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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…

Interview with OTR

16th April 2018 | Music

Atlanta-based OTR’s side-job is making incredible music, the type of which would make most producers jealous.

His day job is as an aerospace engineer.

When we first heard his single ‘Bliss’ featuring vocalist Ashley Leone were immediately hooked – taking influence from the likes of ODESZA and Porter Robinson, the track was so layered, with so many little sounds building up to something much bigger, it is easy to tell that this was a producer who takes his art seriously.

In new single ‘Close’ featuring Kai Straw, he proves his talent once again. Kai Straw’s unique voice bellows through OTR’s bottom line – as the synths and mini keyboards collaborate, you realise that this quality music will surely make OTR a star very soon.

To celebrate the launch of ‘Close’, James Gilmore interviewed OTR about his start in music, upcoming EP and more.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews OTR

James Gilmore interviews OTR about his start in music, upcoming EP and more. (10 minutes)

Lalo's Picks | Sofia Reyes, CD9 and Bomba Estéreo

13th April 2018 | Music

Each week, our Mexico City-based Latin American-music expert Lalo Montes picks his three favourite Spanish-language tracks of the week for all of us to enjoy.

Listen to this week’s selections below and press the ‘Heart’ button to let us know if you’re loving what you hear… you never know, it may get added to one of our radio playlists and be played on-air!

Hot 4 : Sofia Reyes


Hot 4 : CD9


Hot 4 : Bomba Estéreo