27th April 2014 | Music
“The boys prove just why they have all lasted so long in the industry…” - 5 Stars
Harry Judd (Drums) actually speaks during this concert. HIS VOICE IS NICE.
It is a well known fact that if Busted never existed, nor would McFly. Tom Fletcher was given the spot as the fourth member in Busted but was quickly ousted when management decided that the skater-boy pop band should be a threesome. With the record deal in hand, Fletcher enlisted the help of friend Danny Jones and scouted Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter to fill in the gaps.
When Busted broke-up in 2005 after being active for only 3 years the hearts of millions of kids were broken. McFly moved in to take their spot but (unbeknownst to many) James Bourne and Matt Willis of Busted fame stuck around with McFly and wrote music with them. Music that would be published as McFly music.
So – is watching McBusted perform in front of a sold-out O2 Arena a natural experience? Yes. It’s as if it should have been this way since the beginning.
With enough Number One’s between them to make each performance last a week (according to James Bourne, McFly get a Number One roughly every 15 months) – the lads have picked well.
10 Busted songs and 7 McFly songs (all of which would comfortably fit in a ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation album) are performed with the heart, soul and dedication which you would expect from a band who sell their best tickets at £150.
It is apparent that every single person in that arena is obsessed with this collection of old and new hits. When James Bourne asks you to put your phone lights on, you put your phone light…
26th April 2014 | Music
As with any teenager in the UK, when McBusted announced that they were a 'thing' and that that 'thing' would be touring the UK, DJ James Gilmore and Roman Armstrong grabbed the first tickets they could find (this was before the whole 'Georgia and James' thing so they actually PAID). Although those tickets were in the heavens of the O2 Arena, we gave them a camera and told them to keep us updated!
Here is what happened...
21st February 2014 | Music
“ Pusha T is the real deal, he put his heart and soul into this album...” - 8.5/10
2013 has come and gone, leaving us a cluster of great rap albums to listen to over and over again.
Pusha T’s My Name Is My Name is an album that had been hyped up to such an extent that it got to the point where I thought it would be a huge disappointment. Fortunately, it was anything but. With a production team including stars such as Kanye, Pharell Williams and producing genius No I.D, it seemed as if Pusha would finally break through the barrier of mediocrity and produce a respectable album. I didn’t expect him to produce one of the best rap albums of the year.
Pusha T has long been an artist living in the shadow of his mentor Kanye West, featuring on many of his songs but never really establishing himself as a solo artist. Knowing this, I was blown away when listening to his solo album. While he keeps his old rough style of rapping, he blends this in with a more expressive style that allows the album to range the whole spectrum of emotions. He raps a bunch about his drug dealing past, but then again what artist from humble upbringings fails to mention their past?
The album is as well balanced as it could be, it truly has everything. The emotionally driven, “40 Acres” to the more grimy and rough-edged highlight track on the album, “Nosetalgia”, featuring the new king of rap Kendrick Lamar. The track is two of the best rappers going back and forth with a typically engrossing beat (Thank you, Kanye). Lamar is among many talented artists who appear in the album including, Rick Ross, Chris…