I sit and chat with Pembroke Tenneson ahead of the release of his debut album

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What do you get if you blend a high falsetto with a little bit of growl and a philosophical soul with a classic rock? Add some acoustic guitar riffs and you get Pembroke Tenneson – 26 year-old, San Francisco born, philosophy student and a huge Star Wars fan.

Intrigued already? I hope so. You should be.

Earlier this month I got a chance to catch Pem playing a show in the Notting Hill Arts Club in London and chat about the inspirations, the endlessness of The Beatles, future plans and oh well, music. Obviously. What else? Everything is music.

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Kasia Osowiecka: Hi! It’s a pleasure to finally meet you. Thanks for seeing me. That was really great show. I must admit you’re very distinctive and charismatic on stage.

Pembroke Tenneson: Hi! Thank you. It’s really nice to meet you too.

Let’s start with the thing that caught my attention in the first place. BBC…

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If You Are Reading This, It’s Too Late; Drake Drops Surprise Album

fingasDrake has done, what will neologically become known as a “Beyonce”. Drakes 4th studio album was released in the early hours of Friday morning with little more than the hashtag #IfYourReadingThisItsTooLate as an announcement.

His smug Twitter hashtag linked his fans and surprised writers to his new album via Twitter, just before midnight ET Friday morning and every relevant media department scurried to deliver a rushed review.

Ever since Beyonce shook the music industry up with her iconic surprise album more and more artists have opted for this cocksure method of communicating their album releases. It’s a bold statement which issues a big middle finger to the media and the newest member to join the big F You bandwagon is Drake.

The album has 17 tracks and features collaborations with Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and PartyNextDoor. Along with his album Drake appears in “Jungle” a 15 minute atmospheric short film featuring passages of new music which alludes to life in Canada prior to his fame and fortune.

If You’re Reading This Its Too Late is available to buy on Souncloud, iTunes and Spotify for £11.99.

 

Rihanna Teases New Music featuring Paul McCartney and Kanye West

four-five-seconds-3Rihanna’s return to the charts has all been a bit of a tease this week as snippets of her collaboration with Paul McCartney and Kanye West emerge all over the internet. FourFiveSeconds is the track from her 8th studio album and is a Pop song with country and folk musical influences. The acoustic guitar allows for a soft laid back tempo producing a minimalistic sound which gives listeners a chance to focus on her vocals. FourFiveSeconds is unlike the genre of music that Rihanna has previously produced and marks a new direction for her music career.Tell us what you think of Rihanna’s new sound. Watch the video teaser below:

Download Rihanna latest record here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/fourfiveseconds-single/id961379374

‘Four Five Seconds’ Lyrics:

I think I’ve had enough, I might get a little drunk I say what’s on my mind, I might do a little time Cause all of my kindness, is taken for weakness Now I’m FourFiveSeconds from wildin’ And we got three more days ’til Friday I’m just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin’ I swear I wish somebody would tell me Oh thats all I want Woke up an optimist, sun was shining I’m positive Then I heard you was talkin’ trash Hold me back I’m bout’ to spaz And I know that you’re up tonight Thinkin’ how could I be so selfish But you called bout a thousand times wondering where I been Now I know that your up tonight Thinkin’ how could I be so reckless But I just can’t apologize, I hope you can understand If I go to jail tonight, promise you’ll pay my bail See they want to buy my pride, but that just ain’t up for sale See all of my kindness, is taken for weakness

Emel Michael Is Quiet, Confident & ‘One To Watch’

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Emel Michael – Not Afraid Of Heights

If you are looking for something to listen to while drinking the last of your summer wine, this is it. Emel Michael’s voice is refreshing, soothing and she oozes confidence.

Like any determined musician, Emel is constantly frequenting gigs in Shoreditch and Camden. She has been working extremely hard promoting her music and with strong support from the underground circuit, says that she is “thrilled” to finally be releasing her Debut album. 

Emel Michael is a gentle songstress with an arresting presence. Passionate about her career, Emel demonstrates an uncanny ability to hold an audience’s attention and establish a connection with her listeners under any circumstances. Her successful on stage persona is reduced to her ability to maintain eye contact with the audience throughout her performance.

Last sunday Emel treated pleasantly surprised onlookers to a mini concert in Hyde Park (21st September).Emel Collage

                                    

Members of the public gathered around to listen and signed a blanket offering her words of support and encouragement.

Inspired by Country and Folk, Emel Michael blends contemporary pop, alternative indie with soul but describes her genre as Pop-Folk. Her music is light, fresh, pure and takes listeners on a cleansing journey. Emel Michael has been compared to artists such as Sade and Leona Lewis, a paradox that sums up her unique sound, beautifully.

Not Afraid of Heights retains a sense of wide-eyed wonderment and innocence and is a nod to her adoration of childhood tales. The lyrics were inspired by dreams and tracked on her phone in a sleepy state, before being recorded in the studio.

Over the past few months, the fresh-faced songstress has been releasing teasers from her upcoming album drip-feeding performances of her ‘Ont Sofa‘ acoustic sessions and the making of her single, ‘Like A Melody’, to her Social Media.

Not Afraid of Heights is essentially music for the soul, music that promises the coming of longer days, bluer sky’s and helps you to create the memories that will last a lifetime.

 Emel Michael can be found performing at Session #58 every Monday night.


Testimonials

 

 

She’s great, sounds like she’s got big potential

— The Guardian —

 

Emel Michael is unassuming with a great voice she is different and soulful

— Guestlist Magazine —

 

Shimmering guitar strings wrapped smoothly with Emel’s soulful and exquisite vocals make for a pleasant and colourful introduction

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She sounds like one to watch

— The Independent —

 

 

 

‘What we can all learn from the ‘Material Girl’!

madonna-vogue11Love her, or loathe her (and I am a fan myself), we can all learn a lot from great achievers in whatever field that we are in – and as a music Radio Professional myself – Madonna is a woman at the top of her game in Entertainment, and  is a perfect example of someone who we can all learn a lot from.

Contrary to popular belief, Madonna had a late start (in relative terms) and it was only her determination to succeed that allowed her to make that much sought after ‘big break’. Not only did her initial ‘break’ not come easily, but she was astute enough to see herself as the ‘brand’ that she wanted to be, very, very early on. It is fair to say that Madonna has an average voice; and average dancing skills; but she has very far from average business acumen! She had branding down to a fine art, way ahead of the pack! If you have read any of my previous articles, you may know my obsession with “knowing your brand” in whatever field of business one is in.

From the very start of her career Madonna has learned to evolve; but not just evolve once a trend is in place, but to spot the upcoming trend and “be it” before other people catch on. That same acumen can be used by us all. Whether we work in entertainment; finance; retail; whatever our line of work – if we do not adapt our business strategy, as trends change, we are doomed to fail. It seems blindingly obvious to say it, but we are all guilty – myself included – of sticking to the format we know. But if a format is failing; we must adapt quickly and decisively. The World is a fickle place in 2014, and the “gloves are always off” as we teeter precariously out of recession. If we do not anticipate what our clients; our audience; our listeners; our viewers (need I go on) want ‘down the line’ – we will all as Professionals face problems.

No business, or business Professional can assume that what works today, and attracts a client base, will work in 6 months time. Success relies on adapting ahead of the decline! We are not able to ‘read crystal balls’ – but in the same way Madonna (however outrageous it may be) seems to be so ‘in tune’ with her brand and her market, we must surely take the time to look at those who manage to buck the trend and stay afloat whilst others fall.

Consumer loyalty is a thing of the past. Who would have believed the downturn that Tesco has experienced in recent times in the UK, not so long ago. They seemed to ‘have it all sewn up’. The same could be said for many high street retailers; and indeed many businesses across the Globe. Failure to adapt, and see where we as individuals are failing can be catastrophic.

We all need to look at what is working for us today; and assess if that will work in a few weeks and a few months. Basically, what I call, “The Madonna Model”. Whatever your thoughts on this 56 year old lady – you know that she is never going to fail. Why? Because she has shown us over several decades how to do it……business. Not the songs; not the dances; not the concerts…business. How does she do it? By ‘getting out there’. We all make the mistake of sitting behind computers; reading social media sites and thinking that is enough. It is not. Ask yourself, “how many strangers have I spoken to this month”? If the answer is none, then you may be guilty of staying in a dangerous ‘comfort zone’.

We must all – whatever we do – talk to people outside of our own safe ‘bubbles’ to be ahead of the pack. To revisit another point I made in a previous article – “the gigs you don’t accept are as important as the gigs that you do accept”. Would Madonna perform in the ‘wrong’ sort of venue; with the ‘wrong’ sort of audience. No. Because her brand would be compromised and she is far too astute.

If we all aim to be way ahead of the curve – year after year, decade after decade – we could all be as successful as the ultimate ‘Material Girl’!

 

Linda Wright

 

Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azelea Jump On The Big Butts Bandwagon With The Steamy New Video “Booty”

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Do you remember some of the hilarious reactions from certain celebrities during Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda performance at this years VMA’s? Well Jennifer Lopez’s face was no exception. Her blank expression during pivotal points of the performance made us wonder what on earth was the voluptuous Latino thinking? Well the teaser for her new video ‘Booty’  featuring Iggy Azalea may reveal some clues…

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All I see in 3D is the, booty booty booty booty!

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Throwback Thursday… Sort of!

Note from the Editor: I (the editor) do solemnly swear that I have been as helpful as a chocolate teapot, and due to poor health, edited this weeks Throwback Thursday a day late 😦 Much apologies to those of you who were waiting for our little slice of nostalgic heaven and congratulations to the talented Michelle Ryan who has just become the official new Author of the Premiere One PR blog.  

We were listening to:

46Twenty years ago – ‘I’ll Make Love to You’ by Boyz II Men was on everyone’s date night playlist. The group used their signature smooth, velvet vocals to woo us all with their iconic love song. Boyz II Men hit the big time in 1994 with this song becoming one of their most recognised tracks around the world.

Ten years ago – JoUnknownjo was a fresh faced teenager singing about a good for nothing boyfriend. ‘Leave (Get Out)’ was a huge success for Jojo as it took over our airwaves and had every young girl turning up the attitude and learning every word to the catchy pop song.

 

 

We were watching:

Four_weddings_posterTwenty Years ago – Hugh Grant starred in yet another romantic comedy but this one was a little different as it including more funerals than weddings. ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ also starred Andie MacDowell and was one of a line of films by Richard Curtis to star Grant.

Ten years ago – Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story was released at a time when Ben Stiller was the main funny man and could do no wrong. ‘Dodgeball’ turned out to be a imagescult classic and much like ‘Anchorman’ it has provided us with some classic quotes like “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”

 

 

We were talking about:

The trial of O.J. Simpson was the hot topic twenty years ago. O.J was accused of murdering his wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman but following a trial that contUnknown-1inued for over a year, Simspon was found not guilty for both murders. The trial became known as the “trial of the century” as millions of people tuned in to watch the verdict be handed out. However, in 1997 a jury in California found Simpson liable for the wrongful deaths of Brown and Goldman and he was ordered to pay $33,500,000 in damages which he still hasn’t paid in full to this day despite earning money from interviews, book deals and TV movies. O.J Simpson is currently incarcerated in Nevada due to numerous crimes including armed robbery. His trial changed the face of media and divided a nation as to whether he was guilty or not.

Throwback Thursday looks back at the Angel of RnB… Aaliyah

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This week marks the thirteenth anniversary of Aaliyah Haughton’s death. The R&B singer was just 22 years old when the plane she was travelling on crashed. Although she was taken too soon and the music industry lost one of their brightest stars, her legacy lives on to this day.

R&B music was dominated by big voices like Whitney and Mariah when Aaliyah released her first album ‘Age Ain’t Aaliyah-age-aint-94Nothing But A Number’ in 1994. The then 15 year old arrived on the scene with her laid back, sultry vocals to change the way we hear R&B music today. Aaliyah reached her highest heights when she teamed up with Timbaland and Missy Elliot to create her second album ‘One In A Million.’ The LP was to be one of her most successful and solidified her relationship with Tim and Missy who also worked on her third and final album ‘Aaliyah’ which produced some of her biggest hits such as ‘Try Again,’ ‘Rock The Boat’ and ‘We Need A Resolution.’

It wasn’t all about music as Aaliyah had branched out into the acting world starring in ‘Romeo Must Die’ and the posthumously released ‘Queen Of The Damned.’ She was destined for far bigger things and it’s a true testament to her talent that she has provided inspiration for many artists we’re listening to today. Singers like Cassie, Jhené Aiko, Tinashe, Sevyn Streeter and FKA Twigs all cite Aaliyah as an influence on their career. Even Chris Brown and Drake have sampled Aaliyah in their work.

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Aaliyah plays lead role in Queen Of The Damned

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Aaliyah alongside co-star DMX in Romeo Must Die

In terms of sound, Aaliyah was ahead of the game. Her slow tempo, intimate and sometimes hazy tones weren’t heard of in the R&B genre back in the 90s in comparison to today when it’s a sound to aspire to. Tinashe recently spoke about Aaliyah’s vibe saying, “People were used to artists belting things out. She brought a new vocal styling that wasn’t represented in R&B. Not everything has to be so up-tempo.”

Even though she may not have realised it at the time, Aaliyah was innovating a genre and inspiring future generations of singers. Her legacy continues to live on even more than a decade after her passing and thanks to some truly loyal fans and the waves she made in the music industry Aaliyah will never be forgotten and will always remain the Angel of R&B.

 

 

 

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Michelle Ryan 

Wardrobe Malfunctions, Mini Concerts, and Badonkadonkdonk: Its the MTV Video Music Awards 2014

980x551This year’s MTV Video Music Awards were full of fame, fashion and fabulous selfies. Even though it lacked in controversy it still ended up with a memorable moment courtesy of Mr and Mrs Carter.

640_nicki_minaj_VMA_wardrobe_malfunctionWhen it comes to the VMA’s we can always be sure of a controversial moment or two – Madonna kissing Britney and Christina, Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus twerking on Robin Thicke….the list goes on – but this year 2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Showthe awards show was a whole lot tamer. It was all about the performances this year, particularly by the women in the industry. Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J opened the show proving why they deserve to be on that stage, even if Nicki almost showed off a little bit more than she wanted to. Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Usher and 5 Seconds Of Summer also gave some stellar performances but no one could outshine Beyoncé.

Queen Bey took to the stage to perform a medley of her latest self-titled visual album. Beginning with ‘Mine’ the singer went on to take us through ‘Blow,’ ‘Haunted,’ ‘Jealous,’ ‘Drunk In Love’ and ‘Blue’ before dedicating ‘XO’ to all of her fans. It was a truly awe inspiring performance as Beyoncé shone on stage in a beautiful Tom Ford playsuit belting out her latest hits and showing off with some impressive choreography. You couldn’t help but just stare in amazement at how effortlessly flawless she is. If her performance wasn’t enough, Bey was honoured with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award which was presented to her by her husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy. It was such a sweet moment that would warm even the coldest of hearts and clearly put an end to all those ridiculous split rumours.

 

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Aside from the performances, the awards themselves didn’t harbour any surprises. Video of the Year went to Miley Cyrus for ‘Wrecking Ball.’ Best Male Video was given to our very own Ed Sheeran for ‘Sing’ while Katy Perry took home the Best Female Video for ‘Dark Horse.’ As for the fashion, well everyone was talking about Kim Kardashian West’s cleavage which left nothing to the imagination while Amber Rose showed up in an oversized chain and Katy Perry paid homage to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s infamous denim look as she donned a denim dress while her date Riff Raff also took on the double denim trend.rs_634x1024-140824175015-600-kim-kardashian-mtv-vma.ls.82414

 

 

 

Overall, this year’s VMA’s was a pretty tame affair, no controversy but plenty of stellar performances. If we had to choose this year’s most memorable moment it definitely goes to Queen Bey and her inspirational, iconic, show stopping performance. Watch the full show below.

 

Michelle Ryan

Ariana Grande’s new album ‘My Everything’ enters grown up territory but are we convinced?

Ariana-GrandePop’s latest pint-sized princess Ariana Grande has treated fans to her second studio album ‘My Everything.’ Fresh from her debut VMA performance, the former Nickelodeon star dropped the LP on August 25th to a swarm of patiently waiting fans. Thankfully, no one was left disappointed as ‘My Everything’ is a solid second album. Following on from the success of her cutesy ‘Yours Truly’ that was released just twelve months ago, Grande has created a collection of music that hears her navigate into more grown up territory. Like many before her, (see Britney, Christina and Miley) Ariana is trying to shake off her teenage years and step up to take a seat at the adult table.

The biggest and best tracks on ‘My Everything’ have already been released as singles with the Iggy Azalea and Big Sean assisted ‘Problem’ and the EDM filled ‘Break Free’ standing out as some of her best work to date. They’re not the only standout moments here though, ‘One Last Time’ bridges the pop/dance gap and sets the tone for the rest of the album as Ariana relies more on sophisticated beats and relaxed vocals to get her point across. My personal favourite track comes in the form of ‘Best Mistake.’ It’s her second collaboration with rumoured boyfriend Big Sean and even though most critics are calling it lacklustre and unnecessary I think it’s a piece of greatness. The pair have obvious chemistry and the laid back, alt R&B sound of the song suits Grande perfectly. It’s a beautiful track and is completely underrated and overlooked when it comes to this album.

Of course, there are a few misses on ‘My Everything’ and they lie in the collaborations. There seems to be one too many features here with the likes of Childish Gambino, A$AP Ferg and Cashmere Cat joining in. While The Weeknd assisted ‘Love Me Harder’ is actually a lot better than you’d think, it’s the A$AP Ferg track ‘Hands On Me’ that provides the biggest let down. Ariana is trying to sound sexy and it just doesn’t work yet. Maybe it’s a third album track.

It’s not all about the features or laid back R&B style. There are some major ballads on here that show off Grande’s vocal talent and warrant all of those Mariah and Christina comparisons. Listen to the Harry Styles penned ‘Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart’ or the epic Ryan Tedder created ‘Why Try,’ the perfect cross between Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ and ‘XO,’ and you’ll understand why this girl has become so successful.

The second album is always a difficult thing to get right but Ariana Grande has made her way carefully and successfully down that road. Even though there are a few wrong turns in her journey it’s clear that she’s just trying to find her way into more mature territory without alienating any of her younger fans and ‘My Everything’ is an overall fantastic effort at doing just that. There’s a whole lot more to come from Ariana Grande and if this album is anything to go by we can’t wait to hear what’s next!

Michelle Ryan

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10 Hot Albums To Ward Off The Winter Blues 2014

The summer season may be over… (a moment of silence please…) but while we’re breaking out the woolly jumpers and firing up our neglected boilers,  the music industry has been emitting some of its very own heat as some of our favourite artists release hot new music to help us through those cold winter nights. Here’s Premier One PR’s guide to the 2014 Autumn/Winter album releases.

  1. Chris Brown ‘X’

chris-brown-x-albumIt feels like we’ve been waiting way too long for this one but after a few delays and a stint in jail Chris Brown has finally set a solid release date for his 6th studio album ‘X’. With singles ‘Loyal’ and ‘New Flame’ showing that Chris still has all that talent despite everything, we’re excited to hear the rest of the LP which is due out September 16.

 

 

 

  1. Jhene Aiko ‘Souled Out’

jheneaiko‘Souled Out’ is our most anticipated album on this list. Jhene Aiko has been proving to everyone that she’s one of the biggest new artists to watch thanks to her hazy, alternative R&B sound. Aiko’s star is going to get a lot brighter so make sure you get ready for her debut album ‘Souled Out ‘ on September 9.

 

 

 

  1. Jessie Ware ‘Tough Love’

jessie-ware-newSomething about Jessie Ware is just perfect for the winter. She has this innate ability to make you feel comfortable and relaxed with her voice, which is going to be perfect during these cold nights. ‘Tough Love’ will be Jessie’s second studio album and is sure to be just as amazing as her last.

 

 

  1. Tinashe ‘Aquarius’

3v8JFADTinashe is our breakthrough artist of 2014 so far. The 21 year old caught everyone’s attention with her fierce ‘2 On’ and has just released the A$AP Rocky assisted ‘Pretend’ which is sure to be another hit. Tinashe is set for big things this year and next so her debut album ‘Aquarius’ will be a must listen.

 

 

 

 

         5. Charli XCX ‘Sucker’

charli_xcxWe’ve only recently been getting to know Charli XCX thanks to her feature on Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ and her huge hit ‘Boom Clap’ which featured on one of this summer’s biggest movies ‘The Fault In Our Stars.’ Now Charli is gearing up to show us what she’s made of, with the release of her new album ‘Sucker.’ With a title like that, we’re sure it’s going to be full of anthems and attitude.

 

 

  1. Taylor Swift ‘1989’

Unknown-2Taylor Swift is gearing up to release her 6th studio album. Yes, that’s right, her 6th album. Swift has been around for eight years now which makes her a music veteran at this stage. While her previous releases were all country we’re seeing a more goofy pop side to the singer/songwriter which is sure to gain Taylor a whole new stream of fans.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Script ‘No Sound Without Silence’

12946Everyone’s favourite Irish lads are back with their 4th album ‘No Sound Without Silence.’ Danny, Glen and Mark know how to tell a story and get a message across in their music. They create tracks that everyone can relate to which is what makes them so special and makes us look forward to hearing a lot more from them.

 

 

 

  1. Ella Henderson ‘Chapter One’

942Ella Henderson has surprised us all this summer with her smash hit ‘Ghost.’ The track took over the airwaves following her debut performance on this year’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and we can’t get enough of her since. The X Factor star is gearing up to release her debut album, aptly titled ‘Chapter One’ and if ‘Ghost’ is anything to go by it’s going to be the first of many albums to come.

 

 

 

  1. Nicki Minaj ‘The Pink Print’

nicki-minaj-anacondaSpeaking about her ‘The Pink Print’ album, Nicki Minaj has assured everyone the LP will bring her back to her roots and we won’t have to endure another ‘Starships’ track again. Unfortunately, she then released ‘Anaconda.’ We thought she was done with all that attention seeking but hopefully it’s the only blip in what we’re thinking will be a serious hip-hop album from the self proclaimed Queen of Rap

 

       10. Cheryl ‘Only Human’

9wUDutfThe new Mrs.Fernadez-Versini who is now professionally known just as Cheryl, is back again with a brand new album and a brand new attitude. Things got tough for our favourite Girls Aloud member but you can’t keep a good girl down and with a seat on the X Factor panel along with this new album, we’re sure this Autumn/Winter is going to be Cheryl season once again.

 

 

 

Michelle Ryan

Madonna, Britney, Christina and “That Kiss”… It’s Throwback Thursday

We were listening to:

Ten years ago – A song called ‘Baby Cakes’ was at number one. 3 Of A Kind were the group behind the track and Unknown-1even though they didn’t quite “make it” they did enjoy a few weeks success with ‘Baby Cakes.’ It was every teenager’s favourite song; I even had the polyphonic ringtone of it!

Twenty years ago – Before they became the Ant and Dec we all know and love, PJ and Duncan released their one hit wonder ‘Let’s Get Ready To Rumble.’ It’s too cute watching the video today and seeing these TV favourites trying their best to be taken seriously.

 

We were watching:

Ten years ago – ‘Without A Paddle’ starred Dax Shepard, Seth Green and Matthew Lillard as old high school friends who reunite at the funeral of a friend. The boys go on an adventure full of comedic catastrophes that fared pretty well in the box office despite some negative reviews.

police-academy-4Twenty years ago – The ‘Police Academy’ franchise was still going with its 7th release ‘Mission To Moscow.’ Honestly, I didn’t realise they had made so many ‘Police Academy’ movies and judging from the reviews the film was given, they probably shouldn’t have.

 

We were talking about:

The MTV Video Music Awards never fail to create some kind of controversy and one of the most memorable VMA moments of all time happened 11 years ago when Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Madonna took to the stage together. At the time, Britney and Christina were the biggest names in pop music so to see the two on stage together was fantastic. They arrived out dressed as brides singing ‘Like A Virgin’ before Madonna came on the scene and got rid of any clean cut image that they may have had. The three girls shared a kiss to everyone’s shock and surprise and created a VMA moment that is still talked about to this day.

 

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Latest mistress releases an open letter to Mr & Mrs Carter!

Liv: Jay Z likes naturally flawless model chicks like me!

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Ever since the video of Solange attacking rapper Jay Z emerged, rumours have circulated about the legitimacy of the power couples app rant ‘happy’ marriage.  Upcoming artist, Liv, has added fuel to the fire by releasing a diss track/open letter where she states that Jay Z approached her for her number and wanted to make her his in-town chick, however Liv has claimed that she turned down his offer.

The potential affair happened back in 2008 so it remains to be said, why on earth has Liv decided to write a track with an accompanying video about it in 2014?

 

With rumours about the celebrity couples marriage being on the rocks, the video couldn’t have come at a worse time as there is a lot of speculation about a pending divorce.

“I could have messed with Jay, but got respect for Bey. We were on the same set of a commercial, see, I was sitting by myself, and he sat next to me. I was handling it well, and he was shocked to see, I was getting up to leave, he sent his guards to me.

“Excuse me Miss, do me a favour, put your number on this piece of paper. When Jay get settled and he’ll call you later. I know most chicks would have took the bait, but then those chicks be the ones I hate. I wonder to this day if I’d have gave it up would it be me on stage throwing it up,”

Desperate; attention-seeking; home wrecking; publicity stunt; embarrassing; talented; brave; respectable are just some of the words the public have used to describe this video, but tell us what your thoughts are…

Throwback Thursdays

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We were listening to:

anastasia 0Ten years ago – Anastasia was a name that everyone knew thanks to her big vocals and catchy pop songs. In August of 2004, she released ‘Sick and Tired.’ While the track never actually made it to number one it still became a pop favourite.

Twenty years ago – Wet Wet Wet were still number one with ‘Love Is All Around’ but Big Mountain were trying their best to cut in with their reggae track ‘Baby I Love Your Way.’ It’s a sweet, summery song that took us into Autumn with a sunny disposition.

We were watching:

Ten years ago – Tom Cruise was terrorising Jamie Foxx as he got into a taxi and made UnknownFoxx drive him around to commit his villainous errands. The thriller did well for both actors and ensured that cinema goers were kept on the edge of their seat throughout.

Twenty years ago – Harrison Ford was one of the biggest actions heroes of the time which makes it no surprise that he was cast as the lead in ‘Clear and Present Danger.’ The spy action movie showed Ford as a CIA agent working against those he worked with.

We were talking about:

scan0005-2-921x909US Funk singer Rick James dies age 56. The former Motown Records recording artist had collaborated with Smokey Robison, The Miracles, The. He  was best known for his signature track ‘Super Freak’ which featured guest vocals from The Temptation and was sampled in MC Hammer’s Grammy Award winning ‘Cant Touch This’ as well as being used in Jay Z’s LP, ‘Kingdom Come’, in 2006.

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Michelle Ryan & Claire Daley

 

 

Beyoncé feat Nicki Minaj ‘Flawless Remix’

Beyoncé_-_Flawless_Remix_feat._Nicki_MinajIt finally happened. Queen Bey and the Queen of Rap have released a track together and it’s just as good as you’d think. The pair have come together to remix Bey’s ‘***Flawless’ which already lived up to its name. But this remix is something else.

It starts with Mrs.Carter rapping and referencing that incident with the line “Of course sometimes shit go down when it’s a billion dollars on that elevator.” Beyoncé just does what she does best on this one. She’s fearless, fierce and most definitely flawless.

As for Nicki, the girl can do no wrong lately and this remix is no exception. She basically slays the whole thing after she bursts in just over halfway through the song in her own signature way calling out Michael Jackson’s doctor and those “Princess cuts on my Disney.”

This ‘Flawless’ remix is one genius move so make sure you check it out and get ready to start singing “I woke up like dis” over and over.

Michelle Ryan

Playback: Destiny’s Child ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’

thewritingsonthewallIt’s been fifteen years since Destiny’s Child released their ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’ album so we’ve decided to take a look back at what it is that makes it such an iconic album even to this day in our new ‘Playback’ feature.

At the time, Destiny’s Child were made up of Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and Letoya Luckett, that is before everything changed and they became the DC3 we all miss. The then four piece released ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’ as a sort of relationship bible complete with commandments such as ‘Thou shall not think you got it like that,’ and ‘Thou shall not give in to temptation.’ It earned the girls an impressive six Grammy awards and has made it on to countless top album lists including Billboards Top 200 Albums of the Decade.

With that in mind, I listened back to ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’ with fresh ears and found that if it were to be released today, it probably wouldn’t do so well in the charts, however it would still be huge among R&B fans all over the world.

My reason for saying so is that music has changed so much in the past 15 years, the pop music we hear in the charts today is a far cry from what we were listening to in 1999. While ‘Say My Name’ was one of the girls’ biggest hits and earned them 4 number 1’s and 2 Grammy awards it definitely wouldn’t make it to number one in 2014. Not when female singers are all about heavy bass and quick firing lyrics. That’s not to take away from the magic of ‘The Writing’s On The Wall.’ While it is “so 90s!” it still has relevance today and would fit into the more pure R&B genre rather than the hip hop tendencies of today’s R&B, or the slow burning sultriness of alternative R&B that’s become huge in the past couple of years.

Songs like ‘Say My Name’ and ‘Jumpin Jumpin’ are classics that will continue to get played for years to come and while we all know how great they are, they’re not the best tracks on the album. There are some hidden gems on the LP like ‘Temptation’ where Beyoncé turns down the tone and goes all husky on us, delivering a pretty honest track and a theme which leads to ‘Confessions’ where we hear the girls have actually acted on that temptation and start telling us about “the things they did.”

As for girl power, Destiny’s Child picked up the female empowerment torch where the Spice Girls left off only with a sexier edge, and that’s shown in ‘So Good,’ ‘Bills Bills Bills’ and ‘Bug A Boo’ where DC stick up for themselves, throw down the haters and generally kick ass all without a hair out of place. That empowerment continues to another highlight, which I feel is often the most underrated track on the album, ‘Sweet Sixteen.’ It’s beautifully honest, tenderly sung and definitely relatable to any girl who has felt what it’s like to be a teenager trying to figure out who she is.

It’s no wonder Destiny’s Child gained the huge critical acclaim that they did, especially with ‘The Writing’s On The Wall.’ They stayed true to what R&B music is about but still pushed it a little further. They appealed to everyone and remain one of the most iconic girl groups of all time. As for ‘The Writing’s On The Wall,’ it definitely passes our playback test. Believe me, there’s no relationship problem that this album can’t solve, even fifteen years later!

Michelle Ryan

Song of Summer 2014: The July Contenders

 

The summer may be ending as August is soon upon us but we here at Premiere One PR refuse to give up the sunshine. So here’s our top five picks for the July contenders of our Song of Summer 2014.

Hilary Duff ‘Chasing The Sun’
After a very long break away, Ms Hilary Duff is back on our radios with her brand new single ‘Chasing The Sun.’ Thankfully, Duff doesn’t try to be someone she’s not but rather sticks to what she’s best at – pop/folk fun. It’s cute and carefree with a premise that we can all relate to and is the perfect track to keep us daydreaming of warmer days.

 
Jessie J feat Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj ‘Bang Bang’
Jessie J teased her latest single a while back and ever since we found out she was teaming up with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj we’ve been waiting very impatiently with pretty high expectations of what the track will sound like. Luckily, each girl brings their own terrific talent to the proceedings to make ‘Bang Bang’ a sure-fire smash.

 

Pharrell Williams feat Miley Cyrus ‘Come Get It Bae’
Pharrell was featured in our June contenders list thanks to his work on Ed Sheeran’s ‘Sing’ and now the super producer is back again, this time in his own right. ‘Come Get It Bae’ is one of the best tracks on Williams’ ‘G.I.R.L’ album so it’s great to see it getting released with the fun video it deserves to keep us dancing the nights away.

 
Charli XCX ‘Boom Clap’
Charli XCX has come to everyone’s attention thanks to her feature on Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy.’ She said that she sees herself as an underdog but with the release of ‘Boom Clap’ I’m pretty sure no one’s going to think of her as anything less than a star. Speaking of stars, the catchy song features on one of this summer’s biggest movies ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ so it’s only right it becomes one of this summer’s biggest hits.

 
The Script ‘Superheroes’
It’s been a while since we’ve heard some new music from The Script but our favourite Irish trio are back again with the brand new ‘Superheroes.’ Like almost all of their songs, there’s a bit of empowerment, mixed with some heartfelt lyrics to create an anthemic track for fans to chant at their concerts. It’s the kind of song that even on the darkest nights, will carry you on a crowd surfing wave right back into the memories of the summer.
Let us know who you think deserves the title of Song of Summer 2014.

 

 

Michelle Ryan

Its Throwback Thursday…

ThrowbackThursdayWe were listening to:

Ten years ago – The Streets were helping us get over heartbreak with ‘Dry Your Eyes’ reminding us that “There’s plenty more fish in the sea.” It was the groups most successful single as it landed on the top spot to give lead man Mike Skinner his very first number one.

 

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Twenty years ago – Elton John jumped on ‘The Lion King’ soundtrack with ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight.’ The track is still a classic to this day as audiences all over the world fell more in love with the Disney animation thanks to Elton’s heartfelt ballad. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ten years ago – Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep starred in ‘The Manchurian Candidate.’ This political thriller is based on a novel and a remake of the 1962 original. With such impressive actors taking lead roles it’s no surprise that ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ earned many prestigious film nominations.

 

Twenty years ago – Jim Carey put on a yellow suit, a green mask, grabbed Cameron Diaz and made cult classic comedy ‘The Mask.’ It may be a bit of an odd one but it was more fun than anything. Jim Carey was perfect for the lead of Stanley Ipkiss as his weird and wonderful facial expressions really brought the story to life. It’s still a must see movie to this day.

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We were talking about:
One of the best American sitcoms came to an end in 2004. After ten seasons, we all bid a tearful farewell to ‘Friends’ as Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe and Ross left us with a big hole in our television hearts. ‘Friends’ was, and still is, an institution in its own right. There hasn’t been a comedy series to rival it yet. Each ‘Friend’ had their own characteristics, their own funny stories and their own dating disasters that practically everyone could relate to. They left us with timeless quotes to be used in any situation and references that we’re still making even ten years on. At the time, Friends was one of the most watched shows on T.V providing us with some brilliant storylines like the time Ross said Rachel, or when they all went to Las Vegas. The final episode of Friends aired in 2004 and saw Rachel getting off the plane to be with Ross before the whole group said goodbye in an iconic T.V moment by leaving their keys on the table of Monica’s empty apartment – it’s still a tearjerker.

The final episode of Friends marked the end of an era

Michelle Ryan

S Club 7 Fans Get Ready… Its Reunion Time

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No need to pinch yourself S Club 7 fans.. the reunion is officially happening this time

The other day I was watching morning TV with my sister when the presenters started discussing the news of a possible S Club 7 reunion. My sister rolled her eyes and paid no attention whereas I nearly spat out my tea and started to wonder who would come to their concert with me?

Rumours have been circulating that the group will be reuniting thanks to a tweet from Hannah Spearritt where she posted a picture of the group back in the day and tagged each member with the message “See y’all tomorrow S’s!” Each member then retweeted the picture as if to confirm their attendance to the rest of the world.

To most people this story wouldn’t even garner any interest but to someone like me who was eight years old when S Club 7 arrived on the scene, it’s a bit of a big deal. In 1999, S Club 7 released ‘Bring It All Back’ as their debut single and enjoyed four years of success which included awards, albums, number ones and a less than impressive film (which I actually still have on DVD) called ‘Seeing Double’. The seven eventually split in 2003 following Paul Cattermole’s departure and even though Paul, Jo O’Meara and Bradley McIntosh came together to play at clubs and universities across the UK and Ireland it just wasn’t the same. That’s why the thought of all seven back together again is pretty exciting.

In a time where reunions are the way to go, it makes sense. We’ve seen Take That, Boyzone and The Spice Girls come back so why not S Club 7? After all, there are some unfortunate young people out there who don’t know what an S Club Party is like. After all, “There ain’t no party like an S Club party!”

Take a trip down memory lane with the video for ‘Bring It All Back’ below and let us know if you’re excited to see the whole S Club 7 back together again.

Michelle Ryan

This year’s MTV Video Music Award nominations have been announced

_76333939_484508095This year’s MTV Video Music Award nominations have been announced and with Beyoncé leading the pack thanks to her surprise visual album it looks like there’s going to be some tough competition for those Moonmen awards.

The most coveted award of the night is, of course, Video of the Year and we here at Premiere One PR have decided to give the lowdown on each of the five nominated videos.

  1. Beyoncé feat Jay Z ‘Drunk In Love’

Released as the first single from her self-titled visual album, ‘Drunk In Love’ shows Bey rolling around in the sand and sea looking as flawless as ever. The black and white clip proves that The Carters are the hottest couple in hip hop and is a hot contender for Video of the Year.

  1. Iggy Azalea feat Charlie XCX ‘Fancy’

Inspired by the classic 90’s film ‘Clueless,’ Iggy Azalea dons her matching blazer and mini skirt in an homage to main character Cher while she prances down high school halls with her friends flicking her long blonde hair. Basically, the video for ‘Fancy’ is everything.

  1. Sia ‘Chandelier’

Sia has usually stayed in the background writing incredible pop songs for other artists but this year has seen her release another album and step out into the limelight again. The video for ‘Chandelier’ may not be as elaborate as others but it gives the song a chance to shine and that choreography is something else.

  1. Miley Cyrus ‘Wrecking Ball’

Ever the Queen of controversy, Ms. Cyrus caused a bit of a ruckus with the release of ‘Wrecking Ball.’ The beauty and vulnerability of the ballad was somewhat left behind when Miley came swinging in totally nude on an actual wrecking ball. It may not be to everyone’s taste but boy is it memorable… like most things Miley does.

  1. Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’

Pharrell created one of the biggest songs and videos of 2014 with ‘Happy.’ All over the world, people from different nationalities created their versions of the hit song. It completely took over Youtube, our TV screens and social media pages to become the most uplifting video of all the contenders for Video of the Year.

Sam Smith and Mary J Blige British singer Sam Smith, pictured with Mary J Blige, is among the nominees

Sam Smith and Mary J Blige
British singer Sam Smith, pictured with Mary J Blige, is among the nominees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us know who you think deserves to win this year’s MTV VMA Video of the Year.

 

Michelle Ryan

Throwback Thursdays

ThrowbackThursdayWe were listening to:

Ten years ago – Girls Aloud were going strong and had just released ‘The Show.’ Looking girlsaloud-reunion1back now, it’s clear to see just how good time has been to the girls. Cheryl has new teeth, Kimberly has new hair and thankfully, Nicole let go of the tan. Saying that, they were actually quite cute and celebrated massive success as a girl group, which isn’t an easy thing to do.

Twenty years aphoto_02go – All 4 One may not be a name you’d remember but you will remember their loved-up track ‘I Swear.’ They basically put wedding vows into a song, teamed them up with killer harmonies and released it at a time when boy bands were everything.

We were watching:

Ten years ago – Chad Michael Murray and Hilary Duff were the teen stars of the moment.A_Cinderella_Story_Once_Upon_a_Song_poster Every teenage girl either wanted to be Hilary or be with Chad. It was a genius move to put the pair together in ‘A Cinderella Story,’ a modern day take on the classic fairytale.

Twenty years ago – Arnold Schwarzenegger was big in the action game back in the day and in 1994 he kept up his fighting streak thanks to ‘True Lies.’ The action comedy also starred Jamie Lee Curtis as the oblivious True_lies_posterwife who didn’t know her husband was a spy. Classic.

We were talking about:

Weddings! Jennifer Lopez married the man we thought would finally make her happy. Sadly, after two kids and a couple of collaborations, J-Lo and Marc Anthony split after 7 years of marriage. Britney Spears also got hitched in 2004, but took it to another level after her Vegas wedding to friend Jason Alexander lasted a mere 55 hours. That’s even shorter than a Kardashian wedding!


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Michelle Ryan

Beyonce changes songs lyrics during performance sparking new rumours that Jay Z has cheated on her

jay-z-beyonce-on-the-run-tour.jpgBeyonce has changed the lyrics to her song resentment during her performance in Ohio a few months after the silent video was leaked of her sister Solange attacking her husband sparking fresh rumours about their relationship status.

The lyrics to her song resentment were the following:

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I’ll always remember feeling no good,

Like I couldn’t do it for you like your mistress could,

Been ridin’ with you for six years, gotta look in her eyes and see she’s had half of me

 

 

 

The song lyrics at her Ohio concert were changed to

I’ll always remember feeling no good,

Like I couldn’t do it for you like that whack B**** could,

Been ridin’ with you for twelve years, gotta look in her eyes and see she’s had half of me

She ain’t even half of me, that B**** will never be

Beyonce alludes to the fact Jay Z may have cheated on her during her Ohio performance

Beyonce alludes to the fact Jay Z may have cheated on her during her Ohio performance

As most of you will already know, Jay Z and Beyonce have been together for twelve years, fans believe this is fresh proof that Jay Z has cheated on her.

In May 2014 after the MET party, a controversial video of Solange attacking Jay Z in the elevator was leaked by gossip site TMZ and Beyonce did little to intervene and protect her husband. She then left with Solange leaving her bewildered husband to travel solo Jay Z, after being escorted to another car.

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More recently Beyonce has posted images to her instagram account illustrating a family looking united.

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Many people have claim Beyonce is sending out mixed signals about her relationship status

 

 

 

Do you think that Beyonce made a statement about their relationship status during the performance and do you think this the reasons for Solange attacking Jay Z in the elevator? Jay Z and Beyonce are no strangers to PR so one could conclude that this could be a cleverly disguised PR stunt, however it just doesn’t seem likely when you consider that they project a public persona of the perfect couple.

She came out in a wedding dress for the performance.  Take a gander below and tell us what you think:

 

‘Beyoncé Standing On The Sun (SOS Reggae Remix)’

rs_600x600-130627051117-600.beyonce.istand.jcI’m not normally one for remixes but when a good friend of mine suggested I check out a Youtube channel full of Beyoncé remixes I had to check it out. From the very first video, I was so impressed and just had to share it. The channel is called ‘bee.’ and it holds a long line of remixes, mostly of Beyoncé tracks. The one that stands out the most is the ‘Standing In The Sun (SOS Reggae Mix).’

As we know Beyoncé didn’t officially release ‘Standing On The Sun’ but rather included it in a H&M campaign she fronted last year. There never was a full track released but Bey did perform it during some of her Mrs.Carter World Tour. The reggae remix posted on bee.’s channel is something else. It’s basically the single that Beyoncé should have released this summer. From the very beginning we’re transported to a Caribbean island where the sand is white, the sea is clear blue and there’s not a cloud in the sky. You just can’t help but sing and sway along the second Beyoncé starts singing in her sweet falsetto about how the sun is setting her alight. It’s a piece of tropical heaven and one of the best remixes I’ve ever heard. Make sure to check it out and while you’re there, have a listen to some of Bee.’s other remixes and let us know what you think!

 

Michelle Ryan

Is Robin Thicke’s ‘Paula’ Album Really That Bad?

1403272972_robin-thicke-lgLast year Robin Thicke was the name on everyone’s lips thanks to the hugely successful ‘Blurred Lines.’ That track reached number one in way too many countries across the world, provided one of the catchiest summer songs we’ve ever heard and caused a great deal of controversy thanks to its questionable lyrics and even more questionable video. Whatever anyone thought of the song, or Thicke, it didn’t matter because he was the man of the moment. All of a sudden the whole world was interested in him and even more so in his marriage to actress Paula Patton. The media had a field day thanks to that VMA performance with Miley Cyrus and shortly after allegations of cheating start to begin. Unfortunately, those allegations became more frequent and if reports are to be believed, were actually true. Paula and Robin soon separated and since then, the 37-year old has been trying to win his wife back in a pretty public way – by writing an album dedicated to her.

‘Paula’ is Robin’s 7th studio album and, like I said, is all in aid of restoring his relationship with his childhood sweetheart. While we don’t know what Paula herself thinks of it we do know that it’s not going down so well with the public. The album has sold a mere 530 copies in the UK while sales were a complete disaster in Australia with only 54 copies being sold. Seeing those figures, I decided to give ‘Paula’ a listen to see if it really is that bad. Unfortunately for Robin, it actually is that bad. Knowing that the whole LP is an effort to bring Paula back you can’t help but put yourself in her shoes while listening to it. You have to wonder would she take him back for this? If it was me, I wouldn’t. Not with songs like ‘Lock The Door’ and ‘Love Can Grow Back.’ The whole album is just strange. It doesn’t feel like a Robin Thicke compilation. Listening to ‘Black Tar Cloud,’ ‘Something Bad’ and ‘Too Little Too Late’ I was instantly reminded of the film ‘Dreamgirls’ and the music of that era. One man singing the blues while three female backing singers shoop and doo-wop in the background. It’s a far cry from the slick, sexy music Thicke has always been renowned for.

The only song on ‘Paula’ that’s any way good and could possibly change Patton’s mind is ‘Get Her Back.’ Out of the whole album it’s the one song that sounds real, vulnerable and true. Thicke uses his signature slinky beat and smooth vocals to create a track that on its own would more than likely do the job – along with an apology and lots of grovelling of course! For that one moment of glory however there is the song ‘Tippy Toes.’ It’s completely awful and that’s all I can say about it because I couldn’t even make it through the whole three minutes without having to change the track.

What Robin has done with this album is go out on a limb. He’s subjected himself to huge scrutiny and ridicule doing something like this so you can’t be too harsh on the guy. It’s kind of sweet that he’s so publicly trying to win her back but you have to wonder if Paula will be too happy with the intimate details of her relationship with Thicke being released for the whole world to hear – although judging from the sales figures not many people will actually hear them. Only time will tell if Robin Thicke succeeds in getting the love of his life back. Good luck to him! And good luck to his career – it’s going to take more than a catchy Pharrell track to recover from those sales.

 

Michelle Ryan