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BRIT AWARDS 2022 PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED

The set of artists for this years’ Brit Awards has been announced ahead of the scheduled date of 8th Feb at The O2.

The likes of Liam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, Holly Humberstone and Doja Cat are among the performers on the night.

Amongst a few big yawns, it will be yet another night of hopeful celebrations of the best of British music – all of the British music that is simply mainstream, mind. You’ve all heard my thoughts on award shows so this is not the time or place for that extensive argument, but still.

It will be interesting to note how upcoming music artists are going to be reflected and of course, those all important amendments to male/female artists categories that will no doubt spark up controversy … with people that doesn’t affect at all! I think if it makes the artists more comfortable reprising their roles in the music industry, then I’m all for it! I was this close to purchasing pre-sale tickets but at £80 a pop at The O2, I didn’t think it was necessarily worth the ticket price considering the line-up stacks and the typical stigma of award ceremonies … !

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Meatloaf: Bat out of Heaven

I’m sure you’ve all heard the news by now – but the much beloved bundle of joy and musical ingenuity of performer, Meatloaf has died at the age of 74. Unbeknown to the cause of the death (with many fingers pointing to heart strains), it comes as a huge crushing blow to the rock ‘n’ world that Meatloaf had a huge handful in. After selling more than 100 million of his album, Bat out of Hell, it has since become one of the biggest selling records of all time and simply placed Meatloaf on the map as a global icon and music superstar. It’s not just music where is prowess stops either. His outreach to the entertainment sector saw no bounds. Featuring “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Fight Club”, “Wayne’s World” and of course, Tenacious D’s Pick of Destiny, his character was as sublime and unique as the voice that he rocked with. Meatloaf, Marvin Lee Ady – keep on rockin’.

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The Weeknd: Dawn FM – Album Review

NEW TO 2022: After clutching all the headlines with his much-lauded 2020 album ofAfter Hours,” Abel Tesfaye stepped into something new and something of reflective prowess. Cleary, Tesfaye simply knows no bounds in terms of exploration, as his fifth album takes off with any pre-warning safety announcements. Harnessed in to a fictional radio station that goes by the name of 103.5 Dawn FM – with Tesfaye’s apt-neighbour Jim Carrey narrating along the way – the album swoons and careens into the plethora of dark and cool Depeche dark-synth pop.

Unlike the tensive, illustrative work of After Hours that somehow puts up a front throughout, Dawn FM is a mature new approach to resolving past mistakes and stepping out from the shadows as a better person.

Accepting fate rather than denying plausibility is a encouraging tact here through the telling of Dawn FM

God knows life is chaos but he made one thing true: you gotta unwind your mind, train your soul to align and dance til you find that divine boogaloo. In other words: you gotta be heaven to see heaven. May peace be with you.”

… after all, it is always darkest before dawn. And after dawn, comes a new day.

Familiars feature the poignant, self-reflective Out of Time, the janky guitar-flex of Sacrifice and the incessant bass jabs of Best Friends to the trap drum machine overruse of Don’t Breaky My Heart, the album suffers somewhat in depth as it does in musicality. But it is an ultimatum of sorts – it is one we must get pass through ourselves.

Reflective of his journey, has The Weeknd finally found peace within himself?

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MOD SUN: “Internet Killed The Rockstar” – Album Review

Seeing as we’re on all time pop-punk high at the moment, what better segway than to discuss Lavigne’s boyfriend MOD SUN and his movie of longing conversation, Internet Killed The Rockstar.”

With another artist debunking their favourable genre of hip-hop for the ever-eclectic tastes of pop-punk, it’s showing that the revitalisation is really picking up traction. But is it any good?

With moments of bitter-tastes from Karma to lost lust with Bones, finally driving into the lead single of Flames featuring the unaltered companionship with Lavigne herself, it is an emotive album full of compassion as MOD SUN plays homage to the cathartic self-reflection of addiction, love and sorrow that features so heavily in pop-punk works.

Although the tongue-and-cheek drivel of Rollercoaster and Pornstar lands somewhat flat, these are sidelined when the self-titled work comes into full force rounding off the album on an all-time high.

Although not familiarising himself with his well-known accompaniments of hip-hop, MOD SUN has upped his game spiritually and musically with a monumental return etching himself into the world of pop-punk.

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Back to the 2000s: Avril Lavigne’s “Bite Me”

For this week’s singles review, it seems we are discussing the fashionable return of Avril Lavigne. In a bid to stay majorly relevant among the revitalised punk scene that is happening right now, Sk8er Boi punk-queen has since signed with Travis Barker’s DTA Records, and released snap-and-heel single of “Bite Me” in quick succession.

Since becoming more than acquainted with rap-punk protege Mod Sun, Lavigne has since eclipsed her days of bittersweet melodies – which comes with growing up – and entered the territory of angsty pop-punk yet again because it’s come full circle and returned in emphatic fashion.

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Nothing says the revitalisation of a genre than rekindling one of the old flames that was at the forefront of it all at the start of the 2000s. Certainly, the combination of Lavigne and Barker is a worthy team to bring it all back. Nostalgia for the ages.

Anyone up for sticking on MTV again?

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