Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong spent nine months studying acting


Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong spent nine months studying acting with writer/director Lee Kirk for his first movie lead.
The American Idiot singer plays a washed-up punk rocker in Kirk’s new film Ordinary World and the moviemaker wanted to make sure his leading man had the skill set to carry the project.
The director admits he didn’t have Armstrong in mind when he wrote the movie, but he’s glad he and the singer crossed paths.

“I didn’t really have an actor in mind when I was writing it,” he tells WENN. “I assumed I was going to have an actor who played music rather than a musician who acts. But it worked out in a wonderful way.
“I thought that was a brilliant idea, seeing him in that kind of a role. He was eager to do something. He told me his agent was sending him a lot of material to look over and this was the first thing that caught his interest.

“For the acting part I worked with him for nine months, and I just wanted him fully prepared to just be in the moment and get an honest performance with whoever he was in the scene with.”
Billie Joe also impressed his co-star Judy Greer, who heaped praise on the rocker.

“I wanted to work with Billie Joe Armstrong, he’s amazing,” she recently told Press Association. “I have been a Green Day fan since forever. I thought he was brilliant and it was so fun to watch him and work with him.
“He’s a total peach. He is such a normal guy. He loves his sons and his wife and all his dogs and just loves to play music. I thought it was such a good role for him.”



New single and E.P from Lorenza

 Lorenza Peace of Mind Final Packshot

Heart-stopping synths, energy laden rock and full-blown chart pop combine in Lorenza’s signature sound.

This British three-piece combines layers of instruments and vocals with relatable lyrics, creating epic stadium-sized sounds.

Drawing musical influences from the likes of Bastille, The Weeknd and twenty one pilots, this relentlessly innovative trio shines bright in an ocean of unsigned acts.

Academy of Contemporary Music alumni  the band wrote, recorded and produced their debut EP to be released on their own label in September 2016.

Lorenza consists of: Jordan Cosmo (vox & keys) Gio Fraser (guitar) and Jack Robinson on drums.

The epic new single ” Peace of Mind” is taken off the new E.P “Peace of Mind” recorded at AIR and Metropolis studios and now available worldwide on iTunes and all good online retailers.





Kuizz Shah is a Singer-Songwriter & Producer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuizz has worked with multiple award winning artists such as Juno Award Winner Mia Martina,  Danny Fernandes & Kristinia Debarge.

Kuizz’s writing career has been recognised in both Canada and Japan  achieving chart success in the past couple of years.  He started writing and producing at the age of 19 and worked with Los Angeles based label Kurado Publishing for 4 years.

The latest release “Till The End” E.P consists of six freshly produced tracks including the new single ” Younger”.

The tracks resonate the ambience of soulful vocals and beats in an urban setting. The combination of these richly-textured songs which Kuizz wrote , mixed and produced in his home studio and then collaborated with co-producer Daniel Matthias Ortmann on, make it a fiercely independent project with surprising mass appeal.

Kuizz’s sources of inspiration to write songs are mainly derived from movies, be it a chick flick or a straight up action movie. Check out his music and decide if you’ll be with him “Till The End”.

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Papaphone–Watch the video for Lioness from their new E.P out soon


Papaphone started back in Hertfordshire Music College when Russell Perkins and Thomas Hammond shared a mutual interest in creating emotive  uplifting and well written songs. They began playing music together  focussing on the love of creating something special rather than playing the latest fads. Not being influenced by a musical style  they just did what came naturally.

Papaphone began to write from the heart and brought together a mix of melody  sincerity and warmth. Writing and playing around the local area , Papaphone built up a strong loyal fan base with their live performances earning them more nationwide publicity and gig offerings. Highlights include headlining the Camden Barfly in London to a record number of people for an unsigned act at the time and winning Battle of the Bands at The Horn  St Albans out of over 90 entrants.

Headlining venues around the UK including the infamous 100 Club  Oxford Street , London and The Roadhouse in Manchester along with a live interview on BBC Radio.  Papaphone then played The Waterfront in Norwich and earned the praise of being named one of the UKs best new acts by The Observer newspaper. 

In 2015  Papaphone released their first real album “Songs I Wrote” to critical acclaim amongst the folk community. Papaphone also gained some famous names as fans  including Shane McGowan and The Levellers.

A UK summer tour followed the album release with highlights including headlining Mr Wolfs in Bristol and appearing at the Sidmouth Folk Festival. The first song and video released from the upcoming record  ‘Isn’t It Wonderful?’ , ‘Lioness’ was played on BBC Introducing and described as ‘A beautiful song’ by Mr Gareth Lloyd.

The brand new E.P “Isn’t it wonderful” will be released on 14 November 2016 with worldwide distribution from Universal Music Operations and featuring the single ” Lioness” which was premiered on the exclusive trending music video site    



“Shadows feat Joell Fender” by Mon frere


‘Mon Frere’ are the U.K. based electro pop producers based in Brighton.  Mon Frere consists of brothers Paul and Matt Lennox. 

Paul is the songwriter and producer  Matt provides the lyrics and the brothers source talented young vocalists to complete the line up. 

Mon Frere have worked with some of the most talented up and coming singers in the business  like Joell Fender who has worked with the likes of Kwabs  Sigala and Wilkinson and Kate Wild who is a lead vocalist on many recent EDM records across the globe. 


After the release of their debut album ‘Urban Glow’ in the summer of 2015  the two brothers who form Mon Frere have been working hard to develop their sound and create a unique identity.  Drawing from influences such as The Cinematic Orchestra  Massive Attack and Naughty Boy  the brothers are set on fusing modern electro pop production  with the musical depth of the aforementioned artists to create a refreshing new sound for the masses.  

With the pending release of a brand new E.P. in early 2017  Mon Frere will be hitting the road in the summer. 

Their latest single “Shadows”  ft. Joell Fender will be released worldwide on 2 December 2016.

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Liam Gallagher is joining Radio X to give music fans a rare insight into his career.


Liam Gallagher is joining Radio X to give music fans a rare insight into his career.
Radio X’s Johnny Vaughan will talk to Liam about his life and career in front of an intimate audience at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday October 16th. They’ll also be joined by Oasis guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs. Just 200 tickets will be available for the intimate event, which is in aid of Global’s Make Some Noise.

As the frontman and lead singer of Oasis, Liam sold a combined total of 77 million copies across seven multiplatinum studio albums, making them one of the highest selling bands of all time. Their second record ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ remains the fifth biggest selling album in UK history. After Oasis, Gallagher joined Beady Eye for the release of two top five records and has since been working on the new Oasis film ‘Supersonic’ that is due to be released next month.
Global’s Make Some Noise was created by Global in 2014 to give a voice to charities that struggle to get heard. The national grant-giving charity supports projects that help disadvantaged youngsters by raising money and crucially giving them a platform to tell their story to millions of people. Global is home to the country’s most loved commercial radio brands including Radio X, Heart, Capital and Classic FM and together its media brands reach 30 million people every week.

Global’s Make Some Noise supports youngsters living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. On October 7th the third annual appeal day will see all Global’s stations come together and support Global’s Make Some Noise with a very special day celebrating the projects it supports with guests, presenter challenges and money can’t buy prizes.

Chris Baughen, Radio X’s managing editor, said: “We’re thrilled that Liam and Bonehead are joining us for what will be a really special evening. Oasis are one of the greatest and most influential bands of all time, and are huge favourites of Radio X listeners. We’re very grateful to Liam and Bonehead for getting together with Radio X for our charity, Global’s Make Some Noise.”

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday September 28 at 8am from All proceeds from the event are going to Global’s Make Some Noise.



Jude Jeyaraj–Yesterdays


Jude Jeyaraj cannot identify himself with any one particular style of music. In his own words “Eastern music (and ragas) offer a spirituality that just cannot be found in Western music.” as a result  his music is very diverse.

Born on 18th September 1978  Jude spent his early years in the small town of Jaffna in North-eastern Sri Lanka. Whether running down its long sandy beach  chasing between the houses with his cousins and friends  or simply sitting alone on the lush green banks of one of the many rivers that sliced through the countryside  the young Jude felt that his home was a magical place.  At the age of five Jude’s father bought him a small percussion instrument called a mealam.

He took it everywhere  and was constantly playing  so much so that he fractured a finger and had to visit the hospital. To this day  a crooked digit bears witness to his early passion for creating sound. Jude himself finds it hard to explain where this passion came from. Perhaps  he has mused  the incredible array of sounds around him at this impressionable age; the babbling rivers  the chatter and shrieking of children  the crashing sea  or the noises of the towns daily life all entered him   planting the seeds of rhythm and melody?  By the age of seven Jude was playing the guitar  mimicking popular movie songs for his friends  his music developing through playing in the local church. The seeds were sprouting and growing.

At ten   Jude’s family migrated to London to escape the civil war raging in their homeland. Leaving his home  his friends and traditions were hard for the young boy.  A strange language  unfamiliar surroundings and the terrible cold were all tough on Jude  and to make matters worse his access to instruments and lessons were stopped dead  the cost of living in this grey land forcing sacrifices on the family.

The echoes of the music of his childhood now lay dormant inside him  trapped with no outlet  silenced by the roar of the city.  Two years on and Jude was given the opportunity by a local borough initiative to learn a new instrument  he picked the keyboard. His parents encouraged his learning and practice  seeing in their son a re- awakening of the passion that was so much a part of him back in their now seemingly idyllic life in Jaffna.

The lonely Jude threw himself into the instrument  the music becoming his companion and comforter  as well as his inspiration   and now he began to craft his own compositions as well as continue playing the movie songs he had entertained his friends with back home.

After some exposure in local shows  Jude was invited to join his first band “Rainbow” playing alongside  and then meeting more experienced musicians helped him develop both his musical knowledge and his performance skills. Jude continued to take formal classes to supplement his experience until  at the age of Seventeen  Jude performed his first solo show in front of a crowd of several thousand at Fairfield Hall London.

Since then  Jude has performed large shows all over Europe. He has taken to the stage with many top artists from all over the world  and has made a number of television appearances both in the educational and entertainment arenas.  Music has not been Jude’s only focus  he is a qualified Accountant and Financial Analyst working for one of the world’s largest Investment Banking companies, but there is no doubt that the seeds of Rhythm  sound and melody planted in him so long ago and so far away  have grown roots which have spread and entwined with the very essence of him.


Yesterday’s is the brand new single and is out now:

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Kehlani unveils the visual for empowering new anthem CRZY



 The R&B powerhouse releases the Benny Boom directed companion video to the savage first single from her highly anticipated debut album, and follow-up to her critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated mixtape YOU SHOULD BE HERE.


 This “CRZY” visual sees Kehlani and her crew showing off some impressive dance routines, celebrating a birthday, taking selfies… basically living their best life.



The video comes on the heels of her recently released song “Gangsta.” The track was featured on “Suicide Squad: The Album” – which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200.


Its companion video has amassed nearly 50 million views on YouTube making this her highest viewed music video to come.


Kehlani has spent much of her summer taking over the stage at all of the hottest summer festivals including Essence Music Festival, Lollapalooza and The Odd Future Festival. She is also set to open up on select dates for Lauryn Hill on her MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Shows alongside Nas, Little Simz, Noname and more.


 CRZY” is available for download and streaming at all digital retailers now.









“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” – Plato

It’s this philosophy of keeping things simple that makes the music produced by Cape Town band Stone Jets, fresh and unique, but also relatable. Their latest animated music video ‘Something Good’ reflects this perfectly as well with its quirky, simplistic animation.


Watch ‘Something Good’ music video here:


The animated video was done by talented film student, Leah Blem.


The band, with Manfred Klose on guitars and Given Nkanyane on vocals and bass and Johan Pretorius on drums, describe their music as “Afro pop rock”, but, as is the case with many musicians, their sound has evolved as they have.


On the inspiration for this music video, frontman Given explains, “The war between the mind and heart inspires will. The will to choose a side and find peace. To call it a battle would be insane, it is just something good”.


‘Something Good’ can currently be heard playing on various national and local stations including Radio Sonder Grense, Groot FM, Radio Laeveld, SFM Streek, Kosmos Stereo, Maties FM, Kovsie FM, and UCT radio among others.


Stone Jets are jet-setting on a trajectory to becoming one of South Africa’s most beloved acts. In the meantime fans can get ready to experience their Cape Town EP launch next month.


More details on this to be released soon.

Billie Joe Armstrong thought his life was completely normal during the height of his drug problems.


Billie Joe Armstrong thought his life was completely normal during the height of his drug problems.

The Green Day frontman sought help in 2012 when he entered rehab for substance abuse, scrapping all promotional plans for the band’s ambitious three album release.

While the pressure of writing and recording three albums back-to-back intensified his problems with drink and drugs, Billie admits he was “unravelling” anyway.

“The thing about someone who’s losing their mind is that they don’t know they’re losing their mind. I thought my life was completely normal,” he told Q magazine. “And it wasn’t. I was on drugs! And people aren’t acting rationally when they’re on drugs. So I had to take care of myself. I had to kick that, and I did. Then we took a long break which was totally necessary.”

The trilogy of albums were still released, with ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! hitting shelves within three months of each other. While they all made it into the top 20 of the Billboard 200 chart, each record fared progressively worse.

“Those records have absolutely no direction to them. It was about being prolific for the sake of it. So we were just going and going and going,” Billie admitted.

The band, now made up of Billie, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool, will soon unleash their twelfth offering, Revolution Radio, which is released on 7 October (16). To accompany the album, Green Day is heading out on a world tour from September. The first leg will be in North America, with the band shunning stadium venues in favour of night club stages, but they’ll be back to the arenas when they reach Europe in January.