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New Music 2021


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KVH Studios Head of Music Nick Bewes is here for the first look back of 2021 at some of the new music that has been added to KVH Studios playlist in January.

There’s only place to start and that is with the record-breaking driver’s license by Olivia Rodrigo. The song has become the fastest song in history to reach 200 million Spotify streams, it also holds the record for most Spotify streams in a single week, with over 80 million streams. And if that wasn’t enough it holds the record for most streams achieved in a single day for a non-holiday single, achieving almost 14 million streams on January 15. Oh, and it’s been number one in the UK, USA, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, Singapore & Sweden. Not bad!

The Foo Fighters continue to tease their new album ‘Medicine at Midnight’ with another great single. Waiting for a War is a more traditional Foo’s track than first single Shame Shame. And as a massive fan of the band, I’m looking forward to hearing the new album.

Another album I’m looking forward to is the third from the brilliant Royal Blood. We first playlisted the band back in 2013 and the progression in their sound is amazing to hear. The title track of the new album Typhoons is the second taster, and it’s so good!

Let’s step away from the rock for a moment with the latest release from Anne-Marie. She has teamed up with YouTuber, internet personality, rapper, singer, actor, and boxer KSI and producers Digital Farm Animals for her biggest hit so far.

And finally, January saw the return Kings of Leon with The Bandit. Taken from their first album in 4 years When You See Yourself, it’s good to hear the band on fine form.

And there you have it, a great first month of new music for 2021. You can keep up to date with our playlist additions by following us on Twitter @kvhstudiosmusic and our Spotify playlist here.



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It’s most wonderful time of the year! It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! Do you wish it could be Christmas every day? And I bet you are you back at Last Christmas knowing that this year is going to be very different.

Here at KVH Studios we work with our client’s to make sure we are playing the right Christmas songs to match their normal playlist. There’s lots of discussion over when you should start playing Christmas songs as well. That isn’t up to us to decide, we talk to all our clients months in advance to work with them so the Festive playlists starts when they launch Christmas in their stores.

If their Christmas shop is open from the beginning of October, then that’s when we start programming a small selection of Christmas music, building up to 100% Christmas from the start of December. At the other end, we have some clients who don’t sell anything Christmas related but want to create a festive atmosphere for their stores so play a small selection from the beginning December.

As well as playing the Festive favourites from yesteryear, every year the KVH Studios Music team are on the lookout for new Christmas songs and here’s a small selection of the new Christmas tracks released in 2020.

Beverley Knight – A Christmas Wish

Kelly Clarkson and Brett Eldredge – Under the Mistletoe

Jamie Cullum – Turn on the Lights

Dolly Parton and Michael Bublé – Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas

Meghan Trainor featuring Earth, Wind & Fire – Holidays

As Slade said in 1973, Merry Christmas Everybody!

New Year, New Supplier?

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With the end of 2020 fast approaching (and wow I think most of us will be glad to see the back of this year!), you’ve probably already started thinking about 2021 and what changes you might make to your marketing strategy, suppliers and where you could potentially make savings.

Maybe your in-store music contract is up for renewal in 2021 and your current supplier isn’t quite meeting the requirements and objectives you have for your brand? Are you still getting value for money? Does your supplier proactively manage your service allowing you to concentrate on other priorities? If your expectations aren’t being met, it could be the perfect time to start considering an alternative supplier…

KVH Studios are one of the leading UK suppliers of audio and visual services to the retail and hospitality industries, delivering the ‘sound of your brand’ for customers and colleagues to enjoy and interact with whilst in your sites.

Our music catalogue is extensive with over 250,000 commercially friendly, vetted tracks and the full range of choice when it comes to licensing requirements ensuring quality and quantity across the board.

KVH Studios don’t just do in-store music, customers switch to us to become their audio and visual partner managing the full media package in their commercial environment including advertising, presenters, colleague communications, training and digital signage. Plus, externally through commercial radio, podcasts and more. Bringing many benefits such as consolidation of suppliers for increased efficiency and reduced costs.

However, lower cost doesn’t mean compromise. Retailers working with KVH Studios enjoy the best quality music, audio and customer service available. We recognise we must deliver world class service, choice and support, and that continues to be our top priority.

We believe we are the best service provider in this sector based on the fantastic feedback we have received from our clients over the years. Check out some of the feedback we’ve received from our clients here. This feedback is not just regarding our attentive, agile and proactive customer service, but also how cost effective we are in comparison to their previous supplier.

So, if your contract is due for renewal this coming new year, give our friendly team a call on 0113 233 7800 or email to start discussing a service that works for your individual brand, meets your budget but above all, exceeds your expectations.


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KVH Studios Head of Music Nick Bewes is here again for a look back at some of the new music that has been added to our in-store music services during November.

Two of the biggest female artists in music right now have teamed up for a massive tune. Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa have released Prisoner, the latest from Miley’s new album Plastic Hearts.

November is of course Children in Need month, and this year BBC Radio 2 created a new version of the Oasis song Stop Crying Your Heart Out. The song and video feature the likes of Cher, Robbie Williams, Kylie, Bryan Adams and Clean Bandit amongst many others.

One of the most consistent artists of the last decade or so is Gregory Porter. His latest single is the brilliant Mister Holland. Gregory says that the song is about equality; “It’s about the desire for mutual respect and the desire for a young man to be treated like an average teenager.”

This month also say the much-anticipated return of the Foo Fighters. Shame Shame is the first track to be released from their new album and it’s a very different sound for the band. And the video is very different from what they have done in the past too.

I might be wrong, but I have a feeling that the video for Paloma Faith’s Gold might have looked a bit different it had been released in any other year than 2020, but what a joy it is! Video of the year.

You can keep up to date with our playlist additions by following us on Twitter @kvhstudiosmusic and our Spotify playlist here.




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As we head to the end of another month, it’s time to take a sly look over the shoulder at some of the new music we have added to the KVH Studios music services in October with our Head of Music, Nick Bewes.

In a year that has thrown up so many uncertainties, it’s very reassuring that when AC/DC announced their comeback, you knew what to expect. And the new single, Shot in the Dark doesn’t disappoint. It’s classic AC/DC. There’s nothing ground-breaking about it, but we don’t want experimental from AC/DC.

Over the last 18 months or so there has been a lot of good things written about Lucia and the Best Boys. And their new single, Perfectly Untrue shows why. Taken from their new EP ‘The State Of Things’, 2021 could be a very good year for them.

Col3trane has been described as the new Frank Ocean. We just think he’s the first Col3trane! He’s teamed up with the equally brilliant Mahalia for his latest release Pretty, and it’s a fine track.

When you have a famous rock star as a parent, there’s always extra pressure on you. It doesn’t seem to be bothering Elijah Hewson, son of Bono, as he continues to release great music with the rest of the band Inhaler.

TSHA has fans in the right places. She has been tipped as one to watch by NME, Mixmag, Billboard, DJ Mag and BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong! Not bad. The London based producer has released a great track with Gabrielle Aplin, which we love!

That’s it for another month. You can keep up to date with our playlist additions on our Spotify playlist here. Or follow us on Twitter @kvhstudiosmusic.

The Advantages of Podcasts for your Business

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In recent years, the popularity of podcasts has continued to grow, attracting millions of listeners worldwide. The great thing is, podcasts are diverse and can be accessed ever so easily. For that extra bit of inspiration and motivation whilst you exercise, entertainment whilst you work or just to take a moment to relax, there is so much opportunity to listen.

It’s also clear to see why so many businesses are jumping on the bandwagon and sharing in the mediums ever-growing success, by including it in their marketing strategies.

Described by some as a converged medium (bringing together audio and the web), podcasts can impact a business in a variety of positive ways, but what are some of these advantages?

Growth – Businesses using podcasts are able to reach new and existing audiences by helping build a familiarity between the client and the company. Once people start to show interest, the power of ‘word of mouth’ plays a pivotal role in helping them grow.

Accessibility – In a world where we demand easily accessible, quick-fire information, podcasts suit the needs of an environment wherever you are.

Brand Awareness – Podcasts are also a great way to share expertise of your business. We all want information to be reliable, unbiased and balanced. That’s the beauty of a podcast, it helps to connect your brand with the audience building an effective relationship with engaging, interesting content.

Influence – According to Acast, 76% of UK podcast listeners have followed up on an ad or sponsored message they heard in a show, with 37% saying an ad had led them to seek out further information on a product, and 24% were prompted to visit a brand’s website.

Simplicity – Not only are podcasts incredibly easy to set up, but they are an engaging and interactive way to communicate with your audience.

Based in the heart of Leeds on Wellington Street, KVH Studios offer easy and affordable studio hire and audio production for the recording of your podcast with our range of high-quality, purpose-built, state of the art audio studios with a wide range of capabilities. We also have the ability to record your session remotely via phone, Skype and WhatsApp as well as ISDN, source connect and IPDTL.

You’ll have access to thousands of remote voiceover artists and audio facilities worldwide and our team of audio producers, sound engineers and creative managers will ensure your podcast project is delivered on-time, on-budget and beyond expectations.

We’ve had a number of high profile clients use our facilities to record their podcast series including, most recently, Superdrug in which we produced and managed their iTunes chart-topping 8-part series ‘The Beauty of it all’ in summer 2019, and Leeds City Council’s 2020 24 episode series ‘Leeds in Conversion’.

Want to find out more? Give us a call today on 0113 233 7800 or email to speak to one of our friendly consultants.

We look forward to hearing from you!



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It’s that time of the month again, where KVH Studios Head of Music Nick Bewes looks back at some of the musical highlights added to our services over the last few week.

We first added the amazing Lianne Le Havas to our playlists back in 2012, while NAO made her debut 4 years later. Now, another 4 years have passed, the pair have teamed up for a brilliant single, Woman.

September saw the unexpected return of Steps with a new single What the Future Holds which is the title track of their new album out in November. There’s even a new ‘classic’ dance routine in the video.

Time for another collaboration. This time, Justin Bieber teams up with Chance the Rapper for the new single Holy, which is being billed as his ‘return to pop’. It’s a brand-new track not included on his recent album Changes.

Manchester legends New Order return with their first new music since Music Complete was released in 2015. Be A Rebel is a cracker of a single as well. It was originally planned as a release ahead of New Order’s tour this autumn, but with live shows on hold, they felt it was important to share new music with fans.

And finally, this month, two musical heavyweights have teamed up for a great duet. Keith Urban & P!nk have sold nearly 60 million albums between them, and this new single is a great song.

And there you have it for another. This is just a selection of the new music that has been added to KVH Studios playlists recently. Keep up to date with our playlist additions Spotify playlist here.



Tight Deadlines? Fast Turnaround!

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At KVH Studios, we work with clients of all shapes and sizes every single day, and have done for many years, so we understand the tight deadlines in place and the fast turnaround required on projects.

That’s the beauty of audio created by KVH Studios. Not only is audio a fast-turnaround medium in itself, compared to the likes of print or visual, but by using KVH Studios, everything is managed all under one roof.

Our highly experienced, qualified creative scriptwriters and audio technicians take care of everything from concept creation and direction through to production, editing and packaging, meaning your briefing won’t be lost to a third party and we can achieve your requirements with speed and efficiency.

We have a regular stream of clients using us to record their audio projects each week including high profile celebrities from the world of TV, sports and entertainment, business clients or for personal pleasure, all safe in the knowledge that our team will deliver their project on-time, on-budget and beyond expectations.

Our studios feature the very best in audio technology to meet any required output, whether it be a commercial radio advertisement, podcast, television voiceover or online video. And if you or your clients want to use our studios to manage the project yourselves, you’ll have the choice of a range of sizes fit for purpose, including our large production studio where we have capacity to record up to 4 people, with the option to add others into your session remotely via phone, Skype and WhatsApp as well as ISDN, source connect and IPDTL.

Want to book in your production or studio hire? Just give our friendly, helpful team a call on 0113 233 7800 or email for an instant quote!

Music July


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It’s that time of the month again, where KVH Studios Head of Music Nick Bewes, picks some of the best new music that has been added to our in-store music service in July.

It’s nearly been a decade, since we first added James Blake to our playlists here at KVH Studios. Since then, Blake has released 4 albums. ‘Are You Even Real?’ is the second new song of 2020, following on from ‘You’re Too Precious’ and continues to showcase one of the best creators of music out there now.

Last year, Kygo was the chosen one to create one of the songs of the year, his remix of Whitney’s version of Higher Love. 2020 sees him give Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It? A new life. Another fine job, Mr Kygo.

DJ & producer Jayda G, born in Canada but now based in London. Has released her new EP at the beginning of July featuring Both of Us/Are You Down. We added the brilliant Both of Us to our playlists. It’s her first new music since releasing her album ‘Significant Changes’ last year. We look forward to hearing more from her.

Katy Perry pulled off one of the greatest reveals at the end of her video, Never Worn White. Where she announced to the world that she was expecting her first child, at about the same time as releasing her new album Smile. The title track is her latest single.

When Guardian journalist, Caroline Sullivan saw Another Sky live. She apparently tweeted “I’m almost dumbstruck by the singer – she has the strangest, most haunting voice I’ve heard in ages.” She isn’t wrong, Catrin Vincent has a stunning voice. The band are gearing up for the release of their debut album, I Slept on the Floor, which is out in August.

This is just a selection of the new music that has been added to KVH Studios playlists recently. Keep up to date with our playlist additions Spotify playlist here.

In The Spotlight: Nichola Young – Account Executive

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How long have you been at KVH Studios?

I started at KVH Studios early this year in January!

What does your job involve?

Well, my job involves managing some exciting, well-known brands. You can find me writing creative scripts for their in-store radio to promote product promotions, scheduling ads, creating content for digital screens, meeting with clients, presenting content proposals and dealing with any day-to-day queries from my accounts. I also support with the marketing side of KVH Studios too, from scheduling blogs to suggesting content ideas for our social media channels.

What did you do before you worked at KVH Studios?

I graduated from University in August 2019 where I studied Marketing with Advertising. During uni, and shortly after, I worked on gaining more work experience within the industry by doing many work placements and internships, I then embarked on my search for jobs within the creative media industry which brought me here to KVH Studios.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love the creativity of it all and there’s never a day that’s the same. One day I could be scripting, the next creating content for digital signage, or proposing new content ideas for clients for their music services!

What’s your favourite memory at KVH Studios?

I’d say my first day…meeting all the wonderful folks at KVH Studios. They’re all super passionate, knowledgeable and great people to learn from in this industry.

How would you describe KVH Studios in 3 words?

Fun, dynamic and innovative.

If you could pick one, what would be your favourite music track?

My music taste is very varied but I’m gonna go with ‘Dave – Location’ just because it shouts summer vibes!

What do you like to do when you’re not at KVH Studios?

I enjoy gym’ing, netflix’ing, hosting games night with the boyfriend for friends and when I can, taking a weekend trip up to North Wales to see my family!


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