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New Music We Love: Ariana Grande is back and The Vamps could have won the day

20th April 2018 | Music

Let’s cut to the chase here - Ariana Grande has released new music and yes, there’s a lot of really great music out today as well (which we will definitely get to) but for now all we can do is talk about ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ and that’s how it is.

Featured Song: Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry

Ari absolutely trolled the who universe by having a song that starts as a ballad (for like, 3 seconds) and then evolves into the best pop song that this summer is going to see – unless she releases more new music this summer, that is. As she says in the song, she’s feeling a vibe… and we’re feeling a vibe too!

On a more serious note, if the response to the Manchester Attack is that we shouldn’t allow terror to make us live in fear or change our day-to-day lives – then Ariana Grande has created the perfect response. It’s a song that respects a moment that is so painful for so many, whilst being true and honest to where Ariana’s head space is at right now.


Other Good Ones

The Vamps – Hair Too Long: If Ari hadn’t released a world class banger today, then this song would have been the best song released today. The Vamps’ best song ever (which is saying a lot because ‘All Night’ is a certified banger) – it’s addictive and shows off the band’s natural transition to recognising that, basically, they’re not 14 years old anymore. Many rounds of applause…

Billie Eilish – lovely (with Khalid): If anything, this collaboration is what we expected the new Ariana single would sound like, but either way we’re so happy that Billie Eilish’s voice is on…

NEW ‘ISLAND URBAN’ RADIO SHOW JOINS W!ZARD RADIO STATION

17th April 2018 | Music

W!ZARD Radio Station is excited to announce a brand new radio show in partnership with Island Records UK’s Urban Division.

The new, bi-weekly radio show will broadcast exclusively on W!ZARD Radio Station on Friday evenings, from 9pm (UK). The show will be hosted the Urban Division’s Noha Omnya and will highlight the best new urban music.

With a focus on the culture-shifting work being done by the division – which ranks the likes of Sean Paul, Giggs, Big Shaq, Drake and Metro Boomin on its roster – each episode will see Noha playing some of the most exciting new music releases as well as picks from the artists, and team members, that make Island Records UK such a revered label.

The radio show will be followed at 10pm (UK) by a new, weekly show from Myles McCaulskey who, on his weekly Saturday afternoon radio show, has interviewed the likes of Avelino, Lotto Boyzz, Lethal Bizzle and BRITs Critics Choice nominee Mabel.

Legendary DJ and producer Steve Aoki will continue his weekly W!ZARD Radio Station residency at 11pm (UK) on Fridays.

2018 Academy of Country Music Awards

16th April 2018 | Music

The Academy of Country Music Awards (from here-on known as the ACMs) are one of many country music awards shows which takes place through-out the year.

The difference with the ACMs is that: a) It’s in Las Vegas (this year at the MCM Grand Garden Arena) b) It’s positioned as the awards show where Nashville comes to party… and last night, at the 52rd ACMs, it was certainly a party!

Watching from home as a relatively new country music follower the awards were as much of an education into country music culture as it was a genuinely entertaining viewing experience. Opening with a sombre tribute to the Las Vegas Shooting from October 1st 2017 (whereby 59 country music fans were killed, and a further 851 injured) – the show quickly launched into rounds of performance-after-performance, only to be briefly interrupted by trophies being handed out to their deserved winners.

One notable feature of the ACMs is the sheer amount of performances – during the nearly three-hour show there were a stellar 25 performances.

Highlights included Kelsea Ballerini’s performance of ‘I Hate Love Songs’ which included her floating down to the stage in the centre of a heart (in Glinda the Good Witch fashion) and a super-fast costume change during a guitar solo. In that performance she proved her worth as a global pop star of the future.

Also, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line performed a wowing performance of hit single ‘Meant To Be’ (despite not even being 3 minutes long it featured one hell of a choir(!) and got us very excited for new FGL music), New Male Vocalist of the Year winner Brett Young performed a vocally stunning rendition of single ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ and, another favourite, was Thomas Rhett’s performance…