This year's Mercury Prize nominees features the best of British pop.
The 2017 Mercury Prize shortlist has finally been announced and includes two previous winners, three former nominees altogether and one of the biggest pop stars in the charts at the moment: Ed Sheeran. The winner for this year will be announced on September 14th 2017.
Ed Sheeran performing live
The Mercury Prize nominees always includes at least one major star and this year it's 'The Shape of You' hitmaker Ed Sheeran. Surprisingly, it's only his first time being shortlisted for this coveted British award but with his new album 'Divide' making waves, it's certainly well-deserved.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran, Stormzy And Alt-J Lead 2017 Mercury Prize Shortlist
The 'September Song' hitmaker JP Cooper has admitted he doesn't think his music sounds similar to Rag 'n' Bone Man - despite people comparing the two together.
JP Cooper doesn't think his music sounds like Rag 'n' Bone Man.
The 33-year-old 'September Song' hitmaker has often been compared musically with the 'Human' singer, whose real name is Rory Graham, but JP claims he doesn't care about comparisons as they are both ''in the industry''.
Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, the singer, whose full name is John Paul Cooper, said: ''I think we're two of the people in the industry at the minute who are making good, honest, soulful, organic music.
Continue reading: JP Cooper Doesn't Think His Music Is Like Rag 'n' Bone Man
Stormzy has put his ''whole body and my soul'' into his music career.
Stormzy has put his ''whole body and my soul'' into his music career.
The 23-year-old grime artist is ''hell-bent'' on proving his musical ability to the world because he is desperate to be recognised as a ''credible artist'' as he has worked hard to break into the music business.
Speaking in a behind-the-scenes video, which was posted on HungerTV Online, the 'Shut Up' hitmaker said: ''I'm hell-bent on proving my worth, proving that I'm not little Stormzy from South London. I'm an artist.
Continue reading: Stormzy Put His 'whole Body And My Soul' Into Music Career
He addresses the issue in his new album 'Gang Signs & Prayer'.
Depression is a disease that plagues a huge fraction of the world's population, and it doesn't matter how much you have achieved, how successful you are or how much money you earn. Stormzy is the latest star to put into words his own thoughts and experiences surrounding these dark feelings.
Stormzy reveals his struggle with depression
After three years in the game, the Brit Award nominated grime star has finally unveiled his debut studio album, 'Gang Signs & Prayer', and on it he expresses some very deep ideas about suffering from depression. It was something that he thought it was important to address, given how he much he has learned about human nature in the past few years.
Wiley thinks Stormzy is leading the new generation of grime and praised the rapper for pushing ''different doors and different barriers''.
The 'Can You Hear Me?' hitmaker is really ''happy'' for the 'Shut Up' rapper for all of his success and hopes each generation going forward will bring something new to the grime genre.
He said: ''I'm happy man, big up Stormzy. I'm happy for him - I feel like he's pushed different doors and different barriers that needed to be pushed. I feel like different generation will do different things.
Continue reading: Wiley Praises Stormzy
He's not happy about his front door situation.
Brit Award nominated grime artist Stormzy was left less than impressed after London's Metropolitan Police smashed through his front door while he was sleeping on Tuesday morning. So far it doesn't look as though he has been issued with an apology or compensation for the matter.
Stormzy gets his front door smashed in by London cops
The 23-year-old rising star was catching some much needed Zs when, in the early hours of this morning (February 14th 2017), he awoke to the sound of hammering on the front door of his Chelsea home - and it wasn't a Valentine's Day delivery.
Continue reading: Stormzy Gets Raided By Police After Being Mistaken For A Burglar
Wiley is ''so happy'' to see that music from the grime genre has become such a hit and is looking forward to watching the careers of the likes of Stormzy and Skepta.
Wiley is ''so happy'' grime music has become popular.
He said: ''Bro, I'm so happy grime's come back round. Those guys are doing things we never did. Stormzy is having meetings with the people from The Brits. None of us ever did anything like that back in the day ...
Continue reading: Wiley Pleased By Grime's Newfound Popularity
After winning the Best New Festival Award in 2015, Wild Life was back at Brighton City Airport to now showcase and cement its date in the festival calendar as a major player. To do this, it would need to go one better, bring in something neoteric and exhilarating, whilst also landing some grand-musical heavyweights. They arrived in the form of grime's latest stars Stormzy and Skepta, American vets Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes, and pop artists Bastille.
It was the former N.W.A lyricist who had the crowd trembling at his figure tips though. Supported by no more than his son (not O'Shea Jackson who plays his father in Straight Outta Compton), Ice Cube was the penultimate act on Sunday's main stage and stole the show. The set of the weekend, despite co-curators Disclosure and Rudimental headlining the festival for successive years.
With both Stormzy and Skepta having tracks appear ubiquitously over all radio stations, this was their moment to shine, their moment under the spotlight. They appeared on the main stage Saturday and Sunday respectively and both seemed to revere their audience from the first moment, with Stormzy indicating it was the biggest and best crowd he had every performed at - it probably was for Skepta too.
Continue reading: Wild Life Festival 2016 - Live Review
The grime MC has made no secret of his love for Adele’s music.
Grime artist Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, got a special shout out from Adele during one of her sold out concerts at London’s O2 Arena. The MC was thrilled at receiving the mention from the pop superstar, who also gave him a hand written letter inside his tour programme.
Continue reading: Adele Dedicates Song To Superfan Stormzy At London Show
Bieber's 'Love Yourself' has a slim lead over an NHS choir's charity single at the halfway point, with 'The X Factor' winner Louisa Johnson's single 'Forever Young' languishing at No.6.
Justin Bieber is ahead by a nose in the annual chart battle for Christmas Number One in the UK, with his current single ‘Love Yourself’ fractionally outselling an NHS choir at the halfway point in the sales week ending on Christmas Day.
According to the Official Charts Company on Monday (December 21st), the Canadian singer is leading by combined sales of just 3,000 copies from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir’s song ‘A Bridge Over You’.
Justin Bieber is leading the race for the UK Christmas Number One single
A vintage year for grime and UK hip-hop at the 2015 MOBOs at Leeds Arena.
London MC Stormzy became the first winner of the newly created category of Best Grime Act, rounding off a year that’s seen him emerge onto the radar of the mainstream. Around 12 months ago, he was named on the BBC’s Sound of 2015 poll and became the first unsigned rapper to perform on ‘Later with Jools Holland’.
Significantly, he also won Best Male Act, beating out the likes of Mark Ronson and more established names like JME and Skepta.
Continue reading: Krept And Konan, Stormzy, FKA Twigs The Big Winners At 2015 MOBO Awards
Thurston Moore and We Were Promised Jetpacks among Live At Leeds 2015 line-up.
Every year in Leeds, the May Bank Holiday marks the return of a whole bunch of great gigs for the annual Live At Leeds festival. Played by tons of bands at venues all over the city, the festival pulls in a good crowd with its diverse line-up. In the past, the festival has hosted loads of great acts including Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts and James Blake.
Thurston Moore will play Live At Leeds 2015
Last year's festival brought in a number of popular acts including Clean Bandit, George Ezra, Kodaline, Little Matador and Pulled Apart By Horses - a line-up which helped win the festival its 'Best Metropolitan Festival' accolade, beating Brighton's popular 'Great Escape' and pop-punk festival 'Slam Dunk' to the top spot.
Continue reading: Live At Leeds 2015 Brings 200 Artists To 20 Venues
Years & Years top the poll as 2015's hottest act.
Years & Years have topped the BBC Sound Of 2015 list, after making an impact over the course of 2014 supporting the winner of last year's poll Sam Smith on tour and breaking through with singles 'Take Shelter' and 'Desire'.
Years & Years are the BBC's Sound Of 2015
The London trio have beaten the likes of James Bay, Stormzy, Raury and George The Poet to the top spot as this year's most exciting act as they prepare to unveil yet another single this Spring. The band; who are Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkmen; formed in 2010 and made their breakthrough in 2012 with single 'I Wish I Knew'. Fast-forward to 2014 and they were quickly becoming one of the UK's top synthpop bands of the day, having appeared on The Magician's hit single 'Sunlight' and touring across the country with Sam Smith and Clean Bandit.
Continue reading: Years And Years Land BBC Sound Of 2015 Top Spot
Date of birth
26th July, 1993