The Grammy’s might not like you, but we do!

International Group

Nominees: BTS, Fontaines D.C., Foo Fighters, HAIM, Run The Jewels.

We’ve been fans of HAIM for a long time and their latest album is fantastic.

Male Solo Artist

Nominees: AJ Tracey, Headie One, J Hus, Joel Corry, Yungblud.

Step forward Dominic Harrison!

Breakthrough Artist

Nominees: Arlo Parks, Bicep, Celeste, Joel Corry, Young T & Bugsey

When heard Black Dog by Arlo Parks around this time last year, we knew that she was the real thing. Not that there was much doubt beforehand.

British Single with Mastercard


220 Kid & GRACEY – Don’t Need Love, Aitch & AJ Tracey feat. Tay Keith – Rain
Dua Lipa – Physical, Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar,
Headie One feat. AJ Tracey and Stormzy – Ain’t It Different, Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head & Heart
Nathan Dawe feat. KSI – Lighter, Regard & RAYE – Secrets, S1MBA feat. DTG – Rover
Young T & Bugsey feat. Headie One – Don’t Rush

Some great singles on the list and there are some obvious omissions as well, however Dua Lipa has this in the bag for us.

British Group

Nominees: Bicep, Biffy Clyro, Little Mix, The 1975, Young T & Bugsey

There’s lots of talk that Little Mix might get this one, and it would be deserved if they do, however we are going for Bicep. Their latest album ‘Isles’ is pure class but isn’t nominated in that category.

Mastercard Album

Nominees: Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams, Celeste – Not Your Muse, Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia, J Hus – Big Conspiracy, Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

The album that we have gone back to time and time again since it’s release is Arlo’s. It’s an amazing album, especially as a debut album.

British Female Solo Artist

Nominees: Arlo Parks, Celeste, Dua Lipa, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas.

We’ve left this until the end and we’re still trying to make our mind up to be honest as it’s a difficult one. All of them are great and be worthy winners, but we have to pick one! Jessie Ware.

Tune in tonight at 8pm on ITV to see the winners, and to experience some live performances from the likes of The Weeknd, Rag’n’Bone Man & P!nk and the Rising Star winner Griff.

Let’s hope it won’t be long before we can all see live music in person! Fingers crossed. In fact, everything crossed.

Non-copyright music

The benefits of non-copyright music

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Non-copyright music gives you all the advantages of background music without the need for PPL or PRS licenses. It’s an exciting, viable alternative and a great way to save money without compromising on quality. At KVH Studios, our non-copyright music offering is unrivalled.

Significant savings

How much are you paying annually in music licenses? They can become ridiculously expensive, especially if you have large stores, which is why non-copyright could be the way forward. There’s no requirement for PPL and PRS licenses, which means you eliminate all the complexities and expenses that come with copyright music. Don’t break the bank; use non-copyright. It’s a brilliant way to still play background music whilst saving some pennies.

Non-Copyright Music Tailored to your Taste

Are you looking for In Store music for shops and stores or maybe for your gym chain or hospitality outlets? Non-copyright music could be your answer. With the extensive work the KVH Studios music team have put in over recent years, we now hold a huge catalogue of Non-copyright music tracks of a variety of styles and tempo. This now allows us the flexibility to tailor a music profile to your brand, listener and environment, to create the right ambience that brings benefits to your business.

There’s more?

We haven’t even mentioned the rise in use over recent years yet. The quality just keeps getting better. The growth in popularity means artists are experiencing increased interest and exposure, not just in retail environments but also from commercial radio stations and championed by the likes of BBC. What’s more, our profilers are highly skilled in seeking out what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to suitable music for commercial environments.

How Can KVH Studios Help?

By choosing us, you’ll have access to the biggest independent music platform and exclusive access to a huge range of emerging artists with whom we have direct relationships with. Recognising the best surfacing talent, KVH Studios invest heavily in sourcing music from independent artists and labels to build our ever-growing database of Non-copyright tracks. From this, our team of creatives are experts at curating playlists specifically for your individual brand, environment, budget and of course, preference.

Sound good? To find out more, get in touch! We’ve got tonnes of experience, advice and a massive variety of tracks all ready and waiting for you. Give us a call today on 0113 233 7800 or drop us an email at

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