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Live Review: Craig David at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – 29th March 2017

 
By on Friday, 7th April 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

Following a 6-year absence from the music scene, Craig David made a surprise guest appearance during Kurupt FM’s ‘60 Minutes Live’ takeover on BBC Radio 1Xtra, where he performed his debut single ‘Fill Me In’ remixed with Skrillex and Diplo (ft. Justin Bieber), ‘Where Are Ü Now’. The track, which later became known “16”, went viral, gathering hundreds and thousands of views across social media and catapulting the Southampton-born singer/rapper back into the spotlight.

Fast forward 18 months, and Craig David is walking out on stage at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, the ninth date on his ‘Following My Intuition’ tour. Dressed in all-white tracksuit, David emerged from the back of the stage, bursting into the tropical vibes of “Ain’t Giving Up” and the r&b stylings of “What’s Your Flava?”

The setlist on the night included EDM/garage tracks from Craig David’s chart-topping album ‘Following My Intuition’, such as ‘Louder Than Words’, ‘Change My Love’ and ‘Nothing Like This’, as well as the pop/garage tracks from which Craig David first became a household name, including ‘Walking Away’ and ‘Don’t Love You No More (I’m Sorry)’.

Throughout the show, Craig David gave heartfelt thank yous to the reaction from the thousands that had turned out to see him in Newcastle. As his backing band broke out into the sound of ‘Rise & Fall’, David explained, “When I wrote this song back then, I didn’t realise I was predicting my future. I hit a low and it was the hardest time of my life, but here I am. Thank you.”

As the first half of the show came to its conclusion with a cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ and a rendition of ‘7 Days’, Craig David promised to “turn this place into a rave”, returning to the stage a few minutes later with his TS5-branded DJ equipment. And he certainly delivered.

The sheer energy in the building was on another level, with the onlookers singing and dancing to every track in the DJ set, which contained a mix of old-school garage tracks (including Sweet Female Attitude’s ‘Flowers’) and remixes of recent chart hits such as Drake’s ‘One Dance’ and Tinie Tempah’s ‘Girls Like’. David also incorporated some of his own tracks into the DJ set, inviting his support act Big Narstie onstage for their single ‘When The Bassline Drops’. Wrapping things up full circle, he invited his band back onto the stage to bring the proceedings to a close

It’s a testimony to Craig David’s capabilities as an artist to see two generations of families coming together to enjoy the show.

 

MTV’s Greatest Album Ever: Results

 
By on Thursday, 9th April 2009 at 1:10 am
 

MTV Greatest album (side)We introduced a few weeks ago MTV’s hunt to find “The Greatest Album Ever“. It raised a fair few questions, and a lot of angry responses from you guys as you listed your favourite bands who weren’t included.

Rather unsurprisingly, Michael Jackson topped the poll, having announced his sensational run of London shows between the announcement of the show and the results. Almost one in three of all votes went to the crazy American. In a shock move, Craig David was number 2 in the poll, and has been deemed more popular than Radiohead and Nirvana, receiving more votes than the Oxford based quintet and Seattle grungers combined. Surely that’s got to be some kind of mistake?

Over forty thousand votes were cast, which gives a pretty good perspective of what people think. Many in the comments of the previous post asked about some pretty seminal albums, however it should be noted that these are the best albums since 1981 – when MTV began, so many classics (Pink Floyd, Smiths, Who etc) aren’t eligible for the list. However, as Thom so rightly commented…. no Libertines? Crazy, no?

Speaking of wacko Jacko’s win, Trevor Nelson commented

I don’t think there’ll ever be another album like it ever in the history of music. There will never be a marriage of producer and artist and song writing and pop sensibility – it just won’t happen again. And also, due to the way people buy records now, there’ll never be an album that sells as many copies – and that’s the thing that will keep it at number one.

Interestingly, Zane Lowe didn’t agree with Craig David’s high ranking, commenting

The guy was hugely successful and there’s no denying that album is a great listen from start to finish as a pop record. It probably stands up as the greatest British urban pop record of the last twenty years. Still no one’s really topped it – apart from Winehouse. Should it be number two in The Greatest Album of all time? No, in my opinion, but I’m not going to begrudge anyone’s success, and if his fans voted for it then what’s encouraging for me is that they still consider that record to be an important part of their lives and that’s what music is.

After the jump: the complete list of albums
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MTV’s Greatest Album Ever

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2009 at 3:42 pm
 

MTV Greatest album (side)It seems every awards season we have another “Greatest album” survey, most of them from one random source who have basically surveyed their friends to see what they like best that day.

However, when MTV do a survey you know it’s going to be the right choice. They’ve just launched their hunt to find the “Greatest Album Ever“, after they crowned Duran Duran’s Rio as having the “Greatest Video Ever” last year.

In conjunction with music industry experts, MTV’s flagship music channels VH1, MTV Two and MTV Base have each collated their top ten greatest albums since 1981, the year MTV launched. The debates to select the albums were chaired by channel presenters Edith Bowman (VH1), Zane Lowe (MTV Two) and Trevor Nelson (MTV Base).

Suggs (of Madness fame) was one of the key contributors to the shows, talking about Amy Winehouse’s decline and then subsequent rejuvenation:

It’s great to see her looking marvellous again. There was quite a gap between her first and second album and I used to see her around Camden a lot, and when you see someone regularly its harder to notice their demise. I’m so glad she looks well again. It was fate putting her together with Mark Ronson for Back to Black, and was so good for her putting her voice right in the middle of it.

Meanwhile, as only MTV can, Pete Burns gave us an, erm, “intriguing” insight into his friendship with Morrissey, who failed to make the top 10 for any of his solo albums, but whose Smith’s classic “The Queen is Dead” appeared in both VH1 and MTV 2’s top 10’s:

I knew him personally back in the day, he gave me a copy of this album. I loved it from track one. He has a very unique sense of irony and humour. As a person he’s very difficult and awkward to get on with. He stopped talking to me over a fur coat, and still to this day he holds a grudge about it!

Personally, I’d love to see REM get the award. All the others are great, but people seem to underestimate the consistency of REM. Plus, Michael Stipe is a legend in my eyes. Either that or Human League, but I can’t see them beating the big boys – can you?

Voting for the top album is now open over on MTV’s website. Each channel’s review of the top 10 albums can be seen this weekend, with Trevor Nelson presenting the MTV Base run down Saturday 28 February at 9pm, followed by Edith Bowman presenting VH1 and Zane Lowe MTV Two both on Sunday 1 March at 9pm. The final winner will be announced on Sunday 12th April.

After the jump, check out the top 10 albums chosen by each channel.
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Win amazing items in musical auction…

 
By on Monday, 24th November 2008 at 11:00 pm
 

If the credit crunch is doing you some favours and you’re actually feeling particuarly plush at the moment, maybe you’ll be interested in bidding on some amazing money-can’t-buy items thanks to childrens charity Rays of Sunshine. Normally they hold a gala dinner at London’s Roundhouse, however in the current climate they’ve moved online, auctioning their amazing lots online and giving everyone a chance to win the auction, not just the rich..

Website founder Mia Woodford commented “The Rays of Sunshine Virtually Brilliant Auction contains some of the best lots we have ever seen. Bids have already started to come in for such money-can’t-usually-buy opportunities as meeting the Kaiser Chiefs or Coldplay, with VIP concert tickets, or the chance to go on set with Emma Thompson as she films Nanny Mc Phee II”

So, if you want a chance to win some of the amazing auction items below, just go on over to Rays of Sunshine’s online auction. At the time of writing, you can get 6 VIP Madness tickets for just £80 – so get bidding before the price goes astronomical.

Auctioned items include:

  • 2 VIP tickets to see Coldplay in concert followed by a meet and greet
  • 2 VIP tickets to see Kaiser Chiefs at Wembley Arena followed by a meet and greet
  • A Fender guitar signed by Sting
  • The chance to have lunch or dinner with Craig David at his home in Hampstead
  • 4 VIP tickets, flights and accommodation to the 2009 Europe Music Awards in Berlin
  • 6 VIP tickets to see Madness and meet the band backstage
 
 
 

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