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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: JUNE 2020

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Welcome to the latest look at some of the best new music that our Head of Music Nick Bewes has added to KVH Studios services in the last few weeks.

We can’t believe it’s six years since we first added Karen Harding to our playlists with the sublime Say Something. She returned this month with the brilliant new single Undo My Heart helped by the DJ, singer, songwriter, remixer and record producer Digital Farm Animals.

Poppy Ajudha has fans in high places after President Barack Obama selected her Tom Misch collaboration Disco Yes as one of his favourite songs of 2018. Now she’s back with a great single, Strong Womxn.

Speaking of President Obama, he was inaugurated as the 44th President in 2009. The same year Gordon Brown was UK Prime Minister, Alex Ferguson was still in charge of Man Utd, Fabio Capello was in charge of the England Football team and The Doves released their fourth album Kingdom of Rust. Fast forward to the current day and they’ve just released the first track from their long awaited fifth album, and it’s a cracker. Good to have them back.

The Black Pumas are just brilliant, and their new single, a cover of the Tracey Chapman classic Fast Car, is just stunning. The duo has been described as “Mesmerizing” ‘’Staggering’’ & “Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown.” If you’re into soul, and you haven’t checked them out yet, sort it!

And our final pick for June is the latest single from Melanie C. She’s always been classed as the one with the best voice from the Spice Girls and this single is the best thing she has done in ages. It sounds so fresh and current.

And there you have it, our highlights of the last month in music. Keep up to date with our playlist additions Spotify playlist here.

Our favourite tracks from last month

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Even though the world has been in lockdown, new music continues to be released. Here are 5 of the tracks that we are loving here at KVH Studios right now. Some of the videos have bigger pre-lockdown budgets than others, but all great tracks and videos. Enjoy!

HAIM – I Know Alone (taken from new album Women In Music Pt. III due to be released 26th June 2020)

Izzy Bizu – Faded (taken from new The Things We Do For Love release date TBC)

Jessie Ware – Save A Kiss (taken from new album What’s Your Pleasure? due for release on 19 June 2020)

Paul Weller – Village (taken from the new album On Sunset expected 3 July 2020)

Lennon Stella & Charlie Puth – Summer Feelings (taken from the album SCOOB! The Album out now)

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We’re More Than Just In-Store Radio…

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Over the last few years, we at KVH Studios have expanded our offering significantly outside of in-store radio. With response to client demand and taking a more proactive approach in this ever-changing market. We have helped our clients to consolidate media suppliers for ease and cost-savings, plus increase efficiency with their marketing strategy.

Here are just a few ways in which KVH Studios can support you further as a client…

Digital signage

Audio and visual come hand in hand so this was a natural progression for us to make as a business. By managing all creative content for these two mediums it ensures consistency and a stronger brand approach.

KVH Studios offer a wide range of content options such as animation, video and live television, which many clients such as Ann Summers, Moto, Costcutter and Motorpoint are taking advantage of. All our solutions are created and managed in-house and delivered through our marketing leading technology.

Podcasts

Of course, it’s not just about in-store, our services expand beyond this with podcasts increasing in popularity and demand in the retail market.

We have therefore adapted our services to accommodate this by not just offering our in-house studio recording facilities. But also full management of the process including concept creation, episode support and guidance, editing and packaging, hosting, publishing, and analytics.

Our biggest podcast projects include Superdrug’s ‘Beauty of It All’ which has peaked at number 1 in the iTunes health and beauty charts and Leeds City Council’s ‘Leeds in Conversation’.

Commercial Radio

Many of our in-store radio clients also use us for production of their local and national advertisements. As they can guarantee consistency of sound and production values, simplicity in briefing, and reduced costs.

Our experienced team of scriptwriters and audio producers can manage all creative, voiceover selection, editing, radio clearance and distribution. Taking the stress away and advising you from start to finish.

And that’s just a few ways in which we can help further. We can also support with events/conferences, pop-ups, training, television and online voiceovers, on-hold systems and much more!

If you’re looking to reduce the number of marketing suppliers you deal with and want an in-store music provider that offers much more, the KVH Studios team are ready to help.

Just give us a call on 0113 233 7800 or email info@kvhstudios.com for advice and support when the time is right. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Power of Music

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Let’s face it, the world is going through a very weird time right now. A time filled with uncertainty, anxiety and unknowns. So now more than ever, positivity is important in getting us through it, supporting yourself as an individual and those around you.

Easier said than done we know, but there is a very powerful tool that can help to motivate, increase optimism and improve mental well-being, overall reducing those anxious feelings and regulating emotions. That tool is MUSIC!

Music is a very powerful neurological tool that helps us change our mindset and mood, giving us new perspective. When you hear music, your brain releases a chemical called dopamine that has positive effect on mood. Particular songs can spark happy memories and nostalgic moments. Upbeat tracks can motivate you when working from home or to get you up off the sofa to do some exercise, assisting in improving performance.

Maybe most importantly, music can provide comfort. 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 is a companion if you’re feeling lonely.

So, to help you through this tough time, KVH Studios are putting you to task! Take just half an hour out of your day today to put together a playlist of your favourite, uplifting tracks. Doesn’t matter whether they’re old or new, slow or fast, vocal or instrumental, it’s your playlist to suit you and help you out when you’re maybe feeling a little low and just need a pick-me-up. We guarantee it’ll help!

Need some inspiration? Check out the KVH Studios playlist on Spotify for all the latest tracks featured on our services that we’re loving. Enjoy!

Stay safe everyone and stay home. Remember we’re all in this together!

 

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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: March 2020

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Welcome to another look back at all the new music we have added this month to our in-store music services with Head of Music, Nick Bewes.

One of the biggest pop stars of the last decade returned this month with her first solo single in 3 years, Stupid Love. Taken from her album, Chromatica, it’s a perfect slice of pop. The video was filmed entirely using Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro triple camera system!

Sports Team have been described as 2020’s most chaotic new band, we just think that they produce great music, their latest single Here’s The Thing is just brilliant. It’s taken from their debut album, Deep Down Happy.

We’ve been fans of Jessie Ware for a very long time here at KVH Studios, having first added her to our playlists back in 2012. Since then, she has produced some of the smoothest pop sounds around and returned this month with the sublime Spotlight.

It’s been 7 years since we first added the brilliant Haim to our playlists. Now they are getting ready to release their third album, Women in Music Pt 3. And they have unleashed their latest single The Steps, which is another cracker.

And finally, there’s another Trolls movie on the way, so Justin Timberlake is back with some new tracks. The first movie gave us the brilliant Can’t Stop the Feeling. This time he’s teamed up with SZA for equally good The Other Side.

And there you have it, our highlights of the last month in music. Keep up to date with our playlist additions Spotify playlist here.

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Does playing music in your stores make a difference?

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Does playing music in your stores make a difference?

 

The answer to that is a resounding YES, based on extensive research over recent decades, 81% of customers agree that playing in-store music creates a better atmosphere when compared to a retail store that does not play music*.

In fact, music is listed within the top 5 areas that make an instant impact on customers (the others being light, smell, space, and visual appearance). Yet we’re constantly amazed at how many retailers get it wrong!

Most retailers are playing music, but there are still many unanswered questions…

  • Do store colleagues enjoy it?
  • Is it profiled to your demographic and footfall?
  • Does it represent your brand effectively?

It makes us wonder why so little attention seems to be given to the music and ‘sound branding’ when it’s such an important factor within the mix. So why focus only on the visual aspects?

Here’s the amazing bit. Getting your music right costs, no more than getting it wrong! Yet the prize for getting it right can be so rewarding. It’s a case of choosing the right music partner to work with…

KVH Studios are one of the UK’s largest in-store music providers, certainly the most progressive, and currently enjoying customer satisfaction ratings off the scale. Just check out our testimonials!

Our studio team of experienced musicologists, supported by top-class producers skilled in profiling and branding, 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. We are in the best possible position to help you create ‘the sound of your brand’. We are so passionate and emotionally invested in music and customer satisfaction, it’s not surprising that our customers benefit time and time again.

Not sure if you’re getting the most out of your music? Is your music contract up for renewal soon?

Well now’s the time to get in touch with KVH Studios on 0113 233 7800. Have a chat and see what we can do for your individual brand.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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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.

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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: January 2020

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Here we are, it’s time for the first new music review of 2020 from KVH Studios, all have which have been added to our in-store music services.

We start with a duet by two singers with a combined age of 143, who have sold one or two records in the 50 years they have been in the music industry. It’s the title track from Ozzy Osbourne’s new album which is released in February and features another legend in the shape of Sir Elton John on vocals and piano. And it’s not just those two, it also features Slash & Duff from Guns N Roses and Chad from Red Hot Chili Peppers. Oh, and it’s a cracking single.

At the other end of musical scale, Celeste is starting out. She’s the Brits Rising Star and the winner of the BBC Sound of 2020 Poll. Her new single Stop this Flame is so different from her last track Strange, which shows how good she is.

We’ve been big fans of the amazing Ella Eyre for so many years, having burst onto the scene with Rudimental’s Waiting All Night. Now she’s back with the first new music from her second solo album.

Another singer returning, but after a little bit longer than Ella, is Andrew Roachford. He hit the charts in 1989 with Cuddly Toy and is back with a superb new single Love Remedy. It’s taken from his 11th album Twice in a Lifetime, which is out in April.

April also sees the release of Gregory Porter’s new album All Rise. The first taste of the album is Superb Revival. He says of the track “Yes, you could say that I went big,” and he does. It’s a single with a big sound. And we like that sound.

Keep up to date with all our new music additions on our Spotify playlist.

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2019 In Review

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Happy New Year everyone!

With the majority of us back to work today and starting a brand-new year (and decade!), we thought we’d take a quick look back and review 2019 before diving into 2020.

And what a year to look back on. For KVH Studios, many would say it was our best year yet and we certainly finished for the Christmas break on a high and excited about what’s to come.

So let’s look at some highlights…

New clients!

2019 was a bumper year for taking on new clients of different sizes and types. Some of the big ones included the launch of Superdrug Live in March, following a successful tender win in 2018, which broadcasts a live show daily, including dual presenters on a Saturday, alongside supplier advertising. This was shortly followed by the launch of the Ann Summers audio and visual service in May. July saw the launch of the two-channel music service for Debenhams including time sensitive/automated messaging and Motorpoint Radio launched that same month. And most recently in November, we launched a digital music and advertising service for The Original Factory Shop upgrading them from a CD service and allowing them to promote key campaigns.

With many more in the pipeline for launch in 2020, we’re excited to keep this fast growth of our client base going, but let’s not forget the development of our existing client services which we have retained many long-term contracts with across 2019 and have seen a huge expansion of the services we provide…

New services!

Alongside providing a much more attentive and pro-active service to our clients, a key goal for 2019 was to expand our offering outside of in-store radio, allowing us to provide ‘the full media package’ cutting out the need for our clients to have different suppliers for different services.

The first objective was to expand our digital signage services in response to a distinct need from our clients and the most obvious development in our industry, with audio and visual going hand in hand. We of course have always had it available to our clients in the past as an ‘add on’ but it was this year where we really set about making it a full service; expanding our knowledge in the area, bringing expertise into the team and developing our technology bespoke to requirements. We’re now proud to be providing digital signage services to Costcutter and Ann Summers with a number of new launches in the works for other clients in 2020. Check out the additions we made to our website in September of this year here!

In summer we proudly produced ‘The Beauty of it all’ podcast for Superdrug which hit the top spot in the Health and Beauty charts and trended number one on iTunes. We’ve had plenty of experience in recording podcasts for a number of clients in our very own in-house studios, but this high-profile project allowed us to work with different talent and celebrities, produce externally and manage the whole upload and promotion across all the top podcast platforms. We also created bespoke music and advertising for each episode. This experience has allowed us to open up our podcast services further and we have another big exciting project coming up in 2020.

This past year also saw us putting our data-triggered content capabilities into play, growth of estates through new installations into client acquisitions, development of music only services into content, commercial radio production for new clients and full licensing management, all of which allows our customers to use us for a number of purposes.

Our creativity reached new heights this year through expansion of team skillset and exploring new production opportunities. To the point where we won our first VOX award in October for Best Retail/Service Message or Commercial (IVR/In-Store). What an achievement by the team!

And that’s just the highlights! It’s been a very busy year but a fantastic one as we finish with a stronger, tighter team than ever and look forward to the arrival of two new starters in January to support in our growth.

There’s certainly no quiet January for us as we go head first into a jam-packed month of pitches, rollouts and new launches which we look forward to sharing with you in the coming months.

We’re raring to go for this new year ahead and we wish all of you a very successful and happy one!

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BBC Introducing 2019 – Artist of the Year

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Here at KVH Studios, we curate and program over 70 different music channels. We don’t work on a one size fits all approach. Our clients have different needs. Some want nothing but the biggest hits from across the decades. However, some of our clients are looking for something different, something new. We are always on the lookout for songs and artists that are producing music away from the mainstream. And there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing them cross over into the spotlight, for everyone else to enjoy.

Celeste is the name of an artist you are going to hear a lot more of in 2020. She has just been named as the latest BBC Introducing Artist of the Year. And today, she has also been announced as the winner of the new BRIT’s Rising Star Award for 2020. And rightly so. Celeste follows in the footsteps of Tom Grennan, Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt and Catfish and the Bottlemen in being awarded the BBC Introducing honour and all of them featured on our playlists before receiving the accolade. The only winner we didn’t play beforehand was Declan McKenna who won the award 2017.

Celeste has been on our radar here at KVH Studios since we received the track ‘Father’s Son’ from her record company back in February. However, it was with the release of the superb ‘Strange in September’ when it became obvious that Celeste had something to make her stand out from the crowd. It was so different from everything else that was around. It’s achingly simple in its approach. No theatrics, no in your face production. Her voice is the star of the show. It doesn’t need anything else.

Celeste says that her debut album will be out in by the end of 2020. We have a feeling that it will be worth the wait!

To find out more about our bespoke music curation for your brand, give our consultants a call today on 0113 233 7800.

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